Author: Lizzie Weakley

There are a variety of reasons why having food storage could benefit your family somewhere down the road. If you or your spouse were to lose your job, having a healthy food storage to dip into could be essential while money is tight. If someone in the family were to become chronically ill, it could help save money or trips to the store to have food storage handy. Preparing for natural disasters is also a huge reason why people choose to store food. Earthquakes, hurricanes or just severe storms can make it difficult or impossible to leave the house or…

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Starting a small business with family members is both rewarding and challenging. Without discipline and open lines of communication, you might find yourself struggling with a failing business and strained relationships. Here are some tips for any entrepreneurs who are thinking about starting a business with their loved ones. Set Boundaries One of the biggest challenges of starting a business with family members is mixing professional matters with private matters. It is all too easy to talk about the company at all hours of the day, but that will negatively impact your relationships. Many families make a pact that they…

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Every parent’s dream is for their children to become capable and caring adults who lead vibrant and healthy lives well into old age. While it is not possible to add years to your child’s life, it is well within your reach to encourage your child to pursue a health care career and, therefore, arm themselves with the tools needed to make living a good life possible. Health Care Careers Fatten the Wallet Although most people would be reluctant to admit it, finances are often the deciding factor in choosing a career. Even if your child doesn’t become an orthopedic surgeon…

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If all of your family reunions, holiday celebrations and birthdays are starting to run together in your memories, now is a great time to start including new ideas to make the events more memorable. Big family events take considerable planning, and you can incorporate these ideas into the planning process. These four ideas will help you and your extended family to make your next gathering one that you will remember for a lifetime. Have a Great Master of Ceremonies A great master of ceremonies (MC) to keep things moving helps everyone to have a great time. The MC can introduce…

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One of the challenges of having little ones is keeping the house clean, or at least guest ready. This doesn’t have to be an exercise in futility. Here are five ways that clean freak moms keep their homes clean. 1. Get the Whole Family Involved Even toddlers can do things such as pick up their toys, help make their beds, carry their dirty clothes to the laundry room and even set the table with unbreakable dishes. It is true that someone will probably have to follow them around and do the job properly, but the idea is to get them…

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While a nursing career might not be the right fit for everyone, there are enough serious benefits that parents wouldn’t be wrong to at least broach the topic when their children reach the age that they begin to ponder what they want to do in life. As long as people get sick, a nurse will have a job. While a nice salary, geographic mobility, and the satisfaction of helping people get well are obvious benefits, there are even more points to consider. The Obvious A nurse generally makes good money, but exactly how much? According to the Bureau of Labor…

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It can be hard to start a career as a single mother, but that does not mean that there are no options. Plenty of careers offer the flexibility and pay that single mothers need to provide for themselves and their families. These five careers are well-suited to single mothers and suit the unique issues that they face. Health Care Professional This will obviously take some training and time, but the benefits may well be worth it. The healthcare field offers high pay and flexible schedules, with some healthcare professionals even being able to work from home. Personal masseuses are great…

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With summer vacation fast drawing to a close, it is your last chance to head out on the road for one final journey with your family. There are loads of fun things to do and places to go to end your summer on the right note. Here are seven ideas for the ultimate summer vacation for your family before the kids go back to school. 1. Head to an Amusement Park Kids love amusement parks. There is no better way to end the summer right than to enjoy the thrilling rides, tasty food and fun games of a trip to…

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If you are like many people, when you think about buying food for your family, you probably think about heading to the grocery store. However, once you start growing and canning your own food, you can reach in your own pantry or cabinet to grab what you need. These are a few reasons why you should be canning your own food for your family. Save Money So many people spend more on food for their households than they have to. If you grow your own produce, you can save a fortune. You don’t have to have a farm to do…

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Are you searching for a new home? Finding the perfect family home can be a daunting task. There are many things to take into consideration and there is a mountain of paperwork to wade through. If you’re thinking it’s time to move but don’t know where to start, then here are five strategies to help you and your family to find the perfect new home. 1) Pick the perfect spot You’ve probably heard the cliche that when it comes to buying a home it’s important to consider location, location location. Well, it’s true. Before you place a bid on…

