5 Fun Family Reunion Activities You Should Try Next Time

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A family reunion needs to be an enjoyable experience with lots of fun-filled activities and exciting games. This is so that everyone in the event is entertained and the event not only becomes lively but also captivating. There are several fun activities that you can engage in to make the gathering memorable and equally decorative. Here are some of the top 5 fun family activities that you can undertake when on a family reunion:

The family tree 

Playing the family tree game not only makes the reunion lively but also makes it possible for relatives to know each other well and understand their roots. And I’m sure your children will enjoy this game very much! This is particularly if you are having a large. Arrange the family in the order with which the family’s genealogical cart flows. Once the tree has been formed and everyone is in their place, you can take a family photo from both ends of the tree (from the youngest to the oldest, and the opposite of this order).

When arranging the family tree, you can employ some creativity by grouping people born during the same month together in one group. If there are several family members who share the same birthday, you can take a photo of them together to include in the family album. You should check for facts such as the birthday month with the most family members. 

Play with an acquainted card 

An acquainted card contains characteristics, personalities and traits of different people. You can fill out these cards by identifying members of the family who have similar characteristics to those spelt out in the cards. Each name should only appear once and the winner is determined by the group that finishes filling out its card first. A sample of the characteristics in these cards are such as pierced ears, cousins, alcoholic, loves music, is a teenager, is slim/obese, and is a driver among other characteristics. 

The best way to play with an acquainted card is by sub-dividing the family members into several groups with a considerable number of members. This makes the game more exciting as each member is able to participate in the game and make contributions. 

Family hunt 

Ideally, a family reunion is all about getting people to know each other better and understand relations in the family. The family hunt game is an all inclusive activity that requires family members to hunt and collect different items and compete to identify the group that finishes its hunt first. The best thing about this activity is that you can also hunt people. For instance, you can task a specific group to hunt family members whose name starts with a particular alphabetical letter such as A or B. 

There are also tasks that family members can participate in family hunt activities when on a family reunion. For example, a particular group can identify the oldest couple in the family, a person weighing over 120 pounds, find family members wearing glasses or hunt for the tallest person in the family. Arrange members of every group in a line and have a particular code word that each group will shout after identifying their target. For instance, you can have the first group shout FAMILY after hunting their target. 

Talent show 

A talent show during a family reunion is yet another fun activity you can engage in when on a reunion. The best thing about talent show is that it not only adds fun and excitement in the event but also can be an avenue of family members identifying their talents and gifts. Essentially, in every family the number of talents is almost equal to the number of members in the family. As such, each family member will most likely have a different talent from the other members. For example, you can have members who are good at singing sing a few songs and judge how best they have mastered their talents. 

Some of the key talents you can be on the lookout for in a family reunion activity are such as singing, dancing, reciting poem, acrobats, unique athletic skills, and acting among other talents. You can also judge the prowess and ability of playing instruments for those family members who believe are good in instruments. It is advisable to carry a radio or any other music playing gadget to use when testing talents such as singing and dancing. In addition to this, it is also a great idea to have a camera for recording the activities in the reunion for future purposes. 

Sports and contests 

If the reunion has a sizeable number of family members, you can consider having different sports, contests, and competitions. For example, family members can play sports like football, baseball and basket ball among other activities. What is more unique about these gatherings is that the participants can engage in other competitions such as cooking and painting contests. The best thing about sports and contests is that they can lead to very strong bonds and relations in the family. This is due to the team work that participants engage in when having these contests. 

To make sports and contests lively and more competitive, you can consider having prizes and gifts for top performers. These prizes act as a form of motivation that makes it easy for participants to put in their best effort. However, it is important to be very cautious when holding individual contests such as cooking competitions so that no family member feels demoralized or humiliated when they do not appear among the top performers. The competitions should aim at adding fun to the gathering as opposed to making them personal with emotions hindering fun and excitement in the competitions. 

There are a lot other activities that you can engage in while on a family reunion. For instance, you can have physical exercises such as jogging, swimming, and running. In addition to this, you can also consider going for hikes, nature walks, and tree climbing among other activities. Generally, when determining the fun activities to have in your family reunion, it is important to consider activities that everyone will participate in. Avoid having a particular group of the family taking control of the reunion by doing most of the things while the others just sit and watch. This cannot strengthen the bonds in the family. 

