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Our super fun day at Breakfast with the Bunny at the Akron Zoo

What a fun day we had at Breakfast with the Bunny at the Akron Zoo!  We packed up our cooler, packed up our kids, packed up the van and off we went at 7:30 AM to get to the zoo before 8:30 for a super fun day!  And just to clarify… there are 8 of us all together.  So 2 babies, 4 children, and 2 adults.

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We got there at 8:30 and they started letting people in shortly after that and we headed to Komodo Cafe for a Buffet Breakfast.  The breakfast food was DELICIOUS!  Pancakes, Sausage, Home Fries, fruit, orange juice, coffee… YUM.  The buffet was definitely nice and a GREAT start to our day.  (with full bellies!)

Crafts!  They had a few simple craft options for the little ones to do.  They could choose between a butterfly, an airplane, or coloring a paper egg.  These were all simple enough for the preschool aged children, but also fun for the school aged children.

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A visit with the Easter Bunny!  What was nice about this event is that you do need a special ticket to attend and they only sell so many.  So there was not a long line to visit the Easter Bunny and when we got up there I didn’t feel rushed like you do at the mall.  We have a few little ones that are afraid of costumed characters (and stuffed animals… Caleb…) so we needed the time to visit with Mr. Easter Bunny.

The Easter Egg Hunt.  This was the highlight for our gang.  Everyone talked about the Easter Egg Hunt ALL day.  First- how cool is it that the Egg Hunt takes place in the zoo, like where you walk to see the animals!  Second- the eggs were not filled with candy, instead the eggs were empty and you turned in the eggs for a goodie bag after the egg hunt.  There were two special Golden Eggs that you got an extra special prize with- I have no idea what that prize was since we did not find any Golden Eggs.  BUT- the goodie bags were very nice and included a cute stuffed animal along with some other small trinkets.  What was nice for this mom was that those stuffed animals doubled as souvenirs from the zoo.

After the egg hunt you had until 10:30 to visit with the Easter Bunny and then we were able to enjoy the Akron Zoo for the rest of the day and the kids had a ball!!

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Would I recommend Breakfast with the Bunny?  YES!  This was a really fun day for our kids and I feel like everyone should experience a special event at the Akron Zoo at least once– or maybe even a yearly tradition!  This was the first time we had the opportunity to do something like this and I really felt it was worth the price tag (a big question I got when I was telling people that we were going).

Factors into the price:  #1- The breakfast buffet!  This an all you can eat, good quality meal.
#2 The Easter Activities- Visit with the bunny with virtually no line (umm- have you waited more than an hour at the mall– because that was us at Christmas time with Santa!), a personalized-no-rush visit with the bunny, a fun egg hunt IN the zoo, and a craft!
#3 The goodie bag had a stuffed animal so we saved money having to buy souvenirs for 6 kids.  (that is like $10 per kid right there!)
#4 Admission to the Zoo!
#5 – Free Parking too- and we got a close spot!

So yes- take your kids to check out Breakfast with the Bunny at the Akron Zoo.  There is still ONE more day left for you go this year (April 15th), and if you can’t make it to that day, please be on the look out for this event for next year!

The Science Of Why Your Kids Should Go On Trips

As adults, we travel the world to help us relax. After a long year slogging it out in our jobs day after day, we need some time to relax. But while traveling might be about relaxation for adults, for kids, it’s about learning, development, and being happy.

Although going on trips might seem like just having fun, there’s a lot that happens to the young brain when kids leave the home. Playing badminton on the beach or building sandcastles might seem whimsical and unimportant, but it’s actually essential for “attachment” where kids build closer bonds with the people around them. It also helps to send a strong psychological message to kids: what they’re doing is valuable, and other people love to play with them.

Trips are an opportunity for kids to break out of the monotony of their everyday interactions. According to research Elizabeth Buie, more than two-third of children’s daily conversations with adult authority figures are simply about their routine. On top of that, 65 percent of adults say that they only occasionally play with their children and that they spend most of their time doing other things. And, finally, just a quarter of children say that they talk to adults about things which actually matter to them.

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It appears, therefore, that everyday life has a habit of grinding traditional relationships down and making them all about monotony and routine. What’s needed is some change in the routine, and that’s precisely what trips offer

Here we’re going to look at some of the science behind why trips are so beneficial to kids. This is what the research says.

