Hint: It's all about the simple stuff.

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smiling mom and kid snuggling in blanket
Photography by Chris Craymer/Trunk Archive
| Credit: Photography by Chris Craymer/Trunk Archive

"It's all about the simple stuff: we go to the movies and play board games. And I make homemade sweet treats that everyone eats!" —Marsha Davis

illustration of bicycle
Credit: Illustration by Joel Holland

"Ever since all three kids  were itsy-bitsy, we've  taken them on bike rides all over  the place. Now that they're  full-fledged adults, we still go  biking whenever we can." —Mitzi Lea



"My 13-year-old  daughter  has Down syndrome,  and food is her love  language. We have  spent our best times  cooking together in  the kitchen or trying  new, adventurous  dishes at restaurants." —Jenny Thompson

dog illustration
Credit: Illustration by Joel Holland

"My family includes four  rescue dogs (who have  plenty of energy!), so we like to  hit the trails, play with them in  the backyard, or visit their  grandparents whenever we can." —Holly Hummel


"We have a bookathon. This summer, it's been extra exciting because my daughter is participating in a 1,000-books-before-kindergarten-challenge. When we are done with the books we buy, we share them with the neighborhood by putting them in our 'free library' in front of our house." —Melodie Latraille

fish drawing
Credit: Illustration by Joel Holland

"Fishing with our  boys—away from video  games and devices, just enjoying  the peace of the lake—is a fun  activity we can all do together. And it teaches them patience." —Erin Lorenz



"We always  try to have  a family meal at the  kitchen table with no  TVs or phones—just  conversation. It's the  best part of the day!" —Mellie Tulo

"My family loves to cook together. Some recipes are total keepers, while others don't make the A-list. One of my faves is meatless eggplant meatballs. My husband said, 'No way they'll taste like meatballs,' and then he tried them. Now they're a family favorite." —Char Wright