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Summer Camp - Are You Afraid to Spend the Money?

With the Dow falling faster than Joaquin Phoenix's asking price for a film, many parents are cutting back on unnecessary expenses. And it's not just new video games or fancy sneakers. Summer camp is on the chopping block. While day or sleep-away c...

Labor day - day of last chances?

For pretty much everyone, Labor Day signifies the last day of summer. Never mind that most kids go back to school either the week before or after Labor Day, which many feel like is the real end of summer. Never mind that the actual end of summer is...

Sick of the staycation?

Chances are, if you weren't saving money hiding under a rock this summer you heard, perhaps one time too many, about the values and virtues of the 'staycation.' A staycation is exactly what it sounds like--a 'vacation' where you and your family sta...

A Little More: Surprises of the green kind

A remarkable thing happened, here in our little valley where nothing much seems to be going on most days, where the grasses have grown tall and the seed-heads keep them heavy and nodding, sleepy, especially in the late afternoons....

Family vacations - Memory-making is tiring

Last summer was our first attempt at a real family vacation (at the time, our girls were four and two). We spent our days exploring remote beaches, floating on rafts, and catching rays... heavenly. Our nights were spent at our campsite, which after f...

Back-to-school changes parents' routines too

Shortly after school let out last spring, our schedule began to slide. The kids' normally strict bedtime began inching back, and now they're often up with us enjoying the sweetness of the late summer evenings. The flip side to this, of course, is tha...

DailyDish - Summer vacation memory albums

Make sure your child is prepared to share memories what he/she did over summer vacation by helping him or her put together a summer vacation album....

Fake vacations -- the new staycation

So you've decided to stay home this summer to save money and have embraced this year's hottest buzzword -- the staycation. Just how far are you willing to go to make your staycation vacation-like, though? Pitching a tent in the backyard? Buying some ...

101 new options for picnic food fun (but are they kid-friendly?)

It's officially summer. To me that means long evenings, watermelon and picnics. Preferably watermelon served all day at the picnic and into the long evening. While I never grow tired of picnic food--burgers, potato salad and pasta salad come to mind...

DailyDish: Clean sandy feet with baby powder

Headed to the shore for a day in the sun? Here's a trick to prevent bringing the beach back home with you....

Use your summer vacation to change the world

If your child is between the ages of five and fourteen, this summer he or she can help change the world by helping to rid it of malaria. According to this, Malaria kills over 3,000 children a day. Malaria is transmitted through the bite of a mosqu...

Can't afford a vacation? Try a staycation instead!

When I was a struggling college student, I could put two dollars into my gas tank and drive my car for a week. Two dollars today wouldn't get us much farther than the nearest expressway. Families everywhere are grounding their summer travel plans eit...

Plan to pay more for popcorn at your favorite summer movie

When you absolutely have to get out of the heat and humidity this summer, a cool, dark movie theater is a tempting choice for a much needed time out, especially with this summer's line up of fun-loving movies. But if you go, you might want to make...

A memoir of growing up fat

Ah, summer. It's nearly upon us. As adults, many of us think back upon that season with a sense of nostalgia--the time off from school seemed to last forever, and whatever did we do with all of it? For others of us, though, summer brings back some m...

Travel with kids for less

With Spring here and Summer not too far behind, travel time for families is gearing up if not already upon us. Those of us not hitting the road for Spring Break are thinking ahead to that great American pastime, the family summer trip. I myself am...

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