Thursday, September 22, 2016

Christmas Inspired Gift Ideas For Friends And Family

Dare I mention the “C” word. Yes, that’s right. Summer is finally over, and thoughts are turning to winter and the festive season. Christmas is fast approaching. Before we know it, we will be hitting the stores for the Christmas dash. While it’s a wonderful time to share with family and friends. Sometimes it can present quite a stressful period when it comes to deciding on what gifts to buy. Often we don’t have a clue. Which is why I thought now would be a great time to share with you some of the best Christmas inspired gift ideas that will work for friends and family. I hope it provides you with a little inspiration.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

When You Love Someone... | #BehindTheBlogger

This post is my submission into this week's Behind The Blogger series. I hope you enjoy learning a bit about me, and then continue to read the posts from my fellow bloggers listed at the bottom of this post. 

When you love someone, you don't try to change them. You love them for who they are. You love them for all their flaws, all their beauty, everything. You love them during football season, or baseball or hockey. Whatever they love, you should show at least a little interest in learning. And you love them when they fall asleep while you're binging on old episodes of Grey's Anatomy or Game of Thrones.

When you love someone, you compromise. You learn that a little give and take sometimes is necessary. You learn that not all fights are worth winning, let alone worth fighting. You learn when to let go and let God.

When you love someone, you learn that they may not have all the same interests with you. They may not like watching Grey's Anatomy, but they will because they love you. And you'll sit through old episodes of Frasier because that's what he loves. They will learn to love your quirks, and fandom, and you'll learn to love the old 80s songs he seems to like (even though they're not your 80s songs).

When you love someone, you do all this for them. And they do it all for you, too.
When you love someone, it's give and take.




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Monday, September 19, 2016

4 Things You Need To Ensure Your Kids Has An Amazing Party At Home!

It can often lead moms to start panicking when it’s time to start planning their kid’s birthday. After all, you have to entertain a dozen children for a couple of hours. It can often be expensive to do it outside the house at a center. Therefore, here are four things you need to ensure your kid has a fantastic party at home!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Why A Simple Omelet Can Be A Healthy, Gourmet Treat For The Whole Family!

Let's be honest, whenever anyone suggests omelets as a meal, do you internally groan? Do you think oh cheese and egg, how original and secretly try and get the to consider another recipe to eat? We'll if that's the case then you are not alone. But, have you ever considered that the humble omelet cooked well can actually be a delicious treat. Read on to find out more.

Quick

The first thing the omelet has got going for it is that it's quick. This means it's perfect for busy moms, with kids that are screaming to be fed. You can cook an omelet in less than 10 minutes!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Healthy Breakfast Recipes That The Kids Will Actually Want To Eat

It’s a well-known fact that getting kids to eat fruit and vegetables can be challenging, to say the least. They might be a picky eater or just not like the way it looks. Whatever it is, there always seems to be an excuse. This is a view commonly shared by most parents, so don’t let it get you down.

Breakfast, being the first meal of the day, is essential in getting in some vital nutrients. First of all, if children aren’t currently eating breakfast, it is so important that they do. Not only does it get them into the habit of getting up and ready for the day, but it’s also key for brain function. When the little ones reach school age, they will find it impossible to get through a morning of school without breakfast. They won't be able to stay focused for even an entire lesson.

Instead of reaching for the sugar-laden cereal we often do, use breakfast as a time to feed them something healthy. Most children are okay with fruit and berries, so this is a great opportunity to pack in one or two of their five a day! Read on for some ideas on what kids should be eating at each stage.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Grown-up Evenings In: How to Avoid Dullness

As you get older, your tastes often change a lot. From what you like to eat to what you enjoy doing, you can be a very different person at 30 than at 20. How you like to spend time with your friends can be one of the things that change. In your younger days, you might enjoy going to clubs and bars and staying up until the early hours. But as early as your mid or late twenties, you can start to feel the desire to slow down. Gathering at a friend's house and having a fun but relatively quiet night can be a lot more appealing. But how do you plan a grown-up night in that isn't utterly boring?

Prepare Tasty (But Easy) Food

Everyone wants to be fed at a party. Depending on what sort of feel you're going for, it could be canapes or it could be a three-course meal. If you want to have a dinner party, everyone will turn up with empty stomachs, ready to stuff themselves. Don't worry if you've never really cooked for a group of people before. Choose courses that you can mostly prepare in advance and finish off when everyone arrives. If you're just providing snacks, you don't have to stick to nuts and chips from a packet. Surprise everyone by going the extra mile and making some finger foods.


Make Your Own Cocktails

Drinks are important too, whether you're having a boozy weekend party or a dry weeknight get together. If you want to make your drinks offerings more exciting, cocktails are the way to do it. With a few different ingredients, you can offer a fun range of drinks. Before the party starts, make sure you practice making a few drinks. If you want to create the perfect Moscow Mule cocktail, don't try and learn it at the last minute. Get out some nice glasses or other drinks receptacles too. Grown-ups don't drink from mismatched beakers and mugs.

Put on Some Entertainment

How are you going to keep everyone from getting bored? At an adult party, the main entertainment should always be the conversation. However, you might want some other stimulating things to do. Perhaps you can put some music on in the background, and maybe get some dancing going later in the evening. If you're outside, light a fire for everyone to gather around or perhaps play some games. For an ultra-nerdy night in, get out some board games or your Playstation.

Decorate

If you want to make your party more sophisticated, some proper decorations can help. Get out a fancy tablecloth, put some flowers in jars, or hang some fairy lights. You can make your serving plates and other crockery a part of your decoration too. Why have plain glasses and white plates when you can have copper mugs and colorful crockery instead?

