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As a child, my parents constantly sang the song of hygiene practices which still rings in my ears to date. Funny enough, as siblings we even made a song out of it. As we danced along our cleaning song in sweet soprano voices, what we didn’t know was that those lessons were being drilled into our systems for life. Now into my older years, I attest that all of those lessons made my adulting easier and marriage even manageable. Because sincerely speaking, who wants to live with someone who is not hygiene conscious? Bless my parents for these lessons which are easy for anyone to begin culturing.

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Washing hands

There is so much power in this simple act. It is a great way to keep the germs away. Think of how much dirt kids get in their hands on a daily basis, and sink in the importance of this suggestion. From playing with soil, to crawling around or exchanging toys. Kids come into contact with a lot of germs. Ensure you train them to wash their hands after visiting the washroom. You don’t have to wait for your child to be five years. When you begin potty training which starts at around two years, make it a culture to wash their hands after their business. As a rule of the thumb, be sure to use soap or teach them to use alcohol based sanitizers.

Children learn so much from their parents (Shutterstock)

Bathing regularly

Let’s face it. Not all kids enjoy taking baths. If you are always having a power struggle with your children about their bath, it’s time you decided upon creative ways of making them enjoy it. You can sing songs or use warm water to make it more appealing and child-friendly. Let your children appreciate bathing daily and teach them how to clean different body parts. For girls, for instance, how they should clean their privates is different from how they wash hair with a lot of soap products.

Brushing teeth

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Having had two root canal extractions and three cavities in my teens, I regrettably agree that my mother was right. I struggled with dental hygiene as a preteen and lived to face the hard and painful consequences of toothaches. Encouraging your kids to brush their teeth twice a day, in the morning and evening is important. Not only does it really keep the dental ailments at bay but also saves you a lot of money through dental visits as needless to say, dentists charge a lot for consultation and treatment.

Encouraging your kids to brush their teeth twice a day (Shutterstock)

Covering mouth when coughing or sneezing

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You can easily tell who among your friends has been brought up finely. Covering someone’s mouth when coughing and sneezing is a show of good etiquette too. Give them some tissue or handkerchief which they can use when the flu is beckoning. Your children will soon understand that they are taking such precautions so as to maintain hygiene standards.

Creating a hygiene culture starts with you as your children learn so much from their parents. If you are modelling the right practices, you can relax knowing that they shall copy and paste it in their lives.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry officially shut down Sussex Royal charity

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The couple quit their roles as senior royals earlier this year 

Meghan and Harry have filed paperwork to dissolve their Sussex Royal charity, according to reports.

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The latest break from the royals comes after they were told they could no longer use ‘Sussex Royal’ in their branding by the Queen.

This week bombshell court papers revealed that in her brief spell as a senior royal Meghan felt “unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself.”

The couple, who quit the royal family earlier this year, say they want to concentrate on new ventures going forward – focusing on eco-tourism project Travalyst, which launched last year.

They have reportedly filed paperwork for the royal foundation to be officially dissolved, with trustees set to step down.

An insider told Newsweek: “Following previous announcements that The Duke and Duchess will not be using the name ‘Sussex Royal’ and will not continue with a foundation in its name, paperwork has been filed with Companies House and the Charity Commission to formally close the charity down.

“This will appear on the online public record in the coming days.

“The charity formally enters a period of ‘solvent liquidation’.”

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Harry will remain at the helm until the charity is finally closed, the source said.

Newsweek reports that the California-based couple will focus their attention on Travalyst – an eco-tourism scheme aimed at reducing the environmental damage caused by travel.

The California-based couple were told they cannot use Sussex Royal in their branding by the Queen (Image: Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan – who have themselves come under fire over their use of private jets – will be concentrating on how the travel industry can recover from the coronavirus crisis, the source said.

A statement on their Sussex Royal website earlier this year said: “As shared in early January on this website, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not plan to start a ‘foundation’, but rather intend to develop a new way to effect change and complement the efforts made by so many excellent foundations globally.

“The creation of this non-profit entity will be in addition to their cause driven work that they remain deeply committed to.

“While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal’, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation will not utilise the name ‘Sussex Royal’ or any other iteration of ‘Royal.’”

It comes as the Duchess of Sussex fights it out in court over a “private and confidential” handwritten letter she sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, that was later published by the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline.

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The papers claim that it took a toll on her mental health, particularly when she was pregnant.

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Woman forced to hide at home after lip filler fail left her with ‘baboon’s bum’ pout

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Olivia started getting lip fillers in 2018

A woman who claims her lip filler treatment left her with a pout resembling a “baboon’s bum” is urging people to do their research before going ahead with cosmetic procedures.

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Olivia McCann, 21, said that during a dissolving treatment, her lips were massaged so hard they “looked like they were about to pop.”

