88 Ways To Celebrate Summer Break With Your Family

 

How Will You Celebrate Summer Break With Your Kids?

Goodbye school, hello summer! 🙂

So school is finally over for our kids this year, and they could not be any happier.

Not that they did not enjoy school, on the contrary, they actually do!

But more so that they have been counting down the days for summer vacation to finally arrive and bid farewell to a job well-done throughout the year.

I could not even bear to bring it up that them that summer does not officially begin until June 21st. But they could care less and I cannot blame them for it.

If I were still a kid, I would probably feel the same way, wouldn’t you? They are just ecstatic to finally be home, relax, and of course-sleep in.

However, that also means less time for this Mommy to get her stuff done while her kiddos are running amok at home! What’s a girl suppose to do?

Make a plan! That’s what we’ll do!

So we sat down together (yep, the kiddos and I) and scribbled down:

1-what sounds good (marshmallows by the fire while watching the stars at night),

2-what we absolutely had to do (summer enrichment homework- ugh! 🙁 ),

3-what we should do instead, (making our own comic strips as inspired by Captain Underpants),

4- and what we can all agree on (making plans to do things together as a family).

We have all agreed that we are really good at this list-making-thing and also spending quality time together doing absolutely anything. 😛

That makes me happy and I am ever-so-grateful for it.

If you would like your very own free PDF copy of our “88 Ways To Celebrate Summer Break With Your Family,” you can download it to your device and print it out for your own use below.

 

 

 

                   88 Ways To Celebrate Summer Break With Your Kids:

A-Random Acts of Kindness:

1-bake & decorate cookies to give away as gifts to neighbors, seniors, friends, family, shelters, etc.
2-donate used toys, games, books, clothes to the homeless, hospitals, library, Goodwill, Church, etc.
3-volunteer at a women’s shelter, children’s hospital, clinic, or animal rescue center
4-host a dinner party or potluck
5-cook dinner for a random family, friends, or elderly neighbors
6-share your bounty with friends, family, or strangers
7-buy a meal for the person in line behind you
8-create a care package for the needy
9-Cook or prepare a meal for your parents
10-Offer to help wash the car, do hard work, fold laundry, sweep the floors, do dishes, or take out trash

 

B-Crafts:
11-make unicorn or glow in the dark slime
12-make friendship bracelets
13-recreate famous Art Masterpieces and display as artwork
14-make paper crafts like origami
15-make felt Crafts like stuffed animals
16-DIY your own fort out of cardboard boxes
17-make your own costume using materials around the house
18-reuse your Halloween costumes & play dress up

 

C-Games:
18-light show outside in the dark with glow in the dark bands, flash lights
19-water balloon fights
20-running through sprinklers & slip n slides
21-pillow fights
22-hopscotch in the driveway with chalk
23-chalk mazes in the driveway
24-chalk art in the driveway
25-laser tag
26-put put mini golf
27-bowling
28-amusement park
29-carnival and fairs
30-festivals and concerts
31-SkyZone trampoline park
32-Dave & buster’s
33-roller skating
34-water park
35-scavenger hunt
36-3 legged race
37-balance an egg
38-Simon says
39-bad Minton/ping pong
40-corn holes
41-soccer
42-volleyball
43-play cards or board games like Uno, Monopoly, Charades, Pictionary, or Clue

 

D-Education:
44-kids science experiments: volcano, tornado,
45-trip to the zoo
46-trip to the library
47-summer reading with Barnes & nobles
48-summer reading with half price books
49-trip to the museums (art, Childrens, history, botanical gardens)
50-trip to the planetarium
51-trip to the aquarium
52-take enrichment classes like coding
53-learn how to paint, draw, or sculpt with clay
54-learn how to play an instrument
55-take voice lessons for singing
56-take dance lessons
57-take a cooking class
58-take a self defense class
59-learn how to sew
60-plant a garden of flowers
61-grow your own produce
62-practice math skills
63-write to a pen pal in another country
64-crossword puzzles
65-sudoku
66-little things digital puzzles for rainy days
67-catch a caterpillar and watch its lifecycle
68-bird watching lifecycle
69-set up a lemonade stand to earn money

