You Need to Recharge Your Spirit: The Sizzling South is the Perfect Choice for a Family Getaway

 

There’s an abundance of things to see and do for the whole family in Louisiana, especially if you’re staying in the welcoming city of Baton Rouge. Take a fascinating look at marine life at the Aquarium of America, explore the many plantations lining the Mississippi River or enjoy an interactive experience at the famous Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport; whatever your age, there’s something to entertain you in the Sizzling South.

If you want to explore Louisiana, there are a few trips for the whole family that are affordable and hugely enjoyable. We’ve put together some suggestions which are all just a short drive from Baton Rouge that will give you hours of fun and adventure during your visit to the South.

In terms of somewhere to stay while visiting the fun-packed South, the Marriott TownePlace Suites Gonzales offers some great family-friendly facilities. After an exhausting day seeing the sights, you’ll be grateful of a luxurious place to recharge your batteries!

Gulfport

It will take you about two hours to drive to Gulfport from Baton Rouge but it’s well worth the trip, just for its beach alone! No family vacation is complete without a beach day and in Gulfport, there are plenty of other family-friendly activities to get involved with too. On the way to the beach, you could call into the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and find out more about fascinating marine life with tours that allow you to get up close and personal with some incredible sea creatures with touch tanks. You can also pay a little extra to feed or take a swim with the dolphins – a once in a lifetime experience!

Lafayette

If you’re into Cajun cuisine, Lafayette is bulging with eateries and restaurants that are all family-friendly, offering the very best in this local culinary specialty. Children of all ages can enjoy a visit to the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, where they can get involved with the interactive exhibits, toddler play area, bubble station and a whole lot more. For older kids and adults with an interest in science, there’s the Lafayette Science Museum which has plenty of exhibits to explore and also a Planetarium which provides a breathtaking view of the night sky in late afternoon shows.

New Orleans

Although possibly better known for its nightlife, New Orleans has plenty to amuse all ages. Your family could spend a whole day in the Audubon Zoo, set in stunning grounds and with a wealth of exhibits in addition to plenty of wildlife. There is also a recreational area at Monkey Hill with a café for the grownups to enjoy a relaxing drink while the kids play and a really cool dinosaur exhibit too. There’s also a fantastic playground in Audubon Park in New Orleans for those looking for a more sedate visit. Here you can walk along winding paths between beautiful oaks and in a clearing, you’ll find the playground which will keep younger children occupied and have them worn out when it’s time for bed.

Mandeville

Another short drive from Baton Rouge is Mandeville, where there is plenty of family fun to be had, particularly if you want to be shaded from the scorching heat! Kids love the Imagination Station which is a cool play area with different spaces for hands on exploration and arts and crafts. You can actually leave your kids having fun while you relax in one of the many nearby restaurants. Also in Mandeville is a 2,800-acre green space called Fontainebleau State Park, where you can get a little out-doorsy and go on a hiking trail, do some fishing, explore nature and even relax and sunbathes on a lakeside beach!

8 Interesting Costume Ideas For Your Kids

 

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that kids love colorful costumes. The joyful face a child makes when they receive a new beautiful costume can simply warm a mother’s heart. Unfortunately, costumes can cost a lot of money when purchased through retailers. Is there any way to bring joy in a more cost-effective way? The answer is YES. With home embroidery machines listed on Design My Costume, moms everywhere are pouring their love into making their own choice of EMBROIDERY DESIGNS, to the delight of children all around the world.

Here are a few ideas of costumes moms can make themselves:

Little Lion:

List of Supplies: Brown fleece, Light Brown fleece, Elastic, Cardboard.

This is one beautiful costume most moms love to make at home. With the embroidery machines, the workload is made even easier. The key here is to pay a great deal of attention to the design of the lion’s mane, the positioning of the gloves, boots and the wiggly tail. With a bit of hard work and determination you will be entertaining a beautiful baby-lion so in love with the costume you worked so hard to make. This must go up on your Facebook and Instagram as #Mommylove.

