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Royal Tea- Tea with a Mission

Head on over to Le Claire IA for your Black Friday shopping!   Or shop and get your tea gifts now! 

Thanksgiving 2017

Another Thanksgiving come and gone!   I'm so glad that I make it a priority to be thankful more than one day a year.  
Thankfulness and gratitude is something I have been studying more too.  I just shared with our kid's ministry that we can bust fear with staying thankful.   When we focus on the things we do have rather then the junky thoughts it helps train our brain to positive thinking!  
This year the Flan clan went to Illinois again to see family.   It was a smaller gathering of my husband's cousins family.   Two families of four... fun for the kids!   

Toddler-Friendly Days Out

Toddlers can be very hard to please. They can’t quite voice what they want, or what they need to make their day better, and yet they find it ridiculously easy to complain and let you know when they are unhappy. They have very short attention spans, find it hard to concentrate for too long and far too young to understand what’s going on at many older children’s favorite destinations.
But, at the same time, you don’t want to keep them home all day, and they are starting to get bored of constant trips to the local soft play. They want a challenge, a chance to explore somewhere new and have new experiences and frankly, you need to get out of the house and away from kid’s TV occasionally.
Finding somewhere you toddler will be safe and have a great time is only part of the problem. You also need to find somewhere relaxed and comfortable, so you’ll be able to cope with the tantrums that are sure to come as the kids get hungry, tired or bored. While also considering naps, toddler-friendly foo…

Team Building Activities To Bring Your Family Closer Together

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As your family grows up, there will inevitably be a few tensions and strains put on your little unit. This is completely normal, especially between parents and kids and with sibling rivalry to handle.
But the best families are the ones who make real time for each other. This doesn’t mean sitting in front of the TV together, it means time without distraction. To keep up with each other, you need to make time to get to talk to each other and learn to get on well together. Play TogetherWhether you choose to play a board game together or try a team sport like softball, playing is a great way to bring your family together and enjoy yourselves. Outdoor games are ideal in the summer to get you all outside into fresh air. And, if you really get the team sport bug, how about custom softball jerseys for the whole family? What else could bring you together as a team like this?
You don’t need to keep a score to have fun but if you are playing to win, then make sure your teams a…

Avoid Disaster When Arranging a Children's Party at Home

You know the feeling. Your little one is planning a party in your home, and you already know that it will not end well. You are not particularly keen on supervising your own kids, let alone half a dozen more. You might want to find excuses, but you can’t say no. To avoid disaster, you need to come up with a plan. Below you will find some tips on reducing the risk of the next party ending badly. “Children's Easter Party 2008” by daveyninis licensed under CC BY 2.0 Get HelpIn school, there is a legal child to teacher ratio. If you cannot safely supervise all the kids at once, you should be either cancelling the party or ask other parents to stay and help out. You will need to keep an eye on all the little ones, who might be up to no good. A home for a child can be exciting, and they might want to explore places that are dangerous. Even if your child knows not to touch something, other kids might not. Get other parents involved. It is better safe than sorry. Arrange ActivitiesYou might …

Some Top Pet Concerns & The Simple Solutions

If you are thinking of getting a pet, you are not alone. It is and has always been popular to have a pet, and the truth is that doing so can be one of the best ways to liven up any home. This is great particularly if you have young children, and you can spend many happy hours watching them being best friends together. But there are also certain aspects to having pets which are less favorable, or which require a little work to make happen. Having a pet is not all positive, and you need to think at least a little about some of the likely issue if you are to make the most of it. In this article, we will look at a few of the common pet concerns and how you can easily solve them.
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First thing first, you will need to make sure that you are genuinely prepared for the costs of having a pet. Some pets hardly cost anything at all, while something like a cat or a dog can be surprisingly expensive. Over time, it is likely that you will spend quite a lot of money on keeping your pet…

The Only Guide A Mom Needs To Cut The Cost Of Childcare

Are you a mother or a mom to be? Congratulations because there is no better feeling in the world. Well, apart from the sleepless nights and the constant sense of panic!
Raising a child is costly and most people don’t have the funds. But, because you are a fantastic mother, you find a way. All parents do as the kids have to come first. Still, scrimping and saving and not knowing if you can afford the next meal is terrible. It’s much better to keep the expenses low and stay in the black.
Of course, lowering the cost of childcare is by no means easy as children need everything from diapers to minders. Then, there is food and clothes to consider too. Thankfully, it is possible for mothers to reduce the perpetual expenses and leave the bank balance looking a little healthier.
Here are the tricks of the trade all parents need to know when their bundle of joy arrives.
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The Most Common Dental Issues in Children

When it comes to dental health in children, there is one common denominator. At some point prior to adulthood, every child will experience some sort of dental issue. Some issues will be relatively mild in the scheme of things, while other problems will be more severe, requiring the services of an orthodontist. If you have children at home who are experiencing issues, you are not alone. These are some of the most common dental issues in children to be aware of. Teething PainNo parent likes to hear his or her child cry uncontrollably with no way of telling what exactly is bothering them. That’s what parents of babies often experience because of teething pain. Sometimes we think they are hungry, in need of a diaper change, or simply tired and cranky. Unfortunately, however, those tears may indicate something a bit more severe like teething pains. There are a number of anesthetic gels on the market safe for use in children, so if all else fails, try those. Thumb SuckingYou may not have ever…