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Valentine’s Day Gifts: Subscription Box to Match Made Coffee

We have an awesome alternative gift idea to roses this Valentines Day– a subscription to Match Made Coffee, a monthly coffee pairing subscription box.
This is a great gift to give your perfect match, as it is delivered to your doorstep each month with 3 new craft coffees and their perfect snack pairing. A match made in heaven for your match match made in heaven 🙂
For Valentine’s Day, Match Made Coffee has built a special box that includes a custom card for your perfect match, in addition to the beautifully crafted wooden Welcome Box that each first new order comes in.
To get the Valentines Day themed box, and custom card with your message included just use the code VDAY17 at checkout before 2/10/17 to guarantee arrival by the special day!

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Scotties Facial Tissues Welcomes The Homeless Into Permanent Housing

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Lyndia Downie, President & Executive Director, Pine Street Inn
Maria Suarez, Tenant
John Robertson, Director of Marketing, Scotties Facial Tissues
Pamela Ricci, Brand Manager, Scotties

January was a great month for 100 homeless people in Boston who are now living in permanent supportive housing thanks to the generosity of The Pine Street Inn. The Pine Street Inn is the largest resource for the homeless in the state of Massachusetts. They provide emergency shelters for the homeless, have street teams, they offer job placement programs as well as many other resources.

 

In a partnership with Scotties Facial Tissues, the new residents were welcomed into their new homes with comfort care packs. In an effort to kick off 2017 with a worthy cause, Scotties provided each of the 100 residents with a queen-sized fleece blanket, warm slipper socks, a mug with hot cocoa and marshmallows, and of course boxes of  soft Scotties tissues! These small gifts of comfort can be just what may be needed to turn a house into a home. For so many homeless people, who have not had a room of their own for a long time, this acted as one small step in their journey to a better life for themselves.

 

Maria, who has lived in her beautiful home for the last three months was previously homeless.  She has made her home her own by beautifully decorating it in the style of her native home, Columbia.  She is eager to put the Scotties blanket to use this winter!

 

Don’t Buy Another Gift Until You’ve Read This!

Buying gifts for the people you love is a nice way to commemorate a special occasion, whether it’s an anniversary, Christmas, or a birthday. However, you shouldn’t buy another gift until you’ve read the information here. You could be buying better gifts and saving money in no time at all!

Save Money On Your Gifts

So much money gets wasted on gifts. People don’t realize that buying thoughtful gifts is so much more meaningful than spending a lot of money on a gift. That doesn’t mean expensive gifts can’t be thoughtful. It just means that you need to make sure you’re putting real thought into it, and not just relying in the price tag to impress. You can save money on gifts whatever you want to buy. You can get tips and ideas by looking at something like the list created by Couponbox.

Make Sure Your Gifts Are Thoughtful

How can you master the art of buying thoughtful gifts? Really listen to the person you’re buying for. Pay attention to their needs and their struggles. Think about their hobbies. Try to help them with this gift. Make sure you buy something they’ll really use and love!

Why Not Give An Experience?

Many people go out looking for things to buy, without considering that an experience is actually far more valuable. There are experiences for the thrill seekers, explorers, children, knowledge seekers – everybody! There are galleries, museums, free tours, and so many days out you can look at. Buy them a bungee jump. Take them to a theme park. Go and explore a new city. There is no end to the amount of things you can do!

Consider Giving To Charity

If this person is very hard to buy for, how about giving to charity in their name? You can give to animals, the homeless, those with mental illness – think of something that may be close to their hearts. You could do this each month for a year, as a one off payment; there are a few different options depending on what suits you.

Whatever You Do, Make It Look Pretty

Whatever you give this person, make an effort to make it look pretty. Even if you’re taking them somewhere, how about wrapping up the documents and information in a pretty folder with a bow on it? The anticipation of finding out what a gift is can be just as good as finding out, so build it up with wonderful presentation.

