How To Help Your Kids Enjoy a Brand-new Hobby or Interest

Have your kids ever been absolutely possessed by a new interest or hobby? Have they suddenly started asking you for gifts or advice about something new that they were never interested in before? Children are curious types and they just love to explore new things. That’s why it can feel like they jump from one interest to the next without delay. But with that said, children aren’t exactly really wealthy or well-informed. If they develop a new interest in something, then they’re going to need your help to fully enjoy it.

So without further ado, here are a couple of tips to help your children embrace and enjoy something brand new.

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Consider getting them some gifts related to their brand-new hobby or interest

Picking up a new hobby can be fairly expensive. Even if they are children, their interests might involve a small financial investment that they obviously can’t pay for themselves. As such, getting gifts for children is one of the best ways to introduce them to something new. If your children are interested in arts and crafts, then why not get them a drawing set with lots of pencils and pens. If they tell you that they want to try a new sport, then you could sign them up for a club or sports group and also get them some training equipment to practice at home.

But before you buy anything that your kids recommend, make sure you do a bit of research yourself as well. It’s completely understandable that your kids might be influenced by YouTube videos or their friends at school, but it doesn’t always mean that they’re going to be buying the right things to explore their new interests. So if you’re going to buy them gifts and invest in their new interests and hobbies, consider doing some research so that you know what’s worth the money.

Look for stores that specialize in their new interests and hobbies

While we’ve been talking about hobbies, not every new interest is something that involves “doing” things. For example, they could be obsessed with unicorns, or they might have taken a liking to Japanese cartoons. There are so many different fun and interesting things to learn about in the world that it’s completely understandable if your kids suddenly develop an interest in something new.

So to help you out here, it’s a good idea to look for a store (either on the internet or a retail shop) that specializes in the types of products and goods that your kids enjoy. For instance, Unicorn Wonderland is a great online resource for all kinds of unique unicorn toys, games, and decor. It’s a fantastic place to start learning about all the different kinds of goods you can buy and you can even browse them with your kids. However, there’s probably a good chance that your kids already have some kind of product or toys in mind, so consider what they want as well before you buy something.

Could you get involved with your kids?

Another great way to ease your kids into a new interest or hobby is to get involved with them. This is usually easier when the interest involves some kind of group activity. For instance, painting and drawing are things that you can do with your children, and so are new sports and other physical activities. This can turn their interests into a unique bonding experience that’ll help you learn more about your children, and it’ll be a great memory for them as well.

But what if it’s a solo activity? Or what if it’s something that you can’t really get involved with? For instance, maybe your kids have picked up an interest in a new comic series. While you can probably read it with them and talk about the story, it’s likely going to be something that they want to enjoy on their own. So if this is the case, you might want to just support them by helping them find the books and products they’re looking for and to be enthusiastic about it. Even if your kids do consider it a personal hobby that they don’t really want to share, there’s a chance they might open up and let you in on their interests.

It’s always a good sign if your kids want to pick up a new kind of interest or hobby. It means they’re expanding their curiosities which is never bad, so make sure you do what you can to support them in their endeavors.

You Can Run Your Business As A Remote Business Owner

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A lot of people would argue that you can’t run your business as a remote business owner. The thing about this is that it is completely untrue, and you absolutely can while seeing great amounts of success. It’s also true that in the beginning you should dedicate a little more time to being there, but that’s just to get things done. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you can do to run your business as a remote business owner, so keep reading down below if you would like to find out more.

Have The Right Software

The first thing that we are going to need to look at is having the right software. You’re never going to be able to run a business efficiently and effectively if you are not using the correct tools available here. We know that it can feel like a lot to try and find the perfect piece of software to do the things that you need, but we promise you that it is out there. For example, you may want to look into Employee & Shift Scheduling Software For Business Of All Sizes | Sling on a recommendation of someone that you know who also owns a business. 

When you’re traveling, remaining organized at all times is the key. You just need to do your best to ensure that you are properly up to date with everything and that you are not falling behind because you’re not making the most of the super useful tech that’s around.

Weekly Team Meetings

Have you got weekly team meetings scheduled on the calendar? If not, make sure that you do this as soon as possible. It might not sound like it will make much of a difference, but we can assure you that it will. Having weekly team meetings will keep you up to date on everything that is going on in your business, it gives people an opportunity to share what they have been working on, and thanks to things like Zoom, you can do this from anywhere in the world.

