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Beat the Heat, Save Your Wallet

Sometimes, it’s just too hot to be outside. When you and your children want to spend some quality time together but don’t want to brave the heat or spend money on indoor activities like going to a movie theater for the latest blockbuster, it’s time to get creative!

guacMake a taco bar with the whole family! Get out of the sun for a little while with this delicious, creative recipe from Food Network Magazine. Everyone can play “chef,” with each person in charge of his or her own part of the taco bar, from the guacamole station to the hot sauce station. An extra perk of this family friendly recipe? With a multi-compartment lunch box, you can even take your taco bar with you for work or school lunches for a tasty lunch that is much cheaper than dining out!



To make 2-4 servings, you will need:

  • 4 thin slices roast beef (about 3 ounces)
  • 4 (6-inch) soft flour tortillas
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup store-bought fresh guacamole
  • 1/4 cup store-bought fresh salsa
  • Mini bottle hot sauce
  • 2-4 multi-compartment lunch boxes
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt (optional)
  • “chefs” to help out


  1. Fold 1 slice roast beef inside each of 2 soft tortillas, and put in the biggest compartment of the lunch box
  2. Sprinkle cheese onto the roast beef and tortilla
  3. Pack other compartments with guacamole, salsa, sour cream and other favorite toppings each.
  4. Seal and send off to school or bring to work!

Everyone has the chance to contribute to the meal, and you get to spend a little extra time with the family!

On lazy summer days, sometimes we just don’t feel like being active, and even cooking a meal together seems too ambitious. Even energetic children need some downtime! Take the opportunity to read to your kids. You can even act out scenes from the stories to get them involved! Scholastic’s Parent & Child magazine has a few recommendations for places to start.

  1. Charlotte’s Web
  2. Tuck Everlasting
  3. A Wrinkle in Time
  4. Anne of Green Gables
  5. Where the Wild Things Are

Reading together will stimulate your children’s imaginations and will build memories that will last a lifetime! Support local literacy and save money by renting these books from your local library. Need more reading ideas for children? Magazines like Highlights can turn a lazy afternoon into a time of learning and discovery for children!


Indoor camping is another budget-friendly way to get the whole family involved. All you need are a few household materials before you and your kids are ready for a camping adventure! 

  1. Rope
  2. Sheets
  3. Flashlights
  4. Chocolate
  5. Marshmallows
  6. Graham crackers
  7. Toothpicks
  8. Small candles
  9. Lighter
  10. Additional snacks (optional)

Choose a “campsite” – a room with enough space for the project – and tie the rope to furniture. Drape the sheets over the furniture to create your tent. Once you are ready for the camping to begin, get the small candle, chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers for mini s’mores! Turn out the lights and use the flashlight to make the camping experience more realistic.

Even when the temperatures a tipping the 90s, you and your family can find fun, inexpensive ways to enjoy the summer. Let us know which of these ideas is your favorite!


highlights Celebrates “Read Across America” Day

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“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourself any direction you choose!”

Those opening lines from Dr. Seuss’ classic book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” have both entertained and inspired children for decades. Although the catchy book is a beloved children’s story, it’s also a popular graduation gift for young adults preparing to embark on new life journeys. The book was one of over 60 that Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, penned throughout the course of his prolific literary career. From “The Cat in the Hat” to “Green Eggs and Ham,” his playful, entertaining books permeated American culture so deeply that The Denver Post pronounced he had influenced nearly every American who learned to read.

In 1997, when the National Education Association (NEA) came up with the idea of hosting a nationwide day focused on children’s literacy, they decided to hold it on Seuss’ birthday. Today, their initiative, the Read Across America program, helps children cultivate a lifelong love of reading. The program kicks off in early March with a Read Across America day, where teachers, librarians, writers, celebrities, and athletes gather at community events and pep rallies designed to get kids excited about reading. While Read Across America day is a fun tradition, NEA’s true goal is to encourage children to read 365 days a year.
If you’re looking for ways to cultivate a love of reading in your child, why not consider giving them a magazine subscription? Receiving a new magazine about one of their favorite topics can motivate them to continue reading all year long. Here are a few that they are sure to love:

1.) American Girl magazine
Based on the popular American Girl doll series, this bimonthly magazine provides an age-appropriate alternative to other teen magazines. The issues are filled with articles that encourage girls to bolster their creativity and develop a healthy sense of self-esteem. The magazines feature sections on crafts, contests, photos, snacks, parties, and advice. It’s perfect for inquisitive young girls.

2.) Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine
If you have an athlete in their home, this sports magazine will be perfect for them. The magazine profiles famous athletes, provides extensive coverage of games and sporting events, and offers advice for young athletes. The magazine is chockful of beautiful color photographs, tips about warm-up and workout routines, advice from professional athletes, and information about the rules of various games. If your child loves sports, they’ll look forward to receiving this magazine each month.

3.) Highlights magazine
This beautifully illustrated magazine is designed for children ages 6-12. Highlights magazine encourages children to learn, play, and enjoy being a kid. Filled with jokes, crafts, advice columns, puzzles, riddles, comic strips, drawings, poems, and stories, Highlights magazine will keep kids entertained for hours.

This year, Read Across America day is on March 3. To help celebrate this special day with your kids, buy them a magazine subscription they can look forward to all year long. For, as Dr. Seuss himself said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”