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Alojamientos web: qué son y cuántas clases existen

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Alojamientos web: qué son y cuántas clases existen

Si alguna vez te has planteado montar una web 'en serio' (para algún proyecto profesional, por ejemplo) te habrás planteado qué necesitas contar para ponerte a ello. En primer lugar, sin duda, te habrán hablado de los dominios, la dirección de Internet que usamos para acceder a una u otra página web, o para enviar un e-mail a uno u otro usuario (genbeta.com, gmail.com, uned.es, un.org, etc).

Pero estos dominios sólo son una puerta de acceso a una determinada serie de contenidos. Estos contenidos (código HTML / PHP, imágenes, animaciones...) deben estar localizados en un espacio físico, lo que llamamos 'hosting' o 'alojamiento web'. Los archivos que componen nuestra web se alojan en las unidades de disco de servidores, propiedad de nuestros proveedores de hosting, alojados por lo general en grandes centros de datos.

¿Qué alojamiento elijo entonces?

Nuestros proveedores no sólo nos ofrecerán espacio para los archivos de la web, sino también otros servicios complementarios como el envío de emails, acceso FTP para facilitar la actualización del sitio, bases de datos que nos permitan instalar gestores de contenidos (como Wordpress), paneles de configuración, etc. En casi todos los casos, también nos facilitarán la reserva de dominios, pero si lo deseamos podemos usar los de otro proveedor.

Sabiendo eso, llega el momento de elegir el tipo de alojamiento que queremos para nuestro proyecto web. Es posible que la primera opción en la que pensemos sea un servicio de hosting gratuito, del tipo de Blogspot, Wix o Weebly... pero, aunque interesantes para dar nuestros primeros pasos en la gestión de sitios web, esta clase de alojamientos suele carecer de las funcionalidades y la flexibilidad necesarias para ofrecer una presencia web profesional.

Repasemos, por tanto, cuáles son las principales categorías en que se dividen los alojamientos web.

1) Alojamiento web compartido

El más económico, y por ello aquel por el que optan la mayoría de los usuarios. Esto se debe a que compartimos gastos compartiendo recursos: nuestros sitios web se alojan en el mismo servidor que los de otros clientes del proveedor de alojamiento (y comparten también, por tanto, dirección IP).

Es la opción más recomendable para aquellas webs sin requisitos de funcionamiento destacables y que no acostumbren a tener un número de visitas mensuales muy elevado.

El problema es que, al compartir servidor, las acciones de nuestros 'vecinos' repercutirán sobre nosotros: si la web de otro cliente es utilizada para el envío de spam, su IP (que también es la nuestra, recordemos) entrará a engrosar listas negras de Internet, dando como resultado que los internautas tengan problema para acceder a nuestra web, o que los e-mails que enviemos no lleguen a su destino.

2) VPS (Servidor Privado Virtual)

Si el alojamiento compartido viene a ser el equivalente a compartir piso, con el VPS (siglas en inglés de 'servidor privado virtual') pasamos a vivir en un bloque de pisos, en el que la existencia de recursos comunes no es óbice para vivir con completa autonomía.

El proveedor recurre a técnicas de virtualización para dividir un servidor físico en varios servidores virtuales, que compartimentalizan los recursos del primero y a los que sólo nosotros tendremos acceso. Si tu proyecto web requiere de más recursos y de una mayor personalización de la que puede proporcionarte el alojamiento compartido, el VPS es la opción que deberías elegir.

Eso sí: ten en cuenta que su coste aumentará ligeramente (en la mayoría de los casos un VPS básico sigue siendo una opción económica)... pero que la complejidad para configurar y mantener el servidor subirá varios peldaños a no ser que paguemos extra por delegar dicha tarea.

Datacenter Los datacenters como el de la foto pueden alojar cada cientos de servidores (las máquinas que alojan los sitios web). // Imagen: Pixabay.

3) Servidor dedicado

En este caso, el bloque de pisos se ha compartido en un chalet para nosotros solos. Se trata de eso: de un servidor físico que no tenemos que compartir con ningún otro cliente, lo que le aísla de cualquier fallo de seguridad que pueda provocar un tercero, y le proporciona acceso total a las configuraciones del equipo y al software instalado en él.

¿Problema? El precio, por supuesto. De modo que si tu web no tiene altos requisitos de rendimiento no deberías ni plantearte esta opción.

4) Cloud hosting

El alojamiento en la nube es una opción cada vez más habitual, aunque muchos proveedores aún no lo prestan. Siguiendo con los paralelismos habitacionales, viene a ser como carecer de casa propia pero poder contar con un piso turístico en cada ciudad que visitemos... incluso si cada miembro de la familia decide viajar por separado. Más o menos.

La idea es que en realidad nuestra web no estará en un único servidor, sino distribuida entre varios servidores interconectados. Esto permite adaptar los recursos a las necesidades de cada momento, por lo que es bueno absorbiendo picos repentinos de tráfico.

Esta opción permite ajustar más el precio, pues se paga sólo por los servicios que usemos y no por paquetes preestablecidos, pero aún así su precio es bastante elevado, y no son fáciles de gestionar.

Una última cosa a tener en cuenta...

Además de la tecnología que hay detrás de cada uno de estos alojamientos, a la hora de elegir una u otra oferta deberemos tener en cuenta qué nos ofrecen.

No porque un VPS sea una opción más avanzada que un alojamiento compartido significa necesariamente que cualquier oferta de VPS vaya a ofrecer más espacio en disco, más bases de datos o mayor volumen de transferencia de datos que una oferta de alojamiento compartido.

Deberemos tener en cuenta todas esas características (y varias más) a la hora de valorar cuál es la mejor opción para nuestra web.

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España exporta a Marruecos embarcaciones militares haciéndolas pasar por barcos civiles

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La naviera española Rodman ha estado vendiendo durante años buques militares haciéndolos pasar como embarcaciones civiles y evitando así los controles de exportación de armamento. Buena parte de estos barcos fueron enviados a la marina marroquí entre 2007 y 2010 y se utilizan para ocupar los caladeros del Sáhara Occidental. Este periódico también ha localizado en la misma zona vehículos blindados españoles utilizados para evitar protestas del pueblo saharaui.

