How to have a happy Easter

What are your favorite Easter memories from your childhood? Looking for Easter eggs? Nibbling on marshmallow peeps? Biting the ears of your Easter bunnies?

Or maybe the most magical part was the preparation – painting those eggs and anticipating the treats you’d get. The Easter basket, with green grass and chocolate bunnies … maybe a stuffed chick or even a real duckling!

I am sure you would like to recreate some of those good memories for your family and especially for your children. So here are some tips to help you make that happen.

For many families, Easter is about their faith, but that won’t stop anyone from enjoying the Easter egg hunt and Easter candy as a secular celebration. Easter is a day of joy, and the colorful eggs and accessories of traditional Easter serve to enhance that sense of joy in the essence of spring and rebirth.

For children, of course, part of the appeal of Easter lies in the fact that it is another holiday where they expect to get lots of chocolates, sweets, and other delicacies. And for the purposes of this report, we’ll focus on the fun aspects of Easter, along with its joy. You can have a happy Easter, celebrating spring and its beauty and freedom, without focusing entirely on sugary things.

Easter is a family affair

Families vary in how they like to celebrate Easter. So you can choose how you would like to celebrate. But despite individual differences, there are also many common themes. These are some of the standard ingredients:

a) Candy

Easter is (for many people) about treats … and the key among delicacies is Easter eggs. It is not Easter unless there are a lot of eggs in the basket, along with a variety of other treats. And about those eggs … there are so many different types, from filled and unfilled chocolate eggs, caramel eggs, marshmallow eggs, and yes, even hard-boiled eggs that have been decorated in bright colors to add to the playfulness.

Peeps, preferably in various shapes and colors, are also a must, as are jelly beans, which really do look like miniature eggs.

Some families even have their own special baked goods for Easter, which can range from specialty breads to fancy cookies and cakes with colorful Easter decorations. My mother used to bake each of us a cake in the shape of Easter bunnies or Easter lambs! Some years, he let us choose which one we wanted.

b) Parades

If there is an Easter parade in town or even nearby, be sure to bring the kids and take lots of photos. If you go, you should be sure to get (or create) some special Easter hats for everyone, as there are often competitions for the best Easter hat at these events.

For example, Richmond, Virginia has a special Easter parade, appropriately called the “Easter on Parade,” which turns Monument Avenue, a beautiful tree-lined avenue with beautiful old houses and monuments, into a temporary playground for the citizens of Richmond, who they roam up and down, showing off their hats and decorated dogs. There are contests for the best hats, both for humans and their canine friends.

Meanwhile, there is music along the avenue, and many elegant crafts and delicious treats are sold. There are also games for children. Parades like this can create very special memories.

Kids always love Egg Hunts, which many cities, towns, or institutions will host on Easter weekend, so if you get the chance to take the kids to an Egg Hunt near where you live, they’ll have a blast. . Otherwise, you can always hide eggs and candy tucked into colored plastic eggs around the house or outside in the garden, weather permitting.

Preparing for Easter: Painting Easter Eggs

One of the most appreciated Easter traditions, besides getting and eating the sweets, painting Easter eggs.

You have two options: you can paint hard-boiled eggs and then eat them, or you can remove the contents of the eggs and paint the shells to use as decoration.

In fact, you may want to do both. You can always make a brunch frittata from the contents of the hollowed eggs and then use them to create pretty centerpieces once you’ve painted them.

To create these centerpieces, you can simply get Easter baskets and place the eggs beautifully in the “grass.” Or you can get some branches, with or without leaves, and decorate them with their colorfully painted eggshells. Of course, there are many additional possibilities, from creating a mobile and hanging it from the ceiling, to decorating a wreath with eggs and displaying it on the front door or in the hallway.

Painted hard-boiled eggs, on the other hand, will be part of Easter baskets intended for consumption, and can also be hidden for Easter egg hunts. Just make sure the kids find them all, or else you’ll have some very nasty smells coming from their hiding places within a few weeks.

So how can you color your eggs? Once you have your “canvas” ready, the process is easy.

First, you must decide if you want to give your eggs a solid color base. If so, you can color them in a food coloring bath.

