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4 Wedding Favours Your Guest Will Actually Like

October 19, 2017

We’ve all been there. You attend a wedding and conveniently forget to take home a favour because, well, you were never that into them to begin with.  To make sure your wedding guests do not do exactly the same thing, and waste the money you have spent on them, be sure to invest in something that they will actually want.

Here are four favour ideas that we have found to be well-received by wedding guests.

  1.  Anything edible

Quality should be the priority here. You might want to go for traditional Italian wedding favours, such as sugared almonds, or you might opt for something different. Either way, you can’t go wrong providing your guests with something to snack on later that night or in the morning. If you are planning on buying cheap confectionary just for the sake of having a favour, it is best not to bother at all.

  1.  Alcohol

You can’t go wrong providing a mini champagne bottle or a miniature of your favourite booze to your wedding guests. You could even go a step further and provide his and her options so guests can choose their preferred tipple.

  1.  Mini plants

A potted succulent or hanging terrarium would make an ideal wedding favour. People are always looking for little things to add a little character to their homes, and mini plants fit the bill perfectly. This is one of the few wedding favours that will actually last.

  1. Something local to the area

If you are hosting a destination wedding, it can be a nice touch to give your guests something they would not be able to find elsewhere; a souvenir, a taste of the local culture. As an example, a wedding we attended last year provided jam jars in a flavour that was native to the local area.

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Reasons Why Going to A Concert Alone Can Be Amazing

October 19, 2017

So, say your favorite band comes into town. They’re playing a big show not far from you, and (lucky you), you haven’t got anything on that night. Great! You immediately start to ask around to see which of your friends would be interested in going with you- but disaster. Either they’re busy, they don’t like the band, or they just don’t feel like it that night for whatever reason. Whatever reason they give, it leaves you without a single buddy to share your experience with. So, what do you do? Stay at home, knowing that you’re missing out on hearing some of your favorite songs being played in your own town? Absolutely not. Going to a concert alone can prove to be an extremely fun and rewarding experience, and here are just a few of the reasons why.

Flexibility

Being freed up from your friends means being freed up from all the hassle that comes with them, too. Once you’ve checked the upcoming concerts in your area and one has caught your eye, all you must do is worry about yourself. You don’t have to keep hassling people to buy their tickets. You don’t have to plan around others’ schedules, which can be hectic and quite inconvenient, especially if there’s a large group of you all going. Plus, and this is particularly annoying once you get into the concert, what if you all get separated in the crowd? How will you know how to find each other? If you attend alone, all you’ve got to concern yourself with is getting as close to the stage as possible, and trying to meet the lead singer’s eye.

Character-building

Once you’re at a concert, you immediately know that everyone else there shares a common interest: the music. The fans’ interest is not just going to be a fleeting or minor one either; the dedication to the band means that they’ve paid to come and see them play live, just like you have. You already share a deep common connection with absolutely every single person in the venue, so if you want to strike up a conversation it shouldn’t be easier. Discuss your favorite songs, what you hope they’ll play, your favorite album cover, and other bands you like that are similar- there really shouldn’t be much opportunity for dead air.

It’s a Solitary Experience Anyway

Sure, you can chat to your friends for a bit before the show starts, and you can go and grab a beer or bite to eat afterwards, but for the duration of the time that the music is playing, you’re going to be totally focused on the band, and lost within the crowd. That experience is, essentially, a solitary one- you’re going to enjoy it just as much whether you came with a dozen people or you came on your own. So, really, you shouldn’t feel at all self-conscious about heading to a concert solo. You shouldn’t deprive yourself of a memorable live experience which, when it comes right down it, is going to be pretty much identical whether you have friends at your side or not.

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Tops Tips on Saving Money as Your Family Grows

October 19, 2017

For many families, trying to manage a budget is one of the most difficult and time-consuming jobs. Not only do they have to make sure that there is enough food for everyone at all times, but they also need to ensure all the bills are paid and that there is enough left for traveling to work and other expenses. With all the financial pressures on families, any little tricks or tips that can be used to save a little money are a good idea. Here are some of the ways your family can save money while still paying the bills.

Make Saving Money a Game

When you start talking to children about saving money, sometimes they won’t understand, or they won’t want to listen. That is why it’s important to try and make saving money a game for them. Encourage them to try and save money by switching off lights or closing doors to keep the heat inside. You can offer a reward each week to the one who’s done the best. A little competition will also help them to respond better.

