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Animal crackers were developed in England in the 19th century and first produced in the United States by a Pennsylvania bakery in 1871. These iconic cookies grew in popularity, and today, dozens of varieties are enjoyed. While these nostalgic favorites are fun to eat right out of the box, it’s even better to find new ways to share them with family and friends. Try these top ten wild ideas for using animal crackers to make fun and delicious desserts and snacks. 1. Build your own snack mix. Kids love to customize their own snack packs. Set out a buffet of…

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Spending quality time with the family doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out these wallet-friendly winter activities that the entire family can enjoy. Play in the snow There are a couple of ways you can plan a week’s family vacation to the snowy mountains or your local ski resort on a budget. See if any of your friends or family members will lend you their place in exchange for a service or favor. Do some research about local ski resorts, bed & breakfasts, cabins or hotels that might offer you a family discount during an off-season. A good time…

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A great way to get into the holiday spirit is finding activities to do that everyone is able to enjoy. There are many holiday games & activities that your entire family can partake in together that have a holiday theme. Here are several ideas that can bring happiness to everyone’s holidays this season. Have Fun with Food Something as simple as making a garland decoration for the Christmas tree out of popcorn can provide your family a night’s worth of entertainment. Baking batches of cookies with colors and shapes that represent Christmas or even New Year’s not only supplies entertainment;…

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The holidays can be a source of great stress for families. Many people have unrealistic expectations of how things need to occur. Before you start banging your head against the wall trying to make everything just right, consider new ways to celebrate. The holidays are about spending time with family and friends. Setting realistic expectations can help to make the coming holidays more enjoyable. Let Go of the “Should” If you find yourself stressing about all of things that you should be doing this year, just let it go. Celebrating is not about what everyone else is doing, but about…

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While a night out on the town or clubbing with friends seems like a good weekend escape from work and stress, nothing beats a game night at home. Avoid running into crowds, waiting on long lines and paying for overpriced drinks and food. Here are seven essentials that a host needs to turn ordinary game night into a night to remember: Games Game night is appealing to all age groups. With the plethora of classic games, like Monopoly and Scrabble, and unconventional ones, like Sagrada (a game where you can build a stained glass window by building up a grid…

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Halloween is a holiday that’s all about having some fun and enjoying tricks and treats. If you’re planning to host a sleepover, you might feel overwhelmed and intimidated about putting it all together, but it’s surprisingly easy to do. You can customize everything including treats, décor and entertainment. Before you start sending out invitations and planning spine-chilling surprises, check out some of the following tips for hosting a spooky sleepover. Guess How Many Candies are in the Jar Candy corn is usually the standard candy for the Halloween party game, guess how many candies are in the jar. Switch up…

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Some kids face stress that makes them feel overwhelmed, anxious, and upset. This kind of stress is often related to test taking and it is not uncommon. This can help your child learn, focus, and grow but it can also make them feel so overwhelmed they can’t function. Test stress is real and your job as a parent is to help your child deal with test stress in a positive manner. These tips can help reduce stress and help your child learn from the experience. Encourage Outside Play Time Did you know that kids benefit tremendously from both exercise and…

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Did you know when children study martial arts they learn a variety of skills that can even help them in school? From dealing effectively with bullies to focusing on their school work, martial arts teaches a wide array of valuable skills. These skills can be applied during any stage of life, grade school, college and even the workforce, proving guidance through many of life’s most challenging situations. Confidence Martial arts makes kids stronger, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. This allows kids to develop a sense of self-confidence and self-esteem that is unmatched by anything else. This provides kids…

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Playing sports is a great way for kids to make friends and stay active. Here are some important things that parents need to know before signing up their kids up for team sports. Participation Level If you ever went to a kids’ game before, you probably saw a few kids sitting on the field or court and playing with flowers or talking with friends instead of actually participating in the game. Parents occasionally push their kids towards the sports that they played at a younger age and think their kids will be the best out there. Before deciding if your…

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If you are a parent, you know daily struggles of your kids. They have to attend class and go to after school sports or activities and complete their homework. Kids must do all these things to get into college one day. They are expected to remain fully occupied throughout the day and be excellent at what they do. However, it is important for kids to rest because mental and physical stress will undoubtedly affect their performance in class as well as their social life. To help the kids get a more balanced life that will be more fruitful, you must…

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