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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 […]

DIY on a Dime: Summer Fun

beach boys

Last night we took the kids to Pizza Port and then walked along the beach. It was a blazing hot day here, so it was really nice to cool off at the beach. Though they were fully dressed, FishBoys 8 and 10 had an absolute blast bodysurfing. It prompted me to ask WHY?!?! don’t  we do […]

It’s Time to Get Outside!

Summer 5

The seasons are changing (finally). Turn off the screens and get outside. Spring fever has finally hit. The end of the school year is near enough in sight that I can anticipate a more relaxed routine. I’m working on some very fun activities for us moms to do with our kids as well as dusting […]

Make the Most of Summer Produce (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Make the most of summer produce sales and freshness! Check out this round up of recipes featuring what’s at its peak during the summertime. Sometime last August, our family started subscribing to a weekly produce delivery. To say that it has changed the way we cook and eat is an understatement. Ours is a year-round […]

The Benefits of a Hotel Staycation

A hotel staycation is just the ticket to rest and relaxation for the whole family — without the hassle and cost of travel time. Disclosure: Our accommodations at Grand Pacific Palisades were provided complimentary by Grand Pacific Resorts. All opinions are my own. This post also includes an Amazon referral link. If you make a purchase through that […]

Fun Learning for the 4th of July

Plan for fun and learning on the 4th of July with these menu, book, and movie ideas. Photo source: Heidi The Fourth of July is next week?! How did that happen? Time is flying. It seems that the 4th often takes our family by surprise. Last year, the sun was setting and one of the […]

Summer Planning for Families

Having a plan, even a loose one, can help summer days be more enjoyable and productive for the whole family. Week two of our summer vacation is behind us. It was busy, as always. While it was happening though, I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing much. But looking at the list, I guess it […]