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Winter Family Time!

Winter Family Time!

Oh what a wonderful time of year it is?! What a wonderful timeeeeee!

Hello family dinners, cozy socks, snuggle time and chilly weather!

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First, let us disclose a couple of things about the Excellent Nanny Service. We are based in Savannah, Georgia but service different cities all over the United States, so our nannies are accustom to various weather conditions. It is our mission to provide honest, trustworthy nannies that share the same values as the Excellent Nanny Service.

Having fun as a family is vital, but creating an everlasting bond takes importance. Without being able to forge those bonds, winter time activities have no substance. Keeping that in mind, here are a couple of suggestions that will make the winter a memorable one for all of the family members involved.

Christmas movies! Grinch me please! Watching endless Christmas movies, paired with some good food, hot chocolate, blankets, and all the family around the tv is a perfect way to spend some days (and nights!) with the family. Here is a list of Christmas movies on Netflix:

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Christmas lights! Please please please! Haven’t you ever wondered who has the best lights in the city? Drive around and look at all the decorations and don’t forget the car snacks along the way.

Baking! Christmas cookies, gingerbread houses, frosted pretzel rods, and even fruitcakes are the way to go. Instead of buying gifts for people this holiday season, try giving out baked goods to grandma and grandpa.

Create an event calendar! Giving your children something to look forward to every day is a great idea, not only that, but making it together will give you that bonding time you’ve been looking for.

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Visit Santa! Heyyy Saint Nick! Go to your local mall to see when Santa will be there and pose with him to make a great holiday card. There are even local Christmas parades to go and see Santa in all of his glory. Pssttt! He might even have some elves with him.

Host a holiday party! Do I hear ugly Christmas sweater theme? Go ahead and host the holiday party that gives everyone a chance to get together. Have contests, sing, laugh and exchange gifts. It’s the perfect time to see everyone at once and spread that seasonal love.

Volunteer! Don’t forget to give back into the community during this joyous time in the year. Giving back is a great way to be reminded that everyone doesn’t have the same things we sometimes take for granted. Go volunteer at your local soup kitchen, donate clothes, build a house with Habitat for Humanity, register people to vote, organize games and activities for children in hospitals or homeless shelters, and why stop there?! The opportunities are endless!

Make homemade presents! DIY hot-chocolate kit? Yes! Need we say more? Here is the link:

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Moms Have the Hardest Job Ever! Here’s Proof

By Maura Hohman on November 05, 2015

If you’re a working parent, then you’re likely well-aware that balancing your career and the needs of your children is one tough job. Of course, your kids come first, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to leave the office in the middle of the day to pick up your sick son or to skip the piano recital because of an important meeting.

But the good news is more parents, especially moms, have jobs outside the home than ever before, so you have more emotional support than working women of previous generations. In fact, a new study from Pew Research Center found that both parents work outside the home in 46 percent of two-parent households in 2015, compared to just 31 percent in 1970.

The downside? Working parents may be the new norm, but workplace and federal policies have yet to catch up to their needs, leaving them just as stressed and overworked as ever. Through phone interviews with 1,807 parents with kids under 18 from all 50 states, the Pew study found some harrowing stats about achieving work family balance today.

Mothers in most households do the lion’s share of childcare regardless of whether they work full-time, part-time or stay at home.
More than half – 56 percent – of all working parents say it’s difficult to balance their professional and family responsiblities.
One in five moms who work full-time say balancing work and family is very difficult, compared to 12 percent of dads.
Forty-one percent of working moms say having kids makes it harder to advance their career, as opposed to just 20 percent of dads.
Striking a good work-life balance affects how parents feel about parenting overall; of the parents who struggle with work life balance, only 36 percent say parenting is enjoyable all the time, compared to 50 percent of parents who have a good work-life balance.
Thirty-two percent of parents who struggle with work-life balance say parenting is stressful all the time, compared to 15 percent of parents who have a good work-life balance.
Four in 10 full-time working moms say they always feel rushed and feel they spend too little time with their kids.
These numbers prove how much work there is to be done for all working parents to feel supported, but the study found some positive trends, too. For example, dads spend fewer hours at work and take a more active role in childcare and around the house than dads of previous generations. And in over half of working households, both mom and dad are equally focused on their careers.

Until policies reflect how many working parents there are, it helps to know some tips and tricks to balancing a job and family. You should never be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s from friends, neighbors or even your boss. Try to establish boundaries and set aside time each day that’s just family time. And be flexible and forgive yourself when things don’t work out.