At the time, the beautician undergoing the work reportedly assured Olivia that there was nothing to worry about and that the swelling was normal.

But upon leaving she was so embarrassed by how they looked that she hid at home for four days and refused to answer video calls from her boyfriend in fear that he wouldn’t “fancy her again”.

Olivia, who works as a flight attendant had the treatment just before the coronavirus lockdown was put in place, being forced to take two days off of work because of how bad the swelling was.

But this isn’t the first painful experience that Olivia has had.

After years of unsuccessful treatments she is urging people to do their research before going under the needle (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

Over the last two years she has had a number of procedures at different salons that have left her with swelling, lumpiness and uneven distribution of filler.

Now, Olivia from Chorley, Lancashire, is sharing her story in the hopes to encourage people to do their research before risking it all.

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She said: “The woman massaged my lips so hard after putting the dissolver in that they went white, they looked like they were about to pop.

“My lips were triple the size they should be. When I went into the reception to pay the people sitting there waiting to get their lips done were probably looking at me and thinking ‘oh my god’.

“I was embarrassed driving home and I had to put my sunglasses on, my lips looked like a baboon’s bum. I didn’t feel like I could go out looking like that so I just stayed at home, it was awful.

“I didn’t even want my boyfriend Harry to see me, he was FaceTimeing me and I was declining him. I thought ‘if you see me like this you’ll never fancy me again’.

“I rang my friend and she was in tears laughing saying ‘I can’t believe you look like that’.”

She claims that the swelling was down to the beauticians lip massage (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

Olivia first starting experimenting with lip filler in April 2018, when she paid £230 for 1ml spread across her top and bottom lips.

She loved the results when she first had them done, so decided to pay £150 for a 0.5ml top-up six months later – but that’s when things started to go wrong.

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Olivia started noticing pea-sized lumps in her lips that didn’t budge no matter how much she massaged them.

As a gesture of goodwill her beautician offered to dissolve the product for free.

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But instead of fully dissolving her lips like what was suggested, Olivia claims the beautician injected the lumps themselves.

Olivia explained: “I’d asked for my top lip to be a bit fuller but instead of trying to create a cupid’s bow shape she just sort of jabbed it straight in all over the place.

“The pea-sized bumps came up a few days later. My lips were a lumpy mess, they didn’t look right at all.

“I cried when I looked at myself in pictures as I thought my lips looked silly, they looked like they’d been stung by a bee.”

She added: “I’m a girl getting lip fillers to try to look nice and then it went the opposite way, no amount of massaging would shift the lumps.

“Two weeks later I went back but instead of dissolving the full lip she just stuck the dissolver into the lumps, then told me to massage them when I got home.

“She tried to blame it on me and said they were lumpy because I hadn’t massaged them, which I had.

“People think lip fillers are painful, but if you’ve had them dissolved it’s a whole different pain.

“I’m good with pain but when I got them dissolved my eyes were streaming, I think it’s the worst thing I’ve ever felt.”

Olivia took time off work to hide at home, and was so embarrassed she wouldn’t answer video calls to her boyfriend (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

In 2019 Olivia underwent another lip fill treatment which was successful.

So she decided to try filler elsewhere, but was told she would need to have residual product dissolved first.

It was during this procedure that her lips were injected with dissolver and vigorously massaged – a combination that Olivia claims caused her lips to rapidly balloon.

Olivia said: “When I went to them [the salon] they said they couldn’t use [it] on my lips and give me what I wanted unless I had my lips dissolved.

“She put the dissolver in and she massaged my lips so hard – it was the worst out of all dissolvings I’ve had pain-wise.

“They went so massive I couldn’t do anything for days and when they did go down they were really lumpy and uneven – a proper mess.

“I emailed work a picture and they agreed I couldn’t go in looking like that.”

Now that her lips are lump-free and filler-free, Olivia is going ahead with the procedure again – despite the previous lip filler fails.

She has chosen to go to a salon which regularly posts examples of their work, has good reviews from their customers and where the work is carried out by medically-trained beauticians.

She said her lips looked like a “baboon’s bum” (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

Olivia said: “Even though I’ve had all the bad experiences, I still feel more confident in myself having them done.

“Recently I find myself over-drawing my lips, I don’t feel as comfortable with my lips [now] because I’m used to them when they’re a bit plumped up.

“After what I’ve been through I wouldn’t trust my face with anyone apart from someone who’s medically trained and who’s been doing it a long time.

“My advice is to make sure you go to someone who’s going to take the time out of the appointment to sit you down and talk to you about what you’re getting done.

“They should have good work they can show you and people who you can speak to who have had a good experience.

“Make sure it’s a reputable price, there are all these places advertising on social media where they aren’t medical nurses and offering to do treatments at silly prices, it’s scary.”

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