Next, you get some special tools for decorating Easter eggs and paint. It is entirely up to you whether you want to create designer artwork, geometric shapes, or little bunny pictures. You can also incorporate special Easter egg stickers and “tattoos”. If you are coloring eggs with your children, encourage their creativity and most of all, have fun!

Getting Ready for Easter: Buying Candy

It seems that every year there are more options. It’s hard enough to decide what to buy.

A few decades ago, the options were pretty clear. There were chocolate Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs, caramel eggs, basic yellow marshmallow peeps, jelly beans, and those Cadbury cream eggs.

Now the selection has grown in all directions.

Where there were only yellow peeps, peeps now come in a range of colors, including pink, blue, and purple. There are also bunnies in various electric colors. And yes, you can even buy sugar-free peeps for those of us who must avoid eating sugar.

You can then select from a wide range of other candies in all kinds of shapes and sizes, from egg-shaped candies to creamy strawberry, raspberry and coconut flavored fillings, just to get started.

And then you can get Easter bunnies and related creatures in all sizes from pocket size to bunnies big enough to dwarf your little one.

Some of the smaller chocolate bunnies also come with fillings, from marshmallow to peanut butter and more.

How do you select the ones your kids will enjoy the most? You can ask them, take them shopping with you, get one of each and take notes for the coming year, or buy a really large Easter basket so you can fit in a variety of options.

Speaking of baskets, the choice will also depend on whether you’re composing the baskets yourself or giving the kids baskets full of fake grass that they’ll fill as they hunt their treats around the house. – or garden.

Be sure to save a few items in case the hunt results too uneven, so that you can slip a few extra eggs into the “loser” basket to avoid tears.

It’s not ALL about food! What else can you put in an Easter basket?

Some parents may shudder at the thought of the Halloween-like candy overload that could result from Easter baskets limited to edible treats. So what else could you include?

Almost anything you like, as long as the kids enjoy it.

From CDs to games and books, to cute notebooks, pens and erasers, it really could include anything that can be used to fill socks. It’s just that for Easter, it will go inside a basket.

It could even include small garments or accessories, from socks to hair ornaments, jewelry, and more.

And don’t forget gifts for parents and friends. Here, you definitely don’t have to restrict yourself to bunnies and candy, though feel free to include them, along with a select gem, a brand new watch or a flawless new electronic device, and even new headphones in Easter egg colors. .

And of course, no one has decreed that all bunnies have to be edible. Some children will enjoy bunnies that will be their friends for months and even years. In fact, some people take “friends” literally and give live bunnies and even chicks. That is not always a good idea, especially for other people’s children. Be sure to check with parents, they may not appreciate the extra work. If you like baby bunnies, remember that they grow into big rabbits, and even more bunnies, if you’re not careful!

Preparing an Easter party

There are no real rules about what to serve for an Easter party. Unlike Thanksgiving, Easter doesn’t usually call Turkey. Instead, many families prepare a large ham, a rack of lamb, or perhaps a rib roast. But it’s really up to you what you and your family enjoy – a vegetarian brunch might be better for you.

Rather than include a recipe here, I’d like to encourage you to make your family’s favorites. There is something very comforting in gathering every year around the traditional festival.

However, when it comes to desserts, feel free to get creative and include a few new items or decorations. Unless you have a favorite dessert that is an absolute must.

What to do with all those hard-boiled eggs after Easter?

It’s actually kind of funny that there are basically three types of eggs that make up the Easter directory: chocolate eggs, caramel eggs, and hard-boiled eggs.

And, of course, we won’t have to worry about what to do with the first two categories; they would keep for weeks, if necessary. But they are not likely to survive that long.

Instead, it’s hard-boiled eggs. Once the novelty of the decorations has worn off, there will likely be leftovers in the baskets around the house.

So pick them up and add them to your meals.

Here are some ideas on what to do with all those eggs:

a) Stuffed eggs

Cut them in half, toss the yolks with your favorite combination of mustard, mayonnaise, seasoning, and your favorite spices, and fill them in the egg white halves again. Serve cold.

b) Sliced ​​eggs as a topping for sandwiches

Just cut the eggs and use them to cover the sandwiches.

c) Egg salad

Chop the eggs, toss them with mayonnaise, mustard, and onions, or whatever else you want to include, and serve as a dip or on sandwiches.

d) Other salads

You can also serve them chopped in chef’s salads and potato salads. You can combine egg slices with spinach and make a hot dressing. Just be creative!

