Insta-Money For Your Vacation

We’ve all been there when a load of bills all come in at the time, and the family budget gets a little squeaky around the edges. In particular, it can hit us in the summer during vacation time. As trips away can cost so much than they first appear to, leaving us a little short. So if you need some money quick, below you will find some ways of raising this with the minimum of hassle.


Clear out your wardrobe


Imagine if you could make some money and doing one of the worst jobs in the home all at the same time? Well, that is precisely what you can do if you take a few hours out of your schedule to clear out your wardrobe and any other cupboards around the house.


There you can find clothes, shoes, and even computer games and DVDs, which can be sold on second hand to generate some cash. When it comes to clothes and shoes, online auction sites are your best bet. Price things competitively using the site’s suggestions and offer the ‘buy it now’ option to get the best results.

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The Summer Break Survival Kit: What To Pack In Yours


Now that the summer break is finally in full swing, you’re probably planning lots of fun days out, activities at home, vacations or playdates. In summer, it’s always all going on. So, that can often mean that you have to be prepared. You need to make sure that you have everything ready for your days out, for days in, to keep the kids entertained, safe, and cared for. To do that, it’s definitely a safe bet to have yourself a little survival kit. If you want to be ready for anything, then this put together kit should make your summer break so much more efficient.


Ready-Made Snacks


Firstly, how many times do your kids tell you that they’re hungry and need a snack on a regular day? Two? Three? Five? Regardless of how many snacks your kids seem to ask for, you’re going to want to have something quick, simple, and healthy at the ready. So why not make something yourself? There are so many different kid-friendly snack recipes that you could try out for this. Then they’re ready to be packed up for a day out or kept at home when you’re staying in.

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Making A New Puppy Comfortable And Healthy While Adjusting To Your Home

When you bring a new bundle of joy home, in the form of a young, lively, excitable pooch, there are a few things you need to do for a safe transition into family life. You should try and treat, the arrival of a new puppy, the same way you would treat a newborn baby coming home. They are very similar in the fact that they need round the clock care, attention and love. The home itself must be made safe so they can’t get up to any mischief that would end up hurting them. They’re also, small, fragile and weak, so their health care must kept the number one priority while they adjust to normal life. You must be ready to provide even the smallest of things for your puppy because they solely depend on your for their every need. Building trust and reliability are crucial at this stage because, just like human beings, a dog’s childhood is where their outlook on life is first formed. Having a loving home, being safe and trusting your owner, is what every dog in the world wants.

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You’ve Got The Dog: Now What?

If you’ve just bought your first family pet and it’s a wonderful little puppy then congratulations. You’ve got another addition to the family, and he or she will exceed your expectations in terms of companionship (I may not know them, but I know that). Still, what you don’t see in Hollywood films are the chores that come with owning a dog. Eating, sleeping, and walking in the park are the three main things that you assume come with dog ownership. However, if you have children then you’ll know that you’d laugh if somebody told you all you have to do is feed them, put them to bed, and take them out for pleasant strolls now and then.


Of course, this isn’t to say that owning a dog is as difficult as bringing up a child. That being said, there are a lot of similarities. Most importantly, looking after a dog is a complex, and it’s a 24/7 job. You can’t neglect your pet; you have to be ready to give it love and affection. Still, as mentioned above, there’s a lot more to welcoming your new dog to your family household than simply giving him or her cuddles all the time. The following tips might guide you with what to do now that you’ve finally got the family pet.

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Which Dog Breeds Are The Most Kid-Friendly?

Dogs make an incredible addition to the family. Not only are they the life and soul of the home, but they’re also great companions for kids as they grow up.


But what makes a great dog? Which dog breeds are the friendliest?


Before even looking at dog breeds, it’s important to understand the ideal characteristics for dogs. One of the most important is whether or not the dog breed itself is sturdy. In other words, is the dog going to be long-lived and free from illness? Or will it need constant trips to the vet?


The next question is to ask whether the dog breed is friendly and intelligent? Some breeds are a lot less friendly than others.


Finally, you want a dog with the right energy levels for your family environment. If you’re an indoor family, then you’ll need a relatively low maintenance breed. But if you’re a sporty family and want to take your dog with you when you exercise, then you’ll need something a little more energetic.


