Entertainment Ideas For Family Gatherings

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Family gatherings usually happen around birthdays or Christmas time, and sometimes other special occasions too. Many events happen through life such as graduations and new babies, but when we all get together, even though we should be able to chat and have fun without there being much of a problem, there are usually some children to entertain, or those few people who aren’t particularly interested in Socialising, So here are some entertainment ideas that you can use your next family gathering, the next time you get the plates out ready for dishing up a meal for everybody, think about what entertainment ideas you can add into the mix.


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Everybody loves watching a good box set, and some people even set up themed evenings based on their favorite TV box set. Many people have had “friends“ parties, whereby everyone sits and watches an episode or two. And sometimes there are even quizzes involved to test who is the biggest fan. If you aren’t sure where to access some great TV or box sets though, then have a look at, and see what you can find on there. There really are thousands and thousands of options at the moment, So it’s difficult to please everyone, but eventually, you’ll get a general consensus on what people think is good! 



Even playing basic board games is entertaining enough sometimes. Some people, of course, like To be competitive, and some people like to make sure everyone has a lovely time. But either way, playing some games of some kind can really get the laughter flowing. Charades is one of those games that everybody knows and loves. Usually makes an appearance at Christmas time, and it’s great to get everybody playing along from the small children to the oldest adults. If you have a large number of people attending your gathering, then splitting out into teams is also A good idea. It’s important to note that it doesn’t need to be expensive or extravagant, a lot of games can be absolutely free and just need a piece of paper and a pen to play. These games can keep people entertained her family gathering for a long time.


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When you have family members over that are keen to look at old videos of the photographs, and this is a great time to reminisce and laugh about the past. Looking at each other’s old clothing and hairstyles, and remembering people that may no longer be with you, is a wonderful time for everybody. maybe it would be amazing to put together a slideshow for the TV before people arrived. It might even be a good idea to contact some relatives to see if they have any photos that they could share, it’s surprising what people come up with when you ask, and you may find some cousins have some photos of your grandparents that you’ve never seen before!


Family gatherings aren’t as regular as we would all hope, but they are usually fun and end with some great laughter and time bonding.



Send Money Overseas with Paysend

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I remember growing up in Nigeria and how difficult it was to send and receive money from country to country. We had to rely on middlemen and reference codes and numbers to get money across and from loved ones. It took a lot of time and multiple phone calls to get this done. I am glad this is no longer the case. It is now so simple to send and receive money abroad thanks to companies like Paysend. For those who have never heard of Paysend, it is a money transfer platform that allows you to send funds from card to card, or from bank account to bank account to over 70 countries. Headquartered in the UK, Paysend is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Paysend has a global 24/7 online support so help is always available.


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Send Money Overseas with Paysend

Here is how my experience was with sending money to Nigeria with Paysend and why you should use this money transfer service –

It is secure

Some days ago, I decided to send money to Nigeria through Paysend. The whole process took me a few minutes and it was seamless. The first thing I did was to set up an account on the Paysend website with my details. Once that was done and my email address was verified, I could start sending money. To sign in, all you need to do is to type in your mobile phone number. Once that is done, you get a text with a security code to sign in. I love the sign in process as the security code bit gives me an extra piece of mind. The process feels a lot safer than just a regular password.


The rates are good

I sent money to Nigeria from my bank account to another bank account so there were no additional fees. However, if you are sending to a bank card, the fee is a flat £1, €1.50 or $2 . The process was very straightforward. All I had to do was type in the recipient bank details and the money was sent. The exchange rate was good as well. I compared it with other websites, and the rate I got from Paysend was the highest so their rates are quite competitive.


It is easy to use

Paysend is such an amazing money transfer service. I am glad it is now available for when I need to send money abroad. The fact that I can send money on their website or Paysend App on my iPhone makes it super convenient. This is one money transfer service I can see myself using over and over again. Paysend makes sending money as easy as ordering takeaway! The platform definitely takes the stress out of sending money to family and friends in Nigeria and beyond.

What do you think of Paysend? Do you send money abroad regularly? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, or learn more about the service in their new YouTube video. If you want to give it a try, use offer code STELLA and your first transfer is free.


Thanks for stopping by, have a good one.


My Encounter with a Facebook Scammer

There are so many scammers around now, it is super scary. I hear about social media scammers taking over social media accounts and demanding money, especially on Instagram. Luckily my Instagram is safe and secure so no issues there. However, I had an interesting encounter with a scammer on Facebook yesterday.

It started off with the scammer sending me a message on my Facebook page offering me $1500 every week in advance. All he said I needed to do was to publish 2 articles on my Facebook page every week for $1,500. As soon as I read his messages, my alarm bells went off!


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First his approach was off! Brands hardly ever contact you first on social media, and if they do, that usually happens on Twitter, not Facebook. Message a blog is such an informal approach, so I am always cautious when I get messages on social media. Secondly, his grammar was all over the place and his Facebook profile didn’t match or refer to the website he was supposedly working for. Also, he mentioned he wasn’t trying to take over my Facebook page from the blues. I never accused him of that or even thought of it. All these made me super alert but the biggest giveaway was the amount he offered. No one ever offers $1,500 for 2 Facebook posts and opts to pay in advance. The offer was just too good to be true and you know what they say about offers like that.

I decided to play along with him and see where it goes. I accepted his offer and mentioned I took payment via Paypal. He was happy to pay via Paypal but first I needed to register on his Facebook page and that required me putting in my Facebook password. That was the end of our conversation. I declined and reported his profile and page to Facebook, while I was busy doing that, he quickly blocked me.


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It looks like the scammers are after bloggers with established social media platforms. I have heard quite a few similar stories in the last few weeks and some of the scammers were unfortunately. What they do is take over the social media account once you put in your password on a website they send to you, and then try to sell the platform and threaten to delete your entire page if you don’t pay up. It is so pathetic and scary but these scammers are out there so we all have to be vigilant.

The lesson here is simple, when a deal looks too good to be true, it is. Best to take your time and make sure it is legit. Also, don’t click or put in your social media passwords into any website you are not 100% sure about. If in doubt, don’t do it.

I hope my experience with this Facebook scammer helps others who may come across people like the idiot I came across yesterday. Keep your eyes open while you are online. Scammers are everywhere now.

Have a good one.

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