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23 Simple, Time-Saving Hacks to Make Hosting Thanksgiving Easy

23 Time-saving hacks to make hosting thanksgiving easy - Whether you're entertaining for the first time or tenth, you will find lots of good advice and practical tips in this article including ideas for dinner menu items, shopping list, and make ahead preparation. Tips and a checklist for a simple family celebration with kids. Great for a crowd of friends including products you need, recipes to make, and a special method for roasting the turkey.

Getting ready to host Thanksgiving dinner can get a little {ahem} stressful, but it doesn’t have to. Using these 23 time and sanity-saving hacks, along with the timelines and printables in my ebook, How to Host a Stress-Free Holiday Meal, you can serve a simple and easy feast and actually get to sit down on the big day! Plan ahead. You absolutely, positively, must start a few weeks in advance by planning out your menu and making a grocery list. Then you’ll be ready to cook the make-ahead dishes before the actual holiday, and that will make everything go a lot … Read more

Fall Bucket List for Kids – Free Printable for Family Fun

Fall bucket list - Over 100 ideas for kids, teens, families, and adults for the autumn season! Includes crafts, recipes, and lots of fun activities indoors and outdoors. Free printable.

Have you ever heard of a bucket list? I’m thinking that you probably have, thanks to the wonderful movie by the same name a few years ago (like eleven!), and its many incarnations all throughout social media. Just in case you haven’t, the bucket list is supposed to be a list of things you want to do “before you kick the bucket.” I’ve taken a little different spin on it, creating lists of things for families to do in the season that they’re in, fun things to enjoy before the world moves on to something else, before life changes too … Read more

Cherry Crest Adventure Park & The Amazing Maise Maze Review – Family Fun in Lancaster, PA

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm Review - Lancaster, PA attraction for families and kids. Includes one of the best corn mazes in the US as well as many other attractions!

Now and then, we stumble upon a family fun outing that is so awesome that we arrive early and stay late. We had one such trip last Friday. I had been contacted by the PR representative for Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in reference to some new activities they have for this season, and I asked if they would host my family for a day during our July staycation. They agreed, and I told the kids we were going to a corn maze. Boy did I have that wrong! Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is so much more than a corn maze.  … Read more

10 Tips to Exercise With Your Kids

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This is a post I originally published in October 2012, but it seems appropriate to republish now. I’m 6 months post bariatric gastric sleeve surgery, and I make my girls go on a walk with me every day. We walk about 1.5 miles at lunch, although I’m thinking about adding a second walk after work. 10 Tips to Exercise With Your Kids According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, if one parent is obese, there is a 50 percent chance that their children will also be obese. When exercise becomes part of the family culture, everyone wins. … Read more

The Best Games for Elementary School Kids

The Best Games for Elementary School Kids

  Elementary school kids need to play games. They need to play games because games reinforce math and reading concepts, reasoning and analytical skills, and good sportsmanship. Not to mention that games are just plain fun. We all need to have fun and play just for the sake of playing. (Brené Brown talks about this in The Gifts of Imperfection.) The 12 games that follow are my favorite elementary school kid games. Older kids and adults will like them all, too. Because they’re fun and interesting. There are 18 awesome games on my preschooler list plus: Guess Who Game – I am preferable … Read more

The Best Games for Preschoolers

Tips and ideas for the 30+ best simple and easy preschool board, dice, and card games for little kids to play together or with adults, especially since they can't do reading. These games make great gifts to buy and are the perfect addition to any home's game basket. Great to play on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, or any holiday. Games for young children.

We are a game playing family. It took Grace a few years to catch on to taking turns and good sportsmanship, but then no kid grows understanding those innately. Allie is a little better at this age than Grace was, but she still needs a lot of encouragement and sometimes walks away in the middle of a game. We play on. I think it’s really important to play games as a family. We even play games with Old Grandma when we visit her. The Best Games for Preschoolers Candy Land – I played this as a kid, and my kids love it, … Read more