Friday, 18 January 2019

Top Tips For Fitting Children's Shoes

Top Tips For Fitting Children's Shoes

Are you about to take your kids shopping for shoes? If so, then you'll want to ensure you fit them properly. With that said, below are five tips for fitting children's shoes.

1. Starting Off
You should fit their shoes when the day is almost done, and make sure your kids are wearing socks during the fitting. If the shoes they are going to try on will be worn with socks, then they should be wearing socks during fittings. You might be surprised at how socks can make a difference when it comes to whether a shoe will fit properly.

A helpful tip is to make sure your kids are wearing a sock that is a bit thicker than they'd normally wear, or thinner. If they will be trying on sandals, then they can do it barefoot. They can also wear a thinner pair of socks, if they plan on wearing socks with them.

2. The Length
Have your child sit down and then fit their shoes. Have them tap the heels of their feet on the floor because you want to make sure their foot is right at the back of the shoe. There should be a bit of space between their longest toe and the shoe; More specifically a thumbs width. Keep in mind when they stand up, the foot spreads out, which is why you want to have a general idea of the amount of room there is.

The shoe shouldn't slip. Check by gently tugging at the heel of the shoe. Once again, your child should be sitting down.

When your child stands up, push down on the tip of the shoe. You want to make sure between the end of the shoe and the end of the big toe that there are a fingers width. As long as the shoe is tight around the foot, then it doesn't matter if there is plenty of space around the foot, if the foot sits central in the shoe. However, it is best to have your kids sit while you are ensuring there is enough room for the feet.

We believe that there should be plenty of space around the toes, even if it's extra space. As long as your child can walk in the shoes and they are comfortable, then everything should be fine. Otherwise, you'll want to try on a different pair of shoes.

3. The Width
If the length is fine, the next thing to do is checking the width. The baby toes should have plenty of space, so feel around the area the baby toes. You don't want the baby toes to catch the side.

Next, take your thumb and stroke the top of the shoe. This should give you a good idea of how the leather feels. As you do this, the leather should move slightly. You want to do this because you want enough width so your toes and feet can relax.

Throughout the day, your feet can change and this is why you want to make sure shoes are wide enough. For example, your child is likely active and walks around a lot, and this means by the end of the day their feet will be a bit wider than they were at the beginning of the day. By ensuring a shoe is wide enough, you can bet your child's shoe will fit comfortable for many years to come.

4. The Depth
Checking the depth of a shoe is easy. You basically do the same thing you did when you tested the width. The goal here is to make sure there is plenty of room for the feet. If a shoe doesn't have good depth, the chances are your child will struggle to put it on.

Mary-Jane style shoes are known for having issues with depth. Your little finger should easily fit between the upper part of the shoe and the top of your kid's feet. If there is a bulge at the top, then this is a sign more depth is required. Once again, it wouldn't hurt to buy a pair of shoes that have a bit of extra space or even a little bit of a gap. This will be useful in the event your kid's feet grows within the near future.

5. The Overall Fit
If the length is alright and you have no problems with the width and depth, then you'll have to have them walk around. Keep an eye on them because they may become a bit self-conscious at first, and a lot of kids tend to stare at their shoes as they walk. Distract them because this will keep their mind off of the fact they are wearing a pair of brand new shoes. Ask them to go and grab something for you, and if they are older, then ask them to jump around a bit or run around.

What you're looking for is a natural walk. Are they having an easy time walking in the shoes? If you're not sure, then simply ask them if the shoes are comfy or not.

While you're at it, check to make sure the shoe is securely around the ankle. You can check that there's no slippage by having them stand on their tiptoes. When they do this, their shoe shouldn't slip off. If your kids aren't old enough to do this, then have them pick something up from the ground, and then look at their ankles as they bend down to get it and as they rise back to the upright position.

Those tips will come in handy when you take your child shoe shopping. Feel free to refer back to this article if needed. Good luck on finding the perfect fitting shoes for your child.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Meet Author, Mother and Cancer Survivor Rennata Cage-Becks

Today at She Inspired Her we are shining our spotlight on new Author, Mother and Cancer Survivor Rennata Cage-Becks, who is a firm believer in the idea that "we are what we think" and knows from her own personal journey that healing can follow scarring.

