If you’ve got a christening coming up, then chances are you’re racking your brain trying to think of an appropriate present to give to the little one. Presents at christenings are a big tradition, and although some presents are given commonly at christenings they never get old or boring. Here are 7 thoughtful christening gift ideas to give you a nudge in the right direction:
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A Trinket Box
A trinket box specially designed for babies can make great keepsakes. They can store little things in here that mean a lot to them, and they’ll likely always have it on display. Not only is this a great keepsake, it’s also something they can really use.
Christening silver comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, from spoons to mugs. It’s tradition for a baby to receive christening silver and china on their baptism day, usually in the form of a plate and spoon set that they’ll never use. It’s still a lovely keepsake to give though, especially when you get it personalised!
A Savings Account
You could always start a savings account for the baby and leave some money in there ready for the parents to continue. If you’re close to the baby, you could even consider adding more money in there every day on their birthday. Other members of the family or friends might want to add to it too if they don’t know what to contribute to the day, so make sure you mention it beforehand.
A Personalised Picture
A personalised picture is something the child can keep on their bedroom wall until they grow older when it can be put in a safe place, if they like. This can have their name, birthday, christening date, and any other details you’d like to include on it. If you’re feeling creative you can always make this yourself, but there are plenty of companies who will do it for you.
A Cosy Baby Blanket
Cosy baby blankets are a popular choice, as they can stay in the baby’s cot with them until they outgrow it, when it can be put into storage as a keepsake. You can either buy one of these and have it personalised, or create one yourself if you’re handy with a pair of knitting needles.
A Photo Album
A photo album filled with photos from baby’s first year and onwards is always a thoughtful gift, especially if there’s space in there to add a few captions next to certain photographs.
This is an unusual gift that should stand out amongst others. Obviously you can’t capture a star and give it to the baby, but you can name a star after them and tell them via a pack that gets delivered in the post. You can also do this with plots of land and flowers!
These christening gift ideas are perfect for a baby’s big day, and although they might not appreciate them much at the moment, they definitely will when they grow up!
We all know how important it can be to have a hobby when you’re a child, and so today we’re going to take a look at some ideas you might consider pushing on your own little ones. Obviously, they’ll need to show some interest themselves to ensure they stick at them, but so long as you seem really enthusiastic about the suggestion, they’re likely to pick up on this and follow suit. With that in mind, give me your full attention for the next four or five minutes, and I’ll try to present you some with really cool ideas your children are bound to love. The best thing about them? They won’t cost the earth, and they could keep the smallest members of your family occupied and out of trouble.
Admittedly, some kids do find porcelain dolls to be a little spooky, but so long as you don’t let them watch horror films where these toys come to life (and there are a lot of those), they probably won’t pick up on some of the fears others have. At the end of the day, there are millions of different dolls to choose from, and many of them do become highly sought after collectable items after a few years. So, buy a decent glass cabinet and start filling it up!
There probably aren’t many girls who want to start collecting stamps, but for whatever reason, boys have always loved it. The Royal Mail is constantly releasing new versions, special limited edition designs and more, so it does actually become quite interesting when you get involved. Just make sure you buy a decent quality presentation case or folder, as you’ll want them to stay in tip top condition.
Again, this one is usually appealing to boys, but some girls also show an interest, so don’t completely rule it out for your little princess. Whether they like formula one models or touring cars, you’ll have no trouble finding some really good quality ones online or in your local shopping centre. Just remember that you’ll need to keep the boxes unopened if you want them to be worth anything in the future.
Most people start a keyring collection without consciously meaning to, and this is because you end up buying things like this when you go on holiday. Even so, kids do seem to really like stuff of this nature, and keyrings are never going to cost you more than around £5, so this hobby certainly won’t break the bank. Also, if you tell all your relatives about it, they might even bring your children keyrings back from different destinations when they’ve been on holiday, and this will be exciting for them.
Now we’ve reached the end of this short article, I hope you’ve managed to find something suitable for your children to collect. If you haven’t, I at least hope you’ve gained the inspiration needed to think of the perfect hobby.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post, I’ll see you soon!
Every Mum in the world knows that the time they have to themselves is incredibly precious. This is why it is always a great idea to have some ideas to hand for any chances you get to do something pleasant. The following are some of my top secret delights.
