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Build a cheap and easy bean fort.

Or build a cheap and easy bean fort.

See how they did this here.

Set up pool noodles for a game of kickball croquet.

Hula-hoops work too. Get the directions here.

Grow a sunflower house for the kids to play in.

Grow a sunflower house for the kids to play in.

Have a backyard drive-in party for the kids with cardboard boxes.

Get the instructions on how to make a DIY backyard movie screen here.

Make a race car track.

Make a race car track.

Instructions here.

Use glow necklaces and glow bracelets for a few rounds of nighttime ring toss.

Break glowsticks into bottles of water for some nighttime lawn bowling action.

Reuse those wooden stakes to create the most epic game of Scrabble ever.

Tie rope between trees to create a fun obstacle course for the kids.

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Follow Sam and Sofia on a Road Trip Across the USA!

AL, AZ, CA, Colorado, Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup — Funks Grove, Glass Beach — Fort Bragg, IL, New Jersey Boardwalks — The Jersey Shore, Road Trip, St. Elmo Ghost Town — Chaffee County, U.S. Space & Rocket Center – Huntsville, Wigwam Village Motel — Holbrook

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Follow Sam and Sofia on a Road Trip Across the USA!

The arrival of summer means a lot of things: no more school, longer and hotter days, plus all the ice cream your parents will let you eat! It also means time to vacation. Sam & Sofia love traveling all over the globe, but as our USA Edition subscribers know, the United States is also chock full of places to explore. One of the best ways to explore them is by packing up the car and hitting the road. We planned a three-day road trip to take you to some of our favorite destinations in different corners of the U.S.  Our only rule? Buckle up!

ROAD TRIP DAY 1: The South & the East Coast

Our first day started in space…

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Bicycle Safety Tips

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Winter is over, and your kids are finally away from the screens and back on their bikes, where they belong. If your relief at having the house to yourself for an hour or two is tinged with just a tiny bit of disaster anxiety (and what mom doesn’t experience just a tad of this each and every day?) don’t worry. We’ve got the tips to help ensure your child stays safe while riding.

Bicycle Safety Tips

  • Wear a properly-fitted helmet! If you aren’t sure how to properly fit you or your child’s helmet, here’s a great video by Schwinn:Bike helmut

Or, click on Bern’s fit guide for information on sizing. Wearing an improperly fitted or incorrectly sized helmet can be dangerous, as can riding with no helmet, so make sure your child’s helmet is snug, but not too tight.

  • Choose a bicycle that is the right size and has…

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The Magic Glass

Chronic Conditions & Life Lessons

Before I left Arizona last week, I saw my Great-Aunt one last time to say, “Good-By.”  I picked her up from my relative’s house where she lived and slept.  She had combed her short blonde hair pretty and straight, scrubbing her face shiny to glow in the sun.  “Are you ready, Aunt Shirley?”  “Oh, heaven’s yes,” she answered,  her sparkling blue eyes twinkling.

As we drove to one of her favorite restaurants in town, we passed familiar cactus in the wide open desert together with several stray dogs roaming on the street.  Aunt Shirley’s frail hands were folded in her lap.  She fidgeted, knowing it was our last visit, for this trip at least.  When would I be coming back?  That’s what she was thinking, as I read her silent senior mind. My visits were one of the things that she most looked forward to.

It’s hard for…

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20 Things that terrify me about being a mom

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Imagine the scariest job in the world — take the scare-factor of that job, multiply it by a million and you have…

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Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

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This is another great recipe for those busy weeknights, when you don’t have time to make anything complex.  Though my own kids could write the book on picky eating, I could see a lot of kids even being ok with this one.  The flavors are fairly mild, but still really good.  It definitely throws together very easily, and if you’re like me, a lot if not all of these ingredients are things you often have already on hand, making this a great go-to recipe when you haven’t planned ahead.

While these obviously aren’t a real philly cheese steak sandwich, I was surprised at how closely the flavor does resemble that of the real deal.  I really enjoyed the steak sauce in these.  Since I am a cheese-lover I doubled the cheese on ours and think that is definitely the way to go.  They aren’t called cheese steak for nothing after…

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Yard Sale Confidential: August 13 is National Yard Sale Day

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Yard saleAugust 13 is National Yard Sale Day, so gather up your family’s unwanted and unused items and start prepping for your killer yard or garage sale. The most important feature of a great sale is planning, so check out these tips before you put up your first sign!

•Check with your neighborhood or homeowners association or local government about any yard sale requirements or rules in your area. Some developments and communities may have regulations about signage and how frequently you can have yard sales.

•Consider the day of your sale. Nix holiday weekends when people may leave town. Saturdays and Sundays seem like no-brainers but consider having your sale on a Friday—that’s often when dealers and retirees like to shop and you’ll have less competition.

•Ask your neighbors or friends if they’d like to join in the sale with you. It’s great to have extra help on sale day, plus a sale with lots of merchandise is more enticing than a paltry one.

•Put a price tag on everything. You can buy preprinted dot tags for smaller items, but use 3×5 index cards for larger items like furniture. You’ll (hopefully) be really busy on sale day, and having everything priced ahead of time will be a lifesaver. If you have a lot of things like paperbacks or matchbox cars you could always put them in a box labeled $0.25 each or 5 for $1.00 or make a sign stating that.

•A note on pricing: the point of a yard sale is to sell, and shoppers come expecting yard sale prices. So even if that Norelco razor you bought hubby for father’s day five years ago is still untouched in it’s original box, it’s used to your customers. Try using a 50-30-10 guideline when pricing items: price nearly new things at 50% of retail, slightly used items at 30% of retail and used items at 10% of retail.

•A week before your sale, start putting up flyers on community bulletin boards and list your sale on a site like craigslist.org or local online site. You could also alert your immediate neighbors about your sale. They’ll appreciate knowing in advance, rather than being surprised by extra cars and people when they step out to get their newspaper that morning. The night before your sale or early that morning, put up your signs directing shoppers to your house. Be sure to use sturdy cardboard, poster board and Sharpie type markers to make your sign. Write in big block letters so drivers can easily see your signs. Consider including big arrows directing people to your location.

•Most yard sales are morning and early afternoon gigs. Be sure to put a beginning and an end time on your signs, like 8am-3pm. You could include the phrase: “PLEASE NO EARLY BIRDS” to discourage the inevitable early bargain hunters, but expect some will show up anyway.

•The day before your sale, hit the bank for $75-$100 worth of small bills rolls of quarters, dimes and nickels.

•On the day of the sale, be sure to remove non-sale items from your garage or yard or cover them with sheets. You can guarantee that someone will want to buy your lawnmower or other items not for sale if they’re visible.

•Take some time to merchandise your wares. An organized, attractive looking sale will encourage drive-bys to stop and browse. Cover tables with cloths and group like items together (glassware, books, kitchen gadgets, garden tools etc.) and don’t display anything on the ground except furniture.

•Instead of a cash box, wear a fanny pack or multi-pocketed apron. That will reduce the risk of your profits accidentally walking away

•If you have a dog, no matter how friendly, it’s best to keep him/her inside on sale day. And don’t let any customers inside your house to use the restroom. Instead, direct them to the nearest gas station or fast food joint

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