Intelligent Food Shopping

Just because you may have a big family, doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money on your shopping each month. There are many ways that you can save money by trying to do your shopping more thoughtfully. Try to choose foods that are on offer so that it reduces the cost. Think about cheaper alternatives to your regular food – you don’t have to have the budget option, but sometimes there is a middle of the road brand that is cheaper. If you see multi-buy options that can be stored, then consider buying them so that you can save money in the future.

Save Money on Loans

Although you have to pay your loans, there are ways that you can make things a little easier for your family. Consider swapping credit cards to a cheaper alternative so that the interest is lower on the repayments. You can also try to refinance auto loan on your car; this will also give you lower interest rates and lower your payments. By saving money on your loans, you can move it to other areas of the household or save it for an unexpected bill.

Grow Your Own Food

A good way to save money and be healthier is to start growing your own fruit and vegetables. Most are fairly easy to grow as long as you have enough room in your garden and you can keep the pests at bay. You’ll get more yield from your garden for the amount you spend then you will see in the stores, and you can grow it organically.

By doing a few of these ideas, you can quickly start to reduce your outgoings and help with other areas of the house. It might allow you the money to fix the roof on your home, or finish with any other jobs that you’ve been waiting to be able to afford to take care of.

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How to Talk About Death with Kids

October 19, 2017

Finding the right way to discuss death and loss with your kids can be a concern for most parents; therefore, many tend to avoid the subject. Death is a part of life, and as a parent, it remains our responsibility to ensure that our kids are aware of it and know that it’s okay to discuss it. Allowing children to talk about death means that we can provide them with the information and answers that they need prepare them in case of the loss of a family member and comfort them when they are upset. It’s important to make it easier for them to talk to us, if we remain open and comfortable with our own feelings.

A part of life

Death is a part of life on many different levels. In fact, you might even be surprised at how much your kids already know and understand about death. Your kids are sure to have seen dead insects, dead animals or birds on the road or maybe have even experienced the loss of a family pet. Don’t forget that kids will read about death in books, experience it in movies or cartoons, and even discuss or act out death during role-playing with friends or their own toys.

However, it’s important to remember that kids develop at different rates and have their own personal ways of dealing with emotions and feelings. It can be particularly difficult talking about death to your children in the case of an accident, suicide or sudden loss. Therefore, if you are dealing with a sudden family death, enlisting the help of an unattended death cleanup service means you can explain what has happened, without them having to experience too much of a change in environment. Children normally associate death with old age and illness, so make sure that you explain that most people live a long time – although some might not. Make sure that you reassure your child and encourage them to ask further questions if they don’t fully understand.

Keep it simple

When talking about death with younger kids, keep your explanations very simple.

An example of this could be that when someone dies, they don’t eat or feel hungry and you won’t be able to visit them again. Remember that as an adult it is your responsibility to provide sensitive and nonjudgmental answers to their questions. Be sure that you can listen and observe how your child acts. Each and every kid will respond differently so remain calm and patient. If you have younger children, talking about death can be particularly difficult – in particular if you have trouble fully understanding what your child is asking you. A question appears nonsensical or thoughtless to an adult, but it could be a sign that your child is seeking reassurance. An example of this could be “when will you die?” highlighting that your child only understands death to be a temporary state. For children, understanding that death is a permanent state can be a scary and bewildering concept. It is important to provide reassurance and make sure that your children understand that death is very much a part of life.

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DIY Project Ideas For Your Home

October 13, 2017

One productive way to spend your time is to tackle projects for your home. If you’re the crafty and daring type, it’s likely that you’re into do it yourself tasks. This is a great way to save money and get the look you want in your home.

The hardest part is coming up with ideas for what to tackle first. If you’re new to the scene, begin with smaller projects and work your way to challenging yourself to the more complicated ideas. Pick and choose where you feel most comfortable working and what your home is in need of most before you start. See DIY project ideas for your home.

Furniture

Furniture is a great category for beginning your DIY journey. There are plenty of videos on YouTube and resources online that will walk you through each step and tell you exactly what materials you need to build. A good place to start is with a chair or table. A bookshelf or treasure chest are also agreeable ideas. Take an inventory of your home and see what area you’re lacking in the most in regard to your furniture pieces. As you get better, challenge yourself to a dresser or bed.

