Do I Bring Presents To A Gender Reveal Party?

The guests actually decide whether or not  to bring a gift. Neither way is wrong. The hosts probably won’t expect a gift because this type of party is just all about fun, but not many people have been known to turn away a gift.

 

Bringing a cute baby present or something the parents will love is just another way to show your affection and appreciation for being invited so if you bring a gift, you’ve done nothing wrong, but no one will be expecting it.

 

Whether it’s the first child or the eighth child, once a couple finds out they are pregnant, it’s a huge choice to find out the gender or just be surprised at the birth.

 

If they decide to find out the gender, it’s a truly exciting time for family and friends alike, so the gender reveal parties is a gift in itself.  Sometimes people have fun themes with games and music. Some of the best themes include food, movie themes, paint guns or clothes, such as tutus and bow ties, according to Gender Reveal Surprise.

 

Parties may have rooms filled with balloons as you just await on pins and needles for one of those balloons to be popped as the colored confetti streams out exclaiming the gender. Other parties may have games where partygoers follow clues to find the gender reveal present at the end.

 

The best thing is the reveals don’t have to stop at confetti and powder. Many hosts fill cakes and/or cupcakes with the color of the gender and have everyone gather around for a sweet revealing treat. Some hosts go as far as to put colors in their car exhaust and rev down the road as the colored powder flows out. Everyone has their own ideas and nothing seems to be off limits. It’s all about celebrating loved ones, the new parents and the exciting new addition.

 

If you decide to bring the parents a gift, go unique.

 

It might be even a little more fun to bring the new sibling a gift because they may be feeling a bit left out and confused about all of the upcoming changes. Give them a gift or give the entire family a gift for an extra special surprise. Your gift could even go with the theme of the party. If the parents choose to hit a ball filled with powder, bring them a sporty golf gift. A gift doesn’t need to be something expensive as you can go all out for the shower later, it just need to be something fun or from the heart.

 

Enjoy this life changing time with loved ones and just have a lot of fun. To make sure your gender reveal party is a great success, follow these tips in the blog at Gender Reveal Surprise.

 

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How To Declutter Your Home

Ways to Declutter Your Home

The idea of living a minimalistic life sounds attractive to many these days and it’s definitely something thats on the rise in popularity. The benefits of owning fewer possessions means you have less to clean, less to organise, less stress, more money and therefore more energy for the things you’re really passionate about due to the amount of time you’ll save not having to clean so much stuff!

However, this is where things could start to get a little stressful, especially if you have a lot of stuff to get rid of. Many people starting out will begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of decluttering their homes. However, the decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as you might think.

Here are our tips to help you declutter your home…

Give yourself a time limit. By giving yourself a time limit, means you have a clear end in sight. This could be anything from 5 minutes to half an hour. See what you can get done and once you reach your allied time, stop and treat yourself by doing something you love – go for a walk, spend time with friends…etc

A room at a time. As it can sometimes feel very overwhelming when it come to decluttering your home, do it piece by piece, or room by room to make it more manageable.

Fill one trash bag. One great way to declutter is to grab a large rubbish/bin bag and simply fillet up. Pick a room and just go for it! I bet you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can fill it up. Then once its full, either take it to a charity shop or your recycling centre to give your unwanted items a new home.

Try the closet hanger experiment. To identify pieces in your wardrobe to clear out, hang all your clothes together in your wardrobe with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After say, 6 months, you’ll have a clear picture of the clothes you do and don’t wear, making it easy to get rid of the ones still facing in the wrong direction.

Make a list. Create a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest. When you’re done with one area, stop and take a break or stop all together and focus on some thing else. This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list (drawers/closets/rooms). And could easily fit into any schedule.

Take the 12-12-12 challenge. The 12-12-12 challenge is a simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home/place. It can be a really fun way to quickly organise a multitude of things in your home.

Experiment with numbers. Pick a number of items to get rid of and see if you can make it happen. For example, say you picked the number 48…this would be the number of items throughout your house to get rid of. However, if 48 seems too little, or too much, adjust it to suit you. The important thing is to challenge yourself to live with less and see what you learn from the experiment.

The Four-Box Method. Buy yourself 4 boxes and line them spout of the way, in a spare room perhaps. One for trash, one to give away (charity), one for keeps and one to relocate (perhaps to give to friends/family or put in anther room more suited).

No matter what you choose to help you get started, whether it’s one of these tips or not, the goal is to take your first step into a clutter free world.

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How To Stay In Touch With Home On The Road

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In this day and age, there are so many things that are pulling us away from our homes that it can be easy to lose touch with the places we are most familiar with. Whether you’re on the road for work, setting off on your travels, or just find yourself moving around a lot, there are ways that you can stay connected to the world at home by just using your laptop or other digital devices. So, let’s take a look at some of the options available to you.

Video Chat

One of the hardest things about being away from home is missing your loved ones. Just a decade or two ago that desire to speak face to face with your partner, children, or friends could only be quenched by a phone call or a letter. These days your options appear limitless when it comes to interactive with anyone while looking in their eyes no matter where you both are.  

Video chat applications such as Skype and Facetime have both opened up the world of video-calls for all types of people, where once before it was seemingly reserved for business types. There are other applications from startups such as Tinychat that specialize in group chats so you and your family could gather for dinner no matter where you are in the world. The beauty of applications like these are the fact they are available across all devices so you could be in one part of the world with nothing but your laptop, while a family member takes you around the home on their smartphone.

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Another difficulty if you find yourself on the road more often than not is keeping in touch with your mail, usually the delivery option of choice for bills, healthcare and other important documents. If you are concerned about not being able to access your mail for a long period of time, you might want to consider setting up a physical address. This will allow you to have all of your mail sent to a centralized hub where it will be securely scanned and uploaded to you for access when and where you want it. This innovative use of technology has removed the need for a permanent address for many businesses and can now be used for personal use as well. This is particularly useful for someone who is constantly on the road for work and doesn’t want to come home to piles of letters, especially if some of them are urgent.

Of course, a lot of correspondence is done via email these days and ensuring you have an account with one of the many providers out there is important as well.

Applications

We have touched upon the use of apps in the previous two sections, but they need an area all to themselves due to the wide range of available options out there for you. Depending on your needs there is likely to be an application out there for you that will help you keep in touch with your home life. For those of you looking for a way to stay in touch with someone special, there are apps like Couple that allow you to share phone calls, messages, drawings, pictures and a number of other things between just the two of you. Whereas if you’re someone with a big group of friends that are always on the move or a large family then you might prefer something like GroupMe which connects several people in a similar way to Couple. You can have up to 200 people in a single group meaning you shouldn’t ever lose touch with college friends, your siblings or any other makeup of group that you can think of.

Away From Home

So as you can see, being on the road and away from home doesn’t have to be the isolated scenarios they once were. Your options for keeping in touch with your loved ones are greater than they ever have been. We haven’t mentioned every single type of application that you can use to help you, but there are many more like WhatsApp for chatting and Tiny Beans for sharing private images of your little ones.

No matter where you are in the world there is a way to touch base nowadays thanks to technology. It really is one of the great benefits of living in the digital age.

 

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