50 Awesome, Quick and Easy Kids Craft Ideas For Summer

With summer upon us and kids out of school, most kids are enjoying the freedom of being able to sleep in, and being able to choose how they spend their days while out of school. We have choose to homeschool our kids year round so they do a lighter load of school in the summer, and we take a couple weeks off but do not take off for the summer like most kids do. This has saved us from hearing "I'm bored" more then you can imagine!! As I know all to well eventually kids will get bored and not be … [Read more...]

50+ Fun and Festive Patriotic Recipe Ideas

There are multiple holidays we enjoy celebrating as a family where we remember our family members along with all the others who sacrifice their time or lives to keep our country free. For Memorial Day, Labor Day, and 4th of July we take time out as a family to remember those who have died protecting our freedoms, and the time and commitment that people have spent protecting our freedoms. I want my children to understand that our country is not free just because, it is free because of the hard … [Read more...]

Summer Sensory Bin

Last summer we enjoyed playing in our colored ice summer sensory bin so much during hot days since then the little boys love it when we make our fun summer sensory bin to play in and stay cool. We also love excavating toys from ice as well to stay cool. Both ideas are super easy, practically cost nothing and keep the kids busy for quite a while! To make your own colored ice cubes, all you do is add food coloring to water and them pour different colors into all the ice cube trays we have. … [Read more...]

Day Camp or Overnight Camp?

***This is a sponsored Guest Post*** First Summer Camp Experience: Day Camp vs. Overnight Camp When it’s finally summertime, kids are ready to kick back and have some fun. A great option to keep children active and entertained during the summer months is a summer camp program. They can learn new skills (French, cello, volleyball), enjoy the outdoors and best of all, make new friends. If you are considering sending your little one to camp for the first time, you may be deciding whether day … [Read more...]

Our 4th Of July

  I hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July, and I cannot believe it is already July where has this year gone? Serena took a nice camping vacation with the neighbor girls and their family for 5 days so she wasn't with us on the 4th but I'm sure she had an amazing time out on the boat all day for the 4th along with lots of fireworks and of course 5 days away from her brothers  ;-) We also had my niece over for the night of the 4th so she was able to enjoy the day with us and … [Read more...]

Colored Ice Cube Play!

With this wonderful heat wave that seems to be never ending around here, I decided to find some ideas for the kiddos to stay cool and have fun, I have featured 10 of my favorite activities on my previous post! This was a wonderful way to keep the kids busy while I worked on planning next year! Colored ice cube play has for surely a hit in our house, and will surely be repeated in the future! I have seen colored ice cubes all over Pinterest but this post from Plain Vanilla Mom was just what … [Read more...]

Fun Ways To Stay Cool In The Heat

I know that I haven't been posting much lately, it is due to the fact that i am still in planning mode for next year for the boys, Serena however started her first week of High School last week. Our official start date for the boys is 7/16 as long as everything goes as planned :) We ended up taking more of a break than I originally planned in the summer, because I am working on having the whole year planned, printed out, and filed for all subjects before we start back up. With the fact we are … [Read more...]

Beach and Ocean ~ week 1

Yesterday the boys did their morning work.. Our theme for the next month is Beach and Ocean, so we have been working on lots of hands on fun all beach and ocean themed! Ethan wanted to use the Metal Inset Tracing Tray.. I don't have the insets yet so we are just using the stencils we have. They fit perfectly in there and he doesn't have to hold on to them. It is also really nice not to have to worry about pencils rolling on the floor... We found a fun beach and ocean … [Read more...]

Awesome Homemade Bubble Solution

How To Make Your Own Awesome Homemade Bubble Solution With how much bubble solution we go through I decided it was time to start making our own DIY Homemade bubble solution.  This recipe makes the most awesome bubbles, it is even better that the stuff in the store! What you will need to make homemade bubble solution: 5 Gallon Container best with a lid for storage 30oz bottle of JOY yellow dish soap 16 oz Clear Karo Syrup Cold water Pour the bottle of JOY dish … [Read more...]

Ocean and Beach Unit Day 1

Today was day 1 of our school year! When Gabe went down for his nap this after noon I had the kids work for a few hours, on anything on the shelf or anything I had put in their drawers to get done. But everyone seemed to enjoy it, and learn some things along the way! Our theme right now is ocean and beach. Here is the spooning activity on the shelves for the next couple weeks, the kids will used the decorated spoon and spoon the marbles onto the suction cups. Dustin giving it a … [Read more...]