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Posts tagged ‘summer’

Monday, June 30th, 2014

How To Summer List

It’s a no brainer that a list can help you stay on track and knock off all those pesky tasks you’d rather not think about. So why not a list to ensure you do all the fun things you can squeeze into a summer? Fill it out and then feel the satisfaction — not only in checking things off the list but also in experiencing all the fun things summer can bring. This just might be the summer you actually do it ALL!

Download the How To Summer list (11×17).


(image courtesy You Are My Fave)

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!