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Looking for a software to collect parent contributions in an instant? Click here!

Schools have many different tasks on their plate. Of course, the primary goal is to provide the best quality lessons so that children are properly prepared for their further education. Collecting the voluntary parental contribution is not necessarily part of the primary process, but it is very important to be able to send children on a school trip or to purchase increasingly better and more developed educational materials. Unfortunately, this process is often time consuming and is more often ignored. But did you know that it can also be much easier? LinkPay school, for example, is one such party that automates the collection of contributions. This way, teachers, volunteers and others have their hands free to perform more tasks. You can read how this works here.

Create a payment request and determine how much you collect from parents

There are several ways you can choose to collect a parental contribution. For example, create a form and let parents choose how much they pay or give a discount on the second child enrolled at school. You can also choose to add multiple payment terms. This way you can collect payments spread throughout the school year. Keep in mind that there are more administration costs.

Deadlines are easily tracked

In these programs you can also determine when the deadlines are for payments. An automatic message is sent to the parents and one as a reminder if the payment has not yet been completed. You can prepare these assignments in advance and you will not have to worry about them for the rest of the year. Take into account the deadlines that are needed, such as just before a school trip, Sinterklaas or final party. This way you always receive the money on time.

Easy to communicate with parents

Of course you want to send the payment request in an effective way. This includes an appropriate tone of voice. The program offers various help tools to send the correct message. You also have the choice of how to send the message. Do you opt for a classic e-mail, but perhaps a Whatsapp message or SMS is more appropriate for the time? Maybe you want to send the first request via email and then a Whatsapp message or SMS as a reminder? It is all possible with a software that supports to collect parental contributions. Are you convinced or curious about this ultramodern software? Then surf quickly to the website of Linkpay.nl/school.

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Why choose artificial turf

My husband loves to garden. He can spend whole days outside in the garden and plant the most beautiful plants in the right places with his green fingers. I don’t know how he gets it done over and over again, but our garden always looks radiant. Except for our grass. The grass is an eyesore. Firstly, because the many warm summers cause more and more bare, dried out spots, secondly, because the moles make their way through our lawn and leave those nasty little heaps behind. Looking for ways to do something about this, we thought that installing artificial turf might be something for us. The idea of ​​artificial grass always gave me the feeling of ‘fake’ grass. But nowadays it is almost indistinguishable from real grass. We took the bull by the horns and decided that buying artificial grass has enough advantages to give this grass the benefit of the doubt.

Laying artificial grass

After purchasing the artificial turf, my husband’s fingers were naturally itching to get started. Laying the grass was done in several steps. First, the old grass was removed and the ground leveled as much as possible. After leveling, he applied a sand layer of about 10 cm after which it was watered in and leveled out. The latter had to be done properly because the artificial turf molds itself to the substrate. So far everything went fine and in good spirits he continued with the next step, laying the stabilization canvas. He has secured the corners of the canvas with an artificial grass hook, so that the roots or weeds do not get through and that no dents will appear in the artificial grass later when using them. Finally, the moment came when he was allowed to lay the artificial turf. The surface of our garden is 10 by 4 meters and the roll we bought was exactly these dimensions. Fortunately, because if the garden was narrower or larger, then of course some cutting and pasting was needed. Finally, he secured the artificial turf with special hooks that he hammered into the turf every 50 cm along the edges. Mission succeeded.

The benefits of artificial turf

We enjoy it every day since the construction of the artificial turf. It looks wonderfully green in the garden and the artificial grass is very maintenance-friendly. You hardly have to worry about it. Every now and then we remove some leaves, but that’s it. Moreover, we no longer suffer from those annoying molehills. I think artificial turf is also very environmentally friendly, because it never needs mowing or spraying. During the summer months our grass has remained very beautiful, no bare spots and also not discolored, despite the swimming pool for the children being on it. According to the producer, weather conditions should not play any role. Even during the winter months with prolonged frost, artificial grass will not be damaged, we are promised. That means that the artificial grass is also durable.

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How do I entertain the kids?

The children can finally go back to school! But not everything is open yet, so it remains quite difficult to entertain the children. Is your inspiration and that of the children gone? Here we share a number of fun things you can do with the kids.