It Helps With Brain Development

Going to new places and doing new things has a fundamental impact on the developing brain that’s linked to our evolution. When kids go on a trip, they’re exercising a genetically ingrained system in their minds that separate the novel from the routine. If you’ve ever been abroad to a new place yourself, you will have experienced this system in action. There’s a reason you remember everything you do on holiday and where you’ve been. It’s because your brain has switched modes: from processing the routine to processing that which is novel. Our brains are hardwired to take on new information and new stimuli and behave differently in response. For instance, you’ll have noticed that when you’ve been to a new place, you feel more tired than if you’d just done your regular routine.

Kids have the same experience too of trips to new places. All of a sudden the world opens up to them and they start taking stuff in. According to Professor Jaak Panksepp of Washington State University, once kids have these new experiences, they become more open to knowledge and more sociable. Their brains release dopamine which leads to lower levels of stress and more generosity. This, in turn, helps to generate warm sentiment among the people they are with, supercharging their emotional development.

The cool thing about these systems, says Panksepp, is that the more you use them, the better they get. In other words, the more kids take trips abroad to new places, the more emotional development they are likely to experience. Their emotional states slowly turn into their personal traits, says Panksepp, meaning you could end up with much happier and much more manageable children. Panksepp says that activating these brain systems over and over will help turn family holidays into growth opportunities. Kids will learn how to be more independent and more goal-oriented. And they’ll also have greater levels of social intelligence, thanks to the fact that they are so focused on play and the outside world.

It Helps Understand The World

There’s a reason why children go on school battlefield trips. It’s so that they can understand how the world came to be the way it is. Reading about the world in books is okay. But if you really want to understand the way that the world is, there’s no better learning tool that just going out and experiencing it. The world can be a complicated place at times, and so trips which aid understanding are essential. Experiencing new cultures helps children to see that people who happen to live in a different country aren’t necessarily any different to them on a basic level. They have the same drives since they are part of the human family.

Travel, however, also shows kids that other cultures are different to their own. Some cultures are good, other cultures are bad. It’s important for kids to be able to understand the differences, as well as why some cultures behave in the way that they do. Again, greater cultural exposure – with guidance – is associated with greater emotional intelligence.

Helps With Concentration

Many parents know how difficult it can be to get children to concentrate on a topic for an extended period of time. There’s currently an epidemic of ADHD in schools, thanks to the environments in which kids are raised. It turns out that the Victorian model of education, where children are sat in rows and have to listen to a teacher talk about something they have no intrinsic interest in, is damaging.

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This is why so many schools that care about the wellbeing of children are now ditching the classroom altogether and moving into the forest. Forest schools have found that so-called “green play” increases the length of time for which children concentrate after only 20 minutes in nature. Walking around in nature helps to calm the body and reduce stress hormone levels.

Of course, all this science and research begs the question: does going on trips help to raise IQ? It turns out that enriched environments are a kind of “brain fertilizer.” They help to stimulate the frontal lobes – the part of the brain responsible for most of our higher thinking – potentially making us more intelligent. There’s probably also knock-on effects on intelligence from kids feeling more relaxed and upbeat about the world. It’s certainly a lot easier to concentrate on your school work when you’re feeling positive.

Tips To Help Pack For Young Kids on a Summer Vacation

When you are planning your summer vacation, there are a few different things to think about. First of all, you need to choose your destination. From there, you’ll choose the accommodation, travel and things like insurance. But when you get closer to the time, you need to think about packing for your trip. When you’ve got kids, it can take a little more planning too. But packing as light as possible is always a good idea. You don’t want to bring back clothes that haven’t even been worn, but you’ve had to carry them around the whole time. You also might want to save space for new things like souvenirs and all important snacks. So here are my tips for packing for a trip with young kids.

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Write a List

It helps to write a list for each person on the trip. So in my case, I write out a list of the things that I will need, and then for my son. It helps knowing a rough itinerary by now too. Then you plan accordingly. If you’re going to be at the beach every day, then a couple of bathing suits is a good idea. If you will only visit once, then one will be enough. So check what you plan to do when you are away. Then write down what each of you will need to pack.

Check Your Accommodation

For a summer vacation, there are a few different things that you might need. Think about towels and beach bags, for example. But do you need to pack them? If you check at your hotel or accommodation, it will normally let you know if there are pool towels or beach towels that you can use. If it doesn’t state it, then it is best to pack a few just in case.

