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    Family Game Night

    Family Game Night

    If you are anything like me, I often find myself wondering how I am going to be able to juggle everything that life throws at me. Between going to work, taking the kids to school, doctor’s appointments, extracurricular activities and making dinner, I sometimes feel like the Ring Master of a circus. With weeknights and weekends full of things to do and the television and video games for when there’s not, I think it’s important to set aside designated time with the family, once a week, to spend quality time together. Our family has set up a Family Game Night for either Friday or Saturday nights, depending on what’s going on that week, and it’s our time to spend together, relax and have fun without any interruptions.

    Games:  It’s important to pick games that are fun for all ages, which will help to alleviate fights among the kids. However, since this can be a challenge at times depending on your kids’ ages, you can always play on teams, this will satisfy the older kids and still make the younger ones feel like they’re involved.

    Below are a couple of options that will help to contemporize your family game night, as well as a few of my favorites. You can find all 5 Ways to Bring Family Game Night Into the 21st Century by clicking here.

    1. Digital Games: The most important part of family game night is the game itself, but what should you play? If you’re not feeling traditional games of cardboard and plastic, there are plenty of digital options.Sure, games like Scene It? include a multimedia aspect, but you can go even further. Digitize your night by setting up an iPad in the middle of your table to play your favorites in a new way.Be sure to check out UNO HD, one of the hottest board game apps for iOS. Or if each family member wants to use his or her own device, download a game like Ludo (for iOS or Android) and play each other for some high-tech family bonding.
    2. Dice Rolling Apps: Everyone loves a classic: MonopolyYahtzeeClue — you name it, these games have stuck around for a reason. But how many times have you chosen a different game because someone in your family lost the dice a long time ago?Well, have no fear. As long as you have a smartphone handy, you’ll always have dice at the ready. There are multiple apps for both Android and iOS devices. Check out Teazel’s Dice app for Android and Mystery Coconut’s Pip app for iPhone and iPad.Using a BlackBerry or another brand of smartphone? Access websites with similar dice rolling services, via mobile web or your computer. Random.org’s virtual dice roller will generate random numbers for up to 60 dice.
    3. And who could forget about the Classics? Here is a list of some of our favorites mixed with some of the classics. What is your favorite game to play with the family?
      1. Monopoly
      2. Apple to Apples
      3. Scrabble
      4. Uno
      5. Skip Bo

    What are some of your fun family game night ideas? Leave us a comment.

    *Editorial Source: Mashable

    Beat the Summer Heat | Homemade Popsicles and 8 Other Ideas for Keeping Cool This Summer

    The most obvious way to beat the summer heat is visiting the beach, playing in a sprinkler or taking a dip in the pool. These ideas are fun and entertaining, but the monotony of repeating the same activity over and over and definitely create an “I’m bored” type of situation.

    One of our favorite ways to keep cool in the summer is to always have homemade popsicles on hand.  These can be low sugar treats to help kids keep cool, and Mom can even add extra nutrients like kale to homemade popsicles, which has no flavor, but will help to create a healthy addition to your child’s summer time treat!  Check out this Freezer Pop Maker by Progressive™ (makes 10 pops) on sale at Organize.com right now for $20.99. Even better, take advantage of their summer sale and get 15% off of all orders over $40.00 or more when you use coupon code: SUMMER15. Best of all, shop with confidence knowing that you will get FREE 2-Day Shipping with ShopRunner!

    Here are some more fun ideas to help mix things  up a little when it comes to chillin’ out this summer:

    Make a bicycle car wash.  Using ¾ inch PVC pipe poke/drill holes and place a hose inside and run your child’s bicycle under. If you are lucky, they might even get your car!

    Create a relay race with sponges. Have your children race from one bucket to the next. Each player needs to absorb water from one bucket, and then run over and fill the other bucket with their filled sponge only. The first person to fill it to the line or top of the bucket wins.

    Build a homemade water table. Fill a long plastic container with water. Add in fun items like beach toys, selecting some that will sink, and some that will float. Kids love to play in the water, and this is also great for science discovery!

