Family Movie Night at Home | Checklist | Valentine’s Day | 2022

Essentials

1. Plush Pajamas

Spend some time lounging about in an extremely comfortable fabric.

2. Put on Your Red Fuzzy Socks

Relax in socks that are the most comfortable for your feet.

3. Red Heart Valentine’s Day Head Bopper

Make a statement this Valentine’s Day with a colorful and charming head bopper!

4. A Warm Blanket

Using a faux fur blanket is the perfect way to cover yourself up and keep warm.

5. Candles

They have a calming effect and make everything smell nice.

6. A Portable Heater

A space heater can help you stay warm in your home theater.

7. Red and Pink Serving Bowls

They are great for serving popcorn, chips, dips, candy, and so on.

8. Popcorn Buckets

You may either keep your popcorn in a bowl or pour it into a popcorn bucket that looks like the ones you’d get at the movie theatre.

9. Heart Valentine’s Day Silly Straws

With a Heart Valentine’s Day Silly Straw in a drink, your Valentine’s Day party tableware will be complete!

10. White Plastic Cake Stand

Cookies, cupcakes, and party favors look lovely displayed on this beautiful cake stand.

11. Red Heart-Shaped Paper Lunch Napkins

With the proper on-theme lunch napkins, you can create your dream table.

12. Heart-Shaped Dinner Plates

On some Heart-Shaped Dinner Plates, serve guests a plateful of love!

13. Food

Get your favorite restaurants’ meals delivered to your door. That means you can continue to lie in your pajamas.

14. Popcorn

Consider investing in a popcorn maker. Many people believe that popcorn prepared in a popcorn maker tastes better than microwave popcorn.

15. Cake or Cupcakes

Roses are red, violets are blue, a valentine’s day cake or cupcakes can express “I love you!”

16. Ice Cream

Grab a bowl or a cone and go to eating!

17. Cookies

There are so many different flavors to try!

18. Candy

Make sure you have chocolates, peanuts, fruit-flavored pieces, and gummies.

19. Heart-Shaped Box of Assorted Fine Chocolates

This box of chocolates can be included in a Valentine’s Day gift basket or enjoyed with your loved one on the special day.

20. Bright Pink Chocolate Coins

To add a splash of color to your candy buffet, place candy coins in clear containers.

21. Beverages

You’ve got the popcorn and the sweets; now you just need something to wash it all down. Whatever you’re drinking, a set of tumblers will keep it cool for the rest of the movie.

22. LED Lights

A simple LED light strip that attaches to the back of your tv may truly make your home theater stand out. The light helps to lessen eye strain by removing the need for your eyes to adjust between the dark surroundings and the screen.

23. Fairy Lights

You’ll want to keep the lights low to simulate being in a movie theater, but you’ll still need some light so you can always find the popcorn bowl.

24. Red & Pink Heart Hanging Decorations

Arrange them level or staggered on a wall to create a stunning photo backdrop.

25. Valentine’s Day Plastic Table Cover

With a themed tablecloth, you can lay the groundwork for your table.

26. Red Heart Centerpiece

This Valentine’s Day, add a heart centerpiece to your table decorations!

27. Red Heart Gem Plastic Table Scatter

Scatter them across any surface to decorate or use them to spice up a bouquet or table centerpiece in a vase.

28. Happy Valentine’s Day Vinyl Cling Decals

With some vinyl decals, create a charming Valentine’s Day window display.


Movies

Shrek (2001)

Despite a rocky start for Shrek and Fiona, it appears that the ogre and princess aren’t so dissimilar after all. Shrek embarks on a quest (aided by his “noble steed” Donkey) to bring Princess Fiona to Lord Farquaad in exchange for the grouchy king removing Shrek’s fairy tale pals from his swamp. When it’s all said and done, the narcissistic king plans to marry Fiona. However, her new friendships—along with a significant secret—threatened to derail the plan. Love appears to strike when you least expect it. It is rated PG-13.

Up (1998)

Love is loss, and the first few minutes of this Pixar classic impart that lesson in the most succinct and heartbreaking way conceivable. The rest of the film is filled with floating balloon houses, talking dogs, and too enthusiastic Wilderness Explorers.

WALL-E (2008)

Robots, too, have hearts. WALL-E has been tasked with cleaning up the massive rubbish strewn across Earth after the planet was abandoned. He goes about his business until one day he meets EVE, another robot sent to discover if there was life on Earth again. WALL-E stays committed to his love and protects EVE even when she becomes unresponsive.

