How to buy a home phone for an elderly person


Elderly individuals love to communicate – they sometimes may be more curious than children, since they want to know every single event that has happened, they cannot relax if they do not communicate. This is one of their main source of getting in touch with their beloved ones – children, grandchildren or other friends and family members. More than that, it is very important for them to have a good phone in the house in case of emergencies.


Of course, you will not buy your grandmother or grandfather a phone that you would buy for yourself. This is why choosing a home phone for an elderly person may sometimes be hard. Calls are important to them, so the best you can do is to create the “atmosphere”. Moreover, you have to take into account their ability to hear and see, and select a good model according to these. There are phones that have high contrast buttons and there are also phones that offer the users the possibility to adjust the sound in order to hear better.

We must also say that one of the few things you can do for your elderly ones is finding a cordless phone, since it may be very uncomfortable to them to talk on the phone while sitting on a chair at the table, for example. It would be better for them if they had the opportunity to lie in bed and talk to you or to some friends. It is also important to find a phone that has the ability to remember a telephone number, as it happens even to us to forget the numbers of our friends.



We would recommend you to pay attention to the battery life of the phone, too. It may be hard for your parents or grandparents to remember to charge the phone. If something happens one day and they have to call you, but the phone is not charged… Well, it is better to avoid such things. The volume of the ring must also be taken into account, since it is clear that the phone may be forgotten in the kitchen, for example, and cannot be heard if it does not have a loud ring.  

Another important feature that will make your senior family members feel special is the speaker function. It would be perfect for them to hear your answer and be able to answer to you, without passing the phone from one to another.

Therefore, these are the main aspects you have to pay attention to while looking for a home phone for an elderly person. Find at least half of these features in a phone and it may be a good choice for your beloved ones!

5 tips for a great party at home


Contrary to what people might think, planning and organizing a house party is not a high-stress event. Parties are meant to be fun and flamboyant with plenty of mingling, chatter, and positivity. Invitations could be carefully hand crafted or silly and fun. Your party should always be appropriate for your intended guests. If your guest list contains children and under 18s, your entertainment should be clean, innocent, and engaging. Whereas, if your party is more of “ladies’ night out”, bring out the cocktail mix and chick-flicks!


#1. Getting your house, ‘party-ready’.

Your house is a reflection of who you are and how you live. No matter what kind of party you are planning to host, make sure that all the rooms that you are planning to allow your guests to venture into, are clean and tidy.

Party guests often have the uncanny ability of sauntering into rooms that are off-limits. Cordon off quarters that are out of the party scope.

If your party involves dancing and music, enthusiastic guests may end up knocking down knick-knacks, so make sure that all your delicate glass figurines and porcelain vases are safely stashed behind lock and key.

#2. Selecting food and drink.

The make-or-break of most house parties is the catering. Unlike parties in clubs or hotels, one cannot order something different if food is not up to one’s liking. Your guests may subtly hint at your catering choices by avoiding second helpings. On the other hand, great food will be complemented and relished, making your party, one for the legends.

A very important aspect to keep in mind while catering, is your guests’ preferences and sensibilities. Always order a healthy mix of vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian food. Ensure that all your food is labeled and a brief write-up of ingredients are present to prevent and food allergy reactions.


#3. Music choices.

Most parties need a little ambiance to get the flow going. Music could be a great way to get people connected and socializing. Requesting a friend who might be a DJ is a great idea, as it frees you up to play host. Your music selections should have something for everyone. Remember, that not everyone enjoys EDM or dance pop numbers, so keep a healthy mix stacked!

Music is also a good way to shift the mood around from the time your party begins, to the time it really gets going. Start with something slower but interesting, as your guests come in. Progress to faster tempos to get feet tapping and fingers clicking as the party rolls on.

#4. Themes and decor.

When it comes to your different sets of friends’ and circles gathered at one place, there is often an ice-breaker that’s needed to put everyone at ease and keep a good vibe going. One way to achieve this, is music. Another way to get people talking, is to give them something to talk about! An interesting piece of art, could be a great conversation starter if your guests are still trickling in. A dartboard or a foosball table can make for friendly wagers.

Selecting a theme for your party, like a ‘Victorian Era wardrobe’ or ‘Ladies dressed as Dudes’ would be another great way to get people laughing and mixing.


#5. Establishing ground-rules.

Even if your party is a ‘chilled out’ affair, there are always some ground rules that the host must lay down and enforce. If you don’t want trouble with neighbors calling the cops, cars badly parked and towed away, nasty surprises in the bathroom sink, always let people know when to say when. Don’t be a party-pooper though! Just stay sensible.




The best board games you can buy this year



Thousands of new board games arise every year, and they’re so diverse that picking just one is difficult even for a highly advised player. Here is my own list containing the best board games in 2017.



MombasaReleased in 2015, Mombasa is a complex game of trading resources, whose action takes place on the rich continent of Africa. Designed for 2 or 4 players, this board game will get you and your friends involved in an exhilarating but tricky game of juggling with stocks, merchandise, and bookkeeping, where forward planning is just as important as keeping track of your past movements. With a large setup, Mombasa promises to keep you entertained for a couple of hours, but be ready to spend some time learning the plethora of rules.