Pack To Be Sun Safe

It is a no-brainer that you need to pack the things that you’ll need to be safe in the sun. So think sunscreen, sunglasses, and sunhats. It is worth getting a new sunhat each year as it needs to fit our kids properly, otherwise, they just won’t wear them. Somewhere like the Dolce Gabbana Kids summer range has a few different styles that would work for little ones (as well as for yourself if you’re feeling fancy).

Pack into Ziplock Bags

If you’ve got little ones that do like to dress themselves then it can be a good idea to pack clothes into ziplock bags. You can write on them what they are for or what day they should be worn. It makes unpacking at the other end much easier, as well as keeping things neat and organized. It is a great way to track what you are taking as you can cross things off you list as you pack them away in a ziplock bag.

I hope that you found these tips useful. It is always a good idea to take extra time to think about your packing with young kids. It makes it easier and much less stressful.

Our visit to Castaway Bay in Sandusky Ohio

My family got the opportunity to visit Cedar Point’s Indoor Water Park: Castaway Bay in Sandusky, Ohio last weekend.  We definitely had a ball.  The two older boys kept saying over and over again about how much fun they were having and that really made this mom happy- and when they say it without you asking about it, you know they are having a great time.

First- I have to say the room set up was AWESOME.  We stayed in a Tarpon Suite, I think it was a Bay View because we had a view of the water and that was really nice, especially since the weather was kind of nice so we did enjoy sitting on the balcony a bit.  The best part about the Tarpon Suite is that it has a King Sized bed and then a separate room for the kiddos with 4 bunk beds.  This gave mom and dad a bit of privacy and the kids not only had their own area for play and relaxing, but also their own beds.  So no fighting over bed sharing!!

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Like any family, we quickly unpacked and got into our suites and headed down to the water park.  The kids were excited, parents are excited, and we were ready to go!  The Indoor Water Park is just what we needed during these cold winter months (which actually aren’t THAT cold this year- but still not hot enough that we are enjoying any type of outdoor swimming in Ohio).  It is 80 degrees in the water park, so you have that warm tropical weather and it is nice and warm when going between activities in your wet swimsuit.

There are a variety of activities for all ages too!  The littlest ones and I spent most of our time in the Toddler Tidepool, which is complete with three small slides, and a few other splashing activities for the little ones.  Caleb really enjoyed the slides!!  Things we all enjoyed were the Creature Cove (has basketball hoops, and floating snakes and other creatures to play on), the Wave Pool, and Lookout Lagoon’s Family Funhouse.

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The older kids enjoyed the slides!  That is what they spent most of their days doing, going up and down the slides!  There is one cool raft slide that is either one or two person, a set of 3 speed slides, and some other fun slides that are on the Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse.  They also said they liked going in the hot tub, which would be the Grotto.

So the waterpark itself got two thumbs up from the kids and the parents.  BUT Castaway Bay offers other things to do as well, so if you get tired of the water and need a break there are other options.  Club Castaway has crafts offered from 10-2 every day.  And at night they have a dance party and a movie followed by a meet and greet with Snoopy!

My kiddos got to color shirts during our stay in Club Castaway and while they were doing that I chatted with the team member on duty and she told me that they have more activities on Saturdays, where they have a movie playing and the kids can make their own trail mix.  Our stay was a Sunday to Monday, and we did not make it to Club Castaway until Monday morning and they did have a movie playing during the craft when we were there.

 

There are also a variety of restaurants.  We ate at Quaker Steak and Lube for dinner (Tip: Ask to sit at the worst table to get 10% off your total bill!), and got snacks and lunch at Big Daddy’s Snack Shack that is inside the water park.  There is also Mango Mike’s, which is a breakfast buffet, and Ebb and Eddy’s which has coffee, quick breakfast items and lunch (we got Starbuck’s Coffee here in the morning).  There is also an upscale dining restaurant available at Bay Harbor and of course Room Service as well.

 

We also hit up the arcade just before we left on Monday- and honestly had the waterpark and arcade been open longer, we would have stayed longer!!  But we promised the boys that we would do the arcade so we stopped in.  Colton was super excited because I was able to win him an Ocalot (Minecraft) stuffed toy from one of the machines.  (Super Cool Mom Points for me!)

Oh- if you aren’t signed up for Castaway Bay Birthday Club, you definitely need to sign your kids up.  Caleb’s birthday is coming up, so he got to redeem his Birthday Coupon while we were there and it included: A Free slice of Pizza from Big Daddy’s Snack Shack, 16 Free Game credits at the Arcade, and a free craft at Club Castaway.  If you aren’t staying the night, you can redeem the Birthday Club certificate for a free day pass to the water park!

