Do you want to plan an event that stands out, and you do not want to go broke paying for all that event planning services? If yes, then this post is for you.
Planning a birthday party for your kids, a friend or planning a small family event in a super affordable way may seem impossible, but it is not anymore.
Planning an event is a tough task, especially if you have a busy schedule and you may want to pay someone and get it done. Well, even that is okay if you have enough expense to celebrate a birthday and you are not worried about taking care of everything except paying the costs.
There are plenty of event planning services that are doing phenomenal events like birthdays, baby showers and so much more, but you can always think about saving money and plan a super fun themed birthday party or a baby shower for less.
However, if you do not want to spend too much money yet you want to have a beautiful themed party, then we have got you covered.
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How to plan a budget-friendly event for your kids
First, you need to know what event it is.
A birthday party
A baby shower
A bridal shower
Baby’s arrival celebration.
Baby’s first birthday
Then you need to decide if you want to follow a character theme or just a beautiful color theme like
Pro-tip: Making these garlands may seem intimidating, but it is not. It is easier than you think. All you need is an electric inflator. Everything else is included in the kit. You may want to save the rest of it for some other event in the family.
Cake serving dish is optional, and you may want to use or not. It totally depends on what kind of cake you are getting for the event.
Dessert table makes an event look more celebrated and needless to say, far more pretty than a regular cake on a table. You can check out some dessert table decorations for the dessert table according to your budget to spend on an event.
Cake, Cookies, and Candies
The cake is the biggest attraction for any event you plan. If you want a budget-friendly cake, that is not costing you half of your savings, I would highly recommend you to get a sheet cake from Wegmans.
Vanilla cake with Whipped cream and mixed Fruits is my most favorite. I am sure you can never go wrong with a mixed fruit cake.
Costco Sheet cake is easy in your pocket, not crazy expensive and sure is delicious.
You can either decorate sheet cake by yourself by adding your child’s favorite toy and make it colorful with edible color decorations.
Moreover, a cake topper is a must as your cake looks super fancy and gives a richer look at a less budget.
You can create cookies at home or get customized ones from local pastry shops. You can also get ready-to-go from Safeway, giant, Walmart, Wegmans, Target, whole food or you can get custom made as well.
Pro-tip: If you have an event at the end of the calendar year, you can still use leftover candy from Halloween celebrations.
Candy is one of the biggest attractions for kids and adults that starts with Halloween every year. Big events like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. New year Eve till valentine’s day, are all about candies.
No doubt, the fun of going trick or treat down the neighborhood is much awaited all year long. Some of the big stores and schools follow the tradition of trick or treat and distribute candies. In the end, it’s going to be A LOT of candies.
Of course, it is a lot of sugar, and kids do not want to think about it as they are too young to understand the ‘TOO MUCH SUGAR” thing.
As a parent, you may want to avoid too much candy for your kids however, at the same time, you do not want to deprive kids of Halloween fun.
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Ideas on what you can do with candies post-Halloween
Going trick or treat may pile up heaps of candies in your household and as a parent that would be the last thing you want your kids to eat all of their candies at once.
Moreover, you can save chocolates like snickers, Twix, Milky way candies for chocolate shakes as a morning breakfast or evening drink for kids, or to serve guests for a random weekend get together.
3. Save some candy for ice cream sundaes
If you are having a game night or a random party over the weekend, you can make ice cream sundaes in this mini dessert cups.
A couple of scoops of your favorite ice cream served with wafers and top it with a tiny piece of chocolate candy or m&ms.
4. Bake candy in cookies
You can look up some ideas of making M&m or chocolate candy cookies with Twix or Snickers etc. Either you use ready to make cookie mix or make your own from scratch, you can add whatever candy you like.
That is going to be a perfect snack with a cup of coffee or tea.
5. Bake some candy in brownies Or cakes
Use candies like M&Ms or other chocolate candy to make brownie mix and bake.
