Sunday, April 15, 2018

4 Stupid Teen Challenges You Need to Know About

condom challenge
When you turn on the news, it seems like there is always a new challenge that teens are trying to combat boredom. With YouTube and social media leading to new twists on old trends, teens are revamping the ideas to try to draw online attention. To kids, they seem harmless. Unfortunately, many do not realize the danger they are in by giving these stupid teen challenges a try.

As a parent, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest trends; however, it is best to try to stay on top of them to speak with your child before they join the flock of “Challengers.” Here are the top 4 teen challenges that are making waves through middle schools and high schools across the U.S.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cut the Clutter: 5 Tips for Spring Cleaning with a Big Family

spring cleaning tips
The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the temperatures are warming up. You know what that means-- spring is here! Now is the time to go through your home to cut the clutter. Let's face it, when raising a big family, you have a lot of stuff that needs to go; however, it can seem like a monumental task. In fact, it will likely take a couple of days to complete. To make the challenge a bit easier and to save some money in the process, there are some simple tips to use when eliminating your home of unnecessary junk.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fun April Fool’s Day Pranks for Families

april fools day pranks
April Fool’s Day is a great day to have a lot of fun with your family and friends. There are so many epic pranks that you can pull. Now, you can live up to the name of this day with these ideas that will totally confuse (and may even scare) your family.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Healthy Treat Ideas for Homemade Easter Baskets

homemade easter baskets
The Easter Bunny is known for being the bearer of sweet gifts. However, this Easter, you don’t need to give the kids a sugar high just from looking at their Easter baskets. Instead, fill them up with things that are good for them. Here are a few options.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fun St. Patrick's Day Recipes

st. patrick's day recipes
St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to spend time with your family while learning about the Irish culture and enjoying some Irish food.  Below, you will find Irish recipes that will give you and your family a great variety of Irish dishes.




Monday, March 7, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Families

St. Patrick's Day Activities
St. Patrick’s Day is a day that is celebrated by all, regardless of whether you are Irish or not. Just like Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day is a time when families can count their blessings and enjoy a great family meal while having fun with a variety of activities. All of this, and there is also the added fun of tricky little leprechauns and those lucky green shamrocks! If you are looking for some fun activities to do with your family, you have come to the right place.

Start off Green 

Green is the color theme for the day and you can start out right by having green milk in the morning along with your breakfast. Surprise the kids with the milk and let them know that the leprechauns must have come in the night to make the milk green. You can also add green food coloring to your morning eggs. If you are going out, McDonald’s always has green Shamrock Shakes for the holiday.

Enjoy Some Irish Culture 

Not everyone knows the art of Irish step dancing, but there are places in many cities where you can go and enjoy watching this lively dance. You can also watch things like Lord of the Dance, Riverdance and other Celtic dancing videos.

Leprechaun Traps and Other Fun 

 If you have small children, you might try making some traps for the Leprechauns. This is easily done and only requires a few materials. Take a shoebox and cover it with either green paper or green paint. You might add a few shamrocks to it to entice the Leprechauns. Take a small stick and tie a piece of Leprechaun bait to it, leaving some length in the string so that the bait is inside the trap when the stick is propping the box up. When the leprechaun takes the bait, the string will be pulled and the trap will close. Leave the trap out overnight and in the morning, maybe the kids will find a few shamrocks or even a Leprechaun hat inside.

You can also have the kids conduct a Leprechaun hunt outdoors. While they are outside, leave a trail of shamrocks from the door to their room. Mess up their rooms and blame it on the Leprechauns when they come inside and notice.

There are all sorts of fun things to do on this holiday. Paint your hair green, go to a St. Patrick’s Day parade, wear green clothes…and if you happen to be in Chicago, you can watch as the city, and the river turn green for the holiday!

Does your family celebrate St. Patrick's Day? What are some fun activities you do?

Monday, February 29, 2016

How Planting a Garden can Save Money on Food Costs

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We all know that sadly, money doesn’t just grow on trees, but that doesn't stop our kids from eating. When you are raising a big family, you spend a lot on food...A LOT! It is possible to save money by growing a vegetable garden. In fact, if you listen to a seed company called Burpee, having a vegetable garden of your own can get you a savings at a ratio of 1 – 25. In other words, if you spend $50 on seeds, that can get you a savings of $1,250 for veggies that you no longer need to buy. Not too bad for a little money and a little time. Not to mention, with Spring right around the corner, it's a great way to spend some time with the family and to get everyone involved.

Benefits of a Vegetable Garden 

Most homeowners find gardening appealing when it comes to flowers and shrubs, but can be a bit intimidated by the thought of a vegetable garden because of the commitment that it requires. That being said, there are more benefits to a vegetable garden than just saving money.

1. Vegetables fresh from the garden are delicious.
2. You know exactly what is going on with your food and what goes into it.
3. Vegetables that are eaten when they have just been picked have more nutritional content.

Which Vegetables will Offer the Most Savings? 

For those looking to save money by having a vegetable garden, take a hint from experienced gardeners who opt for the same seeds each year. While the varieties might change, the old standbys are carrots, beans and tomatoes.

If you are just now considering to get into saving money by gardening, Burpee has chosen 6 of the classic vegetable seeds that you can grow and then harvest throughout the summer.
  • Bush snap beans 
  • Lettuce 
  • Carrots 
  • Bell peppers 
  • Garden peas 
  • Tomatoes 
How much money you can actually save by growing your own vegetables can fluctuate as the prices of produce rises and falls. However, you will never see a vegetable garden that needs a financial bailout.

Ready to Start Planting? 

For you first time gardeners, just be ready to dig a lot of holes. Gardening is not a passive activity. You can’t just plant the seeds and then forget about them. Look for a sunny area in your yard. Even a small, 20’ x 20’ space will give you the room that you will need for a variety of veggies while not overwhelming you.

The key element to a fantastic garden are warm weather and exposure to the sun. Don’t coddle them, over water, or overfeed them. Give them access to the sun and let them do their thing.

Do you grow your own garden to save money on food costs?