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Function Is All In A Bathroom, But Comfort Matters Too

Comfort is not the first thing that matters about the bathroom. Nor is it even the second. If you have children then you know that making it safe for the whole family is the most crucial aspect of it and you’re not going to make any choices that get in the way of that. Second to safety is cleanliness. But once you have a clean, safe bathroom, you have to remember it’s important to be able to relax in there. Whether you want to enjoy a luxurious bath or just not feel cold and alone when brushing your teeth, you deserve a little comfort in there.

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Contrast those hard spaces

Without a little softness here there, a bathroom is all ceramics from the tiled floors and walls to the ceramic sinks and baths. This makes it look clean and chic, but it also makes it look a little like a showroom. Finding the spots to add that contrast is important. Bath mats, hanging towels, and even soft toilet covers from places like can give you that little touch of something comfortable you need to feel like you’re in a more relaxing space. Just make sure you wash them properly as suggested in https://www.laundrymagician.com/tips-tricks-washing-towels-bath-mats/ or you’ll soon lose that comfortable feeling. It doesn’t even have to be something tactile. One technique is to add curtains even to a window with blinds and keep them open just to get the aesthetic of comfort in there.

Let a little personality show

You shouldn’t be afraid to accessorize the space if you feel like it’s lacking your personal style as well. A big, blank mirror can look minimalist and contemporary but more stylized approaches like http://www.uniquevanities.com/bathroom-vanity-wall-mirror.html can give you much more control over the mood of the room, as well. The bathroom is also a perfect place to hang those pieces of cutesy art and homey phrase and quote plaques. It gives you something to look at while you’re in there without getting in the way of the more functional parts of the room.

Pamper yourself

Feeling comfortable in the bathroom isn’t just about how you make it look, of course. It’s about how much you enjoy actually using the space. To that end, you can consider the tips from http://gameofglam.com/add-touch-luxury-bathroom/ to really pamper yourself in there. Some of the tips are a bit budget heavy, including adding heated floors and using an automated toilet. But even little touches like adding a potted plant to the windowsill can make it a much more refreshing place. If you have a bath, then consider adding a little wicker basket to hang on the wall just above you to keep all your bath time goodies in, as well.

A touch of luxury, of softness, and of style can all bring out the comfort of the bathroom. It can make it a much more enjoyable spot of the house rather than just a place to get things out of the way. And you should enjoy every part of the home, make no mistake about that.

When White Goods Go From Good To Bad

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We rely on our household appliances more than we care to admit. Rewind 100 years, and we would have to spend a whole day, if not more, doing ‘simple’ household tasks which we now entrust to our beloved technology. Dishes would have to be hand washed, clothes carefully strung through mangles and hung out to dry, and you can bet your bottom dollar that giving food a ‘quick heating’ in a microwave was not an option. We are quite blessed with how far we have come, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t go wrong, leaving us back in the past again. But when it comes to our finances, the white goods going wrong can hit us quite hard. So what do we do to combat it?

Get To The Root Of The Problem

If you don’t know what’s wrong with your device, it could turn out to be nothing at all. If the product is still within warranty period, you are well within your right to call up either the store that you bought it from or the manufacturer to get somebody to come out and have a look at what the problem is. If there is something that needs fixing, they will be able to do it with no charge to yourself. However, if you do know what’s wrong with it and it is a small fix,  this should be easy enough to put right if you follow an online tutorial – and there are lots available. Don’t consider calling out a professional unless you know that there’s nothing that you can do yourself. They can be quite pricey and set you back in terms of how much you would be willing to pay.

Pay At A Later Date

There are so many companies which are currently offering schemes for you to put down a small deposit and walk away that day with what you have gone in to buy. The rest is paid in monthly instalments, which are usually more affordable to those who are low on money, and helps you out a bit rather than paying one huge lump sum. If this finance deal has quite a high APR rate, however, it may be better to compare credit cards which could offer you better savings. Credit card companies often have an introductory offer where those who have signed up to them don’t have to pay anything for a set number of months on the transactions that they make. This can be more financially economical rather than setting yourself back more money-wise.

Don’t Buy New

We’re living in quite a consumerist world. People opt for the latest models of whatever pieces of technology they have, aiming to keep up appearances rather than save money. This is good news for those whose appliances have failed and are looking for a cheap alternative; it means that there are both used and refurbished models available for good prices. A lot of them have a guarantee from the supplier, which means that you are essentially getting the same for your money as you would if it was brand new.

