Meet with Cindy http://www.meetwithcindy.org Cindy’s Blog Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:25:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Easy Kitchen Improvements Ideas http://www.meetwithcindy.org/easy-kitchen-improvements-ideas/ Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:25:50 +0000 http://www.meetwithcindy.org/?p=685 With everybody spending more time at home, it’s the perfect time to start on those kitchen renovations you’ve been dreaming about. These easy kitchen upgrades are a great way to pass the time and spruce up your home without spending a fortune. If you’re looking […]

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With everybody spending more time at home, it’s the perfect time to start on those kitchen renovations you’ve been dreaming about. These easy kitchen upgrades are a great way to pass the time and spruce up your home without spending a fortune. If you’re looking for a little more color or need some extra functionality, these inspiring projects will refresh your kitchen in no time.

Switch up the Lighting

From fancy to rustic to chic, you can upgrade your kitchen lighting in so many different ways. Inviting lighting is important in any room in the house. Since the majority of entertaining is done in the kitchen and dining areas, these are the best places to get a bit more creative. Adding DIY decorative light fixtures can cost anywhere from $30-$200+ but can immediately upgrade your kitchen’s aesthetic. If you already have a well-lit kitchen with plenty of natural sunlight, the lighting fixture can be mainly decorative. If you think your kitchen needs better functional lighting, try multiple fixtures, a statement chandelier or pendant lighting with exposed bulbs.

Revamp Your Appliances

The stovetop and dishwasher and refrigerator are the biggest appliances in the kitchen and can act as staples in any new design. If you are ready for something different, the rustic aesthetic of a propane stovetop or retro refrigerator might be just what your kitchen needs. And if you know your house uses a lot of water at one time like frequently running the dishwasher and washing machine while showering you may also want to switch to a propane water heater. In many areas, propane is less expensive than electricity, so it may reduceyour household’s overhead costs in the long run. If you are looking to spend less, painting your appliances is a great way to update your kitchen without having a complete renovation.

Add Your Own Splash

Updating with prints, textures, and colors is one of the simplest ways to add a current take on any area of the house. Chalkboard paint adds a moody accent and is inexpensive, easy to clean and most of all makes leaving messages or reminders fun for everyone. Something as simple as painting or staining the cabinets is one of the most effortless ways to revamp your kitchen vibe. The same idea applies to stovetop backsplashes and countertops. You can easily hide cheap looking laminate counters or bland colors with a bit of contact paper. A bright splash of color on the wall acts as a focal point and will draw the eye. You can even create your own ceramic or stainless steel backsplash for less than 40s per square foot. If there’s already enough going on on the counter space, you can always repurpose a rug. Not only will this give some cushion underfoot while you are at the stovetop or the sink but it can add some much-needed texture or color.

Get Creative with Storage and Space

Storage is one of the kitchen’s main purposes. Some of the trendiest kitchen designs use open shelving instead of closed cabinets or a combination of both. Not only will this open up even the smallest of rooms but it allows you to show off unique pieces or beautifully matched sets. Sometimes even small spaces can be transformed to maximize space without looking cluttered. Don’t be afraid to think vertically, using wire racks for utensils or installing floating shelves can make use of any empty wall. And if you’re short on counter space, there’s even a way to turn your sink into a bonus cutting board.

Change the Hardware

Although cabinet handles and drawer knobs may seem insignificant, they can completely renew a kitchen style or pull you into a different time. This is another project that you will only need a few tools and patience for- no contractor required. It’s an easy way to add personality without a huge commitment. Finding a uniformly modern set at your local hardware store won’t set you back too far. If you want something more eclectic and unique, check out estate sales, online marketplaces, or a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Taking it a step further, you can replace or redecorate your outlet covers. There are a lot of unique ways to decorate your own outlet covers with paint or decoupage. If you are always looking through Pinterest boards and home design magazines for new decor ideas, then improvements like these are a great start. There’s no reason why you can’t be frugal about your remodeling ambitions. You can turn any size kitchen space into something beautiful and practical with a few tools and some patience. While you’re at it, take a moment to declutter and tidy up. Kitchens tend to collect both grease and items that don’t belong. Resell or donate utensils and appliances you have no use for and toss or donate unwanted foods. Once you have a clear picture of what belongs and what doesn’t, you can get started.