Paint

Painting is the perfect DIY project for a cold or rainy weekend. A fresh coat of paint has the ability to transform a room that’s dreary and unattractive. Brighten the space and enhance your mood by applying new paint. Another idea is to paint your kitchen cabinets if they’re outdated, instead of having to replace them entirely. After you’re done with the wall and cabinets, take your paint brush and apply it to the new furniture you just built. If you’re not accustomed to painting, start with a small room or project and get familiar with the process before tackling larger spaces.

Fence

Spruce up your backyard by building a fence with your spouse. Purchase the fence panels you desire and easily install them using a small selection of hand tools. To help you choose the right type of panels, consider the purpose of the fence. Buying the materials yourself is a quick way to install a fence and it’s a cost effective project too. You’ll enjoy the privacy, and you can paint it any color you desire once it’s in the ground. It’s an enhancement to your backyard that you should be proud of and can brag about to your friends and family.

Décor

Decorating is a fun way to improve the look of your home. Use DIY projects to personalize your space and make it cozy and inviting. Print off pictures, display fresh flowers, make wall art or design a lampshade. The possibilities are endless and you’ll love being able to say that you created the décor items. Go online and find a project that speaks to you.

Conclusion

Enhancing the look of your home through DIY projects is rewarding and a great way to spend your time. Remember that some concepts won’t turn out the way you want, but stick with it. These are DIY project ideas for your home.

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How you can move abroad with kids

September 26, 2017

Moving abroad is a life-changing decision, especially if you are uprooting a young family, so you will need to carefully consider a range of factors to ensure you select the very best location when it comes to education, lifestyle, culture, and safety. The world is more multicultural than ever before; UN data shows more than 230 million people worked and lived away from their home country in 2016. You may want to take flight to enjoy a warmer climate and a better career or to embrace a new adventure and culture.

Focus on education

Your children will spend most of their time at school. so finding the right education must be a priority. Fortunately, online resources have made it easy to research and select schools in different countries. You should do this immediately because it could have a bearing on the country you choose as your new home. International schools are best if there is any chance that you will move back home before your children finish their education; curriculums will be shared and it will be easier for them to transfer to systems in each country. However, local schools can be better for long-term stays as social groups will make it easier to learn new languages and integrate into a new culture.

To ensure you select the best school for your child, consider these points:

  • Think about the distance between your new home, workplace and the school location. Shorter commutes are better, and living near a school will allow your children to walk and socialize with friends in the local area more readily.
  • The best schools have longer waiting lists, so it is important to be proactive and act early so you have a chance of getting in.
  • School hours vary depending on the country, so you will have to consider how this fits with your daily working schedule.
  • Many expat locations and communities have English-language schools, so seamless integration is possible.

When is the best time to relocate?

In addition to location, getting the timing right is also critical when relocating abroad. You need to evaluate whether it is the right time in your children’s life and what time of year is best suited to a new move. Older children will find it more challenging to adopt a new language and different curriculum systems than younger children, but teenagers can also attain a greater understanding of culture and gain more from the experience.

If you have the flexibility to decide when to move, consider factors such as the climate and weather patterns, local traditions, and school term times and enrollment procedures. A move to Spain, for example, will allow you to adopt an exciting outdoor lifestyle, but it still gets chilly in the winter. Therefore, a move in the spring or summer may be best. It could also be difficult if you relocate just before Christmas, as young children are likely to be without the comforts they expect during this period. Finally, children can find it even more difficult if they must move to a new school in a new country after the school year has already started.

Where to move

The Expat Insider Survey recently named its top ten countries for US citizens to consider when moving with a family abroad. Singapore was named as the best location in Asia. It ranks highly in several subcategories, including family well-being and quality of education. It has a wide variety of options, including curriculum-based Singapore schools which offer English speaking pupils a diverse schooling experience. If you are set on an English-speaking country, however, both Australia and New Zealand also featured in the top ten as expats found it easier to adapt to the local culture and feel at home.

Before you go

It is vital that you communicate with your kids so they feel comfortable about the move and know what to expect before you go. It might be tempting to relieve them of the burden by not telling them a great deal about the move, but children generally adapt better when they are more prepared. Try to involve them in the process. Let them know that they will be moving as soon as it is feasible to do so, and encourage them to research your new host country, its language and its culture.

It is important that you talk positively about the move and state that it is an exciting new chapter in their lives. You can also include them in decision-making by allowing them to select the toys, clothes and other items they want to take. Try to get them to take some part in the packing process, too. However, don’t promise the world. Keep their expectations in check and be realistic about the challenges they may face. You’ll want to give them every chance to come to terms with the move and be active participants in its success.

