4 ways to record better videos of your kids

4 ways to record better videos of your kids

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How often have you tried to record videos of your kids only to end up with poor quality footage that doesn’t look great – or is just downright boring? Before you go and splash out on a new camera in the hope that it will let you record better videos, you should first look at the technique that you’re using.

In particular, there are several ways that you can start to record better videos of your kids – with your current camera:

  • Set the frame rate above 30 frames per second

Kids tend to move around a lot, so increasing the frame rate of your video recording will dramatically improve its quality. The difference that the frame rate can make to your videos will be readily apparent once you try it out, and everything should look smoother and more fluid.

Try to record at 60 frames per second if possible – but just be aware it will increase the video file size as well.

  • Get down to their level

One of the main reasons why your videos may look dull and uninteresting is because you’re standing up and recording from your eye-level – which means that you’re really mostly recording the top of your kids’ heads. To make your video look more impressive, you should get down to their level instead.

Assuming you do record from your children’s eye-level – make sure you’re in a comfortable position that you can hold for some time.

  • Don’t chase after your kids

Many parents make the mistake of running after their kids with the camera, thinking it will let them capture all the action. Normally all that chasing after your kids will do is give you a shaky and completely unwatchable video instead.

Rather than chasing after your kids, try to position yourself so that as far as possible you don’t need to move. If you’re using a tripod stand you should be able to pan gradually from side to side – but that should be it.

Make sure there’s lots of light

Lighting is a crucial factor in any video – and the videos that you record of your kids are no exception. Ideally the ‘best’ light is soft light that is diffused enough to evenly illuminate the setting without casting any hard shadows.

Admittedly sometimes you may not have the luxury of determining the lighting, but even a small step like switching on more lights before you’re going to record videos can help.

While the tips listed above will help you capture far better videos of your kids – being able to edit and tidy them up is essential as well. For example, you could use Movavi Video Editor, and while you’re at it may want to apply effects like split-screen using the steps at https://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-make-a-split-screen-video.html.

Overall the type of camera that you’re using actually matters a whole lot less than any one of the items described. Odds are you’ll see that for yourself as you try out each tip, and may be surprised just how much of a difference they can make.

 

Easy ways to save money when planning your wedding

Easy ways to save money when planning your wedding

If you know that you have a big day coming up then you will know more than anyone how important it is for you to really save money. After all, if you don’t try and put away as much money as you can and if you don’t try and make the effort to save then this can cause you major problems and it can also make it much harder for you to feel as though you are having the day that you have always wanted. If you want to try and avoid all of this then here are some top tips that will help you to get started.

Choose your Date Wisely

A lot of venues are able to offer you great deals when it comes to mid-week weddings. If you are able to choose an off-peak wedding date then this can make the whole thing even cheaper and this can really help you to save the most money. If you have always wanted a summer wedding then there is nothing wrong with this and there is also nothing wrong with you wanting to try and go that extra mile when it comes to your location either. The main thing that you have to remember is that the date you choose will inflate the price by a huge amount if it is a weekend. You also need to make sure that you are choosing a venue that suits your style as well. If you choose a venue that has some very interesting décor then this means that you won’t have to decorate it as much as you would a standard venue, so this can really work in your favor.

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Cut Down the Guest List

This isn’t the most fun thing to do at all but if you do feel as though you are very serious about trying to save then cutting down the guest list is certainly something that you need to consider. You have to think about the reception and the drink as this is going to be around half of your budget, and the more people you have, the more the cost of this is going to increase. These days people are way more understanding about not being invited to a wedding and they are also way more respectful as well so if you do have to cut someone out then you shouldn’t assume that this is going to end up in a disaster. For this reason, you need to talk to people, explain your point and most of all, try and be understanding of their feelings as well as your own.