Your Summer Of Chill: Simple Home Additions That Keep Your Household Fresh

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Relaxing in the summer heat is not always easy. If our houses and gardens are untidy, stuff or cluttered, that has a direct impact on our minds, even our ability to relax and unwind. If the house is too small for your family requirements, or even if you haven’t upgraded the property in some time, it’s easy for a feeling of ‘property lethargy,’ to step in, and make us feel like we’re not paying the attention to our property that it deserves.

Never fear though, with a few simple home additions we can make sure that our home is looking fresh, and deserving of your love.

What are these home additions?

Consider these:

Interior

The interior of your property says everything about how you like to conduct your family’s business. Is it airy, open and light, or is it rustic, closed and comfortable? What you choose is largely depicted by your personality, and over time it’s likely to change. Consider these interior additions for your home:

Conservatory

If you’re looking for a quasi-interior, quasi-exterior addition to your home that can serve you well in all seasons, look no further than installing a conservatory space in your rear garden. This can serve as a weather-protected addition that still lets in plenty of light to the property and can be arranged in a much different way to the rest of your property regarding decoration. Maybe you’d like to place sun loungers in their, or a full family dining table to eat your meals at and avoid the stuffiness of a furniture-overcrowded kitchen. If any of these ideas sound appealing to you, it’s likely that installing a conservatory to your property should be your first port of call.

Glass Panel Doors

If you haven’t the funds or garden space to support a conservatory, there are ways to let more light into the property. Consider installing glass panel doors, complete with blinds, that both afford you an aesthetic upgrade applied to the entrance of your properties as well as give you an appropriate shielding that an onlookers gaze can’t penetrate.

Bay Window Conversion

If you’re lucky enough to possess bay windows, you might consider changing what that extra room is used for. Consider changing the utility of the bay window, and convert it to your needs. If you’re hurting for ideas, you might place a seating area or a waist-high storage unit there that will seem unintrusive to the room the bay windows are located in. This can help increase the felt size of your room by maybe rendering the need for an extra sofa or storage unit useless.

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Verandah

A large verandah that encompasses the exterior of your property has a multitude of uses. It can serve as a ‘backyard porch’ that not only shelters you from the sun but gives you sufficient room to install flooring that might not work as well when installed directly outside. A verandah opens up many possibilities.

You might choose to place a new seating area of the garden or place a small exterior mini-bar there. Whatever your adventurous uses, having an outdoor space that is three parts exterior area to one part interior, can help you design your garden in a way that looks much more aesthetically pleasing and promotes a fluid visual entrance into your property.

Verandahs can come in all shapes and sizes, but the most popular by far is the skillion roof verandah. This is the verandah roofing type that is most compatible with the most variety of property types, so it’s worth looking into installing one of these first. If you do, you’re likely to enjoy a verandah that will last for years, and provide a place to entertain your guests for the foreseeable future.

Patio

Installing a patio is a great idea if you prefer to entertain further out into the garden, or your garden setup demands that the stable installation area is in a select location. Installing a patio also provides an area for entertaining, but it will require more maintenance than a verandah and must be supplied with garden furniture that is weather-resistant year round, including shelter, to maintain its utility.

However, once installed, a patio can serve as the perfect way to designate which areas of your garden are for gentle recreation, and which are for play. You’ll be able to host barbeques here, place deck loungers in the direct sunlight, and will give you plenty of freedom in separating your garden zones for various utilities.

Fresh Turf

Over time, especially if underneath garden furniture or shed housing, your garden grass can end up looking dead and otherwise unattractive. You’ll know if your grass is close to dying by how yellow or how dense the grass is. Grass needs maintaining too, lest weeds grow through the cracks that are left.

Consider embarking on a treatment course of appropriate gardening products, and if this doesn’t rectify the issue, you might want to install new turf entirely. This can help you stay on top of the other garden improvements you’d like to make.

Replace Garden Furniture

Remember, garden furniture is not supposed to last decades. If you’re lucky, the most sturdy garden furniture will succumb to rust, mould or otherwise general wear and tear no earlier than from seven years of use. Once you notice that your garden furniture is starting to be worse for wear, it’s important to replace it for your general health. If you haven’t the justifiable funds to replace them, consider upgrading the furniture through gentler means, such as wood reclamation.

