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Fun and Fast Halloween Snacks

31 Oct

What does everyone automatically think of when they think of Halloween?  CANDY!

But what I have found is that the kids that hang out at our house for Halloween night prefer snacks other than candy.  Of course they will dig in to their candy bags after Halloween, but for the party night that is Halloween in our neighborhood, here are some fun and easy ideas that you can try for your little ghouls & goblins!!!

Halloween Snack Mix

1 Bag Chex Mix

1 Bag Candy Corn Harvest Mix

1 Bag Peanut M&M’s

1 Bag Plain M&M’s

Combine in large bowl.

Could this be ANY easier???

halloween snack mix

Banana Pop Ghosts:

Bananas

White Candy Melts

Mini Chocolate Chips (for eyes)

Popsicle Sticks (lollypop sticks don’t support the weight as well…)

Wax Paper

Cut bananas in half and freeze them for 30 minutes. Insert Popsicle sticks and dip them in melted white candy melts. Add eyes & freeze until ready to serve.

Kids love these little ghostly creations!

ghost banana pops

Cheese-Fingers

Courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine

Mozzarella string cheese

Green bell pepper

Cream cheese

Use a paring knife to cut each string in half and then round off one end to make it look like the top of a finger.  Carve out a shallow area where the fingernail will be – just below the rounded end of the ‘finger’.  (You may want to use gloves or plastic wrap so your fingers don’t smudge the texture of the cheese.)

Mark the joint right below the nail as well as the knuckle joint by carving out tiny horizontal wedges of cheese, as pictured.

For the fingernails, slice a green bell pepper into 3/8-inch-wide strips. Set the strips skin side down on your work surface and trim the pulp so that it’s about half as thick. Then cut the strips into ragged-topped nail shapes and stick them in place at the ends of the fingers with dabs of cream cheese.

Watch the kids (and adults) reactions when they check these out!

cheese finger food

Carrot-Finger Food

Courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine

Vegetable dip

4 long carrots

1 medium carrot

Softened cream cheese

Sliced-almonds (5 to be exact!)

Baby carrots

To prepare them, just fill a serving bowl with your favorite vegetable dip. Wash and peel 4 long carrots for fingers and 1 medium carrot for a thumb.

With a paring knife (a parent’s job), cut a flat, shallow notch in the tip of each carrot. Then use a dab of dip or softened cream cheese to glue a sliced-almond fingernail atop each notch.

Stick the fingers in the dip, as shown, and serve with plenty of peeled baby carrots for dipping.

A creepy way to serve veggies and dip!

carrot finger food

Dracula Donuts

Glazed donuts

Chocolate chips (for the eyes)

Plastic Dracula teeth

The Dracula teeth go in the center of the donut, press 2 chocolate chips point side down into the donut for the eyes.

This is ALMOST as easy to make as the Halloween Snack Mix and will get a great reaction!!!

dracula donuts

Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers

Since you have to eat dinner on Halloween, I suggest you make these to start your night out – I made these last week and my family loved them…

Green, red, orange and yellow peppers

Hamburger

Rice

Spaghetti sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Using a paring knife, cut jack-o-lantern faces into the peppers.  Boil the peppers in water for 10 minutes.  While the peppers are boiling, brown the hamburger meat and cook the rice (I use minute rice for the quickest preparation).  Mix together the hamburger, rice, spaghetti sauce and mozzarella together and stuff in the peppers.  Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

stuffed peppers

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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Summer Activities for Toddlers

25 Jul

Summer is a busy time of year, and toddlers are always busy, so what can you do to entertain them during the summer?  Here are a few fun ideas I found from some crafty bloggers:

Fluffy Shaving Cream Paint

http://www.sweethappylife.com/2012/activities/toddler-games-activities/toddler-indoor-activities/fluffy-shaving-cream-paint/

shaving cream paint

Such a simple idea, but one you should probably do outside where you can hose the little kids down after they are done!

Supplies:

Shaving Cream (I used an inexpensive on-sale brand)

Food coloring

Small bowls

Kids paint brushes

Paper (or something to paint on)

Put 3-4 drops of food coloring into the bottom of each bowl. Squirt shaving cream into each bowl and mix with the end of a metal spoon until the color is mostly incorporated. Add a couple more drops of coloring to the shaving cream as needed to intensify the color.  That’s it!

Note: You might be able to do this with whipped cream from the can too! (I haven’t tried it.)

– See more at: http://www.sweethappylife.com/2012/activities/toddler-games-activities/toddler-indoor-activities/fluffy-shaving-cream-paint/#sthash.p0S6tWz8.dpuf

Make Your Own Sidewalk Paint

http://kimmccrary.blogspot.com/2012/06/summer-fun-last-day-of-school.html#.Ue_Tsm086W1

sidewalk paint

Supplies:

1 part cornstarch (1 c.)