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Never Apologise When Gift Giving

Something people tend to say is, ‘sorry, I’m not very good at buying for people’, or something to that effect. Never apologise for giving a gift. As long as you’ve tried, there’s no need to say sorry. Be confident in your gift. Try telling yourself a different story too. What we think of ourselves becomes true. Tell yourself that you’re great at buying for other people!

Be Smart When Giving Gifts To Kids

When giving gifts to kids, make sure you don’t just go out and buy them the latest toy. Books, crafts, and educational gifts can be fun and beneficial!  

 

Show Your Love For Your Children With These Gifts They Can Keep Forever

When you are expecting a new addition to the family, you will find that it is very easy to overspend on gifts, toys, and clothes for them. Having a baby is all very exciting – and you will feel exactly the same way whether it is your first child or your fourth! Every parent comes with a natural instinct to spoil their children and it can be very easy to go over the top without even realizing it. After all, who doesn’t want their little one to have the best of everything? However, sometimes we can get so caught up in the latest toys, treats and fashions for our kids that we end up with more stuff than we know what to do with. If you want something for your children that they will appreciate for years to come, and possibly something that they are going to pass down to their kids too, you will need to think of something really special. Often, these items can even become family heirlooms. Here are just a few of the things you may choose to pass down, or give to you children that they will be able to keep forever.

Personalized Gifts for Kids: I See Me Books

A birth year box

Feel like getting creative? Putting together a ‘birth year box’ for your child is a great way to commemorate the year they were born. Plus, it’s something they can look at in years to come and see how much the world has changed since they were born. Fill it with personal things from the first year of your child’s life – such as their first pair of booties, or their ultrasound scan. But also include some things that represent the cultural aspects of that year. This could be a memory stick with the number one hits from that year saved onto it. It could be a photo of the president at the time, or some technology you feel could be defunct by the time your child has grown up (the first ever iPhone, perhaps?).

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A personalized gift 
Even though so many things change as time goes on, some items are simply timeless. Getting an item such as this personalized for your child will mean it’s something they can keep forever. For example, the art of letter-writing is indeed on the decline. But there are still certain times that will call for a hand-written letter or note – which is why personalized embossed note cards make a great keepsake for your child. Personalized pens, photo frames, and mugs all do the trick too.

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A plush toy


Hands up if you’re an adult and you still have your favorite plush toy from your childhood? Many of us develop a strong emotional attachment to the teddy bear we carry around with us as a child, as it provides a form of comfort and security that we don’t get from many other things. Keeping this safe for your child even when they are much older can mean it is a touching and sentimental gift. You could even go one step further and have a plush toy made from some of your child’s outgrown baby clothes.

Scrape-A-Round Ice Scraping Just Got Easier!

Over Christmas and New Years we received a ton of snow. The kids have been having a ton of fun playing in it but I had to go out and shovel it and get the snow off all the cars!

At least I had a little help with the Scrape-a-round. The Scrape-a-round is a brilliant feat of ice scraping engineering. The simple explanations why Scrape-A-Round is the best ice scraper are as follows, Scrape-A-Round is the
Best ice scraper because of the softer plastic, allows the scraper to conform to the window curvature!

Features:

  • 18″ of ice scraping surface.
  • The comfortable grasp provides relief for the arthritic or carpal syndrome sufferer.
  • Direct pressure to the window, no pressure lost through the ice scraper!
  • The circular rotational motion of ice scraper.
  • Double ice scraper action, leading edge and trailing edge.
  • Multi functional, remove the cap and it doubles as a funnel.
  • This scrapes windows frost and ice free in half the time!

Find out more information head on over to www.scrapearound.com

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What Prenatal Vitamins to Choose When Expecting *Giveaway closed*

Approximately 68% of women are calcium deficient, but this matters even more when you’re pregnant because the developing baby needs calcium to build strong bones and teeth, as well as for a healthy heart, nerves, and muscles. Prenatal Vitamins are important to add to any expecting mother’s diet, not only for herself but for her growing baby.