There is no limit to what you can do. Take the ideas I suggested and build on them. Consider your family’s preferences and be sure to get everyone’s favorites, but also add some potential new favorites to the mix.

Above all, have fun and have a very happy Easter!

A dog tale

My name is Shadrach and I am a dog, a BIG dog, handsome, elegant and intelligent. No, I’m not vain at all, that’s what my mom always tells me, so I assume it’s true. I am now 4 1/2 years old and I live a great dog life! I get food of exceptional quality, my mom and dad believe in giving me organic food, with fresh vegetables and meat every day, so I can’t complain. They always buy me toys that I LOVE to terrorize, because that’s what dogs do. I have my own large bed in my own bedroom and I love that. I have a large yard and I like to bark and chase pigeons and cats that dare to enter my space.

The only thing I don’t like is having to take a bath UNLESS with the garden hose in the yard, that’s so much fun! The best thing is that I get a LOT and a LOT of love with my mom’s hugs and kisses every day. My favorite games are tug of war and chase. I am the champion of tug of war at home. Chase is a lot of fun because I’m so fast and my people can rarely catch me!

The best part of my day is going to the park where I can meet my dog ​​friends and friends.

However, the life of this great dog was not always mine. My mom and dad have no idea who my dog ​​mom was or how I got to be with bad people. My mom’s cousin (whatever she is) rescued me from bad people. He found out that I was left alone in a dark garage to die. Bad people no longer wanted to feed me or take care of me, not that they ever gave me a lot of food to begin with.

Mostly I was left alone in the yard, garage, or even in a dark bathroom at times. My mom’s cousin knows them and that’s how my mom and dad know all this. The bad guy hit and kicked me a lot and I don’t even know why. I guess that’s why I still don’t like many men. However, I LOVE my dad and other men I know from the park who live with my friends. My mom’s cousin took me home and fed me, but I had to live with her other dogs. They didn’t like me very much and beat me every chance they got, which used to be every day! I was so skinny and small that I couldn’t defend myself and it was too cold to be outside all the time. Thank God my new mom and dad came looking for me the week before Christmas four years ago.

They spoiled me immediately. They gave me good food several times a day. My mom wouldn’t let me eat a lot at once because my stomach was too small to handle a lot of food at one time. I wanted to do it though! I kept my tail tucked between my legs while I ate for a long time because I was always afraid. However, after a while, I knew that I could eat and that I would be safe. I got my own little bed in a kennel where I could stay and feel safe at night, in the house!

Now, life is so good. Now I am big and strong and strong. Men are more afraid of me now, since I am so big and tough looking. My coat is shiny and clean and not dull and dirty like before. My mom even gives me a special supplement that I suspect is really a treat. She puts it in a bowl and I drink to the last drop because it is so good. My mom and dad really love me and now I am happy. My only wish is that when people have a dog, they will take care of them and love them. Otherwise, they better not take us home with them. We depend on our people to love us and take care of us and not hurt us. We want to live with our people forever, not just until they get bored with us. So please take us home only if we can always stay with you.

Thank you, that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

Give unusual gifts to your special someone

On this path of life, there are many people we meet in our day to day. There are few who are with us since we arrived on this earth, few are those who are seen only on special occasions. Few are those who are annoying, few are those who worry. But there will always be few in our lives who have a strong impression on our hearts. With whom we always want to spend our time. Such special people deserve special gifts from time to time.

4 ways to get a unique gift for your special someone

PERSONALIZE

Gifts are a great way to express love. This is why we often spend hours searching for the perfect gift. Personalizing a gift with some cute touches would give a special impact that are exclusively for the gifted. So this time when you are looking for a gift; try increasing it by customizing.

HOMEMADE

Birthdays, vacations, weddings, anniversaries, special occasions are the moments or I prefer to call them opportunities to give to someone we care about. A gift becomes more meaningful if you take the time and do it yourself. Give your friends and family some handmade gifts. They will love them more than store bought ones.

HANDMADE

Have you ever wanted to give a gift and didn’t have the time or skills? There are other people in this world who will make gifts for you by hand. There are many websites where artisans sell their crafts online like ETSY, CRAFTFURNISH, ENGRAVE and many more. Give them a visit and see if they have what you are looking for.

