Crafting Connections: The Ultimate Guide to Family Vision Board

Crafting Connections: The Ultimate Guide to Family Vision Board

Unlocking the Power of Unity: The Importance of Creating a Family Vision Board

Life's a whirlwind. Between school, work, and the chaos of daily life, it's easy to lose sight of the things that matter most. But fear not! Here's a game-changing idea that's not just a crafty project but a powerful tool to bring your whole crew closer together—cue the drumroll for the Family Vision Board!

There are so many reasons why creating this board is a wonderful activity for you and your family.

It's time spent together to

  • discuss goals,
  • dreams,
  • simply spending time together in a joint purpose.

Soooo….Make some hot cocoa (for those of us who are in the winter season), add some treats and start the journey to more family time and togetherness.

The Benefits of a Family Vision Board

When you work on a Family Vision Board, it helps your family to:

  • Discuss your individual and family dreams.
  • Builds the feeling of unity and support in the family.
  • Is a daily reminder of your shared goals and motivation.
  • Encourages responsibility and shared encouragement.
  • It introduces your family to the value of goal-setting.
  • Encourages creativity.
  • Gives a sense of purpose.
  • Highlights your shared goals and provides support for getting them done.
  • Helps your relationship with each family member become stronger.

Be sure to include all the important birthdays and celebrations on you Vision Board. It's never to early to get ideas for your family celebrations!

Tools to help create a Family Vision Board

How to Create Your Family Vision Board:

  1. Set Aside Some Time: Find a time when all family members can be together to work on this activity. It could be a weekend or a weekday evening.
  2. Gather Supplies: Collect magazines, scissors, glue, and a large poster board or corkboard.
  3. Identify Individual Goals: Take some time for each family member can think about their personal goals and dreams for the year. Think about what you want to accomplish this year. This could include school achievements, vacations, health goals, or hobbies.
  4. Find Pictures: Look through magazines or search online for images that represent your individual goals. Print and cut them out and set them aside.
  5. Collaborate and Create: As a family, share your goals and help each other find images that reflect with those dreams and goals. Arrange the images on the board to create a cohesive and visually appealing collage.
  6. Display and Reflect: Once your Vision Board is complete, display it in a central location where everyone can see it regularly. During the day, take a moment to reflect on your goals and encourage each other to stay motivated throughout the year.
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Here are a few great reasons why creating a Family Vision Board is so valuable:

  • Alignment of Values: It provides an opportunity for each member to express their individual values and dreams. By sharing and aligning these thoughts and ideas, you can make sure that your family is moving in the same direction.
  • Goal Setting and Achievement: The act of setting common goals on the Family Vision Board creates a sense of purpose and direction. It motivates each family member to actively contribute towards achieving these goals, fostering a collaborative spirit within the family.
  • Memorable Bonding Experience: The process of creating a Family Vision Board is a bonding experience in itself. As we engage in this creative endeavor together, we build memories and strengthen our emotional connections.
  • Improved Communication: Building a board encourages open communication among family members. It allows everyone to express their thoughts and ideas, fostering an environment where each member feels heard and valued.
  • Visual Reminder of Priorities: Place your Family Vision Board in a prominent place in your home. It can be constant visual reminder of your shared priorities. It helps us stay focused on what truly matters and encourages you to make decisions that align with your shared vision.

Take the time to come together and start this meaningful journey of creating our very own Family Vision Board. This activity can not only bring you closer but also provide a roadmap for your shared future.

Display Your Vision Board

Put your Vision Board in a place where it can be seen every day. It will remind you of your goals so you can stay connected to them for greater success.

Starting the year with goals and purpose and working together is a recipe for success.

Keep in touch, and let me know how it is going!

Here's to a WONDERFUL 2024!

For tips to organize your birthday parties, check out Your Kid’s Party Day Schedule -A Parent’s Guide for Fun and Functional Parties

Enjoy Your Best Year Ever! 2024!

Plan Family Fun & Special Days for 2019!

Plan Family Fun & Special Days for 2019!

.How to plan a stress-free family year

Would you like to have more fun, less stress and true quality time with your family in 2019?


