It's the time of year when kids are outside more, which means they're more likely to come home exhausted and bug-bitten. You can deal with exhaustion by putting them to bed, but how can you deal with the itch and welts of bug bites? Keep reading for Circle of Moms members' best home remedies for bug-bite relief.
It's about time to heat up those barbecues and marinate your favorite meats, because Fourth of July is coming up! Families everywhere love a good barbecue, but this form of cooking is especially essential on holidays like the Fourth of July. To help you get ready for the celebration, we've rounded up some meaty, mouthwatering recipes (and a veggie one, too). From peach-flavored turkey burgers to addictive kabobs and smoky ribs, these recipes will make any barbecue a party!
"Mom, I'm B-O-R-E-D!"
I'll bet you've never heard that before — ha! I'm also betting that you have very little empathy for boredom due to all the stress in your life. As Circle of Moms member Sarah N. shares, "I hate feeling like I'm burnt out, but I think I have burnt my candle at both ends and now there's not much left."
We all hate feeling burned out, and no one wants that to happen to our kiddos either. That's why I believe in the lazy days of Summer. When kids aren't in school, their focus shifts from the logical/academic side of the brain to the emotional/creative side, and that's a very good thing. When I think about my hobbies, I realize that my first exposure to them came during my Summer vacations. Here are several ways to stop boredom, expose kids to new things, and allow them to relax so they're ready to work hard when school is back in session.
It's tempting to stock up on popsicles and ice cream when you start to feel the heat. But as moms share here, there are healthier (and even tastier) Summer snacks you can easily make at home. From cantaloupe sherbert to a fruity cashew parfait, all of these family favorites are simple, delicious, and healthily homemade.
You can't have Summer potlucks, picnics, and holidays without pie, so we've rounded up nine sensational family pie recipes. From a no-bake ice cream pie to an American classic cherry pie, these easy recipes will help your family have your tastiest Summer yet!
Does the idea of an all-family Summer vacation stress you out? For many Circle of Moms members, including Shannon T., the very anticipation of "the best family vacation ever" is mixed with the dread of knowing the tension that can arise when the family embarks on an all-family, all-together, all-of-the-time vacation adventure. She jokingly suggests that family Summer vacations would be more fun "without the kids" but asks other Circle of Moms members for their Summer family travel ideas. Here, Circle of Moms members share what they've learned about planning a family Summer vacation where the whole clan ends up having a great time.
Reading books to the little ones is an integral part of being a parent, so it's only natural that there are some cherished children's books that explore the relationship of father and child. From funny books about Dad's snoring or love of Star Wars to tender reads that show just how much dads care, these 20 children's books about dads are perfect for reading on Father's Day and any day after.
For the past three Summers, I've been in some state of either pregnancy or postpartum "WHAT IS MY BODY DOING?!" panic; so, needless to say, those bikinis have remained dormant at the very bottom of my drawer. In fact, some of them I've even permanently retired to a box in the basement wardrobe. But I digress.
Last Summer, just barely popping with our second, we took a family trip to Mexico. I had to find something to contain pregnant boobs, smooth the bulges of early pregnancy, and boost my confidence enough to not detract from the fun of seeing my then-16-month-old on the beach for the first time. When it's time for fun in the sun with your family, the last thing you want to worry about is tugging a swimsuit back into place.
That's when I saw it! It wasn't the awful maternity options turned out by Motherhood and Target. It wasn't some ridiculous attempt to put myself into a two-piece. (Some moms-to-be can pull this off; my pregnant tummy ain't that cute.) And it wasn't reminiscent of something my grandmother wore once either.