Los navíos, del modelo Rodman 101, fueron presumiblemente exportados como "buques de navegación marina" o "salvavidas" a pesar de que tienen una montura para ametralladoras de 12,7mm o superiores. Según la legislación española y europea, la existencia de esta montura incluye ese tipo de naves en la lista de material militar y la somete a su debido control de las exportaciones. Rodman, la empresa fabricante de estos barcos, no ha respondido a las preguntas de este periódico.

Las ventas de estos barcos a Marruecos durante ese periodo no aparecen en los registros de exportaciones militares de la Secretaría de Estado de Comercio. En los datos de la Agencia Tributaria de esos años, en cambio, sí figuran exportaciones regulares a Marruecos de "buques de navegación marina o salvavidas" desde la provincia de Pontevedra, donde Rodman Polyships –la división de fibra de este constructor naval gallego– produce estos barcos.

Imágenes de satélite de septiembre de 2009 y mayo de 2010 muestran a estos navíos en la planta de producción de Rodman en Moaña (Pontevedra). Los mismos modelos han sido geolocalizados posteriormente en los puertos de El Aaiún y Dajla, en el Sáhara Occidental. Las imágenes más recientes son de agosto y mayo de 2019.

La posición común del Consejo de la UE, legalmente vinculante, establece que no se debe exportar armamento a países que lo usen para "imponer por la fuerza una reivindicación territorial" o para "fines de represión interna", como es el caso de Marruecos con la población saharaui. La ocupación marroquí en ese territorio viola el dictamen de la Corte Internacional de Justicia de La Haya así como varias resoluciones de la ONU, que lo considera un territorio ocupado.

Por qué son buques militares y no civiles

Los planos oficiales de estas embarcaciones, obtenidos de la propia web de Rodman, lo muestran equipado con una montura de ametralladora en la proa del barco.

Un análisis de imágenes de estos barcos en servicio operados por la marina marroquí también muestra en todos ellos la misma montura, aparentemente con un arma encima. Así se ve en las imágenes de los barcos con código de referencia GC131, GC132, G135 y G138 de la marina marroquí.

Al no poder identificar el arma con precisión en esas fotografías, este diario ha buscado otros modelos del navío Rodman 101 operando en otros países para verificar que la mencionada montura puede portar una ametralladora de 12,7mm o superior.

En esta imagen de un Rodman 101 de la guardia costera de Filipinas se ve claramente como en la misma estructura hay montada una ametralladora M2 Browning de 12,7 mm. Otras imágenes subidas en la cuenta de Twitter del mismo cuerpo confirman que la montura es idéntica a la del resto de barcos de este tipo y a la que muestran los planos del navío.

Esto demuestra que los barcos se han estado exportando como buques no militares a pesar de que la ley española y la europea establecen claramente que deberían considerarse material militar y estar sujetos al control de exportaciones de estos materiales.

Un estudio de anteriores contratos con otros países también indica un posible 'modus operandi' a la hora de exportar estos buques militares como si no lo fueran. Rodman Polyships ha estado vendiendo este tipo de barco a numerosos gobiernos de todo el mundo. Nicaragua adquirió cuatro de ellos en 2008 y tres navíos más fueron entregados a la guardia costera de Omán en 2013. También Camerún, Surinam y Filipinas adquirieron estas embarcaciones en 2000 y 2004.

Estas transacciones, sin embargo, tampoco aparecen en el listado de material militar exportado durante esos años de la Secretaría de Estado de Comercio. Las imágenes analizadas de estos barcos en los países mencionados también los muestran portando ametralladoras pesadas, algunas incluso superiores a las de 12,7 mm como es el caso de Nicaragua, según afirman medios especializados.

Blindados españoles en el Sáhara

El Gobierno de Marruecos no solo utiliza navíos de fabricación española para imponer su ocupación en el Sáhara Occidental. La misma investigación ha podido documentar la utilización en El Aaiún, la capital de la región, de vehículos blindados españoles, concretamente el URO VAMTAC, fabricado por la empresa compostelana Urovesa.

El Gobierno español y el marroquí llegaron a un acuerdo en noviembre de 2006 para la venta de 1.200 blindados, a pesar de que la ocupación de Marruecos en ese territorio ya había sido denunciada por la ONU y numerosas ONG, que denuncian las múltiples violaciones del derecho al trabajo, la educación y la salud de los saharauis bajo la ocupación marroquí.

En el momento del acuerdo para vender los blindados la posición común europea sobre exportaciones de armamento (2008) no había entrado en vigor, pero al menos 286 de estos vehículos fueron entregados en 2009, cuando sí lo estaba, según los datos de exportaciones de la Secretaría de Estado de Comercio.

A pesar de que la presencia de estos vehículos ya había sido denunciada por algunas ONG y medios locales, esta investigación ha podido geolocalizar estos vehículos siendo usados en al menos tres lugares de El Aaiún en el Sáhara Occidental.

Tras el desmantelamiento del campamento de refugiados saharauis de Gdeim Izik en noviembre de 2010, los saharauis empezaron una campaña de protestas que fue duramente reprimida. El epicentro de estas movilizaciones fue la avenida Smara de El Aaiún, la capital de la región. En este vídeo, geolocalizado en estas coordenadas, se observan las protestas.

Tras las protestas, la policía y las fuerzas armadas tomaron la ciudad para reprimir las movilizaciones. A partir de esas fechas hemos podido geolocalizar en imágenes y videos varios blindados URO VAMTAC en El Aaiún, la mayoría desplegados en la misma avenida Smara donde se llevaron a cabo las protestas.


          

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‘LONG LOST FAMILY’ SNEAK PEEK: Black Woman Desperately Searches For Biological Family After Being Adopted Into White Family

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A black woman named Amanda is searching for her biological family after she was adopted into a white family. Catch our exclusive sneak peek of the next episode of "Long Lost Family" inside....

Imagine growing up in a family where no one looks like you. Not only do they not look like you, the family you grew up with doesn't share any biological traits that makes one wonder, "Where did I come from?" and "Who are my parents?"

That’s was the case for a black woman named Amanda, who appears on an upcoming episode of TLC’s “Long Lost Family.”

"Long Lost Family" follows the stories of people who have, for one reason or another, experienced long term separation from members of their family and are seeking to be reunited with them. After a lifetime of separation, birth parents will reconnect with their biological families and children will meet the parents who put them up for adoption years ago. And we're huge fans of the show. So is Kim Kardashian West

 

 

Growing up in rural Nebraska, 31-year-old Amanda always felt like an outsider in her town.

