Summertime is so much fun as the weather is usually nice and it’s nice to have bright and sunny days! However, the kids can get a bit restless if they aren’t entertained in some way.

Here are 10 ideas to keep the kids busy during summer break!

1. Make some crafts

2. Go the the Park or beach, if you have one nearby. Bring some drinks, snacks or a whole picnic basket!

3. Learn something new by reading books. Perhaps a step by step drawing book or an origami book would be fun.

4. Bake or Cook with them-have them help choose groceries. It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach them about the kitchen.

5. Take lessons such swimming, camp, karate, dance, art or music.

6. Schedule weekly Playdates with friends.

7. Make a Scrapbook

8. Visit a local attraction (amusement park, science center, zoo)

9. Plant some flowers, trees, herbs or vegetables together. It’s never too early to learn how to garden and growing your own food is an amazing experience.

10. Re-decorate their bedroom with them to express some new interests they may have

Have an amazing summer!

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How to Make a Simple Baby Blanket

by Marie on June 3, 2014

There are a lot of cute fabrics out there, and so many different things that you can make. Since my sister is pregnant with her second child, I thought it would be nice to make her a flannel blanket. It’s nice to always have a receiving blanket on hand, but some times they’re not big enough or as cozy as a homemade flannel blanket. Not to mention it’s a quick and simple project!

All you need is:

- 2 pieces of flannel 1.25 yards each (I picked 1.25 yards so that it would be a bit bigger than a traditional receiving blanket)

- matching thread

- pins

- sewing machine

- iron

So I picked out these 2 fabrics. Yes, you guessed it, my sister is having a baby girl!

I washed the fabric so that would eliminate some of the future shrinkage. Then I ironed it.

After ironing, I pinned the two pieces of fabric right sides together.

I sewed 3 sides completely. Then for the last side, I sewed and then left an opening that was about 4″ wide. The purpose of this opening is to flip the blanket right side out.

Prior to flipping it, I cut a 45 degree angle on each of the corners.

 

After which I flipped the blanket and pushed out each corner. I ironed each of the sides. Then I sewed a 1/4 inch border which at the same time sealed the opening that I had left.

Here’s the finished product. I hope that my sister and her baby like it!

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A Visit to the Rainforest

February 5, 2014

When the kids have a break from school, whether it is a weekend or a holiday, we like to take them to explore new places. Since it has been much too cold to go out and play in all of the snow we have, we decided to take them somewhere indoors. The Science Center was [...]

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Heart Shaped Cookie Favors

January 30, 2014

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I decided to show you how easy it can be to package heart shaped cookies in a fun way to give out to classmates, friends, family, co-workers or anyone else you would like to surprise with a treat! I normally package cookies in cello bags and tie them with [...]

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Amazing Green Smoothie Recipe

January 22, 2014

Image Source: Abe’s Market I am always trying to find ways to easily include nutritious foods into my everyday diet. Soups are an easy way to include them and so are smoothies. Smoothies are versatile since you simply blend them up and drink them anytime. The recipes are flexible and you can adjust them to [...]

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Easy DIY Favor Idea

January 16, 2014

When it comes to birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, bridal showers and other special occasions where party favors are necessary, the price tag on the event can get expensive. Keeping party favors simple, but sweet can save the party host a lot of money. Most guests would love a treat or something edible to take home so [...]

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Party Food On a Budget

December 26, 2013

Party planning can be a challenge if you are on a tight budget and also have time constraints. I always want to make everything myself instead of serving store bought food, but it isn’t always possible. It is time consuming and often just too tiring, so some compromise is always in order. I usually bake [...]

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Stained Glass Art Activity for Kids

December 19, 2013

Crafty activities are always popular in our house. The kids love to stay busy creating and decorating things. This tissue paper “stained glass” art activity was really enjoyable and simple too! All we needed for this activity were: stenciled paper Assorted Colors of Tissue Paper cut into 3-4 inch pieces Glue Sticks Kids Scissors We bought [...]

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How to Make Chocolate Cupcakes Filled with Peanut Butter Icing

December 12, 2013

Cupcakes are a fabulous year round treat, and since it is holiday season, I decided to dress them up in red and green. These chocolate cupcakes which are filled with peanut butter icing can be decorated in so many ways by simply using a different cupcake liner, a different color of icing and sprinkles. Pastels for Easter [...]

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Giant Cookie Lady and Gingerbread Man

December 5, 2013

I love baking during the holidays and I normally make individual cookies for each of my daughter’s classmates. However, this time I decided to make giant cookies instead. They were 15 inches tall and so fun to make! I used my huge gingerbread woman and man cookie cutter set that I couldn’t resist getting from CopperGifts. [...]

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