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Self-Care Tips for Taking Care of You During the Pandemic http://www.meetwithcindy.org/self-care-tips-for-taking-care-of-you-during-the-pandemic/ Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:20:23 +0000 http://www.meetwithcindy.org/?p=681 Since the COVID-19 pandemic, each of us has had to adjust to a new set of unexpected challenges. Self-care is one of the first things sacrificed when life gets crazy. However, it’s neither selfish nor self-indulgent to prioritize your own wellbeing. Now more than ever, […]

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, each of us has had to adjust to a new set of unexpected challenges. Self-care is one of the first things sacrificed when life gets crazy. However, it’s neither selfish nor self-indulgent to prioritize your own wellbeing. Now more than ever, you should focus on what makes you feel nourished and healthy, after all, it’s a lot harder to be there for others if you aren’t there for yourself first.

Give Yourself a Break

It’s incredibly easy to become wrapped up in a spiral of negative thoughts when things are uncertain. Although it may seem like you have too much time on your hands, you may also be tempted to overfill it and add unnecessary stress to your daily routine. Make an effort to set time aside to actively pause, breathe, clear your mind, reflect, and practice positive self-talk. Even 5 minutes of meditation twice a day can be incredibly rewarding. Journaling is a great way to release negative feelings and reflect on what you are grateful for.

Try Online Therapy

Self-care is a remedial practice in and of itself, but sometimes professional therapists can give you tools you didn’t even know you needed. The most common misconception about therapy is that it’s only for trauma or depression. In reality, “normal” people can benefit from therapy too, especially when they are struggling in unexpected and uncertain circumstances. There are thousands of therapists trained to help you work through mental roadblocks and overcome significant crises and every day minutiae. With so many people unable to book in-person appointments the past few months, telehealth services have rapidly developed practice management software that allows licensed professionals to virtually offer the services. Weekly check-ins from the comfort of your own can be incredibly stress-relieving, even after a new normal is established. Don’t be discouraged right away, it may take a couple tries to find a therapist that works for you.

Stimulate Your Senses

There’s a reason there are even whole therapies developed using music. We as humans respond to auditory stimulation and music in general on a fundamental and even subconscious level. It has more of an effect on our brains than we realize and all you have to do is sit and soak it up. In this same vein, it can be helpful just to tune in to a new podcast and take a break from the constant stream of negative news and social media. Adding an aromatherapy candle or diffuser to your jam session might boost your mood and even help you sleep at night. When you inhale, the scent molecules in the essential oil go from the nerves in your nose directly to the amygdala, the emotional center of your brain.

Prioritize Sleep

Good sleep in general is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It can even prevent weight gain, heart disease, and help you recover from anything attempting to attack your immune system. Both your emotional stability and immune system rely on your body having enough time to repair and rejuvenate itself. Try to limit screen time right before bed. The blue light emitted by most of the technology we regularly come in contact with is especially disruptive to your body’s circadian rhythm. Stress can make it even more difficult to get our overstimulated brains to shut off at night. By practicing simple breathing exercises you can activate a relaxation response and help you drift off.

Stay Active and Eat Healthily

Self-care involves both mental and physical health. Try keeping to a schedule to help maintain a work-life balance. We often revert to damaging behaviors like eating junk foods and mindlessly binging tv shows from the couch, the opposite of what our body needs. If you need an energy boost try and stock the house with high protein snacks and whole foods instead of sugary, processed foods. Even working a morning or midday walk into your routine can help clear the mental fog and boost creativity and productivity. There are endless workout programs and influencers dedicated to helping you stay active from home without having to risk the gym. As nearly every aspect of our daily lives continues to change, realize that it’s okay to feel stressed and lost. We are continually hearing about proper handwashing, maintaining social distancing, and wearing masks. However, it’s also important to acknowledge the toll the pandemic can take on our mental health. We are all adapting to a new normal and with the amount of other things going on in addition to the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to put effort into taking care of yourself.

