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5 Foolproof Fall Family Activities

5 Foolproof Fall Family Activities

Sep 29, 2014

Now that the school year is in full swing, most of your family fun has to wait until the weekend. Here are five activities to put on your calendars this fall! 1. Football game Whether you’re cheering on your town’s high school team, or shelling out the big bucks to see a professional game, football is a family-friendly fall staple. 2. Nature hike Fall is a beautiful season. Why not take your family on a walk to admire the colorful foliage? 3. Apple picking Hand-picked apples are perfect for homemade apple pie! 4. Pumpkin patch Visit your local pumpkin patch and choose from a variety of sizes, shapes, and even colors! Bring them home and plan your Halloween jack-0-lanterns. 5. Hay ride From haunted to kid-friendly, there are tons of hayrides available for your family to...

Top 10 Dishes for Cooler Weather

Top 10 Dishes for Cooler Weather

Sep 22, 2014

10. Homemade Soup Much better than in a can, a hot bowl of homemade soup is a great meal on a chilly day. It also leaves room for improvisation. Feel free to get creative with the ingredients to make the recipe completely your own! 9. Pecan Pie The first pie selection on this list is pecan. This crunchy option may be slightly less popular than apple or pumpkin pie, but it will be sure to add some warmth and sweetness to the end of any fall meal. 8. Stew It doesn’t get much easier than stew. Throw some meat, vegetables and basically anything else you want into your slow cooker and just let it cook! Perfect for a Sunday afternoon football game or easy weeknight dinner. 7. Lasagna  If you’re looking for some cheesy, saucy comfort, look no further than lasagna. This Italian favorite is perfect for those cool nights when the leaves start to change. 6. Apple Pie What says fall more than apples? Pairing them with cinnamon in a warm apple pie makes for a deliciously quintessential fall desert. 5. Chicken Pot Pie The best thing about this dish is its versatility. It can be bought in a box as a budget friendly option, or made to be a gourmet main course! No matter how fancy or casual your chicken pot pie is, it’s sure to hit the spot this fall. 4. Pot Roast  As stew’s heavier cousin, pot roast is another cold weather staple! 3. Pumpkin Pie As the weather gets cooler and cooler, it’s time to start perfecting that pumpkin pie recipe! After all, there are only so many weeks before November rolls around. 2. Chili  Whether you eat it with noodles, mashed potatoes, or topped with shredded cheese, chili can add some spice to a cool autumn night. 1. Turkey Finally, the mother of all fall dishes, the Thanksgiving turkey! Nothing brings family and friends together like this festive bird – not to mention all the delicious sides that come with...

3 Ways to Add Warmth to Your Home This Fall

3 Ways to Add Warmth to Your Home This Fall

Sep 14, 2014

Fall brings cooler weather and changing leaves. It also brings new and festive ways to decorate your home! Here are three to get you started. 1. Candles From a pumpkin patch, to an apple orchard, to a brisk fall walk, there are countless candle scent options to add some autumn-themed warmth to your home. 2. Fire pit Bonfires are not just for summer! Investing in a fire pit is especially great in the colder months. Grab a blanket and a cup of hot cider and enjoy your porch or backyard. 3. Baked goods Baking fall desserts is a fun and delicious weekend activity. It’s great practice for that upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, and the possibilities are endless: pies, cookies, and more!...

How to Rock Working From Home

How to Rock Working From Home

Sep 7, 2014

Whether you’re a freelancer, self-employed, or anything in-between, working from home can be an adjustment. Here are a few tips to add some structure – and fun – to your home work life! 1. Print your schedule each week Nothing says organization like a schedule and a simple to-do list! Keep your day structured by outlining your week. List your projects or obligations, and include due dates or goals. 2. Decorate your desk, office, or workspace Your office is completely yours, so you have complete creative control! You can make it simple and professional, or go crazy with colors – it’s all you! 3. Strategize your soundtrack Some like to crank out their work with a high-tempo playlist. Others are most productive with instrumental, easy listening, or even nature sounds. Plan ahead and make a productive workday soundtrack and press play! 4. Diversify your breaks There is no limit to what you can do on a break from your home office! You can run some errands, meet friends for a late lunch, or even clean your kitchen. Be sure to schedule in breaks when planning your week....

How to Start Planning a Fall Camping Trip

How to Start Planning a Fall Camping Trip

Sep 1, 2014

Summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean your traveling has to come to a halt as well! The change of season means crisp weather and beautiful foliage. It’s not too early to start planing a picturesque fall camping trip! 1. Find your place Book a campsite or cabin, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling. You can look at nearby sites for a quick weekend trip, or find a cabin hours away for a change of scenery! 2. Gather your group Camping trips are great for families, or even a romantic getaway. Decide who you’re traveling with, and plan accordingly. 3. Pack your supplies Whether you’re roughing it in a tent, or curling up in a cozy cabin, you need supplies! Make a list and visit your favorite local sporting goods store to buy sleeping bags, lanterns, flannel, a first-aid kit, and anything else you need to have a safe and fun fall camping trip.   Ask for camping recommendations, and make a list on http://emazeme.com/ to make your travel planning even...