Planning Vacations for a Range of Ages

As you may know, our six kids are ranged in age from one to thirteen. We represent almost every developmental stage of childhood. Makes for some complex parenting. One thing we’ve struggled with over time is provide activities and to plan vacations that can suit the whole crew. Today, over at Simple Homeschool, I’m sharing […]

Freezer Smoothies, Summer Recipes & An Ultimate Recipe Swap

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Hot? Sweaty? Ready to cool off? Well, today’s the day to share your favorite summer recipes on Ultimate Recipe Swap. Summer favorites usually lend themselves to being quick to prepare without heating up the kitchen. Often they are on the cooler side, like salads and chilled sandwiches. But BBQ, grilled meats, or even an easy […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Gone to the Dogs

Summer days can slip by before you know it. Make the most of it by planning a few enrichment activities to enjoy with your children through out the next few weeks and months. After all, all of life is learning. And summer learning can be the most enjoyable, especially since the pressure’s off. Photo Source: […]

Summer’s Here! Plan to Have Fun

Ready to have a great time this summer with your kids? While spontaneous adventure is great, a little planning will ensure that you don’t spend the next three months playing video games. Make a summer to-do list We’ve done this for several summers now, thanks to some friends who passed on their family tradition to […]

Meal Planning: Easy Summer Meals

Summertime says, “Slowdown and relax,” to me. It doesn’t mean that we really have a slower schedule. But fewer obligations, longer days, and warmer weather suggest a vacation mentality. Easier said than done. While the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer can’t usually take the whole summer off, there are things that we can do to […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Have Fun with Your Peeps This Summer

One of the best ways to celebrate lazy summer days is to host a summer camp for your kids. Yes, your own kids. You may think that it is smooth sailing, once school lets out. Au contraire. Unless you’re up for unlimited video games and TV watching, you’re going to need a plan.

(I say this all the time, don’t I?)

Have Bag, Will Travel (or Go to the Beach, or the Park, or on a Picnic)

Now’s the season for getting out and about. The weather is warming up. Spring fever has hit. And the outdoors beckons you to load up the family and head out for adventure.

But, do you ever find yourself…

at the beach or other fun locale, and the weather turns cold, and tshirts and shorts just won’t cut it?
on a family field trip at a location where budget-friendly meals are a foreign concept?
at the park for an impromptu outing and find that you have no balls or toys in the car?
on a road trip without sufficient activities for the kids to amuse themselves with?
on your way to a faraway special event only to find out that someone made it into the car without any shoes?

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Is it gone already? Where did it go? My 42 days of summer vacation are spent before I even got warmed up. And I had such big plans! How did I spend it? – I cleaned the schoolroom from top to bottom. My dreams to do the whole house fell by the way-side. I’m so […]