Copper Mountain Witchcraft Event

Our family always looks forward to the fall season and Halloween. This year, we attended the Copper Mountain Witchcraft Event at the Copper Mountain Resort and we all had a great time! The drive there was gorgeous seeing the fresh snow on the mountain tops and the trees turning to fall colors. Our daughter, Rachel, was so excited to take her first hay ride and visit her first haunted house.

After we arrived at The Copper Mountain Resort, we walked into the festival and saw so much to do. Rachel wanted to find something that she could enjoy with other kids. She really had fun in the Bounce House playing and jumping around. She was dressed in her Wonder Woman costume for Halloween, so it was always easy to find her when she was bouncing around from side to side. After that, we had fun with the Apple Launch trying to get those apples in the target, my hubby won that contest of course. Then, Rachel said she was ready for the Haunted House. We really didn’t expect much, but we were really surprised! They really did an excellent job designing and setting up several areas and rooms that were so scary for Rachel and even for me I will admit. My hubby and I agreed this was one of the best Haunted Houses we have even seen!

Before we looked for something to eat and they had a lot of choices, we decided to take Rachel on her first hay ride. She really enjoyed the ride up up the mountain and had fun hanging out with the other kids on the ride. Our whole family really had so much fun at The Copper Mountain Witchcraft Event that we are looking forward to going again next year!

Allergy Warriors

Sometimes, it can feel like you’re engaged in an epic battle with allergies. Instead of letting sneezing, runny noses, and itchy skin conquer your children, fight back by allergy-proofing your home. While you can’t prevent the world from producing pollen and dust, you can do your part to eliminate these irritants from your home. By taking just a few simple precautions, you can drastically reduce the amount of pollen in the air and make your kids much more comfortable.

One of the best ways to rid your home of nasty allergens is to keep your HVAC system clean and serviced. Indoor air quality and allergies are directly linked to one another. Without proper filtering, your air will be filled with nasty dust mites, dander, mold, and other particles that will set your kids sneezing. To prevent this, schedule regular maintenance and upgrade your filters to a higher MERV rating.

You might even want to try cleaning around the home more, as this can eliminate pollen that’s already made it into the air. Upgrade to allergy-proof bedding, too, so your kids can rest easy at night.

Allergies aren’t all about pollen in the air. They can also be tamed with natural remedies. Certain teas, such as peppermint and chamomile, can soothe inflammation and reduce symptoms. You can even try giving your children a sip of honey or apple cider vinegar to help them stop sneezing. On a long-term basis, try to alter your child’s diet by giving them more omega-3 fatty acids, red peppers, onions, apples, and berries. For more information, check out the infographic below.

First or Next Car Purchase: Things To Consider

Have you ever been excited for that first car or new vehicle you’ve been longing for? Before anything else, make sure your budget for that car has been settled. Most people use car loan financing, although it would be less of a headache if you could pay it in full, but not everyone can afford it. If you already know the car you want, you probably already know how much it costs. Don’t forget about the cost of insurance that varies from car to car and company to company and the license plate tags can be expensive for newer cars in some states.

Next thing would be consider is the car dealer. There are quite a number of them in the community you’re in, but you should also do your research beforehand. You can ask your friends who just recently bought a car or browse the internet. The world wide web can provide you all the information you need about your first or next car, like the American Made Index. It is a comprehensive list of information about the car that you want that provides you all the needed details before making your wise purchase. Knowing more details about your future car will definitely guide you and give you the idea on what you’re getting in the deal.

Road Trip Tips When Traveling With Kids

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Long-haul road trips can be very tiring, especially when you’re traveling with kids. As a parent, we need to make sure that our kids are safe and well entertained. Who would want to drive a long way hearing cries and tantrums, right? It would just ruin the entire trip and you might end up exhausted and drained.

There isn’t that much to prepare actually. Just bear in mind that more than anything else, safety of your kids should be the top priority. Make sure that baby car seats are in place before the trip. If you’re planning to buy a new car, first check its child safety features. Anything about cars you can easily find at cars.com to save time. They’ve got all the details you need for your new car.

Next thing you need is to make your sure you have something to eat for your kids. They often get hungry and when that time comes, they become grumpy if there is nothing to eat. You can always keep some cookies or light snacks to keep them happy and content.

Another important thing to take with are travel toys. Kids will always be kids and playing is their hobby. If they’re playing, then they’re not bored. Preparing ahead of time can really make the difference in the long run.

 

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!