TECHNICAL GIFTS

Friends or family, children or the elderly, men or women, these days there are very few who do not use gadgets. Electronic devices are commonly used in this generation. Without thinking much about what to buy, one could easily buy a tech gift and impress anyone. It is that easy. There are many types of tech gifts that can be used in everyday life.

SOME E-COMMERCE WEBSITES FOR UNIQUE GIFTS

Here are some websites where you can find some unique gifts and antiques.

NON-COMMON GOODS

Uncommongoods.com is a website that displays a wide range of gifts that are not normally found. There are many categories on this website that sell unique and purposeful gifts for their customers. If you are not very specific about the price, this could be a great option to buy a gift for that special someone.

AMAZON

A very old and trusted ecommerce companion for many people is AMAZON. There is a wide range of gifts available on Amazon. Who knows, if you could spend some time browsing Amazon, you might find something very special and unique. So give it a try before looking for other options.

GIFTCART

If you are still confused about what to buy as a gift, here is another ecommerce website that sells some amazing and unique gifts for you at prices ranging from hundreds to thousands.

BIG SMALL

This is a place for vintage, rustic and very unique online gifts. You want an epic gift or a modern gift; you can find all kinds of gifts here. From weird to awesome, from nice to cool, from funny to smart; This e-commerce website offers its customers every possible gift, big and small, for every occasion you can think of.

Parenting Skills: Tips for Teen Parents

The adolescent stage is the most feared stage of parenting. However, it is the latter and for the most part marked by irresponsibility and rebellion. Even the best parents are warned of this stage that presents itself as an inevitable battlefield for parents and their children. Fortunately, though, as a parent, if you play your cards right, this doesn’t have to be the case. With all your ideas and energy, it can be challenging as well as fun.

Understanding the stimulus behind adolescent behavior can make a difference for you. There are several changes teenagers go through as they prepare for adulthood, and although it may be several years ago, you too went through the same stage and therefore you should be able to relate to the behavior and understand the motivation; this is key. If you are willing to compromise a little, possibly adjusting to the situation by the way you react or think you could experience this terrible stage in a very positive way.

First, develop mutual trust. If your teenage son or daughter suddenly develops selective amnesia with details related to school or friends, don’t panic. Despite the monosyllabic and whispered responses, your child really wants or needs to connect with you. At times during this period you may have to step back from your parenting role and be a consultant of some kind by listening a lot, although there are some things that can be quite difficult for you to bear. Simply accept your new position paving the way for mutual trust.

There will be many things in this stage of life that will inevitably bother you and you will feel a great need to talk. However, you must be cautious in the battles you choose to fight ballast, you end up with a teenager who does not want to be in the same room with you or does not feel loved. For example, having a messy room and dying your hair purple are things that don’t really matter rather than hurting themselves or doing something that will be permanent, like getting a real tattoo.

Instead of saying flatly, “You can’t hang out with those kids,” which most of the time will backfire, you could invite these friends over for dinner. This will help you get a good idea of ​​who they really are and advise your child accordingly without creating a gap between the two of you.

These are just a few of the few tips for improving teen parenting skills. There are endless other ways to get closer to your teenager and get through this stage without shedding a lot of blood, just be open to creative ideas.

Valentine’s Day is for parents too!

When my children reached school age, Valentine’s Day became more about them and less about my husband and me. Suddenly, I was baking cute cupcakes, helping make homemade cards, and shopping for gifts for my kids. It was nice and all, but after several years, now I find myself thinking; Valentine’s is for lovers, right? And while I love my kids to death, this day is definitely NOT just about them, almost all other holidays are! So I say, let’s get back to Valentine’s Day! Parents need all the excuses they can have to spend quality time together.

Enough of the offspring – how can we make Valentine’s Day more focused on mom and dad? Start by taking a moment to reflect on the last time you had an intimate date with your partner. Maybe it was a candlelight dinner? Bubble bath for two? A walk in the woods holding hands under a starry sky? Come on think better, it can’t be that long ago! Well, actually, it’s probably been years, and if you’re like most parents, you’ve long needed some romance in your life. How do you make it happen?

