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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

2018 has been a wonderful year and there is no better way to show your loved ones how much you care than to get them gifts they will truly love!  Here are a few of my favorite suggestions, separated by category for our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: 

 

Top Gift Ideas for Kids

Top Gift Ideas for the Homeschool Family

Top Gift Ideas for Busy Moms

Top Gift Ideas for the Crafters & Artists

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas 

Gift Ideas for Your Young Paw Patrol Fan

also head over and check out my friend Ashley’s Gift Guide for Book Lovers

The Importance of Buying Comfortable and Well-Made Furniture

Buying comfortable and well-made furniture

 

When we furnish our homes, we search for comfortable, well-made furniture. Furniture takes up the majority of space in your house. If you have your furniture professionally made, then the outlook of your house will be perfect for you.

One should always think carefully and thoroughly before purchasing any kind of furniture because it makes up a huge part of your interior design. Quality pieces, such as recliner chairs, are hard to purchase from just any supplier. Companies, such as The Perfect Sleep Chair, supply quality sleeper recliner chairs. Well-made furniture should also be comfortable, and the recliners from this company are all this and more.

Apart from playing the vital part of interior design, other important facts for buying comfortable and well-made furniture include the following:

 

Care:

Professionally-made, quality furniture should be easy to take care of and maintain. Quality furniture is well finished, and due to this it can be cleaned easily and it will not look old after being thoroughly cleaned. Cleaning a stain is also easy because most of it has been made by stain resistant material. The upholstery should be made of good material that can easily be washed or wiped. However, never neglect to take care of it and maintain it well.

 

Material:

The kind of material used to make the quality furniture is essentially what gives it the comfort and perfect outlook it has. A piece of furniture might look good on the outside, but it may be made of inferior material inside. Some sofas are known to have attractive upholstery but bad quality of wood or spring in the framework.

You should always inquire about which kind of material made the framework or the interior of any kind of furniture that you desire to purchase. Hardwood is good for the framework of furniture. Inquire about the kind of hardwood that has been used because at times it might not be durable. If it has springs, they should be of good quality and not a material that might lose its durability easily.

The outer covering or upholstery of the furniture should be made of good material. It should also be aesthetically pleasing. Check out red flags such as fraying. The material should also be breathable, and it should not retain moisture and make you sweat when it’s humid. Materials made from natural elements like leather and linen are particularly good.

A comfortable piece of furniture should always maintain the shape that it was bought in. It should not sag in places it shouldn’t. It should retain its shape once you get up from a sitting position. This is very important to maintain its comfort. When the furniture loses padding it becomes uncomfortable, and you sink in and have a hard time getting up.

 

Durability:

The beauty of a well-made piece of furniture is that it can withstand so many adverse conditions. These include water, everyday use, heat, and liquids, among others. This is because apart from being made from hardwood pieces, the upholstery should also be durable.

There are various pointers that can help you decide if the furniture is durable. These include the following:

  • If it’s made from wood: the construction should be held together with powerful screws and strong glue. Check out the type of joints that have been used. They should be strong and interlocking. The corners should also be interlocking and reinforced at an angle.
  • If it involves drawers: they should be gliding smoothly and have strong grooves. These should allow for expansion in case of weather changes.
  • If it has cushions: inquire about the density. Check out the foam and make sure it’s in good condition. In cushions, several layered compartments make it more comfortable and durable.
  • If it involves springs: they should be strong, firm and of good quality. Not anything that might rust.
  • The frame of the furniture should equally be strong and nothing should be hanging or suspended out of place. The finishing should display professionalism and strength.

A durable piece of furniture will ensure that you save money in the long run because you will not have to replace it often.

 

Health And Quality of Life For Seniors

Health And Quality of Life For Seniors
Photo credit Matthias Zomer

 

People seldom really consider quality of life. The tools used to achieve that quality of life are another thing entirely. Money is often the way in which overall quality of life can maintain or increase in quality. But at the same time, people tend to be understandably covetous of it. The real question is how to balance monetary needs and quality of life as the ever-changing years take their toll.

And it’s not just a question with personal impact either. It also influences how one relates to family members. Because it’s just a simple fact of life that time takes a toll on everyone. Young or old, one will eventually find himself facing issues related to elder care. It’s just natural for this to happen over time.

But it’s important to remember that these issues all sit under the larger banner of the overall quality of life. People need to be able to enjoy their life. It’s not something which should be regulated to a single moment in time. Life is for living, and that means enjoying it every single moment, whether that’s in the bloom of youth or someone’s golden years.

 

Finding ways to ensure a long and happy life

The real trick comes down to knowing when it’s time to spend money to dramatically increase someone’s quality of life. Sometimes this can be a rather complicated question. For example, when one is solidly away from any major changes in life, it’s difficult to consider seeking change. But there are others times when the need becomes more apparent.

One example of this can be found with https://www.pegasusseniorliving.com. Assisted living centers offer a huge boost in overall quality of life. And it’s something which becomes more and more apparent the further one looks into it. The advantages can range from simple things like the snacks one might have enjoyed in childhood but can taste again as if for the first time. It’s a nice opportunity to really discover just what it’s like to finally have someone working to make great tasting food for you again rather than working over a stove for others.

 

The nature of community

But one of the most important parts of assisted living comes from the community. When people move into a center, they have a chance to truly experience life among their peers again. This is something which is difficult to really put a price on. And it’s also something which comes with the price of admission to an assisted living facility.

This is one of those cases where the choice of money over quality of life is easy. Community and all the benefits which come from it are invaluable. But it’s something that grows more scarce as time goes by. Age tends to take friends and family away from us. An assisted living facility is filled with people who’ve had similar trials and tribulations. Right along with that, they’ve had similar hopes and joys.