Ensure that you are checking the time differences before you set the meeting, as the last thing that you need is to set a meeting for 4am in your home country simply because it’s the middle of the day in the place you are vacationing.

Take Your Tasks Seriously

Just because you’re not in the office, does not mean that you don’t need to take your tasks as a business owner seriously. You can’t just slack off because you have decided that you want to head off and see the world. You still need to be putting 110% in when it comes to your business, and that is something you need to decide whether you can do or not. Some people won’t be able to give their business their all if they are not in the office and motivated by people around them, and if this sounds like you then remotely running a business simply isn’t right for you.

Available For Emergencies

The final thing that we are going to say is that you should always be available for emergencies. As the owner of the business, when disaster strikes, you are the one who has got to be there sorting everything out. While it might not be something that you are particularly excited about, it’s essential.

So, what we recommend is that you do not go anywhere without your phone so that you can always be contacted. If for any reason you are not going to be able to take calls or receive messages, you need to direct your team to get in touch with your second in command and give them the heads up that this is what is going on. It’s a temporary solution and you need to get back to your phone ASAP, just to be on the safe side. 

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do in order to make a successful go of running your business as a remote business owner. At the end of the day, this way of running a business is not for everyone, and it doesn’t have to be. If it’s something that you want to try though, give it a go and see how it goes. At the very worst, you can stop traveling and head back to the office.

Beneficial Products for the Great Outdoors

Looking for some products that will make your next outdoor excursion a little easier or better? Check these out.
environmentally friendly sunscreen
Price: $5.99 +
When adventuring outside, number one thing is to have sunscreen on. Rubber Ducky, whose motto is “just like water off of a duck’s back” has been cruelty-free since 1984 and chemical-free since 2013. The sunscreen, which is formulated and made in the USA, is eight hours water resistant—you can actually see the water bead up and not soak in. However, please be careful, as some of it is tinted- I have never used a tinted sunblock, I don’t use makeup, and I didn’t know there was any such thing. The one that says “for faces” is tinted, and is REALLY tinted. It will turn your face, neck, hands, and anything else you touch a bizarre pinkish-brownish color, and it gets all over anything you touch for the rest of the day. Your clothes, bra, bathing suit, car seats- it’s a literal hot mess if you aren’t expecting it. Which I wasn’t. We all went to put it on our faces- and we then spent the rest of the day trying to get it off ourselves. The clothes did come clean after several treatments and washes in the machine, so at least there is that! I am going to read the labels much more carefully from now on- I always look for SPF, sustainability, reef safety, and to make sure it hasn’t been tested on animals- now I will add to read to make sure it ISN’T tinted, LOL. That’s a mistake I hope to only make once! If you like tinted sunblock, there you go. If you don’t, learn from my stupidity, haha- what a disaster.
pirani cup
Price: $24.95
Nothing beats kicking back in the sunshine and enjoying your favorite beverage and Pirani’s insulated reusable tumblers are the perfect vessel to drink out of.  The only reusable cup you’ll need, Pirani is perfect for hot or cold drinks, Pirani is:
Easily Stackable – perfect for storing or packing on the go
Skinny Walled Triple Insulation – Keeps your drinks at a perfect temperature without a sweaty mess!
Leak-proof and indestructible lid (no sand in your drink), premium quality 18/8 stainless steel, powder-coated finish and lifetime warranty
Dishwasher safe and unbreakable. The “dishwasher safe” part is really great- so many of these types of reusable cups can’t go into the dishwasher, which is pretty inconvenient. Small problems overall, but they keep the item from being used as much as you might otherwise because it’s just not as easy as the rest.
Pirani Life strives to maintain this momentum of sustainability moving forward and pledges to design products that will help reduce single-use plastic. Reducing single use anything is so important.
pre packaged vegan food
Price: $3.99 per pouch
Cooking outdoors? Make it easy with BeanVIVO’s ready-to-eat organic beans in convenient pouches. Pre-cooked, you can heat them up on the campfire stove (or if you’re glamping, microwave) and in no time you can have scrumptious black beans, coconut curry chickpeas, three bean vegan chili, or refried pinto beans. High in protein, these beans are rich in healthy macro and micronutrients. They are chock full of fiber, which helps you feel satisfied while you are on-the-go. My husband really loves these- we all liked them, but he loved them and ordered more already.

