There are a few simple and easy things you need to make a campfire with s'more an event that doesn't end in everyone having melted marshmallows in their hair, and chocolate smeared on everything!
All you need is a bucket, and a basket!......basically. : )
So, first, you'll need to find a basket, any basket will do (we use an old basket that was once from a deep freezer!), and load it up with all your s'more items!
This may seem like a "duh", but having all the ingredients in one basket together helps to keep it from getting squished under someones foot, eaten by an unattended (and sneaky) dog, and it's just easier to have it all together instead of having your mallow all toasted and ready, then realizing the graham crackers are no where to be seen, and the chocolate was set too close to the fire and melted!
So, once you've got all your things ready, you'll wanna grab a bucket, throw some wash clothes into it, a generous squirt of hand washing soap, and hot water.
Now, just bring your bucket and basket out to your camp fire, and make your s'mores! Do keep the wash bucket away from the s'more ingredient basket though - you don't want soapy hands dripping into your food!
It's not rocket science, but it sure makes campfires and s'more making a lot more fun! Well, maybe it's just my kind of fun...things tidy and clean.... : )
Things are gearing up, and we're leaving for camp this week. I won't lie, I am feeling completely overwhelmed. Not necessarily by the job itself anymore, but by the getting ready to go, and the great unknown that lies ahead. I am NOT a big fan of the great unknown!!!
So, I hope to put out a few posts this summer, but right now (with all this "unknown" business!), I'm not sure what I'll be able to do.
Don't forget me, I'll be back.
Good Monday morning to ya!
Yes, musical theatre is one of my favourite things (and where my title reference comes from), but today, on my Health & Fitness page, I share about some of the things that I have found helpful in my journey of being healthy & getting back into shape!
To read that post, click here! Seriously, just check it out. Do it. : )
So, so another favourite thing of mine (besides the health related things) is being a complete idiot with my beautiful, wonderful sister.
My sister and I (who are brilliant, and not the least bit geeky) have a knack, if you will, for creating amazing ideas! For instance, we created "Realface", where when you're texting someone, if you can't find the right emoji to express yourself, you simply take a "Realface" (your actual face doing what you'd want an emoji to do) and send it. "Isn't that just a selfie?" you're asking yourself. Gosh, no! Selfies are meant to be taken at just the right angle to make you look your very best, but "Realface" is meant to make you look like a big dummie! Try it sometime, you'll be the coolest person ever.
More recently we've started sending "Footsies". Now this, this is the most brilliant thing ever! It's like a selfie....but of your foot in different places. I know, I know....it's just brilliant.
We haven't trademarked these ideas yet, so don't steal them! You can use them, of course, but don't claim they are yours because my sister and I know better! Also....please know how much I am joking about all of this!!! Do we do "Realface" and "Footsie"? Yes, of course!!! Hahaha! But, I am being a goon about the seriousness of our brilliance and coolness!
I know what you're thinking, "why didn't I think of these amazing things?!?". It's because you're not as weird as my sister and I, that's why. : )
Anyway, I hope everyone had a good weekend (we were busy with guests all weekend, but it was great fun), and that this week has some moments that you are looking forward to! Part of feeling your best involves having things to look forward to, even if it's something small like telling yourself that on (whatever day) you'll get yourself a fancy coffee from some place, or plan to call or e-mail someone you haven't talked to in a while that you miss. Take a Realface, a Footsie, make a plan, look forward to something, and make the most of this new week!
First day of school, first day of school!!!!! I am excited for the kids because they are so excited, but truthfully, I will miss having them around. I really saw them grow up this summer, and so it feels sad watching them drive away on their bus and knowing that the things they are going to learn now will be mostly without me. My kids are gone for 7 hours total, and are only home (and awake) for 4 1/2 hours. That's a small window to feel like I can be a strong influence in their lives. Anyway, I'm just lamenting and sharing my heart a little.
Anyway, what I'm sharing today is nothing new, but I still wanted to put it out there. The "salad in a jar" phenomenon is pretty awesome (I think).
