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How to Make Your Next Gathering a Theme Party

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Wikipedia tells us, “A party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing, conversation, recreation, or as part of a festival or other commemoration of a special occasion. A party will typically feature food and beverages, and often music and dancing or other forms of entertainment.” Honestly, that sounds like one boring party. What you need to give your next party some pizzazz is a theme. The theme anchors your decorations, menu and music. A great theme also makes for great memories. What good is a party if you can’t post the photos on Facebook? iPoll has rounded up some terrific party themes to consider for your next bash.

Movie Night Snacks

What goes with any movie? Cupcakes -- of course. Image Source: Flickr user: clever cupcakes

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 15th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

How to Throw the Perfect Dinner Party Every Time

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Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of house hunting shows. Folks from all around the world are in search of their perfect home. One recurring item on the “home wish list” always seems to be a space that will allow folks to “entertain.” Often, this means having an open flow plan. Apparently, this would allow these folks to watch their next dinner party unfold while they slave away in the kitchen. That kind of defeats the purpose. If you’re going through all the trouble of hosting a dinner party, you should be able to enjoy the festivities. The ultimate choice would be to hire a caterer and let them do all the work. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. Instead, iPoll is proud to present a foolproof plan to throw the perfect dinner party.

 

Ready for Dinner

All that is left to do is eat! Image Source: Flickr user Scott Brenner

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 14th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Monday Mobile Mission: iPoll Rewards Help You Throw Your Next Party

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Since Halloween is right around the corner, it’s fitting that we discuss our deepest, darkest fears. On my top five fear list, throwing a party and having no one show up is number three. That would be right behind throwing a party and running out of food and throwing a party where no one will leave. I understand that if you combine these three fears, they don’t make a lot of sense. Perhaps I have some sort of party phobia. Well, I’m determined to face my fear this coming holiday season, and I’ve got the perfect partner. No, Martha Stewart won’t be stopping by with pumpkin muffins. Instead, I’ll be using iPoll not only for inspiration but also for some cold hard cash.

Throwing A Party

iPoll helps you cover all the bases for your party guests. Image Source: Flickr user: 1000heads

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 13th, 2014 at 11:48 pm

iPoll Review: Top Five Toddler Centric TV Shows

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Tips for the modern parent include avoid having the baby watch TV until they are at least two years old. Full disclosure: according to mom I watched plenty of TV when I was under two and turned out okay. Fuller disclosure: we discovered the BabyFirst channel for our young one and it’s like a visual pacifier that instantly calms him. Plus, he already seems to know when that channel is on as opposed to the rest of the stuff. This doesn’t mean I’ll be watching The Walking Dead with him, but a little splash of color and music can’t hurt. If you follow the strict advice, then when your toddler turns two the floodgates can open and the television will be on around the clock. Maybe. As a parent, you’ve got to be selective with what your kid(s) can watch. There are plenty of shows that will keep them occupied and challenged. We’re talking to you Sesame Street. No matter what TV show your kid watches, try to watch it with them or at the very least get them to share their opinions about the show. You want an active viewer. Here are some of the best shows made for toddlers.

Playing With Dinosaurs

A boy and his dinosaurs are rarely parted. Image Source: Flickr user: Benny Mazur

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 11th, 2014 at 12:36 am

How to Keep Your Kid Busy: iPoll’s Pick of Fun Toddler Activities

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At some point in your parenting journey, you’ll hear the words “I’m bored” uttered by your child. They’ll likely say this as they are surrounded by dozens of books, hundreds of toys and thousands of hours of movies and TV programming to watch. If it is raining outside, then you’re practically guaranteed the cry of boredom. The best approach to the boredom blues is to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Pulling out these activities for your toddler could make you the coolest mom or dad on the block. Isn’t that what we all hope to achieve?

