Beat Boredom Over Summer Break

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Summer break is here and you are probably planning fun activities to keep the kids occupied all summer. Have you ever planned a few fun things at the beginning of break and then the energy seems to fizzle out towards the end? Or do you run out of ideas? We've... [read more]

Hot Tips For Staying Cool This Summer

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During hot summer months, all you can think about is how to cool off. If you don't want to be couped up inside by the air conditioner, check out these hot tips for cooling down from the Old Farmer's Almanac. Fill Up On Food You might be surprised to learn that eating... [read more]

Tips And Tricks For Grilling Fruit

Grilled peaches served with mint leaves
When you think of summertime, you think of grilling out in the backyard. Favorite dishes might include chicken, burgers, barbecue, or vegetables. Did you know you can grill fruit for a deliciously sweet treat? We've pulled 5 tips from Marth Stewart for the best way to grill fruit this summer.... [read more]

Top Tips: Summer Car Safety For Kids

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Summertime often means road trips and family vacations. If you are planning to head out on the road with children for the first time, or even if your family has traveled before, consider these car safety tips from Consumer Report to keep children safe.  Check For Hot Car Seats The temperature inside... [read more]

6 Ways To Grill Fish

Grilled Salmon Fillet With Steamed Vegetables and Sauce
Do you love eating grilled fish at a restaurant but never get the desired results when making it at home? You can enjoy restaurant-quality fish at home by incorporating some grilling techniques. Check out these six ways to grill fish and then get ready for a meal to remember. 1.      Direct... [read more]

Camping Essentials To Enjoy The Great Outdoors

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Have you ever headed out to a campsite, only to realize you forgot some essentials at home? Even if you were planning on roughing it, there are some items that you can’t do without when camping. Make sure you have everything you need by bringing these camping essentials along for... [read more]

Take A Road Trip To The Lincoln Park Zoo In Chicago, IL

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It’s a great time to take a road trip, so why not head to the Lincoln Park Zoo? Chicago is just a few hours from Decatur, so you can zip over and see various wildlife species roaming around stunning habitats. Get some more information to plan your trip. It’s Free to... [read more]

Routine Maintenance Required For Your Vehicle

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You can extend the life of your vehicle by sticking to a maintenance schedule. Most vehicles require routine maintenance starting at 5,000 miles and going on from there. Go over some critical regular maintenance requirements. Look in Your Owner’s Manual Your owner’s manual contains a maintenance section that outlines all the routine... [read more]

Make-Ahead Desserts To Enjoy In An Instant

Banana split ice cream served on white plate
We all get a sweet tooth from time to time. If you’re looking for the perfect recipe that will satisfy you and your family's craving, we have three mouth-watering recipes for you to try. These make-ahead desserts will be the sweetest thing you’ll taste all summer. Take a look to... [read more]

Top Backyard Games To Play With The Family

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Summer is here! It’s time to get out to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. While most folks have spent more than enough time in their homes this year, we figured you needed a reminder of how much fun your outdoor space can be. Take a look to see what... [read more]