Spring Break Must Do’s

Spring Break Must Do’s

It’s almost that time of the year again which is the beloved Spring Break. Some families spend this time traveling to exotic places, but you shouldn’t have to keep up with the Joneses to have a fun and memorable Spring Break. There are so many ways for families to enjoy the week off of school while staying right here in Eugene, Oregon.Explore Hendrick’s ParkIt’s easy to spend hours walking along the many trails of Hendrick’s Park which are covered by beautiful flowers and giant green trees. They are accompanied by large grass fields that are perfect for a family picnic or game of frisbee. Once you get there, you won’t want to leave.Mini Golf At Putter’s Family Entertainment CenterPutter’s knows Eugene’s weather is unpredictable at best, and created the perfect environment for those long rainy days when you can’t wait to get out of the house. They are equipped with

Adoption Day Videos (cue the happy tears!)

By Aurora
Looking for some adorable Adoption Day Videos? Look no further! Here are some incredible adoption day inspiration videos! Princess Adoption: https://vimeo.com/170197246 Toddler Adoption:   https://vimeo.com/92103937   Teen Adoption: https://vimeo.com/289576850   Adoption Day: https://vimeo.com/61983506

Because Every Child Should Have A Best Friend

By Aurora
At A Family For Every Child we believe that every child deserves a family.  We believe that every child should have the chance to live their best life. Check out this video about what drives all of us at AFFEC.  In our 12 years as an organization, AFFEC has placed over 6,000 children into forever families.  We will be here until every child is loved, until every child has a best friend, until every child has a family.  Together with you, we can make a change! Thank you so much to Tim Garner who made this incredible video! We could not do it without our amazing community and supporters.  You can help in so many different ways, and from anywhere.  Whether it is volunteering or donating, you can make a difference in the lives of these amazing children. Will you join us in our mission to find

Featured Family of the Week: The Hawking-Johnsons

Our Featured Family of the Week: The Hawking-Johnson Family Judith Hawking and Kenneth Johnson live in the suburbs of New York and are ready to welcome a child(ren) into their home. Take the time to read about our featured family of the week!“Hi! We are Judith Hawking and Kenneth Todd Johnson. I was born and raised in Canada and then moved to the States for school. Todd and I fell in love, so I am lucky enough to be a Dual American/Canadian citizen. My husband, Todd, was born in Savannah, Georgia. He grew up in South Carolina and we visit his terrific family there, and my family in Canada, as often as we can. We love to be active and live near two gorgeous parks. You can find us in one of those at least five times a week with our two dogs, Romulus and Remus, who love to get out

A Day for Dad: DIY Gifts & Recipes

Dad deserves a special Father’s Day celebration! Spoil him this year with these gift and recipe ideas   1.) Hash Brown Egg Nests Surprise Dad with a delicious breakfast in bed!  What You Will Need: *Frozen hash browns (or grated russet potatoes) *Shredded cheddar cheese *Eggs *Breakfast meat (bacon, sausage, or ham) *Avocados *Optional: Chopped parsley For the full recipe visit Hash Brown Egg Nests   2.) DIY Light-Up Card Fashion a card with a DIY light saber for the Star Wars fanatic Dad! What You Will Need: *White card stock or scrapbook paper *Colored LED light *Colored straw *Transparent tape            *Light-Up Card Printable For full instructions and card printables visit Light-Up Cards   3.) French Toast Kebabs Serve Dad up a fun twist on a classic breakfast! What You Will Need: *White bread * Vanilla extract * Eggs *Fresh blueberries *Fresh raspberries *Sliced bananas *Unsalted butter *Optional: Maple Syrup

Celebrate Mom: Homemade Gifts for Mother’s Day

The day to recognize mom (other than every day of course) is almost here. Treat mom to a special day with these homemade gift ideas!     1.) Thumbprint Art This is a simple and fun gift for kids to make! Use paints to create various designs on flower pots. What you will need:  *terra cotta pots * acrylic paints * black paint marker  Get creative with thumbprint bees, butterflies, and more! For more inspiration visit Spring Crafts  2.) Pineapple Coconut Sugar Scrub  Take mom to paradise with this rejuvenating homemade body scrub! What you will need: * 8 oz mason jar * coconut oil * sugar * pineapple fragrance oil * 1 lemon zested  For the full recipe visit DIY sugar scrub  3.) DIY Flower Bouquet  Pick out mom’s favorite flower, a simple vase (or repurposed drink bottle) and dress it up with scrapbook paper! You don’t need to

