Here are some of my more recent outfit put-togethers. I love to mix and match favorite or key pieces and combine patterns when I can. Hope this collection helps get some creative juices flowing for how to make the most out of your closet!! Thanks for coming buy, you beautiful Woman!
Make smoothies after they’ve been playing outside! Here’s my dreamsickle smoothie recipe!
Play with water toys outside… even if that means a kid ends up camping out in a bucket of water! Lol… The dollar Tree store is a great place to get cheap water toys!
Make homemade pizzas! These I found at the Dollar Tree for a buck. Way cheaper than grocery stores, and the ingredients are actually healthier than many I’ve seen!
Teach them how to garden, or simply how to water yours! (or how to weed… 🙂 )
Play outside on the playground!
Have your older ones teach your younger ones a new skill!
Make homemade popcorn! If you don’t have an air popper, you can do so by putting 1/4 cup popcorn seeds in a paper bag, fold the top down, and microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until there is 1 to 2 seconds between pops. Flavor with melted butter, sugar and salt for kettle corn.
Watch a movie and eat your popcorn together! Make it a snuggle-fest!
Arrange with friends or family to be pen-pals! Have fun writing/sending packages and letters, and send books to your friends! Its a fun treat for the summer!
Ride bikes together!! (No the little one isn’t mine. 🙂 )
Go eat lunch with a sibling who is still in school for the year, or at some new location where you don’t normally eat. Go eat lunch with Daddy at work if you can!
Make edible fishing poles!
Go take pictures in silly places!!
Take them to church! Or, summer VBS programs are quite popular during July and August typically. See if your local church is doing one, and participate! The kids love it!
Make elegant treats to enjoy and to share with someone else!! CHocolate dipped strawberries are actually very easy to make, and here’s a tip: if you melt some Andes mints in with it, or drop a couple drops of peppermint oil in the chocolate, it takes them up a whole new measure!!
Enjoy a special treat you don’t get very often! Here, we were doing our donut for breakfast tradition when we have a birthday. But, you don’t need a birthday to celebrate with a donut! Find a holiday and make a fuss about it! Even, find what random holidays are happening that week, and cater your week to celebrate new things, and digging in to the history behind them and learn new stuff with fun random holidays!!
Have a pizza party! Invite some friends and make it a play date! In this case, we had fifty of our college kids over after a baptism. 🙂
After a graduation or special accomplishment, treat them to Dairy Queen. (also something we don’t often do. I’m seeing a trend of fun around food here, though… let’s switch it up.)
EXERCISE!! (work off all that food we just ate! Lol…) My boys love to ride bikes for exercise, go on walks, or play in the back yard. Anything works, just get moving! Dance party anyone??
Plant some salad! This is both my salad containers (there’s two stacked- only $1 at the Dollar Tree!) and salad seeds. Salad grows soooooo easily, and grows back so fast, I’m hoping to have a regular supply in my yard. The others are flowers I’m going to plant to hang in the front yard. But, have the kids help, and teach them a little about gardening on the way!
Go grocery shopping! 🙂 You heard me, take them to the store with you, but make it fun (like HEB is so good at helping with by providing racecar carts) and teach them about how to choose between brands based on quality, size, price, etc. Their wives (or husbands) will thank you. 🙂
Go to the GYM! If you have a gym membership, this is a great way to kill two birds with one stone! If you don’t, see if a local gym has childcare (mine has a great one!) and most gyms offer a week free… Enroll for a free week and enjoy a week of fun at no extra cost! (The above picture are the cool chairs in the gym lobby, and my son insists EVERY TIME on having me take pictures of him in every chair in the lobby. LOL!)
Play with Chalk! Have them write special messages for someone they love, or for each other!
Go see Grandma and Grandpa and give them some loooove!! 🙂
Play dress up!!
Do a photo shoot with the kids! They love this, especially if they know you’re making their photos fancy. AND, if you get some good ones, you can blow up the photos and turn them into wall art. This one is a particular favorite of mine, that I plan to do for the boy’s room when I redo it.
Remember our birthday donut tradition? This was a birthday celebration for SHiloh. Celebrate a birthday, or an UNbirthday!
