Florida Summer Fun on a Budget

Central Florida Summer FunThe summer months are upon us – so it’s time to find something fun to do with the family! Thousands of tourists are flocking to Disney World, Universal Orlando and our plethora of theme parks here in Florida. The great news is that you don’t have to fight with the crowds and spend a lot of money to have fun with your kids this summer.

Get outdoors with some of the Central Florida outdoor activities tips we shared – and also be sure to try these ideas below to keep you cool and having fun during the summer months:

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Make These Three Great Homemade Summer Treats

Health Summer TreatsSummertime is a minefield when it comes to eating healthy. From ice cream sandwiches to Popsicles, there are a lot of sweet treats that can throw your healthy eating plans out the window. But before you resign yourself to three months of eating poorly; be sure to try out some healthy, homemade summer treats.

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Teaching Kids Self-Reliance

KidsHow self-reliant are your kids? Do they know how to reach you in an emergency? Can you trust them to navigate online? Do they understand how to manage money?

As a parent, your job is to protect and provide for your child, but you also need to prepare them for an adult life without you. That’s why it’s important to incorporate lessons on self-reliance as you raise your children.

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Summer Activities for Your Kids

CampSummer activities for kids run the gamut from classes to activities to sleepaway camps. But no matter which you choose, you’re providing your children with an opportunity to learn, grow and – most importantly – have fun.

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Great Ways To Volunteer This National Volunteer Month (& Beyond)

donationsAre you interested in helping out a good cause in our community, but aren’t sure where to start?

National Volunteer Month shines a spotlight on doing good by helping others. When you reach out and lend a hand, you’ll also benefit since you’ll be meeting new people and knowing that your actions are making a difference.

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Get Outside & Help Keep America Beautiful!

Keep America BeautifulApril is Keep America Beautiful Month.

Spring has traditionally been a time to clean the interior of our homes, and the idea of looking after our exterior environment in the same way and making sure it looks its best is an excellent one for this month and beyond!

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

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Pay It Forward: Give a Compliment

Row of  handsWhat can you give to someone else that doesn’t cost a thing but can make a lasting impression? A Compliment! Share good feelings with people you know by making a point of complimenting at least five people.

You’ll make someone else’s day, and you will also lift your own spirit as well. It doesn’t matter if you know the person that you are complimenting well or not. You do need to make sure that whatever you convey is sincere.

Rather than trying to plan your compliments in advance, be open to possibilities on this day of positivity. When you see something worth complimenting, take a moment to share it.

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Tips For Making The Post-Holiday Return To School As Smooth As Possible

Children standing outside school busThe holidays are an exciting time of year for children. As we all know, many younger people begin their annual countdown of the number of days before Santa’s arrival well before Christmas Eve. Some families make a point of crossing off the days on the calendar to mark the time.

Of course, after the holidays, it can be hard to return to a normal schedule. Getting children back on track when it’s time to go back to school can be challenging.

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Coping With The Holiday Blues

do not panicThe holidays are billed as a wonderful time of the year. They are “supposed” to be filled with joy and lightness, peace and goodwill. But what do you do if you are feeling decidedly blue instead of enjoying this time of year? Many people feel stressed and overwhelmed at this time of year. Acknowledging your feelings, without judging them, is a good place to start.

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Keeping Our Kids Safe Online

child on internetWith the majority of children having Internet access these days, parents need to be on guard to make sure that they are keeping their kids safe from harm. It can be challenging, especially when most parents grew up in a world before cyberspace.

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