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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

3 Family games to play this Christmas

Christmas is a festival filled with celebrations of joy and happiness and one that brings the family together to enjoy the auspicious moment. So, what’s better than playing games? Nothing. After all, the family that plays together, stays together.

Here are 3 exciting games that you can play with your family on Christmas

Monopoly:

Monopoly is, as it is, voted as Britian’s favorite Christmas game. Monopoly is an interesting game where each of the family members has a role to play and the best thing is that it is not a biased game. Monopoly gives a fair chance to all the players. Moreover, the game keeps your entertained and busy which just gets exciting and fun with every move.

Bingo:

Bingo, being a hassle-free game, is yet another thrilling game that can be easily played and one can never get bored of it. With various variations that online bingo casino games are coming up, one can easily add many twists to the bingo game and make it more fun and exciting.

Cranium:

Just as Christmas, cranium is a staple of family get together and dinner parties. Cranium is a brilliantly diverse and creative game. Ranging from creating figures from clay to answering general knowledge questions, this game is designed to be the ‘The Game for Your Whole Brain”.

So, play these games with your family and feel lively this festive season.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Paper Fortune Cookies for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is just a few days away! To make the evening extra fun for the kids, I have been making these cute paper fortune cookies so they can open one on the hour and have fun reading their fortunes to each other!



This is such an easy craft idea!! It can be used for parties, holidays or even as place markers at a dinner party!




All you need is scrapbooking paper
Glue
Scissors
Paper and a Pen

To begin, cut several uniform circles from paper.


Gently fold the paper together, but only make a small crease in the center.

Unfold the circle, placing it so the crease runs from 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock.  Place a small dot of glue at 3 o’clock.



Fold the circle and press the paper onto the glue dot, making a taco shape.


Gently press the crease you made in step 2.  Place a glue dot along the folded side of the taco — alongside the crease.


Gently bring the two ends of the 'taco' together.  Pinch it together so that the glue dot holds the two halves together.



Add a strip of paper with your fortune inside.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Magical Reindeer Food

Magical Reindeer Food makes for the perfect last minute activity with the kids. Make this within a moments time and the memories will last for many years of what is sure to become a new tradition for your family on Christmas Eve!

It is Christmas Eve! We are ready for time with family, lots of great food and of course, the arrival of Santa!

This year, the kids and I are making this fantastic and fun Magical Reindeer Food to sprinkle on our lawn before we drift off to dream, complete with visions of Sugar Plums dancing in our heads.

I made a lovely printable too, you can grab it for free, right here! Add this to the ziploc baggie you are going to store the food in and maybe share a few bags with neighborhood children, or any Christmas Eve Guests that believe in the magic of Christmas.



Magical Reindeer Food Printable

This is so easy to make. You can make it in a few different ways, depending on what you have on hand.

You will need:
2 tablespoons of Quick Oats per 'serving'
red and green sprinkles, edible glitter or colored sugar
birdseed or squirrel corn makes for a great way to add variety to the delight of the wildlife that visits your lawn.

All you need to do is add the oats to a sprinkling of colored sugar, sprinkles or edible glitter.
If you want to add a little birdseed or corn to the mix,  now is the time to do it. Give everything a good stirring and divide it up into zipper sealed baggies.

At bedtime, have the kids sprinkle their Magical Reindeer Food on the lawn and make a wish.