This post is written by Danny from MyParentingJournal.com, a blog dedicated to parenting best practices, advice, tips, and resources.

Nongshim Noodles After a Day of Hardwork

A bowl of very hot soup is all I want each night after working 8 hours shift. I want nothing else than Nongshim black Korean noodles. It is so delicious, spicy and just awesome-goodness noodles. I know instant noodles are bad but hey, having it once in a while is not bad, is it?

Maybe it is just me who wants something warm or hot after work. Some may prefer cold desserts or whatever but nothing is more satisfying than slurping that warm soup until I get full. Instant noodles are to the rescue, I have enough stock of this noodles and always comes in handy whenever I need it.

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The Top 3 Electric Nail Files For The Money

The world of nail care is transforming, and women want to have more control of how they care for their nails. Because of this, brands are creating a slew of electric nail files that give women the power they need and save them money at the same time. The problem is that with so many models released every few months on the market, it becomes difficult to choose one that is best for you. Luckily for you, that is why I am here to assist you.

I have spent hours testing the electric nail files that come highly recommended on the market. The ones I recommend below will make this process stress free and help you be on your way to more beautiful nails that your friends will come to envy. They are available in a range of prices, so I considered every budget during my search.

The Top 3 Electric Nail Files For The Money

Medicool’s MED2191 Turbo File 2 Professional Electric Nail Filing System

This electric nail file is made by one of the top companies in the industry, Medicool. It is loaded with power and will get the job done if you are willing to pay a little extra for quality. What I love about this electric nail file is that you can barely hair the engine purring with its 20,000 RPM motor. I think this a huge plus because some of the lower quality models can get quite noisy and ruin your experience. If you want to file your nails quickly and quietly, this is the for you with its ability to reach those difficult areas.

Home Pedicure Nova 3 By Medicool

This yet another electric nail file made by the legendary Medicool. It is slightly more expensive but well worth it because you can do both pedicures and manicures. You will love the travel case that this electric nail file includes. I think this makes it much easier to carry around if you want to treat a friend to a spa-like experience. Also, the case will protect your investment. Some of these nail files are delicate and can be damaged with the slightest drop.

Belle 30,000 Electric Nail Art Drill

This nail drill comes packed with power and at a very affordable price to boot. Aesthetically, it is gorgeously designed with its retro design that will receive compliments from everybody that sees it. The results you receive with this nail drill are salon quality and will save you a lot of money on time. Lastly, it comes with a foot pedal which users tend to find very useful making this one of the best on the market.

Vogue Professional My Manicurist Electric Nail Drill Kit

I was pretty shocked the first time I used this electric nail file made by Vogue Professional. It is small but is very useful and has enough power to get the job done. You can change the drill speed from 35,000 RPM to 20,000 RPM depending on what task you need to accomplish. If you are just starting out, this is the best choice for you. It is excellent for beginners because it such an easy nail drill to use.

Coupons I LOVE

It brightens my day receiving coupons from stores I love to shop. DSW shoe store is where I buy shoes, CVS pharmacy for cosmetics, household items and personal care, Victoria’s Secret PINK is where I buy undies, perfumes and etc., Bath and Body Works for some lotions. These are all awesome stores to frequent because once they know you’re a loyal shopper to their store, you will get big time coupons such as pictured below.

Gotta do some shopping soon and never let these coupons go to waste. The more I use coupons, the more I save money! Unless the item is discounted or I have coupons to use, I wouldn’t buy it. Trust me, it feels good to shop knowing you don’t spend as much as other people do. Using of coupons greatly help me and my family and I am proud to say I am a thrift shopper.

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Pregnancy| An Expectant Mom’s Guide to Having a Safe Birth

The desire of every expectant mom is to birth a healthy child in the safest way possible because, in spite of the advancements in medical science, the expectant mom may face a number of risks or complications. This is why doctors always stress the importance of taking care of the body both emotionally and physically. Pregnant women are always advised to reduce the number of stressors in their lives; these stressors could be job-related or family induced.

