Guarantee the whole family a great time this season with these cool ideasBy Locke Hughes
Welcome the warm weather with amazing activities on the cheap this season. Photo by Thinkstock
1. Host a neighborhood potluck To ensure a well-rounded menu, invite odd-numbered houses on your street to bring dessert, while even-numbered ones bring savory sides. All you have to do is supply the main course.
2. Host a photo scavenger hunt Make a list of items your family or friends can find outside, like "something red" or "three types of flowers." Whoever snaps photos of the most things found wins!
Related: Discover 15 clever uses for household items.
3. Take a dip Visit www.SwimmersGuide.com to locate public pools in your area. The site's global database has up-to-the-minute info about special rates, youth swimming programs and even which pools have diving boards
4. Find free events Check Walmart, your doctor's office or a local library for regional parenting publications, which list tons of free, family-friendly summer events in your area.
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- Martha Stewart | Team Mom – Sun, Jul 14, 2013 1:30 PM EDT
These easy-to-assemble care packages suit a variety of camper personalities -- see what we've found for yours!
For the Budding Artist
Your creative camper may be taking arts and crafts classes, but she'll be thrilled to have a few art supplies and activities to experiment with in her downtime. Put together a package of kid-friendly tools and instructional kits to get her creative juices flowing.
Design Your Own Backpacks
Inexpensive and sold in bulk, these drawstring backpacks can be a treat for the whole cabin. Include fabric markers for campers to autograph one another's bags.
Your son can use these watercolors and blank postcards to paint pictures of camp life for family and friends.
Friendship Bracelet Kits
Filled with detailed instructions, this book will guide your daughter in making friendship bracelets that she can wear or give to new pals. Include a pack of fluorescent floss for a bright alternative.
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- Babble.com | Team Mom – Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:03 AM EDT
Are you having trouble getting pregnant? Do you have an onset of adult acne? Is your hair starting to fall out? Then you might just have some other signs of PCOS, too.
Polycystic (pah-lee-SIS-tik) ovary syndrome, commonly known as PCOS, affects as many as 5 million women in the United States. It is the result of a hormonal imbalance whereby the ovaries make more androgens than normal. Androgens are male hormones that females also make, and having higher than normal levels of these hormones affects the development and release of eggs during ovulation. In women with PCOS, mature eggs are not released from the ovaries, and instead become very small cysts inside the ovary.
I have PCOS. It was not until I had issues with infertility that it was discovered, but looking back the diagnosis makes a lot of sense. (That is a sentiment I have heard from several women who have it as well.) PCOS is actually the most common cause of female infertility. Since then I have come to know my own symptomsRead More »from A Pregnant Pause: 8 Things Every Woman Should Know About PCOS
Joy WilsonThe smell of pancakes and sweet maple syrup wafting through the air on a Sunday morning is a highlight of the weekend for many. Waiting for bubbles to appear on the pancakes (a good sign that they are ready to be flipped) is an exciting childhood cooking moment, not to mention stirring in chocolate chips or bananas to the batter…Read More »from Tips for Making Better Pancakes
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Yet so many pancake meals go awry. Sloppy flipping, overcrowding of the pan, and impatient cooks often lead to misshapen and broken pancakes. Accidents like this can lead to unhappy memories -I know this from personal experience.
Related: Introducing the Rather Expensive and Unnecessary Automatic Pancake Machine
When I was 12, I woke up early one school-day morning to make my younger sister pancakes for her birthday without telling either of my parents. Sweet idea, yes, but unsupervised, my good-hearted attempt resulted in rock-hard pancakes (I think I severely overmixed the batter). Needless to say, even our dog wouldn't eat them…
Common Sense MediaBy Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor
With summer in full swing, lots of kids (and parents) are going online for ideas to keep busy. At Common Sense Media, we're partial to activities that are a little, well, different. We've rounded up 25 unique things you and your kids can learn online (for free!) by a) watching a video, b) following instructions, or c) reading about a subject.
Note: Many videos include an advertisement at the beginning, and some websites might link off to other topics or sites that might not be appropriate for your kids. We suggest previewing or watching along with your kids.
- Test for bacteria
Easy science fun once you have a few supplies.
- Modify water guns
Tons of different ways to tinker with Super Soakers.
- Make embossed pendants
Cool craft for making badges, medals, or coins.
- Learn long division
Easy to master once you follow these instructions.
