Hosting Guests During the Holidays

Having guests come to town for the holidays can be exciting, and at the same time, put a lot of pressure on you as the host. While your inner Martha Stewart will frantically try to get everything picture perfect, it doesn’t have to be. The most memorable detail for your guests will be the way you make them feel during their stay. So while you’re working hard to get the house ready to impress them, make sure you put more effort into the things that will make them feel the most welcomed and comfortable. Remember, nine out of ten times, your guests will feel like they are intruding on your space so the best way to make them feel at home is with these thoughtful touches you can add to their stay. 

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Snacks

Find out what your guests like to snack on. Make sure to add their favorites to your grocery list and keep a good stock of them in your pantry or cabinet. If they aren’t as forthcoming, as some may be, add some popular items. Snacks such as granola bars, trail mix, chips and dip or salsas, cookies, fruit snacks, chocolates and crackers, are some of the most basic but loved snacks. The same goes for beverages. If you know they are coffee or tea drinkers, have a few varieties on hand if you don’t know which brand or blend they prefer. 

Leave a note

A heartfelt note on their bed or bathroom vanity is always a genuine gesture that’s appreciated by all in this world of texting, emails and direct messages. If you’re not quite sure what to write, explain to them how happy you are to be hosting them along with some tips. Tips such as how to work the remote in the guest room, a list of where things are in your home that you think they will need, and even some nearby places they can walk to for coffee, lunch or to buy toiletries. You can also write down your timeline for activities you have planned for them so they can be aware ahead of time. A small note can go a long way in making a person feel welcomed.

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Car Safety Tips for Driving with Kids

Every kid looks forward to a little getaway or vacation, probably much more so this crazy year than ever before. It’s fun to go on a road trip with your family and enjoy adventures with them! Before you go forward with your journey, be sure that you’re looking out for everyone’s safety, especially your kids. Here is a quick list of car safety tips to keep in mind for children.

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Choose the Appropriate Safety Seat

After checking to make sure all your seat belts are working, make sure that everyone who is travelling with you, especially your children, uses the appropriate car seat for their age. It would be best if you had boosters for older  children and car seats for babies, which should be rear-facing inside the car. Most countries are now implementing comprehensive guidelines for car seats that meet their specifications so make sure to choose the right one for your vehicle and your children.

Be Familiar With The Car Seat Manual

Every children’s car seat comes with a manual, giving information on how to use it properly. Car seats have many variations, depending on your kid’s age and size. The manual will also show how to install the belts properly, to ensure the proper anchorage and prevent any accidents that might happen.

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Tablescaping: Creating an Instagram Worthy Table Setting

The art of setting your table is THE trend of the moment. With all the swoon-worthy photos on Instagram, the fad may just turn into the norm. Who doesn’t like to serve fabulous food to their nearest and dearest in a picture-perfect dining environment?

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Life-long memories are made when we’re gathered around a table with family and friends, enjoying the conversation as the candles flicker. 

But what makes all those photos look so appealing?

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Ideas For a Family Get Together This Summer

Now that it looks like we’re soon to come to the end of all this lovely pandemic fun, I’m even more thankful that summer is just around the corner! With the summer season comes everything that goes with it, including vacations, cookouts, sports outings, tailgates, pool parties, beach parties, camping trips, family gatherings, reunions, and more. All of these activities are great and they help you make a lot of great memories, but it can also lead to you not seeming to have time to get together with friends and family that you do not get to see often. It is so important to make time to see friends and family when it is possible, whether you browse a grilling blog for a cookout with them or plan a getaway together. 

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Here are a few fun ideas to do this summer that will give you a great time together and amazing memories to last a lifetime.

Ice cream socials

When it is summertime, you obviously want something that is fun, tasty to eat and helps cool you down at the same time. Ice cream is the best creamy treat to add to any party and it can be turned into something as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. Purchase a few gallons of different flavor ice creams, or make it yourself. Have just a couple or a few dozen toppings set out to put on top. People will flock to your house and you are sure to have a lot of laughs and great conversations over several bowls of ice cream.

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Helpful Post-Holiday Season Cleaning Tips

The holiday season is a time of tremendous joy, happiness and all-around warmth. However, as any seasoned parent can attest, it’s also a time of consistent messiness. (I mean…more so than usual.) With every member of your household on vacation at the same time and various guests coming and going, there are ample opportunities for messes to be made. Furthermore, the festive decorations most households are adorned in tend to be much easier to put up than take down. While working up the resolve to clean your home in the wake of the holidays may prove somewhat challenging, a little bit of follow-through and assistance can go a long way.

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Tackle One Task at a Time 

When preparing to clean your house after the holiday rush, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, with so many tasks to undertake, it’s hard to determine where you should even start. Many people respond to this stress by putting post-holiday cleaning on the backburner. However, while this may provide relief in the short term, it will ultimately make the cleanup more difficult to carry out. To prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed, sit down and write up a checklist of every post-holiday cleaning task you need to tackle. Once this list has been created, attend to each individual task one-by-one, taking care to place a checkmark beside each completed chore. On a subconscious level, many of us crave structure, and adding a sense of organization can make even the most arduous post-holiday cleanup seem considerably more manageable.    

Adhere to Neighborhood Policies Regarding Decorations 

Many neighborhoods, apartment buildings and condo complexes have rules regarding how long holiday decorations can be left out. While the exact timeframe varies from location to location, these rules typically dictate that all outdoor holiday decorations must be taken down shortly after the first of the year. Failure to adhere to these rules can result in fines and stern condemnations from neighborhood associations, landlords and building managers. Keep in mind that some locales are far stricter about enforcing these rules than others, and the consequences can range from mild to severe. 

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