Tangled (2010)

Rapunzel has been imprisoned in a tower, living alone with her mother, who guards her from the perils of the outside world. However, a fortunate encounter with a thief allows her to explore the world beyond the tower and discover the sky full of lights that she is captivated to. Along the road, she might even fall in love.

Trolls (2016)

You will enjoy seeing a gang of candy-colored trolls embark on a fantastic, musical trip.

UglyDolls (2019)

As the free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be a little different, they teach the most essential love lesson of all: how to love yourself.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

When you combine a charming singing, dutiful daughter with an ogre cursed for his bad behavior, you have a timeless love story. Belle will go to any length to help her father, including taking his place when he is imprisoned for trespassing. But all is not as it appears, and maybe, just maybe, the Beast will find his heart after all.

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a wonderful love story that also emphasizes the necessity of being loyal to oneself. While Aladdin fell in love with Jasmine, he knew she had to marry a prince, so when he was offered the opportunity to cash in on some genie wishes, he decided to become what he felt Jasmine desired. But the reality was that she preferred the real Aladdin to the phony Prince Ali Ababwa.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Every scene (and chapter) in Hazel and Gus’ love story has teenagers swooning, sobbing, and everything in between. Curiosity strikes when the two teenage cancer sufferers meet at a support group, and before you know it, they’re inseparable.

Enchanted (2007)

A cruel queen banishes Giselle from her storybook world, leaving her stranded in Manhattan. But when Giselle falls in love with a charmingly imperfect divorce lawyer who comes to her rescue – despite the fact that she is already engaged to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she wonders if a storybook perspective of romance can survive in the real world.

Jungle Cruise (2021)

Dr. Lily Houghton and wisecracking captain Frank Wolff partner up for the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s Jungle Cruise, a raucous trip down the Amazon in search of an ancient tree with medicinal powers. Secrets of the forgotten tree emerge amid danger and mystical forces hiding in the bush, as their fate—and that of mankind—hangs in the balance.

Aladdin (2019)

In this entertaining remake of Aladdin, the original animated Disney film is given the live-action makeover.

Clifford The Big Red Dog (2021)

Is there any love stronger than the one a youngster has for their dog? In this live-action version of the popular cartoon, follow Emily and Clifford on their adventures.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

A selfish Prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life until he learns to love a beautiful young woman that he holds captive.


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8 Fantastic Tours to Choose From in Atlanta, Georgia (2022)

Explore Atlanta’s bus, trolley, electric car, segway, food, helicopter, night, and bike tours.

Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover Atlanta’s wonders on this half-day sightseeing bus trip, which includes stops at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park and Ebenezer Baptist Church. As you drive to Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market, Atlantic Station, and other locations, your guide will provide insight on the city’s history. Additionally, see beautiful residences in the Buckhead district.

Due to Covid 19, The CNN and indoor portion of the MLK stops are currently closed.

Duration: 5 hours
Group Size: 20 max
Ages: 3+
Food: Lunch at the CNN Center (at your own expense) – temporarily closed.
Parking: $7 – $12
Pricing: $59 ages 3 – 12, $69 ages 13+
Reservations are required: Reserve your spot online at www.atlsightseeingtours.net or call (1-800-279-9160).

Cool Things to Know

  • The bus is stroller and wheelchair accessible, although there is no lift for them, therefore a folding stroller and wheelchair are recommended.
  • You’ll be able to relax in the comfort of an air conditioned coach that accommodates 23 people and features wide windows and reclining chairs.
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • Each seat has two outlets underneath for mobile charging.
  • The shuttle will let you off only at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Site, the Beltline/Krog St Market, the Ponce City Market, and the CNN Center (Closed Temporarily).
  • You will walk for roughly 20 minutes on the Beltline and 45 minutes around the MLK Memorial Site. Bad weather means extra time at additional stops if walking isn’t possible.

90 Minute Trolley Tour

The Peachtree Trolley is the ideal way to visit the sites and get to know the South’s Capital. From Centennial Olympic Park, the trolley will deliver 90-minute fully-narrated tours of Atlanta’s “Must-Sees”.

Duration: 1h 30m
Group Size: 26 max
Ages: All ages.
Pricing: $20 ages 17 and under, $36 ages 18+

Cool Things to Know

  • Service animals are permitted on the trolley.

90 Minute Electric Car Tour

You visit places such as the Historic Inman Park, Sweet Auburn Avenue, Old 4th Ward Neighborhood, Midtown Atlanta, Downtown Atlanta, and much more!

