Kids Party Ideas: Chuck E Cheese Party

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Looking for kids party ideas?  Look no further, call your local Chuck E Cheese?  First, Look at this face.  I was sorting through pictures for my scrapbooks and I came across these pictures from one of Xavier’s parties.  I thought I would share a few from our Chuck E Cheese party.  The kids had a great time and so did the parents.  As a matter of fact, out of the 9 birthday parties that we thrown for this little guy, this one is in the top 5.


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Most importantly, I love parties where the work for the parents is minimal.  Luckily, it was just that at Chuck E Cheese.  There were lots of activities, pizza, a dance with the Big Cheese, and no clean up.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  There was a snack bar for parents to purchase other food if they didn’t have an appetite for pizza.  I must recommend their salads, they are wonderful.  We had the Superman Cake made and we purchased the Superman Tablecloth at Party City.

We had a hostess assigned to our tables who take care of serving the food, coordinating the dance with the Big Cheese, lighting the cake and all the other activities around the Rock Star’s table.  It was nice to be able to take pictures and just relax.


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Because Xavier loves Spider-Man so much, it was the theme for the birthday cake.  We had this cake made at Farm Fresh.  They did an excellent job decorating it, and it was delicious.  I love that store for other reasons too.  For example, their deli is wonderful when you need a quick meal.  The kids love their chicken, and so do I.  Lets not leave out their fresh produce.  I digressed didn’t I.

So, if you’re unsure of how many guests you will have or you have a set budget, I suggest that you check out the packages available.  You can plan the party around the package.  Actually, Chuck E Cheese offers 4 packages:  Star, Super Star, Mega Super Star and Play More, Eat More .  We choose the Mega Super Star package, which included pizza, ice cream cups, tokens, a goody bag and a Rock Star cup for the party guests.   Additionally, the tables were reserved for two hours, which was sufficient time for everyone to enjoy the activities, eat and go back to the activities.


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We had a great photo opportunity here, Xavier is dancing with Chuck E Cheese.  The look on his face was worth a million bucks.

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Next, he had so much fun blowing out the candles on his cake.  However, we did have a mishap.  The hostess set her hair on fire lighting the cake.  Thank goodness it was quickly extinguished and she wasn’t hurt. She didn’t miss a beat, she served the cake and ice cream as if nothing happened.  We gave her a hand for handling it like a pro.  Most people at the tables didn’t even realize that her hair was on fire.  Imagine that!

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Additionally, they have the Ticket Blaster.  It gives the Rock Star an opportunity to catch tickets, which can be redeemed for games.  I wasn’t sure how he would feel about being enclosed in a booth, but he did well.  He’s such a brave little guy.

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Finally, we ended the party with the kids using the remaining tokens and tickets in the games area.  Somehow, Xavier lost his shoes.  But he didn’t think twice about finding them.  Thankfully, we were able to locate them before dragging him out and heading home.  Best part of the day, he totally enjoyed his birthday party and his friends.  Did I mention, he still takes his shoes off at every opportunity.

In conclusion, I hope you like our kids party ideas.  I would highly recommend having a birthday party for your child at Chuck E. Cheese.  Just as importantly, the service was excellent and all of the children left happily exhausted.  For parents, you can sit back and relax.  Because there’s no cleanup!  It doesn’t get better than that.

24 Books for African American Girls

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It’s Black History Month and we would like to share our roundup of books for African American girls.  Most importantly, I’m also excited and honored to tell readers that I will be incorporating more products and posts for African American children.   Lets get started with this great roundup of books:

Basketball Belles – First, Anges Morley was raised on a cattle ranch.  She was sent to Stanford University where she trades in her spurs for a basketball.  She leads her team to victory against the University of California at Berkeley, and makes history.  Ages 6 – 9.

Flower Garden – A girl and her father create a window box as a birthday present for her mother.  Ages 4 – 7.

Gymnastics Jitters – Dana and the rest of the Raiders gymnastics team must learn how to deal with their biggest rivals, the Superiors.  Ages 8 – 11

Emi’s Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair –  Emi is a creative 7-year-old girl who shares a positive message about her curly, cotton candy hair.  Great message to teach little girls about their natural hair.  Ages 7 – 12.

