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Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Every good party starts with a theme, and airplanes are a great theme to use for kids and adults alike. From vintage airplanes for an old-fashioned feel to the more whimsical paper airplanes, there are a variety of ways you can build an entire party out of these aircrafts. These 30 blog entries are chock full of ideas you can use to plan the perfect airplane party.
A good party plan is your roadmap to success, and will ensure that every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed as you run through your party checklist. Don’t go into party planning blind, though; with the help of these five blog articles, you’re sure to find plenty of ideas and inspiration on how to assemble your airplane party, so you don’t miss a thing!
From boarding passes to paper airplanes, you have a variety of creative options when it comes to creating your party invitations. These fun invitations are sure to be an instant hit! For more invitation ideas, check out these five blog posts.
Your party theme can encompass any aspect of air travel – whether that means creating an airport-type setting or one that mimics being high in the sky. You can have guests check their gifts at the door and suspend paper airplanes and clouds from the ceiling for an authentic flying experience. These five blog entries are full of pictures and ideas for decorating for your airplane party.
The star of the party, besides the guest of honor of course, is the cake. It is the centerpiece of the table, and you want it to really shine. From cupcakes to custom airplane cakes to suitcases, you’re sure to find the perfect cake idea in one of the following five blog entries.
Every party needs some games, and an airplane party is no exception. You can customize old favorites by playing games like pin the propeller on the airplane or musical chairs with airplane music. Or you can have the kids make their own paper airplanes or paint their own custom wooden planes. For more game ideas, check out all the different options on these five blog posts.
Party favors are a gracious way to say ‘thanks’ to your guests. You can play up the airplane theme by putting related items into boxes that look like luggage and letting everyone pick up their favor at “baggage claim.” If you don’t have time to craft a big party favor, give out glider kits – the kids are sure to play with them for weeks to come. To find truly inspired party favor ideas read, these five blog entries.
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Monday, July 29th, 2013
With movies like The Hunger Games and Brave, there has been an increased interest in archery – especially with kids. If your little prince or princess has an upcoming birthday party and wants to emulate their favorite character yielding a bow and arrow, there are a number of different ways you can go about planning the perfect party. From fun invitations to enchanting cakes, you’ll find everything you need for your little one’s archery themed party in these 25 blog entries.
By Royal Decree
Posting a royal decree on a tree in your neighborhood may be in character, however, it probably won’t accomplish the same thing that an invitation will. Invitations that mimic a target will tie in perfectly to your theme, and you can make these yourself or customize them with the help of a trusted website. These five blog posts cover all different sorts of archery-themed invitations for your upcoming party.
Set the Stage
Hang arrows to direct people where to go and spruce up the party area with medieval finery. If your party is based on The Hunger Games, have small parachutes hanging up that have baskets of bread or medicine in them. If you’re little one wants a Brave theme, decorate with woodland wisps and brown bears and have everyone wear Scottish plaid. For decoration inspiration, take a look at these five blog articles.
Let Them Eat Cake!
Making your own cake for the party? A simple round cake will provide the perfect base for a target, and a plastic arrow can mark the bull’s-eye. This same concept also works for cupcakes, and toothpicks make the perfect tiny arrows. If a more elaborate cake is what you have in mind, consider a tree stump with a target on it or a scene from Brave or The Hunger Games. These five blog posts will help you get started on a cake for your archery-themed party.
Grab Your Quiver
What kind of games do you play at an archery party? Shooting a bow and arrows at a target, of course! For little kids, use soft-tipped arrows or magnetic arrows to avoid any mishaps. If you have an archery range near you, consider hosting the party there. These five blog entries will provide more ideas for activities you can do at the party.
The sky is the limit when it comes to party favors! Provide each guest with their own PVC bow and arrows set so that they can go home and practice safely what they have learned. Make them each a quiver with their name on it. If you go with a ‘Brave’ theme, there are all sorts of little gift trinkets that you can pick up at a party store. These five blog articles are chock full of ideas for the perfect party favors for your archery party.
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Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Once dismissed as the antics of “kids being kids,” bullying is a very real problem with far-reaching and sometimes tragic implications. Where bullies were restricted to tormenting their victims on the schoolyard or on the way home, the scope of the Internet and the structure of an always-connected society has brought bullying right into kids’ homes, making it feel like their torment is inescapable. For parents of cyberbullying victims, it’s not always easy to know where to start or how to handle such an explosive and potentially dangerous situation.
