<![CDATA[NonperfectParenting - Product Reviews]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:21:23 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Types of Garden Fountains]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:26:30 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/12/types-of-garden-fountains.html     When it comes to water types, fountains are some of the most flexible. As they come in a variety of flairs and are prepared from diverse materials, there's a choice to match almost any landscape scheme. But selecting a fountain can be complicated as it's not always simple to decide which kind is best for your yard. The key to selecting the correct type is bearing in mind the size of yard and current landscape aspects so you can search for a fountain that mergers in effortlessly with the rest of the yard. For a great collection of fountains visit Soothing walls.
 A spouting fountain is usually the most theatrical because it introduces a pipe that showers water up into the air for an arresting, cloud-like effect. This kind of fountain is simple to add to a prevailing water feature, like a swimming pool or pond, as it only needs a submersible pump. You can couple a spouting fountain with a figurine so the water showers from a region on the statute or opt for a pattern that contains nozzles that spray the water in particular pattern, such as bubble or ring. While you can add a spouting fountain to a prevailing water piece, some also come as self-contained components so you just have to socket the pump in to have an immediate focal point for your garden.

 A cascading fountain is more delicate. As an alternative of using a pipe to shower water, the fountain makes use of numerous levels so water lightly runoffs from one to the next. An old-fashioned tiered fountain is a specimen of a cascading fountain, but you can also locate smaller flairs where water flows over a series of containers or other pots. Cascading fountains are generally self-contained, which indicates all of the required plumbing is contained in the unit. This makes cascading fountains simple to add to your yard minus having to appoint a fountain specialist or plumber for the job.

 A pondless fountain is a kink on customary water features. Dissimilar to a cascading or spouting fountain that lures from an observable water reservoir, such as a lower basin or pond, a pondless fountain's tank is veiled underground. Due of its design, it does not need as much upkeep as other kinds and can be fitted in smaller areas. The fountain base is frequently prepared from a non-traditional arrangement, like a column, boulder or urn, which is positioned on a bed of gravel or river rocks that the water can channel through to the tank below. A pondless fountain typically has a contemporary look, subtle, and operates correspondingly well as a backyard or front feature.

 A wall fountain is a clever choice if you possess a small backyard as it does not need as much space as a cascading or spouting fountain. You can choose a freestanding style with attached basin and a flat back that you position flush against a wall or fence in the yard, or a wall attached style that hangs directly on the wall and is self-contained.

<![CDATA[Tips for Organizing Your Closet While Creating Jobs]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:58:56 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/12/tips-for-organizing-your-closet-while-creating-jobs.html     When you read that title – you probably wondered how in the world cleaning out your closet had anything to do with getting a job. But it does – and you are an important part of putting people to work even though you may not realize it. So – let’s talk about how these two things can go hand in hand, shall we?
     Goodwill. And I don’t just mean goodwill toward others, although that is what this season is all about. I mean Goodwill – like your local store that will take your gently used donations and turn them into jobs and support for your local community. What is this magic?
     When you donate to Goodwill, you’ve taken the opportunity to become a job creator and make a significant difference in the lives of individuals living in your community. After you drop off your shirts, shoes, blankets, electronics, and other items, we sell them in one of our more than 3,200 Goodwill stores or on our online auction site, shopgoodwill.com. When someone buys your item, we use that money to fund job training and other services.

     So, you have opened your closet to start planning your holiday party outfits, only to realize that there are 400,234,456 outfits, none of which you can wear to your party. Not to mention, everything is so squished and cluttered that there are probably clothing items you haven’t touched since the 80’s. Hey – no need to be ashamed – we’re right there with you and we’re here to help. Side note – if you find a sweater or sweatshirt in that mess that really is from the 80’s, it will probably come in handy for your ugly sweater holiday attire
Okay – let’s get on with it. Here are those tips you came here for:

  • Start by getting rid of anything that you do not have a purpose for or have not worn in over a year or two. Unless it is something very specific you would wear for a special occasion in the near future – it needs to belong to someone else.
  • Try an organizer like a shelf if you have room or a boot/shoe organizer (make sure you check your local Goodwill store to see if they have one for a bargain!)
  • Use rods, pocket hangers, or other handy things to hang your shoes on your door. You can find many items that would work for this at a bargain while you’re at Goodwill.
  • Add a bar that allows you to have more than one row for hanging your clothes.
  • Use up wasted wall space. Just about everyone has 2 sides of a closet with bare, empty walls. Use other types of hangers (think towel rack, curtain rod, or hooks) where you can hang items like scarves or belts to keep them out of your way.
  • Use hangers that work best for your clothes. By using slim open hangers, or specialized hangers for different outfits, you will be creating space for those clothes you keep and don’t donate. And in the same space, get creative with bulkier clothes items. Hanging organizers are just for shoes.
If you want to really get creative – think outside the box for untraditional items that could help you get organized such as utilizing on-the-shelf space and stuff you’d usually use to organize other space – like office supplies. Use a folder or magazine holder to store your small wallets and clutches. A pretty metal paper towel rod that stands up would make the perfect place to put your bulky on-the-wrist jewelry. You can find some really great items at Goodwill if you’re willing to venture outside the box.
     Once you’ve purged, found those perfect hacks for how to make the most out of the space you’re working with, then you can start to think about organization. For example, organize your closet based on color, style, occasions, seasons… What are you thinking about when you walk up to your closet to find something to wear? Use that and find a way to organize best for you!

Share your Goodwill haul, finds, and out of the box organization that you’ve use in the past! We want to see it. Snap a pic and share it on social media using the hashtag #ShopGoodwill.

<![CDATA[Get Ready for The Harlem Globetrotters Pittsburgh! ]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:12:31 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/12/get-ready-for-the-harlem-globetrotters-pittsburgh.html
     If you are in Pittsburgh on Dec 26, you aren't going to want to miss this show! It is always a ton of fun and a great way to spend Christmas break with the family. Save some cash on your tickets now.  
 SAVE 25% forALL Harlem Globetrotters Games with promo code FUNFAM 
     With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm - plus female stars TNT Lister, Ace Jackson and Hoops Green - the Harlem Globetrotters' show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Their 2018 World Tour will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.
Disclosure: The author of this blog received compensation in the form of free product in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. All opinions are 100% that of the author's.
<![CDATA[Playbrites Are Perfect Fun Day and Night]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:05:15 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/12/playbrites-are-perfect-fun-day-and-night.html
     Looking for a great toy that your child can use any time of day? Playbrites are a thight up toy that you build  and then customize. Once it is completed, get ready for your own light show. Check out the video so that you can see how awesome they are. 
     Playbrites come in six different friends: bunny, kitty, puppy, dino, shark and unicorn. All make a perfect gift for the holidays. Check out the Playbrites site here and get one ordered in time for the holidays! They are just $19.99 and when you order now, you also get a free gift! 
Disclosure: The author of this blog received compensation in the form of free product in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. All opinions are 100% that of the author's.
<![CDATA[Parents' Guide to Throwing a Sweet 16]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:42:46 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/12/parents-guide-to-throwing-a-sweet-16.html      Turning 16 is a pretty big deal both for the birthday teen as well as their parents. For some, it can be similar in extravagance to planning their wedding day! For others, it will be less My Super Sweet Sixteen  and more like an extra special party. But it is a great idea to mark the occasion and do something special for your teenager. The idea of planning it can be a little overwhelming, though, right? Teenagers can be some of the hardest people to please. But if you’re planning a party soon, here are some steps to ease the stress and make it run smoothly.
Decide a Budget

The bank of mom and dad is not an endless supply of money. So you need to decide what you will be spending on the party and then going from there. Speak to your teen about what money there is for the party, and if they will be contributing. From there, you should involve them in the divvying out of the cash. Would they rather it be spent on a sweet venue and DJ, rather than on party favors and cake? When you talk openly together it makes it easier to say yes to some requests and no to others, as they will understand where you are coming from.