Printing Yourself

Did you know that one way for you to save money would be for you to print out your own invitations? You can easily find your own bridesmaids cards, labels, signage and even table numbers online and when you DIY this all yourself you will soon find that you can save a ton of money when compared to going to a professional. On top of this, you will also find that you have much more control over your event in general so make sure that you keep this in mind. If you want to save even more money then it is more than possible for you to send out an email to all of your guests with the invitation. This gives you the chance to cut down on your design and it also gives you the chance to save a few hundred as well. This isn’t for everyone, but it is a good money-saving tip to say the least.

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Don’t Get Carried Away

It is so important that you are able to avoid getting carried away. The best way for you to prevent this from happening is for you to prioritize everything you can. For example, do you need to have a dessert bar? Do you need to have a photo booth? Are individual placement cards really required? Sure they may be pretty, but at the end of the day it is probably just going to be you and your partner who is going to notice these things and they can really put a dent in your budget if you are not careful.

Dump the Favours

Wedding favors really are classed as being an extra but they can be expensive. This is even the case for the ones that you happen to make yourself and you may even find that you can put this money to another good use. If you do have a family member make all of the favors for you then you may end up hurting people’s feelings if some of them get left behind and this is the last thing that you want to think about when you already have so much going on.

Décor is an Investment

When you buy some décor for your wedding, is it going to be used for one day and then thrown away? Or are you going to keep it for years on end? Try and spend more on the items that you plan on keeping and less on the disposable items. If you are worried because you are just not sure that you can even afford the smallest of decorations then you can easily look into loans online. When you do this, you can then afford everything you want and you can also really put the work in to try and make your day as special as you want it to be.

Flowers

When choosing your flowers, it is so important that you are able to choose flowers that are in season right now. If you don’t then you may end up paying triple or even quadruple the price. This is the last thing that you need so it is well worth looking into the various options that are available to you at the time that you are due to get married. When you do this in advance, you can easily make the most out of your wedding day and you can also really make the most out of your budget as well and this can save you a small fortune.

10 tips for childproofing your home

10 tips for childproofing your home

As soon as your baby begins to crawl you may be surprised at just how fast they can get around. Their curiosity leads them to all sorts of places while they explore the world around them which is a huge milestone in their early life!

The unfortunate part of this is that accidental injuries can occur as your child is inclined to grab, push and pull things, to climb and explore as they experiment with and experience the furniture and objects around your home.

Even though it’s not always possible to prevent your baby from every bump and bang in the home, it’s certainly helpful to reduce the risk of more serious injuries. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of tips so that you can check them off as you make your home a safer place for an inquisitive child.

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  • Safety Gates

 

There are different types of safety gates available and they are normally the first thing that is thought of by parents whose babies are beginning to crawl around; the stairs, of course, being a major hazard in the household.

They’re not just for stairs though but also for barring your baby from entering the kitchen and other rooms which are potentially hazardous or that get too busy for a baby to be crawling around.

Most people use pressure locked safety gates for general purpose but a top tip is not to use a pressure mounted safety gated on the top of the stairs. It’s much more secure to use one which is mounted on the wall as this negates the risk of it coming loose if it is installed properly.

 

  • Locking Lids

 

Very young children don’t know how to multitask and can easily let go of a lid their holding open resulting in it falling onto their heads. Toy chests, toilet seats, chest freezers and anything with a free falling lid should either have a lid that locks open or should be locked shut.

 

  • Safety Latches

 

The chemical cupboard in the kitchen is a major concern for parents. Safety latches can be purchased in multipacks and in different varieties. Some are super easy to install and can either be stuck on or you can use magnets to attach them to the cupboard.

These should also be used if you keep medications and bathroom products in a lower cupboard in the bathroom. Items like mouthwash, toothpaste and any medical products should in no doubt be kept out of a child’s reach.

 

  • Wall Brackets

 

Heavy, free-standing furniture can be secured to the wall using wall brackets and this practice, although inconvenient, is highly recommended as the danger of them falling over onto your baby is a risk not worth taking.

You may not expect your child to be this mobile but once they learn to pull themselves up onto things, they will try to climb onto everything and this can be dangerous when it comes to furnitures like bookshelves or display cabinets.