Meatballs and Spaghetti:

List of Supplies: 2 mop-heads, foam balls, red onesie

The meatballs and spaghetti is another costume most mothers love to make. They rave about how many laughs baby makes because adults who see baby cannot help but laugh too. A couple once discovered that they could use two mop-heads (newly purchased) as the spaghetti, provided baby was well covered. They used foam balls as meatballs, and had him wear a red onesie as sauce. The cute costume was a hit not only because the parents themselves dressed up as chefs, but also because baby was placed in a big enough bowl. One of the best mommy-made costumes ever.

Snowball Costume:

List of Supplies: Light blue sweatshirt, Styrofoam balls

Babies love Olaf, the beloved snowman in the Disney Classic Frozen. So why wait till Christmas to see snow? Dress baby up in a festive snowball/Olaf costume as you sit down for another viewing of the movie. We guarantee a very fun experience. This costume commonly requires a light blue sweatshirt, Styrofoam balls and a few other embroidery designs of mommy’s choosing. This costume is fun and easy to make using home embroidery machines. It works for children of all ages; another fun and affordable way to show your little one you care.

Here Comes the Sun Costume:

List of Supplies: Sweatshirt, glue, elastic, a safety pin, yellow and orange felt pen

For this costume, you will need an oversized yellow sweatshirt, glue, elastic, a safety pin, yellow and orange felt. This costume tends to be somewhat more complicated to make than the others; however, the effect it produces makes the hard work worth it. Children somehow catch unto the brightness of the entire costume and brighten everyone else’s day in turn because of uncontrollable laughter and smiling. Babies love this costume design because it brings out what they feel inside. An awesome costume!

Little Devil:

List of Supplies: Red overalls, wings, horns

PSA: This costume will make your child very adventurous and a mischievously smiling little boy or girl. Create with caution. Literally the simplest costume and the most popular of all. Every Halloween sees little devils scurrying all around our neighborhoods collecting candy with their pitchforks. Truly a sight to behold the joy and happiness babies express when they love the awesome costume you got for them. This requires only a red overall with a tail attachment, wings, and horns.

Garden Fairy:

List of Supplies: Green Felt, tutu, flowers, wings

The Garden Fairy costume while easy to make, requires mom to learn how to make a tutu. However once that step is complete, the costume design flows with ease. With a little bit of work on the machine, and some creative additions of the flowers you’ll be looking at Tinker Bell in her human form. This costume is sure to bring forth lots of joy because every little boy wants to be Peter and every little girl wants to be Tinker. Just as with the snowball costume, enjoy the costume with a Peter Pan movie.

Classic Witch:

List of Supplies: Dress, Pointy hat, black shoes

The classic witch costume is one baby girls love, especially when there is an accompanying flying broom. In terms of Halloween costumes, this may be one of the most common. Mom’s everywhere use embroidery machines to create awesome designs of their choosing to make the costume more complete. Further, moms can design the hats using the same method, so that the costume comes full circle. An interesting idea is to grab pieces of cloth, embroider them with the same designs, and cover the broom with these cloths.

Woodland Fairy:

List of Supplies: Glue, safety pin, silk dress (tutu), orange flowers

The woodland fairy is one of the tougher costumes to make.  It is not as common as some of the others, as most baby girls opt for the garden fairy look. However, this look and style is for the “independent” daughter who wishes to stand out from all the other fairies during Halloween. The woodland fairy is the true queen of all fairies and your baby will feel this when they put it on. Not to mention the free-spirited nature of such a fairy is infectious and you may all end up dancing and spinning in circles.

These are just a few of the ideas mothers can put into creation without having to pay the ridiculous prices at retail centers. The costumes are worth more when they are self-made, and you can see the effect of something you made on your child. There is no need to take our word for it, try it out for yourself with a purchase of excellent embroidery sewing combo like Brother SE400. There are many sites out there that show you how to make a variety of costumes that were not addressed in this article. Check them out and let us know how much you saved!