Choose The Guests

The budget, in part, can determine how many people are going to be there. If you will be having a party that costs a certain amount per person, then it can decide how many you’ll choose. If it is more open ended, such as the cost of a DJ and a church hall, then you are more flexible as it will cost the same regardless of how many people will be there. So sit down and talk about the people that will be there. Will it just be friends or opened out to family too? Your teen will tell you what is best, and for them, something smaller might even be better.

Pick Venue and Date

Picking a date can be harder than you think, as there are several factors surrounding it. Are there already national holidays or school events around the dates that you are looking at? If so, then you can presume that quite a few people won’t be able to make it. Second, look at what dates certain venues have available. If you’ve booked in enough time, then you should be fine. But it could mean shopping around for the right venue. Next, make sure that you check the plan from your venue, much like on this link here: http://www.libertygrand.com/plan.html. You want it to be clear on what you are getting for the money; all night? Two hours? Do they already provide a DJ? Ask plenty of questions to make sure you know what you’re getting from your venue.

Have you planned a sweet 16 birthday party before? What did you find worked for you? I’d love to hear what you think!

<![CDATA[Expecting? Here's How to Get Ready Without the Stress]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:11:58 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/12/expecting-heres-how-to-get-ready-without-the-stress.htmlSo you just found out that you are expecting a baby. Congratulations. With the overwhelming joy comes the worry and stress for many expectant women. You start questioning whether your current home is fit for a baby, want to learn everything about giving birth and bringing up kids in one week, and develop a huge amount of self-doubt, whether or not you are fit to raise a child. If you want to make sure that you are fully prepared for the arrival of your baby, read the below tips.
Make Sure You Have the Right Due Date
While you might be getting a due date from your doctor during your first visit, it will only be an estimate. If you know exactly when your last period started, you can check the facts using a due date calculator. You will also need to get the due date on every printed ultrasound image, and make sure that you are ready on time. Tell your work about your date in time, so they can give you time off in case you need it for checkups and hospital appointments.
Decide on Names Early
The most challenging task for many new parents is picking a name. There are too many things to arrange when you are expecting a new baby, so make sure that you take care of this as soon as possible. Come up with a boy name and a girl name, tick the box, and move on. If you have this step completed, you will be able to move on to other important tasks, such as decorating the nursery or getting essential baby items. Discuss your choices with your family members, who will be happy to help.
Get a Calendar and Schedule all Doctors’ Appointments
It is important that you keep an eye on doctors’ appointments. If you work full time, you will need to ask for time off, and arrange transport to the hospital. Make sure that you get a large calendar that is displayed in your kitchen with your appointment dates, and you set up a reminder on your phone for the day, so you don’t miss them. You don’t want to increase your stress levels during the most blissful months of your life. 
Sign Up for a Parenting YourseIf 
you are worried about becoming a mother, and have no experience with babies, you might benefit from a local course that explains you how to look after newborns. Local hospitals and clinics offer this service free of charge, and teach you the basics of looking after a little person. This way, you can have the peace of mind that you are prepared for emergencies, and know how to handle situations you are not used to. Find a forum or blog you can follow, and ask questions, so you know everything you need to by the time your baby arrives. 

Get Help from Friends and Family Members
If you are a new mother, you are likely to need help from friends and family members. Ask one of your relatives to stay with you, if you have enough space in the house, after the birth. Get your partner involved, and speak to your colleagues who have vivid memories of giving birth and balancing life around young babies. Ask your friends about the best children’s doctors, nurses, and treatments. Get them to recommend you some natural feeding bottles, toys, and accessories. Choose your buggy and car seat, and decorate your nursery. Ask a female family member to help you choosing your baby items, and get help with your nursery design from a local decorator or family member. Remember that the goal is not doing everything yourself, just managing all aspects of having a baby.
Adjust Your Working Patterns
If you work full time while you are expecting a baby, you might want to ask your employer for flexible working hours, or time off. Additionally, you can make arrangements to work from home on some days, which will reduce the level of stress you need to face each day. If you are planning to return to work after your baby is born, you can make an arrangement with your company to allow you to start part time or work from home for some time. This will make your life easier, and show your commitment to your employer.