Sugar – Next, sugar lives on the River Road sugar plantation in Mississippi. Slavery is over, but Sugar must work in the fields since both of her parents are dead.  She finds joys playing with a forbidden friend, the plantation owner’s son.  Ages 9 – 12.

Dancing in the Wings – Sassy wants to be a ballerina.  Will her big feet, long legs and her big mouth stop her from reaching her dream?  Ages 4 – 8.

Black Pioneers of Science and Invention  – Educational books should be a part of the fun as well.  This book is about 14 African American innovators who played important roles in scientific and industrial progress.  Ages teen and young adult.

Bayou Magic – It’s Maddy’s first summer in the bayou.  She’s a city girl, but she falls in love with the fireflies, trees and the water.  Ages 8 – 12.

Chocolate Me! – Furthermore, we have a book based on the experiences of being African American and feeling different from the other children.  Many will be able to relate to the struggle of trying to fit in.  Ages 4  – 8.

Daddy’s Little Princess – Daddy’s Little Princess educates young children, helps build their self-esteem, and inspire them.  Most images of princesses and queens are not images of African Americans.  This book introduces them to real-life African Queens and Princesses in all shades.  Ages 4 – 10.

Dare!:  –  Sam is bully.  He makes Jayla feels threatened because he has bullied her because she loves astronomy and stars.  He starts to bully her friends too and tries to get Jayla to bully them too.  Ages 5 – 9.

Firebird – Misty Copeland encourages an African American girl who wants to be a ballerina, but is discouraged by low self-esteem and a lack of confidence.  Ages 6 – 8.

Gone Crazy in Alabama – This is the third book in a series.  The Gaither sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, head to the rural south to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, in Alabama.  They leave Brooklyn behind and have a lifetime of fun.  The first two books are One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven.  Ages  8 – 12.  

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition – The true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA.  Ages 8 – 12.

I Got the Rhythm – A little girl takes a trip to the park with her mother.  She hears a rhythm coming from the butterflies, the ice cream vendors and the world around her.  She can’t contain herself, she breaks out in a dance.  Ages 2 – 5.

I Had a Favorite Dress –  Next, we have a  little girl who wears her favorite dress on Tuesdays.  One Tuesday morning, she discovers that her favorite dress is too short.  She is so disappointed, but her mother turns her favorite dress into a ruffly shirt.  Her favorite dress becomes her favorite shirt.  Ages 5 – 7.

Jamaica’s Fine – This book teaches children ethics.  Jamaica finds a stuffed dog at the playground.  She take it home with trying to find the owner.  Soon discovers her conscience, and learns that it is bothering her.   Ages 4 – 8.

Katie Fry, The Lost Kitten – Furthermore, if your into mysteries you must read Katie Fry.  She loves to solve mysteries.  When she finds a lost kitten, she decides to find the owner.  This book is one in a series.  Ages 6 – 8.

Lola at the Library – Lola is very happy.  On Tuesdays, Lola and her mother go to the library.  She enjoys the walk, checking out books, story time and the special treats she gets with her mother.  Ages 2 – 5.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition – Misty Copeland was the first female African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.  She’s been breaking down barriers ever since.  Ages 8 – 12.

Mixed Me – Mixie has a black father and a white mother.  People are always asking her what she is.  She decides to embraces her uniqueness and be the best “Me” she can be.  Ages 4 – 8.

My Three Best Friends and Me – Additionally, we didn’t leave our disabled children.  Zulay is blind, but she doesn’t let that stop from doing everything she wants to do.  She has three best friends who are in her first grade class.  They are study the same things.  Find out what they are.  Ages 4 – 8.

Nikki and Deja – Nikki and Deja live next door to each other.  They do everything together, including watching Saturday morning cartoons, playing jacks, jumping rope and playing during recess.  Additionally, they are in Mrs. Shelby’s third class.  So, they help each other with homework.  Everything is great until a new girl arrives.  Ages 4 – 7.

Penny and the Magic Puffballs – Last, Penny struggled with why her hair was different from her friends.  She wanted to wear her hair straight too, but her mother told her that her hair was perfect just the why it was.  Her mother fixes her hair in two magic puffballs.  Let the fun begin.  Ages 4 – 8.

Finally, we hope that you will use our list of books for African American girls for your daughter, niece or someone special who’s on your gift giving list.  Better yet, start a library for your child and add a new book monthly.  Also, check back for our round up of books for African American boys and teens as well as our preschool/kindergarten activities.

