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10 Creative Ideas To Make Family Reunion Unforgettable

10 Creative Ideas To Make Family Reunion Unforgettable

Family reunions aren’t always relaxing. In fact, oftentimes they’re downright stressful. With dozens of family members coming together and asking for entertainment, food, and a comfortable place to sleep – not to mention the usual arguments that are bound to arise – it can definitely be a little overwhelming at times.

But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Summer is coming up and it’s time to plan that enjoyable family reunion. With these ideas, you can have a successful family get together that’s at least tolerable – if not a blast!

1. Find a Large, Family-Friendly Location

Don’t try to squish all of your family into one house. That will only add to the stress and chaos. Instead, find a location large enough to host the entire family. For example, you might rent a series of cabins near a water park or reserve a large campground near a lake.

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2. Get Everyone Involved

To take some of the stress off your shoulders and make everyone feel they have a say in the family reunion, give each family a job and hold them accountable. Likewise, plan a variety of activities so that everyone has a way to participate. This will make everyone feel included and hopefully minimize the number of arguments.

3. Do Crafts

There are bound to be a few hours during the day when the kids won’t have much to do and they’ll drive the adults crazy. The solution? Plan a few crafts they can do in their spare time. It’ll keep them busy for hours!

4. Make a Family Movie

Unite the families by creating a family movie beforehand and reserving a night to enjoy it together. Collect photos and videos from each family and then use a free online video maker to put it together. Provide popcorn and theater candy for the family to munch on while they watch and enjoy the memories.

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5. Incorporate a Theme

Create a simple theme family members can refer to as they plan their reunion assignments. It doesn’t need to be wild or decadent, but it does need to be fun! Click here for some great family reunion theme ideas.

6. Give Out Silly Awards

Have a night devoted to being a little goofy, and hand out awards for silly things you’ve observed about particular family members. For example, you could hand out an award to the person who ate the most pie and one to the person who used the most duct tape. Just keep it light and fun and include as many people as possible.

7. Plan a Dynamite Menu

Food really is the key to bringing everyone together, and if the food is good, chances are people will be happy for the most part. If it’s in the budget, have it catered so that you don’t have to worry about it. Otherwise, spread the responsibility among various family members. Make sure there are plenty of snacks between meals as well!

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8. Make T-Shirts

Nothing unites a family like matching t-shirts, right? Maybe not, but it is fun. Ask everyone to wear them on one day of the reunion and take a group photo to commemorate the occasion.

9. Have a Treasure Hunt

This one doesn’t just have to be just for the kids. Whether you hide clues that lead to a big “pot of gold” or make a list of items to find on a scavenger hunt, family members young and old can delight in this silly, but thoroughly entertaining game.

10. Display a Family Tree

Finally, offer guests something both interesting and educational to enjoy in their spare time by displaying a family tree. Do a little family history research and present the photos and names of each generation on a large photo of a tree. Provide anecdotes to accompany the names and get all the family members involved. Learning about your heritage can be pretty entertaining!

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The success of your family reunion truly revolves around solid planning. With just a few great ideas for keeping the family entertained, this year’s family reunion could be the best one yet!

Featured photo credit: Horse Shoe Canyon Dude Ranch via horseshoecanyonduderanch.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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