Snow & Spas: How to Winterize Your Hot Tub

One of the most attractive reasons to purchase a hot tub is that it can be used all year. In fact, many people enjoy relaxing in the hot, bubbling water as cold air surrounds them or snow floats softly to the ground. Unlike pools, winterizing your hot tub is not something you need to do as soon as the weather turns cold. However, if you decide to spend the winter away from home or if you have decided not to use your hot tub over the winter for whatever reason, it is important to protect your hot tub from damage by winterizing it.

Removing the Water

First, turn off the power. This includes turning off circuits to guarantee there is no electrical power coming to the hot tub. Open the drain plug to start removing water. It will take some time using the drain plug to remove the water, so if you want to remove water quickly, consider using a sump pump. A hose attached to the drain plug can also speed up the drainage. If your hot tub has an air blower, you also need to remove the water from it. Turn off the heater to avoid accidentally turning on the tub without water as this can damage the heating element. Replace the cover and reconnect the electric to run the air blower. Allow it to run for 30 seconds and then turn the power off again.

Remove Filters

Remove the cover gain and take out all the filters inside the well. Clean the filters with a cartridge cleaner. It is recommended that you allow them to soak for 24 hours to clean them thoroughly before you store them for the winter. Use a shop-vac to remove any water that remains in the filter well. If it is only a little bit of water, you may be able to remove it with a sponge. If these steps are too complicated or you are unable to perform the winterizing yourself, a hot tub company like Anchor Pools & Spas can provide a professional to perform the service for you.

Drain Plugs and Fittings

Open up the cabinetry and locate the hot tub pump. There could be more than one pump if your hot tub is large. If there are fittings attached to the PVC pipe, loosen them. Remove the pump drain plugs to allow water that could form due to condensation to drain from the pipes. Store the drain plugs safely for reinstalling when you start your tub back up. Once the pipes, pump and filters are all drained, you will probably have additional water in your tub. Use a sump pump, shop-vac or sponges to remove all water. The hot tub needs to be completely dry.

Shell and Cover

Once the tub is completely empty, scrub the inside of it with hot tub cleaner. Some do not require rinsing, but if the one you choose needs to be rinsed with water, remember to dry the tub completely after cleaning. You also need to clean the cover using hot tub cover cleaner. Remember to clean both the inside and outside of the cover.

Once you have completely cleaned the tub and cover, reattach the cover securely. If your cover has a locking mechanism, use it to prevent anyone from getting into the hot tub or it blowing off during winter wind storms. If you do not have a locking cover, secure the cover with straps that can be locked down.

Dixie Somers

21 Good Tips For Keeping Your Brain Alive And Active At Any Age

I have Alzheimer’s in my family, so this post is for me too. And, let’s face it; everyone could use tips for staying active to be as healthy as they can be. My sweet mother had the disease, as well as my grandfather. So, I always have that nagging warning in the back of my mind.

The Lord took mom with breast cancer before the Alzheimers got too bad. I’m definitely a believer in things always happening for a reason. <3

This blog post isn’t JUST for Alzheimer’s patients; however, I have good points for those people that do have it. 😉

This blog post is also excellent for grandmothers! Me, me, me! LOL

The second half of the tips shared, I didn’t elaborate. I left that up to YOU. Chime in with your thoughts! 😀

Right off the top of my head, I can come up with an awesome tip to start.

1) Surround yourself with vivid colors! This can be in the form of your home and decor, your clothing, places, and events that you frequent, painting, and things that you study or even websites you visit often. It can be anything you see, any place you go, or….these vivid colors can be ANYWHERE. Going on a vacation in the fall season would be excellent for viewing all kinds of pretty fall colors! =)

Remembering that vacation, that piece of clothing, that building, that website, for example; would be a lot easier than remembering something that`s rather boring.

2) Consume pomegranate! It can be in the form of seeds, juice, fruit, extract, and powder. According to Authority Nutrition – Health Line dot com, pomegranate is one of the healthiest foods that you can eat. Studies have shown that it’s great for a host of diseases, your physical performance, and the elderly.

Also, pomegranate CAN (help) against Alzheimer’s disease.



3) Surround yourself with good friends! Socializing with human friends is awesome for giving your brain a boost. In fact, it’s all-around good for (ANYONE at ANY age).

