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How To Throw A Terrific Summer Party

If you live in a major metropolis like Los Angeles or Seattle, you know that throwing a party can sometimes be challenging — considering the density of living in the city. Often, your yard space is small (if you’re lucky to have any outdoor space at all), and you’re surrounded on all sides by neighbours. But just because you have a smaller space to work in, doesn’t mean you can’t pull off a great time for friends and family.

Send the Invites Early

People — especially those in the Millennial or Gen Z cohort — are busy these days. Many people work in the creative or precarious sphere and have to ration out their time carefully. Make sure to send invites at least a month in advance and then send everyone a reminder a week beforehand. Facebook is often the go-to mode of communication, but for those who choose not to buy in, a simple email with a Google invite will do. This way your friends can simply add the event to their digital calendars.

Get Creative with Catering

We can all do better than chips and dip, so get creative. If you want to create a sense of sharing (and save money in the process) insist on a pot luck, where everyone brings a little bit to share. In the summertime, keep the fare light and cool. Summer salads (think mango and spinach, or a classic Cobb), cold sandwiches (cucumbers, anyone?), and chilled drinks like beer and wine are always a great bet. If you’re catering for friends who love trying something new and fun, consider Mochi ice cream from a vendor like MyMo Mochi, that offers delicious ice cream with delectable sticky rice-cake on the outside. As refreshing as ice cream, Mochi adds another layer with a crunchy and flavorful shell. To peruse the interesting and unique flavors available (such as Green Tea, Ripe Strawberry, or Mint Chocolate Chip) and to find MyMo Mochi Ice cream near you simply visit the link, or ask your local grocer for more information.

Games are In

If you want to get people moving but don’t feel comfortable blaring music over speakers, why not consider a fun, adult game to get people talking, laughing and moving. Games have come a long way since the days of Twister, and some can be downright hilarious. Whatever your age, so many party-goers are being swept up by games-mania, so there are plenty to choose from. If you have creative types, then a game like Scattergories or Balderdash. This will keep people thinking and working in teams. If you are catering to an older or more mature crowd, consider classics like charades, or even a game of Taboo and — maybe even design these as party games with prizes for the best performance.

So, if you’re planning on throwing a shindig for fun-loving party-goers of any age, remember that good company, food, and games make for a fun, exuberant, and memorable affair. Keep our tips in mind and enjoy your next event!

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.