The Fall Outdoor Activities to Entertain Bored Kids

The Fall Outdoor Activities to Entertain Bored Kids

Fall is a beautiful season and for some people, it’s the most beautiful of them all. If you want your kids to associate fall with something fun and entertaining instead of just boring rain and start of a school year, make sure to provide them with various activities that will allow them to experience fall to the fullest. Not only will the kids benefit from spending time in the fresh air, but they will also be able to learn something new while enjoying themselves.

Leafy fun

It’s time to rake some leaves! While the process of raking might sound boring to adults, for kids, it’s only the first step of great fun. If you have trees in your yard, allow your kids to rake the fallen leaves and then play with the pile and leap into it. True, throwing the leaves around will require some additional work later on, but the fun is worthy of extra chore. If you don’t have any trees in your yard, feel free to take your kids to the nearby park, where they can make their own leaf piles and toss them around. Don’t worry about them getting dirty. There are various benefits for children in that respect, too.

The Fall Outdoor Activities to Entertain Bored Kids

Garden time

Fall is a perfect time to plant some flowers, bushes and even trees, and kids absolutely love taking part in such activities. Therefore, make sure to invite them along when you go gardening. You can also use this opportunity to teach the kids about flora and get them interested in the world around them. Moreover, you can suggest them to decorate the garden with help of their own creativity. Ask them to paint the pots, make plant signs or pick stones and other details that would perfectly decorate the garden in an autumnal fashion.

Fly the kite

Fall winds are simply made for some great kite flying. Don’t forget to mention this activity to your kids. You can have a lot of fun, and especially so if you choose to make a DIY kite together. That way, you can add some fall details such as fallen leaves and unique personal drawings that would make any child enjoy kite flying even more. Not only is this amusing, but kids will also spend some time in the open, running around and pulling the string, which will significantly improve their balance, fitness skill and eye-hand coordination.

The Fall Outdoor Activities to Entertain Bored Kids

Color hunt

Like a scavenger hunt, a color hunt is a really entertaining activity thanks to the wide spectrum of fall colors everywhere. Pick a color and instruct your kids to collect as many natural things in that color as possible. Leaves and flowers that they pick up can also serve you as a great educational tool for teaching them how to recognize different types of plants. If you set a timer for search time and invite your child’s friends to join in, this can soon become their favorite pastime.

Detective play

Fall provides great insight in nature’s life cycle as well as the behavior of different animals that kids can easily spot in parks and even small local forests. If you want to get this knowledge closer to your kids and make it fun for them, organize detective games that would require them to take notes of their findings. Kids can do their investigating on foot or, you can suggest them to ride their bikes or hop on a self balancing scooter, which will make their detecting even more efficient. This will only make them more interested in the game and get them to become more serious about the whole activity, which will turn out to be very beneficial for them in terms of educational and physical development as well.

The Fall Outdoor Activities to Entertain Bored Kids

There are many ways that you can provide your kids with necessary fun during the gloomy fall days if you make them look at things nature puts before them with different perspective. It’s important to keep them company for a while and show them how enjoyable a certain activity is, because you’re the one kids look up to and they’ll gladly accept to try and get immersed in an activity that seems to be amusing for their parents, especially if it involves the outdoors, moving around freely and discovering new things.

 

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Back in the Songwriting Game!

Back in the Songwriting Game!

It’s been a LONG 11 1/2 years since I wrote my last song.  Life happens, right?  4 kids, 1 dog, and 2 cats later, here I am.  I recently told myself that I was going to write 10-12 new original songs no matter what.  It’s hard to believe that the last time I wrote a song there were no smartphones.  The flip phone was all the rage!

I’m using my iPhone 6’s technology to capture spur of the moment song title ideas in the Notes app, and for those melodies that come to my head away from the piano, or even in front of it, I’m using the built-in iPhone camera so that I never have to worry about forgetting it later on.

I’m excited to get my piano tuned tomorrow.  It’s so out of tune in its current state and several keys are sticking due to the humidity.  I’m planning a Facebook live performance for the next few weeks to show off the newly tuned piano.

One of my other goals, along with 10-12 new songs, is to try to play open mic nights at least once or twice a quarter in the local area. With no portable music equipment in my possession, I may have to shell out a little cash to rent a keyboard. Local establishments that have a piano and a mic are the ones I’ll key in on first.

I wrote and recorded my first album, “Walk With You,” in my home studio in 2004.  It was a Christian music album that took me well over a year to put together.  I can’t express how difficult it is to mix and master a song.  I have a real appreciation for those men and women that work behind the glass in the music studios!

I’ll be sharing my progress on the new songs in the near future, and may even post a video of me performing them. I’m excited about having some fresh ideas and melodies to put down on paper.

I invite you to give me honest feedback (good or bad)!  Musicians rely on feedback to continue to grow.

Until next time!

