I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For …

July is national Ice Cream Month, and for good reason. It’s the middle of summer, and indulging in an ice cream cone is the best way to beat the heat besides taking a dip in the pool. July is such a perfect time for ice cream that national Ice Cream Day is also this month on Sunday, July 15. To celebrate these sweet holidays, we’re getting the scoop on this favorite summertime treat.

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The History Of Ice Cream

National Ice Cream Month got its start in the United States in 1984, but people around the world have been enjoying this creamy dessert for much longer. From Alexander the Great’s honey-flavored snow to ancient Chinese sorbet, get to know ice cream’s history a little better with this sweet video.

Easy Homemade Ice Cream

What’s better than eating ice cream? Making ice cream — so you can eat it later, of course. National Ice Cream Month is a great time to teach your kids lessons in the kitchen with a treat they’ll love to make. Check out this video from PBS Parents  for an easy, kid-friendly ice cream recipe your whole family will scream for.

Ice Cream Trends To Watch Out For

Ice cream is an amazing dessert. It’s relatively simple nature means there are endless opportunities to prepare and serve ice cream in ways that will make you say “wow.” Check out rolled ice cream, fish-shaped ice cream cones, and other crazy new ice cream trends you need to try.

Just For Fun: Weirdest Ice Creams In Every State

Chocolate and vanilla may be classics, but have you ever tasted Idaho’s ice cream potato? Every state in the US has their own unique ice cream flavor. Which ones would you try?

 

Here’s to a sweet summer,

 

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Planning a beach vacation this summer?

Summertime is beach season, so it’s no wonder the first week of July is national Clean Beaches Week. A little sand and surf have always been part of summer vacation, and it’s up to us to make sure our beaches are able to welcome visitors for many seasons to come. This Clean Beaches Week, we’re looking at the simple ways we can help keep our beaches beautiful.

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Clean Beach Coalition

The Clean Beach Coalition is a network of organizations and individuals dedicated to helping maintain fun, well-managed beaches around the world. Check out the Clean Beach Coalition website for updates, beach safety tips, and opportunities for you and your family to participate in Clean Beaches Week.

Teach Your Kids About Ocean Conservation

Caring for our oceans plays a big part in caring for our beaches and our planet. More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans, and we can all play a part in keeping such a big portion of our planet healthy. Check out these tips for teaching your kids how easy it is to take care of our oceans!

What Should I Bring On My Beach Trip?

The first step for maintaining a clean, fun beach for everyone is bringing the right supplies. Sunscreen, swimsuits, and beach towels are a must, but there are plenty of beach must-haves you’re likely to forget. Did you bring a floating strap for your underwater camera so you don’t lose it in the waves? What about a beach mat to keep sand from invading all your belongings? Here’s a list of things savvy beachgoers bring on every trip — and the things they leave at home!

Just For Fun: Best Beaches In America

The truest way to celebrate Clean Beach Week is to get out there and enjoy some of our nation’s wonderful beaches. Travel Channel lists the top 10 best beaches in America, from sea to shining sea.

 

Surf’s up,

How Will Your Family Save the World?

While the winter holidays are times when many charities end up with a surplus of volunteers, the same organizations often struggle to find help during the rest of the year. If your family is looking for a way to make summer vacation worthwhile, why not consider volunteering your time? These resources can help you get started.

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A Family’s Guide to Getting Involved

Between work, school, and extracurricular activities, members of your family can sometimes feel like total strangers. We could all use a way to feel closer to our loved ones, and volunteering is a great opportunity. Kids can learn a lot from volunteer work, and the sense of pride that comes from helping others can improve everyone’s well-being. Learn why your family should volunteer in your community.

 10 Kid-Friendly Volunteer Service Projects

Volunteering really is a great way to spend time with one another, but not all volunteer opportunities are suited for every member of your family. Age and ability requirements mean younger kids aren’t able to help out with their older siblings at the soup kitchen. This article breaks down the best ways for kids of all ages to give back to their communities.

The Pros and Cons of ‘Voluntourism’

Instead of taking a traditional summer vacation, many families opt to try volunteer tourism, or “voluntourism.” This method of giving back allows volunteers to experience new cultures while simultaneously helping people in need around the world. This sounds like a win-win for everyone, but some voluntourism programs cause more harm than good.

Do Some Good: Where To Volunteer

Not sure where your family can do the most good in your community? VolunteerMatch can help! You can find hundreds of volunteer opportunities in your area and scroll through the causes that matter the most to your family.

To making a difference!

What’s Your Favorite Summer Camp Memory?

Did you go to summer camp? Most people did; the American Camp Association reports that around 14 million children and adults attend camps every summer. For many of us, summer camp was an important part of growing up, and it’s an experience we want to share with our kids. If camp is part of your family’s summer plans, or if you’re still on the fence, these resources can help.

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11 Lasting Benefits of Summer Camp

Summer camp can do more for kids than teach them how to tie knots and roast the perfect marshmallow. Being away from their parents for a week — or even just being around new kids their own age during the day — can result in amazing experiences for kids, contributing to mental and physical growth. See for yourself what summer camp can do for your kids.

Tips to Prepare Your Kids for Summer Camp

Going to summer camp for the first time is exciting, but it can also be a little scary. If a kid isn’t used to being away from their parents or in a new environment, their dread can become overwhelming and ruin the camp experience before the first bonfire. Fortunately, there are a few things you, as a parent, can do to alleviate these worries and help your kids get excited for summer camp.

