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From the Editor – July 2024

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From the Editor RRP July

As a parent, what’s your birthday party style? Are you the type to go all out with a grand theme, a long guest list, and a plethora of decorations? Or do you prefer a more intimate gathering with just a few of your child’s closest friends, a single activity, and some post-party ice cream? Perhaps, like many of us, you find yourself somewhere in between. No matter where you stand on the spectrum, our Big Birthday Issue is designed to cater to your unique party-planning needs!

You’ll want to check out two helpful features to get your juices flowing for your upcoming year of parties. If you aren’t afraid of messy fun, you’ll find some super creative ideas in Cheryl Bannerman’s article, A Festive Mess. Here, she shares 17 activities for an unforgettable party that will keep all the kids smiling! Suppose that kind of clean-up doesn’t sound like your piece of cake (pun intended). In that case, Christina Katz explains how a slumber party can be easier and more affordable than you might think in her article, Save Time, Money, and Even Sanity by Hosting a Sleepover Party. Now that you have some ideas, flip to our Birthday Party Planner to discover local businesses ready to assist you with your at-home or around-town birthday party. You’ll find everything from cakes and treats to rentals and all sorts of places to party.

Our July Grands are the Greatest column features Leigh Anne and Mike Richards and their sweet relationship with granddaughter Stella. Nieves Anderson, Prattville mom, entrepreneur, and chef, is featured in Mom 2 Mom, where she shares tips for balancing home and work life, how she overcomes challenging parent moments, and how she feels about her oldest son leaving for college. And if your household is anything like ours, screen time is often on your mind as you try to guide your children through the world of social media, texting, etc. This month, Kristi Bush shares an important article on why Influencers Do Not Equal Experts.

As we celebrate the 4th, let’s take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the men and women who serve and sacrifice so that our families can be free and thrive. We appreciate you and your dedication. Stay cool until next month when we send you “Back to School” with articles to get the year started off right, plus our After School Activities Guide.

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DeAnne is the Editor and Co-Owner of River Region Parents who loves investing in her family, making lasting memories and deposits of love into each of their lives. As a wife, and mother of three, she understands the importance of having resources available to assist the family. That's why she's been passionate about publishing the best family content in the River Region.

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