Family, Making Memories

10 Classic Games for Family Game Night

If you are looking to spend more time together as a family, try a family game night! This post includes 10 of our favorite games for family game night. Check it out!

One of my goals here at the Surly Housewife is to encourage families to spend time together. Family time does not have to be as elaborate as a family vacation. It can be as simple as a family movie night or a night at the drive-in. Simple, inexpensive, and fun!

That’s why I love family game night. Playing games together as a family is as simple as it gets. Plus it’s a great way to bond, learn, and have fun.

If you have a super competitive child, game night can be down right awful. Which is why I suggest classic board and card games. One, because they are usually quick. Even if a child loses there is plenty of time to play another round and give others a chance to win. And two, parents more than likely know how to play the game so explaining the rules is a breeze. read more

Family, Making Memories

How to Choose Outfits for Family Photos

Three easy tips to help you choose outfits for family photos!

How to Choose Outfits for Family Photos

I’m a huge advocate for taking family photos. Our family has a yearly tradition of taking family portraits. I treasure these photos because as Jodi Picoult once said “This is what I like about photographs. They’re proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.”

But taking family photos can be stressful. Finding the time, the money, the location, and the outfits! Picking out the perfect outfit for each of your family members that makes them look and feel great can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be! I have a three-step system that I use to coordinate our family outfits. Let me tell you about it. read more

Family, Making Memories, Parenting Tips

Minimalist Travel

Minimalist travel: surviving a road trip in a Mini Cooper.

minimalist travel

In February of 2016, our family hit a fun milestone. Our first family vacation! We spent a week and half in sunny Florida with my parents. We visited Daytona Beach and ended the week in Orlando visiting Disney World! It was an amazing time, but it wasn’t without its challenges. You see, we don’t own a van or an SUV. We went to Florida and back in a Mini Cooper. You read that right. A Mini Cooper with 5.7 cubic feet of cargo space plus 2 adults, 2 kids, and 2 booster seats. So as you can imagine, I know a little bit about minimalistic travel 😉 read more

Family, Making Memories

Tips for Choosing a Movie for Family Movie Night

Family movie night doesn’t have to start with a fight. Use these tips and ideas to make the night drama-free.

Family Movie Night

One of the hardest things about having kids, besides like actually raising them of course, is not being able to have your fun regular date nights. My husband and I used to LOVE going to the movies. We would see the new Harry Potter movie the day it came out. After work, we would head to the theatre and wait in line to make sure we would have good seats. A couple of times we drove 2 hours away to see the extended Lord the Rings version in a movie theatre! Insanely geeky, but it was an excellent time with friends. read more

Family, Making Memories

Drive-in Movies | Fun for the Whole Family

Going to a drive-in movie should be on every family’s bucket list.

Drive-in

Oh my gosh people!! I am so excited for summertime. Endless days at the pool, park days with friends, fun library programs, and best of all the drive-ins are open!!! One of my favorite summer traditions is going to the drive-in with my family. We are so lucky we have a drive-in close to us. But even if you don’t, I think going to a drive-in movie should be on everyone’s summer bucket list.

Did you know there are drive-in theater’s are almost in every single state? I used the website drive-ins.com to search all across this great county of ours and only 4 states don’t have a drive-in. Drive-ins.com is a great place to start if you are unsure of where to find a drive-in. read more