Summer Family Bonding Activities #UNPLUGGED

While you dreamed of the prospects of summertime just a few wintery months ago, you might find yourself at a loss when it comes to actually coming up with fun things for your family to do now that it’s actually here. The kids are out of school, the days are longer, and the iPad chargers are working overtime. If you’re grasping at straws for ideas on how to bond with your family this summer, fear not! We’ve compiled a list of the best outdoor family bonding activities, completely unplugged, that will quickly become some of your family’s favorite memories for years to come. Whether you like to relax and chill or be active and playful, we’ve got activities for everyone!

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Date Your Son: 10 Ideas for One-on-One Time

There is no denying the bond between a mother and her son, and although they can’t stay babies forever, they can continue to be our buddies. One way to nurture your relationship is to set aside one-on-one time to do something fun together outside of the home. It’s a chance to get to know one another beyond the boundaries of our daily routines; an opportunity to laugh, talk, play and teach. 

Here are ten date ideas that any Mother/Son duo would love.

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5 Tips for Enjoying America’s Pastime

The hot dogs, cracker jacks and the sound of the roar of the crowd as your team cracks the bat – this is how summer memories are made. Baseball is known as America’s pastime thanks to the years of summer nights spent cheering for your favorite team. With over 80 home games per season, finding tickets is easy and taking the whole family out for a game is a fun way to spend a few hours.

Before you head out for a game, read our list of quick tips to prepare for the evening.

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Not Your Momma’s Playlist….

This is NOT your Momma’s playlist – except it is; it’s your momma’s and your momma’s momma’s. This is a playlist that spans generations, bridges gaps, connects our littles to our grandmas, all while keepin’ it real. We’ve compiled a playlist that goes beyond typical toddler tunes by encouraging kids to listen and learn music that spans generations. Because let’s face it, one more day of “Let it Go” and we all might be running off to a secluded ice palace.

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A Mom’s Hell Week Challenge

This post brought to you by Erik Bertrand Larssen.

The content and opinions expressed below are that of Daily Mom.
Last weekend, we announced that one of our writers would be taking the Hell Week Challenge based on the book Hell Week: Seven Days To Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen. Well, I am that writer. My name is Kristen and I have been with Daily Mom for a year. I am a stay at home/work from home mama. I am checking in with you all to let you know how the Hell Week Challenge has gone for me so far. If you want to get ready to start your own Hell Week, order a copy of this book from Amazon and you can get started next week if you are ready! If you did not read our original post, check it out here. It explains how Hell Week works.

Hell Week has seven rules to follow every day, and each day has a theme that will challenge you in a different area of your life. And by challenge, I mean, force you to take a hard look at yourself and dig deep to be better! So, go check out the first post if you haven’t already and then come back here and see how the week has been for me so far.

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Smokin’ The New Season of Grilling

If you think grilling is the “thing” to do this summer, think again! John McLemore, a southerner through-and-through, was born an entrepreneur and accidentally became a cook. While testing cooking products designed by Masterbuilt, his family business, John and his brother Don, realized they had created a simple style of cooking recipes that are normally considered difficult.

He is the author of “Dadgum That’s Good!” and he’s about to show you the fool-proof way of smoking that will have your grilling days long gone no matter what season it is! 

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3 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe from Online Predators

In today’s digital age, kids are more technologically savvy than ever. Your kids probably play with apps on your smartphone and know how to watch videos on Youtube or record their favorite shows with the DVR. Parents use online learning games to teach their preschoolers everything from colors to phonics to counting. And it’s not uncommon for eight and nine year-olds to play games like Minecraft or visit websites linked to their favorite TV shows.

Kids should be encouraged to expand their horizons through computers, but it’s also important that they (and you as a parent) understand the dangers of online predators who can hide behind technology, and how to talk to your kids about it in order to keep them safe. 

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10 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon has a constant place in our households and on our tables. It is used in household cleaners for that fresh, clean smell and its cleaning power. It’s found in our water glasses at restaurants. It’s found in recipes for food and drink. Lemon is an all purpose great fruit to have around, but we are learning the extra punch that Lemon Essential Oil can provide!

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Junior Explorers: Teaching Kids Conservation One Classroom at a Time

In this day and age of environmental awareness and conservation, you often hear adults talking about leaving a better planet for the children who are going to inherit it… but is anyone talking to those kids about how to love and protect the planet and the life it sustains? Actually, yes, someone is! Junior Explorers Inc., a Brooklyn, NY-based edtech social enterprise, is dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards by developing products and digital experiences that connect kids to the planet. There has never been a greater time – or a greater need – to connect kids to nature and wildlife.  

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Build a Summer Adventure with The Boy Scouts of America

With warmer weather upon us and summer break here, it’s time for moms to pull out their lists of fun outdoor activities, because all moms know that two weeks into summer you’ll start hearing the familiar sounds of, “I’m bored!” and “There’s nothing to do!”

It doesn’t take long to run through the list of tried and true boredom busters like board games, running through the sprinkler, and going to the park. So it’s time to branch out and find a few not so common activities to keep the kiddos busy this summer. The Boy Scouts of America is hoping both parents and kids will take a look at their new series of videos called Handbook Hacks that launched on YouTube earlier this year.

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To Nanny or Manny? That Is The Question

If you ever thought about hiring a nanny… think again. There are “Manny’s” out there too! Meet Florence Ann Romano, author of Nanny and Me, a literary depiction to help children and parents understand the difficult transition of hiring a nanny. Just ask the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! They have their very own copy as this vital tool has been graciously accepted in households across the country and the world. During her whirlwind moments, Ms. Romano has discovered her lovely moments as an author after 15 years of being a nanny and caring for over 30 children! 

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Gifts for The Active & Outdoor Dad: Father’s Day 2016

For the dads that love to be outside and stay moving we bring you our compilation of great gifts! As you know, the men in our lives can be difficult to shop for, so with Father’s Day just around the corner we want to make your lives a little bit easier. We know how pivotal the roles of fathers can be, so this year if you are looking to let them know how great they are with a special gift… look no further!

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GF, DF & SF – Clean Eating On The Go

Summertime simplicity doesn’t have to be complicated when you want to be gluten, dairy and soy free! Just ask culinary celebrity chef, Amie Valpone, from Manhattan, NYC; serving not only herself, but a clientele of celebrities and busy people on the go.

She’s the author of the book, Eating Clean and she’s the founder of The Healthy AppleIf you have a busy lifestyle or plan to be on the go this summer, be ready to enjoy healthy, organic whole foods quickly and simply. 

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Gifts for the Tech Savvy Dad: Father’s Day 2016

With a whole new host of “smart” gadgets popping up in the market by the day it can be easy to feel like your head is spinning when you start shopping for the tech-savvy dad in your life. But the bottom line is that as confusing as it can be, you actually have a great selection of products to choose from. If you are shopping for somebody who can never have enough gadgets, then read on to see what we know are some of the top picks this year.  

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3 things you should tell yourself before getting into your swimsuit

It’s swimsuit season, usually a dreaded time for women everywhere, except for the ones whose bodies we ogle over, whose Instagram pictures we stare at until our eyes bleed, and those who make us feel like no matter how many hours we put into the gym or how many calories we count we will never amount to their bikini-goddess-role-modelness. What if this summer though, we learn how to embrace the body we’ve been graciously given, we try instead to become healthier rather than 6 pack toned, we enjoy our family and friends instead of living in the pit of gym-hell, and we tell ourselves a few things before getting into our swimsuit that might actually build us up instead of tear us down.

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