Basically, it's a way to pre-make great, healthy salads that you can just grab and take with you to your job or school. I've made these for camping trips, for day trips we've taken, and smaller versions for Caleb when we're going somewhere and I need to pack him some gluten-free & Caleb approved meals. I'll often only eat a big salad for dinner, so I've made these when I'm prepping veggies for a meal, and can think to the next day or so and know that I would rather have my salad ready ahead of time in order to save time the day-of.
So, there is no "recipe" per-se for this! But the secret to this actually working is all in the layering. So, here are the basic rules when assembling a salad in a jar.
So, a few points to remember:
Sometimes I make my salad in a jar, but have the meat or hardboiled eggs in a separate container because I want as many veggies as possible in the jar. Then when I'm going to eat the salad, I dump it out of the jar, then put the meat or eggs on top (as you see in the photo above)
Really, it's up to you! My salads are often just anything I have in the fridge, and other times I make specific recipes, like the ones at Lexi's Clean Kitchen. Some of her ideas include pesto chicken anti-pasto jar, and a cajun shrimp jar. Yumm-o! Go check those and her other ideas out!
Well, I hope everyone had a great long weekend. We did here! Saturday we had a friend over for dinner and a bon-fire, Sunday we went to a pig roast at the home of an amazing family here in Tweed, and yesterday we went to a carnival Adam's work (Goodyear in Napanee) put on. Honestly, I'm not just saying this because my husband works there, but they put on a great family event. There was a ton of stuff to do! There were rides, a climbing wall, face painting, sparkly tattoos, balloon animals, bouncy castles, tie-dye a t-shirt, pony rides, and wonderful food! Lots of it! And they had porta-potties in different locations so that you were never too far from a toilet. They also had big troughs filled with ice and water bottles and juice boxes. It was a crazy hot day, but we all stayed well hydrated! Seriously, it is really well done, and a lot of fun. It was literally the perfect end to the summer!
Well, I know it's still summer and the fall hasn't officially begun, but the start of the school year really begins a new season. The new season for Bushel & A Peck will hopefully include a health & fitness element (as I said it would....way back in June!). I want to include weekly meal ideas, workouts, and my views on different health and fitness trends.
So cheers to seasons past and to seasons to come!
Last summer we replaced the windows in our house. There were 16 windows total (so, 32 small windows-ya know? They were double hung?). Anywho, When the guys working on the windows went to load up our old windows, I came out in a panic, "No, no! Oh please, leave me these windows!". The guys thought I was hilarious/crazy. Both are pretty accurate.
I gave a few windows away to friends, and worked on a few to sell. I (....my husband...) remembered that these windows were the originals to our circa 1880 farm house and they would be more special if kept here and used around our own house.
Anyway, I've since bought a bunch of windows from a few different & favourite antique dealers around me, and even found a beautiful one at the Tweed dump. I know, yuk, but I've found a lot of seriously wonderful things at the dump that other people thought were trash! And, as a bonus, an older man saw me dumpster diving for the window and gave me his phone number and address because he had a whole bunch of old windows he would sell me. Do you think I would have gotten that awesome window connection without rooting through trash at the dump? Nope. :)
Anyway, wherever you find an old window, snatch it up! I have a few hanging in my house as plain old windows, and some made into new and useful things.
Today I run you through a cork/chalk board window. Enjoy!
Measure the cardboard, adhere it to the glass and paint the window. I use cardboard to back the cork board because otherwise the cork is too thin and any pin or tack you use is too long. You'll end up with a tack that is sticking out from the cork too far. And cork DOES NOT stick to cork without an enormous amount of glue in varying types. Trust me....
Keziah was home from school one day while I was working on this and she gave this Ikea mouse a home in the cork roll. :)
Like I mentioned in the method, I used twine to cover imperfections. Measuring the cork and cutting it carefully and hoping it fits just so is stressful...so I cut myself some slack and used twine to trim out the window. It was an extra step, but a relatively easy one.
I like to pre-drill a hole for the screws for the hooks to be sure the screws go in without splitting the windows.
