Sep 11 2014
We're still a couple weeks away from the first official day of fall but the temperatures have certainly made it feel like it's already here! With the season change comes a lot of great family-friendly activities for you to try! Here's a list of ideas to try between now and winter to get in the fall spirit!
1. Go apple picking
2. Visit a corn maze
3. Go leaf peeping
4. Go to a pumpkin patch
5. Carve pumpkins
6. Go on a hayride
7. Visit your local fair
8. Build a scarecrow
9. Go to a haunted house
10. Bake pumpkin and apple-flavored treats
Tags:fall activities, things to do in fall, autumn activities, things to do in autumn, fall ideas for kids
Sep 05 2014
Football officially kicked off last night and in some households Sundays are football days! Whether you are hosting a crowd or just feeding your family while watching games, we have some great recipes to fit the season!
Football Cheese Ball
Blue Cheese Hot Wings
Touchdown Taco Dip
Tags:football recipes, tailgate recipes, football snacks, appetizers for football
Aug 29 2014
Labor Day Weekend is officially upon us and that means school is sure to follow (if it hasn't already started!) Sometimes getting yourself organized and ready for school time can be overwhelming. Here are some tips that might help eliminate the chaos!
1. Check the weather - Before letting your kids choose what they want to wear for the first day of school be sure to check your local forecast! Early September weather can be very unpredictable and being prepared will help avoid any last minute changes the morning of school.
2. Set alarms the night before - Chances are while being on summer vacation your kids were sleeping later and not setting alarm clocks. Make sure alarms are set well before bedtime and even set a back up alarm on your phone just in case.
3. Make lunches right after dinner - While you're still in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner, start packing the lunches for the next day. This will save you the trouble of forgetting to do it or rushing to do it in the morning.
4. Make checklists - Want to pack up your kids backpacks? Make a checklist and cross off the items as you add them to their bag. Leave lunch as the last thing on the list and add it to their bags before they leave the house.
5. Test out the bus route - Does your child have to walk far to the bus stop? Make sure you give the walk a test run before the big day. Then you'll know exactly how long it takes to get from your front door to the location. Make sure you know what time the bus is scheduled to come too!
We hope everyone has a successful start to their 2014/2015 school year!
Tags:back to school, school tips, back to school organizing, how to get ready for school
Aug 26 2014
Check out the video below to learn how to make a simple and fun toy for your dog to enjoy!
Tags:dog toys, diy dog toy, water bottle dog toy, pet crafts
Aug 21 2014
Let's be honest...sometimes our laundry gets out of control! Whether we've been away on vacation or we've felt too lazy to throw in a load, the clothes can certainly pile up! Here are 10 tips for making your laundry situation a bit more manageable!
1. Invest in a laundry sorter - A stand that has 2 laundry bags (one for whites and one for colors) will make you feel much more organized. This will help you from having to pull out all of your whites from the pile on laundry day.
2. Keep your laundry essentials together - If you live in an apartment where you have to travel to the laundry room, try to keep your stuff together in one place! Keep a basket handy with your detergent, change, dryer sheets etc. This will save you the trouble of having to search for it all.
3. Choose designated laundry days - If you hate spending your weekends doing laundry, choose designated days during the week instead! If you do a load on Mondays and another on Thursdays, you will feel organized before and after every weekend.
4. Put the clothes away- After we've waited for the dryer to finish drying our clothes, the last thing we want to do is fold them and put them away. If they don't get put away quickly, they will wrinkle and piles will start forming. You'll thank yourself later if you put the laundry away ASAP.
5. Bring hangers with you - As you pull items out of the dryer that need to hang, put them on a hanger right away. This will help wrinkles from forming and will make it easier to put your clothes away.
6. Don't keep hampers in every room - If each room has it's own hamper, things could get out of control. Instead, have one central hamper (in your laundry room or in a centralized place) and when it's full, throw it in the washing machine.
7. Keep a bag for dry clean only items - When it's time to get items dry cleaned, throw them in a designated bag. This will save the mistake of accidentally washing your delicate items and will help you keep them organized for their trip to the cleaners.