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Save Money on Family Vacations

A family vacation is a great opportunity to get away from the business of daily life and take time to connect with one another in a meaningful and enjoyable way. By keeping pleasurable family connection time as the primary goal of your vacation, you open up your vacation options to a wide range of possibilities, many of which are quite inexpensive.  You and your family can make your vacation whatever you want it to be.

Go On Vacation While Staying At Home

A vacation at home might not sound like much fun at first. However, once you take some time to plan your vacation at home, your attitude might change. The goal of a vacation at home is the same as the goal of any other vacation; you want your family to spend quality time together. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Journey to Boredom

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Taking a drive anywhere with kids can be daunting, but the longer you’re sat in the car with them, the more entertainment you have to bring. It’s like a simple math equation: kids + car x length of journey = boredom. It’s not just limited to car journeys – planes, trains and boat rides are transferable, too. It doesn’t matter how old they are, but generally the older they get (towards teenage years), the more they can entertain themselves and are happy just keeping quiet in the back. However, the years leading up to this are the ones that you need to control and keep the fun coming…

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Family Duet

One of our family’s bonding times is singing especially now that Tatay Bren is always in the house. Once he started strumming his guitar, we usually gather near him and started singing just any song especially now that he is practicing more of our household meeting songs.

Just last week, Bella and Tatay were invited to represent our cluster in the family duet during the Provincial Kids Village in the city. Initially, we are really hesitant to accept the invitation thinking that Bella would really be shy to sing in front of many people. But then again, because we believe that by doing so we are glorifying the Lord, we decided to give it a go and start practicing a song that Bella is familiar with. It was actually a father and daughter duet but I was there every time they practice to show my support especially to Bella.

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Helping Your Child Love Nature

One way to encourage your child’s interest in nature is by going on outdoor trips.  These can range from hikes on walking trails to vacations that include camping and fishing in the woods.  Have your child help select supplies and equipment for your dog who will accompany you on your trips.  Give your child the job of caring for the dog.  Be one of the families who takes their dog along when they go on extended journeys; some bring them on skiing trips and outdoor vacations – even on exciting activities like whitewater rafting and canoeing.  Involve the kids in selecting items for your pet when preparing for your trip.  Let them find the Groupon promo codes and pick the items to order.

Bella with the waves

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Board Game Fun – Without the Expense of Board Games

Board games hold a special place in the realm of social activities. Board games allow people a unique way to learn about one another and explore the characteristics of people in the group that make them unique. There have been plenty of theories as to why board games remain so popular, even in a culture saturated with computer screens and video games. Probably, the best explanation as to why board games have held their place as a key driver of social activity is the fact that they are “so darn fun”.

Game manufacturers have capitalized on the popularity of board games in a way that can drive up the cost of playing them extensively. In fact, many of these manufacturers have been exploiting our cultural legacy for profits that they likely do not deserve. So, what are they doing?

These game manufacturers are taking classic family games that were often played spontaneously without the need for purchased accessories and converting them into products that can be sold at enormous profits. Here are a few popular board games you can play without the need to buy the ridiculously mislabeled “official” version of the game sold by the game manufacturing profiteers. Read the rest of this entry »