 

  • Outlet Caps

 

One of the main concerns for parents is electrical outlets. Outlet protectors are very inexpensive and often come in large packs. It’s very much worth putting these in all of the unused sockets in the rooms that the baby has access to in order to protect them from the danger of electricity.

This includes power strips and extension sockets too which should be hidden and out of reach but just in case, put some outlet covers in the empty sockets.

 

  • Surfaces

 

Believe it or not but cuts and bruises caused by surfaces are all too common, with carpets and hardwood floors being two of the major culprits. For this reason, ensure your baby is dressed properly if they are going to be crawling on their arms and knees. Many people find that baby knee pads also help to protect their children from grazes, cuts and carpet burns.  

 

 

  • No Furniture near Windows

 

If you have any low tables, chairs or other seeming climbable pieces of furniture near windows, move them away. This will ensure they have no way to climb up onto windowsills and so can’t climb or fall out of the window from there.

Even if you use window screens, they still may not be strong enough to prevent a fall and so it’s best to keep them from being able to get up onto there in the first place, just in case.

 

  • Keeping Glass Away

 

This may seem obvious when it comes to drinkware, but what about things you haven’t thought of? Glass ornaments, photo frames, hand mirrors and any other objects made out of glass are a risk as the child can knock them down or drop them and if they shatter, there’s a high risk of your child being cut by the shards.

 

  • Cordless Blinds

 

Something often overlooked by new parents is the blinds on your windows. The looped chords that they often have are a potential risk because the child could get their neck caught in it and so they are a potential choking hazard.

Avoid buying blinds with looped chords or you could cut the loop altogether and tie the ends off and then add tassels to them to make them look nicer. It would be better altogether to replace your existing corded blinds for cordless ones.

 

  • Exposed Batteries

 

Batteries are used in many kids’ toys as well as gadgets around the home but they are quite dangerous due to the risk of choking. Make sure battery compartments are always securely shut tight. Also, check the remote control for the TV and if the battery cover is missing, secure it with some tape.

 

The habits you might want to start teaching your kids NOW

The habits you might want to start teaching your kids NOW

We all have bad habits that we take the time to try and correct. Some of those habits can be incredibly hard to shake. For many of us this is because, in part, we never learned how to. The habits we pick up from childhood can some of the most firmly rooted. That’s why, above all else, we need to consider what habits we’re creating for our children, too.

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Getting active

Learning how to exercise can be one of the toughest habits to try and teach yourself. Those who don’t have much experience getting active can have a lot of trouble finding the motivation to start, as well as the perseverance to get past the initial discomfort. Playtime can provide a lot of the exercise your kids need in the first few years, but as they start growing, if they’re not inclined to sports, you might want to try some basic exercises alongside them. Having company while tackling a tough activity can make it all the easier and they are more likely to stick with it if you’re right there beside them.

Healthy eating

Bad eating habits start right from the very beginning. It’s easy and convenient to treat kids with candy, ice cream, soda, and the like. All too often, however, those treats become an everyday thing and part of their lifestyle. The sooner you can overhaul their diet in a healthier direction, the better. It’s better still if they don’t develop the dependency or craving for super unhealthy food in the first place. You shouldn’t completely take choice away from them, but you can teach them good food habits by limiting their options somewhat.

Oral hygiene

A smile can be the key to confidence, but it’s easy to take it for granted if you’re happy with your teeth. If you’re not, the impact on your self-esteem and comfort around other people can be immeasurable. Teaching your children to stick to an oral hygiene routine from the very beginning is crucial and must be coupled with regular visits to a kids dentist. Again, this habit is best taught alongside them. Make a little family moment of brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash every morning and every night. Not only does it make it feel more natural, it makes it easier for you to ensure they’re actually keeping up with it.

Responsibility

Not all habits are physical, either. Regardless of what career path they may choose later in life, there is no skill more essential than being able to manage your money. From saving money to budgeting to spending wisely, the earlier you can teach your kids about money, the better. One facet of financial life that many parents miss is credit, too. People get into debt because they don’t thoroughly understand the risks. When your children start getting into their teens, helping them learn with a (very closely monitored) credit card could help them see borrowing and loans much more responsibly in the future.