When I give a window away or sell it I include anchors and screws for hanging the window up. I know I said to measure the hardware to 16inches so you can hang the window to studs (without needing anchors), but if your window ends up in between studs for some reason you will need anchors. An antique window with original glass is very heavy and you don't want it ripping a hole in your wall and crashing to the floor!
Here are some other windows I've made, some as full chalk boards, some as full cork boards, and some half and half. The bottom left photo was made special and because they wanted it exclusively as a menu board I used acrylic paint to write to the word "menu" as well as the abbreviations for the days of the week, that way it could be wiped and cleaned with the menu and days staying put. The other windows just had some fun fall-themed chalk art to make them pretty to sell.
So, the task of converting an old window to a chalk or cork board, or both, can be a little time consuming, but it's worth it (I think!). I take custom orders, btw, and can make one for you ('you' being someone within a reasonable driving range of me!). :)
If you take on the task of making one yourself, share your results with me!!!
Hey hey hey!
We had our first snow fall on Sunday and the kids were so excited. Man, kids and their enthusiasm is contagious!
Anyway, I thought I would share our method of operations when it comes to getting out the door for school (we actually did this even before some of them were in school, but they learned the drill!). Like some of my other tips, it's super simple, but I think it is enormously effective.
Above you see, well, Keziah lying in front of a heater in the morning because the house was cool (and also our green Hot Box), but you also see that our "entry-way" is extremely cramped and small. If all three kids were jammed up into that small space, all trying to get their things out of that front closet, it would be mayhem!
So, while the kids are eating breakfast, I set out their things on the floor where there is a bit more room. Having it all out means I know if it's all there (no last minute, "where's my mittens!!!"), and it also gives them each room to get ready without being in each others way and fighting.
The only thing I leave at the front is their boots because I don't want mud/wet on the kitchen floor!
And that's it! If your entry-way is small, but your living room is big, set their winter stuff in their, or in their bedroom, wherever there is room is a good place!
So, I hope you are enjoying the snow-if it is snowy where you are!
In the next few weeks I hope/plan to post a lot of freezable Christmas cookie and square recipes, as well as some gift ideas to get you ready for Christmas! It's not too far off!
Bonjour! I have a super quick and simple life hack for you this fine Tuesday!
We've been doing this for a long time in this house, though, to be honest, it's always my drawer that unravels the quickest! But, in my defence, I don't own a ton of clothes, and, messy or not, I can (almost) always find what I'm looking for.
This life hack is most important right now to my girls who (at 4 and 6 years old) want to pick out their own clothes. This gives them a super clear view of what they've got, and it therefore keeps the drawers from becoming disaster zones!
So, in the drawer pictured above you can see that instead of being stacked on top of one another, the clothes are folded an extra time and put in folded side up. That's it, that's the life hack! :)
Going one step further and putting colours together helps with being able to choose even faster, and dividing different "groups" is helpful too. This drawer has t-shirts on the far side, then a basket with undies, then long sleeve shirts.
Putting clothes like this also helps make it more obvious if you've got a little too much of one thing. The girls did have 9 pink long sleeve shirts, but I made them pick out the favourites, then we gave away the rest.
Anyway, that's all! I hope if you've never seen this idea before that you went, "ah ha!", and felt inspired to organize a crazy drawer in your house! If you think this is not that great and think I'm a goon, that's o.k. too. And, like I already mentioned, my dresser of clothes doesn't always stay looking this nice, so don't go thinking I'm miss perfect, tidy housekeeper. That will make me laugh until I cry. Until I cry!
As a Mommy side-note, this weekend in Belleville (to those who read this and live close by) there is going to be the Holiday Mama Market. The Mama Market is a mom geared vendor sale, and happens every three months in Belleville.
You can find their Facebook event page here
There will be at least 20 vendors there, including Bushel & A Peck and some of my baked goods! I will be bringing a variety of gluten free and regular cookies and squares, and also some cupcakes.
I'm really excited to be involved, though I am also having many sleepless nights worrying that I will mess something up or forget something important! This happens to me before these sorts of things!