As an African-American adopted in to a white family, Amanda felt inadequate because she had no idea about her biological origins. However, a page in her baby book caused her to go on the hunt to uncover details about her biological parents.

Desperate to know more about her birth family, Amanda has asked for host Chris Jacobs' help in uncovering her past. Will she find the answers she's looking for? Check out our exclusive sneak peek to Friday's emotional episode below: 

 

See if Amanda gets the answers she's looking for when "Long Lost Family" airs a new episode this Friday at 10/9c on TLC.

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Toy Junkie Gal - Rest In Piece Mike Mc5 - you will be missed my brother

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For a few weeks now I have been very torn to write this post or not - but in the end I felt like I would not be doing Mike any justice by not doing it. Seems fitting in a way I have come to terms with posting it today - a day we're Thankful for Friends & Family. I know Mike was Thankful for Megos & the Museum - and I was Thankful to have a Friend like him along with the rest of you (My Mego Brother & Sisters) On October 28, 2019 (1 month ago today) We lost a Mego Brother - Michael McClafferty. Some of you may know him as Mike McLaugherty Others May Know him as Mike Mc5. While some may decide to discuss how he died - I prefer to think of how he lived. And I respectfully ask that you do not comment any negative thoughts on his death here - I thank you all in advance for that. I first meet Mike about 9 years ago as we were both members of the Mego Museum. I never had the chance to meet him in person but we did speak on the phone a lot, also via FB & Text messaging. Mike was more into Original Mego Figures and he was always on the hunt to complete his Alter Ego set. He was a fan of custom mego figures though he did not really collect them. For his Toy Junkie Toy Shows in Vancouver - He came up with a character named as "Toy Junkie Gal". Mike's wife would dress up as her/ a life size Mego. So Mike had asked me a few months back to make a figure of her. Which is the reason for his post :) So Mike always said the Mego version of his wife would be the Mary Walton figure - (he went as far to send me a few of them to use.) From the pictures he sent me - I thought the Claire Head from lost looked more like the pictures - So I told him I would make her that way as well. Than the last kicker was Mike had a professional artist draw her to look like the old school Mego art - and put her on a Motorcycle. So I also painted up a bike to look like the picture for him. Like most of us Mego Collectors - Mike could not pick if he wanted the figures to be in a box - or on card - so we went with both :). Toyroom did an Amazing job - using Mikes real pictures and his drawn art work and incorporating them onto the cards and boxes - Thank You Anthony! Brian Leitner Made the capes for this project - and they are awesome - especially the 2 tone versions. (white one side black the other) Thanks BL! Batbob made the stickers for me and really all I did was bash them together. You may wonder why there are are pictures of an Original MOC Captain America in this post. Well he is part of this story - you see Mike had sold this figure a few weeks before he had passed - during shipping the knee pin popped out - so Mike refunded the buyer - and asked the buyer to send the figure to me as a gift. I was not charging Mike to make the figures - I told him just pay for the parts once I made them all the versions of the figure. He would always argue with me about that (In a funny way) because I would not take any money from him since he was my friend and he kept trying to get me to take it. My guess is he sent me the Cap for the customs and knowing that he would finally win the argument about me taking a payment - since I would no longer be able to argue with him :( The Bubble for Cap had a very tiny opening/lifting from the card -I was able to position the leg to make it display as if it was not broke. Its a great piece that I will cherish and think back to our talks. Mike was a Great Guy, Great Friend and Great Member of the Mego Museum. Even though I would send him the updated work in progress pictures - I'm sad he never got to see the final versions. Mike had his wife & 4 children that he would always speak so fondly of - I plan on sending these out to Lonnie. Mike was Lonnie's best friend - Lonnie I'm very sorry for your loss. Lonnie & Mike's Brother will figure out what is best to do with the figures. Maybe hold them until his kids get older or maybe auction them off and donate the money to his kids. They did set up a link for donations if anyone wants to contribute - you can see all the details in his obituary at https://obits.columbian.com/amp/obit...-Ahv5BCzIvoF3Q. Rest in piece Mike - You will be missed. I'm Thankful to have known you. 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Custom of the Week - 11/27/2019 - The Woggles!!!

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The no-brainer of all no-brainers, this week's spotlight falls on Austin's amazing tribute to the Woggles. The sculpts, the paints, the clothes, the playsets, the photoshoots - this project has it all. Don't take my word for it, see the original thread here: http://megomuseum.com/community/show...WOGGLES!-***** Image: https://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/anjhuf/DSC_0872_zpsym8xlz94.jpg~original
          

‘Star Wars’ Actor Billy Dee Williams On Being Gender Fluid – ‘I See Myself As Feminine As Well As Masculine’

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Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams is opening up about his sexuality. More inside...

Actor Billy Dee Williams – who’s best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars franchise – sat down with Esquire to talk about his legacy and he dropped deets about his sexuality, revealing he's gender fluid.

“I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously,” the 82-year-old actor told the publication.

Billy Dee Williams reprised his role as Lando in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which hit theaters December 20, 2019.

“And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself,” he continued.

You can read his full interview here.

"Atlanta" creator/star Donald Glover plays a young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Writer Jonathan Kasdan confirmed the character is pansexual.

The Huffington Post reported:

So, given the opportunity to speak with father-and-son “Solo” co-writers Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan, I asked them about Lando’s possible sexual fluidity. Is he pansexual?

“I would say yes,” Jonathan Kasdan emphatically said.

“There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality,” Kasdan continued. “I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity ― sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of.”

“He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun,” Kasdan said. “I don’t know where it will go.”

There you have it. Folks living their life with no worries. Love it.

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REPORT: 11 People Injured, 2 In Critical Condition After Shots Ring Out In New Orleans

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There are reports that 11 people have been shot – 2 in critical condition – early Sunday in New Orleans’ famed French Quarter. Details inside…

Shots rang out early Sunday morning in New Orleans’ French Quarter and it resulted in 11 people being shot, leaving 2 of them in critical condition.

The New Orleans Police Department initially said there were 10 victims. However, they added an additional person after that person walked into a local hospital seeking treatment.