Plan family fun and special days intentionally.  We always include birthdays and anniversaries, but this year add plan a bit of surprise to your family calendar and include some goofy or unusual days to celebrate for even more fun. You can find some great ideas in the “Plan Intentionally – Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever!”  (a 23-page free resource in the Resource Library)

Plan Your Family Time Intentionally

Here's why it's good to plan your year:

  • Plan for the year.  This is a good time to define your goals for you and your family.  You could create a Family Mission Statement.
  • Through planning, you can:
    • establish your family's goals and priorities
    • recognize commitments and schedule them
    • schedule your year to meet your families needs and wants
    • allow time for a vacation/stay-cation and take advantage of discounts, payments plans, etc.
    • allows giving time to what has to most positive impact for you and your family.


2019 Planning Family Fun

I am a mom of four and was a Cub Scout Leader, 4H leader, and homeschool mom.  There is truth in the saying,  “If momma ain't happy, nobody is happy.”  My experience has been that my mood has a definite impact and my family.  Raise your hand if something always seems to go wrong.  It did when my children were young.  That made planning even more important.  My daughter remembers I had a binder for everything.

I found I was better able to deal with the unexpected if things were otherwise orderly. It's about going from surviving an event to being happy and thriving at and with family events.  Also, laughter helps a lot.

The answer to all of this is planning.

Use planning to cut down on stress. It allows you to examine what is important, and intentionally help create balance in your life.  You can avoid time-consuming mistakes which allow for time for the important things in life.

Planning allows you to better handle unforeseen obstacles or events that always seem to pop-up in life. When you plan ahead, you have some time to handle those “hic-ups” in life.

When you plan your family calendar, it can result in close family relationships. By establishing your goals and priorities, you define what is important to your family.

Preparing for family events together can result in giving children the opportunity to have increased responsibility. This helps them to prepare them for adulthood.

By including children in the planning and preparations, the children become an important part of the family unit.

Planning makes the difference

It's just fun to do things together.

With every member of the family contributing to the celebration, the shared workload seems less.  In the beginning, children may require supervision but in time it will result in their ability to contribute independently.

THE BIG PLUS ABOUT PLANNING is that it results in more free time.

'Necessary, unplanned free time is the result of intentional planning. And everyone needs that unplanned free time to read, daydream and create a multitude of wonderful moments. Click To Tweet

Some Ideas on Planning family Events and Having fun.

Early in the year, find an evening when all the members of your family can make time to be together. Make it a fun time with your favorite foods and plan for the year together.

Make the evening an event.

Serve a Hot Potato Bar or dessert with a Caramel Apple Bar (new food bars coming soon-stay informed with the Positively Party Printables Post-a weekly newsletter). Family times can serve more than one purpose.  Make planning with your family positive by sharing soof together.

Fill in the National Holidays appropriate to your country (US included). Add your birthdays, anniversaries and other important days for you and your family.

Plan making memories 2019

Do you want to establish new traditions?

When my children were young, we played board games. Such fun. (We learned to avoid playing Risk- a long story). Playing board games became a fun habit. We really enjoyed paling board games on New Year's Eve. I remember when the kids brought home some friends from college and we played the games on New Year's Eve.  No Electronics!  We spent the evening talking and catching up on what was happening while they were at school. It is a wonderful memory. Now my adult children will find time to play board games with their family and friends.  A Great Tradition!

What fun traditions would you and your family like to start planning?

The more thorough your calendar-the less chance for confusion down the road. Less confusion, less stress and more time for making memories.

Stay tuned for more planning family fun ideas.

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Best Age Appropriate Games for a Big-Time Family Fun Night

Best Age Appropriate Games for a Big-Time Family Fun Night

Best Age Appropriate Games for a

Big-Time Family Fun Night

New Year's Eve has traditionally been a family game night–a time for snacks and board games in our home.  It is a time away from the tech world that seems to take so much our time now.  When the children were young, the games were often noisy and the children rambunctious.  Family Game Night Ideas

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That did not change as they grew older.  Depending on the game, alliances could be created, strategies shared or not, and the stakes were high.  After all, one needs to be at their best when playing games to dominate the world.  (We have taken a break from Risk…) 

Time for Adding a New Family Tradition?

