Placemats for Kids: Practical and Personalized Home Decorating

They, first and foremost ,help protect the table surface from messes. They can also entertain the
child to help them get through those waiting times. 
In making children’s placemats the most important element to remember is the functionality. If it 
isn’t easy to clean, it won’t get used. 
The placemats in today’s project are easy to clean, protect your table surface and can also be used 
to educate or entertain a child of any age. 
Materials Needed: 
Clear plastic tablecloth fabric (1 yard will make about     4 placemats) 
Spray adhesive 
Plastic lacing 
Hole punch 
Paper (11 X 17) 
Optional-markers, computer printouts, rulers, magazine     pictures, etc. 
1.Decide on the shape of your placemat. You can get     really creative or use a standard 
rectangle with rounded corners. 
2.Cut out eight pieces of plastic the finished size of     your placemats. 
3.Cut out four pieces of paper three inches shorter and     narrower than your plastic. In 
other words, if your plastic is 14″ X     20″, your paper will be 11″ X 17″. If you are using 
a     medium like permanent markers that can bleed through the paper cut out     eight 
pieces instead of four. 
Designing Your Placemat 
The age and ability of the child can help determine what you use to design your placemat. You 
can make a placemat for a young child that will show colors or shapes. You can create a mat that 
shows groupings of items for children to count, or draw lines for the child to practice printing 
letters. For an older child you can put in facts about states, climate, history, spelling words or 
even math formulas. 
The placemats can also just be decorative. You can make them to represent the seasons, holidays, 
or milestones in the child’s life. Print off cartoon characters of photos from the computer to add 
the child’s favorite characters and family members. 
Make four placemats using these ideas or ideas of your own. Turn the papers over and then 
create four more. If your marker bled through use a separate sheet of paper for the back. 
Assembling Your Placemat 
1.In a well ventilated space, lay out the eight pieces of     plastic. 
2.Spray thoroughly with your spray adhesive. 
3.Center your first paper placemat evenly on one of the     sheets of plastic right side down. 
Press it down firmly. 
4.If you used a separate sheet of paper for the other     side lay that over the paper evenly. 
5.If you didn’t use a separate sheet of paper, you should     have a design face down and a 
design face up. 
6.Carefully lay a second sheet of sprayed plastic on top     of the paper making sure it is 
centered and that the adhesive side is     facing the paper. 
7.You should now have a two sided placemat sandwiched     between two sheets of plastic. 
Press down firmly all over. 
8.Hole punch around the edge 1/4 to 1/2 inch in from the     outside edge. 
9.Lace the plastic lacing material in and out all the way     around knotting the beginning 
and end to hold it in place. This step is     just to add color and a design element but is not 
necessary for the     placemat to remain secure. 
You can also use clear contact paper if you prefer not to use adhesive spray. If is just a matter of 

Post Natal Massage for Women

Pregnancy is taxing on a woman’s body in more ways than one can describe. While it affects every new mother differently, the process in itself takes a major toll on her physical health. Carrying a life in your womb to term and giving birth while being magical in its stead is proportionally exacting. Normal delivery is challenging enough, and if a caesarean has been opted for, the mother’s body undergoes even greater stress.

It is very important that this demanding cycle is given due thought and the new mother is taken care of well to help her recuperate. Recovering from the pregnancy in the right manner should be of prime concern for the mother. Postnatal recovery if not dealt with delicately can lead to permanent adverse effects of the pregnancy for the woman.

Postnatal massage is an excellent way to help the new mother rejuvenate while she takes care of her newborn. It is recommended that a minimum of forty day treatment is adopted. While there are many professional postnatal massage parlors that offer this service, at the right cost the practitioner can also move into your home for this forty day period. In addition to providing you with the perfect relaxing massage, the lady will also help out with the new set of child care chores that have you befuddled.

It has many benefits. It eases muscle tension and relaxes sore spots in your body. Childbirth poses a significant strain on your back, hips, and abdomen. Breastfeeding can also lead to a sore upper back. The massage increases oxygen, and blood flow to your muscles flushes out the toxins from your body. Stimulated by the massage, your body releases endorphins into your system which serve as natural pain killers. Lymph flow will also be stimulated, improving your immunity and well-being. Postnatal depression is also taken care of to a large extent by these relaxing massages.

Breasts should be massaged gently to avoid any damage to them. They are tender right now, and soft strokes can help unblock ducts and loosen clumps or any hardened areas. Breast massage will also trigger Oxytocin flow which will cause breastmilk to leak during the massage. So keep your breastfeeding bra on.

In case you had a caesarean section you must wait for your scar to heal before you can start getting your massages. While it might take a week or two, take a go-ahead from your doctor before starting. Ensure that your masseuse stays away from your scar and abdomen area. After five to six weeks of healing, you can opt for a special scar massage. It will aid in healing the deeper layers of your wound. This also warrants doctor’s approval.

Postnatal massage will effectively speed up your recovery from pregnancy. Make sure to get doctor’s advice and hire a certified massage practitioner. With all the right resources this forty day massage can work wonders for your tired body.