Rennata has been on a cancer journey with her own family members and witnessed 5 family members, two of whom were her mother and father, deal with cancer before gaining their wings. She now firmly believes that the illness has been lifted off of her family, ending with her. 

A cancer survivor herself, Rennata survived a rare cancer called leiomyosarcoma, which is a soft tissue sarcoma. She was only the 37th documented case of this very rare cancer. 

Rennata is a nurse, a wife, a mother, and a survivor. She encourages women to do regular self-check breast exams and that men also do the necessary checks often, as early detection does save lives. 

Rennata has written her first book titled 'Scarred but Healed'. 

In 'Scarred but Healed' Rennata discusses her journey with her family’s health issues and her own. The book will be released on February 19, 2019 and will be available on Amazon. 

Scarred but Healed is an encouraging book that tells others how they can overcome. Rennata wants readers to know that regardless of how things may look, you have to believe and expect the best. 

One of Rennata Cage-Becks' resounding messages is that "We cannot allow others to determine our outcome. We are what we think and even when we are hurt, better days lie ahead" 

Healing follows scarring.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Featured Article: Five Benefits Of Vehicle Title Loans

If you need to find some extra money in a hurry, you may have considered options like taking out a payday loan or trying to find a lender who will give you an instalment loan. As it turns out, however, there may be a better solution. If you own your car outright, you may be able to qualify for a car title loan. With these loans, all that you have to do is put your vehicle's title up as collateral for the loan, allowing you to get your money right away. The section below takes a closer look at the benefits of these loans so that you can decide whether or not they are the right solution for your situation.

Five Benefits Of Fast Vehicle Title Loans

1. You Can Get Your Money Quickly

Unlike traditional loans that take a long time to process, title loans are usually processed extremely quickly according to TNL Car Title Loans. In fact, you can usually get your money within hours or days of submitting your application. As long as you are the registered owner and have a clear title for your vehicle, you shouldn't have any trouble qualifying. Depending on the lender, you may also need proof that you have regular income. As long as you can meet these standards, however, getting your loan is usually just a matter of filling out the application and the paperwork provided by the title loan company. The company will also want to take a look at the vehicle. In many cases, they will take photographs of it. You will also need to bring the title of the vehicle along with you when applying for your loan. Once the process is complete, you can get access to your funds, often in as little as a day.

2. You Don't Need To Pass A Credit Check

If you apply for a traditional loan, the lender will pull your credit report to make sure that your credit score is high enough to meet their standards and that you have a history of paying your creditors on time. This can be problematic if you have blemishes on your credit report or if your credit score isn't as high as the lender requires. Title loans allow you to get around that problem since they don't require a credit check. As long as you have a free and clear title to your vehicle and can prove that you have regular income, you shouldn't have any trouble qualifying for one of these loans.

3. You Don't Have To Give Up Your Vehicle

One common misconception that people have about title loans is that you can't keep driving your vehicle after you get your loan. In fact, however, that is not true. When you take out one of these loans, you can keep using your vehicle exactly like you were before. You just have to hand over the title to the car to the lender. Once you finish paying off the loan, the title will be returned. That means that taking out one of these loans won't disrupt your everyday life since you can continue using your car for running errands, getting to work, or other activities.

4. Car Title Loans Are A More Affordable Alternative To Payday Loans

Payday loans are one of the most expensive options for borrowing money. Auto title loans, on the other hand, are usually a lot more affordable since their interest rates aren't quite as high. Because your title is being used as collateral for these loans, the interest rate charged by the lender is usually a lot lower. That means that you can pay less money in interest over the length of your loan.

5. The Loan Can Be Repaid Quickly

When you take out one of these loans, you know up front exactly how much money you have to pay and when your payments are due. In many cases, people are able to pay off these loans by the following payday. Of course, for larger loans, the repayment period may take longer. The total amount that you can borrow is determined by the amount of money that your car is worth. As long as you only borrow what you need, you should be able to pay the loan back quickly so that you can get the title of your vehicle back again.

