Give Kids a Little Extra Back to School Attention: 4 Fun Surprises

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Use these ideas to plan a nice surprise for your child if they’re nervous for going back to school! The thought of going back to school might excite your kids because there’s so much to look forward to! They get to see all the friends they’ve missed over the summer, after all. But on the other …

The 2017 Chicago Cubs Baby Boom: Baby’s First Christmas Ornaments

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Baseball fans in Chicago are overjoyed once again – this time with a baby boom! To think, just over nine months ago we won the World Series! I was so amazed when this happened – and so proud to live in Chicago. Apparently, many of my fellow Chicagoans felt the same way, enough to celebrate …

Summer “Staycation” Ideas to Feel Like You’ve Traveled

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Paradise is a state of mind, so use these ideas to liven up a day trip! Every once in a while, I find a new word to add to my vocabulary. Apparently, a “staycation” is a vacation where you stay put instead of traveling out of your way! From what I can remember, we’ve always …

How to Plan a Memorable Beach Trip: Before, During & After

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Use these tips for before, during, and after your beach trip to make lasting memories with your kids! When the kids were very young, Russ and I would sometimes worry they wouldn’t remember our family vacations. We tried to prepare our trips to be as much fun as possible, but we were always uncertain if …

5 Fun Spring Activities for the Whole Family

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When your family has cabin fever, try these five fun outdoor activities. They’re easy and can last the whole day! Every year when the flowers start to bloom and the birds migrate home, I realize how cooped up we’ve been all winter long. The springtime stirs such a lively feeling that brings everyone outside like …