Buddha Bowl: Your Perfect Summer Meal

Looking for a light and refreshing meal that’s chock full of your favorite veggies and nutrients? The buddha bowl might be the perfect summer dish! … Read More

Cool Runnings: Tips for Running in the Heat

Running in the heat can be a great way to train your body while you sweat it out. But with little preparation and awareness to keep you healthy, it’s a great way to boost your workout! … Read More

East Gull Lake, Minnesota: The Perfect Family Vacation Spot

Family vacations look different for each and every family. Some families would rather getaway to a tropical beach resort while some prefer a lakeside cabin. For my family, vacation means going to the cabin in East Gull Lake, Minnesota. … Read More

S’mores Recipes: 5 New Ones You Must Try

Enjoyed any s’mores lately? Outdoor fun and backyard fire pits have been popular in the past months and so have their classic sweet snack. Here are some new s’mores recipes for this campfire classic. … Read More

Colonial Williamsburg: Summer Destination

A Summer Trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia is a perfect family adventure if you are staying close to home. Experience history through education, art, and food. Feel like you’ve traveled  far while staying safe, being outdoors, and learning together. … Read More

Perfect Picnic Food: Packing Summer Flavor

This summer, pack picnic food for lunch or dinner.  Read on for delicious recipes you can use to create on-the-go meal plans, feeding happy people, and keeping the kitchen clean. … Read More

Above Ground Pools: Summer Solution

Above ground pools could be the answer to a summer of staying home – and staying cool. Read on to find out how a pool may be just what you need to make this an unforgettable summer! Above Ground Pools: Summer Solution My friend put in a backyard swimming pool this spring. She made the plans in January and the inground pool and landscaping were complete by the first of June. But in January, many of us were still assuming our community pools and water parks were still options. COVID-19 disrupted everything including swim plans. By the time most of us accepted this, … Read More

Ocracoke Island: Family Vacation Destination

Looking for a new family vacation tradition? Visit Ocracoke Island, the southernmost village in North Carolina’s Outer Banks offering beautiful beaches, small-town charm, and Blackbeard the Pirate lore. … Read More

Family Road Trip: Ideas and Tips to Enjoy the Ride

Millions of Americans will be taking a family road trip this summer. Here are some tips and activities to help you all enjoy the ride! … Read More

Summer Movies for Your Next Family Movie Night

Looking for summer movies? Josie Ortega suggests baseball flicks, westerns, vacation comedies, and island adventures—for a warm-weather Family Movie Night that both adults and kids can appreciate. … Read More

Star Spangled Sweets: Best 4th of July Desserts

We all know the dessert that one relative brings to every 4th of July picnic. Let’s be real. It’s always the fruit tart. You know the one…with the canned frosting? We all still love Aunt Carol’s classic treat. But if it’s you who’s looking to switch things up this year, here are some recipe ideas for delicious 4th of July desserts that are sure to impress! … Read More

Cousin Camp: Creating Lasting Family Memories

Summer is here, and what better way to foster family togetherness than with Cousin Camp! Susan Alexander Yates, grandmother of 21 and author of the new book Cousin Camp has some great insights on this celebrated family tradition. … Read More

Simple, Pandemic-Proof Living with the Yellis Family

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Yellis family embraced simple living. Now, they’ve discovered that valuing simplicity prepared them to weather the storm with minimal disruptions. Interview by Josie Ortega. … Read More

Get Over the “Blursday” Blahs with Family Theme Nights

Do you feel like the days are starting to meld together since your kids have been at home? It may be time to add more pep in your step and get away from the COVID-19 blues. Throwing family theme nights with party themes throughout the week can make every day feel like a holiday celebration! … Read More

Throwing Kids Backyard Parties All Summer Long

Hello Summer! School is ending but community pools and camps may not be business-as-usual this season. Here are some options for making your backyard parties where the fun never stops. … Read More

Refreshing and Delicious Summer Mocktails

With all this time at home, has your alcohol consumption been more than you’d anticipated? Fortunately, we’ve got some recipes for summer mocktails that are fun, refreshing, and guilt-free! Check out Mai Trinh’s journey with 500 days of sobriety, and why mocktails have become her new summer treat! … Read More

