Sep 30 2015
Today is the last day of September so it's time to get moving on our fall bucket lists! The autumn season is filled with so many fun activities for the whole family. Take a look at the fall bucket list we've put together to give you some fun ideas for your weekends in October and November!
1. Visit a pumpkin patch
2. Go apple picking
3. Go to a corn maze
4. Take a scenic drive
5. Go to a football game
6. Bake an apple or pumpkin dessert
7. Drink hot apple cider
8. Go to a local fair or festival
9. Take a hayride
10. Go to a haunted house or theme park
11. Have a bonfire
12. Go on a picnic
13. Carve pumpkins
14. Watch scary movies
15. Shop for Halloween costumes
16. Go on a hike
17. Build a scarecrow
18. Plant mums
19. Host a Halloween party
20. Make caramel apples (or just eat them)
Tags:fall bucket list, fall activities, things to do in fall, family fall activities, autumn bucket list, autumn activities
Sep 17 2015
It's that time of year! Time to decorate your home with pumpkins and scarecrows. We love when our residents decorate for the seasons so we've compiled a list of 10 great fall balconies to give everyone a little inspiration this year!
Tags:fall balconies, fall decor, autumn decor, fall porch, autumn porch
Sep 11 2015
Before you get together with friends and family to watch football this weekend, watch this video for a great craft idea. You can join the refs in making calls right from your living room with these DIY penalty flags!
Tags:diy penalty flags, football, diy, crafts, football crafts, fall crafts
Sep 08 2015
September can be a hectic time of year. We are no longer jetting away on tropical vacations or relaxing on the lake. Instead, we are getting our kids back to school and preparing our home for another busy year ahead. In order to lower stress levels and keep things organized while making the seasonal transition, read these great tips!
1. Keep a calendar. Some people like to use their cell phone calendars, others like a hand-held planner. Whatever your preference, start recording dates for important meetings, football practice and piano recitals before you forget.
2. Organize your documents. Get a file cabinet and designate specific folders for important documents. Bills, medical charts, permission slips, etc. They can all find an organized place to live.
3. Meal plan. Spend some time on Sundays planning out your family meals for the week (including lunches) so you aren't looking for quick fixes in a rush during the week.
4. Cook extra. If you are cooking a big meal, double the recipe! You can freeze your extra food and easily thaw it out for dinner on a busy week night when you have a lot on your schedule.
5. Give everyone a job at home. Chores not only teach responsibility, they can be helpful to you! Delegate the laundry sorting and dishwasher emptying to family members to take some of the load off yourself.
Tags:fall organization, getting back on track, how to transition to fall, getting family ready for school year
Aug 28 2015
It's back to school for many local towns so we wanted to share some money-saving tips! Buying notebooks, pens and folders for school doesn't seem like much, but it can certainly add up! Before heading to your local office-supply store with your list, check out these tips!
1. Check out what you already have. If you have a home office or a supply closet at home, take a quick sweep and see how many items you may already have on hand before you buy them brand new.
2. Check out your local Dollar Tree. There's no need to spend too much on certain items. Instead, spend only a dollar on lots of desk-essentials.
3. Read your local flyers. It's the time of year for back to school items to be on sale. Read your local store flyers and see who is offering the best prices on items before heading to your "usual" store.
4. Stick to your list. Make a list of "must-haves," (which is usually provided by your child's teacher) and stick to it. There's no need to buy unnecessary amounts of supplies.
5. Set a budget and stick to it. Give each of your children an amount they can spend and don't go over. This is also a great lesson for them to learn how to budget!