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Reasons to Take Up a New Hobby http://www.meetwithcindy.org/reasons-to-take-up-a-new-hobby/ Sun, 27 Sep 2020 06:17:39 +0000 http://www.meetwithcindy.org/?p=678 In an age when everyone’s world has been turned upside down, it makes sense that you keep your body and mind occupied. What could be a better way of diverting your attention than taking up a new hobby? If you need any more convincing, here […]

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In an age when everyone’s world has been turned upside down, it makes sense that you keep your body and mind occupied. What could be a better way of diverting your attention than taking up a new hobby? If you need any more convincing, here are a few other reasons why this is so worthwhile:

Mental Challenge

When you do the same thing day in, day out you are not stretching your mind to its fullest capacity. Picking up a new hobby is a great way of giving yourself a new mental challenge, which can activate areas of the brain that have been dormant. Some hobbies – like learning a new language – have been shown to have health benefits like slowing the onset of dementia. It is always a good idea to stretch yourself and take on new challenges.

Relieve Stress

We certainly live in a world that presents all sorts of stressful situations. Even when you are sat at home, constant negative news can filter in through your TV screen and smartphone. Taking up a new hobby is a great way of relieving day-to-day stress, allowing your mind to escape from anything else that you have going on in your head. In turn, this can help to bring on feelings of happiness, while providing a sense of joy and excitement.

New Social Connections

While some hobbies are solitary, there are plenty more that involve a degree of social interaction. If you are bored of your regular old network of friends, a new hobby can help you to cast a wider net. You are likely to meet people who you would never have interacted with in the past. Making new connections can also help to open up all sorts of opportunities in the future.

Develop Unique Skills

The development of skills is a great way of making you feel proud and providing a sense of achievement. Not only this, but it helps to make you a more interesting person – particularly if you have a unique hobby. Gold panning is a good example, so check out irwinspaydirt.com if you are interested in getting involved in this hobby. Setting targets and improving little by little is an all-round positive experience that provides a great sense of personal satisfaction.

Boost Confidence

A natural effect of taking up a new hobby is a boost in confidence. This is down to the fact that you are demonstrating and developing talents that you never knew you had before. Plus, we have already mentioned the social side and the positive impact of expanding your network of connections.

Benefit Other Life Areas

A new hobby may provide you with transferable skills that you can take into a work setting. It may also help to relieve the stress in your life, which can help you in your family relationships. Plus, there is the boost of confidence that we have just mentioned. All-in-all, taking up a new hobby is a highly valuable and worthwhile endeavor.

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A Guide to an Improved Fitness Routine http://www.meetwithcindy.org/a-guide-to-an-improved-fitness-routine/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:20:39 +0000 http://www.meetwithcindy.org/?p=672 Exercise is fundamental to a healthy lifestyle that much is obvious by now; but getting into the right fitness routine can be tricky. When it comes to fitness, it’s very easy to look around you and base your own routine on what those around you […]

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Exercise is fundamental to a healthy lifestyle that much is obvious by now; but getting into the right fitness routine can be tricky. When it comes to fitness, it’s very easy to look around you and base your own routine on what those around you are doing, whether it’s someone you always see in the gym, your favourite celebrity or even a stranger you pass on the street and wonder how they even have the energy to be on their run.

However, a good fitness routine doesn’t mean achieving what everyone else is achieving. Your own goals are exactly that — your own — and your fitness routine should tailor for that.

Key Forms of Exercise

If you’re looking for a well-rounded experience when it comes to exercise, in the form of a fitness routine which will help your body in all aspects, then key forms of exercise you should pay attention to are:

  • Aerobic
  • Cardio
  • Strength-training
  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Moderate exercise
  • Intensive exercise

Exercise isn’t always about how much you can move or sweat. It’s also important to focus on building core strength and balance so that your body can move in its more flexible way.

Struggling to Find a Good Fitness Routine? Here Are Some Tips

Plan Your Goals

These don’t have to be huge, long-term goals, but anything which can help as a starting point. For example, do you struggle with flexibility? Are your hips tight, or is your back always hurting? You may want to start off with some flexibility exercises, such as yoga. Or, maybe you have toning goals for a specific area of your body, so you can find an exercise which focuses on that.

Don’t Push Yourself Too Far

Good exercise doesn’t mean all day every day. It’s not a case of the more you exercise, the better it will be. There has to be a stop and rest point so that your body can recover, therefore exercising intensively all the time may not be in your best interests.

If you’re struggling with an excessive and overbearing need to exercise and losing considerable weight, this could be a sign of other conditions, such as anorexia. You can always seek help and support with establishments like Eden Treatment to get you back on the right path.

