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The last days of good weather are upon us. Although the air is slightly chilly in the mornings and evenings, there’s still plenty of good weather days left before winter settles in for good. Take advantage of the last days in the great outdoors with your kids while you still can. Here are some autumn activities you and your family can enjoy. 1. A Fall Scavenger Hunt One of the best ways to break in the fall weather is with a scavenger hunt. During this time of year, leaves, nuts, pinecones, berries, and other nature items fall to the ground where your kids can find and collect them. Make a list of your favorite fall items and have a prize when your children find each one. 2. Fishing While it’s probably too cold to wade in the water, you can still fish from the bank or a boat for a couple more months. Since it’s the end of the fishing season, you can find great deals and coupons on fishing gear for the whole family. Fishing is a great activity to teach your kids the value of hard work and patience. The rewards are fun, and they’ll love the outdoor time with you. 3. Autumn Photo Shoot You can never have enough photos of your kids. Autumn time, when the leaves are changing colors and the lighting is less harsh, makes the perfect time for photos. Hire a photographer to take your family photos or try your hand at photographing each of your kids. Let them take a few pictures of you as well. 4. Carve Pumpkins Pumpkins will only be available in stores for a couple of months, so take advantage. Let your kids choose their own pumpkins to take home and carve. You can purchase them at a store or go to a pumpkin patch where they can pick them out. Pumpkin patches often have other fall-related activities like hayrides, corn pits, pumpkin cannons, and carnival games that your kids will enjoy as well. For a fun twist on this traditional activity, use power tools to carve your pumpkins. 5. Play in the Leaves Your kids haven’t truly experienced fall this year until they’ve raked a huge pile of leaves and jumped into it. Don’t stress the fact that you’ll have to do the raking all over again. Let your kids enjoy this experience that only comes around once per year. It makes the chore more fun for them and leads to fantastic memories. 6. Do Nature Crafts Send your kids outside to collect the prettiest outdoor items they can find, including leaves, acorns, pinecones, smooth stones, and twigs. Create fun nature crafts with what they collect. You can make anything from adorable owls to happy pumpkins. Use your imagination to guide them, but let your kids explore their creativity. 7. Pick Apples Locate a local orchard and take the whole family apple picking. Fresh apples taste incredible right off the tree, and kids love reaching into the branches to pluck the delectable fruit. When you get home, put your baking skills to work. Let your kids help you bake an apple pie, squeeze fresh apple juice, mash apples into applesauce, and dip the apples into caramel and toppings. The scent of apple will fill your house and the memories made with your kids will be well worth the calories. 8. Make Chalk Art What kid doesn’t like to play with sidewalk chalk? Have a contest between your kids and their friends with a fall theme. You can also switch up the typical chalk artwork scene with homemade chalk spray. It’s a mixture of cornstarch, water, soap, and water-based paint that makes a beautiful sidewalk spray. It’s soluble in water, so it’ll clean up easily. 9. Go for a Hike Exercise will be hard to come by as soon as winter hits. You’ll have a harder time getting your kids to go outside when it’s cold, so take advantage of the last of the good weather now. Explore a local park or take a kid-friendly hike in the woods. Keep your kids entertained by playing eye-spy for your favorite fall beauty. Fall is a magical time for children, especially if you force them to get off their screens and enjoy the great outdoors. Let this fall be an opportunity for family time and lasting memories.
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The last days of good weather are upon us. Although the air is slightly chilly in the mornings and evenings, there’s still plenty of good weather days left before winter settles in for good. Take advantage of the last days in the great outdoors with your kids while you still can. Here are some autumn activities you and your family can enjoy.

  1. A Fall Scavenger Hunt

One of the best ways to break in the fall weather is with a scavenger hunt. During this time of year, leaves, nuts, pinecones, berries, and other nature items fall to the ground where your kids can find and collect them. Make a list of your favorite fall items and have a prize when your children find each one.

  1. Fishing

While it’s probably too cold to wade in the water, you can still fish from the bank or a boat for a couple more months. Since it’s the end of the fishing season, you can find great deals and coupons on fishing gear for the whole family.

