summer

End of school year family celebration ideas

End of school year family celebration ideas

Summer vacation has officially started for some, but for others, they’re still counting down the days to freedom. The school year is crazy busy and even though the “lazy days of summer” don’t necessarily include moms and dads as they continue heading to work every day, these summer months are decidedly more chill than those […]

Finding perspective in the dog days of summer (and parenting)

Finding perspective in the dog days of summer (and parenting)

This originally appeared in the pages of the July 2016 issue of Simply Family Magazine. Check out the digital edition, here!  With just a month left of summer break, it seems as though we’re faced with two realities: The official downhill slide of summer vacation. Refrains of “I’m boooooored! There’s NOTHING to do!” gaining momentum. Ahhh, […]

Tips for keeping baby cool and comfortable during hot summer months

Tips for keeping baby cool and comfortable during hot summer months

Believe it or not, babies and summertime can coexist — you just have to know what you are doing. Keeping baby safe from the sun’s harmful rays is of the utmost importance. Keeping baby cool and comfortable is equally as important. Not only for baby, but also for your own sanity. Have you ever attempted […]

Tips for keeping pets cool and comfortable during hot summer months

Tips for keeping pets cool and comfortable during hot summer months

Everyone loves summertime. (Or at least almost everyone. The jury’s still out on some stay-at-home parents. It may be more of a love-hate relationship. Wink.) Even our cuddly best friends (of the animal variety) love summertime. And who wouldn’t? But did you know that we could be putting our pets in danger if we aren’t […]

Summertime Boredom Busting Game Plan

Summertime Boredom Busting Game Plan

Summer vacation has just barely begun, yet the fighting, bickering and shouts of “I’m bored” have already emerged! What’s a Mom to do when she doesn’t want to use her backup babysitter (aka the TV) as a time passer? Here are just a few sanity-saving suggestions! P.S. Hang with us to the end for a […]

9 Tips to Becoming a Yard Sale Pro

9 Tips to Becoming a Yard Sale Pro

Garage sales and yard sales are a treasure trove of bargains, where savvy bargain hunters can find everything from barely used clothes and household goods to antiques, jewelry and collectibles. It’s a fun activity for families and it can also be a fun way to socialize. So we’ve got a few simple tips to becoming […]

MontanaFair 2014: Deals, food, and fun

MontanaFair 2014: Deals, food, and fun

Summer days: they have the uncanny ability to slip right by so that before we know it we’re turning the calendar over to August with back-to-school looming overhead. But before we slip back into the grind, there’s the epitome of summer fun, MontanaFair, coming to Billings Aug. 8-16, 2014. Touted as being an “agricultural celebration […]