The Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Games

Road trip games: playing tic-tac-toe in the car.
Road trip games are a lifesaver, whether you're trekking cross country to sight-see or simply cross-county to see the grandparents, you're a college student on a butt-numbing quest to see how many states you can pin in a single weekend, or you're simply idling in traffic on the way to the airport.

Sure, you can flip through Facebook or have the kids watch Frozen for the 1,000th time, but why not use some of that road time to have a little fun while fostering a deeper connection with your fellow travelers?  Continue Reading

Fun Games to Play After Thanksgiving Dinner

Fun games to play after Thanksgiving dinner

While the food and decor are usually the major focus for Thanksgiving preparations, it's worth thinking about what happens on Thanksgiving Day before and after the feast. Whether you want games to keep the kids busy while the adults are cleaning up, or family activities that everyone can do together, we have some ideas for fun Thanksgiving family games that might even distract everyone from rehashing the same old arguments. (MIGHT! We can't promise any miracles.) 

 

While you could (literally) leave everyone to their own devices before and after the big meal, to probably stare at their own screens, Thanksgiving can instead be a chance to connect with friends and family. Continue Reading

How to Create the Best Autumn Bucket List Ever

Autumn bucket list

Even if the weather where you live is still summer-like, the calendar is telling us that now is the time to transition into an autumn mindset. Use the fresh start of this new season to reset and plan. Make yourself an autumn bucket list and have the best fall ever! 

 

Relishing pumpkin-spiced drinks, wearing plaid, and finding new places to display decorative gourds are important, but your autumn bucket list can be more than a catalog of happy fall activities.  Continue Reading

130+ Halloween Costume Ideas If You Have No Idea What You’re Going to Be Yet

128 Ideas on What to Be for Halloween

As an adult, you've got a lot of important decisions to make every year, but one of the most important is what to be for Halloween! We're only kidding – but sometimes it does seem like an overwhelming responsibility! If you're still scratching your head as to what to be, take a scroll down this list and see if anything tickles your fancy. We have costume ideas for couples, whole families and groups, or for a party-of-one. Continue Reading

How to Go to the Movies for Less This Summer

How to get cheap movies tickets and save money this summer

It's summertime, which means bonus free time, if you're lucky. Going to the movies is a classic way to stay out of the sun while still having fun – the only issue is that outlandish price tag! I had quit going to the movies a few years back, because the cost of admission was higher than I was comfortable with. However, after learning different ways to obtain cheap movie tickets, and figuring out how to keep my costs low, I'm back to seeing flicks on the big screen. Continue Reading

The One Thing You Should Avoid During Your Next Vacation

Why You Should Do Less During Your Next Vacation

Over the past decade, we've seen a major dip in the prioritization of vacations. After the financial crisis, our work-life balance system was pretty much thrown out the window. As a result, Americans are taking way less vacation time than they accrue. If this is you, you may have struggled with trying to pack your infrequent travel plans with a myriad of activities. Understandably, you want to make the most of your time off. What you really should be doing is almost nothing. Continue Reading

How to: DIY Family Silhouette Art in Under an Hour

Family Silhouette Art in Under an Hour

I've been itching to do some DIY art for our home that could involve my kids, but still be stylish and modern. This family silhouette art is definitely a blast from the past! I remember doing this in elementary school and coming home proudly displaying my rather odd-looking silhouette for my parents. This time around, I decided to have it more large scale, keeping the colors simple and the frames clean. It took less than an hour by the time I had them framed and up on the wall!  Continue Reading

Make It: Family-Friendly DIY Valentines Mailboxes (Two Ways)!

created at: 01/23/2012

As a kid, Valentine’s Day was one of my favorite holidays (candy–duh!).  We’d make glitter and puff paint-covered Valentine holders in school from paper plates folded in half (classy), which would inevitably reach “maximum candy capacity” and burst open halfway through my walk home from school.  Sad times.  But this isn’t a sad post!  We’re talking about Valentine’s Day mailboxes, people!  That’s some happy stuff.   

Imagine my retroactive/future/past/possible surprise if one of these mailbox Valentine holders had been waiting for me upon my return.   Continue Reading

Furniture Designer Legally Employs Young Sons to Add Imperfect Finishing Touches

created at: 01/10/2012

Dutch industrial designer Lucas Maassen painstakingly creates smooth, straight-lined designs, flawless and contemporary in their construction, then pays his kids to mess it up.

“Thijme (9 years old), Julian and Maris (both 7 years old) work in compliance with Dutch child labor laws. This means, they’re limited to working only three hours per week. The three sons work every Tuesday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a 15-minute break in between. They receive €1 per furniture piece completed and have employee benefits such as 12 vacation days per year and receive a 5% salary vacation allowance per annum.”

Watch this excellent video to see the boys in action:   

created at: 01/10/2012

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Mr. Mod’s Souped Up Bunny Cake

created at: 03/26/2010

Foodie Fridays have made me feel all Home Ecky. However, it’s Mr. Mod who’s the baker around here. In response to my nagging, he agreed to supervise my attempt at baking by lending me the secret to his souped up German Chocolate Cake recipe. We started with a boxed German Chocolate cake and then turned it all creamy rich and dark chocolate-y. As if that’s not enough, we’ve turbo-texturized the canned coconut pecan icing too.

The bow tie and other details are done with a simple butter cream icing tinted with food coloring. Continue Reading