Find What You Enjoy

Exercise shouldn’t be a burden, and no matter what your goals are, having an exercise you love to do will make it more likely that you’ll stick to it. Think about what you like to do in general and find an exercise which best fits with that. If you enjoy nature, maybe hiking is for you. If you love water, you may want to try swimming—couple your fitness with what you enjoy.

Think About Your Lifestyle First Trying to change your entire life routine to accommodate exercise is going to be an upheaval, and you may end up resenting it. Instead, fit exercise around your existing routine. Find a time which best suits you. It may be the first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Fit in an exercise where you can and know that you don’t have to sacrifice other commitments to achieve a good workout!

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How to Care for Your Eyelash Extensions http://www.meetwithcindy.org/how-to-care-for-your-eyelash-extensions/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 04:40:13 +0000 http://www.meetwithcindy.org/?p=667 So, you’ve spent time and money at a salon to get the perfect eyelash extensions. You devoted a couple hours of your day to getting long, luxurious, deeply colored lashes that make your eyes pop. You can flirtatiously flutter those babies at handsome hunks or […]

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So, you’ve spent time and money at a salon to get the perfect eyelash extensions. You devoted a couple hours of your day to getting long, luxurious, deeply colored lashes that make your eyes pop. You can flirtatiously flutter those babies at handsome hunks or butterfly kiss your honey. With proper care, your new lashes can last for up to four to six weeks before you’ll need to revisit the salon for an infill of replacement lashes. Here are some steps you can take to lengthen the life of your extensions.

Let Them Cure

Your eyelash extensions have been attached to your natural lashes using an adhesive. This adhesive needs at least 24 hours to fully cure before it becomes waterproof, though 48 hours is best. During the first 24 hours, avoid taking a shower, washing your face, and stay out of humid environments. That means no trips to the sauna, no soaks in a jacuzzi, and no swimming. If it’s a hot, humid summer day, try to stay inside in the air conditioning. After the first 24 hours, they are cured and waterproof, but you may want to try to avoid swimming frequently, because this will cause you to want to rub your eyes from water exposure.

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Use Oil-Free Cleansers

You will need to clean your lash extensions a few times a week to get rid of dead skin build-up that can make your eyelids itchy. Use a foam cleanser that is made for lash extensions. If you are in a pinch, small amounts of non-conditioning baby shampoo can be substituted. If you have oily skin, you’ll want to try and control this with blotting papers and by using oil-reducing products. Your eye and face makeup, makeup removers, and facial cleansers should also be oil-free products.

Don’t Touch Them or Use Mascara

Rubbing, touching, playing with, and picking at your lashes will simply make them fall out faster. These actions can also damage your natural lashes. We also recommend that you don’t use mascara or eyeliner, especially waterproof or oil-based versions.

What to Expect  

It’s completely normal to lose 1-4 eyelash extensions per day. When your natural lash is ready to fall out, it will come out with the lash extension attached and be replaced with a new, budding lash. Some days you might not lose any, others you will lose several. Your lash growth is uniquely individual. You may replace and grow lashes faster than others, or you may find this happens more quickly during some months than others.

If your eyelids are red, swollen, or very itchy during the days after you get the eyelash extensions, this can be due to an allergic reaction. It’s rare and unavoidable, but can be treated. Excessive shedding can also occur in the first few days. This is an uncommon reaction, and you should contact the salon to troubleshoot any issues that might be occurring. Never try to remove lash extensions on your own, as you can damage your natural eyelash growth.

We hope these tips help make your new eyelash extensions last longer and help you attract the attention you desire!

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3 Tips for Budget Home Decorating http://www.meetwithcindy.org/3-tips-for-budget-home-decorating/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 08:32:17 +0000 http://www.meetwithcindy.org/?p=656 Whether you are updating your current abode or you’ve recently moved into a new place, redecorating is always a fun way to do this. Working out whichcolors to use and how to rearrange the rooms can be a great way to keep yourself occupied, and […]

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Whether you are updating your current abode or you’ve recently moved into a new place, redecorating is always a fun way to do this. Working out whichcolors to use and how to rearrange the rooms can be a great way to keep yourself occupied, and of course, living in a beautiful home is good for your mental health.

The only problem with redecorating is that it is going to cost you money, and if you don’t have the funds available and your budget is fairly small, your great ideas might never actually be realized, and this can be depressing.

