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Back in the days before playlists and Spotify, we had mixtapes. For those not from the 80’s and 90’s, a mixtape was simply a unique collection of songs from various artists copied onto one cassette tape. You could listen to ONLY your favorite songs, right in a row! You could even take them with you, and listen on your Walkman! It was amazing!

Topics: Purpose and Mission

6 Getaways That Empty Nest Couples Can Enjoy Together

In years past your family vacations probably included plenty of theme parks, petting zoos, and kid-friendly attractions. Your kids probably had the time of their lives on these getaways. However, now that they’ve grown up and left the nest, it’s the perfect time to embark on the kind of travel that interests you the most.

According to research done by Peregrine Adventures, empty nesters are inclined to visit tropical beach destinations (20.5%), take romantic trips (19.4%), cross off a bucket-list locale (19.1%) and go on a cruise (17.1%). Can you relate to any of these?

Topics: Couples Events Empty Nesters

I've been trying to get down to the heart of the matter.

I’m not saying Don Henley was a prophet, but I do agree with him that the heart of the matter is the heart, and it matters. Well, maybe that's not exactly what he was singing about, but I still think it's true.

I shared some of my favorite books that have helped shape my understanding and philosophy of parenting (see If being a parent were easy, everyone would be doing it, right?) and there's a progression that can be noticed in that series of books.

Topics: Parenting

4 Fun Summer Family Vacation Ideas

There's not a one-size-fits-all vacation. Some families love high-energy trips filled with adventure while others prefer getaways that are laid back and relaxing. Some look forward to their annual beach trip while others crave a new destination to explore.

When it comes to finding the right vacation for your family, it can be overwhelming. Before creating unnecessary stress in your life, read through the vacation ideas below. You may discover an option you didn't know existed or you may find a fascinating twist to a traditional vacation.

Topics: Family Camp

If being a parent were easy, everyone would be doing it, right?

Taking a quick look around, it's easy to see that plenty of people are parents. However, I think we can agree that even though lots of adults are parents, it doesn't mean it's an easy task. So where is the disconnect? Why are people signing up for such a challenging assignment?

Topics: Parenting

April—Month of the Military Child: How Will You Show Support?

We know that our soldiers sacrifice holidays, birthdays, and family milestones. We know they experience feelings of sadness, loneliness, and sometimes fear. We also know that they swore an oath to protect our country, our rights, and our freedom. For all of this and more, we are extremely grateful and thankful.

While we recognize the necessity and sacrifice that comes with serving, we also know that many times there are silent souls left behind—families. Spouses are working hard to keep everything together, often raising children as single parents.

Topics: Military Discount