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4 Common Essentials to Have Before Having a Play Date at Home for your Kids

4 Common Essentials to Have Before Having a Play Date at Home for your Kids

 

Your children are certain to bring a large amount of happiness to your life. From the time your kids are born until adulthood, you will want to encourage and be there for your family. One of the easier things to do that will enable your kids to have fun and be sociable with friends is by scheduling a play date at your home. This can be something that all the children involved look forward to attending and can be an ideal way to spend a weekend with your kids. However, there are certain things you will want to have in place beforehand and knowing some of the basic essentials is sure to be helpful in making this event both fun and entertaining for all.

 

Comfortable surroundings

Of course, you’ll want to ensure all of the children are comfortable in your home. During the summer months when the temperatures are soaring, this means relying on air conditioning to keep your home nice and cool.

The last thing you want is inviting kids over and having a house that is too hot and could even make some of the children leave. By ensuring the thermostat is set at the right number, this can prevent this from occurring at all.

 

Toys and entertainment

There isn’t anything that can make a play date more fun than having the right toys. You may want to be sure you have interactive toys that will help keep the kids entertained at all times.

Of course, if you want to step it up a notch and get the attention of the neighborhood kids, you may want to even rent out a bounce house. Studies show that you can typically rent this item for $100-$250 per day. This is one of the ideal ways to enable your child and any friends to have the best possible time during a play date.

Other ideas include making the home more festive by having balloons in it and another décor that makes it look more like a place for fun. Additionally, you could have toys with tie-ins to popular movies to keep things current.

 

Food and drinks

Kids love to snack and enjoy a variety of foods when having fun. It’s ideal to plan accordingly for this by having a vast array of food choices for all the kids that attend.

You may even want to have a specially made cake if your child is having a birthday or other special celebration. This is sure to increase the excitement of the kids and allow all of the attendees to indulge a sweet tooth for the day.

Other things you may want to serve can be simple but satisfying, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, and cookies. While this may not be the healthiest menu, it’s sure to be one all the kids will love, and it’s only for a day or two.

 

First-aid kit

While you hope there aren’t any minor incidents while having a play date, these can happen. When kids start venturing out to play it’s possible for scratches or cuts to be an unfortunate result.

This makes it a great idea to have a first-aid kit on hand that can be the best way to treat any mishaps that were to occur. Be sure to have some of the basics in the kit, such as band-aids, ointment and a mild type of pain reliever that may be suited for young kids.

Having this kit on hand is sure to give you the peace of mind you need if something was to happen.

The benefits of scheduling a play date for your kids are many. This can be the key to making your children happier and is also a very good idea when it comes to allowing your children to be more sociable in the process. This event may take a bit of planning but is sure to be worthwhile when you see the happy faces of all the kids that can attend. One thing is for sure, and that’s your child is sure to appreciate all the effort you put forth into making the play date happen!

 

LEGO Batman Sets for 2017 (and upcoming movie!)

So excited for The LEGO Batman Movie - coming February 10th... but the LEGO sets are already available! I don’t know about you but I’m pretty excited for The LEGO Batman Movie, coming February 10! It will be Alex and Evan’s second ever movie theater experience. They can hardly wait!  My husband and I introduced them to The LEGO Movie and their first LEGO sets in 2014.  Now at ages 4 and 5, they create impressive buildings and vehicles, and even follow instructions on their own! 

Here are the new The LEGO Batman Movie sets in order of lowest price to highest price (prices and availability may vary)  

We already have set #3 and I can’t wait to check out the rest! 

  1. Minifigure Mystery Bags – 20 different characters!
  2. The Joker Balloon Escape
  3. Mr. Freeze Ice Attack
  4. Catwoman Catcycle Chase
  5. Scarecrow Special Delivery
  6. The Riddler Riddle Racer
  7. The Penguin Arctic Roller
  8. Clayface Splat Attack
  9. The Joker Notorious Rider
  10. The Batmobile
  11. Killer Croc Tail-Gator
  12. The Scuttler
  13. Batcave Break-In
  14. Arkham Asylum

 

So excited for The LEGO Batman Movie - coming February 10th... but the LEGO sets are already available!