 

E-Family Bonding:
70-make a memory scrapbook journal of your summer experience
71-family game night (video games, cards, board games, or trivia)
72-family movie night
73-baseball game
74-go camping
75-go fishing
76-go to the beach
77-go to the pools/splash parks together
78-join a sports team
79-go water skiing, paddle boating, tubing
80-write thank you letters, just-becauses, birthday cards to family & friends
81-kids decide what to do day
82-assign a color uniform day
83-mismatch dress day
84-cook or prep a meal and/or dessert together as a family
85-camp in the backyard (s’mores, hot dogs, & hobo dinners)
86-plan a vacation/staycation together

87-go bike riding in the park together

88-pick a trail and go hiking

 

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How To Survive This Summer At Home With Your Kids

 

Ah, school is finally out and summer is in full swing at our household.

The weather is hot and the sun is shining.

There are pools to jump into and bikes waiting to be ridden by eager kids.

 

 

Are your kids driving you mad yet? Mine are! Lol

No one has time for schedules and appointments when there are way better things to do!

You know, like eating ice cream and watching movies all day long and even sometimes…

Dare we admit it?

All NIGHT LONG!

Mine were watching (who else) Captain Underpants on repeat for the 47th time!

 

Gretchen Rubin said, “the days are long, but the years are short. ”

 

 

And it’s true, because boy, have they flown by quickly.

Just like that, in the blink of an eye, they are out of diapers and are finally saying

their first words.

Blink again and they are running around the neighborhood with their friends and

can care less about coming home in time for dinner.

They will be grown before we know it.

So let’s all enjoy them and each other while we are all still young at heart.

 

So, now, after about a week or so of this, the boredom monsters start to creep their ugly heads

out and all you hear is:

“Mom! I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!”

 

Me: “What do you mean there’s nothing to do? There are a ton of things you can do. We even made a list of those things to do this summer, remember?

Kids: “Yeah, but we did those things already and now we’re bored.”

 

Does this sound familiar to you too?

If so, I have a solution for that down below, check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

After all, kids need structure and moms and dads still have to work and get things done around the house as well.

Unless we have clones to do it for us, that does not include entertaining our minions 24/7.

So what better way to help them figure out what to do than to decide together how to get them on a summer routine that will work for everyone.

 

Check out this freebie below.

 

I have created a Summer Schedule that is going to help you reign in your babies and bring order back to your household.

There are 2 versions of the Summer Schedule.

One has already been filled in with some of the routines that we have in our own household.

The other version is a blank one that you can fill in whatever works best for your household.

 

 

Some Tips To Help You Get Started:

-After printing out your Summer Schedules, you can slide it inside a page protector.

-You can also laminate it, and use it with a dry erase marker (to change things up per day)

-For instance, you can take it with you on vacation, and change up your routine easily with a swipe of your dry erase marker and keep everyone on task.

-This will give you a sense of order even when things change on a whim.

 

C’est La Vie (such is life)!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Streamline Your Entire Life So That You Can Finally Be Able To Enjoy It!

Get Instant Access to my freebie printable Daily Planner Sheet below!

 

Ever wonder what the difference is between you and that rich guy standing in front of you in the check out line at the store?

Why does it seem like everyone else is enjoying their day taking their sweet time, while you are running around looking like a hot mess like a chicken with her head cut off?

Why is it that you are always scrambling for time and you just can never seem to find enough time in your day to get it all done. So you rationalize by telling yourself that:

 

a.) Those folks just aren’t real! No one looks that perfect. Come on! That’s just a smoky mirrors trick!

b.) They don’t know the struggle! They probably have maids, a nanny, maybe even a butler or two?

