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Family Friendly Sports Destinations

One of the nicest things about having a family is getting to go on vacation with them. And one of the best ways to go on vacation with your family is to do a sports-themed vacation. Assuming the whole family is into sports (and many of them are), this can be a whole new level of bonding among the family.

Giving specific suggestions is almost too tough here, because there are so many options to choose from. For example, just under baseball, and just for starters, you could tour Wrigley Field, from there head into Iowa and tour the original Field of Dreams (yes, the one about which they made a movie), then go east all the way to Faneuil Hall, the NYC baseball stadiums, and the Baseball Hall of Fame (the world’s oldest hall of fame at 75 years old ) in Cooperstown, NY. Tour Doubleday field, where the sport in and of itself was born, and visit the Baseball Wax Museum. And this is just scratching the surface!

It is highly recommended not to under-estimate your children. You may be surprised at the things that will NOT go over their heads. And don’t forget that it’s up to you to push their limits and broaden their horizons. Don’t be afraid to book a vacation that will give your kids a sense of the history of their favorite sports, and even include sports that they may not yet know about or particularly care for. This even includes things like horse racing, for example. Your kids may just be introduced to the sport, but come back with spectacular memories of their first Kentucky Derby. The possibilities are massive.

Internationally, there are also tons of options. Beside the obvious and expensive World Cups and Olympics, there are tons of cheaper and interesting options. One little-known gem is the windsurfing championships held every year at Cabarete, Dominican Republic, which is a reasonably cheap destination and a cheap and short flight from the USA. The best part about a plan like this is it comes with plenty of sand and surf for the family to enjoy as well, as well as amazing beach-side dining.

Of course, mom and dad are still going to be more sophisticated and jaded than the kids. One way of keeping the kids happy without getting bored yourselves is to place a bet online before going to the event. And if you are abroad, for example in the UK where sports betting is legal, it will be an option available right there in the arenas. This multiplies the adrenaline of the event many times over and lets you really get into it with the same spirit that the kiddies do!

10 Tips for Flying Business Class with a Toddler

When you become a parent, suddenly the idea of flying becomes a lot more stressful. Not only do you have to worry about getting to your gate on time, you also have to worry about getting there with your kids in tow. Booking business class flights can take away some of the stress since you have more space to move around, but it also means that you have to worry about annoying your fellow passengers, who have paid thousands of dollars to enjoy the privilege of travelling in peace and quiet.

If you’re planning to book a premium ticket for your family, here are some tips for flying business class with a toddler.

Bring things to do

You’ll want to keep them occupied as much as possible, so pack a holdall with colouring books, puzzles and a tablet loaded with movies and TV shows they like. Yes there are 20” entertainment screens with noise cancelling headsets, but perhaps the selection of kids movies onboard might not be very extensive.

Take advantage of the business class perks

Flying business class means you’ll have a larger baggage allowance, which means you can bring as much stuff as you need for the kids. You’ll also benefit from dedicated check-in desks and priority lanes, make the whole airport experience a little more relaxed. Your airline may even provide you with a chauffeur driven car to the airport, so take advantage of this if you can.

Arrive to the airport early

Give yourself plenty of time at the airport so you’re not rushing through the airport like the McAllisters in Home Alone! By arriving early you’ll be more relaxed, which means they’ll be more relaxed too. You’ll usually have access to the business class lounges, which sometimes have kids facilities to keep your toddler entertained.

Check if you can pre-order kids meals

Some airlines will provide special kids meals in business class, while others have a more limited selection. You can call up the airline before your flight to check, but it may also be worth bringing some snacks just in case they’re not so sure of the food.

Choose two seats together

Often business class is organised in a 1-2-1 layout, which means there are two seats together in the middle, and single seats next to the windows. If you wish to be seated near your child then you’ll want to choose the middle seats – the privacy divider will come down so you can easily pass things over to them. Of course one of the brilliant things about business class is the seats are incredibly roomy, so you don’t have to worry about them kicking the seats in front. The seats also convert into fully flat beds, so you can change them into pyjamas and put them down to sleep. You’ll usually be given an amenity kit with perfumes and skincare products, but sometimes airlines also provide special kits and toys for the children too.

Flying business class with a toddler isn’t easy – the last thing you want is them running around the cabin during the flight. Some parents may gasp in horror at the thought of traveling with kids in the front end of the plane, but if you know they can be well behaved then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t fly business class on your next family vacation. With plenty of space, noise cancelling headsets and a catalogue of entertainment, your kids will soon settle down and enjoy the flight.

