How to Save on Vacations: We Have 20 Tips

 

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While travel is not a household’s biggest expense, family vacations are expenditures that many families care. We have great tips to show you how to save on vacations. Getaways can also be expensive.  Particularly when traveling with kids. Even so, here are 20 ways to push through your vacations and save at the same time.

1. Be Flexile on Flights 

Save big money on travel by flying during less popular times, such as early in the morning, late at night, or midweek. When booking online, use the flexible-travel-date feature that lets you compare fares for days on either side of your target date.

2. Book early

Book trips between 27 to 114 days in advance saves a significant amount of money. The prices of airfares, according to CheapAir.com, fluctuate until about 14 days out, when they reach their maximum.

3. Carry-ons

Avoid paying huge checked-bag charges by making sure that several of your suitcase adheres to the standard carry-on size (9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches). You can carry these bags on the plane and place them in the overhead bins.  Pack several large or a large suitcase for family clothing and toiletries.  Be sure to pack light.   

4. Hotel rooms

Call potential hotel rooms in your vacation destination and ask about discounted rooms.  AAA rates and any other specials can help cut cost. Do this before booking your hotel room.  Reservations can be made on-line.  Be sure to get a confirmation number and ensure your discount has been applied.

5. Vacation homes/condo

Consider booking a vacation home or condo rather than at a hotel. It will usually cost less and is more comfortable for the kids.  They also full or partial kitchens which can be used to cook some of the meals or house snacks.  

6. All-inclusive resort

When traveling outside the U.S., consider an all-inclusive resort, which includes meals, drinks, and entertainment. All-inclusive resorts offer maximum value while making budgeting for vacation easier.

7. Special promotions

Find online promotions related to your vacation. Attraction tickets are often less expensive when bought online, especially during certain days of the week.  If you don’t know where to start online, consider hiring a travel agent.  These agents work on commission and won’t charge you.

8. Coupons

Search the Internet for coupons you can use once you reach your destination. There are many sites that will show you how to save on vacations. Family deals are often offered when purchasing multiple tickets. Special Internet offers are also available when buying tickets online.

9. Deals

Find discounts and deals for your destination by using Groupon or Living Social. Also, check your destination’s local newspaper for specials and discount coupons. You can find special deals on How to Save on Vacations in local newspapers or the hotel you will be staying in. 

10. Transportation

Check to see if your hotel or resort offers shuttle service. You can eliminate car rental fees.  Use taxis or Uber, which can take you to outlying locations at a cost lower than a rental car.

11. Car rental

If you need to rent a car, go with a local car rental company instead of renting one at an airport location. Local car rentals help you to avoid high airport rates and fees.  Check to see if  they offer service to and from the off-site location. 

12. Car seats for kids

If you are using a rental car you may need a car seat.  Renting a car seat can set you back more than $5 a day. Save on car seat fees by bringing your own car seat for your kid. 

13. Supplies

If you are driving, pack plenty of drinking water, bread, cold cuts, healthy snacks and other supplies. This helps avoid stopping and buying on impulse. Once you reach your destination, shop at the local grocery store for supplies. 

14. Vacation essentials

Bring basic vacation items such as sunscreen and water bottles. Bringing your own essentials is far cheaper than buying them in hotels and amusement parks.

15. Packed lunches

If possible and when you can, prepare bag lunches each day for adults and for kids,  This can help avoid spending more, particularly on fast food chains.

16. Travel needs

Buy water, snacks and everything you need for a trip at a grocery store instead of purchasing them at the hotel, which usually sell overcharged items.

17. Eating locally

Eating at local restaurants is not only less expensive but also makes the trip more of an adventure. Ask for suggestions from your hotel’s front desk or from your vacation home’s contact.

18. Rewards points

When booking your airfare, hotels, or rental car, use points you have earned from credit card purchases or loyalty programs. Also, use credit cards that offer extra bonus points when used at supermarkets.

19. Apps

Download money-saving apps that you can use for gas, sites along a route, local diners, and accommodations. Save them in your phone during the planning stages of your trip.

20. Off season

Consider traveling during off-peak times. It will be cheaper and is less crowded than traveling during popular dates. Many vacation destinations offer reduced rates during the off season.

