Have MORE fun with your kids using Groupon Coupons!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I received monetary payment for this post, but all opinions are my own. 

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As a single mom, money is always tight and when I have a little extra, I want to have the most fun possible with my kids.  If we plan a trip to do anything at all, I am looking for coupons to use so I can save money on that activity.  (More money saved = More fun we can have!)

When we start planning something to do, the very first place I start is Groupon Coupons.  If I know what I want to do, or a round about location we will be visiting I search their site and see what deals and coupons they are offering.  Usually, I can save at least 50% on our outing if I can find a Groupon.

For me, having the Groupon either means one of two things.  Either I am able to spend the extra money on something additional for the kids, like a souvenir or extra snack or a meal out.  OR the activity is now affordable and we can go vs I may not have had the extra money to go without using Groupon to find extra savings.

We have used Groupon for a variety of activities, but now they have additional coupons like through Hotels . com.  Well if you shop through Groupon Coupons you can get an additional 50% coupon for Hotels.com, so in addition to the great deal you would be getting on a hotel, you are also going to get an additional discount too!

If you love to travel, here is a list of what you can save even more on using Groupon:
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Also, don’t forget to check your zip code and travel destination for LOCAL Groupons!   Not only to save money, but also for ideas of things to do!  I have found many cool things to do both in my area and on vacation through Groupon.com!

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4 Surefire Ways to Keep Your Kiddo Happy on an Airplane

After months of saving and planning, you finally made your airline reservations to go see your parents who live several states away. Although you cannot wait to see your family, you are understandably nervous about the upcoming 3-hour plane ride with your young child.

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Fortunately, with some pre-planning, it is more than possible to keep your kiddo happy and occupied on an airplane. Check out the following suggestions:

Stock up on New Goodies

Before your trip, head to the dollar store and stock up on $5 – $10 worth of small toys. If you have time, wrap each one in colorful paper or the Sunday funnies. Present your kiddo with a new goody every 45 minutes or so on the plane. He or she will love unwrapping it and playing with the new toy. If you spend $10, you should have enough for both airplane trips.

Buy Gel Window Clings

There is something about those colorful gel window clings that make them irresistible to most kids. You can probably find them during your dollar store run, but most party supply stores have them, too. Check out the adorable tropical fish gel cling decals that you can pick up at Party City for $1.49.

When you are making your reservations, be sure you book a window seat for your child and let him or her decorate the window all he or she wants. You can also do some experiments and see if the clings will adhere to the tray table or seat belt. Once you land, don’t forget to take a minute to peel off the clings.

Use a Smartphone for Entertainment

Even if you normally don’t want your child to get a lot of screen time, a long plane ride is a good time to be lenient with this rule. Your smartphone will provide your kiddo with hours of things to do. Before you leave, download some kid-friendly apps on your smartphone. You can also download some of your child’s favorite shows and buy her a new pair of comfy headphones to wear on the plane.

To prevent your child from leaving the app or movie and start accessing things on your phone that she shouldn’t, adjust the settings to put the smartphone into a kid-safe mode. If you have an iPhone 6s, follow the instructions on OSX Daily to put it in Guided Access mode, which will lock the iOS device into a particular app. Basically, open “Settings,” tap on “General” and go to “Accessibility.” Under the Learning section, tap on “Guided Access.” Flip the switch to “On” and tap “Set Passcode” to choose a password to get out of the mode. Practice doing this a few times from home so you can easily set it up while you are on the plane.

Pack Favorite Snacks

To keep your child happily occupied on the plane, provide snacks that are not only yummy, but also take awhile to eat. Small boxes of raisins and string cheese are kid-friendly goodies perfect for the plane because they take longer than the average cracker to consume.

Depending on how your kiddo does with sugary snacks, you might want to keep those to a minimum. Instead of candy and cookies that might rev up your sweetie, stick with Goldfish crackers, pretzels and pouches of applesauce.

