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What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Aug 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is becoming more and more popular as a way to eat healthy, save money, and support local farms. CSAs are a great option for families to try, and this blog explains more about what CSAs are and why you may want to join one.

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Topics: Food, Health and Wellness, Family, Nutrition, Gardening, Budget, Community

How to organize a "Block Party"

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Aug 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Every culture has parties and celebrations of some sort.  American culture has many of these, most with a focus on a specific holiday, event or season.   But we also have a little something called the “Block Party”.  A neighborly get-together and food-fest that usually coincides with absolutely nothing at all, except everyone’s desire to share food and fun.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Food, Culture, American Culture, Au Pairs, Host Family, Family Day, Cultural Event Idea, Community, Neighbors

Cultural exchange opportunities without leaving home

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jul 5, 2016 9:03:57 AM

With the world feeling smaller and smaller every day, we can all benefit from opportunities for cultural exchange. Not all of us can afford to jet set around and see different countries first hand, though. However, there are some ways that we can experience some of the cultural exchange that traveling can bring without the money and inconvenience of travelling!

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Culture, American Culture, au pair, Au Pairs, Host Family, Parenting, Family, Childcare, Affordable Child Care, Au Pair Foundation, Saving Money, Exchange Students, World Culture, Community, Travel, Vacation

Independence Day Facts and Fun

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jun 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM


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Topics: Culture, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Au Pairs, Host Family, Parenting, Family, Summer, Cultural Event Idea, Community

Summer Solstice

Posted by Katie Tastrom on May 13, 2016 7:27:00 AM


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Topics: Fun with Kids, Culture, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Au Pairs, Summer, Sweden, Family Day, Cultural Event Idea, World Culture, Community

Beyond the beach: Alternative summer activities for kids

Posted by Katie Tastrom on May 8, 2016 8:30:00 AM

The summer can be a fun time for the family to spend time together. With the kids out of school and the long days, it is the perfect opportunity to play outside together. However, it is important to mix it up. While the beach and the playground are fun, there are other ways you can enjoy the outdoors with kids as well. Here are a couple ideas:

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Parenting, Family, Childcare, Summer, Community, Enjoy the Moment

Welcoming last minute guests

Posted by Ruth Janzen on May 6, 2016 11:07:28 AM

Rushing around—throwing toys into baskets, tossing coats on hooks, hurriedly moving dishes from the sink to the dishwasher—all while listening for the resounding ring of the doorbell signaling your impending guests’ arrival. Does this sound familiar? This is a common scene in our house as either my husband or I will inevitably invite someone over last minute and rush home before they arrive to pick up whatever messes have been created.

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Topics: Cleaning, Guests, Community, Neighbors, Enjoy the Moment

Pizza in MY village  (stretching your social dining budget)

Posted by Joe Terpening on May 3, 2016 3:17:31 PM

Eating out is fun and social, but can get expensive if enjoyed on a regular basis.  I like to keep my eye out for inexpensive but tasty options and then share the find with others, especially those who may need to budget carefully (such as students and au pairs).  

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Topics: Food, Money, au pair, Saving Money, Dining, Budget, Community

Delving Into Community

Posted by Ruth Janzen on Apr 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

In the past two months there has been a discussion opening up amongst my circle of friends concerning what it looks like to live within community and what it means to be rooted in your neighborhood. Throughout this dialogue I have become more aware of where my family lives and what it would mean for us to become more involved with the people and community that we reside near.

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Topics: American Culture, Family, Community, Neighbors

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