Duration: 1h 30m
Group Size: 5 max
Ages: 8+
Pricing: $25 ages 8 – 17 and under, $36 ages 18+

Cool Things to Know

  • Service animals are permitted in the electric car.
  • For your city trip, you will travel in an eco-friendly and comfy electric automobile.
  • In Midtown, you’ll discover the city’s hottest restaurants, bars, and clubs.
  • You will visit Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward, two historic neighborhoods in Atlanta.

Sightseeing Tour By Segway

This Segway tour enables you to enjoy the outdoors while covering more land than walking. Learn to ride a scooter with your guide and then see the city’s landmarks including Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and Oakland Cemetery.

Duration: 2h 30m
Group Size: 24 max, 8 per tour guide.
Ages: 14+ – Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pricing: $59

Cool Things to Know

  • A 20 – 30 minute training session will be held before to the tour to assure your comfort on the Segway.
  • You will be riding a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric scooter.
  • You get to cruise through Cabbagetown and Oakland Cemetery, one of Atlanta’s greatest green spaces with an incredible view of the city’s skyline.
  • The tour will take place regardless of weather conditions. Ponchos will be given for those who need them.

History and Food Tour

On this walking tour of Atlanta’s Grant Park, you’ll get a taste of Southern cuisine. Try meals like hog belly toast and fried catfish at neighborhood restaurants. In addition, you’ll get to see historic homes and Oakland Cemetery.

Duration: 2h 30m
Group Size: 10 max
Ages: All ages – Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pricing: $55 ages 0 – 10, $80 ages 11+
Lunch: Included

Cool Things To Know

  • This tour is great for foodies who are visiting Atlanta for the first time.
  • Stately Victorian mansions and the old Oakland Cemetery can be seen here.
  • The tour includes eight food tastings and one alcoholic beverage from three locally owned eateries.
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • The tour is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
  • Service animals are permitted on the tour.
  • $5.00 of your ticket purchase goes to support the Historic Oakland Foundation.
  • You can look out at the skyline from a beautiful patio.

SunTrust Helicopter Tour

Prime Atlanta provides the most elite and memorable tour experience in Atlanta. This tour is incredible for a variety of reasons, including private rides, unforgettable views, and excellent customer service.

Duration: 15m – 1h
Group Size: 3 max
Ages: All ages – Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pricing: $215 – $699 for 2 people, add a 3rd person at a discounted rate.

Cool Things To Know

  • Water and aviation headset rentals are included in the price of the tour.
  • The tour is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
  • This is a private tour/activity for a small group. Only your group will be allowed to take part.
  • Infants must sit on an adult’s lap or in an infant seat which is provided.

City Lights Night Tour

Seeing Atlanta’s impressive buildings and structures lit up against the night sky will be an experience you’ll never forget. View Atlanta lit up in elegant white or, on special occasions, in a rainbow of colors. This City Lights Tour is going to give you a real treat. Make no mistake, there will be plenty of chances to get a good picture.

Duration: Up to 2 hours 15min
Group Size: 14 max
Ages: All ages – Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Parking: $10 – $30
Pricing: FREE for ages 4 and under, $45 ages 5 – 12, $55 ages 12+

Cool Things To Know

  • You’ll be able to relax in the comfort of an air conditioned/heated vehicle.
  • Bottled water is provided as part of the tour.
  • There will be 1-2 photo stops.
  • The tour is stroller, but not wheelchair accessible.
  • Service animals are permitted on the tour.
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • View stunning panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline.

Guided Bike Tour

Bicycle Tours of Atlanta introduces you to the culture and hot spots that make this city such a great place to live, work, and play! Along the journey, you’ll most likely come into contact with local artists, street performers, and neighbors.

Duration: 2h 30m
Group Size: 16 max
Pricing: $65

Cool Things To Know

  • All tours provide the bikes, helmets, drinks, and snacks!

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Keep Your Home Cozy and Beautiful in January with these 4 Tips

After Christmas, we often put away all of our cozy and colorful home décor, which makes the house look empty and somber. With these 4 tips you can continue to keep the warmth of the season even after Christmas.

After Christmas, we often put away all of our cozy and colorful home décor, which makes the house look empty and somber. With these 4 tips you can continue to keep the warmth of the season even after Christmas.

1. Leave Some Greenery Out

You can use the greenery from your Christmas trees and garlands as a decoration in the winter months after you remove the Christmas ornaments and lights from them.

2. Consider Bright, White Décor

Right after Christmas, when you want your home décor to seem fresh and bright – much like your view on the new year – white is the perfect color to use!

