Planning the Perfect Party Food

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Food brings people together in a very special way, so having the right foods at your next gathering could be the make or break point at your party. Take this advice and be sure to be prepared the next time you’re playing host and want to make a good impression.

  1. Know your Audience
    It’s important to remember, when you’re planning the menu for your party, the food is for your guests first and foremost -not you. Know what kind of crowd will show up, and be sure to take note of the occasion. For instance, it’s probably not wise to serve escargo at a superbowl party, likewise hot wings probably wouldn’t go over tremendously well at a dinner party.
  2. Have the Right Tools
    Party supplies are a big part of any gathering. You may have prepared the most terrific dish that suits your party guests perfectly, and has everyone’s mouth watering, however if you have no forks, plates, napkins, and other utensils there’s no point really, as no one will be able to enjoy the food eating with their hands.
  3. Try New Things
    Yes, your fudge brownies are amazing; yes, your guests do like eating them; but no, they do not want to eat fudge brownies every single time that they’re over. There’s nothing wrong with having favorites, but it’s important to mix things up and bring something fresh to your party to keep your guests on their toes and coming back for more. 
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Sugar & Spiced Coffee

Now that the temperatures have dropped, we’re snuggling up and sipping on these cold weather classics. Community Coffee Company offers seasonal coffee blends (made exclusively with 100% Arabica beans) that are deliciously satisfying on their own AND in a number of food and drink recipes.

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Servings: 8
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
3/4 cup chilled whipping cream
4 1/2 tsp. powdered sugar
1 cup freshly ground Community® coffee
5 tsp. ground cardamom
3 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
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4 Easy Ways To Make Your Anniversary More Fun

If, over the years, your anniversaries have become a little stale, now is the time to change that. Perhaps you always head out for dinner at the same restaurant or maybe you don’t do anything at all to mark the occasion. Your anniversary shouldn’t be just another day; it should be a time when you bond with your partner.

Of course, after being together for a few years, it’s easy for your anniversary to be forgotten or treated as just another day. This year, aim to ensure that you make your anniversary a fun and memorable day when the two of you spend some much-needed quality time together.

Stuck for ideas – don’t worry, with these four easy ways to make your anniversary fun, I’ve got you covered.

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  1. Take a road trip

For an anniversary with a difference, why not plan a road trip? This doesn’t have to be anywhere far away; it can simply be to a beach, theme park or city that you’ve wanted to visit for a while.

There’s something incredibly relaxing about getting away from your hometown for a little while. If you want to spend some undisturbed one-on-one time with your partner, going away for the day is perfect. You can have fun exploring a new place or visiting an attraction while having some quality time as a couple.

  1. Recreate your first date

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Tips for Travel with Children

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I frequently travel, and since becoming a mother, it hasn’t stopped me. Travel with children can be a little difficult. It can be a little stressful. It doesn’t have to be though! They may be, slightly out of their normal routine, but it doesn’t have to mean a bad experience for you. Here are some tips to make travel with children a little easier.

Time

Take your time. Whether that is getting to the airport, making a connection or getting to a hotel. There is no rush. Just plan ahead and make sure you allow a lot of time. I have found that kids love the airport. They get to have a walk, see the airplanes and eat snacks. So allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy it as much as you can. I think if you are feeling stressed, your kids notice.

Plan

This might sound like an obvious one, but it is so important. From the method of travel to the hotel, it all needs to be planned. You don’t want to turn up to the hotel to find that is isn’t family friendly or doesn’t have any travel cribs. Read the fine print when booking a hotel, and opt for family friendly hotels like Hotwire hotels. Then you won’t be faced with any unexpected surprises.
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Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Fear The Dentist

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Are you afraid of going to the dentist? You’re in great company if so – around a quarter of all people in the country are scared of dental appointments. There are plenty of reasons why – the noise of the drill, the poking about with sharp pieces of metal, and the fear of painful operations. But, are those fears justified?

The truth is, no; they are not. And, when you consider that fear is keeping a lot of people from having regular check-ups, the consequences can be severe. As a mother of young children, I like to think that I instill positive feelings about trips to the dentists, but I’m sure that all mothers do the same. So, where do all those fears come from? And is there anything we can do about it?

I thought I would spend some time looking at some of the simple reasons why no-one should be afraid of dental surgeries in this country. So, if you or anyone in your family avoids treatment on their teeth through fear, read on. With a little luck, I might just persuade you otherwise.

It’s treatable

First of all, most fears are irrational, and many of them can be treated. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps people who are afraid of spiders, flying and anything else you can think of. So, there’s no reason a few trips to your local therapist can’t help you deal with your phobias about the dentist, either. Think seriously about it if you want to make a positive change in your life. If you are suffering from pain, or are ashamed of the state your teeth have gotten into, you need to get help. And, if there are mental barriers in your way, you will continue to suffer.

More modern

We are leaps and bounds away from the 60s and 70s when dental treatment was a lot more daunting. Perhaps this is where most of those fears have come from. People who were children in those days who have grown up with feeling the dentist is something of a ghoulish figure. In fact, I can remember a lot of TV shows, movies, and books from around this period that painted tips to the dentist as the ultimate scare. Maybe it’s no surprise that so many people these days still have negative feelings? But, these days it is a different story. It’s a much gentler experience than it was in those days – from the waiting room all the way through to the longer procedures.

