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Entries in summer (10)


Giant Bubble Wand

I love DIY toys and ones that have this much of a wow factor are even better!

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Glow in the Dark Fun!

Here in the desert we spend a lot of our outside play time at night since it is SO hot during the day. I've loved all the glow in the dark kid activities popping up lately.

Read on for more glow in the dark fun!

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Camp Classic Play

I'm so excited for Camp Classic Play this year

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DIY Sprinklers!

It's been around 113F here lately so if we're playing outside you can bet it has something to do with water. We're lucky that we have a dry (except during monsoon season) heat so water on our skin evaporates and cools us off quickly! 

I found some fun DIY Sprinkler ideas because why buy a cheapy plastic one when you can just make your own. Or better yet - have your kids make it!

A big fun sprinkler and slip n slide set up from Diary of a Preppy Mom

A whole backyard sprinkler park from Event Horizons

Waterfall from Crafty Sisters

A super easy sprinkler from Making Memories with Your Kids

A large surface area sprinkler from Home Spun Threads

A kid wash from Familylicious

Stay Cool!


Summer Fun Jars

We have our list of Summer Bucket List activities but haven't displayed them all in a fun way yet. Now that we are getting settled in our new place we are all working together to come up with a way that will work best for us. Our schedule this summer is pretty much the same as last. So we have afternoons and evenings free to do all of our Buckett List items (along with the weekends of course!)

I love this visual display from Mer Mag though and wanted to share it!

I really love the visual reference even for kids who can read. I think it helps in the decision making process and the excitement to do the activity. These images were printed straight from Pinterest!

She gives downloads for the jars and more gorgeous photos on her blog.



My name is Alison and I blog over on 'this homemade life...' . When Allison asked if I might be interested in coming over for a little guest post, while she soaks up the Hawaiian sun, I jumped at the chance. Not only do Allison and I have our name in common, but being a mama to boys as well. I love scrolling through this site for all kinds of ideas and inspiration to keep my fellas busy and inspired. Now, onto popsicles! On hot summer days there is nothing we love more than water balloon fights and popsicles. These strawberry popsicles come together easily and are a great way to cool off on a warm afternoon. With yogurt, maple syrup and fruit, we've even been known to enjoy them for breakfast.

strawberry yogurt swirl popsicles

Strawberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles adapted from Ice Pops 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries hulled and sliced in half 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 3/4 cup whole milk greek yogurt, plain 3/4 cup whole milk In a saucepan, combine the strawberries and 1/4 cup of the maple syrup. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced and thickened to a syrup consistency. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. In a 4 cup measuring cup, stir together yogurt, milk and remaining maple syrup. Add the cooled strawberry mixture. Gently swirl to combine, leaving large streaks.

strawberry yogurt swirl popsicles

Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

strawberry yogurt swirl popsicles

A few of our favorite popsicle molds...

Ring Pops Rocket Ship Molds Groovy Ice Pop Molds Ice Pop Makers


Summertime Schedules

We are leaving on a jet plane (to HAWAII!!) but I never want to leave you without inspiration so I've asked some bloggers to fill in for me while I'm gone. Up first is The Happy Family Movement!


School is out and summer is HERE!! That means hot days filled with bike riding in the cul-de-sac, swimming at the pool, checking things off our summer bucket list, and nights filled with baseball games and more swimming!

As summer was approaching, I was SO excited. But I was also a little nervous. There always seems to be SO many things that need to be done (that comes with raising three kids and running multiple businesses, I suppose!). But I want to make sure we actually ENJOY our summer and take full advantage of it. Come August, we’ll have two kids in school full time and our littlest will be in preschool part time. But for the next 2 ½ months, they are ALL OURS!

In a moment of mom panic, I wrote down a little daily schedule. It’s nothing crazy, but hopefully it will help us keep on task this summer, getting stuff done and having fun! So far, it’s working well, but we’re only a week in. Here’s our summer schedule:



Eat breakfast, do the dishes, clean the kitchen

Play outside/swimming lessons

Early lunch at 11:30 am



Do chores: put away laundry, pick up the house

Reading time for Max & Ava/work on reading with Lia

Quiet time for the kids/prep dinner/answer email


Cook dinner while the kids play in the backyard or in their rooms

Early dinner at 4:30 pm (with SO many baseball games, early meals just work better)



Head to the baseball fields/go swimming/play in the cul-de-sac


Kids go to bed
We work!


How’s your summer going? What does your typical day look like? What are you doing to make sure you don’t let summer pass you by?


Summer Bucket List Challenge!

My friends over at the Happy Family Movement are hosting a big Summer Bucket List challenge!

The Summer Bucket List is free, fun for all ages challenge is based on a simple premise: time spent together as a family is time well spent. Participating is simple, too. All you have to do is sign up on their site!

We are going to be playing along too - there will be some fun giveaways on their blog (including one from us) and most important, inspiration to have fun as a family!

Families who sign up for the Summer Bucket List Challenge will get a set of fun tools and resources designed to help them along the way:

• a Summer Bucket List Challenge guide, complete with sample activities
• eligibility for weekly prize draws
• regular updates on the Happy Family Movement blog (yes, we’ve got our own Summer Bucket List!)
• access to a great community on Facebook

What are you waiting for? Go sign up!

We'll share our Summer Bucket List soon. I'd love to see yours!