Saturday 29 October 2022

8 Ideas to Make This Holiday Season Memorable for Your Kids

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The festive holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. It's a time to celebrate all that we are thankful for. For kids, it can be especially exciting to experience the holidays for the first time. There are so many things you can do to make the season special for your little ones! In this blog post, we will discuss eight ideas that will help make this holiday season unforgettable for your kids!

Start a New Tradition

Traditions are such an important part of the holidays. They help to make the season feel unique and special. If you don't have any holiday traditions yet, now is the perfect time to start some! You could do something as simple as decorating gingerbread houses together or watching holiday movies as a family. Whatever you choose, make sure it's something your kids will enjoy and look forward to every year.

Get Them Involved in Gift Giving

One of the best parts of the Christmas holidays is giving gifts to loved ones. But sometimes, it can be hard to find the perfect present. Why not involve your kids in the gift-giving process? This way, they can help pick out presents for their grandparents, cousins, or friends. They'll feel so proud and excited to give a gift that they helped choose!

Make Some Holiday-Themed Crafts

Craft time is always a fun activity for kids. And during the holidays, there are so many festive crafts you can do! You could make decorations for the Christmas tree, gingerbread houses, or even design your own wrapping paper. There are endless possibilities! Not only will your kids have fun doing this activity, but they'll also be able to take pride in their finished products.

Go Ice Skating or Sledding

What better way to enjoy the winter weather than by going ice skating or sledding? These activities are sure to get your kids moving and laughing, and better still all the family can join together and have great fun. And they'll love spending time outdoors in the snow!

Bake Holiday Cookies Together

Baking cookies is a classic holiday activity. And it's even more fun when you do it with your kids! They'll love getting their hands dirty as they mix the ingredients and roll out the dough. You can get an assortment of cutters for them to enjoy and they'll be so excited to eat their finished products. It's a win-win!

Take Them Shopping for New Holiday Clothes

One of the best parts of the holidays is getting all dressed up in festive clothes. If your kids don't have any special holiday outfits yet, take them shopping! They'll love picking out a new outfit to wear to all of the holiday parties. And you can even get them matching outfits for the whole family! Make it a very special day out and book a hotel in the city to make it extra special. Aldgate is a great location for a hotel, because it's central and has great transport links.

Have a Holiday Movie Marathon

What better way to spend a cold winter day than snuggled up on the couch watching holiday movies? You could make it into a marathon and watch all of your kids' favorite Christmas movies. Or you could mix things up and include some holiday classics that they've never seen before. Either way, they're sure to have a blast, especially with some yummy festive treats to hand too!

Go Caroling Together

Caroling is such a fun and festive activity! And it's even more fun when you do it with your children. They'll love singing all of their favorite Christmas songs. And you might even get some neighbours to join in with the fun! You'll at least be offered an enjoyable mulled wine or festive cookie for your troubles.

The holiday season is a magical time of year. And there are so many ways to make it special for your kids. Try out some of these ideas and you're sure to create some lasting memories and have great fun in the process.

Friday 14 October 2022

3 Interesting Christmas Gifts You Can Get Anyone

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Christmas is a time to have fun and enjoy yourself. The same isn't often said about the weeks leading up to it. You have to get the decorations ready, plan out what you’re doing for the season, and much more, which can lead to a lot of stress.

Then there are the countless gifts you’ll have to get for people. Depending on how many you need to buy, this can be one of the more stressful parts of the season. You’ll not only need to worry about the cost but also what exactly you should buy people.

By focusing on a few Christmas gift ideas you can get anyone, you can make the task much easier for yourself. All three of the following options should be something your friends and family will all love.

1. Christmas Hamper

Christmas gift hampers can be one of the more interesting gifts you can get a loved one, as you don’t need to go for standard options with this. Instead, you can personalise them and include foods and drinks the recipient is sure to love.

The fact that these are so thoughtful is what makes them stand out, especially when you put a bit of work into them. Make sure to include what the recipient likes and what you think they’ll like when putting this together. You can go for a wide-ranging hamper with a lot of variety or a more specialist one such as cheese, sweets or even jams and chutneys.

2. Personalised Tea Towel

While a tea towel mightn’t be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking of Christmas gifts you can get anyone, there are ways to make it more interesting. By personalising it for the person you’re getting it for, you can make it much more special.

Having an appealing design and personal message on the tea towel is an effective way of doing this. It lets you make something much more thoughtful while showing the recipient how much you care about them. Of course, it is also practical too!

3. Ornaments

Speaking of something personalised, your gift doesn’t need to be customised to a specific person. Instead, you could buy for a whole household. Family ornaments can be a great option for this.

While you could choose a classic Christmas ornament design for this, you could also go with something a bit broader. There are countless ornaments you could create, ranging from picture frames to something that hangs from the fireplace.

Christmas ornaments are great gifts to send by post as they are small and often can be enjoyed throughout the whole year.

So, what do you think? Might you go for one (or all) of these options this year to help make your Christmas gift-buying simpler? They’ll not only be gifts that are sure to be used, but the recipient should appreciate the thought and love them too.

Saturday 8 October 2022

Five Ideas for your Partner to Celebrate Retirement

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Retirement is a wonderful time to kick back, relax and enjoy the time deserved for a hard-working life. Whether retirement has been a long time coming or it’s something that has been a luxury to do earlier, there’s plenty of time now to revel in what life has to offer.

