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Summer Fun: Craft a Celebrate Banner

supplies for celebrate banner

Ready to celebrate the advent of summer? Print out this easy Celebrate banner craft and have a decoration to use all summer long. Summer is cause for celebration. It’s a time to scale back, not worry about signing homework folders or teaching math lessons, and relax. It’s time to say YES to your kids and […]

Summer Fun: Places to Go

places to go checklist

Be ready for summer days and the summer daze. Brainstorm a list of fun places to go with your kids. We’ve got a week and a half of school left. Then, I’m ready to switch gears and start our summer routine. We’ve got some fun things planned, including hanging out with our neighbors and getting […]

DIY on a Dime: Summer Fun Journal

summer fun journal printable

Record memories of the summer with this free printable summer fun journal. For years I’ve wanted to give my kids a journal/scrapbook experience over the summer. I had the idea that every day we could record the stuff we did and that at the end of the summer, we’d have a memory book to look […]

Choosing A Summer Dress To Fit You Perfectly

Rectangle Collage

The weather is warming up, and summer is right around the corner. Now, with upcoming graduations and weddings to attend, is the perfect time to find a dress that fits you perfectly! Life as MOM contributor Rena shows you how. Here are three typical body types and three cute dresses that are available for purchase […]

Summer Gear: Sunscreen

girl at the pool

I’ve partnered with Neutrogena and the Motherhood to present this info about sunscreen. The season has begun! We’ve been to the pool and the beach a few times already. I did a clothing check yesterday so that my kids neither look like ragamuffins nor lose their drawers when diving into the pool. My poor 9-year-old […]

Visiting and Vacationing in San Diego

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Whether you live in San Diego or are just visiting, it’s a great place to play the tourist. Even better when you can do it on a budget. We moved to San Diego almost five years ago. Before stepping off the plane from Kansas City, I’d only been here three times in my memory — […]

DIY on a Dime: The Summer To Do List

summer to do list

Plan for summer fun now. Make a list and check it — at least twice. I have long been the fan of the summer to do list, aka summer bucket list. A friend hooked me onto the idea about ten years ago, and it’s been a summer tradition ever since. A glimpse at the lists […]

Eat Well Spend Less: Summer Parties on a Budget

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Host a summer party without spending too much or working too hard. Eat well and spend less; that’s the name of the game. Summertime parties, typically, are outdoor affairs. Even if it’s hot and humid, we tend to congregate outside. Hopefully, with a pool or lake within easy reach. I have fond childhood memories of […]