Easy, Inexpensive Dad-Centered Kid-Friendly Father's Day Party

It might not sound odd to title a Father's Day party "dad-centered." Obviously it should be about dad. Unfortunately, parties aren't always geared to the person of honor. Here's a party dads will love, as well as kids. Being a frugalista mom, I focus on cheap, kid-friendly homemade fun.

First, a word on party psychology. Make it clear who it's about.  I have a dear friend who, though she means well, is selfish. Every event must center on her, even when its someone else's day. Parties she plans are about what she wants, not the person she's throwing it for. Make holidays about everyone. Fit the party to the person, not the person to the party. Let dad do as he pleases on Father's Day. Don't expect dad to dress up if he doesn't want to. It's his day to be comfortable.  Read more at Easy, Inexpensive Dad-Centered Kid-Friendly Father's Day Party 

Cheap Homemade Memorial Day Party Fun for Toddler to Grandparent

Holiday party planning is easy when dealing with one age group. Planning for young and old is more challenging. Easily-bored kids want to romp while grandparents want to sit (quietly!) and visit. Here's a patriotic Memorial Day party--crafts, food, parade, activities--everyone from toddlers to seniors, yes even parents, will love! Cheap Homemade Memorial Day Party Fun for Toddler to Grandparent 

Free Printable Mardi Gras Masks


Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a Catholic Christian celebration. Around the world, Mardi Gras is also called "carnival," meaning "farewell to the flesh" in French. It kicks off in mid January. In New Orleans, the Mardi Gras celebration fills the city with costumes, parades and feasting in preparation for the solemnity and fasting of Ash Wednesday and Lent.

Krewes, Mardi Gras parade troupes, spend months making masks and costumes in preparation for the festival. Party-goers, looking to dress up for Mardi Gras? Here are free printable Mardi Gras masks to accent any ensemble. Teachers, homeschool families and parents, why not teach kids about the holiday by having kids make these mask crafts? Celebrate a Mardi Gras themed party for weddings, showers, birthdays, Girls' Night Out, church festivals and more! Read more 

Best Movies for Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo isn't the Mexican independence day, but it does celebrate an unprecedented military victory. A small Mexican army routed the superior French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Here are movies to celebrate Mexican culture.

Stand and Deliver, 1988: In the poor barrios of Los Angeles, underfunded public schools and underpaid teachers struggled to prevent Latino students from turning to the streets. Math teacher Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos) decided to steal students back from the streets by teaching his Hispanic kids calculus. Very few people believed the students were capable of learning basic math let alone calculus. They were wrong. Also starring Lou Diamond Phillips.  Best Movies for Cinco De Mayo

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Freelance writer, Top 100 Yahoo! Voices, Yahoo! News, Shine, Michigan, Detroit), blogger, teacher, mom of 4, happily married 25 years. Graduated GVSU 1986, psychology/general education and special education. continuing ed up to present. Certified MI teacher. Writing Michigan history mystery, children's Gothic fantasy. Areas of expertise: education, relationships, mental health, nutrition, history, world cultures. Passions: faith, Catholic church, sustainable living, interfaith initiatives, living simply that others might simply live. Working on MA in EI education. 

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