Studies also show that healthy friends and relationships help support emotional health. Notice how much better you feel after getting out with friends on a particular day or evening! 😉

If you don’t get together with humans on a regular basis, you can start to volunteer somewhere, visit your local church or community, go to bingo halls, sign up for purple hat, or join a gym. Just a few ideas there. Although, it’s important to remain close with your family members and friends. See them often and don’t lose touch!

4) Start coloring! Say hey, only kids color! Well, have you noticed all the adult coloring books floating around the stores?

Yes, it’s true! Pay attention to the trends in coloring. Many adults now have coloring books and are creating many beautiful works of art. Some are going beyond coloring and engaging in drawing and painting. In fact, charcoal drawing is quite popular today.

Also, the outlet of letting your mind go and just creating is remarkably therapeutic! Paying attention to all that you create can sharpen your mind considerably. This can also help with self-esteem.

5) Go back to school! Excellent for keeping the brain active. Also, this one is definitely for any age for people that quit school or the elderly that are retired and suddenly have extra time on their hands.

6) Do some type of activity/workout on a daily basis! Enough said! lol

7) Take daily multivitamins with good nutritional quality! Some people don’t like or simply do not believe in them. That’s fine; however, there are some good vitamins and herbs out there that CAN help with memory and energy.

8) Participate in games! These games can be card games, trivia, video games, and memory games.

9) Try to get some ZZZ’s during the day! Get in a good habit of taking a nap every day. You may not realize just how beneficial this can be with memory and general brain function. A daytime nap will benefit you almost as much as your sleep during the night. It only takes 30 minutes or less.

10) Get interested in word find books, crossword puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles! I’ve always liked the word find books and of course, jigsaw puzzles. Crossword puzzles, not so much.
These activities consistently engage and stimulate the brain.

The Following Tips Are For My Readers and Subscribers To Elaborate…I’d Love To Hear From You! 😀

11) Eat a well-balanced diet! You will also need to eat sugar and fats very moderately.

12) Engage in Meditation and Deep breathing!

13) Invest in a pet!

14) Read every day!

15) Don’t drink alcohol!

16) Start crocheting or knitting daily!

17) Study a foreign language!

18) Don’t smoke!

19) Try a variety of foods when dinning out!

20) Keep your weight in check!

21) Start each day with a great attitude! Beleive in yourself!

Cheers to a healthy, happy life! <3

Hutch History: 5 Interesting Facts about Cabinets

You might think automatically of your kitchen cabinets. But the earliest cabinets were smaller pieces designed for locking away important pieces of paper and valuables, and might also serve as “desks” for officials. Later, cabinets were developed as larger but stand-alone pieces for certain professions, such as an apothecary or printer. Here are five interesting facts about cabinets.

Aristocratic

The modern word “cabinet” is French in origin, and originally meant “room.” This referred to rooms where certain collections were kept, such as books or artwork, so a cabinet was actually a small “room” for such items. Until around 1650, cabinets weren’t common in most homes. The majority of people just didn’t have many possessions. For poor and working class people, there just wasn’t enough storage need to justify the expense of a hand-made cabinet. The wealthy, in the social contrast typical of the age, might have many cabinets, some of fine woods like mahogany and lavish, baroque designs.

Industrial Revolution

As the Industrial Revolution took shape in the 1700s and into the 1800s, all manner of objects became more common and more affordable, including cabinets themselves. Many forms of cabinet, such as cupboards for kitchenware, and wardrobes and armoires for the bedchambers, became mainstays in many homes once they became mass-produced items. By the mid-1700s, the average home had at least a cupboard for dishes and a wardrobe for clothes, though they were quite basic in design and materials. One advantage of the new era was the printing press. Famous craftsmen like Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale were able to publish and print books and designs on furniture concepts.


Cabinet Making

After World War II, cabinet making became a popular pursuit, as both a hobby and a respectable career, for returning soldiers on both sides of the Atlantic. A love of wood-working combined with some inspiring furniture styles they’d seen in their campaigns across Europe. Until the era of the modern factory, skilled cabinet makers who could produce fine furniture at reasonable rates were in high demand in most communities. They were gradually phased out by modern factories with electric power tools. Many of their pieces were one-of-a-kind collectibles that still fetch high prices as vintage furniture. Today, however, “cabinet maker” more aptly applies to a business than to an individual vocation.

