1. Launch a New, Annual Family Tradition for Summer

    Family PortraitSummer is a great time for families to build new traditions. Your family may already have favorite traditions such as birthday and holiday celebrations and so the idea of starting a new tradition may seem daunting. No worries. All you need to do to launch a new tradition is start an activity that can include the whole family. If everyone has a good time, find out why and then make plans to repeat the activity next year.

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  2. Budget-Friendly Activities for Father’s Day

    Family Playing CardsTight budgets can keep the reins on family entertainment and activities, but you don’t have to shell out a lot of money to have fun with dad. Dads love just about anything that involves having their family around. Just use your imagination and keep in mind dad’s interests and energy level when deciding which Father’s Day activities to pursue.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  3. Happy Father’s Day: Let’s Hear It for Dad!

    Father carrying daughterIt’s time once again for dads to take their place in the spotlight. When Father’s Day arrives on June 15, we’ll have many ways to honor the man who gave us life and/or love.

    Americans have been setting aside time in June to celebrate dads since the early 20th Century. However, Father’s Day only became an official observance in 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed the law establishing it as a permanent national holiday. Mother’s Day had already been an official holiday for 58 years.

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  4. Summer Mini-Vacations: Budget-Friendly Day Trips and Short Trips for the Next Family Adventure

    family bikingFor families with kids, summer can be long, and hot and – say it with us – borrrrring. Though – if you plan accordingly – you don’t have to spend a lot of time or a lot of money to create a summer full of fun family adventure. Make memories this summer and do some crucial family bonding with a “mini” vacation, perfect for families with kids.

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  5. Four Family-Centered Activities to Celebrate Mother’s Day

    mother-and-son-outsideThe heart of Mother’s Day is family togetherness. This makes it all-important to find an activity that the whole family can enjoy, while making mom the focus. So what’s the best way to accomplish both? Take the group outside to work on a project that will honor mom – and Mother Nature.

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    Categories: Living Green