Focus Focus! Vitamin by KalaVita

I take vitamins and supplements for quite a few different purposes, including one for my hair, skin, and nails (combination vitamin for me). As I get older, and after having kids, your skin and hair and nails can become thin, brittle, easy to damage and hard to heal. Dull. Prone to breaks (hair and nails) and wrinkles, dry and/or oily patches, and just thinner skin in general (which is a main reason why your skin wrinkles).

I just tried these new chews (think gummies) that are also said to improve brain function, as well as improve energy levels. They taste nice- like a gummy bear without the over the top sweetness. I take them as the last supplement, since they can get rid of that weird aftertaste some vitamins leave in your mouth. Sort of like a palate cleanser in a way.

Focus Focus! by KalaVita; delicious vegan gummies powered by nature, with no artificial flavors, sugar-free and gluten-free.

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Focus Focus! Promotes focus & concentration, with ingredients like L-Theanine, an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves, it keeps you calm, regulated, and clear for lift-off, and Neumentix, a clinically proven ingredient from patented spearmint lines to support focus during the day without disrupting sleep at night.

We know that you wouldn’t recommend to your audience something that you haven’t tried or thoroughly researched before. That’s why we’d love to send you some Focus Focus! samples, to you for trying them and include them in one of your future listicles, or stories. We want to connect you and your audience with KalaVita’s value of optimizing their daily health and wellness with innovation, simplicity, and delight.

More Information, via the website

  • Help improve concentration, memory, and cognitive function, without the caffeine jitters or 3 PM slump
  • Formulated with Neumentix™ to improve focus, memory, and cognitive functions; Guarana extract and L-Theanine to sharpen concentration and boost energy level
  • Best 0-sugar caffeine alternative

Try it out and see what you think of it- you might find something you’d like to add to your health and beauty arsenal.

Photo A Day – Company on Broadway

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My friend and I went together to go see The revival of the play “Company” recently. I was very “meh” on it. As talented as everyone was, I was not excited by the story or the characters. Sometimes, no matter how good the cast is, it can’t carry a boring plot. I thought it was odd, meandering, and it jumped about in a way that wasn’t fun or interesting but was (for me) disjointed and just unnecessary. There were a few good songs, but overall I didn’t find the score to be “wow”. I didn’t love the first rendition of the play, which I am too young to have seen when it was out originally, but have heard the songs numerous times. “Company” did all sorts of new and “first” things when it was first produced, but that was 50 years ago in the 70’s. I thought it was weird and stale.

My friend chose this one, and she was really pleased by it. She and I are from different generations, so that might have something to do with it- she had seen the first/original play play, done with a male lead. I liked the performers, I just wasn’t caught up with the story, the characters, or the music. They can’t all be winners- and that’s in addition to they can’t all please everyone. This one just wasn’t my cup of tea. Seeing Patti LuPone live is always exciting and a pleasure and worth going for in itself- the play is still running, but won’t be for long.

 

Info on the play via Wikipedia

Company is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The original 1970 production was nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards, winning six. Company lacks a linear plot, depicting instead a story occurring in the mind of the central character, a concept musical composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, linked by a 35th birthday.

Company was among the first book musicals to deal with contemporary dating, marriage, and divorce.

Info on the new version via it’s website

Tony Award® and Grammy Award® winner Katrina Lenk and two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winner Patti LuPone join forces in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s groundbreaking musical comedy.

It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, Why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family? As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married, and being alive in 21st-Century New York could drive a person crazy.

Two-time Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Angels in America) helms this revelatory new production, at once boldly sophisticated, deeply insightful, and downright hilarious. COMPANY features Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning songs You Could Drive a Person Crazy, The Ladies Who Lunch, Side by Side by Side and the iconic Being Alive.

It will be closing soon- if you want to see it, you’ll need to hurry. https://companymusical.com

Vikki Nicolai La Crosse Resident Shares 6 Eco-Friendly Vacations You Should Take

If you’re looking for a vacation that will let you relax and enjoy the natural world, consider taking an eco-friendly trip. Many options are available, and Vikki Nicolai La Crosse shares six eco-friendly vacations to help get you started. There is truly something for everyone in this article to make your vacation dreams come true.

Stay In Eco-Friendly Hotels

Hotels have a significant impact on the environment. They use large amounts of energy to power their facilities and generate a lot of waste. As more people become aware of the environmental impact of their travel choices, eco-friendly hotels are becoming increasingly popular. Eco-friendly hotels take measures to reduce their impact on the environment by using green energy and recycling their waste.

Hotels that use green energy sources, such as solar and wind power, help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and combat climate change. Additionally, eco-friendly hotels often recycle their waste, reducing the pollution generated by the hotel. By staying in an eco-friendly hotel, you can help to impact the environment positively.

