9 Family Activities for the End of the Summer

9 Family Activities for the End of the Summer

When the end of the summer rolls around, it’s time to get ready to go back to school. Before the summer officially ends, celebrate this time with an event that’s fun for the whole family. Take part in family activities that create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Try… Read More »



3 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Good Reading Habits

3 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Good Reading Habits

Research shows that children who read the most read the best. If you want to help your kids read better, you need to encourage them to read more. It’s not enough to just read “for school,” but it’s vital to create an environment of reading at home. Help your child… Read More »

Activities for Your Kids & the Babysitter

Activities for Your Kids and the Babysitter | 4 Enriching and Safe Activities Your Sitter Can Do with Your Kids

When you leave your kids in the care of a babysitter, there’s always a little concern about how they’ll spend their time while you’re away. Will they see it as an opportunity to bend the rules and in turn watch more than their allotted share of TV? Will they play… Read More »



Hot Air Jubilee

Hot Air Jubilee

We’re not normally “spontaneous” people, but last night when Jason got home from work, I asked him if he’d be up for a picnic dinner from Subway at the park about 10 minutes away as I had discovered there was going to be a “media flight” balloon launch in promotion… Read More »

12 Summer Freezer Friendly Meals from Aldi

12 Summer-Friendly Freezer Meals from Aldi

This time of year the last thing you want to do is spend hours on meal prep in the kitchen. You’re much better off relaxing at the pool, hanging out with friends and family, or maybe playing outside in the summer sun. So get ready to chill out, I’ve got… Read More »



Searching for the 7th Minion – frugal fun activity for kids

Searching for the 7th Minion - a fun and frugal activity for kids

While their sister is away, the boys will play! Last week, David, Chris, and I dropped Jenny off for a week of summer camp, and I decided it would be fun to do something fun with the boys. We were headed to Walmart to pick up some supplies for a… Read More »

15 Summer Date Ideas | #marriagesmatter

15 Summer Date Ideas | #marriagesmatter

With the arrival of summer, I thought it might be a good idea to update my list of inexpensive ideas for dating my spouse. The warmer weather brings lots of new opportunities to enjoy time together without breaking the budget! 1. Play tennis A few years ago, we purchased a… Read More »



10 Steps to Teaching Your Child to Communicate Effectively

Teaching Your Child to Communicate Effectively

Effective communication is the foundation to success. When one can communicate well, they have a greater advantage over those who don’t. Communication starts long before adulthood. In fact, learning to communicate effectively starts even before a child can talk. Let’s look at some ways to help your child learn to… Read More »



12 Weeks of Summer Bucket List Ideas

12 Weeks of Summer Bucket List Ideas

I don’t like to have an over-packed summer (hello, white space!!), but I know my kids need activity and some semblance of structure during the long summer months, so I’ve attempted to come up with a list of summer bucket list ideas that we can do together as family –… Read More »