Most Expensive

Remarkably, the most expensive cabinet ever sold went for $36 million at auction in 2004. This same piece broke its own record, set in an earlier sale in 1990. It was made in 1726 in Florence, Italy, and took six years to complete. Known as the Badminton Cabinet for the ancestral seat of the British duke who commissioned it, it’s made from ebony hardwood and lavishly decorated with semi-precious stones and gold leaf. It consisted of three highly ornate tiers resting on eight pilaster legs and topped by an exquisite clock flanked by carved stallions. Purchased by the Prince of Lichtenstein, the Badminton Cabinet now sits in a museum in Vienna.

Asian Kitchens

A growing trend in home design is Asian-inspired kitchens. Asian styling utilizes geometric patterns, heavy proportions, and gentle curves. The most popular colors include red, black, white, gold, and silver. Materials tend to be metallic or bamboo, although maple is a common cross-over. Bamboo plants, screens, and baskets help round out the Asian-style décor, however. You might like Shaker-style cabinets with Oriental motifs and hardware. When you plan on custom kitchen cabinets, don’t neglect overseas influences for that special ambiance.

While not everyone has the budget for extravagance, put together some creative ideas for your next remodel. You can still have a custom kitchen to be proud of.

Three Ways to Help Your Grandchildren Achieve Career Success

By: Karleen Tauszik

When you look back over your years of employment, how do you feel? Did you enjoy your jobs? Were they a good match for your talents and skills? In retirement, do you find yourself pursuing new interests while wondering Why didn’t I do this sooner? Can you help your grandchildren stay focused on their own individual talents and interests, and help steer them on a more satisfying career path than the one you perhaps had? Fortunately, the answer is yes! 😀

Enthusiasm

First, be open to your grandchildren’s enthusiasm. By age six, children realize that they are a separate entity from their parents. They’re usually eager to show off what they’re good at. Also, by that age, they realize that they will eventually grow up and have some sort of work to do. Adults are often asking them, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, so this is something they often consider as they look around and observe the many jobs that people hold.

But, of course, from a child’s perspective many jobs look fun and glamorous when in fact, they are not. Kids may dream of working as a tightrope walker, or a ballet dancer, or a basketball player, or a counter clerk at their favorite fast food restaurant. They don’t take risk, training, or pay rate into consideration.


Discussion

Second, take time for discussion. Their naivete doesn’t mean you can laugh at their ideas. Responding with, “Don’t be silly!” or “You can’t be that!” will shut down communication, and it tells them there are right and wrong answers to the “What do you want to be?” question. That can steer them away from their true interests and talents.

Instead, ask, “What part of that job do you think you’d like?” When you discover the main attraction of that dream job, you can then discuss it further, talking about how certain talents they have could be a good match, and suggesting other job ideas that would use those talents. Also, in an age-appropriate way, discuss your own career path—what went well, and where you could have done better in your job decisions.

Encouragement

Third, emphasize their interests and areas of giftedness. Make comments such as, “You’re so good at…” or “Not everyone can do that as easily as you do.” Often, we don’t see our own skills as particularly outstanding, but reminders like these can help kids remember what they’re good at. Encourage their talents whenever the opportunity arises. And when it’s time to buy gifts, find books or toys that will reinforce their skills and plant seeds for a future career.

Currently, studies repeatedly show that over half of all Americans dislike their jobs. We certainly don’t want those dismal statistics to continue for our grandchildren. If you stay open to their enthusiasm about jobs, discuss their ideas, and emphasize their talents, you’ll be helping to steer them toward a successful and fulfilling career that’s a great match for their unique talents and interests.

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Karleen Tauszik is a former Human Resources professional who always posted her performance reviews on the refrigerator for her three kids to see. (They all grew up into careers that they love.) She’s also the author of a dozen books, mostly for children, ages 8 to 12. The goal of her latest book, the career possibility journal titled When I Grow Up, I Want To Be… is to change the current dismal job satisfaction statistics for the next generation. The goal of her fiction books is to get kids to LOVE reading. Learn more at KarleenT.com.

Give Back – 25 Non-Traditional Ways To Heart Your Christmas This Year

I thought I would do something against the norm, and did some research on giving for this Christmas season. <3

First and foremost, any of the links found in this post are not affiliate links

I’ve come up with 25 ways to give this Christmas season…(25 non-traditional ways). There are definitely many, many more things to do for Christmas that will make a big difference in someone’s life. However, I’ve disclosed enough here to give you a good start.

Spend Christmas beyond the usual this year! Use some of the resources I’ve included below and see how different you feel. <3 =)

1) My First One is Special! Give your grandchildren a gift of money. Make them understand that this gift of money is to give to a charity of their choice. Another idea would be to give to homeless shelters and animal shelters. Your grandchild’s parents are the ones to help pick and choose; and also, help designate a time and place.