Jeremy

Keep Your Car Clean While Traveling With a Toddler

Many thanks to Molly Dennis for supplying this great post!  Enjoy!

Traveling with kids can be pleasant and interesting. You probably won’t feel bored if you are in the car with your toddler, but the problem is the mess which is usually left after that. You should provide regular and proper cleaning of the seats, mats and areas in the car which is tiresome and tedious work. Here you will learn how to maintain your car clean while traveling with a toddler.

Maintain your car clean while travelling with a toddler

No drinks other than water

You should be prepared keeping bottled water in the luggage of your toddle just in case. Have rules to keep only water and no other drinks in it. Beverages like juice, milk and others will inevitably spill on the seat or mat and you will have to try remove them later leaving sticky substances on the fabric.

Keep your toddle busy with toys

You can keep your kid entertained and busy during the travel with small toys. Bring them with the luggage and take them as you leave. During the travel the toddler can scatter toys playing with them and leaving them on the floor. Just remember to gather the toys as you get out of the car or try to teach your toddler do this. This way he/she won’t cause more mess.

Let your toddle choose 1 item which they want to bring with them in the car

This can be a coloring book, notebook or whatever he or she is interested in. This will ensure an interesting and exciting time of your toddler during the travel and he/she won’t get bored or try to make a mess. Make sure to take with you that item after you leave so, your car won’t get cluttered. Next time you can let your toddler choose another item.

Keep things in containers – a plastic cup and another for trash and small items

This way you can gather napkins, wipes and wastes in one place and throw them away as you leave. Keep another container for storing small items like toys which can easily get lost in the car or end up on the floor. Keeping your small items and rubbish tidy at designated places will ensure you some comfort during the travel and less mess.

Vacuum the car at least once in the week

Car seats, headrests and mats get filled with dust, allergens and stains when being regularly used. So, CleanToPerfection Camden Town advises that vacuum cleaning is necessary to be done once in the week or if you don’t have time at least once per 2 weeks. Traveling with a toddler can be an extra challenge for maintaining your car well sanitized, but is a responsibility as well. Your toddler and your own health will benefit from this.

Use a basket with dividers to keep snacks for you kid

You know that kids can get hungry at any time so, keeping a few snacks for your toddler in a basket in some of its dividers is a good solution. Store dried fruits and other snacks which create less mess and are appropriate for the car.

Keep your toddler’s belonging packed at the back of the car in the luggage compartment in organizers. Put only the essential in the bag you place near them – wipes, napkins, toys and books.

Remove the trash and wipe down the surfaces in your car regularly

Don’t forget to empty the containers which you use for rubbish and wipe down all hard surfaces in the car – handles and others. You should do this every week or oftener depending on the condition   of the vehicle.

If you keep your toddler’s possessions organized and tidy you will have less cleaning work to keep your car sanitized. It is necessary to supply with suitable organizers, dividers, containers for wastes and food which won’t make stains. Keep the water and suitable food in baskets. Provide once per week vacuum cleaning and wiping of the car interior.

Reasons Why Singapore Is Among The Best Countries In The World.

Help me give a warm welcome to a new guest blogger – Lily Evans – who has supplied a great post about travel to Singapore.  I hope you enjoy it! – Jeremy


Singapore is one of the most beautiful places in the world to live and tour. From the wildlife to nature, to the hotels and restaurants, this is just the place to be. Everybody loves touring places with different recreational activities both for adults and children. Singapore looks spectacular, especially at night. So, the question most people ask is what makes Singapore one of the world’s best cities? Here is why.

  1. Food. This city is known as the food capital of the world. There is a huge variety of Singapore foods in the stalls that you can sample. The food here is very affordable and it is very hard to find someone starving. So many places have awesome street food. But as much as you enjoy the street foods, be very careful about what you submit your stomach to.

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world.

 

  1. Best airport. Singapore Changi Airport has been voted the best in the world time and time again. It is unique in that it has a swimming pool, movie theater, food stalls and children’s play areas. In this airport, there is much activity going on, passengers are happy when their flights are delayed since they get to have more time there to enjoy.

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world.

 

  1. One of the safest cities in the world. The crime rate in Singapore is so low; people walk out freely at night without any worries. You do not expect to get mugged here at 3am along dark allies like other cities. People have adopted a culture of peace and togetherness.

Reasons Why Singapore Is Among The Best Countries In The World.

 

  1. No waiting around. In terms of public service, visitors do not have to wait. There are very strict performance targets at airports and railway stations meaning guys do not loiter around waiting. Everything here works well and right on time.

 

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world

 

  1. Very many taxis. With over close to 30000 taxis that are official and serving less than 5.5 million people, it gets very easy to get a ride. The other advantage is that they are cheap. It is very rare to get a ride far away from where you are and it costs under $20. As per the regulations, most taxis are in perfect condition.

