The Top Summer Adventures To Have With Your Kids

One of the best things about this time of year is that you get to start thinking about summer holidays. When you have a whole family to think about, planning for the summer can be a challenge. However, it is also a real joy – especially with young children in the mix. Finding suitable holiday destinations can take a considerable amount of time and effort. No matter, it is always worth it when you get to go on that holiday with all the family. One great idea for those with kids is to go to an adventure park or a holiday park. The great thing about this option is that these destinations tend to have everything taken care of. It is unlikely that you will have to worry about catering or accommodation, as it will all be included. This certainly has one major benefit: it makes planning the trip that much easier. It also means that you can spend less time on your holiday rushing around, and more time relaxing. The only question now is: which park? To help you out, here are a few of the best, from all over the world.

 

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Avventura Etna

If your little ones have a penchant for the woodland, then this is probably your ideal choice. Set in the glorious area of Mount Etna, this is a family holiday park with a difference. Complete with treetop adventures and zipwire screams, this is great for those who have a wild streak. And for those who just want to relax on their holiday, it caters for them too. The accommodation is truly Italian, with terraces and sprawling garden you can unwind in. The variation in this park makes it ideal for the family which has difficulty deciding between options. A definite must-consider for any family. See http://www.parcoavventuraetna.it/ for more information.

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Disney World

It is a real classic, and that is for a very good reason. For many years now, Disney World has been delighting adults and children alike with its magical ways. If you are planning a holiday for 2016, then you can’t ignore the possibility of going to Disney World. This place has so much to offer that it is impossible to name it all. No matter how old your children are, they are sure to have the time of their lives. What’s more, there are plenty of activities for adults too. You can even get involved in some Disney Golf if that takes your fancy. For more information on that, see atthetee.com.

Southerness

Located in a beautiful area in rural Scotland, the Southerness holiday park is one unlike any other. This is a sea view park with miles of beaches and a stunning setting. If you or your kids tend to enjoy water parks, then there are not many which are more successful than this one. Most of it in indoors, which is good news if the weather turns sour. However, the beauty of Scotland is that it is glorious in any weather. Consider Southerness for a holiday park with a difference this year. Look here for more: www.parkdeanholidays.co.uk

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3 Important Tips for Parents Drafting a Will

Drafting your own last will and testament can be both time-consuming and stressful. There are tons of things you need to consider before you can finalize everything. That is why you have to be very careful on how you make your will and testament.

Many parents think that writing a will is easy but actually it is not. Aside from confronting the idea of death and leaving your family behind, it is extremely difficult to divide your properties. It is easy to say that you will divide it equally to your children to avoid any bad feelings, but the truth is some of your children would need the money more than anyone else. And some would not even care about your property and would just sell it despite its sentimental value.

However you divide your will, it will always be prone to contestation. Some of your family member wouldn’t care about it while others will feel like they deserve more. This is the reason parents should draft their wills seriously. Everything should be thought properly and you have to prioritize your whole family’s future as well.

To make the entire process a lot easier, here are important tips to remember when creating a will:

Hire a personal will executor

It is important that you decide on who will execute all your wishes when you die. The best way to choose one is to hire a legal expert to avoid any disputes among your family members. While it is true that you can save more when you decide on appointing a family member as your personal representative, this decision could be stressful when you are dividing your assets. Personal interest of the family member could affect your decision making, so take your time in hiring an experienced and reliable legal expert to administer your assets. This representative will also handle and organize all your important documents.

Select your beneficiaries carefully

The beneficiaries of your will get all your assets in case something bad happens to you. But you have to name them in your will to ensure that they will receive the properties you left for them. Always be clear with all the possessions you want to share with your spouse, children, relatives, and family members to prevent problems like contesting a will, improper division of property, and probate fraud. When someone thinks that your will isn’t properly executed, he or she could take a stand against it. This is the reason you have to draft your will in accordance with the law.