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Castaway Bay is a great resort to get in a bit of a mini vacation close to home.  We definitely needed a little getaway and the smiles on the boys’ faces tells me they had a blast too!  They often run specials, and I have seen special rates on Groupon too, so if you need a deal to be able to go, check out their site and keep an out out on Groupon to get the best rate for a mini vacation for your family!

Thank you to Cedar Point and Castaway Bay for hosting our family, so I can share this experience on Mommy Has A Life

We are going to Castaway Bay! Oh and YOU CAN TOO!! #Giveaway

The one thing I love most as a parent is doing fun things with my family.  I feel like that is the great reward after all the work I put in as a mom on the day to day.  Next week we are making the trip to Sandusky, OH to enjoy the tropical paradise at Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark and Resort.

Please follow along with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, I will be using #CastawayBay2017

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Guess what?  YOU can go too!  First- Castaway Bay has incredible deals starting at  $99 per night.  And that includes Water park admission for four guests!  BUT I am also giving away one four pack of day passes to Castaway Bay on my Facebook Page: Mommy Has A Life.

Go to THIS POST on my Facebook Page.  And Like, Comment and Share to be entered!

Good Luck!!

Get In Your Car For The Road Trip Of Your Dreams

For many travellers from the entire world, it is impossible to think about the USA without thinking of the American highway, without seeing yourself in the shoes of Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider or Bob Dylan’s In Highway 61 Revisited. The USA can be synonymous with the celebration of the ideal of freedom on the open road. There are enough pop songs to enjoy a lifetime of coast-to-coast drives and road trips. But more importantly, there are more than enough adventurous travellers to take the challenge. So if you fancy a holiday without the kids, or if the kids are old enough to join – remember that toddlers, babies and young children will need a different kind of vacation -, why not reconnect with the adventurous spirit of your teenage years and cruise the road through the USA?

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A road trip might be symbol of freedom but it requires a lot of careful planning. For instance, if you intend to use your car, you will need to run a thorough check on its brakes, tyres, engine and suspensions. Do make sure that your insurance is up-to-date and that you won’t be left stranded on the side of the road in case of trouble. Additionally, if you don’t live in the USA, but come from one of the countries that benefits from an easy entry regulation, remember to register online for your ESTA which gives you free access to the USA for a period of up to 90 days. You will need to register at least 48 hours before departure to make sure that your visit can be authorized on time. If you are worried about finding the best itinerary, you can rely on a travel agency specialist in road trips across the USA. They are here to plan for you the journey and provide everything from amazing accommodations to a car up for the challenge.

Visit Incredible Places

There’s one thing about visiting the USA from a car: You can see more of it! From breathtaking sceneries in California if you are planning a Western road trips – including driving of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge – to stunning landscapes in the Deep South, the USA has a lot to offer. Take your pick between a road trip to the East through New York and New England, Florida, the Deep South, the Rockies, the Pacific Northwest region, the Pacific Southwest area, Alaska, and cost-to-cost trips. There is a lot to discover and plenty more to taste!

Reconnect With Your Adventurous Self

How long has it been since you’ve last felt truly young and adventurous? Without having to turn into a modern Bruce Willis, you can use road trip holidays to revive your younger self and experience the dream of freedom that you’ve probably abandoned, like everyone else, when you became a responsible adult. The feeling of the open road in front of you, the sun hitting the car as you drive, is there any better definition of the perfect adventure? Whether you need time to breathe and recharge your batteries, or you want to experience the optimism of youth again, a holiday on the route is one of the best gifts that you could make yourself this year.

Farewell To The City: Why Moving Away Is Best For Your Family

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The home that you live in says certain things about you. It tells of your priorities and your preferences. It will often say at least something about your income and your lifestyle too. This is why, for so many of us, our first homes are either in or close to a town or city. We’re close to where the jobs are, and there are nightlife options.

As we get older, and especially when we have kids, we may look towards a less urban, more rural place to live. We might not, of course. There is a lot to be said for aspects of urban living – the convenience, the proximity to a place’s heartbeat. But there are, equally, a lot of reasons why it’s a good idea to get away from it all.