 

Man, what I wouldn’t give to my very own Alice or Mr. Belvidere right about now. (sighs)

How do they make it look so easy and come out looking like a million bucks every day?

Then there’s me, I’m constantly rocking the “I give up,” look. I literally look like I got ran over by an 18-wheeler. I am just struggling to stay alive and keep it all together.

Some days it just seems like being an adult is literally like folding a fitted sheet. (I saw this on a t-shirt and it just about sums up my life!)

You know there’s got to be a super secret magic formula to it but you just can’t even wrap your mind around it somehow.

I mean something has got to give right? How do they do it all?

Aha! The answer is that they don’t!

How? Why? Because they streamline their lives with technology like smartphones and devices like Alexa, Siri, and automation subscriptions like Amazon Prime Delivery, and Audiobooks.

Automation (as in cold hard machinery like Alexa not sweet and lovable Alice from The Brady Bunch) is the secret sauce to looking like you just don’t care!

So if you want to start getting hip to the modern times and look like you seriously belong in this century. There are some must-have goals to get you on the right track to streamlining the chaos that is your life:

 


1- Daily Goals: whether you go old school by using paper & pencil and/or digital, plan to win by planning ahead. Currently, I am using both my Google calendar as well as my paper planner. We hve been getting several power outages this year and technology is not as reliable in my neck of the woods. Therefore, my handy dandy paper planner is always available to save me much-needed time and sanity in my day.
            -Digital Calendars: Google calendar, Apple/iCalendar, Cozi, or Asana

           -Paper Planners: The Living Well Planner, The Happy Planner

 

 


2-Meal Planning Goals: don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

-Freezer meals are the unsung heroes when it comes to saving your tummies and your wallets. They are cheap, efficient, and delicious if you cater to your own taste palette. Try: My Freeze Easy, Once a Month Cooking, or Eat At Home  

-If you’d rather have the convenience of an all-in-one meal plan and a choice of picking out your favorite dishes to cook your meals fresh from home, then try a meal delivery service like; (EMeals, BlueApron, HelloFresh, Plated, SunBasket),

-For free and seasonal meal ideas use store websites to plan a week’s worth of meals based on what’s on sale for your local store during that week. Stores like Kroger, Aldi, Meijer, & Walmart posts meal suggestions with pictures, ingredients, types of cuisine, and types of diet such as Vegetarian or Gluten to help you cater to your own family’s needs.

-To save even more cash, be sure to use a combination of rebates Apps like Ibotta, BerryCart, & Checkout 51, and store coupons, digital coupons, as well as printable coupons, and manufacturer’s coupons during your grocery trip.

-Grocery pickup (Walmart, Kroger pickups) and delivery options (Instacart, Amazon Prime or Pantry), shop locally and digitally at the same time with (green bean delivery service)



3-Cleaning Goals: multi-task, divide & conquer, and let go of perfection.

Baths: clean the walls of your tub or shower while you actually shower and you’ll kill 2 birds with 1 stone!

Kitchen: ill your sink with hot soapy water before your meal so that you are ready to tackle your dirty dishes while the stains are fresh and loose making it easy to rinse or jet load them right into the dishwasher for a quick rinse.

Toilets: spray after you go potty, put a multi-surface bleach cleaner under each sink so that you’ll always be ready to go (no pun intended)

Delegate: divide and conquer, enlist your army of munchkins and colonel hubby to help out.

Beat the Clock: set a 15 timer so that you can sneak in a quick work out when you try to beat the clock while you clean, finally check it off on your calendar/planner. (If that won’t do, try the 4, 5, or 7-minute workouts on YouTube, they’re wonderful! Every little bit only helps you get even closer to your goal!)

 


4-Personal Finance Goals: Do you know how much you’re spending, down to the penny?

-Set a budget and do It often with free digital apps like mint, personal capital, digits, or you can use budget spreadsheets or even plain old paper & pencil as long as you are diligent about assigning a category for every dollar.