Appoint a trustworthy guardian for your children

Generally, when one parent dies, the other parent automatically gets the custody of minor children. However, if one parent is unfit or both are no longer around, the court and your family need your last will to decide who becomes the guardian of your children. In case you haven’t written a will or the guardian is not named, the state will then make the decision. Thus, it is essential to write your own will and choose a guardian whom you can entrust the future of your beloved children.

Drafting a will is tough and scary but it is one of the most important things every parent must do for their children and relatives.

Remember, your children’s future should be secured at all times, so they could live well even when you are not with them anymore. Simply follow the helpful tips above and you can already write your will any time.

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I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to Make Your Outdoor Garden Stand Out

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Gardens have the ability to be places of solitude or celebration merely based on the way they’ve been designed. There are formal gardens and landscape gardens. There are gardens that run wild and gardens that are expertly manicured. The point of a garden is to be a space that helps its inhabitant get back to nature. No matter how much we may prune the tree or how many weeds we let grow between the paving stones, it’s still our own little verdant piece of the world. If you’re interested in shaping your garden to be one of splendor and enchantment, look no further; you have found the guide to help you.

 

Pattern Designs and Your Lawn

Woman of Style & Substance notes that many people ignore their lawn when reconfiguring the garden space. The design of the lawn can be made to be as important as the garden gnome you have sitting under your rose bushes or the lemon tree growing tall in the center of your garden. In essence, the lawn is more than just another patch of grass, it’s a blank canvas.

 

Woman of Style suggests that to make your garden really stand out, you should cut patterns into your lawn. By adjusting the blade height on your lawnmower, you can make as simple or as intricate a design as you want, be it wave or checkerboard-patterned. Before you pattern your lawn however, Yardcare writes that it must be healthy, and that you should never cut off more than 1/3 of the height off your grass at any one time.

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Lighting Design: Making the Garden Glow

To bring attention to certain areas of your garden, (maybe you want to highlight an exotic looking birdbath or the edge of your koi pond) landscape lighting design will help you bring your garden to the next level. HGTV suggests that before you buy any lights or lighting system, ask yourself what in the garden you want to be the focal point.

Once you have decided what areas of the garden you want bathed or softly lit in light, layer your lighting sources. Layers of overhead, task and ambient light create a natural effect. HGTV recommends using path and spotlight lighting to help you navigate the garden and showcase your home.

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 What is a Focal Point?

Mentioned just above, it is important to have a focal point in the garden. Focal points help to pull the viewer’s eye to specific areas in the garden. The critical rule of the focal point (and the critical rule for all design) is that less is more. Gardening Know How has observed that amateur designers will often make the mistake of overcomplicating a space in the hopes of making it pop. This doesn’t work, instead it just makes the garden look overwrought and messy.

 

There must also only be one or two focal points. If the eye is constantly traveling from one line of direction to another, there is no time for rest and therefore no time for absorption. The garden is supposed to be a space of reflection and meditation. If the user cannot focus, the garden has failed.

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 Choosing a Focal Point: Sculpture or Plants?

Many people think that the focal point of a garden must be some type of sculpture, be it a water feature, bird bath or replica of the statue of David. The cool thing is that because it’s your garden, the focal point can be anything you want it to be. While sculptural, manmade objects do generally garner more attention than the surrounding flora and fauna, you can make a flowering tree or spiraling vine the epicenter of the garden. Because our eyes naturally follow lines, there are many cases when we land on the tree or sprouting bush first, not even noticing the medieval-looking sundial next to it. Remember, it’s the lighting that will draw the viewer’s attention. Wherever the lighting is, so too will your guests venture.

 

The beauty of the garden is its power to manipulate space. The way the sunlight filters through the tree branches or plays along the pathway river stones, it’s all part of the experience.

 

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I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Sister Dear – Book Review

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I haven’t read a good mystery in a while so I was delighted to read Sister Dear by Laura McNeill. Sister Dear is one of those stories that goes from present to past and back again. It took some getting use to going back and forth but by doing so the author really told a great story of mystery and betrayal. I loved getting to know the characters. If you love a good mystery and want something to read this summer by the pool pick up a copy of Sister Dear.

 

 

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish — time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.

But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.

As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

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Laura McNeill is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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