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50 Exciting Activities for Summer Fun

It’s almost here! “It’s summertime and the living is easy.” Sam Cooke sang it and we lived it—long lazy summer days filled with simple pleasures and homemade fun. Turn off the television, put away the video games and share these old-fashioned traditions with your Nanny or Babysitter. With 50 activities, games, pastimes and ideas, there’s bound to be something on our list that will inspire a trip down memory lane. Take your children along and help them build some wonderful memories of their own.
1. Run through a sprinkler💦.
2. Have a bubble gum blowing contest, then take turns reading the Bazooka comics aloud.
3. Play some Beach Boys music🎶🎶.
4. Organize the neighborhood into teams for a game of stickball🏒🏐. Okay, you can use a regular ball and bat, but pick-up games were a daily event in summers gone by. Stickball, kickball or volleyball—the point is simply to have a ball.
5. Still popular with today’s kids, hula hoops are good fun and great exercise. See who can hula hoop the longest. Skip through a hula hoop like you’re jumping rope. Set up an obstacle course. Create stations with different tasks such as hula for 10 spins, spin two hoops on your arms, jump through a hoop held by another person.
6. Make a dream catcher.
7. Spend a day at the park for a picnic and play, be sure to bring a large umbrella for shade for sit under a big tree🌳🌳!
8. Game time! Remember Duck Duck Goose and Red Rover? Send summer fun right over!
9. Toss a Frisbee around.
10. Have fun with games on paper: Tic-tac-toe, Hangman, Dots and Boxes.
11. Build a tree house or fort.
12. Play a round of Marco Polo or water volleyball in the pool.
13. Make arts and crafts projects with Popsicle sticks.
14. Have a thumb wrestling match.
15. Organize a backyard carnival🎪🎟 to raise money for a charity. Play games like coin toss, balloon stomp, pin the nose on the clown, or guess how many jelly beans in a jar. Kick off your event with a neighborhood parade with bikes, wagons, scooters and strollers.
16. Start a collection—shells🐚, trading cards, rocks, postcards.
17. Grill hot dogs for dinner, then make s’mores over the warm coals.
18. Go roller skating, indoors or outdoors.

19. Go bowling.
20. Play hopscotch.
21. Learn to Juggle.
22. Chill out with icy treats. Make homemade ice pops by freezing juice or flavored drinks in a plastic freezer mold.
23. Pull out the jump rope, and give it a spin.
24. Before television had 999 channels, kids whiled away summer hours with just a deck of cards. Play a couple hands of Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Concentration, UNO, Slapjack or Spoons.
25. Water balloons!
26. For lunch, have the children dress as chefs and play a good game of restaurant!
27. See how fast you can win at jacks.
28. Set up a lemonade stand.
29. Nothing says summer like a leisurely bike ride.
30. Lost your marbles? Find them at any toy store, and see if you still have the knack.
31. Walk the dog … around the world! Get instructions for these and other easy yo-yo tricks at
32. Play with bubbles! Make your own bubbles with Bubble Science that will produce gigantic bubbles.
33. Have a watermelon 🍉seed spitting contest.
34. Summer sing-alongs. Remember belting out this camp favorite? “Great green gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts. Mutilated monkey meat. Little birdies’ dirty feet.”
35. Strike up a kazoo band.
36. Make and outfit your own paper dolls.
37. Build a castle in the sun⛱. On your next trip to the beach, pack buckets, cups, spoons, spatulas or other kitchen utensils to transform sand into a castle, a rocket ship, a car or other sculpture.
38. Play a game of horseshoes, croquet or bocce ball.
39. You’re it! There are as many versions of tag as there are families in Savannah. Visit Wikipedia for a list of more than 50 different games.
40. Make suntan tattoos. Cut a small shape, such as a heart, star or butterfly, out of sticky paper (such as an office label) and affix it to your skin. After a few hours in the sun (even with sunscreen), the skin under the sticker will be a lighter shade than the skin that was exposed.
41. Camp out in your backyard.
42. Sway in a hammock.
43. Watch a sunset.
44. Take a Heads or Tails road trip. Every time you get to an inter-section, flip a coin to see if you’re going right (heads) or left (tails).
45. Go fishing🎣.
46. Play Leap Frog. Visit for jump rope rhymes.
47. Play charades.
48. Spend a rainy summer afternoon playing board games or putting together a jigsaw puzzle.
49. Have a tea party.
50. Try to set a world record.🏆 Visit the Guinness World Records website to see what sounds fun.

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