Fishing is a great activity to teach your kids the value of hard work and patience. The rewards are fun, and they’ll love the outdoor time with you.

  1. Autumn Photo Shoot

You can never have enough photos of your kids. Autumn time, when the leaves are changing colors and the lighting is less harsh, makes the perfect time for photos. Hire a photographer to take your family photos or try your hand at photographing each of your kids. Let them take a few pictures of you as well.

  1. Carve Pumpkins

Pumpkins will only be available in stores for a couple of months, so take advantage. Let your kids choose their own pumpkins to take home and carve. You can purchase them at a store or go to a pumpkin patch where they can pick them out. Pumpkin patches often have other fall-related activities like hayrides, corn pits, pumpkin cannons, and carnival games that your kids will enjoy as well.

For a fun twist on this traditional activity, use power tools to carve your pumpkins.

  1. Play in the Leaves

Your kids haven’t truly experienced fall this year until they’ve raked a huge pile of leaves and jumped into it. Don’t stress the fact that you’ll have to do the raking all over again. Let your kids enjoy this experience that only comes around once per year. It makes the chore more fun for them and leads to fantastic memories.

  1. Do Nature Crafts

Send your kids outside to collect the prettiest outdoor items they can find, including leaves, acorns, pinecones, smooth stones, and twigs. Create fun nature crafts with what they collect. You can make anything from adorable owls to happy pumpkins. Use your imagination to guide them, but let your kids explore their creativity.

  1. Pick Apples

Locate a local orchard and take the whole family apple picking. Fresh apples taste incredible right off the tree, and kids love reaching into the branches to pluck the delectable fruit.

When you get home, put your baking skills to work. Let your kids help you bake an apple pie, squeeze fresh apple juice, mash apples into applesauce, and dip the apples into caramel and toppings. The scent of apple will fill your house and the memories made with your kids will be well worth the calories.

  1. Make Chalk Art

What kid doesn’t like to play with sidewalk chalk? Have a contest between your kids and their friends with a fall theme.

You can also switch up the typical chalk artwork scene with homemade chalk spray. It’s a mixture of cornstarch, water, soap, and water-based paint that makes a beautiful sidewalk spray. It’s soluble in water, so it’ll clean up easily.

  1. Go for a Hike

Exercise will be hard to come by as soon as winter hits. You’ll have a harder time getting your kids to go outside when it’s cold, so take advantage of the last of the good weather now. Explore a local park or take a kid-friendly hike in the woods. Keep your kids entertained by playing eye-spy for your favorite fall beauty.

Fall is a magical time for children, especially if you force them to get off their screens and enjoy the great outdoors. Let this fall be an opportunity for family time and lasting memories.

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Time Saving Beauty Hacks For Busy Moms
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No matter how busy you think your life is, you’ve probably got nothing on the crazy schedule of a new mom. All at once, everything else in your life that used to draw your attention is now shifted to your child. It’s not surprising or unnatural that putting aside time for some much-needed self-care is no longer a priority once women start a family.

The constant needs of a child can drown self-care needs that used to be a priority before motherhood. Taking time to style your hair just right, put on a full face of makeup or even getting to have a shower all to yourself seem like the dreams of yesterday for busy moms.

Being a mom, whether you are in Chicago or Los Angeles is the most important role that you will ever have; it’s universally demanding. It’s also important to start teaching your child about taking time to take care of themselves, which they can learn by watching you. Grooming habits and taking care of yourself even when you are pressed for time is a good example of healthy habits to pass along to your children.

You don’t need to look like you are about to walk a runway every day but there are a few time-saving beauty hacks that are great for busy moms. From getting the best laser hair removal Chicago has to offer to embracing your natural hair color and texture, you can still save time and look radiant.

Minimize Makeup Routine

There isn’t a mother on the planet that doesn’t know what it’s like to always look tired around the eyes and lose a bit of your natural glow from pure exhaustion. You may not want to completely embrace the fully natural look but, that doesn’t mean that you can’t show your beauty to the world.

