5 Cheap Ways to Have a Bit of Mom-time

Being a great mom isn’t always easy in these difficult times, and striving to keep our families happy can often mean our days are very stressful. Stress is something we could really do without though; as it is one of the world’s biggest killers and can often be the cause of and heart attacks. Our families certainly wouldn’t be happy if we were no longer with them, which is why it’s really important to make a little Mom-time for yourself.

Bearing in mind that we’re all tightening our purse strings at the moment, with Christmas just around the corner, here are my 5 favourite cheap ways of spending a bit of Mom-time:

Pamper time

Lighting a few candles, especially
aromatic ones, is a nice addition,
as is playing some of your favourite
ballads quietly in the background.

It would be nice to be able to afford to pop down to the local spa whenever we felt like it, but you can still have a great time pampering yourself at home for a couple of hours. Start by running a soothing hot bath and pour in some of that bubble bath you need to use up to make room for the new stuff you’ll probably get for Christmas. Lighting a few candles, especially aromatic ones, is a nice addition, as is playing some of your favourite ballads quietly in the background, or taking in that book you keep trying to find time to read. Just thinking about it relaxes me. After your bath, take time to manicure your nails and rub some moisturiser all over yourself.


Yoga is especially great when you’re feeling anxious, achy or both, as it not only stretches both those problems away but also teaches you breathing techniques to help you relax. There’s loads of cheap second-hand Yoga DVD’s out there which offer workouts from ten minutes to an hour, so there’s no excuse for not finding time however busy you are. Some of the positions can be quite difficult to get into at first, but after a few sessions you’ll amaze yourself with how supple you’ve become – and how much more relaxed you feel. It is especially beneficial for moms to be.


Playing games has been proven to reduce stress and help reduce the possibility of contracting mental illnesses such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Playing games with the kids is good for you, but if you want a bit of Mom time then I find playing bingo is a great, fun way to relax. Going out to play bingo isn’t always possible but, when the kids have gone to bed, there’s nothing to stop you enjoying a game or two of online bingo. It’s not as expensive as you might think either as you can play lot of the games for just a few pennies. Even better, if you’re new to bingo, lots of the online sites reward new customers with some no deposit bingo money like Butlers which gives you the chance to play free bingo games at Butlers. You can also win cash prizes and even jackpots – which would certainly help on the money front. In between games you can also chat to other bingo players (typically Mom’s like us) in the online chat-rooms or visit the casino!


Walking is one of the most underrated and wonderful ways to relax. Whether you walk through a local beauty spot or nearby park, you can enjoy nice scenery and fresh air, whilst all the time giving your heart a much needed workout, which also gets those stress-combating endorphins flowing.


Having green fingers might not be for everyone, but you should probably give it a go if you’ve never tried it, especially weeding. It’s been proven that weeding can be very good for you because it’s psychosomatic in the fact that it helps you feel like you’re clearing all the rubbish from your life.

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Keeping Children Active in Mind and Body with Games for Kids

It is so convenient for parents nowadays just to let their kids sit in front of their computer or television screens to give them something to do. Child studies and researches have found that this is detrimental to the child’s development. There are other more worthwhile games for kids that they can engage in for fun and entertainment. These games would depend on the age of the children. Of course, it would be a lot better if parents also take part in the activities.

Educational board games like Scrabble might be a great game for learning new words, but they can also be boring for younger kids. You can actually modify the rules to make it more interesting for your little ones. This game can teach your kids both reading and math skills.

games for kids

Other games that have been around for a long time like dominoes, pickup sticks, and barrel of monkeys are also fun games for kids that parents can also enjoy. Your children’s motor skills will be developed through these games. A game of charades or Pictionary can also stimulate creativity. Just like Scrabble, however, you have to scale these games down to a level that your kids can successfully manage. Not knowing what the words are or having difficulties drawing their clues could make the games frustrating for young ones.

More active alternatives help improve your child’s physical development. You can actually engage in a sport that both you and your child love. A father and son tandem can throw some hoops or go out to the football field to practice their tosses and tackles. Playing team games is also a great way for bigger families to share quality bonding time. A game of tag in the backyard is also a fun and simple way for kids and parents to get some exercise.