-Want the next coolest toy? Figure out what you can cut from your budget. Make a line item for your specific need/want. Assign a deadline & make it a savings goal. Think ahead and plan for a future use, trade a service or go halfsies, or flip and sell an unwanted item to get quick cash for your new toy.

 


5-Relationship Goals: “Life is short man! Make your moments count.”  “Love like you’ve never been hurt before.” It doesn’t have to mean expensive gifts or exotic trips. Simply spending time together as a family and avoiding toxic people and/or situations. Go on a bike ride together. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores while stargazing. Play a game of Monopoly. Cook with your spouse and kids. They love to help, so let them, and show them how much you appreciate it when they do! (See #8!)


6-Fitness Goals: If you’re trying to shed some unwanted pounds, try the free version of the Lose It! App. It allows you to track your weight, track your meals by calorie intake, and your physical activity. Remember to drink lots and lots of water (think close to a gallon a day!), and replace your regular meals with veggies instead of meats. Weigh yourself each morning, and exercise at least 30 minutes daily, while listening to your favorite podcast or watching your favorite show with your family. Kids are a great motivator when you are trying to lose weight because they are full of energy and they just cannot get enough of your attention.

 

 


7-Education Goals: Read something fun for at least 20 minutes, instead of watching TV. You’d be surprised at how much more productive you are as well as how much more you’ll learn in the process. We are using our kids’ favorite pastimes (such as their devices and video games) as a treat for the time they put into doing their homework because they seem to have a natural aversion to it. Just like we tend to have a natural aversion to exercise. 😉 I like the Little Things App, listening to kindle/audiobooks & podcasts, watching YouTube tutorials & webinars on Udemy, Khan Academy, while I am working out.



8-Whatever you do, do it together! Pick a fun project and do it together as a family. Then randomly choose someone who’d enjoy it and gift it away to them!

 



So go forth and win at life and then pay it forward!

Want to add more fun back into your hectic schedule and enjoy more time for yourself and your family every day? You can do that by getting instant access to my free printable Daily Planner sheet below.

Enjoy!

 

 

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The purpose of this blog is to provide insight and enjoyment only. I am not nor do I claim to be an expert or professional in any manner. All opinions are 100% my own. Please do not copy any content from my website without my prior permission or written consent from me. However, you may link directly to my post for reference and to give credit.

 

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The 5 Amazing Benefits of Milk Jugs That You May Not Know About Yet

 

My family consumes a ridiculous amount of milk on a weekly basis.

And for you comic aficionados reading this, think Galactus consuming mass amounts of planets.

Yeah, that’s how we consume milk in this family…

Thus I have amassed a ridiculous amount of milk jugs in my possession.

Cues music by Kelise: “My milk jugs brings all the boys to the yard…” 

Have I piqued your interest yet? If not, carry on with your day and let’s pretend you did not just read that out loud.

But if so, great, read on… 😉

And because of this, I have decided to make the best out of this plastic predicament by doing what I do best, by collecting them.

Hey, if you can’t beat them, collect them, right?

  Why would anyone want to collect milk jugs, you might ask?

  Is this woman off her rocker?!

  And to that, I would say,

Why, to hold water, of course!

What on Earth for? Might you ask?

Why to water my flowers and my veggies! (It most definitely IS NOT for bringing any boys to this yard, that’s for sure! 😉 )

 Yep, that’s my answer and I’m sticking to it, for now.

At least until they get busted.

Because after all, they are made out of plastic, and plastic doesn’t last forever, amirite?

In my attempt to live a greener, thriftier, healthier lifestyle, I am all about collecting and holding on to these milk jugs because:

  1. As of writing this post, I am a stay at home mom of 2 kiddos living off of my hubby’s single income.

2.  I want to lead by example and instill in my kids the value of living green and protecting our planet.

3. I am thrifty  (aka cheapskate). Since our water bills are generally more expensive in the summertime due to the hot weather coupled with our desire to maintain a robust growing season. It just made perfect $ense (pun intended) for us to conserve the grey water from our washing machine.