Your Guide To Better Sleep!

Better sleep can make for a better you and these tips are here to help you achieve just that - take a look at this guide to better sleep.

*Stick To A Sleep Schedule

Much like you set an alarm every morning to get to work or school, try setting the same type of alarm to signify it's time to sleep. Of course, if possible, you can discipline yourself to go to sleep on a schedule and wake up on time.

*Exercise In The Afternoon

Getting enough exercise at least five or six hours before bedtime can help you fall asleep faster. Choosing to exercise late in the evening, unfortunately, has the opposite effect and keeps you awake.

*Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol Or Smoking

To get plenty of sleep, avoid any stimulants late in the day. Caffeine and nicotine are both able to give you a buzz and leave you feeling restless until they wear off eight hours later. Alcohol can also impact your sleep negatively. While drinking you will feel sleepy and tired, but you actually end up restless during the night. In fact, you'll find yourself waking up too often.

*Darken Your Space

A dark environment is necessary to get quality sleep, so keep out electronics, nightlights, and use blinds or blackout curtains. If a darker room isn't possible, a sleep mask can help!


A new mattress can make all the difference to how you sleep and really aid your rest. Try this option from Beautyrest if you’re looking for something different.

*Relax And Beat The Stress

It's imperative that you clear your mind and allow yourself to relax in order to get to sleep. Try clearing your thoughts by reading a book or taking a relaxing bath. If you find yourself tossing and turning for 20 minutes or more, find something to do to help you fall asleep. Thinking about sleep only makes it more elusive!

*Take Care Of Bathroom Needs

It's important to address any conditions such as high glucose or blood pressure that can cause frequent urination that disrupts sleep. Do limit your fluids right before bedtime and go to the bathroom when you start your bedtime routine and before actually going to bed.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

UK Black Fiction Author on a mission to provide FREE Braille Books to blind and partially sighted BME’s in the UK

UK Author, Teacher and Entrepreneur Patrick Phipps grew up in East London struggling with dyslexia in school and battling with the contrasts between what he was told he could achieve versus what he truly knew was possible for him. Phipps always had a natural entrepreneurial flare and creative abilities and through sheer perseverance and belief in himself and a passion to provide for his wife and two daughters, he is now the author of three books, a qualified teacher and assessor teaching Barbering at East Ham College and a serial entrepreneur being the owner of ‘Cut Above The Rest’ barber shop in East London which has been successfully running for 28 years. Patrick is also a qualified Reiki Practitioner and the owner of a hand-made crystal jewellery line.

A few years ago, Patrick Phipps released his first fiction paperback book ‘Twisted Lanes’, an urban, gritty and emotional tale inspired by real life in the streets of East London and following the success and positive reviews received by ‘Twisted Lanes’, Phipps is now on a mission to create a special braille selection of this relate-able tale, to blind and partially sighted adults from Black and Ethnic Minority groups, via local public institutes and organisations for free public access. This being strongly driven by his own battles with dyslexia and a consequential understanding of the importance of accessible reading for all. The final braille books are to be placed in public institutions which cater to the targeted demographic, including but not limited to, local libraries, colleges, social hubs and universities.

Patrick Phipps has created a Go Fund Me Campaign to assist in raising the funds required to create the braille editions of ‘Twisted Lanes’. The mission is to raise £3.5k to be able to create a selection of the adult braille editions of Twisted Lanes and to be able to successfully distribute them to the right organisations, to ultimately make a difference by adding to the variety of braille books available to people who will enjoy having access to them.

Once this goal is reached with your help, Patrick Phipps will be donating THE ENTIRE BRAILLE EDITION OF TWISTED LANES to institutions, groups, colleges and libraries across the UK! 

The Overwhelming Statistics:
Sight advice FAQ reported that over two million people in the UK live with sight loss, that’s around one person in 30. In 2014, around 350,000 of those were registered with their local authority as blind or partially sighted. It is predicted that by 2030 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will rise to over 2,700,000 and by 2050 will double to nearly four million. This showing that blind and partially sighted people make up a large part of our community, yet blind readers face a dramatically limited choice of book titles and are therefore limited to only being able to read what is sparsely available to them. Only 7% of books are available in large print, unabridged audio and braille.