Play Some Bingo
I remember that when my Mum used to play bingo it was a huge social event for her. She would get her hair done, look out her best clothes and have a huge smile on her face. I was always interested in seeing what her bingo hall was like but when I finally went once I left a bit disappointed. Thankfully, the option to play some bingo on the internet now lets me enjoy the same sort of fun my Mum had without leaving home. I probably even spend less money than she did, as I always play free bingo at gamevillage.com. I haven’t yet enjoyed a big win but for the very little money I have spent it is working out to be an incredibly cheap hobby. I recently started playing on my mobile phone as well, so I can grab a few minutes wherever I am able to get some action.
Watch a DVD
When I lived alone I used to watch films all the time. Once the family came along I had to stop this hobby for a while. Now, I always have one or two DVDs tucked away waiting for the chance to watch them. Just last night I settled down with The Book Thief after everyone else was tucked up in bed. It meant a later night than usual but it was worth it to see a magical movie and have some quality time on my own. If you haven’t had time to watch a DVD in the last few months then you should make the time to do so. It is a perfect way to transport yourself to a different world and forward about the stresses and strains of family life for a while.
Looking at Photos
If there is one thing which might be even better than the other two I’ve already mentioned it is looking at old photos of our family. At the moment, we have a mixture of old printed photos and digital ones. I’ve been scanning the old ones and then putting them all onto a cloud storage site. It really is amazing to look back at these old pictures and see how much the kids have changed in a relatively short period of time. Some of the pictures can instantly transport me back in time just by looking at them. There are some from our first ever family holiday at the seaside and I can almost taste the salt in my mouth and feel the sun on my back when I look at them. Sifting through these priceless images also gives me a wonderful incentive to keep on taking more family snaps in the future.
When you and your partner are traveling on the road with kids today, it’s important you have the safest car possible to ensure everyone will be fine should the worst occur. You obviously don’t want to spend a lot of time considering “what if”, but it’s still vital you select a model renowned for having lots of safety features and a good reputation. With this in mind, I’m going to spend the next couple of minutes drawing your attention towards those vehicles I consider to fit this category. You don’t have to take my advice, but I can state with total certainty your children will thank you for it in the long run.
You see; most people simply look for aesthetics when purchasing a new car, but you need to spend a lot of time performing research online to find the best model to suit your needs. It’s not always about looks you know! In fact, sometimes it’s the less than appealing models that offer the greatest security. So, give me your full attention, and we’ll begin.
The first Mini Coopers were released in the 1960s, and while they were incredibly stylish, they weren’t really that safe for passengers. Luckily, the manufacturer decided to relaunch this model a few years ago, and since then it has become one of the safest and most reliable cars on the road. You aren’t going to break the land speed record, and it’s probably not a good idea to spend too long in the outside lane on motorways. Still, if you’re looking for something smooth and sophisticated with enough airbags to keep everyone from injury, you could do a lot worse than contacting Jardine Motors or another reputable dealership to discuss your requirements.
If you like the look of larger cars like the Ford Galaxy, but you want something that actually makes you look cool, the Renault Scenic should be at the top of your list of considerations. This model also comes as an automatic, which means people with leg injuries or joint problems like arthritis can still get around without causing themselves too much pain. Also, this is a brilliant family car, and the seats fold down and can be removed completely if needs be when picking up flat pack furniture or heading away to the beach with a lot of equipment in tow. In addition, this model is rarely involved in serious accidents, as the safety features are so well made.
Lastly, families that want something a little smaller might like to take a quick look at the Peugeot 308. While there are obviously many other models available from this manufacturer, this one is by far the most popular amongst people who regularly carry children. Maybe it’s the sleek design, or perhaps it’s because there are airbags fitted in the back of the driver and passenger seat – who knows? Regardless of the reasoning though, there can be no denying that this is a seriously safe car that all responsible parents should consider.
Well folks, now you know about the safest family cars available on the market today, I hope you’ll be more inclined to avoid opting for a model because of looks, and instead choose one based on performance and safety.
See you next time!
All parents want their children to do well at school, so when your child actually knuckles down and gets some great work done it can be a joyous occasion for all! A lot of parents choose to treat their children for doing well at school, but what exactly can you do for them? Here are some great ideas that are sure to get them motivated to continue to do well:
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Take them to The Zoo
Kids of all ages love the zoo, but young children get especially excited when it’s time to see the monkeys, giraffes, lions, and other cool animals. You shouldn’t underestimate the power of your local zoo if you want your child to revise hard, do their homework, or get a good result in a test/exam.