Football tournament

It is almost June, so that means many more beautiful days! Time to go outside. Organize a football tournament for all neighbor kids, boyfriends and girlfriends. Let them assemble their own team. Maybe you can play referee so that everything is fair. Buy a nice prize for the winner and make it a fun and enjoyable day.

Schleich

Is the weather a bit worse outside? Save the animal dolls from Schleich. This is a company that was set up after the second world and the dolls always remain a fad. Thus, you can pass it on from generation to generation. In addition, the children can save manges, farms and dragons castles that will keep them entertained for hours.

Paint T-shirts yourself

How nice is it to be able to wear a self-made t-shirt to school again? Buy some cheap t-shirts and get textile paint or markers at the Hema of Action and get creative with the kids for an afternoon.

To bake cookies

What could be more relaxing and delicious than an afternoon of baking cookies? Let the kids choose a recipe and get the things at home to get started as a pastry chef.

Netflixing

Is it bad weather for a day and are you both free? Keep your pajamas on and do nothing at all for a day. Just watch the kids their favorite movie or series on Netflix.

Old-fashioned board games

Although children often sit behind consoles to play a game, an old-fashioned board game is still the most fun to do together. Take the board games out of the closet and play fanatically against each other all afternoon!

Puzzling

Another activity that is so relaxing for the mind. Buy a puzzle from a toy store with an impressive plate and start puzzling together. Did you know that there is also a Dutch Puzzle Championship? Who knows, you can practice for that.

Create your own museum

Get creative, for example by claying figurines and making paintings. After a while of saving from these kinds of artworks, you can start your own museum.

Have the children put on a play

Don’t have that much time to entertain the kids? Ask if they’d like to prepare a play to perform to mom and dad at the end of the day! This way the kids are sweet for a while.

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Do odd jobs and learn new things!

Recently I became the proud owner of a new home. You can hardly imagine it in these times, but we finally managed to find a new home. Incidentally, it is not my first home. We are a bit bigger and live more in the countryside. That way we have a little more rest in our free time. Yet we live close enough to work and to the city. Now that the time has finally come, the house needs a lot of refurbishment. That is the first time for me because the first house I bought was a new-build house. There was really not much to be done about that anymore. Only the walls had to be painted and a floor had to be laid in it (I didn’t do that myself either).

New things

Since it is the first time that I am going to renovate a house, I thought it would be wise to hire a contractor. There are a lot of things that I don’t know how to make or modernize. I have decided to do more than at my first house. I also think it would be nice to learn to do things better. Because I am curious, I ask the contractor to listen. That way I get to know a lot of new terms that I had never heard about until then. Take the tipper, for example. Do you have an idea what that is? I will try to explain it to you as it has also been explained to me: a tipper is a vehicle with cargo space. There is a mechanism underneath this cargo space. This allows the cargo space to be brought from a horizontal position (ie when the landing is simply on the vehicle) to an inclined position and the cargo to slide out of the cargo area.

What do you need for?

Now you may be wondering what we need this tipper for? Well that is very easy to explain. We want to build a new gravel path. For this, new gravel must first be deposited. By using a tipper, we don’t have to manually scoop everything out of a truck. That saves a lot of work. After that, the intention is that we only have to divide everything over the path. So it is great fun to be so involved in a project. This way you learn something new every time!

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What to do in uncertain times

One thing is certain: these are uncertain times. People with fragile health are extra careful, those with a job wonder whether they will keep it and entrepreneurs are afraid of going bankrupt. We are concerned about our own health and financial situation, as well as that of our loved ones. And governments are concerned about the same things and are trying to make the best possible choices about the measures for the corona crisis. Because of this situation we suddenly see very well that it has an effect on the other: the less freedom of movement we have, the more effect this has on the economy and perhaps also on our health. And on a larger scale, we see that what happens in one country also has consequences in other countries. We are all connected and in a continuous game of give and take, action and reaction. No one can predict the future, not even a psychic. So all we can do is do our best. But some know better how to deal with uncertainty than others. Therefore, in this blog some tips to find something to hold on to during this period.

