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    Family Fun At Liberty Science Center

    When it comes to family fun with my kids I do a mixture of educational, adventurous, and just plain ole fun. We headed out to New Jersey to visit the Liberty Science Center.

     

    This was our first time going and it won’t be our last. We got invited to a blogger breakfast where we were in the middle of a toilet paper blizzard and ate some delicious ice cream made with liquid nitrogen (don’t try this at home).

     

    What made this day more spectacular is that there are two new exhibits one is Doc McStuffins and the other was Sherlock Holmes.

    The exhibits

    Doc McStuffins

    The exhibit through imaginative play and hands-on activities children learn important life lessons about health, wellness and compassion. By teaching about good hygiene, exercising and eating well in such an engaging way, we are showing kids that caring for themselves and for others can be fun. And, along the way, they will be learning about science. They get to put on doctor’s jackets, pick up a stethoscope and perform checkups. Just in time for winter break this exhibit will be here until January 27th.

     

    Sherlock Holmes
    Through this highly interactive exhibit you try to solve a murder mystery by looking at clues throughout the exhibit. Visitors will get to peek into the study where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his renowed detective stories before traveling to the bustling International Science Exhibition and 221B Baker Street. My kids enjoyed looking for clues and stamping the passport. By the end of the exhibit my son said that he is fascinated with forensic science.

    We also saw a laser show in the planetarium that was done with holiday music. We saw a real bee colony, toured the skyscrapers, explored the world of germs and my favorite exhibit called Eaten or Be Eaten which is their mini-zoo featured fish from the New York waters, turtles, moles and more….You also get to pet some of the animals.

    About Liberty Science Center
    Liberty Science Center is a 300,000 square foot not for profit learning center. They have the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, 12 exhibition halls. a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, 3d theater, tornado wind simulator, k-12 classrooms and labs.

    We had a jam packed fun filled day and I know that you will too! They also host cool birthday parties!

    Tickets: $22.75 adult
    $ 18.75 child

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    The Reality Of Family Life

    We think that for many different reasons, the reality of family life can be a bit misleading to an outsider. It’s easy for families to put on a ‘show’ as it were in front of people, but you never truly know what’s going on behind closed doors. It might be due to the movies giving a misconception just like they do with love, or it could just be down to the fact that as humans, we like to hide what’s really going on. Now, if you don’t have your own family at the minute, then your version of what a happy family is will be a lot different to reality. For all of you with a family, it can be easy enough to think that you’re the only ones going through what you’re going through, simply because you see other families looking so perfect. But just like you, they could be putting on this show to the public. So, we want to share with you what the reality of family life is like, so that you know what you’re getting yourself in for if you’re starting one, and to know you’re not alone if you feel like you’re struggling.

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    The Arguments

     

    The arguments are something that just becomes a way of life. As much as a family is going to be happy as a whole, it doesn’t mean that your relationship is going to take its toll. Sometimes you become so wrapped up with being a family, rather than being in love. When the love dies and the arguments come in, a family can so easily break apart. A family lawyer will see so many couples coming to them because they just can’t handle the stress of being together, and the stress of family life, so their only option is to get a divorce. But the arguments could be over the most silliest of things, such as who needs to do the washing up. Plus, you have to think, it’s not just family life that’s going to cause some stress. Stresses outside of the family, such as work, can easily boil over into the personal life of a family, and only put more strain on life!

     

    The Daily Struggles

     

    There definitely are some daily struggles that families have to go through, especially with young children. Trying to get everyone up, dressed, fed, and ready for the day is a task on its own, and that’s only the morning routine. For those with young children, the struggle continues throughout the day to keep them entertained, and maintained. So you see, it’s a job on its own to run a family, but it’s the daily struggles that you come to enjoy. The funny things that can happen whilst you’re getting them changed, the giggles they’ll give you, and the memories you’ll make will be more than worth it.

     

    The Amazing Times

     

    Which leads us nicely to finish off with this. The amazing times you’ll have as a family with be some of the best of your life. You’re able to watch your children grow, take them around the world, teach them new skills, and just generally get the most out of life with them!

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    Dispelling the Myths Behind NY 529 College Savings Plan

    There are a lot of myths about NY529 college savings plan and I am happy that I was able to be educated at the NY529 event hosted by MomTrends. I got information about how to get started, what are the benefits and why do it.

    What is a 529 College Savings Plan

    • It’s a type of investment account you can use for higher-education savings. 529 plans are usually sponsored by states.

    With the rising costs of college tuition you want to have something set aside for your kids to help them not have to take out huge loans (when you graduate they want their money). Whether you or grandparents set it up a NY 529 plan helps you save money for your children.