When a pregnant woman lacks dietary calcium (which is often the case), her developing baby draws this much-needed calcium directly from HER bones, which can impact the woman’s health later in life. Popular prenatal vitamins only have a small percentage of recommended the daily calcium. The recommended amount of calcium during pregnancy is 1000mg daily!

It is never too early to start taking Prenatal Vitamins either! If you are trying to conceive it is best to start taking them, it helps mom to be already getting those nutrients she may be lacking from diet alone.  We spent many months trying to conceive our second child and the whole time I took prenatal, plus I knew I needed the vitamins I was lacking.

Prenatal vitamins typically contain more folic acid and iron than standard adult multivitamins. If you are wondering why:

  • Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects in the unborn baby. These defects are serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord.
  • Iron supports the unborn baby’s growth and development. Iron also helps prevent anemia for mom which is a condition blood has a low number of healthy red blood cells.

The best over the counter prenatal vitamins can be found at your local pharmacy and retailers such as Diapers.com. When picking a Prenatal make sure they include:


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Easy Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy This Winter

Winter brings with it some wonderful things: Christmas time, all the lovely lights, gifts, food, school plays and shows. There’s also snuggly jumpers and hot chocolates in front of the fire, as well as gorgeous winter walks, and with any luck, snow. But winter also brings the flu, coughs and colds, vomiting bugs and many more unwelcome things. If you have young children, you’ll know how quickly they can pick things up, which they then kindly share with the rest of the family. There’s nothing worse than being ill when you are trying to look after your family, especially if you are also working, or studying a further education degree like the nurse practitioner doctorate. Follow these tips, and hopefully you’ll be able to stay relatively healthy all year around.

Vitamins

Making sure you get all the vitamins you need is critical to keeping fit. We all know that vitamin C is great for staying healthy, but you’ll want to make sure the others are topped up too if you want to fight off illness. You should be able to get everything you need form a balanced diet, so make sure you are eating meals full of vegetables and snacking on fresh fruit. If you work full time, or are studying an intense course like a BSN to DNP online, it can be hard to find time to cook. But it is worth making the effort to eat fresh, healthy foods. Cook in bulk and freeze batches to save time later. If you are worried you aren’t getting enough from your diet, consider taking a multi vitamin supplement to help.

Water

Staying hydrated is also really important to staying fit. Your body is make up of huge amounts of water, so it needs more to repair and heal itself. Try to drink 8 glasses a day. Buy a bottle to carry around with you to help.

Exercise

When its cold outside, it can be hard to motivate yourself to go out for exercise, so try some home workouts on YouTube. Exercise not only helps your body to keep healthy, it will also help increase your mood and fend off any winter depression and fatigue.

Sleep

Like water, your body needs sleep to look after itself. We are much more likely to pick up illnesses if we are tired and run down. Aim for 8 hours a night where you can. But if you can’t, afternoon naps, or just getting more rest will help.

Listen to Your Body

If you do start to feel ill, get some rest straight away. Stay inside, wrap up warm and get plenty to drink. This way you might be able to fight it off before it becomes anything more serious.

Winter can be a truly magical time. Don’t let winter bugs ruin it for your family. Keep the kids of school if they have a fever or any vomiting, and let them rest until they are better. Always see a doctor if you are worried about any symptoms.

Savings with Huggies® Biggest Pack Ever

Being a mom to four life can get crazy busy! Running to the store daily for groceries and weekly for diapers is just something my husband and I got tired of! We decided it was time to invest in a Sam’s Club membership last year t help us save time and money!

Buying in bulk has been such a lifesaver for us. My kids have super jammed pack schedules during the week and as you can imagine four kids school lunches products go fast in our house. We knew that bulk buying not only would save us money in the long run, but it keeps us from having to do daily grocery store runs!

