One of the most exciting and enjoyable things that you can ever do with your family is to take them on holiday. No matter what your financial situation might be like, there is always something you can do, somewhere you can take them, which will be enjoyed by all. Holidays are a fantastic opportunity to spend some decent, quality time together and get away from it all. If you want to take your family on a holiday and you are not quite sure what kind is best for them, then you might want to take a look at the following. In this post, we are going to be looking at some of the kinds of holiday which your family might want to go on this year. Take a look and see if any of these seem to suit your family best.
For a more classic kind of holiday, you could always consider the beach resort type. This is a great holiday type for those who just like getting away from it all and relaxing. With a beach resort holiday, you don’t really need to be all that active - so it’s great for families who are keen to just relax all week. If you do think that this is the kind of holiday for you and your family, then the good news is that you do actually have quite a lot of choice here. No matter where you might currently be in the world, there is a good chance that you will not even need to go that far in order to find a decent beach resort. It’s also true that these kinds of holidays can be quite inexpensive - generally, you will be able to go for an all-inclusive holiday, and that can really help to take a lot of the stress out of the whole situation. It also affords you a certain freedom to just let your hair down, something which we all agree can be hugely beneficial from time to time.
You don’t have to go abroad for a fantastic family holiday. There are plenty of things you can do in your home country, and one of the most popular these days is the road trip. A lot of people worry about this kind of holiday, perhaps because they are not confident drivers and they don’t know if they would be able to drive a long way without a hitch. Well, as with any kind of holiday, you can never be absolutely certain that nothing will go wrong - but it is not actually all that likely that a road trip will see you in any particular danger. Road trips can be as long or as short as you like, that’s the beauty of them. Of course, you do want to make sure that you take regular breaks if you go for this kind of holiday, and be sure that all of your children are keen on it, otherwise it could mean headaches for all. But as long as you are, it can be a great way to take everyone away, even if only for a weekend. Having a family road trip without problems is much easier than you might expect, so long as you are happy to take it slow and be as prepared as possible before you actually set off. Pack a lot of snacks and drinks, and plenty of warm things, and you will be well on the way to the road trip of your dreams.
Another fantastic way to holiday at home is to go camping. Most countries around the world have quite a few campsites, and it is worth finding one that suits you and your family well. Some campsites are more family-friendly than others, so make sure that you spend time researching the campsite beforehand. The last thing you want is to end up somewhere where you and the children do not feel all that welcome. As long as you find somewhere decent, however, this is a kind of holiday which can be truly enjoyable for the whole family. A lot of the enjoyment you get out of it depends on the setting, so be sure to choose somewhere surrounded by lots of interesting things. It could be in the middle of nowhere, but with plenty of opportunities for walks and so on, or you might even be relatively close to a town, in which case you can treat yourself to a dinner out or whatever else the location might offer. If you feel that your kids are getting bored, this can be a useful opportunity to try and teach them the value of providing one’s own entertainment. Try to avoid taking portable televisions and so on along with you, and see if you can entertain yourselves as a family. For many, this can prove to be a most useful bonding opportunity.
Although a city break is something we normally associate with a couple, the truth is that families can also gain a lot from this kind of holiday. Obviously enough, these vary hugely depending on the kind of city you travel to, so you should make sure to be happy with the destination and what it probably has to offer. Once again, knowing how to carry out your research beforehand is likely to make a big difference. Go for a city which you genuinely think everyone will enjoy, and you will be able to have a great time together. You might even have the chance to teach your children by taking them to museums or galleries, but there will also be plenty more to do besides that too. If you are keen on a family holiday which will be equal parts informative, enjoyable and relaxing, then a decent city break really could be the way to go. No matter what it is that you and the kids are after, you are bound to be able to find it this way. What’s more, there are usually excursions to the countryside which you could consider, just to shake things up a bit.
'Motherhood is a choice you make every day; to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing
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Mother's Day.. it comes around regularly, each year. (Hey, am I the only one who struggles to remember whether it's the first or second Sunday, each May?) But, we still confront the same question: 'What can I give Mum that I know she'll appreciate, something that will truly express how much she means to us?'
And sure, slippers or a fragrant, organic soap are wonderful options. But, if you're like me, you want something that will touch her heart. And, well... we're talking about 'mothers' here.. so surely, that means 'family'. So, I'm planning to give my Mum a gift of family.
Here's my idea.. and it's easy!
I'm creating a family collage, a picture of our family that will serve as a daily reminder of our love and a wonderful memory. And then, I'm going to add our family collage to one of the special photo projects available online.
Yes, a printed mug is a great idea. Every time your mother makes herself a cup of coffee, she'll think of you and your family. But that's not your only option.
Simple ways to present a family collage
Online photo project designs like EzPrints, TinyPrints, orMixBooks provide plenty of gift ideas for something truly memorable. Just upload your photo collage, choose how you want it presented, order it and sit back and await delivery.
