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5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Get Ready for Summer

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Planning a great summer doesn’t take a lot of money. Consider these ideas for frugal summer fun. Summer is just around the bend. For us that means a lighter school load. We still do math and literature through the summer, but we go a little more relaxed about it. For other families, kids are home […]

S’mores Fudge

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Homemade candy is such a treat to make with your kids. Try this recipe for fudge that evokes the taste of s’mores without all the smoke. The first time I tried to make fudge, I was in first grade. I had a crush on a boy whose name I do not remember. I wanted to […]

Summer Fun: Make “Perfume”

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Let your children create their own “perfume” from fresh flowers this summer. Life as MOM contributor Janel will show you how her girls do it. All Photos: Janel Piersma When we first arrived back in California for our summer of house-sitting, we stayed at the home of some dear friends in the charming little town […]

FREE Printable Scavenger Hunt

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Scavenger hunts can be a ton of fun for kids. Remember the days of running through the neighborhood, asking folks if you could have a shoe or a paperclip, in the hopes that your team would win the scavenger hunt? I’ve created a short but sweet scavenger hunt list that you can print off and […]

Enjoy Blueberries with Sal

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Enjoy blueberries and the classic book Blueberries with Sal with your little ones this summer. Summer is the perfect time to go berry picking. Strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are all in season somewhere in the country. A perfect accompaniment to the berry picking is a reading of Blueberries with Sal by Robert McCloskey and a few “extension” […]

Real Live, Screen-Free Games

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Summer time is a great time to shut down the devices and play real live, screen-free games. This post does include Amazon affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. It’s taken a few weeks, but I “think” that we’ve reigned in […]

Summer Fun: 30 Ways to Get Outside!

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Need some fresh inspiration for getting outside with your peeps this weekend? Try one of these cheap and easy ways to enjoy the great outdoors: 1. Take a Walk 2. Build Something 3. Fly a Kite 4. Go For a Bike Ride 5. Play in the Water 6. Draw with Sidewalk Chalk 7. Go Bird Watching

How to Get the Sand Off When You’re at the Beach

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Got sandy feet at the beach? Here are a few tricks for dealing with sand: water, baby powder, and time. One of my kids’ favorite things to do at the beach is to play in the sand and build castles, forts, moats, and other sandy constructions. Second to that, of course, is body surfing. They […]