You don’t need to get sucked into the commercialism of the day (I know this is a common complaint for many), but use it as an excuse to spend time with each other. Get a babysitter and go out, or just put the kids to bed on time and do something special at home.

Here are some suggestions to get started:

  1. Catch a romantic comedy movie at the theater with shared popcorn and goodies, and then have a drink at a local saloon.
  2. Enjoy a cheese fondue at home in front of the fire and follow it up with chocolate and fruit fondue, and whatever else you’d like to dip into it (wink, wink).
  3. Go snowshoeing, night skiing, snowmobiling or skating together at night and then warm up over coffee with coffee and dessert.
  4. Give each other serious massages. Forget the usual rubs on the neck or shoulders on the couch; I’m talking about relaxing full-body massages in bed with scented oils and candles. You’ll be nice and relaxed in bed … or whatever else you feel like doing later.

Remember, Valentine’s Day is about you as a couple. It is a day to remember why you are together and what you love about each other. It doesn’t have to be expensive, dramatic, or elaborate; you just need to show your affection for each other.

Tips to Help You Prevent Family Conflict During the Pandemic

Family members may have conflicts from time to time, which is normal. However, living in confined spaces can amplify these conflicts. In this case, your child’s behavior can become intolerable. If you want to maintain family harmony, your leadership skills will be very important. You should take your time to build a strong family bond and prevent your children from having unnecessary disputes. In this article, we’ve shared a couple of tips to help you develop a healthy family culture and reduce the chances of conflict.

Avoid rivalry

Sibling competition is a survival mechanism that helps children prepare to face difficulties in the future. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, this closed room life makes for healthy comparison and competition, which can have a negative impact on your child.

So what you need to do is take the right steps to avoid sibling comparison. This will help reduce rivalry. Your children must learn to accept individual differences and recognize the role of other family members.

Hold regular meetings

Holding regular family meetings will help you understand the problems your children are facing. These meetings can be formal and informal and can be held 2-3 days apart. Regardless of which method you choose, just make sure that the meetings are regular and well managed.

Spend time with them

Another important technique to reduce sibling rivalry is to organize interactions between children and their parents. This is also important for harmonious family relationships. So what you need to do is have some quality interactions with your kids, one by one. This will help reduce the competition they may face to get your attention. So what you need to do is make your children feel valued.

Gather the family

If your children don’t play together, they won’t be able to develop a healthy relationship with each other. So what you need to do is have some regular family rituals that should require everyone to get together. For example, it could be family discussions over dinner parties. Alternatively, you may want to go to the movies on a weekly basis.

Resolve Conflicts

If you want to resolve conflicts between siblings, you must learn to respond to these conflicts. After all, these variables must be within a limit. If they cross this boundary, they must be stopped. Therefore, you may want to choose the right time and place to help your children resolve these conflicts.

Simply put, we suggest that you follow these steps if you want to avoid family conflict.

Attractive offers for Big Wheels

I just got off the phone with a colleague who is talking and wants to have an online presence. He spent two hours with a marketer who tried to hook him into search engines and search engine optimization. I suspect you may fall into the trap.

SEO, pay-per-click advertising, and search engine optimization all have their place in internet marketing. But they shouldn’t be at the forefront of your marketing efforts. Rather, they should complement or complement your other marketing strategies.

You can hire an SEO expert to put you on the first page of a search engine keyword phrase, but by the following week, your competitors may have tampered with your website a few pages. For days in a row, it may not even appear on the first five pages. You never know from one moment to the next what position you will be in.

It’s like rolling the dice …

And with click fraud, hijacked affiliate links, and the ever-changing unknown world of algorithms, what worked well one month can bombard the next three. And then you are left holding the bag.

Four years ago, an insurance agent I knew received at least five calls a day from his online presence. He even showed me his fat bonus checks. Today, you are lucky to receive one call a week and you are feeling the rush.

But it does not have to be like that …

One of the safest and most consistent methods of building your database and making money is through joint venture agreements. You partner with another business owner to grow your customer base, grow your base, or both.

Let’s face it: it takes a long time to build your list of prospects, customers, members, or subscribers. You don’t have much time. You want to build your list quickly.

