Friday, March 6, 2020

Busy Life? - 6 Fun Ideas To Engage The Family Remotely

So you're busy.  Super busy.  Aren't we all? Which makes managing your family life a major challenge. But it's also a major issue. We need to be there for our spouse, our children and parents. But being there is not enough. We need to live in the moment, engage them and above all be a source of inspiration and motivation. In other words, family life should be a colorful and wondrous experience. So the big question is, how do you manage it in order to enjoy it?

It seems the older the children get, the more they need. If just trying to survive were not enough, seeing to their needs often translates into spending more and more time on the job going after that time and a half and chasing overtime pay. Some parents try to compensate for being away from home by texting their children every few hours, and that o.k., but there's no substitute for actually being there with your family, getting to know them and engaging in meaningful bonding activities. So what do we do to engage them when we can't be there physically? Here are a few engaging ideas.

Establish remote projects and activities with your spouse and children and work on them every few days or so.  The idea is for each family member to work on the same project individually according to their own time schedule. Each time they visit the project they see what the other family member has done to contribute to its completion. It can take weeks or months to progress through the completion of the project, but the time spent with each one doing their part is well worth it. It makes each family member feel closer to the other. Most important, remember to leave those silly progress notes.

Here's a remote activities list to help you engage with your family even when you can't be there physically each day.

Remote Family Projects and Activities List

  1. Make a family quilt together. Cut several quilt squares from different pieces of material. Sew a square into a quilt. Perhaps the squares could be cloth prints pictures of family members when they were younger.
  2. Make a family pillow. The pillow could bear the insignia of the family surname and/or crest.
  3. Don't have a family crest. Make one up just for fun and let each family member contribute a part of the design.
  4. Play a multiplayer video game over a wifi network. It starts getting really fun when split the team into teams within one family. Play at a designated time on lunch breaks
  5. Plan all the details of a family vacation together by looking at a variety of videos together in conference mode. Videos can include information about the local, travel, activities, history, tours, and cuisine.
  6. Plan a fun-filled empowering family reunion with all the fascinating bells and whistles including genealogy, discovering homesteads, family history, family recipes, explore family culture, games and activities.


Feeling inspired? We're just getting started. List other projects and activity ideas you know your family will love engaging in remotely proving that though you're apart, you're still very much a part of their lives.

What, you don't have the family reunion planner?  Go to https://www.facebook.com/familyreunionapps/ to get more information on the most popular reunion planning web app available.


Prefer the printed book? Get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner, Guide, and Keepsake. An event planner with Genealogy Worksheets, Family Recipe Compiler, and Family Journal. Makes the ideal family heirloom to pass on from generation to generation. Get it at Amazon at https://amzn.to/2ToUxpn.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

The Family Reunion App - It's In There


After 15 years of development, Brenda and I are so proud of what Fimark's family reunion planning web app has evolved into. Over 10,000 families in America have used it! The family reunion planner, keepsake, history book, and heirloom along with the reunion planning web app have become a mainstay among inspiring planning guides for memorable
family reunion events. 
Is Everything In There? The Family Reunion Planning web app? Well, let's see...
1. Step by step event planning checklist? It's In There!
2. Task To-do list? It's In There!
3. Event invitation sender and RSVP reports? It's In There!
4. Reunion printable templates? It's In There!
5. Printable invitations and fliers? It's In There!
6. Event planning spreadsheet? It's In There!
7. Connect to all your family? It's In There!
8. Reunion planning ebook? It's In There!
9. Keepsake Family Reunion Memory Book? It's In There!
10. Genealogy Research Template? It's In There!
11. Family Line Template? It's In There!
12. Family Recipe Compiler? It's In There!
13. Inspiration? It's In There!
14. Family Reunion Poems? It's In There!
15. Family Reunion Survey Compiler? It's In There!
16. 5 Family Reunion Themed Planner? It's In There!
17. Theme Itinerary? It's In There!
18. Family Reunion Cruise Travel Planner? It's In There!
19. Family Reunion Fund Raising Ideas? It's In There!
20. Family Reunion Games and Activities Ideas? It's In There!
And yet there's so much more...

No wonder it makes a great gift!
Take the first step to bringing family together to experience something wonderful and real like no other event can. 

