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Meal Planning Tips

Cooking has never been one of my favorite activities, but I learned that deciding what to cook was more of a chore than the actual cooking. It could take me forever to come up with a list of meals I'd want to make for the week before I could make my grocery list and head to the store. Recently I moved into a monthly meal planning routine and it has changed the way I…

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Added by Beth Keklak on February 29, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

3 Simple Steps to Decluttering

A few months ago I decided I needed to start taming the clutter. While I admit, I still have a long way to go, I feel that I have made progress. What is more, I now have a system that helps me tackle the clutter without becoming overwhelmed and that is what I'd like to share with you. 

1. Create a donation station. Find somewhere in your house where…

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Added by Beth Keklak on January 14, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Teacher Gifts: What to Give and What to Avoid

'Tis the Season for holiday gift giving and those of us with kids often wonder what to give teachers.  I am blessed to have many teachers among my friends and family so I went straight to the source and asked them what they love to receive.  Keep in mind, teachers NEVER expect gifts and if you do choose to give, you don't have to break the bank to show your appreciation. 

BEST GIFTS FOR TEACHERS:

Gift Cards: Gift cards are great for many…

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Added by Beth Keklak on December 6, 2015 at 1:11pm — 1 Comment

5 Tips to De-Stress Your Day

Plan Your Week Each Sunday I like to take a look at my calendar for the week ahead. What appointments do I have coming up? Where do the kids need to be? What are my super hectic nights? I then take the time to figure out meals, make my to do list, see what days would be good ones to run errands, etc. I make…

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Added by Beth Keklak on November 16, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

5 Tips for Establishing a Back to School Routine

As we were heading off the beach yesterday for the last time this summer, there was a lot of pouting and whining. Here is where I have to admit that most of it came from me. You see, today is not only the first day of school, but it marks the end of care free summer days and the start of school routines. While routine is not a bad thing, for some of us it is a hard transition in those first days. Here are a few tips to help get into the swing of things.

Prepare the night…

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Added by Beth Keklak on September 2, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Stage of Summer: Denial

Summer has a few different stages and they go a little something like this:

  • Denial: OMG is school really over in a week and these buggers are about to be home full time? I’m not ready!
  • Acceptance: Ok, we can do this. Bring on the fun!
  • I’m over it: Summer is expensive, yo! These buggers want to be entertained and fed All.The.Time!
  • Denial: Is summer really over and I have to face back to…
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Added by Beth Keklak on August 24, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

5 Fun Halloween Outings for Families

October is my absolute favorite month of the year. The weather becomes crisp, the colors are vibrant, and I become a big kid on Halloween. There are so many fun activities to do with the kids at this time of year too! I’ve rounded up some fun events that are sure to put the spirit in Halloween.

Storybook Land: If you have never…

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Added by Beth Keklak on October 7, 2014 at 8:23am — 4 Comments

6 Travel Apps for Your Next Road Trip

You've decided to venture out on the big bad road.  Now what? Well, knowing your destination would be a good place to start.  After that it is all about organization. What to pack, where to stay, where to eat, what to do along the way are all different facets to plan.  Luckily, technology helps us along to make these things as easy as possible.  Here are six apps that…

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Added by Beth Keklak on July 23, 2014 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

4 Gardens Worth the Visit

The weather has been a little wacky this year as Mother Nature hasn’t seemed to be able to decide which season she’d like it to be.  However, spring has finally sprung, and the unofficial start of summer is quickly approaching.  One of the best places to…

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Added by Beth Keklak on May 21, 2014 at 2:37pm — 1 Comment

4 "Out of the Box" Family Vacations

When planning your Spring and Summer family vacations, start thinking outside of the box. Disney is fun, the beach is close, but sometimes you yearn to expand your horizons to something new and unique. I’ve got some great suggestions to break you out of your vacation rut.



1. Dude Ranches Yup, a dude ranch. Dude ranches are a great…

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Added by Beth Keklak on March 21, 2014 at 10:59am — 3 Comments

7 Easy Ways to Save on Your Next Family Vacation

Gray skies, cold temperatures, and snowy days make most of us long for warmer weather. We begin to dream of tropical beaches with palm trees and sunshine. Warm weather destinations seem to be the place to be and many of us start daydreaming of our Spring and Summer family vacations. Here are a few tips to help you save on your next family jaunt.