You may also like Whoopi Goldberg’s Sugar Plum Ballerina series.



24 Winter Books for Kids

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Because winter can keep kids indoors for days, even weeks they become bored.  Not only do they become bored, parents can find it challenging to keep them occupied. However, we have a solution.  Create a small library with winter books for kids.  Fortunately, reading is a passion in my family, and I highly recommend that you encourage your children to read too.  Create a cozy corner, desk or hide away for them to snuggle up with a book and enjoy a delicious snack while they’re at it.  We have a few winter book for kids suggestions that you should check out:

The Biggest Snowman Ever – First, Clayton and Desmond enter a contest to build a snowman.  Their efforts just don’t seem to be working.  So, they join forces to build the biggest snowman ever.  Hurray for team work. Ages 4 – 8.

The Mitten –  Nikki drops his white mitten in the snow, but doesn’t realize it.  It’s hard for him to find because of the white snow.  As a result, the woodland animals help him search for it.  Ages 1 – 3.

Tracks in the Snow – A little girl sees tracks outside her window.  She decides to follow the tracks only to realize that the tracks are hers from the day before.

All You Need for a Snowman – The children of this snow-clad chalet village build two huge snowmen.  Ages 4 – 7.

The Gingerbread Girl – This gingerbread girl has licorice hair, and an awesome plan to outsmart the fox.  Ages 2 – 5.

Groundhog Day! – Every February 2, people wonder if the groundhog will see its shadow.  In addition, this book contains information about the groundhog and the origin of Groundhog Day.  Ages 6 – 9.

Ollie’s Ski Trip – Ollie is given his first pair of real skis, and sets off on an adventure.  He meets lots interesting people including Ms. Thaw.  Ages 3 – 6.

Sneezy the Snowman –  Sneezy the Snowman is cold.  He decided to warm up by drinking some cocoa, sits in a hot tub, stands near a fire and than melts. But children decide to build him back up.  Ages 6 – 8.

Snow Day! – The weatherman depicts snow.  Snuggling on the sofa with hot chocolate, building a snow fort, snowballs and sledding are in the future. Ages 5 – 8.

Snowballs – Check out all of the objects that can be used to decorate snowmen.  The book is beautifully illustrated.  Ages 3 – 8.

The Snow Globe Family – Additionally, there’s a snow globe on the mantel in a family’s home.  Inside the snow globe is a family waiting for someone to shake the globe so there will be a blizzard.  Will a family member shake the globe? Who will it be?  Ages 6 – 8.

Snowman’s Story – A bunny rabbit steals a snowman’s story book when he falls asleep.  The snowman wants his book back.  Get ready for a chase!   Ages 3 – 7.

Snowmen at Night  – Have you wondered what snowmen do at night?  They may loose buttons, an arm or their carrot nose, but nobody knows how.  Find out about the secret life of snowmen in this exciting book. Ages 4 – 7.

Snowmen at Play – This activity book is filled with snowmen, stickers and lots of fun.  Ages 3 – 5.

Tacky the Penguin – Tacky’s behavior annoys his friends.  They are prime and proper, however, Tacky is not.  But  his strange behavior saves the day.  Thereafter, they see him differently.  Ages 4 – 7.

Akiak – Akiak is the lead dog on a team of Huskies.  As usual, she head ups the team.  But she hurts her paw and has to be removed from the race.  Fortunately, Akiak doesn’t know that she’s been disqualified.  Although she has been disqualified, she continues to run beside her team.  Ages 5 – 8.

Winter Wonderland – Bear Country (Berenstein Bears) becomes a winter wonderland.  Ages 4 – 7.

Eloise Skates! – Eloise’s nanny decides to take her and Weenie ice-skating! Weenie is a dog.  But can dogs ice-skate?  Ages 6 – 8.

The First Day of Winter – In another story, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts for a special friend.  I wonder what they are?  Ages 3 – 6.

It’s Snowing! –  This book is great for our science lovers.  It discusses snowflakes how they are formed, different regions and they snow received, and how to prepare for a snow storm.  Ages 6 – 9.

Lemonade in the Winter – Pauline and her little brother, John-John, decide to open a lemonade stand in the winter.  It’s unusual, so will they be able to sell their cold drink?  Ages 3 – 7.