For that partner who is retiring or has recently retired, a celebratory gift is certainly needed. To commemorate the occasion in the best way, here are five gift ideas to celebrate such a milestone point in life.

Book that once-in-a-lifetime trip

Is there a bucket list trip that the person retiring has always wanted to go on? Well, now is that opportunity to do so. If it’s financially feasible that is! However, when it comes to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, doing it now is likely the one and only time that’s perfect to do so.

Everyone’s bucket list trip is going to be different from the next. Whether it’s somewhere close by or across the other side of the world, book that trip to celebrate the occasion in style.

Get a timepiece as a symbolic gift

A great way to celebrate the occasion is a symbolic gift. When it comes to male retirement gifts, a watch is a present that will be appreciated by those who are regular wearers of this accessory. Not only is it a luxurious accessory that can be worn on all future dinners out during retirement, but it’s also symbolic of the time that’s now available.

A new chapter of a person’s life deserves a beautiful timepiece. 

A grazing platter 

Got a partner who loves to eat? A grazing platter is music to the ears of those who like to fill their stomachs with delicious food. Grazing platters have become particularly popular in recent years and are often used for events and birthdays, so why not a retirement too?

Consider it as a posh buffet for two, or get a bigger platter to celebrate with family and friends.

Tuesday 4 October 2022

Planning a Baptism or Christening for your Little One

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Are you planning a baptism or christening for your little one? If so, congratulations! This is a joyous occasion, and there are many things to consider when planning it. In this post, we will discuss some of the basics you will need to think about. Let us get started!  


1. Selecting the Right Outfit for Your Child 

Christening outfits for boys and girls require some planning ahead. The first thing to consider is that christening outfits worn by infants and small children need to be comfortable. Try to find a dress or suit made from a material that allows air to circulate freely, like cotton or linen. Your child should be able to move about comfortably in it. Second, alterations are typically made to christening and baptismal robes as they are passed down through generations. A classic silhouette is safe to invest in at any time. Third, the customary colour for a baptism or christening is white, but if you want to stand out, you can wear a pastel blue suit or pink gown instead. Check with your church leaders on any specific rules for your upcoming ceremony. Pick something that will be meaningful to both you and your child for many years to come. 


2. Choosing When to Have Your Baptism   

Baptisms and christenings are milestones in your child's life. You and your family will need to pick when you have the baptism ceremony. Spring and summer are great for baptisms because of the pleasant temperature and the options for outdoor christening celebrations with families and friends. Unless there are scheduling issues, any time can be baptism season.  

 3. Selecting a Baptism Location   

Choosing a venue for your baby's christening might be tricky. You want the day to be perfect. You must think about who you are going to invite to the ceremony and whether you will be holding a reception afterwards. Traditionally, parents choose to have the christening ceremony at their local or family church, with a reception held nearby for invited guests. If you are expecting a huge crowd, you will need a venue that can accommodate everyone. And don’t forget to factor in the expense of the venue. Christenings can be pricey, so select a location that meets your budget. Once you have examined all these things, you should be able to find the appropriate setting for your baby's christening.  

Looking After Your Family When they Fly the Nest

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Having your child begin the next chapter of their life by going to University or College is a significant life change for everyone in the family. Although they have left the nest, they will always be your child, and you will want to look after them. There's lots of preparation for sending them to college/university, but how do you take care of them once they have gone?  

Learn About the Student Support Services   

Moving away from home for the first time, beginning independent study and having to start from scratch making new friends can all be very stressful and demanding experiences. There will be struggles, and as a parent, your first instinct is to give them a cuddle and sort out the problem. This can be hard when they are potentially hundreds of miles away.  


But you can research the support available to them there and be ready to offer solutions. Every university or college will have a dedicated student support service. Reading up on what they can do and the policies they have in place is a great way to look after your child and something you can do online. This includes student mental health support, academic support, and knowing where to call for a doctor's appointment. 

Send them Care Boxes   

Another way to still look after them is by sending a care box in the post. This is a great way to look after them from a distance, and even if they are not too far from home, it's an excellent way to take care of your child whilst still giving them independence.  


It's entirely up to you what you include in the care package. Still, items you know they are likely not thinking about or not a priority on a student budget are great—for example, spices and seasonings, vitamins, nice toiletries and materials for their hobbies and interests. Of course, always include a card or a little note from home as well. 


Prepare for Summer Storage 

It's great if you can drive and pick your child up for the summer holidays, but all their stuff might not comfortably fit in the car with them! Therefore even if you are close by, storing belongings for a couple of months could be the best solution.  


Sorting out storage can be one of the most stressful tasks for a student, especially as many need to be thinking about moving out for the summer break during a busy exam period. However, you can help them by looking at the available student storage options and finding the one that best fits their needs.  

Recognise what has Changed when they Return  

Depending on their accommodation type, your child may have been living away from home, entirely independently for the year. 


Don't expect them to be on the same schedule as they were. Give them options to cook for themselves if they wish (although they may be craving some of mum's home cooking as well) and give them more independence outside the house.   


Give them space by leaving the house; just because your baby has come home does not mean they need you every waking minute. Taking some space and continuing your life as usual benefits both of you and will make the transition far easier when they leave again.  


Final Thoughts   

Going to University or College is a big life change for your child and you. The best way to support them through this big step is by keeping the channels of communication open and being there when they need you.