popular topics in summer

  • transitioning from school schedule to summer mode
    Summer
    How to Make the Transition from the School Schedule to Summer Mode
    While the summer can be fun and a highly anticipated season, it can also create a new level of stress for working parents as they try to figure out how to balance setting up child care, creating a summer schedule, and making sure there are plenty...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • mom and teen bonding before college
    Teens
    5 Ways to Bond With Your Teen Before College
    The time is approaching to send your teen off to her first year of college. How did this time possibly arrive so fast? Don’t you remember getting dropped off at college yourself like it was yesterday? Though your head and heart may be spinning...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • Little Tikes Tunnel and Dome Climber
    Best Toys
    Top 10 New Outdoor Toys for Summer
    It's time to stock up on summer toys for your kids! Check out these fun new summer toys and games that are sure to be a hit for yard and beach playtime. Also, search our Toy Finder for new ride-on toys and bikes for all ages. ...
    Erin Dower
  • We Tested Sunscreens for Moms
    Mom's Health and Fitness
    We Tested 5 Sunblocks for Mom and Here's What We Found
    You know you do it. We all do. You spend 15 minutes covering your kid in sunblock from head to toe, but you don't put any on yourself. Or, you throw on a light layer of whatever you've put on your kid before you head out the door.  Well it's t...
    Laurie Mega
  • 5 Backyard Renovations
    Home Decorating
    5 Simple (and Cheap) Backyard Renovation Ideas
    Looking to spruce up your backyard? There are a whole bunch of ways to create an inviting oasis without breaking the bank—or your back. Here are five ways to update your yard so your family enjoys it all summer long. Build a Fire Pit Credi...
    Erin Ollila
  • Last-Minute Summer Programs
    Summer Camp
    Relax: There's Still Time to Make Sure Your Kids Are Happy Campers This Summer
    Last summer, it wasn’t until May that I realized my son would be out of school in less than a month with no summer programs to keep him busy while I worked. I panicked and ended up cobbling together a bunch of weekly camps (think: robotics camp...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • Water games for all ages
    Water Play
    Fun Water Games for Every Age
    What's the best way to beat the boredom and distract your kids from the lure of video games? Play some water games, of course! And no, you don't even need a pool to beat the heat. Just head out into your backyard and get busy having fun. Even th...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • seashell magnets craft
    Activities and Crafts
    How to Make a Seashell Magnet
    Preserve your beach memories by making seashell magnets for your fridge. Putting them together is easy, and you can use any type of shell you find in the sand. Seashell Magnets Craft Materials:Seashells Small dried or silk flowers Magnetic strip...
  • summer fun for moms - facial
    Summer
    Summer Fun For Moms: 4 Fabulous Mom's Day Out Ideas
    Let's face it, the hustle and bustle of day camps, art classes, and swim lessons doesn't always mean summer fun for moms. It's easy to forget to take time for yourself during the summer, and without a doubt, the other moms in your friend circle ...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • Best Vacations for the Active Family
    Travel and Vacations
    Best Vacations for the Active Family
    Does your family love adventure? If so, there's nothing better than taking a vacation where you'll spend time in the great outdoors and get pushed out of your comfort zone, creating unbeatable family memories. Check out these best vacations for ...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • kids on a bug hunt
    Summer Crafts and Activities
    11 Fun Summer Camp Crafts and Activities to Try at Home
    Kids don't have to go to an expensive camp to have a blast this summer! Bust summer boredom with these classic camp-inspired activities and crafts you can do at home with your kids. Find both indoor and outdoor activities for groups and individua...
    Erin Dower
  • summer travel tips with kids
    Travel and Vacations
    Best Summer Traveling Tips With Kids
    Summer is the perfect time to take a family vacation, but sometimes traveling with little ones can more exhausting than relaxing. Whether you're heading over to the beach, or spending time at a theme park, keep your kiddos happy and well-behaved...
  • Activities and Crafts
    How to Make Beach Blanket Place Cards
    Beach blanket place cards are a fun way to assign seating at any big event, be it a baby shower, wedding, or summer barbecue. Materials: Blank business cards in various colors Tiki drink umbrellas Sand A large piece of cardboard A marker in...
  • trendy summer hairstyles
    Skin, Hair and Nails
    4 Trendy Summer Hairstyles for Moms and Kids
    School is officially out and that means plenty of time spent outdoors in the summertime heat. One thing about summer is that there's better no way to cramp your fun than having your hair constantly falling in your face and making you feel sticky...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • seashellwindchime
    Summer Crafts and Activities
    The 10 Best Beach-Themed Crafts and Activities
    Sand, seashells, and stones can provide hours of family fun both on the beach and at home. Get some ideas for beach-related activities, games, and crafts to try with kids of any age. ...
    Erin Dower
  • Best family friendly beaches
    Beaches
    Best Family-Friendly Beaches in the U.S.
    Has this happened to you? You pack up the kids and drive for hours to the beach, only to be surrounded by college students, drinking, and crowded shorelines. Don't let this happen to you and your family. The next time you're planning a beach vac...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • Top 10 summer beach reads 2017
    Summer
    Top 10 Summer Beach Reads for 2017
    Nothing says vacation like relaxing into soft, warm sand while being whisked away by an enthralling and timely book. Whether you love mystery or romance, make sure to bring along a few of these top summer beach reads on your next beachside trip.....
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • Summer blockbusters for families
    Summer
    Summer Blockbusters for Kids and Parents
    Check out the latest summer blockbusters for kids that you can enjoy too! Heat of sumer got you down? Don't despair -- 2017 is the best summer movie list to hit theaters in years! So head into a cool A/C filled movie theater, grab some snacks a...
    Cara J. Stevens