The Little Polar Bear – Next, Lars goes hunting with his father, but he is so tired from the day’s activities he falls asleep. As a result, he doesn’t hear the ice crack.  Unfortunately, he drifts away from his father and the North Pole.  Will he be able to find his way back?

The Little Rippers – Max and Molly Beckett are brother and sister.  As usual, they are looking forward to their annual ski weekend with their grandfather on Powderhound Mountain.  Ages 4 – 7.

Olivia Builds a Snowlady  – Last, Olivia and her classmates have been assigned to build the best snowman for the town’s Winter Festival.  They decided to build a snowlady instead of a snowman.

We hope that you found our list of winter books for kids helpful. Most noteworthy, at least to me was Olivia Builds a Snowlady. My granddaughter loves Olivia, so that book will definitely go into her library.  I’m also thinking about the Gingerbread Girl.  Which ones peeked you curiosity?

Additionally, you may also like 22 Winter Crafts for Kids and 30+ Rich and Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes.


12 Memory Boosters For Children

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It can be difficult to encourage kids to study hard.  If you have children who don’t want to do school homework, and you want them to be more alert, the good news is that you can help your children’s brain reach its optimum development.  Feeding them the right types of food is essential.  Helping to keep your children alert, happy and healthy is your job as a parent. 

Below are 12 types of food that can help children enhance their memory:

1.      Dark Chocolate

          Apart from being a delicious treat, dark chocolate also contains flavonols.  An element that can make it easier for blood to circulate in the brain. This results in boosting memory and overall functioning of the brain. A study has also found that those who eat 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate a day felt calmer than those who didn’t. Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies with your kids is a perfect bonding experience, and the cookies contain the perfect ingredient.

2.      Berries

          Berries are rich in anti-oxidants. Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries have all been shown to boost the ability to learn, memorize and think. So make sure to add them to your child’s breakfast cereals, oatmeals, and smoothie drinks.

3.      Coconut Oil

          Since our brain is made of 60 percent fat, we need saturated fat to feed our brain cells to avoid depression and dementia. A good source of saturated fat is coconut oil which we can use as an alternative to butter for baking or sautéing food for our kids.

4.      Beet Juice

          For those who are looking for an alternative snack to prepare for their kids during school break, one great suggestion is to serve the snacks with beet juice, a source of natural nitrates. A study has found that people performed better on cognitive exams minutes after drinking beet juice.

5.      Lean Meat

          Lean meat or foods high in protein are another good food choice for kids.  Children who eat these foods has been shown to improve their overall cognitive performance of the brain. You can prepare this delicious Crockpot Meatball Recipe to beef up your kids’ brain!

6.      Eggs

          Eggs have always been a favorite breakfast food for their capacity to make our stomach feel full. They are also a good source of choline, a building block for the part of our brain in charge of making memory function well. So make eggs a part of your child’s daily diet.

7.       Whole Wheat Muffins

          A small amount of carbohydrates can fuel the brain’s ability to concentrate. So before studying for an exam or to do better in class, encourage your child to eat whole-wheat muffins or bread. Serve it with a small amount of peanut butter and a glass of orange juice for a complete brain-boosting meal.

8.      Fish

          Children’s brains also get a boost from eating fish which contain omega-3’s. Try to incorporate fishes like salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, herring and other types of cold-water fish in their meals. Salmon, in particular also has vitamins B and selenium that also aid the brain.

9.      Spinach and Broccoli

          We know that children are wary of eating greens, but spinach and broccoli are the kinds of leafy greens that contain B-6 and B-12 which play a vital role in maintaining the nervous system which result in improved memory and alertness. So give your kid a healthy dose of these greens to add as a side for dinner or as a mixed salad.

10.  Celery

          Celery is a fun crunchy snack, I’m sure the kids won’t mind eating. It is a good source of luteolin, which decrease age-related memory loss, aids in reducing inflammation in the brain and helps fight degeneration. Celery is good to mix in chicken or macaroni salad, soups, and even fruit shakes.  Children also love peanut butter on celery or dipping it in Ranch Dressing. 

11. Sage

          The next time you prepare a tasty dish, make sure that you season it with sage. Sage contains compounds that help in maintaining acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter known for aiding in learning and memory.  Sage is best paired with lean beef, poultry, lentil as well as legume-based dishes.