We hope that you find our tips on How to Save on Vacations beneficial.  You may not be able to or need to implement them all, so just implement the ones that will save you the most.

About the Author:

Stephanie is a freelance writer who resides in Gilbert, Arizona.  She is co-owner of  How Much Is itAside from spending time with her family, she also enjoys hiking, biking and scrapbooking

A Squeaky Clean House Is Possible Even With Kids & Pets

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I know how important keeping a clean house is.  It’s not just about appearances; it’s about how it makes you feel.  Spending time in a place that’s a mess can have a big impact on your mood.  It can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety.  Furthermore, it can make you prone to feeling blue and can even lead to depression.  Your messy house can impact your mental health; however, a clean house is possible.

No home is always perfectly organized and clean.  Occasionally, the mess will take over. This is especially true when you have kids and pets sharing your home.  Kids pull toys out and don’t put them away.  They throw food and tread dirt through the house. Pets shed hair here, there and everywhere, and are also culprits of walking mud and dirt into the house.  However, just because you share your home with children and pets, doesn’t mean it’s impossible to keep it clean. You just need a good strategy.

Become a minimalist

If you want to make the process of keeping your home tidy a little easier, become a minimalist.  This means clearing out anything that you no longer want or need, and ensuring that your home is completely free from clutter.

The best way to go about doing this is to focus on one room at a time and then work through each area of the house.  Be ruthless.  Anything that hasn’t been used in over two months, you most probably don’t need. You can choose to sell your unwanted stuff, or you can donate it to charity.

Always keep your cleaning supplies stocked.  If you don’t have cleaning supplies you can’t have a clean house. It’s as simple as that. So it’s a good idea to stock up on your cleaning items so you can keep your home in shape.

Keep cleaning products that you use regularly stored.  Make sure that your cleaning products are out of reach of  little fingers or that it has a childproof lock on it.

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If you want to keep on top of chores, you need the right equipment. With the right pieces of equipment, having a clean house can be much quicker and easier.

The chances are that you already have a mop, but do you have a steam mop? Steam mops make cleaning so much simpler as there’s no need for a bucket of water or chemicals to clean the floor.  All you need is a small amount of water.  Steam mops clean with steam that can kill 99 percent of bacteria.  Fill them with water, plug them in, and clean the floor using the same motion as you would when vacuuming. You can get six-in-one steam mops that have different head attachments and can be used for all sorts of cleaning. From cleaning the windows to refreshing soft furnishings, and many other areas of the home. If you’re going to invest in a steam cleaner, it’s best to opt for a multifunctional design, so that you can use it for various chores.

A good vacuum cleaner is also a must for keeping your home clean. What is important to remember is that not all vacuum cleaners are equal.  Some are better than others. For instance, pet hair vacuum cleaners tend to have better suction and be more durable than normal vacuum cleaners.  Plus, if you’ve got pets that spread hair everywhere, they’re ideal for keeping on top of the problem. To learn more about this type of vacuum cleaner, read reviews of the best pet hair vacuum cleaners of 2016 online.

It may also be worth investing in a handheld vacuum to use when you need to quickly vacuum up small messes.  The great thing about handheld vacuums is that they’re just as powerful as normal ones but are ideal for spot cleaning.

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Use containers to keep your home tidy 

Place containers around your home.  Store toys and other odds and ends.  This simple step will help  keep your home tidier.  To make it easier for kids to keep their toys neat, label each container with what belongs in them, such as ‘cars’ and ‘farm animals’. Use pictures if you’re children are too young to read.

Containers can also be used in the kitchen.  Containers can be kept in your cupboards as well as the in your fridge.  By having labeled containers, not only is it easier to keep things neat and tidy but it’s also easier to know where everything is.

Keep on top of the washing

Make sure you keep on top of the laundry.   If you get behind with your washing, it can be a nightmare to catch up with. Having piles of dirty laundry everywhere can make your home look a real mess. Keep all dirty clothes in a laundry bin.

It’s a good idea to have set days a week when you do the washing. This will ensure that you are able to keep on top of all the washing and don’t get behind with it.  Have a laundry basket for each family member.  Place each member’s folded clothing into their basket.  This makes putting the clean laundry away much easier.