Learned behaviors stick a lot more than we might expect them to. Start teaching your kids healthy habits today and they will be a part of their life for much longer.

Improving your family finances FAST

Improving your family finances FAST

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Money is a big concern for almost every family in the world, and it’s something that you want to try and master if you are going to be as happy as possible with your partner and with your life in general. It can often be hard to make sure that you are working together as a team when it comes to money, but you will need to do that if you ar to ensure that you are doing the best you can with your money. Of course, there are many other methods to keeping on top of your money besides, and you will want to make sure that you are approaching them from all angles possible if you want to make that happen. In this article, we are going to take a look at how you might be able to improve your family finances fast, including some of these ideas which we have looked into already.

Work Together

Firstly, make sure that you are actually and actively working together when you are trying to keep your head above water financially. If you find that you often argue, or that one person does not quite fully disclose the situation to the other, then you will need to think about what you can do to make it better. It might be that full honey needs to be worked upon and developed, or even that you just need to start working from a joint bank account. If you work together, things are much easier no matter what kind of a position you might be in, so it is definitely worth making sure that you are going to work together as best as you can in the future, even if it takes a lot to be able to get there.

Try Out New Streams

If you want to bring more money into the household, then it is always a good idea to make sure that you are trying out new streams at all times, so that you can be sure of bringing more money into the house no matter what, even if old ones die out. These income streams can be pretty much anything, whether that is taking a second job or trading forex at CMC Markets, so long as you know that it is going to bring you mr money at some point. Again, working on it together will ensure that you get as much as possible, and it is something which you will be able to make sure you can increase together by doing so as well.

Be Calm

It can be easy to let it get the better of you, especially when you are concerned about the whole family. If you find that happening, you might want to consider that it is much more important to simply remain calm and try not to panic. The calmer you can be, the more likely it is that you can make the most of it, so it is definitely worth thinking about mastering this particular skill.

 

Money saving tips all mamas can use this summer

Money saving tips all mamas can use this summer

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With vacations, days out, and much more, the summertime can really break your budget. You end up overspending on groceries, entertainment, and things your family doesn’t even need. As well as that, you tend to spend more money on energy, as you try to keep your children happy and your home cool. However, as the Bible teaches us, it isn’t wise to spend more money than you have. This can be dangerous, getting you into debt and causing unnecessary stress. If you want to save some money this summer, here are eight things you can do.

  1. Look For Free Activities

When school is out, and your children have a lot of free time, keeping them happy and entertained can seem like a near impossible task. Thankfully, you’re not the only one who knows how bored kids can get, which is why there are usually a variety of free activities your children can take part in every single week. Check with your local library, cinema, and stores and see if any of them have any sort of summer programme or club your kids can get involved in. This is a great way to get your children out of the house, without breaking the bank.

  1. Avoid Using Your Oven

Everyone knows eating at home is much cheaper than eating out, but using your oven throughout the summer isn’t ideal either. The heat your cooker produces can force your air conditioner and fans to work overtime, leading to a much larger energy bill. To avoid this, you should try using a microwave oven, slow cooker, pressure cooker, or roaster instead. You can also invite your family and friends around for a barbeque, and ask that they each bring a dish or drink with them. This saves you money on food and means you won’t heat up your house.

  1. Switch Up Your Windows

Throughout the cold winter months, your windows are the barriers that keep the cold air out and the warm air in. However, what many people fail to realize is that they’re supposed to do the opposite in the summer. Unfortunately, without proper insulation, your windows won’t keep your home cool, costing you money on air conditioning. To avoid this, you should consider installing some new high-quality wood windows to insulate your property better. You should also make sure to keep your windows and curtains closed throughout the hottest parts of the day.