If your mothers lives farther afield, you can even organise delivery to wherever she lives... easy!
So many choices
Personalised notepads & journals, wall art framed or printed on metal or canvas, wall tapestries, calendars, keepsake boxes, floor mats, clocks, towels, pillows and even blankets - just some of the gifts that can be printed with your family collage
How can you do it?
Using Canva, an online design program, I was able to quickly and easily create a family collage. I've included instructions below but honestly, it's very straight forward. Check out the three beautiful layout designs above I made as my family collage, each created in just minutes.
If you're creating this gift yourself, it means you can include a sweet picture of each member of your family in this special gift.
And once you've designed your collage you can use it in so many ways.
Here's how to create your family collage, ready to use for your special Mother's Day gift.
Watch this simple slideshow below to see how simple it is to create your own collage.
The wonderful thing about Canva, is that you can create something beautiful without having any real design skills of your own. Anyone can do it!
And it's FREE.
I think, once you start using it, you'll find yourself creating even more wonderful photo designs for you and your friends and family- thank you cards or invitations, newsletters, resumes, Facebook posts presentations and more.
I hope you'll enjoy this simple online design tool.. and I hope your mother enjoys your wonderful family gift. ?
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There are so many reasons to get kids more involved with cooking.
Obviously, cooking is a skill which will last them a lifetime. In the future, they’ll be able to prepare tasty meals for their families, friends, or even restaurant diners if it becomes their career path. Not only that but cooking with you kids is a great bonding exercise and a chance for you to impart some wisdom!
Having a recipe passed down through the generations is a great link to the past, and a great way to celebrate family. Cooking with the kids is also a great way to keep them occupied and interested on a rainy day too.
Here are some things to think about when getting your kids involved in the kitchen…
Mastering The Basics
Introducing kids to the basics of cooking is a good way to build a solid foundation. Start off small and teach them how food must be prepared. It’s a good idea, to begin with ingredients they're used to seeing. Broccoli, for example, or maybe even carrots.
Explain to them why food needs to be washed, how to prepare it, and then you can move on to cooking it. Vegetables are a good place to start and cooking them is fairly simple. It also teaches kids to have respect for healthy foods, and build meals around them.
Breakfast dishes like toast are also a good beginner meal. Simple to make, and with lots of toppings, toast is a great place to start.
Safety is of the utmost importance when kids are learning to cook in the kitchen.
Don’t introduce your children to cutting or slicing too early on. When you do, be sure to explain to them the dangers and to emphasize how important it is to be careful. Crinkle cutters and kitchen scissors are a good way to introduce children to kitchen utensils when they’re still starting out.
It’s also important to have a good pair of oven gloves. Cooking tools like non-slip gloves are an essential for older kids who may be starting to use the oven or handle warm plates. Make sure yours have superior heat protection and fit your kid’s hands.
Invest Time Now, Save Time Later
It can be time-consuming to let your kids help in the kitchen. Jobs that usually take half the time will become a much longer process.
Investing this time now will save you time later, however.
Teach your children how to make sandwiches. This is a good way to get them to be responsible for their own lunches. Let them know which ingredients are available to them and they can butter the bread and choose their fillings themselves.
So many kids leave home ill-equipped to take care of themselves. Furnish them with those skills now and you’ll reap the rewards later.
He could be hard to buy for, he could be easy to buy simple gifts for, but what about when it comes to buying something nice, big, memorable. It’s tough isn’t it?
It’s easy to pick up the simple stuff, when it comes to buying the important stuff it becomes harder. You need to be savvy, clever. When you ask him what he wants and he replies “nothing, I don’t need anything,” or worse, “whatever, I don’t really mind.” You need to control your temper. You can win through if you put your mind to it.
There are dozens of things dads like, dad needs, and dads want. This article can help you through it. You may already have a few ideas, but read on and see if anything else stands out for you.
In the first instance you should look for one or two items that can be personalised, items that can bring laughter and cheer. Get a mug and get it personalised, or with a funny tagline that your dad often says. You could also go for something more out there like a photo collage blanket, or any other kind of thing that can in some way be made unique or personalised for a joke and giggle.
If you wanted to get something more practical, then look for the hobbies and pastimes. If he spends most of his time out in the garden then get him something related. It could be something that sounds utterly boring to you, but to him it could be something that is great and means a lot.
Look at the hobbies and pastimes and you can come to a conclusion. Consider things like books on the subject he enjoys. Check out the ones he already has and upgrade it. He will appreciate it.
Men don’t like paying for things they need for the most part, so you could address this by purchasing what they won’t. It could be a new winter coat, something for their wardrobe. New jeans, a new shirt, the possibilities are endless here. Check the wardrobe out for further information and guidance. If they like a particular brand then you know what kind of things they like.
