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

Fashionable Fall Colors

falltreesThis is Grandma’s favorite season…she loves fall!! 🙂

 

 

It really doesn’t matter if you plan to take a trip to look for possible inspiration for designs for your home improvement projects or you think about using ideas from a magazine. Designers all around the world often use classic ideas for inspiration in their future vision, so that may work for you to do the same if you feel stumped for ideas. Designs and colors may come from a number of sources, but in the end the color palette has been the same more or less for hundreds of years. This season we will have a good chance of seeing some classic colors making an appearance in the fashion world and beyond, following the imagination and ingenuity of designers from across the world. The fall season calls for some very interesting solutions, such as the following up ahead:

* Sangria is a great, deep and rich red color with a sense of exotic excitement and adventure, the allure of faraway locations, which works wonders with the color known as Aurora Red. Both of them combined will breathe new life into any boring old home, giving it a vibrant new start.

* With many more fashionable colors you can use this fall, you are sure to find ones that will inspire with their mere presence, bringing amazing new looks for any room in your home. A good example of that may be the color called Radiant Orchid, which has excellent adaptability for most purposes and the one called Mauve Mist, which has a great and elegant shade of purple with a lovely romantic subtlety. You can pair those two with the stronger Cypress, which in term will help with the relationship between both of them in a more effective way.

 

 

* Another solution you can find for the fall season is to use the faint, but pretty impressive Bright Cobalt shade, which will give your rooms a very calming, but unique effect. A good color that happens to be pretty close to this one is Royal Blue, which offers great versatility, but it also has a calming and classic look and feel. You can combine those with Cypress, Sangria, Mauve Mist or even Aluminum if you feel you need to create a more complex, yet futuristic look for your home or office environment.

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* Much in the same way as Sangria, Cognac has a warm shade which reminds us of rich environments and the fall season in general. This is a perfect color for decorations and evening wear during that time of the year, especially when it’s coupled with Misted Yellow for that extra special touch of autumn you need to make the experience perfect. Whether you combine them as prints or other ways is up to you, but in the end they will work well in this combination no matter what purpose you want them to serve.

Bio: – Ella is blogger and passionate writer with great passion for home interior and maintenance themes. She likes to follow the latest trends in home décor as well as in the fashion world. Obtain more tips for your personal household at: end of tenancy cleaning Battersea

How to Make Homemade Apple Cider

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Want a true drink that reminds you of fall? How about learning how to make homemade apple cider? The clean crisp taste of apples can be bottled and you can do it easily at home. Apple cider is a refreshing drink that is mostly drunk in the fall of the year.

There are several different types of cider that you can have a taste of:

Unpasteurized – Sold at apple orchards and roadside stands fresh from the press
Hard cider – This apple cider is allowed to ferment. Yeast is added to finish the process
Hot cider – Boiled apple cider that has spices added to it for a better taste. Boiling makes it pasteurized
Sparkling cider – Apple cider and carbonated water

Making Cider

Here are a few tips when making your own cider. The equipment you need is probably already around your home. Gather a sharp knife, cheesecloth, a large bowl, a blender and at least four dozen apples.

Choose your apples – Which apples you choose will depend on the taste that you want. For a sweeter taste to your cider try Red Delicious, Jonagold and Fuji apples. Combining tarter apples like Granny Smith and McIntosh along with Golden Delicious will deepen your flavors. Choose apples that are ripe without blemish, soft spots or any other damage. My personal favorite is Honeycrisp.

Use them right away – If you have an apple tree, pick the apples when you are ready to make the cider. Also, visit your local farmer’s market for fresh picked specimens of the varieties you like.


Prepare your apples – Wash them well. Use a corer tool to remove the center of the apple and making slicing easier. Cut the apple into slices.

Blend them – Place the apple slices, with skin, into the blender. Chop up until the pieces are small but bigger than the openings in the cheesecloth. If you grind it up too fine then you will end up with sediment in the bottom of your cider.

Strain your apples – After you have blended all of your apples, place a piece of cheesecloth across a large bowl. Strain your apple mixture. If you have one, use a cider press, but it is not required. You may need to squeeze a bit more to get all of the juice out of the pieces. Pour into jugs.

Pasteurize your cider – You can drink your cider as is. To slow the fermentation process you can put your bottled cider in the refrigerator. Even better is pasteurizing it. Boil the cider to about 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool and refrigerate.

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What Happend To Spring

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Good Golly Miss Molly! What happened to spring??? LOL 🙁

 

 

 

The temperature outside and Grandma’s Bradford Pear Tree is saying two different things!!!

Haven’t we suffered enough over the winter??? I’m sure a lot of people are saying this. I’m also sure a lot of plants and things suffered from the indecisive weather as well! 🙁

 

 

I want spring and summer and warm temps to get here and stay!!

I guess God knows what’s best for us! 🙂

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