New Mommy? 3 Strategies To A Smooth Transition Back To Work

Becoming a mom changes your world, but it may not change your need or desire to return to work when your maternity leave is up. Without some planning, your first day back to work could be the first time you and your new baby are apart, which can be difficult for both of you. Thankfully, there are ways to make the transition easier for you both.
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Baby On Board: 4 Tips To Finding A Family-Friendly Car

One of the main concerns of new parents is keeping their baby and enjoying convenience when it comes to traveling on the road. When you want to travel in a spacious vehicle that accommodates your baby, it’s important to use a family-friendly car. Once you’re ready to find the right vehicle to purchase for your growing family, there are a few important tips to follow.
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3 Manly Activities To Enjoy With Your Son

Having guy time with your son is important, but life is busy and you may not be as close to your son as you once were. You may be wondering what fun, masculine activities are good to share with your son now. We’ll go over three manly activities you can enjoy with your son that have cool, real-world practical benefits as well.
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Family Dinner: 3 Tips For a More Enjoyable Evening

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The evening is the time where everyone in the family is home. The kids are finished with their homework and are tuckered out after sports practice, and the parents are ready to retire after returning from work. Days tend to be crazy, but we still want to dedicate our time to family, but sometimes it can be quite a hassle getting everyone together in the evening. The adults are tired, the kids won’t stop bickering, and the teen has done enough whining and complaining. But there is hope! Here are a few tips to make your evening more enjoyable.
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Safety First: 5 Things To Know Before Buying A Family Car

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Purchasing a car is serious business. Besides a home, a car will be one of the biggest purchases that you will make. When you are purchasing a car for your family the stakes are even higher. There are many things to consider before committing to a vehicle. By being an informed consumer you can give yourself the peace of mind that comes with making the best purchase.
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Take Your Family Back in Time at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Myrtle Beach #mtfan #Review

Medieval Times  – Kings, Swords and More

Raising two boys (three if you count my husband), there are a few things that are always on our family’s radar. Common questions we always hear are, “What are we doing today?” and “What’s for dinner?”. All the while, trying to find the most adventurous and exciting ways to spend family time. Medieval Times combined both entertainment and food into a dynamic family night!

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Managing a Family Budget for Five

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Managing a family budget is probably about as much fun as sitting in rush hour traffic. The thing is that you don’t want to allow it to consume your entire life. Once you have your budget in place, maintaining it should only take a few minutes. Here is how to manage a family budget for five.

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Great Ideas to Beat Summer Boredom

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So many children look forward to summer vacation because it’s time away from school. When parents have full-time jobs, the kids can easily get bored because of the excessive amount of free time on their hands. Other than helping with chores and yard upkeep, kids need fun activities to partake in too. These simple ideas below don’t necessarily cost a lot of money. I hope they help you beat summer boredom with your kids, on a budget or not, this summer.

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Create a Special Thank You Book with Blurb

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  You know it will be here before you know it!!  What are you thankful for?

Do something unexpected this year.  Why not create a little thank you book for your friends and family?  They would absolutely cherish it.  This year, you can make a small book for each relative or good friend by using Blurb! If you create your books now you will have more time to shop and prepare for Thanksgiving dinner later! 😉

Blurb is offering our readers a 15% off code:  TAKE15 now through 9/9/13.  Create a special thank you book for the special people in your life with Blurb!

Fun Backyard Activities for the Family

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With cooler weather right around the corner, we need to get outdoors and enjoy our backyards with the family!  The weather is still beautiful and we might as well soak up the sun while we still can.  Plus, with the kids already back in school, a little quality time spent would be a good thing.

We all enjoy eating, right?  Consider having your next meal outside.  Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, create a space for your family to enjoy it outdoors.  If you have a barbeque grill, use it for weekday dinners or weekend lunches.  Grilled food always taste good!

If you don’t own a grill, consider having a backyard picnic, or picnic in the park.  These are a few of my favorite picnic foods: subs, coleslaw, salads, crackers, cheese, fruit, cookies, and pretzels.  Pack a cooler full of drinks and a blanket and you’re good to go!  If you’re not sure what to take along, try getting some picnic ideas off of pinterest.

Swimming is always at the top of my kid’s fun list.  Our grandma has a pool in her backyard and that is always good family fun  – barbeque and swimming! If you don’t have a pool, there are other fun activities, get creative!  My husband and I go out and throw a football with our kids.  We practice baseball too.  We take walks while the kids ride their bikes or scooters along with us.  Yesterday after our walk, the kids filled up water balloons and we had a water balloon fight.  Guess who got wet?  Yes, mama did! 🙂

Since fall is quickly approaching, now is probably a good time to pick up a cheap water sprinkler or water guns. If your family likes to play sports check out the volleyball nets and basketball hoops.  Besides being fun, they offer great exercise!  Do you remember playing kickball?  Well, it is still fun!  I was surprised to see how engaging kickball still is for the kids.  I guess some things never change. 😉

If you are contemplating a summer campout, why not try it out first in the backyard?  It will make life so much easier just in case you forget any must have supplies.  If anything major comes up you can all go inside!  Plus, the kids will simply love the adventure of sleeping outdoors!

There is so much to do in your own backyard.  Go spend time with the family and make memories!!  You won’t regret it. 🙂