Golden Retriever


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Dealing With Job Loss Doesn’t Have To Be Hard

Losing your job is a nightmare situation and in recent years, it’s been happening more often. Companies that are struggling have been laying people off and although they will give you some redundancy pay, that won’t last forever. If you’re in this situation, you need to be smart with your finances because you don’t know how long it’s going to be before you can find work again. You can get through this difficult period if you plan carefully and stick to a strict regime. Here’s what you need to do.

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Remain Calm


The first thing to remember is that you shouldn’t panic. When you panic, your decision making skills are affected so if you let yourself get stressed out, you’re more likely to do something silly and make the situation a whole lot worse. Always keep in mind that the situation is only temporary, you will get out of it in the end as long as you stay sensible while you do.

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Small Kitchen Cooking: Making The Most of Your Space

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When you hardly have room for an oven, it can be hard to find that enthused chef within yourself. There’s no space to dream about new and innovative appliances, baking seems like an impossible thought, and a few dirty dishes make the whole room look catastrophic. It’s not fair, but it’s reality – and you still need to eat, right?


Think outside of your small kitchen for a second and make the impossible happen; with these genius tips for fellow owners of tiny kitchens, it doesn’t stop with cooking comfortably – you can even look forward to baking those cupcakes with your children.


Quick clean-up tips


After sitting for a couple of minutes to digest a terrific meal, you can feel the dishes staring at you. It doesn’t matter that you’re tired and would just like to be left in peace for fifteen minutes more; the kitchen is cramped, and the dishes are staring you down, each dirty plate at a time. You’ve heard it before – cleaning as you go will make it a lot easier to be you after dinner.

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Avoid Disaster At Home Over The Summer

With the kids home all summer and the temperatures outside rising, making the home a comfortable place to be is one of the best things you can do in the summer. But there are many things that can happen at home over summer that would be a disaster if they happened. So here are some of them to look out for, and the ways you can deal with them. You don’t want a small incident at home to ruin your summer!



Damaged Air Conditioning


If you live in a warm climate over summer, then your air conditioning unit will be working overtime to keep you all cool. So if it starts to play up and not work as it should, then you might need the help of a company like One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, for instance. You could have the number of a local air conditioning repair company stuck on the fridge. Then if you need their help quickly, you can call them up before you all melt.

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New Mom Motivation: Staying Active!

Being a new mom is one of the best feelings in the world. Not only do you feel like superwoman having just given birth, you get to snuggle a little piece of immortality that you created yourself. The emotions roll into one big ball of feeling amazing and in love and exhausted all at once. That little piece of immortality? Not easy! It cries, it needs constant love and feeding and that can get tiring, especially when it impinges on your sleep!

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Being a new mother means a lot of hours merge into one long hour of no sleep, no time to eat and very little motivation to get out of the house. It’s exhausting, to be a new mom. It’s exhausting in so many ways and the motivation to get off the sofa and change into clean clothes that aren’t faintly smelling of baby vomit is hard. The thing is, it’s okay to admit that it’s hard, but it’s not okay to sit around and wait for the first year of parenthood to pass by before you do anything about it. Keeping yourself active and alert is a key part of the post-baby recovery and one of the best ways to stave off mental health problems like postpartum depression. [Read more…]

How To Throw The Perfect Children’s Party

Children’s birthdays today are a lot a more extravagant than they need to be. The days of just hiring a bouncy castle are gone. Although still incredibly popular you may feel fierce competition from other parents.


You wonder how these parents can afford not only these big venues but also provide gift bags, foods, and entertainment. Before you know it you’ve spent a small fortune which was unnecessary, your children are your world and you want the best for them!

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Start with having a theme, it’s a great way to begin tackling the list. Having a theme will help decide what needs to be bought and how to center the party around the idea. There are so many great ideas out there, narrow down your favorite and of course, involve your child. There is nothing worse than deciding what to do, for your child to then change its mind when everything is brought host a range of themes and ideas. Traditional themes are always popular if you’re  struggling, anything from a garden party to a pirate takeover. Children have favorite films or TV shows, try and take inspiration from that particular source. [Read more…]


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