3. Include Soft, Comfortable Fabrics

The winter month would benefit greatly from the presence of your plush, fluffy blankets and cushions.

4. Add Wooden Accents

Adding some wood to your design creates lovely accents that are both wintery and rustic in appearance.

Family Movie Night at Home | Checklist | Valentine’s Day | 2022

Essentials 1. Plush Pajamas Spend some time lounging about in an extremely comfortable fabric. 2. Put on Your Red Fuzzy Socks Relax in socks that are the most comfortable for your feet. 3. Red Heart Valentine’s Day Head Bopper Make a statement this Valentine’s Day with a colorful and charming head bopper! 4. A Warm…

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17 New Year’s Resolutions to Get You Ready for 2022

It’s a new year, which means now is the perfect time to introduce a new you! The year 2022 is nearing, and it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.

It’s a new year, which means now is the perfect time to introduce a new you! The year 2022 is nearing, and it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.

Maybe you’ve had difficulty in the past keeping your New Year’s resolutions. However, you have another opportunity to try—and New Year’s Day is an excellent time to do so! If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out this list of 17 New Year’s resolutions. Whether you want to lose weight or learn to love yourself more, manage your money better, or strengthen your relationships with friends and family, you can choose from these 17 doable New Year resolution ideas.

Strive to exceed expectations and use this new year to pursue your dreams, whether it’s learning how to start a business or simply trying therapy for the first time to overcome a breakup. Whichever path you take, there are countless opportunities to live a happier and healthier life in the new year.

1. Begin a Journal

Keep a record of your thoughts, feelings, and dreams. There are numerous advantages to keeping a journal. It can aid in the reduction of anxiety, the creation of awareness, and the regulation of emotions. Furthermore, when you look back on it later in life, you’ll find it both humiliating and endearing.

2. Send Greeting Cards

Create joy in someone’s life by leaving them with a heartfelt note. You can even personalize greeting cards with your own artistry, fragrances, and even gifts!

If you want to make the gesture even more meaningful. I recommend acquiring some stamps and an address book. Consider how surprised they would be to get a beautiful greeting card from a loved one in the mail.

3. Make a Bucket List for Movies

Every year, there are a slew of films that you don’t want to miss out on seeing. Make a “bucket list” of all of the movies that you really want to watch that are coming out this year and put it on your calendar.

4. Take a Break from Social Media

It is possible to reduce the feelings of anxiety, wasted time, and procrastination that can be brought on by excessive browsing on social media if you take a break from it.

To make it more challenging, choose a day of the week, once a week, when you will not be able to access any social networking sites for the entire day.

5. Spend Less

Stop all non-essential expenditures for a day, a week, or a month. Effective use can help you save more.

6. DIY: Make Something Extraordinary

Getting started on that home improvement project you’ve been putting off is easier than ever in the new year. Doing something creative can be calming, fulfilling, and enjoyable!

7. Begin a Workout Challenge

Instead of rushing to sign up for a gym membership, think about how often you’ll actually use it. Particularly if you’re paying for it. Instead of going to the gym, why not just do it at home?

You may have a specific goal in mind, such as becoming more flexible or losing some belly fat. Concentrate on just one thing at a time. Starting a fitness challenge is a good way to get started. So many free online resources are available to help you achieve your individual physical goals.

For most challenges, you must complete a short workout every day for the entire month. It’s easy at the beginning, but as the days go on, the difficulty increases.

8. Every Month, Read a Book

Is it possible to read a book once a month for the next 12 months? Yes!

If you’d like to be recommended books to read, an Amazon Prime membership entitles you to receive an email at the start of each month with at least five suggestions. You have the option to purchase one of the five for free!

9. Increase Your Water Intake

The temptation to reach for coffee, soda, tea, or anything else sounds more exciting than plain water. Increased H20 consumption, on the other hand, is the key to radiant skin, a more balanced diet, improving the body’s ability to bounce back after a tough workout, and a slew of other benefits. Just to reiterate, increasing your water consumption is always a good New Year’s resolution to make.

For some individuals, the recommended eight glasses of water per day may seem excessive. But that is all it is: a recommendation. Why not make a more realistic aim of drinking at least one or two full bottle of water per day?

10. Schedule Your Appointments

How long has it been since your previous visit to the dentist? What about your most recent visit to your primary care physician? What about your dermatologist or OB/GYN? To avoid having to think about it, schedule your appointments at the start of the year and put them in your calendar right away.

