What Have You Planned To Take Your Kids During The Christmas Celebrations? Here are 5 Destinations That Are Worth Your Children’s Time

Every family has their own Christmas traditions. Some of these traditions have been handed down through the years from parents and grandparents. Some things families do are all their own.

Most children have a little over a week during the Christmas season in which they become bored right after the presents are opened. If you are lucky enough to live in a warm weather climate, your kids can go outside with their new cruiser skateboards. But the child who has to stay indoors because of the storms is the one that deserves a winter getaway.

Why not begin a new family ritual and take your kids out of the normal and plan a destination Christmas this year? Here are 5 destinations that you and your children will enjoy year after year.

1. Branson, Missouri

Each year, thousands of people travel to Branson, Missouri to enjoy more than five million lights on display. The main attraction is the theme park Silver Dollar City. There are seasonal shows throughout the town, as well as the world’s largest toy museum. These many holiday happenings are great for children of all ages. Stay in a log cabin with a warm fireplace and hot chocolate after listening to a story told by Mrs. Clause herself.

2. New York City, New York

There are so many things to see and do with children in the Big Apple. Don’t miss the Radio City Rockettes, the New York Hall of Science where there are over 1500 Gingerbread Houses, enjoy wandering carolers, delicious foods, and a brisk skate at the Rockefeller Plaza. There are many places to stay and so much to do in the city that never sleeps. Although, you’ll want your kids to sleep at some point. Stay at one of the many kid-friendly hotels near all the activities so you can skip the ride and enjoy walking and window shopping.

3. Williamsburg, West Virginia

Busch Gardens opens the Winter Wonderland named for the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph. You can get up close and pet reindeer as well as take a stroll down Sesame Street’s Forest of Fun. There are Christmas themed games, shows, and so many activities for the entire family.

4. Grapevine, Texas

Known as the Christmas Capital of Texas, Grapevine is home to more than 1,500 events commemorating the season. Various transportation is offered as a special event. Families can ride the train, dubbed The North Pole Express, or sit back and watch the Twinkle Light Boat Parade in the evening. There are old movies and swimming in the Great Wolf Lodge which is transformed into a “Snowland” of water.

5. Indianapolis, Indiana

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis erects a giant 47-foot Yule Slide each year where children, and adults, can slide down to the winter wonderland below. Other things to explore include pretend ice-fishing, a Giant Snow Globe, and the Snow Castle. Santa Clause and his elves are there daily and in the evenings, there is a two mile track of lights on display that families enjoy from their car.

By starting a new tradition of destination travel, you are gifting your family memories that will last much longer than the latest toy or electronic gadget. Take lots of pictures, but remain in the moment and enjoy the precious time with your family.    

Keeping It Rational: 7 Signs You Probably Shouldn’t Adopt the Dog You’ve Laid Your Eyes On

Adopting a dog is a big deal. It’s a huge responsibility for both yourself and your family. As you are looking at different dogs in your area that are available for adoption, you need to take into consideration every aspect of your new dog to make sure that you are finding the perfect fit. You’ll probably fall in love with almost every dog you see. But, here are seven things to consider before making that final choice.

1. Temperament

Every dog has their own personality just like people do. Some are more independent than others and some just want affection all of the time. While dogs will be nervous and easily excited when they are awaiting adoption, some behaviors could be signs of problems that you could have trouble dealing with.

Overly shy

Overly shy: If the dog is afraid of you and you aren’t able to coax them into coming to you or smelling your hand, it’s possible that the dog has been abused. It’s all too common, especially with dogs in shelters. They won’t let you pet them because they are afraid of you. Sometimes, the abuse may have been so severe that they are never able to trust humans again.


Possessive: If they won’t let you touch their toys or bedding without growling at you, it could also be a sign that they may have been abused. The growling could turn into biting, especially with strangers who aren’t aware of the dog’s possessive nature.

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Ideal Home-Based Income Opportunities for Moms

If you are a mother who want to generate income without leaving the home, these two ideal home-based income opportunities for moms will be of help. These kind or income generating opportunities needs utilities such as desktop computer or laptop, internet access and telephone.

Online Boutique

For moms out there with princes or princesses and love to dress them up, make this passion into an income generating one. Learn about how to make tutu dress and kids costume from YouTube tutorial then create your own design, contour of tutu dress and costumes then sell them online. Aside from tutu dress making, you can as well create personalised headband and sell it online just like what I do. The better option to promote your business online is by using online store builder or other social media platform. Through this you can sell, promote, and grow your customers from all over the world. Actually, I’m running an online boutique in Facebook Page named Fashion e-Shoppe by Venice Maxine. A fashion boutique offering tutu dress, kid’s apparels, crochet and baby shoes and my very own creation which is the personalised headband. Want to have your own business with zero investment? Ask me how, I am accepting resellers of personalised headband with exclusive resellers price.

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UnlockingYour Inner Strength: 8 Ways to Restore Your Self-Esteem After Giving Birth to a Child

Having a baby can be the most wonderful, but hardest, thing a woman will ever do. Growing a child in your body means giving up what’s best for you and focusing on what’s best for that baby for nine and a half months.

But once you give birth, it’s easy to continue to neglect yourself in favor of nurturing the tiny being that you helped to create. Yet what many moms forget is that your self-esteem and confidence extends to the baby, so it is important to find that inner strength that is inside you and unlock it to teach your child how to be happy, too.

Your self-esteem is crucial to your happiness and success as a parent, but how do you manage to find the time, energy, and drive to bother with yourself when you are so busy and exhausted from taking care of your baby?

Here are 8 simple ways you can restore your self-esteem after you have a child.

8 Ways to Boost Your Confidence After You Give Birth

1. Fake it ‘til you make it. A lot of being a confident mother is in understanding and accepting that you don’t always know what you are doing, and that’s okay. Even the most seasoned of parents come across brand new scenarios that they don’t know how to handle, because every child is unique.

Instead, those parents who look like they know what they’re doing have simply mastered the “fake it ‘til you make it” technique, or the knowledge that sometimes you just have to be flexible, roll with the punches, and learn the lesson for the next time whatever happened happens.

2. Give yourself more credit and more time. Moms are often expected to put their bodies through the trauma of nine months of carrying a child and hours upon hours of labor, and then jump right in and be a perfect, loving, patient mother.

This is not only unfeasible, but it’s also downright dangerous. Your body just went through the equivalent of a trainwreck. You need to give it the credit it deserves for surviving such a shock and give it more time to heal before you expect to even halfway know what you’re doing.

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