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National Summer Reading Programs

National Summer Reading Programs for Kids

There are a LOT of great programs that your children can take advantage of to earn FREE books, prizes, and cash! Need some kids book recommendations? Check out this Kids Summer Reading Book List for lots of great ideas for the best books for kids to read this summer, including books for all ages and all reading levels.  National Summer Reading Programs Junie B Jones Reading Club - Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, … [Read more...]

Free Incredibles 2 Coloring & Activity Pages

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In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from … [Read more...]

5 Clever Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills

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Do your utility bills often cost more than you expect? The good news is there are many ways that savvy homeowners can reduce their bills. Here are five clever ways you can lower your utility bills and reduce your household expenses. Lower the Thermostat on Your Water Heater Water heaters are generally set to 140 degrees, but you can save money by lowering the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees. It will still be warm enough to take a hot shower and to discourage bacterial growth … [Read more...]

Free SOLO: A Star Wars Story Activity Pages

Solo Star Wars Free Coloring Pages

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. The … [Read more...]

How to Make Do Without an Oven While Waiting for Repairs

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There are few appliances in your home that get as much use as your oven. When you think about the meals you make, chances are high that the oven is used for the majority of them. With that said, the oven is also one of those things people don’t really think much about, that is until it stops working. An oven that isn’t working can be a true nightmare in the kitchen as you struggle to figure out how you’ll make do while you wait for the repairs to be done. Rather than resorting to a … [Read more...]

The Do’s and Don’ts to Planning a Vacation

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Once you have money saved in the bank for a vacation, all that will be left to do is book it. Yet there are some big mistakes you could make that could impact your bank balance or experience. Read the dos and don’ts to planning a vacation. Do Enjoy the Planning Process Studies have found the most enjoyable part of a vacation is the planning process, as there will be much excitement and anticipation ahead of the trip. So, if you want to extend the feelings of happiness, you should … [Read more...]

Fun Family Activities

Here are 7 tips for camping with babies that will help ease the stress and help things go more smoothly. - Farmer's Wife Rambles - Farmer's Wife Rambles

Family bonds can become stronger by spending time together. The best way to do so is with family time activities. The activities can range from budget-friendly options to extravagant, as well as indoor versus outdoor. A family road trip, for instance, is one great way to spend longer periods of time together as a family. Should there not be enough time, families could simply spend an afternoon or evening together baking. Yet another option is setting up a family board game night or going on a … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Update Your Look

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There are many reasons why people decide to update their look, yet one of the most common reasons is the fact that they want to break free from a routine and try something new. The way you dress, do your makeup and hair tell a lot about you, and sometimes this can seem boring after awhile. Furthermore, if you feel good about what you are wearing, it is a lot easier to make a good first impression. If you’re unhappy with your appearance, it might be time to make a change. It is normal to get … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Stay Fit on a Farm

If you are unable to grow a garden or just want to supplement your own produce with more fresh foods, a farmers’ market is a great place to go. Children can learn about local foods, what grows in the area and what is absent.

It is quite natural to wonder why someone who is living in a farm would need tips for staying fit, given that farming is a strenuous job and you do have instant access to fresh food all the time. However, the truth is that farming is not the same as it used to be and while that’s a good thing in terms of productivity, it also means that farmers and others who stay on a farm are not as physically active as they used to be a few decades ago.  Besides, what if you are just visiting a farm … [Read more...]

Thinking About Renovating the Basement but There is a Strange Smell

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If you happen to own a home with a basement, there’s a good chance that it was part of the decision-making process when you first got your home. A basement offers all kinds of additional living space and can be transformed and used in many different ways. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about finishing off or renovating your basement for years now and finally, the time has come. You have the finances ready to take it on, and you’ve got the available time, but there’s just one problem: … [Read more...]

Simple Ways To Get Your Outdoor Spaces Ready To Enjoy This Summer

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Summer may still feel like it is more than a few months away but in reality, it will be here before we know it. Now is a great time to start thinking about changes you can make to your outdoor spaces or garden in order to get the most enjoyment out of them. The days will be longer and warmer in a couple of months’ time! When your garden, patio, deck, driveway and other outdoor areas are looking their best and furnished with nice places to relax, you can really make the most of good weather … [Read more...]

Rural Living: These Are the Easiest Animals to Raise on a Small Farm

Life on a small farm can be a time of fun and quiet enjoyment, but it can also mean adding extra work if you choose to raise a few animals. While you wouldn’t want to raise livestock that would require large fields upon which to graze, there are several small animals ideally suited to small farms. Some of these animals can be used for food and other for shearing and yes, even poop for garden fertilizer! Whether you have just moved to your small farm or are finally considering raising a few … [Read more...]

Five Top Tips for a Successful Family Camping Trip

Camping is a fun, family-friendly vacation idea that can leave you with many happy memories. For many parents, camping is an ideal option since it can be inexpensive and a great way to spend more time in nature with your family. Kids can learn a lot from a camping trip, from basic survival skills to activities such as fishing and hunting. If you are planning to take your family camping for a vacation, then making sure that everybody has fun and stays safe should be a top priority. We’ve put … [Read more...]

Perfecting Your Property: How to Prepare Your Home for Sale

How to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Are you planning to put your property back on the market? If so, you will need to ensure it is in tip-top condition to attract as many buyers as possible and to get the best price. If you want to whip it into shape, find out how to prepare your home for sale. Improve Your Curb Appeal First impressions count when selling a property. If it fails to impress a potential buyer at first glance, your home could enjoy a lengthy time on the market. It is therefore essential to improve its curb … [Read more...]

5 Budget-Friendly Baby Shower Menu Ideas

Baby Shower Menu Ideas

If you’ve been tasked with organizing a baby shower for your friend or relative, you’re bound to have questions: who should you invite, should you serve alcohol, and how will you ever throw the perfect party without blowing your budget? Luckily, hosting a thrifty get-together is easy, and there are tons of resources online that can help you plan an entertaining and memorable event. You can find printable decorations, crafty inspiration, and gift ideas online to help you plan a budget … [Read more...]