 

 

 

 

The shooting happened right off of Bourbon Street near a busy commercial block of Canal Street. There was a high police presence in the area due to the annual Bayou Classic football game between Grambling State University and Southern University that’s played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game always brings out a crowd, so police were in the mix.

 

 

While police reported they detained someone near the scene, they still haven't made any arrests yet. Police Supt. Shaun Ferguson said police didn't waste any time to respond to the shots since they were already in the area.

New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a statement via Twitter addressing the shooting: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folks are expressing their frustration about the shooting being associated with the Bayou Classic on Twitter - from both sides: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The investigation is still ongoing.

 

Do you think they should cancel the Bayou Classic due to the violence or nah?

 

 

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Serial Scammer Who Swindled $80K From Women He Met On Dating Apps Sentenced To Prison

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A man who scammed thousands of dollars out of women using dating apps has been sentenced to prison. Find out how much time the serial scammer received inside…

A serial scammer who swindled thousands of dollars out of women via dating apps has learned his fate.

34-year-old John Hill reportedly pleaded guilty to one count of theft by taking and one count of perjury, and has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 13-months probation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

You’ll recall, Hill was arrested in May after being accused of scamming an Alpharetta woman he met on Match.com out of more than $80,000.

Hill was able to swindle the money out of the Alpharetta woman after convincing her he was a millionaire and within a week of meeting on the dating site, they agreed to get married. The money he asked her for was intended to go toward the purchase of their first home and for furniture. Once she sent him the funds, POOF! He disappeared.

“The woman said she is in a relationship with the suspect. However, she didn’t know what his profession was,” Gwinnett Cpl. Michele Pihera told WSB. “Also, she said he was only home on weekends. During the week, she didn’t know where he went.”

The woman had no idea Hill was already living in an apartment in Duluth with another woman and a child. Investigators revealed Hill had changed his name more than five times in the past three years and allegedly committed similar crimes in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. At the time, it’s unclear if he still faces charges in those states.

Hill has also been ordered to pay the Alpharetta woman $83,500 in restitution and sign over a white BMW that he allegedly purchased with the money he took from her. The judge also prohibited him from ever creating an online dating profile again.

Serves him right. Got to be careful out here ladies.

Do you think his prison sentence was harsh enough?

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LOVE & SUPPORT! Dwyane Wade Pops Back At Trolls Who Criticized Him For Letting His Son Wear A Crop Top & Nails

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Dwyane Wade is responding to the backlash he has received for letting his 12-year-old son Zion Wade wear a crop top and fake nails. Find out what he said inside…

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are all about love & support!

On Thanksgiving, Gabrielle Union shared a family photo that featured herself along with her husband Dwyane Wade, their 1-year-old daughter Kaavia James Union Wade and D. Wade’s 12-year-old son Zion Wade all smiles on the staircase of their L.A. mansion.

In the flick, Zion is wearing a gray cropped top, black pants and boots, and a fresh set of pointy nails.

 

 

”Grateful. Happy Thanksgiving good people. To all the friends and family that have my back and all the friends and family I've never met who show love and support when everyone is looking and when no one is looking...All praise, gratitude and thankfulness,” Gabby captioned.

Instagram users hopped in her comments with nasty remarks about the retired NBA player and the “Being Mary Jane” actress letting Zion wear a crop top and nails. D. Wade then hopped on Twitter to defend his family.

"I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo," he tweeted. "Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—so i get it. But here’s the thing—I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile"

The former Miami Heat baller also responded to a fan who gave him props for supporting his son. D. Wade wrote, "As a parent my only goal is that my kids feel that I see them, love them and support them."

The retired NBA player opened up about his son's lifestyle to Variety:

“I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell. I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job. And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do.”

He also dropped some parenting gems as well.

"I think people expect you to parent each kids the same. They are all different, and I have to get to know them and where they are. I have to say to most parents, get to know your kids. Don’t put your wants and needs on them.”

In October, D. Wade posted a picture of Gabby, Zion and Kaavia and captioned it "My Girls." The trolls came out and Gabby quickly popped back:

 

 

 

Shoutout to D. Wade & Gabby for being supportive parents.

Photo: Gabby's IG


          

Singer Chico DeBarge Arrested For Allegedly Having Meth On Him While He Was Trying To Break Into His Own Car

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We can’t make this stuff up! R&B singer Chico DeBarge was arrested for allegedly having meth in his possession. And the cops caught it after noticing he was seemingly breaking into a car – which turned out to be his own vehicle. Lordt. Deets inside…

The DeBarge Family can “sang” and they’ve also had their fair share of mishaps over the years, which include drug abuse and incarceration.

R&B singer Chico DeBarge was arrested recently for drug possession and it happened in a bizarre way. According to reports, the “Talk To Me” singer was arrested in a Walmart parking lot in Burbank, California.

Cops reportedly saw him trying to use a wire to unlock his SUV, however, they didn’t know he owned the vehicle and assumed he was trying to steal a car. He locked his keys in the car and was trying to get back in. They pull up on him, do a search, and find methamphetamine in his pockets.

As expected, DeBarge – who has admitted to struggling with addiction - was arrested and then they searched his SUV. What do they find? Drug paraphernalia, of course. The DeBarge singer was then reportedly booked at the Burbank City Jail before he was released. It’s reported formal charges are pending review by the City Attorney.

Before he was arrested, he was promoting his New Year's Eve show in Detroit coming in a few weeks:

 

We're rooting for Chico to get his ish together and get some help. 

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NO HOLDS BARRED! Yvette Nicole Brown & Isaiah Washington Engage In A Brutal Twitter War About Racism, Coonery & More!

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Whew lawd! Yvette Nicole Brown and Isaiah Washington engaged in a war of words on Twitter and neither one of them held anything back. It got dirty! Peep their exchange inside...

 

 

Something must have been in the air over the holidays because actress Yvette Nicole Brown and actor Isaiah Washington (a known Republican/Trump supporter) got into it via Twitter and things got uber heated.

Yvette Nicole Brown – who plays a character in the new remake of Disney's Lady and the Tramp – posted the announcement about Isaiah Washington landing his own Fox Nation series. Honestly, it’s no surprise as he has been vocal about leaving the Democratic party for the Republican party and wanting to help Trump “Make America Great Again.”