    Make homemade bubbles. Mix 2/3 cup dishwashing soap (Joy or Dawn both work great), one gallon water and two to three tablespoons of glycerin (available in pharmacies or chemical supply houses). This is an easy, inexpensive and quick way to create some outdoor fun!

    Make sidewalk paint. Mix ¼ cup corn starch, ¼ cup water, and food coloring. Have fun using a hose, buckets or even a watering can to wipe off the images. Great way to cool down!

    Create a water balloon toss. To make it more fun, make the balloons soapy making it even harder to catch! After each successful toss, step back and see how far you can throw the balloon without it falling to the ground.

    Create a slip and slide. Using a large tarp or plastic sheet and baby oil or dishwashing soap, slide a long your front yard on floats. Be careful as the tarp can be slippery and be sure to remove from your yard pine cones, sticks, and other sharp objects.

    Create an obstacle course or water olympics.  Set up stations around your backyard including all or several of the games above.  Invite neighbors and friends for a fun day of friendly competition and cooling off! Serve homemade popsicles as prizes!


    10 Ways to Solve the “Are We There Yet?” Blues

    When it comes to travel, finding activity for the kids can be difficult. “Are we there yet?” seems to be the common anthem sung from the back seat, and usually not in harmony. Packing electronics including game systems, DVDs, and iPhones and iPads is always a great and easy solution,  but bringing out your child’s creativity and/or using an educational toy, might offer them something new and exciting to ease the length of the commute.

    Story Readers make great travel companions for kids. They can target a wide age range, and also offer some educational value at the same time! Right now, Toys “R” Us is offering all story readers for 25% off through July 21st, no coupon code needed!  Maximize your savings with FREE 2-Day Shipping with ShopRunner!

    Whether traveling in planes, trains, or automobiles, here are some more ideas to entertain your youngsters and provide mom and dad a break from the dreaded phrase “I’m bored”:

    • Pack a storage container and fill it will items just for the kids. Selecting one with a good lid is best for storage purposes. Throw in crayons, coloring books, reading books, snacks, etc. Keep it in the center to offer somewhat of a divider of back seat territory.
    • Play the alphabet game. First person to find a word from A to Z wins. For example one person might see an “Apple”, the next person spots a “Billboard”, and so on, until someone is left searching for a Zebra!  (or you could just choose to skip X and Z all together)
    • Keep a travel journal. In between destinations, have the kids write about their adventures, draw pictures of the sites they have seen, collect mementos like brochures, pressed flowers, etc. This is a fun way to create a priceless memory book of their vacation, and keep them occupied at the same time!
    • Designate 30-minute blocks of time for certain things. Have your kids spend 30 minutes playing road trip games (like “I Spy”, Name that Tune, the Picnic game, which starts out, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing an apple…” ), 30 minutes of quiet time, or on the flip-side, 30 minutes of loud music and singing along. These time blocks will offer some fun for the kids and helps to break up the long trips.
    • Grab some new Tunes. Borrow CDs from the library, fill up the iPod with new music, or purchase some audio books.
    • Easy Crafts. Pick up some pipe cleaners and store them in a large zip-lock baggie along with large beads and buttons, and let the creativity take over!  Make fun creatures, jewelry, or the kids could even make some fun shades for dad to wear as he drives!
    • Take on a new craft! Pack some yarn and teach the kids to make a friendship bracelets, or even go a step further and teach them how to knit. There are many kits in craft stores for tween age kids, and you can find instruction books in almost any library.
    • Pack Snacks. Stopping at gas stations can add up quickly, so make sure you have a cooler filled with fun and filling food and drinks.
    • Before leaving, create a scavenger hunt list for the kids. As you drive, have them locate  3 types of birds, 5 mammals, 4 types of trees, a red truck, a green car, a flag…. the ideas are endless.
    • Name Game Strand – Choose a famous person’s full name like Angelina Jolie, Using the first letter of the person’s last name, choose another famous person with the same letter as their first name like Justin Bieber. The next name could be Brad Pitt, and so on.

    Share some of your tips for solving the “are we there yet?” blues.