Diapers is one of them! We usually get all of our baby needs at Sam’s Club because I know it will last us a long time. Well we were super excited to learn about the  2-months supply of  Huggies® diapers (qty 312) at Sam’s Club!

Yes, that is right a TWO month supply of diapers! It was quite entertaining at Sam’s Club though because all of the workers made comments on “wow now that is a huge box of diapers” and they are right, but think about it, for 312 diapers it is about 67 dollars. We spend 20 dollars every time we go to the store for a pack of 74 diapers that lasts a few weeks, it actually costs less buying in bulk and I do not have to worry about running out in two weeks!

When we got home Mikey was pretty excited about the giant box (I know he was thinking a box to play with)

We love shopping at Sam’s Club! Having a Sam’s Club Membership has helped our big family save money and spend less time at grocery stores! You can head on over to the Membership Page to learn more!

AMERICAN GIRL’S 2017 GIRL OF THE YEAR™ INSPIRES GIRLS TO FIND THEIR CREATIVE VOICES AND SPEAK OUT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Did you all see American Girl‘s newest Girl of the Year for 2017???? As soon as I showed Sarah she was thrilled to see another dancer! But what makes Gabriela special is how she turns to poetry to help build her confidence.
 
Gabriela inherited a love of the arts from her parents, especially her mother, but spoken word poetry is becoming her own passion. Although Gabriela often finds herself in a battle with her own words because of her stuttering, she discovers that her poetry, filled with wit and honesty, helps her speech flow more easily and gives her the confidence to find her voice to help save her beloved community arts center from being torn down.

Gabriela comes to life for girls via a beautiful 18-inch Gabriela doll featuring curly dark-brown hair and warm brown eyes, an exclusive outfit that reflects her creative side, and a book chronicling her story. Gabriela also comes with several performance-inspired outfits and accessories, including a dance barre, rehearsal and dance outfits, plus pretend headphones and a microphone. Additional Gabriela products and books will be available starting in spring 2017, and—for the first time—the new Girl of the Year collection will be available for a full 12 months and beyond.

and Teachers!!!! , American Girl is partnering with Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and leader in comprehensive educational materials, to create and distribute Express Yourself, a custom curriculum program that teaches 3rd-5th grade students how to use poetry as a tool for self-expression. The free materials will be available on www.scholastic.com starting March 1, 2017, and include teacher lessons and corresponding classroom activities, a poetry poster, plus parent tips and learning ideas to do at home.

2016 Year in Review

2016 was one of those years that was great for the kids! They all started new activities, continued ones they loved and said good bye to others. It was a huge learning lesson for the girls, both with making new friends, realizing ones who may not be a good fit for them and learning how to deal with their own personal issues.

Sam this year went from 7th to 8th grade and enjoyed dancing and hanging with her friends. She has continued to keep a 4.0 GPA and made Principle’s Honor Roll twice now! She has taken back up Piano Lessons as well as Violin twice a week.

Sarah went from 4th to 5th grade and is loving her dance life! She also takes violin, went to music camp and loves her girl scout troop! She received the Gold Medal in Reading Olympics at school and has really worked hard in getting her grades up. She dances every day and absolutely loves her dance friends! She also started her adventure with braces!!

It was a big year for Shelby! She started pre-school and loves dancing. She earned a spot in this year’s Nutcracker where she was a Gingerbread!! In March she got a hold of scissors and cut all her hair off. Mama cried, but at least it will grow back!

Our little man turned 1 this year and he is so much fun! He brings our entire family  joy and comfort.I love having a little by in the house. He is goofy, and loving. He says so many words!

We have many amazing things in our plan for 2017!!!

 

Top Tools to Maintain Your Garden

Keeping your garden in tip top shape is a never ending labor of love. The right tools go a long way in taking your garden maintenance routine from sweat and tears to easy breezy. Here are the top tools you need to maintain your garden with ease.