“Did I call this or what? Not even surprised that this particular dude said yes to dancing w/ the alt-right. Black voter disenfranchisement is on the menu for sure! Remember children, all money ain’t good money & not all skin folks are kin folk," she tweeted with a link to a article about his new gig.

Days after she posted this tweet. All hell broke loose...on THANKSGIVING.

While awaiting their Thanksgiving feasts, Yvette and Isaiah went back and forth on Twitter after Isaiah called her out for calling him a "coon" and saying he was "dancing for dollars."

"No dear @YNB I'm a Midnight Gutter Coon. Listen, I Followed you so we can perhaps have a chat before I drag you. I could easily drag a 48 year female that is currently starring in a @Disneyuniverse @disneyplus film #LadyAndTheTramp I know Disney hates scandals, so just move on," he tweeted.

Ish took a turn for the worse, as they both got low while debating, calling each other "clowns (using the emoji), fools, and more. YNB accused Isaiah of selling his soul to FOX.

They made low blows, clowning each other's resumes:

YNB even called him out for be "unemplpyed":

Their exchange gets pettier and pettier by the minute. Watch it go down below: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whew, chile! All of this on Thanksgiving! A whole mess.  Thoughts?

 

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PARADES & PARTIES! How Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Ashanti, Jeezy, Jeannie Mai & Tons More Celebs Spent Thanksgiving 2019

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Thanksgiving 2019 was all about parades, parties and, of course, FAMILY! Go inside to peep pics and videos of Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Ashanti, Jeezy, Jeannie Mai and tons more for the holidays….

 

The biggest family day of the year just rolled around and several of our faves were busy living it up with family and friends. Before hitting up the dinner table, a few fly chicks made their way to the 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Along with the huge balloons/floats (which almost didn’t make it to the parade due to the weather), there was a line-up of performances that included Ciara, Kelly Rowland and Ashanti.

CiCi rocked a festive red Moncler ensemble which featured a red puffer jacket, drawstring puffer pants, a red turtleneck, and black combat boots.

She performed her new track "Melanin" and turned all the way up with a performance of "Level Up."

Meanwhile, fab chick Kelly Rowland kept warm in a black Tom Ford 'fit, which featured a velvet catsuit and long wool coat.  Gorge.

 

The "Melanin" singer and the "Motivation" singer made sure to catch up and snap a bestie flick together.

Peep their performances below:

The gorgeous Ashanti pulled up to the parade looking like the goddess of winter.

 

 

The R&B singer wore a custom white Cadet Couture jumpsuit styled with a sparkly xSclusivee Designs headpiece, white Wing + Weft gloves, and topped her 'fit with a white Helen Yarmak coat.

 

 
 
 
 
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Peep her performance below:

TLC also was tapped to perform and they rocked the crowd with some of their classic hits, including "No Scrubs" and "Waterfalls."

Check it:

Back home...

Rapper Jeezy and Jeannie Mai spent their first Thanksgiving together as a couple. Just recently "The Real" co-host opened up about what made her fall in love with the Atlanta rapper and if kids were in their future. Catch those deets HERE. 

The Wades were all smiles for Thanksgiving. 

Former NBA baller Dwyane Wade, his wife Gabrielle Union, D. Wade's son Zion (rocking a fresh manicure) and baby Kaavia James snapped a family photo-op on the stairs of their home. If you haven't heard, Gabby will not be returning to "America's Got Talent" as a judge and she recently spoke out amid the "firing" drama. Click HERE for more.

After dropping his family oriented "Closed on Sunday" video, Kanye West spent time with his four children - North, Saint, Chicago Psalm - and his wife Kim Kardashian West.

You can peep Ye's new video HERE.

Rapper Faboulous and his longtime girlfriend Emily B gathered their fam and rocked matching 'fits for the holidays.

They're still rocking solid, posting up several family flicks on their socials to prove they're still together.

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Singer Keyshia Cole and her boyfriend Niko Khale spent their first Thanksgiving with their son Tobias. It’s Keyshia's son Daniel Jr.'s first Thanksgiving as a big brother too! Adorbs.

Daytime talk show host Wendy Williams celebrated her Thanksgiving "f*ck boi free" with her son Kevin Hunter Jr. and family.

 

The holidays really do bring out the best in people because we never thought we'd see this. "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kenya Moore and former "RHOA" co-star/neighbor Sheree Whitfield linked up for Thanksgiving.

 

2020 presidential hopeful/ Senator Kamala Harris greeted runners and handed out cookies in the finish area at the annual Turkey Trot Des Moines Thanksgiving Day 5-mile fun run.

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Rapper Yung Miami showed off her baby girl Summer for the first time. And she's a total doll baby!

 

Be sure to swipe through our Thanksgiving Day gallery below to see what all your faves were up to!

 

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Couple Tyler Perry Helped Pay $14K Hospital Bill To Get Out Of Mexico Is Back Home

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The couple Tyler Perry helped with a $14,000 hospital bill that they had to pay to get out of Mexico is BACK home. More inside…

A couple was held “hostage” in Mexico after a medical scare that raked up a $14K hospital bill. Tyler Perry stepped in, paid the bill and, thankfully, they’re back!

So here’s what happened…

An Atlanta couple – Tori Austin & Stephen Johnson - went to Mexico for BAEcation when 31-year-old Stephen Johnson went into diabetic shock while they were on a Carnival Dream cruise ship. He was reportedly diagnosed with pancreatitis and diabetes and was taken to Progreso, Mexico, where he spent three days in intensive care.

They were then issued a $14,000 medical bill that they couldn’t pay (they didn’t have health or travelers’ insurance). They tried to negotiate with the hospital, but they weren’t having it. They wouldn’t let the couple leave until they coughed up the cash. Their families started a GoFundMe page, but it didn't make enough money to pay their hospital tab.

Tyler Perry got wind of the couple’s situation and decided to pay the couple’s medical bill AND cover their travel expenses to get back to the U.S. It's reported Tyler tried to pay the bill over the phone using his credit card, but they wouldn't accept it. He ended up having to wire the money.

“Today I am thankful for and will always be thankful for Tyler Perry,” Tori wrote on Facebook.

In a statement, the U.S. State Department just told the news site: “We can confirm that U.S. citizen, Stephen Johnson, departed Mexico on November 26. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.”