12.  Turmeric

          Another type of spice to season your dishes with is turmeric. This popular yellow spice often included in Indian and Caribbean cuisine has been found to improve short-term memory and aid in problem-solving and reasoning skills. So prep your child for that algebra or literature exam by serving food seasoned with turmeric.  Try adding it to grilled chicken, beans, lentils or roasted veggies. 

These are just some of the food types that can enhance brainpower and memory function of your kids.  These memory boosters for children will help them stay alert and become more receptive to both school and homework.


Karlisa Costello regularly writes about parenting and educational articles for SmileTutor, a leading home tutor agency.

Kid’s Birthday Ideas For An Extra Special Year

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Most parents know how great birthdays can be for little children.  Many parents also go out of their way to make it as special as possible. After all, you do want your kids to enjoy themselves on their special day.  And achieving that is often a matter of ensuring that certain things are in line for the day.  If your child is in need of an extra special birthday – perhaps because it is an important one, such as their tenth – then there is plenty that you can do to ensure that it goes off as well as possible.  If you are unsure how to do that, then read on.  In this post, we will take a look at a few kid’s birthday ideas to ensure that you get your kid’s birthday just right.

The Right Presents

It is important to teach your children while young that receiving presents is not the most important thing. Still, on their birthday you do want to treat them to something special.  So, it is worth putting some effort into getting there gift right.  If you are lucky, you will know exactly what they want.  If that’s the case, you can be sure there will be laughter and joy rather than tears.  It helps to shop around early, and perhaps ask for some help from a family member or one of their friends. You should also think about the card.  Getting the right birthday card is surprisingly important as well. You could even use an online card maker to create one yourself.  This will have the positive bonus of being personal and genuine compared to a normal card.

The Perfect Party

If you are throwing a party for your child, early planning is probably a good idea. The earlier you get started, the more likely it is that you will throw the ideal bash.  There is plenty to bear in mind when you are throwing a birthday party for a child. First, you will need to prepare plenty of food.  Keep in mind that you will be feeding both children and adults.  Therefore that is important to remember if you want to keep everyone happy.  You also need to make sure that the decorations are appropriate and that you have enough.  Free enough time for other concerns as the party date approaches.  Throwing the right party will ensure that your children will really enjoy their day.


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Interesting Activities

Whether or not you throw a party, it is a good idea to have some kind of interesting activity.  You might even decide to take your child somewhere special.  Or the whole family can take a weekend holiday away somewhere. If you fill the time with interesting and fun activities, you make the whole experience a lot more fun.  As a result, much more memorable for the birthday boy or girl.

We hope you find our kid’s birthday ideas helpful, and will implement a few to help make you child’s birthday special.


Tips When Choosing Camps For Kids


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Sending kids to camp can be a hard decision to make. There are pros and cons, but in truth, some parents don’t have a choice. For working or single parents, a camp can be the best option. The good news is that camp can be a fantastic experience for your child. Treat your child with respect and involve them in decisions. After all, they will be spending lots of time there.

Talk It Through With the Kids 

Have an open conversation about camp with your child.  Approach the subject by asking them how they feel about going to a camp. Don’t try to sway them either way, just listen to their answer.  Be honest and explain that it will make beneficial for both of you.  Both of you may be able to come to an agreement together.  Keep the conversation open throughout the process.  You will want to absorb the pros and cons if your child has any.  Furthermore, you will need to weigh them so you can ensure your child is on board with the idea.  If your child is opposed, another alternative may be better.

Choose the Right Camp 

Choosing the right camp is essential to ensuring your child has a good time.  If they have a good time, they’re more likely to want to go again next summer.  Focus on your child’s hobby when coming to a decision.  Sending a child that is more intellectual and sensitive child to a sports camp would be an obvious mistake!  There are so many camps to choose from.  As a result, finding one to suit your child should not be difficult. Various companies can help you get an idea of what’s available.  Search our summer camp directory and others like it to see options for your next summer camp location.  Again, keep your children involved in the decision process.  Discuss the activities that are offered by the camp and be sure to get their opinion.  Show them the website and any pictures available. Get them excited.

