Fun Ideas For Your Next Family Game Night

Family game nights can be the perfect time for everybody in your family to bond, let go of any stress they’ve been having, and just have fun. You could have a game night once a week if you’re ambitious, but even having one once a fortnight or once a month could be a great idea, if that’s all you have time for.

Below, we’ll take a look at some fun ideas for your next family game night. Take a look and see what you can do to have the best time!

Rotate The Games You Play

Your family probably has some favorite games that they love to play, but this doesn’t mean you should stick to them the whole time. Make sure you rotate the games you play and give all kinds of other games a chance. There are all kinds of fun games out there, including minute to win it games and dollar store games. You have so much choice! Ideas include:

  • Nerf Gun games
  • Twister
  • Cluedo
  • Monopoly
  • Pie face
  • Kerplunk
  • Jenga
  • Domino’s
  • Uno
  • Scrabble

All you have to do is make sure you choose games that are suitable for the kids. You don’t want to challenge them to a game of scrabble and have to let them use the Scrabble word finder because they aren’t old enough to play.

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Do Stuff Other Than Games

Life is exciting when we have a little novelty, and you can use game night to introduce novelty into your life and have an amazing time. For example, why not let the kids eat ice cream or another dessert for dinner? You could also have a backyard camp out night, and perhaps even a ‘no rules’ night. During a ‘no rules’ night, you still have to stay safe and avoid disrupting the neighbors at 3am, but other than that, everyone can do what they like.

Make Believe

Make believe comes so easy to kids, and not so much to adults. However, this is the perfect reason for everybody to get into it and do it! Dress up and put on accents and pretend to be different people. You can do this while playing a game, watching a film, or even eating your dinner. This can be so much fun and you’ll love seeing how far everyone’s imagination can stretch.

Use The Hasbro Game Demo Site

This site can give you an idea of what to expect from a game before you splash out on it. Take a look if you’re in the market for a new game! You can also look at game reviews on YouTube, so you can get a well rounded idea of what the game you want to buy is about.

Don’t Neglect Puzzles

Puzzles are a great brain training exercise that keep everybody engaged. They might not be a traditional game, but they can still be a lot of fun and help everybody to use critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Are you ready to host your next family game night? What will you play? Leave any of your own tips and ideas below!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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ARM & HAMMER™ Shoe Refresher Spray is a must to include in your Back to School Essentials

As the Summer draws to a close, arm your family with back to school essentials, including the ARM & HAMMER™ Shoe Refresher Spray.

This new formula keeps shoes feeling fresh while neutralizing ingredients absorb moisture and sweat.  This spray is perfect for your children’s shoes when they go back to school this fall!

 

 

ARM & HAMMER™ Shoe Refresher Spray, $5.99

  • Eliminates shoe and sneaker odor on contact
  • Unique 360° targeted actuator sprays in any direction even upside down to conveniently spray where you need it
  • Sweat activated Fresh Guard® Technology refreshes and rejuvenates shoes, sneakers and sports gear
  • Safe for all types of footwear

The ARM & HAMMER™ Foot Care Shoe Refresher Spray is available in the foot care aisle at Walmart and Walmart.com

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Clever Ways to Save Money for Your Next Family Vacation

 

Family trips are great ways to bond with your children and take a break from your daily routine. For parents, this includes work and household chores while children get to take a breath from their school and homework routine. It’s a win-win for everyone, however, we all know that family vacations can be pricey!

 

When planning a trip with the entire family you need to consider the following:

  • Airfare
  • Home rental or hotel
  • Food and supplies
  • House/pet sitter if necessary

These are only a few of the expenses you’ll face when planning a vacation and as you can see, it all adds up quickly. Fortunately, there are ways you can save money for your trip and have an enjoyable family experience without breaking the bank!

Here are 5 ways you can save money for your next family vacation:

  1. Be Flexible with Dates

If you’re on the hunt for the best rates when it comes down to airplane tickets and hotels, stay away from holidays or weekends. Instead, consider mid-week stays. If you’re certain of the destination you want to go to, compare costs throughout the year. Sometimes flying out a day earlier or later makes all the difference.

  1. Stay Outside the City

You’ll be surprised by how much you can save when you decide to stay outside the city center. Because these are tourist attractions you’ll be looking at higher pricing as opposed to staying at a hotel outside this area. The benefits of doing this include saving money but also sleeping in a quieter area. You’ll also be able to see another part of the city that you wouldn’t have visited if it wasn’t because you decided to stay a bit outside the city.

  1. Save Money in Unlikely Places

Did you know that you could save hundreds of dollars if you made simple changes like lowering your electric bill? You can do this by watching less TV and turning off those lights when they’re not needed. Some people also like to unplug appliances like their toaster and microwave to lower electric bills.

Moreover, compare energy rates to see if there is a less expensive provider in your area. There are companies like Power Setter that will do the busy work for you and help you save on your energy bills. You can get more information from the Powersetter website and be on your way to family vacation savings!

  1. Rent Out Your House

If you’re comfortable with this idea, you can rent out your home while you’re away. This is a great way to make some money while you’re out traveling with your family. It will also give you back most of the money you’re already spending on renting out a hotel or home while away.

