1. Places to Take Dad for Father’s Day

    Dad’s baseball cap and gloveFor the upcoming Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, why not think “outside of the box” by giving dad something other than a standard item like tie, cologne or tools? Instead of buying him something, why not take him somewhere? If you’re not sure where to take him, keep it fun, uncomplicated, nearby and inexpensive (since he probably wouldn’t expect an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii).

    Here are some fun and affordable Father’s Day ideas:

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  2. Father’s Day Meals Kids Can Help Make

    Heart-shaped egg on toastYou’ve probably heard the saying, “The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Whether he’s a gourmet chef or invariably burns the toast, we have yet to meet a dad who doesn’t love a good home-cooked meal.

    Letting dad sleep-in this Father’s Day and cooking him something from the heart can be an easy win. Here are three Father’s Day recipes that children can help you make:

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  3. Thoughtful Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

    Teacher standing in front of classAll across the United States during the first full week in May, parents and students and school systems join forces to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a cumulative and happy way to thank teachers for the all-important work that they do, as the foundation for the world of tomorrow.

    What are some ways for you and your child to honor a teacher during this time? We’ve compiled a few gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week that will surely be welcomed:

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  4. Must-Have Items for Your Baby Shower’s Gift Registry

    Baby itemsGetting ready for a baby shower can be fun, whether you or someone else is handling the planning. Most of the time, the only “work” you have to do is start a baby registry for gifts that you’d appreciate receiving. Although baby registries are optional, they make it easy for guests to select items that you truly want and will use. They also help ensure that you won’t receive duplicate items, thereby saving you the time of having to return items to stores.

    Opening a baby registry at one or more stores nevertheless takes forethought, even though you can open the registry online and participating stores provide a “shelf list” of goods that they carry concerning baby.

    What exactly will you need? How many of each will you need? Which items are necessities and which are luxuries or frivolous? And besides, what in the world are half of the items mentioned on the store’s “shelf list” and what do those items do? If you’re a first-time parent, the following list of baby registry “must-haves” can be a real new-mother’s helper:

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  5. 3 Mother’s Day Gifts That Children Can Make

    mothers day gift ideasHomemade Mother’s Day gifts are an ideal way to get your children involved and to add a personal touch that any mother, aunt or grandparent will undoubtedly love.

    The three Mother’s Day gift ideas below mostly involve steps that children can complete, but some steps will require adult assistance. Make sure that a parent is present to guide children through the process, and to help when necessary.

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