With joint ventures, you can leverage your time because your JV partner has spent their time and money building, maintaining, and servicing your list. You have the opportunity to build on their past efforts.

Why does it work so well?

Your partner’s customer base believes you. They trust her. They have progressed, enriched their lives, and made more money from their tips or products.

When she backs you up, it implies that she believes in you too. You are not an overnight opportunist. You are worthy of their trust. And this says a lot to establish your credibility.

Another reason …

Depending on your offering, your response rates can double, triple, or jump the scale with the backing of your JV partner. If you send a promotion to a cold list and typically get a two percent response, the same promotion can generate a four to six percent response rate with an endorsement. It is similar to pumping race fuel into your car. You will reach your destination faster.

Let’s look at three types of joint ventures you can activate:

1) Cooperative treatment. This is where you sell a complementary product or service. Or they co-promote each other’s business.

It is not unusual to see a real estate agent, a mortgage broker, and a title agent working together for a home buyer. Each of the three supports the other to provide faster service to the end consumer.

But be careful with your partner …

I was referred to a mortgage partner and a team member did not keep his word or returned my calls. When the other member called me back, I told him I didn’t want to have anything to do with his company.

And do you know what his lack of experience showed the world? She kept sending me prospecting postcards for the next six months. And finally the other partner broke out alone.

2) The competitive deal. Can Your Woman’s Magazine Partner With Another Woman’s Magazine To Take Advantage Of Hidden Assets? Will your igloo factory benefit from working with the Frosty the Snowman igloo factory?

Of course.

People saw Frosty the Snowman on TV and ended up in their database. For whatever reason, they never made a purchase. Or they bought a toy shovel and were never heard from again.

Maybe their igloos were too expensive. Maybe their igloos were cheap. Maybe they didn’t like his hat.

You can approach Frosty with the idea of ​​marketing your “dead leads” or “expires” with your igloo products. You probably have a product that Frosty doesn’t have. In this way, both parties benefit from the partnership rather than letting the names sit idle.

3) The unrelated deal. The possibilities are endless with these arrangements. In many cases, partners don’t care what business they partner with, as long as there is money to be made. It sounds artificial, but this is how some people work.

A marketing consultant and a printer can join forces to promote each other’s services. The consultant may write a marketing copy for the printer in exchange for a low-cost or no-cost print. Or the printer can send out a promotion using the consultant’s client list.

As with any action that requires a partner, you need to do your due diligence. Take a good look at the other part. You may need to step back to request business references, check if they are creditworthy, and ensure timely payment.

Avoid rushing into any deal if you don’t know who you are dealing with. A little extra caution goes a long way when working in a joint venture.

Tommy Yan helps entrepreneurs and business owners make more money through direct response marketing. Publish Tommy’s Tease weekly e-zine to inspire people to succeed in business and personal growth. Get your free subscription today at www.TommyYan.com.

Inside Tiny Houses – Are you ready?

Mr. Jay Shafer is the responsible genius who came up with the idea for Tiny Houses! His company, known as Tumbleweed, is part of the tiny home movement. In 2002, he co-founded the Small House Society in Iowa City, Iowa. In 2003, Gregory Paul Johnson commissioned him to build The Mobile Hermitage, which became one of Tumbleweed’s first commercially sold homes.

When did Tiny Houses start to flourish?

It turns out that during the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005, Marianne Cusato built 308 square feet. foot hut constructions for the homeless victims and small house movements flourished.

Want one? What to do next?

Identify the square footage you will need. Visit local pre-fab buildings to get an idea of ​​what your minimum requirement is or rent a Tiny House for a weekend to take an appraisal and experience your practical life inside a Tiny House. Then start brainstorming and planning your setup and storage needs. Slowly but surely, you will begin to form your image of the interior of your Tiny House.

A prefabricated building of 320 m2. foot is enough to make it comfortable and the transition from large to small is a breeze. Some even include all appliances and HVAC systems. All you need to do is pay for the building (approximately $ 35K), plus tax and transportation. Another alternative is to contact a builder of your choice.

You should also research state laws and the requirements for these tiny houses. A good source of information is the American Small Home Association.

There are several different resources and websites that sell blueprints, workshops, existing real estate for sale, or even rentals. So these little houses are here to stay for a long time and a definitive solution to not paying the mortgage for 30 or 40 years.

