Parties Vivian | 08 Jul 2011

How to Choose Great Invitations For Special Events

Special events including weddings, birthdays, holidays, confirmations and graduations require special invitations. If you are currently planning a wedding for instance and want to make every aspect of your wedding very memorable, then you certainly have your hands full planning guest lists, ordering flowers, arranging music and selecting the food you will serve. Many people make the mistake of sending out dull and unattractive invitations. Wedding invitations are available today that come in stunning designs and in a wide variety of pretty patterns and themes. Many people actually save wedding invitations to remind them of the big day and often even go to the trouble to have the invitations put into frames for displaying in the home.

Holiday parties abound in the month of December. Many people throw Christmas cocktail parties and big New Years Eve bashes. If you are planning on inviting a group of your friends to your home…

Holidays Vivian | 07 Jul 2011

A New Year’s Eve Party at Home

New Years Eve… A night to say good bye to the old and ring in the new.. For many people it is a night of revelry and fancy festivities. At our home it has always been a night of family and friends gathering together for food and fun. When our children were little, and we were much younger, they hated for us to go out on New Years Eve, even when I bribed them with their favorite babysitter, who I had booked months in advance. When our oldest got to be 6, she told me that she all she wanted for Christmas was for us to stay home on New Year’s Eve and have a big New Years Eve party with the kids.

From that little request, our family began a New Year’s Eve tradition that lasted over 10 years. We invited friends over with their children, family with the cousins…

Gardening Vivian | 07 Jul 2011

3 Important Greenhouse Heater Facts For Amateur Gardeners

Temperature may changes many times in a day. During the nights, it can drop to very low levels which won’t be healthy for all plants. Hence, to maintain temperature at the correct level for plant growth, generally greenhouse heaters are required. For selecting the correct heater, one must look into capability of producing correct temperatures during cold in winter and nights, but also in the money needed to installing and hence run it.

1. Different Kinds of Heaters For Greenhouses
- Electric heaters. This type of heater is suitable for tiny greenhouse structures. They can maintain the specified temperature levels. Also they don’t produce fumes and also there is no use for ventilation while using these.

- Gas heaters. These heaters are run by natural or bottled gases, they are less efficient when compared to electric heaters. Waste products while combustion are put back in the greenhouse and hence ventilation is needed while…

Babies-Toddler Vivian | 07 Jul 2011

Things You Should Know About Baby Girl Gifts

A personalized Baby Girl Gifts add a special touch to a diaper bag, cloth diapers, clothes, or accessories baby. This adds meaning to the items and provide a keepsake for the baby treasure for a lifetime. Personalize baby gifts might include baby’s name engraved or embroidered on the prize. In some cases, gift givers choose to have the baby’s birth date, weight, and length is also a gift. This, of course, assume the gift is given after the baby is born.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your new baby’s arrival, and if you have the advantage of knowing that your child will be a girl you can focus on kitting out your baby nursery with a beautiful gift before he was put in an appearance. Holding a baby shower in your home for all of your friends and your family to give a chance for everyone to bathe…

Gardening Vivian | 07 Jul 2011

Worm Farming, the Easy Way

If you don’t feel like making your own worm farm, they are easy to find. Available from some hardware shops, local councils or even online, worm farms are very popular.

But if you can get hold of four crates or storage boxes, you are well on your way. The boxes will be stacked on top of one another, so make sure the bottom one is waterproof with no holes and large enough to take the weight of the other boxes when filled with soil. The other three boxes need holes in them or perforations, so that the worms can move from box to box and the box on the bottom will collect the worm juice.

Don’t try to collect worms from your garden, not only will it take you ages but they just won’t do. The best worms are red worms or tiger worms. You will also need a good supply of…

Parenting Vivian | 06 Jul 2011

Children and Computers – The Technology Tightrope

My son抯 bedroom has always been a dark and dangerous, one of those places where anything might happen. But even I wasn抰 prepared for my late night encounter with his friend抯 father. Let me clarify. This experience was a strictly virtual one, the momentary blending of pixels across the ether ?webcam to webcam, although the embarrassment of being caught out in my nightclothes was real enough. My teenager has embraced modern technology, which means draughty street corners are out and instant messaging is in.

Armed with laptop, webcam and the absence of vowels required for today抯 communication, he conducts much of his social life with the help of Bill Gates and without removing his dressing gown. 慏isgusting!?cry the anti-progress police and it would be all too easy to take this route towards family strife. But I抦 not falling in step with the populist viewpoint just yet. At least I know where…

Parties Vivian | 06 Jul 2011

Girls Night In – Spa Night

Do you want to get together with the girls, have lots of fun – and not spend a lot of money? Then declare a ‘Girls Night In’ – and let the fun begin!

As the first in a series of “Girls Night In” articles, let me explain how ‘Girls Night In’ works. First of all – decide who is going to be the host of this particular event. (It’s best to try to rotate the host each and every time). Then decide how much each ‘guest’ will contribute to the evening. This will include food, beverage, and ‘incidentals’. Think of what you would spend on a normal ‘Girls Night Out’ and then slash it by 30% or more! The amount should easily cover your costs for these ‘do-it-yourself’ parties. Agree to this amount and stick to it. Note: Guests should provide payment upon arriving at the party in fairness and respect…

Babies-Toddler Vivian | 06 Jul 2011

Throw Away Disposable Diapers Forever – It’s Time For All-In-One Diapers!

I know what you’re thinking – there’s no way that I’m going to use cloth diapers on my baby! I don’t want to deal with diaper pins and plastic pants, I don’t want my princess hands anywhere near swishing a dirty diaper in the toilet, and I sure as heck can’t expect my partner to pin a diaper on my precious baby without blood being drawn. No way, no how.

For parents like you, all in one cloth diapers are absolutely perfect! Also known as all-in-one diapers or AIO diapers, these are modern cloth diapers that are just as easy to use as disposable diapers. So put your pre-conceptions to rest, and read more about why all-in-one cloth diapers are a great choice for your family.

All-in-One Cloth Diapers Help Your Pocketbook

If there’s one thing that most parents can’t find enough of (other than sleep, of course), it’s money. And let’s be honest…

Babies-Toddler Vivian | 06 Jul 2011

Baby Comforters – Comfort (for Baby) And Joy (for Parents)

People often ask me what the difference is between a baby “comforter” and an “aid” because I recommend using a sleep comforter and I spend lots of time telling parents that sleeping aids are a definite no-no. In reality, they are both aids in essence but the way I see it, there are two types of aids. You have sleeping aids which may become a problem – such as rocking, patting, feeding or giving your baby a dummy to suck on while going to sleep – and then you have good aids which do not require parental participation.

Aids that require your attention are a problem in my opinion. However, something which provides comfort and which the baby can easily find himself when he wakes in the middle of the night or between sleep cycles can be a parent’s best friend.

Every baby finds an aid of some sort to comfort himself…

Babies-Toddler Vivian | 05 Jul 2011

Baby Monitor – Is it Really What I Need?

As you prepare for a new addition in your life, you are running back and forth trying to get everything right. Look at the choices and items needed to take care of the little one coming home. From diaper bags, to bath tubs, from bottles and pacifiers to bedding and the right colors and furniture, everything has to be perfect. It is easy for a new mother and father to stress out over all of the decisions to make. How can we every get ready? We are into our seventh month already and the room is not painted. One item that will save you and help you relax after your bundle of joy arrives is a baby monitor.

The first few nights or weeks after arriving home you will not sleep. Every move that your infant makes will be noticed by you and you will snap up to see that he…

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