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Summer’s Here! Plan to Have Fun

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Ready to have a great time this summer with your kids? While spontaneous adventure is great, a little planning will ensure that you don’t spend the next three months playing video games. Make a summer to-do list We’ve done this for several summers now, thanks to some friends who passed on their family tradition to […]

Meal Planning: Easy Summer Meals

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Summertime says, “Slowdown and relax,” to me. It doesn’t mean that we really have a slower schedule. But fewer obligations, longer days, and warmer weather suggest a vacation mentality. Easier said than done. While the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer can’t usually take the whole summer off, there are things that we can do to […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Have Fun with Your Peeps This Summer

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One of the best ways to celebrate lazy summer days is to host a summer camp for your kids. Yes, your own kids. You may think that it is smooth sailing, once school lets out. Au contraire. Unless you’re up for unlimited video games and TV watching, you’re going to need a plan.

(I say this all the time, don’t I?)

Have Bag, Will Travel (or Go to the Beach, or the Park, or on a Picnic)

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Now’s the season for getting out and about. The weather is warming up. Spring fever has hit. And the outdoors beckons you to load up the family and head out for adventure.

But, do you ever find yourself…

at the beach or other fun locale, and the weather turns cold, and tshirts and shorts just won’t cut it?
on a family field trip at a location where budget-friendly meals are a foreign concept?
at the park for an impromptu outing and find that you have no balls or toys in the car?
on a road trip without sufficient activities for the kids to amuse themselves with?
on your way to a faraway special event only to find out that someone made it into the car without any shoes?

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

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Is it gone already? Where did it go? My 42 days of summer vacation are spent before I even got warmed up. And I had such big plans! How did I spend it? — I cleaned the schoolroom from top to bottom. My dreams to do the whole house fell by the way-side. I’m so […]

A Salad Buffet (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Salad’s On!)

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Summer is the perfect occasion for salads. It’s cool and crisp. It makes the most of fresh produce which are in abundance during this season. And a salad can be prepared ahead of time to keep the cook out of the kitchen on a hot summer day. For some bizarre reason, I have always been […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Digging for Dinosaurs

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Today is the 40th anniversary of man’s walk on the moon. Check out last week’s Camp Wannalaffalotta for all sorts of movies, books, and activities to share with your kids in honor of the lunar landing. This week’s Camp W is Dino-themed. Dinosaurs seem to be every kid’s fascination. They’re pretend, but they’re real at […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Blast Off Into Space and Celebrate the Lunar Landing

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Did you know that next week marks the 40th anniversary of the Lunar Landing and the success of the Apollo 11 mission? I’m amazed. I wasn’t born then, but FishPapa remembers watching it on TV when he was a young child. Man’s first walk on the moon was a pinnacle event for the United States […]