    One of my own misconceptions I had was that it can only be used at a 4 year institution and if your child does not attend college you lose the money. The truth is that your 529 account can be used to pay for qualified higher-education expenses at any eligible educational institution. Higher education expenses include tuition, books, supplies, equipment, computer equipment, and certain room and board fees. The 529 plan can you used at postsecondary, vocational schools, 2 and 4 year colleges and postgraduate programs.

    Contribution
    What I also love is the fact that you can open up an account with as little as $1.00 and contribute as much or as little as you want. Contributions up to 10,000 are deductible from your taxes if married and single taxpayers 5,000. Are you worried if they want to attend school outside of NY they can’t use it? No problem because you can use the 529 plan in any other state.

    There is really no reason not to set up a NYS 529 College Savings Plan. When birthdays and holidays come around instead of requesting toys, you can ask them to make a contribution to your account by sharing a special U gift code on Twitter or by email.

    For more information about New York’s 529 College Savings Plan, obtain a Disclosure Booklet and Tuition Savings Agreement at www.nysaves.org or by calling 1-877-nysaves. This includes investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information. You should read them carefully before investing.

    Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by NY529 Direct via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of NY 529 Direct or Momtrends.

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    Book Reviews Family Reviews Sponsored

    Review: National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019

    I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

    Did you know that Goliath Beetle weighs about as much as a quarter pounder hamburger making it one of the heaviest bugs on earth

    or how about….

    Peaches and Almonds are related.

    I grew up on National Geographic and I absolutely loved learning about the animals so I’m happy that I can share the same experience with my kids. I got the opportunity to review the Almanac and Explorer Academy. They loved the pictures and the fun facts. They also have an interactive website that you can go to.

    About the book
    National Geographic Almanac 2019

    • The National Geographic Almanac is the most popular kids almanac on the planet.
    • Some of its features include Cool Things for 2019 on various themes throughout the book, from the 19 cutest animals to 19 amazing facts about Vikings and more.
    • Kids can also enter the Lions Forever Almanac Challenge for a chance to win $500. Go to natgeokids.com/almanac

    Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret

    • The Nebula Secret engages kids on so many levels beyond the narrative, with code breaking puzzles and a storyline that encourages observation, deductive reasoning and problem solving.
    • This book series is geared toward middle grader (ages 8-12)
    • It is a fact-based fiction inspired by the real life adventures of real National Geographic explorers. Each book features a Truth Behind the Fiction section and profiles real explorers and their work.

    I’m excited to bring you a once in a lifetime trip!

    One lucky family will experience a spectacular ship-based expedition, just like the students at Explorer Academy. The grand prize is a family trip for 4 to Alaska’s Inside Passage from National Geographic Expeditions. Enter the sweepstakes at exploreracademytrip.com

    If you want to purchase these books you can go to Amazon, Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s or wherever books are sold.

     

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    Should Your Before Birth Checklist Include A New House?

    When you have a baby on the way, there are all manner of things you’ll need to consider. Aside from preparing for things like childbirth and arrival, you’ll need to get ready for many other changes. Even if this isn’t your first child, your life is still about to change in ways you could never imagine. Suddenly, you’ll have a newborn who’s dependent on you for everything. You’ll be straight back to those nighttime feeds and baby clothes which fit for the grand total of a week. You’ll need to buy everything from new nappies to cribs. And, of course, you’ll need to decorate that all-important nursery.

    Which leads us nicely onto the topic of today’s post. What happens if you don’t have room for a nursery as it stands now? Introducing a new member into your family means that things could get a little tight at home. Often, we have no choice but to buy bigger houses to fit our expanding families. If you don’t have space for a nursery right now, the chances are that you could benefit from doing the same thing.

    That decision alone doesn’t mean anything, though. You need to ask yourself whether you’re going to move before or after the birth. This is a difficult decision, and there are tempting arguments on either side of the fence. As a general rule, though, you may want to consider settling into a new home before your bundle of joy arrives. While this will lead to stress you don’t need right, the process will be a lot less stressful than with a newborn in tow. Whatever you do decide, you will have people around you to help make this transition easier. Just like having the right support network, there are always companies out there who can make the moving process less stressful than it needs to be. For example, looking into something like crate hire UK can help provide you with professional crates for you to be able to move your essentials efficiently. There are always ways to make it easier for everyone. But there are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to moving house, especially with a newborn on the way.


    Of course, the main issue with doing things this way around is the timeline. Selling houses takes time, and you only have nine months to do it. In some cases, that may not be enough to put you off a traditional market. But, if you’re worried about running out of time, it’s worth noting that you can sell for cash fast. By using references like these tips to sell your house without fixing it up, you could start moving in no time. At least, you could as long as you looked out for properties with no chains attached. There are several properties that are currently available if you know where to look, for example, Homes For Sale In Boerne.


    So, that’s how to move before a baby arrives. But, let’s take a closer look at why it’s worth your effort.

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