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When illness struck a family member, the other family members do all they can to support and seek for medical help from doctors. This family crisis can even shake your faith especially when you do not have a financial back up for your family member’s expensive medication. The best and most effective way to get money for your sick family member is through fundraising.                   

Fundraisings can be successful with generous souls who are always ready to help. Raising funds will be easier if you gather other relatives and friends for your support system, because they can spread your fundraising message to the people that they know. Be prepared for a lot of extensive planning and organizing for your cause.

  • Approach charities and business establishments for help. Look for charities that can help you raise funds. It is best to approach a charity that focuses on your family member’s illness. For instance, you can come to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society if your loved one is suffering from the disease. The charity may also refer you to doctors specializing in the disease. You can also come to business establishments like restaurants, clothing stores and groceries and ask them if you can place a coin bank or donation bank at their service counter. Ask the business establishments if they could be kind enough to distribute fundraiser postcards to their loyal customers. Come to a printing company that offers postcard printing cheap to help you cut costs.

  • Plan a concert fundraiser. Look for underground bands who may be interested to perform at your concert fundraiser for free. You can post your announcements on the web or visit the place where the bands perform to ask them personally. Take advantage of cheap flyer printing to announce your concert fundraiser. Distribute print flyers to schools, business establishments, radio stations and in your neighborhood.

  • Blog about your fundraising. Use your writing skills to send your message across to as many people as possible. There is a big chance for you to gain help and financial assistance from concerned bloggers and readers. Interested and generous sponsors can also help you in raising funds for your sick loved one.

  • Seek help from your church. Your supportive and caring church family will be more than willing to help you in raising funds for your sick family member. They can also support you by offering prayers for the fast recovery of your loved one.

Most often, little boys dream of becoming fire fighters when they grow up. Kids look up to fire fighters because they are strong and brave so it would be a “dream come true” if you design a fire station themed bedroom for them. Get your boys involved in designing their fire station bedroom, because they surely have interesting inputs and creative ideas for their bedroom makeover.                              

  • Paint the wall with warm red hue or fire truck wallpaper. Stick to warm red hues like maroon, terra cotta or burgundy when painting your boys’ bedroom wall. Avoid using bright reds, because these are unpleasant to the eyes. Use a non-toxic paint to make sure that it is safe for your boys’ health. But if you are not a big fan of wall paint, you can opt for a fire truck wall paper. You do not have to put too many wall decors if you choose a fire truck wall paper, because the wallpaper already functions as a wall treatment and wall design.  Adding catalog printing materials of your local fire station can also be a good idea for your boys’ wall design.

  • Add picture frames and posters. Cut out articles about fire incidents from newspapers and place them in picture frames. Arrange the picture frames on your boys’ bedroom wall. Put a fire prevention guidelines poster on the other side of the wall. Look at poster template online to have an idea of the layout that you will use for your poster design.

  • Hang firefighter costumes behind the door. Buy wooden hooks where you can hang the firefighter costumes. Your boys will be delighted to have firefighter costumes available in their room, because they can use them whenever they want to play “firefighter”. To make their firefighter role playing more realistic, provide your kids with a fireman’s pole beside their bed.

  • Choose furniture to complement the bedroom them. Get your kids fire truck theme beds that can also serve as their toy fire trucks during playtime. You can paint their bed with red and black if you can’t find a fire truck theme bed in furniture stores. Put a fire station banner on their headboard to complete the look of their beddings. Add black and white rags on their bedroom floor and look for fire station inspired cabinets, tables, wall clocks and chairs. 

Kids often have difficult sharing their bedroom, because they need space to do things alone. But if you do not have the choice to provide separate rooms for your kids, design the room in such a way that they can have privacy and have their own space inside the bedroom. With enough planning and a little creativity, you will be able to create a bedroom that your kids would love to share.

  • Space: Use of tall bookcases, floor screens or wardrobes placed back to back as room divider, so your kids can have their own little space inside their bedroom. You can also divide their bedroom space with the use of colorful beaded or fabric curtains.