There are several companies like Airbnb that makes the process of setting your home up for home rental easy. We also recommend you hire a professional cleaning service to clean up before you get back home. It will be as if no one was ever there!

  1. How About a Resort?

Resorts are a lot of fun and make vacationing easy. There are hundreds of family-friendly resorts to choose from that will fit your budget! The reason so many families decide on going to a resort is because they’re usually all-inclusive. You’ll have a place to sleep, eat, swim, lay out and have fun without having to worry about transportation or where to dine out.

Using these 5 tips will help you save money when planning your next family vacation. We wish you the best of luck and happy travels!

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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5 Top Tips for Keeping the Whole Family Healthy this Summer

Great job, moms – you made it to summer break! Summertime doesn’t exactly mean you get a break from the hustle and bustle of the school year. Summer break is a time for your children to start summer camp or for the parents to take their family on a vacation. Summer bucket lists can cause the busyness to rival that of the rest of your year.

 

When you get this busy, it can be tempting to choose the easy options in life such as eating fast food more frequently and overall being less active. Resist those temptations by following these simple tips for keeping your family happy and healthy this summer:

  1. Hydrate

This is an obvious point, but it is so important that it is worth bringing up anyways. No matter who you are, you probably need to drink more water, and so does your family.

Children especially need to make sure they are staying hydrated. Your kids will be burning energy running around all summer, so before they leave make sure they have a reusable bottle full of water.

  1. Keep Your Home Clean

Having your home cleaned regularly is helpful for your day to day health. Regular dusting and vacuuming alone is enough to reduce effects of some allergies. However, there is always more that can be done. While the usual house cleaning chores can be divided up amongst your family, there are some things that may be outside of your realm of expertise.

Regions such as Florida that experience impressive amounts of rain and humidity cause homes to grow mold. Some molds are not as harmful as others, but you want to make sure you have a mold-free home for your family’s health and safety. Mold removal in the Miami area can be costly, which is why finding the right company to do this service is crucial. Mold can grow in any part of your house, but it can be especially prominent in areas that encounter a lot of moisture such as your kitchen or your bathroom.

 

  1. Eat Right

Children are the pickiest eaters, so in order to get them eating healthy, you may need to start small and work your way up. Begin this road to healthy eating by increasing their fruit and vegetable intake.

Start incorporating more fruit into desserts until fruit becomes the substitute to sugary snacks as the sweet treat your child is craving. Carrots and peanut butter are a good way to get your child into snacking on raw carrots.

  1. Plan Family Activities

Remember that you are your child’s biggest role model, so you should own up to that on a daily basis. Strive to do something active every day, even if it is as simple as walking to a store nearby for errands as opposed to driving.

Go on a family trip to a garden, zoo, or trail that will actively engage your children while they exercise by walking along with you. This can also go hand in hand as a learning experience for your kids to branch out and discover what else they are interested in as they explore.

  1. Wear Sunscreen

The summer sun is no joke. If you and your family are spending any amount of time outdoors, make sure to wear sunscreen. Sunburn increases your chances of developing skin cancer.

Wearing sunscreen is recommended for every time you go outside. Some products are definitely better than others in this department, so be sure to ask your family dermatologist for recommendations of the most protective types of sunscreens. Generally, always use SPF30 or above for fairer skin tones.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Kids Will Love this Fun and Easy Orbeez DIY Underwater Adventure Creation!

Trying to keep the kids occupied on hot/rainy summer days is sometimes a struggle. I am always looking for cheap but fun craft activities the kids can do when the weather is bad. I came across Orbeez, and they are so much fun for my kids. I am going to share a fun DIY activity that is not only affordable, but keep the kids having fun for hours and days!

Below is what you will need to create a fun underwater creation with your kids.

Orbeez Underwater Adventure

Bag of aquarium rocks

Small fish bowl

Aquarium plants and decorations

2 containers of Orbeez Grown Orbeez Bottles in clear color (or choose from a variety of colors to give your water a pop of color)

Orbeez Wow World Wowzer Surprise (each contains 1 surprise, purchase as many as you’d like for your aquarium to come to life).

 

 

 

Step 1: Start by pouring the rocks into the bottom of the fish bowl.

 

Step 2: Decorate the fish bowl any way you would like.

 

Step 3: Take your Grown Orbeez Bottles and pour into the fish bowl. Make sure you use enough to fill it.

 

 

Step 4: Reveal which Orbeez Wow World Wowzer Surprise Wowzer you have! Pour water into the top of the glove to reveal your Wowzer.

 

Step 5: Put your Wowzer in the fish bowl.

 

Step 6: Pour water into the fish bowl to watch your fish bowl come to life! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best thing about Orbeez is that they can be reused again and again to make all kinds of fun creations! My kids had an absolute blast with these Orbeez products! I highly recommend these products to keep your kids busy this summer!

Orbeez Grown Orbeez Bottles are available at Target, Walmart, Walgreens and Amazon. Orbeez Wow World Wowzer Surprise Series are available at Target, Amazon, and Claire’s.

 

*I received the above products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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