Getting the news that you are going to have a baby is one of the most exciting events in your life. Make sure that everything goes smoothly, by preparing for the arrival of your child, taking care of work, family life, nursery decoration, and all baby accessories early.

<![CDATA[Cutting the Costs of Moving House]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 21:07:13 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/11/cutting-the-costs-of-moving-house.html
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.
On top of all of this, there is the cost of a removal company to help with the move itself, and there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay bills and insurance on two properties while you sort everything out and do some decorating at the new house. In all, the deposit is just a section of what you’ll need to pay out up front before you can even live in your new home.
While all this can sound very overwhelming, there are some ways that you can save money on your home move. Let’s take a look.
Get the Right Mortgage
Now it’s so much harder to get a mortgage than it used to be, especially for young first-time buyers, it can be tempting to rush out and take the first one that you think you can get accepted for. Don’t. Take your time and shop around. Think of the future and look into the total costs of the mortgage. Something that seems cheap now may end up costing you a fortune over the life of the loan.
Sometimes, it’s better to wait, stay where you are, save a bigger deposit and improve your credit rating, so you’ve got more options when it does come to getting a mortgage.
Choose the Right Survey
When you buy a house, you need to employ someone to survey the home, to make sure the house is worth the money and has no large structural faults. You need this done, but there are options. However, cheapest isn’t always the best option and could cost you much more if you end up buying a house that needs a lot of work because of a poor survey.
A mortgage valuation survey is the cheapest option, but will just tell you if the house is worth the price. It won’t go into any detail. You should also get a private survey which will tell you if there are any other concerns. While this is more expensive, it can save you a lot of money in the coming years, and you could even use the findings to negotiate a lower price on the house.
Save On Bills
When we’ve lived in the same place for a long time, we tend to stick with our utility providers out of loyalty or laziness. You could be wasting a fortune every year. Moving home gives you a perfect chance to review your deals and shop around.
When it comes to cutting costs when buying a new home, it’s important not to just think about the short term. Cutting corners or taking out the cheapest deals going can end up costing you a lot more going forward. Do what’s right for you and your future and save money long-term.
<![CDATA[The Only Way To Spoil Your Kids This Christmas]]>Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:46:40 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/11/the-only-way-to-spoil-your-kids-this-christmas.html
     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.
So, without further ado, here are our top tips on how to make your NYC winter experience truly unforgettable.
1. Arrive In Style
You may never get the chance to enjoy NYC at winter with your kids again, which is why you should ignore your bank statements and go all out, starting with a limo service. Come on, what could be cooler than landing at JFK or Newark having secretly spoken to the people at http://www.bergenlimo.com/ and then seeing the skyscraping skyline of the Big Apple for the first time from the windows of some amazing car. Start as you mean to go on right?
2. Ice Skating At Bryant Park
Winter kicks off when the doors to Bryant Park finally swing open. It is just the epitome of Christmas in NYC and you’ll see why when you first set your eyes on the huge ice skating rink, plethora of shopping kiosks and heart-warming smells that waft from each of the vendors. If you want to see what happiness looks like, head here and just watch your kid’s faces.
3. Meet Santa At Macy’s
Right, make a note of this: Eighth Floor, Macy’s Department Store, Herald Square. That is where you want to go if you want to see what the spirit of Christmas really looks like. To give you some idea, it is 13,000-plus square feet of merriment and cheer. Igloos, ice sculptures, Christmas trees, a rainbow bridge, elves and, yes, the man in red.
4. Trains At The Botanical Garden
The delicacy and intricacy of this little show is like nothing you have ever smiled warmly at ever before because in amongst the thousands of square feet are almost 30 model trains that zip about on over a quarter of a mile of track, chugging past miniature models of some of New York’s most amazing landmarks, 150 of them, each made out of twigs and moss and leaves and other natural materials. Just have a glimpse of https://www.nybg.org. It’s spectacular.
5. Talking Of Spectacular
You have to book tickets for Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular, the one thing that can turn even the biggest bah humbug into a believer. This is where the amazing, awe-inspiring Rockettes perform, and they are as phenomenal now as they were when this show first began. Yes, they have modernised things with 3D glasses, flying LED screens and all sorts, but it is the classic numbers that will blow you away; the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and New York at Christmas.

