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Everything You Need For A DIY Kids’ Party

Everything You Need For A DIY Kids’ Party

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So you’ve got a kid’s party coming up, there’s loads to do and these days it can cost a fortune, but it doesn’t have to. There are plenty of ways you can give your child the best party ever, give them everything they could wish for without spending a ridiculous amount of money. All it takes is a little bit of creativity, planning and preparation. 

Invitations

These days, who needs to buy or make invitations. Send your invitations digitally to the parents; then there’s no chance of anyone missing it and finding it two weeks later in the bottom of their child’s bag, it’s free, you can save on paper and also send as many as you like.  

Avoid Party Shops

Specialist party shops may be full of exciting products and ideas, but you will pay a huge markup when you could get the same thing at the supermarket, the pound shop or online for a lot cheaper. 

Get Creative

When it comes to decorations, then you could get the kids to make them as part of the party and entertainment. Or if you want to get everything set up beforehand, then you can make everything from bunting to plates and cups. Buy plain paper cups and plates, and you can jazz them up yourself. Search for ‘blank’ or ‘DIY’ on party-supply on sites to see what comes up. You can then decorate it in the theme of the party or personal for the birthday child. If you have a vinyl cutting machine, then you can make cool stickers or fonts to stick onto party cups which could be personalised for each child. You can also use it to create custom labels and stickers. Check out this guide for more information on the machines vinylcuttingmachineguide.com.

Use Your Contacts

Don’t fork out for expensive entertainment which might not even be very good when you could either do it yourself or utilise people you know. Do you know anyone who can do magic tricks? Sing? Dance? Or just a couple of family friends to dress up as princesses and help the kids do some activities? There will always be cheaper versions of everything, and the kids won’t know the difference, nor will they care. So don’t go wasting money on things you don’t need to. 

Think Outside The Box

When kids are still little, you don’t necessarily need to have a traditional birthday party as such. Why not just meet at a park with a play area and everyone brings a picnic? It’s easy and costs you nothing other than your picnic. 

Make The Cake

Even if you’re not that good at cake decorating or baking, if you can’t do the whole thing then you could buy a plain cake and decorate it or the other way around, make the cake and get someone else to decorate it. There are also some fab no-bake cakes that you can put together which look super impressive but they’re straightforward to do. 

Remember Games Don’t Cost A Thing

Many kids are easily pleased, and it’s the simple thing that they love the most. You could spray paint some rocks and do a  treasure hunt for “gold” that the kids can then take home as favours. Then another couple of classic games such as Keep-Up-the-Balloon, Musical Chairs, Hot Potato, Duck, Duck, Goose or Simon Says, and you’ll have everyone entertained and happy for hours. 

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6 Fashion Styles Which Show Off Your Curves Beautifully

6 Fashion Styles Which Show Off Your Curves Beautifully

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Us girls with the curves understand how hard it is to find clothes which are flattering. The problem is, most women hide their curvaceous figure in baggy clothes and unappealing designs. Flaunt those beautiful curves with these six simple fashion tips which can make you look sexy, sophisticated or stylish, depending on the circumstance of course!

 

Upper: Tight-fitting tops

 

Nothing says flaunting your curvy torso than wearing tight-fitting tops. One crucial tip when going for this style is to balance your overall shape out. For example, if you wear a tight-fitted blouse, ensure that you put on a puffy skirt, so your curves and breasts are more defined. You also need to ensure that the top isn’t too tight but also is just the right tautness to show off your curvaceous figure.

 

Upper: Plunge necklines

 

For the ladies who have large breasts, we recommend tops which have a V-shape, boat and scoop necklines to give a subtle, sexy look. Make sure that the top is not too low but is just right, so just a glimpse of your breasts can be seen. Again, wear a looser skirt to really exaggerate the top half of your body.

 

Upper: Belt with a blouse

 

Whether you’re stuck in the office all day or going out in the town with the gals, this style suits any occasion. Typically suiting women with smaller stomachs, this choice works best with a flared blouse/top and a big belt just under the ribcage. For the lower part of the outfit, a mini skirt or pencil skirt would fit just nicely.

 

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Lower: Black, tight-fitting jeans

 

It’s no myth that black clothes make you look slim! Not only that, but they show off your curves with chic and finesse. For the women who wish they could have a bigger backside, but can’t afford Allure Plastic Surgery just yet, skinny jeans are magic at giving the appearance of a bigger booty. Try them if you haven’t already!

