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Gift ideas for girlfriend when broke?

If you can’t afford the gift you would like to give her you need to think differently. Here are some cool gift ideas for girlfriend when broke that you will be able to afford. The idea here is that you will replace the money with some action, no silly, we are talking about experiences that she is not expecting. The rest you will obviously continue to give her, as usual…

1. A picnic – This is a wonderful way to connect. If you don’t live close to a forest or some naturally beautiful spot you can find something different. Pack a bag with her favorite sandwiches and take her to the nearest airport. Have lunch why watching jumbo jets fly over. Romantic and special.

2. Teach her something new – If you know something that she doesn’t, take the chance to teach her. Get her a knitting kit and let her know how to do it. The actual gift is not so expensive but the experience you have together making scarf out of yarn is a memory for life!



WHATWEARS Knitting Accessory Kit Supply Set Basic Tools + Case Lots Pcs

3. A show – The serenade will never go out of style. User a karaoke system or sing without any props. Show up outside her window and let her hear the tones of the sweetness in your heart.

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How to wrap boyfriends gift?

Why do we wrap gifts so beautifully when we know that the paper will soon hit the trash bin? The answer is all about presentation and therefore it makes sense that we try to wrap a gift as beautiful as possible, even if it is for a boy who couldn’t care less about the 3D patterned wrap. When I get the question of how to wrap boyfriends gift I say, do it the way you see fit but don’t ask me to do it. That’s right. It is NOT your Mom’s job to wrap your gifts. If you ran out of time and paper, take a magazine or newspaper and use this. Believe me, he won’t notice the difference!

Minecraft Diamond Wrapping Paper

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Talking about Life after Death with Children

When children realize that we are not here forever they start to ask questions like “where did Grandpa move” and similar. As parents we will tackle this according to our own knowledge and understanding. For religious people it isn’t all that difficult, we will just teach our children that which we know and believe. But if we don’t have a clue about the meaning of life and what we are doing here, the children’s’ questions can be quite troubling.

The first step would therefore seem to be figuring this out for ourselves. There are great sources for questions of life after death such as Rabbi Mizrachi. Once can also watch eyewitness movies where people who were clinically dead talk about the subject. What one must always ask is if the information can be tested as true or if it represents yet another fairy tale.

The idea of telling kids stories about death that aren’t true might not be so wise. As soon as the child realizes that it was all a story this could hurt the trust between the parent and child. In this situation it might be better to simply say that we don’t know.

One thing is for sure, if we panic about life and death questions and feel that it is very scary to even think of if there is an afterlife or not, our children will pick up on this. So if this is how you feel it could be a good idea to do something about it before the death questions come up…

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Whens mothers day? Did you miss it already?

She bore you for 9 months, gave birth to you, fed you, soothed your boo boos and what not… If you are wondering whens mothers day you are most likely in a rush, thinking that you might have missed the day. Who has time to spell it right when today might be mothersday!?! Did you reach the second Sunday of May? Well, then yes, you missed it! At least if you live in the USA. In the UK it will be the 30th of March 2014 and the 15th of March 2015.

Something lovely for Mom

You don’t have to run out and by Mother’s days gifts. This is something you probably don’t have time to do when you are typing whens mothers day in a search engine hoping that you haven’t missed it. How about looking into mothers day poems that will show her just how much you care? You don’t even have to be cheesy, find something extremely funny and make her laugh. If you did indeed miss the day this could be a way to make up for it. Those who can’t compose their own funny poems for Mom can find them online and there must be some lines about forgetting about the most important person on earth and making her forgive you for it…

Do something together

She will probably enjoy a nice gift but even if you have the time to buy one, it is not always things that will express your true feelings for Mom. Try something different where you will spend some time together. A mothers day movie can be any film that you both feel interested in. Rent it and stock up with her favorite snacks or make it a night out to see the movie in a movie theater. Remember that doing something together can be far better than regular presents because it creates a memory that will be dearer to Mom than any diamonds or kitchen tools could ever be. If you have the time you could always get her a gift and present it as you have a snack before or after the movie.

Order a gift

If you still feel that mothersday demands a special gift you should be able to take care of this through your computer or phone. You really don’t have to hunt proper things downtown when you can order them online. Just go to Amazon or another trusted online store where you can find smart things and have them delivered to your door or directly to hers.

Here are some things you might want to go for and that can be found online:

• Chocolate
• Jewelry
• Flowers (real or fabric ones)
• Slippers and robe
• Skin care products
• Gadgets like an iPad or Kindle
• Rocking chair
• Workout equipment

There are so many things out there that could be just right for Mom. If you didn’t miss the date for Mother’s Day now is the time to take care of it. Write that poem (or find a good one online), order the flowers and set the date for your movie night, enjoy!

