If you currently have a significant other in your life, then you’re essentially part of a team. You make joint decisions about what to eat, what to watch on TV and where to go in your spare time. You also share in a lot of the expenses of maintaining your home. For some, that means a joint banking account that will become the “household” account. Too often, as quickly as money goes into that household account, it goes out! That’s why it’s important to keep track of all your expenses. It will also help if you can bring in the occasional “bonus bucks.” That’s where iPoll will be a big help. If you and your partner are both working the Mobile Missions and iPoll surveys, then you double the opportunities to add to your rewards account. It will only take a couple of Mobile Missions to fund your next date night. That’s a pretty sweet deal for sharing your opinion.
This year, Halloween falls on a Friday, which means it’s the perfect combination for a party: weekend plus holiday theme. If you’re going to throw a spooktackular bash this Halloween, the first thing to decide if it’s for the kids or the grown-ups. There can be some crossover elements, and you can have a party for both groups, but at the very least you probably want to keep those two groups separate as you plan, since enjoying this celebration is different for each of them. To that end, iPoll presents your guide to throwing an awesome monster mash.
Ever since the first hunter invited his neighboring cave dwellers over for some roasted mastodon, there have been dinner parties. Back then, after the meal was complete, everyone would gather around a cave wall to read some paintings. Good times. Jump ahead to the 50s and 60s and the art of the dinner party had been perfected. Because of the Great Depression and WWII, entertaining was not a priority. However, once things settled down, and folks got back to their routines, the concept of dinner parties gained in popularity. While it might be tradition for a single host to plan and execute the dinner party from soup to nuts, the potluck and progressive dinner parties also caught on during this time. Bottom line: we like to share our food with family and friends. Here’s how they did it back in the day:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.