We all want to enjoy the summer months and create great memories for our kids when they’re off school. However, you don’t need to go into debt to have an enjoyable summer with your family. Here are some easy ways to help you keep your summer spending in check without sacrificing fun in the sun. Revisit your budget – Sit down with your partner and calculate how much money you earn each month. Then subtract your expenses (rent or mortgage payments, food, utilities, kids’ programs, ... Continue Reading
Here are some easy ways to help you keep your summer spending in check without sacrificing fun in the sun.
Frugal family fun – here are 7 great tips for saving money at the theme park.
When it comes to fun and exciting destinations for the entire family, theme parks are definitely at the top of the list. If you’re planning a trip to the amusement park on a limited budget, there’s no need to worry. Here are some tips to saving money at the theme park: 1. Buy your tickets elsewhere. Keep an eye open for deals and you’ll likely come across promotions and coupons on theme park rates. Pay close attention to advertisements, flyers, and even soda cans. You can also book ... Continue Reading
Cats and dogs can live in harmony in your home, with these three key steps at the initial introduction.
As a parent, if your children love animals, it’s probably only a matter of time before you're faced with the decision of having more than one type of pet in the house. One child will want a kitten, one will want a puppy, and one will want a bird. What to do? Having cats and dogs living in the same house is easier to achieve than most people are led to believe. The key to harmony in the home (as far as pets are concerned) is to be in control of the household, and avoid unwanted behavior. ... Continue Reading
Using fitness video games to motivate parents and get fitness ideas to incorporate a daily workout routine.
The new year is the time to start making goals and many of us make a resolution surrounding fitness and getting healthy. Year after year we say, "I'm going to lose 20 pounds this year and start working out." Then reality sets in and we start to question how we're going to accomplish that goal. If you are anything like me, and have little time, the excuses start. I don’t want to join a gym. It’s too cold outside to start running. I can't possibly wake up any earlier in the morning. I ... Continue Reading
Heading to the movies this Thanksgiving? Check out Arthur Christmas, Hugo, or The Muppets.
There are at least two times a year where a family movie day is in order – Thanksgiving and Christmas. My family has made a tradition out of heading to the theater together during the holidays and it’s an event we all look forward to every year. Whether you have the same tradition or you would just like to get out and see a good film, on the day before the Thanksgiving (November 23rd) there are 3 Family-Friendly movies premiering which are perfect for kicking off the Holiday ... Continue Reading
With these at home recipes, you can make your own art supplies from items in the cupboard.
Sometimes it's more fun, feasible, and less-expensive to make your own art supplies, rather than running to the local store and stocking up again when your kids use the last bit of finger paint. Recently I hosted four little boys at my house and had to rely on my make-it-from-scratch skills. I was able to whip up homemade art supplies (some that are even edible) and they were a hit. These art supplies recipes can be made in only a few minutes, and you can get your children involved: Edible ... Continue Reading
Head to a Halloween event at theme parks across the country.
When my older daughters were toddlers, my husband had a convention in Orlando, and families were invited. There was just one snafu. The convention was over Halloween weekend, and my kids wanted to go trick or treating. As is turns out, Disney World had a Halloween event, with just the right amount of candy and costuming. Throughout the year, kids dress up to go to Disney World, and during October, the theme park ratchets up the festivities, with special parades and not-terrifying Halloween ... Continue Reading
Here’s a look at some of the most-anticipated summer films of 2011.
While much of the country has been experiencing a heat wave, summer only officially starts later this month and with it will come some of the best things about the season including cookouts, lemonade and, of course, blockbusters at the box office! There’s a lot happening on the silver screen. Here’s a look at some of the most-anticipated summer films! July 29 Cowboys and Aliens Come on! What could be better than a good old western where, instead of their usual foes, the cowboys take ... Continue Reading