Buy Tickets to a Theme Park
Tickets to a local theme park will have your child lying awake with excitement for weeks, so it’s probably best you don’t tell them you’re planning on doing this too far in advance, or they probably won’t do that well at school! Taking them for a fun filled day out on all of their favourite rides and rollercoasters should encourage them to keep up the good work too!
Invite Their Friends Round
If you don’t have the kind of money to take them to the zoo or a theme park, perhaps you could invite a few of their friends round and put on a few snacks. You could leave them to play to their own devices, or you could turn it into a full on party for all the kids, with food, games, and a bounce house! You can find jumpers for sale online to make this get together extra fun for the kids.
Buy Them A Small Toy
Perhaps your child has had their eye on a small toy for a while. You could always treat them to something little to say you’re proud of them for doing so well! However, I don’t advise buying them something too large as they might begin to expect this from you every time they get a good mark or score.
Cook Them Their Favourite Meal
If you’re on a real budget, you can still treat your child to their favourite meal one dinner time. Forget the chicken, potatoes, and veg (unless this is their favourite meal), and offer to cook them anything they like; spaghetti bolognese, burger and chips, or even pizza! Make their wish your command.
Take Them to Their Favourite Restaurant
On the other hand, you could treat your child to dinner at their favourite restaurant. This shouldn’t cost too much money, as kids usually like places like Mcdonalds and KFC as far as restaurants go. Either way, they’ll love being treated and should continue to try hard in their studies!
Although it’s nice to treat your child when they do well at something, I do give a few words of caution. Treating them too often for what should be considered as ‘normal behaviour’ can make them grow to expect certain things for nothing. Only treat your child on extra special occasions and it should have the desired effect!
As they grow up your little ones will be seeking out more and more adventurous activities. They’ll also start eating foods that haven’t received your seal of approval. Both bring with them an increased risk of damaging or losing teeth. Knowing what to do when this happens could mean the difference between rescuing your child’s tooth or losing it and it could spare a whole lot of unnecessary pain. Below is some advice from the Cuffley Village Dental Practice.
It’s probably the furthest thing on your mind when you’re outdoors having a good time with your family, but as the summer approaches so too does an increased risk of broken and damaged teeth. Spending more time outdoors, participating in adventure activities and crunching down on hard candies and tough foods could all end up in a chipped, broken or knocked-out tooth.
Dental emergencies don’t keep office hours and finding an emergency dentist can take time, even when you are at home. Taking the right actions and doing so swiftly can help you save the tooth or in the least, minimise unnecessary pain.
1. If it’s a milk tooth, it’s probably fine.
Since milk teeth are destined to fall out eventually, if your child has a milk tooth knocked out, it’s not necessary to have the tooth reinserted. So no need to panic. A lost tooth chart is a handy way of tracking tooth loss and will help you work out which teeth are permanent. But do check for facial fractures and bruising. And remember to dispatch the tooth fairy!
2. Preserve a knocked-out permanent tooth. Then get to the dentist. Fast.
If a permanent tooth gets knocked out at the root there is a good chance a dentist can reinsert it-provided you act quickly: Pick up the tooth by the crown. Do not touch the roots. Gently rinse the tooth and if possible, try to place it back in the socket. Get your child to gently bite down on it. If you can’t put the tooth back in their mouth, keep it in a glass of milk. Get hold of a dentist immediately and bring the tooth along. Ice any bruising.
3. A small chip in a permanent tooth is not an emergency.
If your child has lost a small part of their permanent tooth and it doesn’t hurt, you should be able to make a normal dentists appointment and seek dental treatment once you’re at home. A dentist will usually either smooth the tooth down or add some filling. In the meantime, you could use an emery board to file down any jagged edges that might hurt the tongue, lip or mouth.
4. A fractured permanent tooth requires immediate attention.
A fractured tooth can be extremely painful. When a tooth is cracked, the inside of the tooth is usually damaged and a dentist may be unable to save it. A dentist will need to assess whether the tooth pulp is damaged which would require a root canal treatment. Alternatively, a crown or bridge may be necessary.
While you find an emergency dentist and make your way to their practice, you can protect the sore tooth with gum or some moulded candle wax. Place any broken off fragments in milk.
