Budget Birthdays For Your Bambinos

We all want to through our little ones awesome birthday parties, but there are just sometimes when our budgets don’t allow it. This is especially the case if you are a single parent or you or your partner have just been let go from work. If there isn’t much money to go around, you probably won’t have any spare to put towards a fabulous party. Thankfully, though, children’s birthday parties are very easy to organize, even if you are on a restrictive budget. Hopefully, all of the following tips and ideas will help you through a reasonably priced party that your child will never forget!

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Forget About A Venue

There are lots of different venues that can host children’s birthday parties. Some restaurants will rent out function rooms while your local leisure center might organize a sports-themed party for you. However, if you are trying to plan a party with little money, you should try and forget about renting out a venue. These can be very expensive, even if you hire one for a couple of hours. It’s best to have the party in your own home and garden. If you only have a very small house and no garden, you might want to think about having the party in your local park. It’s totally free to use parks and you will be able to organize a birthday picnic or tea party if the weather is going to be nice.

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Organize Your Own Food

Another aspect of party planning that can be extremely expensive is sorting out the catering. Rather than hiring a catering company to make a buffet for your party, you should think about cooking and baking yourself. Even though this will take up quite a bit of time for you and will require a lot of careful planning, you will find that it can drastically reduce your costs. It’s also a good idea to try and bake your own birthday cake as well. Don’t worry if you aren’t a very good baker – there are now lots of baking kits you can buy that will help you. Betty Crocker does a really good one for birthday cakes. It’s also worth planning your party for around 2 pm – 4 pm. As it won’t take place over a mealtime, most parents won’t be expecting you to feed their kids a lot. So, you will be able to get away with preparing just a few snacks and the cake.

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Host A Potluck Party

If you don’t fancy cooking everything yourself, you might prefer to host a potluck party. This is when you ask all the other guests to bring a dish to put towards the buffet. Just make sure you add a note to the invites asking everyone to bring something. If your party is themed, you might like to mention the theme so that everyone brings a dish that matches the theme. One of the great things about organizing a potluck is that you will be surprised with all the amazing and delicious foods that people bring to the party!

Be Smart When Gift Shopping

One of the things that can often cause a birthday party to go over budget is all the birthday presents for the child. Every parent wants to make their child feel extra special on their big day and do so by buying them lots of gifts. However, if you don’t have enough cash in the bank, you shouldn’t put yourself in the red just so your child gets a lot of presents. After all, bigger isn’t always better. One way to reduce the costs of birthday gifts is to browse sites such as dontpayfull.com to try and find some coupons and vouchers. You might also want to go gift shopping when shops have their sales. Alternatively, simply restrict your child’s gifts to a certain amount of money. For example, set aside $100 to use to buy their presents and make sure you don’t go a penny over!

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Think About Joint Parties

If your child’s birthday is close to one of their friend’s birthdays, you should think about holding a joint birthday party. This can be beneficial for you and the other child’s parents as you can evenly split the costs so that you both don’t have to pay full price for anything. If you decide to host a joint party along with the other parents, then you might even be able to afford a venue and catering company.

Go Electronic

About a decade ago, lots of parents would spend money on fancy invitations for the party. But now, thanks to the Internet, you don’t need to do so anymore. There are lots of cheaper, electronic options instead. For example, you can simply email all your child’s friends’ moms a quick message about the party with all the necessary details. Alternatively, if you are on facebook.com, you can create an event page and invite all the moms and dads on there. It’s useful to bear in mind that not everyone is on Facebook, though, so you should make a point of telling those people in person.

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Think Of Free Activities

If you can’t afford to hire a children’s entertainer, don’t worry. There are lots of free activities that you can do during the party. If you are having the party in your garden or a park, you could plan a scavenger or treasure hunt. There are also some outdoor games you could play with all the kids, such as hide and seek, blind man’s buff, and three-legged races. Most of these games can also be played inside if the weather starts to turn bad. Basically, any kind of children’s game will go down really well at a birthday party. So, why not ask the kids what they want to play!

Planning and hosting a children’s birthday party doesn’t have to cost you the whole earth. Now that you have all of these great tips and ideas, you should be able to keep your overall costs down to a minimum.

Have fun!