- Construct paper dolls
You can make these adorable dolls all by yourself!
- Teach your dog to
- Test for bacteria
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Tue, Jul 9, 2013 9:29 PM EDT
10 things pregnant women do better!Pregnancy has its downs, for sure, but there are plenty of silver linings to get you through the 9 months.Read More »from 10 Things Pregnant Women Do Better Than Anyone Else
In fact, there are certain things that pregnant women do better than anyone else. Pregnancy perks, if you will.
Here are 10 things that pregnant women do better…
1. Command a Room
People tend to gravitate toward pregnant women - whether it's the maternal aura or simply the belly. Whatever it is, people take notice; they pay attention. And pregnancy is certainly an easy ice-breaker in a crowded room.
2. Table? Who Needs a Table?
You have a built-in plate holder, right there on your belly. You're good.
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3. Do You Smell That?
While it might be a curse during the morning-sickness phase, it's probably the closest thing to a super power you'll ever have. Super Preggo: With the Power to Smell Anything, Near or Far.
4. Stopping Traffic
There's nothing that'll stop traffic like a 9-month pregnant woman rushing across the street. You might even find a kind
- Redbook | Team Mom – Wed, Jul 10, 2013 10:10 AM EDT
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from North West Already Has a Busier Social Schedule Than Most Adults, but Why?
My brother and his wife recently had their first child. Since he emerged into the world (two weeks early), he had a big family party, went to the pediatrician a few times, accompanied his parents to their favorite sushi place, traveled to JFK to pick up his grandfather, attended his first Mandarin class, and on Thursday, he'll sit for his first portrait session. He's an eight-day-old baby with a busier schedule than most adults I know, and it seems like he's not alone in his hustle.
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According to Us Weekly, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West not only took their new daughter, North, to a Fourth of July party, she's also got a packed social agenda. "Kim has taken North on a few playdates, but she can't do it with lots of people since she's still so small," a source told the magazine. Yes, it would be hard to play with blocks if you're sleeping all the time, what with just having been born and all that.
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Put together a scrapbook on the road with loose-leaf rings, and make the drive as much fun as the destination. Bring some supplies, such as a hole punch, along for the ride. Kids can draw vehicles they see on plain tags with prepunched holes and record the day's highlights on postcards from every stop, creating picture-perfect pages. Or tuck souvenirs from a multicity trip into envelopes color-coded by town: Have your child mark each city with a sticker on a map, and add a matching sticker to the envelope.
Portable Game Board
For a day at the beach or a park, leave bulky gear at home and instead pack a compact, portable game board fashioned from a place mat.
First time leaving baby with a sitter
Little L is five months now, and I haven't really left her with anyone other than my husband and my mother. However, a week ago I found myself needing a last minute sitter when no one else could, and I panicked! My husband and my mother both have experience with babies, and I know they would both know what to do in an emergency situation and how to read Little L's signs - when she's hungry, tired, needs to be changed, or just wants to be held. But someone new?
Granted, it was a friend of my mother's who runs a daycare from her home and has experience with babies - but still, it is always a bit unnerving. The night before I was supposed to take her to the sitter, I was "planicking"…planning and panicking at the same time. Okay, so it wasn't so much panicking as much as it was nerves. Even so, I grabbed a pad of paper and started writing, describing Little L's habits, what she liked, what she didn't like, etc. I ended up writing on four sheets of paper, and even so, I still felt I hadRead More »from 4 Things Your First-Time Babysitter Should Know
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Tue, Jul 2, 2013 6:08 PM EDT
Keep a big stack of books on handIn my pre-child life, I was a librarian. It probably will come as no surprise to you that I love books and reading.
I was one of those rare people who absolutely loved my 30-mile commute because it meant I had uninterrupted time to listen to audiobooks every day for an hour total.
Of course, once you have children, squeezing in time for reading can be difficult. Here are some of my secrets for fitting books into your life - whether you have a new baby or a couple of rambunctious little ones bouncing around your house:
1. Keep a big stack of books on hand
I try to have several books on my bedside table and more by the couch so that whenever the urge to read strikes, I have something immediately available.
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2. Don't feel like you have to read serious books
If you love the classics, great! Go for it. But if you're the type that ends up not reading at all because you feel like you should be reading something hefty, cut Read More »from 10 Ways I've Managed to Keep Reading Books with a Baby
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