Change your mind

The first tip is to do something you wouldn’t otherwise do. It may be something out of your comfort zone, but it doesn’t have to. You may also choose a different place in the house to work. Something that gives you a new feeling and a new perspective on things. Just because we are all in this situation does not mean that it will last forever. Of course it is easier for some to talk than for others, but one of the characteristics of life is that nothing always stays the same. The only certainty we have is that everything is constantly changing. By making changes to your daily routine yourself, you learn to get used to new situations. You will notice that you can handle that perfectly and that it can even give you nice new experiences. It will give you a more secure feeling, because you learn to trust that if something in your situation changes outside of your control, you will not fall over, but that you will be able to deal with it.

Make contact

This is what I mean in the broadest sense of the word: make contact with the nice people around you, with yourself and with strangers. Give a smile to everyone who crosses your path when you go shopping, hear that sweet voice of your grandmother again on the phone and start the conversation with yourself. For example, ask yourself how you feel, what you would like and tell yourself that you look nice today. If you are very concerned about the future, take the step to call in psychics. You can easily make online contact with screened coaches who can give you advice that may benefit you through their gifts. You then kill two birds with one stone: you do something outside of your daily routine and speak to a stranger who senses what advice would help you. Give it a try to see if it does something for you. There are many ways to feel more confident in your shoes. Especially look at what makes you feel good. I hope this blog has helped you in that!

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How do you keep your plants alive

In the garden, taking care of the plants and the grass can be very calming. Yet it is not always a simple task. Sometimes it just doesn’t work to keep those plants or flowers alive. No matter how hard you try to prevent death, time and time again it will not work. This can be very frustrating, especially if you don’t know what keeps going wrong. To help you keep the plants alive, I have a number of tips for you here.

Think of the sunlight

With garden plants it is always important that there is enough sunlight available. Of course it differs per plant what exactly is enough sunlight. Some plants can actually do without it, but that is certainly not always the case. Usually this information is on the card with the plants. If not, you can always ask for advice or look up the information online. As soon as you know how much sunlight a plant needs, it is time to check whether the location of the plants is correct. A good tip is to divide the garden into compartments and see how much sunlight each compartment receives per day. After keeping this up for a week you can estimate a reasonable average. A camera is of course a smart idea.

Find information about the specific plant

Often people water all the plants at the same time, but that is not always convenient. Just as every plant has different requirements in terms of sunlight, the amount of nutrition and water also differs. Only when you know which conditions are best for each plant can you take good care of it. Therefore, search online for each plant how you can best care for it. Ultimately, there is a lot to consider when looking after plants, and without reading this somewhere you really can’t know.

Keep harmful insects at bay

A large part of the plants and flowers are affected by annoying insects. For example, the roots in the soil are eaten or eggs are laid. Unseen, this can be the cause of plants that keep dying. Fortunately, there are natural means to prevent these types of insects, such as nematodes. Small worms, also called nematodes, attack the larvae of nasty insects and thus protect the plants. In addition, it can also work against mosquitoes. For example, try nematodes mourning fly to prevent insects in a natural way.

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4 things you can do when you are not going on vacation this summer

Nice that you ended up at CeesPlace. In this article, I’m going to share some ideas you could do in your free weeks. There are a number of things you can do, for example, that will allow your (perhaps unknown) creative brain to emerge completely. In addition, I will give you some nice tips on how you can shape the ideas so that you can get through these weeks!

Upgrade your house / room

How long has your house / room been looking the same? My experience is that giving your house a different look every so often can be very nice. You can of course fill this in as you wish. Do you want to improve some other furniture, a different layout or just practical things? You know power points that are never in the right place, just buy a few extension cords and reels and you will come a long way. Or improve your internet by installing different internet cables. When you are at home you can easily pick this up.

In addition, you can of course also take a much bigger approach. Consider, for example, renovating or extending your house or completely transforming your garden. Laying out a nice turf or replacing the fence for those chores that you can easily pick up on your day off.

Start painting

Maybe you have never thought about this before, but you can, for example, paint a portrait or a beautiful landscape. A nice idea to do is to draw something that suits your boyfriend or girlfriend completely, for example. In this drawing / painting then it becomes clear what you think is very nice and positive about that person.