Pollution: A Problem That’s Only Getting Worse

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There is an issue that perhaps can best be understood by people who have grown up somewhere remote and traveled into a city. If this describes you, do you remember returning home with a pulsing headache? This can happen very easily. The noise and fumes of a city, or even a larger town can be choking. They raise stress and can make you ill.

The fresh air of a more rural or mountain setting is good for you, period. It’s been shown to have a positive effect on life expectancy. Not only that, but you’ll breathe easier and have fewer issues with allergies.

Space: You Don’t Realize How Much You Miss It…

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It depends on where you live, of course, but in a more urban setting, you can find yourself feeling crowded. You’ll hear your neighbors through a wall, which is bad enough. Then you realize they can hear you, too. It can sometimes feel as though you’re a battery hen.

As you get out into less urbanized areas, although real estate is harder to come by, it is worth the extra searching. You’ll have the chance to stretch your legs, and you don’t need to worry too much about whether the neighbors can hear you. Unless you phone them up, you’ll need to be shouting really loud for them even to know you’re speaking.

Sustainable Living: Growing Your Own And Sourcing Locally

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Living in the city or town may mean you have more convenience. That’s fine, but convenience and quality don’t always go hand in hand. What’s the good in always being able to buy apples if they’re bland and colorless?

By moving a more natural setting, you have the chance to grow a lot of your own produce and reduce your food miles drastically. To add to that, there is nothing to beat the quality of fresher food. Grow your own corn, chilies and more besides, and you’ll be stunned by how much flavor there is – and that’s before you get to a farmer’s market!

And let’s hear a word for family pets, too. In the city, they really don’t have room to roam. After a few days of living away from it, see how much freer they feel and how well they take to it. Try not to think of the number of birds your cats start bringing back. It may not feel like a gift, but it is.

Incredible Sights In California That The Whole Family Will Love

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If you want a state that has it all, look no further than California. It has wide, open desert, snow capped mountains, fir forests, and green pastures. There are huge sprawling urban centers where dreams are made of, beautiful wine regions, and, of course, Disneyland. If you’re looking for an area to road trip around, it might as well be California, because it has literally everything a holiday could ever need, for parents and kids alike. If you want a family friendly holiday, look no further than California .

The Golden Gate Bridge

A true marvel of engineering, and an iconic structure of our nation, the Golden Gate Bridge is a must-visit for any American. San Francisco itself is basically the perfect city break destination, with beautiful streets, a harbor full of sea lions that the kids will go mad for, and plenty of amazing independent cafes, bars, and boutiques. A visit to the island of Alcatraz is a must too. Situated in the bay of San Francisco, the ex federal prison can now be reached by ferry, and tours of the prison are seriously interesting for parents and children.

Yosemite National Park

A national wonder, Yosemite National Park spans a large area of northern California, and offers some of the most stunning views of the United States. Stunning granite cliffs, giant sequoia groves, glaciers, and waterfalls leading to crystal clear streams make the Yosemite Valley look more like an oil painting than a real place. Kids love the diverse wildlife of the area – keep an eye out for a moose, or even a bear and its cubs! It’s just awe-inspiring, and has to be seen to be believed.

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Death Valley

Outside of Africa and the Middle East, Death Valley in eastern California is the hottest place on the entire planet and the lowest point below sea level in the whole United States. In fact, the highest air temperature ever recorded was in Furnace Creek, Death Valley, and hit a whopping 134 degrees. While you can’t spend too long down there, the scenery is utterly breathtaking, and it’s really educational too.

Los Angeles

The City of Angels is a city like no other. Full of famous stars and people full of dreams, it’s a city that’s grown up around Hollywood. With shopping, food, beaches, and beautiful hikes, it’s got everything you need for a great city break, and plenty of fun for the kids too. Be sure to take a Los Angeles taxi from your hotel to Beverly Hills for some star gazing, take a walk down the Walk of Fame, and shop til you drop on Melrose Avenue.

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Napa Valley

This is one maybe more for the parents than the kids. If you like wine, you’re going to want to visit the Napa Valley. Rich vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see, and produce some of the best wine in the world. The scenery is utterly idyllic, and the sun beats down on scorched earth while you relax with amazing wine, great food, surrounded by really friendly local people. The children will love being outdoors, spending their days horse riding, boating on the lake, or lounging around the pool. You could close your eyes and almost pretend you were in Spain – it’s true bliss.

