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The Art of Summer

The Art of Summer

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summer, childhood, leisure and people concept - happy little boyHappy Summer! It’s my favorite time of the year and I again ask how can the school year go by so quickly!?

As my boys continue to grow up, each summer I ask myself how can I provide the best experiences and memories for them. Each year it really varies. I know I need some structure this year so yes to some camps and classes, but I am also dedicated to giving them more open ended time then in the years past.

The Lazy Days of Summer

The Lazy Days of Summer

Growing up, I have great memories of summer: the beach, friends over for swim parties, my mom cutting up peaches for us, sleep overs, art classes, Yosemite, and BBQ’s. I know I attended a few camps, but nothing as specialized like the options of today….I remember the camps were local, outdoors, had lots of running…

Bringing the Fun Back into Play

Bringing the Fun Back into Play

Happy spring! My two favorite seasons are upon us, spring and summer, and it always inspires me to take the time to ensure my boys will have a great end of the school year and summer. The school year, even from preschool through kindergarten on, is filled with scheduled activities, homework, family demands and more.…

Push PAUSE on Summer and Make Memories While You Can!

Push PAUSE on Summer and Make Memories While You Can!

You may not want to wish school was back in session quite yet; so this is an excellent time to make memories with your kids whether you’re a stay at home or working mom (and let’s face it, we’re all “working” moms!). The best memories happen organically. A spontaneous trip for “Fro-Yo”, the last-minute decision…

Lifeguard Secrets to Keep Kids Safe around Water

Lifeguard Secrets to Keep Kids Safe around Water

Editor’s Note:  With many enjoying spring break poolside at a hotel, and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to review water safety for the swimming pool. The US Swim School Association Provides Tips to Help Create Safe Swim Environments, and advises parents to begin water safety with kids at 6 months. Drowning is…

20 Tween Activities for the Summer + A Super Coupon

20 Tween Activities for the Summer + A Super Coupon

For Single moms on a budget oftentimes keeping middle-schoolers busy during the summer can be challenging. They are at that weird in-between stage when they’re too old to go to camp, but too young for a summer job and interesting free activities they’ll enjoy are few and far between.

The Perfect Picnic Pie

The Perfect Picnic Pie

Summer is around the corner and bringing an awesome homemade dessert to a potluck or family gathering is always appreciated. In our house, my go-to picnic dessert is easily my mom’s recipe for Blueberry Icebox Pie. It’s a simple recipe with mouthwatering results. This pie consists of three parts. A graham cracker crust, a rich…

Protect Kids From Dangerous Dehydration This Summer

Protect Kids From Dangerous Dehydration This Summer

As soon as summer kicks in, kids head outside to play, and that can mean dehydration if they don’t drink enough water while out in the heat. Most parents don’t realize that kids are much more susceptible to dehydration and heat illness than adults, and the effects are more serious. Part of the reason is…

Frugal Family Fun: Summertime Activities for You and Your Kids

The summer is a wonderful time of year, and with school being out you are sure to have plenty of time to spend with your children. Keeping your kids entertained during the long school break may seem daunting and expensive- but there are many great free or inexpensive activities that are fun for kids of all ages. Not only…

Summer Activities for Kids

Summer Activities for Kids

As a parent, I definitely enjoy the slower pace of summer; especially not having to get everyone out the door early in the morning.  But the days of summer can feel long, and kids can suffer from a case of “too much togetherness”.  This is the time of year that parents constantly ask me for…

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