Board games continue to play a part in the lives of our children.  Family game night evolved into work friends game might for one of my sons. He invites co-workers and nearby family over for a weekly game night.  Their games are very complicated, and though I do not play with them, I still hear a lot of laughter. That never gets old! I have listed some of the best (my opinion) games for families to play.  Many are classics, and that is simply because they are so great!

Playing board games and games in general with your children has many benefits.

Best Board Games for Family Night

While playing games, children develop skills that include physical, social, academic, and other mental developmental skills.

But most importantly, it is about taking the time to play together with your children.  This helps form an essential bond that brings people together for years and years, through good times and not so good. Occasionally, I see my grown kids playing with their children or nieces and nephews, and it sparks my memories of their childhoods and I smile. These are the things that help bring meaning to life.

When I asked my kids about some of the games on this list, they remembered playing many of them and some of the drama involved. One of my memories: playing Connect 4 was often meant to be a quick game when the time was tight but would it often turn into a much longer game-play time, and one of us would say, Just one more.”  No one wanted to lose.


So take some time and explore what games are best for your family. For young ones, I have listed age-appropriate games, but please be aware of choking hazards and keep your young ones safe. Make the best decisions for your family.

While playing games, children develop skills that include physical, social, academic, and other mental developmental skills. But most importantly, it is about taking the time to play together with your children. Click To Tweet

Best Age Appropriate Games for a Big-Time Family Fun Night

Preschoolers -3 and 4-year-olds

Pre-schoolers- the active games in “10 Fun and Frugal and Party games for Pre-Schoolers” Party Games for Pre-schoolersare not board games but are appropriate for this age group. Board games for this age group can include:

Young School-Age Children: 5,6,7 and 8 year-olds

Board games for this age group include:


(ages 5 and up) and still a favorite of mine.  Battleship is the classic naval combat game.  It uses competition and strategy. In a one-on-one battle, you search for the enemy’s fleet of ships and your goal is to destroy them one by one. You try to protect your own fleet using your strategy while you attempt to destroy your opponent’s fleet. 

Connet 4 

 (6 years old and up) This is a classic where you take turns positioning your red or yellow discs in an attempt to get 4 in a row while blocking your opponent from getting 4 in a row.  This can be lightning-fast and methodical or slow and methodical. This is a family favorite and one I will definitely play with my grandchildren.


(6 and up) Another classic game.  fast-dealing property trading game where players buy, sell, dream and scheme their way to riches. Part of the initial fun is choosing your token. So, choose your token, place it on GO! and roll the dice.  There can be only one winner in the Monopoly game. Will it be you?


2 in 1 set

A game of mathematical possibilities.  For a fascinating history and how to play information please “check” out: Learn to Play Checkers-There's More to Checkers Than Meets the Eye.


(depends on the child-play when they can understand the various pieces and the moves they can make.)   Two players. Each player begins with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each type of piece moves differently.  The most powerful are the King and Queen. The objective is to checkmate which is putting the king into an inescapable position.  There are other ways to have the game come to a conclusion, including coming to a draw. Great for math and strategy skills.

Chinese Checkers

This similar to checkers but the game board is a star.  Pieces are often marbles or other smaller spheres. Fun!



(8 and up) One murder…6 suspects. In Clue, players have to find out who's responsible for murdering Mr. Boddy of Tudor Mansion in his own home. A fun game to determine who, with what and where the victim, Mr.  Boddy, was killed. Using elimination, players try to play the sleuth and solve the crime.  There is also the 1985 classic comic movie and the more recent 2014 version where the main characters are teenagers.  The game is so popular that many versions of it are available including Classic, Retro, Firefly, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Big Bang Theory, Legend of Zelda, The Office and many more.

Ticket to Ride-First Journey

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities in various countries around the world. (ages 8 and up)   Other games to investigate include:


(reviewed by MENSA)

(Mfg Recommended age 6 – 99 years)



  • Boggle,
  • Apples to Apples
  • Monopoly,
  • Jenga

and so many more…

Middle School and High School 


(This post was published originally in 2017)

In Pandemic four diseases have broken out in the world Each disease is threatening to wipe out a region. In the game, there are 2 to 4 players each playing one of five possible specialists: dispatcher, medic, scientist, researcher, or operations expert. Unlike most board games this gameplay is cooperative, rather than competitive. Players combine efforts of all the players to discover all four cures before any of several game-losing conditions are reached. (Recommended for ages 13-15) and above.