11. Increase Your Vegetable Consumption

Although there are numerous health benefits to eating veggies, the majority of us do not choose to do so. So, if you can’t eat your vegetables, why not drink them?

The V8 brand’s “Healthy Greens” is one vegetable juice I recommend. It’s made out of a mix of green veggies with green apples added for sweetness.

12. Take More Walks

Walking is good for your health and happiness.

Walking 30 to 2 1/2 hours a day is suggested, but fitting that into an already hectic schedule can be difficult. Instead, once or twice a week, go for a stroll for at least an hour. Try to take in some different sights each time you go.

13. Schedule Your Car Washes on a Monthly Basis

Your automobile will always appear clean if you schedule regular car washing. The key is to plan things ahead of time and schedule them on your calendar so that you actually make time for them.

14. Make Time for Meditation

Mental health and wellbeing are just as critical as physical health, if not more so. In the new year, make a conscious effort to give your mind the same amount of TLC as you do your body. Calm, Headspace, and Liberate are all apps and programs that can assist you in getting started!

15. Visit a New Place

If you’ve been putting off your vacation plans, now is the time to start planning—or at least saving.

16. Consider Using Therapy

Everyone needs support from time to time. Even if you don’t feel like you’re stuck or going through anything major, finding a therapist can be extremely beneficial. There are a variety of options available, including phone therapy, virtual video calls, in-person therapy, and even text chat.

17. Cross Something Off Your Bucket List

What is something you’ve always wanted to accomplish but never had the time or money to attempt until now? Do it!

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4 Ways To Make Your Yard More Bird-Friendly for Bird-Watching | Creative DIY Projects

Birds are a must-have in any yard. They offer natural bug control (including bees and mosquitoes), lovely songs, and an educational experience for both children and adults.

Birds are a must-have in any yard. They offer natural bug control (including bees and mosquitoes), lovely songs, and an educational experience for both children and adults. It’s also a lot of fun to keep track of how many various kinds of birds you can invite into your yard.

Many people have a bird feeder or even a bird bath. However, there is much more you can do to welcome birds and improve your land as a wildlife habitat in general. Do you want to know how to attract birds to your yard? I have the tips you need to turn your home into a birding paradise.

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1. Create a Bird Feeding Station

Making a bird feeding station will meet your birds’ most fundamental survival need – food! To attract more birds to your yard, consider establishing a bird feeding station with many feeders rather than putting up a single feeder.

Different birds will prefer one feeder style over another, thus the variety will provide your birds with the benefit of choice. Cardinals, Juncos, and Blue Jays are all ground feeders, but will also use a strong hopper, whereas finches and nuthatches prefer hanging cylindrical feeders.

You should consider locating your station in a location where you can see it all year and where your birds will be safe. Different bird species feed at different levels, and the ideal feeding station will reflect this.

Begin with at least three or four feeders, placed at various heights and with a range of feeder types to give you the best opportunity of attracting birds to your yard. The more feeders you have, the more birds will flock to you.

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Inexpensive and Homemade Bird Feeders

Citrus Rind Bird Feeder
Ice Ornament Bird Feeder (for winter months)
Twig and Toilet Roll Bird Feeder

2. Lure Them With the Proper Treats

Because different birds eat various things, giving them a choice is not only a tool for enticement, but it also helps them acquire the essential nourishment they require to stay healthy.

Black Oil Sunflower seed is a great place to start because it attracts a variety of songbirds such as Blue Jays, Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and chickadees. But don’t stop there; provide your birds with a variety of seeds and berries to attract the largest range of wild birds. Smaller seeds, such as nyjer or millet, will attract birds such as nuthatches and finches that aren’t fans of sunflower seeds.

Suet cakes are another fantastic option that many birds will enjoy, particularly species that require high-energy, easily digestible food, such as woodpeckers, chickadees, and wrens. In addition to seed and feed, many birds enjoy other goodies such as peanuts, almonds, and nectar. When you pair each with the appropriate feeder, you’ll be able to attract a diverse range of species.

Simple Foods to Feed Birds From Your own Kitchen

Apples

Slice them up and remove the seeds. Alternatively, cut them in half, scoop out a portion of the fruit, and fill with sugar water before skewering one on a feeder to attract hummingbirds.

Bananas

Remove the peel from the bananas and cut them in half lengthwise to offer to the birds.

Cereal

Plain cheerios, bran flakes, corn flakes, and toasted oats with fruits and nuts are popular with birds.

Before feeding the birds cereal, crush them up. As a result, they will have no difficulty eating the large chunks.