Having a clean home when you have kids and pets can sometimes seem impossible, but the truth is it’s not. If you are smart about how you keep on top of a clean house and have a good strategy in place, it doesn’t have to be so much of a struggle.

 

Sonic Triple Bristle Toothbrush Review

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This post contains affiliate links.  If a purchase is made, I made be compensated.  I was offered this Sonic Triple Bristle Toothbrush at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

This is my second Sonic toothbrush.  I’ve had it for several years, so I decided to purchase another.  This particular brush has a triple head, which I have never seen before.  Furthermore, it has a 30 day guarantee.  The manufacturer guarantees that you will see a vast improvement in your dental health.  Your teeth will be whiter and your gums healthier.  If not, you can return the product for a full refund.  This includes shipping.  Now that’s an incentive to try this toothbrush.

The toothbrush comes with a charger.  It take approximately 24 hours to full charge the toothbrush, so be patient.  Keep the toothbrush in the base when not in use.

Now for the toothbrush.  I switched from a manual to an electric brush years ago, and I’ve never looked back.  I personally think that you get a better cleaning and healthier gums with an electric brush.  My cleanings are a breeze now. The Sonic Triple Bristle brush comes with 3 brushing modes:

High – Recommended after 2 weeks of use on the low setting.

Low – Recommended the first 2 weeks of use.

Massage – Recommended for those who like a pulsating massage, which is my favorite setting.

 

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You may have bleeding gums if you don’t use an electric toothbrush regularly.  Visit your dentist if you are still having problems after 2 weeks.

Using this brush takes some getting use to since it has 3 heads.  You must place your toothpaste between the 3 heads. The brush is easy to move along your gums.  Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes or more.

Furthermore, the Sonic Triple Bristle toothbrush is perfect for those with dental implants and other dental work.  It is being promoted for its ability to remove plague and bacteria from the gum line without scratching or damaging the teeth.

The brush is easy to clean with a damp cloth.  I unplug mine before cleaning.  I love my original Sonic and I held on to it.  However, I think my new brush will be the replacement once I use up all of my  cleaning heads.

Last, I recommend the Triple Bristle Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush  for a better at home cleaning.

 

Recommended Children’s Books: Terry the Treetop and the Little Bear

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This post contains affiliates links.  I may be compensated if a purchase is made.  An electronic copy of Terry Treetop and the Little Bear was downloaded in exchange for an honest review.  I am building a library for my granddaughter, so I accepted the e-book.

A little boy named Terry and his spring adventure.  He is excited about the arrival of spring.  Terry loves to climb trees.  So, he climbed the tree to his treehouse to look for signs of his favorite season.  While there he spotted Cuckoo birds on branches, and spring flowers emerging.  Most importantly, the violet crocus flowers in their garden were definitely a sign of spring.  He jumped up and down and up and down.

While he was admiring the flowers and birds, he spots a bear club.  The club was searching for food, exploring his surroundings, and learning survival skills. Terry knew that cubs were born in the winter and came out of hibernation in the spring.  He wanted to be friends and play with the new cub.

He named his new friend Barry.  The bear headed to Terry’s swing to play, but it didn’t last long.  Mother bear came looking for Barry, and grunted for him to go back into the woods. Terry was sad because he didn’t get an opportunity to play with Barry, but he knew that Barry had to listen to his mother.

Next, Terry heard a strange sound.  He thought it was the mother bear yelling for help.  However, it was Barry.  He had fallen into a big hole, and was unable to get out.  Barry tried and tried to get out, but he just couldn’t climb to the top.   Terry remember his ladder that his friends used to climb up to his treehouse.  He placed in the hole for his new friend Barry to use.  Barry climbed out and became good friends with Terry.

In conclusion, I recommend  Terry Treetop and the Little Bear. It’s fun and the illustrations are engaging.  This would be a great bedtime story or when you just want to snuggle up and spend family time.

You may also like Even Monsters.