Don’t worry!The great news is that it’s possible to decorate your home on a budget if you take the time to organize yourself and understand that there may be some compromises along the way. Read on to find out more. 

Declutter

To begin with, it might not be completely necessary to redecorate entirely—sometimes decluttering your living space can give it a brand new feel. Plus, moving your furniture to a different place can make up for not repainting the walls or putting down a new carpet.

You could also make some extra cash when you declutter, since you can sell the items, from books to CDs and more, that you no longer want. Using that money to purchase new paint or wallpaper (or to go towards a new couch or rug) can be the best way to make your home look just how you want it. Not only will you have removed any belongings that you don’t want anymore, but you’ll have increased your budget at the same time.

Use Coupons

If you do need to buy items for your home then be on the lookout for coupons. A Macys coupon can make a huge difference if you are buying home furnishings, for example, and it can mean you can buy the item you want to buy rather than one that fits your budget but isn’t quite to your liking.

By searching online, you should be able to find lots of different coupons or discount codes to help you buy exactly what you want at a fraction of the cost.

Do It Yourself

Much of the cost involved in redecorating your home comes from hiring someone to do the work for you. The materials are one portion of the cost and the labor is another. Add them together and you’ll have the overall price you’re going to have to pay to get the room looking how you want it to.

Or, why not do it yourself? When you eliminate the labor costs you will find that you have a lot more budget to spend on other elements. If you aren’t a confident decorator or you don’t know where to start, there are hundreds of tutorials available online. Not only does doing in yourself save you money, but you will learn new skills.

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Tips to Upgrade Your At-Home Workouts http://www.meetwithcindy.org/tips-to-upgrade-your-at-home-workouts/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 04:06:01 +0000 http://www.meetwithcindy.org/?p=651 Current events may have drained your motivation to work out, but there is no better time to start working out at home with health on everyone’s minds. Of course, working out at home is easier said than done. Many people don’t enjoy working out at […]

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Current events may have drained your motivation to work out, but there is no better time to start working out at home with health on everyone’s minds. Of course, working out at home is easier said than done. Many people don’t enjoy working out at home because they do not have access to gym equipment or the space to work out how they like; storing a full treadmill or weight rack at home is no small task. However, while gym access is limited, working out at home may be your only option. Instead of drawing your home workouts, take the time to upgrade them. You do not have to break the bank to create a quality home workout system. With some modern technology and a fresh outlook, you can enjoy working out at home.

Missing The Carrot

Many people who regularly work out have a goal in mind they are always aiming for. That goal is the carrot at the end of the stick that keeps them on track, but many people have lost their “carrot.” Whether people were working out in preparation for a marathon, sporting event, or another milestone, many of those events are now canceled. In combination with traditional gyms closing or significantly limited access, the additional loss of the carrot makes maintaining the motivation to working out even harder.

Pivot to a new goal to find a new focus or outlook instead of grimly accepting that your gym and goal event is gone for the time being and giving up. If your old goal is no longer happening, find something else you can strive for with your workouts. Make a new goal for yourself with home workouts to replace the carrot at the end of the stick to keep yourself motivated and focused.

Add Entertainment

Some people detest working out because they find it boring. Standing in one spot repeating exercises or following a program is not always the most mentally stimulating content, but you can change that. If you find working out boring, grab a pair of wireless headphones, earbuds, or even a gaming headset to add entertainment to your exercise. Put on some music or your favorite podcast to listen to while you work out. Adding entertainment helps take your mind off working out, so you enjoy exercising more while also letting you disconnect from the rest of the world. Once you don’t dread working out, that is the first step towards working out more regularly and making genuine progress.

Use Online Programs

Even with entertainment, repeating the same workout routine, every session is dull and won’t get you very far. You do not need to call a professional trainer to find new programs as there is a vast selection of programs online. With some simple searching, you can find programs that suit your current abilities and align with your goals. You can pay for month-long workout courses online or create a rotating schedule of free routines to keep things interesting. You can find online programs centered around martial arts, yoga, dance, traditional bodyweight exercises, and more, so you will never be lacking for choices.

Better Recovery

Most people consider recovery an afterthought. People expect to be sore or tender the day after a hard workout, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you put a little more time into your recovery, you can avoid routine soreness. Merely stretching, cooling down, and using a foam roller after a workout will do wonders, but you can take it a step further with the Theragun. The Theragun uses percussion therapy to relieve sore muscles and improve your body overall. With a selection of different models, there is a Theragun to suit every need, from casual home exercise to professional training.

