Father's Day Planning

Last Minute Father’s Day Planning

June 10, 2016 admin 0

Father’s Day is often overlooked, but it’s an important holiday and a good opportunity to make someone aware of how much you appreciate them, which is always something we can do more. Even if you haven’t planned far in advance, you can still make this Father’s Day one to remember by thinking it through carefully. Many people get stuck thinking about all the potential options and have no idea how to plan, but you can follow just a few simple steps.

1) What makes your dad happy?

Personal preference will of course dictate how you can make someone’s day enjoyable and special to them. Whatever your dad’s favourite activity might be, this will often form the basis of a great Father’s Day – you just need to take care of all the practical arrangements.

2) How can you fit your plans in?

Hopefully on Father’s Day everyone will be at home, since it always falls on a Sunday. Still, parents tend to have a lot to do at weekends! Think about everything your dad does and see what you can help out with in advance, and this will ensure you have time to relax and have some time for your Father’s Day activities, whether it’s going out somewhere or just having some family time.…

Cutting Summer Electricity Bills

April 27, 2016 admin 0
In the summer your home will become unpleasantly hot and the vast majority of us will immediately resort to turning the air conditioning or fans on for 8 hours a day. The electricity used up by cooling your home is obviously significant and the bill from your electricity supplier will be large too if you do not find a way to cut back on usage. This article considers how you can reduce your electricity, and thus your bills, in preparation for the summer.

Create Isolation Points

Cooling your entire home is a mammoth task and it is a move that will greatly increase your electricity bills. There is no need, however, to cool your entire property during the day if you will not be using all of it. For most people the vast majority of the home will be unused throughout the day, so paying large amounts to cool the whole property is unnecessary. By creating areas that can be isolated by closing an insulated door, you can make it so that you need only cool one room instead of trying to reduce the temperature of the other 90% of your home that you are not using.

Xmas Gift Giving Arrangements

December 3, 2015 admin 0
Gift-giving has become one of the most prominent Christmas traditions in the Western world. People around the globe exchange presents with family, friends, co-workers, colleagues and acquaintances once a year as part of the larger Christmas festivities.

However enjoyable this process is for some people, it can be difficult to know when you should stop! Giving a gift to close friends makes sense, but areas such as the workplace can be substantially trickier. If you buy gifts for your boss, or for close co-workers, does this mean you need to buy something for everyone?

Rather than leaving you to sort this out for yourself, we’ve put together a few suggestions as to how you might best be able to work through the sometimes tricky tradition of gift-giving.

Secret Santa

Also known as Kris Kringle, this is possibly the best-known of the various gifting traditions. When participating with a Secret Santa, you are provided with the name of a co-worker, friend, acquaintance etc. who you need to purchase a gift for. Likewise, another random person is provided with your name, to get a gift for you.

The people involved need to keep the name they’ve been given a secret, of course—otherwise, the purpose is defeated. This can potentially lead to a great deal of fun, as the people involved may not know each other particularly well and need to figure out what to get other people, without giving away too many clues.

NB: It’s wise to set a few ground rules. There should always be a Secret Santa price limit (e.g. no more than £10 spent) and there should probably be a few ground rules laid out about what constitutes “funny” as opposed to “completely inappropriate.”

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Celebrating Christmas with a Baby

December 6, 2013 admin 0
When you have a baby, your outlook on the holiday season will totally change. There are things that you won’t do anymore, but there are also things you’ll do that you never considered before you had a child. You need to determine what events you want to attend, so that you don’t overwhelm yourself and make your holidays exhausting rather than enjoyable. For example, if you create gourmet Christmas baskets for friends, consider purchasing a set online this year.

Buy Your Baby a Christmas Outfit

There’s nothing cuter than dressing your child up in a special holiday outfit. This might be a formal dress or suit, or an elf or baby Santa costume. If your baby is really new, you may want to avoid the super-formal dresses and three-piece suits, since it will make it difficult to change diapers and it may also be uncomfortable.

Take Holiday Photos

If you’re like most families, you’ll want tons of photos with your new baby this year. If you use a digital camera, you can upload these to the cloud or your computer and edit them as you go along. The best part is that you can quickly and easily send these photos to friends and relatives all around the world.

When taking a photo, avoid using a flash that is closer than one metre from a new baby. Use the zoom function to get up close, instead of shoving the camera in his or her face, and make sure you catch those ‘firsts’, like first unwrapped gift, first view of a lit Christmas tree and first sight of Santa.

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Unique Craft Ideas with Flowers

July 9, 2013 admin 0
Flowers have been used in craft and decoration for a long time. From pressed flowers to candles, there is something for all crafty people. Just remember to pick flowers that are appropriate to the task you plan to undertake and don’t be scared to experiment. Trial and error can pay big dividends in the end. Here are some crafty ideas to get you started.

Dried flowers

These are very popular because you can let your creativity run wild. Not only that, but dried flowers are easy to make and can then be used in many different ways. Flowers can be dried by hanging them upside down in a wardrobe or cupboard for 2 to 3 weeks until ready. They can then be used in bouquets, arrangements or almost anything else crafty that takes your fancy. Don’t be scared to mix and match different types and colours together. Dry them as a bunch for the best results

Pressed flowers

Just like dried flowers, these are very simple to make. All you need to do is lay them flat between sheets of paper and leave them to dry completely before removing. They work best with some weight on them, so placing them on white paper in the middle of a telephone book would do the trick. Just be careful when drying flowers as some of the colour will come off. Don’t use one of your prized books for this task just in case. Dried flowers can then be used for all manners of craft, but one of the favourites is placing them in a picture frame.