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How to Find the Right Catering Service for Baby Shower Foods

Baby Showers
Before you order the foods to be served on a baby shower, it is best to consider first the type of main courses, desserts, appetizers, and beverages that must be included in the menu. Bear in mind that ideal baby shower foods are those that include the essential nutrients needed by the mom-to-be. Serving mouthwatering dishes would be useless if these could compromise the mom-to-be's health. You should not make rush decisions for the selection of foods. Instead, you have to make a research of the foods that are safe to be eaten during pregnancy. If you are not sure about the foods in your list, you can consult a medical expert and ask him to check your food list.When you are done with the food menu, you can proceed on finding the right provider of these foods for the party. Among the best w...

How Is Assisted Living Different From a Nursing Home?

Elder Care
With the rise in the number of seniors who are living well into their eighties and nineties, there has been a rise in the number of assisted living facilities. Seniors nowadays are liable to be more independent and active than the generation that came before them. This is why these facilities have risen in number and are quickly becoming the go-to places for seniors who are living at home alone.However, there are also many people who tend to confuse assisted living homes with nursing homes. Nonetheless, this is actually not true. There is a small similarity; both facilities exist to provide care for seniors. Conversely, there is a huge difference between the two.As seniors grow older, it is natural that their mental and physical capabilities will being to decline. In turn, any other sickne...

Another Vacation in the Bank

Home and Family
The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I arrived home from our vacation late Tuesday afternoon.I'm not one for vacations, but this one was special. Our grandson who lives in Ohio was graduating from high school and then this summer he would be heading off to London for some soccer group. He loves soccer.This is the second of our grandchildren to graduate from high school. I would not say this to everybody but, this year is the 50th anniversary of my graduation from high school. I cannot believe it has been that long. I must have fallen asleep for several years without waking up.To see a grandson graduate from high school and then look at my graduation picture 50 years ago I was amazed. How can he be as old as I was? What he does not understand is that one day he will be as old as I am....

Buy Handmade Baby Quilts for All the Future Presidents

Babies Toddler
We celebrate our greatest presidents in February, but the next great presidents are arriving every day, and you can mark these events with unique handmade baby quilts for boys and girls.Now there is no published research on the topic, but it's almost a certainty that Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln had handmade quilts in their childhood, and that's what helped make them great.Now picture George, taking comfort with his favorite quilt after that unhappy situation with the cherry tree. And think of Abe, reading by candlelight in his drafty cabin and enjoying the warmth of his own homemade quilt.Great presidents develop their confidence right in their cradles, when they are soothed and made safe by a soft, warm quilt lovingly sewn by a grandma or a mom, or handed down from a loved one from...

Researching Senior Living for Your Loved One

Elder Care
Many retirees find the ease of senior living to be quite tempting. Senior living facilities offer an independent, active lifestyle with various healthcare and assistance features. If you are considering a retirement community, there are several things to remember during your search.First off, visit multiple facilities and define your personal standard of care. Pay attention to the interactions between staff and residents and be aware of the signs of elder abuse. Choose a community that offers activities you enjoy and that makes you feel comfortable. Other factors to consider are standard healthcare and assistance services. The ideal retirement environment is one where you can enjoy your independence, while still feeling secure about the possibility of any health troubles. Inquire about the...

Step Parenting

Step Parenting
Parenting your own children is challenging enough but when you are parenting someone else's children, the demands are intensified. When a new marriage thrusts you into the role of step parent, you may find the journey to be fraught with obstacles; but with a little sensitivity and a lot of communication you can find the role of step parenting an enormously rewarding one.Step parenting can mean that you are faced with marriage and parenthood in one fell swoop. Adjusting to married life can be challenging enough but when you compound the issues with children who are often bitter and confused, you're not always off to a great start. And if you don't have children of your own, you are now having your first experience with parenting. It can be extremely stressful for all involved.Begin by remem...

Ha, Ha, I Knew I Was Right!

Home and Family
Did you ever experience a time when you were right and had the evidence to prove you were right?I know that for me, it does not happen very often. In fact, I cannot think of a time that it really did happen to me. Well, until recently. I want to remember this incident as long as I live.The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was preparing for our Thanksgiving family get-together. It takes her weeks to get everything prepared; she is so meticulous and will not allow anything to go wrong from her point of view. Everything has to be done just so.Experience has taught me during this time of the year to stay out of the kitchen! That is why I am still living to this very day.However, it does have its advantages. I can relax in my "man cave" and stay out of her way. I know that if I ever get in he...

How to Handle Step Parenting

Step Parenting
With a high divorce rate and remarriage rate, many people are quickly finding themselves in the step-parenting role. There are many aspects to parenting in general, so you can only imagine the various aspects that have been developed around step-parenting as well. Here are several tips to help you out in your new parenting position.1. Remember, they already have parentsAs a new step-parenting, it can be difficult to understand where you stand in the life of the children you are acquiring. I most cases, the children already have a mom and a dad and for some children you may be a second or third step-parent. This means that there are already rules that are set. To make life easier on everybody, it is easiest if the step-parent adopts the existing rules instead of trying to create new ru...

International Day for the Elderly

Elder Care
The first day of October is designated "International Day for the Elderly" and I suppose that should be thrilling for us old folks.One of every ten persons in the world is now over 60 and considered "elderly."This makes me feel good, as I'm now well beyond that age.I've always wanted to look older.I remember when I was in my 20's and resembled a teenager, how difficult it was for me to be taken seriously in business situations. I held people older than myself in high esteem because they seemed so mature.And now that I'm 70 my self-perception finally shifted and I'm beginning to feel different. Suddenly people are eager to open doors for me, and I get nods of respect.It feels like I suddenly became good looking and for the first time I feel like I'm normal.Being old also has its advantages ...

Most Common Problems Encountered During Potty Training

Early Childhood Education
Potty training problems will almost always interfere the pace of teaching your toddler on how to help himself use the toilet. Always bear in mind that the course from completely getting him away of pull up diapers and winning the underpants agenda will surely not run smooth, prepare for some balks along the road and never be discouraged! Let us talk about some of the most common hiccups that parents encounter along the process, I also included very helpful solutions to put this training to success.Avoiding the ToiletWeird as it seems, children sometimes avoid the toilet because they are afraid of it. Considering your child's point of view, the toilet is something big, hard and cold. It creates a strange sound and things just disappear into it. Those being given, a toilet really, is somethi...