When a woman conceives, she begins to experience a lot of changes in her body; with one of the first indications being a missed period accompanied with nausea. She begins to take more trips to the bathroom, battles constipation and bloating while some women experience itchy skin and bleeding gums.

As the pregnancy progresses, it can get overwhelming especially for first time moms as there is so much to do and so much to keep track of, so here is some useful information to help you get prepared for the safe arrival of your pitter-patter of tiny feet.

  1. Do get prenatal care because this keeps you and the baby healthy. The prenatal visit comprises of a physical exam, ultrasound examinations, the provision of urine sample, blood and weight checks. The prenatal visit affords the doctors the opportunity to gain more insights on the mother’s health so as to better manage complications that may arise in the future.
  1. Pregnant women should enroll in childbirth education classes – These classes are designed to provide the expectant mother with as much information as possible about her body and her baby. They are important because they help to reduce anxiety as expectant parents are given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their fears.
  1. Caffeine, alcohol and smoking are a no-no while pregnant. If you have problems with kicking these habits, you should talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
  1. Pregnant women are advised to stay away from toxic substances such as chemical based sunscreens, formaldehyde, phthalates (commonly found in personal care products and detergents), pesticides and aluminum – just to name a few.
  1. Keep your distance from x-rays especially those that would involve the abdomen, pelvic area, lower back, and kidneys – as there is the possibility that an x-ray of these areas can expose the fetus to direct x-ray beams.

According to the Mayo clinic, a baby’s growing cells can be negatively altered by high doses of radiation.

  1. Skip the hot tubs and saunas but if you must, try not to spend so much time in there as extreme heat intensifies the feelings of dizziness and dehydration in women. According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women exercising in water should ensure the temperature of the water does not exceed 32C (89.6F).
  2. While we are on the subject of exercise, you should also cut out all forms of rigorous workouts such as situps or crunches as they cut the flow of blood to the fetus. Martial arts and all forms of contact sports should be excluded as well to prevent a direct hit to the abdomen.
  1. Ensure you are eating right – The infographic below from MidAtlantic OBGYN is quite detailed on the subject. It explains why certain nutrients are important and what the additional daily requirement should be.

Please include attribution to http://midatlanticobgyn.com with this graphic.

Pregnant? Here

Chicken Noodle Soup Vs Pizza

Sometimes I cook or prepare two different meals for me and my family. While my children love eating Filipino foods, there are certain dishes that they do not want instead they ask for an American food. One example is photo below. While I enjoyed my noodle soup so much, the girls, however, preferred eating pizza.

For me, Filipino foods are the best. They are filling and satisfying to my stomach plus it they are healthier for I always put some veggies on my soup and some garlic and onions which are known to be beneficial to our health. So, I will not exchange it over pizza or mac and cheese. My children have a taste of both American and Filipino foods because I tend to cook my food all the time and they eat most of it, if not all.

I am just lucky my girls aren’t picky, they eat whatever I give them, otherwise, they go hungry.

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Tons of Great Gifts on Uncommon Goods Website

From the name alone, “Uncommon goods” you will know that this company is selling goods or merchandise that are not commonly sold in regular stores or even online stores. If you visit their website and browse through their products, you will find amazing and cute pieces of handmade, recycled and organic products made by fine artists and small manufacturers.

These products are perfect for gifting for the love of your life, friends or any relative who are celebrating their birthday, anniversary or any special occasions that matter to them. For men who are looking for great gifts to give to their spouses, fiancees or girlfriends this coming Valentine’s Day, a Crimson red heart-shaped umbrella would be interesting for it fits to the occasion we celebrate every 14th day of February each year and remind us how great it is to love or loved by someone. Or if you don’t find this to be good enough you can browse for more unique gift ideas for women on the link. And if you’re a woman looking for masculine anniversary gifts for him, this website has it all.

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Not only that, if you know someone who found the perfect dream house and you know you will be coming over for their house warming, one product that really caught me is this
60 Hour Beeswax candle shown below. It’s unique and first time I see this kind of candle. This is just my suggestion, feel free to browse for more interesting home decors on Uncommon Goods page.

