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Meal planning

Posted by Ruth Janzen on Oct 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

I do not know about you but the summer months with long days spent outdoors in the heat often sapped my energy to make unique meals so my family’s dinners became a monotonous cycle of the same rotation of foods and combinations. Now with the cooler fall weather, I will still be spending considerable time outside, enjoying the beauty of the seasonal changes and the activities that come with them. This too will cut into my ability to be creative with food. To combat this, I have begun to take meal planning seriously. Something that once was a bit daunting has now become life-giving.

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Topics: Food, Parenting, Family, Nutrition, Dining, Relaxation, Creativity, Planning, Cooking, Seasons

Cheap Family Summer Vacation Ideas

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jun 2, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Summer is here and that means the kids are out of school. Many families choose to take advantage of this time off from school by going on a vacation. However, vacations can pack a mean punch to the pocketbook. Luckily there are ways to keep yourself from needing the rest of the year to pay off your few weeks of vacation. Here are some ideas for taking your kids on a vacation they will remember forever, without having to pay for it forever.

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Topics: Holidays, Money, Piggy Bank, Family, Summer, Budget, Relaxation, Staycation, Travel, Enjoy the Moment, Vacation, Day Trip

The art of not planning

Posted by Ruth Janzen on May 15, 2016 6:00:00 AM

 Sometimes work, family, and just plain life can become so busy, and we can reach a point when we realize we are completely run-down and exhausted. In these moments it is time to schedule some non-planned moments, to set aside some time to pull out that paint set, to grab that cup of coffee and book that’s been sitting on our nightstand for weeks, to whip up a favorite recipe, or to simply sit outdoors and watch the sunset.

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Stress Relief, Unplugging, Time Management, Reading, Relaxation

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