2) Give To Food Banks <3 There are many more than what I've included here. http://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/

https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/take-action

3) Spend Christmas day cooking and deliver meals to homeless shelters and/or neighbors and family that are homebound. Make this a family project.

4) Make use of old clothing, coats; and deliver them to homeless shelters.

5) Stuff stockings for homeless shelters.

6) Donate to the Salvation Army.
(as expressed on the site)…To donate by phone with a live operator call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Volunteer
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer/
Ways To Give
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-to-give/

7) Sign up and use Amazon Smile when you shop for your (traditional) Christmas gifts.
The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

8) Donate 10 Books to Firstbook.org And help young children learn.

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9) Shop at Yoobi. Every Yoobi item you purchase helps provide essential school supplies to classrooms in need across the U.S.
https://yoobi.com/

10) Give/Donate To Toys For Tots.
https://www.toysfortots.org/donate/Default.aspx

11) Give To Breast Cancer Research.
https://www.bcrf.org/

12) Race For a Cure! (breast cancer).
https://ww5.komen.org/raceforthecure/

13) Donate To The Pregnancy Center (and other centers like it). You can give (baby items) to your local pregnancy centers.

Give Today

14) Donate Old Cell Phones To Soldiers So They Can Stay In Touch With Family.

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15) Volunteer At Churches Around Your Neighborhood.

16) Spend your Christmas Visiting Various Nursing Homes. You could deliver baked goods, gift baskets, boxes of candy. Better yet; give the gift of time. There are so many things you can do. You could read to the residents, you could deliver (small trees, with the permission of the nursing home), and decorate them. You could also sing Christmas songs. Be creative with this one and think of something you’d like to do. The residents will greatly appreciate your gift of time and your companionship.

17) Make up food baskets to deliver to your local fire department. This is an excellent way to thank the fire fighters for their service. You will need to call ahead and get a head count for each fire fighter. You can be creative with this one too. It doesn’t have to be food baskets. Perhaps a stuffed stocking.

The next two are dear to my heart! <3

18) Spend your Christmas day with broken and lonely animals in shelters.

19) Donate blankets, toys, and food, to your local animal hospitals and shelters.
https://hopeforpaws.nationbuilder.com/onetimedonation

20) Give To Foster Care.
https://www.togetherwerise.org/donate.php

Donate Online

Give to Serenity


https://www.adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/overview/ways-to-help

21) Support The Hunger Site. Shop The Store – They give a portion of every purchase to charity partners.
https://thehungersite.greatergood.com/store/ths/site

Feed Hungry Americans
Donate $1.00 For Shoes While Youre There!
http://thehungersite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ths/thank-you

22) Donate your hair to Wigs For Kids.

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23) Donate to Stand Up To Cancer.
http://www.standuptocancer.org/

24) Send care packages to Support Our Troops.
https://www.supportourtroops.org/care-packages

25) Support The Arbor Day Foundation.

Taken directly from the site: – Trees make a world of difference—this is your opportunity to make a difference for them. Together, we can green up our communities, replant forests across the country, save the rain forest and make an impact on our planet.

https://www.arborday.org/takeaction/
https://shop.arborday.org/donate-general.aspx

I certainly hope this post helps inspire you in some way for Christmas 2017!

May The Lord sincerely bless you and keep you safe! <3

Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and Many Wishes for the Best and Safe 2018!!

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Coping with Unexpected Baldness

For women and Grandma’s in particular, sudden hair loss can be a source of considerable anxiety. It’s common in men, but just isn’t expected by a lady who’s gone through most of her life with a fine head of hair. But it happens to women as they age in all ethnicities and every walk of life. Instead of fixating on the problem or feeling like a victim, modern women have a number of solutions to for coping with the problem. <3

Causes and Compassion

Unexpected female hair loss can be caused by any combination of factors. This can include genetics, high stress levels, dietary changes, medications, illnesses like lupus or cancer, menopause, and hypothyroid problems. One way to cope with the distress is to talk it through with friends or loved ones. You could even find support groups and sympathetic ears through social media by enquiring at your local hair pharmacy, or a salon like Detour Salon & Detour The Store. The important thing is that you find a channel for venting your emotions and gaining support and acceptance.