6. Decorate cakes
You can bake a store box cake mix, top it with whipped cream and spread candies on top or fill in cake layers with your favorite candy.
KitKat, Twix or M&Ms would be the best option for cake decorations.
For kids’ birthday cakes, get a sheet cake from Costco and decorate it with leftover chocolates and candies with a cute cake topper. Kids are going to love it. It’s a win-win.
7. Make desserts
Chop crunchy or hard candies in small pieces and mix them in the cream or not-too-sweet ice cream. Let it cool and enjoy the dessert with a little bit of whipped cream.
Mix Oreo cookies with cream or a corn starch milk pudding. Toss in some chopped candies and let the dessert cool in the refrigerator.
8. Make a Trail mix of m&ms with pretzels and nuts etc
A delicious healthy snack for Thanksgiving gift for your loved ones. Toss in some candies with a mix of cashews, peanuts, pistachio, almonds and fill up mason jars with a lovely thank you note.
9. Donate excess candies
You can also donate excess candies to schools or donate to anyone who is accepting candies.
10. Take it to the office
If you are a working mom, you can take it to the office or send it to your partner’s workplace.
11. Send it to the troops
Many families send the extra candies to the troops and you have to figure out who is collecting candies to send to troops.
12. Ask your doctors’ office if they accept candies
Moms may need to call the doctor’s office or dentist office and find out who is accepting candies so you can ask your kids to donate candies to their doctors’ office.
13. Save some for thanksgiving dinner
You may want to save some candy for the thanksgiving party. A candy buffet can be set up for any dinner or party and you can use these candy jar with scoopers to set up extra candy for the guests.
14. Save some for holidays desserts
Besides you can make candy desserts for holidays, you may want to fill up cute boxes with candies and send it along with your gifts to your family, friends, and teachers.
15. Make goody bags and distribute on upcoming events
Filling up goody bags with leftover extra candies with a tiny toy is a cute goody bag for kids.
16. Take out the candy that may trigger allergies
Although moms know what kids are allergic still you need to be vigilant. When you are using candies like peanut butter or something similar that people are might allergic too, you would want to take those out before you use in food or add an ingredient note.
17. Trade candy with toys
Your kids might be interested in giving away all that candy for their favorite toy. This is indeed an awesome idea to bribe kids not to eat too much candy.
18. Offer a healthy Snack or Protein bar
Next time when you open the doors for kids, you may want to give them a healthier snack like a protein bar chocolate-dipped fruits instead of a whole bunch of candies.
Last but not least, you need to be super careful about the expiration dates and best before dates on the candies before using and saving.
Have a sweet holiday season with an idea of making it sweet for others too.
Choosing a gift that is fun and educational for toddlers gets a little tricky. You need to keep the kid’s interest in mind while getting a gift for your loved ones.
Although kids love playing with toys still they get bored with their toys pretty fast. They anxiously wait for the whole year for birthday gifts or Christmas presents. The excitement of new toy gifts is something that cannot be denied.
While some parents or family want to buy expensive gifts for kids for Christmas or birthdays, however, some may not want to overspend.
This gift guide would help you choose the best toy for your loved ones that are budget-friendly, useful for educational and mental development, and also super fun.
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Best Gift Ideas for toddlers
Bike for one-year-old
This manual bike is so much fun for one-year-old babies. Babies love to move cars, trucks, bikes and that is what they enjoy the most.
If you are looking for a Christmas gift for a 1-year-old and up, this bike is perfect for indoor fun when kids are not being able to go outside for activities. Also, it is super helpful for an early walker.
A perfect gift for girls and boys to have a fun activity in the kitchen and be creative.
Fischer price serving truck
This Fischer price serving truck is a fun activity especially in winter when kids have to stay indoors. You can always choose this as winter birthdays for kids and holiday presents. Kids are absolutely going to love it.
Grocery Cart for kids
My kids loves playing with grocery cart. You would not regret getting this for kids as it is going to teach them how to maneuver it in real life.