Anyway, that's all for today! I bid you farewell!
So, the thing about life hacks is that sometimes you may be doing one, and have no idea! Those are maybe the best kind!
That's what happened with me and giving my kids medicine. We had people over, and I needed to give my sick sickies a dose of medicine, and so I did what I always do, and my friend went, "whoa....that's brilliant!". Really? O.k!
So, here it is, the easiest thing in the world (and I know it may not work for every child)-but the purpose of doing this was duelled. One, it was meant to water down the wretched taste of the medicine, and two, it makes it so the medicine isn't clinging to the measuring cup so that your child gets their full dose.
So, pour the package recommended amount of medicine into a medicine measuring cup, add a smidge of apple juice (or any fruit juice), take a knife, stir it up, and hand it to the infirmed!
Like I said, not all kids will go, "ohhh, juice with it? Well then I will gladly drink that nasty medicine!", but most will be intrigued enough to try! And if you don't give your kids juice that often, it makes it more alluring.
Can I just point out that I am not that brilliant though, Mary Poppins thought up the idea of adding juice to medicine....sort of. Please tell me you know what I'm talking about...?..."just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down"...please feel free to sing that all day now. :)
Us parents will jump through hoops to get our kids to takes their meds because we know it will help them feel better. But kids often don't want to either because they hate the taste or syrup-y feel of it, or because they feel so darned sick they don't want to cooperate! Fair enough!
Some other tricks to try if you need some more:
- Strait up bribing!: Hahaha....no, but seriously....I'm not necessarily talking a candy bribe, it could be a sticker, a stamp, a cool rock, just something you know your kid would actually love to have!
- Hand over the reigns: As kids get older, they want to feel like they are active participants (if not the one in charge!) of their wee lives. Around 3 or 4, when a child can hold the measuring cup, put the medicine in it, hand the cup over to them, and let them take it. Again, I know it's simple, but for some (strong willed) type children, this could be just the pinch of power they need to take the meds.
- Syringe it: If your kids are too young to hold the cup of medicine, and they seem reluctant, putting the meds in a syringe can help you be able to squirt the medicine inside their cheek (which can alleviate the weird taste by way of skipping some taste buds!), or you can just squirt it right down their throats. Then give them a chaser of juice!
Anywhoooo...., that's all! I thought I would write about this because currently everyone in our house is fighting something, and the medicine is a flowin'! :)
Can I also say that we haven't always had rosy gardens over here when it came time to do medicine. Our lovely Caleb wouldn't take anything-ANYTHING!-for most of his life (we once had a very exciting experience at a hospital where 4 adults had to hold Caleb down while a doctor tried to give him some meds. Good times...)! Not until the last few years has he started to willingly take some meds. And the girls went through a time when they would start to cry as soon as they saw me take the medicine out! I've been covered in my fair share of sticky children's medicine, so I know it's not always fun! I know!
Anyway, if you have any helpful tips or tricks for helping with sick kids, please do share! I would love to hear them!
I literally cannot believe that I have been writing this blog for a whole year (technically a whole year tomorrow the 18th, but geez)!
This year has been an up and down one, and parts of it have been chronicled here!
On the first day I decided to start the blog I put up 6 posts! Haha, I remember my sister saying something about being a little ambitious, and I just thought, "I dunno! I just had a bunch of things I wanted to post! I used up an entire weeks worth of ideas in one day! Fail. :)
Anyway, I wanted to take today to highlight some of my favourite recipes, DIY and life hack ideas, and some of my posts about autism.
I hope you take the time to click through and enjoy bits and pieces of what I enjoy!
...But first, I want to give you a little history here on a bushel & a peck! Not history about me, but the term itself! Because I know you were dying to know! ;)
Well, a real bushel & a peck are dry measurements in agriculture. There's a pint, quart, gallon, peck, and a bushel.
But the real reason people know the phrase, "I love you, a bushel & a peck" is from a song written for the musical "Guys & Dolls".
Back in 1950 the song was recorded by many artists, and the song was already so well known before the musical even opened that they moved the number from the second act to the first.