Natural Stress Relief

There are natural ways to cope with the anxiety and encourage new hair growth. If you’re suffering from an illness or even high stress, you should see a professional to treat the underlying problem first. Some forms of hair loss are reversible and some are not. You should at the least embark on a program of stress-relief. Take some time during the day to meditate, enjoy a cup of chamomile or green tea, or just cuddle with a pet. A little exercise is also a great help. You might also consider a range of dietary supplements, thought to support a healthy scalp. 😉

Alternative Treatments

Consider products such as Propecia or Rogaine. Minoxidil, for example, is specifically made for women. There are also products called anti-sebolytic scalp treatments to clean and revitalize hair follicles. Scalp massagers and both over-the-counter and prescription shampoos created to treat thinning hair are available. Other alternatives include hair plugs, hair transplants, and similar remedies that work for women as well as men. Consult a dermatologist to see what other options might be helpful for your personal circumstances.

Hair Styling Salons

Check with your hairstyling salon and ask for suggestions. The right hair style, even if it’s a little peculiar, can cover or distract from bald patches. They may also be able to apply new solutions like shake-in fibers or powders that seem to thicken hair or re-color patches of exposed scalp. You could ask about weaves, wigs, or even consider wearing a trendy hat when out in public. Most reputable hair salons will have experience with hair loss solutions.

There are both long and short-term solutions to coping with hair loss, both emotionally and physically, but it’s a common problem. Help is available.

3 Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes From Cook’in @DVO

Look What Was In My Inbox This Morning! <3

From DVO.com/ ~~ Via Dan Oaks

 

The following are delicious recipes I thought would be yummy ideas for Thanksgiving breakfast

 

Egg Nog French Toast and Egg Nog Syrup
Serving size: 15
Calories per serving: 511

Ingredients

5 eggs
3/4 cup eggnog
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
cinnamon, as much as you like
10 slices bread
Egg Nog Syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup eggnog
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

For the French Toast, add the first 5 ingredients to a pie plate and whisk until they are completely mixed together. Spray a large frying pan with non stick cooking spray and heat on medium. Dip bread in egg mixture on both sides and fry until golden brown on both sides.

For the Syrup, add butter, sugar, and eggnog to a large pot and cook on medium and stir constantly until it comes to a boil. Let syrup boil for 1 minute, remove from heat, and whisk in vanilla and baking soda. Mixture will bubble up and then settle into a yummy syrup.

Lemon Monkey Bread
By Kathy Oaks

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 monkey feast

Serving size: 12
Calories per serving: 324

Ingredients

12 Rhodes Texas Rolls
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter, melted
zest from 1 lemon

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
juice from half of a lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Zest lemon and mix with sugar. Cut rolls in to fourths. Place the cut bread into a bowl and pour in the butter and 3/4 of the sugar, and lemon zest mixture. Mix together with your hands until all the dough pieces are covered.

Spray bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray and place the dough around evenly in the bundt pan. Let rise until double. Sprinkle the rest of the sugar and lemon zest on top and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.

For the glaze, mix powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla together.

When the bread is finished baking, invert to remove from bundt pan and pour glaze over the top.

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Casserole
Serving size: 12
Calories per serving: 284

Ingredients

2 cans Grands refrigerated biscuits
1 pound sausage
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup flour
5 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Open one can of biscuits and quarter them with a pizza cutter. Layer them in a large casserole dish that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Bake them at 350° for 10 minutes.

While they are cooking start frying sausage in a large frying pan. when sausage is fully cooked add oil and whisk in flour until all lumps are gone. Add milk slowly and continue to whisk to avoid lumps.

Add salt and pepper and cook until mixture thickens. When the biscuits are cooked top with gravy mixture. Quarter the other can of biscuits and layer them on top. Bake again at 350° for 20 minutes.

Thank you for reading and stopping by! <3

Hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving! God Bless =)

More From Prepared Pantry – Country Breakfast Pizza Recipe

I was browsing the Prepared Pantry site today and saw this yummy-looking recipe.

 

I love their website!

 

 

 

 

As an Affiliate of theirs, I wanted to share their Breakfast Pizza Recipe

Country Breakfast Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

Classic Pizza Dough mix

1 tablespoon butter
1/2 small onion, diced
1/4 green or red bell pepper, chopped
diced ham, crumbled bacon, or sausage bits
5 large eggs
pepper and salt

salsa

2/3 cup grated cheddar
2/3 cup grated mozzarella

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

1. Mix the dough according to package instructions. Divide the dough into two parts to make two thin-crust, 14-inch pizzas. Roll the crust in pizza pans using a pizza roller. The crust will be about ¼-inch thick. Cover them and set them aside while you cook the eggs and veggies.

