Make this School Year Greater than Last Year

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14 Super Fun Back to School Traditions

I am still in disbelief that the kids are going back to school next week! Whether you are getting ready to send your kids off for the first time, or for the last time, here are some fun ideas to make back-to-school fun and memorable for your child(ren).

Celebrate August

June had Father’s Day and Flag Day… July had Independence Day… September has Labor Day… WAIT! What about August? August somehow got skipped over in the holiday distribution, but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing fun to celebrate about the 8th month of the year!

Here is a list of daily fun holidays to celebrate this August:

Celebrate Gummy Worm Day with this quick and easy treat everyone will love! - EveryMomDay.com

Celebrate Gummy Worm Day on July 15th!

July 15th is “Gummy Worm Day” and what better way to celebrate than one of my favorite desserts: Worms in Dirt! It’s a favorite for a few reasons: It is pretty quick and easy with only a handful of common ingredients, It is chocolate AND includes Oreos, and It’s kept refrigerated and makes a perfectly cool summer snack! So, let’s get started…

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We’re Going to the Zoo… You Should Go Too!

We moved to Phoenix, Arizona about 6 months ago from New York, and are finally settling into our new city, state, and region. I am looking forward to expanding EveryMomDay to include some local content and I am starting that TODAY! I have so many amazing family memories at the Zoos from NY and from a brief vacation in Washington DC – and we’re excitedly planning our first family vacation on the West Coast: the San Diego Zoo!

Find FREE Summer Movies at a theater near you! EveryMomDay.com

Free Summer Movies

Find FREE Summer Movies at a theater near you! EveryMomDay.com

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Over the summer weeks, many movie theaters will offer kid-friendly movies at unbeatable prices.  The summer movie series’ typically run for 8-10 weeks and admissions range from free-$1.  Many theaters offer discounted snack options as well!  My kids look forward to attending various movies throughout the summer.  It’s a great way to escape the heat and I love that it’s affordable.  I also have less worries about the potential behavioral mishaps when I know the shows are targeted to young children.  I tried to round-up a list of theaters offering Summer Movies for kids to share with you – if I missed one, mention it in the comments and I will get it added!  ENJOY!

 

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Regal Cinema’s (nationwide) program runs for 9 weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the Summer.  Each week, both movies will play on both days.  Tickets are available for purchase at the box office.  Admission is only $1 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.  All movies start at 10AM and are rated G or PG.

Regal Summer Movie Express 2015 $1 Movie Schedule includes:

              
Find more information, dates & participating Regal Theaters HERE.


Cinemark (nationwide) Summer Movie Clubhouse offers kid-friendly movies at $1 per show or you can pre-purchase a punch card for all 10 shows for only $5!  All movies are recently released G- or PG- rated films, though the specific titles, days, times, and weeks are all determined by the local theater – so find your local theater HERE!


Harkins Theaters (AZ, CA, CO, OK, TX) offers a Summer “Season Ticket” for 10 movies through 10 weeks of summer at less than $1 per movie!  You will have to choose the theater and day you’d like to attend and keep that consisant all summer.  All shows begin at 9:25am.  Tickets are on sale now at your local box office and the following movies are scheduled to play:

Find More Information & Participating Harkins Theaters HERE.


 

Phoenix Theaters Entertainment (FL, MD, NC, NV, PA, TN, VA) offers a free family friendly movie at 10am every Tues, Wed & Thursday over a 10-week summer season!  Movies they will be offering include:

         

Find more information HERE.


Cobb Theaters (AL, CO, FL, GA, NC, OH, VA) offers free kid-friendly movies over the summer – visit THIS SITE and find your local theater for all of the details!


Showcase SuperLux, Cinema de Lux, Showcase Cinemas and Multiplex Cinemas (CT, MA, NJ, NY, OH, RI) offer “Bookworm Wednesdays,” a rewarding summer program to encourage children to read.  When a child presents a book report to a participating box office, the child and accompanying parents/guardians and children under 6 will receive free admission to select children’s films!  Find more info HERE.


Classic Cinemas (IL) Offers a Wednesday Morning Movie Series that consists of 10 weeks of movies with one movie playing each week.  Tickets are $1 each and doors open at 9am (the movies begin at 10am).  The following shows will be playing:

     
Plus 2 Surprise Movies!  Find more information HERE.