Thursday, December 22, 2016

2017 London Events



London is indeed the City of Dreams. Like every year, 2017 seems to be promising with the numerous upcoming events that will be hosted in London. 2017 might be the year for us to make our dreams come true and have the time of our lives, with those amazing and unique events.
Just like you can live your dreams in London, you can live amazing adventures on Kittybingo.com. Kitty Bingo is one of UK’s best online bingo site. At Kitty Bingo, you can randomly trigger huge jackpots on either bingo games or slots games. Bingo lovers will have the choice between six bingo rooms which are hosted by lovely chat hosts, and Slots lover will be mesmerized by the wide selection of slot games.
To live a one-time experience, the best slot games are Time Gamble, where you will be lost in the notion of time, while the symbols keep changing on the reels. On the game Crown of Egypt, you will take a stroll under the glorious sun of Egypt, and you can be the King if the symbols are in your favor. Remember the movie Da Vinci Code? You can live a similar experience on the game Da Vinci Diamonds Dual play, where your goal is to collect the diamonds and win big. As for bingo players, you can experience the chills of seeing your name as the Full house winner, and hear amazing stories from the chat hosts! Now let’s forecast London in 2017.
Celebrating their 31st year in 2017, the London’s New Year’s Parade will be performing with more than 8,500 artists across 20 countries which consists of cheerleaders, Queens, dancers, marching bands and West End representors. This will start on the very first day of January across many venues, and it is a show not to miss.
You can as well spend the few days of January with music, at the Burn Down the Disco event from the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of January at the 02 Academy. Indie tunes will be at the Rendezvous while you unleash the beast in you!
During the first month of the year, you can enjoy the Chinese Lantern festival as from the 19th of January until the 29th of January. This event takes place in London, and there are amazing performances, theatre shows and more than 50 light installations. For welcoming the New Year, there is a giant fire rooster. On Sunday 29th of January, you can also feel the Chinese atmosphere at various places in London, to celebrate the Chinese New Year. You might even get to enjoy the Dragon Dance at Trafalgar Square.
Booze will be flooding at the Tobacco Dock, on the 17th until the 19th of February. Three days will be dedicated to the juniper berry drink. The Gin Bars across London will be serving unique cocktails, distillers and brand, and you will still get to enjoy some street food. Gin lovers, this is your call! More events will be coming definitely…as London never allows you to stop dreaming!

Friday, December 16, 2016

6 Sweet Santa Crafts

He's making a list and checking it twice, and the kids are losing their minds with the excitement of Santa's upcoming visit. To build on the fun of the Christmas festivities, I have found 6 Sweet Santa Crafts for my kids and I can't wait to share these ideas with you!



These are easy and adorable ways to bring the fun of Santa into your craft time this holiday season!


Santa's Sleigh Fingerprint Craft

Santa Handprint Ornaments

Santa Gift Tags

Paper Santa

Mason Jar Santa

Santa's Face Ornaments


Which of these crafts is your favorite? I think they are all as cute as can be, but I am crazy for the Santa Face ornaments!



Thursday, December 15, 2016

12 Cheesecake Recipes to Make for Christmas

Cheesecake is one of those things in life that should be savored and shared. The creamy goodness of the dessert combined with the richness makes it a sweet treat that practically no one can resist!



I have found 12 incredible cheesecake recipes to make this Christmas and I know you are going to find a few on this list that you can't wait to try! From Peppermint varieties to Pecan Pie Cheesecake, this list has something for everyone on it!

No Bake Peppermint Cheesecake

Eggnog Cheesecake

Candy Cane Cheesecake with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Balls

Raspberry Cheesecake Shooters

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

No Bake Eggnog Cheesecake

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

Gingerbread Pumpkin Cheesecake

Santa Hat Peppermint Cheesecake Bars

Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Easy Lemon Cheesecake Pie

Which of these sounds like the cheesecake of your dreams?
If you have a favorite cheesecake recipe, please do tell me all about it!

You might also enjoy this Blackberry Cheesecake Float recipe.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Everything You Need For The Perfect Family Road Trip

I know a lot of people with children who wouldn’t dream of taking their kids on a road trip. It’s easy to see why - traveling from place to place and always being on the move is a challenge when you have little ones.

But with a little planning, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a vacation on four wheels. And, in my humble opinion, you should try it! A simple road trip can be a fantastic opportunity to teach your kids about having an adventure, seeing the country, and experiencing wildlife from a close distance.

It’s also worth pointing out that a road trip will cost you far less than a ten-day stay in a hotel! With all this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things you will need to consider when planning for the perfect family road trip.


Consult a map

First of all, it’s time to go old school, pull out an updated map, and plan your route. While road trips can be fun, you will find yourself under a lot of pressure if you are driving blind.

