School’s Back in Session: Here’s How to Make Your Mornings Run Smoothly

Say goodbye to leisurely summer mornings and hello to a.m. chaos. Getting kids out the door and into their desks before the school bell rings can be a challenge. Here’s how to feed them a healthy breakfast, simplify your routine and send them off without a hitch. Do as much as possible the night before. Pick out clothes, sign permission slips, check homework, put backpacks by the door (or even Read more ...

Survey Says: Here Are Parents’ Biggest Back-to-School Stressors

A new school year is beginning, and while kids are heading back to reading, writing and arithmetic, parents are stressing about time and money. Coupons.com conducted a survey along with Harris Interactive* to find out what concerns parents the most as their kids return to school. Here are some insights: Shopping and preparing for school lunches stresses out 50% of moms. The good news is there Read more ...

How to Make Your Child a Happy Camper

Summer camps are just around the corner, and you may be getting ready to send your child off on his first adventure. Nervous? Don’t worry—many parents have gone through this rite of passage. As apprehensive as you may feel, here’s what you can do to make summer camp a positive experience for everyone. • Arrange for practice time away from home. Spending the weekend with grandma or a few nights Read more ...

Pack the Perfect Picnic

Now is the perfect time for a lovely outdoor dining experience, and what better way to take advantage of the beautiful weather than with a picnic in the park or at the beach. Before you load up your basket, bags and coolers, we have a few tips to help the process run a little smoother. These will make packing a picnic—well, a picnic. Keep nonperishable foods (potato chips, fruit, etc.) separate Read more ...

Tips for a Healthy Lawn and Garden

When it comes to spring cleaning, the inside of your house is not the only place that needs some love. Winter can be brutal to your lawn and garden area and now is the perfect time to begin sprucing up your outdoors. Here are five important tips for a Spring lawn and garden:  1. Clean up and rake. Winter can leave behind a lot of leaves, twigs and other debris. Clear it away to help your lawn and Read more ...

Composting 101

Got a compost pile? If you don’t, now’s the perfect time to start one in celebration of Earth Day on Sunday. To be clear, compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer or soil additive. Creating your own compost simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter (leaves, food waste) and waiting several weeks for the materials to break down. If you have a yard Read more ...

Recycling Refresher

By now, a good majority of us recycle which is great for our landfills and resources in general. Bottles, cans, paper - these seem pretty straight-forward, but just in case, here are some more tips to keep in mind to decide whether something should go in the trash vs. the recycle bin. Pizza Boxes – Even though these are made of cardboard, these shouldn’t be recycled. Oily food stains can Read more ...

Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is less than a week away—time for the bunny to be on high alert! No need to stress, though. You still have time to think “outside the basket” and create some cool personalized Easter treats. Here are some clever ideas for out-of-the-ordinary Easter baskets, for both kids and adults alike. For Preschoolers: No need for a whole basket full of candy. Instead, fill a sand pail with water-friendly Read more ...