These statistics are astonishing, and they stand to highlight how marginalised this particular group of readers are. The lack of variety for people of all ages, races and cultures to be able to pick up a braille book they would love to read is unacceptable and this needs to change. As well as being a tool of education, books serve to enrich the imaginations of the people reading them.

Why your help is needed
Unfortunately, like most things, the solutions come down to funding and this is the very reason why we need your help via this Go Fund Me Campaign, the success of which will fund a selection of Braille version of Twisted Lanes to be able to be curated!  After researching the cost of creating these braille editions put together this Go Fund Me campaign to get the project off the ground and make it possible! Braille books are not cheap to create but they will be totally worth-it knowing that they will be received and enjoyed again and again by  those who deserve to get lost in a good story as much as anyone else does,making the end goal totally invaluable.

A good read has the ability to take us away from the mundane and open up our senses to whole new worlds and concepts, igniting dreams and stirring passions. Books can nurture our ability to empathise with others as we connect with the characters within stories that we read, allowing us to draw from lessons learned throughout the plot. This was Patrick Phipps' vision when he wrote Twisted Lanes. He says: "I wanted to create key characters and a strong inter-connected story line between these characters, that would be relate-able to others. I was particularly interested in the stories and their lessons reaching out to young people and ethnic minorities, as well as those who may be vulnerable and still learning about how vital and influential the choices that they make are, not only to their own lives, but also to the lives of others. Equally, I wanted for everyone who picked up the book and read through its pages to find it relate-able and to take on its lessons".

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Friday, 7 December 2018

NO KANE, NO GAIN - Interview with BBC 1Xtra Personality and International DJ Melody Kane

Critically acclaimed BBC Radio 1Xtra personality and Award-winning international DJ Melody Kane is the United Kingdom’s undisputed preeminent female DJ whose exceptional talents, unprecedented dedication and well-documented determination has ultimately witnessed the highly accomplished and very charismatic Brighton-born star consistently performing live world class sets at the biggest marquee events around the entire globe before atmospheric sold-out crowds.
However, the multi-faceted and largely intriguing Kane is also currently experiencing great success with the much-talked about health and fitness event No Kane No Gain.
Dean Perretta briefly caught up with the esteemed BBC Radio 1xtra personality and Award-winning international DJ Melody Kane to find more about the innovative No Kane No Gain, coupled alongside how the BBC Radio 1xtra star positively transformed her lifestyle and much more in an exclusive with the UK’s number one female DJ.
M&F: First and foremost, Melody, Health and Fitness has invariably become a very well-documented cornerstone both in your life and professional career. What was the definitive turning point for you when you decided to ultimately transform your lifestyle once and for all?
MK: It was many different things coming together at the same time. Like most people, I’ve always been conscious of my weight, but had never really tied it directly to a healthier lifestyle. As I started to get more work as a DJ, travelling up and down the country, I found that I had to create a structure to stop falling into bad habits and motorway food! 
I’d also just moved to Brixton, South London, practically next to an awesome outdoor gym, so I think that played a large part in trying to get organised. After a little research and many conversations with trainers, I decided to stick to a plant based diet, set up a training schedule and take my health and wealth seriously. It’s one of the best lifestyle changes I’ve ever made – other than learn how to DJ!