The title is pronounced “Block us”. It is an abstract strategy game with transparent, Tetris-shaped, colored pieces. The only caveat to placing a piece is that it may not lie adjacent to your other pieces, but instead must be placed touching at least one corner of your pieces already on the board.

Settlers of Catan

Players assume the roles of settlers. Each player attempts to build and develop their holdings while trading and acquiring resources. Players are awarded points as their settlements grow. The first player to reach a set number of points, typically 10, is the winner.  (I have played this and I enjoyed it very much!- easily multi-generational)


Cranium is a game that is supposed to be an “all-brain” game. It borrows elements from many popular games. It's a party game that borrows from a host of other popular party games of recent times. Cranium has elements similar to those of Pictionary, Charades, Trivial Pursuit, Celebrities, Huggermugger, Claymania, etc.

Players need to successfully complete activities in each of four sections to win:

  • In Creative Cat a player must clue a word to his or her teammates by drawing it, sculpting it in clay, or drawing it with his or her eyes closed.
  • Data Head: A hosts a variety of trivia questions. 
  • Word Worm: Players unscramble words, spell challenging words, guess definitions, identify words with letters left out, or spell words backward
  • Star Performer: players must whistle a song, impersonate a celebrity, or act out a clue.

Grown-up kids of any age

For those who love the series Firefly try (1)My Personal Choices-  As I have said before—All games with a “Firefly” Theme-the Greatest Space Western–ever!  It was the greatest mistake that the network canceled it!  A perfect weekend (for me) would be a Firefly/Serenity Marathon while playing the following games with added bits of Firefly Trivia.  And it is one my grown children would also enjoy because they also loved the series and film.

So when life seems like it is going to fast…

the children are growing too fast, or that you all need to take a deep breath and slow down, it may be the time to have a family game night, some snacks and reconnect with each other It will be worth it and your family will grow together now and for in the future.

So, with these suggestions to explore, find the games that are best for your family and plan your family game night.

A printable sign is available in the Resource Library, so go plan so fun!

Free Family Game Night Printable

  So, above all, feel comfortable starting a new tradition that will bring your family closer together and help create memories that make you all smile.

October Family Fun Ideas for every day of the month part.2

October Family Fun Ideas for every day of the month part.2

October Family Fun Ideas – part 2October Family Fun pt.2

There is still time for October Family Fun in the outdoors fun before the cold weather comes and we must bundle up in winter clothing.  Here in the northern hemisphere, the days are growing shorter and colder. Autumn is here. Apples and pumpkins are everywhere you look. 

Find Part One Here.

Every day has the potential for fun- planned or spontaneous.

You may want to consider the following interesting and sometimes odd special days for the second half of October.


Learn a Word Day  This is a great way to introduce fun ways to increase your vocabulary.  You can sign up to receive a new word each day at  or   At breakfast or evening dinner, you can share the word, its uses, parts of speech, etc.  It could be turned into a learning game.  

Learn a Word Day

Oct.17  National Pasta Day   

Great kid-friendly pasta recipes can be found at GeniusKitchen.   Kid-friendly Paleo and 43 Gluten-free recipes are waiting for you at PaleoGrubs.   The Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta sounds especially tempting and is going on my recipes to try list.

World Pasta Day-Family Fun

Oct.18  National Chocolate Cupcake Day

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Here is a fun twist on the Chocolate Cupcake. Fun and Delicious!

Oct.19  Rainforest Day   

Celebrate Rainforest Day with creative activities from Rainforest Alliance. 

Enter a virtual Rainforest Treehouse and play games.  There are more interactive games, coloring pages, and information sheets. An excellent website for some evening fun or on a “rainy” day.

Rainforest Day Fun for Kids

Oct.20  National Suspenders Day

Suspenders were invented n the 1820's.  Their purpose is to hold up your pants.  Today they are worn as a fashion statement with tuxes-most commonly for weddings and prom.  They are sold at many department stores for every age group. For a tutorial on making suspenders, try this one.

October-National Suspenders Day

Oct.21  Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

These Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes feature an easy three ingredient gingersnap cookie crust with a smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling on top. These are the perfect mini dessert for fall!

