Starting a family is one of the most exciting times of a couple’s life. It can also be one of the biggest decision making periods too. The things that worked for you before you had children like your small car or inner city apartment can become impractical very quickly when two becomes three in a family. Below are some tips to help you choose the right home for your family.

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Location Matters

Location, location, location has been a catch cry of the real estate industry for years – and for good reason. You need to make sure you choose to buy a home in an area that has everything a growing family needs. Childcare, schools and recreational options like sporting clubs will all become very important in the coming years. Shops close by with easy parking. Relatively low crime rates. Easy access to transport for work – remember from now on you may have to also get a child out the door to school or daycare before you start your own workday.

You Need More Storage Than You Can Imagine

The amount of stuff that accumulates when you start a family can be mind boggling. Even those with the most organized homes still find themselves constantly trying to find places to store and keep clothing, toys, sporting equipment and everything else that piles up. You don’t just need wardrobes in every bedroom and a linen cupboard in the laundry – the dimensions and internal configurations of your built in closets matter too. Sometimes, particularly in older homes, the storage options can be a little impractical so make sure you look at things like depth of shelves.

You Will Never Have Time to Do Those Home Improvement Jobs

Babies and toddlers are tiring – their sleep patterns can be erratic and many a new parent has likened themselves to a zombie in the early years. It doesn’t always get easier to find time to do those little jobs around the house as the kids get older either – weekends are often filled with sporting activities and driving the kids around. It may be a decade or more before your weekends and holidays start to feel like ‘your time’ again, so be wary of buying a ‘doer upper’ unless you’re happy to live in it exactly the way it is for the time being!

Choosing a home for a family is different to choosing your first couples’ nest, so make sure you do your research. Established homes aren’t always more affordable than new homes, so when you’re ready to start house hunting make sure you include visits to some new home builders as well. Companies like Coral Homes have display properties in some of the most desirable new housing estates and sometimes you may find that building new is the best way to get the tailor made solution for your young family.

Do you have any advice for new parents looking for their first family home? Share your thoughts below.

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Lazada.com.ph, the Philippines’ Biggest Online Shopping Mall is staging the biggest and grandest online shopping extravaganza this December 12 – with jaw-dropping discounts, mind-blowing deals, and incredible brand partnerships all happening as early as 12:00 AM of December 12 in www.Lazada.com.ph/Online-Revolution!

Night owls can log on in the early hours for special night promotions only available between 12am and 8am; while shoppers can take advantage of killer deals and unbeatable hourly flash sales from 8am – 11.59pm!

Find everything you’ll need this holiday season, from mobiles, tablets, gadgets and appliances to fashion, household goods, toys, and sports equipment and enjoy more than 80% discount on select best-selling items.

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Inanc Balci, Co-Founder and CEO of Lazada Philippines said “We kicked off the month-long Online Revolution sale in November, but the best is yet to come. With 24 hours of unbeatable deals on 12 December, consumers are in for an unforgettable shopping experience!”

So we rounded up the Five S’s why you should be part of this year’s biggest online shopping event this 12.12 only at Lazada.com.ph

1. Shop Effortless

Say goodbye to traffic jams, crowded malls, long queues and the struggle to find a parking space. You can shop from the comfort of your home, and Lazada will bring your items to your doorstep! As if this wasn’t hassle-free enough, Lazada also offers free delivery for orders above PhP 1,000 and cash-on-delivery payment option.

2. Something for Everyone

Need something for your loved ones and godchildren? Lazada has it. How about your nine month old nephew? Lazada has it too! With nine (9) virtual floors of goods ranging from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sports equipment, you’ll find everything you need on your browser or mobile app.

3. Save while you Shop

Sounds too good? Yes we mean it and we mean it very well. With special sales and competitive prices, Lazada promises great brands at affordable prices so you won’t break the bank this holiday (or all-year-round).

4. Style Up for the Season

Philippines may be all sun and no snow but the newly launched in-house fashion label, LZD, offers you a colourful assortment of clothing and accessories suitable for our tropical climate. You can also surprise your loved ones with stylish gifts from UK and US high street fashion brands, available exclusively at Lazada.