Doing so will keep your garden looking fresh, and the furniture will stay usable. A garden with furniture that is unavailable to be sat on due to age or stress only serves to make a garden looking unapproachable, and by extension unappealing.

Keeping on top of these property upgrades can help you and your family stay happy, relaxing and ‘chilled’ in their home interior or exterior environments. These tips are designed around keeping your home fresh, feeling new, and feeling aesthetic. Preparing for the summer demands you consider those three items.

Remember to have fun with it, keep your taste preferences in mind, and you’re sure to enjoy the process as much as you’ll enjoy the rewards!

The Best Hands-Free Solutions for Moms

For the majority of moms, it is common to find yourself with your hands full…literally. Whether it’s babies, groceries, school bags, sports equipment, or pushchairs, there always seems to be something that requires you to haul it around. Not only this, but the second you find your hands full usually tends to be the moment that you need them most of all. One way to avoid this dilemma is by opting for hands-free devices. This will make it so much easier to multi-task. Below are a series of suggestions of the best hands-free solutions for Moms everywhere.

Hands-free cars

When you are weighed down with groceries or pushchairs, the last thing you want to think about is how you are going to open the trunk of your car. This is also true for if you are holding hands with your children in a busy car park and don’t want to face the risk of them running off. A solution is found in the Ford Kuga, as this SUV was one of the first to offer a tailgate that opens when you swing your foot underneath its trunk. Another useful piece of hands-free technology, for your vehicle, is the sat nav. This is a clever way to always know where you’re going without having to pull over and look at a map.

Hands-free hoovers

Have you ever dreamt of your household chores magically doing themselves? Well a hands-free vacuuming device will certainly take you closer towards this fantasy. With this clever bit of kit, you will be able to pick up dust in even the hardest to reach of places, and give you some precious time back!

Hands-free Google

Instead of having to log onto your computer to search the internet, why not take a look at Google Home? This hands-free smart speaker is a great way to find an answer without the hassle of physically using a computer. You can ask the device to play music, set alarms, add to your shopping list, and even to control your lights, thermostats and switches.

Hands-free books

The sale of Kindle ebooks has increased year on year, and one popular feature of a Kindle is its ability to turn stored books into audiobooks. This is a great way for you to enjoy your favourite literature whilst continuing with other tasks. This technology allows even the busiest of Moms to keep up with the latest bestsellers without having to physically sit down.

Hands-free baby rocker

When you need to comfort your unsettled baby, give your hands a welcome break with a hands-free baby rocker. This device is a great way to make sure your baby feels tended to without forcing you to remain in one spot. Baby rockers can be moved around the house easily and are the perfect solution for any grizzling infant. They can also help to get your baby to sleep, as the repetitive motion is incredibly soothing. Some models even come with music or attached toys.

Simple Décor Tips That Can Transform A Room On a Limited Budget

Just like changing your hair or your wardrobe, our home décor is something that you’re likely to change as your tastes grow or you decide it’s time for a new look. Changing up your home decor is great, but it can be expensive if you don’t have much of a budget or your tastes change often. Luckily there are some great décor tips below that can help you to transform a room on a limited budget to give your home a fresh new look.

Tips for transforming a room on a budget

There’s no need to hire an interior designer or spend hundreds on lavish new furniture to give your home an update. Sometimes the simplest tips and hacks are the most effective for giving your home a new look and feel, without having to go overboard on the spending.

Refreshing your interiors is also a fantastic way to add value if you decide to sell your home. Think of your home as a space to showcase a lifestyle, and show potential buyers what living in your home could look like.

Add a fresh color to your walls

If you can and are willing to, you can make a simple change by painting your walls. Adding a new color or even refreshing an old color will give your room an instant facelift that will make it look neater and will draw the eye without needing to do much else to the room. Adding a new color can brighten up and give the room a completely different feel without having to make many drastic changes.

If you’d prefer, you could just add an accent wall and add color to just one wall for an easy update (and only a small can of paint/sheet of wallpaper). If you’re looking for something on-trend and stylish, textured wall paper like wood-effect wallpaper or marble-effect wallpaper adds a creative touch that doesn’t involve building work or investing in various materials.

Choose a different door

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If you want to make a more noticeable change without having to spend money on statement pieces or actual construction works, a new door can make a surprising difference to your home. Sometimes the best doors are the ones that offer more light or even ornate doors that become a décor feature in itself which can look great in a kitchen or living room.

