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FamilyFun December 2017 - January 2018

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Every digital issue ( 8 a year) is a wealth of do-able ideas to help you with everything from making a creative sack lunch to planning a birthday party with ease. Look at everything you get ... • Family-favorite recipes that are quick, easy and inexpensive (and win kisses for the cook!) • Fresh ways to turn ordinary activities into extraordinary adventures that kids and grown-ups will enjoy. • Fun, hands-on crafts for Valentine’s Day and homemade goodies for Christmas ... and every special day in between! • Favorite kid-tested, parent-approved vacation ideas ... plus easy ways to preserve your memories for a lifetime. Get all the help and encouragement you need to make every day with your family better than the day before ... say yes to Family Fun now!

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MODERN & MERRY THE HOLIDAYS CAN BE TRICKY when you have a blended family like mine. With the kids splitting time between parents, there are naturally fewer opportunities to pack in all the old traditions, let alone create new ones. And yet somehow over the years, we’ve still managed to do just that. Our annual gift-making workshop for the grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins (something I’ve done since Jason could hold a crayon) is currently planned for the first weekend in December, when both our boys are home. You can bet we’ll be whipping up some of the crazy-fun ideas like the lavender-scented eye pillow above (find the details on page 27). There will also be Early Christmas, which will take place on a different weekend TBD, when we gather with whichever…

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big fun

We’re teaming up with Sara McCarty, founder of the Run Wild My Child website and blog, and Instagram hub @RunWild.MyChild, to feature an amazing photo from her feed each issue! The pics, all taken by parents like you, showcase kiddos on outdoor adventures big and small. Tag your own shots with @RunWild.MyChild, @familyfunmag, and #HowWeFun for a chance to be featured. “Be brave, little one.” Posted on February 28 by @treelinesphotography The Backstory “The weather was perfect on my youngest son’s birthday, so we decided to visit this amazing ice castle that’s built in a nearby park every year. We walked through the entrance and were so mesmerized by the huge sculpture that we had to stop for a moment to take it all in. I love how innocent my son looks in…

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finish this thought THE CRAZIEST THING MY KID WANTS TO BE WHEN HE/SHE GROWS UP IS... My 5-year-old son wants to “climb mountains to look for dead people.” Thank you, Daddy, for watching that Mount Everest documentary with him! Oh, and he also wants to be a wheat farmer! Kimberly Crooks Church Matthews, NC My daughter did a “Past, Present, Future” project in kindergarten that said she wanted to be a spy. Now everyone knows, and she can’t sneak around. Megan MacLeod Springfield, VA My 8-year-old son wants to be an art teacher by day and a karate instructor by night. Christine Nguyen Sugar Land, TX My 7-year-old son wants to be a hamster zookeeper! His twin sister wants to be a vet, so they’ll be a good team. Wendy Gueldner Lake Worth, FL My 10-year-old has wanted to be…

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focus on a cure

It’s devastating enough when one of your friends or relatives is diagnosed with cancer—let alone four in close succession. When that happened to 11-year-old Lucy Hauskins, she came up with the idea to use her hobby of photography to help raise money for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle. FINDING INSPIRATION Lucy’s photography is inspired by the gorgeous surroundings in Montana: “I love taking photos of the outdoors, especially anything that’s related to nature,” she says. That’s why many of her cards feature photos of beautiful flowers and landscapes. She hopes that these cards, which change seasonally and cost only $10 per eight-pack, will help her achieve her mission to “overpower cancer with the beauty around us.” FACING CHALLENGES The hardest part of getting started was managing the money, Lucy says. “I…

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alfrexcorp Ode to #Winter2017 bayleebenson So Happy <3 paper.violets We had so much fun today getting super messy making our very own POP ART! My mini Jackson Pollock had a blast & was so proud of himself! papadandry What do you do with an extra closet in your kid’s room? Turn it into a Peter Pan treehouse! May it always inspire new adventures! #FFbooknook product we love Fit for Good Get your children moving this new year while doing good with UNICEF’s Kid Power Band. This wearable fitness tracker has an added bonus: The more active your little ones are, the more lifesaving food packets UNICEF sends around the world. The band syncs to an app that converts activity (such as walking or running) into points. Kids get one point for every 2,400 steps. When they reach ten points, they…

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stock it to ’em

COOL THINGS TO MAKE AND DOTOGETHER Basic Stocking WHAT YOU’LL NEED • Template (get it at familyfunmag.com/printables) • 36x36-inch sheet 100 percent wool felt • Fabric chalk pencil • Fabric shears • Hot glue • Ruler • Pom-poms, tassels, stencil, painter’s tape, and/or acrylic craft paint 1. Print and cut out the template. Fold the felt sheet in half and trace the template on top. Cut out both layers using fabric shears. 2. Leaving the top two inches of the sides open, glue the edges together. TO MAKE A BRAIDED EDGE Cut 3 long strips of!-inch-wide felt and glue the ends together. Tape to a work surface. Braid. Fold down the top 2 inches of the stocking to make a cuff. Tuck one end of the braid underneath and glue braid around the edge of the stocking.…