California is one of those states that you could spend years traveling around, and still not visit everything you’d like to see. With such a range of terrains, stunning cities, and beautiful scenery, it’s no wonder it’s one of the world’s favorite vacation states.

So You’ve Moved Into A New Area! What Happens Next?

Moving house is one of the most stressful experiences that you can go through. But what a lot of people forget is that the stress isn’t always over when you’re safely in your new place. Here are some top tips on what to do when you’re safely in your new house and trying to make a new life…

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Start Renovating Your Home

Very few people are lucky enough to move into a new house that’s absolutely perfect for them and that requires no changes at all. Make sure that you keep an open mind about what you’re going to do in your house – unpack and give it a few weeks so that you can figure out what exactly you need to prioritise in terms of changing it. For instance, if you’d ideally like a new kitchen as your one is small and dark, but your bathroom is in need of repair because the shower doesn’t work right, then obviously you need to focus on the bathroom first. Make sure that you budget carefully for the changes you want to make.

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Check Out Local Services

You should already have checked out the important things like your kids’ new schools, so now it’s time to find out what else is in your new area. Try out the different grocery stores in your vicinity and find out which is best for your needs, and look at recreational activities that your kids might enjoy. Talk to people to find a local plumber who’s reliable and good, in case of any emergency plumbing needs. You could also start researching daycare for any younger kids you might have, along with churches if you’re religious and any gyms or fitness classes for yourself.

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Make New Friends

It’s important that you reach out socially so you don’t end up feeling isolated. Introduce yourself to your new neighbours – you could even have a small housewarming party so you get to know them even better. Get friendly with your colleagues and start going to a class like yoga or Zumba so you have more of a chance to get to know new people.

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Stay In Touch With Family

If you’re in a whole new area and you’ve moved away from your friends and family, it’s a good idea to try to stay in touch with them even in those first hectic weeks. It’s especially easy to lose contact with friends and if you don’t get in touch them as much as usual they may assume that you want to move on and leave your old life behind. Keep them up to date on what you’re doing, and make sure you call them for a catch up every now and then – you could even arrange a date for them to visit you. As for your family, chances are they’ll be missing you a lot. Send them update and recent pictures of your kids so they stay involved in your life. You may drift from some people – remember that’s okay. Not all friendships are for life, but that doesn’t make them any less valuable.

Not Home for the Holidays: Preparing Your House

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The holidays often mean leaving your house for a few days, or perhaps even longer. Many people spend Thanksgiving or Christmas elsewhere. If you’re going to visit your parents or the in-laws, you might be worried about leaving your house. There are several things to be concerned about, including the cold weather and the possibility of break-ins. You don’t want anyone to notice that you’re away and take the opportunity to steal from you. Before you go away, you can take some steps to prepare for your absence. Don’t forget to do these things so you’ll be able to have peace of mind while you’re away.

Prepare for the Weather

One of your biggest concerns while you’re away for the holidays may be the weather. As it starts to get colder, you need to think about snow and ice, as well as winds. These things can impact your home, especially if you aren’t there to watch it. For example, you might need to worry about snow building up on your roof. If you want to get ready for the cold weather, you should take steps that will help you every year. If you use permanent solutions like using heat tape on your pipes, you won’t have to worry about it each year.

Install a Security System

The security of your home can also be an issue during the winter. You might worry that the darker nights make break-ins more likely. And leaving your home empty could make it more vulnerable to criminals. However, you can take steps to protect your home. One thing you might want to do is install a security system. Even better, you can consider one that connects to your smartphone. You can have cameras hooked up to an app so that if there is any movement or the alarm goes, you can see what’s going on. You could ask a neighbor to listen out for the alarm too.

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Arrange Pet Care

If your pets are staying at home for the holidays, you need someone to look after them. You’re most likely to do this with cats, fish, or small mammals. You can easily have someone to come in a couple of times a day to feed your pets and take care of their other needs. You might get a neighbor to do it or perhaps hire a professional. Many pet sitters can also do things like turning lights on and off and opening and closing curtains. This gives the appearance that you’re still at home.

Consider a House Sitter

If you’re unsure about leaving your home empty, you could consider a house sitter. There are professionals or perhaps someone you know who would be happy to look after the house. You can make sure you have someone to take care of everything, from clearing snow to feeding the pets. Of course, you need to find someone you trust. Plus, if you a hire a professional, it will cost you money.

Don’t let leaving your home stress you out too much. Make the necessary preparations and enjoy your holiday.