Change your lighting

If your room leans a bit towards the dark side, you might want to consider how you can use light to transform it and give it a fresh look. The right lighting can limit the need for lighter paint shades, excessive artificial lighting and give the room a completely different feel. Sometimes, simple lighting tricks such as using mirrors or positioning furniture differently can have a dramatic effect on your room’s lighting scheme.

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Invest in simple home décor items

There’s no need to go out and buy lots of expensive pieces to give your home a new look. Thanks to Amazon, eBay and other online stores you can pick up some high-quality items such as clocks, ornaments, candles and other pieces which will look great in your home. Department store sales are another excellent place to look for bargains, and on-trend pieces that will update your room without breaking the bank while fashion stores such as ASOS, Urban Outfitters, and similar outlets are launching more and more homeware items that are funky and affordable and add instant style to your home.

Create some feature walls with photos

Feature walls are an excellent way to brighten up your home as well as give it a more personal touch. Different sized frames arranged in a certain pattern will create more interest than the having some that all follow the same shape and size. If you’d rather display artwork, you can purchase some inexpensive pieces from IKEA and other similar homeware suppliers. If you’d prefer to get a bit creative, you’ll find inspiration ways to have fun with wall art online or take some inspiration from Instagram or Pinterest. Wall stickers are a great alternative if you’re not too steady with a paintbrush.

Feng Shui your room

Feng Shui is the Chinese philosophy of establishing calm and happiness through being in harmony with your surroundings. It’s a popular method of organizing your interior that can transform it in completely different ways from what it used to be. With some simple steps to applying Feng Shui principles in your home, you will at the very least get a new room layout that gives your home a refresh, or you may even find yourself feeling calmer and at peace when you’re in it. There are hundreds of books and articles on the subject, which will show you exactly how to go about it.

Have fun with textiles

Textiles are a fun and affordable way of adding color, a theme or just a bit of style to your home. Switching out your cushions for new ones will change the look of your couch, new curtains will change the mood of your room while a rug could break up some blank space or add a new splash of color where there wasn’t any before. Throws and blankets can be draped over furniture or used to cover couches and chairs effectively to create a cozier atmosphere that you and anyone else who walks into your home will love.

Adopt the Scandinavian approach

Scandinavian décor is all the rage at the moment – neutrals are having their day and look great in any home. Shades of gray, white, cream, brown, woods and steel look great mixed together, and if you still need a bit of color in your life, you can add a wash of blues, oranges or whatever color you think works well. As the trend is so common at the moment, you will find many amazing items for sale in all sorts of stores, with items to suit a wide range of budgets.

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Upscale your furniture

Can’t afford new furniture? No problem! Good quality furniture that is still functional can be transformed with the right ideas and a lick of paint. Painting plain wood in metallic shades makes them look more expensive than they are, or you could even adopt the chalk paint trend that is very popular online at the moment. Simple embellishments and fixes like changing doorknobs and handles, changing the legs on furniture or adding new surfaces to your coffee table or kitchen counter will allow you to give your items a whole new look without having to buy new pieces. Recycling and avoiding waste are important for the environment too, so you’re playing your part by not getting rid of furniture which could be salvaged with a bit of work.

Be savvy with your storage

A cluttered home can look messy, which can affect how you and others see it. Even if there’s no ‘mess’ as such, a home where everything has its own place and that looks organized makes a far better impression. Changing the way you store different items around your home will make it look new, and you could even create a feature out of it. The kitchen, for example, has many ways you can make use of mason jars such painting them different shades, adding creative labels or other clever ideas which will make your home interior on trend, as well as make sure all of your things are put away. In the living room, a footstool or cube with built in storage can hide away those things that would usually be left lying around, or some nice wicker baskets or fabric boxes placed underneath your coffee table can hide a multitude of sins.

Be thrifty

If you haven’t got a lot of cash to spend on new products, why not spend what you do have on pre-loved ones? Thrift stores, flea markets, and online vendors will have some great home items you can buy that will be high quality and could save you a lot of money versus brand-new items. Mirrors are a classic example of something that can cost the earth brand new, but bought from elsewhere, you could get a steal on a beautiful vintage frame. There are some things, of course, you may not want to buy second-hand, but if you’re planning on upscaling as detailed above, you could find some lovely pieces here made from quality materials.

