Special Memories: Making A Little One’s Birthday Magical

When it comes to your kids birthdays; the most important thing is to make some lasting family memories and to ensure that they feel special. If you’re thinking of throwing your little one a birthday party, there are several areas that can help them enjoy their day. You might feel a little daunted by everything there is to organize, but don’t; simply check out the following tips and ideas to help you plan the perfect celebration for your child. Get your notepad and pen ready to make a list, and let’s get going.

Lighted Happy Birthday Candles

Image source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/lighted-happy-birthday-candles-1415557/

 

Make It Personal To Them

If your children love a particular character, movie, book, or story at the moment; you already have an awesome theme to run with for their special day. The theme may influence the venue, the food, and who, or what, the kids arrive dressed as, so it’s worth putting some thought into. Whether it’s superheroes, Disney princesses, or Lego, that your child wants the party to revolve around; if you’re making it fancy dress, you’ll need to send out the invites in good time and write what’s expected clearly. You could always provide a box of masks and costumes for the children to grab, especially if you don’t want to put any pressure on the party guests, or it’s a last-minute decision to run with a zoo animal theme.

 

Keeping Memories

It’s always a treat to take home a treat or a prize from a party, whether it’s for winning a game or simply for attending, so start thinking about those little things that you can hand out. This is an area that doesn’t require loads of money and you can be creative with what you give to guests. Party bags are a lovely memento to take away from the party, and kids will be excited to open them up in the car on the way home. You can fill them will edible treats, personalized birthday party favors, small bags of candy or raisins, or maybe a selection of what you’ve been serving throughout the day (a great way to save money). As for small games and toys; there are always options to buy little party bag fillers in bulk to save money, and kids are usually just excited to grab what’s inside their bag, so don’t put too much stress into your decision.

 

Tasty Treats

The party guests will all need some sustenance if they’re running around and enjoying the fun of the day. Therefore it’s important that there’s plenty of options for little hands to grab and nibble on. Whether you’re making everything yourself, buying food from the grocery store, or hiring in caterers, you’ll need to provide a variety of options. Firstly; check that there’s the right balance of sweet and savory edibles and a good mixture of healthy nibbles and naughty treats (it is a party after all). Cupcakes, lollies, ice cream, and cookies are all classic delights that will appeal to everyone, young and old. You don’t have to provide the whole lot; however, you can serve a variety upon paper plates around the table, or venue so that guests can pick up a pretty cake or iced cookies whenever they feel.

Some Pointers For Mastering The Art Of Parenthood

 

Woman in Gray Sweater Carrying Toddler in White Button-up Shirt

Picture Source

Being a parent isn’t easy. You probably knew that before you even had children because it’s something that other parents never stop saying. Of course, when you actually have kids, you truly appreciate how difficult it is to juggle your many responsibilities. Obviously, you were probably prepared in the sense that you knew you’d have these responsibilities, but nobody can be prepared for how tired they’ll be once they become a parent. It takes a while for your brain and body to adjust. And if you want some pointers to help you master the art of parenthood then the following pieces of advice should give you the answers.

 

Get help from friends, family members, and babysitters.

The first step for mastering the art of parenthood is learning to take a step back. That might sound like the exact opposite of any advice you were expecting, but it’s important. As we’ll discuss throughout this article, you’re the best parent to your kids when you’re the best version of yourself. And that’s why you need to know when to take a break. You might want to get a “granny nanny” to help you out. The beauty of hiring help from semi-retired (or fully-retired) women is that they’ll be ready to devote themselves to looking after your children at the drop of a hat. Of course, the same thing could be achieved by getting help from friends, family members, or babysitters to look after your children.

 

The important thing is that you need to accept help wherever possible to look after your kids. You don’t have to do everything on your own, even if you have the help of a partner. In fact, getting assistance from friends or babysitters can give you and your partner the opportunity to go out for a nice meal. Or you could simply ask for help from family members and friends when you have some chores you need do and appointments you need to make. The people close to you will appreciate that you have many errands which need to be completed on a daily basis. Whether you have babies or teens, you can’t be in the house 24/7 to keep an eye on everyone and everything. It’s important to give yourself breaks from time to time, whether it’s a break to do errands or a break to relax and enjoy yourself. If you get others to help you spread your responsibilities then you won’t feel as if there’s a weight on your shoulders. This will help to protect your sanity and make you a better parent to your kids.

 

Keep up with school.

Whether your kid is entering pre-school or they’re on the verge of starting college, you probably feel as if you’re going through the educational experience with them. And, with an adult’s perspective, you probably take it more seriously than you did when you were the student. Obviously, this is also because you want your child to be as successful as possible. Whilst you can’t sit your child’s exams for them and you shouldn’t do their homework if you want them to learn, you should be aiming to keep up with their school progress. You can provide support and guide them through their homework. And, whilst all kids hate this, you should ask them about their day when they get home. The best thing you can do, as a parent, is to simply let your child know you’re there and ready to help them.

 

You might also want to get involved with the school on a personal level. If you want to ensure that your kid has the best possible educational experience then help to make sure the school works as well as possible. This doesn’t mean you should tell teachers how to do their jobs, but you should make appointments to discuss issues if you want to make sure you’re getting the full picture of your child’s progress. You could even give suggestions that might help the school out. NST help teachers to organize school trips on their website. You could suggest that the school uses this resource to keep things structured and to keep parents in the loop. The point is that every parent should make sure they know as much as possible about the curriculum and the general structure of the school their child attends. Don’t simply get all of your information straight from the mouth of your kid (especially if they’re not very talkative when it comes to school).

