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What Will It Take to Get Schools Back Open?

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The coronavirus pandemic has led to major changes in the daily lives of people across America and the world. One of those changes that are felt most severely by parents is the closing of schools. Getting back to school is a good sign that normalcy is returning, but several things need to happen before they can reopen safely. Here are a few things to look out for as signs that schools can open soon.   Vaccinate Teachers Vaccinations are one of the most important things we can do to protect teachers and students from the risks of coronavirus. Vaccinations are also our best bet at getting to a level of herd immunity while minimizing the number of people who have to suffer to make that happen. When teachers have been vaccinated, they are safer and in a better position to put their energy and attention into engaging students and teaching with the passion, we all know they have. Many state and local governments are focusing on vaccinating teachers first to help schools reopen as quickly and

Additions That Can Make Your Landscape Pop Out

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When it comes to spiffing up your yard, endless project ideas may flood your mind. You could add trees, transform your deck, or do several other things to give your outdoors a lift. These ideas can give you a place to start. Add Lights One of the best ways to give your landscape an instant facelift is to add lighting to the backyard. Draping strings of globe lights around or hanging over your patio area will make this seating space instantly more attractive. These gentle lights add warmth and coziness to your outdoor space at night.   You can also consider adding more functional lighting as well. Besides adding them to the patio, you could consider adding floodlights around your outdoor basketball hoop so that it’s still possible to play at night. These lights will also draw more attention to your home as people drove by. Use Decorative Items As you’re working to give your yard a makeover, think about different decorative items you can add. There are seasonal items that you should thi

How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

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Entertaining can be an exciting way to show off your home and spend time with the people you love. With dedicated outdoor entertaining spaces, you can host fun parties and events throughout the warmer months and make the most out of your beautiful piece of nature. A dedicated outdoor entertaining space will save you a lot of time setting up and cleaning up for your parties. Creating the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining can take a little investment, but it will pay off in the long run with memories and great times. Create a Plan Before starting on your outdoor entertaining space, it is essential to have a plan for what you want to do moving forward. A plan is important because if you go without, you may end up creating a beautiful outdoor space that doesn’t work for your needs or miss important details that are essential to your outdoor entertaining.   When building your plan, think about how often you have guests, how many guests you often have, and what kinds of things you like

How to Cover Your Party Planning Bases

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When you have a party coming up, there are plenty of things you need to do to get ready. With a good party plan, you can make sure you cover all the bases and orchestrate a party that will be something your guests talk about for a long while. Putting together the plan for your party is an important step towards pulling off a great event. You Need RSVPs   There is a lot of time and effort that goes into planning a great party, so it’s important to know who is coming and any nutritional needs or allergies they may have. Sending out a request for RSVPs can help you to have a better understanding of what you need to plan for.   When sending out your invites, be sure to have your guests check in to let you know whether they will be attending and to let you know if they have any allergies so you can plan your party with a good idea of what will go on at the party. Nothing is worse than planning on a big crowd and having only a few guests or planning for only a few and ending up with many mo

Top 8 Dog Breeds for Families with Children

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Getting a dog is a big decision. However, the choices don’t end there since you now need to decide what breed of dog is right for your family. There’s a lot to consider including your living situation, your family’s lifestyle, as well as your needs. There are plenty of great dogs to choose from, so do a little shopping around before you make a decision.   Labrador Retriever Labrador retrievers are among the most popular dogs for families. They are very easy-going dogs with a lot of energy. This makes them perfect for families who love to exercise or have a big yard. However, it’s important that you make sure they get plenty of exercise including games, fetching, and even swimming. Lack of exercise can lead to unwanted behaviors. In general, they are easy to care for and groom. Labs tend to get along well with kids as well as other pets. They also take well to training which can be helpful to improve their interactions with others. One of the biggest perks is that labs are extremely fr

8 Arts and Crafts Your Kids Can Make for Your Yard

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Arts and crafts are fantastic ways to stimulate your children’s minds and provide opportunities for them to use their creative energy. Here are eight ideas for arts and crafts your kids can make for your yard. These ideas will help them spend more time outside, use their imaginations, and contribute to the aesthetic beauty of your home. Scroll down and keep reading to learn how to make these eight great arts and craft projects! Stepping Stone Handprints Making stepping stone handprints is a great way to make memories with your kids and keep track of their growth over the years. In order to make this craft, you will need: cement, a mold, and rocks or other materials for decoration. First, mix the cement with the right amount of water until it’s the consistency of cookie dough (it shouldn’t be too wet). If it looks too thin, you’ll need to make the concrete stronger to ensure that everything will set properly. After it’s mixed, pour the cement into your desired mold, and wait fo

3 Ideas for How You Can Celebrate Your Child's Birthday During Quarantine

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Because of COVID-19, many birthdays and other celebrations are needing to be canceled. Although most parents don't mind canceling their own plans, they cannot bear to see their children go without some sort of celebration. Thus, the following article includes three ideas for how you can celebrate your child's birthday during the COVID-19 quarantine. Drive-By Party One of the mandatory rules being enforced throughout the country is the limitation of who and how many people can be within your home. This, of course, leads to many parents having to cancel their child's parties. However, there is a way to have all your friends and family come to wish your child a happy birthday without needing to go into your home or even be near you. By organizing a drive-by-party , you can show your child that people still care about them, even during these times. You may ask the people involved to decorate their cars with balloons and other festive decorations to really make the day t