Throw Your Little One The Best Birthday Party Ever

It’s that time of the year again; your child is a year older. With all the work commitments you have had, you have forgotten to think about what you will offer your kid as a present this year. You know they liked the gift you got them last time, and you might get them something similar in order for you to see them smile uncontrollably once again. But wait, this year there is something better you could do to show your love for your child.

If you are tired of hitting the shops and getting them something material and would instead prefer to invest effort and money into putting together something more personal, why not throw them the best birthday party they have ever attended?

With the below tips in place, there are no obstacles in the way of you planning your child’s most epic birthday bash!

Secretly invite their best friends

Your children are in the process of growing up and as such, already probably have a large circle of friends with whom they socialise both at school and after. If you would like for them to have a superb time on their special day, you should ensure you invite their friends to the party. Without telling your child, arm yourself with a list of people who you could telephone and call their families with a set date in place. This will not only allow you to talk to the parents of your child’s friends and maintain contact with them, but it will also help you organise the party of your kid’s dreams. Be as secretive as you can about this and on the big day your child will be pleasantly surprised when they see their best mates walk through the door.

Plan a set of activities in which they will be able to compete

If you would like to see your children smile on their birthday party, this won’t take a lot of effort as the mere fact that their friends will be present on their big day will be an incredible surprise for which they will be grateful for the rest of their lives. If on top of this you would like for them to spend the time in style, why not organise a set of activities in which they could compete and earn prizes if they turn up to be the winners? This won’t take a long time to organise, and it will no doubt put an even more significant smile on their faces. For example, if your child is into sports you might want to hold matches in which they will attain a reward for coming first. This is easy to do if you have the right prizes in place. Have a look at trophiesplusmedals.co.uk and choose your pick!

Bake the best cake you have ever made

There is no birthday party without a proper cake in place and your child’s big day needn’t be an exception. If you would like to throw your children the best birthday party they’ve ever had, you will need to also impress them with your baking skills and this is something you will be able to do with the right tools in place. You might want to invest in these baking sets in order to make your kids’ party an unforgettable one.

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Ten Things To Do In Paris

If you’re looking for a short break with friends or a special celebration with your partner, a noteable anniversary perhaps – Paris is an amazing place to visit, filled with fun things to do and fabulous food.

There are so many beautiful places to stay you’ll be spoilt for choice when booking – if you’re looking for somewhere a bit special, check out this site for Paris Luxury Homes.

Once you’ve got your travel and accomodation sorted, you’ll be looking for an itinerary – here’s a few great ideas to fill your time in gay Paris during your luxury break…

The Eiffel Tower

It’s not difficult to see the reason that this is the most popular attraction in Paris – you can choose to climb the seven hundred and four steps to the most breath taking views of the city, or, alternatively, you could take the elevator if you’re either not able, or just can’t be bothered – it’s always nice to have options!

If you do choose to take the stairs, you can visit one of the restaurants (there are five choices for dining on the Eiffel tower ranging from a snack bar to full on French Cuisine), the immersion gallery, gift shop and the see through floor on the first floor – yes – it is possible to walk on it – physically anyway – you might not actually be able to muster up the courage! (the lift doesn’t stop at this floor). Will you become one of the many lucky people to get engaged at the top of Eiffel Tower?

The Louvre

The world’s largest art museum, an historic monument and a beautiful landmark of the city, The Louvre houses hundreds of thousands of objects, some of which pre-date history!

It contains many famous masterpieces that you might possibly recognise, including the Venus di Milo, Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace to name just a few – it also hosts the best collection of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiquities, and paintings from the middle ages.

Well worth a visit if you’re in the neighbourhood whether you have an eye for art or not.

The Champs Elysees

The Champs Elysees is well known for it’s cafes, theatres and luxury shops, if you’re going to Paris for a spot of retail therapy, this is the place to be.

The Arc De Triomphe

One of the most famous monuments in Paris, The Arc De Triomphe De L’Etoile honours those who fought and died for France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

It stands a staggering fifty meters tall and fourty five meters wide, with a depth of twenty meters – it’s a truly impressive sight that literally can’t be missed.

Palais Garnier

Made famous by the absolute classic that is ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, The Palais Garnier is one of the most well known (if not THE most well known) Opera houses in the world.

Speaking of The Phantom of the Opera – it was losely based on real events that actually took place at the Palaise Garnier in the late 19th Century, and a legendary tale about a ballerina’s skeleton being uncovered there. Well worth a watch – if you like musicals, you’ll have heard of it – if you don’t this would be an absolutely fabulous one to start with.

The building itself is an eccentric masterpiece of architecture and the auditorium is an absolute triumph that will completely top any theatre or opera house you’ve ever seen before.

It truly is the epitome of over-the-top luxury, if you’ve never been to the Opera before, this is the place to try it for the first time.

Food/sightseeing Tours

There are too many available to list, but these are easily found online as there is so much to see and eat in Paris – this would be a lovely way to spend an afternoon!

River Seine

Stretching over 777 in in, the River Seine is a slow flowing and easy to follow river with thirty bridges allowing crossing and fabulous views.The ashes of Joan of Arc were scattered in the Seine at Rouen.

Catacombs

The Catacombs are a collection of man-made, sub-terranian passageways that hold the remains of more than six million people – it was created as part of a solution to combat the cities over crowded cemeteries.

Notre Dam

Notre Dam, meaning ‘Lady of Paris’, is a medieval Catholic Cathedral and widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French gothic architecture.

Within it’s treasury, it houses some of the most important relics in Catholicism, including the crown of thorns, a fragment of the true cross and one of the Holy nails.