Transitional Pieces From Summer To Fall For Every Woman

 

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As you already know, the early days of autumn are pretty unpredictable when it comes to weather forecast.  It’s impossible to always know how to dress properly. As a result,  you should have a collection of transitional pieces from summer to fall that you can layer easily.  If it gets too hot you can remove an item;  if it get too cold you can add an item.

If you’re not quite sure how to achieve that, stay with us. Here are six transitional pieces every woman needs in her wardrobe.

Long sleeve dress

No, you don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite summer dresses as soon as autumn arrives.  You can still wear them when the temperatures drop.  Simply add a jacket or cardigan.  Needless to say, you won’t freeze thanks to those long sleeves!  Additionally, a long sleeved dress should be a staple in your in your wardrobe for the season.  These looks are sophisticated and very trendy at the same time.

Trench coat

If you still don’t own a trench coat, it’s high time you got one! This piece is truly timeless because of its versatility in the first place. You can wear it both in casual and formal occasions.  I recommend one with a removable liner for colder days and nights.  When you remove the liner it will be lightweight, but still provide warmth and coziness.  It’s perfect for the transitional period!

Cardigan

A stylish cardigan in an autumn-friendly shade will certainly keep you warm.  It will complement your outfit and take it to a new level. Colors such as Terracotta, Marsala, Olive, and Emerald Green may be just perfect for this season.  So have them in mind while choosing a perfect cardigan. Match it with a striped shirt, add a piece of statement jewelry, and voila – your transitional outfit is all done!

Trendy sunglasses

A good pair of high-quality sunglasses are needed during the fall months too.  The sun’s rays are still strong.  Apart from protecting your eyes, sunglasses are extremely fashionable. That makes them must-haves for a transitional period. When choosing a perfect pair, make sure that it perfectly fits the shape of your face.

Numerous brands and fashion houses are coming up with different shapes and sizes.  If you’re not quite sure which ones to purchase, you can always choose classic Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses. This model looks stunning on almost every face shape, while captivating with its Italian elegance at the same time.

Silk scarf

Autumn inevitably brings lower temperatures, which is exactly why a stylish silk scarf is an absolute must when it comes to your perfect outfit. It is a perfect choice since a heavy woolen scarf would definitely be too much – it may be too warm, which can possibly cause you to sweat a lot. For this reason, a nice silk scarf will do the trick. Just choose one in your favorite autumnal shade, or with a trendy print, and you’ll be good to go!

Pointed toe flats

The flip-flop season is finally behind us.  You can finally slip into your pointed toe flats that are just perfect for this period. You can wear these to both formal and informal occasions.  You can go for a casual drink after work or to a meeting with business partners. Select a pair that are stylish, yet so comfortable.  Style and comfort should be your top priority while picking the right one.

Here you go – a list of six transitional pieces from summer to fall are right in front of you! Each one of them is definitely a must-have for the upcoming seasons. So, make sure that you have at least some of these. Trust us, such pieces will make your life much easier!

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Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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18 Tips and Treats for a Kid’s Thanksgiving Table

 

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Are you thinking about the stress of hosting Thanksgiving Dinner this year?  Do you need crafts and treats for the kid’s table?  We have gathered a few ideas from around the web that will make you the best host.  Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner can be stressful.  Keeping the children occupied while dinner is being prepared is so important.  Kids aren’t interested in adult conversation or helping you fix dinner.  At least not for very long, they want to have fun.  So, the solution is to serve fun crafts and treats.

Next, choose a few ideas from our list of creative crafts and tasty treats. They are perfect for a Kid’s Thanksgiving Table:

 

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Chocolate Chip Turkeys –  They look almost too good to eat, but I guarantee the kids will devour them.

 

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Milk in Mini Milk Glasses – Simple, but a pretty addition to a kid’s table.

 

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Pilgrim Hats – Chocolate and more chocolate.  I want these at the adult table too.  They’re perfect for thanking guests as they are leaving.

 

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Turkey Hand Prints Table Cloth – We were unable to find the link to the original post.  However, we think you can get a good idea of how it was created from the picture.  So, get creative and create your own version.

 

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Paper Fan Turkeys –  This is an easy project for the kids to make while you’re busy preparing dinner. As a result, have another adult or teen assist them.