It can be hard to work out at home without a standard gym and no goal in front of you, but with a few upgrades and a new plan, working out becomes less burdensome. Find the reason why you want to work out and set a goal to work towards to keep your motivation going. Upgrade your home workouts by adding entertainment to your workouts with music or a podcast, using online programs to keep your routines interesting, and investing in better recovery, so you feel less sore the next day.

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3 Tips for Providing a Healthy Home http://www.meetwithcindy.org/3-tips-for-providing-a-healthy-home/ Wed, 09 Sep 2020 12:36:56 +0000 http://www.meetwithcindy.org/?p=648 As a parent, you have many goals in regard to the type of home that you provide for your family. While such goals might differ from family to family, most parents can agree that among the top priorities is that of providing a healthy home. […]

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As a parent, you have many goals in regard to the type of home that you provide for your family. While such goals might differ from family to family, most parents can agree that among the top priorities is that of providing a healthy home. This is an especially tricky pursuit as there are so many things out there that can very easily make for an unhealthy lifestyle.

Moreover, you know that health is about more than one’s physical condition. You also strive to keep the mental and emotional health of your family in mind.

If you are looking for more ways to provide a healthy home for your family, here are three tips to help you along.

Promote Mental Wellness

The area of mental wellness is one that hasn’t received as much attention as it should have in the past. The ambiguity and complexity of mental health issues have led many healthcare professionals in the course of history to disregard or underestimate the entire field. Thankfully, we are now at a point in time when mental health is receiving the attention that it deserves. If you are looking to provide a healthier home for your family, this is where you should start.

It is important to have conversations with your children about mental health and check in with them periodically to see how they are coping with the struggles they are facing in their own lives. Unfortunately, teens, in particular, are at risk of turning to things like substance abuse when they feel like they can’t cope with the stress in their lives. The topic of teenage rehabilitation is a difficult one to approach, however helping your teen live their healthiest life starts with getting them the help they need to thrive.

Emphasize the Importance of Sleep

When your children are young, it is easier to control their sleeping habits through a steady nap routine. However, as they age and grow into their teenage years, you might notice that their sleeping habits aren’t what they should be.

Perhaps they stay up too late socializing with friends, playing games, or completing schoolwork. Whatever the reason for their late nights might be, it is important that they learn as soon as possible how devastating a lack of consistent sleep can be to one’s health.

Not only can a lack of good sleep lead to a variety of physical health issues, but mental health and sleep are directly linked. If you wish to promote an overall healthier home, sleep should be near the top of your priority list.

Learn to Read Food Labels

You know that it is important to stock your house with good, wholesome foods for your family to eat. However, how do you know which food items are as healthy as they claim to be? You must learn to look past the excellent marketing strategies and deceiving branding and actually read the labels of the foods you buy. Only by knowing precisely what is put into the foods you eat can you really start to have an all-around healthier diet.

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What You Should Expect When Being Investigated for Health Care Fraud http://www.meetwithcindy.org/what-you-should-expect-when-being-investigated-for-health-care-fraud/ Wed, 02 Sep 2020 12:36:09 +0000 http://www.meetwithcindy.org/?p=644 Healthcare fraud charges can stem from allegations of up-coding by a government official to patients saying you billed them for unnecessary procedures. The issues might be reported by anyone from an employee to a third party. Regardless of what causes it, you need to act […]

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Healthcare fraud charges can stem from allegations of up-coding by a government official to patients saying you billed them for unnecessary procedures. The issues might be reported by anyone from an employee to a third party. Regardless of what causes it, you need to act quickly and seek expert legal counsel. But what happens once the allegations are made? Here’s what you should expect when being investigated for health care fraud.

A Whistleblower Reports Something

As we’ve already said, the whistleblower could be anyone from a client to an employee. They may be mistaken in their belief that duplicate claims were deliberate fraud or gaps in documentation mean you’re billing for services that were not actually rendered. However, government agencies from the FBI to the Office of the Inspector General to the United Postal Service could all get involved in the investigation. They can issue financial penalties for honest mistakes in addition to prosecuting intentional, fraudulent claims.

