Tuesday, June 29, 2010

50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 10

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Day 10 - Organize An Ice Cream Social



Oh what fun it would be to gather all the kids for an ice cream social! Especially on a hot day, this would cool everyone down and have some fun at the same time!



What you'll need:

Variety Of Ice Cream
Ice Cream Toppings
Ice Cream Cones
Ice Cream Spoons

Play some games such as pin the cherry on the ice cream cone/sundae.


For older children and adults - match Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream flavors to their names:

Banana & Strawberry Ice Creams with Walnuts, Fudge Chunks & a Fudge Swirl = Banana Split

Cherry Ice Cream with Cherries & Fudge Flakes = Cherry Garcia

Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cups = Peanut Butter Cup

and so on. You can find all the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream flavors HERE.


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Saturday, June 26, 2010

50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 9

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Day 9 - Have A Back Yard Treasure Hunt





Plan a treasure hunt for your kids. Of course you'll need a real treasure map, which you can make yourself!

Materials (paper, pen, used tea bag, paper towel, cooking oil)

  1. Think about the map you want to make. It could be a path that uses landmarks, or it could be a verse that includes directions and distances. Make sure the start is easy to find, and the treasure is hidden somewhere where it won't be disturbed until the treasure hunters find it.
  2. Use a piece of white paper and draw your map. Include the compass points and any verse or written clues needed by the hunters to find the treasure. Different colored inks work fine, some pencil crayons will work too.
  3. Tear the edges off the page, to make it look like a treasure map.
  4. When you map is finished, wipe the wet tea bag over both sides of the page. The page will turn a light brown color. The page should be soaked through by the time you are finished.
  5. Crumple it into a ball and let dry over night.
  6. Gently open the map, and wipe both sides with cooking oil. Blot off the excess with paper towels.


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Friday, June 25, 2010

Pearl Paradise Review & Giveaway!

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I'm so excited that I had the opportunity to review a beautiful pair of Fresh Water Pearl Earrings from Pearl Paradise! They were the the Lavender Fresh Water Pearl Stud Earrings. Of course I love pearls, they're my favorite for jewelry! The best part with Pearl Paradise, (my opinion) is how the mark their earring 80% below retail!



Pearl Paradise is also offering to give one of my readers the exact pair of earring that I received!


To enter, please leave a comment below for each entry. There is a mandatory entry you must do before doing the other entries...

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Go to www.pearlparidise.com and tell me which piece of jewelry you like!



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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 8

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Day 8 - Go Berry Picking


Through the summer there are a lot of different kind of berries you and your child(ren) can pick. Visit a local farm that allows you to pick your own berries, and let the kids fill a basket. Make sure you tell them how you know that the berries are ripe, so you don’t get a basket full of sour green berries.



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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 7

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Day 7 - Make Your Own Bubble Soap


What child don't like to blow bubbles or try to catch bubbles as some one else blows them?
Have you and your child(ren) make some bubble soap together. Then have fun!

Recipe For Bubble Soap:

To make 2 ¼ cups

¼ cup of liquid dishwashing detergent
2 ¼ cups of distilled water
2 tablespoons of glycerin.
You can find glycerin at Amazon, Craft Stores and Drug Stores.



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Monday, June 21, 2010

50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 6

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Day 6 - Play Kick The Can


Kick the Can is kind of like hide-and-seek. The “finder” has to guard the can, and counts to 20 while the others hide. When the “finder” leaves the can to go look for the others, the “hiders” have to try to kick the can before being caught. If the “finder ” finds everyone before the can is kicked, he wins.


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 5

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Day 5 - Make Mud Paintings




Make some mud and let the kids create artwork on the sidewalk.
Cleanup is a snap with your garden hose.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 4

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Day 4 - Nature Scavenger Hunt


Give you child(ren) a list of things that you can find in nature,
then have them look in the yard for those items.

Some suggestions:

Fallon Acorn
Abandoned Nest
Leaves
Lost Feathers
Colorful Stones
Four Leaf Clover
Red Clover
Honeysuckle
Spiderweb
Frog
Wildflowers
Mushrooms
Ferns
Moss
Snail
Grasshopper



Need more information on how to plan a scavenger hunt? Click here.





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Friday, June 18, 2010

50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 3

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Day 3 - Backyard Olympics!



Plan a day to organize a backyard Olympics with your kids and friends!


Some ideas:

Water Balloon Toss
Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
Three Legged Race
Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
Bocce Game


You can get small & cheap awards for the winners!

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 2

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Day 2 - Have A Water Play Day!


Dig out the bathing suits, the water hose & sprinklers, it's time to get wet! Gather up and fill your water balloons & the squirt guns! Be sure to fill up the kids pool too. You can also make your own slip & slide by laying out a tarp and run the water hose on it. Fun, fun, fun!



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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 1

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For the next 50 days I will be posting fun summer ideas you
can do with your kids while they're on summer vacation!

Day 1 - Put Together A Sandbox For The Kids To Play In



Do you have a sandbox in the back yard? If not, you can, and it won't break the bank. If you have an old plastic kiddie pool or you may be able to buy a used one really cheap at a yard sale. Just put it in the back yard and fill it up with some sand. I actually have purchase color sand, blue that is for my boys, just to be different. Obviously, regular brown sand is fine. The children will spend hours playing in it.