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The Most Important Considerations When Shopping for New Floors

September 26, 2017

Any new home redesign project requires plenty of forethought and consideration. You don’t want to jump into a massive redesign effort, only to discover that it’s far more complicated and expensive than you had originally planned.

One of the most important elements of planning for any home improvement project is to carefully assess the quality and quantity of materials needed. For instance, those in the market for new floors will want to consider which types of floors provide better functionality, how much each type costs, and how much will be needed to complete the project successfully.

If you’re planning on transforming one or more rooms and want to get the most value from your new floor-covering, then keep reading to find out what you should consider when shopping

Room Usage

Perhaps the most important detail when considering new flooring is how the floor will be used, how often will it be used, and for what purposes. If it is a high-traffic area you’re seeking to replace, then you probably wouldn’t want to choose white carpet for instance.

If you’re replacing the floors in a more utilitarian room – like the garage – then you’d want to go with materials like offered over at granitegaragefloors.com. Ultimately, picking the right floor type for the right room is essential in getting the most value and use out of it.

Overall Cost

No careful comparison shopping for new floors would be complete without a careful cost assessment. You want to get the best value overall for your new floors, but steep prices may not be feasible, depending on your exact situation.

There are many retail and wholesale outlets around the country that offer discount flooring materials when you buy directly from them. Instead of relying on an interior decorator or buying flooring at your local home improvement warehouse, you may wish to shop for flooring direct in order to save the most money.

Maintenance

Different floor types require different kinds of care – and different amounts, for that matter. How much work are you willing to put into maintaining your new floors? This is an important question that should always be considered heavily before making any purchase.

Do you have a preference for vacuuming, mopping, hand scrubbing or something else? Are you willing to polish, wax or finish floors in order to protect them for the long-term? Make sure you know what work each floor type entails before deciding.

Long-Term Value

Some floor coverings last longer than others. Some are more expensive than others. Are you getting the best value for your purchase?

It’s important to remember that while some floor options are more expensive, they’re bound to last for a much longer time. Be sure to weigh the value proposition of cost vs durability when deciding.

Other Factors

Some other factors to consider when shopping include whether or not additional redecorating will need to be done, whether or not people in your home suffer from allergies that can become trapped in some floor coverings, and whether you’ll need help installing the new floor.

Now that you’re aware of what should be considered before purchasing a new floor, you’ll be prepared to make the best decision. Whether you inevitably decide to upgrade or not, knowing what goes into transforming your floor space will better prepare you to care for your floors in the future.

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4 Ways To Increase The Value of Your Home

September 19, 2017

Although you should view your property as a place to love and enjoy, you should also view it as an investment. This is the best way to protect your personal finances. That is why you should constantly be on the lookout for ways to improve your home. This is especially important if you are planning to sell your property in the upcoming months. Make sure that you don’t lose out on the money that you are owed. Instead, you should be doing everything in your power to see an impressive return on your investment. Below are four ways to increase the value of your home.

Think about curb appeal

They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. However, potential buyers will definitely judge your home from the outside. Make sure that it is not letting you down! If you live in a residential area, why not take inspiration from your neighbors? Perhaps they have re-painted their house or spruced up their garden. Even the smallest of changes can make a big difference. Just focus on making your property as welcoming as possible.

Invest in your security

When you are trying to increase the value of your home, it is vital that you invest in security. This is the best way to ensure that people feel safe in your property. One simple measure is to install LED Floodlights. They will help to keep unwelcome visitors away from your home. They will also make it much safer for invited guests to get to, and from, their vehicles. You should also take a look around your property and make a list of any potential security risks. Why let potential buyers worry about them, when you can take care of things yourself?

Think about your design scheme

If you are planning to sell your property, you need to make sure that your design scheme isn’t letting you down. Remember, what works for you might not appeal to another person. Try to avoid as many interior design mistakes as possible. Instead, opt for a classic, understated scheme that gives people the opportunity to put their own stamp on the place. You should also try to streamline your furniture, as this will help to create the illusion of space.  

Add a bedroom area

Many buyers will limit their search to properties that have the correct number of bedrooms. That is why you need to explore your options before putting your home on the market. Is there a room in your house that has the potential to be converted into a sleeping area? Perhaps there is an office area that has room for a pullout sofa-bed. Maybe you have a playroom that could easily be redecorated. Remember, you don’t have to do all of the hard work yourself. Instead, you just need to make it clear that your home has potential. This will help you to attract more buyers and to increase the value of your property.