  1. Sign up for emails. I know we all hate a clogged inbox, but signing up for emails from hotels and attractions is a…
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Added by Beth Keklak on January 23, 2014 at 10:07am — 3 Comments

Kid Friendly Activities for Winter Break

The holidays are upon us which means the kids will soon be home for winter holiday break.  With the way the holidays fall this year, most school districts have a nice long break.  While some rejoice, others are already wondering what they will do to keep their kids occupied when the thrill of the new toys wears off.  Here are a few ideas to help you out.

5 Day Trip Ideas for Winter Break:

1.  From December 21 through January 1 (closed Christmas), …

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Added by Beth Keklak on December 16, 2013 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Family Time

With how busy our family is, we don't always have a lot of quality time together.  Heck, it is sometimes a miracle to find all 5 of is in the car in route to the same activity!  When we do find a free evening or weekend afternoon, we love to declare a family night (or afternoon!).  Not all of our family nights look the same; we like to switch things up.  Here are some of our favorites.

Game Night: My middle child LOVES to play games.  We'll often play a quick…

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Added by Beth Keklak on October 25, 2013 at 9:07am — 2 Comments

Are the kids over scheduled?

With three kids in the house, each of whom participates in multiple activities, it is safe to say that our calendar is pretty full. And with the amount of kids out numbering the amount of adults in the house, and therefore, drivers, it is also safe to say that I am over scheduled. But, what about the kids? How do you know when you have found the right balance and when they have …

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Added by Beth Keklak on September 26, 2013 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Free Summer Fun at the Jersey Shore

The kids have been out of school for a few weeks.  You are running out of ideas and money to keep them entertained.  Now what?  Here is a brief collection of free happenings in the area this summer.

Photo credit: Flickr/bayassaa

Sundays:…

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Added by Beth Keklak on July 9, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Top Train Stops in Lancaster County, PA

Did you know May 11 is National Train Day?  For those families who have kids with a passion for trains both big and small, you need to look no further than the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.  These destinations are located all in a very close proximity to one another making this area your one stop destination for family fun.

Photo credit: courtesy of Strasburg…

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Added by Beth Keklak on May 10, 2013 at 2:20pm — 1 Comment

Spring Day Trips

This time of year I get a bad case of Spring Fever.  I can't wait for the weather to warm up and to get outside with the kids.  Since I'm pretty sure many of you feel the same way, I've come up with some fun places to take a family day trip.…

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Added by Beth Keklak on March 23, 2013 at 7:53pm — 2 Comments

Planning a Spring Break Staycation

Did someone say Spring?  While the weather may not have turned spring-like just yet, school Spring Break is just around the corner.  Time to get planning!  Since making a big escape isn't always possible, lets talk Staycations.  Just because you may not be packing your bags and hopping on a plane (hello, have you seen the price of air fare these days?) doesn't…

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Added by Beth Keklak on February 25, 2013 at 3:06pm — 3 Comments

Winter Fun for the Family

I’m not a fan of the cold and you are most likely to find me snuggled under a cozy blanket with a mug of hot chocolate in hand when the chill hits. Are you a snow lover or one that counts down the days until summer returns? Either way, I have some fun spots for you and your family to make the most of your time together this winter season and break up the winter blahs.



Make an Escape

Taking a winter vacation doesn’t have to be to the tropics! Whether you…

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Added by Beth Keklak on January 9, 2013 at 5:42pm — 2 Comments

Christmas Festivities to Enjoy as a Family

I'm not sure how we got here but the holidays are upon us, like it or not!  For many of us, this means a lot of stress and chaos as we make our lists and check them twice, clean, wrap, bake and cook.  However, I like to take this opportunity to take a time out with my family and enjoy some of the festivities around us.  There are so many fun family oriented activities to enjoy! 

One of our favorite places to visit during the holiday season is…

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Added by Beth Keklak on November 23, 2012 at 8:45pm — 3 Comments

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