5. Stay calm.
Whether you’re a child, teen or adult, damaging a tooth can be traumatic. It’s important not to panic and give your child the reassurance that everything is under control: You will get them to an emergency dentist as soon as possible and regardless of the damage, they still have the prospect of a perfect healthy smile ahead of them.
Even for the shrewdest of us, we seem to throw good money after bad at ours cars. It is an unfortunate fact that cars are a huge drain on the bank balance, especially if you are not being savvy with your finances. Do not despair; your car does not have to be the financial drain that it is. There is little doubt that the costs of running a car seem to soar. Petrol and insurance are both huge factors to take into consideration when looking at the financial impact of your beloved automobile. There are number of different ways that you can save money on the day to day costs of running your car:
Local mechanics and garages tend to be cheaper than large franchises, so going local just makes good economic sense. If in doubt, get recommendations from friends, do a quick internet search and check out the reviews. Going local could save you a small fortune in the long run.
If the repairs that need doing on your car are minor, why not do them yourself. While the thought of repairing your own car may seem daunting, even doing a simple oil change yourself can save you a huge sum of money. With a small amount of research and investing a small of time, you can see the savings mount. Check out 247spares car parts for great deals on spares and repairs.
By outlaying a nominal sum of money regularly to ensure that your car is in tip-top condition, you can save hundreds in the long run. By running your car into the ground and avoiding a regular service, you are allowing potential problems with the car to get worse. When the car finally gives in, you will be left with a rather large mechanics bill. Check the service history and see when your car was last serviced. Your car manual should give you clear guidance on how often your car should be serviced.
Check Your Car’s Tyre Pressure:
By checking the cars tyre pressure, you can save a small amount of money each month. Driving on underinflated tyres means that your car has to work twice as hard to get you from A to B, which shows on your cars fuel consumption. With the cost petrol seemingly more expensive, it is a shrewd way to save money and see the financial services instantaneously.
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Remember to Haggle:
This can relate to insurance, services, breakdown cover and repairs made by a mechanic. If you think the price is unjust or too high, let the relevant companies know. Prepare to haggle to get a fair price. If you think that the price is too much, or you are unsure on exactly what the money is going on, ask for a breakdown of costs. That way, you can make a fair assessment of what is needed and whether you think the price is too high. Use your bargaining power and save money.
Be smart with your car, and you can see the savings mount, giving you more money to spend on the things that you love.
How you spend your downtime is vicariously just as important to accomplishing all your jobs and errands as working directly on them. You can’t operate at capacity if you’re not finding time to unwind and replenish properly; excuse the poor analogy but you can’t expect a car to drive long distances without you making stops to fill it with more petrol.
The simplest and most obvious one I think, but often overlooked to great detriment. Light exercise can consist of something as achievable and relaxed as a long walk- and if not a scenic recreational walk, perhaps in place of a morning commute. A lot of people won’t realize that if they’re not tiring out their bodies then their sleep isn’t the best quality it could be, and that’ll cause untold amount of stress too! If walks aren’t for you then yoga is a well renowned stress-annihilator, for its gentle exercise and even more so for its heavy focus on meditation.
If your bath is like mine then it’s filled with clothes and talcum powder most of the time, in between my bi-monthly baths. But even finding a day a week to sink into the tub, with some candles around, and either a nice book or a bit of relaxing music, will have you noticeably less tightly wound in no time.
I’m not talking about going out to a spa for a professional rub-down (although there really is no parallel for that if you do find time), I simply advocate getting your partner or a truly good friend to crack out the grapeseed oil and knead out those knots of tension from your poor shoulders every once in a while. To be honest even administering a massage alleviates stress itself, so maybe you can take it in turns, everyone’s a winner!
If you can identify specific causes of stress in your life, like smoking or anger issues, then professional hypnotherapy could be the route for you. Expert hypnosis can not only aid in getting rid of behaviours you’d be better off without, but can change your outlook on worrisome situations, and even just deal directly with removing feelings of stress. And with some of the better clinics now starting to offer webcam therapy sessions, it’s a no-brainer.
You can’t have failed to notice that the right music has a massive impact on your mood but, even knowing that, some people still don’t find a moment to just kick back and listen to their favourite album. Have a sing along, have a dance, you’ll be amazed just how cathartic it can be.