Start with a combination product that includes moisturizer and a light pigment to help you renew your skin’s moisture and even out your complexion. Add a bit of mascara to your upper and lower lashes to give your eyes a more alert and open appearance. Finish off your look with a bright lip stain that will stay on all day and stand up to lots of baby kisses.

Shower At Night

Days are the busiest time for moms so it can be nearly impossible to fit a shower for yourself into the schedule. Take a bit of time at night when the day slows down a bit to jump in the shower for a few minutes. This can become a relaxing routine at the end of a long mommy day and help you to sleep better and rise ready for another day.

Simple Hair

When you become a mom you can say goodbye to fancy hairstyles on a daily basis. This doesn’t mean that you have to walk around looking like you have never used a brush or a comb but, embracing your natural hair has its benefits. Get comfortable with your natural hair texture and try simple styles that can be done on the run.

You may even want to go with a short and sassy style when you start your family. Most women can rock a pixie cut with very little effort and maintenance.

Laser Hair Removal

Mom’s that can barely get in the shower long enough to rinse off don’t have time to worry about shaving their legs. Most moms know that things can get pretty prickly between shaving sessions. If you want a permanent solution you can talk to a dermatologist about the benefits of having laser hair removal treatments.

Conclusion

There is nothing more beautiful than a new mother. Even with a busy schedule and a huge shift in your priorities, it’s still possible to look your best with these time-saving beauty hacks.

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Author: Michelle Couch, Financial and parenting writer

Michelle Couch is a freelance writer who covers family finance, personal finance, parenting and more. Couch lives in Maryland, MA and loves to leverage credit card points to travel with her husband and two children. 

Having a baby brings overwhelming joy but also comes with a lot of new expenses. From buying packs of diapers in bulk, to walking the grocery aisles for baby food, your expanding shopping list may mean it’s time to consider opening a credit card that fit your new family needs.

Data shows, in the first year alone, the cost of raising a baby can run up to $21,000, and the cost of raising a child to adulthood can increase after that. In order to maximize your financial flexibility and your credit card rewards, the credit cards you carry should evolve as your family and spending habits change. Read on for the qualities you should look for as well as some of the best credit cards for each stage of raising a family based on your goals and spending habits.

Parenting stage: Newborn baby

When you have a newborn baby, you will spend an outrageous amount of money on new baby gear – from diapers to medical bills and childcare. Having a credit card that gives you rewards and cash back for all those expenses can be beneficial and help ease the burden of all those extra costs. Choose an easy-to-use card that will reward you for the spending you’re going to do and skip cards that give you extra points for entertainment and dining out, since you’ll likely cut back in those categories. The Brim Financial credit card, for example, has built a unique rewards marketplace that provides points for the things you will need for your little one like groceries and retail items.

Parenting stage: School-age kids

As time goes on, you’ll spend less on diapers and baby food, but that does not mean spending costs will decrease. A USDA analysis found that family expenses actually increase as a child ages. Spending costs will go more towards extracurricular activities and your grocery budget will increase. New moms and dads will appreciate the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express because this credit card offers the highest cash-back rate at U.S. supermarkets at 6%.

Parenting stage: Teenagers

Once your child is 16, many experts recommend making your teenager an authorized user on one of your credit cards to help build your child’s credit history. Keep in mind that just because you add your teen as a user doesn’t mean you have to give them the card. If your goal is to maximize rewards, The Chase Freedom and Discover It Cash Back all offers 5 percent cash back each category in different categories, ranging from dining to gas.

Parenting stage: Kids off to college

It’s never too early to start saving for your child’s college education. 529 college savings plans are your best bet when planning for future college costs. A 529 plan is a savings account where the money is used to pay for the beneficiary’s college expenses and K-12 tuition, tax-free. If your goal is to enjoy more time to yourself since your child is away at college, apply for a premium travel card with a big sign-up bonus to help pay for those planned vacations. The Chase Preferred and Reserve cards offer 3 percent back in both dining and travel.

The Takeaway

As your children grow from diapers to college caps and gowns, different credit cards can help you reach and manage your goals dependent on your household spending. Credit card users should switch cards frequently as their spending habits change and the issuers change their offerings.

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