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Expertmom reviews the Graco baby swing

I borrowed the baby swing from Graco from a friend when my third baby was about 1.5 months old and I do wish I would have gotten a baby swing for his older siblings. The question of whether a baby swing helps to soothe a baby has a definite answer, yes it helps! I am not going to say that my baby sits content in this swing day around because he doesn’t, but it gives me time enough to do dishes, brush other kids’ teeth, pack a laundry and write an article, and that is a huge help.

Now, let’s look at the actual baby swing to review its pros and cons…

Putting it together

The Graco baby swing comes in 3 different parts that are easy to assemble. You don’t need a manual for this because the parts show you where they should go and how. This is a plus both for the actual process of assembly and for moving the swing around. Remember, I borrowed mine and we managed to pack it into a small car without any problems.
The swing is powered by 3 size D E95 batteries (the big ones) and it can be used for weeks without needing new ones (of course depending on how much you use the swing) The batteries are also easy to insert and you don’t need a screwdriver for this. A kitchen knife will pop the lid open but siblings won’t be able to do this, perfect!

Putting the baby in the swing

The swing has belts but I never figured how to get the upper part to fit over my baby, the lower belt is enough to keep him in so this doesn’t bother me. There is also a tray, with 2 toys, and this tray folds over the baby. I am not completely satisfied with the tray function because it can easily snap over the hands and fingers of the baby if you are not careful when putting it in place. You must raise the baby’s arms when sliding the tray in place.

Effects and music

The baby swing from Graco comes with a few classical tunes that can be played while swinging the baby. These are pleasant and I find that the rest of the family enjoys hearing them. You can also play white noise like birds chirping but I personally find these sounds annoying so I don’t use them. There is also vibration in the chair but I don’t use this either as it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference to the baby.

Speed

The speed can be adjusted in 6 steps. I find that level 1 and 2 are fast enough and levels 4-6 makes my head spin. Since my baby is starting to be too heavy for the swing (to 9 kg) I find that I often have to give the swing a push to make it run smooth. This could also be due to need of new batteries and it is not something that bothers me. You can swing manually if you want to.

Cleanliness

To clean the swing you can take the fabrics off the chair and run them in the laundry machine. The materials are easy to keep clean and the rest of the swing is made of plastic parts that are easy to wipe off. The only detail that could be tricky to clean is the belt but the one in my swing is in perfect condition, this most likely because you don’t really feed a baby this age in the swing so it stays clean. Just make sure to instruct older siblings not to play with food, colors or other staining materials around the swing.

Summary

This Graco baby swing review will simply have to give the swing thumbs up. It is a big help and even if you will only use it for a few months it can do a lot to keep you sane and happy during a period when things can be very hectic. I would say borrow one if you can and buy one when you know that you will hopefully use it more than once.

Since the swing stays in such nice condition it should be perfectly fine to buy one that has been used without much difference from a new one.
I will put this post under gift for Mom because this is a great gift for a new Mom since it can really help out during the day and night!

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Review of Bop It

Bop It is by no means a new toy but it never seem to go out of style. If you played with it as a teenager you might not have thought about the possibility of giving this as a gift to your 4 year old but it is actually a great idea. This toy will introduce rhythm and concentration in a wonderful way. What a great break from the TV or computer games and how lovely with a toy that can be shared by siblings of different ages.

This is how it works

There are a few different versions of Bop It but they all include different task that you need to carry out. Honk the big button, twist one of the side handles, pull the other, scream, and so on… This is the game in a nut shell. Depending on the level you choose you need to do this at different speeds so you can raise the level for older kids.

Who will enjoy it?

Everyone loves Bop It! You can sit with the 4 year old, the 12 year old and Grandma and have a good time passing the Bop It around to cooperate. This is simply a fun game for anyone that is ready for a challenge. It is a must in every household and something you can give as a gift without any worries of how it will be received.

Bop It can be used in the car, at home on the couch, in the park, anywhere where you need something to stimulate the kids. Get ready to go nuts of the Bop It voice telling you things like “you can do it” and “I remember the first time I played Bop It…”

This is a cool game that can be recommended warmly by Expertmom.

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Gifts for the birthday party for a 4 year old boy

When you arrange a birthday party for a 4 year old, it will be very wise to make sure that all participants get a gift. It is quite common to give out gift bags to all guests and in these you can put all sorts of treats including a nice present. The best person to ask for advice is your soon to be 4 or 5 year old boy. He knows exactly what he likes to see in those treat bags so ask him first. You can also try to recall the gifts he enjoyed when coming home with goodie bags from parties. The good thing about gifts for 4 year old boys and 5 years olds that participate in birthday parties is that they don’t have to cost much at all. In fact, your local thrift store probably has things that won’t cost half a dollar a piece and yet make your little guests feel as if they won the lottery.