How do you expect to relax when you’re constantly the victim of a barrage of bleeps and buzzes? Instantly accessible by everyone, anytime. Don’t you remember a time before mobile phones? Before the internet? It was okay right? Nobody mithering you. Whichever of the preceding 5 you choose to combat your stress with, their effectivity is going to increase tenfold if you just fall off the radar for a couple of hours. Phone on silent (or off altogether), no tablet or device, computer or laptop, don’t even turn on the TV. Serene silence. Heaven.
When I first started buying cars, people always used to tell me about how I should avoid car dealers like the plague.
Thoughts of wheeler-dealer types like Arthur Daley in the old TV programme “Minder” would often enter my mind whenever people spoke to me about such car sellers, but the truth is it’s actually better to buy from a car dealership rather than a private seller – and the majority of car dealers are not like how I described them just now!
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You might think I am being completely barmy suggesting that you only buy your car from a dealer, but there are many different benefits to that over buying from a private seller. Here’s what you need to know:
When things go wrong, you aren’t on your own
As a trader, car dealerships have to abide by certain laws and regulations when it comes to selling cars direct to consumers. They are responsible for ensuring that the car you buy is legitimate, accurately described, roadworthy and isn’t “clocked”.
If you drive away in your new or used car and something goes wrong, you will have the opportunity to take the issue up with the car dealer that you bought the car from. The only times they aren’t liable for when things go wrong is if the problem is down to wear and tear or if you have misused the car in some way.
Car dealers offer a wide range of services
When you walk into a car dealership such as one owned by pentagon-group.co.uk, you can’t help but notice that a number of services are on offer to motorists just like you. Examples of the services typically offered include:
Servicing and repairs – many dealers will have their own workshops that employ skilled motor vehicle technicians, available to work on most makes and model of car;
Financing – the vast majority of consumers finance their car purchases, so it makes sense for car dealers to be able to offer financing facilities for their customers;
Warranties – used cars typically don’t have much of a warranty other than the minimum amount of warranty required by law, or the warranty of the car’s manufacturer if it is new enough. Some dealers offer extended warranty options with the cars that they sell, for your added peace of mind;
Parts – main dealers aligned to specific makes will even have their own parts department, so if you need any parts for your car, you can always go and buy them from the same place that you bought your car from.
You can trade your old car in
For some people, it is often convenient to trade their old car when buying a new one and having the money off their new purchase. Although this doesn’t always give you the highest value for your car that you could achieve had you sold it privately, it’s a great option for those that own cars which aren’t particularly valuable, such as older cars or those with higher-than average mileage.
Houses are used for many things, mainly to keep a roof over our heads, but when we decide to renovate our homes we need to consider how we are going to use it in order to make it as practical as possible.
For example, if you have young children, providing them with a ‘play room’ might be a practical move with that spare bedroom or if you have pets, something as simple as putting a cat or dog flap in the back door could be worthwhile.
If your home is regularly filled with friends and families and you host a number of parties then you will want to ensure there are parts of your home that are practical for when people come to say hello. For instance, the heart of the home often refers to the kitchen, where you will find you and your friends spend a large chunk of your time chatting and drinking. This will mean the kitchen will need to be practical and durable.
To make it practical but still look great you will need to invest in a flooring that is easy on the eye, durable and easy to clean and there is no better option than kitchen floor tiles. Kitchen floor tiling is hard-wearing and it comes in a number of styles and designs so you can simply install it to suit your existing décor. There is no need to completely change your kitchen by removing units and painting walls, just by adding a flooring that stands out, you can completely transform a room.
If you’re predominantly known for hosting the family barbeques though, you will need to turn your attention outside. The garden can be what turns your great home into an unbelievable one, but is one of the hardest aspects of your home to keep looking beautiful all year round. For parties, it might be advisable to install a patio or decking area for people to sit and enjoy the sun, away from the fumes of the BBQ. Grass looks beautiful when it’s bright green and healthy, but again this is very difficult to keep on top off so the best alternative is artificial grass. With very little maintenance and a guarantee that it will stay green all year round, it is perfect for children, pets and even adults.
Back in the house, and if you and your friends enjoy a little tipple every now and then and are struggling for space for your bottles of wine, a simple and cost-effective way to store them is by using a wine rack. Wine racks come in a lot of shapes and sizes and can add a great feature to your home, even if all it does is hold your copious amounts of red wine. Still, it’s practical and perfect for entertaining.
So, if your home is the headquarters for parties, it could be time to up your game and improve your homes practicality so parties can be easier than ever.