There are also games for kids that you can play on the road. Singing games and guessing games are great for keeping your kids from getting bored during longer road trips. Play a game of movie trivia by thinking of famous lines and having your kids guess the character who said those lines and the movie where it was taken from. Take your cues from your children. Be creative and be ready to switch things up to keep them interested. Active minds and bodies will have less time for mischief or tantrums.

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Online Games For One

The kids are off to school, and you don’t quite feel like doing any chores around the house. Well, that is the perfect time to pull out your tablet or iPad and play some online games. There are a lot of games that you can play by yourself to waste some time, but here are some of my favorites.


Solitaire is one of my favorite online games because there are so many different versions of it that you can play. I started playing the basic version of solitaire on my old windows computer, and have played just about every iteration since. If you’re looking for a fun card game to play by yourself, solitaire is a great choice.


Bingo is a fun game for me to play because it doesn’t really require much effort or thought. That makes it perfect for playing when you don’t want to think about things. I like sites like CheekyBingo, because they have a fun twist on traditional bingo, but it still doesn’t require too much effort. Remember, though, these games to cost real money if you want to win real money!

Casino Games

You also have your choice of casino games that you can play online. Some of these can involve a lot of thinking and strategy, but you want be wanting to work your mind instead of your body. Many sites offer fun games like Blackjack, Poker, and even slots. Most of these sites try to make the experience just like being in a regular casino, which makes it fun. However, many sites let you gamble with real money, so be careful you don’t go overboard.

Multiplayer Games

Finally, you could always play multi-player online games, but most of these types of games require a lot of thought and strategy, and also usually cost money. These games are usually community based, so it can be hard to pick it up from time to time. But, if you want something a little more in-depth, playing a multiplayer online game can be great entertainment.

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Christmas Family Game Ideas

Only 51 days before Christmas but I haven’t heard any Christmas carol yet unlike before wherein Christmas carols can be heard anywhere as early as September. It’s so unlikely for the country that has the longest Christmas celebration. However, I can still feel that Christmas is approaching because of the cold breeze most especially in the morning and dusk.

Christmas is the most awaited festivity of most Filipino families because aside from it is full of family oriented activities it is also the time for reunions. In fact, my families, both maternal and paternal side, have Christmas reunions every year. But this year, I want our reunion to be little different from the previous years. Instead of dress code, I want to order customized matching funny t shirts for the whole family. I find family matching shirts cute plus it would be a one-stop shopping for me.

Of course every family gathering wouldn’t be fun without games. Below are Christmas family game ideas and activities that can liven up family reunions:

1. The all-time favorite parlor games

•Trip to Jerusalem
•The Boat is Sinking
•Newspaper Dance
•Charades (guessing games)
•Bring me

2. Field Games

•Sack Race
•Tug of War

3. Family Showdown

•Each family can prepare a song or dance number that they can present during the reunion. The family with the best performance will be the winner. Prizes can be cash or grocery items.

4. Family Bingo

•This simple yet famous card game can make family reunions more fun. Only one card per family. Prizes can be cash or grocery items.

Wait! Is it Christmas song that I am hearing right now?

♫ ♪ ♫   Have a holly jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
Well I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer   ♪ ♫ ♪


What Your Children Learn from Their Toys

RJ was five years old when we bought her cash register. It is battery operated and has plenty of accessories; play money, a pretend credit card, pretend food boxes and calculator. The drawer can be locked and makes sound when you open it just like the real thing and it has barcode scanner that looks like and sounds like the real usb barcode scanner when you click it. What I love most about this toy is it helped RJ learn how to add and subtract and how to count money. Toys are for fun but wouldn’t it be nice if our kids learn something while having fun? It’s like hitting two birds in one stone.

It is also important to know what your child learns in each toy most especially on your baby’s first developmental stages. Here are some of the toys and games and what your child learns from them.


Toys/Games What your child learns
Mobiles develop visual skill
Soft toys, balls and puppets heighten your baby’s sense of touch
Act-back toys like squeak toys, bath toys that make a splash cause and effect
Mirrors self awareness
Soft toys and dolls emotional attachment
Grasping toys hand and eye coordination
Teething rings, crib gyms responding to his/her own physical needs
Musical tapes, CDs, Music box love for music
Washables books, non-toxic crayons, paper, large-piece puzzle sharpen visual skills
Shapes and colors sorting boxes shapes and colors
Pails, shovel, sandbox love of nature
Stacking towers, kitchen items small muscle coordination
Balls, push-pull toys large muscle coordination