Indoor Campsite

Who needs the great outdoors to go camping? Image Source: Flickr user: Ryo Chijiiwa

 

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October 10th, 2014 at 12:02 am

iPoll’s Roundup of the Best Books for Toddlers

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In addition to all the loving, feeding and diaper changing, the best thing you can do for your baby is read to them. Reading is encouraged right out of the gate because it helps kids start to process what words are and how to communicate. Of course, reading to an eight-month-old is a lot different than reading to a toddler. The young ones like the pictures but miss out on the subtle nuances of the story arcs. However, when your child has reached toddler age they are more engaged with the storytelling process. They will even start to pick out their favorite book. This could mean reading “Goodnight Moon” every single night, but if it works, don’t rock the boat.

When it comes to reading for toddlers, let us stipulate that anything Seussical will work. Reading the classics from the good doctor will also help you make silly voices and goofy faces. Resistance is futile. Beyond Dr. Seuss, iPoll has rounded up some other great tomes targeted for toddlers.

Best Books For Kids

Anything by Dr. Seuss is a must have for any parent. Image Source: Flickr user: Martin Pettitt

 

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October 8th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

iPoll’s Guide to the “Terrible Twos”: What to Expect from Your Toddler

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A toddler is defined as a baby who can walk. Up to now, new parents have been watching carefully for any signs of milestones with their baby. The first time they smile. The first time they laugh. The first time they sit-up. Those are all big moments. However, those actual first steps are a huge game changer. Yes, they will be wobbly and stumbling but the kid is on the move and there is no turning back. You’re also entering into the “terrible twos” zone. Any parent who has been there and lived to tell the tale will be happy to share their opinions and advice. Take it all in and see what works best for your situation. Here at iPoll we’re happy to provide a little primer for the terrible twos. Hopefully, you’ll find out they’re not so terrible after all.

Toddler Walking

Those first steps should be with a razor scooter. Image Source: Flickr user jenny downing

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October 7th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Monday Mobile Mission: Sharing Opinions Can Help You Score Lots of Cash

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We all have opinions. Thanks to the interwebs, we all get to share those opinions. Aside from all the political forums (not going to go there!), one of the most popular topics for discussion across cyberspace is parenting. Of course, unless you have a kid, none of this matters. However, for parents of newborns, toddlers, pre-teens and teens having a place to go to get instant answers to questions is invaluable. Take it from someone who recently researched diaper rash ointments, those parents’ opinions matter. Here at iPoll we’re all about sharing opinions. As an added bonus, all that opinion sharing can earn you significant cash rewards. Imagine if you could have earned a dollar for every opinion you’ve shared in your life. You’d be sitting on quite a pile of bucks. The best chances you have for earning the most iPoll rewards is with Mobile Missions, which takes sharing opinions to a whole other level.

Fresh Tortillas

Making tortillas the old fashion way -- one at a time. Image Source: Flickr user David Stanley

 

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October 6th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

iPoll’s Roundup of Best Ballpark Food: Second Inning

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Let’s face it: you can’t really enjoy a ballgame without ballpark food. That’s kind of like going to the movies without getting popcorn. You just don’t get the same experience. A while back, we took a quick pick at some of the best stadium munchies being served up around the country. That was just the tip of the corn dog. With the baseball fans gearing up for the World Series, it’s time we take a peek at some more awesome stadium grub. This will help you plan out your “visit every ballpark summer vacation” next year. Forks up!

Baseball and Hot Dogs

Nothing says "batter up" like ballpark snacks! Image Source: Flickr user Brian Halvorsen

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October 3rd, 2014 at 4:35 pm

iPoll Looks into the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum

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It is a virtual lock that retiring baseball hero Derek Jeter will make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He’ll just have to wait five years. You can’t get into the Hall of Fame until five years after your retirement. Plus, you need to have played as least 10 years in professional. The inductees are voted on by sportswriters and various committees. For each round of voting, you need at least 75% of the ballot. Anyone who got less than 5% of the votes is forever dropped off the ballot. Cold? Perhaps, but when it comes to honoring the greats of baseball, the Hall of Fame doesn’t mess around.

Brooklyn Dodgers Artifacts

Yes, the Dodgers were once in Brooklyn. Image Source: Flickr user: Ewen Roberts

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 2nd, 2014 at 11:49 pm