Arr Matey! So your son or daughter has picked the chosen theme for their next big birthday party and the theme is…Pirates! Pirates make a great theme because there is so much diversity when it comes to the direction you want to take in organising a party. A pirate themed party is even good for the whole family, as it is not hard to find suitable roles and costumes for mum and dad to get into! Pirate parties provide a huge scope of opportunities to use your imagination with building up the nautical scenery, creating lots of fun games...

While the economy is better than it was a few years ago, it still feels uncertain.  One of the best ways you can provide security to your family is to be financially solvent.  Ideally, you’ll have an emergency fund of three to six months (though some financial advisors suggest as much as six to twelve months).  That number can be overwhelming, especially if you’re still paying down student loans and credit card debt. If there isn’t any extra money in the budget to start paying down your debt or building an emergency fund so you...

Our fertility is often something that we take for granted. But, many women often want to make sure that they are maximising their fertilities potential. After all, it’s best to make sure that you are maximising your chances when it comes to having a baby. There are five things that everyone should know about fertility 1.    Think About Your Lifestyle Choices There are many factors within modern life that can affect infertility. Excessive alcohol use, obesity and poor diet can all lead to problems with conceiving. So, if you want to...

Stretch marks are unsightly lines on the skin; they can be caused by a number of reasons, the primary one of course being pregnancy. Other reasons include a sudden growth spurt in children and teenagers. Stress, weight gain and loss and some people also get stretch marks from hereditary factors. Stretch marks typically appear on the stomach, arms, thighs and buttocks but are also known to appear in some other areas. Your skin is made up of three layers. The Epidermis, the outer visible layer. The Dermis the middle part of your skin and...

As parents, one of the most common questions we get asked by the kids is “can we get a puppy?” and I suspect that we’re not alone in this! Every household with children and families of their own has probably been asked or begged for a puppy since their children were old enough to talk. It’s certainly one of those inbuilt things that make our childhood more fun. Today I wanted to sit down and think about the pro’s and con’s of getting a new pet. When is the right time and what sort of sacrifices will we have to make in order...

Fertility can be an emotive subject for many. But, increasing your chances of having a baby does not have to be a stressful time. Being able to conceive is important for many. So, you need to explore your options. It’s vital that you try a mix of natural and medical options. That way, you can ensure that you are maximising your chance of conceiving. Let’s take a look at ways that you can increase your chances of having a baby. Step 1: Take Stock of Your Diet Diet is one of the most important factors in increasing your chances of conceiving....

When you know you want a family pet it can be very frustrating if the timing never seems to be right to get one. Household emergencies may suck up your budget, or you may fall pregnant again and worry how you would be able to keep up physically. Time can march on through decorating your home and moving house, toilet training your toddler and starting back at work. It never feels like the best time to bring someone new into the household. But nothing else is going to fill that void. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and find yourself...

Getting our kids to move is important. But, they often find that some sports are just not for them. When they are at school, they are often encouraged to take part in sports that are meaningless to them. But, if you want to make sure that your child is the sporty, athletic type, there are some ways that you can encourage their love of the great outdoors. Not every child wants to be a footballer. On the contrary, there are some amazing sports that your kids will love. It’s all about discovering their passions and what they want to do...

We all know how much children love to play in the open air. They are still young, and so exploring and learning how to get on with others is essential. There are many things you could do to create a cool area for them to enjoy in your back garden. Our suggestions are sure to make them happy, and they aren’t going to break the bank. At the end of the day, you don’t want your kids to grow up scared of climbing trees and getting a little dirty. So, you must provide means of encouragement when it comes to them playing outside. Giles Clark Build...

Early retirement is an ambitious and worthwhile goal – and despite the doom and gloom in and around financial markets since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), early retirement is possible. All you need is a well thought out plan and some clearly defined action steps to set you on the road – and then it’s just a matter of following your course and staying focused until your goals are reached. Below are five steps to planning your early retirement – why not get started today? Be Clear About Your Goals Take some time to get very,...

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