2. In a skillet, melt the one tablespoon of butter and sauté the onion, pepper, and ham in the butter until the vegetables are almost tender. Stir in the eggs and pepper and salt to taste. Cook until done but soft, stirring frequently.

3. While the eggs are cooking, brush the crusts with olive oil and place the pizza crusts in the oven. Bake until the crusts are a light golden brown, about ten minutes. The crusts will be thin and almost cracker-like.

4. Spread the crusts with salsa. Spoon the cooked eggs and veggies onto the crusts over the salsa. Sprinkle the tops of the eggs with the cheeses. Place the pizza back in the oven at 425 degrees and bake for two more minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve hot.

For more detailed information for this recipe, visit: Prepared Pantry – Country Breakfast Pizza Recipe

Thank you for reading and stopping by!

Copyright © Dennis Weaver :: The Prepared Pantry :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: All Rights Reserved

Christmas Connections: 4 Christmas Gift Ideas that Will Strengthen Your Parent-Child Bond

By: Kara Masterson

For Grandparent Bonding Too! 😉

Now that it is that time of year, you are probably wondering what to get your kids for Christmas. If your kids are little, it can be especially hard to find a meaningful Christmas gift, since they tend to circle the entire Christmas toy catalog. However, there are a few presents you can give them that will help you strengthen your parent-child bond.

Board Games

Most everyone has fond memories of playing board games with their friends and family as a child. Children love them, and they can be lots of fun for adults too. This makes board games a great way to strengthen your parent-child bond. Candy land, Hi-Ho Cherry-O, and Chutes and Ladders are just a few of the many games out there that are easy enough for even very young children to get the hang of. Choose a similar board game, wrap it up with a pack of popcorn and maybe some hot chocolate, and you’ve got yourself a family game night in a box. It’s a gift your children are sure to love.


Toy Kitchen or Construction Play Sets

Sometimes, despite some of your best efforts to understand, your kids want to be exactly like you and do exactly what you do. This is the time in their lives that they find helping you and copying you to be the best way to play, so take advantage of it! You can get them a playset of whatever task they like to copy you. If they like to help in the kitchen, you can get them toy dishes and food. If they like to help fix things or work on the car, you can get them a toy tool box.

This way, they can be just like mom or dad

Pop-culture Clothing and Toys

Most children have solid likes and dislikes as early as the age of two years old. While these can change over the next couple of years, it gives you material to draw from for Christmas gifts starting from a very young age.

Many children have a favorite movie or T.V. Show that they can watch for hours and hours. Finding toys or clothing that feature characters from your children’s favorite media is usually a sure-fire way to ensure that they will love their Christmas gift. From Dragon Ball Shirts to Adventure Time hoodies, there are plenty of options out there no matter what they’re favorite show is. Your child will love you for knowing who their favorite character’s are.

They’ll be overjoyed when they open their present from you!

Toys from Your Childhood

Another Christmas gift idea to consider is a toy from your childhood. Since your kids usually want to be just like you, they are often curious about you as a kid. They want to know what you wore, what you ate, and what you played with. If you still have your old teddy bear from when you were a kid, you can pass it down.

Many stores also carry the originals or modern versions of popular toys from thirty to fifty years ago. To strengthen your parent-child bond, you can get your kids Legos, Lincoln Logs, or even Lite Brites and Easy Bake Ovens. Your kids will love playing with these, just like you did, and you will have a blast playing along with them.

There are endless options for Christmas gift ideas that will strengthen your parent-child bond. The trick is to take your kids’ interests into consideration and make sure to spend time with them.

Thank you for reading and stopping by. <3

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Mom Web’s Testimonials

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As publically stated from the site…

A Total Newbie

I want to let you know how much of a blessing Scott has been. I’ve had soooo many questions and he’s always right back to me with an answer, even on weekends. He’s very helpful and kind. I hope you give him a raise!!!” – Sue Scott

Glad She Switched!

“After months of aggravation with another host I moved all my websites to Mom Webs and couldn’t be happier! The customer support has been fabulous, and the fact that I can host all my websites for one monthly fee ROCKS!” – Nell Taliercio

Top Notch Support

“I’m very glad I went with Mom Webs for web hosting service. I’m able to host all my websites at a very affordable rate. Plus the service and support is truly top notch!” – Stacie Mahoe

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You’ll be glad you did!

Oh, and Ask For Scott!

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