Enriched Family Austin Summer Camp Special Feature (2019): Day, Overnight, and Specialty Camps

This is the fourth and final post in a series Enriched Family does annually on summer camps in the Austin area. Previous posts focused on science, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)/STEAM (STEM + art), and coding camps, as well as arts camps, including visual art, creative writing, dance, drama/theater, film, music, and arts combinations for all ages, and sports camps, including baseball, basketball, climbing, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, multi-sport, and soccer camps. Check them out if you missed them! This week's post focuses on day camps, some specialty camps, and overnight camps. When I think of day camps, I think of a "classic" camp experience - all around fun, incorporating different structured activities, as well as lots of outdoor activities, and plenty of unstructured time for fun - the camps included in this post were selected based on their fit with this camp definition. Overnight camps included meet the day camp definition and have the added benefit of being sleep away camps. Specialty camps focus on a particular area or support specific groups of kids (girls’ empowerment, for example, or camps that focus specifically on programming for children with disabilities).

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Enriched Family Austin Summer Camp Special Feature (2019): Sports Camps

This is the third in a series of posts Enriched Family does annually on summer camps in the Austin area. Previous posts focused on science, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)/STEAM (STEM + art), and coding camps, as well as arts camps, including visual art, creative writing, dance, drama/theater, film, music, and arts combinations for all ages. Check them out if you missed them! This week's post focuses on a variety of sports camps, including baseball, basketball, climbing, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, multi-sport, and soccer camps. The next and final installment in this series will focus on all-around day camps and overnight camps. Watch the Enriched Family blog!

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Enriched Family Guest Blog Post for Alt Ed Austin--Summer Engagement Ideas for Teens

Hey y’all. I wrote a guest blog post for Alt Ed Austin, a great local organization which provides information and consultation services on Alternative Education resources in and around Austin. The guest blog post focuses on summer engagement ideas for teens. Here is a snippet:

In my work with families, I often hear how difficult it is for parents to ensure that their teenagers are engaged over the summer break. Many parents have pointed out that it is hard to find camps whose programming is tailored to this age group, and often teens think of camps as being for “little kids” and are therefore resistant to attending. In this brief article, I focus on several local summer teen engagement resources, including camps that offer Counselor-in-Training (CIT) programs, as well as suggestions for volunteer, internship, and job opportunities…

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Free Online Parenting Resource: The Happy Child Summit, April 8-11, 2019

I want to share a free resource that may be helpful to your family, a friend's family, or to the families you work with: The Happy Child Summit presented by GoZen! | Live Happy | and Engaging Education & Events. The Happy Child Summit builds on the science of positive psychology, helps you understand the latest research and gives you the practical tools that you can use and pass on. Experts will be discussing how you can help your children live happier, more fulfilling lives through the following themes: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement, Health & Vitality. Watch 20 experts offer advice, strategies, practical ideas and coping skills for your child and you!

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Enriched Family’s April 2019 Austin Activities List

Hi, friends! Spring is finally here in Austin. April is looking like a fun and engaging month — lots of free educational, arts, and cultural activities, as well as several camp open houses, a community health fair, and a children’s business fair. There are also quite a few activities this weekend - the end of March - including the Kite Festival, the Blanton Block Party, the Texas Night Sky Festival, and Honk!TX to name a few! Scan the list quickly to find those so you don’t miss out. Hope you enjoy Enriched Family’s April 2019 Activities List!

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Enriched Family Austin Summer Camp Special Feature (2019): Science, STEM/STEAM, and Coding Camps

Parents, it is that crazy time of year when we figure out the summer plan. Camps are already registering students and starting to fill up. In an effort to make your life easier, Enriched Family is doing our annual series of posts highlighting different types of summer camps in the Austin area. The first post was on arts camps, including visual art, creative writing, dance, drama/theater, film, music, and arts combinations for all ages. Today's post focuses on Science, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)/STEAM (STEM + art), and coding camps! The next post in the series will feature sports summer camps

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Enriched Family Austin Summer Camp Special Feature (2019): Arts Camps

This is the first in a series of posts I will be doing over the next few weeks focusing on summer camps in the Austin area. Today's post features arts-based camps, including visual art, creative writing, dance, drama/theater, film, music, and arts combinations for all ages. Next week's post will be devoted to Science and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) camps.

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Enriched Family’s March 2019 Austin Activities List

Hi, friends! March is looking like another entertaining and educational month in Austin. This month’s post includes lots of free educational, arts, and cultural activities, as well as a career fair, college fair, and camp fairs/open houses. Look for information on the Austin Rodeo and the Sherwood Forest Faire… as well as a variety of family-friendly dance, theater, and music performances (please note age recommendations). Hope you enjoy!