<![CDATA[How To Keep Up With Your Kid's Extracurriculars]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:16 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/11/how-to-keep-up-with-your-kids-extracurriculars.html
     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.
Know The Options
The first thing that’s going to help you not only make sense of things, but also ensure that you know where you are with them, is to know exactly what extracurricular options your kid has. Whether they’re five or fifteen, there’s likely to be a mix of sporting, academic, and creative options available to them, even some cool and quirky options too. So be sure to go through the list of options that the school offers your child. You should look to do it together so they can see what might interest them, but you can also advise what they might like, or what could be good for their future.
Create A Schedule
From here, you then need to create your own schedule or chart for the wall. Because when there’s a lot of activities going on, it’s hard to know where your kid has to be and when. Throw in more than one kid and things get complicated. So color code by activity or kid and put up the extracurricular schedule on a calendar-type chart so that everyone knows when meets, practices, games, competitions, and rehearsals are.
Invest In The Right Equipment

Then comes the monetary side to things. Because you’re also going to want to make sure that you invest in the right areas. Whether they need custom wrestling singlets or a new clarinet, extracurriculars need the right equipment. So it’s a good idea to get them started young, so that you know they’re going to stick at whatever it is you choose to invest in.
Get Extra Help

Some extracurriculars that your child will come across will be really beneficial to them come their college years. So you may want them to do well. When this is the case, getting them extra tuition in a certain activity could help. Whether it’s private coaching or a tutor, you may find extra help can help them to excel with their extracurriculars too.
Be Supportive

Above al else, your role as the parent is to be supportive. And that not only means that you should be helping them out with anything that they bring home to learn or practice, but that you also show up to physically support them too. So go to games, meets, competitions, or performances and cheer them on; it’s the best thing you can do for their extracurriculars.
<![CDATA[Parents: Is It Time To Tie The Knot?]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:51:35 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/11/parents-is-it-time-to-tie-the-knot.html     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?
Making It Official
     If you really want to get joy out of it, you should make it as official as you can. This means, for a start, actually going through with the engagement in the proper manner. How this is done is of course entirely up to independent taste, but doing it is a great way to really cement it all and to start enjoying the process of it as well. A big part of this is getting the rings right - take a look at https://www.whiteflash.com/engagement-rings/tacori/ to get you started on engagement rings. The more official that you make it, the more you enjoy it, and that will mean only good things from here on out, particularly during the planning stages.
Planning The Day     Everyone knows that planning a wedding can be more than a little stressful. However, with the right approach it doesn’t actually need to be all that worrisome. The truth is that you just need to start early, work together as much as possible, and don’t allow yourself to become sidetracked. If you remember to focus as much on the details as the bigger picture, you should find that this really helps to make the day as special as possible. And remember that it is your day, so you can ultimately do whatever you feel like doing. As long as you bear that in mind, there is no reason that you will have to get too stressed, and you should be able to arrange exactly the day that you want. See http://www.bridesmagazine.co.uk/planningon for ideas on planning your big day with style.
On The Day
     There is likely to be something of a difficulty when it comes to the day itself - namely, that you need to find a way to deal with your children. Most parents will find that it is usually best to find someone who can look after them throughout the day - and for much of the day, you will need to do exactly that, particularly during the ceremony. However, you probably want them to be as much a part of the day as possible as well, so do everything you can to make that happen too. As long as you can find the balance here, you are much more likely to truly enjoy the day - and your children will as well.