In This Issue: Planning Family Staycations

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Family Staycation: CLICK AND SAVE

In today's economy, many families are discovering that staying at home for vacation can be fun! Whether you're watching a movie marathon in the family room, taking a trip to your local museum, or simply enjoying your home's outdoor area, we'll give you great ideas!


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Taste the flavors of the tropics while on your staycation! Here are some flavorful, non-alcoholic beverages sure to make any staycation feel like the tropics.

Your staycation meals don't have to break the bank! Learn how to cook on a budget to help save even more!

Want to head south of the border for your staycation? With so many recipe options, it's easy to celebrate Cinco de Mayo anytime of the year, so why not during your staycation.

Don't want to spend a lot of your vacation time in the kitchen? Then enjoy some of these recipes for restaurant fare for under 30 minutes.

What would a staycation be without some fun and games for the kids? You can find new games and activities on

Great Tips from You!


What is your favorite easy snack to prepare for your family during game time?


Tip #1 from Jan in Cincinnati, OH

I think nothing spells vacation like breakfast in bed. My husband and I take turns preparing each other's favorite breakfast - like banana pancakes - and serving it in bed. We love it, and it helps us start the day on the right note!

Tip #2 from Robert in Waco, TX

For me, the important thing when taking time off is to REALLY take time off. I turn off my phone, and shut off the computer. It's amazing what a difference silence makes. You don't have to leave your home to disconnect from the world around you. Distance is a state of mind.

Tip #3 from Meg in Sausalito, CA

I live in the Bay area, so I don't have to go anywhere to experience a special place. San Francisco is so culturally rich, that there is always something new to discover in the city. The next thing for me to check out is the new California Academy of Sciences building, in Golden Gate Park. The building is an architectural phenomenon.

Tip #4 from Marianne in Minneapolis, MN

If you're gonna stay home for your vacation, what you really want to do is vegetate with a bowl of popcorn and watch a movie marathon. I like to do them with themes. I recently organized one with a few friends, we watched three Roman epics. We spent the next three weeks randomly quoting the most dated lines from the movies. It was fun!

Editor's Picks: The Great Staycation

Here are some fun and sweet recipes to enjoy during your staycation!

Fruit Sushi


Mac and Cheese Burger Bowl

Take the chill out of winter with this hearty soup! It's easy with the help of a Hamburger Helper® mix.

Chocolate Chex® Caramel Corn Bars

Treat the kids to a crunchy new snack combining Chocolate Chex® cereal, pretzels and popcorn. Yum!

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