Fun Holiday – Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Fun Holiday – Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Tell a Fairy Tale Day is on February 26. The unofficial holiday encourages celebrators to read, tell, and listen to fairy tales from around the world.

Fairy tales are a genre of literature that features fantastical and magical characters. Usually in the form of short stories with fairies, elves, trolls, and witches as central characters, fairy tales are set in a magical world with events that take place “once upon a time.”

Oral Tradition

A form of folk tales, fairy tales have a strong oral and written tradition all around the world – with cultures adopting whole or parts of tales from other cultures.

Before the 17th century, fairy tales often had themes unsuitable for children and were written mostly for adults.

Children’s Genre

Today, fairy tales are considered to be a genre of children’s literature and the term fairy tale is used to refer to happy events and happenings, such as a fairy tale romance or a fairy tale ending.

The holiday is also known as National Tell a Fairy Tale Day in the United States.

How to Celebrate?

  • Set your imagination free on this very fantastical holiday and re-read all your favorite fairy tales.
  • If you have children in your lives, why not introduce them to some of the world’s most famous fairy tales?
  • Bring out your inner writer and pen down a fairy tale. Who knows, you could be the next Hans Christian Andersen!
  • Watch movies based on fairy tales.
  • Host a fairy tale party. Instruct your guests to come as their favorite fairy tale character, decorate the venue as if you were in an enchanted land of fairy tales and serve foods from all your favorite fairy tale stories. Some ideas include caramel apples (Snow White), pea salad (The Princess and the Pea), pumpkin soup (Cinderella) and porridge or rice pudding (Goldilocks and the Three Bears).

Did You Know…

… that at least 500 versions of Cinderella have been found around the world?

Tips For Looking After Your Childrens Health

Tips For Looking After Your Childrens Health

Having children is one of the best experiences you can have in life, although they aren’t always easy. Part of looking after your children and helping them grow up is to look after their health, even if they don’t want to themselves. Things like going to the dentist, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, doing their homework or getting enough exercise is all important. These are all things that you need to consider when helping your children live a healthy lifestyle. Below are four tips for helping your children be healthy: 

Eating Their Five a Day

One thing that every child should do is eat five-piece of fruit or veg a day. Now, this can be tricky sometimes as a lot of children don’t like vegetables and will fight to not eat them. One trick that is useful is to put the vegetables into a sauce so that they don’t realise they are eating them. For example, peas in a spaghetti bolognese, peppers in a curry, or onions and tomatoes in a fajita. Most of the time they won’t realise they are eating the vegetables as the dish itself has lovely flavors to it. 

Exercise Enough 

Do your children exercise enough? A lot of children are happy to run around a park and have fun, but others are more introverted and want to stay in. If it’s a case that your children don’t like to exercise as much, then it’s time to get them out and exercising without them realising they are doing it. Why not get a trampoline and jump on it together or go on family walks together and get their step count up? You can make it a competition and see who can do the most steps! They will be exercising in no time without even knowing they are doing so. 

Dental Visits 

Teeth are extremely important to both adults and children which is why it’s important you take your children to the dentist when they need an appointment. If they don’t want to go because they might be scared then tell them it’s ok and that you go to the dentist as well. If you need an appointment you could always visit a recommended cosmetic dentist and let your children come with you to see that it’s ok and nothing to be afraid of.

Getting Them To Sleep 

Bedtime can be a pain sometimes, especially if they don’t want to go to sleep. Depending on their age they should be aiming for a set amount of sleep, but if they are struggling then there are many ways you can help them. You can set up a bedtime routine, relax before bedtime, check the noise or light within the room and make sure they feel safe when sleeping. 

Your children’s health is important and you’ll find many tips for helping them online. Although they can be hard work sometimes, there are so many great memories that you will share with them. 

Baby Shark Birthday Party

Baby Shark Birthday Party

Baby Shark do do do do.. that’s all it takes for the catchy toddler tune to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Sorry, not sorry. We’ve had this song on loop for a while now and when it came time to pick a theme for my daughter’s 3rd birthday she made it very clear that all she wanted was a “Baby Shark Birthday Cake”. Have a Baby Shark fan in your house? Here are a bunch of great party ideas plus a few fun themed gift ideas!

Baby Shark Birthday Party Ideas & Gift Guide

Have a Birthday Shark on your hands? If you’re throwing a Baby Shark birthday party you’ve come to the right place. I’ve got lots of food, decor, activities and game ideas.