Eggs and Eggshells

Bake clean shells for 15 minutes at 250°F. Crush and place in a dish, or mix with birdseed. They are an excellent supply of calcium for egg laying.

Melon, Pumpkin, and Squash Seeds

First, roast the seeds in the oven. Use no salt or seasonings.

Nuts

Many birds are drawn to peanuts, as well as other nuts such as almonds, pecans, and walnuts.

You can feed the birds either perfectly crushed nuts or whole nuts.

Don’t feed the birds nuts flavored with spices or coated with candy.

Offer the birds only raw or roasted nuts with no additional salt or flavors.

Raisins

Soak raisins in warm water beforehand to soften them and make them easier for birds to bite.

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3. Put the Feeder in the Right Place

When it comes to attracting a diverse range of birds to your yard, the location of the feeder is critical. When it comes to visiting feeders, different birds exhibit varying behaviors. While some birds prefer to fly in from across the yard, with a clear shot right to the perch, others are frightened off by a feeder that is too exposed.

Place your feeders in a variety of locations to cater to diverse bird interests. Cardinals, for example, are known to be shy and prefer natural cover. Try putting one or two feeders near a huge shrub or bush that will provide them with the protection they require.

Feeders should be placed off the ground and at a sufficient height so that birds do not become sitting ducks for predators such as cats. Remember that certain birds might get territorial over feeders. To counteract this behavior, space feeders at least 3 to 4 feet apart to give birds more space.

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4. Set up a Bird Bath

Bringing birds to your yard is about more than just having a consistent food source. All birds want water, so create a bird bath to attract more birds to your yard by providing a water source.

While a basic birdbath is a good place to start, updating your birdbath and water features, such as a solar bird bath, is a guaranteed way to attract more birds. Most wild birds are drawn to the sound of moving water, and curious species will come from vast distances to investigate.

To attract more birds, consider several water sources or several bird baths. A steady water source will be a significant lure, and a single source may become congested, so consider numerous water sources or several bird baths. This allows you to create varied water conditions, such as static, moving, or misting, to appeal to different species.

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Inexpensive DIY Bird Baths

Repurposed Chip Platter Bird Bath
Bowl & Stick Bird Bath (please paint the bowl)
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Thanks for reading!

I hope some of these ideas encourage you to be creative for a stunning new bird sighting right in your own yard. If you have any other ideas for attracting birds to your yard, please share them in the comments area below!

Sources

Bird Feeder Hub
Birds & Blooms
Birds Advice
House Beautiful
The Spruce
World Birds

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26 Free Things To Do At Home To Save Money And Still Have Fun

Allow me to introduce ways to save you money that you would have spent on parking, meals, or admission fees.

Allow me to introduce ways to save you money that you would have spent on parking, meals, or admission fees. You can do these enjoyable activities by yourself or, even better, with family and friends! This list does not necessitate the purchase of virtual lessons, tools, or supplies.

At home, there is more to accomplish than just housework. You have to have fun! I hope this list gives you some ideas on what to do when you feel like you have nothing to do.

1. Color

With this one, you have a few possibilities. The first option is to take out your smartphone and download a free coloring app. There’s a lot to select from, and it’s a lot of fun. There are various programs that allow you to color by number and look like a pro!

The second alternative is if you already have some coloring books lying around. Find some crayons, put on some music, and relax. It would be ideal if you could find a peaceful, relaxing location for this. I prefer to sit by an open (screened in) window and take in the fresh air and view of the outdoors. If you want to kick it up a notch and have kids who don’t like to relax, turn on some loud music and giggle as they color purple over your orange flower lol.

If you don’t have a coloring book, the last alternative is to make one. Find some free coloring sheets online and print them out if you have a printer and printing paper!

National Coloring Book Day – August 2nd annually.

National Coloring Day – September 14th annually.

2. Do Some Bird Watching

Most of us, if you’re like me, don’t know much about the wonderful birds that live next to us every day. If you want to learn something new while having fun, this is the activity for you. Relax outside and listen to them; take a snapshot of each one with your phone to add to a collection or scrapbook for later. Then use Google to learn more about the birds you see. This is a creative, entertaining, and educational project. Birds are fascinating creatures!

4 Ways to Make Your Yard More Bird-Friendly For Bird Watching

3. Video Chat

There are numerous video chatting apps available. Why not have a video chat party with a bunch of family or friends, or both? You may make a video chat room on Facebook, a group chat on Instagram, or even a video call on FaceTime.