Ergonomic Shovel
A good shovel is one of the most important tools you can have in your tool shed. An ergonomic design elevates the usefulness of a shovel and makes it easier to use by blending the best features of a traditional shovel with innovative ergonomic technology. The handle of an ergonomic shovel is no longer made from wood or heavy metal, but instead is created with lighter weight materials such as fiberglass. The handle shape is round with gripper pads to make holding on easier and less likely to cause blisters.

Line Trimmer
It never fails that the grass will creep its way into any garden area regardless of your edging. Say goodbye to the days of hand trimming, keep the grass trimmed around your garden with a line trimmer. There are so many different types to choose from, whether gas powered, electric or cordless there is bound to be one that fits your gardening needs. There are also smaller and more compact line trimmers that make handling easier than ever. eep the grass trimmed around your garden with a line trimmer.

If you are looking for something more durable, then there is new gear on the rise. The popular gas string trimmer can help your garden-escapades be easier and quicker. Trimming will be a breeze, and maintaining the garden will be fun like before.

Weeding Tool
We all know the strain of kneeling in the garden for hours to pull weeds. By the end of the day our hands are red, raw and covered in blisters. That’s even while wearing gloves! Well, no more! A weeding tool is the answer you’ve been looking for. It’s a long metal stick with a forked end that is perfect for digging down to the roots of the weeds making it easy to pry the weed out, roots and all.

Line Trimmer
It never fails that the grass will creep its way into any garden area regardless of your edging. Say goodbye to the days of hand trimming, keep the grass trimmed around your garden with a line trimmer. There are so many different types to choose from, whether gas powered, electric or cordless there is bound to be one that fits your gardening needs. There are also smaller and more compact line trimmers that make handling easier than ever. For large surfaces,wheeled string trimmers would make your life easier.

Pruning Shears
Pruning shears are an essential to any gardener. You can use them for so much from pruning bushes to cutting thick stemmed flowers. When going to buy a pair of pruning shears make sure you get ones that fit your hand, are easy to squeeze and are the right size for the type of pruning you will be doing. For instance, if you have a lot of thick, woody plants that you will need to prune throughout the year you will want to make sure that the blade can stand up to the job.

Watering Wand
Watering the garden is a huge necessity, but it’s not easy. As much as we’d like to, you can’t just take the hose and let it run all over the garden and the constant refilling of the watering can is enough to drive a person mad. A watering wand combines the ease of simply turning on the hose with the perfect watering technique of a watering can. A watering wand is not the same thing as a hose sprayer attachment. The wand attaches to Flexogen garden hoses and other hose types the same way a sprayer would, but is instead a long handled addition to the hose that lets you reach every area of your garden, as well as your hanging plants, all without stretching  The adjustable settings let you provide the right amount of water to each plant and there is a shut off valve that keeps you from getting drenched as you run to turn the water off.

 

Garden Rake
Everyone has the leaf rake hanging in the garage but that’s not going to cut it for the garden. A garden rake is smaller and easier to handle when you are maneuvering in between and around plants. These rakes are great for removing leaves, spreading mulch or just cleaning up trimmings and droppings from your plants.

Wheelbarrow
A wheelbarrow may seem like a tool that’s just for the big time gardener, but it’s really for anyone that loves to spend time making their yard beautiful. A wheelbarrow is great for hauling and spreading mulch, moving plants and hauling away yard waste. It can also come in handy for moving heavy materials when you do your next landscaping project.

Your garden is like a member of your family. You care for it everyday. Feed it, water it and you even cover it up when the cold weather moves in. Treat your garden and yourself to the top tools you need to maintain your garden.