  1. Cut Out Phantom Power

Even with the glorious weather outside, you and your children are still going to spend a fair amount of time inside your home. This means you’re going to be using electricity to watch television, light your home, charge any number of devices, and much more. Although you can try to cut down on the amount of electricity you use each day, it’s much better that you limit the amount of phantom power you waste. To do this, you should make sure that you switch off lights and plugs when you’re not using them and get your children in the habit of doing the same.

  1. Change How You Wash

Whether we’re talking dishes or laundry, there’s no need for you to be washing with hot water. It wastes a lot of energy and doesn’t clean any better than warm or cold. With that in mind, you should make sure that you turn down the temperature every time you put a load of laundry in your washing machine. This is also useful, as it causes less damage to your clothes, making them last longer. You should also make sure that you only use your tumble dryer on really cold and rainy days and that you hang your clothes outside to dry as much as you possibly can.

  1. Plan A Fun Staycation

Summer is the time most families head off on vacation, as the kids are off school and the weather is lovely. Unfortunately, because of this, flights, accommodation, and tourist attractions tend to cost you a lot more during the warmer months. Instead of wasting thousands of dollars on a week away, you should plan a fun staycation for your family instead. Switch up the rules in your home, plan entertaining activities and days out, and take the time to explore your local area. This will cost only a fraction of what a vacation would but will be just as fun regardless.

 

No matter how old your children are, the summer can be an expensive time for families. To keep costs low and save some cash, make sure you remember the money saving tips listed above.

 

Easy ways to make extra money for your family FAST

Easy ways to make extra money for your family FAST

If you have been stretching your household budget for a while and need to cut back on your spending to sort out your finances, you might think about a side hustle to improve your life. You don’t have to make huge changes in your lifestyle to have more money left to pay off debt or to save up for large expenses. A few hours a week is all it takes to improve your finances for good and live the life you want to. Find out more below.

Buying and Selling Used Goods

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One of the easiest side hustles to set up is buying and selling used goods. Ten years ago, you had to look through the listings of Craigslist and other local classified ads sites to find bargains and sell them at a profit, but now there are large pawn shops in every city, and you can find items on Facebook Marketplace, too.

Dropshipping

If you are not keen on handling and storing items, you can still sell them online. Becoming a drop shipper of an international or local company can be a great way of earning a share of the sale price without doing much. You can learn how to become a drop shipper through online resources, as well as experience. Choose a product type that is rare, easy to market, and you know a lot about.  

Affiliate Marketing

If you don’t have time to create a business model and your own product, you can decide to sell other people’s products and recommend them to your friends and blog readers. You can learn affiliate marketing through free training and resources, and choose a profitable market that will give you some extra money to get your finances back on track and earn a residual income.

Dog Walking

If you only have a couple of hours after work every night, or the weekends to work extra and get more money, you can also choose to do simple jobs, Dog walking can be a good way of chilling after a hard day at the office and earning some extra cash, without having to work long hours. You can place an ad in your local paper and learn some basic animal care skills online.

Tutoring

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Whether you are an expert in accounting, business, plans, or languages, you can offer tutoring for people in your neighborhood, or even around the world. Thanks to the advancement of internet technology, you will be able to hold one-on-one lessons from your home, without having to visit your students. From fitness and nutrition to school subjects, there are plenty of things people are looking to learn online.

 

If you would like to earn some extra cash, you don’t necessarily need to reinvent the wheel. Working an extra few hours a week can provide you with some extra cash to feel more comfortable about your budget and enjoy life without worrying about your finances. Choose the side hustle that matches your schedule and skills, and see how far you can stretch your budget.

Read this if you’re thinking of adding a dog to your family

Read this if you’re thinking of adding a dog to your family

Adding a dog to your family is always a big step to take, and it’s not a decision that you should take lightly. There are so many things that you need to be aware of and think about before you take this huge step. You will only end up with regrets later if you adopt a dog without thinking things through, in a practical and logical way, so that’s what we’re going to help you with today.

The information we’re going to make clear right now will help you make sure that you’re doing the right thing by adding a dog to your family home. There are many great reasons to own a dog, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the right step for everyone to take. Read on to find out more about what you should know.