Plan your 2nd-millennium reunion and find your richest treasure - family. To learn more click "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner" to access this amazing reunion planning web app

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Inspiring 2020 Family Reunion Planning Ideas


Are you ready for the new year? The year Y2K2O marks the second decade of the 2nd Millenium on the gregorian calendar. It's a time to widen out, open hearts, draw closer while finding closure. It's a time to reach goals, move up and move on. It's a time to make memories to look back on with a smile and sigh. It's a time to do what best for you and your loved ones. That means it's the perfect time to throw a  memorable family reunion. Ready for some inspiration? Here are we go!

Fun and Meaningful Family Reunion Themes

Family Reunion Genealogy and Homestead Tour - A fulfilling experience marking family history with what was happening in the news, a homestead tour and some surprising genealogy discoveries with the help of DNA tracking.

Family Reunion Talent Show  - An opportunity to creatively express appreciation for family support, experience and wisdom.

Family Reunion Legends Ball - Gown and Black Tie Galla. A time to express appreciation and honor for the loving support of the elders in the family.

Family Reunion Fall Food Fest - A time of thanks and appreciation for your harvest bounty.
Family Reunion Cruise - Need we say more?

Year 2020
It's the perfect historic marker for your next family reunion. And 2020 will look great on your t-shirts, party favors, banners, and hats. So what do you need to do to start planning the best 2020 family reunion event ever?

Getting Started
Tips, tools, guides and organization planners can go a long way in helping you to plan, organize and manage your best reunion ever. So the first step is to find a reliable planning app. Web apps are highly recommended. They connect you to vital resources to download templates, documents and other apps like spreadsheet planners as well as ebooks and printables.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner
Fimark's reunion planner includes just about every app and resource guide needed to plan a wonderful reunion event. Check out these features:
1. Step By Step Checklist Planner with Tips and Planning Guide
2. Event Budget Planner
3. Reunion Travel Planner (Includes Cruise Planner)
4. Theme Planner with Itinerary and Dinner and Entertainment Programs
5. Event Costs and Savings Tips
6. Reunion T-Shirt Designer
7. Reception Hall Planner
8. Complete Reunion Departmental Instructions and Organization Worksheets
9. Spreadsheet Roster/Planner
10. Reunion Planning eBook
11. Event Planning Journal
12. Recipe Compiler
13. Tips, cost-saving guides, and practical event planning instructions

Get the ever-popular Fimark Family Reunion Planner ebook along with several reunion theme planners each with detailed itinerary and activities ideas? Plus a spreadsheet so you can plan your reunion your way? Start planning your reunion event using Fimark's Family Reunion Planner.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

How To Plan A 2020 Family Reunion


We are heading for what will be the most historic year since Y2K.  The year Y2K2O marks the second decade of the 2nd Millenium on the gregorian calendar.

Let's brainstorm some ideas together right now. Here are a few.

Family Reunion Genealogy and Homestead Tour - A fulfilling experience marking family history with what was happening in the news, a homestead tour and some surprising genealogy discoveries with the help of DNA tracking.
Family Reunion Talent Show  - An opportunity to creatively express appreciation for family support, experience and wisdom.
Family Reunion Legends Ball - Gown and Black Tie Galla. A time to express appreciation and honor for the loving support of the elders in the family.
Family Reunion Fall Food Fest - A time of thanks and appreciation for your harvest bounty.
Family Reunion Cruise - Need we say more?

It's the perfect historic marker for your next family reunion. And 2020 will look great on your t-shirts, party favors, banners, and hats. So what do you need to do to start planning the best 2020 family reunion event ever? Ideas, tips, guides and organization planners can go a long way in helping you to plan, organize and manage your best reunion ever.


1. Step By Step Checklist with Tips and Planning Guide
2. Budget Planner
3. Travel Planner
4. Theme Planner with Itinerary and Dinner and Entertainment Programs
5. Cost Savings Tips
6. Tee Shirt Designer
7. Reception Hall Planner
8. Complete Departmental Instructions and Worksheets
9. Spreadsheet Roster and eBook
10. Event Planning Journal and Recipe Compiler
11. Tips, cost-saving guides, and practical event planning instructions

Wouldn't it be nice to have all of this in one ebook along with a detailed theme planner with itinerary and activities all planned out? Plus a spreadsheet, ebook and web app package so you can plan your reunion your way?