Have them help you do dishes! 🙂
Take them somewhere they’ve never been. (perhaps its a theme for us, having foodie stuff, because I have all boys. Boys and food always make for a good time. 😉 )
Go play with your cousins… or your friends, in their pool. POOL TIME!!!
Play some board games. Connect Four is a great one for even little guys…
Teach them some household chores! Judah is learning to iron… well, actually, he already knew and was doing it when I turned around here, but hey, all that to make the point, they can totally learn this pretty young and can help you with chores earlier than we might think!
Take them to the local park! Makes for great fun! But do it when its maybe not so hot, like early morning or evening.
Dress up time!!
The bathtub can be a wonderful place for fun! Throw in some new water toys or bathtub toys or even kitchen utensils, and let them have fun!!
Take them to a local theme park. This one is “Gator Country” that is a trademark stop off for tourists visiting south east texas. They learned about all sorts of alligators and reptiles, and it made a good memory. 🙂
Do crafts!! Or rather, in this case, WEAR your crafts you made at church! LOL…
Play with the wagon… however your imagination permits!
Take a NAP!! Yesss…. Mommy’s favorite. 🙂
Cut their hair yourself! This was Shiloh’s first haircut. It was a wiggle fest but still turned out pretty good. 🙂
Let them garden with you, as stated before. Sorry, pictures got out of order here. But as you can see, they enjoy it. 🙂
Give them a good foot massage! This is a fuzzy chart, here‘s where I found it.
For MORE ideas to do with the kids, check out these two other posts that you will love. 🙂 Enjoy your summer, and enjoy your children!! Memories are such a sweet blessing we can give to our children!!
I recently discovered a new favorite smoothie recipe! I work out, and so I try to eat protein shakes frequently throughout the week, and I’m always looking for a new recipe that doesn’t TASTE like a protein smoothie. This one is a winner!! And, in honor of Memorial day, I used my festive American Flag cup. 🙂 Onto the smoothie…
It is soooo good, I’ve been having one every day for like two weeks now! And, even better, it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients. Now, there are a variety of ways you could do this. I add protein powder to mine, as well as grapeseed oil (you can add any kind of plant-based oil for belly flattening help- only 1 TBSP though!) And, I use natural sweetener and fat free milk to keep it light, but here is the basic gist for what will make a dreamsickle-y smoothie:
-1 Cup Orange juice
-1/4 cup milk to cream it up
-1 tsp vanilla flavor
-sugar to taste
-icecubes to thickness desired. (more ice, thicker smoothie. Less ice, more straw-friendly)
-1 cup orange juice
-1/4 cup fat free lactose free milk
-generous splash of vanilla flavoring
-3 to 4 packets (I like mine sweet!!) of Truvia, Pure Via, some other natural sweetener. Agave syrup is great too!
-Most of a scoop of vanilla protein powder.
-1 Tbsp grapeseed oil (at your grocery store on the oil aisle), or coconut oil. Most of these oils are under $6.
-1.5 cups ice-cubes (I like mine thicker)
We did some reading, to work their brains. My oldest (7yrs) is the only one who can actually read fluently, so he read some books he got for his birthday, and the middle two (3 & 5 yrs) read the read-along books in separate rooms so their audio wouldn’t bother anyone. I set the timer for 20 minutes, but was pleasantly surprised when they wanted to continue reading until 30 minutes! Yay!! My three year old was amazingly satisfied with his reader, and read all three books on it I’d given him. I was like, “Score. WE are doing this again!!” The baby jumped in his jumper while I folded laundry at the kitchen table. I’d post a picture of that, but it would likely make you stress over the laundry you may also have to do, so for now, we will pretend laundry is not a part of the equation.
FUN FRIDAY ACTIVITY: Our fun activity today was balloon basketball!! We blew up little water balloons, gave them pool noodles and a laundry basket and let them try to hit them into the basket. It was a little harder to do than I thought it would be, but they still had fun with the elements given to them. The baby wanted to help, but we had to put that to a stop real quick. NO CHEWING ON BALLOONS FOR THE BABY!!
