These days, it’s not uncommon to see kids engrossed in iPads, video games and phones; sports, dance or any other number of after-school activities all compete with screen time to fill a kid’s day. Add in homework, and kids are scheduled to the max. The urge for the family to unplug and spend time together seems to grow as everyone gets busier, but turning off the screen doesn’t have to mean the learning stops. Here are six fun, family-friendly activities that happen to include some learning on the side.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and for many Americans, that means a slight panic is starting to build. Hosting the big day can be intimidating, but don’t worry, my fellow Americans. I’m here to demystify your turkey and help make sure your bird is the belle of the ball.
Gone are the days of ugly hand-knit sweaters, stale fruitcakes and hodge-podge Christmas wreaths. The DIY Christmas gift scene has been revolutionized, and now there are hundreds of great ideas floating around in cyberspace. So how is one to find the best of the best? Well, by visiting the Zing blog of course! We’ve compiled our top 10 favorite DIY gifts for your crafting convenience!
The holidays are a great way to spend time with friends and family. Hosting a gingerbread building competition is a great way to get everyone involved in a fun, holiday-themed activity. There are no limitations when it comes to creativity with gingerbread. My family hosts a gingerbread-themed extravaganza every December. We all get together and spend an evening covered in frosting, full of laughter, in the kitchen.
For the vegetarians out there, we know how upsetting it can be when you get to a dinner party and cocktail hour consists of sliders and pigs in a blanket, followed by a salad with extra bacon bits (good luck picking those out) and a nice juicy roast beef as the main course. Looks like you’ll be filling up on mashed potatoes and dessert … again. Come prepared this year, whether you’re hosting or attending the party – here are some great vegetarian friendly recipes that will satisfy both the vegetarians and meat-eaters in attendance.
It’s mid-November and temperatures are beginning to plummet across the country. While some regions have already experienced a few weeks of frosty weather, others are just now getting their first chill. No matter where you live, one thing is for sure: winter is barely a month away. Here is an infographic to help you prepare your care for the coming snow and cold.
When it comes to decorating at home, If you aren’t sure what your preference is or how you’d classify it, here are a few pointers to help you understand a few popular style categories and the colors and items that tend to reflect that style.
Yankee Swap, Secret Santa, Grab Bag, White Elephant – whatever you call it, there’s a good chance that you’ll be a part of a gift exchange this holiday season. White elephant gifts are usually something inexpensive – humorous tchotchkes that you most likely won’t be jealous giving to someone else. So whether it’s for your office Christmas party or a family holiday gathering, here are a few white elephant gift ideas ranging from off-the-wall to practical.
Charity and volunteer work are great ways to teach your children the importance of helping those around them who desperately need it. From clothing or food donations to committing your time to help around your community, there are many ways to get your child involved and thinking about helping others.
Rodents and insects are a major source of frustration for many homeowners. But the cost of paying someone to get rid of these pests can often seem like adding insult to injury. With so many costs rising rapidly, most people are already facing the challenges of a tight budget. The idea of getting hit with a sizable bill from an exterminator is almost as scary as the pest problem itself. The good news is, homeowners can handle many pest problems on their own – and save lots of money in the process. Here are some tips for getting the best results from do-it-yourself pest control.