In celebration of Family Reunion Planning Month, we are drastically reducing the cost of Fimark's Family Reunion web app from $69 to $39 for the next two days. To take advantage of this deep discount go to http://family-reunion-planner.fimark.net/index1.html to start using the most popular reunion planning web app available. 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Best Family Fall Fest Ever



As of September 23rd, the fall season has officially arrived. So what's the best thing about this time of year? Fall crafts, autumn leaves, harvest festivals, and good old fashion home cooking. We're talking pumpkin pie, squash pudding, pancakes, and maple syrup, hot nutmeg spiced cider, corn muffins, and gingerbread. Nothing like it. Getting inspired? Check out thousands of mouthwatering Autumn recipes at Pinterest brought to you by Fimark's family reunion planner.
Want more fall food fest inspiration? Fimark's Family Reunion Planner comes complete with a keepsake family recipe compiler and family journal. Even better, take down those recipes and plan a family food fest with the fall food fest family reunion planner! Check out Fimark's Family Reunion Planner eBook, and get a reunion planning spreadsheet here... Download the complete reunion planning web app and ebook here...

Did you Know? November is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month. What plans are you making to observe this annual event? Get ideas here...


Monday, August 26, 2019

The Secret To Making Time Stand Still

The Secret To Making Time Stand Still
The Secret To Making Time Stand Still


"My, how time flies.

We often wonder how time manages to get away from us so quickly and easily. Some theorize that time is just a mathematical equation that exists in the organic chronological mechanism of the brain. No matter the fact or fictional constructs of time we are always left feeling there just isn't enough of it. Is there a secret to making time stand still? This article reveals a few tips to slow the pace of time.

Remember when Grandma used to say, "Oowee! That child is growing like a weed!" And you replied, Mom, we prefer to say "growing like a plant, thank you very much." But, let's face it, the statement was true. 

"Turn around and she's two, turn around and she's four, turn around and she's a woman walking out of the door.- it's just a matter of time.

How can you stop the passing of time - make it stand completely still - hold it back long enough to squeeze and savor every special moment out of it before it all runs out? Five words. Celebrate the gift of life. A key to enjoying life as a family can  be summed up in  the following:


"Don't sweat the small stuff. Let life happen."

Celebrating life's milestones each and every day requires careful planning while recording the memories made, as much as you can. How?

1. Plan simple but memorable activities. 
2. Take time to discover your world as you never experienced it before.
3. Make a family bucket list and check off items as you go.
4. Proclaim anniversaries unique to you and your families experiences. On these anniversary days always take the time to look back.
5. Always take the time to acquire and hide small milestone gifts to be presented on every occasion.


They say history has a way of repeating itself. In many ways, today's challenges are much like the sixties and early seventies. Including social and political norms, fashion and the message in literature, media, and music. Even then a whole generation tried to slow the pace down for their own good. To paraphrase a song from the turbulent sixties: 



"Slow down, you move too fast. Try to make the feeling last." 


In other words, learn how to put your life on slo-mo, savor the moment and live in the present. And it's not as hard as it might seem? Here a few tips to slow the turbulent tide of time.
1. Always bring the camera along. "Looking back with photos make memories sweeter."
2. Make a large memory chest for keepsakes, memorabilia, and tokens of the day.
3. Keep a journal and record details and highlights of those special occasions. Capture the mood of the moment and quote words that were spoken.
4. Crafty and creative? Scrapbook it. Need we say more?

So what simple life events to record and recall? Tending the family 
garden, celebrating fall harvest time, enjoying a culture food fests, game night, movie night, family pool parties, picnics in the park, bird watching, pond fishing, trips to the zoo,  pet play, road trips, and our favorite, planning and enjoying a family reunion.

Once you begin planning and celebrating the many gifts of life and keep looking back on the good memories you made you will have found the secret to making time stand still and your days sweeter, memories fonder and lives seem somehow longer. 

Mark Askew is the co-author of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake and Guide book. See profile for details.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

How To Get Everyone Involved In Family Reunion Planning

A family reunion planner carries the torch handed on by the previous generation. Accept this opportunity with dignity and grace, for it is an honor and a great trust is bestowed. 

That means picking up where they left off. Some former reunions planners keep detailed notes regarding prior family reunion planning, organizing, and management. Consulting their notes, journal, and contacts can get you off to a good start.

Getting everyone involved can be a challenge. As my book, Fimark's Family Reunion Planner explains, be fully inclusive of members in your immediate household, siblings, cousins, parents, aunts, and uncles as well as extended family. 

Send out a survey with some suggestions regarding the reunion theme, itinerary, and associated activities. Ask for more feedback and openly commend those who contributed.

That said, plan activities everyone will enjoy. Above all, once everyone is on board form a family reunion committee and solidifying plans and activities as soon as possible.