 

Once they made it back onto U.S. soil, Tori offered an update, letting everyone know they were back in Atlanta:

Stephen made his way to the hospital here in the U.S. to find out exactly what’s going on with his health:

Tori gave an update on her boyfriend's condition and what her reality is now:

SO glad this couple made it back safely!

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EVERYBODY'S GIVING BACK! Megan Thee Stallion, 21 Savage, Big Sean & More Host Tons Of Families For Thanksgiving

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Celebs are lacing families with food so they can enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving. More inside…

Happy Holidays!

It’s that time of year again for turkey, stuffing, greens and all your Thanksgiving food staples to enjoy while spending time with family and friends. Before spending time with their own families, several celebs hosted Thanksgiving dinners for those less fortunate.

Megan Thee Stallion trekked it back to her hometown and made a beeline to the Houston Food Bank to donate turkeys to families in Houston.

”I landed right off my flight and came straight to the @houstonfoodbank and hotties we’ve already donated over 1,000 turkeys to families in Houston and still giving them out tonight and tomorrow!!!,” she captioned a video of herself handing out turkeys. “Thank you @houstonfoodbank and all the volunteers that came out for helping me give back to the city.”

 

 

 

 

The Houston Chronicle reports the FEVER rapper donated $15,400 worth of turkeys that were distributed to 1,050 households for Thanksgiving. The Fifth Ward, Southwest Houston and Kashmere Gardens were the neighborhoods that received the donations. 

An IG user hopped in Megan's comments and tried to discredit her good deed, but she served up the perfect response:

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Oop.

In Georgia...

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Rapper 21 Savage hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for members in the community at a DeKalb County YMCA center. He fed over 300 families on behalf of his Leading By Example Foundation and served folks during the event held at Wade Walker Park Family YMCA in Stone Mountain.

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21 Savage has yet to receive a court date for his immigration case, however, he's still taking time to give back to others. According to reports the 27-year-old rapper is not being allowed to tour outside of the US after being arrested and detained by ICE due his immigration status. It could take years before his immigration case is heard and he could still face deportation at that time.

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By the way, 21 Savage was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album.

In Maryland...

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Wanda Durant - Brooklyn Nets baller Kevin Durant's mother - proved why she's the REAL MVP. The NBA mom gave away 200 free turkeys to residents in Seat Pleasant, Maryland.

"This opportunity brings together the City and partnered organizations to share in the holiday spirit with those in need," Mayor Eugene W. Grant said. "It is heartening to see someone so loving and passionate as Wanda Durant expending her time and effort to help families enjoy the holiday season."

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"It is an honor and a pleasure for the Durant family to support families in our community during this holiday, and we do so with humble hearts and grateful spirits," Wanda said. She said her passion is to inspire under-served children and single mothers in communities much like those Kevin grew up in and others.

Loves it.

In Atlanta...

 

 

Superproducer Jermaine Dupri gave away vegan Thanksgiving meals.

"You know I’ve noticed everyone is feeding the needy families and homeless doing a great job but the overall thought is if your in either one of these positions, you have no choice,that’s where I come in," he wrote on Instagram. "Many traditional Thanksgiving foods are already vegan—like sweet potatoes, cranberries, pumpkins, and string beans.people just need alil education,once again thank you @Peta for making this possible @handsonatl @sweeac @cafesunflower and @the_tofurky_company God bless and Happy Thanksgiving"

Jermaine has been vegan for more than 10 years. He joined forces with PETA to feed 50 Atlanta families vegan eats for the holidays.

In Michigan...

 

 

Rapper Big Sean and actor Hill Harper helped Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist to give away more than 5,000 turkeys right before Thanksgiving.

 

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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and entrepreneur/author Larry Morrow hosted their annual Turkey Giveaway in New Orleans. The pair were joined in the 7th Ward by New Orleans Saints players Teddy Bridgewater and Marshon Lattimore, professional boxer Regis Prograis, and rapper Chopper to give away 1,000 turkeys to families in need. Nice!

 

Love to see it.

We hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving O'Fab Ones!

 

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‘LONG LOST FAMILY’ SNEAK PEEK: Black Woman Desperately Searches For Biological Family After Being Adopted Into White Family

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A black woman named Amanda is searching for her biological family after she was adopted into a white family. Catch our exclusive sneak peek of the next episode of "Long Lost Family" inside....

Imagine growing up in a family where no one looks like you. Not only do they not look like you, the family you grew up with doesn't share any biological traits that makes one wonder, "Where did I come from?" and "Who are my parents?"

That’s was the case for a black woman named Amanda, who appears on an upcoming episode of TLC’s “Long Lost Family.”

"Long Lost Family" follows the stories of people who have, for one reason or another, experienced long term separation from members of their family and are seeking to be reunited with them. After a lifetime of separation, birth parents will reconnect with their biological families and children will meet the parents who put them up for adoption years ago. And we're huge fans of the show. So is Kim Kardashian West

 

 

Growing up in rural Nebraska, 31-year-old Amanda always felt like an outsider in her town.

As an African-American adopted in to a white family, Amanda felt inadequate because she had no idea about her biological origins. However, a page in her baby book caused her to go on the hunt to uncover details about her biological parents.

Desperate to know more about her birth family, Amanda has asked for host Chris Jacobs' help in uncovering her past. Will she find the answers she's looking for? Check out our exclusive sneak peek to Friday's emotional episode below: 

 

See if Amanda gets the answers she's looking for when "Long Lost Family" airs a new episode this Friday at 10/9c on TLC.

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Jeannie Mai Reveals What Made Her Fall In Love With Jeezy & If Kids Are In Their Future

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Jeannie Mai opens up about her relationship with Jeezy and shares what made her fall in love with him, how they connected and if kids are in their future. More inside…

 

Jeannie Mai and Jeezy are in love love.

“The Real” co-host and the Atlanta rapper have been in a relationship for about a year now, but they didn’t tell the world about their coupling until August of this year. There were inklings that the rapper and daytime talk show host were dating (or at least talking) when they appeared in a photo all coupled up during her 40th birthday party back in January.

 

 

The happy couple made it official when they popped up arm-in-arm at the 42-year-old rapper’s inaugural SnoBall charity gala. A week later, they made it Instagram official, so everyone knows its real.

Since then, the two have posted cute coupledom shots on their socials and their comments have been flooded by fans congratulating them.

 

 

Now, Jeannie Mai is opening up about what initially drew her to him…well what drew them to each other.

