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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The Daily Prompt

For some, there is not much time until school starts and for others, there’s exactly one month to go. And for all, August is the last go-around at summer, the month to do it all, whatever “all” means to you. So this lovely idea from Creature Comforts is perfect timing. The Daily Prompt is a daily list of words to inspire creativity but I also see it as a great way to slow down, find wonder in the details and savor the last bits of summer. Gazing at a wildflower, eating a homegrown tomato or embarking on a sunset hike — time is short so start living your list now!


(image courtesy Creature Comforts)

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Sand-Carving Lessons

If you’re like me, you don’t think about sand castles much, that is, until you’re on the beach, with bucket and shovel in hand. And then the realization hits that to really do this right, I probably should have done my homework. When I saw this article in the August issue of FamilyFun Magazine, the lightbulb finally went off above my head. Instead of building something bucket by bucket, what if you start with a big, wet mound of sand, that you then subtract from? And the idea of bringing sand-carving tools? GAME ON!

The family in the article booked a lesson from To find sand-carving classes near you, visit and click on “lessons and workshops.”



(images courtesy FamilyFun Magazine)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Crazy Cardboard Regatta

This past weekend we decided to check out the Crazy Cardboard Regatta, an annual event here in Cincinnati. It was so inspiring to see the creative “boats” that people entered, and so fun to watch the racing and witness the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat (and sinking in some cases). The best part? Both adults and kids took part in the building and racing. What a great way for family and friends to work together on something and to experience firsthand the exciting outcome!

Themes included the traditional People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice and Titanic (Best Sinking!) as well as new categories including: “Will That Boat Float”, King Neptune, Best Team Spirit and The Whole Package. The highlight? A five-person boat that included a guy dressed as the Statue of Library who stood atop a tiny cardboard perch! Talk about a feat of engineering. They qualified for the final but took in too much water on the last turn before the finish and Lady Liberty toppled into the water amidst the cheers!

It definitely had us considering an entry for next year. Time to stock up on cardboard!










Friday, July 19th, 2013

Beach Library

Thanks to my friend, Erin, for inspiring me to check out this great read! The photograph below portrays the Beach Library of Albena Resort in North-East Bulgaria. What a great idea, and great way to prevent the summer brain drain that can affect out-of-school kids. Imagine visiting another country and having the opportunity to see beyond the beautiful landscape and learn about the local culture. Staring at the sea, or exploring a shelf of enticing book titles; now that’s a tough choice to make, but with an idea like this, you can actually do both!


(image courtesy Bookfairkolkata Blog)

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Ribbon Tent

‘Tis the season for camping and outdoor celebrations so check out this tent-inspired ribbon room. It sure looks inviting whether it shelters formal place settings or an informal picnic on a blanket. It’s all about location with this particular version… you’ll need a tree with a horizontal limb as well as two long limbs on the ground to anchor the streamers. And don’t forget the crepe paper!



Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Happy Fourth!

We’re excited for the annual parade on our street that culminates in a block party at the cul-de-sac. Traditions like these really remind us how quickly time flies, things change and kids grow up. It’s hard to believe that we started this tradition nine years ago, holding our one month old daughter. We have pictures of her at the same event, getting bigger with each passing year. A couple years ago, a new addition was added to the mix — cousin Aidan (seen below). And now this year, a brand new cousin and a new addition at our household, Cooper, an 11 week old Golden Retriever. We can’t wait to see how he’ll react to the water spray off the fire truck and all the kids and treats. It will surely add a new dimension to the event. And that’s the great thing about traditions — they, just like our kids, continue to grow bigger as the years go by.

Have a safe and memorable weekend!


Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Leaf Art

Now that it’s summer and there’s no shortage of greenery outside, what better time to craft with leaves. Check out these amazing works of art below, although I think the last few are more my speed and fun for kids!















Friday, June 21st, 2013

Happy Summer!

Time to celebrate the longest day of the year. Enjoy those bonus moments!


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Monday, June 10th, 2013

Summer School Just Got Cool.

I love the clean slate and laid back schedule that comes with summer. While we have our share of day camps and kid activities lined up, I’m also loving the idea of online classes for kids. Summer learning that’s tailored to specific interests without a lot of running around. Design Mom has a great starter list of fun courses right here; we’re going to check them out too!


Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The Summer Bucket List/Advent-ure Calendar

Now is a great time to think about a summer bucket list — what you’d like to experience over the summer. We all know how fast summer flies by so setting a few intentions now will get the ball rolling!

Have some fun with it — after all, this is not your everyday to-do list of chores and tasks! If you don’t get it all in, no worries; there’s always next year. But, here’s a thought: What if you could? What if THIS summer could be THE summer that you truly do it all? It’s time to get that calendar out and make some plans!

Here’s a great summer to-do list that gets you thinking about fun. My favorite line… the last one: Enjoy being young… and living summer with young people.

And here’s a fun way to organize all of your fun… as popsicle sticks in a jar. If crossing off the to-dos in list form feels too much like the school year, then this is definitely a satisfying approach for summer!


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The summer advent-ure calendar below serves to help you capture the fleeting days of summer by being part planner, part scrapbook!

You’ll need string or yarn, clothespins and stickers or numbered circles cut out of card stock. First, write numbers on card stock for all the dates of summer. Then glue the circles to the clothespins and clip the pins to a length of yarn or string.

Prior to an event, you can clip items that correspond to plans on any given date, such as tickets to an event or a brochure. As the days pass, you can also clip mementos from each day, such as a feather from a hike or a seed packet from your garden.

Not only will kids see that they have much to look forward to; when school starts again they’ll realize what a great summer they had!


(image courtesy FamilyFun Magazine)

If the previously mentioned projects involve too many Type A tasks, then preparing for summer might be as simple as this list we made a couple of years ago.


This summer our list is being replaced by one major focus: puppy! We just met our newest family member last weekend and he comes home in two weeks!