Take A Solar Or Wind Powered Cruise

Vikki Nicolai La Crosse says that one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to take a cruise on a boat that runs on solar or wind power. Not only does this help to protect the environment, but it also provides a more relaxing and enjoyable experience. Solar and wind-powered boats are quieter than traditional boats, so you can enjoy the sounds of nature as you cruise down the river or across the lake. In addition, solar and wind-powered boats produce no emissions, so you can feel good about taking a cruise without harming the environment. And finally, because solar and wind power are accessible energy sources, a cruise on a solar or wind-powered boat can save you money on fuel costs.

Visit A National Park

One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of our planet is to visit a national park. These parks are committed to preserving the environment and providing visitors with an opportunity to experience nature in all its glory. Whether hiking through lush forests or admiring the rocky cliffs of the coast, national parks offer a unique and unforgettable experience. But the benefits of visiting a national park go beyond simply enjoying the scenery. National parks play an essential role in protecting our planet’s natural resources. By promoting conservation and education, they help ensure that future generations can enjoy the same unique places that we do today. So next time you’re looking for a vacation destination, consider visiting one of our national parks.

Rent An Apartment With Public Transportation

Save the environment by renting an apartment in a city with excellent public transportation if you plan an extended stay while traveling. This is probably the most efficient and cheapest way to get around the city, and you won’t have to worry about the traffic or find a place to park. Furthermore, you can avoid renting a car altogether and save money on gas. And because public transportation systems are becoming more environmentally friendly, you can feel good about taking the bus or train instead of hailing a cab or driving your car. From an ecological standpoint, it’s a win-win situation. So next time you’re looking for a place to stay in a new city, remember to consider your carbon footprint – and rent an apartment near public transportation.

Camp In A Cabin Near A Nature Reserve

When vacationing, many people enjoy staying in hotels near popular attractions. However, this can often be detrimental to the environment. Hotels require a lot of energy to operate and generate a lot of waste. If you want a more eco-friendly vacation option, consider camping or staying in a cabin near a nature reserve. Campgrounds are typically located in already environmentally protected areas, so you can be confident that your presence will not disturb the local ecosystem.

Camping is a very low-impact activity, so you can minimally impact the area while still enjoying all that nature offers. For those who prefer a little more comfort, many eco-friendly cabin rentals are also available. These usually use green building practices and include solar power and rainwater harvesting features. By choosing an eco-friendly vacation option, you can help protect the environment while still enjoying your time off.

Book Your Vacation With A Travel Agency Specializing In Sustainable Tourism

When you book a vacation through an online travel agency specializing in sustainable tourism, you can be confident that your travel dollars are supporting businesses committed to sustainable practices. Sustainable tourism is an integral part of developing a more sustainable world. By sponsoring companies working to reduce their environmental impact, you can help make a difference. In addition, when you book through a sustainable travel agency, you can ensure that your vacation will be eco-friendly and responsible. You can rest assured knowing that your travel choices are not contributing to the problem of climate change. So whether you’re looking for an eco-friendly vacation or want to support businesses working towards sustainability, booking through a sustainable travel agency is a great choice.

Final Thoughts

There are many ways to make your vacation more eco-friendly and responsible. By staying in an eco-friendly hotel, cruising on a green vessel, visiting a national park, using public transportation, and camping, you can help preserve our planet for future generations. So next time you plan a trip, keep these tips in mind and do your part to protect our planet.

How to Find an Apartment That’s Suitable for a Young Family

There are many reasons why you might want to choose an apartment for your family over a more conventional house. For a start, it gives you the freedom to live on a lower budget. And it makes city living possible, which is something that’s beneficial to lots of families.

best family apartments

But finding the right one for your young family certainly can be something of a challenge and it’s one that you won’t want to overlook. We’re going to talk today about some of the most important things to do when trying to find an apartment suitable for your young family, so read on.

Find Outdoor Space

Outdoor space in some form or another is usually great for your kids. But having your own private garden when living in an apartment is pretty rare. That’s why you should at least make sure that there is some kind of communal space in which kids can play or perhaps a nearby park where they can play. If you can’t have your own outdoor space, you should at least think about the alternatives that you can make use of as a family.

Ensure There’s Space to Grow

It’s important to make sure that the home you ultimately choose is one that enables your family to potentially grow and expand in the future, whether you choose an apartment or a regular home. Maybe you don’t plan on having any more kids and this isn’t a major issue for you. But if it is, you should think about how that might work and whether the apartment you choose affords you that extra space you might later need.