M&F: No Kane No Gain has an original conception combining three of your most ardent passions - fitness, music and entertainment. What are your candid thoughts on the feedback which you have received thus far in relation to No Kane No Gain?
MK: To be honest, I’m a little overwhelmed at the love the event has received. We started off small, with the premise of training alongside like-minded people, who wanted to train, dance and play to a great soundtrack. I didn’t realize how many people loved the concept, and by word of mouth our events became more regular and the classes have grown in numbers. We recently held an event in East London and had people coming down from Stoke for a two-hour class – it makes me so happy!
M&F: No Kane No Gain has inspirationally and motivationally served as a positive health and fitness platform in London for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to lead a healthier life. Can you conveniently touch on some of the most inspirational success stories which you have personally witnessed first-hand at No Kane No Gain?
MK: We try hard to create a safe place for people of all fitness and health levels. There’s no pressure, and if it’s too much we encourage people to take 5 minutes and just dance, that’s the advantage of having a live DJ at every event! We also play lots of games in the class, so it’s a great ice-breaker and confidence booster to people who aren’t use to a fitness class environment. We’ve had a few regular attendees that say they started coming just to get involved, listen to music and try something different, but who are now tweaking their diets, exercising more outside of No Kain No Gain and generally living a better quality of life – this makes me exceptionally proud. Also, it’s not just in London, we’ve held a class in Brighton and are looking at other cities, too.
M&F: Music and entertainment very much underpins the unique crossover appeal of No Kane No Gain.  With that being said, how would you describe the overall ambience and atmosphere of No Kane No Gain?
MK: Energy, Happiness and laughter. From the moment people arrive, both myself and one of our awesome pro trainers takes a few minutes to introduce ourselves and make people feel truly comfortable. This combined with the games creates a wonderful positive vibe.
M&F: Before we leave Melody, what are your specific long-term ambitions and goals for No Kane No Gain?
MK: Well, 2018 has been great for NKNG so far, we’ve done some amazing events, had some great guest trainers and even had famous MC’s & Artists perform whilst people are working out. We are currently expanding our team, and as I said earlier, looking into other cities to hold events. So expect more of the same, only bigger and better - you should come to one!

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Behaviours of People Who Have Had Enough Sleep

Behaviours of People Who Have Had Enough Sleep

Enough rest is vital for not only your well-being but your performance at work as well. You might have wondered how some people show up at work looking sharp and perky even without the regular cup of coffee. As it turns out, most of these individuals have eight secrets in common. You too can wake up well-rested. Outlined below are a few tips and ideas to help you achieve this.

1.         Maintain a regular sleep schedule
Although sleep is essential, experts recommend sticking to a sleep schedule to be able to wake up well rested the next day. Make it a habit of sleeping and waking at the exact times, and avoid oversleeping during weekends and holidays.

2.         Enjoy your nap
Power Naps come in handy as they help you re-energize hence being able to persevere through the day. Most of these people enjoy their 15-minute, 30-minute, or even 90-minute naps in the afternoon. You however you should avoid naps after 4pm.

3.         Relax just before bed
Anxiety, concern, and stress can impact your ability to sleep well. White noise and meditation sessions are recommended just before bedtime.  These work by inducing a sense of relaxation which is vital for good quality sleep. Consider a warm soaking bath, read a relaxing book, or listen to soothing music as well.

4.         Put on some exercise
Regular body exercise plays a vital role in keeping the heart pumping and good health. According to research, putting in a bit of exercise every day helps you to fall asleep much faster and helps one to enjoy uninterrupted sleep patterns. While exercise is essential, experts recommend against exercising towards bedtime.

5.         It's okay to go to bed late once in a while
Circumstances may force you to go to bed late. This could be because you were studying late, or had to complete that work project. Whatever the reason is, going to bed late once in a while is perfectly reasonable and shouldn’t kick you off balance.

6.         Avoid sleeping with a pet
As loving or friendly they may seem, pets can make it hard for you to get enough rest at night. Pets can be restless at night which could disturb you from sleep. Have the pets sleep on a separate bed, preferably in another room. Do not let outdoor pets sleep in your bed either; it is terrible for your health.

7.         Know the importance of sleep
Never make sleep an option in your life. There's a reason why health experts recommend at least 7 hours of sleep every day. Acknowledging the benefits of sleep is the first step to waking up refreshed and well-rested. Avoid going to bed in the early hours; this can impair your performance the next day.

8.         Know when you have had enough
Most of us struggle to get enough sleep. You should however know when everything else has failed, and seek professional help. Seeking help from a sleep therapist can help you work your way towards getting enough rest and staying sharp.

9.         New Mattress
A new mattress can be a great way to help you to get a better night’s rest and be a big help. This Macy’s mattress has got great, positive reviews and could be the one that gives you a better night’s rest.

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