Stuck At Home as a New Mom

New moms live the most blessed and most cursed existences at this time in history. It’s such a beautiful time of your life, but one of the main drawbacks is that new moms tend to be stuck at home and if they’re not careful they can go a little stir-crazy. This is especially true for the mommies who were so used to being all over town, even during their pregnancy. It can be a massive adjustment.

Ideally, you will have your home prepared for this eventuality long in advance of the baby’s arrival.

The one thing you want to get for yourself is a top of the line screen to watch your movies on. Don’t scrimp on this; get something nice for yourself like a Panasonic HDR 4K TV. You’re going to be binge watching a lot of Netflix and other material, and you need the best tools to keep yourself comforted and immersed.

Another thing you are going to want to stock up on are ebooks, because you’re going to get tired of watching movies. Honestly, the whole experience is very different, because baby can and will interrupt you frequently, and this is where ebooks shine, because they are easy to put down and pick up on a dime like that.

It’s also a good idea to have Skype or Whatsapp or a similar app installed, perhaps even hooked up to the TV. Sometimes people can’t make it to your home, or you may have lots of friends and relatives out of town or even overseas, and being able to chat on video with them will be great for you. It’s very easy for a new mom to feel very alone, for hormonal reasons or otherwise. This is normal, but easily counteracted.

Lastly, make sure you do get those people you want to visit you. However, during the first couple of weeks it’s not a good idea, but after that you are going to crave it, and it is good and necessary. Surround yourself with people will help you feel more like a human being again and less of a zombie. And past the two week mark you are going to need external help, because frankly you will not have been sleeping properly at all!

Your new mom experience should be much more of a blessing than a curse, and with the proper planning it almost certainly will be.

Ways to Increase Your Baby Fund

When you become a parent, there is a lot that comes your way in terms of expenses and other upkeep costs that in somehow hinder you from saving up for your baby’s future. There is the doctor’s expenses, food, baby gear, diaper expenses among so many other things that may prevent you from saving up. But on top of all this, it is salient for you to find ways to ensure that you have this fund because it ideally acts as a safety net for your baby for future purposes. So here are some of the extra part times you can do to increase the baby fund.

Online Trading

One of the ways through which you could possibly increase your baby fund is by investing and engaging in online trading. You can do so by investing in shares of a listed company on the ASX or SSX, investing in unlisted managed funds through the mFund and investing in bonds and interest rate securities that allow you to sort of diversify your overall portfolio and lend money to the emitter depending on your liking as displayed by CMC Markets in their website.

Start a Free Amazon Associate Account

Amazon has an affiliate program that enables just about anyone who is interested in registering and earning a commission once someone purchases something from Amazon using the special link that they give you. In most cases, you stand a chance to earn a commission of up to 8% of the cost of the commodity on Amazon, however; it also depends on the category that the commodity is in.

Freelance Writing for Blogs

Bloggers are always in search of new content and sometimes it may get very overwhelming to do by themselves. As such, they are always constantly in search of people who can help write content on their blog and pay them between 25 and 45 dollars per article of 2000 words. The beauty about this part time is that you do not really have to be an expert because you will get guidance on the topic to research on from the blog author.

Start a Blog

Blogs have a potential of earning you quite a bit of money especially if you put in the hard work that it requires at the end of the day. You can get some funds by guest blogging on a site of your choice. If you are at it, you can still write for travel blogs on the various destinations of your choice.

Be a Virtual Assistant

One of the other things that you can be sure to make extra cash from is by being a virtual assistant. This often entails doing tasks such as reading through the email inbox and responding to people, posting articles on the employer’s site as well as scheduling the employer’s travel plans if need be. The beauty of being a virtual assistant is that you can work whenever you like at the comfort of your couch and earn anything from $8 to $20 per hour.

Arbitrage for Amazon FBA

This is a cool way for moms who love spree shopping or those who observe the price of items carefully at stores. You can earn huge bucks from this just by visiting the local stores and hitting the clearance section, buying a shopping cart full of items and then mail it to the Amazon FBA. What Amazon then does is sell the items for you and emails them to you and then pays you your share of the amount.

Get Freelance Editorial Work

If you feel that you are not up to the commitment of blogging but still want to be able to express your creativity, then you can be an editor for media, corporate and nonprofit websites that are looking for freelancers to write, edit and produce their content.

Saving up and getting an extra part time may not be the easiest of things to do but having a clear picture of why you are doing it in the first place helps put things in perspective. As your baby becomes of age, they will have the safety net they need to cover their future expenses.