Boys who love using tools and working on cars would absolutely love these workshop playset.
Homemaker moms love getting accessories to decorate their houses to make it home. Indeed home is where the heart is. Homemaking is an art and a super expensive hobby. Thanks to housewarming, birthdays and Christmas when women could get gifts for their homes and love to decorate around the house.
These gift ideas are for moms who love to make their houses feel like a home. If you are looking for gift ideas for mom, friend, teacher, daughter, coworker, or a family member, these ideas could work, also you may want to choose multiple items if you have closed ones to think of.
If you have been visiting my blog, you might know, I do not support unnecessary spending and I highly appreciate gifts that are useful no matter how small or big it is.
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Budget-friendly gift ideas for homemakers
Homemaking is a beautiful feel. Whether you are a stay at home mom, working mom or single woman, homemaking can be super relaxing.
These are the nesting gift ideas for bathroom, kitchen or home decor accessories that can be given as a gift to women you love.
Pro-tip: when you are deciding about the receiver’s gift, keep her taste in mind what she/he is going to like.
Bathroom decorative accessories
Relaxing in a feel-good bathroom is something everyone wants. These bathroom accessories can be a wonderful gift this holiday.
If you do not want to buy gift baskets for everyone, you may want to get holidays gift bags and a tissue paper so you do not have to run to the dollar store for gift bags. Buy before the holiday season starts and this would save you tons of time.
Gift boxes for this holiday season gifts is a must-have. Christmas gift boxes are used to pack clothes for loved ones or other small and cute gifts or your loved ones.
These gift ideas are useful and very affordable in your pocket. Of course, you do not want to go broke this holiday season.
Another idea of saving money is buying a gift bag or a box in bulk so you do not have to spend $5 to $6 extra on every gift every time.
Traveling is fun, but it can be super hectic if you are on an insanely long flight or car rides. No matter how long your travel time is you want to make it super relaxing and entertaining.
The longest travel time for one of the flights was 17 hours that was DOHA to Houston. It was crazy to be on the same plane for almost a day. Not to mention it took another 4 hours flight and 4 hours drive to reach the destination. Nevertheless, it was one of a kind “experience” for me.
That being said, during these long flights most of us may have experienced swollen feet due to sitting in the same posture for a long time. When you are traveling in an economy class and you cannot have the luxury of business class, you may want to think of something that can bring you at least a fraction of that luxury to make your travel easier.
I wish I had known about these travel accessories about 10 years ago.
Travel accessories you need for your next flight
Here are a few traveling essential accessories you want to have for the next flight to make your travel a breeze and more enjoyable.
1. Leak-proof Travel bottles and containers
There are chances you already have travel bottles lined up, but these ones are leak proof and you can just fill them up. You do not have to worry about anything messing up your luggage.
2. Airplane Footrest
Swollen feet is real discomfort for most of us. My feet get double in size while on a plane flight. You need this for a plane ride when you wish you can put up your feet SOMEWHERE at least. This footrest will help you keep your feet slightly elevated to give you a comfy sleepy ride on a plane.
In addition to that, you can also get travel compression socks for that helps with blood circulation throughout the flight. Especially if you are pregnant and traveling. Although it is safe to travel in pregnancy depends on your doctor’s advice still long hours flight is not going to be comfortable.
3. Luggage scale accessories kit
Overweight luggage can be a problem when you have to take out just a few Lbs of weight and adjust your bags right on the airport luggage check-in.
This luggage scale kit has everything you need for your luggage. It has name tags, weighing scale, straps, and locks to keep your belongings safe.
4. Cables organizer
If you are traveling with kids then this is something you need to keep everyone’s iPad charging cables, phone cables, adapters, laptop chargers, in one place. Also, you are not worried about entangled wires anymore.
Another way to keep your cable wires entangled free, you may want to use these Rubber twist ties. They can help you keep your charging cables organized and stress-free.