The Cathedral has 10 bells – The largest, Emmanuel, is in the south tower, weighing in at just over 13 tons and is rang to mark the hours of the day and for various occasions and services.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame was written by Victor Hugo in an effort to get more people to appretiate the Cathedral. Definitely worth a visit.

The Moulin Rouge

This has been firmly on my bucket list for over a decade – The Moulin Rouge is the birth place of the can-can and paved the way for the production of cabarets around the world.

This is a spectacular tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment.

The ‘Féerie’ consists of a troupe of 80 artists, including 60 Doriss Girls recruited world-wide, 1000 costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins, made in the most famous Parisian workshops, fabulous sets in shimmering colours, uniquely designed by Italian artists.

You can simply go for the show, or make a real thing of it and have dinner too – the menu looks absolutely INCREDIBLE.

Obviously this is only a small selection of what you could do in Paris, the city of Love, great wine, fabulous food and Let’s not forget Disney Land!

How would you spend your ideal weekend in Paris?

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Free Stuff Guide In The UK

If you were wondering about the free stuff that they give away in the United Kingdom, you should know that most of the stuff being given away there are items you’d be pay good money for. We’re talking about bottles of wine, Toblerone chocolates, hair straighteners, a tube of Olay CC cream, among others.

Of course, anything that’s offered for free always has a catch, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering why firms want to give free stuff away. But if you’re like us, however, you’d probably say to yourself, who cares? Everyone loves free stuff from Mega Free Stuff, and businesses realize that giving a flavor of the goods is always good for business.

There are many, many websites out there that give away thing for free. Often, they send free samples of the products of their affiliated companies. If you love free things (everyone does), subscribe to a free stuff newsletter. You will need to enter your details in the subscription box. This is necessary, but don’t worry, your details won’t ever be passed onto the business or any other third party. Below are a few tips for you when trying to get freebies:

  • In order to avoid spam, consider creating a secondary email account for freebies and offers. This can keep your primary inbox clear, and you also will have the ability to immediately see the businesses that are giving away freebies and offers in real time.
  • Keep a watch on each website’s Terms and Conditions and see if you want to check or un-check specific boxes which will lead to more unwanted emails.

How can you locate offers, competitions and free stuff? You should have a team of committed cash-saving enthusiasts who are hell-bent on locating all the most recent free stuff, offers and competitions that can be found on the internet. If you find anything, bookmark it.

The good thing about free stuff that’s being given away for free in the United Kingdom is that they’re not limited to consumer goods. You can actually get more free stuff for travel, accommodations, festivals, and others. We’d like to share some tips on how you can get them.

Gather Avios points in your regular shopping so you can build up enough to buy a vacation that is totally free. There are a variety of methods to gather. When you spend on grocery stores, fuel and bank cards making use of your Shell Devotion or Tesco Clubcard you can earn just as much as 3 points per GBP1. We’ve worked out the typical home could get a complimentary vacation to Egypt after only one year of gathering Avios points.

In case you want to meet new folks and favor a home to a hotel room, sign up CouchSurfing.com or Tripping.com Those websites give you the opportunity to have your accommodation totally for free and to enjoy your destination as a local. Simply enter your details, select your destination, and search the community to find people who will allow you to crash on their couch for free.

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Waiting For A School Decision

The average human pregnancy is shorter than the wait to find out what school our kids will go to – we applied over nine whole months ago and tomorrow is the day we finally find out.

We chose three schools within a reasonable distance to our house – I know people who did the school visits and everything – problem is that we also have a kid who will still be at nursery for the next eighteen months – and in the absence of a time machine or any form of magical powers, we (I) need to be able to drop/pick up the kids every day.

School number one has great Ofsted reports historically, comes highly recommended by friends and is literally in the next street to our nursery – all along I’ve wanted this school, it would be so easy and I could just change nursery hours to suit school trips – perfect.

School number two is a good school and although it’s only up the road there is precisely zero parking – ‘You could just walk’- I hear you say – well no – if I wanted to have a go at pretending to be Anneka Rice I could walk – I still have to get the younger kid the nursery and the drop off times (once I sort nursery) are near enough identical so unfortunately, unless I can get finance on a Tardis – not even remotely plausable. It would be akin to competing in Tekeshi’s castle before I even started my working day.

Anneka rice helicopter – school run
Anneka standing by what I need to negotiate the school run – I could probably afford one with what we’ve spent on nursery fees
School number three is on the other end of town – it’s a great school that also has a nursery attached to it, so I could move the younger one if needs be, saving me the ball ache of trading my VW in for a Delorian – also – I went to this school myself, so like the idea of my kids going there.

The spanner in the works has been nursery. Both of our girls go to a lovely private one in the village – Nina will have been there for nearly four years by the time she leaves and Bobbi has been there for nearly eighteen months – they love it there but it’s EXPENSIVE.

Nursery – school
The nursery with our wages
In preparation for our new situation, I grabbed a copy of the price list the other day to see what we were to be faced with – I was nearly sick in my mouth a bit – moving her hours around slightly and adding one hour per day (two days per week) was going to cost an extra £150 per month! FUCK THAT.

I did not see that coming – but because of the nurserys rigid and frankly dickish session times, we’d have to pay for an extra 24 hours per month – and only actually use 8 – basically – we’d be paying out over £100 for no reason at all – so that’s not going to be happening.

Today will be a really, really long day as it affects everyone in our family in such a big way! Nina will be moving up to big school (hopefully in the village), Bobbi will be changing nursery (which causes me some lovely strong Mummy guilt as she’ll be leaving all her friends etc) and I’ll find out whether I need to locate a Time Turner or not. I’ll be staying up to find out as soon as humanly possible.

Good luck to everyone else on the final count down!

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