When I was younger, pumpkin carving was my favorite part of autumn (except, of course, for getting candy on Halloween). My family and I would put enough newspaper down to cover most of the kitchen floor, and we would all get to work creating our own jack-o-lanterns. This tradition died after a while, as my brothers and I grew up, moved out, and started making traditions of our own. But I still held (and continue to hold) a special place in my heart for decorating pumpkins in the fall. I’ve made sure to carve or decorate at least one pumpkin a year, regardless of who joins me in the process. It just wouldn’t be fall without it! So, after a lifetime of trial and error, I’ve come up with quite a few tips to make the process go smoother to ensure that I can continue this tradition no matter how busy I may be. So, if you’re looking for ways to make pumpkin decorating a bit easier, or if you’re trying your hand at it for the first time, these 11 Pumpkin Decorating Tips are sure to help you out, whether you’re carving or going a less traditional route.
Chicken is definitely my favorite source of protein. It’s yummy, versatile, and generally inexpensive. The one downside is that pretty much every chicken recipe that looks good to me is loaded with carbs. Or, at least, every chicken recipe that shows up randomly on the newsfeeds of my social media accounts. Regardless, in my attempt to keep a low-carb diet, I usually just end up eating chicken with… chicken. And seasoning and veggies, of course. Which is fine for a few days (or weeks…) in a row. But after a while, it can get pretty boring. So, after some hunting, I’ve found some great recipes to switch up my meals. If you, too, are sick of eating plain old chicken, you’ll love this list of 13 Low Carb Chicken Recipes. It’s full of recipes so delicious that you won’t miss the carbs at all!
My first time camping was, to be honest, a bit disastrous. You see, I was about three years old, and my two older sisters were five and nine. My parents were not prepared in the least. There was a lot of crying, a lot of complaining, and if my parents had gotten a dollar for every time the phrase “I’m bored” was uttered, they would’ve left our campsite a whole lot richer. I consider myself lucky that I had the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. The biggest mistake was that they didn’t plan enough to do during the day. During the nighttime, there was the campfire, s’mores, and storytelling. But when the sun came up? Yikes.
I’ve since been determined to never fall into that trap. Whenever I go camping with children, I always make sure to have tons of fun activities planned. If you, too, want to avoid my parents’ blunder (because, spoiler: you don’t ACTUALLY get paid for every “I’m bored”), this list of 12 Fun Camping Games for Kids will keep the complaining to the minimum, so everyone in your family can enjoy the trip.
The 4th of July was one of my favorite holidays while growing up. Every year, my family would pack up a blanket and head to our local high school, where they would set off fireworks on the football field. We would run around and play, we’d grab snacks from the concession stand, and when it started to get dark, we would all snuggle up together to watch the show.
Now that I’m older, I’ve been looking to start some 4th of July traditions of my own. I still love the holiday and all that it represents, and I want my children to someday share in that appreciation. If you, too, have been looking for ways to make lasting memories, this list of 18 Fun 4th of July Traditions to Start with Your Family is sure to give you some great ideas.
Ice cream and popsicles are honestly my favorite part of warm weather. Seriously. I could eat an entire tub of the stuff in one sitting (not that I know from experience or anything). Unfortunately, my body doesn’t like ice cream quite as much as my taste buds do, and I usually end up really regretting even a couple scoops. After trying to cut ice cream completely out of my diet for the hundredth time, I decided to try to find a better way. And, there are actually tons of healthier ice cream options that get rid of all that regret before it starts. So, if you’re anything like me, don’t give up just yet! This list of 16 Healthy Ice Cream Recipes You Can Enjoy Guilt Free includes some of the best ice cream options out there, and they’re all so delicious, your family won’t know the difference!
The last day of the school year can be pretty bittersweet. On the one hand, you and your child are saying good-bye to another chapter of life, and that can be a little sad. But on the other hand, who doesn’t love summer?! The warm, sunny days spent poolside, the freedom to sleep in just a little bit longer… Definitely something to celebrate! This year, try ending the school year and kicking off the summer in a fun, memorable way with these 16 Last Day of School Traditions.
Fun Last Day of School Traditions for the Kids
1. Send your child to their final day of school with a sharpie and something for their friends to sign. I’ve used t-shirts for this in the past, but cloth bags, pillow cases, and even beach balls work great too!
2. Take a picture of your child wearing a large t-shirt with the year they’ll graduate high school on the front. It’s super fun to see them growing into the shirt as they get older, and they’ll appreciate the pictures when they finally do graduate.
3. Count down to the last day of school. Make your own countdown out of paper chains, balloons, or whatever else you can find. Start a week or two before the last day, and get excited with your child as the last day approaches!
4. Have a celebratory dinner after your child gets out of school. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Simply eating pizza together as a family will be a great last-day-of-school memory and an excellent way to start the summer.
5. Host a small party outside with some of your child’s friends from school.
6. Put together a summer reading list with your child. Go to the library or bookstore to get reading right away.
7. Start your summer with a splash. Have a water balloon fight, break out the hose or sprinkler, or head to a pool.
8. Enjoy sweet, cool treats together to celebrate their last day. Try ice cream, root beer floats, or lemonade. You can even make the treats together beforehand!
9. Send your child to their last day of school with a thank-you note or gift for their teacher.
10. Have a bonfire in your backyard. Ceremoniously toss all of the unnecessary papers from the last school year into the fire.
11. Recreate your child’s first day of school photo with by having them stand in the same place. You can also have them wear their first day of school outfit from earlier in the year to show how much they’ve grown.
12. Reflect on the school year by holding an end-of-the-year interview with your child or by having them write a letter about the school year. Save these, and give them to your child when they graduate high school.
13. Make a scrapbook of the things that happened over the school year. Include pictures, report cards, and important papers or projects.
14. Give your child all of their summer essentials. Take stock of what summer items didn’t survive the school year (think: bathing suit, sandals, pool toys, sunglasses, etc.) and give your child new things on their last day of school. Or, you can turn it into a fun shopping trip and let your child come with you to help pick things out.
15. Sit down as a family and make a summer bucket list together. Write down all of the things that you and your children hope to do this summer to get them excited for the months to come.
16. Decorate your house for summer to get everyone excited. Hang a banner, streamers, and balloons in summery colors.
Make the last day of this school year, and all school years to come, a lot less “bitter” and a lot more “sweet”. These traditions are sure to get you and your family pumped for all the summer fun to come.
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Traveling with kids can be such a rewarding experience. Getting to share your favorite spots with them, seeing the look of wonderment on their faces, and making unique memories that will last a lifetime make it all worthwhile. But it can be easy to forget about all of those joys when you’re six hours into what probably feels like the longest drive of your life. We’ve all been there. To help you keep your sanity, here’s a list of 17 Road Trip Hacks that will make your drive a lot more enjoyable.
It’s finally starting to get warm again, and I could not be more excited. There are so many great date options in the spring. Don’t get me wrong, winter dates can be very romantic. But there’s just something about fresh (warm!) air that guarantees a fun time. So, in my excitement, I’ve made a list of 24 Cheap Spring Date Ideas. I can’t wait to try them all, and I hope that you find something that you and your significant other will enjoy, too!
Family traditions are so important. They’re a great way to strengthen your family’s bond, teach values, and offer comfort and security to your children. Since Easter is just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start a new holiday tradition with your family. Choose one (or several) ideas from this list of 19 Easter Traditions to Start with Your Family, and make some lasting memories this year.