Nothing can throw a wrench in your routine more than kids being out of school for the summer. Whether they’re home all day or go to camp, the change in routines and the hotter weather calls for some adapting.
I know I definitely need to make things easier and more streamlined to avoid summer stress. Here are a few ways I adapt for a lower stress summer.
And be sure to read all the way through to check out the awesome way you can save on summer haircare now!
Lots of fabulous mamas have said they love my hat from my Mother’s Day social media posts. (more…)
This is a guest post by my longtime friend Corey, owner of Best Part Photography. She’s been taking stunning pictures of beautiful families for nearly ten years. Check out her pro tips on taking the best beach photos.
I strive to be super organized. I mean, I make lists for my lists. No joke.
So when the kids are out of school and home all day, it really throws a wrench in my daily organization. So I need separate organization plans just for summer. Yep, I’m a nerd.
If you need a little extra organization and fun ideas for summer check out some of these awesome printables I’ve compiled for you. (more…)
It’s summer! Let’s go to a theme park!.. you say. It will be fun!.. you say.
It’s the hottest time of the year! Let’s go somewhere that costs a fortune with thousands of other people for attractions that we’ll need to stand in line for, for hours at a time!.. is the reality.
Theme parks do have their challenges. And the best times to go, frankly, are not summer, spring break or around any holidays. But the reality is, those are busy times because that’s when people are more able to go.
So go in the summer you must. But first, check out this advice to make it a little easier. (more…)
I would estimate that I’ve spent about 960 hours on road trips with my kids. That’s a total of 40 entire days people!
And after 960 hours you learn some things you should do. Pack electronics loaded with lots of games and movies. Pack lots of snacks. Make regular potty stops and make them go whether they think they need to or not. (You can check out more tips from a dozen awesome moms in my previous post, Traveling With Kids.)
Along the way to 960 hours you also learn lots of stuff NOT to do. (more…)
Traveling with kids is, in a word, challenging.
In more words, it can make you want to stick a red-hot poker in your eye. But not all the time. Sometimes they fall asleep.
But seriously, it does take work to keep things from spinning out of control, or before you know it, you’re driving with the windows down praying for an exit while your little boy pees (or tries to) in a soda bottle. Let’s say that happened to a friend.
So here are some of my tips, gathered painfully over eight years of nine + hour road trips between the south and midwest with two little cranky humans. And some tips from 12 other moms who’ve been there, done that and lived to tell about it.. possibly over a glass of wine.. or to our therapists.. or over wine with our therapists. (more…)
I’ve been intrigued with educational subscription boxes for a while. The concept is genius. A box comes right to your door filled with books and tools to teach kids about science, geography, nature, different languages and cultures.
So I enlisted five fellow mom bloggers to offer their reviews on eight of the most popular boxes. You can compare them here to find one that might be perfect for your child and budget. (more…)
The library is one of our go-to places throughout the summer. Partly because of the air conditioning. 🙂
They have tons of stuff planned for families. We also play our own games.
Check out these super simple games that will keep your kids interested for hours. (more…)
It feels like each May the mad scramble begins for parents to make summer plans for their kids. Ideally, we just want them to stay off screens most of the time and hopefully be active. And if we can work in some education too, perfect!
Each year I take advantage of as many free opportunities as possible. And fortunately, there are a lot of them. Our family spends a lot of time at the library. Movies and bowling are also favorites. That is, when we’re not in the pool. 🙂
Check out these free or nearly free activities you can sign your kids up for. And a few DIY games you can utilize as well. (more…)