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10 Cool Birthday Party Favors For Kids

10 Cool Birthday Party Favors For Kids

Planning kids’ birthday parties isn’t as simple as it used to be. At one time, all you had to do was invite a few kids over, plan a few games, serve some food, and then send the kids home with their loot bags, which were just a few cheap trinkets and treats. These days, you need to go above and beyond former expectations, and make sure that parties are fun and exciting. You also need to up the ante when it comes to what you give out for party favors. But, you shouldn’t have to break the bank to do it. Here are 10 cool party favors to give out at your kid’s next birthday party, and they won’t cost a fortune. In fact, you can get many of these at your local dollar store.

1. Temporary Tattoos

Tattoos are more popular than ever, but of course, in most places you can’t get one until you are 18 years old. But, anyone can wear temporary tattoos. Kids love them, and they are awesome party favors.

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2. Playing Cards

There are all kinds of kids’ playing cards out there. You can get decks for them to play regular card games, or specialty decks with their favorite characters and special games that can only be played with those cards.

3. Books

Parents will be thrilled when their kids come home with new books instead of little toys that will get broken or lost, or candy that is unhealthy. You can get cheap books online, in department stores, and even in the dollar section at stores like Target.

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4. Bubbles

What kid doesn’t love bubbles? Even older kids (and a lot of adults) love playing with bubbles. You can get bottles of bubble lotion with wants at your local dollar store, making this an inexpensive and fun party favor.

5. Buttons

Kids love superheroes and other popular characters. They also love it when they have things that are personalized. Why not have special buttons made up to give out as party favors? You can use superheroes and other characters, and add the kids’ names to make party favors that kids will love. Custom Button Co can help you with button design.

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6. Home-Made Crayons

Party favors for little kids often include crayons. Do something different, and melt down old, broken crayons to make fun new colors and shapes. Use silicone molds to make fun crayon party favors that the kids will love to use.

7. Sidewalk Chalk

Whether they are budding artists or they love to play hopscotch, kids can always use sidewalk chalk. Again, you can find this at your local dollar store, so it is an inexpensive and fun party favor. You may even want to include sidewalk chalk art as one of the party activities, and offer prizes for the best artwork.

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8. CD’s

If your kids are having a dance party, you can make up CD’s that include all of the music played at the party. The kids will be able to listen to their favorite tunes from the party whenever they want.

9. Craft Kits

This is a two-in-one item that is great for kids’ birthday parties. You have a couple of options. The kids can do the crafts as party activities and take their creations home with them. Or, the kits can be their party favors to take home and work on later.

10. Goldfish Soap

Parents will love that you gave their kids something that will encourage them to take baths. To make this soap, simply melt clear glycerin soap base, add some light blue food-grade colorant, and fill a baggie 1/3 of the way. When it has set enough to be semi-solid, stick a couple of plastic goldfish on top, and fill the rest of the way with the melted glycerin, leaving enough space to tie a knot at the top of the bag.

Featured photo credit: Cristian Iohan Ştefănescu via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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