7 Ways to Liven Up a Stale Relationship

No matter the amount of time that you’ve spent in a relationship, things can easily grow stale. Whether it’s due to job related stress, financial duress or the comfort of being with a partner for a long period of time, there are unique ways to break out of your rut.

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Make Your Partner a Priority

Having a family, work and everyday stresses in life can drain your energy and focus. Before either party feels neglected, you want to put your relationship on top of the priority list. In between helping children with homework and tackling chores around the home, make time to reconnect. Plan a weekly date night where you go out for dinner or a movie. After supper, go for a walk and discuss what happened during the day. You can also plan something new such as going to a different restaurant or incorporating a new activity into your life.

Make Over Your Bathroom

An updated bathroom may not sound exciting, but the renovation can liven up your relationship. A plumber would help make it an oasis by adding a walk-in shower with room for two, Jacuzzi and double sink vanity. Instead of heading to a local hotel for special alone time, just add candles and essential oils and you have the ideal romantic retreat.

Break Out of Your Normal Routine

You can breathe new life into your relationship by switching up your normal routine. If you typically come home from work, eat dinner and sit in front of the T.V., deviate from the usual. Plan a drive, take the dog for a walk together or eat out during the week. On the weekends, plan a weekend getaway for just the two of you. Whether you travel via plane to some exotic area or you take a trip by car, spending quality time can boost your relationship.

Early Morning Love Making

Most marriages grow stale because they lack sex. If you’re exhausted after a long day, wake up earlier and make love. Having sex first thing in the morning is an excellent way to start your day. It’s also a great way to stay connected with your partner.

Go Back to Class

If you’re looking to stimulate your relationship, you may want to go back to class. Select a topic of interest to both partners such as a Mediterranean cooking class, yoga or photography. Connecting through an activity outside the home can add zest to your relationship. You’ll also be learning a new skill.

Play Games

Board games aren’t just for children. You can add some fun and excitement to your relationship by breaking out the game of Monopoly or Scrabble. Have a special prize for the winner. Whether they get to opt out of chores for the week, enjoy a lazy Sunday or get rewarded with a special massage, playing games can add spice to your marriage.

Hit the Gym

If you’re out of shape and looking for a way to get fit, hit the gym together with your partner. You’re more likely to adopt good exercise habits and stay with a program when you work out in pairs. Start out small with weight training and walking exercises. As you increase your fitness level, incorporate other exercises into your regimen. Other activities that can connect a partner include golf, jogging and biking.

If you’re relationship has entered the predictable territory, you may be wondering what you can do to ignite the burnt out flame. Every relationship is in need of a spark to turn the embers into a raging fire. With the above ideas, you can find ways to reconnect and work your way out of the relationship doldrums.

Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart coming to Amway Arena

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It’s that time of year again! Disney On Ice is coming back to Orlando! I have visited Disney On Ice in the past and I am so excited to see the new show.

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Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family.

Cheer with the Emotions from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust – as they help Riley find the confidence to win the hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up.

Venture to the wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all.

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See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness, and perserverance.

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Celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie, and all your Disney friends when Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown!

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Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice skating extravaganza featuring Disney Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen, and other beloved Disney stories visits Orlando from September 2-4, 2016 for six performances at Amway Center. Show Times:  Friday, September 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now!
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#Back2SchoolGirard Party and Movie Night is THIS FRIDAY!

If you are looking for something fun and FREE to do this Friday, make sure you stop by Arrowhead Stadium in Girard for the #Back2SchoolGirard Party and Movie Night.  The first 150 students will receive a FREE drawstring backpack with school supplies inside and they will also have prizes to giveaway too!

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Gates open at 7:30 on Friday, August 12th, so get there early!  

There will be food available, and fun inflatables for the kiddos to burn off some energy before the movie.  Then, at sunset, find your seat and watch Kung Fu Panda 3 with your family.

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I hope everyone will stop out and enjoy this free family event put on by Liberty Assembly of God.

Check out the Facebook event for more details.