Healthy Family Fun: Activities & More

  Keep the new year going great with a healthy lifestyle for the whole family! 1.) Yoga for Kids Let the kids enjoys all of the benefits of yoga: increased balance/flexibility, better concentration, boosts confidence, and improves overall well-being. Yoga sequences for all ages are easily accessible and the variety is plentiful! For a starting point visit: http://www.parents.com/fun/activities/indoor/yoga-for-kids/#page=3 2.) TV Free Activities In the modern era, limiting screen time for kids can be a common responsibility for parents. Luckily the internet is an encyclopedia of TV free fun! To start the no-screen fun visit: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/71126/100-tv-free-activities 3.) Family Fitness Challenge Skip the gym and get outside! Break a sweat together as a family on hiking trails, playing ultimate frisbee, and more. For family fitness inspiration visit: http://skinnyms.com/family-fitness-challenge/ 4.) Healthy Lunches  Beat the school and work lunch rut with these healthy and affordable options! For school lunch ideas visit: http://www.whatlisacooks.com/blog/2015/9/16/and-here-we-go For work lunch ideas visit: http://backtoherroots.com/2014/09/17/lunches-lately/ 5.)

Beat the Winter Boredom: Activities for Teens

Winter doesn’t have to mean staying inside and Netflix binging weekend after weekend. Here are some ways to beat the winter boredom with some fun activities for teens! 1.) Mini Pizza Bar Bring the pizza joint to your house!  Create a mini pizza bar with all the toppings. What You Will Need: *Dough * Pizza Sauce *Meats (pepperoni, sausage, chicken, Canadian bacon & more) *Cheese (any of your choosing) *Vegetables (mushrooms, onions, peppers, & more) For further inspiration visit: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/pizza-bar-party/ 2.) Movie Night Pick a theme or just grab every movie in your collection! Pop the popcorn and gather every blanket in the house. What You Will Need: *Movies galore *Popcorn (kettle or butter) *Blankets For further inspiration visit: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=movie%20night&rs=typed&term_meta%5B%5D=movie%7Ctyped&term_meta%5B%5D=night%7Ctyped 3.) Have a Fiesta  Make tacos, burritos, fajitas, or whatever you fancy! A fiesta night for teens is complete with virgin margaritas and homemade guacamole. What You Will Need: *Meat (ground beef,

Beat the Winter Boredom: Indoor Activities for Kids

At the peak of winter days are more weekends spent bundled up inside. Here’s how to keep the blistery weekends fun for you and the kids! 1.) Winter Wonderland Obstacle Course Create a winter-themed obstacle course with items laying around the house! Here’s what you’ll need: *Two long sticks for ski poles *Two empty tissue boxes for skis *White or light colored sheets for a snow tunnel & a string of christmas lights  *One laundry basket filled with stuffed animals & rope to pull it *More white or light colored sheets and plenty of pillows for a snowy mountain For step by step instructions visit: http://www.thegoldengleam.com/2012/01/winter-obstacle-course-snow-and-ice.html 2.)”Rainy Day Read-A-Thon” Grab every book in your collection, something warm to sip, a mountain of pillows and blankets, and let the read-a-thon begin! Here’s what you will need: *A snack of your choosing *A beverage of your choosing *Literature  *Pillows and blankets to assemble

Summertime Fun With Your Little One

Creating the ultimate summer bucket list to beat the heat and crush boredom will surely keep the kids entertained and the parents at ease. Make the most of the sunny days for your child with these seven activities: 1.) Grow a Potato Plant What you will need: *1 potato of any kind *1 glass cup or jar *Approximately 4 toothpicks Keep your child’s brain active this summer with science! Growing a potato plant is a simple, fun, and educational activity. For further instructions visit: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-potato-cup-45823.html 2.) Pool Noodle Sprinkler Turn that extra pool noodle into the perfect backyard sprinkler! What you will need: *1 foam pool noodle *Duct tape *Skewer or ice pick *Hose For further instructions visit:http://ziggityzoom.com/content/pool-noodle-sprinkler-summer-fun 3.) Squirt Gun Painting *Squirt guns *Easel or canvas * Drop cloth or an old sheet *Watercolor paper *Liquid watercolors Put those squirt guns to artistic use and have your child create a