Recognizing the Signs of Cyberbullying
Kids typically aren’t eager to open up to anyone about the humiliation and degradation they’re suffering at the hands of their peers, which can make it difficult for parents to realize that their children are being victimized. There are some behavioral patterns, though, that can indicate the presence of a cyberbully in your child’s life.
Social withdrawal, especially a sudden avoidance of their phone or computer, is usually one of the first signs that a child is being targeted by a cyberbully. If your once gregarious child seems anxious when she gets a new text message or avoids the computer she once ached to spend time on, it could be a sign that she’s also seeking to avoid the attention of someone that’s tormenting her via cyberspace. Kids that are being victimized by bullies may also exhibit bullying or domineering behavior at home, usually directed at younger siblings, and act out as a means of expressing pent-up anger and frustration. Talking to your child about what’s going on will require a large measure of patience because she’s likely to be reticent. Don’t push or prod her to discuss something she absolutely does not want to discuss, but be on the lookout for problematic behavior and make it clear to her that you’re always there if she does need to talk.
Helping Your Child Cope With Cyberbullying
Establishing an open dialogue about the nature of bullies and encouraging your child to come to you with any issues she’s facing help to bring the problem to light, but may not do much to alleviate the issue at hand. Make sure that you have a game plan in place for helping your child manage the stress of being targeted by cyberbullies, up to and including a plan of intervention. The Mayo Clinic recommends that parents take a proactive role in protecting their kids from bullies, so consider discussing the matter with school administrators and teachers. If your child is being bullied online by a schoolmate while she’s at home, there’s a good chance that she’s enduring the same treatment in person while she’s at school. The Mayo Clinic also states that being the target of bullies increases a child’s chances of suffering from depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, and that it may be necessary to seek counseling or other professional help if your child’s anxiety is becoming overwhelming for her.
Handle Interventions Carefully
When your child is being hurt by her peers, your protective instincts are the first to rise to the surface. Before contacting another parent, take a bit of time to collect yourself and get your emotions under control. Carefully phrase the situation in a way that’s not accusatory or inflammatory, even if you’re secretly seething. Let the other parent know that you understand that kids make jokes and comments in poor taste, but that you thought she should know what’s being said when she’s not paying attention and that your own child was very hurt by the situation. Don’t accuse the parents of your child’s tormentor of facilitation or being bad parents, as it will only raise their ire at you and potentially make the situation worse for your child. Try to frame your comments in such a manner that they aren’t inflammatory or rude, and make sure they send the message that you’d like to work together as parents to resolve the conflict.
Foster an Environment of Trust, Not Spying
It’s simple to install a keylogger program on your family computer or monitoring software that will allow you to access kids’ social networking accounts, but it also sends the message to a child who’s already being bullied and tormented that her parents don’t trust her. Consider these programs as a last resort, and instead try to foster an open, judgment free zone where your child is free to discuss her worries and troubles without fear of parental disapproval or anger.
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Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Suffering from acne is an unfortunate fact of life that nearly everyone endures at one time or another. However, by implementing a proper facial cleansing routine, you can experience fewer breakouts. There are a wealth of homemade remedies you can use to help treat the occasional breakout, prevent acne and sun damage and shrink your pores. Before committing to a homemade remedy you will want to spot test them in an inconspicuous area to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction. Take a look at these 15 blog articles to find some recipes for different homemade facial cleansers.
Getting Rid of Acne and Acne Scars
For the occasional breakout, simple home treatments can be the perfect fix. The following five blog entries are geared at eliminating breakouts and keeping your skin clear. Before making any of the recipes it’s wise to read the recipe thoroughly to ensure that you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients. Also, do a spot test before lathering up. If your skin responds well to the spot test, you may have found the solution to reducing and eliminating blemishes!
Fading Dark Spots
Some dark spots can be caused by age or sun damage, but many are caused by acne scars. To fade these spots, try one of the masks in the next five blog posts. The masks all contain fading ingredients, helping to reduce dark spots on skin. However, many also contain acidic ingredients that could cause your face to redden, so be careful not to leave the mask on too long and to test it on a small spot on your skin first.
Large open pores not only get clogged with oil and dirt more easily than smaller pores, they also affect the overall texture of your skin. A poor skincare routine can cause open pores as well as aging. Clean your face thoroughly before using a mask to shrink your pores, then try one of the masks found on these five blog articles.
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