[Note: At the time of living in our previous house, we were lucky enough to have the washing machine dispense water into the laundry basin/utility sink. That made it much easier for me to fill up my milk jugs directly from the hose.]

4. I want to show my kids and lead by example that it is possible to live well and do so within our means by not spending money on unnecessary things. Find ways to stretch out your usage and reuse and recycle items for other purposes other than what they were originally intended.

5. I get a great work out from going back and forth to collect the water and hand watering the garden myself rather than relying on a garden hose. I get to kill 2 birds with 1 stone, or rather “fill two needs with one deed,” (is what my husband likes to say). I get to work out while my flowers and produce gets to reuse water that would otherwise be thrown down the drain anyhow. I think of it this way, if it’s all going down the drain anyway, then why not recycle it in your plants. The folks in California would gladly nod their heads to this in unison.

Here is how I use the milk jugs:

If you feel inclined to do so, take the caps off and drill a few holes in them. And there you have it, your very own version of a DIY watering can.

But- if you don’t care about whipping out a tool, then don’t worry about the drill. The purpose of drilling the holes in the caps is to control the water flow in your milk jug.

I’ve done it both ways: drilling the holes in the caps, and just leaving it as is. And what I’ve found is that it really doesn’t matter.

Your plants will love you for it despite the little holes and they will return the love with beautiful blooms and gorgeous fruit.

 

Label 1 jug for my Produce (fruits and veggies):

  • Whenever I wash my produce, (usually on the same day that I go grocery shopping) I would wash and cut up my fruit and veggies and put in baggies or plastic containers and plan out our meals for the week.

 

  • I only save the rinse water that I have just washed my produce with inside the milk jugs labeled:                                                                                                          For Fruits & Veggies ONLY.

 

  • I only use those particular jugs that are labeled: For Fruits & Veggies ONLY, to water the fruits and veggies that I grow in my organic garden. (This is my preference but you can use whatever you would like to use that is safe for yourself and your family, to each their own.)

 

  • Quick Tip: If your kids are helping you water your garden, draw a picture of some fruit on the label: For Fruits & Veggies ONLY, so that they can quickly identify which is which. This was especially important when my kids were toddlers and did not know how to read yet. Even still, they were eager to help in any way they could and they were proud to be able to do some small task on their own! 😉

 

Label another jug for my flowers:

  • Now, whenever I do my laundry, I save the rinse cycle water or grey water and collect it in my milk jugs.

 

  • This grey water is only to be used solely for the purpose of watering flowers. (Not to be confused for the other jug, again, this is my preference only here as well. But you can do whatever suits you and your family.)

 

  • These jugs are labeled: For Flowers ONLY, I would also draw a picture of a flower on these jugs with a sharpie, so my kids can quickly tell the difference.

 

  • The reason why I separate them by label and by cap color is so we do not use the wrong jug to water the wrong things.

 

 

  • I use a capful per gallon of water of liquid feed fertilizer every two weeks to treat my flowers and it helps them maintain their blooms even longer throughout the spring, summer, and even well into the fall. (I try to keep them alive through Thanksgiving, weather permitting some years.)

 

It’s a very cheap and effective DIY project that cost you nothing more than the cost of the milk that your family would otherwise consume anyway. 

What otherwise would have ended up in the dumpster, now has yet another purpose. 

Yay you, kudos! ☺

You’ve just done your part in helping to save our planet, thank you! 😉 

I am curious about how the rest of the world recycle, reduce, and reuse. Here are some more ideas around the web to help you figure out what to do with all those milk jugs:

http://cooldiyideas.com/16-creative-ways-to-reuse-and-upcycle-milk-jugs/

http://www.wrappedinrust.com/18-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-milk-jugs/

What are some of the ways that you and your family have started to implement in your own homes?