5. Shop on-the-go

Running on a tight schedule this December? Lazada offers an enviable mobile shopping experience via smartphone, tablet, iOS and Android apps so you can fill your stockings in the bath, on the train or on your lunch break!

Inanc Balci added, “More people than ever before will be shopping online this holiday season, as consumers want to beat crowds, queues and the inconvenience of shopping in malls and busy shopping districts. With a wide range of product offerings all under one digital roof, consumers can shop effortlessly at Lazada without having to leave their home.”

So how can you be part of the Online Revolution happening this 12.12? Simply log into www.lazada.com.ph/Online-Revolution to get the best deals of the year and subscribe to our Facebook Fanpage at www.Facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines

About Lazada
Lazada is Southeast Asia’s largest online shopping mall, with operations in Indonesia (www.lazada.co.id), Malaysia (www.lazada.com.my), Philippines (www.lazada.com.ph), Singapore (www.lazada.sg) Thailand (www.lazada.co.th) and Vietnam (www.lazada.vn), with a sourcing center in Hong Kong that drives cross-border marketplace activities.

Launched in March 2012, Lazada has grown rapidly to include approximately 3,000 employees across Southeast Asia. The company has an online footprint of more than 2 million daily visits to its websites, and the largest Facebook following in Southeast Asia with over 9 million fans.

Lazada is pioneering eCommerce in the region by providing customers with an effortless shopping experience with multiple secure payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive customer care and free returns. Lazada features an extensive product offering in categories ranging from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sports equipment.

Lazada is part of the Lazada Group which also includes the C2C platform, Lamido.

About the Online Revolution
The Online Revolution is the Southeast Asian version of Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Singles Day. But compared to the other events, Online Revolution is a month-long sale at Lazada in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The event kicks off for the first time in Singapore on November 2014 and will be an annual event.

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Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching, and you might be thinking about taking advantage of Black Friday. In fact, many people are thinking beyond turkey and family dinners and making plans to shop for deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

But are the deals really worth it? How can you make sure you are getting the best deals on your purchases? Why do stores offer such fantastic deals? They offer loss leaders and door busters to get you in the door and shopping at the store.

Some of the most popular and heavily discounted items for these types of deals include computers, net books, tablets, TVs, and other consumer electronics. They’re typically higher dollar items because it’s far more interesting to say $100 off a $2,000 item than $1 off a $20 item.

The big discount gets you in the door and less fantastic sales are put beside it to tempt you to buy. Oftentimes, many folks buy them because it’s convenient and that’s what the store is relying on.

So, if you want the best deals during the holiday season, your best bet is to follow the tried and true methods for saving money by shopping around and look for Black Friday site for the best deals online.You can also shop at stores that agree to price match so that if the price drops later, you can take advantage of the savings. Also, see if you can get price matching so that you don’t have to go from store to store, thus saving you some time and headache.

You should also prioritize which deal is most important to you if you decide to stand in line. Pick the most important item, and focus on that. Plan your shopping around priorities and assume that if there are limited quantities, you’ll only be able to get a couple of your high priority items..

In the end, it’s not much different than shopping any other day, it’s all about doing your research and planning ahead, minus the freezing temperatures and enormous crowds.

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my daughter’s costume as Miss Costa Rica ;)

October is United Nations Month Celebration that is usually celebrated by pupils from elementary levels with full flair by dressing up in the traditional costumes and colors of their cultures and nationalities. This kind of celebration is one of the anticipated event by my daughter’s school where she and her classmates and schoolmates would present their best costumes.

In case you want to know more about United Nations, the purpose of the UN is to preserve peace, advance justice and constitute a permanent structure for international cooperation. In other words, the United Nations acts as a world forum to help countries work together to achieve peace and human rights.

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This was a wonderful event and a great opportunity for the children to learn about and explore all the cultures that make up our community. Children were exposed to a variety of cultures from Asia, North and South America, and Europe. They were made to realize that in spite of the cultural differences, unity is needed among all nations to save Mother Earth, the only home that we all have.

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