 

Lower: Straight-cut trousers

 

On the complete contrary, you could wear straight-cut, classy trousers. This style suits women who want to show off their booty more than their legs and goes great with tight-fitting tops. Also, it’s perfect for the summer time as they show off your hourglass figure and keep you cool at the same time.

 

Lower: Figure-hugging pencil skirt

 

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This one will turn heads for sure! The best thing about pencil skirts is that they come in a variety of fabrics and look stunning if you get the upper part of the outfit right too. If you want to achieve the curvaceous look successfully, make sure to balance the rest of your outfit out (similar to wearing tight-tops). Wear a loose top or blouse to contrast against the hip-hugging skirt for the finest results.

Of course, these are just a few tips for showing off your curvy features. You can always think outside the box and try daring colours, accessories and even shoes. After all, you know the saying; new year, new you!

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5 Tips for Planning a Memorable Family Vacation on a Budget 

By Guest Blogger, Mathews M.

5 Tips for Planning a Memorable Family Vacation on a Budget

A memorable family vacation does not mean you have to break the bank. If you ask me, some of the best vacation moments are those that are the least extravagant and luxurious. Plan ahead when it comes to where to go, what to bring, and what to do once you arrive at the destination. This is the key to managing the money properly and at the same time, having the family time of your life.  Of course, you are going to need to work together to keep the vacation on track with the budget.

Here are some tried-and-tested tips to keep things under control.

A game plan

To jumpstart the process of planning, gather as much information as you can. Use this as a reality check to validate your expectations. Select your destination based on research or the recommendations you receive. Try to think outside the box. Ensure that the whole family is onboard when it comes to the budget and travel itinerary: have an open conversation about everything.

In particular, let the kids get familiar with the activities and attractions that could tickle them pink and naturally, give preference and book those that are free or nearly-free.

Time on your side

Many people overlook that timing has an important role to play and that being flexible about it is something that pays dividends aplenty. Traveling prices are all about supply and demand. So, if you book your accommodation just before or after peak season, you should be able to snatch some good deals, for example through a series of spring flash sales.

Steer away from unnecessary expenses and those that take a big bite out of your budget and find an affordable family getaway on time. Then again, note that last-minute traveling can also turn out to be a huge money-saver.

Eat your way to frugality

To squeeze out extra value from your vacation, save money on food. One way to do so is to carry a picnic kit with you as well as to prepare wholesome meals back home. Furthermore, limit yourself to eating just one meal per day in a restaurant (the kids dislike sitting at them anyway). To make this happen, make sure you always stay at a place with a fridge and kitchen.

Hotels that offer a free breakfast are worth your attention as well. Or instead, in the morning, crush some ice cubes in a blender, add banana, strawberries, and yogurt and then blend it. This becomes a quick, inexpensive meal to enjoy while sitting or on the go. Finally, remember to always keep yourself hydrated with reusable water bottles.

Handling the transportation

The most economical vacations entail your family hitting the road in a car or opting for a fly-and-drive trip. In the latter case, take advantage of airfare bargains. Of course, driving your own vehicle is preferable, but you still need to spend some money on gas.

To trim spending in this area, never leave the motor idle during stops and refrain from satisfying your need for speed. Keep your eyes on your fluid levels and purchase quality oil products online from brands like Castrol. Also, make sure to have spare wheels and maintain an adequate tire pressure.

What about accommodation

You may not fancy it, but camping is one of the most frugal ways to organize a vacation and it can also be one of the most rewarding family adventures. Wilderness areas and national parks provide plenty of thrilling opportunities for hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, outdoor recreation, etc.

You can have magical moments sitting around a crackling campfire under the star-studded night sky. Just make sure you take as many home comforts with you as you can. And in case camping is not up your alley, consider cheap motels and hotels.

The world is your oyster

The meat of your plan revolves around keeping down the costs, not impeding your experience and enjoyment. Thus, tackle the major areas of vacation spending and identify smart ways of navigating the minefield of financial decisions.

Do not spend more than you can comfortably afford. Know your destination and route like the palm of your hand. Make good use of money-saving deals. Why go to an expensive theme park if you can spend a comfy morning in a hotel bed, watching cartoons together?

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