 

Help with health concerns

There’s also the aspect of healthcare. An assisted living facility has medical staff on call at all times of the day or night. This obviously contributes to the overall cost of the facility. But at the same time, it’s something that can even save money in the long term. On-staff medical help can often help detect medical issues before they become a big concern.

This is quite important since most older people, especially in assisted living, really value the length of their life. But it’s difficult or even downright impossible to handle this type of thing on one’s own. As age increases, so does the chance of minor medical problems escalating into major ones.

For example, a tiny mole might seem like nothing when one finds it at home. But at an assisted living facility, it’s easy to just ask someone if they think it’s serious. In that context, a biopsy can follow fairly quickly. And if it’s cancerous, it’s dealt with. But at home, one might easily put off having it looked at until it’s too late.

All of this goes to show that a community of people really is worth the price. Because it’s all tied up with the quality of life. Money exists primarily to help maintain or increase enjoyment of life itself. In later years, it’s money well spent if it helps to integrate one into a friendly community with proper medical support.

Top Gift Ideas for the Home School Family (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift Ideas for the Homeschool Family (Holiday Gift Guide 2018)

 

As a homeschool mom myself, I came up with a list of what I think would make great gifts this Christmas.  They are mostly practical and encourage education or physical activity, while also being fun!  Take a look and let me know what your favorite idea is or if you have something else to add to the list!  

 

 

Flybar iPogo Jr – more than just a basic pogo stick, you will find that this one counts your child’s jumps and encourages them to keep going!  Recommended for ages 5+ and 40-80lbs.  The Aero 2-Wheel Scooter and Pogo Ball Trick Board are also great gift ideas to encourage physical activity.

 

Minecraft Workbooks by Skyhorse Publishing – Make learning extra fun this year with this themed workbook!  Available for grades 1 & 2 and 3 & 4.  For those who are reading youth chapter books, check out The Unofficial Minecrafters Mysteries Series Box Set

 

 

Casio 61 Key Keyboard with App Integration – my own 2nd grader started having much more interest in music this year while learning some basic tunes on our keyboard.  It is absolutely amazing how he has taken to it and I can’t wait to see his musical skills grow.  Having a keyboard in our home has been a wonderful experience for our family and I highly recommend it.  I received my first as a 6 year old on Christmas and I have had a love for piano ever since.  There are many to choose from with varying prices for every budget.  

 

 

Thinkfun Math Dice JR (or the original Math Dice) – I have been eyeing these dice for a while now and I think this is the year I will finally get them for my kids since both are old enough to play the Junior version.  They will be a great way to practice math while still having fun!        

 

 

Learning Resources Pretend & Play Cash Register – another fun way to add math to daily play is this cash register.  My kids love playing grocery store (or toy store), exchanging play money, while not even realizing the educational value it is to them.  

 

 

Lil Gadgets Headphones – kids with tablets or laptops will be excited to have their own pair of headphones!  Lil Gadgets has wired and wireless options, as well as earbuds.  All are volume limiting and durable.  My boys have had the Untangled Pro for four years now and love using them as they complete online lessons or games.  

 

Crayola Create ‘n Carry 75 piece art set – every year, my kids tell me they want more art supplies for Christmas.  You can really never have too much :)  This set is great for kids to take with them on-the-go or around the house and keep their supplies together. 

 

 

3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Pen Set for Kids – this STEM inspired gift idea is made especially for ages 6 – 13.  It is safe to use with no hot parts.  Your creations are only limited to your imagination! 

 

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet – the Fire tablets have come a long way.  With 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited (giving access to over 15,000 popular apps, games, books, and educational content), this affordable tablet is a great option for any budget.  There is also a great replacement guarantee for accidents.  

 

 

Boogie Board 8.5″ LCD Writing Tablet – rather than dry-erase, chalk, or classic paper and pencil, this LCD writing tablet is a fun way to get kids to write and draw.  The drawing will stay until you simply press the button above the screen to make it disappear.  There is no need to charge it or connect it to anything.  The Scribble & Play or Play & Trace versions are great options for the younger children ages 3+.  

 

 

Wall Pops USA Dry Erase Decal – this 36″ x 24″ poster decal would make a fantastic gift for elementary or middle school aged kids. It is easy to read and works great with dry erase markers.   The dry erase monthly calendar is a great option too for older students or the homeschool parent.  

 

 

Book of Paper Airplanes – my boys have a similar book and have so much fun trying to create the different paper planes.  While they think they’re having fun, they’re actually learning about physics! 

 

 

Grow Your Own Crystal Mini Worlds Kit – while learning science and Chemistry, your homeschooler can create 3 projects: a dragon’s cave, a unicorn’s forest, and a seahorse’s coral reef.  

 

 

Blank Comic Book – bring out your child’s imagination and drawing skills with this fun Blank Comic Book.  This is perfect for girls and boys alike as they can create stories to their heart’s desire.  

 

 

Genius LEGO Inventions with Bricks You Already Have – inspiring STEM creations, this book will take the LEGO bricks you already have and show you how to get even more creative with them. 

 

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition – I highly recommend adding a smart speaker to your home, whether it is an Amazon or Google device.  There are many fun activities, free music (I personally enjoy Piano Guys while my boys study) and even Audible Books available through these speakers.  The Echo devices connect to each other, allowing you to even use them as an intercom system throughout the house.  

 

Homeschool Mom Shirt – Don’t forget the homeschool parent too!  I just love this and so will the homeschool mom in your life.  Got a homeschool dad instead?  I recommend looking around on Etsy.  There are a lot of fantastic options on there as well! 

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