In the context of the show, "A Bushel and a Peck" is the intro to the Hot Box, a night club in which the headliner is Miss Adelaide.
Doris Day (among many others) recorded a version of this song, but she changed the lyrics a bit to remove some of the more direct references from the show and to clean it up for 1950's radio.
And there you have it! If you've never seen Guys & Dolls, you should, it's a good show!
Now, onto my favourite and most popular posts (p.s., just click on the green titles to go to that recipe!)!
This pie....oh this pie!!!
It is honestly just the tastiest thing you'll ever eat! The homemade graham crust, the chocolate in the form of semi-sweet chips and chocolate bars of your choice, and gooey mallows....drool....
When my sister invented this evil little sandwich I loved her so much! :)
Inside of that lovely, grilled and icing sugar dusted bread is peanut butter, Nutella, and marshmallows. Oh my goodness gracious, it is too good to be true.
D.I.Y. & Life Hack Favourites
This project felt long in coming, but I was so glad when it was finished as it gave me the extra cupboard space I needed, and it was so unique and fit my house perfectly! Hazaa!
Bubble Blowing Life Hack
Just do this and thank me later. :)
I never thought these slightly strange looking cookie would be so popular, but it just shows you can't judge a book (or a cookie) by it's cover!
The Huffington Post even had this cookie in one of it's online articles, making this ugly, humble cookie my most viewed recipe EVER with over 20,000 views!
This easy-peasy recipe has been pinned on Pinterest more times than I thought it ever would be. It may be paleo, but it's crazy simple to make, has all regular pantry staple ingredients, and you can't beat a crock pot meal that's ready for you at super time!
I love this post because it was all Caleb! His answers to my questions, and "hearing" what he thought about different things. It shows how sweet, and strange, and fantastic he is.
This post was the first I ever did on autism. It was inspired by the fact that he was getting a Terrific Kid award at school for empathy. I still admire how he sees the world through very empathetic eyes, and I try to practice empathy whenever possible.
I am always amazed by this recipe, and how often it is viewed and pinned on Pinterest.
It literally was a recipe of. "oh crap! People are coming over! What do I have!", but I think that kind of recipe hits home for a lot of people! It is simple, but tasty. Win/Win!
This dessert is a layer of brownie, a layer of mallow fluff, and a chocolate peanut-butter Rice Krispie layer! What? I know!
I wanted to pick my all time favourite post, but I couldn't! In fact, my little Dory (from Nemo)-like brain was actually going through the blog and going, "oh yeah....I forgot about that....". Whomp whomp. Memory fail.
Suffice it to say that writing this blog has (so far) been a blast. I have enjoyed being more experimental in the kitchen, getting some of my thoughts out of my brain, and knowing people like a few of the recipes and articles is a great big cherry on this Sunday!
I'm still writing this blog, fear not. I have been toying with the idea of buying my domain (instead of having it hosted by Weebly), and maybe changing my design too....but we'll see. I'm not a big fan of change!
So (insert cheesy music, and hear my voice all teary like I'm winning an Oscar), to all those who read here regularly, or just now and again; to those from Pinterest and Foodgawker who share recipes and ideas (hint hint-feel free to follow or 'heart' me!), and to my Mom, who almost never remembers to read my blog, merci beaucoup! :)
I know, I'm a cheeky bugger. Here's to another year! Woot woot! (I love you Mom)
I honestly cannot believe that school starts in a week! O.k, some schools already started this week, but it's just the French immersion losers. ;)
Anyway, I just wanted to put my 2 cents out into the blogosphere about getting ready for school, and how to make the first day (and the whole year) as stress-free as possible!
O.k., first things first-if you haven't done your back to school shopping, do it today!!! Seriously, the longer you wait, the more stressful the event will be because you will be competing with other last minute families! No fun! Some schools will give you a list of things kids will need (duo tangs, binders, or headphones as some examples), and some don't. If you didn't get a list, there are 3 basic things you'll need until you get some specifics. A backpack and lunch bag (obvi), but something you may not know your child needs is indoor shoes. Non-marking soles are a must, and be sure they are velcro (for younger children) so your child's poor teacher isn't having to stop to help your child get their shoes on!