Rosé all Day: How to Enjoy the Wine of Summer

With its crisp, refreshing flavors, rosé has become a summer staple for many. Learn all about this delightful wine from the owner of Crystal Palate Wine & Gourmet, Crystal Cameron-Schaad. … Read More

Beach to Backyard: Best Summer Shoes for Kids

Looking for that one shoe for everything this summer? Read on for summer shoes for kids that go from pool to party. … Read More

11 Ideas for Celebrating Father’s Day at Home

With restrictions being lifted, it’s exciting to think of all the ways we may be able to go back out into the world. However, it looks like things may still be a little different than last year. Never fear! There are still plenty of ways to celebrate dad that don’t cost a ton of money or require a night on the town! Check out these ways to make the dad in your life feel cared for and special while spending Father’s Day at home. … Read More

Backyard Swimming Pools Serve up Summer Fun

Amp up the summer fun for your family with a backyard swimming pool! From inflatable options to an Olympic-sized stretch, there’s a pool option to suit every budget. … Read More

Fresh from the Garden: Zucchini Recipes Everyone Will Love

Whether it’s the main course or a side dish that steals the show, zucchini is a versatile ingredient! Read on to find some creative zucchini recipes and ways to cook with the summer squash. … Read More

Tree Identification: Explore Nature With Your Kids

Knowing about local trees and plants can make your next family hike even more enjoyable. Learn about tree identification so you’ll all enjoy nature right outside your door! … Read More

Pineapple Recipes to Kick Off the Summer

Summer is swiftly approaching, and nothing says summer like the sweet taste of fresh pineapple! Here are some amazing ideas for pineapple recipes that will take you right to the tropics. … Read More

The Best Summer Activities for Kids and Families in the City

Many summer activities for kids might look a little different this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions closing camps and classes. But there are plenty of great ways for your kids to enjoy summer fun in the city! Whatever their interest or age, here are some great ideas to keep your family having fun, including a delicious recipe for watermelon-kiwi popsicles. … Read More

Summer Dinner Ideas: Light and Easy Recipes

The summer months are the best time of year to be outside, and these easy summer dinner ideas that will help you enjoy the best foods of the season!  … Read More

Moms on the Street: Simple Summer Style

Looking for summer style inspiration? Come along with Josie Ortega as she searches for simple skin, clothing, and accessory advice from FamilyApp’s Moms on the Street! … Read More

Great Ideas for Keeping Your Baby Cool in the Summer Heat

It can be hard for your little ones to beat the heat in the summertime. Luckily, there are plenty of ways for keeping your baby cool on those warm summer days! … Read More

Home Maintenance Checklist: Tips to Prep for Summer

Summer is almost here – so bring on the home maintenance projects! From watching for water damage to getting gardening, here’s our home maintenance checklist to prepare your house for changes in the elements. … Read More

Setting the Scene for Summer Success

Josie Ortega could have titled this post Summer Survival Strategies . . . but she thought it would be nice to re-frame it positively. Find out here how to master this summer and make it a huge success for everyone! … Read More

Best Activities and Toys for 2-Year-Olds

You may have heard of the Terrible Twos, but here at FamilyApp, we think the toddler years are some of the most fun: playing, imagining and learning in new ways! We spoke with toy expert Amy Mabry about some of the most essential educational toys and activities for 2-year-olds. … Read More

11+ Outdoor Toys for Kids This Summer 2020

Looking for the perfect toy to get your kids outside this summer? Here are 11+ of our favorite outdoor toys (including some tried and true classics from your childhood!) … Read More

How Swimming Lessons Can Keep Your Family Safe

Every child should learn to swim – for safety reasons alone. Swimming lessons with a professionally trained swimming instructor are a valuable investment for the future. … Read More

The Best Barbecue Grill for the Summer Season

The summer months are popular for more than just the hot weather or the prospect of a getaway! After all, there’s nothing like getting out the grill on a warm summer’s day. And, when that special day comes, you’ll have some ideas on the best barbecue grill to meet your needs. … Read More

Creative Grilling and Barbecue Ideas

Fire, meat, vegetables, family and friends: Barbecue is the archetype of good cuisine and cosy get-togethers. However, spontaneous and creative possibilities can also be found beyond the classic BBQ. … Read More