5 Tips for Hosting a Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Party

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Thanksgiving is a great time for family members to be together but hosting a dinner party can be stressful and costly too.

With these simple tips, I can guarantee you a memorable, stress-free and budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner party.

  1. Set a budget.

Decide on how much you want to spend for this Thanksgiving dinner party and stick to it.

  1. Plan the menu

It is very important to plan ahead because doing last minute shopping can be quite costly.  Plan for simple dishes that don’t require expensive ingredients.

Also, planning ahead gives you to time to look for coupons that you can use to purchase your ingredients and party needs.

  1. Share the duties.

Hosting the dinner party doesn’t mean that you have to do everything.  Ask your children and grandchildren to contribute as well.  You can assign specific responsibilities like bringing a specific dish or doing the decorations.

  1. Don’t spend much on decorations.

Another way to create a more festive party is through Thanksgiving decorations.  You don’t need to spend much money, time and effort for this.  You can use materials that you can collect outdoors like leaves, dried flowers and pine cones.

Also, reuse decorations from last year so that you don’t need to buy new ones.

  1. Make things ahead.

Making ahead some parts of the menu will really help avoid the last-minute rush which is very stressful.

Also, set the table the night before so that you don’t have to worry about it on the day of the party.

Always remember that Thanksgiving is not just about the fancy food.  It is actually about spending time with your loved ones and being grateful for all the blessings that you have received.  Don’t get wrapped up in the kitchen during the party or stress yourself over unnecessary details.  Enjoy the company of your children, grandchildren and other family members.  Take time to talk and bond with them.  At the end of the day, what will be remembered are the conversations and not the meals and decorations.

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Some Things You Need to Know when Planning a Trip to Dubai

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I had the opportunity to live in Dubai for 3 years, so I can definitely say that it is one of the countries that you should visit at least once in your lifetime.

For those who are not familiar with Dubai, it is located on the southeast part of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.  It is the home of the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa (pictured to the left) and the world’s largest flower garden, Dubai Miracle Garden.

Dubai is a modern city that welcomes a lot of tourists and expats.  However, let’s not forget that it is a Muslim city which means that there are a lot of things to consider when visiting. Continue reading

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Clutter-Free Gift Ideas


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It’s almost that time of the year again where families gather together and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  It’s never too early to put up your Christmas tree, listen to Christmas music, decorate your homes and of course to start thinking about what gifts to give your family and friends.

Gift-giving is a major part of celebrating the holidays.  Admit it, it’s one of the things that you look forward to – receiving gift s and shopping for gifts are both give ultimate satisfaction and happiness.  But when you think about it, once Christmas is over, you’re left with all the boxes, Continue reading

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Mental Fitness


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Having a healthy state of mind is as important as being physically fit.  Oftentimes, we focus much on physical fitness that we tend to ignore the mental aspect of fitness.  Although physical activities help strengthen your mind, it is also advised to do certain things that can boost mental strength.   Not only that, brain fitness can help stave off dementia.

Here are a few ways to improve mental fitness: Continue reading

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Travel Tips for Baby Boomers


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Taking a vacation is surely one of the many ways to de-stress and relax.  But there’s a lot to consider in ensuring a smooth and safe travel.  In this article, I will talk about some travel tips that I believe are very helpful for senior travelers. Continue reading

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