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date night on a budgetValentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means gifts and candy may be in order. Valentine’s Day can cost an average of $580 for gifts and food, but it doesn’t have to. Here are 20 ideas to help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day date night on a budget.

Walk Around The Park

If it’s not too cold in your area, go out for a nice walk around the park. This date night on a budget allows for some nice conversation while you enjoy the scenery.

Fondue Night

You don’t even have to have a fondue pot for this date. Grab a crockpot or camp out by the stove, and serve some delicious melted cheese with some of your favorite dippers.

Check Out A Museum

This date night on a budget is great if you are both fans of the arts. Check to see if your city has any free or half priced museums near you. An easy way to find a ton of museums is this website.

Board Games

Got any board games lying around collecting dust? Pull them out and challenge your significant other to a duel. Don’t get too competitive though, this date night is supposed to be fun! ...continue reading

Model ships are scaled replicas of sailing vessels. The practice of building model ships has been around since ancient times.

Many people find the hobby of building a model ship to be enjoyable and relaxing. In ancient times, crafters built ships from materials found in nature and created their own designs. Today, hobbyists have access to a broad range of model kits.

Building Model Ships from Kits 

Model kits can be found for all types of vessels, including cars, planes, boats and other modes of transportation. Building from a kit offers the advantage of having the components readily available and the flexibility to include as little or as much detail as desired. You can find high quality ship model kits from Premier Ship Models.

Learning the Craftsmanship

For many generations, the craft of building models has been passed from father to son or grandfather to grandson. Through trial and error, many young boys perfected this craft, starting with small, cheap models and moving on to more complex model designs, as their skills improved.

Directions are included with model ship building kits to assist the beginner in putting together a specific model.

Types of Model Ships

The first thing to consider is the type of ship you want to build. There are wooden model ship kits + boat model kits for all types of vessels. Some of the most popular boat models include historical vessels, tall ships, fishing vessels, modern military vessels, and more.

Level of Difficulty

Often, sellers of models categorize them according to the level of difficulty, such as beginner, intermediate, or advanced kits. This makes it easier to select a model that is suited to your level of experience.

Those starting out in the hobby may get frustrated, if they purchase an advanced kit and give up before they have a chance to enjoy it. Similarly, a person with model building experience would be bored with a kit that is intended for less experienced hands.

Model Ship Building Kits

Model kits come with the pieces needed to put together a model, but you will need a few tools to build your model. Tool kits are available that contain a variety of tools used in model building.

These kits can range from smaller kits with about a dozen tools in them to larger kits with 50 or more pieces. The best type of kit will depend on the models you are building, level of complexity, and detail that you want in your finished model.

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Christmas giftsIf you know someone who works from home, chances are there are plenty of things they would rather have for Christmas than physical gifts. Your time, for example, such as taking them out for a cup of coffee or lunch is an excellent gift for someone who works alone at home all day (or at least some of it) and still wants some Christmas gifts.

I've worked at home as a freelance writer since 2008, and the chance to talk with someone interesting at lunch or even just a short walk so I can get out of the house is a wonderful gift.

But don't think that the freelancer in your life just wants to go out for a cup of coffee. Physical gifts are great too. I've compiled a list of 25 great Christmas gifts for freelancers, from your time to an expensive computer.

And if you're not sure if your friend who you haven't heard from in awhile is a freelancer, check if they go by another name: work-at-home parents, unemployed, underemployed, contractor, consultant, temps, self-employed, entrepreneur and mercenary. All will be happy to get Christmas gifts.

Here are 25 great Christmas gifts to give your favorite freelancer: ...continue reading