June 2010

10 Fun Family Reunion Themes

Many families host their annual reunions during the summer months, and for good reason. Without the snow and rain in many areas, travel is generally safer. It’s also usually better weather for outdoor activities, a favorite pastime during these events. Family reunions can be jazzed up with fun themes. Here are ten ideas you might want to use at your next family gathering.

10. The Beverly Hillbillies

If you live in the Midwest like me, much of your family may already seem like Ellie May or Jethro! And even if they don’t, it could still be fun to make everyone dress up like hillbillies, rednecks, or whatever phrase your family likes and see how far people go with it.

9. Costume Party

10 Free Date Ideas

While summertime means longer days and hotter nights, it doesn’t necessarily bring with it more revenue. In fact, just as many seasonal workers—such as fruit and vegetable pickers and carpenters—find themselves without a job in the winter months, so too do many teachers and other school workers. The good news is that no matter your income, there are always free things you can do with your partner. The trick is finding a cheap or free babysitter (Grandma?). Here are ten fun and free summer date ideas.

10. Go Swimming

Find a free lake, beach, river, or other nearby area to swim at. If you have a pool at home, that’s all you need. Clothing is optional in that case!

9. Take a Walk in the Park

Try a park you haven’t been to yet. Walk along some trails, or meander through the shade trees.

8. Window Shop

Fight Whining with Whining

Sometimes…your kids just drive you nuts.

I love my daughter with every ounce of my being. I want to be with her 24/7, and I actually cried when she used to go to preschool. I still do when her grandparents take her for an overnight once in a while. I know that many people think this is crazy, and maybe I’m weird. Maybe it was the whole experience with her in the hospital for the first three months of her life when she was a premature baby. Maybe I’m just a sentimental fool. Whatever reason, for 23 hours of the day (or, I suppose, 13 of the 14 hours she is awake) I simply feel as if I must be with her.

Then there is that 24th hour.

All About Father's Day

Many of us celebrate Father’s Day every June, but how many of us really know much about the holiday—other than the fact that it seems to make golf balls, toolkits, and fishing equipment go on sale? Here are some fun facts about Father’s Day.

Father’s Day was inspired by the creation of Mother’s Day. No surprise there!

More than 70% of Americans celebrate Father’s Day.

While half of all Father’s Day cards go to fathers, 20% are given by wives to their husbands. Perhaps this 20% is made up of families with very young children? (If so, kiddos can still give their dads a token of affection on Father’s Day. How about a handmade card, a painted rock, or even a simple handprint?)