 

How to Foster a Child To Love to Hunt

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There are a number of valuable reasons to get your children involved with your hunting trips. It helps them adapt to difficult situations, learn gun safety and management, create a steward for the environment and encourage exercise and fitness. However, you don’t want to trick your child into going hunting with you or to make them suffer through a miserable situation if they are clearly uncomfortable. This will only lead to them shying away from the thought of joining you next time. As a parent, it may be a struggle to get your child interested or to be a voluntary active participant, but there are ways and reasons to make hunting appealing to them at a young age.

Creating Advocates for the Environment

You can get your child started by getting them outdoors as much as possible. At first, don’t make it about hunting at all — just focus on getting your child feeling comfortable in the outdoors. Encourage them to explore and get dirty while roaming the woods with you while you scout for the upcoming season. The more connected that your children can feel with the natural environment, the more likely they will be receptive to the environmental ethics that come with hunting. By taking your children out on their first hunt, they are entering into communion with nature on another level than they ever have before. To learn more about the importance of children spending time in nature, explore Richard Louv’s book, “Lost Child in the Woods.” Make sure that they are ready to take that next step to avoid having pushback from them later on.

Making a Game of It

Try offering an airsoft gun to your child to encourage them to use it for target practice. It will allow your child to become more familiar with holding a gun and experiencing the thrill and anxiety that come with pulling the trigger. Set up fun targets in a safe area to create a game out of target practice for them. While they may see this target practice time as a fun time, it is also a valuable learning experience. This is also a handy opportunity to teach them about gun safety and the do’s and don’ts of handling a firearm. Make sure they know that, although they are using an airsoft gun, it should still be treated as a weapon and a potentially dangerous firearm. Once they build their confidence up with an airsoft gun, they may be chomping at the bit to join you on your next big game hunt.

Power in Knowledge

Some children don’t fully grasp why you hunt in the first place. They may assume that it is just a means for providing food for the family or that you do it for quality time with friends in the woods. While both may be true, teaching your children about the ecological cycle and the food web may enable them to better understand why you hunt in the first place. When a child can feel like an active participant in a larger picture, they will typically get on board. Let your child know why there are only so may tags issued for certain animals each year and how fish and game manages the delicate balance that exists in our forests. If it’s the act of shooting an animal that is preventing them from pursuing hunting, they may find it interesting to know that they are helping to keep the balance that we strive to keep in our ecosystem. You never know, it could persuade them to pursue a career as a game warden when they grow up.

Are Dogs Good for Kids?

 

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Kids have boundless energy. Sometimes it seems that the more they do the more energetic they get. It is great to see your children running around and enjoying themselves, but keeping up with them is exhausting. It is always a relief when someone else takes them out and runs around the park with them.

Studies show that pets are goods for kids

Getting a dog helps a lot. Young dogs love to play, and providing you choose the right type can match your kid’s energy levels.

Most of us realise this, but did you know that a dog could help your children in many other ways, as well? Well they can, recent research has shown that kids that are bought up in homes with a dog grow into more confident, well-adjusted adults.

Living with a dog means that your children have to learn important social skills at an early age. They need to accommodate the dog and his or her needs. For example, leaving your pet alone when they are asleep teaches a young child that they have to respect boundaries, and be mindful of how animals and others are feeling.

Studies also show that children who have pets are more confident, and suffer from fewer emotional issues. If a child is having problems at school coming home to a dog that bounds into their arms, and wants to spend time with them provides much needed relief. It gives them a much-needed chance to smile, and forget the problems of the day.

It may seem strange, but many kids talk to their pets about their problems. The fact that the dog, cat or hamster does not ask a stream of questions, or judge them, means that the child can be 100% honest about how they are feeling. Being able to talk freely to someone about a problem is a great relief, and has been shown to help children to work through difficult issues.

If you would like to learn more about the different ways dogs could help kids to manage psychological problems, you can do so by reading this page.

