10 things NOT to include in your summer planning

Happy May! Today is my official summer planning day and wow… I feel like I’m running behind.  I’m trying to plan out blogging, vacation, summer camps, budgets, business, and menus all in one go.

Fortunately, I’m not starting from scratch. I’ve done summer before. Some of them were better than others. I tend to keep a log of lessons learned. For each major holiday or season, I jot down what works and what doesn’t.   Today’s post is inspired by lessons of summers past. [Read more…]

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Labor Day Weekend Summer Recipe Roundup

 

It’s Labor Day weekend!  The official last weekend of summer grilling and cookouts.   In honor of the weekend of summer cooking, I’m rounding up my favorite summer recipe posts from the past two years.

Enjoy. [Read more…]

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A look back on Summer Boredom

My most popular post this summer has been 281 Ideas to Beat Summer Boredom.

281 summer boredom busters

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I’ve received comments thanking me for an amazing list.

For those readers, thank you.  I love your feedback.  I hope the list helped you when you needed it most.  I figure it  kept a low level of fun going all summer long. Either that or you had a great weapon to use when your kids got whiney and rejected every single suggestion you could come up with.

I’ve received comments telling me it was a list of the most lame and boring ideas that could ever have been compiled.

For those readers… yep. You’re right.  It was a list of  everyday stuff.  There wasn’t a single high budget or high effort idea on the list.  If you were looking for a list of ways to amaze your kids with cool stuff like day trips to water parks, road trips to the museum of french fries, and Pinterest worthy crafts then you were disappointed.  It wasn’t intended to be that kind of list.  I never pretended otherwise.

But I didn’t get any feedback on whether or not the list actually worked.

If you remember, I started the summer with a simple premise.  My kids need to be bored. [Read more…]

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Summer Saturday – Just like when I was little

It’s a summer Saturday.

As I write this, my kids are watching Woody Woodpecker.  My husband is cutting the grass.  I’ve cooked a hot breakfast.  Once the yard is done, we have an afternoon of family fun planned.

Just like when I was a kid.

Without realizing it, our family found that old time routine of yard cutting and chores on Saturday morning before playing all afternoon.

And it just feels… right.

Until a few weeks ago, we had a yard guy that came and cut the grass.  Between a desire to do a little budget cutting and a need to teach our kids some responsibility, we fired the yard guy.   We decided it was time to teach our boys to cut the grass and do yard chores.

Suddenly, everything just fit.

Summer Saturday Routine [Read more…]

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104 days of summer vacation…

… and school comes along just to end it.

We started our summer vacation sooner than just about anyone I know.  We got out May 24th.  So I may be a little further along in the summer vacation stages than you are.

(by the way, I just calculated… there are only 81 days in our summer vacation)

But I have this theory about summer vacation.  I think ALL of us go through the same stages of enjoyment, tolerance, resignation,  and eagerness.

(there are only 31 days left before our 1st day of school.  that’s only a MONTH!  we go back earlier than anyone i know, so your numbers may not be so exciting.)

At the start of the summer, we are all excited about the lack of schedule and the freedom to sleep late.  Enjoyment is high.  Our kids are easily entertained, the house is still clean, and we’re all relaxed and happy.

(but really, it’s more like 21 weekdays.  weekends don’t count.)

dont look in the laundry roomAfter a few weeks, the excitement wears off.  The lack of routine has turned our home upside down.  The kids stay up late and we stay up later.  We’d all sleep in except that SOMEONE still has to go to work.  We won’t mention the laundry pile.  Just don’t open the laundry room door please.  Suddenly, activities and outings seem like a great idea.  It will help everyone to get out of the house.  Summer vacation is tolerable, but no longer exciting. [Read more…]

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July friends.  I hope you’re having fun.

As is our tradition, I woke up this morning to the sound of fire engines.  Ever year, I forget that we live three houses off of a parade route.  We scrambled to get dressed and were in time to see the whole thing.

My kids came home with gobs of candy.  Some of it was clearly leftover Halloween and Easter candy.  To be honest, that’s pretty fair.  I think I handed out leftover July 4th parade candy for Halloween one year.

We’d only lived in our home for a month the first time we were awakened by the sound of sirens for July 4th.  I remember standing there holding the hands of my two diaper clad boys as they watched the parade go by.

They were in awe. [Read more…]

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