Monday, November 24, 2014

10 Ways To Find Party Supply Bargains

Brenda and I are the masters of event planning, or so we like to think. But if you're not careful great party planning can way heavily on the purse strings. Your best bet is to stock party supplies for all your future events once the bargain season rolls in. And guess what? It just did. So lets talk about how to find those bargains shall we?

Here is a list of top tips to find great bargains right in your neighborhood shopping district.

  1. Make a list of all the supplies you will need for your next party, gathering and reunion event.
    List things like dinnerware, board games, stationery, balloons, tableware, party favors, gifts...
  2. Take time now to apply for store discount cards and collect coupon codes. Save codes and bar coded coupons on your mobile device. You'll save up to 50% on your shopping bill.
  3. Grab the Sunday newspaper and peruse the store ad section. Compare prices and circle lowest prices. Cut out coupons and organize them by store.
  4. Ask store clerks to direct you to the clearance bins. 
  5. Shop for party supplies a day or two after a holiday, particularly Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and St. Patrick's Day
  6. Shop all dollar stores before shopping at large discount Marts.
  7. Join shopping clubs and buy supplies in bulk. Share and trade the booty with family. friends and neighbors.
  8. Remember that long trips to remote shopping districts may help you save a few extra dollars on the shopping bill itself, but will the gas, mileage and wear and tear on your vehicle make it worth venturing out?. That said, consider shopping for supplies online at stores that offer coupon code discounts, frequent shopper credits and free shipping.
  9. Shop for pre-season sales on off-season products such as those found at
  10. Take advantage of pre-season deals such as Pre-Black Friday Sales featured at
Happy bargain hunting.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

12 Ways To Honor Your Mother and Father

There is a saying I am particularly fond of. "When I was weak, family saved me."  We were weak when we were born. We could do nothing for ourselves. But we are reading this blog because we survived not by our own will but that of a caring family member who loved us.  The fact is family often comes through when no one else will.  They deserve our deepest respect. How can we show this regard in such a way that it is undeniable?

Showing Deep Respect

Visit and write them more often. Express appreciation for specific things they have done. Take the time to take them out and show them off to friends and acquaintances. Speak respectfully and kindly of them. As they get older they may need financial support. Always leave them a little extra. Help them to grow old gracefully. Overlook minor issues while making them feel more secure. Give them reassurance of your love long before they ask for it.

There is another saying. "Honor your father and mother." Yes respect is felt, but honor is shown publicly. How?  Being quick, not slow, to reveal the deep respect we have for them within. Always say thank you and openly speak humble expressions of love before all onlookers. Another way is to shower your elders with a cascade of tokens of appreciation throughout the year. That said, after they have paid the price and bore the brunt of our burdens... after they carried the load that we could not carry, it only makes sense to give back in an even bigger way. How can we do that?

Showing Honor Before Others

One of the best ways of showing honor is planning an event for that very reason and inviting friends and family to attend.  When doing so choreograph a series of expressions of honor sure to become memorable moments they won't soon forget. Here are a few ideas that are bound to inspire you and touch the heart of your loved one.

1. Hold an honorary dinner ceremony highlighting specific acts of kindness and love.
2. Sing 2 or more songs dedicated to the life of the honoree.
3. To mothers give a large flower bouquet fit for Queen.
4. To fathers place upon his neck  a bronze medal.
5. Have family members recite a poem about the past present and future.
6. Read passages from a family memory book.
7. Tell tasteful stories laced with good humor and gratitude.
8. Raise a long horizontal banner the carries a phrase often spoken by the honoree.
9. Relate how the words and actions of the honoree inspired family members.
10. Have a lineup of young people each saying thank you as they walk by placing the written words .they speak in a keepsake treasure chest.
11. Play a video of special moments in time growing up under the care of those being honored.
12. Take pictures and video and make a keepsake they will enjoy the rest of their days.

There are so many other ways to honor your loved ones each and every day. But this is how you show honor in the most memorable sort of way.

More Tips and Ideas

For more ideas tips and guides to plan and arrange your next family event consult Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app. Or get the book Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake sold at most online bookstores such as Google Books, Google Shopping and What? Don't have the latest copy of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner yet? Follow the links on this blog to access the family reunion planner app complete with eBook detailing how to plan an honorary dinner program and Ball for the Living Legends in your family.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

1000 Delicious Breakfast Lunch And Dinner Recipes

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Food glorious food. What's so great about food this time of year?  It's baking season! And that means it's time to get your cook on. So what's on your list of new recipes to try this season.

Back in the day your great grandparents probably cooked and baked throughout the day every day of the week. Now, depending on your family routine cooking and baking may only occur a few times a week if that. 

Eating It Together

Many families tend to eat separately, grabbing a snack or piece of fruit on the go. That said, consider rethinking what, how and when your family eats. 

My family discovered that helping prepare a meal, set the table and eating together at the family dinner table allows them to relax, talk about their day, get much needed direction and inspiration, build trust, extend mutual support, develop loyalty and self esteem. This is the stuff real family life is made of.

While many families cook at least once a day, before you turn that oven on think about conserving energy by consolidating your baking at certain hours of the day a few days of the week. 

1000 Delicious Breakfast Lunch Dinner and Dessert Recipes

Now let's get to the good stuff. Recipes! Here are some great recipes and tips for busy families.

1. Cook your meal in a crock pot

2. Buy premixed salad fixings

3. Go low on carbs and refined sugars but high on flavor

4. Get your fruits and veggies from a farmers market

5. By whole wheat pastas and bread

6. Use rust resistant cookware

7. Use sea salt and lemon juice and apple cider vinegar

8. Throw you dinner in the crock pot in the morning and set to low

By early evening you will have the most flavorful tender meat you've ever eaten. 

Checkout these delicious recipes your family will gladly come home for.
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