So I every year I say ‘this is the summer,’ and I plan a slew of family activities that my children will hold onto. I want them to remember the great summers of their childhood. And every year we hit the road and as any of you who have been following me know. I think the summer road trip is the glue that holds your family together. With all the insanity of it, you are stuck together and it causes a great opportunity for bonding. So pick a spot. Make sure it is at least three hours away. You don’t have to spend a lot of money either. While gas is expensive, you can pack a cooler for your food and you can do a day trip without staying at a hotel. Pack your car with cards, games, snacks, pillows, and blankets. If you get tired, pull over to a rest stop and take a nap. Don’t rush your trip. Half the fun is stopping at the sites along the way. One of my best childhood memories was driving across country with my family. We got stuck in a sand storm, our car broke down in the desert, we ate strawberry shortcake at a farm in Iowa, we saw buffalo in Montana, and we rode donkeys down the Grand Canyon. I don’t remember the hotels, but I remember the sites and food. One night we slept on the park benches at a rest stop in Colorado. So pack up your old truck and hit the road with your children. Even if you are just going across state, go someplace!
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Recipes & Tips
Tips For Grilling
Ready, Set, GRILL
PREHEAT YOUR GRILL~
The right temperature is always important. Many gas grills come with built in thermometers, and reliable grill thermometers are widely available. A thermometer will tell you exactly what heat you are working with. That being said, the standard is still the caveman method. LOL!
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Break out the tent and brush up on the ghost stories. Tonight the campsite is in the backyard!
You don’t need a lot of space to have a lot of fun. In our condo days, we camped out on the patio more than a few times in a fort.
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Written by Amy Grisak
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Marriage & Parenting
Ice Cream Sundae Party!
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I just joined ur email list and I admire u for this last email. Please keep them coming makes us feel normal. We don’t need advice its a since of reality check for us. Work on u and ur husband and forget about the teens. They will come back around in their later years trust me! God bless u and ur family!
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That just broke my heart. I realize that this doesn’t offer total peace for you at the moment BUT …..what are WE doing wrong. Remember, it takes a village to raise a child just too bad the village does not accept that role anymore. They are suffering in silence like you. Because we no longer have that “universal front” in either... [Read more >>]
I just read your article about bullying and while I agree on most
points, I have to disagree with you about some others. I didn't see
the news story you saw,but I can tell you that it isn't always
possible to move a child to another school. Our daughter was harassed
in one school she went to for being gay. We were living in a small
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Cleaning & Organization
Know your zone before you plant
Do you know when your last frost is? How about what grows well in your climate? HGTV has taken the guess work out of it for you by providing a map of zones. Simply type in your zip code and find out when your first and last frost is and they even give you ideas on plants that will thrive in your zone!
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Health & Nutrition
Spring fitness tips
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Budgeting & Work at Home
Written by: Anton Simunovic
Developing healthy money habits early on can set your child’s financial compass for life. Parents are best able to encourage financial self-reliance in their children by paying them an allowance – as long as it’s implemented effectively.
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Beauty & Fashion
You don’t have to look like a housewife
I know when the babies come we get into the habit of walking around in our pajamas all day. Snap out of it!
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