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*NEW* Weeknight Recipe Roundup - Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

I don’t know about you, but I am getting bored of our usual recipes and need some new cooking inspiration. When I was looking around for recipes, it occurred to me that it has been a while since I did a weeknight meal recipe roundup for the blog, so here you go! These recipes are perfect for weeknight dinners as they can be made in 30 minutes or less (active time). As I am vegetarian, I have included quite a few recipes that I have been eyeing, but there are also plenty of options for you omnivores. Check out the recipes & hope you enjoy!

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Enriched Family Spring Break 2019 - Austin Camp Roundup

Yep. Spring Break 2019 is only five weeks away! In an effort to make your life easier, I have compiled a list of camps offering sessions the week of March 18-22, 2019. While the list is not exhaustive, it provides quite a variety of options. I have focused in particular on including camps in different areas in or near Austin, with a variety of price points, and on full-day camps as much as possible, in addition to providing some options for little ones.

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February 2019 Activities List for Families in Austin

Hi, friends! February is looking like a fun and educational month in Austin. This month’s post includes lots of STEM activities, a camp fair, and a Black History Month Kid’s Day, as well as parenting support groups, cultural activities, and performances. Hope you enjoy Enriched Family’s February 2019 Activities List!

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Productivity and Organization Tips & Tools for Parents

Hey mamas and papas! Want to explore ways to create more order and harmony in your work and home life? I love helping individuals and families create practical systems that will make the days feel less rushed and more purposeful, including developing realistic household and family schedules that work; exploring block scheduling and other productivity approaches; creating easy family meal plans and meal prep strategies; and creating a variety of family systems such as household chore delegation, establishing daily routines, and creating positive behavior charts and daily routine task lists for children. I’ve compiled a quick list of productivity and organization tips and tools for parents below. The goal of these organization, time management, and productivity systems is to help you thrive in your personal and professional lives. Each tip and tool has been personally tested and has proven to be particularly effective in our family or clients’ families...

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Free Online Resource: The Bright & Quirky Child Summit, January 28-February 3, 2019

I want to share a free resource that may be helpful to your family, a friend's family, or to the families you work with: The Bright & Quirky Child Summit presented by Bright & Quirky, whose mission is to “ease the struggle for bright and quirky kids and parents, help them self-actualize with the help of experts in the fields of mental health and education, and inspire the hope that new ideas and possibilities bring.”

The 7-day summit will occur online January 28-February 3, 2019. Registration for the free summit gives parents links to watch the summit talks over the 7 day summit. Each talk is free and accessible for 24 hours from when it airs. Presenters include…

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Making Resolutions Stick Through SMART Goals

Tis’ the season. Whether you like New Year’s resolutions or not, everyone is talking about them. Some of us are doing great, while some of us have already given up. This week’s post focuses on making your resolutions stick. While I think it is great to set resolutions or intentions for the year, if you really want results, it is time to shift from resolutions or intentions to S.M.A.R.T. goals. Developed in the 1980s by management consultants as a business tool, SMART goals are now used by businesses, nonprofits, and individuals to set and achieve objectives.

The SMART acronym and system for developing goals is fairly straightforward. If you want to achieve something in any realm, set goals, and these goals should be S.M.A.R.T…

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Enriched Family New Year Organization Packages

Want to start off the new year more organized and clear about your goals and how to accomplish them? Book a discounted goal planning, decluttering, and systems creation session with Enriched Family in January or February!

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January 2019 Activities List for Families in Austin

Happy new year! As you transition back into normal life and are filling in your January calendar, be sure to check out Enriched Family’s January 2019 Austin Family Activities List. There are lots of fun activities and events to explore in Austin this month with your families.

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Enriched Family Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are a wonderful time to find thoughtful gifts for our loved ones, but this can also be overwhelming. With this thought in mind, I have created the first Enriched Family Holiday Gift Guide (for kids - up to tweens/teens). I know y’all know the list of toys that your kids are clamoring for, so I have focused instead on educational and experience gifts. I have tried to include gifts at a variety of price points. Please note, I have included links to Amazon (when available) simply for ease of finding and pricing the various gift ideas. Many of these gifts can be found locally as well…

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Enriched Family's Winter Camp Roundup

Wait, what??!! Only ~12 days until winter break?! It’s that time of year again when many parents are starting to sweat a little thinking of trying to get coverage for some of the 2+ weeks the kids are off for the holiday break. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to sign the kids up for winter camps! In an effort to make your life easier, I have compiled a list of some camps offering winter sessions below. In my experience, winter camps tend to be more expensive than summer camps, are harder to find for little ones, and often do not cover the full school break. I have tried to include camps in different areas in or near Austin, with a variety of price points, and a few options for littles.

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Enriched Family is Celebrating its First Anniversary with a Special Offer for New and Repeat Clients!

It is with great pride and gratitude that I announce that Enriched Family is celebrating its first anniversary! Thanks so much for coming on this ride with me and sharing your support, curiosity, and challenges. I am so grateful to be able to help families by providing them with the information, tools, and systems they need to organize and thrive.

In honor of Enriched Family’s first anniversary, I am extending a special offer to new and repeat customers…

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