10 favorite products for the new year [2017]

Winter is here and I am doing everything I can to embrace it!  I am taking care of my skin, dressing warm, and keeping the kids entertained.  Here are 10 of my favorite products at the moment!

 

 

Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Facial Cleanser

Brand: Pacifica
Product: Sea Foam Complete Face Wash

I love how smooth and gentle this face wash is.  My face feels clean and hydrated.  It’s really great year round, but especially during these harsh dry winter months!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Cuddle Duds Reversible Infinity Scarf - it's so warm and comfy!

Brand: Cuddl Duds
Products: Reversible Fleece & Jersey Infinity Scarf

This scarf is absolutely amazing – it is very soft and comfortable as well as versatile.  Most scarves make me feel itchy.  This one does not!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - LifeProof FRE series case

Brand: LifeProof
Product:  FRE Series Case

I have been a fan of LifeProof for years.  Their products are always great quality and have protected my devices from the weather, whether it is raining or I drop my phone in the snow….they’ve even protected against baby drool and my 5 year old dropping my phone.  I highly recommend checking these cases out for your iPhones, Galaxy phones, or even tablets!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Nomad Key Micro USB (or Lightning) Charging Cable

Brand: Nomad
Product: Portable key-shaped USB cable

I can’t count many times my Nomad Key has come in handy and I won’t go anywhere without it!  I have it attached to my key chain so it is always with me.  It always seems my phone is low on battery when I need it most.  Keeping a charging cable with me makes it a lot more convenient to charge up my phone!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Babyganics Foaming Hand Sanitizer

Brand: Babyganics
Product: Foaming hand sanitizer

I carry a bottle of this in my purse all winter long because with two little boys, germs find their way into our home quickly!  Not only is this product fragrance free, but it is also easy for the kids to use.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Muck Boots Mid-Height Snow Boots

Brand: Muck Boots
Product: Mid Snow Boots

For the past few years, my favorite winter boots have been Muck Boots.  There are several styles, and now with this comfortable snow boot, you will be comfy and cozy all winter long!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile (caffeine-free!)

Brand: Celestial Seasonings
Product: Honey Vanilla Chamomile (caffeine free)

This has been my favorite flavor of tea this winter!  Served warm or hot, it is soothing and great for any time of day.  And it is by far my favorite way to warm up on a cold wintery day.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Nintendo Wii Mario Kart - fun for the whole family!

Brand: Nintendo Wii
Product: Mario Kart

Mario Kart is a great way to spend time together as a family when you are snowed in!  My 4 and 5 year old love playing, and so do my husband and I.  Even grandma joins in when she visits!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Vera Bradley Lanyard

Brand: Vera Bradley
Product: Lanyard Necklace Strap

Ok, so this may seem random in my list but seriously, my Vera Bradley lanyard has been the savior of my car keys this winter.  A few weeks ago, I dropped my husband’s keys in the snow without realizing until later.  It took a week of looking through the deep snow and shoveling it around to finally find them.  If I drop my keys, they may still sink through the snow but the lanyard will still be visible.  Plus having the lanyard attached makes it so much easier to find in my purse, or simply wear as a necklace as I’m busy getting my boys in and out of the car.


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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Bella Beat "Leaf" Health Tracker (smart jewelry)

Brand: Bellabeat
Product: Leaf Health Tracker (Smart Jewelry)

In winter, it can be hard to get motivated to move.  It is cold, you want to stay cuddled up on the couch with a good movie and a blanket, and exercising may not be your first thought.  A fitness tracker can help keep you accountable.  You will see how many steps you are really taking and can set daily goals to reach.  This tracker is discreet and can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or simply clipped on your clothing.

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