Oct,22  National Nut Day

This Paleo Nut Bar Recipe with Chocolate Drizzle could become a family favorite.  To learn about the history of this “nutty” day go to Happy Days 365.

Awesome Kid-Friendly Paleo Nut Bar Recipe with Chocolate Drizzle on #paleo #vegan #glutenfree

Oct 23   National Boston Cream Pie Day

 This recipe is super simple- great for a busy weeknight.

Oct.24  National Food Day celebration

October 24 is a day dedicated to healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.  

Plan a healthy meal with as little processed food as possible.  Maybe visit a Farmer's Market before they end the year and get some fresh produce to share with those you love.

October National Food Day

Oct.25 World Pizza Makers Day

Today is a good day to learn about pizza and the people who have made them.  There are many points of view, and it is all interesting.  Have fun and be a pizza maker tonight.

October-World Pizza Makers Day

Oct.26 National Pumpkin Day

So many ideas and not enough time…..Enjoy the season!

 Oct.27  National Potato Day

Potato Day is a great day to eat potatoes. You can make your favorite potato recipe- baked, fried, broiled or boiled.  This root vegetable has so many uses other than food.  Make a potato clock.  Or decorate craft paper to make gift wrap paper or a great work of art.  You might want to try some recipes from Better Homes and Gardens. Twice Baked New Potatoes, Goldilocks Potato Pots, Mashed Potato Patties with Tapenade Cream among my favorites.

October National Potato Day

Oct.28  National Chocolate Day

Try to include Chocolate in every meal.   Drink Hot Chocolate for breakfast, chocolate milk with lunch and use one of these twelve main meal recipes for dinner.  And for dessert– pick one of these 50 decadent desserts.  

October-National Chocolate Day

Oct.29 National Cat Day

We've had pet cats for as long as I remember.  They are comedians, companions and great all-around additions to the family. Enjoy the cat facts.  Celebrate the day by adopting a cat, giving food to a nearby shelter.  Make some toys for your cats and ask a local cat rescue if they could use some of the toys you make.  Happy Cats!  

Oct.30  Pumpkin Bread Day

Here are two versions.  Paleo and the Standard American Diet.

1st is the Paleo Recipe from Unbound Wellness, which is on my to-do list for this weekend.

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

 Oct.31  National Carmel Apple Day 

 Use our printables to create a Caramel Apple Bar and enjoy with your family, neighbors, clubs, and friends. 

 Find Apple Cider Recipes here.

Have a wonderful time and enjoy those you love! 

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October-Family Bucket List

October-Family Bucket List

A Family Fun

Bucket List for October!

October is a wonderful month of the year, filled with so much potential for family fun including fun with leaves, enjoying pumpkin pie and apples!

Go Apple picking at an apple orchard.

Create a craft with fallen leaves. Find some truly creative ideas here!  Leaf Art
Take a walk or a drive to enjoy the autumn colors… Can you identify an of the trees in your neighborhood?  Get the printable Leaf Identification Guide at

 Go to a corn maze or other fall festival destination. Include going on a hayride.


Bake something using pumpkin: cookies, pie, bread. I love this post on making Pumpkin Bread – gone wrong and fixed…We have all been there!


Make some warm Apple Cider (recipes here.)

Apple Cider Time

 Toast Pumpkin Seeds.  Here is a fun recipe for Cinnamon Toast Pumpkin Seeds.

Bake an Apple Pie and serve it warm ” a la mode,” or with a slice of cheddar cheese that melts onto the warm pie. Or how about Apple Pie Cupcakes?


Decorate your front porch or front door. This crafts uses bubble wrap!  Any excuse to play (pop) bubble wrap!  Fun Door Decoration


Make a scarecrow and add it to your fall decorations.

Surprise a friend or neighbor with a Traditional Homemade Pumpkin Pie.

Imagine the surprise and joy you can bring to a neighbor or a friend with an unexpected treat!

or  Pumpkin Pie Crunch

     Paleo STYLE!

Go Leaf Diving. Jump in them and then rake them up again!   Or even help a neighbor by taking some time to rake and clean up their yard.



Make Pumpkin Playdough…GLUTEN FREE!

Enjoy this wonderful time of year….

Things will change quickly here in the midwest

and autumn days will be so appreciated when the temperatures get so cold!








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