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I’m Craving for Pho

Pho soup is on my mind for quite a while now. I am just waiting for a day when I can go to the Thai restaurant nearby and indulge in this delicious and satisfying soup shown in the picture below. Last Friday, we went to Chuck E Cheese’s and spent $60 on food and tokens there, it happens to be near Thai Select restaurant where I had my last pho and looking back at how much we spent on a crappy pizza and soda at Chuck E’s, I kind of regretted it. While our girls had a blast, I was regretful for spending that much money and I was still hungry when we left that place. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the restaurant as we drove away to go home that day.

Pho soup is satisfying to me, it has vermicelli noodles, some veggies and sausage/shrimp for protein in it. I really should go back to Thai Select in my next day off to satisfy this craving.

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Sony Pro MDR

Anyone who loves music or do gaming, they all need to have a good quality headphones. Ones that that give quality sound and last forever. If you buy cheap headphones, you can expect the quality would also be cheap too. Whereas if you browse around, you will find that guitarcenter.com has mdr 7506. This specific product Sony Pro MDR-7506 Headphones feature powerful 40mm drivers. Closed-ear design gives a tight bass response and practically eliminates external noise. They snuggle over your ears for hours of comfort.

7 Chef knives to check out in 2017

Whether you are a stay at home mom who loves to prepare food for her family, a foodie who loves to not just eat but experiment with cooking, or a professional chef who strives to improve his skills, you know that the knife is a very important tool in being a better cook. This 2017, if you are keen on becoming a better chef, here are the best chef knives to buy this year.

First, you need to know that there are many types of knives that are used in the kitchen, depending on the function. To ensure that you are producing the best meal, you need to have the right tool. There’s the clever, the boning knife, the bread knife, and so much more, but the most versatile one is the chef knife. This is the one that is used and daily and can be utilized for slicing, dicing, mincing and chopping.

When choosing the best chef knife to buy, one considers the balance between the blade and the handle. Remember that you will be holding the knife, so you must feel comfortable. It’s much life when a warrior chooses his weapon, so make sure that you get a knife that you would feel most comfortable in.

  • Zyliss Chef’s Knife

Designed to handle everything from vegetables to meat, this knife measures 7.5 inches and share blade that can easily cut through anything. What’s good about this knife is that the user will not have to worry about corrosion or rusting. Its precision in cutting is perfect due to its well-balanced weight, and with a textured handle, it won’t slip easily from your hand.

  • Wusthof Classis 8-inch Cook’s Knife

This knife is perfect for cutting through thicker cuts, such as thick vegetables. It can be considered one of the most versatile chef’s knife in the market today. For beginners who are yet confident in their knife skills, a finger guard is included with the knife to ensure safety for the user. If you invest in this knife, you are getting not just a quality blade, but you can be assured that this will stay with you for a long time, one user even stated that she has been using this very knife more than 20 years now.

  • Victorinox 8-inch Chef’s Knife

This knife was manufactured with high carbon stainless steel, making sure that it is sharp enough to do a variety of tasks, such as mincing, chopping, dicing, etc. It has been ice tempered which means that the sharpness of the blade will last longer than other knives.

  • J.A. HENCKELS Chef’s Knife

This 8-inch knife was manufactured in Germany and is known to be durable, and resistant to stains. One of the best things about this knife is that it comes with a lifetime warranty.

  • DALSTRONG Chef Knife Shogun Series

This knife set combines craftsmanship and technology resulting in a quality knife. It was made with 66 layers of premium high carbon German steel, which has been tempered precisely. It is resistant to stains and its handle lets the user have better hand control which ensures that you create the best meal every time you cook.

  • Equinox Professional Chef’s Knife

Another knife made from German steel, this knife is very light, which can mean greater balance, and hand control. Despite its lightness, you can be assured that this knife will still be durable.

  • Royal Chef’s Knife

It measures around 12 inches, which makes it the longest knife to make it in this list of chef knives to check out for in 2017, but the length will not be a hindrance to making a good meal. This knife is versatile and is made of Japanese steel, while the handle is created using pakka wood, known for its durability. If you are not satisfied with this knife, it would be good to know that it has a 60-day money back guarantee.