• This entry was posted in Toys on November 20, 2018

  • Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the kick-off of the holiday shopping season where dedicated shoppers go out in search of the best deals and the biggest savings. Most all stores offer some kind of special sale for this unofficial holiday, major retailers open extra early and have their lowest prices and biggest promotional sales of the year. Being prepared with your shopping list and an idea of the stores you want to visit is the key to a successful day of shopping. If you plan on braving the crowds to get a head start on your Holiday wish lists here are a few tips for finding the best deals this Black Friday:

    - Plan your shopping trip ahead of time. Do some comparison-shopping the day before to decide what items you want to be on the lookout for and where to go to get the best value.

    - Print or cut out ads. Check the shelf price against the advertised price at the register to ensure you’re getting the deal you want.

    - Know the “early-bird” specials (sometimes called door-busters). These are the deals that have customers waiting in lines before the store even opens. Get there early to take advantage of these incredibly low prices.

    - Be familiar with store polices. Check the retailer’s website or ask a cashier for information on refunds, returns, cancellations and layaways.

    - If possible shop using a single credit card; this makes it safer and easier. Also be sure to get gift-receipts for all your purchases and keep them in a safe place in case you need to refer to them later.  

    - Divide and conquer. Getting together with friends and family saves time and ensure you get to all the deals by splitting up your shopping list between a few people.

    - Shopping can be exhausting often starting in the early hours of the morning and lasting a few hours. Bring a light snack and a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.

    - If you are doing your Black Friday shopping online make sure you have a secure internet connection and purchase only from sellers you know are trustworthy.

    With planning and a bit of luck you can knock-out a good portion of your holiday shopping list while saving money this Black Friday. Have fun and be safe this holiday shopping season! 

  • This entry was posted in Table tennis on November 13, 2018

  • With cold weather comes a chance for families to spend more time together. There are fewer scheduled extracurricular activities to pull you in different directions. Once you're at home together, though, what can you do that's fun and engaging? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate or more vigorous play every day. That's not just for the summertime; it's for every day. We've come up with 5 cold-weather family activities to make your family time count. You can also slip in some exercise and some fun. While staying indoors can sometimes be more comfortable, the occasional outdoor jaunt is also a great way to spend a few hours together on a crisp fall day.



    If you're looking for something different that's always available and ready to play, try foosball. This table-top version of soccer has been around since the late 1800s, but didn't gain popularity in the U.S. until shortly after World War II. Two to four players work the man rods on either side of the table to move the ball towards their opponents' goal.


    Family Bike Ride

    As long as you're dressed for the weather and the paths are clear of rain and snow, a bike ride is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the autumn scenery. Check the air in the tires on the bikes, and cruise to the park or check out bike trails in your community. Afterwards, you can go home and warm up with some hot apple cider or hot chocolate.


    Outdoor Play

    A study conducted through the Seattle Children's Research Institute learned that more than half of all preschool-age kids don't go outside and play under parent supervision. You can change that statistic. Take advantage of the sunshine, and go for a walk with your children. Let them use their ride-on toys and tricycles, or help them pull a wagon and collect some outdoor treasures. If you time it right, you can all work up an appetite, then stroll home just in time for a hot lunch.  


    Table Tennis

    Getting the family together for a little competition is a great way to spend a cold-weather day. Table tennis can be played by up to four people, and you can always appoint a fifth family member as the scorekeeper. It's a good way to get exercise, whether it's with an indoor or outdoor table tennis table.


    Something for Teens

    It's sometimes hard to get teens out from in front of the TV or computer. Teach them the fun of fitness with a workout together on exercise equipment. Treadmills and stationary bikes are good starters for teens, especially those involved in sports. It's an activity that you can do together no matter what the weather is like outside.


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