Pocket lights

Look for pocket lights. These are excellent gifts for a 4 year old boy as well as a 5 year old. You can usually find cool shapes like ice creams, ping pong rackets and other things that little boys enjoy. Anything with a button, light or noise will be a great idea for gift in the goodie bags so check out your local thrift store or online shops like Amazon to see what they have to offer within this category.

Balloons

Yes, of course, balloons! You can get the regular kind or the kind that is meant for water games. Did you know that it is actually healthy for little kids to fill balloons with air? It gives their lungs a healthy exercise and this is especially great for asthmatic kids. The balloons also fit so well into the gift bags.

Stickers and glue

Stickers are always welcome gifts for 4 year old boys. They are also not the priciest thing on the market. You can probably find rolls with cool images that won’t cost you more than a few dollars or buy a package online. Glue is also a cool idea. Get the non-toxic kind. The parents will look like question marks when they see it but the little boys will know exactly how much can be done with a nice stick of glue…

Cars

You can also get big packages with small cars. Put one car in each goodie bag and you have the best gifts for 4 year old boys. These cars don’t have to be of the highest quality but if you are willing to invest in this birthday party present you might want to get the better kind made out of metal with doors that open. This will for sure be something that the guests will love, also the little girls because little girls can also see the charm in cars and anything else mentioned above!

Or why not ballons with a car theme…

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5 Questions to a 4 year old boy turning 5 year old

Hello Michael, you are now about to be 5 years old and we would like to know more about the kind of things you would like for your birthday. First of all, what kind of things did you want as a 4 year old boy?

Michael: I wanted a glue gun

Okay, a glue gun is obviously a nice thing to have; do you want this as a gift for your 5 year birthday as well?

Michael: Yes, and also the glue

What else would you like to have?

Michael: I need a bike, but it must have support wheels because I can’t bike on the big bike, it needs to be small, for me.

Would you like some special toy?

Michael: Now it is hot and Mommy says I can play with water so I would like water balloons and a water splash gun, it should be big.

One more question, are you planning a party for your 5 year old birthday?

Michael: Yes, we will have one in preschool and I will bring cake and gifts for all my friends. I also want ices.

Thank you very much Michael and have a lovely birthday!

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How to treat pinworms when pregnant

Pinworms are quite common among toddlers and pre-school kids and naturally those living with these youngsters risk getting the little white worms. If you are pregnant with pinworms the first thing you need to know is that it is not dangerous for the health of your new baby but, of course, it isn’t a pleasant experience and you should try to get rid of them in safe ways. Here are some important facts and advises if you need to treat pinworms when pregnant. Don’t despair; it is possible to get rid of them without medication!

No medicines!

Unfortunately you will not find conventional medicines against pinworms that are allowed for a pregnant woman. Treat your kids but don’t touch these medicines yourself! You will also find it difficult to treat pinworms when pregnant with natural medicines since they all state that they are not to be used when pregnant. This doesn’t mean that they are actually dangerous to use but rather that they haven’t gone through enough testing for their producers to stand behind a recommendation. This leaves a pregnant woman with pinworms without any medicines to treat the condition with, so what can be done? Plenty…

Your diet

OK, you are not supposed to start a diet when pregnant but you should certainly try to eat healthy and to avoid overeating. Pinworms love sugar so your first step should be to drastically reduce your intake of sugar. You can get plenty of sweet through fruits so cut cookies, candy and white sugar from your diet. Remember that white bread is quite often loaded with sugar, switch to a whole wheat brand instead. You should also get enough fiber to ease your digestion. Fruit will be good since it can help you clean yourself and reduce the blockage that worms would enjoy for pockets of surviving.

Garlic

It is well known that garlic works as a great medicine against pinworms and this is a natural medicine for pinworms that a pregnant woman can use. Make a salad and put in 2-3 cloves of garlic. Don’t cut the garlic into small pieces as this will take some of the power out of it. If you can muster eating garlic like this for a few days combined with a sugar free diet, you are well on your way to get rid of the worms!

Cleanliness

This is the step that can be a challenge, and especially when you are pregnant and already in sore need of rest and not of more housework. If the house is suffering from the worms you need to switch sheets and covers every day. If you don’t laundry them, at least air them out and hang them in a sunny place, the sun will kill the eggs and the worms. Change your underwear frequently and try to clean your private parts each time you go to the bathroom. Trim your nails and wash your hands with soap after every visit to the bathroom and before you eat or prepare any food.

This is how you can treat pinworms when you are pregnant and the good things with these steps is that they will also leave you healthier and with a very clean and tidy house. In a way you might want to see it as a blessing getting pinworms when pregnant when the result is that you have to stay away from all of that junk that only adds to your waistline and not to the healthy development of your baby. Good luck!

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