7 Unique Post Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Candy Lovers

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Valentine’s Day is long over. But February, the official love month, isn’t. Surprising the candy and chocolate connoisseur of your life doesn’t require any type of holiday. And if they’re familiar with the common ones, what better way to surprise them than by gifting them the most unique ones?

In fact, you don’t have to limit your gift options to just candy and chocolate during this candy-driven holiday. Curious? Check out the list below for some of the most unique post V-Day ideas for candy lovers:

Personalized Candy Box

If you know your partner’s candy preferences like the back of your hand, then you already know what kinds of chocolate and candy to give them. Instead of just buying a few to wrap in a present and give it to them, make it more special by gifting them something more personalized. If the candy company doesn’t offer this option, you can DIY instead.

Create a personalized candy box that contains all their favorite sweets. You can buy a pre-made candy box to make it easier for you. If you have a long-distance relationship, this is the gift that will impress them.

If you want to go the extra mile, consider sending it with a custom photo book. You can personalize it however you want, so include photos of you together if you want because it’s Valentine’s Day after all.

Dessert-Themed Makeup

If your partner happens to adore candy and makeup, this is something that will definitely win you your love points this Valentine’s Day. If you’re clueless about makeup and even more so for dessert-themed ones, there’s no shame in consulting your trusty web search engine. A tell-tale characteristic of a dessert-themed makeup is colorful and fun packaging.

Before you consult Google to look for candy-themed makeup, take care to make sure that you’re not re-purchasing something your partner already has. It may take a little finesse here and there but observe your mate’s stash and get the makeup they don’t own yet. Here is a list to help you out.

Candy Lingerie

It’s a gift for your partner as much as it is yours… if you get the drift. Everyone loves lingerie but you get double the fun when it’s something you can eat instead of taking off. There are a lot of varieties you can choose from. Buying candy lingerie is a perfect excuse to satisfy you and your partner’s curiosity.

Bacon & Chocolate

Most people love bacon and when you combine it with chocolate, the combo just elevates it as a whole. Combining sweet and savory may be something that your lover hasn’t tried out yet. This is a great gift if they happen to love bacon as well.

If they already tried bacon-flavored chocolate, you can switch it up. There are pastries and goods that combine bacon and chocolate such as Twinkies and Oreos as well. Who knows… you both might like it and you end up buying for two.

Candy Subscription

Does your sweet-toothed beau want something new and different every month? Consider getting them a subscription to Japanese-themed candy boxes that deliver every month. You don’t only just get candy because loyal subscribers can be rewarded with J-Coins that you can use to redeem prizes. This way you can show them your love and devotion throughout the year.

Alcohol-Infused Gummies

It’s been in and out over the years but liquor and candy do go together. In fact, candies infused with different kinds of alcohol are wildly popular among adults. This item is kept general for variety’s sake. If you are familiar with your SO’s preferred drink and choice of candy, then you shouldn’t have any trouble finding out what to give them.

If you’re still confused, you can buy Rosé gummy bears for your lover if it’s something they are into. Rose and champagne are not the only alcohol you can pair with gummies. Other popular liquors include vodka, gin, whiskey, and even rum!

Valentine’s Hot Chocolate

For some people in the US, February is still a little chilly and that is why hot chocolate is a popular drink during this time. It’s a perfect gift for your Valentine’s as well. Isn’t it just a dream to just chill whole day or at night with your lover with nothing but a hot cup of chocolate in your hands?

There is Valentines-themed hot chocolate that you can readily buy for your SO. The usual hot cocoa mix is replaced or added with strawberry and white chocolate flavors to make them pink to fit the holiday. If you want to go through the homemade route, you can do so as well. There are plenty of recipes that you can find online that are easy to follow.

Bottom Line

Valentine’s Day has been commercialized for so long that it is easy to get pressured by loved ones and family to give gifts that could be way over your budget. Why not veer away from tradition and express your love every chance you get? It’s great to be generous, especially for the people you love. Homemade alternatives can be made if you fancy putting in more effort to customize your sweets.

What are your unique gift ideas you love to give for candy lovers? Share them down below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Top 4 Lifelong Parenting Lessons

Becoming a parent is a beautiful opportunity. It’s also an honor that not everyone is able to have, due to a variety of reasons. But here we are, blessed with beautiful babies that are simultaneously the best thing that ever happened to us and the reason we get no sleep. But becoming a parent is not just about raising a new life—it’s also about becoming a new person and learning new lessons about life.

Though there are many things you learn when becoming a parent, these are four lessons in parenting that you can carry with you for a lifetime.

