22 September 2016

Fun Ideas for Indoor Camping




Today marks the first day of Fall and with the kids back to school and the cooler Fall weather kicking in, camping usually waits until next year.  The good news is that just because it is cooling down outside it doesn't mean that the camping fun has to end!  Having an indoor camp out can be just as fun, especially for the little ones.  Here are some ideas that you can use to re-create camping indoors!




Where to Sleep?

If you're looking for some fun ideas for sleeping arrangements try an indoor teepee for kids like the one pictured above.  You can also create a fort out of blankets or use a small pop up tent to create the perfect mood for indoor camping.




What to Eat?

No camping trip is complete without S'mores!  There are variety of ways you can make S'mores indoors such as in the oven on a baking sheet or with an indoor S'mores maker that really creates a camp feel.  Check out the Hershey's S'mores maker above that is perfect for the occasion!  Some other great ideas include hot dogs, trail mix, or maybe some warm and tasty slow cooker chili.




Need Activity Ideas?

You might be camping indoors but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of activity options you can include!  How about some scary ghost stories, or for the younger ones, you can take turns telling or reading fun bedtime stories.  Board games are also a fun hit for the whole family!  Pick out some of your family's favorite board games and enjoy some quality time together.  It doesn't matter who wins because everyone is having fun!



Have you ever tried indoor camping?  What are some of your tips? - Comment below!


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21 September 2016

Throwing a Beautiful Baby Shower on a Budget



Throwing a baby shower is a great way to both share your excitement with loved ones and prepare for a new edition to your family. But that doesn't mean planning it should break the bank. From the shower decor to the announcements and invites, there are budget-friendly baby shower tips that can save you money. Check out some of these savvy shower planning pointers:

Think Digital

Invites can add up. From the cost of the paper to the postage on each envelope, before you know it, you’re spending a pretty penny to get all of the shower invitations delivered. Instead of taking the traditional route with paper invites, consider going digital. Think about it: most of your friends and family members are uber connected today anyway—a quick and cute digital invite that’s emailed simply makes sense. Check out Minted, the digital and paper invite resource with hundreds of designs to choose from, many of which are created by independent artists. However, be considerate of guests who aren’t as tech-savvy as you and your peers and have a backup plan for invites—such as a small batch of paper cards, with the announcement listed, on hand.

Forgo a Photographer

Professional photographers can be expensive—really expensive. Rather than hire a photographer for the party, enlist in help from family and friends at the shower by encouraging them to snap photos of all of the day’s celebrations with their smartphones. Many smartphones today are equipped with high-quality cameras that make for stunning photos, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its 12MP camera. Also, to make sure that everyone gets to see the photos, create a unique hashtag for the shower for easy social media sharing; but be sure to check out your hashtag of choice to see if it’s already been used before. For photo inspiration, check out this story from Brit + Co.

BYOB

Yes, bring your own bottle! Encourage your guests to bring their own bottle of champagne AND a baby bottle to the party. This way, all you'll have to supply is the orange juice for mimosas and you’ll have a hefty stockpile of baby bottles for when your bundle arrives. Also, forgo glass champagne glasses and choose plastic instead to save.

Dressed-Down Decor

Don’t head out to the nearest big box party-themed story to pick up generic blue or pink decor—instead, consider something else. Keep the decor simple and consider hosting the shower outside, such as on a patio, deck or lawn. A few picnic tables adorned with fresh, affordable flowers can do the trick and stringing up a fabric banner in fun playful colors makes for just enough decoration. Country Living recommends using modestly-priced flowers for decoration including carnations, ranunculus or pink lisianthus for girls and casual bouquets of blue sweetpea, bluebonnets or hydrangea for boys.

Culinary Catering

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s hard to find time to even get dinner on the table, let alone cook for a long list of shower guests. Instead doing all of the hard work on your own, or asking your family to do it, try contacting a local culinary school. Culinary schools are an underused resource when it comes to catering parties and events, but many offer great pricing and great food to boot. Simply let them know how many guests will be in attendance and what type of cuisine you desire and you’re all set.



Disclosure:  This is a guest post.

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