PS- You can also join us in church on Sunday at 10:30.  There is a great kid’s program, and our pastor always has an awesome sermon.  It’s right on Belmont Avenue-  6779 Belmont Ave Girard, OH 44420 :-)

 

Can’t Seem To Get Pregnant? Here’s What You Could Do

Some couples seem to be able to get pregnant really quickly. Others need to spend a lot of time and effort trying to get pregnant. Some seem to try for a long time with no results. Some get pregnant but aren’t able to keep the baby. Here’s what you could do if you’re struggling:

Get Yourself To A Healthy BMI

A healthy BMI is essential for getting pregnant and then carrying the baby full term. You may need to put on weight or lose weight. Make sure you do this the healthy way. Ensure you stay at a healthy weight for the duration of the pregnancy too!

Work Together To Make Yourselves More Fertile

Ensure you and your partner are both working together to make yourselves more fertile. You may need to quit smoking, start an exercise regime, eat better, or even change the underwear you wear.

Take The Right Vitamins

Vitamins such as folic acid can help you to get pregnant when you’re struggling.

Relax

Both you and your partner should take the time to relax – too much stress is definitely a hindrance!

See A Doctor

See a doctor if your problems persist. There could be a bigger problem present that you need to know about. You have other options if it isn’t possible for you to conceive naturally – take a look at this infographic:


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Stuff Most People Don’t Know About Vegas and Why You Need This Information!

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Vegas is a well-known travel destination for stag and hen parties from all over the world. But surprising, it is actually a great place to take a family vacation too. There is a lot of stuff that people don’t know about Vegas. But it’s important they get up to speed with this information before they take their families to visit. This will allow them to stay safe and have the best time.

Good for the kids

The first big surprise is that there is actually lots of entertainment to do in Vegas if you have children. I think some people would think twice about taking their little ones to ‘Sin City.’ But they don’t realize that the strip and the old town have been cleaned up. The sidewalks are wide, clean and lined with plants. You won’t see much graffiti on the strip nowadays either. In fact, it’s likely that Vegas keeps graffiti and spray paint removal services in business, as it’s never anything but pristine.

Traveling to Vegas out of season is a excellent idea when you have kids. This means that the temperatures are cooler, so your little ones will be much more comfortable.

It also means that the spring break and party going crowd have yet to descend on the place. That makes it a lot more pleasant for young families.

Another bonus is that the attractions like roller coasters, zoo, and sealife centers have a smaller wait to get into. The only issue that you may experience if you go to Vegas off a season with your family is that most if the pool does not open until March. While there is still plenty to do, it is kind of a shame to miss the fake beach at Mandalay Bay.

Eat well at the buffets

The next thing that most people are unaware of is that you can feed you family well with the buffet meals that are on offer in the Vegas Casino hotels. This is vital because it allows you to save money. Eating at one ‘all you can eat buffet’ can set you up for the entire day. Then you can just grab a snack or a Wendy’s in one of the malls later if you get hungry.

Watch out for special offers and try to get your buffets included in the price of your room, as this work out the best for saving some dollars.

Drink for free

Another thing that many people don’t know before they get to Vegas is that if you are playing the machines, you can drink for free in the Casinos. While this isn’t appropriate for the kids, it is certainly worth knowing if you decide to have a grownups night out. Make sure you tip your waitress to guarantee that they come back for your next order.

Safety

Lastly, while Vegas has cleaned up its act recently is still pays to be safety conscious if you are traveling with the family. There is now a high police presence on the strip boardwalks and the buses that run up and down the main road. But be aware that there is some pretty run down neighborhoods minutes from the strip, where drug use and homelessness is still a problem. The best advice is to keep to the well-populated areas and avoid the suburbs.

Your House Isn’t Haunted It Just Needs Some TLC

With the release of the Ghostbusters movie, it seems like everyone is looking out for worrying home problems that could be evidence of the supernatural. But whether you believe that ghosts exist, or you think it’s a load of hokum, most houses aren’t haunted they just need a bit of tender loving care.