These theaters offered Summer Movies in the past, so keep an eye out for updated schedules:

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I do not have a cell phone. I do not want a cell phone. How to get rid of your cell phone.

I Don’t Have a Cell Phone

Why I don't have a cell phone - and I don't want one!

I don’t consider myself “old” yet.  Maybe that is silly – maybe no one realizes how old they really are?!  I remember back when pagers were the thing.  I had a big ol’ white pager that was handed down from my mom.  My friends and I would page phone numbers as well as “codes” (143 = I love you).  At that time my mom also had a car phone that was stored in (what can only be described as) a suitcase in the trunk of her car.  Over the next 20 ish years cell phones got smaller – then bigger – styles changing to suit the changing demand.  One trend that was clear is that everyone was making the move to mobile phones.  Now a days, most people I talk to don’t have a landline anymore, relying on their cell for everything from phone calls and texting to social media and web-surfing.

A friend recently posted this on his Facebook page:

Have you ever monitored how often you are on your phone? I noticed that on average I am using some sort of social media app upwards of 3+ hours a day, 7 days a week. In one year that’s 45.5 days straight of being on my phone. 45.5 days a year that I don’t notice my kids, I forget about responsibilities and use excuses when I can’t “find the time” to get something done. Social media isn’t free if it costs you the only thing we can never get more of… Time. I’m restricting myself to less than 1 hour a day going forward. (Dave S. – Rochester, NY)

The calculations are shocking, and I am willing to bet that they are not unusual for most people these days.

Interesting - EveryMomDay.com explains how she saves $150+/month and gets more time with her kids.

Here is the part that seems to shock everyone – my household does not have a cell phone (or a landline, actually).  It has been 2 years since we closed our contracts.  At first, I felt naked and lost.  Like a baby forced to give up the pacifier that comforts her when she’s sad, and occupies her when she’s bored.  Many people tell me the reasons why they could never give up their cells – and honestly, if you don’t want to unplug then don’t – but many of the reasons I hear make me smile, because those things all apply to me too – and I thought them all before we unplugged.  I have 4 children, children with special needs, in school, multiple service providers, job contacts, babysitters, family, friends… we survived without cell phones when I was a kid and we survive just fine without them today.

Without my cell phone, I am forced to be more present and “in the moment” with my children, friends, family, and people in general.  I feel like I am able to be more of the mom that I want to be when I don’t get wrapped up in social media while I am out and about.  I don’t check my phone at the playground, the waiting room at dance class, or in the line at the grocery store.  Instead I watch my kids play if I am not pushing them on the swings.  I chat with other moms/people in the waiting room, playgrounds, or lines.  I flip through an occasional magazine.   I have plenty of time to be social on the phone/online when I am home – during nap times and bed times and when I designate “work” time (still a balance for sure)!

So what do we do?

I have an app (Talkatone) installed on our iPad and the deactivated iPhone that provides me with voice and texting capabilities using wifi at little to no cost.  With the deactivated iPhone, it will still work to call 911 so I typically keep it charged and with me in case of an emergency, and I will occasionally use it for the camera while I am out and about.  I simply tell people that my phone is not a traditional cell phone and that it can only be used with wifi, so it’s more like a landline but I can make calls at locations with free wifi as well if needed – and so many places have free wifi these days from the grocery store to doctors offices and restaurants.  Even though I have access to the apps anywhere there is wifi, eliminating the phone/data plans 2 years ago changed the way I rely on the phone and I find I rarely reach for it.

We save a bunch of money this way.  Our internet bill is about $40/month and if I need to purchase minutes to make outbound calls (the Talkatone app provides 60 mins free a month) it’s only .99/60 mins.  We also use the FaceTime on the iPad to further reduce the need for using the phone app.  When we had cell phones through one of the leading national companies, we were paying upwards of $140/month on our cell phones alone – plus we had separate wifi charges as well – and the rates are only rising.

Getting rid of cell phones has saved us money, and gave us time to be present with the people in our lives and really enjoy the little moments.  As strange as it sounds these days, my household does not have a cell phone – nor, do we want one.

How do you feel about your cell usage?