5 Summer Camp Survival Tips (for Parents)

Once the kids are on board with summer camp, Mom and Dad need to prepare themselves. It can be challenging to send your kids away for the first time, especially if you’re sending them to an overnight camp for a few days. Goodbyes can be hard, being apart can be difficult, and it’s really tempting to bring your kids home after the first homesick letter. But don’t panic. This advice from summer camp experts can help you and your kids have a great summer experience.

Just for Fun: The Most Unusual Summer Camps

Summer camp is a time for hiking, canoe rides, s’mores, and … secret agents? Hold on to your hats, because summer camp is being invaded by zombies, wizards, and mad scientists.

Here’s to a great camp experience!

Here’s to You, Dad

Are you ready to celebrate Father’s Day? This year, the “old man’s” day falls on Sunday, June 17. Depending on your dad’s interests, you may have a lot of planning to do, or you’re prepared to enjoy a simple day in. Whatever your Father’s Day plans, we have some great articles any dad will love!

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Things I Learned From My Dad

What was the most important thing your dad taught you? How to drive in the snow? What to say in a job interview? That family is the most important thing? Some of the most important lessons we learn in life come from our fathers and father figures.

How to Plan the Best Father’s Day

Looking for an awesome free printable Father’s Day card? What about some inspiration for fun activities you can do with dad? Woman’s Day has you covered! From barbecue recipes to creative cakes, planning the perfect Father’s Day has never been easier.

The Origins of Father’s Day

Father’s Day became a federal holiday in the United States when Richard Nixon signed a proclamation in 1972. This was 62 years after the first Father’s Day celebration was spearheaded by Sonora Smart Dodd in 1910 and 4,000 years after the first Father’s Day card was written in Babylon. The history of Father’s Day is as fascinating as the men this holiday honors.

Just for Fun: Dad Jokes to Make You Laugh (or Groan)

We’re not sure how the term “dad joke” came to mean “bad pun,” but it’s pretty accurate. Just look at some of the finest — and most groan-inducing — dad jokes on the internet.

To all the phenomenal dads out there,

What’s In Store For The Last Day Of School?

There’s nothing like the last day of school. Even if you haven’t set foot in a classroom in years, this time of year never fails to bring that feeling of nostalgia. Of course, if you’re a parent, this time of year also comes with a long to-do list. Let us help you make it to summer vacation without a hitch with these great resources.

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10 Ways To Prepare For The End Of The School Year

After nine long months, kids, parents, and teachers are all ready to take a break with summer vacation. But there’s a lot to get done before the last bell rings. How are those grades looking? Are there end-of-the-year meetings you need to schedule with the teachers? What plans do you have to beat off summer boredom, and if your kids are too young to stay home alone, who will watch them? Is it too early to start planning for next year’s classes? Yes, this sounds like a lot, but don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. This comprehensive list has everything you need to finish the school year off right.

Creative Ways To Thank Teachers

If you think the school year lasts forever, try being a teacher! Every year, teachers spend countless hours trying to give our kids the best education, often without many of the resources they need. But teachers soldier on, and our kids are all the better for it. This year, between last-minute tests and planning that big summer trip, take a moment to help your kids give their teachers the thank-you they deserve.

How To Throw An Awesome End-Of-The-Year Party

Let’s face it: Getting through the last few weeks of school is hard. Why not celebrate? End-of-the-year parties aren’t just for high school grads. Kids of all ages will have a blast hanging out with their classmates one more time before summer officially starts. Let this article help get your creative juices flowing so you can plan an awesome party to bid the school year farewell.

Just For Fun: 11 Weird College Classes That Actually Exist

The end of the year is a great time to think about everything you’ve learned. Or maybe even everything you can learn. Have you ever thought about taking one of these interesting classes?

Here’s to summer!

These Sweet Recipes Will Spice Up Your Summer!

Hit the farmers market, fire up the grill, and grab some marshmallows! Summer vacation means summer cooking. With all the fresh produce and opportunities for outdoor cooking, it’s no wonder the food is so good this time of year. Let us help you have the best summer ever with these amazing cooking tips and recipes. Your mouth will be watering before you’re done reading!

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Essential Grilling Tips You Need to Know

It’s not summer vacation without a barbecue. We have Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and plenty of sunny weekends in between to delight your family with delicious meats and vegetables hot off the grill. There’s a certain art to grilling, so whether you’ve been a grillmaster for countless summers or you’re about the light the coals for the first time, these tips can help make your next barbecue a breeze.

15 Summer Soup Recipes To Beat The Heat

What’s your favorite kind of soup? The classic chicken noodle? Hearty sausage, potato, and spinach? What about a chilled lemon basil avocado soup? While soup might have a reputation as the perfect meal on a cold winter’s night, there are plenty of fresh, fun soup recipes that celebrate summer. Liven up your next family dinner and try a bowl of goodness!

Creative S’mores Recipes

Don’t forget dessert! Nothing says summer like campfire s’mores, and there are countless memories waiting to be made with this sticky treat. But don’t think you have to stick to the traditional graham crackers, milk chocolate, and marshmallow formula. From sweet berries to salty potato chips, this collection of creative recipes will make you say, “Can I have s’more?”

Just For Fun: Hilarious Cooking Fails

Breaking out a new recipe is a fun adventure, but more often than not, you’re left with an end product that looks nothing like the beautiful pictures online. Don’t despair! As these culinary catastrophes prove, it happens to everyone.

Enjoy the tastes of summer,