Guest Post - Saving Money on Days Out With Children

~ Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:28 PM ~

If you are stuck for things to do it can often be a great idea to check out the local attractions which are available to you, depending on the age of your child you have an array of opportunities awaiting such as museums, theme parks, exhibitions and aquariums. However the problem with this tends to be the ever increasing costs of everything involved in a day out from the entrance fee to the cost of the snacks and souvenirs.

When planning a day out check out the events schedule of the attraction, you may find many child friendly activities available which are free of charge and give you the opportunity to fill your day with even more fun experiences. A museum for instance may not seem suitable for the very young children but lots do run lots of child friendly activities such as arts and crafts afternoons so everyone can get involved.

Admission fees will probably be your main expense and getting discounts on the tickets is one of the most popular ways the thrifty look to save money. Booking in advance or printing off coupons can result in a discount of up to 20% and for the larger groups these discounts can soon add up.

Lots of attractions offer free admissions to young children so this might help sway your decision when choosing between two different attractions. In addition there are some attractions that offer completely free admission for everyone!

Lunch and snacks at visitor attractions can also often be very expensive, so why not plan in advance and take your own food, drink and snacks. Plan ahead and bake your own homemade cookies to take with you. Theme parks and zoos for instance have lots of picnic areas where you can sit down and eat your own food.

These are easy steps which can quickly add up to big potential savings that can be made.

Horse Themed Gifts

~ Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:27 AM ~

Many years ago, I have a habit of finding and giving rabbit themed gifts to a close family member. Why rabbits? That is because the recipient loves rabbit (also the person was born under the rabbit sign in Chinese animals calendar.) From rabbit photo frames to rabbit table decoration items, it is just so much easier finding and giving gifts to this person compared to the rest.

Now the thing about themed gifts are in my opinion, it helps to narrow down the many many choices of gifts to be given. Rather than trying to figure out what to get for someone, at least by knowing and deciding on a theme, it sort of helps refine the search range. Don't you agree?

Another plus point to themed gifts are a very high chance of the person loving the gift you got them and seeing their thrilled faces when they opened up their gifts and realising they add one more gift to their collections. I think that is absolutely good enough to know your money is well spent on a gift that gets appreciated and loved.

My tip in finding the suitable gift is to first find out some information on the recipient's side such as: favorite colors, animals, style and the list goes on. Once I have these information on hand, I will then narrow down and come up with the closest and what I think is the best themed gifts to suit the recipient. From there on, it is just to find out what sort of gifts that can be given within my budget range.

What do you think about horse themed gifts?

I'm a full-time mummy

** Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions and words are 100 % my own.

Guest Post - Choosing The Right Shoes For Your Kids

~ Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2:24 PM ~

Children get through a great many pairs of shoes and trainers - jumping, climbing, running and general playing means that footwear for most active kids takes quite a pounding. The only way to keep a control of shoe spending is ensuring that you know how to select comfortable shoes for your kids every time, so here are a few handy tips to keep you shoe savvy...
 
What can their old shoes tell you?
 
Finding out why an old shoe is no longer suitable can be difficult; 'they hurt' is often the best explanation you can get for why a shoe has become uncomfortable, so it can be beneficial to examine the existing shoes to look for tell-tale signs. Children's feet can grow in odd and unpredictable ways, but signs of bulging on the shoe upper or stress at the seams where the upper meets the sole can give you an indication of where the problem may be. Bulging on the top indicates the shoe may be too shallow, stress at the sides suggests it is too narrow.
 
Get the measure
 
Having your children's feet measured is recommended on every shoe-shopping trip - again, children are typically not great at vocalising whether shoes fit correctly or not. And don't assume that because your son or daughter was once found to have wide or narrow feet that this will still be the case a year later.
 
Choose specialists
 
Choosing a children's shoe specialist means you get the best possible advice on what footwear is best for your child, reducing the chances of them experiencing discomfort soon after purchase. Not only that, children's shoe specialists also have plenty of experience dealing with kids - which can be a big help if your little one has a tendency to get impatient and difficult when out shopping!
 
Knowing what 'fit' means
 
If shopping with the kids is something you rarely have time for, and you want to take advantage of the great deals you can find online with retailers such as Debenhams, you'll need to know what to look for when your child tries those new shoes on for the first time.
 
It can be tempting to buy shoes that are too big for a child with growing feet, in the hope that they will last longer, but you should not buy anything more than one size too big. Any more than this and the extra space will cause tripping and can lead to foot problems. Besides, that extra bit of shoe is likely to be worn and misshapen before your child's foot grows into it. Heel cups should rest snugly on the back of the foot, but not grip it, and if your child has one foot larger than the other, be sure to buy something which accommodates the larger one properly.