Need some sand toys, Amazon offer's some great sand toys, but if money is tight, use old silverware, bowls, pots or anything around the house that the kids could use. You'd be surprise how much fun they can have with regular house hold items.



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Welcome Wednesday

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I'm looking for new blogs to check out, and follow. If you follow me, I'll follow you back, just let me know in a comment that you're following me. Have a great Wednesday!

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Wednesday Is Friendsday - Blog Follow Hop

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Head on over to The Mama Zone to find some more blogs to follow and get more to follow yours.
If you follow me, leave a comment so I can follow you back. Have a great friendsday, I mean Wednesday!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - The Boys Go Golfing

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The boys decided to go have some fun and play golf. They had a blast!










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Tuesday Tag-Along & Follow Me Back Tuesday

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Welcome to Tuesday Tag - Along and Follow Me Back Tuesday. If you like my blog, follow and I'll follow you back! Have a wonderful day Tuesday!

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

I Hate Bugs!

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My son hates bugs, and he tell's me this all the time. Especially when a fly flies by. Of course it don't help when mommy don't like certain kind of bugs too, like spiders, ack, I get the weeby geebies when I think of them. So how am I suppose to help my son overcome his fear of bugs when I have my own phobias of them.

Here are some things to try...

1. Do some research online or at your library about bugs. Read together why the bugs are here and what their purpose is.

2. Buy or borrow some children books that are about bugs. Some of my son's favorites are the Ten Little Ladybugs and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

3. Show that you're not scared of the bugs and go to Mr. Spider and say "hello" to it. Then encourage you child to say "hello" too. Then explain that Mr. Spider is here to eat the fly's and mosquito's, and the bee's make honey for us to eat!

4. Purchase a bug house. This way a child can learn and explore any bug you both choose.

5. Purchase a set of bug cards or find some cute bug images online and print them out & laminate them. Then go on a bug hunt. See how many bugs you can find together.


It may take some time, but hopefully bugs won't be so scary after learning and exploring about them!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Swagbucks & A $15 Itunes Giveaway

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First, I want to say I LOVE MY NEW BLOG DESIGN! Okay now that I got that out of my system I want to celebrate my new design by giving away one of my readers a $15 itunes gift card. I have received many itunes gift cards from my favorite search engine Swagbucks. For those of you who may not have heard of swagbucks it's a search engine like Google, Yahoo but better & it's free. Each time you use Swagbucks search you have a chance to win swagbucks. I win about 3 times day and each win is different. I've won 5, 10 even 20 swagbucks for each search. These all add up and you can cash in your swagbucks for all kinds of prizes. I like getting the gift cards, but they also have apparel & accessories, books & magazines, consoles & video games, digital wallpaper, electronics, kid stuff, health and beauty, movies & tv, mp3 downloads, office & school, poster prints, sports & collections & trading cards!

But searching is not the only way to win swagbucks. Here is a list of other ways to earn swagbucks!!

1. You can get 50 swagbucks on your birthday, my birthday is coming up really soon, can't wait!

2. Win 1 swagbuck every day by voting on their daily polls!

3. Trade in any old cell phones, mp3 players, video consoles & games for swagbucks!

4. Shop. Swagbucks offers LOTS of places (Walmart, The Children's Place, HSN, Lakeside Collection, Avon, Snapfish and much more!) you can shop at and most places, you will receive 2 swagbucks for each dollar you spend!

5. They also have surveys you can fill out to earn some swagbucks. This is new and I haven't tried it yet, but I know I will be!


So, what do you think? Sounds pretty cool huh! So now it's time to win that $15 itunes gift card!

Mandatory Entry: (You must do this entry before you can enter the other entries) Head on over to Swagbucks.com and tell me what other cool prizes you would like to receive.

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Giveaway ends June 21, 2010

Winner will be chosen by random.org and has 48 hours to respond via email. No response I will choose another winner.




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A Day With Papa!

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Today our family spent the day with Papa P, Adam's dad. The boys get to see him about once every month or two. But I know this month we'll be seeing him twice, today and on Father's day. Anyway, when Papa showed up at our house the boys all piled up on him, and of course he got just as carried away as the boys did. After about a half an hour of playing and giggling we all got in to my mom's van (thank you mom for letting us borrow it), and headed off for lunch at Friendly's!

Papa helping Tristan on the Friendly's activity pad


After Friendly's we went to the miniature golf course. Even the younger boys had fun, and they didn't even played.



Papa pushing Brayden & Jayden in their stroller, of course this only lasted a few minutes.


Papa, Daddy & Tristan played one round of miniature golf. 18 holes was enough for all of us, but everyone had a blast! We've decided to add this to our summer fun box! My muscles hurt from pushing the two younger boys. There were a lot of hills and I was pushing at least 60 pounds not counting the stroller.



Daddy, Tristan & Papa hitting some balls!

Luckily, we don't keep score, they're just playing to have fun. Though Daddy did get 2 hole in one's, does that mean he wins? After we were all done we got into the van and headed home. 2 out of the 3 boys feel asleep, yup, the younger two. What a great day!



The three amigo's after they got done playing golf.
This picture will definitely go in the family album!


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