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You are the best. I love you.

Posted by Danielle Johnson-Jensen on Sep 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

I am going to use Sean Stephenson’s heroic words and say, “I love you”.

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Topics: Culture, Community, Diversity, Love, Positivity, Kindness

Halloween costume shopping can be terrifying- learn from my failure

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Sep 17, 2017 1:52:48 PM

I put my 5 ½ year old child in a frightening situation yesterday because I didn’t think something through, and I feel terrible about it. I’m hoping you might be able to benefit from my parenting fail. I partially blame retailers, but I should have had the forethought enough to know what we were walking into.

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Topics: Holidays, Parenting, Halloween, Shopping

Helping Au Pair Foundation Grow

Posted by Danielle Van Noy on Sep 16, 2017 8:57:22 PM

Au Pair Foundation is growing! As a non-profit foundation, our success and growth is linked directly to community outreach by LCRs and referrals from Host Families and Au Pairs (ask your Local Community Representative or Regional Director about the benefits for referrals from Host Families and Au Pairs and about the materials available for your use).

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Topics: Au Pairs, Host Family, Au Pair Foundation, Community, Local Community Representative

9/11 - a few thoughts for Host Families and Au Pairs

Posted by Kristen Nielsen Donnelly on Sep 11, 2017 9:28:04 AM


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Topics: Culture, Holidays, Politics, American Culture, Au Pairs, Host Family, World Culture, Community, Heroes, Traditions, Respect, National Pride, Patriotism

Affordable Labor Day Vacation Ideas

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Aug 28, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Can you believe Summer is almost over? I can’t. If you haven’t taken a vacation yet, Labor Day's long weekend may be your last chance to squeeze in some warm weather fun. As everyone knows vacations can be ridiculously expensive, but there are ways to make vacations fit into (almost) any budget. Here are a few ideas to help make your vacation affordable:

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Topics: Holidays, Budget, Staycation, Travel, Making Memories, Vacation, Seasons

Museum Day Live! 09/23/2017  get your tickets starting today!

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Aug 25, 2017 6:00:00 AM

September 23, 2017 marks the 13th annual Museum Day Live! event sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine in partnership with Microsoft.  Museums in your area may be participating and providing you the oppportunity to visit FREE on that day. Tickets start becoming available today, August 25th, so don't procrastinate!

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Culture, American Culture, Au Pairs, Parenting, Au Pair Foundation, Saving Money, Cultural Event Idea, Budget, Museums, Free Stuff, Local Community Representative

Teaching Kids Financial Literacy

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Aug 23, 2017 6:00:00 AM


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Topics: Money, Teaching Kids Responsibility, Parenting, Saving Money, Budget

Poshmark - empty your closet, fill  your wallet

Posted by Lawanda Stevenson on Aug 21, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The weather is beautiful, there are so many choices for fun and the kids are full of school year bottled up energy. You want to take them on adventures and would love to make their time magical. How do you find the cash to make it the Summer to Remember?

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Topics: Money, Saving Money, Cleaning, Budget, De-Clutter


Posted by Michael Hickerson on Aug 19, 2017 6:00:00 AM


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Topics: Fun with Kids, Parenting, Time Management, Making Memories, Fatherhood, Attitude, Managing Change

Coconut oil - banish dry skin with these simple, natural treatments you can DIY

Posted by Lawanda Stevenson on Aug 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Summer is here and the rays from the sun has our skin baking, drying out and in need of extra TLC. Fall and winter will be here soon and the cooler, dry air can have the same effect as the heat and the sun - flaky, dull skin! Products to help prevent and protect our bodies can be composed of chemicals and additives that temporarily help but may have long term heath effects. The expense of natural or organic alternatives can be costly. A great way to get the products you need, control the ingredients and see results is to DIY it!

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Health and Wellness, Budget, DIY

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