Other than that, we did a little work in the garden. Some watering, some pruning, some admiring. Here is our day!! Happy Summering!!
After a summer of chaos and stress last year, I decided this summer would be different but I had no idea how!! With four little ones between one and seven, honestly, I was quietly dreading the chaos of summer, until I came across this woman’s BRILLIANT plan! I adapted it for our family of course, and so far it’s been great!! Here is the basic gist:
Every day, MORNING consists of a similar routine including doing things that accomplish these four goals:
1. keeping our BODIES healthy through exercise, riding bikes, taking walks, go to the gym, etc.
2. Keeping our MINDS healthy through reading books, both together and individually, and utilizing the library summer reading program. We also do Spanish lesson games and other learning games.
3. Keeping our SPIRITS healthy thru scripture memory (our goal is to have prov 3 done this summer) and devotion time.
4. And keeping our HOUSE CLEAN. The boys are perfecting and learning new chores and old chores. They can do a lot at their ages!
After these four priorities are accomplished for the day, we will eat lunch and tackle that day’s themed activity. I spent a couple weeks on Pinterest scouring my boards and sorting ideas into the five categories that the weekdays break into:
1. Make it Monday– making, creating, cooking, crafting, DIYing. Make stuff! Try to make it a learning experience.
2. Trip-it Tuesday– go somewhere! Anywhere! Library, park, fire station, etc. learn something in a new setting!
3. Get Wet Wednesday: water games, pool time, anything wet-fun!!!
4. Think it through Thursday- this will be a day for neat science experiments, doing research on interesting subjects, learning Spanish, or working on their age appropriate life skills. This chart I just linked there is soooooooo helpful!! Save it!!!
5. Fun day Friday!!! Whatever fun thing we want to/planned to do together that day.
Ok, now that you have the outline, I’m going to post as often as possible this summer to let you know how our plan is working and so you can keep up with different summer ideas we may try.
Last week Friday fun day was their first summer day, and we went to cousin Elijah’s house to swim, eat pizza and homemade icecream. They had a blast!
TODAY WAS MAKE IT MONDAY!!
I found a air popper popcorn machine at Ross for $7.99 and snatched it up!! We celebrated make it Monday with homemade kettle popcorn, and we snuggled up on the living room floor with pillows and blankets to settle in and watch an hour of Curious George. Here are the pictures from our Monday.
This was another idea I got from Pinterest. It worked out great, was easy to do, and cheap!! I got twizzler pull and peels, pirouline cookies and gummy worms all at the Dollar Tree. I would recommend getting the longest twizzlers possible!
With end of the year fun comes lots of little treats needing to be made for classroom friends and end-of-the-year parties. I have two kids in school , both with birthdays this month too, ironically enough! So, since I feel like I always have to scour Pinterest for ideas for stuff, here is the inspiration for this project, though mine is a different twist. Here
-sandwich ziplock baggies
-yarn to tie things off
Lets get started…
If you have an eager helper, put them to work using their counting skills to count out the gummy worms and marshmallows! 😃👏👏👍😊😘
Now, lean the sweet goodies to one side and zip the zipper, then tie with yarn in the middle of the Baggie so you will have a vague butterfly shape.
Insert carefully the pretzels until the other side is completely full and zip the Baggie completely.
TA DA!!! Butterfly treat!!! Now, finish making how many you need and prep the labels…
Now thankfully I lucked out, and had one of these scrapbook kits on hand, and it so happened to have just enough sticker labels for my goodie bags. So I labeled them, and tied them onto the baggies rather than using them as stickers. I had to come up with something witty to write on them in order to tie in butterflies, and thankfully, I felt, came up w something cute. 😃
They say “This summer “butter-fly” by so I can see you again soon!”
Once your labels are made, tie them onto the baggies, and send them to class!! I also purchased these great water bottles at the dollar tree dollar store, which have a remove able snack cup on the bottom!! The snacks were also all purchased at the dollar store, making this butterfly project cost under $5 for the entire thing. (12 classmates). I hope this helped!! Post any great ideas you had too! I will have many more years of this ahead of me.