Giving your home a new lease of life is a fun project you can really take your time with and show off your creativity. Setting yourself a budget can be a great challenge that will test your skills for negotiating and working out what’s important, and you may surprise yourself with the results. Interior and home trends are changing all the time, and you’ll always find new ways of refreshing the look of your home. Whether you want more space, to add more light or simply change the look of your home, get your thinking cap on and transform your home without the expense!

Things You Should Do Before Moving into a New Home

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Buying a new home is so exciting. Once the contracts have been signed and you’ve packed up all your things, you just want to move right on in. However, before you rush to set up home in your new place, there are a few things that you should do…

Hire a Reputable Removal Company

First and foremost, before you move into your new place, you should look for a company that offers cheap suburb removals, but who also have a good reputation. A good removal company will take great care of your stuff and make it easier for you to move in without any fuss.

Change the Locks

When you buy a new home, it’s always a good idea to change the exterior locks on any doors and windows. Although the previous owners, real estate agents, cleaners, etc., are probably very nice people who wouldn’t think of doing anything nefarious, it’s better to be safe and sorry, and you’ll feel a lot happier in your new home knowing that only you and your family have working keys.

Clean Up

There’s a good chance the house will already be pretty clean because the previous owners will have wanted to show it in the best light, but you don’t exactly know how they lived; if they had any pets; or if they had any previous pest problems, so it’s probably best to do a full cleaning blitz of the place. If you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself, call in the professional and have them do it for you.

Redecorate

If you want to put your own stamp on the place, it’s much easier to redecorate before you move in. The property will be empty, so you won’t have to worry about the logistic s of moving furniture around and finding a safe place to store your valuables o they don’t get covered in paint. Again, you don’t have to do this yourself if you don’t want to, but if you’re planning on decorating in the future, it’ll be much easier to bring it forward and get it done before the move.

Install New Fixtures and Fittings

While you’re decorating, it might be sensible to also go around the house checking for any fixtures and fittings that are old, worn or mismatched –light switches, door handles, lampshades, etc. – and replace them where necessary. They might just be small things, but they can make a huge difference to how comfy your new home is when you do eventually move in.

Install Window Treatments

It’s hard to enjoy those first days in your new home when you have no blinds or curtains in place, and you’re constantly worried about the neighbors peering in at you. So, if your current blinds and curtains don’t fit your new home, buy some before you move in, and you’ll feel safe and comfortable in your new home from day one.

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Moving Abroad With Your Family: Things You Need To Consider

Do you like the idea of starting fresh with your loved ones? Are you considering moving abroad and changing your entire lives? Then you’ll want to read this article carefully. Today, I’m going to highlight all the things you need to think about before pushing ahead. Making such a significant change in your life could have drastic consequences if you don’t cover all the bases. At the end of the day, you don’t want to end up coming back home after only six months. So, it’s vital that you perform as much research as possible and leave no stone unturned. If you do that, you could end up loving your new life and turning it into something special. If you don’t do that, there is a good chance you could regret the move further down the line. I’ll do my best to cover everything in this post, but you still need to use some common sense along the way.

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Finding accommodation abroad

You’re going to need somewhere to live if you want to move overseas. It’s sensible to buy a property if you have enough money. You can always sell it if you change your mind and decide to go home. When all’s said and done, you’re wasting your money if you rent a home anywhere in the world. Wherever you plan to move, you should find a house or condominium for sale within your budget. You just need to search online for local estate agents before you plan to move. Get in touch with them and explain your situation. With a bit of luck, they will come back to you with a list of suitable properties. Of course, it’s handy if you can visit the country and view them before you move. However, that isn’t always possible. So, you might have to make a deal based on photographs and paperwork alone.

Checking the job market

There is no getting away from the fact that you will have to work if you want to live abroad. Most people won’t have enough money in the bank to live a life of luxury. Thankfully, there are job sites online that list vacancies all over the world. So, it’s possible to undertake your interview and get a position before you fly to the country. However, in most instances, you will have to attend interviews after you arrive. Just make sure you set up as many as possible. That way, someone is sure to offer you some form of work. Also, it’s worth mentioning that you need to research workers rights and other related issues. Some countries don’t provide their workforce with the same protections as they experience in the United States. You need to understand the ins and outs so you can make the right decisions.