It is also nice to go into nature with your canvas and easel and possibly paint animals or beautiful landscapes there.

Have a picnic together

You can of course also go outside and do nothing at all, pure enjoyment. Consider, for example, a picnic. Buy some tasty snacks and drinks and enjoy a picnic on a blanket in the park or on the beach. Don’t forget to bring some fun games such as a ball, skittles (to play pole football) or whatever you can think of! Make it as fun as you want and enjoy your free afternoon.

Hopefully you have some nice ideas and you will not get bored in your free weeks!

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New year, new interior!

With the New Year also come New Year’s resolutions. It is true that we have been in the new year for a while now, but still this blog is about making choices and getting to know yourself again while making them. Read more in this blog about how I stayed true to myself this year and thus redesigned my life!

The beginning

If you want to change something about yourself, you also have to adapt the environment in which you find yourself. With the new year also come new trends and developments. In recent years I have become more interested in interior design, so this is what I wanted to focus on this year.

To begin with, I wanted to change my entire interior. I had a fairly modern interior, not necessarily Scandinavian, but modern. Do you know that you want to completely shake off your current interior? I had that very badly with my house. That’s why I wanted a new look to start the year well. But what are the latest fashion trends?

Hot & happening

If you have to believe the latest news in the field of interior styling, the rural, Scandinavian and industrial interiors are still inseparable from the current interior landscape. I wanted something different, so I started looking for something else.

From light colors in my modern interior, I have completely changed to a dark and elegant living trend. Here natural shapes, materials and deep colors come into their own. Exactly what this year is central for in my case.

In my current interior you will not easily find broken white with cream white and pastel beige anymore. For me this year it is all about aubergine, dark blue and other elements that provide a classic touch. But which elements ensure this?

It’s all in the details

In addition to the furniture, cushions and rugs, it was also necessary to give my other accessories a good freshening up. That’s how I completely fell in love with the floor mirror trend. Unfortunately I could not find a nice copy anywhere in the shops.

Then I started looking on the internet and actually found Glassby almost immediately. Buying a custom mirror from Glassby is really like a dream come to life. They offered a good listening ear and that is reflected in the more than perfect end result. With my beautiful floor mirror, I still ensure that a little light comes into my somewhat darker interior. That’s how I created the perfect environment to work on myself!

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Assemble a game PC: this is how you do it!

If you live in the house with teenagers, sooner or later the question will arise for a game PC. As parents, you can no longer avoid that. For today’s teenagers, games online are the equivalent of hanging out in the street in the past. All of our teenagers’ social life takes place online. That takes some getting used to for us parents from another generation. I myself had a lot of trouble with the idea that those games would someday come to my house. Don’t they incite violence? Won’t my kids become those strange nerds who don’t know how to really interact with people anymore? I’m not going to be the only parent with questions like that. But I will not be the only parent who notices that gaming prepares our youth for a life that is entirely focused on social media. The manners are different now, the friends’ club is online and so are the games they play together. You don’t want your child out there, so what are you doing? You consult with your son and of course he wants to put together his own game PC so that he can participate with his friends. And you will come along, because that is part of this time. So time for this important purchase.

Compiling a game PC: how do you do that?

My son wanted to put together a game PC himself. He had already figured out what that should look like. I didn’t want to stop him, but of course the budget was not inexhaustible. Yet it turned out to be useful to rely on my son’s knowledge. He had of course studied it thoroughly for many months. The budget was my limit and within that he was allowed to put together his game PC. As a total layman, I asked him what he paid attention to when purchasing. My son explained that it is very important that you know which games you were going to play and what exactly you needed to do. He wanted more disk space and a larger working memory than usual. But there are plenty of other options you can choose, such as a graphics card and a powerful processor. Not that I know what all this means, but my son explained that seamlessly.

Let’s play games

With my budget and his knowledge we started searching online and so my son put together his ideal game PC. He can now participate online again with his friends. But I also send him out every now and then. Being social on the computer is fun and important, but so are exercise and really meeting people. In this way both generations come together again!

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