For many young families just starting out, the arrival of an infant brings on a tremendous amount of financial responsibility, not to mention overwhelming periods of lost sleep. Even before the new little bundle of joy arrives, we’ve often already made some important purchases, such as a crib, car seat, swaddling clothes, blankets and other necessities. But often we forget about long-term financial responsibilities for our growing baby who’ll be off to college in what seems to be the blink of an eye sometimes. (more…)
Planning a good party can be one heck of a stressful job. Whether you’re looking at including all the kids and all the parents, allowing people to bring +1’s, sorting out the dietary requirements or figuring out how to keep everyone entertained, it always seems like there is one more item you need to add to your itinerary. Often it is all worth it in the end, but the journey can seem long and arduous. (more…)
From a very early age, children need to develop their creativity. They need to exercise all of their muscles and use all of their senses. Their brains need to make neurological connections. By doing these things they will learn language faster and develop intelligence. They’ll begin to understand social skills and hand-eye coordination. These are all things they need to grow into a healthy adult. (more…)
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Moving house can sometimes be a stressful process. Along with the inconvenience, time, and effort involved in sorting, organising, and packing up everything you own, moving can also be expensive. The following 7 suggestions present some clever strategies that will help you slash your moving costs. (more…)
Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, preparing for your baby’s needs while on the go is critical to ensuring a safe and pleasant journey for all those involved. Young babies, from newborn to about 8 months old, require the most attention. Once children get older than this mark, traveling with them becomes a little easier.
Days are officially getting shorter and the nights are drawing in, the weather is getting worse and a bitter cold is upon us, making opportunities to be outside few and far between. When you have kids this is bad news as you’re left with the daily dilemma of what to do to keep them occupied (and, in my case, not bickering with each other all day long!). Cooped up kids with bags of energy can be a nightmare, so I was absolutely THRILLED when my husband invested in a little toy for himself that has proved a fabulous investment for our whole family… (more…)
Not all women decide to be stay-at-home moms. There is nothing wrong with staying home and raising your kids, but there is also nothing wrong with heading back out into the world of full-time (or part-time) work after you’ve had children. While there is nothing wrong with it, it can sometimes be hard to do. (more…)
So they’ve thankfully made it past that insanely fast-growing baby-toddler stage during which dressing them up was dictated to only by what actually fits them. Now they’re perhaps themselves becoming a bit more conscious about what they wear, as are you, but picking out an outfit for your children should never pose a headache for you. (more…)
Store-bought popcorn – whether pre-made or in its own cooking sachet – is pretty expensive compared to the rock-bottom price of the actual corn itself. All you’re really paying extra for is the fancy packaging and the dubious, invariably unhealthy added ingredients, but the only other option is to cook it in a pan, right?