Friendlier dentists

The image of the gruff and unfriendly dentist is long gone. And, in fact, those types of dentists don’t tend to last long, as their patients will soon go elsewhere! As more people have become aware they have more choice; it’s important for dentists to be as friendly as they can. Or, to be frank, they will risk losing their businesses.

Painless procedures

The vast majority of dental treatments are painless. They can still be a little uncomfortable, of course. But, this isn’t the same as pain, and the benefits far outweigh the pain you will suffer if you don’t look after your teeth. Let’s take one if the most infamous treatments out there for many years – root canal. I can honestly say that there are five or six people I know that would turn pale at just hearing those words – even though they have never had one! Yes, it’s likely to be uncomfortable, but as we mentioned before, it isn’t likely to be too painful. Take a look here for a good example of the root canal experience – http://garidavies.me.

Sedatives

Of course, if you are nervous, your dentist may allow you to have some gas and air. It’s a similar procedure to the one that women have during childbirth, and it can help relax you and ease anxiety. It normally takes place before a procedure, and most people take it through a nosepiece. For those that suffer from extreme nerves, an intravenous injection is given. If you can’t get over your fears, then sedation might be something worth talking about to your dentist.
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Top Tips To Get Your Children Excited About Your Camping Trip

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Planning a camping trip can be lots of fun, especially if you’re taking your children with you. It’s an activity that’s filled with adventure and exploration and can ultimately bring you closer together. If your kids have never experienced camping before, you may feel even more under pressure to make this a holiday to remember. There is no need to feel stressed as there are countless ways you can keep your kids entertained and get them excited about the prospect of camping. Use these tips during your planning to ensure you create fun filled and successful trip that you can all enjoy.

Get the involved in the planning

Your children can give you a great deal of help when you’re planning your camping holiday. You can show them websites and pamphlets that advertise tourist attractions and places that might be of interest to them. It could be a kid’s outdoor playground or a family friendly history trail. Compile some potential activities that are nearby to your campsite and share your findings with them. You can talk through which ones you think might be suitable and get their feedback. Be positive when you speak about each activity to grab their attention.
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4 Top Tips To Make Your Next Vacation The Best One Ever

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Holidays play a crucial role in the lives of millions. And once you’ve been bitten by the bug, exploring the world becomes top of your agenda.

Progressions to travel and other facilities make exploration easier than ever. Budget airlines and online resources make it possible to book a vacation from the comfort of your own home. Nevertheless, if you want to get more from your next trip, there are a number of steps that must be taken.

Follow these four items, and your next vacation will exceed even your wildest expectations.

Book Better Accommodation

When booking a vacation, your primary thoughts will concern tourist attractions and other fun items. However, you should never underestimate the importance of your digs. It’s easy to dismiss it as nothing more than a bed to sleep. But anyone that has endured a terrible hotel will confirm that accommodation is much more important than that.

A great night’s sleep will allow you to achieve far more from your waking hours. Meanwhile, you should be keen to look for location and cleanliness too. The right accommodation will take your enjoyment to an entirely new level. It’s as simple as that.

Give Something Back

Vacations provide some of the most enjoyable moments in our lives. But what better way to gain ultimate satisfaction than by giving something back to those less fortunate?
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Top Holiday Travel Tips for Dogs (and Win an Amazon Gift Card)

While the holidays are supposed to be full of peace, love, and fun, they can also be stressful, especially when traveling is involved at the busiest times of the year. It can be great to bring your dog along with you while traveling, but doing so also increases the things you must do and keep in mind to ensure a safe, happy trip. From packing a dog emergency kit to bringing along a DIY dog fence, there are many things you can consider ahead of time to help things go as smoothly as possible. Here are the top travel tips to keep in mind this holiday season with your dog.

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Keep Your Dog Safe in the Car

If you’re taking a road trip, you want to make sure your dog is as safe in the car as everyone else in your family. It’s a great idea to invest in a dog seat belt, which will keep your dog restrained in the car. If you don’t, at least place your dog in their crate during the ride. Not only is this safer for your dog, it prevents your dog from getting into the front seat and causing an accident by distracting the driver. Never allow your dog to stick their head out of the window of a moving car.

Contain Your Dog Wherever You Are

One of the worst nightmares you could experience would be to lose your dog while on a holiday trip. To avoid this, make sure your dog is contained at all times. While outside, if they are not in a fenced-in yard, they need to be on a leash. Of course, never leave your dog tied up unattended. If your dog is trained on an invisible dog fence, you can bring a portable version with you. It’s an excellent tool for containing your dog at rest areas, campgrounds, or in the yards of loved ones who don’t have a fence. However, it’s a good idea to supervise even the most well-trained dogs when in unfamiliar territory, even when using a wireless dog fence.

Pack Dog Emergency Essentials

If you have the extra money, it’s convenient to purchase a dog first aid kit to keep in the trunk of your car or bring with you on trips. If not, create your own. You essentially need to pack the same things as a regular first aid kit, but with some extra paw-sized bandages. Your car emergency kit should also include extra dog food, extra water, extra bowls, an extra collar and leash set, and an extra blanket for the furry member of your family. Also bring along a copy of your dog’s vaccination record and any necessary medical information, including medications.
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