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Thursday, July 28, 2011

August Events Which Can Save You Time and Money

August is full of days observed to “be kind” to others, ourselves and our community.
August 2:  National Night Out (nationalnightout.org):
National Night Out celebrates its 28th year of promoting neighborhood networking and community spirit.  Visit the National Night Out website to find an event in your area.   Get to know your neighbors, and to those striving to make where you live a better, safer place.  Kids and families will enjoy a night out of fun activities.  Explore the organizations which may be of help or assistance to you.  Introduce yourself to your neighbors; friendships, jobs, swaps and new experiences may await you!
August 1-7:  Simplify Your Life Week:
Relax!  You don’t have to simplify your life all in one week….  August is a great month to evaluate how things get done in your home.  Transitioning from summer activities to your “school’s in session” schedule can be stressful.  Just as piles and chaos accumulates slowly, reversing habits towards organization takes time.  Divide your home and daily life into sections, tackling one at a time. You can find free forms and ideas online, on sites such as DonnaYoung.org and organizedhome.com.  Several great books can be found to help you with your problem areas at local libraries.  When home duties and routines are organized, you’ll save time and money.  Plus, everyday motherhood will be far more enjoyable. 
August is National Beach Month and National Parks Month:  “Get Out There”!
Be sure to enjoy the great outdoors in August.  Scavenger hunts, picnics, creative activities, play dates, and daytrips are inexpensive ways to make lasting memories.  Want to become a “Junior Ranger” of our National Parks?  Kids can tour and learn through national parks online:  http://www.nps.gov/webrangers/
August 15 is National Relaxation Day: 
Set aside an appointment or two with yourself to unplug and relax.  Taking time for yourself pays dividends for you and those around you.  Return to your children and your daily life refreshed.   
August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month and Immunizations Awareness Month:
Preventative visits, talking with your kids about taking care of themselves, and ensuring all of you are up to date with immunizations is time well spent. 
Eye Health:  Activities for kids and information for caregivers:   http://isee.nei.nih.gov/
Immunizations:  CDC has a “Parents Guide to Immunizations”:  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/parents-guide/default.htm

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