Ways To Keep Your Entire Family Prepared For Emergencies

It pays to be prepared all the time because any time of the day, a lot of unexpected things can happen. It can be in the form of an unexpected power outage, calamities like an earthquake or heavy rains resulting in a flood, accidents, military conflicts or perhaps sudden loss of jobs. Obviously, lots of these events will happen depend on where you live or travel. These days it can happen to anybody and the people you will be most concerned about is your immediate family. Starting today, you should make it a habit to stock up and prepare for emergencies and make sure that the entire household is also involved with it.

Inside your house, regardless if you own it or if you’re just renting, it is essential to have a basic emergency disaster kit. Store it in a safe place and make sure that everyone in the household knows where to find it. Make sure as well that is filled and the supplies will last for several days or longer.

Here are some of the basic components of your emergency disaster kit:

First Aid Kit – disasters or calamities can easily cause acute burns or cuts, headaches, a fever or common colds. That’s why your kit should contain, but are not limited to: analgesics, antihistamines, adhesive and bandages, antiseptic solutions, soap and cleansers, eye wash, petroleum jelly, scissors, thermometer and some of your household’s maintenance medicines. Make sure to check the expiration dates from time to time and replace any expired materials immediately.

Food – make sure that you have enough of it that could last at least 3-4 days. You can pack canned goods in easy-to-open cans or you can include a pocket can opener along with it. However, these canned goods have a certain shelf life and sometimes are temperature sensitive. Good thing, Patriot Pantry has come up with an innovative solution for stored foods. Their products can last up to 25 years and is a great value.

Water – see to it that you are able to secure one gallon per person in your household per day for three days for hydration and sanitation.

Flashlight and Extra Batteries for obvious reasons.

Plastic Bags, Ziplocks, and Duct Tapes – you’ll never know if there is a need to secure items from being wet.

Toys and Comfort Items – your kids have a very short attention span and you want them to keep busy during stressful times like during a disaster.

Cash – don’t expect ATMs to be functional during a serious event or calamity. Make sure you have ample cash to spend when needed.

How To Make Moving House Less Stressful

Moving house is among the top four things in life that cause stress, so when it comes to actually moving home, you want to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible. The best way to do this is by planning out the move in plenty of time. In this article, there will be some tips to make your life easier.

Pre-pack

Once you know for definite that you’re going to move, and you have a property lined up to move into, it’s a good idea to start packing things that you won’t use between now and when you move. Things like summer or winter clothes (depending on what time of year you’re moving) can be packed, so can gadgets and kitchen equipment that you won’t use. You could make some sacrifices and pack some things that you may use fairly regularly, and choose not to use them until you’re in your new home.

Be sure to label each box, so that you know which room to take your belongings into. There’s nothing worse than not knowing what is in each box and then having to lumber boxes between rooms.

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Transport

If you’re fortunate enough to own a van, trailer or a large vehicle, then the move for you should be fairly simple. When it comes to the day of moving, you can simply load up your vehicle and start moving your furniture and other belongings over to your new home. If you don’t have that luxury, thinking about hiring a moving company like dc movers to help with the process. If you’re not that keen on the packing process, you could even land yourself a package where the movers will pack your belongings and transport them too.

Pre-plan

You’ve seen your new home, so pre-plan where your furniture is going to be placed, and who is having which bedroom. It’s likely that you’ll have some sort of measurements of each room from your estate agent, so measure your furniture so that you can quickly get things into your new home and into the right room.

Another wise idea if you have children is to prepare them for the move. Explain that it’s going to be a big change and that it’s going to be an adventure. Moving is scary for the best of us, so make sure that everyone involved is comfortable and prepared for the change.

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Helping hands

Ask friends and family members to help with your move if you’re choosing to move without professional help. Extra cars and vans will make the transition so much quicker, and also take some of the carryings of your belongings off everything you have to think about. After the move, you could have everyone over to your new home for a housewarming party.

As mentioned earlier, moving home can be stressful, but if you follow these simple tips, you can rest assured that your move will go smoothly and you can begin to enjoy living in your new home.

Things You Must Do In Roanoke

If you’ve never heard of Roanoke before, here’s a bit of background history; It was established in 1585 in what we now know it as North Carolina. It has the nickname of “The Lost Colony” due to shipments being stopped randomly, and then the colonists disappearing.

Now, however, Roanoke is a fabulous place to visit. It’s especially good for getting the kids out and about without them becoming bored! Here’s a list of the things you must do on your visit.