If you have a Baby Shark fan in your life and you’re looking to purchase a gift, scroll down for my extensive Baby Shark gift guide! This list includes bedding, books, stuffed animals, toys and more! I’m certain you’ll be able to find the perfect Baby Shark gift.

BABY SHARK BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS: FOOD

What makes a great party? FOOD! Nothing kicks up a party a few notches more than themed food (especially sweets). Check out these great Baby Shark snack and sweet ideas:

Homemade, Gluten Free Goldfish from Strength and Sunshine

Baby Shark Birthday Party Ideas Homemade Goldfish

Shark Fin Cupcakes via The Awesome Muse

Baby Shark Party Ideas Shark Fin Cupcakes

Shark Cookies, Decorated Oreos from The Inspiration Edit

Baby Shark Party Ideas Shark Cookie Pops

Speaking of cookies, check out these great Ocean Themed Cookies from Imaginative Homeschool; I spy an octopus, dolphin and a sea horse!

Baby Shark Party Ideas Ocean Themed Cookies

No party is complete without a cake, I opted to purchase our cake from a local bakery but Lani from Life Anchored shared the most amazing DIY Baby Shark Piñata Cake.

Baby Shark Party Ideas Piñata Cake

It doesn’t matter if you opt to make your own desserts or buy them from a local bakery, you’ll still need a topper! The lovable Shark Family is all decked out for the party on these super cute cake and cupcake toppers!
Speaking of cupcakes, nothing is more impressive at a party than a themed cupcake tower – luckily there is a Baby Shark themed one available (of course!)

BABY SHARK BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS: DRINKS

Who needs a drink do do do do do? I know I do! (do do do). This Bloody Shark Bite Cocktail from Champagne and Coconuts is the perfect way to treat your adult guests while everyone is listening to Baby Shark on loop.

Baby Shark Party Ideas Shark Bite Drink

BABY SHARK BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS: DECOR, CRAFTS & GAMES

I love this Underwater Photo Backdrop created by Life Anchored. Print out some Baby Shark props and you’re good to go!

Baby Shark Party Ideas Ocean Themed Photo Backdrop

I love to go all out when decorating this Baby Shark Birthday Party Supplies kit has everything you’ll need! Plates, cups, napkins, a table cloth AND a banner!
An easy way to fill up a party space is by strategically placing balloons throughout the party room!
Party hats are always fun! Head over to Simple Everyday Mom to snag this awesome Shark Headband Template to print and create Shark headbands for all of your guests (or at least all of those under the age of 5).

Baby Shark Party Ideas Shark Headbands

Keeping kids occupied during a party is always a challenge but have no fear, this Feed the Shark Game from Mommy Made That will keep little hands and mind busy for a while.

Baby Shark Party Ideas Feed the Shark Game

Check out this new twist on a classic party game; Pin the Teeth on the Shark!
Instead of sending party guests home with loot bags, why not send them home with a craft that was made at the party? The Inspiration Edit has a fun shark themed craft that would be perfect for a Baby Shark party! Kids can create their own Hammer Head Shark complete with underwater scene.

Baby Shark Party Ideas Hammerhead Shark Craft

Are you a fan of painted rocks? Why not have party guests paint their own, shark themed rocks? Recreate these Stone-Cold Shark Painted Rocks from Sustain by Craft Habit at your Baby Shark party, even switch out the standard shark grey for yellow, blue, orange, green and pink to more resemble everyone’s new favorite shark family!

Baby Shark Party Ideas Painted Rocks

Looking for a mess-free craft to occupy little party guests? Why not have them color their own Baby Shark coloring page? The markers only color the page, not your couch!

Baby Shark Gift Guide

Need a gift for the Baby Shark fan in your life? I’ve rounded up some of the best (and I’ll admit, pretty awesome) Baby Shark items; toys, plushes, puppets and even bedding!

My little one was lucky enough to be gifted a Baby Shark bedding set from the wonderful people over at Franco Dreams, they offer products in all of your favorite characters; Baby Shark, Trolls, Paw Patrol, Scooby Doo, Frozen, Batman – seriously, so many more. Their products are available at retailers like Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart, Target, Macy*s, and Amazon (among others) – you can shop the super fun Baby Shark bedding by clicking the link below.