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Understanding the tax system

The last thing anyone wants is to get into trouble with the tax authorities in a foreign country. That is especially the case if you don’t speak the language. Finding a reputable accountant is the first thing you need to do. However, it’s also sensible to research the tax system in advance. In most countries, everything is pretty similar. Even so, you need to have information about the rates of tax you will pay. Only then can you accurately plan your budget and work out how much money you can afford to spend. Shop around when it comes to finding an accountant. Look for a local professional who also speaks your language. That should limit the chances of anything going wrong due to a communication issue.

Finding schools for your kids

You’ll want to make sure your kids get the best start in life possible. For that reason, you’ll have to ensure you put them in the best schools your money can afford. Most countries offer state education to homegrown students. However, those schools aren’t always suitable for foreigners. That is because the teachers might not speak English, and they don’t have specialist training for international students. However, there are going to be lots of private schools that do offer those services. It’s up to you to make sure you research them and get a placement for your children. You’ll have to factor the cost of their education into your budget too. While it’s usually cheaper abroad than at home, it’s still going to place a strain on your finances. That is, of course, unless you have a lump sum from the sale of your current home.

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Building a social circle

Living in another country is going to feel rather lonely if you don’t make some new friends. So, you’ll have to make an extra effort to talk to the people you meet every day. Try to build a social circle by seeking individuals with the same tastes and interests as you. You could even search online for groups that meet in particular areas. Maybe you like the idea of joining a team of ramblers? Perhaps you enjoy the thought of finding drinking buddies? Whatever the situation, you can use the internet and social media to make contacts. If that doesn’t work, you just need to head about and make an effort to communicate with people. You can do that regardless of the language barrier. Everyone smiles and laughs at the same things no matter where they were born.

Staying connected to friends and family

You won’t want to lose contact with your friends and family when you move abroad. At the end of the day, you never know if something will go wrong and you have to return home. So, make sure the locations you consider have access to decent WiFi connections. You can connect to the internet in most places around the world these days. However, that isn’t always the case in some developing nations. So, just search online and perform some research in advance. If there are towns where you can’t get an internet connection, you should find places nearby where you can. With that in mind, it all comes down to selecting the right towns, villages, and cities. Don’t set your heart on somewhere until you know it matches your essential criteria.

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Taking a look at local crime rates

Nobody wants to move to an area with high crime rates. If you do that, you might struggle to sleep at night. That is especially the case if burglaries happen a lot in the local area. So, you need to search for the best information and read it carefully. In the UK and the US, most police organizations release crime figures for the public to see. That isn’t always the case in foreign countries. However, you can usually get a good idea of the situation if you look online. Just read news articles reporting a crime in those areas. Many of the journalists will include figures and statistics to make their posts interesting. You can also contact the travel officers of the government in your home country. Let them know your plans, and they should provide you with advice and guidance.

As you can see from the points on this page, moving abroad with your family is not a simple task. There are many different things you need to consider before you’re ready. The process could take twelve months or longer depending on your situation. You might have to put your home on the market and wait for it to sell. Also, you have to obtain permission before moving to another country and buying a home. Some governments around the world will make you jump through hoops to get that. In many instances, you aren’t going to move to a different nation with full citizenship rights. That means even if you purchase a home, the government can kick you out whenever they like. Bear that in mind, and good luck!

Family night with Beyblade Burst at Ovation Brands Restaurants!

A new announcement for the the Ovation Brands portfolio of restaurants – Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet – and Furr’s Fresh Buffet have rolled out a new Family Night promotion featuring the popular battle top game and animated series BEYBLADE BURST! Each Thursday, from June 8th through July 13th between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., kids may participate in different interactive and educational activities in Ovation Brands’ restaurants and Furr’s Fresh Buffet locations. We will even be hosting a BEYBLADE BURST tournament!

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The featured activities are as follows:

  • June 8 – In It to Spin It
  • June 15 – Bey. Launch. Burst.
  • June 22 – Trip to the World of Japan
  • June 29 – BEYBLADE Game Night
  • July 6 – Don’t Wake the Dragon
  • July 13 – Give It a Whirl

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One lucky Mommy Has A Life reader will win a special prize pack, which includes the following: one (1) BEYBLADE BURST Epic Rivals Battle Set, which includes 2 launchers, 2 tops and 1 beystadium, as well as four (4) free meal passes for you and your family to enjoy a meal at any of Ovation Brands’ locations.