  • Beddings: Bunk beds are the ideal space server for your kids’ bedroom. But if you want to prevent your kids from fighting about space, opt for theme beds. There are lots of theme beds available for boys and girls like construction trucks, tree house and butterfly. Let your kids choose their own theme beds, so they can have the bed that they want. 

  • Wall Decorations: These can add more creativity to a unisex bedroom, because of the many wall decorations that you can choose from. Decorate your kids’ bedroom wall with wooden alphabet letters to spell their names. Add picture frames in different sizes and shapes. Get your kids involved in their bedroom design by letting them attach custom stickers on their bedroom wall. Buy custom stickers with your kids’ favorite color, shapes and images. Paint your kids’ walls with their favorite colors, so they won’t fight over what color to apply on their bedroom wall. You can put wallpaper on their wall with interesting patterns and designs.

  • Furniture: These also add interesting elements to your kids’ bedroom design. It would be best to look for fun and functional furniture like colorful corner tables, bean bags, and study tables. Choose colorful chandelier, floor lamps and table lamps for the bedroom’s lighting. 

  • Window Treatments: You can use curtains, blinds, shades or shutters on your kids’ bedroom window. Curtains are the best option if your children want the sunlight to pass through their window. Make your kids’ bedroom window more creative by adding a window cling with an interesting design. Reusable wall cling allows you to redesign your kids’ window, plus this is weather-proof too. 

  • Storage: Closet storage, shoe boxes, toy chests and under bed rolling drawers are perfect to organize your kids’ stuffs. These are also helpful if your kids’ bedroom has a limited space.

Being away from their grandchildren can be tough and lonely for grandparents, because they were not able to watch how their grandchildren grow. They missed their grandchildren’s milestones such as their first words, first dental check-up and first day in school. However, there are ways in which your children can connect with their grandparents even when they are miles away.

  • Send Grandparents handwritten letters and postcards. Grandparents would love to receive handwritten letters and postcards from their grandchildren. Tell your kids to update grandma and grandpa about their school activities and personal lives by sending them letters and postcards. Grandma and grandpa would love to know that their youngest grandchild already knows how to write letters. Your kids can design postcards especially for their grandparents with the use of colorful layouts and standard postcard sizes.

  • Schedule weekly phone calls. Phone calls are more personal and interactive. Grandparents and their grandchildren can have long and detailed conversations through the phone. Calling their grandparents on a weekly basis allows your children to be closer to their grandparents despite the distance.

  • Create a scrapbook. Let your kids put their photos during their basketball game, cheering practice and Holiday trip on the scrapbook. Tell them to write captions so grandma and grandpa will know the stories behind each photo. Kids can also attach their business cards in a standard business card size on the scrapbook. Business cards are helpful for grandparents to know their grandchildren’s mobile number, email address or blog account. Your kids can also send their business cards to other long distance relatives.

  • Look for a game site online. Choose a game site that grandparents and grandchildren can play together. This way, they can all have fun even when they are not together physically.

  • Visit Grandparents during the summer. This is the chance for Grandpa to teach your kids how to fish or fly a kite while Grandma cooks a special lunch for the kids. Take photos of your kids’ summer at their Grandparents’ house so they can treasure those moments.

Having a business does not only help your kids to earn money, because it also develops their problem solving skills, social skills and teaches them to be responsible with money. Your kids will also learn to become mature, responsible and productive individuals.

So whether your kids are doing business to earn money or to keep themselves busy, business still prepares them to welcome a bright future ahead of them. Your kids can be successful in their small business if they use their skills and resources properly. They can also distribute print flyers in the neighborhood to promote their products or services. Below are business ideas that your kids can try.

  • Pet Sitting: Pet owners will most likely ask your kids to feed, walk, bathe and groom their pets. They may also be tasked to look after their pets while the owners are away.  Pet sitting can be an interesting and fun business for your kids especially if they are fond of animals.

  • Car Washing: Kids can use the skills that they learned in helping Dad clean the car during weekends. They can bring their own cleaning materials with them when they go to their customer’s house.

  • Run Errands: This business is advisable for kids who are restless, because running errands requires working extensively. Kids can exert their energy in doing the grocery, cleaning the windows or delivering invitations.