Get creative inside tiny houses

Imagine yourself inside a Tiny House and exactly what you are waiting for to feel comfortable. Let’s entertain our thoughts right now … think about having enough kitchen cabinets, maybe a slide-out pantry, a small stove with oven, enough counter space to prepare food, a small sink, cabinets for your bedroom, and where to squeeze in your washer / dryer combo, oh … and don’t forget about your bathroom amenities. Do you want a loft-style bedroom or on the same floor? If you have a loft, how will you want your staircase? Will you have storage space under or inside your ladder? As for your living room area, get creative to save space with a small sofa with drawers or storage underneath, perhaps a drop table for eating or working with a laptop and continue to work on all your ideas by jotting them down. Then, with all your ideas, prepare a floor plan and include measurements.

There are many small-scale furniture ideas that save floor space. Sofas with storage drawers, corner desks, floating desks, drop-leaf folding tables, storage trunks, folding beds, beds that slide out or up and down from the ceiling, many many more. The truth is, whether inside a Tiny House or not, these are also great ideas for saving space in small apartments, small rooms, sunrooms, bedrooms, guesthouses, studios, and even studios. Many innovative and creative ideas come to life every day from different sources and all because of the need for them. Very well said by Plato “necessity is the mother of invention”.

Last but not least: a reality check

I recently read an article “Dear People Who Live in Tiny Houses – Medium” by Lauren Modery, where she wrote this article on Tiny Houses and mentioned some stark realities of living inside a Tiny House that weren’t that great, but the truth. is that depending on the amount of square feet you buy your Tiny House, these could be customized to be very comfortable and efficient. You’ll enjoy lots of great experiences, like being able to take off whenever you want to travel, enjoy mortgage freedom, pay very low utilities, and receive a bill for less property taxes. Without a doubt, a great blessing!

But in the end, it all comes down to planning wisely, staying within your budget, and making sure your expectations are met.

More money? My cup overflows … but I’m still thirsty

Most of us, especially those of us who have debtor’s disease (if you do, you know what it is!), Have commented or at least thought, “If I could win the lottery or sweepstakes, everything would be better.” Unfortunately, even if that big dream came true, things would likely get worse instead of better.

It is a strange phenomenon. It seems that the more money you have, the more you need. It makes perfect sense. With more money, most people would increase their standard of living. My question is, “If you haven’t properly managed the money you have now, how do you expect to be able to properly manage two, three, four, five, or hundreds of thousands of times more money?” Good question, huh? Food for thought. Maybe you need to start learning how to properly manage what you have now while on a much smaller scale. Then you’ll be ready when that big lottery or raffle prize rolls around!

Now you may think that this is a crazy and nonsensical theory. Surely a million is enough for anyone to be on the easy street! I am sure that you have ever heard rumors about people who, in one way or another, fall into great riches, and soon after are back where they started or in an even worse financial situation. Many of these cases end in bankruptcy.

Not convinced? Let me tell you about my own experience, on a smaller scale, with this strange phenomenon. Once upon a time, I was a single parent raising four children with an income of just under $ 20,000 per year. My children were not without it, and although I began my journey towards the disappearance of debtors during this time, I had everything under control. Or so I thought.

As I understand it now, I was certainly not managing my money well. I wasn’t adequately preparing for the variable expenses or emergency expenses that were sure to crop up. Thank God for a great family infrastructure that provided help and support when needed! My monthly payments were within my income, including debt payments. I monitored my debt to make sure I maintained a comfortable debt-to-income ratio. I felt like I had the right perspective on my finances.

It wasn’t until family income increased due to marriage that I somehow lost that perspective and my real problems began. I blame much of this accelerated financial ruin on “overconfidence.” This “overconfidence” leads to an arrogant disregard for proper money management. Looking back you know the rear view is 20/20, if I knew what I know now I would be way ahead of the game!

Since my new husband earned more than double the income I did, I quit my job to become a homemaker. I’ve been working since I was fourteen (and now I’m not a spring hen), so when she expressed her wish for me to stay home with the kids, I jumped! But this was not a contributing factor to my financial demise. It was the mindset I acquired when family income increased.

