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.


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.


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!


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!


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!

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10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:


2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]


Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.


    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.


    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.


    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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