How Europe tours can change your life.

How a tour of Europe can change your life.

  Regardless of whether you have kids who have just left home or you have been living in the empty nest for a while, you might be looking for exciting new things in your life.   Europe tours are among many wonderful things you may consider for your next major holiday excursion.   There are so many locations that offer you something new and different that boredom will not be in the equation.   Why organized tours are Ideal.   When you take a tour, it’s easy to spend a week or two in the location of your choice. There

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The generation gap: Bringing your kids and your parents together.

The generation gap: Bringing your kids and your parents together.

  Your parents are an important part of your life, and thus, an important part of your children’s’ life. Helping the two connect and eliminating the generation gap is a critical role you play because you, as a parent, are what the two generations have in common.   There are some guidelines you should follow when encouraging a relationship and bringing your kids and your parents together, both for their sake, and yours.   Make communication easier.   Set up communication channels between your kids and their grandparents, and help them talk with each other across the generational gap. Set

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The essential guide to choosing your first home.

The essential guide to choosing your first home.

  Choosing your first home is a special occasion in everyone’s lives. It is a rite of passage that sees you move out of rented accommodation or your parents’ home into a place that you can call your own.   However, there is a lot to consider and some important decisions to be made. Follow this essential guide to choosing your first home and get the most out of your first home purchase. Featured image source. Set the budget for your new home.   Be realistic about how much you can afford. If you spend a month looking at luxury penthouse

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Warning! Listening to and believing what your Dad says can be hazardous to your self-confidence…

Listening to and believing what your Dad says

  Having children is a big decision and certainly not one which should be taken lightly.   It is exhausting because there are so many things we have to teach them (many times over in some cases) and so many dangers that we have to warn them about. Young children tend to look up to their parents as idols who know everything.    Perhaps they should be warned as early as they can possible understand, “listening to and believing what your Dad says can be hazardous to your self-confidence.”   As a matter of fact, I can remember suffering through this myself because no one

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Show your grandparents you care with these amazing ideas.

Show your grandparents you care with these amazing ideas.

  For many of us, our grandparents have played a pivotal role in raising us from children to adults. From the moment we are born, they are there to shower us with endless love, care, and support. You’ll undoubtedly have memories from your childhood that include them.   Their life experience is also something that will have helped you out on multiple occasions. As they have always been a constant in our lives, it’s easy to take advantage of them being there, but the harsh reality is that they won’t always be around. So it’s vital that you let them know

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Remembrance Day is the one day of the year I’m disappointed if it doesn’t rain.

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day.   Mark and Stuart have gone to the ceremonies at the local cenotaph and Erin has gone to work. I’m sitting here on my own writing my annual Remembrance Day post on my genealogy site. Today’s post is actually an older one republished with a lot of new, updated information and links. It will be for great reading on Remembrance Day. Almost exactly at 11:00 am our time, the skies opened up and it started raining, and within a half hour it became one of those heavy, rapid, noisily reverberating rains that usually chill to the

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Honoring the greatest generation on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day

Mention Memorial Day to most people and visions of the first unofficial day of summer will appear.  It’s the date most associated with the opening of public pools and the beginning of seashore activities.  It also conjures up visions of outdoor barbeques, poolside cocktails, wave jumping at the beach and family vacations far and wide. Before we starting with the “fun stuff,” it is a time when we should be honoring the greatest generation on Memorial Day.   But Memorial Day, once called Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died

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Natural cosmetics in the Middle Ages.

Makeup on woman of the Middle Ages.

When thinking about natural skin care and cosmetics in the Middle Ages, we may assume that they would have been considered meaningless in a period of poverty, tyrannical monarchy and disease.   Death rates were high, life-span was short and the possibility of sickness great. For those fortunate enough to survive and those living within these conditions the preoccupation with disguising skin ailments and maintaining a youthful, healthy appearance became very significant.   Ideals of beauty in the Middle Ages. Much like today, women used cosmetics to achieve the preferred look that was valued in the time period. Women wishing

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