Getting a puppy

If, after reading this, you do think getting a puppy is a good idea you need to be careful about where you buy it. It is especially important to buy your puppy from a proper breeder. You need to find one that is registered, and keeps their dogs in the right conditions. If you do not do so, there is a strong chance that you will discover that your new puppy has health or behavioural problems once you get him or her home, by which point it is too late to do anything about it.

Therefore, if you see a puppies for sale in Glasgow sign my advice is that you pause for a moment, and check that breeders credentials before buying from them. Doing that is the best way to make sure that you end up with the right puppy for you and your kids.

Trampolines Don’t Have To Be Dangerous

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When the thought of a trampoline enters a parent’s mind, the onset of images like trips to the emergency room immediately turn them off from the idea of purchasing one for their family. They imagine children flying off of the sides and snapping their necks in the process. Parents think of toes and hands getting stuck in between the springs of the trampoline, which to their credit – are often a major cause for painful injuries.

However, trampolines don’t have to be dangerous – many new backyard trampoline developments are emerging, such as a net that has bounce to it, cushioning jumpers back to the mat, making the net more reliable for fall prevention. There are brands out there attempting to bury the springs to prevent injury, or looking for ways to remove springs completely.

If you’re looking for a safe trampoline alternative, consider Springfree Trampoline, where the solution is in the name itself. It uses flexible, composite rods instead of springs that are underneath the jumping surface, preventing users from ever touching the support system, and eliminating the chance of getting those little toes and fingers caught. Without any springs at all, this substantially reduces the risk of injury. The rods also help to support a flexible net (FlexiNet), which actively guides jumpers inwards to safety.

Furthermore, the frame of the Springfree trampoline is also situated beneath the jumping surface, no more bangs, bruises or sprains because users will never come into contact with the trampoline frame. This will further reduce the risk of injury, while the SoftEdge mat will make for a more comfortable and safer jumping experience, as it is highly shock absorbent.

What’s more is that this trampoline manufacturer has introduced what is known as the tgoma digital game system, bringing the latest in technology to the trampoline market — making it the world’s first smart trampoline.The games and apps available for installation are meant to be enjoyed by people of all ages, and offer a substantial health benefit because of the physical workout users will receive when playing. This latest technology brings a completely unique, outdoor digital game experience that will also help get kids to opt out of watching television and opt into playing interactive games on their outdoor trampoline. With games like “Whatzat?” – encouraging jumpers to create their own games — outdoor screen time can now kick-start the imaginations of children and adults. The tgoma digital game system also encourages families to enjoy some down time together by shooting for high scores with tgomaFit; spending time together while also getting a good workout.

Finally, these trampolines undergorigorous testing to ensure quality control, safety, and reliability. Springfreehas been the recipient of countless awards and accolades including the Parent Tested Parent Approved Award, the International Design Award, and the US Family Choice Award. With so many organizations approving of the design, this is an ideal item for even the hesitant parent to try out, and it is perfect for people of all ages. With so many quality and safety benefits added to this trampoline system, it’s no wonder that smart trampoline has become so popular.

What is a prepaid funeral plan?

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You might find it difficult or a touch grim to think about planning for your funeral – let alone paying for it in advance. But with death as one of the very few certainties in life, there is every reason to plan for just how you want to be remembered. Just as importantly, perhaps, you and your loved ones are likely to spend considerably less money when making the arrangements you have chosen.

Making and paying for those arrangements in advance is the essence of prepaid funeral plans, so let’s see how one works – you might find the economic arguments compelling.

The cost of a funeral

According to information published by insurers Sun Life on the 14th of September 2016, the average cost of dying in the UK at the moment is £8,802 – this includes the cost of the funeral itself, your send-off (flowers, gravestone, venue for a wake or reception) and the administration of probate.

This increase represents more than 16 times the rate of inflation, explains Sun Life, with the cost of the basic funeral alone having risen by 5% since the last time the company conducted a survey of costs in 2015.

Beating inflation

The way to beating at least part of those costs is to freeze what you need to pay for the funeral itself. That is the idea behind a prepaid funeral plan.