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Mysterious footsteps

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Do you hear clomping footsteps in the night that seem to be coming up the stairs, or moving about in the attic overhead? If so you could be scared out of your wits thinking that you have a spectral visitor. But before you call a priest, call a plumber. Aging water pipes can cause such noises, especially in houses over 15 years old. Don’t forget that it could be that the air pressure in your plumbing system is off and that is why you hear the knocking. Or the pies could be expanding or contracting because of the temperature of the water.

Oozing Walls

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Oozing walls is a common sign that a house is haunted. If you are getting reams and reams of ectoplasm, you can just skip ahead and call the Ghostbusters! But if your problem is not quite that severe, you may want to consider a less paranormal solution – damp.

Damp is something that can affect any age of home. It can be caused by different reasons. Sometimes it is because water is not being removed from the outside of the house or roof quick enough when it rain and so it soaks through to the inside. It can also be caused by flood damage or even water rising through the building from a particular damp ground around the house.

The solution that you choose will depend on the type of damp you are experiencing. Flood damage and rising damp can be dealt with by a company that does water damage restoration. They will be able to dry out your room, fix the damage and treat it to prevent future problems in the future.

Chattering

Do you hear things when its deadly silent and you are alone in your home? Can you listen to a chattering or rustling that seems to be coming from behind the walls? Don’t worry, it’s probably just a bug or rodent infestation.

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Rodents and insects are so clever at getting into warm, dry places and making their nests. Whether you have mice, roaches or termites call the exterminator to assess your problem and then recommend a course of treatment.

Moving Tables

You may think that a spirit from the other side is trying to contact you through rapping on the table. But before you call in the parapsychologists, check that all the legs are equal!

Also, make sure that you haven’t placed the table on a weak point in your floor. It may be that a previous renovation has removed a supporting wall, causing it to be less stable in this area. While you’ll probably be very relieved to find out that this is the case speak to a builder quickly as this can be a safety issue for you and your family.

Ghostly Gusts

Can you feel a spectral breeze even when the windows are closed? Do you get a cold shiver now and then and can’t explain why? While it may be an apparition trying to get your attention, it’s much more likely to be some poorly sealed windows and doors. You can try a draught excluder, but they best way to prevent this is to reseal your windows and doors to prevent the cold getting in and the heat getting out. This should also save you some money on your heating bills, as less heat will be escaping, so your place will be a lot cozier for less money.

Lights that go on and off

Are you having trouble with flickering lights? While it might seem like Aunt Mabel is trying to bring you a message from the other side, it may actually just be an issue with your electrics. Electrics are not to be taken lightly and if faulty can cause dangerous fires.

You may have overloaded circuits or loose wires. These are something that should be dealt with by a professional. If possible stop using the circuits or isolate them via the fuse box until they have been fixed as they pose a serious fire hazard.

Rotten food

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Apparently, a ghostly presence can cause food to turn rotten and moldy. If this is happening in your fridge, it could be a real worry! Before you reach for the holy water, get a fridge thermometer and make sure that the temperature is right. Maybe it juts a fault with your white goods? Or maybe not…?

What Are The Alternatives To Divorce?

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If divorce is on the cards but you still have hope that your marriage can be saved, there are things you can do before making the ultimate decision and splitting up for good. With divorce being so stressful, disruptive and expensive it makes sense that you’d explore your other options before taking the plunge, and thankfully there are a few things you can try if you and your partner are both on the same page. In some cases divorce will unfortunately be the only option, and if you are experiencing any kind of mental or physical abuse then it’s always advisable to pursue divorce. But if you plan on giving it one more try, here are a few things to consider.