You will need to stop every few hours with kids in the car, and also nightly - preferably in a child-friendly motel, hotel, or camp site. Finding an RV park or two is also a good idea - they are cheap, and most will have all the amenities you need to freshen up in the morning before you set off again.

Don’t forget to research good places to eat while on the way. Finally, it’s best to underestimate the distances you will travel. Traffic, inclement weather, or even a burst tyre could hold you up, so give yourself some breathing space.


Family packing

The great thing about packing for a road trip is that you can be less picky than if you were flying by plane. The more room you have in your RV, the more you can pack - it’s as simple as that.

Obviously, you need to pack plenty of clothing for the kids, but you should all have a small overnight bag each, too. It will save you a lot of time from carrying all your luggage into a hotel or motel every night. Clothing aside, it’s essential to bring enough toys, games, and books for the kids, so they avoid distractions. At some points, they will be just as amazed by the scenery you drive through as you will be - but they will have moments where they need some other stimulus.

While it’s tempting to let your kids plug into a tablet or smartphone, use them sparingly - it’s a great chance to promote things like conversation and storytelling.


Bring snacks

Don’t forget snacks - and keep them healthy, too. You will be amazed by a number of times your kids complain of hunger and thirst, so plenty of tasty treats and lots of water will be essential.

String cheese, pretzels, vegetable sticks - they can all go in a simple cooler bag. Stock up on some reusable containers, too. They can keep all your healthy snacks fresh while in the cold box.

And there you have it - it’s that simple. As long as you plan your route well and have enough on board to keep the kids interested and satisfied, there is no reason why you won’t reach your destination without a hitch. Good luck - and enjoy your trip!





Monday, December 12, 2016

10 Christmas Tree Ornaments to Make

I have been making a ton of ornaments this year. The kids think it is a lot of fun to get out the glue and the glitter and get creative! Well, let's be honest, I do too! My oldest has been making lots of cute things at school to bring home and share too!



To keep up with the fun of creating at Christmas, I have 10 ideas to share with you from some of my favorite bloggers! All 10 of these are easy and adorable! I hope you get a chance to try them, or any of the ornaments I have made live on the Quirky Momma facebook page.




Felted Wool Christmas Trees

Sparkly Sequin Ornaments

Essential Oil Diffuser Ornaments

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Stacked Christmas Tree Ornaments

Craft Stick Trees

Pipe Cleaner Beaded Trees

Glitter Clay Trees

Easy Accordion Trees

Noodle Popsicle Stick Trees

Live Video Projects

Etched Glass Jars
Candy Cane Wreaths
Popsicle Stick Ornaments
Christmas Houses
Toilet Roll Snowflakes
Washi Tape Cards
Toddler Christmas Tree Crafts
Tree Ornaments
Sunday, December 11, 2016

Gift Ideas for Kids


if you have a child that wants to help in the kitchen, this set and interactive cookbook from Curious Chef makes the ideal gift for kids age 4 and up. I love this because the cookbook is hands on and my early reader has had a ton of fun checking out recipes and completing activities. The 17 piece measuring set is perfect for a beginner in the kitchen to get hands on with.





    If the force is strong with a kid on your shopping list, the Star Wars Lights and Sounds Model Kits are the way to go. Each kit takes approximately 1 hour to assemble and will leave the kids wowed for numerous hours.  Choose from

    ·      Revell Star Wars SnapTite Build & Play Rebel U-wing Fighter
    ·      Revell Star Wars SnapTite Build & Play Imperial Star Destroyer
    ·      Revell Star Wars SnapTite Build & Play Imperial AT-ACT™ Cargo Walker.

    Retailing from $20-$30, these kits are more than just a model because they have the bells and whistles of star wars included.The three plastic model new kits are available at Toys R Us, Target and Hobby Lobby stores and online at Amazon. Batteries are included.







