Summer Ideas to Strengthen Your Family Bond

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Summer is just about swinging into action at the time of writing, with warmer than usual temperatures and the school holidays just about to start.


As a family, you should look for ways to be together. This isn’t always easy during the rest of the year when you’re at work, and the children are studying, so it’s worth making the most of the extended time you will have together.


You probably have your own ideas for the summer, but if not, we have some suggestions for family bonding.


Take a road trip

Road trips can be a lot of fun; it’s just you, your family, and the open road. While you could take the car, you might also want to afford yourselves a little more space with an RV. Visit for some worthy examples for your ride. An RV will also grant you accommodation, so while we will be advocating camping in a moment, this might be your better option if your family prefers a few home comforts.


The benefits of road trips are many. You can tell each other stories and have singalongs while you’re on the road. You can move at your own pace, stopping wherever you think there might be something interesting for you and your family to look at and experience. And you can be up close and personal with God’s creation, and that might strengthen the faith you might share as a family. So, if you are looking to go on vacation this year, you might consider these benefits, alongside the reasons listed at on why you should take a family road trip.


Go camping

Camping gives you the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Being out in the wilderness, you will be away from the usual distractions that can sometimes break up opportunities for bonding, such as the television and cell phones, and you will have more time to connect with one another amongst the beauty of nature. Camping gives you the opportunity to talk to your kids, whether that’s under the stars at night, or when you’re all embarking on a hiking trail through the wilderness. You will have time to play games together, be that something active outdoors, or playing a board or card game when you are tucked up in your tent. Here are some game ideas to give you inspiration; And you will have the opportunity to spend more time in the fresh air, so not only will you increase family bonding, but you will also experience the health benefits of the great outdoors too.


Have fun at home

You don’t need to wander too far from home to have bonding time with your family. You might play board games at home, have barbecues in the garden, and take part in outdoor activities such as den building and nature walks, as we suggested here at You might also have movie nights, tucked up together on the sofa, or if the weather is warm, you could put up a screen outdoors and watch a film and eat popcorn from the comfort of your garden. Ask your kids for their ideas too, and perhaps create a summer bucket list of things you can do together. Memories will be created, family bonding will be strengthened, and you will all have a wonderful summer.


Take care, and thanks for reading!

Film-Themed Presents That Add Big Screen Magic To The Holiday Season

With the winter holidays on the horizon, the time has come to start thinking carefully about presents. (The best part of the whole holiday experience). And what better way to show people you care about them than by choosing themed gifts based on their love of film?


Take a look at some of these ideas.


Replica Oscar Trophy




No, your loved one probably isn’t going to be winning any Oscars for their films any time soon, but that shouldn’t stop them from dreaming, should it? A replica Oscar trophy can help your loved one imagine that they really have made a contribution to film and accepted an award in Hollywood for their efforts.

Okay, sure, replicas aren’t made from real gold either – that’d be too darn expensive. But the electroplated gold sure does make them look real enough.


Minions Union Suit




When Despicable Me hit the big screen, few people thought that it would be as popular as it was. But the animated film franchise following the adventures of criminal mastermind Gru and his minion underlings soon became a classic. Now you can barely go five minutes without one of the films being shown on TV.

Minions, a spin-off film featuring the small, yellow bespectacled and somewhat disaster-prone creatures, also became a box office hit and spawned a raft of merchandise, perfect for the film buff you know. Shops like TV Store Online sell Minion-themed uniform union suits, complete with minion-face hood.


Darth Vader Mug

Darth Vader is perhaps one of the greatest characters ever to grace the big screen. With his rasping breath and evil mask, he’s truly a frightening sight to behold. But that doesn’t mean that he isn’t loved by film buffs the world over.

A Darth Vader mug is every Star Wars fan’s dream, and will undoubtedly be their favorite mug, come Christmas day.


A Popcorn Maker



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Cinema popcorn is expensive. Even with combos and meal deals, you often end up spending more on food than you do on the tickets to see the actual film. But all that could change if every person in the land owned a popcorn maker: a device that could accurately recreate that cinema feel, but without the extortionate price tag.


It turns out that such devices do indeed exist and can be found in major retail outlets up and down the country. Just make sure that you buy one that’s dishwasher-safe. You don’t want any nasty surprises.


Amazon Fire With Alexa

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just talk to your TV and it would show you whatever you wanted to watch? Well thanks to Alexa voice integration with the Amazon Fire Stick, you now can. Just sit back, shout at the TV, and it’ll show the film buff in your life whatever he or she wants to watch. Oh, and you might benefit just slightly from this modern marvel of technology too if you happen to live with them.

So there you have it: gifts for the film buff in your life to bring some of that big screen magic to the holiday season.