We had so much fun surprising our Birthday Shark with her new bedding, in a covert mission we where able to give her bed a makeover while she was totally unaware!

BABY SHARK GIFT GUIDE: BEDDING

BABY SHARK GIFT GUIDE: BOOKS

Books always make a great gift and these books put a new spin on the “do do do” so long “Grandpa Shark do do do do”, make way for “brush your teeth do do do do” and “hold you tight do do do do”.

Bedtime for Baby Shark and I Love You, Baby Shark are easy to read, sing-song books that are both fun bedtime reads.

BABY SHARK GIFT GUIDE: STUFFED ANIMALS

Little ones can snuggle up with these fun Baby Shark plushes and puppets – so many or may not sing

BABY SHARK GIFT GUIDE: TOYS

BABY SHARK GIFT GUIDE: WHEELS

BABY SHARK GIFT GUIDE: CLOTHES

BABY SHARK GIFT GUIDE: FOR MOM & DAD

Baby Shark Birthday Party Photo Review

Baby Shark Birthday Party Cake

Baby Shark Birthday Cake

Baby Shark Birthday Party Smash Cake

Baby Shark Birthday Secondary “Smash” Cake

Baby Shark Birthday Party Tableware
A Few Ways To Look After Your Elderly Parents

A Few Ways To Look After Your Elderly Parents

As we get older, so do our parents and when our parents are elderly there are things that change in their life. Things that they can no longer control or certain aspects where they cannot look after themselves in the same way. However, there are a few ways in which you can help your parents when they do get older to make things easier for them. It doesn’t have to always cost a fortune, sometimes the small things make all the difference.

So, one of the more important things is to make sure you and other family members still visit them regularly. With your own families to run and work and life getting in the way, sometimes this can be moved and rearranged so much. But to them, it can feel like they don’t matter. This time with them is precious and will be the memories you carry with you forever. Not to mention as well as making time for the more special and loving with people who mean a lot to them. So it is certainly an important one. Be sure they still see you regularly and you could even do it on the same day each week as part of your routine and theirs so it is something they can look forward to.

There are times where they need a bit more support than you can offer, so look into what support is out there for them at home. There are things that happen to us that may result in needing more care at home or round-the-clock care. Dementia Care is an example where things will change in their life and you won’t be able to do everything so there is different support available. They can assist with safety supervision, personal hygiene, medication reminders, and meal preparation all while helping them set a daily routine with maximized independence. 

Sometimes you will have a parent who lives alone. When you are cooking for one every day can be really boring and simply quite depressing. This can end up with people missing meals and not looking after themselves properly which is not a nice thing. When you are making dinner for your family do an extra portion and drop it over to them or you can simply invite them over for dinner every so often. They can then still have some enjoyable mealtimes rather than just sitting alone. These small gestures will mean the world to them just the same as a simple phone call to see how they are doing.

A simple thing you can do to help them be a bit more independent and social is to look for groups that meet up with similar interests of theirs. There are groups of people who meet up all over the place, it could be a book club, a knitting circle, or simply a gathering of friends for a cup of tea. Sometimes just need that friendly nudge in the right direction and it can really transform their lives and how they spend their days.

Tips to Inspire You to Cook at Home

Tips to Inspire You to Cook at Home

It is reported that 90% of us really don’t like to cook. That’s not surprising when it’s difficult to get motivated to cook when you arrive home from work and are extremely tired. Cooking from home can seem like a difficult chore. However, below are tips to inspire you to cook at home. From cooking ribs to how to make tzatziki sauce, these tips will inspire you to give home cooking a try.  

Do Not Compare

Don’t be comparing home cooked food with what you get in a restaurant. Home cooks are not chefs. Trying to be perfect or get the right look for your meal will be setting you up for failure. Looking at all those pictures on Instagram is also counter productive. Instead, you want a meal that you enjoy cooking, you enjoy eating, and which you appreciate. 

Choose Easy Recipes

If you are just beginning, choose recipes that are easy, don’t have too many ingredients, and not many steps. You could opt for one-pot recipes to start and see where you go from there. 

Use Resources

Search the internet for recipes, videos, and how-to guides to help you learn how to cook recipes. These step-by-step guides are a great resource that you can use and view as you go.  

Only Make What You Like

There is no point in making a dish that you don’t know if you will like it or not. Instead, start with recipes for dishes you do like and are craving. Understand your likes and dislikes and before long you will be able to adapt recipes to your liking.

