Well here we are, it's the Memorial Day and you, the family and friends somehow find yourselves trying to find a way to be part of the holiday. I spoke to some friends at farmersalmanac.com and they had some ideas.
1. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. If the weather doesn’t cooperate and you have a household full of family, pull out the video camera. Sit your friends/family down individually, or as a group, and interview them for historical/remembrance purposes. Having a family member talk about the past is a great record to have. If an elderly grandparent is available, it would be a good time to get them talking about the family tree. If young children are there, ask them questions about today – their favorite color, song, friend – and then be sure to re-interview them a year later and see if their answers are the same.
2. Picture Day! Declare Memorial Day a day to go through old photos (and/or watch old family videos) organizing them and perhaps putting them into albums. Share pictures with friends and family members. Better yet, have friends bring baby pictures and play – name that baby with them.
3. Who’s afraid of a little mud? So it’s raining, but if it’s warm and you’re not afraid of the mud, go outside! Maybe a mudslide football game will be more fun the original poolside plans! Go ahead – get dirty.
4. History day. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country in the military. It was called “Decoration Day” because people used to visit graves of service people and decorate the graves with wreaths, flowers, etc. Use this day to learn more about US history and/or wars. If you’re crafty, decorate a wreath or poster with some interesting facts.
5. Inside picnics. Lay the blanket out in the family room, and enjoy your picnic foods indoors (you won’t have to worry about any ants visiting!).
There you have it, just a few ideas to help make Memorial Day enjoyable for everybody whether it's raining, you're laid up with an injury or if you just want to save some money. The most important thing is to spend time with family and friends, and remembering those who have served our country, or in the case of the next generation, will serve our country.
Well school is almost out, summer gets its unofficial start in a little more than a week and you're family wants to do something, but what? Well, I went online and prneswire.com wanted to give a few tips on what you and your family can do for that spring into summer vacation.
Tip #1: Choose items that do double duty.
"Pack lightly" is a phrase that doesn't always work when packing for kids. To help minimize the load, look for pieces that are comfortable enough for everyday wear, but can be easily dressed up when needed.
Swimwear: Swimwear styles in UPF 50, quick-dry fabrics make it easy and comfortable for kids to stay in their suits all day long. UPF 50 (the highest possible sun protection rating) also helps keep kids safe from harmful UV rays. Look for board shorts for boys and SwimMinis™ that double as a skirt for girls. Pair with a rash guard or tee shirt and kids are ready for fun in the sun.
Cover-ups: A stylish cover-up can be a girl's (and mom's) best friend. The Embroidered Tunic Cover-up and Flower Neck Cover-up are styled with details similar to girls' favorite dresses. Both can be slipped over a swimsuit for a quick change. For boys, Graphic Rash Guards with UPF 50 sun protection double as their favorite tee with cool, vintage-inspired Hawaiian surf patterns.
Tip #2: Bag the best beach essentials.
If the beach or a pool is part of your spring break plans, it's important to pack all the essentials for fun in the sun. Families with itineraries dominated by water-related activities can avoid the unpleasantness of wearing wet swimwear by packing two, or even three, suits for each kid. Don't forget to keep sunscreen and plenty of water in your beach bag.
High-quality swimwear: High-quality materials and details help swimwear last through repeated use in pools and salty ocean water. Look for quick-drying fabrics, modesty linings that prevent peek-through and adjustable features that give kids room to grow.
Beach Towels: Beach Towels in fun patterns and seafaring prints are a great way for kids to express their personalities.Don't be afraid to let kids have a little fun with their swimwear and outfits.
Tip #3: Focus on feet.
Kids will have a hard time enjoying a visit to the zoo or museum if their feet hurt. Parents should choose footwear styles that are well suited to their vacation activities – even if it means packing an extra pair.
Tip #4: Prepare for unexpected weather.
It's not always sunny in paradise. Keep the weather from raining on your parade by coming prepared with a lightweight jacket that will protect kids from rain and cold. If possible, choose a packable style that slips easily into a purse or backpack.
Tip #5: Select a superior suitcase.
It's no secret that luggage takes a beating, and kids are known for being rough on their stuff. Start by choosing luggage that is appropriately sized for pint-sized travelers. Then look for high-quality details such as lightweight, durable fabrics, telescoping handles and in-line skate wheels, to help it last trip after trip.
There you go, just a few tips to help get that first family trip underway and most importantly enjoyable. So go out and have fun, be safe and remember the most important thing you can take on any trip is your common sense.
May 13th 2012 is Mothers Day as I am sure we are all aware of by now. While some of you are trying not to stress out due to either forgetting or still trying to think of a special way to celebrates moms everywhere, I went to the Mothers Day professionals to advise us of some options.
A Day Together
Set aside all other plans and treat the mother in your life as a queen for the day. Turn the day into a one day adventure to someplace special. Grab the whole family and head to a favorite park, lake or ocean. Spending the time together is what really counts.
Gather all the grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles and other ‘mom’ family members together for a joint celebration. If the weather is nice a barbeque is the perfect venue.
Making a Mother’s Day celebration memorable and unique doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It could be as simple as heading to your favorite local ice cream shop and sharing an ice cream sundae.
Give Mom the Day Off
This could be the best gift of all. Encourage everyone to pitch in and let the moms in your life sit back and relax. They deserve it!
Give to Others
Mother’s Day is about honoring all mothers. This Mother’s Day help a mother in need by donating to organizations that help mothers and children.
There you go, some simple tips to make Mothers Day special, memberable and most importantly about mom. Thanks to momtastic.com for helping us celebrate Mothers Day, and thanks to moms everywhere!
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