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Anyone who has a child often becomes worried once the teen begins to drive on the road. When an accident occurs, it can be devastating for both the parent and child. The collision can cause the child to be afraid to drive again due to the trauma of the incident. To ensure that you take the right steps after your child has been in an accident, there are a few important tips to follow. 1. Contact an Insurance Agent It’s important to relay the information of the collision to your insurance company to determine who is responsible for the…

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Getting a first car can be an exciting time for a teenager. It is a time when a parent realizes that their child is growing up and becoming more independent. While your child will want the latest model the dealer has to offer, you may want to consider buying your child a used car instead. The following are a few reasons why a used car is the right choice for your child’s first car. Lower Purchase Price Perhaps the leading reason for buying your child a used car for their first vehicle is the purchase price. A used car will…

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Every parent dreams of throwing their child the perfect birthday. One filled with joy and excitement that the kids will never forget. Of course when it comes down to it there is an awful lot that goes into throwing the best birthday party ever. Here are some tips on making an incredibly memorable and stress-free experience for both you and your children. Planning, planning, planning! The first thing to think about is what sort of planner are you? All sorts of resources are available to every type of party planner, sometimes all you need are some great ideas and a…

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Sports provide many opportunities for kids that can be hard to find anywhere else. You may need to let them try a few different sports before you find one that works for them. Sports can teach children valuable lessons and set them up for success later in their lives. Keep Them Active With obesity on the rise, activity in sports is a fantastic way to keep kids active. You can help foster their love for physical activity by participating with them or taking athletics classes online that will help you learn about all aspects of sports. Team Work Learning…

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Despite what conventional society believes, a successful career does not necessarily start with a degree. Higher learning isn’t for everybody nor does it have to be. Children should be encouraged to consider all their career options. They should know it’s about choosing the right path and getting the right training. Here are five top tradesmen careers that, with proper education and experience, promise to be rewarding for your children. HVAC Technician HVAC technicians ensure that residential and commercial heating and cooling systems are always at peak operation. No child should disregard HVAC. Experienced techs in the field can make between…

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Camping is a fun and affordable way to give your family a vacation. However, it’s also easy for a camping trip to turn sour if you don’t pack the right things. Keep these six camping essentials in mind to ensure that your family has a great time and makes lots of memories. A Good Campsite Choosing the right campsite is vital to a successful camping trip. You don’t want to be stuck next to rowdy frat boys or foul-mouthed fisherman all weekend. Research campsites in advance and look for destinations with family-friendly accommodations. Tents and Sleeping Bags Your tent is…

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One of the most common challenges in parenthood is learning how to help children with their behavioral issues. From physical aggression to rebellion, there are a number of ways that children can act poorly and in disobedience towards parents and their peers. To curb their behavior and help them thrive, there are a number of ways help kids overcome the issues. 1. Remain Consistent Kids often struggle with behavioral issues because they lack enough discipline. Parents need to remain consistent with the rules that are established and practice reinforcing them each day. Both parents should be on the same page…

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If you have family that lives throughout the country, then there is nothing more special than a family reunion. Summer is the perfect time to plan a family reunion because travel is much easier with the kids out of school. These are the seven best ways to have a great family reunion this summer. Start Planning Very Early Getting a large family together takes a lot of time. Everyone has their own schedules that must to be worked around. You will need to start planning everything at least six months early in order to pull off a large reunion. Plan…

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Whether your child has been attending daycare since a very young age or you’re a stay at home parent, there comes a time when parents feel the need to start their children in a more structured preschool environment in order to prepare them for when they start kindergarten. This transition, however, can be difficult for both parent and child. By preparing your child ahead of time, you can ease the transition into preschool. Setting a Schedule Having a regular routine can help your child transition into a structured preschool setting. These schedules are not only necessary for activities during the…

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Father’s Day has passed, but it’s not too late to plan a summer trip with Dad. You still have all of July and August– the summer is young! We all know that our dads would love to spend some extra time with us, so why not consider treating him to one of these special vacations? #1: MLB Road Trip Spend anywhere from a weekend to several weeks visiting ballparks around the USA and Canada. For a shorter trip, consider the baseball-rich East Coast. Start with the Boston Red Sox and travel south, hitting the New York Yankees in the Bronx,…

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