Movies for a Rainy Fourth of July

By Abby Tolbert /

We all have an idyllic vision of what The Fourth of July is supposed to look like. Kids running through sprinklers, grandiose parades with marching bands, and burgers sizzling on the grill. But Mother Nature is almost as unpredictable as tots in their terrible twos, so even America isn’t immune to having its birthday party ruined by the weather. In the event of a rainy Independence Day, these All-American movies are sure to be loved by kids and parents alike. 

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10 Photos You Need to Take This Summer

By Holly Sosa /

My kids go on summer break at the end of this week and after making up an entire week’s worth of snow days, they’re ready to milk all they can from the sweet summer months. With all the adventures we have during the summer, I’m often guilty of forgetting to document the fun. As a mom, it’s my sworn duty as memory keeper to ensure I preserve our memories for years to come so that when I’m a grandmother, the first thing my grandchildren will do when the visit is sit on the floor with our photo albums. It’s a lot of pressure! As someone who is passionate about memory keeping, I tend to get carried away, can you tell?

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10 Books for Kids About Kindness

By Miranda Rosbach /

Ah, another summer over and the air hums with the excited trepidation of starting a new school year. It’s a feeling that’s hard to shake, even as an adult. And whether you’ve finished or haven’t given a second thought to back-to-school shopping, it’s helpful to have a few books in your back pocket to gently address the recurring worries most children face when starting a new school year.

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