Buying a house can be very expensive. The average house price has been rising steadily over the last 20 years. Reaching £223257 in June 2017. Many people are struggling to get approved for a mortgage, finding that their only hope is raising a large deposit up front. Then, there are the solicitor and estate agent fees, the cost of surveys, and the sale of your old home to think about.

 
 
     Spoiling your kids is one of those things parents have to be careful about because, well, to put it delicately, no one wants to raise a brat. That said, all imperfect and amazing parents spoil their kids more than they should (usually through the medium of bribery in exchange for some peace). However, if there is one time you can get away with spoiling your kids no end it is now, at Christmas. But forget about Disney On Ice because there is only one way to do it properly and that’s with a trip to New York City - the winter wonderland that guarantees to make everyone believe in the magic of Santa again.

 
 
     As a parent, you’ll know all too well that you have a lot to keep track of when it comes to your kids. Not only do you need to make sure that they’re breathing and fed, and generally in good health, but you have to make sure they get to school on time, and that they’re doing as well as they can be there too. It can be tough! So when you think about throwing extracurriculars on top of that, it can all seem a bit much. But you know deep down that your kids need their extracurriculars for balance and a bit of fun too. So, as a parent, you’re going to want to make sure that stay on top of them too.

 
 
     With the ever-increasing rise of nontraditional family structures, it is not always certain that parents will be married by the time they have children. This is not a problem unless you personally feel it is, but either way at some point there might come the time to tie the knot. If you and your partner have come to realise this, then it might be worth looking into some of the major considerations which you should think about if you want it all to go as well as possible. How can you ensure that you enjoy the wedding and the run up to it at the same time as raising your family?

 
 
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     Limited on space this holiday or are you tired of the hassle of a huge tree? Tree Effects gives you the beauty of a holiday tree with the simplicity of a space saver. The best part? With the changable light caps, the tabletop tree can stay up all year long! 

 
 
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Xfinity. All opinions are my own. 
     Last night I got to hang out with the awesome people at the new Upper St. Clair Xfinity store to see what ways they can make my life hassle free. We love our Xfinity products and after last night I will be adding a few more on too! Check out all of the ways you can bring Xfinity into your home. 

 
 
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Children's Book Review and Amberjack Publishing. All opinions are my own.
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    Waldo "W.B." Baron is back with another amazing adventure in another incredible invention! Pirate treasure? A clandestine meeting? A terribly rude monkey with personal boundary and hygiene issues? Two of those things sound like a dream come true to W.B, whose clever inventor parents are hired―by the Vice President!―to go on a super secret and intensely important treasure hunt to repay a national debt. If only it weren't for that lousy, rude monkey, it would be the beginning of a perfect adventure. But at least it isn't squirrels...
    The treasure hunt gives the Baron family the opportunity to use their exceptional steam-powered submarine, freshly biggened and ready for adventure! But things are seldom straightforward for the eccentric Baron family, and this treasure hunt is no exception. W.B.'s trademark bad luck has him suffering monstrous marine misfortune and marauding monkey misery.
    Can the Baron family embark on their newest adventure without the eggy and depressing Aunt Dorcas? Will the Barons find the treasure they seek? Will they save the country from financial ruin? Where does the monkey fit in, anyway? Do we like asking questions? Not really, but inside you'll meet someone who likes asking questions and then answering them (despite his claims to the contrary, he really does like it).
   Oh, did we mention the pirate's curse?

 
 
Yoga for weight loss? Is it really possible? Scientifically?

That's what I always wondered whenever someone mentioned they lost a 'ton of weight' by doing Yoga. But wait a minute, isn't Yoga all about those poses and stuff? How would that help in losing weight?

 
 
     Did you know that the average cost of raising a child from birth until the age of 17 in the United States is now approximately $233,610? That’s a big chunk of change, and for many families with kids, it means that every cent really does count.
     Anything you can do to save money is sure to be welcome when you’re a parent, and luckily, there are numerous ways you can slash your family’s spending without killing the fun. Here are some of them:

 
 
     Being a parent doesn’t just come with a new set of jobs for you to do. Alongside the new role you’ve taken on, you will also have a lot of new emotions surrounding your child, and they could be hard to control. For the most part, these emotions will be positive, like excitement, pride, and joy. But, of course, of everything you feel, one thing sticks out the most; stress. When you have a young person under your protection, it can be hard to feel secure in your actions. So, to help you out, this post will be ticking off a big box to help reduce your stress; safety around the home.