 

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Handprints Pumpkin – I love this idea, and I especially love white pumpkins.  This is a perfect craft to capture memories of those little hands while waiting for dinner.

 

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Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holder – Children love to color.  Makes these adorable pilgrim hat crayon holders to house their favorite crayons.  Print lots of pages for them to color while dinner is being prepared.

 

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Turkey Cookies – I was unable to find the original post for these adorable cookies.  They are so cute, I thought my serious bakers would be able to duplicate them from the picture.

 

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Handprint Turkey Cookies – These personalized handprint cookies would be a perfect addition to a kid’s table.

 

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Personalized Turkey Leg Treats – These are great as place cards and as take home treats.

 

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Corn on the Cob Caramel Popcorn Treat – Turn caramel popcorn into a corn on the cob treat.  It’s delicious and cute.

 

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Pilgrim Hat Name Place Card – These place are adorable and would be perfect at the adult and kid’s tables.

 

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Fall Teepee Cones – Bring a little diversity to the table with these teepees.  In addition, it’s a nice diversion from the pumpkins, turkeys and pilgrim hats. And they look delicious.   

 

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Kraft Paper Kid’s Placemat – Children like to see their name on crafts.  A placemat is no exception.  This one is inexpensive and adorable.  However, you can replace the leaves with turkeys or pilgrim hats.  Be creative.

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Kids Thanksgiving Tablescape  – Create this adorable kid’s Thanksgiving table along with the Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holder and other paper items from the Dollar Store.

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Rice Krispy Stuffed Turkey – Stuff this Rice Krispy turkey with Reese’s Pieces.  Furthermore, give the kids a drumstick, wing or a scoop of Reese’s for dessert.  They will love it.

 

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Turkey Pancakes –  These pancakes are so cute, and the fruit makes them a healthy meal.  Furthermore, they are perfect for a Thanksgiving morning breakfast while watching the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 

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Turkey Kisses  – Show your guests love with these Turkey kisses.

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Chocolate Pretzel Rods in a Turkey Holder – Another delicious treat that children will love.  Chocolate and lots of fall colored sprinkles cover these yummy pretzel rods.  Additionally, a glass container is turned into a delightful turkey holder.  I’m sure the Dollar Tree has similar containers.

Did you see any ideas that you want to adopt for a kid’s Thanksgiving table?  Which is your favorite?  I love the handprint turkey table cloth and the Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holder.  Finally, you may also like Thanksgiving scrapbook layouts.

 

 

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #95

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Welcome to Week 95 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  This is the first week of our Be Thankful theme.  Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Everyone will be in search of tablescapes, recipes, decorating ideas, crafts, ideas for kid’s tables and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

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Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone
 

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

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Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. Please let your readers and followers know by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

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Your readers may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. We appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now, let’s party!

Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Ribbon Frames from The Scrap Shoppe Blog

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Rhonda selected 25 Treats and a Center Piece from Marilyn’s Treats

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 Kim M. selected DIY Personalized Wine Glasses from The Coake Family

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The Post with the Most Clicks

Sausage and Rice Casserole from My Life From Home

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Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  Boo, Scary Nights:

Mad Scientist Halloween Drink from Oh My Creative

Recipes for Halloween Drinks

 

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Easy Treat Bag from Nap Time Creations 

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Pumpkin Carving Tips from
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Halloween Costume Ideas

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!

 

 


Child Birth Essentials For Your Overnight Bag

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Getting ready for child birth is huge for all expecting mothers. It can be stressful trying to get everything ready, especially if you are a new mom and aren’t sure exactly what to expect. You may not have complete control over the birth, but, thankfully, there is one thing that you can sort before you need to leave for the hospital.  That is your overnight bag. Every expectant mom needs to take an overnight bag with her so she can be as comfortable as possible during the birth. There are also things you should take that your newborn will need.  Here are some of the essentials you shouldn’t forget:

Comfortable Clothing

It is very important to take something light and stretchy to wear while you are in labor and when you leave the hospital. Going through labor can be extremely uncomfortable for many women.  Hospitals will provide one of their gowns or you can take your own.  Make sure the gown that you take is one that you don’t mind getting ruined.  Additionally, remember to pack soft T-shirts and jogging pants for the ride home.