Get Help

No matter what federal agency investigates the fraud, any case against you will end up in federal court. This is why you must seek out a federal criminal defense attorney licensed to practice in federal court.

Furthermore, it needs to be someone experienced with medical fraud cases. We suggest you check out this Medicare fraud investigation article from Healthcare Fraud Group. They outline the common issues identified rightly or wrongly as Medicare fraud and provide detailed examples of each. They also discuss actions that could result in you being found guilty and the penalties that are incurred when that happens.

Provide the Necessary Documentation

When you receive a letter informing you of the impending investigation, you need to immediately act to preserve evidence. For healthcare providers, this means preserving hardcopy records and ensuring electronic health records are saved but unchanged. You need to maintain records regarding billing, services rendered, and prescriptions written. Any or all of this could be demanded by the feds. You can face consequences for mistakes as well as intentional acts, but you have no defense if you don’t have the documents to back you up.

Collaborate with Your Attorney

There is a fair chance that investigators will interrogate you or your employees. You don’t need to face these investigators alone. You have the right to an attorney present. Your attorney can also manage conversations between the FBI or Medicare Fraud Control Unit, minimizing your interactions with them.

You could have your attorney do an internal investigation. This information is often privileged, but it allows you to find gaps in your processes that may have led to the problems reported to the government. You might still have to pay back the excessive charges with interest. However, if you can prove it was due to mistakes that you’re rectifying, you avoid the damages that literally multiply what you owe the state.

Case Settlements

The worst-case scenarios include loss of your medical license and jail time. The best-case scenarios involve a detailed audit of your records that take up a lot of your time and attention, while the government issues a modest fine. The government normally reports the outcome of their legal action. You can issue your statement or take other steps to repair your reputation.

Conclusion

Healthcare fraud consumes up to 10% of all healthcare expenditures. This is why the government pursues it so aggressively, even when there was no malice on the part of the accused. This is also why you should be prepared to avoid the worst in case you’re accused.

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Ways to Entertain the Family on a Camping Trip http://www.meetwithcindy.org/ways-to-entertain-the-family-on-a-camping-trip/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:13:43 +0000 http://www.meetwithcindy.org/?p=626 You planned a camping trip with your family and already warned the kids that smartphones and devices are not allowed once you reach the forest. Although some children aren’t fond of vacationing without digital entertainment, most campsites aren’t equipped with Wi-Fi, and some sites are […]

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You planned a camping trip with your family and already warned the kids that smartphones and devices are not allowed once you reach the forest. Although some children aren’t fond of vacationing without digital entertainment, most campsites aren’t equipped with Wi-Fi, and some sites are located in isolated areas where cell phone service is non-existent. Camping may be a struggle for families that are unfamiliar with the great outdoors, but you can avoid an unpleasant experience by keeping your group entertained with activities like hiking, fishing, playing music, and cooking.

Hiking

A great way to enjoy the land around your campsite is to take your group on a hike. Hiking is a simple way to stay fit during vacation, and you may be lucky enough to observe the wildlife living in the area. Before leaving the site, you should ensure that your group has adequate water, snacks, rain gear and mosquito bite relief. If your site is in a national park, you may run into trails or areas that are closed to the public. Some sections are closed for renovations and can be hazardous to hike through. You can check on the park’s restrictions by examining its website.

Fishing

Fishing is another way to spend quality time with your friends and family on a camping trip. For a more active form of fishing, you can try fly fishing. Some beginner fishers become bored with traditional fishing, but fly fishing requires you to be in constant motion. Summer is an ideal time for fly fishing in many parts of the country because you can wade into the cool water while you fish.

Playing Music

A camping trip wouldn’t be the same without a little campfire music. Keep your group entertained with an outdoor concert and encourage them to join the fun. An acoustic guitar, harmonica or recorder are ideal camping instruments, but before you play, check the local noise ordinances and respect the nearby campers. If your group isn’t interested in playing instruments, you can bring a radio for some background music.

Cooking

The campsite is a great location to teach your kids some necessary cooking skills. Try assigning tasks to different members of your group to prepare a large dinner or lunch. For the little ones, you can demonstrate how to build a cooking fire and how to perform simple functions like boiling water for grits or pasta.

It may seem challenging to keep your group entertained on a camping trip. By engaging in planned outdoor activities and maintaining a flexible schedule, you and your family can enjoy your vacation away from the modern world.

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