5. Space-saving compression travel bags
Clothes take up a lot of space in your luggage. Now the luggage size is pretty small that is why it is not easy to adjust all of your garments. These space-saving compression bags would help taking out extra air out of the bags, and make extra room in your luggage for more stuff.
6. Jewelry Organizer
If you are a jewelry lover, then you may want to take these with you while you travel around the world.
This is going to be super helpful and amazing for women and moms who have little girls. Girls accessories are so adorable you can’t get enough of them anyway.
You can also have Vlando Viaggio Jewelry box. It is compact, and it has three compartments so you can adjust your jewelry packing as you like.
7. Neck and leg pillows
I do not know about you but for me, comfort is the number 1 thing. I would choose comfort over style. However, this neck and leg pillow is not only comfy but also really cute. You can use this for neck support for long flights or car rides.
It is not only for travel purpose you can also use it at home, however you like.
8. Travel hangers
Are you traveling with a baby and other kids? You may need these travel hangers to air dry an outfit or simply hang in your next day outfits. Besides they are portable, foldable, they are in super cute colors that you are going to love.
9. Zoppen Multipurpose Passport wallet
I cannot emphasize this enough, if you want to have everything in one place while you are traveling, you need this. Zoppen Multipurpose wallet is going to save you so much sanity when it comes to keeping your passport and boarding pass safe on different TSA security checking for various flights and layovers.
10. Travel Laundry Detergent
No one wants to come back with dirty, smelly clothes on the way back. You need laundry bags to keep your messy garments separate. Imagine if you are traveling to the beach, how on earth you are going to protect your clothes from sand and salty water odor?
We all need to go for our business even while we are traveling. So why not have this in our back to save yourself from the embarrassment of using a public bathroom or not be a source of discomfort for anyone.
Also for those who NEED water to keep your butt clean, this is a travel bidet for every bathroom trip to wash and stay refreshed all day.
12. Travel Mug
If you are a coffee or tea lover, a good coffee mug is truly a blessing. You may want to take one with you if you do not like to use the disposable ones.
13. Travel Cosmetic Bag
Hanging travel cosmetic or toiletries bag is going to save you so much space in your luggage as well as in your hotel room. It will help you keep everything contained in one place and you can hang it anywhere in your room.
14. Universal Travel Adapter
One of the challenges of traveling is what to do with a different socket. For instance, you cannot plug in US electronics in Europe or Asian countries without using a converter. There is a socket difference and this adapter comes in with charging ports and as well as various sockets for more than 150 countries.
15. Luggage organizers
Imagine your luggage is overweight for a few lbs and you have to open your luggage on the airport. What if your clothes are stuffed in there and suddenly, you get embarrassed for having everything all over the place?
To save yourself from such embarrassment, you need these luggage organizers that will keep your stuff in place and separate. Also, it will help you adjust the heavy item in your luggage.
16. Premoistened sanitizing Hand wipes
Do you know what is the dirtiest part of the aircraft? A study revealed that there are 5 dirtiest places on the airplane. Seat belts, headrest, washroom handles, seat pockets and trays.
Can you imagine traveling without sanitizing wipes on your next flight?
17. Bra Underwear Storage bag
The shape of your bra gets messed up when you stuff it in the luggage bag. You need this bra underwear storage bag to keep your undergarments in one place, safe, and easy to find.
18. Charging Dock for Apple watch
These days pretty much everyone has an apple watch. What to do when you have to charge it?
This little guy is going to make your life easy.
19. Travel Wrap and Blanket
Air flights can be severely cold for some of us. Long hours International flights provide you with blankets, but the domestic flights do not have blankets with them. So if you feel cold in airconditioned places, you need to take a blanket with you. This travel wrap is stylish as well as it serves the purpose of keeping you warm.
20. Vanity mirror with a charging port and lights
Women do need mirror no matter where they are. This vanity mirror has a light as well as it has a charging port. Hence, it’s a win-win.