Books And Magazines

Once admitted to the hospital, many women have to wait hours before they give birth.  You will be having contractions during this time, but they won’t be strong enough for you to start pushing.  Before strong labor pains kick in, you will just have to wait in your hospital room. So, remember to take some books and magazines with you.  You and your partner can read and do puzzles while you wait for the baby to arrive!  You could even do some puzzles on your smartphones.

Baby Clothes

Moms cherish the day that baby goes home. So, they usually pack an outfit for the occasion.  Additionally, many parents have their baby’s picture taken prior to bringing their baby home.  So, you may want to take an outfit for the hospital picture.  Check out the newborn section at http://www.zoeyspersonalizedgifts.com/personalized-baby-bodysuits.

Snacks And Drinks

You will need to keep your energy level up while you are in labor.  The best way to do this is to have plenty of snacks with you. You will be able to get free water from the hospital.  Energy drinks that are isotonic are especially good to have with you.  Check with your mid-wife, hospital or doctor prior to your arrival.  Depending on how you intend to give birth, Natural, Epidural or C-Section may affect what you can eat or drink.

Hand Cream And Lip Balm

Women find that their lips and hands dry out a lot when they are in labor. To make sure this doesn’t irritate you too much, be sure to pack plenty of hand cream and lip balm. If your hands and lips ever feel chapped or flaky, simply massage some cream and balm in to give them extra moisture.

 

 

13 Tips for Parents Traveling With Children

 

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Any parent knows that traveling with young children isn’t the easiest of the things. At times, it can be outright challenging, especially if you’re a single parent. But most parents are known to be resourceful which is why we know they would love any tip or suggestion that would make traveling with children easier and much more fun!

Here, is a set of tips and tricks for all parents who wish to make the most of globe-trotting with their children!

 

 Don’t Forget the Medicine at Home

This is very important and something a lot of parents overlook. Do not forget the medicine whatever you do! Bring medicine for pain, upset tummies, fevers, allergies, and any prescription medicines.

 

Book Transportation in Advance

When leaving on vacation with your child, it is important to think ahead. Transportation is so important.  Arrange a limo service from your home to the door of the airport terminal and back home.  This eliminates parking the car and getting the children from the parking lot to the terminal. Also, don’t just rely on the fact that you will find a taxi when you get off the airplane!  Call the hotel to inquire about shuttles.  If you need to rent a car, make a reservation in advance.  Make sure the rental company has car seats and/or boosters if you’re not bringing yours.  Most importantly, most airlines will ship your car seats for free.  However, for a small weekly fee it may be more convenient to just rent.

 

Board Early

We know it can be hard to leave the house early when going on vacation with a small child.  However, you must give yourself sufficient time to arrive at the airport early.  This will allow time to allow the children to relax.  Additionally, most airlines will allow parents with children to board early. Boarding early will also release tension and stress. 

 

Bring Toys and Electronics 

You will need to bring toys and electronics to occupy the children.  These are great while you’re waiting to board the plane, on the plane and occupying them at the hotel or resort.  You will need to bring chargers for the electronics.  As far as the toys, travel light. 

 

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Stroller

Some parents avoid bringing the stroller because it’s too heavy or too hard to carry around on vacations. However, we advise against that. A stroller can be a huge help, especially on vacations and in airports, when you have to do a lot of walking. You also need to know that strollers don’t count as luggage.  So, they will ship for free. 

 

Do a Little Training Before You Leave

If your child is old enough to remember tasks, then it is wise to do a little training before you leave on your vacation. Explain to them what to expect and what is expected from them. Make it short, because we all know kids aren’t too good at paying attention for long periods of time.

 

Invest in a Child Tracker

The thought that you might lose your child is enough to make any parent break out in a cold sweat.  Get a child tracker. Research what other parents have used and recommended.  Most can be worn as a bracelet or attached to clothes. Pick the one you think is best for your kid!

 

Do Your Check In Online

Online check in has improved airports so much!  You can avoid lines by simply checking in online.  Procedures vary from airline to airline, so be sure to check your Carrier’s procedures.  Download any apps and make sure they are working properly before you head to the airport.  On-line check in allows you to breeze through the airport in no time.