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Generate Excitement  

After you have selected a camp, go on a shopping trip.  Talk to them often about the fun things they’ll be able to do. Buying things for the camp is another way to build excitement. Buy books and clothes specifically for camp.  You can use them as an incentive to look forward to camp.

Finally, we hope our Tips for choosing a camp for kids will help in assisting you and your child with choosing a camp.  If it’s their first time, they are bound to have reservations.  Talking them through fears will help ensure that they have something to look forward to.

How to Honor the Memory of Family Pets



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Choosing a family pet, whatever it may be, is a wonderful experience for anyone. You just know that the companionship you can get from a dog or a cat is priceless.  Many people treat their pets as part of the family, and I can understand why.  They are there for you when you wake, and when you get home. It is like having an extension to your family. So when the worst happens, and you lose a pet through death or even your pets escaping, it can be  devastating.  I think all pet owners are faced with that one question, How to honor the memory of family pets?

This has brought me to the topic of discussion today. There are many ways we can honor the memory of family pets.  I thought I would explore some of them today.  I hope it offers you comfort in a sad time if you happen to be a pet owner or you are currently grieving the loss of your pet.

Burying a beloved pet

You never know when you are going to be faced with a loss of a pet.  It may be due to illness and expected over time.  However, it could be incredibly sudden.  Whatever the situation, you may want to think about burying your pet.   For example, you can bury them somewhere that reminds you of them. Some people choose to do this in their garden or even a pet cemetery.  You could even consider a headstone with your pets name and date of birth.  It’s a common way to honor the memory of your beloved pet.

Having a piece of jewelry made in their memory

Another way you can honor the memory of your pet is to consider having a piece of jewelry.  Perhaps buying a necklace or a bracelet.  Charm bracelets and necklaces are particularly popular.  You could use the opportunity to add an existing item or you can have a piece of jewelry made.  Having a diamond created from the ashes of your pet.  Your diamond would be a consistent reminder of the memory of your beloved pet.  For more information, check out companies like DNA 2 Diamonds.


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Hold a memorial service

Many people consider their pets as part of the family.  So, it should be no surprise that other members of your family will feel exactly the same way when a loss occurs.  Seeking support from friends and family in laying them to rest is a wonderful way to say goodbye.  Furthermore, you have everyone can share stories from your pet’s life and mourn the loss together. A memorial service can be a great reminder that you’re not going through this pain alone.

Create a scrapbook

Every parent makes some sort of keepsake for their child, either digitally or in a book format. So, why not consider something similar for your pet? Collect pictures and add them to a scrapbook.  It’s always something you can look back on in the future.

Finally, I hope this helps you deal with the pain of losing a pet, and finding a way to honor the memory of your family pets.

Choosing The Perfect Pet For Your Family



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So, your family is ready for a pet. There are hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs…the list goes on. How are you supposed to decide what the perfect pet is for your family?   Stop worrying, this guide can make choosing the perfect pet easier.

Consider The Age Of Your Children

The first thing you’ll want to consider is the age of your children. This is important for a number of reasons.  Can your kids help take care of the pet?  This will help make the children responsible and give them the pet is ‘theirs’ too feel. Also, some pets are great with older kids, but not so much with younger kids.  Make sure you know what’s best for your kids before you decide.

Take A Look At How Much Space You Have

The amount of space you have will play a big part in the kind of pet you decide to get. If you want a nice big family dog like a Labrador, you’re going to need lots of space. It needs to be able to run around and play with space to spare. If you have limited space, choosing a smaller pet is best. It isn’t fair on the pet if you don’t take this into account.

Look At Your Finances Carefully

You must make sure you can afford the essentials for your new pet. This includes food, treatment from places like, toys, and other important things. You should never get a pet if money is limited.  Committing to your pet means ensuring you can spare the money it takes to keep them healthy and happy.

Research Pet Breeding

Researching different breeds of different animals will give you a good idea of what type of lifestyle they are suitable for.  If your family is active, a pet that likes to stay active is best. Lazy pets won’t be the best choice for an active family, and a lazy family certainly shouldn’t pick an energetic pet.  You should also take a look at their temperament. Considering things like this ensures that you’re the perfect match.


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Going To View Different Pets

When you have a good idea of the type of pet you want, you can go to view different pets. Although you can’t tell much when they’re young, if they show a slight interest in you, this is a good sign!

