Families

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back to school already?

Some anxious retailers are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra early. With good reason: Last year consumers spent more than $55 billion on back-to-school shopping, the National Retail Federation says. Many retailers are still nervous about consumer spending in a topsy-turvy economy.

That's one reason why Toys R Us' "Pack to School" sale on backpacks and lunchboxes started as early as July 1 in some parts of the country.

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New Daily Deal Web Site Coming to the First Coast

First Coast News is launching a brand new daily deal Web site called DealChicken

Here’s how DealChicken works: Consumers sign up to receive future daily deals by visiting www.dealchicken.com. The deals are sent to consumers’ e-mail addresses.

Once the site launches, you’ll get one amazing deal delivered to your inbox per day. These will range from excellent deals on food at some of your favorite restaurants, to massive discounts on a round of golf, tanning, etc.

Family Golf Month Encourages Families to Hit the Links and Have Fun in July

Family Golf Month Encourages Families to Hit the Links and Have Fun in July

Summer is a season to celebrate the family and Play Golf America encourages everyone to hit the course during Family Golf Month for a healthy and affordable way to spend quality time together. Family Golf Month promotes golf as a fun, family recreation by providing structured, yet casual, opportunities for families to learn the game. Throughout the month of July, PGA and LPGA Professionals at participating facilities nationwide offer reduced or no cost activities for golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Teen Financial Literacy Series at St. Johns County Public Library

The St. Johns County Public Library System is teaming up with the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants to offer another installment of the FREE Teen Financial Literacy Series. The one-day seminar is designed specifically for individual’s ages 15 to 20 and will be held at each branch of the Library between July 9th and August 13th.

Heat Safety: Avoid Becoming Dehydrated

Heat Safety: Avoid Becoming Dehydrated

With summer officially upon us, and as temperatures soar into the triple digits, Dawn Allicock, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the St. Johns County Health Department, reminds everyone take precautions against dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Wildfire Danger: How Can Parents Help Calm Their Children?

Wildfire Danger: How Can Parents Help Calm Their Children?

Massive wildfires continue to rage throughout Northeast Florida.  The chance of potential evacuations remains high.  Many children are seeing television or newspaper reports about the risk of wildfires. Because of these factors, the Florida Department of Children and Families is issuing expert tips from Child Guidance Center to help parents address their children’s concerns.

Five Ideas for the Family Grill-master

Five Ideas for the Family Grill-master

Call it the Father's Day predicament. We want to honor the fathers in our lives. But on a nice June weekend, we often want to celebrate with a cookout, so Dad ends up manning the grill and cooking his own dinner. Is that fair? Perhaps not. But here are five ways to sweeten the deal and lighten the load for the hard-working grill-master at your house:

1. Double down.

Just because your dad has a grill doesn't mean he doesn't want, even need, another. "Consider making him a multiple grill owner," suggests Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue Bible and several other books on grilling. If he has a gas grill (about 70% of U.S. grill owners do), consider giving him a charcoal grill. Along with the added cooking surface, Raichlen says, you'll get a better smoker than you get on any gas model. You'll also be giving Dad the not-to-be-underestimated gift of literally playing with fire.