My way of thinking was this: “If I were to take care of a family of five with my income close to the poverty level, surely I have no financial worries now.” Life was good! At least for a while. Our standard of living changed, of course. Usually my cup spills … and I was thirsty for more. Now could we afford to carry those things we “needed”? (I question it because my definition of this word has changed a lot) and I wanted without fear. I had that fear before. The fear of not being able to pay the debt. I think that’s why I kept it under strict control. With that fear now gone and a new sense of false security replacing it … the debtor’s disappearance came quickly.

Before I knew it, we were living from paycheck to paycheck. Sometimes I even found myself juggling funds to balance the budget. It didn’t seem like that much money anymore. I can laugh at myself now that I understand exactly how it happened. That delusion of mental grandeur into which I had dropped my little boy. After all my research, I now know that I am no different than millions of other people in this world. It’s an easy mindset to adopt. That’s why more money will never make things better until you learn to manage first, then spend.

Your best preparation for that big winning day is to start planning now. Even if that big money dream never comes true, you might be surprised what can be accomplished with a little forethought and planning. A good debt-free spending plan and a monthly budget that encourages frugal living will give you, at the very least, more financial security and independence.

Why the heck, if you are young enough, you can plan your way to millionaire status. Can be done. It has been done! He’s the guy next door who might not even know what he classifies as a millionaire. He or she probably doesn’t brag about it and their lifestyle doesn’t hint at it. But I bet he’s a happy, stress-free millionaire who has everything he needs and wants. He’s probably the nicest person you’ve ever wanted to meet. Simply because you manage your money and refuse to let your money manage it!

So, what are you waiting for? Stop wishing for more money and make a plan to manage and take control of the money you have!

Good luck and success

Live debt free to be free. You deserve it!

Behavior Problems in School-Age Children: Mild, Moderate, or Severe?

If you have a school-age child with behavior problems, you have learned what “frustrating” and “exhausted” are all about.

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your child has a small problem or a bigger one. As a parent, you want there to be no problems and it can be easy to quickly magnify any situation. Your home life can go from serene to chaotic in no time, and it’s easy to start to feel like things are getting out of hand.

Let’s face it, all children have problems, just like adults. The real question is how bad the problem is and what can we do to improve it.

Now, I’m not a therapist or a doctor. I am a mother with more than 27 years of experience as a mother, and based on that experience, here are my thoughts for recognizing behavior problems in children.

Mild behavior problems.

In this category we have the variety of gardens that school-age children face.

= Not doing household chores.

= Laziness.

= Not doing things the first time they are told (or the third or fifth).

= Procrastination.

= Occasional disrespectful speech. My mother used to call him “cheeky”.

Mild behavior problems in school-age children have a lot to do with a child’s individual temperament. If you have a strong-willed child, you left mild behavior problems a long time ago! Generally, these types of problems can be solved mainly with clear limits and firm reminders. Task charts can be helpful and fun in this process.

== Moderate behavior problems.

All children visit this section at least once in a while. Here you can expect to find:

= Problems with the most common tasks.

= Occasional problems at school.

= Possible harassment.

= Speaking again.

= A LOT of shuffling feet when doing housework.

These types of behaviors require stricter limits, more serious consequences, and a 100 percent compliance rate. Obviously, getting your child to see the error of his ways at this stage will be better than if he progresses to the next stage.

== Severe behavior problems.

These are the kinds of problems that completely upset a family. (Remember, these are for school-age children, ages approximately 5-13.)

= Often disruptive at school.

= Drug / alcohol use.

= Vulgar speech used against others.

= Running away.

= Violence.

These are not easy problems to fix. They are usually very ingrained and can be aggravated by the beginnings of drug or alcohol use. They often require professional help, as well as a committed family effort.

In all these categories, I just gave a sample of behavior problems. Real life is much more complex. And all children show signs of more than one category from time to time.

As a parent, you know your own child better than anyone. If you can see that your school-age child’s behavior problems are getting worse, take steps to help sooner rather than later. Research the child’s behavior, read books, ask questions and, if necessary, seek professional help.

Everyone has difficulties, but steps can be taken to minimize those problems. Behavior problems in school-age children can be mild, moderate, or severe. Whatever level your child copes with, he can learn to handle his challenges and become the responsible adult that you know he can be.