Christian messing up my artwork.
Bird-watching.
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Can’t video chat Katie without filters.

4. Plan a Trip

I love organizing trips. You should do it as well; it’s entertaining and keeps you motivated. It’s a unique idea that allows you to travel to different worlds and locations without making reservations. Go ahead and get those price estimates and activities together for that all-inclusive resort you want to visit next year.

5. Have a Spa Day

Take a peaceful bubble bath, one with salts, or one with the dissolving bathtub balls (bath bomb). Taking a long, hot shower is an option. Wash your hair and scrub your scalp well. Evenly file or clip your finger and toe nails, and if desired, add a coat of paint. Throw on a facial mask if you have one lying around the house for fresh, clean skin. A nice face cleansing soap can also be used as an alternative.

6. Create a Bucket List

There is so much to do and see in life. What would make your life so significant that you would feel as if you had lived it to the fullest? If you’re stuck for ideas, turn to Google. They have everything. One thing on my bucket list is to ride in a hot air balloon.

A recent trip we took to Disney world, it took planning!
My freshly washed hair. Like my bayang?
Keep a journal for your bucket list.
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7. Edit Your Music Playlist

There are a lot of musicians out there. There are so many songs you have yet to hear. There’s music for every mood. Why not add new songs to your playlist and organize them by mood? You can have uplifting tunes for when you’re feeling down, party music, and even a playlist of children’s music for when it’s time to play. Crank up that Cocomelon!

8. Play Video Games

Download an app to your mobile phone; there are a lot of free games to choose from in a variety of categories. There’s even cute little games for the babies.

There are many free games to play online if you have a PC. Steam is the primary PC gaming app that I suggest. They have free games, but you might be tempted to pay some money. It’s fantastic if you have a game console. I’m sure you already have several games downloaded, perhaps ones you haven’t played in a while. It would be great if you could utilize that console for party games or any multiplayer game where others could join in on the fun.

9. Play Card Games

This is perfect for if you already have cards in the house. This can be beneficial for toddlers. It would be educational if you could devise a way to practice with their numbers with them. Picture cards are cool too. The older children and adults can teach the younger youngsters how to play spades. Play a game of goldfish if you want to keep it simple. Don’t forget about the snacks and the music! And keep an eye on the babies with the cards since they like to eat everything. An alternative to all of this is to download a card game app on your phone, PC, or console. They have some that are multiplayer as well.

Christian listening to music. Ignore the messy room.
Never let your brother “borrow” your gaming console. It won’t come back.
Children playing card games.
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10. Have a Scavenger Hunt

Taking pictures of objects around the house will be entertaining. Create a themed scavenger hunt! Take a picture of everything blue you can discover, and if you’re playing with others, whoever has the most pictures wins! Another possibility is to photograph an object in each color or shape. Also, an alphabet scavenger hunt, beginning with an object beginning with the letter “A” and progressing to “Z.” This can be a learning experience for the babies as they discover new objects, shapes, and colors.

11. Remember Little Joys

Fill a small jar or box with small notes about anything that you and others close to you enjoy. Things that make you happy. This is a wonderful method to learn about other people’s interests so you’ll always have something in mind if you want to surprise them with a present or a small gesture to make them smile.

12. Enjoy Virtual Trips

Travel & Leisure has compiled a list of places you can visit virtually, which is fantastic! There are numerous sites to visit. This is also ideal for the vacation planning task that I mentioned in activity #4.

Bonus: If you have a virtual reality headset!

Scavenger hunt: find objects that are circle.
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Gift giving.
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VR is a great way to have a virtual trip.
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13. Watch YouTube

I love to laugh. I enjoy watching amusing videos that make me chuckle. There are a lot of amusing videos to be found on YouTube. Find family-friendly videos to watch together. Allow everyone to choose a hilarious video in turn. Grab something to eat and drink in between breaks.

14. Do Yoga

There are free yoga videos available online. Hold a yoga session for the entire family. Grab your mats, everyone! If your baby is anything like mine, he will most likely refuse to cooperate in this one, but do your best. Don’t forget about the music!

15. Play Board Games

Party with board games! Music, snacks, friends and family, and a good time! There’s also board games available to download on consoles, make sure they’re free.

My definition of an entertaining YouTube video lol.
Christian was probably so confused.
The closest pic I have to a board game. Hey Ava!

16. Go for a Walk

A walk around your neighborhood is completely free. It’s always refreshing to get some fresh air. Ignore this one if you’re not comfortable walking around your area.

