Are your kids invited to numerous birthday parties throughout the year? Buying a gift, paper to wrap it in, ribbon and a bow, plus a card every time can get expensive and tiresome.Through the years I have discovered some easy ways to save money and time and always be prepared for those invitations. My three children are older now, but when they were young, it seemed as if one of them was invited to a friend’s birthday party almost every week! Usually the invitations didn’t arrive until 1 or 2 days before the party. I got really fed up with running to the store in our small town and trying to find an appropriate gift on short notice.
Christmas is normally a time for spending time with relatives but that in itself can be stressful. Family differences, rows, and arguments are common during the festive season. Try to manage the visit with patience and understanding – harsh words spoken are very difficult to retract once said. If the situation becomes strained take the opportunity to go for a walk, read quietly in a room and just make space between you and the relative that is causing grief.
Now, imagine climbing from the valley up to a ridge top or the saddle of a mountain pass. Even with the best gear you are perspiring from the exertion. And now you are in the path of a more vigorous breeze, even a strong wind. The combination of the wet clothing and the wind elevates your exposure to becoming chilled, even very cold, in a matter of moments.
Ensure your family know what to do in the event of fire, how to get out, where to assemble, and who will phone the fire brigade. Ideally you should have a fire blanket in your kitchen to deal with fat and other fires together with a multi-purpose dry powder extinguisher. An extinguisher in your car is a great idea too.
There are many different opinions online that suggest different options to get a sheet that will fit properly. From using a full size crib sheet and tucking and / or pinning all the extra flour sack fabric beneath the mattress, to stretching a standard sheet to the point of popping, to even just foregoing the sheet entirely and instead placing a blanket over the mattress.
Creative ideas do not have to be limited to those above. They may even need to be updated periodically as your kids get bored. Sometimes all that is needed to motivate kids to clean their rooms is a fresh idea that hasn’t been used before. Also, this could act as an opportunity for creative play with your child. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, creative play is essential.
Use the other paint to create an outdoor meadow scene. Paint a sun, grass, trees, flowers. To create brown for the tree branches, blend a bit of each color to the desired hue.
If there’s one point to take away after reading through the article, make sure it’s “fit”. A well-fitting suit covers a multitude of sins you may make in fabric, color and style.