 

Happy Birthday! How To Hold Great Parties For Kids

Christmas is here! Everything’s extremely festive at the moment, people are planning their Christmas meals and finishing up the last of their shopping and looking forward to taking a little time off from work to spend with their families. But not all of us are just thinking about Christmas. There are actually a lot of birthdays this time of year as well – is March a particularly romantic month? Let’s not think about it too hard. But if you’ve got a birthday party for one of your kids to plan at the moment, that’s probably taking up way more of your time than you’d like it to. Here are some tips on how to make them easier for yourself…

Ask Your Child What They Want

If your kid is old enough to make a few decisions for him or herself, chances are they already have a decent idea of what they’d like to see at a birthday party. Even if you as a mother are more concerned with fairies and butterflies and you’d like to have a pretty birthday party for your daughter, remember that it’s her day. If she’d rather have a jungle or pirate theme, that can be a lot of fun too! Ask them how many guests they’d like to invite – if your child is shy or quiet, then they might be overwhelmed if they invite their whole class at school. Remember that the party is about what will make them happy.

Get An All Inclusive Deal

If life’s really hectic, there isn’t any point in forcing yourself to create an entire birthday party from scratch. Not only are you a busy parent who doesn’t have much time, but the fact remains that there are people who make parties for a living, and chances are they’re much better at doing it than you are! If your child is active and loves running around, then you could go for a bowling party. A lot of bowling alleys provide food and cake and a separate room for party games for kids – all you’d have to do would be supervise! Laser tag is also a great idea for a kids’ birthday party, although you might find yourself wanting to join in and getting far too competitive when you’re attempting to shoot seven year olds… If you’re having the party at your home, consider hiring party entertainers like Elsa and Anna impersonators along with a bouncy castle, so you don’t have to provide all the excitement yourself.

Make Simple Food

There really isn’t any point in going overboard with food. A lot of small children don’t have particularly advanced palates, so it’s a good idea to stick with cheese pizza, hot dogs, burgers and fries. If you’d rather go for cold food so you can prepare it all beforehand, cheese and ham sandwiches are always popular along with small nibbles like carrot sticks, baby tomatoes and cucumber slices. Put out bowls of potato chips and cheese straws – just remember not to go too overboard with the candy and sugary drinks! You don’t want a party full of completely hyperactive kids. Preparing or ordering the food beforehand will ensure that you don’t have too much to do on the day. You should also make sure that you ask parents if their kids have any dietary requirements or allergies.

Invite Parents To Stay

Up until a certain age, there are some kids who get a little wobbly if their parents aren’t around, so if you have the space, you could extend an invitation to their parents too. Not only will it be helpful to have some extra sets of watchful eyes on the kids, but if they need a hug from their mother to reassure them and get them back into the party spirit, they’ll be right there. Make sure you provide some food for the parents, along with beverages like coffee, tea and soft drinks. If the kids are having pizza, order another one for the parents!

Open The Gifts At Home

Make sure that your child opens their birthday gifts at home. This is definitely the more tactful option to go for – not every one of their guests will come from the most financially secure of homes and not every parent will have a lot of spare money to spend on birthday gifts, and you don’t want anyone to feel bad. A lot of kids aren’t great at controlling their emotions and you don’t want your child to make their dissatisfaction with a gift evident! Make sure that they write little notes in thank you cards after the party’s over so you keep excellent relationships with all their friends’ parents.

Finding The Perfect Christmas Gift For Just About Anyone

The clock is ticking as we head towards Christmas. There are only a handful of shopping days left and even fewer posting days. But don’t panic, you still have plenty of time to find the perfect gifts for the people in your life. The following is a sure fire way to find something thoughtful and meaningful for just about anyone.

  1. Set A Budget

Set your budget at the outset and stick to it. Rather than being restrictive, this will help you narrow down your choices. Remember that gifts are not about money. They’re a token of your regard for that person.

  1. Make A List

Make a list of all the people in your life you’re going to buy gifts for. Don’t miss anyone out.

  1. Thinking Time

Set some time aside for thinking and planning. If you hit the shops now without a plan, you’re just going to get stressed. Wandering aimlessly through crowds of shoppers is no-one’s idea of fun. Put on some Christmas music, make a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mulled wine or your beverage of choice.

Take out some paper and colored pens. You’re going to get creative. And you might as well make this as fun as possible.