17. Draw

You must have some kind of paper, pen, pencil, or crayon available. Hold a drawing competition! Allow someone to select a theme or an object to draw. The best of the best wins! It’s always amusing to see the worse drawings, lol.

18. Dance

It’s very terrible that my kid doesn’t know how to truly vibe with the music. It’s entirely my fault that I don’t dance with him. I’m going to start, and I strongly encourage you all to do so. Let’s have a dance party! Find some toddler dancing videos for them and join in the fun. Find a dancing tutorial on YouTube for older children and learn an entire dance together! It’s a lot of fun. Try not to get frustrated having to rewind this one for the one who keeps messing up or missing steps lol. But that’s where you step in to guide them!

Bonus: If you have a “Just Dance” game available on console. It’s free uploaded videos on YouTube!

This is “us” walking the street.
He was really doing more crayon breaking than drawing.
Dancing.
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19. Build a Fort

For some reason, Christian prefers this to being in a real tent. I usually get some tall chairs, blankets, and books and stretch the blanket out high above. It could be a better approach, but I’m going the only way I’ve ever known. I also like to place a little lamp beneath it. If you have a little television or even a tablet, you can use it for amusement. To me, it’s a messy pastime that necessitates cleaning up afterwards, but if you don’t mind, go for it! It’s a lot of fun. You can watch movies, videos, have story time, or just chill and talk to each other.

20. Watch Movies

It’s great if you already have a subscription to a platform like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or HBO Max! If not, when you sign up for a new account, most platforms like these provide free trials that run 3 – 7 days. Many of you have Roku, which has a wide range of free movies. I suppose people upload free movies to YouTube, so check it out before it is taken down. Allow each other to choose movies for everyone using whichever way you prefer. Remember that everyone has various interests; it’ll be interesting to learn what others like. Even if you don’t think you’ll like the movie, keep watching because you could.

There’s also an app called “Rave” that, as far as I know, is available for Android and allows you to view videos from multiple platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime in a room with others, which would be a fun watch party. While the movie is playing, you can also communicate each other through the app via messaging, audio, and video chat. To watch Netflix together, everyone must be logged into the platform, for example, everyone must be logged into Netflix. What’s even better is that you can all log into the same Netflix account if you wish. So long as you’re signed in.

21. Paint

Paint can be made in a variety of methods, including using food, personal care products, and dye. I’ll write a post about it later. Feel free to conduct your own research and investigation. Otherwise, if you have some painting supplies lying around the house, go ahead and use them!

I need to figure out how to build a blanket fort like this.
Fun watching movies together.
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Christian’s artwork I call “Shark Attack!” It wasn’t painted at home, but it’s still cute.

22. Read a Book

Children adore reading and story time. Take some time to read to your children if you have some books! Infants would be delighted to hear the sound of your voice. If you’re at a loss for what to say to them, read them a story! Find a comfortable area for you all to read and enjoy each other’s company.

23. Exercise

What better way to exercise than in a group? Play a fitness video on YouTube and follow along. It’ll be even great with a Zumba dancing video! Remember to stay hydrated!

24. Cook Together

This is a straightforward one. Instead of having one individual prepare a meal for the family, why not have a group made supper? It’s a terrific time for connecting, and the kids can receive hands-on experience with how to create a specific cuisine and how to utilize various kitchen tools. The toddlers can practice their motor abilities while the infants enjoy sitting and watching everyone else do things.

Me tired of reading this one book a million times, but it makes him happy.
A way to use an exercise ball while watching tv.
We wasn’t really helping, but it was fun to watch this instructive cooking lesson.

25. Declutter a Space

It’s not exactly “fun,” but if you have the time and desire to get it done, it’s a worthwhile endeavor. It would be enjoyable to do it with family. Ignore the one who isn’t putting forth as much effort, lol. To make it more engaging, add some music. My aunt’s pantry was the final place I decluttered outside of my bedroom. I gathered her two daughters and we worked together to clean it in order to surprise her while she was upstairs. It was a lot of fun cleaning and laughing with them as we debated what to throw out and what to keep.

26. Listen to a Book

Outside of audible, I’m not aware of any subscriptions that allow you to listen to books being read to you. I’m sure there are others, but we’ll have to dig to find them. For new subscribers, Audible also offers a free trial period. It will be enjoyable to listen to a book being read to you while doing housework or stretching/yoga.


Thanks for reading!

I hope some of these inspire you to try something new or to immerse yourself in something enjoyable for a while. If you have any more suggestions, please put them in the comments section below!

Sources

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