There is this thing about kids having a new first day of school outfit. I like to get my kids a new outfit, but part of it is because they've grown so much over the summer that they need a few new things. But can I say that new to you does not need to be brand new? Don't let some bizarre, social pressure make you think you need to buy new clothes for the new school year. Most people don't know what you already owned, so it's all new to them! Hit up a few second hand stores (& pop some tags...) and you're bound to find some good, gently used clothes that will be serviceable and that your kids will love. Alright, moving on!
Another thing you can/should do this week to get ready is to get your homemade foods ready. Homemade granola bars, muffins (make 'em mini as kids rarely can eat a whole regular sized muffin), or single serve soup (make a batch of soup, and divide it into separate kid-sized portions to freeze) can all be made ahead and stored in the freezer. It'll save you money, and you'll feel better knowing what's in your kids food!
So, speaking of food for lunches, this next idea may sound anal, but it works for me! In the same way as I make a weekly menu for the whole family and our dinners, I also have a menu for the kids' lunches (though it's not a changing menu as our dinner one is). Some of my friends find this idea stressful, but I enjoy it. Like I've said about other ideas on this blog, these are my thoughts and ideas, and if they help you, hooray!! If not, that's o.k. too! Anyway, the idea behind a lunch menu was to help me feel like I was giving the kids a good variety of food, and that I was keeping it simple-by making a menu.
The menu is divided into the days of the week, then each day has five sections: main (sandwich, muffin, wrap, leftover pizza or homemade pizza bun, Caleb even got a g.f. doughnut in his menu last year!), protein (cheese, yogurt, rolled lunch meat, hardboiled egg, cold chicken drumstick, etc.), fruit & veg (you can figure this one out), 'snackie' (popcorn, crackers, pretzels, etc.), and a treat (granola bar, cookie, marshmallows, etc.). I need to update my menu from last year as I have a newbie starting school this year, and also the kids have changed their tastes, and I want the menu to reflect that.
So, having this menu helps me quickly pack lunches because I've taken the stand and stare into the fridge part out of it. Even though I have a menu, I do give it some flexibility based on if there are leftovers from dinner, or if we had a birthday party and there is leftover cake that would make a fun treat in a lunch. And even though there is a menu, I let the kids help me pack the lunches so they know what they're getting.
Do whatever you want to do for making a menu or not, but my biggest advice about lunches is to to make lunches the night before!
Just do it!!! :)
The mornings of school can be a wee bit nutty, and adding a distracted parent trying to mindfully pack a healthy and tasty lunch is not a good part of that equation!
Another thing that I like to do at night after I've packed the lunches is to set the back pack (s) out. Either on the dining room chairs, or if you have an entryway with a spot for each child's coat and shoes, just put the backpack out there. It may seem a little pointless, but having it in view reminds you what may need to be added to it (a permission slip, a library book, whatever), and it also makes it visible for your child so that once you've handed them their lunch, they can put it into their bag (without calling, "where's my back pack???"). Then send 'em out the door!
Now, if you're like me, you like to get your kids first day of school photo. Again, do it however you want (or don't do it at all!), but I saw and liked the idea of writing down what grade the child was going into, and what year it was on a page for the child to hold in the photo. I used a cute little chalk board I own, but you could literally just use a marker and write on regular paper to do this. It's just a quick way to remember exactly which year the photo is from (instead of hoping the time stamp on the photo is correct, or guessing based on the outfit or what house you were living in-which is what I did for years!). If the idea of squeezing a photo in the morning of that first day back seem stressful, do it a day or two before. Seriously!
Just put the kids into the clothes they will wear, hand them the piece of paper with the grade and year on it, and take the picture! They won't change so much in the few days leading to school that the photo won't be valid, so go ahead and pre-photo the first day of school! It'll also make a funny story for them to tell when they grow up. :)
Alright, so this next thought is a whole school year kind of thought, but breakfast....keep it simple!