Counselling

Very few of us are naturally equipped with the skills we need to solve the complex issues that can arise in relationships. We can become guarded, or develop unhelpful coping mechanisms such as avoiding conversation or even developing a substance abuse as a way of managing our feelings. This can damage the relationship further without that ever being the intention. Speaking to a professional counsellor can help you work through these problems, and help you to develop better strategies for resolving conflict in the marriage. Giving you a safe place where you can speak openly about issues and work your way through them, and learn how to communicate and listen efficiently could help you with the road block you’re facing. Allowing you both to express your fears and problems and find ways of working through them could be enough to get your relationship back on track.

Trial Separation

A trial separation allows you both time apart to process your emotions, and will also allow the person who is hoping to leave to feel what it’s like to actually be separated. It has the advantage of being reversible, so you can decide if it’s what you want without making the final decision of divorce. You could opt for an informal separation, whereas you both agree to spend time apart and decide to live in different places during the break. You would create a working arrangement about things like possessions and money. Laying the ground rules here is important, you might decide to set an agreement not to contact each other for a set amount of time unless it’s an emergency. You should also decide whether or not you will be allowed to romantically see other people during this time or whether that’s off limits. Alternatively you could agree to a formal separation, this will give you both much more of an understanding as to what an actual divorce will be like. Family law experts such as Skillern Firm will be able to assist you through the process.

Mediation

If you go down the trial separation route, mediation is a way of sorting out the issues that can arise when you separate. Unlike counselling, mediation is not designed to help you sort out your relationship or help you get back together. It instead helps you agree on the practical issues of splitting up such as finances and child custody. Mediators can give you both as much information as you need about the law and your options. You can then take that to your solicitor, who can draw up and advise you on the necessary legal papers.

Must Have Checklist For A New Home

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Moving into a new home is busy and stressful, with all your belongings in boxes it can feel very chaotic. While it’s difficult to forget the big things, like a bed and television, some smaller more obsolete items and can get missed and neglected. Before you move, do some preparation to make sure it all goes as smoothly as possible.

Food

During the move, you probably won’t have time to think about cooking and making homemade meals. While a takeaway might suffice for your first evening, you’ll need to think about breakfast and snacks for the following days to come. Make sure you have the basics in to cover you; milk and teabags, breakfast cereal and some sandwiches. You’ll need your energy while carrying around all those boxes!

Wardrobes

Try to avoid damaging clothes by having somewhere to hang and store them as soon as possible. If your new home doesn’t have wardrobes, purchase some hanging rails as a temporary substitute. Clothes can easily become marked and ripped if left in boxes or piles, leading to replacement costs in the long run.

Kitchen Utensils

When you are unpacked and starting to settle in, you may start thinking about cooking and baking. Make sure you have the basics catered for, with cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils as essentials. Baking trays, mixing bowls and serving dishes can all be purchased as well.

Seating

After you have moved, you will no doubt have many friends and family wanting to visit. Try to provide some seating for yourself and any guests. Dining chairs or stools are needed for meal times, and some kind of seating in living rooms. Don’t rush into purchasing a sofa, though, chairs and fold out stools are fine while you are deciding on more expensive furniture.

Blinds and Curtains

You’re going to want some privacy in your new home, so blinds or curtains are a must. Blinds can be ordered from companies like westral supplier of blinds, and installed in bedrooms or living spaces. Try to choose a colour scheme in the room before purchasing, to avoid having to replace later on.

Cleaning Products

When you first move in, the house will probably need a good clean. Wipe all the tops and cupboards down with anti-bacterial sprays, and hoover and mop the floors. Try to do this before unpacking, as this will be a lot easier than cleaning around your belongings.

Toiletries

After the long days of packing, you’ll be grateful for a hot shower or bath. Try to set aside some basic toiletries while packing, so that you won’t have to rifle through all your belongings to find things. Pack a toiletry bag with the basics in, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, shower gel, deodorant, and shampoos.

Basic Appliances

Soon after you move in, you will need to think about the essential home appliances. It can be difficult to cope with family life without some basics such as a washing machine, fridge, and freezer. There are normally good quality, second-hand items for sale, so shop around before purchasing.