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Summer Fun Lists for Kids and Mom

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Summer will be here before you know it and I need to be ready or we will end up watching tv most days. Every year I create this huge SUMMER FUN LIST of things for us to do as a family and we usually get through about half of the activities. This year I created another list that includes things I may want to do on my own or with the husband and no littles. I love planning out weekly date nights and wanted to create something special for the Summer as well. Plus, this Summer will be crazy busy with us moving to Ohio for a few months then back to Denver.

These kids love playing outside. I’m going to miss all the yard space when we move.

 

This year we will be spending part of our Summer with tons of family and we can’t wait! So with 15 nieces and nephews running around I need plenty of ideas to keep them occupied. When family gets together I tend to become the activities director and this printable is going to be a big help. Some of our days will be filled with school lessons since almost all my siblings homeschool their kids, and we are all pretty much on the same schedule. All that to say if you have anymore ideas please send them my way. PLEASE!!

Here’s what I tried to create in these lists:

  • activities that are free or cheap
  • plenty of indoor options in case it’s too hot to be outside
  • activities that will get us out of my parents house (I want them to have some time at home without kids running around everywhere) EX. go to my brothers house, drive to see other family an hour or so away.
  • fun field trips
  • water activities that can be played at the park or the backyard

Thankfully all the kids love to read so the library will definitely be a weekly outing.

Download printable SUMMER FUN LISTS

A few years back I created a seasonal bucket list planner to write down our ideas and pricing so I could create a budget. It’s such a great help when you need quick ideas and maybe not want to spend a ton of money everyday. This printable is available to download in my shop. CLICK ON IMAGE

At the top you will write in which season you are planning activities for: Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, Holiday, etc. and then have your family give ideas that fit into each category. If the activity is something you can do for free then write free in the cost column. Keep this printable in a place where you can easily see it to plan activities or find something quickly to do that day!

Now I would love to hear from you. What fun activities do you have planned for the Summer?

More Summer Fun Ideas (affiliate links)

 

 

Creating Our Monthly Family Book Club

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Reading is a huge part of our school and family culture. We all read for fun and pure enjoyment. That doesn’t mean we just read anything. I try to pick and steer my daughter to pick good books. She tends to be easy because she will read anything. Now with our Summer break approaching I wanted to start a tradition that we keep us reading all Summer long. I thought that adding a Family Book Club would be a fun way to keep track of the books we read and to discuss what we loved or didn’t enjoy about them.

Sarah Mackenzie from Read Aloud Revival has the best free printable book list in my opinion. She is my go-to blogger for book recommendations for the entire family. Find her free booklist here! This is where I will be selecting the majority of the books we will read as a family.

I’m so excited about this idea and wanted to make this super easy and doable. I called a family meeting to tell everyone my idea and we discussed other ideas to incorporate. We decided to meet once a month to talk about out favorite book that month and to pick a new quest or theme, plus what the reward will be for the person who reads the most books that month.

Keeping Track

I recently found this book, The Stories We Shared: A Family Book Journal , on Amazon and knew it would be a perfect addition to our club. This is a beautiful book filled with pages to write down all the books your family is reading plus sections were you can record favorite passages and a reviews. My favorite part of the book are the featured lists and the adventure quests. These are suggestions that require you to read about a specific topic like Newbery winners,  myths and legends,and different genres to name a few.  I can’t wait to get started on these lists. If you don’t want to pick up this book you can always use a spiral notebook or a journal to keep track of you families book lists.

 

Here are a few more ideas you can adding to your monthly Book Club Meeting:

  • Use this Book Genre Bingo 
  • Have smoothies or ice cream as a reward or just part of the meeting.( adding this to ours)
  • Serving yummy snacks makes everything more fun.(always need snacks)
  • Make a fort to read in or discuss your books.
  • Have a family movie night and watch the movie that goes with the book.
  • Add some conversations starters, Would You Rather questions, or even mad lib games.
  • Use journals for each person to use to record drawings, questions about the books, favorite parts, etc. Purchase colorful pens, stickers, paint, or markers to make it more fun.
  • Are you crafty? Find or create a craft that goes along with your theme or the season.( I can’t pass up a good craft)
  • Take your meeting outside and have a picnic in your backyard or at the park.
  • Enroll in the Pizza Hut Book It program and earn free pizza for reading books. Ages 5-12 only.
  • Have everyone act out their favorite scene. Use costumes if you can.

 

Try these games to make learning more fun:

 

 




 

Is there anything else you would add to your Family Book Club?

May 2018 “No Pressure” Meal Plan

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I can’t believe this is actually working for me! My April meal plan was a success so I’m going to continue this month with more meal ideas and a few snacks that are my must-haves. This month we start our summer break, and I plan on doing a lot more cooking and baking with the kids. I’ve also stepped up my game when it comes to snacks for me and for the kids. I’m in love with Clean Eats and Treats on Instagram. Her snack drawer is amazing and full of healthy on the go foods for the whole family. I love the convenience of having everything ready for us to grab and head out to the park or the zoo this Summer!

Like I mentioned last month, my meal plan in not in any order of what I will cook. Basically I could start with any meal I feel like at the moment. I do make a weekly meal plan so I know what items to shop for that week. I’ve put all the recipes below in a Pinterest board if you want to check out everything at one glance.

 

May No-Pressure Meal Plan

31 Meal Ideas

My Favorite Snacks (some links are affiliate links)

Evolve Protein Shakes

Sargento Balanced Breaks

Cashews from Target

Wholesome candy 

Larabars Fruit and Greens

G2G Protein Bars

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favorite snacks?

Family Date Night Binder and Planner

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I’ve been searching for a way to organize all the fun family, kids, and spouse dates I find online or create myself. So I created this FAMILY DATE NIGHT planner and binder to keep everything organized. Watch the video below to see how I set them up.

 

 

I find most of our date ideas from The Dating Divas website. They have TONS of great free ideas and sets you can purchase as well.

Here are a few free options:

15 Dates in 15 Minutes

Superhero Movie Marathon

Discover A New Town Together

Library Date Night

Mall Dare Date

Target Date Night

Seriously there are so many more to choose from! If you don’t have time to search the site and you want everything already put together for you then try these paid options below.


Year of Dates 2.0 | The Dating Divas

 


fun activities with mom and dad


murder mystery party kit


Year of Dates: Around the World


52 Date Night Ideas for Two | thedatingdivas.com

 


Envelope Date Night Kits | TheDatingDivas.com

 


Open When Date Box from The Dating Divas


sports date ideas


Year of Family Dates

This is such a great way to create a weekly family bonding tradition. Start small and print one activity for this week. Then do the same next week and so on until it becomes a habit. Change your family culture one week at a time.

How are you creating family time? Let me know in the comments below.