Finding Quality Family Time

In the busyness of everyday life, we can lose precious time with those who matter most. Consider these ideas to spend quality, screen-free time with your loved ones.

Focus on Food
Dining as a family is a great way to share quality time. But consider taking it one step further by having everyone work together to prepare the meal. Assign each family member specific tasks, such as gathering ingredients, setting the table or stirring the food on the stove. Just be sure to keep a close eye on children around knives and hot surfaces.

Get Outdoors
Find time once a week to get fresh air with your family. You can go to the park, ride bikes, stargaze, or enjoy a picnic in your own backyard.

Schedule Downtime
Free time is all too often squandered on distractions from our phones, the internet or work. Be proactive about setting aside quality time with loved ones. Plan a night with no commitments and pick an activity that you and your family can enjoy together. Play your favorite board game, work on a puzzle or read a book together.

Multinational Family Kids and Father at Christmas Outdoor by Yummypic


Also in this issue…
Winter Getaway Destinations
Eco-Friendly Toys and Games
National Popcorn Day
Pineapple Cheese Ball Recipe

Winter Getaway Destinations

After the hectic pace of the holiday season, people often look for a way to recharge in the early months of a new year. Here are three winter getaway locations that can help you start 2022 feeling refreshed.

For snow-packed fun, Jackson Hole, WY, provides a breathtaking backdrop for the winter sports enthusiast. Boasting some of the most challenging skiing in the country, Jackson Hole also has plenty to do for novices. Try out the beginner slopes or stick with ice skating and snow tubing. Nearby Yellowstone National Park offers snowcoach tours to various sites, including the Old Faithful Geyser and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Stay warm in the vehicle while you take in the pristine winter beauty of the world’s first national park.

Regardless of your home climate, an escape to the U.S. Virgin Islands may be just what you need. The white sand beaches and turquoise waters are sure to wash away the winter blues. Enjoy warm temperatures as you tour cultural sites, admire the historical architecture and enjoy the diverse cuisine of this Caribbean paradise.

For the truly adventurous, an Alaskan winter vacation could be the trip of a lifetime. You can experience unusual events and festivals like the Yukon Quest International Dog Sled Race. According to, this “1,000-mile epic mush between Fairbanks and Whitehorse traverses the snowbound terrain of the classic pioneer Gold Rush in early February.” You might even get to see the dazzling Northern Lights, an atmospheric phenomenon displayed in the far northern skies. Wildlife abounds in Alaska. It’s not unusual to see a moose wandering about in a residential neighborhood.


Eco-Friendly Toys and Games

For your next family night, turn off the screens and give these eco-friendly toys and games a try.

National Parks Trivial Pursuit
For the trivia fanatics, this national parks version of the game asks questions about battlefields, natural wonders and wildlife found in the parks.

Go Find It
An outdoor scavenger hunt, this sensory card game invites you to look for natural elements. Proceeds from the game go to various organizations that help people of all abilities have better access to nature.

Encouraging sustainable creativity, eco-dough is a moldable and biodegradable dough scented with essential oils for a pleasant aroma. Eco-Kids offers nontoxic and all-natural art supplies, such as crayons, finger paints and eco-dough packaged in recycled containers.


National Popcorn Day

If you’re looking for a reason to enjoy a big bowl of delicious popcorn, National Popcorn Day is January 19. Here are a few fun facts about this tasty treat.

Ancient Favorite
Archaeologists have discovered popcorn kernels that are more than 4,000 years old! However, popcorn didn’t become a popular snack in the United States until the mid-1800s. Over a century later in the early 1980s, the snack’s popularity began to surge with the introduction of microwavable popcorn.

Diet Friendly
Compared to other snacks, popcorn is extremely low in calories. Air-popped popcorn contains only 31 calories per cup. Gluten-free popcorn is also available for those who are gluten intolerant.

American Staple
There’s no denying it: Americans love popcorn. We consume more than 15 billion quarts of popcorn every year, which is about 45 quarts per person!

Delicious Variety
Whether it’s buttered, salted or coated with caramel, popcorn can be prepared in just a few minutes.


Pineapple Cheese Ball


2 (8 ounce) packages softened cream cheese
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups finely chopped pecans, divided into two one cup portions
14 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 tablespoons grated onions or 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
2 teaspoons seasoning salt 
Cracker, of choice


Mix all the ingredients, using only 1 cup of the pecans listed and form into a ball.

Reserve 2nd cup of pecans for topping.

Refrigerate overnight.

Before serving, roll cheese ball in reserved cup of pecans.

Serve with crackers of choice.  (We recommend Trader Joe’s Social Snackers Crackers!)


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