When I was growing up, we would get called down to breakfast, and whatever my Dad had made, we were eating! I'm from a very large family, so there was no, "what would you like for breakfast?", "what would you like for breakfast?" being heard. My Dad making breakfast for us saved a lot of time. I do the same now with my kids. I actually can't remember if I've ever asked my kids what they want for breakfast...I know, I'm so mean.
I do a rotating breakfast: cereal, toast and yogurt, cereal, toast and yogurt, cereal, pancakes for Saturday, then toast and yogurt again for Sunday-then I start all over! If you child likes oatmeal or some other quick breakfast, add that into the mix. We'll also add low-maintainance (doesn't require serious prep work like, for example, a mango!) fruits into the breakfasts if the kids say they are still hungry. We eat eggs and bacon around here regularly as a dinner, so I never worry about it as a breakfast. The key is simple, quick options that get your kids fuelled for the day-withuot causing stress and making them miss the bus!
Oh, I can hear some people now, "but how will my child learn to make decisions if I don't let them decide what they want for breakfast?". They'll figure it out, they should have other choices they need to make in a day that will be more important, so don't sweat it! I promise this will make life easier!
Alright, my last bit of advice....wake the kids up early! O.k, not too early, but give yourself more time than you think you need to get them ready and out the door.
I wake my kids up an hour before the bus is due to arrive. That's about 10 minutes for brushing hair and teeth, half an hour for getting dressed and eating breakfast, 10 minutes for getting on coats and shoes (this takes more and less time depending on which season it is), then 10 minutes of buffer time, incase something takes longer than it should have.
It honestly ruins my day when I have slept through my alarm clock and I have to rush and "Mom yell" (oh, you know that yell. You're not really yelling, you're just doing that "huuuurrrrry uuuupp!" through your teeth kind of yelling) at my kids to hurry the heck up! I want to be patient and kind to them on the way out the door, instead of momzilla! Seems reasonable enough to me!
O.k. I think that's all I have to say about that! I'm sure I have more things I would like to say, but this is probably sufficient!
I hope that if you have kids you're sending off to school that some of these tips will help you. There will likely be some speed bumps here and there, and that's o.k. Just be prepared as much as you can be, and be ready to be flexible too, as the need arises!
The summers around here tend to fly by. O.k., well, some moments they drag by (like when the children are whining!), but somehow nine weeks fly by, and I feel some guilt (some Mommy guilt) that maybe we didn't do enough? I'm not sure why I feel this way.
Summer was fun when I was young because I liked the freedom to play outside all day, or read as many Nancy Drew mysteries in one day as I wanted. My family would go to a family camp, and I always loved that too.
So, I could just let my kids be, and let them make their own fun for the summer, but the truth is, I feel like they need something to do. To make the summer fun, maybe a pinch educational, definitely memorable, and something we can look back on as a family and say, "remember our awesome summers...". Ya know?
Anyway, all that to say, I need a plan! I always have good intentions, but suddenly summer is gone! I'm not talking about a written in stone, no-one can change the schedule type of plan. Just an outline, a list of ideas, pulling out the calendar to marking a few days for special events/activities. Here are some things I liked from the world of Pinterest, and will use this summer.
This summer schedule from ReMarkable Home is something I really like! It's fairly flexible as far as different things to do, but gives at least an idea of where to start.
Digital Reflections has a list of 100 things you can do with your kids, and most are free! Yipee! The list includes ideas like visiting a fire department, building a fort, activities that involve using a camera, and taking pictures of things, then printing the photos off, and making a book about your photos (like "things we saw on our nature walk", or "the alphabet through our town"). There are a lot of ideas on here!
We are planning a road trip to Mount Rushmore this summer (fingers crossed it actually works out!). Caleb has been talking and talking and talking about Mount Rushmore, and neither my husband or I have been, so we thought, "why the heck not"?! Our kids are actually great travellers (living in the sticks and having to drive a good distance to get anywhere taught them this!), so I really hope this works out, and we can go on this adventure and make some family summer memories!
Check out my Pinterest board for more ideas of things to do with the kids!
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