  1. Mind Mapping

You’re going to create some mind maps. Mapping is a great way to link ideas together around a central subject, and it makes it easier to plan and get the thoughts out of your head. Start a new page for each person on your list. Add their name to the center of the page with a circle around it. Draw lines coming off the central circle containing your ideas.

  1. Use Questions To Prompt You

This is where it gets tricky. If you feel you fail at buying good gifts, you’re looking at a blank page with a circle in the middle. Where do you go from here? Ask yourself several questions about that person. For example, are they visual, auditory, kinesthetic, cognitive, feeling? Visual people rely on sight and will appreciate art, photographs, ornaments, etc. Perhaps you could find a photograph (or take one) of a favorite place and have it framed? Auditory people perceive the world through sound first and will appreciate gifts related to this. Music is the obvious choice but you may not know what they own already. So, think about podcast subscriptions, concert tickets, headphones, etc. Kinesthetic people are ‘doing’ people. They appreciated gifts that they can get involved and immerse themselves in. If they’re creative, a craft kit or any experience day would be ideal. Cognitive people are often analytical thinkers. Opt for gifts that will stimulate this such as gadgets, books, puzzles, personalized wristbands from SleekWristbands.com can be a good gift. Feeling people are often attuned to touch and will appreciate gifts that rely on this sense, such as a soft, wooly scarf, beard conditioner, etc.

This is always a good place to start. Other questions that will provide useful prompts are:

  • What do they do in their spare time?
  • What are their hobbies and interests?
  • Do they travel and, if so, do they have a favorite place?
  • What do you know about them? Eg. do they always feel the cold? Are they always singing or listening to music?
  • Have they mentioned a problem that you could find a solution to? For example, do they frequently complain that it’s cold at work?
  • Are they easily bored?
  • Do they have a long commute?

The more creative you are with your questioning, the more gift ideas will come to mind.

Using this technique and setting aside some thinking time will help you find the perfect gift for just about anyone.

Are You Sure Your Family’s Ready For A Pet?

Have your kids been nagging you to get them a pet? Sure, dogs and cats are a great addition to any family, but they certainly require a lot of hard work and care! Before you do give in to your kids’ demands, it is a good idea to consider whether you are really ready to introduce a pet into your home. If you aren’t ready and you still get a pet, you will find that it could become a whole new stress in your life! As you can see, it is very important that you give your final decision some careful thought.

So how do you know if you are ready for a new family pet? Here are some things that you need to think about.

Cost

Are you sure that you can afford a pet? You need to remember that a pet is for life, so the expense that comes with one will last for a very long time. There will be a lot that you will need to pay for once you have a pet. Firstly, you will need to make sure that you always have food for it at home. It will also need a bed and other accessories. One other major cost is the vet bills. However, you might be able to keep them relatively low by buying some of your pet’s medication online at sites like https://www.petcarerx.com/frontline-plus-for-dogs/10884.

Space

If you get a dog or a cat, you will need to make sure that you have enough space for them in your home. Obviously, the bigger the dog, the more space you will need. But even if you only want a small cat or dog, you will need to make sure that you have a spare corner where you can put their bed. Cats don’t require quite as much space as dogs, as they can always be let outside. However, if your apartment or home isn’t big enough for your dog, it could end up feeling too enclosed. This could result in some very bad behavior!

Time

Time is another big issue when it comes to caring for a pet. If you and your partner both work long days, then getting a dog might not be an option for you. That is because most breeds will become restless and badly behaved when left at home on their own for the day. You may be okay with a cat, as the cat can spend the day outside hunting for mice. Even though some pets won’t need as much care as others throughout the day, it is important to remember that every pet will need some attention on a daily basis. Unless, of course, you want to get an exotic pet such as a tarantula. You can find out more about caring for them on https://www.tarantulaguide.com

You will need to consider a whole bunch of other stuff before you commit to getting a pet. Take enough time to think things through to make sure that you come to the right decision for your family!