Spring – A Time For Family Enjoyment

As spring approaches, families prepare for beautiful days filled with sunshine and fun. It is a favorite time of year as families often try to reconnect and spend much needed time together in the great outdoors. With the previous winter only a memory, they take advantage of what the “outside” offers. Warmer temperatures, picturesque views, nature, and more are at the fingertips of families who are willing to get out there and explore. Spring time offers many advantages and opportunities for families to get outside and enjoy themselves. The following are examples of fun outdoor spring time activities that you […] Read more »

16 Farmer’s Market Recipes

A farmers’ market consists of a group of farmers who have come together collectively to market their products directly to the consumer. At most farmers’ markets you usually meet the growers who produce your food.Try some of these spring recipes with items you purchase there. Zucchini Dip Finely shred enough zucchini to make 1/2 cup. Place in strainer and press out moisture. Blend with 1 cup plain low fat yogurt, and 1 minced clove of garlic, or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder. Add a dash of curry powder or other seasoning and chill 1 hour. Stir before serving. Serve with crisp […] Read more »

Gardening With Children

Spring is a great time of the year to involve your children in gardening. If you don’t have a green thumb yourself, you can learn together! Here are the benefits that gardening could easily provide the children with. 1. Science In planting, children are indirectly taught the wonders of science like the plant’s life cycle and how humans involvement can break or make the environment. They can have a first hand experience on the miracle of life through a seed. This would definitely be a new and pleasurable experience for the kids. 2. Life Watching a seed grow into a […] Read more »

4 Spring Time Smoothies

When the weather starts to warm up, it’s nice to cool off with a delicious smoothie that you and your family can make and enjoy! Banana Milk Shake Preparation Time: 5 minutes Number of Servings: 1 Ingredients: 1/4 cup non-fat dried milk 3/4 cup water 1 ripe banana 4 ice cubes Directions: Combine all ingredients in electric blender. Cover and mix on high speed until smoothies are thick and smooth. Paradise Freeze Preparation Time: 10 minutes Number of Servings: 4 Ingredients: 2 large, ripe bananas 2 cups strawberries 1 ripe mango, cubed 2 cups cranberry juice 12 ice cubes Directions: […] Read more »

Family Staycation Tips!

Lots of families are seeking inexpensive ways to enjoy quality time without spending a lot of money. If you check around your area, you’ll find there are plenty of fun things to do that don’t require an expensive hotel stay or a long drive. Whether your families interests are outdoors or indoors, by seeking out some local resources you are sure to find something that fits your likes and budget. Here are some great staycation ideas! For the families who are searching for outdoor fun, start at your county, city, and state websites. These websites typically have a slew of […] Read more »

Family Hiking

Hiking with your family is a great chance to get outdoors, breathe some fresh air, and get active. It’s easy to get started. Just look for a trail in a national park near you! For your first day hike choose a safe, well-marked trail that doesn’t have too many steep climbs. Otherwise, you’ll get tired too early and won’t make it as far as you want to go. First, you’ll need a good pair of shoes and thick socks designed for this type of activity. You can start with some sturdy sneakers with thick bottoms. When you begin to take […] Read more »

Backyard Camping Under The Stars

Each year, thousands of families head out to their local campgrounds. Camping can be a fun and low cost activity however, not everyone lives near a campground or state park. But backyard camping can be a fun alternative, especially in the evening.   Although camping in your backyard may not seem glamorous, it can be a fun and exciting adventure for your children. Backyard camping is popular for many reasons, one being how easy it is. Another reason is safety. Staying in familiar territory will give you peace of mind since you already know what to expect from your neighborhood. Plan […] Read more »

How To Play Hopscotch

Hopscotch is such a fun classic game. What makes it appealing is you only need chalk and pavement, and what makes it fun is playing with friends. You get to jump around, throw things, and just enjoy being outside. What could be better! The directions on how to play hopscotch are listed below. Draw a hopscotch pattern on the ground with chalk or use masking tape on a floor and number each square in order. There are several patterns that you can use, depending on the age of the players. Give each player has a marker such as a stone, […] Read more »