Buying From A Reputable Source

Last, you must make sure you’re buying your pet from a reputable breeder or source. Some pets are poorly bred and looked after before they are sold.  As a result, this could lead to problems for the owner later on.  Be smart about where you buy your pet.  Make sure they are healthy and happy.

When you consider our tips, choosing the perfect pet for your family will be less difficult. It’s all too easy to choose a pet just because they look cute. Always make sure they suit your family, home, and lifestyle before making the final decision. Thanks for reading and come back soon!

Gift Ideas For Babies This Christmas



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Buying for a baby can be tough, after all, this little human isn’t even fully aware of their surroundings until down the line! Because babies need so much stuff, it’s difficult to know what they already have or what the parents need.  This can leave you feeling stumped when it comes to buying for Christmas.  Here are a few gift ideas for babies that you can buy at Christmas.

Sentimental Gift

An item that can be kept and treasured is a nice option. It might not be able to be used in the here and now, but it’s a lovely thing for them to look at when they grow up.  Sites like this have lots of things to buy for a baby so you could browse for inspiration. It could be a special photo album, a piece of art or some kind of trinket.

A Gift Certificate 

You can’t go wrong with a gift certificate as an idea for babies for Christmas. The parents could use the gift certificate for sales after Christmas.  A gift certificate can also be used toward a larger purchase that the parents were planning on buying.  Alternatively, you could purchase a gift certificate for sites such as Amazon. This gives them a wider selection of things to choose from.

A Donation To Their Savings Account

Many parents set up a savings account for their baby.  Instead of buying a gift, you could make a monetary donation.   Parents could use the donation toward their child’s education or a deposit on a house. It’s something that will make a substantial difference to their lives, and all of these smaller contributions add up over the years.

Baby Clothes

Baby clothes will be needed and used by the parents.  A sweet outfit with booties and a hat wouldn’t cost much.  However, they grow so quickly.  Chances are the parents will be going through clothes like crazy.  Clothing of any kind will be useful and well used while they fit!

We hope you find our gift ideas for babies helpful.

7 Christmas Morning Tips You Need

Christmas Morning Tips


The only time I remember my daughter or grandchildren getting up at 6:00 am willingly is on Christmas morning.  When the light penetrates the windows, it’s time to get up.  Knowing that Santa has left gifts under the tree is too overwhelming.  No matter how late you were up putting gifts together or wrapping presents,  you head downstairs to see the excitement on their darling little faces.

Once the gifts are under the tree, we head off to bed for that much needed hour or two of sleep.  Other things are needed besides gifts on Christmas morning.  So, we have prepared a list of Christmas morning tips for you.  Be sure to check it twice before you head to bed:

Batteries – Check the size of the batteries needed for any toys or other items before you wrap them and make a list.  There’s nothing more frustrating to a child than not being able to play with a toy on Christmas morning because there’s no batteries.

Scissors – Put your scissors in a place where you can find them.  Mine disappear like socks in the dryer.  You may need them to get toys or other gifts out the box.

Trash Bags –  I always have large trash bags on hand for wrapping paper or pieces of boxes ripped apart on Christmas morning.  Kitchen trash bags are too small for the mounts of wrapping paper and boxes that we leave behind.

Notebook or Paper and Pencil – Use these to keep track of who gave the kids and you gifts and what you received so you can write a thank you note.  Thank you isn’t a thing of the past in my home.

Tools – Make sure you can find your Philips and Flathead screwdrivers to remove covers from toys if needed.  You may also need a wrench or pliers. Kids have little patience on Christmas morning.  Everything is fair game, and they want immediate access.

Camera and Batteries – Make sure you have your camera battery charged.  If you’re not using a DSLR, make sure you have camera batteries on hand.  You don’t want to miss a precious memory because the batteries are exhausted or you forgot to charge the camera battery.

Phone Charged  –  My phone starts ringing early Christmas morning.  Between texts, calls and posting on social media, I need my phone to fully charged.  I also have a land line, so that phone needs to charged as well. 

Be sure to check the Christmas morning tips twice.  You want to be prepared for the most wonder time of year.  Capturing memories is just as important as showing love and appreciation during the holiday season.  Who wants to climb out of their nice warm pajamas so they can search for a local 7-Eleven on Christmas morning because they weren’t prepared.

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