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Ways to enhance your everyday life, from our family to yours.

Budget Halloween costume

DIY Halloween costumes on a dime

Coming up with affordable and clever Halloween costumes for the whole family doesn’t have to be spooky.

In the sandwich of life, don’t be the bologna.

5 tips for the sandwich generation

I’ve been in the sandwich. My mom and my aunt, both in their 80’s, required assisted living – and attention. At the same time, my kids were in high school and required an equal amount of attention.

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Is your family ready for a pet?

Looking for a debate on cats vs dogs? You won’t find it here. We love them both!

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Tips for empty nesters

When the kids leave home, is it time to break out the tissues – or the champagne?

Smiling girl with missing tooth

Collecting teeth and taking calls

Parents – give the tooth fairy a break! She’s going broke because of you!

Father, mother, daughter under a hot air balloon

Connecting with your family can be easy, just ask the Rigos

If you build spending family time together into your regular routine, everyone will benefit.

Family watching TV

Turn TV time into family time

Binge-watching is here to stay. Make this a family friendly event by picking one of the shows we’ve researched for you.

Father and son at garage sale

Get the kids involved in your next garage sale

Having a garage sale can go from “task” to “blast” when you get the kids involved!

Colored pencils and coloring book

Between the lines - coloring for adults

Find out why grown-ups are getting back into coloring.

Little girl playing

Fostering imagination

Give your kids permission to dream again.

Door with key in lock

Home security - Is your home an easy target?

Don't let your home be an easy target. Take these security precautions to help lower the risk of a home break-in.

Mother and son doing laundry

How to get your kids to help out around the house

House work should be a family activity. Make chores fun and keep them age-appropriate so your kids can help you keep a busy household running.

Cat in travel crate

How to fly safely with your pet

Flying with your pet may make both of you nervous. We have some tips that can make the experience safe and easy for both of you.

Beach towel, sunglasses, hat and flip flops

Summer fun

It never fails. Summer is four days in and your kids are already bored. We have some ideas to keep them busy all summer long. 

Family in tent

Tech-free ideas for your next family night

Are you ready to disconnect? 7 tech-free ways to rock your next family night

Piggy bank with coins

Average cost of chores for children

In our latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index, we asked people how they taught their children about finances using allowances and chores. Turns out, a lot of you believe in paying your kids to do work around the house. Find out the going rate for popular household chores.

Dog playing with toy

Tips for keeping a healthy home when suffering from pet allergies

Does Fido make you sneeze? Fluffly make you itch?Here are some tips for minimizing your symptoms so you can have all the animal snuggles you want. 

Girl blowing bubbles

5 fun activities on a dime

Looking for stuff to do with the kids without spending too much money? Check out these fun family activities!

Kitchen counter

How to de-clutter your home

Clutter can amass in almost every space in your house, making it hard to feel organized.

Dad and children reading

Make time for your kids every day

We all have busy schedules, and sometimes we can feel more like taxi drivers than parents. Here's a few ways to make every day moments mean more.

Dad and daughter walking in airport

Why your kids should travel

You want your kids to be happy, curious, confident and stress free? Take them traveling.

Family talking at table

Easy ways to talk safety with your kids

Talking disaster planning with your kids can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be scary. Here are some easy ways to talk safety with your kids. 

Tablet and phone with ChorePal app

Teach your kids to save, share, and spend with our new app

ChorePal is a family focused app that helps your kids save, spend, or share their money while teaching them the value of a dollar and the satisfaction of a job well done. 

Feet in socks, hot cocoa, and fireplace

16 safety tips for a jollier holiday season

Holiday season is full of family and fun. It's also a time to make sure you're celebrating safely. Check our out 16 tips that will help your holidays go smoothly.

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