Ice & Water Activities for Hot Summer Days

We know it's coming -- the heat of summer is creeping in and soon we will all be seeking out the comforts of shade and air-conditioning.  For the kids, they would much rather run under a sprinkler or enjoy some 'cool' water play! ...
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The Ultimate Road Trip Guide for Families -- Packing Tips & Why Getting There is Half the Fun

Great ideas for packing the car, side trips and road trip activities with kids!When we got married, my husband and I moved half-way across the country and away from every relative we had.  It was hard the first few years to not have al...
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Kids Books that Celebrate Fireworks, the Flag and July 4th

Each summer, our kids look forward to seeing fireworks on July 4th.  We have a great spot where we are able to view firework displays for 3 locations and my daughter's favorite part is sitting on the top of the car to see them. July ...
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Vacation Craft for Kids: Travel Buckets & Bags

Vacation Craft for Kids: Travel Buckets & Bags

It's summertime, which for many families also means traveling so it's time for some awesome road trip activities that will keep the kids busy on those long trips! We are a big traveling family -- for as long as I can remember, we've taken a...
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Playgrounds - Invitations to Play for PARENTS

Attention Parents:  What do you do when you see something like this?   Do you send your kids over to play and explore?  Or do you pick up a mallet and make some music?...
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Amazing Ideas for Creative Backyard Play this Summer

Try these backyard games & activities for awesome summer fun this year!We love spending time outdoors during the summer.Well, I LOVE to be outside no matter what!  Our kids really enjoy it as long as there's something fun to do.&nb...
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30 Life Skills Your Kids Can Master this Summer

Inspire your kids to get really, really good at something with this list of life skills kids can master!Summer’s here! Those run-barefoot-read-in-the-hammock-eat-popsicles-outside kind of days that kids just love.  But that does...
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Our Summer Bucket List

  Well, today's the day!  It's the last day of school for the kids here.  As I put the finishing touches on this post, my oldest is completing his final exams and my youngest is enjoying the school talent show.  They ...
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Our Summer Adventure List - Fun Activities to do this Summer

  I'm so excited about today's post!  For a few reasons -- first, we had a great time creating it and second, it's a post about SUMMER! For the past few weeks, we've been working on our Summer Adventure List - a.k.a. the summe...
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Celebrate Christmas in July

Every year since my kids were young, we've celebrated 'Christmas in July'.  A fun little day when we forget about the heat of summer, spend some time together and make a memory or two. The first thing I do is to designate a day when w...
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23 Ideas for Frozen Fun this Summer

It seems that the summer heat is settling in for a while - and everyone knows that hot kids are not happy kids!  Here's some fun 'frozen' ideas to beat the heat with ice, cold snacks and cool activities....
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Family Camping Activities in Your Own Backyard

Fun family camping activities perfect for your backyard!Planning to camp-out with the kids? A backyard camp-out might be the perfect start for your family!Why the backyard?It's a great place to 'test the waters' when the kids are young...
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Books for Summer Fun

Heading to the beach this summer?  Or maybe you're planning a camp-out?  We've got some great reads for you to take along - explore a picture book, bring a chapter book to read aloud or grab a guide book for ideas on games and act...
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34 Ways to Be a Cool Parent This Summer

Looking for some memorable things to do this summer? Need some new ideas on easy & fun things to do with the kids?  Try a few of these quick, FREE or low-cost, have-fun-at-the-drop-of-a-hat ideas.  Your kids will think you...
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