Wednesday, January 22, 2020

3 Tips For Planning the Perfect Baby Shower

Planning a baby shower can feel as monumental as planning a wedding. After all, you are responsible for the last soiree before the mom-to-be brings new life into the world. Tackle this exciting responsibility by following these few keys steps to create a memorable event.

1. Know the Basics
Start your planning process by determine a few key factors: who, what, when, where and how. Anyone close to the expectant mother can host a baby shower, and it doesn’t need to be a one-person job. Team up with some friends to throw your BFF the shower of her dreams. The shower should be held when the mom-to-be is between 28 and 35 weeks pregnant. You want her energetic and excited for the big event! Finally, determine a locale for the party. There are countless options from churches, restaurants, private home or event spaces.

2. Choose a Theme
Forgo the frilly pink lace or blue elephants for a theme that is really personalized towards the expectant mother. If she loves to read, curate a theme based on her favorite children’s stories and have guests bring literary-themed gifts such as a rocking chair for story time or a personalized ABC book. If your friend is welcoming her second baby and has all the essentials, throw a diaper-themed party to ensure she is well stocked for at least the first few weeks.

3. Have Some Fun
aWhile opening presents, eating and socialization may fill the majority of the baby shower; planning some fun games and activities can make the party more memorable. Tailor these activities to your BFF’s interests. Does she enjoy movement-based games? Or would she rather listen to the quirky advice of experienced mothers? If the party is not a surprise, see if your friend would like to follow the current trend of a gender reveal.

Throwing your BFF a baby shower is the perfect way to celebrate the mom-to-be in your life. Following these few steps will ensure that this day will be a shining highlight in her new family’s journey.

Three Surprising Questions to Ask When Choosing a Daycare Center

Finding the right childcare options for your family may seem like a daunting task. While location, budget and atmosphere play a significant role in choosing the right daycare tampa fl for your child, there are some other questions you might not have thought to ask. Here are three things to address when weighing your options for childcare.

Find Out if Snacks and Meals are Provided
It may seem like a minor thing, but providing food for your kids can be a huge help to parents. Many facilities offer snack and lunch options for children enrolled in their program. Be sure to ask about what's included and what costs extra. It may be an important part of your budget and can also help save precious time in the mornings.

Inquire About Educational or Enrichment Programming
Even at a very young age, children are eager and ready to learn. Find out what types of programs your top choices offer to help you make a more informed decision. Ask if they plan any lessons or activities around math, science or reading, even if they are play-centered. Don't just ask about academics; inquire about enrichment activities as well. Music, art and even foreign language are some of the most common special activities that you could expect to see at some daycare centers.

Ask to See an Example of a Daily Schedule for Each Age Level
What matters most is that your child is in a safe place and well cared for. But you should be wary of a facility that does not have a set structure to their day. Children thrive best in a routine setting, so ask to see what the daily schedule looks like for each age level at the center. Not only will it help you know what to expect for this year, but you can also see what the future would hold if you stay long-term.

Don't skip the details when choosing a daycare center for your child. Asking the right questions can help you make the best choice for your family.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Studio Ghibli Films Coming Soon on Netflix

There is now another to keep your Netflix subscription. If you love Totoro, Kiki, Princess Mononoke, among other unforgettable, kawai and loveable Ghibli characters, rejoice! Because they are coming soon on Netflix! Yay!!!!

My daughter loves Anime... She was disappointed when Netflix stopped showing the Pokemon series. Maybe it has something to do with airing rights and licenses. But anway, we are so happy that Ghibli films are coming soon on Netflix... On the 1st of February to be exact.

The films will be released one after another beginning Feb. 1st. The first seven films available in February are the following:
Castle in the Sky / Das Schloss im Himmel (1986)
My Neighbor Totoro / Mein Nachbar Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service / Kikis kleiner Lieferservice (1989)
Only Yesterday / Tränen der Erinnerung (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Ocean Waves / Flüstern des Meeres(1993)
Tales from Earthsea / Die Chroniken von Erdsee (2006)

1. March 2020:

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind / Nausicaä - Prinzessin aus dem Tal der Winde (1984)
Princess Mononoke / Prinzessin Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas / Meine Nachbarn die Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away / Chihiros Reise ins Zauberland (2001)
The Cat Returns / Das Königreich der Katzen (2002)
Arrietty / Arrietty - Die wundersame Welt der Borger (2010)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya / Die Legende der Prinzessin Kaguya (2013)

1. April 2020
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart  / Stimme des Herzens (1995)
Howl's Moving Castle / Das wandelnde Schloss (2004)
Ponyo / Ponyo - Das große Abenteuer am Meer (2008)
From Up on Poppy Hill / Der Mohnblumenberg (2011)
The Wind Rises / Wie der Wind sich hebt (2013)
When Marnie was There / Erinnerungen an Marnie (2014)

So there you have it! Something to look forward in the coming months! Enjoy binge watching!

How to Choose the Best Moving Company

Moving can be a tedious task that requires a lot of effort and resources. Every moving situation is unique in the kind of professional attention it needs. Fortunately, Kings Transfer and a multitude of other reliable movers are ready to help you move. But how do you choose the best moving company?

