10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Farmers’ Market

Summer is here! And that means there’s probably a Farmers’ Market near you that is in full swing. Farmers’ Markets are great places to find local and organic produce, handicrafts, pastured meats and dairy, and homemade goodies. Just make sure that you follow these 10 tips to make your visit to the Farmer’s Market as good as it can be.

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4 Hidden Dangers to Watch Out for This Summer

Time spent outdoors this summer, and especially as we head into the slightly cooler months of fall, can make the best childhood memories — family hikes, camping trips, and trail explorations. However, they can also make for some pretty itchy–possibly poo-filled — situations that while yes, they too will be memorable, they may not be the childhood memories you’re hoping for. Learn how to spot and prevent common natural dangers in your woods and waters to keep outdoor childhood memories pleasant!

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20 Thrifty Indoor Activities to Beat the Summer Heat

It’s July. It’s still summer break. You’ve exhausted all your in-town-fun resources. It’s sweltering outside, and your kids are B-O-R-E-D. Sounds like a recipe for disaster. Don’t fear! Just keep scrolling for 20 summer fun ideas that are easy, inexpensive, and can be done in the comfort of your air-conditioned home (or in your backyard if you choose).

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5 Tips to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

Sneezing your head off? Watery eyes? Runny nose? Congested? We know the feeling.

Having all of these symptoms at once usually means you have allergies, whereas, if it were a cold, you would typically have each of these symptoms separately. Also, a cold commonly comes on during the winter months, and seasonal allergies are more common in the spring, summer and fall, since this is when trees, plants, and grasses are pollinating. Unfortunately though, indoor allergies can cause symptoms all year long.1

So, what do we do about these allergens making our life miserable?

First, we can start where we spend so much of our time. Today we discuss a few ways to reduce allergens in the home.

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Homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

That’s right, today is the day that Americans celebrate one of the most popular desserts in the country. Every third Sunday in July since 1984 (thanks President Ronald Reagan!) the USA gathers together to eat a scoop of happiness, for no other reason, we think, than just because ice cream is plain ‘ol good!

So be sure that sometime today, you join your fellow Americans in dusting the ice cream maker off and whipping up a pint of our summer delicious, melt-in-your-mouth homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream.

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6 Social Media Vacation Safety Tips

As you’re admiring the breathtaking sunsets and beautiful scenic landscapes while capturing them with your smartphone and sharing them on your social media outlets, the risk that you’re putting yourself and your family at is activated.

Though it’s tempting to share a photo of your son climbing on a historic landscape or frolicking on the beach, it can be an advertisement for burglars saying “I’m not home! So, feel free to stop by and see what cool things you can take from my empty home!”

A recent survey, conducted by Friedland, reveals that 4 out of 5 burglars use Facebook and Twitter to select their victims. They further point out that 78% of burglars search media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare as their means of selecting their targets. 54% percent also go on to say that homeowners updating their status and whereabouts on social media sites is a common mistake

Here are 6 Social Media Vacation Safety Tips to help decrease your chances of becoming a burglary victim while on vacation.

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10 Screen-Free Summer Activities for Kids

Did you know that the average kid between the ages of 2-6 spends about two hours a day in front of a screen (and, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, that’s a conservative number)?  What’s more, the AAP estimates that kids ages 8-18 spend more than seven hours a day looking at screen media.

Gulp.

This summer, let’s shift the media imbalance, ok? Let’s pledge to get moving, go outside and make some lasting memories! Here are 10 screen-free activities you and your family can do this summer.

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Children And Water: The 411 on Proper Hydration

It is no secret that all living things need water to survive, including your children. Nowadays when you enter the grocery store you are surrounded by so many drink options. There are endless aisles of flavored waters, coconut waters, kombuchas, juices, sodas and so much more. With so many options it may be hard to steer your child in the direction of simple water. However, it is important as a parent that you understand the importance of getting your little ones on the water bandwagon. Water makes up more than half of your child’s body weight and is essential in helping them stay hydrated during these long and hot summer days. Instilling the early habit of drinking water is critical for your children’s great longterm health.

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Our Favorite Lunchbox Ideas and Must Haves

If you are like the majority of moms, you find it challenging to achieve the balance between healthy, tasty and what our kids will actually eat when it comes to packed lunches. Some children have issues with textures, others with taste, then there are kids who are picky about how their food looks. Today we have put together a few lunchbox ideas that incorporate all three issues while still exposing them to different smells, tastes and textures and keeping their lunch fun, themed and healthy.

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8 Ways to Sneak Learning into Your Child’s Summer

You’ve heard about the summer learning slump before. Libraries across the country lament the loss of one month of reading skills during the summer and aim to encourage reading through various reward programs. Unfortunately, there’s more to the story.

Not only do children lose an average of one month of reading and schooling, they lose two months worth of math skills, four months of math computational skills and 5 months of spelling skills! It’s going to take more than a few trips to the library to ameliorate sliding math and spelling skills, but it might just be a bit more fun. Today we offer some fun ideas to get you started.

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Fun in the Sun with Little Tikes

Summer is upon us and that means it’s time to get out and play! Warmer weather, longer days and no school means parents are looking for ways to get their kids outside and busy. Little Tikes is here to rescue you from hearing “I’m bored!” with their line of summer toys that will have your kids begging to go out in the yard and play! From small ones to big ones, these toys will bring smiles to all your kid’s faces by keeping them busy and happy all summer long.

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Stay Sane this Summer with Sun, Stimulation and Staycations!

Summer’s here — hooray! The kids are home, the days are sunnier, hotter — and longer. Gulp. Now insert soundtrack of whiny “I’m bored’s,” Frozen playing for the millionth time in the background, the washing machine humming because your kids seem to always be getting sticky, muddy, and sweaty, and the sound of the ice cream truck rolling down the street promptly at nap time, no matter when nap time is.

Feel your pulse quickening? Don’t! We’ve got you covered with lots of fun, educational, and inexpensive (or free!) ideas. You’re welcome!

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Gear Guide: Tula Baby Carriers

There’s a reason why Tula ergonomic baby carriers are world-renowned in the baby-wearing world: they are amazing.  The Tula carrier will transform your life with your baby – making it easier to get things done during the day and bond with your baby at the same time.  There’s truly nothing like being close to your little one throughout the day: baby loves it, and mama can enjoy the closeness while working around the house, exercising outside, shopping, or whatever tasks are on the day’s to-do list.  And best of all? It’s comfortable.  So comfortable that you can actually wear a 45 pound toddler with ease.  

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6 Tips for Summer Trips to Grandma’s House

Ahhh, summer. Hot days spent at the pool, magical nights spent outside catching fireflies — and fun overnights at Grandma’s house! We know that traveling with kids is tricky, especially when visiting a not-very-kid-proofed-place like Grandmas. But with the right gear, organization and planning, your trip to Grandma’s this summer will be fun, memorable and stress free!

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What We Don’t Know: Social Media and Teens

Technology is a tricky thing; we need it but there are exponential harms if misused. Like every other tool, social media can be a valuable tool to bond and communicate with others or can be used as a weapon to bully, stalk, or harm your child. Even the most unintentional slip-ups can have long lasting, and very painful, public consequences. Read on for tips to keep your kids safe when using social media.

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