 

Teach them about values.

You should also aim to teach your children about the things they should value in life. Obviously, this will vary from family to family. It depends on the things you personally believe, but there are certain things that every child should learn at a young age. You should teach your kid the value of honesty, patience, respect, and being kind to others. These are the core traits that we all need to possess in order to care for our family and people we meet in the world. If you want to be the best possible parent to your child then you need to give them the skills they’ll need to do well in the adult world.

adult, beverage, black coffee

Picture Source

 

Look after each other.

As mentioned earlier, being a good parent is about being the best version of yourself. You need to look after your physical and mental wellbeing in order to take care of your child’s physical and mental wellbeing. The best way to achieve this is to look after one another in your household. You could have weekly family catch-ups to see how everyone is doing. It’s a chance to open up about any problems members of the family might be experiencing at home, work, or school. You can all provide support for each other. Of course, those weekly meetings are also a chance to open up about good things that have happened throughout the week or simply to tell stories about funny things that have happened. It’s an opportunity to keep connections strong in your family. Bonding is the best way to look after each other. It’s about making sure everyone in the family knows that they’re valued and loved by everyone else in the family.

Hacks for Cheaper & Smarter Last-Minute Travel

There are two types of people in this world; the kind that plans ahead for anything, and the kind that rush around and do things at the last minute. Which type do you think you are? The good news is that you can learn to be a little more like one or the other (though changing completely is quite unlikely). So with that in mind, today’s post is all about planning a last minute vacation. Some planning is still required, but we’re talking weeks ahead, rather than months and months, that the ultimate planning person might want as they plan a vacation. If you want to save some money as you travel, and even be a little more spontaneous, then this is the post for you. Hope it helps!

Close Up of Pictures

image

When To Book

There are days and times that are going to make travel cheaper, or even more expensive. So if you are looking for cheaper tickets, then it is a good idea to remember to include something mid-week in your plans. If you travel or fly home on a weekend, then often there is a premium as they know many people would prefer that as it means less time off work or school. But if you have some flexibility, then that can make a difference.

It should also be worth noting that a lot of airlines reduce ticket prices usually on Tuesdays or Sundays when the travel is for that next week. So they can be better days when you are looking for general help with flights and getting a good deal last minute.

 

Book Single Tickets

On some airlines, and particularly for train travel, as crazy as it sounds, it can be cheaper to book two single tickets separately, rather than a return ticket. So if you trip really is last minute or you need to travel for an emergency, then that can be a quick and easy way of doing things. It could also be worth using a site like Bonsai Finance to get some cash quickly. That should only be done as long as you can afford to pay it back, of course. But if an emergency trip comes up, such as a funeral or to visit family in an emergency, then it could be a help.

 

Set Fare Alerts

For flights, there are a variety of sites like Kayak and ExpertFlyer, that all offer searches on flights and allow you to check a variety of routes and airlines. But the good news with all of them is that you can set flight alerts. So the particular route that you are looking for (or have as a dream destination) will keep being searched by them, and you’ll get notified when they have a found something even cheaper than the last time that you looked. If you have a dream to go somewhere but only when things are a certain price, then it can be a good (and free) thing to set up. Then you can book right away; talk about last minute!

 

Combination Deals

Researching your own hotels to stay at or flights to take can be half of the fun of travel. However, that can take a while, and time isn’t on your side if you are planning something last minute. So it can be worth looking at combination sites, like Expedia and Priceline, as they will have the details of package deals for you. On some occasions, it can work out cheaper to book one of those, especially if food is included, rather than do it all yourself at the last minute. Who knows, you might find a bargain.

Woman Walking on Pathway While Strolling Luggage

image

Travel in Off Season

Depending on where you want to go, there can be some great deals to be had, especially if you are traveling in the off-peak season. Places like Australia can be great to visit, but the peak times are usually from November to February. This can mean everything is more expensive, as it is the time when most people will visit; even the locals going to different parts of the country. Which is why going in the off-season can be a good way to get a bargain. The hotels still need to have guests, as well as restaurants and so on, but there are less of them in their winter months, like June to September, for example. The good news is that the weather is still fairly warm and dry then, so you can still get to do the things that you would want to.

This applies to any place that you’d want to visit, though. Anything from the Caribbean to Canada; they all have peak seasons and all have off-seasons, but they shouldn’t be overlooked as a destination choice.

 

Stay With Friends

If you have got friends or family in certain parts of the country, or even in different parts of the world, it can make it a much more doable trip if you have their homes as your accommodation. As long as they’ll be around to let you in, last minute trips can be made much simpler (and cheaper) when you have someone to stay with. It could eliminate the need for things like rental cars if you’re flying or on the train, as well as reduce food bills as you’ll have a kitchen to cook in. So have a think about who you know, and think about where they live.

 

Avoid Business Travel

When people are traveling for business and their work is paying for it, the price isn’t a massive factor for them. So they choose the travel times and flights that are going to be the most convenient for them. That will tend to be Friday evenings, Sunday evenings, and Monday mornings. These are often at a premium, especially on some flight routes, so it is worth shopping around, and avoiding those times, to get the best price on a last minute deal. Middle of the week (Tuesday to Thursday), are usually the cheapest days to fly out on.