Check the Local Schools

As a parent, you’ll no doubt care a lot about your child’s education going forward. You want to make sure that they have access to the very best educational opportunities. And there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s why when choosing your next home, you should take the time to research and understand the best local schools and ensure your child will be able to attend them.

Look for a Functional Layout

The layout of the apartment should at least be functional and suited to how your family lives. Maybe you want a dedicated play area or perhaps it’s more important for you to have an open plan layout where you have more freedom and flexibility in terms of how you make use of the space. This is all stuff for you to think about and consider going forward. It’s been to have made these decisions before you start looking for a home.

Cast the Net Wider

Casting the net a little further afield is something that can definitely help a lot when you’re looking to find the apartment that’s going to be ideal for you. By doing so, you’ll discover apartments that are maybe a little more affordable and offer more space within your budget. You can take a look at some options you might want to consider at https://www.zoomproperty.com/en/buy/dubai/apartments-for-sale-business-bay and expand your search from there if you need to.

Research the Safety of the Local Area

From a parental point of view, you probably want to make sure that the location you’re moving to is as safe as possible. No parent wants to move their child into an unsafe neighborhood. Luckily, you can find out a lot about crime statistics and the general safety of a given area by doing a little online research. All the information you need is out there to find. You can then make a more informed decision which neighborhood is likely to be the best one for you and your family going forward.

Look for Spots Where Other Families Live

One great way to identify a location that would make a good place for your family to live is to look at where other families are living. This is on I spilt a sign that families in the local area see that particular setting as somewhere that’s family-friendly and safe. You could even reach out to other parents in the area to see whether the location is good for families and whether they’d recommend it to you. It’s better to find out this information now rather than later.

Finding an apartment that’s suitable for a young family isn’t always easy. You want to make sure that it’s safe and that you won’t sacrifice anything by not choosing a regular house. By following the tips and ideas laid out above, that’s something that you should have no problem doing.

How to Help Your Employees Feel Valued

It’s no secret that happy employees lead to successful businesses. When employees feel appreciated and valued, they are more likely to be productive and innovative. In addition, studies have shown that employee engagement is a crucial driver of business success. So, how can you make sure your employees feel valued? Here are a few tips:

happy employees

Offer Praise and Recognition

One of the simplest ways to make your employees feel valued is to offer praise and recognition for a job well done. Publicly acknowledging an employee’s accomplishments is a great way to show your appreciation. You can also give small tokens of appreciation, such as gift cards or thank-you notes. For example, a nurse necklace is an excellent gift for a nurse to recognize their achievement in the field. You can also give flowers or dinner vouchers to your employees.

Create Opportunities for Learning and Growth

Giving employees opportunities to learn new skills and grow in their careers is one of the most important things you can do to make them feel valued. When employees feel stuck in a rut, it’s only natural for them to start looking for new opportunities elsewhere. By offering learning and development opportunities, you’re letting your employees know that you’ve invested in their growth and want them to stick around for the long haul.

One way to create these opportunities is to offer tuition reimbursement for any job-related courses or programs your employees want to take. Another is to provide paid time off for attending conferences or seminars related to their work. You can also encourage learning by creating an internal mentorship program where more experienced employees share their knowledge with newer employees.

Provide Competitive Packages and Benefits

To make your employees feel valued, you need to provide them with competitive salaries and benefits. Employees who feel like they’re being underpaid or that their benefits aren’t up to par are much more likely to start looking for new job opportunities. By offering competitive packages and benefits, you’re sending the message that you appreciate your employees and want to keep them happy and healthy.

Provide Constructive Feedback

No one is perfect, and employees are bound to make mistakes from time to time. However, you must provide constructive feedback rather than criticism. This will help your employees learn and grow while still feeling valued.

Always aim to be specific, objective, and actionable when giving feedback. For example, rather than saying, “you’re doing a great job!” try something like “I appreciate the way you handled that customer issue – thanks for going above and beyond!” or “Thanks for staying late to finish that project, it made a big difference.”

By taking the time to give specific and positive feedback, you can help your employees feel valued and appreciated. This will, in turn, motivate them to continue doing their best work for your company.

Making your employees feel valued is essential to the success of your business. Following the tips above shows your employees that you appreciate their hard work and dedication. As a result, they will be more likely to stick around and continue working hard to help your business grow.