You make the arrangements you want to be respected, but pay for them in advance, at today’s prices, rather than those which are likely to have escalated considerably when the time eventually comes. The sooner you make the arrangements for a prepaid funeral plan, in other words, the greater the savings are likely to be.

Funeral directors’ plans

You might be wondering what is so novel about prepaid funeral plans – after all many funeral directors offer the chance to pay for their services in advance and, so, help you stave off their increased prices in future.

How safe is that money you might have paid over, though? What if the firm goes out of business before your time comes? There is a risk that you might seriously lose out.

Prepaid funeral plans

With a prepaid funeral plan from a national provider, however, you may be certain of your money being safe until it is needed to pay your chosen funeral director – especially when that national provider is also a registered member of the Funeral Planning Authority (the industry’s self-regulator).

In that case, whatever you pay is kept safely and securely, either in a trust created specifically for that purpose, or applied to the purchase of a whole of life insurance policy, which pays out the guaranteed insured cash benefit to your designated beneficiaries whenever you die.

If your chosen funeral director does go out of business during the interim, your funeral plan provider is typically able to divert the relevant funds to another firm in your area.

In this way, a prepaid funeral plan may give you the reassurance and confidence of knowing whatever amount you have paid remains protected, yet serves to help ward off the financially painful effects of inflation.

Marriage Advice from Celebrity Couples

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Private lives of rich and famous are extremely exposed, so we often hear about scandals, disputes, outrageous statements, and of course – rumors about new couples that emerged or the hottest news about luxurious celebrity weddings. Hollywood is filled with short term marriages and sometimes – love is put aside in favor of publicity. But what about those stars who tied the knot and have been married for years, even decades? There must be some secret to their success since they managed to resist the pressures of living in the public eye: it’s not that easy to protect your private love life from nosy paparazzi and fans. You surely can learn a few things from them: here are the best pieces of marriage advices to treasure.

Respect and reciprocity are crucial

In order to nurture a healthy relationship, you have to fully respect your spouse and accept them without holding back. As the star of Grey’s Anatomy Patrick Dempsey says – you mustn’t strive to change the other person according to your own desires. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had to put an effort to accepting each other: as Kanye said – his wife lets him say a lot of things most wives wouldn’t allow; but also – Kanye tolerates Kim’s daring photos and open sexuality on social media.

 Spicing your sex life

The most common thing that happens when you’re married for a long time is monotony. The spark gets lost and you’re left with a person you care about, although you feel no passion. Many couples reach a boredom rot, while their sex life becomes a routine or they stop having sex completely. The boring bedroom syndrome is real, but don’t wave your white flag just yet. Learn a thing of two from Beyonce and Jay Z: although they’ve been through some rocky paths, they’ve been married for over eight years now. A couple of years ago, they were caught buying sex toys in the amount of $6000! Victoria and David Beckham are also known for playing in the bedroom, while Hugh Jackman decided to buy sex toys in Australia to experiment a bit while on vacation: what’s stopping you from spicing things up? There’s no shame in having a bit fun!

Showing affection every day

In long-term relationships, people get used to having that special someone by their side, but they forget to show just how important that person is to them. You need to show affection on a daily basis. When asked about her secret to a lasting marriage, Julia Roberts simply replied: “Probably kissing.” Another great tip comes from the musician Luke Bryan: he said he gives his wife foot massages before bed – how cute! Take another piece of advice from Tony Goldwyn, too: he loves making Sunday waffles for his wife and to prepare her yummy meals. You have to try a bit to make it work, right?

Open communication is everything

So many married couples fall into a rut, so eventually – they stop having meaningful conversations. In the worst case scenario, spouses stop communicating completely, so they may resent each other, but don’t talk it out. This can lead to worse problems, such as cheating or even divorce. However, celebrity couples such as Emily Blunt and John Krasinski underlined the importance of talking to each other and being forever generous. Neil Patrick Harris and his other half, David Burtka, are on the same page with one thing: you cannot have a great marriage if you stay quiet. Conflicts can be healthy as they push your relationship forward.