 

#1 Find Balance Between Yourself and Parenting 

When you were growing up, your life may have centered around yourself and your development. You were focused on your career, learning, or whatever path your life was taking you. But then you decided to have a child, and that is a beautiful decision. This means that your life has a new center. Your focus will shift to the child and raising them.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should put yourself aside entirely. If you lose yourself in your role as a parent, you do a disservice to your child. Your child is looking to you to set an example, but if you’re just focused on being a parent, they’ll pick that up.

Find that perfect balance between being a parent and being yourself.

#2 Patience Is a Virtue—And One That Is Learned 

We all think we’re patient people, but that’s never truly tested until we become parents. Having children puts your patience at a new level that compares to nothing else. Raising a young child and teaching them about the world means that you have to see everything in a new light.

You have to put aside your impatience for your child. Patience is something that can be observed and taught. If you have road rage, you can’t just shout with your children in the car. Think of your child as a sponge; they’re soaking up everything. This is whether you know it or not.

#3 Know You’re Part of a Community 

When you become a parent, you become part of a community. You’ll realize this when you first take your baby out, and other mothers suddenly strike up a conversation with you.

Being part of a community also means that there are resources and bits of wisdom available that other parents have learned through trial and error. Parenting resources like mytravelingbaby.solutions, for example, will have tips on all aspects of parenting, from advice for first-time mothers, to increasing milk supply, reviews of car seats and more.

Sometimes these resources can simply be good for moral support and to let you know that your little family unit is not alone. Especially in the early stages of your child’s infancy, you might feel like you’re stuck at home. But online parenting communities offer a way to reach out, get advice, and sometimes just chat and be social.

#4 You Can Never Show Too Much Affection 

If you think you are being overly mushy with your child, you’re probably not showing enough affection. Even if you’re kids show that they’re annoyed by it, they love it deep down inside. Showing affection can be displayed in a variety of ways. You can kiss and hug your child, words of affirmation, or just being there for them when they ask.

Being a parent is an honor and a great responsibility. It’s something that is a unique experience no matter how many children you have. With these pieces of wisdom from fellow parents, you can be the parent you strive to be and support your child in their development.

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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What to Do When You’ve Been Injured in the Workplace

As a working parent, it’s extremely important to stay healthy to provide for your family. When you’ve been injured on the job, however, your ability to do so can be hampered. Luckily, there are options that ensure that you get compensated for your pain, suffering, and even lost wages.

Employers in each and every state are legally required to provide to their employees a reasonably healthy and safe work environment. However, there are times where employers fail to fulfill their duty, and their employees are injured as a result. An employee can be hurt even when the employer has done all they’ve can. No matter the cause, each state has some type of system in place to help employees when they get hurt on the job.

If you’re a working mom or dad, here’s what you need to know about dealing with a workplace injury:

 

 How Can You Protect Your Rights?

The easiest, most efficient way to protect your rights is to report them to your employer. The majority of states require employees to report their accident within a certain time frame. This period is typically the same day or within just a few of the incident.

After you’ve notified your employer, you need to file a claim with the industrial or workers’ compensation court in your state. This gives the court, your employer, and your employer’s insurance company a formal notice of your injury.

Once you’ve filed, certain automatic protections are granted. It’s during this time you’ll also want to look for competent injury claim lawyers to help if things don’t go the way you plan.

What Are Your Rights?

While all states offer workers’ compensation, the details of the law vary from state to state. The rights afforded to a person injured on the job range, as do the procedures you’ll have to go through to ensure those rights.

However, there are a number of legal rights that are granted commonly across most states, such as:

  • the right to file for your illness or injury in the state industrial court or workers’ compensation court
  • the right to pursue medical assistance and treatment
  • the right to return to work if you’ve been cleared by your physician
  • the right to some kind of disability compensation if you are unable to return to work
  • the right to appeal a decision made by your employer, their insurance, or the workers’ compensation court
  • the right to legal representation throughout the whole process
  • the right to refuse certain offers or requests made by your employer or their insurance company.

 

Most importantly, you have the right to say no if your boss offers any sort of incentive in some attempt to persuade you into not filing a workers’ compensation claim. Remember, doing this is illegal. The laws in each state are set out so that you can pursue a claim without fear of harassment or reprisal from your employer.

What Are My Rights Against Parties Other Than My Employer? 

Perhaps your injury on the job was the result of negligence by a third party. Depending on the situation, this other entity could be the designer or manufacturer of some defective piece of equipment. If that’s the case, you can make a claim against that party.

These claims are typically not filed under workers’ compensation. Rather, they’re a form of civil lawsuits and are filed with state or federal courts.

The Bottom Line  

Filing a claim may seem like a hassle, but it’s the best way to ensure that you get the money you deserve while you’re recovering from your incident and continuing to provide for your family. Besides, it doesn’t have to be something that you tackle on your own. Don’t be afraid to call legal assistance to help you navigate the complicated landscape of filing a workers’ comp claim.