“We both went through enough in our life to connect on the understanding that love should feel safe, honest, and pure,” Jeannie told PEOPLE. “Immediately that was a magnetic attraction. We are very attracted to each other’s passions to serve. So because we have a mutual joy of having purpose, we’re going to find a way to do that together.”

Her new relationship is her first serious coupling since divorcing TV host Freddy Harteis after 10 years of marriage. They announced their split in October 2017.

In her new situation, Jeannie said they both make a conscious effort to make sure the other is “safe.”

“I would say being responsible about making each other feel safe,” she explained.

Jeannie revealed she has trust issues after she was sexually abused by a family member as a child. She told her mother about it when it happened, and her mother didn’t believe her. In the past, she has opened up about the experience on her “Hello Hunnay” YouTube series and her “Listen Hunnay” podcast.

If you watch “The Real,” then you know Jeannie has always been vocal about not wanting children. So, are children in the future for Jeannie & Jeezy?

“You’re going to have to ask me when I’m not ovulating,” she said while laughing. “I’m like too much emo, girl. I don’t know what I’m saying right now on that topic. It’s safer to just wait until this day had passed.”

“I’m working on safe right now. Safe is the focus, yes,” she added, before giggling. “And getting through this period. After this cycle.”

Well, she didn’t outright say no, so maybe she’s having a change of heart.

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SHE SAID YES! Toya Wright’s Boyfriend Robert Rushing Pops The Question At Reginae’s Birthday Party

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Toya Wright is about to get married again! Deets on her man Robert Rushing popping the question inside…

It’s official!

Reality star Toya Wright is engaged! Her longtime beau/daughter’s father Robert "Red" Rushing proposed to her last night during her daughter Reginae Carter’s birthday bash.

 

 

 

“Yes! Yes! And Yes!,” Toya captioned a photo of herself and Robert right after he popped the question, showing off her new engagement ring. “For humbling my spirit, for restoring my faith in love, for raising the bar, for being all of what a man should be. For each of these and more I SAY YES!”

Aww! There was an unconfirmed rumor going around that they had already got married in a foreign country a while ago, but as you can see, it wasn't true.

 

 
 
 
 
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The soon-to-be Mrs. Rushing also showed off her ring on her daughter's Instagram Live. Check it at the 3:18-minute mark below:

We’re happy to see Toya open her heart again after two failed marriages with exes Lil Wayne (2004 - 2006) and MempHitz Wright (2011 - 2016). In the past, she said she wasn’t looking to get married again. But now that Robert has stolen her heart, she couldn’t help but say yes to living their lives together forever. During an episode of "T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle," Toya shared how scary it was for her to open her heart up to her man, but she said she was ready to go all in.

Toya and Robert started dating in 2017 and welcomed their baby girl, Reign Rushing, in February 2018. Now, they're gearing up for a wedding. Woot!

Congrats!

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5 Things To See And Do In Canada

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If you're seeking a holiday destination with breathtaking views composed of beautiful lakes and snow-capped mountains Canada is the place to go. There's plenty to explore and so much to keep you occupied during your visit that you will probably be booking your return trip before you've even left! 

Here are a few of our favourite things to see and do whilst there...


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There's no doubt you will enjoy a trip to Canada with so many uninhabited natural spaces to witness. Niagara Falls is one of the most popular attractions, with around 14 million visitors each year, and it's not surprising to see why. These 3 iconic waterfalls are based between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. There are boat tours to get up close to the water, the Rainbow Bridge to venture across and also exciting tunnel trips to view the Horseshoe Falls (the largest) from behind. You can even book a helicopter ride above for some amazing photography opportunities.


With over 50 acres of land, available to access all year round, Butchart Gardens is a great attraction in Central Saanich. The variety of colours and aromas will captivate your senses regardless of the season or weather - with winter having the addition of an ice rink for skating and a carousel to ride. This is an ideal place for festive family fun with the pretty lights and decorations at the moment.


Banff National Park is Canada's first and flagship park of the nation. Situated in the Rocky Mountains it's abundant in wildlife and perfect for animal lovers along with those that like to hike - there are plenty of walking and horse riding tours to get involved with. If you prefer something more leisurely you may wish to take the gondola with wraparound windows up to the Sulphur summit where you will find amazing panoramic views.


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Capilana Suspension Bridge in Vancouver hangs at 230ft above and 450ft across the Capilana river. It's set in over 25 acres of land with picturesque canyon and forest surroundings where you can explore nature and history during your visit and learn about ecosystems. The newest attraction to the area is the Cliffwalk which allows you to take a stroll (around 300ft off the ground) along the cliff side of granite but there's also the Treetop Adventure to partake in too. It's certainly not for the faint hearted but it will definitely be a memorable experience.


If you prefer to spend a couple of hours in one place and then move elsewhere for the afternoon or evening it will probably be worth booking several tours rather than day trips to make the most of your time. You could pick a half day of whale watching and then head out on a safari afterwards or try a grouse mountain expedition before moving on to stargazing or a winery to enjoy a glass or two. Canada really has something for everyone and it should definitely be on your travel wish list.



Have you been to Canada? What would you add to the list?






          

Reindeer Food (with Edible Glitter Recipe)

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The Mini Mes are already counting down the sleeps until Santa's arrival and it got me thinking about our Christmas Eve routine. Usually our Elf on the Shelf would bring a box of new PJ's festive movies, some delicious treats to devour and goodies to leave out for Rudolph, but as he won't be making an appearance this year (the kids are getting far too grown up unfortunately) I thought we could have some fun by making our own reindeer food again.

This is a very simple recipe to create at home, with items that are probably in your cupboards already. It's also very quick to make so if you've left it until the last minute never fear!


Reindeer food recipe with edible glitter



Ingredients



  • 50g oats
  • 50g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp food colouring
  • Coloured sprinkles


Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  • Mix together the food colouring and sugar in a bowl and spread the mixture out thinly onto a baking tray
  • Cook for 10 minutes and then allow to cool - this is your edible glitter
  • Mix the edible glitter with your oats and sprinkles. We decided to stick with red and green shades as they are quite seasonal but you can use whichever you wish or have available!
  • Place the feed into bags until it's ready for use or scatter it straight from the bowl outside


What does your Christmas Eve routine involve?