Cook for Family & Friends

If you live alone then cook for family and friends to make the process more enjoyable. They will also give you feedback that will help you increase your skills. It is exciting cooking for family and friends, and a great way of getting sharing recipes. 

Tradition

If you have family members who have traditionally cooked or baked, then ask for their tips as well as their recipes. Handing down recipes from one generation to another is a great way of keeping those traditions alive. It’s also a great way of keeping dishes alive too which may otherwise be forgotten.

Routine

Instead of going out all the time, make it a treat rather than the norm. Making cooking a meal the routine and go-to with the occasional eating out for special occasions or a treat at the weekend. This attitude will stand you in good stead and have you cooking on a regular basis.

Preparation

Keep your pantry stocked well with ingredients for several recipes. It is also helpful if you sit down and plan your meals for the week before you go shopping to get your ingredients. This way you will not be tempted to eat out because you will have all the ingredients at hand. Preparation is key to ensuring you continue to cook healthy well-balanced meals. When you purchase your ingredients for cooking you know exactly what is in your meal.

Are You Prepared For These Age Connected Health Issues?

Are You Prepared For These Age Connected Health Issues?

We’re not always prepared for the full impact of our body ageing. It’s fair to say that your body when you are 25 can be quite different compared to the state of your body when you are 50. Indeed, there are numerous health issues that you might not expect or see coming. Let’s explore some of these and make sure that you know how to handle them the right way

Hearing Trouble 

First, you might find that you are experiencing trouble with your hearing. It’s one of the most common impacts of ageing. You could notice that you are not hearing as well or that you are hearing sounds that aren’t actually there. This is a key sign of tinnitus and it’s something that you should be aware of. While there is no cure for tinnitus – often caused by exposure to loud noises – there are treatment options and coping mechanisms. If you notice any changes to your hearing, it’s worth speaking to an audiologist. You can learn more about the role they play here and why it’s important you get checked out. 

Chronic Pain 

Once you reach the age of thirty you might notice that you are in more pain than usual. Aches can develop suddenly, last for a few days and then fade. If you go to the doctors, then they might simply say four words: Welcome to your thirties. 

The reality is that life can go a little downhill once you reach this age. You are more likely to develop muscle aches and issues like this that seem to have no real cause. Instead, it may be just your body aging. It’s also likely that some injuries you sustained when you are younger are finally catching up with you. Injuries can lie dormant for years before they start to cause you pain. That’s why you should always make sure that you are getting checked out if you are in an accident or have sustained an injury. You can never be completely certain of the full extent of the damage. 

If you are worried about chronic pain and the impact it is having on your life, try aqua therapy. This will allow the muscles to relax and ensure that you can get the relief that you desire.

 

The C Word 

It’s important to realize that while cancer can impact anyone at any age, there are various forms of cancer that become more likely and more common as you age. This means that you have to be extra vigilant and watch out for the signs that something might be wrong. There are countless different forms of cancer but they all have one thing in common. If you catch them early then the prognosis improves dramatically. You have a far better chance of survival, remission and a longer life expectancy. The main point is to be hyper aware of any peculiar changes to your body. This might include lumps and bumps or skin issues. If they don’t go away in about two weeks, it’s worth booking an appointment with a doctor. While we don’t want to end up with paranoia, it’s also important that issues like this don’t slip underneath the surface 

Dementia 

Finally, it’s important to understand that there are countless different forms and types of dementia. It’s an umbrella term that includes a variety of conditions. One of the key misconceptions about dementia is that it only develops a lot later in life and this isn’t actually the case. The reality is that dementia can occur at any point after about 25. There are cases where people have started to show the signs of dementia as early as 30. It’s also important to be aware that there’s no cure for dementia and no quick fix. 

That said researchers do believe that there are ways to reduce the chances of it developing. This includes keeping the brain active. You should treat your brain like a muscle and regularly exercise it with different challenges, tasks and processes. This could be as simple as completing a daily crossword or using a brain training app on your phone.

We hope this helps you understand some of the common health issues that can impact you as you age. If you are worried that some of these problems might be affecting you, it’s important that you don’t let them dwell under the surface or ignore them completely. Instead, you need to make sure that you are taking the right steps to preserve your health and ensure that you do have the best quality of life possible.