Know the Difference Between the Different Species

Before you can get a dog, you need to have a fairly strong understanding of the different species that can be found out there. There are more of them than you think, and it pays off to do your research when you’re trying to work out which of them is right for your family. Some are calmer than others, and others require more attention and activity. All of these factors should be part of your decision-making process.

It’s Vital to Get the Dog Spayed or Neutered

As much as you’ll grow to love your new family dog, you probably don’t want it to be multiplying anytime soon. It’s the task of all responsible dog owners to have their animals spayed or neutered. There are already too many stray and abandoned dogs in the world, so why add to this problem? It’s vital to get this done ASAP if it hasn’t been done already, so don’t overlook this. It won’t take long and your vet will provide you with more information.

Walks Are Not Optional

You’re going to have to be very committed to walking your dog because this is not optional. They need to be walked so that they can stay happy, healthy and mentally stimulated. Sitting around in the house all day is never a good thing for a dog. If you don’t like the idea of walking a dog all the time, this isn’t the pet for you. You might be better suited to a cat or a goldfish! Just don’t get a dog and then find out you don’t enjoy walking it.

Be Prepared for Problem in Old Age

Your dog is for life, and you need to remember that. It won’t be a cute little puppy forever; it will grow up and it will eventually get old. Now, you need to be aware that there are many health problems that older dogs can face, and you will have to help them through that problem. Everything from dog arthritis to eye problems can strike in older age for dogs. It’s a good idea to have pet insurance so that you will have the cost of this care covered.

Dogs Love to do the Messiest and Most Disgusting Things Possible

You’re going to have to get used to your pets being messy and kinda disgusting in certain ways. If there’s a puddle of mud, they’ll probably roll in it. And you have to be wary of how and where they’re marking their territory too. There are many little quirks that’ll apply to your dog, and you have to simply embrace these as being part of your pet and what makes them the dog they are.

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The Costs Can Spiral

Owning a dog is not cheap, and this is one of those things that too many people don’t think about before committing to the whole idea. If you don’t think that you have the resources to be able to look after a dog properly, you should probably avoid getting a dog in the first place. Even if this sounds harsh, it’s about the wellbeing and happiness of the animal. That’s all that really matters in all this.

Your Dog Will Develop Routines That You Won’t Want to Break

Dogs are creatures of habit, much like human beings. They will develop strong routines and you will have a to respect them because they certainly won’t be happy if these routines are changing all the time. Is this something that you can handle? Or is your lifestyle too changeable for that? These are the questions you need to ask yourself. It wouldn’t be far for your dog if you couldn’t promise a solid and reliable kind of routine.

They’ll Quickly Get Bored With the Toys You Buy

Spending money on your dogs and their toys can quickly add up. The thing is that they will definitely get bored with the stuff you buy for them. However much you spend and however much you wish it wasn’t the case, they will always get bored sooner or later. That’s just the way it is for dog owners. It can be a little frustrating, not to mention costly, but that’s what you have to deal with.

The Hair Will Get Everywhere

The hair of your dog will get everywhere in your home and you will need to prepare for that fact in your home. People who are incredibly house proud might not make ideal pet owners. You can take steps to clean it up relatively easily. But you should be aware of the fact that this is going to be a problem that never really gets fixed or solved. It’ll always be a slight hassle. But maybe it’s a price that you think is worth paying.

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We’ve talked about a lot of the negatives, but you will certainly fall in love with your dog, and they’ll bring so much joy and happiness to your family life. Just make sure that you’re ready for all the challenges that come your way because if you don’t think about these things, you’ll be in for a shock later.

 

5 ways to keep kids busy during summer break

5 ways to keep kids busy during summer break

When it comes to keeping children occupied when school is shut for summer, it can often send parents into a pit of dread of what they may do. SOAme parents need to work on the logistics of childcare, others will be lucky enough to have some time off or be at home with their children. Occupying them, however, may feel like an impossible task. The first week is always the easiest, the last week will certainly test the best amongst us, but it is possible to survive the summer and have some fun in the process. So I thought I would share five things you could do with your children to keep them occupied for summer break.