                




    Lava Lamps are kind of like the gift that keeps on giving. You can add a stylish and mesmerizing touch to a bedroom for under $30 that will be used and admired all year long. Perfect for tweens and teens, lava lamps are available in many fun options such as the volcano lamp and the sandcastle lamp to add a groovy soothing touch to any bedroom.





    If you want to encourage learning, you can't go wrong with a STEM kit from Magnaformers. We loved the Robot kit as it encourages hands on learning through play. Featuring 7 geometric shapes and 8 accessories this is a great kit for both boys and girls this holiday season. Retailing at about $80, this is an all in one gift for learning, growing and playing.
        
    Paper trax is a fun and eco friendly gift option for any matchbox enthusiast!  Made with recycled materials, Paper Trax  is a gift that is good for the planet and is even better for playtime, on the tracks.                                              
    If you are looking for a toy to get the kids up and moving, the super wubble ball is a great  gift idea. This is a tear resistant ball that is like a great big bubble. My kids LOVED this toy and they completely exhausted each other chasing the wubble around!





    Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    3 Things People Forget When Moving






    There are all kinds of things you have to deal with when you’re moving house, from preparing large, awkward items for transport all the way to the little details of the paperwork. When you’re tackling such a big project with so many different factors, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by it all and let certain things slip through the net. Here are a few things people tend to forget when moving…

    Image from Flickr
    An Essentials Box
    Hopefully, you’ve been pretty organized with your packing process so far, packing boxes according to the room they’re ultimately headed to and labeling them accordingly. While this is generally good practice, there are certain things which you should keep separate. By the time you’ve gone through all the stress of moving to the new place and making sure everything gets over the threshold, you’re not going to want to start tearing open boxes and getting stuck into the process of unpacking. However, if you throw various essentials in with everything else, you’re not going to have much of a choice. Remember to pack a separate box with everything your family will need for that first night in the house; toothbrushes, hygiene products, pajamas, a change of clothes, and those stuffed animals your kids simply can’t sleep without.
    Setting Sentimental Items Aside
    We all have certain things which may not have a lot of monetary value, but which we wouldn’t trade for the world. Perhaps it’s some torn old sweater your grandmother knitted for you, your kid’s macaroni pictures, the first love letters that you and your spouse sent to each other. Whatever they are, I strongly recommend that you plan to handle these yourself in the moving process, rather than throwing it in with your other items and leaving it to the movers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying movers aren’t to be trusted. The large majority of moving companies go to great lengths to avoid even the most minor damage to their clients’ items. However, moving a whole home’s worth of stuff from A to B is a big operation, and accidents happen. If there’s anything which you simply couldn’t bear to see lost or damaged, take matters into your own hands.
    Collecting the Keys, All of Them

    Obviously, you’re going to remember to collect the front and back door keys from the previous owner or landlord. In all the chaos of moving house, however, it can be easy enough to forget all the others after that. Think back to your viewing. Were there any locks on the windows, the conservatory, the garage and storage areas? It may sound like a freak occurrence, but many people neglect to make sure they have all the keys to the house on moving day. Obviously, this can make settling in and exploring your new home much more difficult than it should be. This should be a big point on your moving day checklist. If the owner isn’t going to be there, be sure to take a look around soon, and call them to see if they’ve missed any keys.

    Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Where To Stop While Travelling Through Europe



    View the Northern Lights in Iceland
    You can see the Northern Lights from quite a few different places, but Iceland is the winner by far. Winter is the time to watch it, but it also counts on luck. If there are is a sky full of clouds - you're not going to see anything!


    Skinny Dipping in Sweden
    When the sun comes up to say hello at 3 a.m. in summer, and the locals stumble home from a crazy night out on the town, post-club skinny dipping is considered a damn good idea! Some of the best, and most beautiful places to take off your clothes amongst are the tiny coves west of VĂ€sterbron Bridge at the tip of LĂ„ngholmen, Sweden. They’re both private and safe. They're clean, clear, and have deliciously cool water - the perfect thing to wake you up after your long night out. So you won't have to worry about a whole group of people passing by you while you're in your birthday suit.