When choosing the best moving company, the key is research. Moving can be a stressful process with unforeseen issues, which is why you need to find the right movers who best suit your needs. Below are three qualities to look for when shopping around for a moving service.

The first step is ensuring the company you’re hiring is a registered business with all the relevant documents, permits, and licenses from relevant authorities. Such documentation is meant to ensure that all the laws, regulations, and due processes are followed during the move process. Possession of all the required documentation is a good indicator of the mover’s credibility and professionalism.

Depending on how big or involving the move is, it can be a complicated process that requires constant communication between you and the movers. There's a need to maintain punctuality and the moving schedule, which is why you should examine the mover’s client compliance and responsiveness.

Staffing and Equipment
One of the most important details about moving is the expertise required. When evaluating possible movers, you should consider checking on the knowledge, skills, and experience of the staff in the field. Another aspect to consider is the availability of proper moving equipment and facilities. The mover's skills and moving equipment come in handy, especially when dealing with delicate possessions and unusual items. Proper organization and preparedness of a mover is an element of a good work ethic.

Finally, when evaluating possible movers, request for estimates and quotes from different companies and compare their prices. You should keep in mind that low prices do not always equal quality services. Look for value in both professionalism and cost as well.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Adding some Nature to Your Home or Office

If you are stuck at home for a good deal of the day, or have a home office, it might give you an emotional boost to add a touch of nature to help connect you to the outside world. There are a few especially helpful ways to do that so take a look at this list.

Flowering plants can add a burst of color and brightness to your space. Try a dramatic sky blue hydrangea, a classy pink cyclamen or a sunshine colored kalancho or potted gerbera. Green plants can give off oxygen and help keep your room fresh. For an easy to grow plant, choose dieffenbachia, a peace lily plant or elephant ear plant. Living plants need to be placed near direct or indirect sunlight, depending on the plant.

The meditative quality of watching fish as they glide through the water can have a very relaxing effect and help release tension and stress. Their colorful tanks can also add a pop of cheerful color to your space. Check into renting something like the cabinet aquarium Denver residents are loving. Whether you prefer tropical fish or the more common varieties, consider adding a touch of life to your space.

If you have a good window you are luckier than most. When you just have a small window, you may find mirrors helpful as they can reflect the natural sunlight throughout the room. You may also want to consider a sunlight lamp – the type that people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) have. Those lamps are especially helpful for those who have an office space without windows or one located in a basement.

You may choose to use one or all of these methods to breathe new life into your space. Whether your office is located in your home or a skyscraper, the effect can be beneficial to both your mood and your state of mind.

Soon To Be Four

Babies will always be miracles. For women like me who only have one child, it could be that you are content with one or you long for more. For my case, it is the latter. I grew with 3 siblings, and it was always a delight to be playing with them and going on adventures and getting into mischiefs. I also want my daughter to experience that love, that bond between siblings. She is now almost in her teens but she has also hoped to get a sibling or two someday.

My journey to a second pregnancy has not been an easy one because we are only using natural methods. So many factors also affected my conceiving or non-conceiving a child: my menstruation cycle suddenly became irregular a couple of years ago, we are both stressed from work, we are too busy, we are getting older as the years pass, etc., etc. And just when we thought it was not meant to be, He answered our heart's prayer. We just learned that we are pregnant! I am very happy and grateful, I am doing a happy dance! I want to share it to the entire world but I am keeping it quiet just until we are sure that this baby, this life growing inside of me, will make it through the crucial first 12 weeks. Please Lord, let him/her be develop into a healthy one!

And yes, He has His own way and own timing. So many new changes are coming our way this year... I pray that He will continue to guide us in our new journey. That He will continue to guide our decisions and pave the way for us, as He always faithfully does. 

Benefits of Hiring an Airport Shuttle Service

Whether you're going on a business trip or taking a family vacation, you likely want a smooth and stress-free trip to the airport. But that trip to the airport may or may not involve taking your car. There are many reasons you may want to leave your car at home and rely on a shuttle service to get you from galveston to houston airport.

Get There on Time
There's probably nothing worse about traveling than arriving at the airport too late and missing your flight. Booking an airport shuttle service in advance can ensure that you get to the airport on time. That's because drivers must be prompt and ensure you make your flight. Shuttle bus drivers have years of driving experience under their belts and know all the city's routes. They also know about all the different roads and routes around the airport, which allows them to avoid traffic jams and get to the airport as quickly as possible.

Enjoy Your Commute
An airport shuttle bus service can take stress off you and give you one less thing to worry about. You won't have to stress over hailing a cab, finding a parking spot or waiting on public transportation. You can schedule your curbside pickup and relax while someone else drives you to your destination. Not to mention, most shuttles offer air conditioning, music and large TV screens, which are all bonus features that can help make your commute even more enjoyable.

Save Money
At first, you may think that taking the airport shuttle will cost you more than driving to the airport yourself. However, when you consider the time, gas and parking cost of driving your car to the airport, you may realize that taking the shuttle can be more economical. 

Hiring an airport shuttle service may not be the first thing that comes to mind when traveling, but it can be well worth the consideration and cost.

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