          

7 Top Tips for Spending Christmas Away from Home

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Whether you're heading abroad, setting off for a getaway in the countryside or staying with relatives for the festive period these tips should make it a success - you can keep the spirit yet remove the stress from travel over Christmas.


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  • Before leaving home it's a good idea to ensure you have all the essentials to hand, just in case the weather causes any delays. Pop a box in the boot with some snacks, blankets, drinks and even pyjamas so if you're stuck at night you can transfer the little ones straight to bed with ease. You may also wish to take out one day insurance for your car if someone else wants to take the wheel for a change so you can make the most of your family break from the very start.
  • If your little ones are believers allow them to write letters to Santa in advance so they don't worry that he wont know exactly where they are to deliver their gifts! It may sound simple but it will mean so much to them and remove any unnecessary upset. You can even receive a free letter back from Royal Mail if you post them to Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ before 6th December - something that will definitely put smiles on faces!
  • If you're worried about keeping your home secure whilst away order a couple of automatic light switches and a door bell with a camera for peace of mind. This will help to make it look like someone is in, even when you're not, and enable you to communicate with anyone that knocks, whether that's couriers, neighbours or carol singers!
  •  Pets are a big part of the family and if they aren't travelling with you it's a good idea to book a kennel or cattery quickly. You may even be able to find a friend that can take your cat or dog in for a couple of days to save you some money. Smaller pets like fish can be cared for with an automatic feeder so you don't need to worry about leaving keys with anyone.

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  • Don't forget to pack the advent calendars, a couple of decorations, batteries for the camera and get your gifts wrapped up before you go - being organised before you arrive at your destination will mean you can relax straight away whilst providing a festive feel. If possible leave any big gifts behind and open them upon your return so there's plenty of space in the car for luggage.
  • Find out what's on in the local area as there may be light switch ons, Christmas craft fairs, themed afternoon teas or ice skating to help you make the most of your trip. Book tickets for meet and greet slots with Father Christmas as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. 
  • Sort your festive feast before you leave, whether that's booking a restaurant or a supermarket delivery to your accommodation. You may wish to take some favourite treats too so you can indulge from the moment you unpack!


Have you got any tips to add to the list?






          

Winter Day Out Ideas for the Family

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Winter can be a tricky time to find things to do with the family. The weather gets colder, and often wetter, and you’re just not too keen on leaving the house. There are however some fun things you can do and I’m going to share a couple of them with you in this post...


Grab your bikes… or trikes
If you’re willing to brave the outdoors, there are some great places you can head to and take your bikes or trikes with you. Often bikes can be quite hard to transport but you should look at a folding tricycle. These are, as you’d expect, three wheeled so are sturdier on tough terrain. They also fold away nicely for easy storage, with adults and kids’ versions available. Heading to the countryside gets them out and about, burning off some energy and gets fresh air into their lungs. Taking bikes or trikes out is also seen as more fun than walking and you can cover longer distances. There’s some great locations across the UK, you just need to check the weather forecast and pack accordingly before you head out!


Visit your local museum
The weather is likely to be damp most of the time, so when time outdoors isn't very inviting why not head over to your local museum? There are loads all over the country and if you’re willing to go a bit further afield, you’ll find some real hidden gems. Kids absolutely love exploring museums and they can learn so much from a visit. You never know, you might learn something new along the way too! There’s everything from trains to local history to mines and electricity - do a bit of research to find out.


Winter Day Out Ideas for the family

Head to a shopping centre
With Christmas almost upon us, you may want to look at taking the family out to a shopping centre.
More often than not your kids can meet Santa whilst they’re there which gives them an incentive to go and you can also get most of your shopping done well in advance. Little ones will also get to see the festive lights and displays which they will no doubt love and with many shops having seasonal food and drinks you may be able to try some on your travels.


Go bowling or to the movies
There are some great films out at Christmas time, with the most popular probably being either Frozen
2 or the new Star Wars movie. Kids love trips to the cinema and they’re particularly great in inclement weather when you have nothing to do at home yet frustrated kids needs entertaining. You could also take them bowling, this burns off some of their energy and is a great family activity that everyone can enjoy.


These are some of my top ideas for days out this winter. Have you have any other ideas to add to the list -  I’d love to hear your suggestions.






          

Planning the perfect sleepover for your kids

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We all remember back to the days when we used to have sleepovers as kids. It was one of the most exciting times of the year and was incredibly important for us to develop relationships with other people our age. For all the fun that kids have, for parents it can be very stressful. We’ve put together a post with some hints and tips you can put in place to make sure that your kid’s sleepover runs as smoothly and as stress free as possible.


Planning the perfect sleepover for your kids


Bedtime
Start at the end. Although the kids will be full of energy they’ll still need to sleep. You’ll need to make sure that their bedroom is prepared for more than just your child. There’s a great range of kids and guest beds from Bed Guru that have multiple functions, including a spare bed underneath! You might need somewhere that has additional storage so you can keep the bedroom clutter free so take a look at cabin beds, they’ll help to keep the floor clean and the clutter well out of the way.

Play Time
To the kids, this is the most important time of the sleepover. Whether you have a group that wants to play Fortnite until the sun comes up or have a tea party, the fun (for them) never ends! Make sure you have an activity lined up that will burn their energy out so when it comes to bedtime, they’re ready to crash out. Sit them down in front of the tele with a healthy snack to let them wind down.

Time to eat
You’ll need to plan in time for them to have some food. There’s loads of great food ideas, you need to try and make sure things are kept healthy so you don’t end up with angry parents on your phone line! You’ll also need to consider breakfast in the morning. There’s often little cereal selection packs that gives them the choice of what they want, or you can always stick to trusty toast!

Other activities
There’s loads of other activities you can do with the kids, especially if it’s at the weekend and you have them for a whole day. Getting them outside, running around is a great way for them to burn some of that energy. You can always do some baking as this gives them something they can take home and show off to their parents. Try and encourage them to take pictures of the evening so they’ve got something to look back on in years to come!


Make sure you stand out and have a stress free and enjoyable sleepover. The last thing you want is for the kids to be having the best time ever and you’re stressed and running around the house. Give yourself time to prepare, especially their bedroom so it runs as smoothly as possible! If you have any top tips that you can recommend to other parents then feel free to drop them in the comments below, I’d love to hear more from you!


Have you got any tips to add to the list?








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