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Did You Know – 06/09/2014

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1. Excellent idea. Will tell my Mother about it as she is always complaining about her wine being watered down by the ice cubes.

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2. Place a wooden spoon over a pan to stop the water from boiling over. This is so good as I am always putting something to boil on the stove, work on my computer then forget about it and end up with a mess because I had forgotten about it

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3. Genius.

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3. Wrap rubber bands around the ends of a coat hanger to prevent dresses from slipping off.

 

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4. Yet another use for drinks can ring-pulls! Use to create a hanging loop for picture frames by screwing into the back.

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5. Use egg boxes to store delicate Christmas tree decorations

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Cardboard Boxes For Finnish Babies

I read this article today and was fascinated by it.  I guess I am not so concerned about giving children an equal start in life as I believe we all have our own individual destiny at the beginning of our life,  I was intrigued about the fact it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.

Anyway I thought it was a very interesting article and something I did not know about.

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For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.

It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life.

The maternity package – a gift from the government – is available to all expectant mothers.

It contains bodysuit, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress.

With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a baby’s first bed. Many children, from all social backgrounds, have their first naps within the safety of the box’s four cardboard walls.

Mothers have a choice between taking the box, or a cash grant, currently set at 140 euros, but 95% opt for the box as it’s worth much more.

The tradition dates back to 1938. To begin with, the scheme was only available to families on low incomes, but that changed in 1949.

“Not only was it offered to all mothers-to-be but new legislation meant in order to get the grant, or maternity box, they had to visit a doctor or municipal pre-natal clinic before their fourth month of pregnancy,” says Heidi Liesivesi, who works at Kela – the Social Insurance Institution of Finland.

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