 

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world

 

  1. No complaints about cold. For a better part of the year, the temperatures average 32 degrees and do not fall under 23 degrees. That means in this city, no winter clothes are needed. It gets a bit cold indoors in places with air conditioners like malls and restaurants. So, as much as you are selecting the best duffle bags for travel, make sure you shop for summer clothes.

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world

 

  1. Social scene in Singapore. Making friends in this city is actually very easy, be it by the locals or expatriates. Meeting people is fun. Some online forums and Facebook groups bring people together when it comes to some shared interests.

 

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world

 

  1. Healthcare in Singapore. Getting quality healthcare in this city is affordable as compared to some other countries whereby you have to have insurance. There are 13 private hospitals, 10 public ones and 18 clinics where people can choose from. This, therefore, means there are lots of doctors and facilities available.
    Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world
  2. Education in Singapore. There are very many schools to choose from. Public schools are affordable and the children get to learn a new language. From secondary level, students are enrolled in co-curricular activities like sports and arts. The other option which is also the best is the Private International Schools which is ideal for parents who want their children to continue with the country’s school system.

 

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world

 

  1. Nightlife. It is a nice place to hang out at night because of night clubs that play a variety of music. There are also parties and events most weekends.

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world

 

  1. Easy place to do business. Most people who live in Singapore are there temporarily, working for many foreign companies that have branches in Singapore. For a big brand or organization to decide to setup offices in Singapore, it means they have spotted potential. In 2015, World Bank named Singapore the 7th best in the country in the world to do business in.

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world

 

  1. It is among the least corrupt countries in the world. It is situated in a region where corruption is part of life and is ranked 5th in the list of least corrupt countries in the world. Most of the glory of building an almost corrupt-free society goes to the country’s Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. In Singapore, corruption, be it white or blue collar, consequences have to be faced. Salaries of politicians and civil servants are high so that economic incentive can be repressed to engage in corruption.

 

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world

 

13. Lowest drug abuse rate in the world. This, therefore, means that it is a good place to raise a child. Most places in the world are well known for their drug problems. This is not the case in Singapore. When it comes to opiates, cocaine, and ecstasy, it has the lowest rate of abuse in the world. It is the second lowest in terms of consumption of marijuana in the world. This discipline is maintained by the strict and harsh punishments faced if you are found in possession of any of these.

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world

 

  1. Low taxation. Singapore has many benefits, but the fact that its tax rates are low leaves people with high disposable income. This is something does not happen in other popular countries like the United Kingdom and Australia.

 

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world

  1. Infrastructure and technology. Singapore is on the cutting edge of technology. New technology and ideas are implemented with ease due to the fact that the country has intelligently designed infrastructure.

Reasons why Singapore is among the best countries in the world

CONCLUSION

In short, if you are looking to relocate, Singapore should be considered in your list of favorites. For the purpose of tourists as well, this article has all the information you need about Singapore and how great it is. Say no more, get a ticket and head straight to Singapore and have an experience of a life time.

50 Blog Post Topics To Cure Writer's Block!

50 Blog Post Topics To Cure Writer’s Block!

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50 Blog Post Topics!

  1. List post
  2. Write a story
  3. Compose a letter
  4. FAQ post
  5. Write out your 5 year plan
  6. Bucket list
  7. Write about your childhood
  8. News stories
  9. Create an info graphic
  10. Host a giveaway
  11. Interview someone in your niche
  12. Reminisce about travel experiences
  13. Randomly text people questions and post the most outrageous answers
  14. Host a linky party
  15. Host guest posts
  16. Reveal your bad habits
  17. Expand on your “About Me” page
  18. Create a list of your favorite bloggers
  19. Solicit feedback on your blog
  20. Create an ultimate resource post
  21. Allow your spouse to write a post
  22. Make an A to Z post
  23. Write a poem
  24. Create a live webinar or free course
  25. Write an “X Things You Don’t Know About Me” post
  26. Write about your blog goals
  27. Share your social media strategies
  28. Cool date night ideas
  29. Turn popular blog posts into videos
  30. Create PowerPoint presentations from older posts and post to SlideShare
  31. Write about your favorite hobbies
  32. Catalog your favorite blogging tools
  33. Your favorite holidays and why
  34. List free activities to do in your town
  35. Tips for productivity
  36. Funny things your kids say
  37. Share a drink recipe (and a photo to go along with it)
  38. Share a memory
  39. Write a post in honor of a special day
  40. Let your kids contribute to a post
  41. Use Google Keyword Planner to research popular keywords and write a post about it.
  42. Type a question in google and write a post with the information in the auto-complete query.
  43. Technology that excites you
  44. Parents on Facebook?  Post some of their crazy comments.
  45. 5 guilty pleasures
  46. Favorite apps
  47. Write a post about common misconceptions
  48. Funny quotes
  49. Favorite sports team post
  50. Write a letter to your future self