Pandemic: Legacy

Pandemic LegacyYou can’t possibly miss out on one of the biggest hit in the world’s board game history, and it is so despite its co-op style of playing. The game follows the narrative of the original Pandemic game released in 2008, but it has more ramifications and a more complex development. The premise is simple: four disease specialists are trying to save the world from outbreaks of infectious, deadly viruses. This rush on the brink of an apocalyptic scenario unfolds over the course of an entire year, with different missions and objective emerging. In short, this is a very elaborate game, but with a simple enough setup to keep your mind clear and let you and your team do your best to beat the game.




ScytheVoted as number one on numerous dedicated forums, Scythe invites the five players to take over different factions trying to impose their power in what’s left of Europe after WW1st. With very few elements of luck, this game will have you carefully assess each step and opportunity while you’re trying to fulfill your hidden objective and gain more control on the board. The game starts with an asymmetrical premise, where each leader owns different resources, the balance being kept by different starting positions, abilities, victory points and so on. This game is a strategic masterpiece, and the detailed art will leave you breathless.




CodenamesFinally, I would like to give a special mention to Codenames, a dedicated party game that’s both fun and competitive, and has the advantage of accommodating a large number of players. It’s a spy and word game that consists of two agencies trying to mark their own agents on the board without killing any civilians or bumping into the bad guy who’s going to put them out of the game.




How to buy an electronic dart board

Adventure and sports are fun, leisure and relaxation. Since ages men have been indulging in a number of games that were meant to fulfill the dietary needs of primitive human like hunting with bow and arrow. Later when farming, dairy and poultry products replaced meat from hunted animals, hunting still continued as a sport. Target shooting games were happily accepted as a replacement of hunting with an advantage of harmless form of enjoyment. Emergence of electronic dartboards is a big leap in the way we enjoy our spare moments.


As kids we are familiar with dartboards that could be targeted with typical steel tip darts. The problem with them was that tips were a bit dangerous especially for the young kids and the accuracy of hitting the target was a bit difficult to evaluate. Overcoming these problems in electronic dartboards, the surface of the board have a huge number of holes each capable of catching a soft tip dart. The electronic aspect is meant to do the task of a computer to find out which point is hit by the dart and reporting the accuracy of the player.  It is a good indoor sport for multiple players, which not only reports the accurate reading after a hit as well as preserves them for performance analysis.


Here are some guidelines to buy a good electronic dartboard

  • If you are planning to buy an electronic dart board to enjoy some fun filled moments with your friends, then check how many players the dartboard allows to play simultaneously. Also check how many scores it can show in one go. Most of the available models allow 4-8 players. Select the electronic dart board according to your need.
  • Second thing to check is how many different games options it contains. More the games the better you will enjoy with your pack of friends.
  • Size of the dart board is also a good feature to check in your purchase. Bigger is better.
  • LCD installed on the dart board must be quite durable, reliable and sturdy. It should not be prone to any breakage by an accidental stray dart.
  • Inquire about the weight and construction of accompanying darts. The darts must be solid enough to take a smooth and direct flight to the dartboard in the exact way you want it to hit. They must not be excessively lightweight. A lot of dartboards are quite good in all aspects, but compromise on dart quality. Just check this for a fruitful target practice. The darts should not bounce back from the board.


After my experience with a number of electronic dart boards, these are the points I consider essential to stress upon while getting one for a quality leisure sport.

Why you should get a raclette party grill




If you love entertaining guests and enjoy sharing good food with your close friends, no matter the occasion, then you must be thinking of a grill. You probably have one, or you’re thinking of getting one as soon as possible.

Indeed, a grill is the central piece of many party events, and you can even name the party after it. But you may find surprising the one I have in mind. A raclette grill party is even better than just a grill party, and you should get a raclette grill right away.

The raclette initially referred to the way large chunks of cheese were slowly melted by the fire and then grated by each companion at a time.

This modern version of the raclette grill is usually an electric two-tiered table-top structure, with a bottom level for heating small pans, or coupelles, and a higher level that serves for heating or cooking.

The non-stick surface, sometimes made of granite, makes it ideal for almost any kind of heating or cooking (except maybe chocolate)  as long as you have the right amount of heat.

The beauty of this device is partly inherited from the traditional Swiss practice, which allowed each of the diners to take care of their own raclette (the grilled scraped cheese dish) and accompany it with potatoes, prosciutto, salami, pickles, bread and lots of wine.

Nowadays you can get the cheese slices ready-made, and the pans hold vegetables and potatoes warm and ready for the cheese. The event is just as lengthy, cheerful and relaxed, so you’ll find it hard to believe you lived without the raclette party grill until now.

If that is not reason enough, there is good news for those who want to cook various dishes instead of the common raclette cheese. You can use the raclette grill for anything from meat steak and vegetables to crepes. The Teflon, ceramic coating or other non-stick surfaces will make that possible; search for the products that offer variable heating of the top-tier.

If you’re still not sure whether to buy a raclette party grill or not, check for the models whose upper grill can be configured by flipping it for a different sort of grill arrangement or by recombining the modules. You’ll have long ridges to make space for kebabs or a flat grill to bake the quesadillas.

The grill has a minimum of two cooking pans, but if you’re about to start a party, the ones with eight pans are the ones you should get.

The great idea behind raclette party grill is to get together, eat, have lots of fun and share the task of cooking with everyone else so that it doesn’t have to be a burden for anyone. I hope your first party will be a success!