Make a decision to be there – in sickness and in health

American singer Faith Hill made a really great point about the essence of a strong marriage. There are no secrets to it. You simply have to decide every day you’re going to be there for the person you love, through ups and downs, and try to laugh as much as you can, while cherishing each other.

Cherish and respect your partner. The bottom line is this: love evolves and you have to put a bit of effort to it.

Become a master of entertaining kids

Some people just have that knack of entertaining groups of kids. They know how to talk to them, can predict what they’ll find entertaining and can get down on the carpet and play with them without inhibition. If you’re not one of these people you’ll no doubt be impressed, and also mildly confused. How DO they do that? It’s no mean feat to be able to walk into a room full of four year olds and start telling a story, including doing the voices as easily as they can walk into a room full of adolescents and not embarrass themselves by talking about a teenage sensation whose star waned not more than twenty minutes ago.

If you’re not one of these people blessed with a natural child affinity, it’s possible to learn how to bluff it. And here’s how.

It’s all about preparation. If you’re facing a situation where you’ll be dealing with children, babysitting nephews or nieces, attending a wedding where kids will be in attendance, doesn’t matter. The key is preparation. First of all, learn a story you can tell them. Not one of the standard skits but one they won’t have heard before. If you can do the voices and go on a freestyle riff, so much the better. And make it scary. Kids love that stuff.

If the kids aren’t in the mood for listening, you could come prepared by looking for entertaining toys and gadgets from the likes of Toddlers Stuff. Be sure to read their product reviews.

If all else fails, you could do worse than encouraging them to play a new game. One with simple rules that doesn’t take any preparation or need any kit beyond what you’ll find around the room.

Rumplestiltskin

Choose a hider and give them a napkin. The rest of the group leave the room and the hider hides the napkin somewhere with just a corner showing. The seekers have to find the napkin somewhere in the room, but they’re not allowed to touch anything. Once you see the napkin, you say “Rumplestiltskin” but don’t let on where you saw it. Once everyone has said Rumplestiltskin, the first person to see the napkin is the hider for the next round.

Who Said What Now?

This game is completely pointless but it passes time. It’s a mash-up of word association and Chinese Whispers. Sit the kids in a circle, and have to first one whisper a word to the child next to them, that child then has to whisper the first word that they think of to the next child. After each round ask the children to tell you what they said to get a unique insight into the workings of their minds.

Ming Mang Mong

Again, sit in a circle. Pick someone to start. They point at someone and say ‘Ming’. Ming must now point at someone and say ‘Mang’. Mang points to someone and says ‘Mong’. It doesn’t sound hard but it gets faster and faster. If anyone says the wrong name they’re out, but they are allowed to try to distract the players who are left. Utter chaos ensues.

Smile For Me

Tell one of the children “Honey, if you really loved me, you’d give me a smile!” They have to say “Honey, I love you, but I just can’t give you a smile!” without smiling. If they say it without smiling do whatever it takes to make them smile or laugh. Once they crack, it’s their go to tell someone “Honey, if you really loved me, you’d give me a smile!”

Wanna Buy a Donkey?

One child has to be the Donkey. You also need a Salesman. The rest of the kids sit in a circle around the donkey and salesman and the salesman selects a potential buyer. The salesman asks “Wanna buy a donkey?” Of course the child doesn’t and says so. So the salesman starts in with the pitch. They say something like “But this donkey can stand on its hands and bark like a dog!” Naturally the donkey has to do what the salesman says it can and when the prospective buyer laughs, they become the donkey and the donkey becomes the salesman.

 

 

Teaching kids about their environment

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As the inheritors of our planet, kids have the biggest stake of all in preserving local and global habitats. They tend to respond better to playful, absorbing learning methods rather than lecture-style teaching, so making planet-friendly choices part of your life can have a huge impact!

Here are a few simple yet absorbing ways to teach them about their environment; from waste prevention to global warming for kids.