    Sleep in a Car in Stuttgart
    In Stuttgart, Germany’s automobile capital, (the current home of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz,) you can actually sleep in what once was a real car and now has been turned into a bed! At the car-themed V8 Hotel, you can choose to sleep in a Volkswagen Beetle, Mercedes-Benz, and even a red-engined Cadillac Convertible. So you are not going to want to miss out on the chance to visit the Mercedes-Benz Factory right across the road, where you can watch as it churns out over 2,500 cars every single day.


    Connect with Real Vikings in Roskilde
    This place is probably now best known for hosting crazy music festivals. But this 1,000-year-old town just around the corner of Copenhagen was once the centre of a thriving Viking community. You can go and visit the Viking Ship Museum, where you can try on traditional Viking attire and even ride around on a re-created Viking ship.


    Ski in Andorra
    There are a  collection of three ski areas that make up this Pyrenees resort in the heart of tiny Andorra between France and Spain. Go around and explore ski resorts, that way you can really experience things first hand.


    Soak in a Thermal Bath in Budapest
    One of the greatest things Budapest has to offer is the city’s spectacular thermal baths. These architectural beauties are surrounded by a  labyrinthine of saunas, steam rooms, and natural warm pools, with mineral-infused water springs that come straight from the ground.


    Time-travel in Athens
    The Acropolis is full of tourist, so it's pretty hard to miss. Being able to see the Parthenon up close and personal is a moment that you will never forget. The view from the hill is the best in the city. Get there either super early or super late to avoid crowds. You could even make it into a date night. Just please make sure you wear your sensible shoes.




    Monday, December 5, 2016

    4 Simple but Exciting Things to do with your Kids this Christmas


    Christmas is around the corner and soon the world will be saying goodbye to 2016. There is nothing as great as the gift of family. You have your kids to celebrate Christmas with this year. You are probably wondering what you do that will not be boring to them and that will excite you as well. The most interesting thing is that you can do a lot of things with your children this Christmas holiday. The only thing that you need is to figure out what your kids like and leverage that to make some constructive activities for them. Here are some simple ideas that you might want to take advantage of:
    Decorate the Christmas tree
    This is an age old tradition that is still being practiced all over the world. The sad thing is that most parents are too busy to do it and they leave the work of decorating the Christmas tree to the house-helps. They are the ones who bring the kids to decorate the tree. However, you can set aside some time to decorate the tree with your kids- make it your tradition. Believe it or not, it will not take a lot of time. It is from such simple things that creativity is boosted. It is especially great for teaching your kids colors and how to count.
    Wrap gifts together
    Now, this does not sound like such a smart idea especially if you have already told the kids that Santa will be bringing the gifts. However, if you are giving some gifts away to the local church or your neighbors, the kids can help you to wrap the gifts. Of course,they will not be the ones handling the sharp scissors. They can write the Christmas cards that you will be giving out to friends and family. They can also help you to tape the gift wrappings.
    Teach them how to cook
    Many parents are scared of bringing their kids into the kitchen with them. The kids do not have to learn how to switch on the oven or use the knives. However, they can help you with the measurements. In fact, you can take advantage of this opportunity to teach them some math like fractions. Measure half a cup, three quarters of a tablespoon. You will be a math tutor to them and it is not going to be a hassle because they get to visualize some of the things that they learn in school.
    Color and make stories
    Some of the finest Christmas stories that are told nowadays did not come from professional writers. Again, let your kids harness their creativity. They will make stories- some really hilarious- draw and color to add visual to their stories. You can join them to tell them stories as well. This gives them ideas that they will never forget.
    In conclusion, the above are just some of the many things that you can do with your children this Christmas. Spending time with your kids does not necessarily have to be boring to you or to them. There is so much more that you can try out but one thing that you should keep in mind is that you can take advantage of the time you have with your kids to have fun and teach them something new.
    About author Stephen King is a child psychologist with more than twenty years of experience in the field. He has been helping parents for years to find ways to assist the development of their children. Having been a private math tutor during his college years, he understands the struggles many parents have when it comes to coaching their children in math.