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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3 Creative Hobbies That Will Keep Your Kids Busy

There’s a lot that goes into raising kids, and so much of that is priming them at a young age for a happy and successful life. The tools you gift your children early on will stay with them through adolescence and adulthood, so it’s vital to be proactive and encourage them to take up hobbies that will excite and fulfill them.

They may be content with playing team sports at school, which offer many rewarding qualities. But many studies have proven that creative hobbies are just as important for children to participate in as athletics. Creative hobbies strengthen the mind and build collaborative skills.

Which hobby is best for your child? The possibilities are endless, but you want to be sure your kid is participating in activities that are just as educational as they are exciting. Here are a few to consider.

  1. Music

Learning an instrument is one of the most rewarding activities any child can do. Reading sheet music, practicing every evening, and especially being in a band or orchestra of some variety all heavily contribute to a heightened appreciation for music and the cherished ability to play it.

There are many instruments to choose from and lessons to go with each. Whether you’re looking for a wide range of snare drums, a piano, a clarinet, or numerous others, the internet makes it easier to find instruments to buy or rent, and music studios to take lessons at.

Countless studies have proven that the studying music is incredibly helpful to brain growth and stimulates creativity and imagination. In addition to its aiding in mental growth, playing music is also just genuinely fun! Imagine the smile on your kid’s face when he’s finally able to play you the drum solo he’s been working on for months.

 

  1. Dance

Dance is a very common hobby and for good reason. It is extremely physical, and a great alternative for exercise than school sports.

Whether the genre is ballet, tap, or jazz, dance will stay with an individual for years to come. It strengthens posture, teambuilding skills, and keeps the body flexible at a young age.

Even for those who do not pursue dance beyond childhood, most agree that it was a profoundly positive experience as they were growing up. Dance studios are another place for kids to connect with people their age and hone a new skill that will serve them well beyond elementary school.

  1. Reading

An exceptionally important tool to have is a love of reading. Reading is the gateway to other worlds and possibilities. Developing a love for reading is a skill that will benefit children throughout their entire lives.

The most effective way to do this is often by cutting out an hour for reading time every day. This gives kids a lot of time to explore different genres and find a story or series they like best.

Fiction is an important genre for people of all ages, but this is especially true for children. Kids yearn for adventure in a significantly more intimate and inherent way than most adults, making their relation to fiction imperative. Many kids that find a fictional book or series that hooks them will grow up to read more fiction and non-fiction alike.

 

Give Your Kids Many Creative Options!  

Too much free time can be a tricky thing for people of any age, often leading to us spending time unwisely. Introducing your children to creative pursuits is a great way to fill in free time with meaningful activities. Creative pursuits will help your child grow into a curious, ambitious individual with an imaginative drive for the future.

 

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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There Are Easy Ways To Get Back Into Work

There are many reasons why you might have to take a break from work in your life every so often. You might have an injury that puts you in a position where you can’t work for a certain amount of weeks, or one that’s most likely going to be relevant to all of you reading this, you will have to take a couple of months off work when you have your baby. It doesn’t matter whether you have your first, or your third, you’re still going to have to take some time off work to bond with your baby, recover from the whole process, and watch them go through some of their most important stages in life. The usual amount of time that people take off work is 6 months, but some extend it to a year or more if their finances will allow. Now, we all know how hard it is to go back to work when you’ve only been on holiday for a week, so think about how hard it’s going to be to return to work after you’ve had 6 months or so off. It’s one of the reasons why we’ve created this article, to try and help all you mom who are considering returning to work, and how you can make it easier for yourself.

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Go Back To A Job You’ll Enjoy

This is a really important one we feel. If you’re going into a job that you can’t really even enjoy, then it’s going to be so hard to go back to a job at all. We really think you need to think about roles that are going to keep you engaged, and ones that you will actually enjoy. For example, you could look into advanced online colleges for social work, which would be online, and would put you on a path to a totally different career to what you’re in now. Now that will apply to most of you, some of you might be in a similar career, yet really not enjoying it. If this is so, think about careers that really do interest you, and see if there are any online courses that you could take that would push you towards them. Or, think about something you’re passionate about, and perhaps start thinking about whether you can start your own mini business.

Think About Easing Yourself Into It

This is the really important one in our mind. You can’t just go back to full time work, and expect your life just to slot right back into place again. You’re going to have to ease yourself into it with some part time work first. Then, you can think about going to nearly full time, and eventually work your way up. The smaller hours you do to begin with, the easier it’ll be to slowly up and up them!

Make Sure You’re Giving Yourself A Life

Again, another essential. You have to make sure that somewhere around all of this working and being a good family, that you’re taking some time to actually give yourself a life. Whether this life be going to the gym and winding down, or out for friends with a drink, it’s just so important that you are giving yourself a life!

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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