Get stuck in

Kids tend to learn most about the environment by interacting with it, so get out to your local park or woodland and enjoy those muddy puddles! Activities like spotting woodlice, birds or bats (best tried at twilight) make for a great day out, along with simple sensory experiences like the feel of different bark on the trees. Bring along a magnifying glass so that they can investigate up close for themselves.

While you’re outdoors, you can talk about what you’re seeing: robins are especially curious animals, for example, while ants can lift 20 times their own bodyweight. Then, they can draw or write a story about what they remember once you get home. Going on a local nature walk lead by someone who’s devoted their life to studying wildlife is another hugely enlightening option, and not just for kids!

Reuse, recycle

Learning the basics of waste prevention can start at a very young age. Ever noticed how kids are often more excited by playing with a cardboard box than the toy inside? Encourage this love of creative play by saving (clean) food and drink containers, loo rolls and even old scraps of curtain or carpet. These materials can be transformed again and again into spaceships, ancient tombs, jungles; their imagination is the limit! Ask older kids to help you sort through anything they don’t use for the recycling, giving them an idea of how recycling works practically.

Planting edible plants and herbs in the back garden is another easy (and delicious) way to prevent waste and bring food to the table with zero air miles and no packaging! To nurture their fledgling plants, challenge kids to collect scraps like vegetable peelings and coffee grounds to make a compost heap, which will miraculously convert kitchen waste to spongy soil!

Open discussion

Although a frequently contested topic, NASA’s latest figures show temperatures rising and arctic ice decreasing by 13.4% each decade, impacting habitats across the world. Most kids will have heard about global warming from one source or another, but they could be confused about what it actually is.

Talk the issue through with them, with the help of a global warming for kids guide or just your own knowledge. When it comes to talking through global warming for kids, it can help to focus on positive actions like deciding to walk or cycle more often. You may even want to involve them in big discussions about your own lifestyle choices, whether you’re thinking of buying a greener car or taking a train rather than a plane for your next holiday

5 Ways to Increase Your Family’s Bond Without Electronics

image1Our hectic lifestyles have caused families to drift apart. The need to increase the family bond continues to grow. Even when families are in the same room, the chances are that they are interacting with electronic devices instead of each other. Today’s technologies have improved our lives but are contributing to the downfall of the family units. With this being so finding ways to bond is very important. There are numerous ways of trying to accomplish this. The following are five ways to work on increasing the family bond without electronics.

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  1. Exercising Together. Whether the family goes to the gym or works out together at home, exercise can increase the family bond. Each family member can set individual goals or family goals can be set. The process of working together to reach those goals helps to tighten that family bond. The family is showing each other support.
  1. A Weekly Help Sessions. Scheduling a day to sit together and talk about individual and family problems is therapeutic and bonding for the family. The problems can be homework, chores, individual problems, or family issues. Working together strengthens the bonds and teaches that the individuals that they can depend on the family when in need.
  1. Car rides. A simple car ride can be fun and bonding. There are several things that can be done during a car ride to make it fun, educational and challenging. The family can come up with a list of different things to look for on the ride. For example one time they can drive around looking for purple vehicles. Another time looking for a particular style of architecture. The family can have contest on who can find the most of these items.
  1. Taking family walks can improve the family’s health and their bond. Having a set day and time period will help teach responsibility as well. These walk can be time to chit chat, talk about issues, or just have fun looking at what is around.
  1. Date Night. With kids or without a scheduled date night it very bonding. It is a scheduled time period that the family know that no matter how busy life is that the family will get to spend time together. This time can be spent talking about life events going on. Planning activities, discussing chores planning trips or just relaxing and eating a quiet dinner together.

Most of these activities can be done for little to no cost. Activities such as eating out and going to a gym are going to cost the family some money. The activities themselves may be free of electronics but the internet can save the family money on the activities that do cost them. For example, those families that live in Boston they can go to websites such as Groupon.com and get discounts for various gyms in Boston. No matter what activity or activities the family chooses to do, their time together will provide them with quality memories to bond over throughout their lives.