You might be slowing down, but there can be more fun on a night in with friends than a night out. Don't fall into the trap of assuming your parties have to be boring or quiet.








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Tips For Grateful Parents: Heartwarming Ways To Say Thank You


Are you a new mom who couldn’t have survived those sleep-deprived first days without your mom and dad? Are you tired parents who will be eternally grateful to a friend for popping over while you have nap? Do you owe sisters, brothers, or grandparents multiple thank yous for helping out with babysitting? When you have children, you often find that the people close to you make a world of difference. If you’re eager to say thank you, here are some heartwarming ideas.

Photographs
Photographs are mementos, which last forever. If you’re keen to show your gratitude to a loved one, why not get some photos done? Enlist the services of a photographer and organize a family shoot. You could include all the people who have helped along the way or simply frame a picture you’ve taken in the past. Have you got images of your best friend cuddling your tiny newborn or your dad proudly taking your son for his first swim? Moments like these are precious, and ordering prints will ensure that memories last a lifetime. You could also create canvases, thank you cards or albums.



Surprise celebration
Most of us need no excuse to throw a party. There doesn’t have to be a birthday or wedding anniversary coming up to celebrate. If you want to give something back to the people who have helped you out, why not throw a surprise gathering? Invite a few people over for a casual barbecue or make up a DIY problem that needs attention. When you’ve secretly let people know the time and date, you can start planning. Order some food and drink, and design a banner. Put some music on, and get ready to give a short speech about what the day’s about, and why you’re so lucky to have such wonderful friends and relatives.

Time together
When you’ve got your children, it can be tough to find time for others. Sometimes, giving the gift of time is much more precious than material presents. Ask your partner to have the children while you take your mom shopping or book a lunch date with your best friend. Alternatively, plan a day out for the whole family. Hit the beach if it’s warm and sunny, or book tickets to the zoo.



Personalized gifts
If you want to buy something extra special, personalized gifts are always a good option. Nowadays, you can find a dazzling array of presents online. Customize an apron for a glamorous grandma who loves baking or design a photo clock for an auntie mad about interior design. Adding a personal touch shows that you care.

Bringing up children is probably the toughest job in the world. Most of us rely on others from time to time. If you’ve had help over the months or years, it’s always good to say thank you. Buying presents are never easy when you want something to be perfect and unique. Hopefully, these ideas have inspired you, and your friends and family will love them.






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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What Would You Buy Your Own Mom As A Gift?

Being a mom, we can often get distracted by what we need to get our children or family. But when it comes to our own mothers, we can become a little unsure what would be best to buy. Every birthday and Christmas you may be faced with the same question, what do I buy my mom? However, this is where many of us miss a trick. The truth is, our inspiration can come from what we may like. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the best gift ideas any mom would love.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

How Long Should Your Household Appliances Live? The Answers May Surprise You!

Buying household appliances is never fun. It's a lot of hard-earned money that the whole while, you keep thinking could be spent on something more interesting. If only your food could magically manage to cook itself, your clothes never dirty, your coffee arriving freshly prepared. Instead, you have to fork out a couple of weeks worth of wages for the big purchases.
When you buy them, it's only natural to expect that they're going to last. Few people are seduced into the idea of extended warranties and for good reason; they're usually not worth it. But even without them, it's only to be expected that these are not purchases you have to make often... right?

Perfect Gifts For People Who Work In An Office

Some friends and family are really easy to buy for. We know what they do and don’t like, or what their favorite shops are, for example. However, there is always some friends and family who are a whole lot more tricky to buy for.

When this kind of issue occurs, what you need to do is think about their lifestyle. If their hobbies and personal interests hold no inspiration from you, their job might! If you’re friend works in an office, a gift to make their day or just their desk a bit nicer is a great idea.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at four ideas for perfect gifts for people who work in an office.

Something to jazz up their desk
Somebody somewhere figured out one day that offices can be really boring places. As a result, they started manufacturing fun little desk additions, and nowadays, many retailers have caught on. As a result, there are loads of things out there to give as a gift for this purpose. If your friend is always working on a laptop, how about some miniature fairy lights, powered by a USB port. If they’re always working at a desktop computer, how about a mouse in a cool design, like a racing car! You could also get them something like a little bell that they can ring then they want a cup of tea. Photo frames and flowers are nice, but they might get those kinds of things from other people. Or, buy them for themselves. Push the boat out a little bit and get them something with an element of fun or humor. It has the power to make them smile every time they’re at work, that way!

Something to perk them up in the mornings
Something that many office workers need is energy! Their days can start early, end late and feel really long in between! So, how about a gift that will help perk them up in the morning? A Better Beans Coffee Clubs subscription is a good idea if they’re always in need of a morning pick-me-up! The setup here is cool because each month a different type of coffee is delivered straight to them. You could even set it up so it gets delivered to them at their office. Just make sure all their colleagues don’t see, or they might be forced to share their precious beans!

Something to make their life a little easier
There are all sorts of quirky and cool gadgets out there that can make a working day a bit easier! If you have time before you need to buy the gift, try and do a bit of digging on harder parts of their day. Then do some research to see if anything has been invented to help them out!

It should also be mentioned that the above gift ideas are also suitable if you work in an office, and need to buy something for a colleague. Maybe you want to wish them good luck on a transfer or promotion, or it’s the birthday. Oh, or you could just get these things for yourself! You deserve a treat, after all!

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