EMBRACING LIFE TO ITS FULLEST - LEGACY RESERVE

Patrons of Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm can hardly wait to move into their new homes this month. Some of them signed up over a year ago.  “I chose Legacy Reserve as my future home for many reasons,” said Don Bayer, a retired Chicago Public Schools principal. “I was fascinated by the fact that it is going to have a heated saltwater swimming pool. I love to swim.”   “We decided we wanted to live here the rest of our lives,” said Loretta Jones, another resident looking forward to moving in. “So we are downsizing and we’re ready to go.”

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LIVING FRUGALLY

Many people in the United States with significant savings fear going broke in retirement, according to a recent survey. However, there are ways to live frugally to try to prevent that from happening.

1. Analyze your living situation. According to research, the cost of a home and home-related expenses accounts for nearly 43 percent of spending for people who are 65 to 74 years of age. ....

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TECHNOLOGY PRIMER FOR GRANDPARENTS

No one needs to be told the younger generations are attached to their technology. It used to just be computers, but now it’s smart phones. These days, if you want to stay in contact with your grandchildren – and sometimes even your children – you’d be wise to learn a few basic methods of keeping in touch in the digital age. A study released in 2012 by Microsoft and AARP called “Connecting Generations” found teens and their parents and grandparents are communicating more because of social media and other online tools.

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The energy you bring to your trip will rub off on the youngsters. Be open-minded and ready to have a good time. You may have to make silly faces and do some work to keep the kids entertained, but the most important thing is the memorable experience you create with them. Understand they may not be as content as you are to ride in a car for several hours, so be willing to work with them. The more often kids travel, the more likely they’ll come to enjoy and appreciate road trips with Grandma and Grandpa.

The summer months provide the perfect opportunity to spend extra time with your grandchildren. Perhaps a week at Grandma and Grandpa’s house is something the children look forward to every year, but this summer, why not go on a little adventure? Road trips can create a whole new family experience, something the children will remember forever.


You probably already know traveling with youngsters isn’t always easy. Little ones and teenagers seem to get bored quickly, which can make a road trip long and painful for everyone. But with an optimistic attitude and a few tricks up your sleeve, you can give the children an adventure they’ll want to take year after year. Here are a few ways to make road trips enjoyable for everyone in the car.


Pack Lightly. Kids, especially younger ones, come with plenty of extra bags. From their toys and blankets to strollers and diaper bags, your trunk will be filled with their necessities. Pack as lightly for yourself as possible. You’ll want free hands to help the kids.


Bring Along Audiobooks. Audiobooks are a great way to keep everyone entertained. Kids may not be eager to read a book in the car, but they love listening to the narrators. Every age group can benefit from an audiobook. It gives the family something to talk about and discuss at later points during the trip. Rent an audiobook from your library

ENJOYING ROAD TRIPS WITH GRANDCHILDREN

or use a subscription service such as Amazon’s Audible. The Harry Potter series is great for most age groups. For elementary-age kids, try Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” “The Book Thief ” by Markus Zusak will keep teens entertained.


Bring Snacks. Pack healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables to keep hunger at bay. Offer water instead of soda. You don’t need sugary snacks on a long car trip.


Take Breaks. Stop every couple of hours so everyone can get out and stretch their legs and go to the bathroom. Bring a Frisbee for the kids and make your breaks active. When you return to the car, everyone will feel refreshed. In addition to stopping for food or gas, stop at local points of interest. Let the kids have a say in choosing these spots, too, so they’re something that interests them.


Surprise Them with a New Toy. Kids will stay entertained longer with a new toy. These can range from stuffed animals to coloring books to handheld video games. For older kids, give them a blank notebook to record their experiences of the road trip.

MICHELLE CHALKEY

Michelle Chalkey is a Des Moines-based freelance writer specializing in health and lifestyle topics. She enjoys helping businesses communicate their messages through blogging and effective storytelling. Connect with Michelle on Facebook or check out her blog for helpful tips on the writing process and productivity.

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