 

Flight Attendants are Your Friends

Flight attendants are there to help you and you! As a parent traveling with a small child, you should take advantage of  as much as you can. We’re not saying that you should pester them with non-stop requests, but you shouldn’t feel guilty when you need something.  They’d be more than happy to help!

 

Research, Research, Research

Researching a hotel is one of the best things a traveler can do before booking a vacation. You need to know if a hotel offers babysitting and activities.  Also, ask if they have a crib, playpen or laundry service. Everything you need to have a great vacation!  Websites such as Hotels or TripAdvisor are awesome for finding out this type of information.

 

Noise Cancelling Headphones

A pair of good noise cancelling headphones can really make a difference when traveling with a young child. You can use them when your child is napping on the plane or train.  Make sure that you choose a pair that fits. 

 

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

When on vacation with a small child, it is very important that they go to bed early.  Making sure they are rested for the next day’s activities is important. Besides, if they go to bed early you get a little time to yourself. Unwinding, relaxing, and planning out the schedule for the next day.

 

Stay As Close the Attractions as Possible

When booking a hotel, do your best to choose a hotel that is as close as possible to the attractions. These hotels do tend to be pricier.  Also, you save a lot of time and you can be in and out of things such as museums, parks, and other sites that you can walk to. 

 

 


About the Author

Cristina Costea

Cristina is the Community Manager of BookSinglesHolidays.com, a themed travel website offering a vast collection of singles vacations & solo holidays. She is also a passionate traveler, cat aficionado and novice writer.

           

Childproofing Your Home

tips to childproof your home

 

According to the experts, children between the ages of 1 and 4 are more likely to be killed by falls, poisoning, choking, drowning, burns, or fire than by a stranger’s violence.  Every room in the house can be a potentially hazardous place.  So, it’s paramount that you prevent child injuries and keep your baby safe.  Secure your home from top to bottom, by implementing some security measures.

Nursery

The nursery may seem like a harm-free space, but it’s far from harmless. Keep pillows and blankets away from babies that are under 6 months old, because they can suffocate on them.  Additionally, save stuffed animals and pointy toys for later years.  Additionally, make sure you are equipped with finger-pinch guards for hinges on doors.  A safe toy box is a must, and a thick rug will help cushion falls.

Living Room

Falls and collisions with furniture are the biggest threat for a child in the living room.  Babies are careless, they don’t pay much attention to their surroundings, and they can easily bump their head and hurt themselves.  Climbing on furniture is a children’s favorite sport, so make sure you move everything away that could cause them harm.  Block access to windows and place items high so they can’t reach up and topple them over.

Kitchen

Any poisonous substances should be out of children’s reach. Make sure you lock them. Always turn pot handles towards the back of the stove, so that a child can’t get their hands on hot pots and pans.  Sharp kitchenware including knives and forks should also be stored high.  Secure all electrical outlets with covers, so that the child can’t put their fingers inside.

Around the House

If you have stairs in the house, make sure to secure them with safety gates.  This includes both at the bottom and on top. Doorknob covers are another recommendation, because they’ll keep the kids away from hazard areas. Additionally, this is especially true for a garden, basement and front door.  A child is not safe in these places without a parent’s supervision.  Just as important, keep a fire extinguisher in your home.  Make sure you purchase an extinguisher for electrical or grease fires.  There are all purpose fire extinguishers on the market. Make sure you turn to professionals if you need any kind of fire safety services. Additionally, install smoke detectors on every floor of the house. Keep all toxic substances like paint and sprays safely stored.

 

tips to childproof your home

 

Bathroom

Install toilet locks to prevent toddlers from lifting the lid.  Make sure you keep razors nail clippers, tweezers, scissors, and any other sharp objects in locked cabinets. Medications are also a potential threat for the child.  Therefore, keep pills, ointments, herbs, or powders in a cabinet that only you can unlock and reach. Unplug the curling iron and never leave it on the counter. A child could be able to reach the cord and burn her or himself with the device.

Childproofing the house should be your number one priority. Secure as many areas as you can and make sure you consult these tips for guidance. Your child’s safety should always come first.

 

Author  – Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls simply in love with interior design and DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.