Doing your research means he will get a much better gift than if not, it shows you have put the effort in and have a better chance of getting something pertinent and memorable. It may be time consuming on your part, but certainly worth while.
If they enjoy technology then you have a great in. A new game for their games console could be a good hit, or perhaps something to do with their phone like a case or accessories. Your budget dictates what you can get here because most tech is expensive, but if you are open to purchasing a decent present, turning to technology can provide you with an interesting solution.
Again, before any expensive outgoings you may want to speak to him to check it is what he wants or need, better that than waste the money.
If you’re a keen gardener you will know that termites are good news for the soil as they break down waste and add vital nutrients that feed our vegetables and plants. This same feeding behavior though, when unleashed on your home, is something of a disaster. Termites feed predominantly on wood, bad news for your home’s structural strength and safety.
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Termites are social insects that live in large colonies that are structured similar to the bee hive. Subterranean termites, the most virulent species we have, nest in the soil and can attack your home by building tubes that connect their nest to wood in structures. They can also build aerial nests that don’t require a ground connection at all - in fact all the nest needs is moisture!
Subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests of wood in the United States causing more property damage than that caused by fire and windstorm combined.
Termites are a problem even if your home isn’t predominantly made of wood as these determined insects are capable of moving through plaster and even metal sidings. The termites are then free to munch on cabinets, floors, ceilings and wooden furniture causing costly damage and distress.
Spotting termite damage can be tricky. An infestation makes surfaces and areas such as walls and ceilings bulge and warp. It also smells similar to mildew and therefore it can easily be mistaken for water damage from a leaky pipe or gutter.
If you see these signs in your home you may have a termite problem and need to act immediately!
So what should you do if you think you have termites in your home?
Unfortunately you normally only spot a termite infestation once damage occurs. If you can see termite damage you should definitely contact a pest control professional rather than trying to tackle the problem on your own and run the risk of spreading the infestation or creating more damage to your home.
A pest control specialist can identify the problem and discuss the best treatment options with you. Most pest control companies even offer a free home inspection to check for termites before they become a problem - so please check out the company website before booking to claim any special offers.
If you are unsure whether you have a problem or not it is still worth calling in a professional rather than hoping for the best. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) U.S. residents spend at least $1 billion on termite control and repairs each year. Some experts estimate it is closer to $2 billion.
Most insurance plans don’t cover the treatment or repairs either so it really does pay to be vigilant. Working with a professional you can even put in place a termite prevention plan to reduce the risk of these costly visitors to your home.
In the meantime you can reduce your risk of attack by reducing the key resources a nest requires - namely food (wood) and water. You can also keep the perimeter of your home clear so that any potential attack can be seen before it takes root in your home.
Retirement is the dream. All our working lives, we fantasize about the days our dues are done, and we can get round to the things we always wanted to do. There’s no denying that retirement is all it promises to be. But, it’s a different way of life. As such, it takes some getting used to. Never is that truer than during your mornings. All your life, you’ve set your alarm because you had to be at work for a particular time. Suddenly, that doesn’t apply. So, what adjustments do you need to make to ensure retired mornings work for you?
SET YOUR ALARM...STILL
Yes, you’ve been doing it all your life. Surely now is the time you can kick back and kiss goodbye to that neverending wake-up call? We’re afraid not. It’s still important to set your alarm. If it helps, choose a different tone. That way, there’s less chance of you jumping up and thinking it’s work time again. Opt for something relaxing. Natural sounds are always good for this. How about a little bird call? However you do it, make sure you still wake up early. Not having a job doesn’t mean you have time to lay in bed all day. And, lying in will leave you less productive when you do wake up. Not to mention that it will leave you feeling confused for the day if it’s not what you’re used to.
As you’re still waking up early, a coffee can’t hurt. Chances are, this is a habit you got into when you were working. Don’t deprive yourself of that blissful morning cup. Experiment with a new option, like this middle eastern coffee. That way, the smell won’t bring back any memories. This will ensure you’re fresh and ready to face the day. If you can, cut down to one morning cup a day. That way, you still get to appreciate that thing you love, without overdoing it. You don’t need to boost your productivity at work anymore, after all.
It’s also important to eat the right thing for breakfast. Bear in mind that your needs for the day ahead have changed. The breakfast that’s served you well for decades may not suit your needs anymore. What’s best depends on what you have planned for the day ahead. If you have a day with the grandchildren, you need energy. Opt for a slow burning cereal, like oatmeal. If you have an easier day ahead, you may be best off eating fruit, instead. It’s also important to think about healthy options. You aren’t getting any younger!
WRITE A TO-DO LIST
While you drink your coffee, it’s worth writing a to-do list for the day. This will ensure you know what you have to do each day. It’ll help you keep some sense of stability, which is important. We all need routine, after all! Think about whether you have any home repairs, or visits to make. Then, write it all on the list!
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