  • Designing: With their creativity and imagination, kids can design artworks and materials from wall murals, birthday invitations to postcards. Kids can design Holiday postcards and choose the postcard dimensions for their clients’ orders.

  • Selling Sweet Treats: If your kids know how to prepare simple desserts like ice cream sandwich, cinnamon tortilla chips and fruit kebobs. You can assist them in the kitchen so they can prepare the orders faster. They can either deliver the sweet treats or have the customers pick them up at your home.

  • Comic Book Rental: Kids do not need a capital for this kind of business, since their resources are already available in their book shelf.

  • Blogging: This is a great way for your kids to express themselves while earning money. Kids can earn money in blogging through sponsors and ads. They can do joke blogging, photo blogging or nature blogging, depending on their line of interest and expertise.  

Running a home-based business while taking care of your children can be a tough and stressful job. It requires a lot of patience, time management and setting your priorities. You have to get used to catering to your clients and dealing with your kids’ tantrums. Cheap business cards from an online printing company are the most effective and practical promotional tools for your home-based business, so your clients can have your contact information.

What’s great about having your own home-based business is that you can be with your kids while working. Juggling motherhood and career is possible with these tips in mind.

  • Establish a routine. This will help you to be more productive, because your kids will less likely interrupt you if they are aware of your work schedule. Stick to your routine so you can manage your time for work and family. Your business and family need your equal attention so see to it that you are attending to the needs of your clients and family.

  • Discuss business ground rules with your kids. Teach your kids the proper way to answer phone calls and behaving in front of the clients, so your clients will see you as a professional. Remind your kids not to mess and play with your paper works or products, because these are important to your business. Make them understand the value of your home-based business, so you can work in the most productive and professional way as possible.  

  • Take a break to spend time with your kids. Remember that little things count, so spend time with your kids and share activities together. Show them that they can still count on you even if you are busy with work, go ahead and bake cookies in the kitchen, check their home works and pick them up from school during your free time.

  • Hire a babysitter. If you can entrust your kids to other people while you work, it is best to hire a babysitter. You can have the babysitter watch over your kids only when you are busy manning your office desk and attending to clients. This will allow you to work productively and to focus on managing your business.

  • Spend some “me” time for yourself. Juggling your home-based business and your children is never an easy job that is why you deserve a break. Take a warm bath, breathe some fresh air and take a nap whenever you feel exhausted.

It was just like yesterday when you gave birth to your twins and now they are a year older. And you can’t imagine how you survived a year of taking care of two babies at the same time. Your twins’ birthday party is a celebration of two lives, so throwing them an extra special party with double themes is a great idea.

  • Bug and Flower Garden Party: Put the pictures of your twins on their birthday invitation; make one twin the bug and the other twin the flower. Turn the birthday venue into a secret garden full of flower-shaped balloons, floral table cloths and plastic grass on the floor. Let your guests enjoy the party by preparing games such as: pin the bug on the flower, cocoon tissue paper wrap and bug and flower hunt. Buy felt flowers and place them on a miniature clay pot to be used as table centerpiece. Put up a life size bug and flower picture frame, so your guests can strike a pose for pictures. Take advantage of custom printing for your twins’ party banners and posters. Finish the party by distributing party favors like bug nets, magnifying glass and cool stickers of butterflies and flowers.

  • Sugar and Spice Party: Show your twins’ individuality with the sugar and spice party theme. Dress the twins in an angel and naughty devil costume. Create a handmade giant candy invitation for your twins’ first birthday. Turn the venue into a candy factory by decorating it with paper cut outs of giant lollipops, candies and chocolate bars. Serve your guests with colorful cupcakes, meringue, and cheesecakes to satisfy their sweet tooth. Fill the goody bags with sweet treats like bubble gum, fruity candies and caramel popcorn.

  • Cheerleader and Football Party: Get ready for some sporty action with a cheerleader and football party theme. Try custom printing for the football game ticket invitations for your twins’ birthday party. Plan a menu that consists of hotdogs, popcorn, nachos and hamburger. Have a “vendor” serve the foods to the guests to make them feel that they are really in a football game. Ask the guests to wear costumes of referee, cheerleader and football player. Decorate the venue with a football field complete with a goal post and score board.