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  1. Dolphin Tours

    Let’s be fair, who doesn’t love dolphins? Take up this opportunity and sail with the dolphins. The dolphin watch is truly incredible to see, with a tour guide giving you lots of useful and exciting information, it’s a once in a lifetime experience that you’d be mad to miss out on!

  2. Elizabethan Gardens

    Enter these luxurious grounds and marvel at the beauty of the memorial the town created for Queen Elizabeth I during her reign. It was made to keep her entertained and has remained there since. It’s open all year round, but it’s best to check what times they are open as this does vary.

  3. The Lost Colony

    While you’re there, why not take in the history of Roanoke and see a reenactment of the lost colonists that happened over 400 years ago. Feel like a part of the culture, and it’s yet another family friendly activity!

  4. Pirate Adventures

    Arrrrr matey! A fun family day trip that includes face painting, sailing on a real pirate ship and much more! Take the kids (or just yourselves if you don’t have any children) on this super fun day out.

 

  1. Ghost Tours

    You may want to find sitters for your children for this one. This is a long walk around the outer banks of Roanoke with ghost stories at night. A fabulous experience for those with the thrill.

  2. Tram Tours

    This is one for those of us that love being up and close with nature. The tour takes you along the land and gets you close to the wildlife including alligators and red wolves.

  3. Wings Over Wildlife Festival

    If you’re lucky enough to be visiting in October, why not head on over to their annually held Wings Over Wildlife Festival? It has loads of activities and caters for all ages! Because it’s during an off-peak season, it’s super cheap to visit too!

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There are loads of things to do in Roanoke; it’s tourists heaven! If you’re interested in looking at what else the lovely island can offer, why not check out these 64+ activities that you can do in Roanoke.

No need to panic about where you can stay either, the island offers many hotels and B&B’s for visitors to stay. A popular choice of hotel is Cambria Hotel & Suites Roanoke that offers plenty of amenities and can also give advice and recommendations on what to do in Roanoke.

Roanoke is a place with lots of history and plenty of activities to do. Be sure to visit!

A Motherly Touch For Your Own Health

As a mother, it’s very easy to get sucked into the whirlpool of life, dealing with the problems of the entire family while ignoring your own. Of course, you want to be able to put your energy into the people you love. But, just sometimes, you have to be a little selfish. Your own health is very important to both you and your family. If it goes bad, your family might have to pick up the pieces, struggling with their new workload. Or, it could just be a matter of keeping up with the kids. To help you out, this post will be going through some of the most common areas moms have health issues and some of the ways to secure them for the future.

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Considering it’s so important, it almost feels like an oversight that humans only have one heart. But, of course, you do only have one, making it critical that you protect it. There are a lot of different things which can negatively affect your heart. From smoking and a bad diet to a lack of exercise or issues in the family, your heart is under constant pressure. Regular trips to the doctor will help you to make sure you’re not unhealthy. But, you should also adapt your lifestyle to make sure it’s as healthy as possible.

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Next, it’s time to consider another part of your body which will be hugely impacted by the way that you live. It’s very easy to damage your back. Sitting in the wrong kind of chair for days on end will have a negative impact. And, so could your bed. When you’re choosing items like this, you should always be aware of the back pain they could cause or solve. There are loads of options out there designed to help people with their back.

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Your senses are one of the most valuable assets you have. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to perceive the world around you in the way that you do. Protecting your ears is easy, you just have to avoid long exposure to loud volumes. Your eyes, though, might take more work. There are loads of different eye conditions which can only be spotted by a professional. It’s a good idea to have your eyes tested as often as you can. This will help you to ensure that they keep their health, and will enable you to catch issues before they get worse.

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Finally, not a lot of people consider the health of their skin. But, with issues like skin cancer on the rise, it’s worth thinking about the protection you use. UV light from the sun breaks down the cells in your body, causing sunburn and other painful issues. Eventually, this damage can cause cancer to form. Avoiding sunlight is very hard. But, you don’t have to. Instead, you just need to make sure that you use a good sunblock when you’re spending a long time in the heat.

Hopefully, this post will help you to start considering your own health a little more, not just the families. It’s worth being a little bit selfish when it comes to health. A lot of people leave this sort of effort until it’s too late. But, with the little amount of work it takes, it makes sense to put as much in as you can.