21. Super Functional Backpack
When you are traveling, you need a backpack regardless. This is the one I have and it is absolutely amazing with so many pockets to organize stuff. You can put your laptop, iPad, etc, also it has an inbuilt charging port. Not only for traveling it is great for everyday use too.
22. A Good lightweight fully functional Handcarry
If you want to travel, travel light. This is super essential when it comes to traveling. You have to stay minimal in your belongings as well as super organized when you are on the go. This AmazonBasics Handcary is fully functional, lightweight hand carry that can be placed under the seat. Especially if you are traveling with kids, you need something for your kids every other minute. This will be helpful for you to keep it under the seat on your flight.
Travel tips for your air travel
Travel with minimal luggage so you do not have to worry about taking a whole day to unpack and then pack again on your way back.
2. Keep every outfit planned for each day so you are not wasting time to decide what to wear and whatnot.
3. Keep your outfits in separate bags or ziplock bags. Especially for kids, you can use travel bags or ziplock bags to plan an outfit for each day.
4. Keep kids medicine in a clear bag or a zip lock bag for easy access for TSA security check.
5. Use freezer gallon size ziplock bag or compression travel bag to keep kids’ diapers, wipes, changing sheet, and diaper disposal sacks in one place.
6. Always take an extra bag with you when you go for a diaper change, you are going to need it in case of any blowouts.
7. If you are going for a few days, you can take your pills in a pillbox or a ziplock bag if you are not worried about day and time.
8. If you are traveling for months, then it makes sense to keep your toiletries in full-size bottles. However, if you are going for just a few days, use travel bottles and containers for everything that you use. It will save you space in your luggage as well as there will be fewer chances of any bottle blowout.
9. For using different locks on the luggage, do not forget to check the keys of every single lock and put them in a key chain so they do not get lost once you are at the destination.
10. When you are in a transit flight, always go and find the next flight terminal even if you have enough time for the next flight. This will save you last-minute stress when you are running late for your flight and you are still looking for the right airline gate number.
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Parenthood is all about feeding those little tummies, teaching kids everything from talking to walking, dealing with the mess and teaching them how to be less messy. Kids do not learn this in one day, it takes time and perseverance. And for that parents need A LOT of patience, means A LOOTTTT of patience.
Kids kick a lot right from the beginning, while they are in the womb till their car seats. They are restless souls.
My husband is obsessed with cars and so as keeping them clean inside out. I remember once my son was kicking the backseat of our car when he actually got really upset about it. We really wanted to have something to protect the back seat and also the seat itself and we immediately got the seat protectors and kick mats.
As we know, infant car seats and big kids car seats, they mess up the back seat of a car. In addition to that, when kids kick the back seats, it gives very visible shoe marks. For car lovers, it is undoubtedly a BIG thing. Although moms are cool about everything yet dads feel awful when something gets messed up in their cars.
We had car seat covers for a long time now and they have pretty much protected out seats, however, we had to buy everything separately, kick mats and car seat protectors for both of our kids’ car seats.
BabyLum, Products for Parents, has an amazing Car Seat Protector and Back Seat Organizer. I have received their product and it has a Back Seat organizer that can also serve the purpose of a kick mat, and you do not have to buy them separately. Also, they are of great quality and has a perfect size that covers your seat well if you have an SUV.
Besides, this product is water-resistant, the biggest plus for having this product is, it has mesh organizing pockets. You can put kids toys in here, bottles, snacks, and napkins, etc. It works great for road trips, and everyday car use.
Most of the seat protectors, are not weather resistant because, if you have leather seats in your car, they may damage your seats during hot weather. And, it is never going to be the same, regardless.
It also has these mess pockets with organizing space in the bottom of the seat covers. You can put anything for kids activities in there.
These covers are great and I highly recommend these babyLum seat protector and back seat organizer. You will not regret buying this product.
Remember, this is coming from someone who already had seat protectors and has been using those for a long time. They are gonna go a long way and most of all, your car will look like NEW even after a few years of parenthood.
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