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Take a family vacation 

One of the best ways to spend this time is to go on vacation somewhere. Exploring a new place or country is a lovely way to spend the summer break. You could spend time on the beach, enjoy the hotel pool, or walk around exploring new places and eating in lovely establishments. Children love the freeness of a vacation, staying up a little later, spending time with their parents and being outside more than the norm. It is a great way to pass a week or two.

Explore your hometown like a tourist

You may not realize it, but we are less likely to explore our hometowns when it comes to looking for things to do. However, your town or city is bound to have some form of tourist attraction, so why not explore it? Go to the museums, head to the swimming pool, explore the parks. You may find some new favorite spots to spend the summer weeks.

Get them involved with sports clubs and camps

Sports are a great way to keep children occupied, and also helps to keep them fit and healthy, so you may want to encourage some day camps os regular clubs to keep them occupied during the summer months. As a mom, you could also get involved, whether that is washing the custom basketball jerseys, providing the refreshments or having a system with other moms for watching and the logistics of the sports clubs. It will be a great way to keep them occupied.

Organise a weekly list of chores

Chores may not be your children’s idea of fun, but it can be a great way to encourage them to do something a little different and can also give you a hand. Having children home all day means that things are likely to get messier than usual. Encouraging them to keep their room tidy, make their own beds and just generally have their own responsibilities can help you out and occupy them in the process.

Have play dates and fun times at home

Finally, you won’t always be able to go for elaborate days out and explore new places due to the costs involved, so it is also essential to organize some fun time at home. Occupy them with crafts and activities and organize some play dates for the garden and at home. Taking it in turns with other moms could help lighten the load of the burden of summer break.

I hope that these suggestions help you keep your children occupied during the summer break.

 

Can you get your finances back on track fast?

Can you get your finances back on track fast?

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There are few things in life that cause more stress for the vast majority of people than money. Whether you like it or not, money really does make the world go round, and if you don’t have enough of it, it can make your life incredibly stressful and frightening. For a lot of people, it can feel as though the moment that their financial position starts to slip, that there’s no way to pull it back again. However, that’s not true. There are always things that you can do in order to get back into a more comfortable financial position. Here are just a few of them.

Remortgage

The idea of remortgaging their home is something that makes a lot of people feel very nervous when they really don’t need to. The truth this that a very large proportion of loans given out every year and remortgages and they can often make life much easier. Remortgaging often allows you to get a much better interest rate and reduce your repayments, especially when you have equity in your home that you can place against it. Of course, you need to be aware of the kinds of costs involved but they are often worth the financial benefits that come with it. It might sound like a scary idea, but it really can make a huge difference to your current financial situation.

Cut your spending

One harsh truth that a lot of people fail to pay attention to is the fact that most of us are simply spending more than we need to on a regular basis. It isn’t even on large or extravagant purchases either. The reality is that most of us are spending far too much money on little things that might, on their own, seem incredibly insignificant. However, those little purchases can add up incredibly quickly, and before you know it, you’ll be staring at your bank balance wondering what on earth happened. It’s an easy habit to slip into and a tough one to break, but it’s crucial that you take control of your spending habits if you want to improve your financial situation. One of the best things you can do is to find some places like Better Day Store where you can find some great deals. However, it’s always best to try and limit your overall spending as well.

Downsize

Think very carefully about your home and ask yourself, do you really need the amount of space that you have? Many of us love the fact that our homes offer a lot of space and places with specific purposes like a garage and a home office. However, many of these things aren’t exactly essential, and it’s a good idea to think carefully about whether or not you could go without them. Many homes that are just a little smaller are far cheaper which is going to make life much easier for you and your bank balance without really having to force you to sacrifice that much.

The reality is that there are always plenty of ways to get your finances back on track, it’s just a matter of figuring out which methods work best for you and your family. The important thing is that you don’t panic and that you never assume that all is lost. No matter how bleak your financial landscape might seem, there is always a way out of it and a hope that things can start to improve.