How to enter:  I posted a fun Facebook Post for you to enter.  Play along to win :-)  Contest ends at 11:59 EST June 19th!

We received our prize pack and our boys have been begging us to open the Beyblade Battle Set.  We are moving, so I told them we aren’t opening any new toys until we are IN the new house, so they are (not so) patiently waiting so we can open ours and have fun with it!

Make a Scrapbook!

Turn those long summer days into a memorable project by inviting your child to create a summer scrapbook! He can write poems, include pictures and share all his special summer memories! Encourage him to describe his summer using adjectives like sunny, fun, etc.

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What You Need:

  • Tag board
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • White paper
  • Twine
  • Letter stamps or stickers

What You Do:

  1. Invite your child to find a piece of tag board or re-purpose a piece of cardboard for making the front and back cover of his summer scrapbook.
  2. Now he can use a ruler to measure and then cut the front and back cover for his summer scrapbook.
  3. To create the pages for his summer scrapbook he can use some white paper, measured and cut the same size as his front and back cover. He can decide how many pages he would like his scrapbook to have.
  4. Now he can use the hole punch to create holes along the topsides of his book, making sure they all line up!
  5. Offer your child a length of twine or string to use for binding his summer scrapbooks. All books have some sort of binding, or way to hold or fasten the book together. Otherwise, his scrapbook pages would all come out! He can experiment with weaving his twine in and out of his holes to create an interesting design and then tie a double knot when finished.
  6. Now your child can use letter stamps, stickers and paint to decorate the front of his summer scrapbook!

Encourage him to carry her summer scrapbook with him to document all the wonderful things that happen during his summer!

Look north! 5 great reasons to consider Canada

Our quiet neighbour to the north is a beautiful, exciting and multifaceted place, yet so many Americans don’t even consider hopping over the border to sample the myriad delights of this diverse country. And that’s a real shame. Canada has a whole lot more to offer than maple syrup and a hunky leader.

Now more than ever, Canada has a whole lot to offer tourists from the US and all around the world. It’s also an incredibly kid-friendly destination jam-packed with fun activities for the whole family.

Remember that since March 2016, an eTA has been an essential entry requirement for all visa exempt foreign nationals travelling to for through Canada. For more information contact the Canada eTA website where you’ll find information and an online application.

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Canadians are among the friendliest people in the world

We all want our kids to be surrounded by positive role models and to see positive imitable behavior everywhere they look. Canadians are famously friendly and welcoming and appreciative of visitors from all kinds of locales and cultures.

National Parks

Kids benefit enormously from trips to parks where they can experience nature first hand. Canada’s national parks are amongst the most beautiful in the world, and now is the best time to visit them. You can access any and all of these 46 areas of outstanding natural beauty by way of a Discovery Pass. The Yukon territory reserve (home to Mt. Logan, Canada’s highest peak) is perhaps the best known but the snowy peaks and crystalline blue lakes of Alberta’s Banff National Park also come highly recommended.

Sensational Cities

Cross-pollination with various cultures all along the Canadian / American border has resulted in some incredibly diverse and vibrant cities, most of which are dotted along the border along with Canada’s 35 million residents.

Each city has its own unique feel and topography. Toronto is an artistic and musical hub, Vancouver has staggering verdant parks (including the highly recommended Grouse Mountain), Halifax is a must for wine-lovers and foodies with a thriving culinary scene.

Then there’s the charming mystique of Montreal (where at least a smattering of spoken French will go a long-long way).

Fabulous Festivals

Whatever the weather and whatever your tastes, chances are that Canada will have a festival to suit you. From the Calgary Stampede to the Montreal International Jazz festival, there’s something for everyone come rain, shine or snow.

If you’re itching to get over there this summer then you mustn’t miss the spectacular annual Canada Day fireworks display on July 1st, but if you or your kids are winter sports nuts you’ll appreciate the sleigh races of Quebec City’s Winter carnival.

Sumptuous seafood

Up and down the atlantic coast you’ll find that Canada boasts some of the world’s finest seafood.

The salmon, lobster and shellfish from Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are the stuff of legend and while they’re quite often shipped to territories all over the US there’s nothing like trying it fresh.

From food and wine to parks and cities there are so many reasons to consider hopping the border into Canada, so get out there and discover some of your own.

See you there, eh?