1 part water (1 c.)

food coloring (we used neon colors)

sponge brushes

Mix corn starch and water. Add food coloring and mix.

*I used a muffin tin for extra large muffins to hold the paint. One cup of cornstarch and one cup of water filled them about half way. The paint stretched further than I thought. I also included a sponge brush for each color–just simpler.

Edible Candy Necklace

http://blondieandbrownies.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/edible-candy-necklace/

edible candy necklace

I love this idea because of its double duty nature – First – it’s a craft and Second – it will serve as a traveling snack.  This one is nice for snacking in the car since I hate to give a little bowl of crackers to my niece to munch on.  As soon as I pull out of the driveway, I usually hear “Uh-oh” as the bowl slips out of her hands and hits the floor.  Before I give it to her in the car, I will certainly make sure she can successfully bite the snacks off the string without sucking on the string.  I wouldn’t want her to choke.

Since it has been so warm out, I think I will be looking for cookies and pretzels without chocolate.  That’s a mess just waiting to happen.

goldfish crackers

Oh, how I wish Goldfish crackers had a hole in them so they could be included in this activity!!!

Water Play

http://www.teachpreschool.org/2013/07/one-inch-water-play/

Water Play

I love how this Early Education grandmother takes such a simple concept (a little water and small objects you can put in the water) and lets her grandson explore what he wants to do with it.  I am definitely going to do this with my niece.  She will especially love to wash the ‘dishes’ or ‘toys’.  She loves to wash things in the sink, and I never thought to make her very own ‘sink’ with a tub of soap and water.

washing the toys

Learning in a Tub of Rice – more educational than I thought!

http://www.teachpreschool.org/2012/06/early-writing-skills-can-be-found-in-a-tub-of-rice/

tub of rice

At first I assumed that this was a dry version of the Water Play (above) because I’ve seen this activity done with lots of rice and the kids burying toys and feeling the textures.  Who knew, less could actually be more?

I definitely plan on trying all of these simple activities with my niece.  Do you have any more ideas you can share?

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Summer Sports – Survival Guide – Post #3

11 Jul

One of the best things about kids being on a team is seeing them start as a bunch of individuals and seeing them build friendships throughout the season and really come together as a team.  Kids make friends so easily when they share common interests.  A little help from coaches and parents can go a long way in helping this process along.  A team that plays together stays together.  In this post I’d like to share some of the things that my son’s baseball team did to turn individual boys into friends.

Making New Friends

Parents talking at practice/parties – Parents and kids are both required to dedicate themselves to the team.  Kids are required to be at every practice and game (commitment is for 7 days a week).  The fact that every family supports the kids is a wonderful example of how we as parents are committed to the team and shows the kids that they should also be as dedicated.  One of the biggest examples of this is the fact that many parents actually bring their kids to practice and stay for the 2+ hours watching every practice.  Many friendships among the parents begin during these practice times.

parents in bleachers

Team Van – Our team mom was able to secure a 15 passenger van that she decorated with the kid’s names & jersey numbers as well as ‘Berlin All Stars’ (we live in Berlin, CT).  We meet at our home field before every game and all the kids piled into the van to ride together.  The kids love to get to travel together and it showed a real team presence as we drove up to the field in a decorated van.  The coach would give the kids a pep talk while they were in the van before we left our home field and revved the kids up for the ride.

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Team Song – Each year the kids come up with a popular song that they all sing in the van on the way to the games.  Last year the ‘team song’ was “Call me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen.  The kids had the best time with this song because this was a song that the Harvard baseball team had made up some arm movements to go with the song.  Each day, the kids would sing and ‘dance’ in their seats on the way to every game.  Our kids had the best time with this song!

singing in van

 

Equipment Truck – As a simple form of team unity, my husband would pile all of the kid’s baseball bags and the team equipment in the back of his pickup truck and follow the team van to get to the games.  The kids would pile out of the van and go over to the equipment truck to get their gear.  This is something that didn’t go unnoticed by the other teams…

equipment truck

 

Caravan to the games for parents that could travel early – In addition to the Team Van and the Equipment Truck, we have a Caravan of parents that drive behind these vehicles to get to the games.  This shows part of our families’ commitment to the team because we travel to games together at least 2 hours before game time.  Many parents need to leave work very early (like taking a ½ vacation day) to travel to every weekday game.

caravan of cars

“Fan Shirts” – One of the best ways to show team unity is for the fans to show their team spirit with team shirts.  Last year the mom’s on our team got matching All Star tank tops when our kids won the District championship.  We wore these tanks at every game while the team played on in the next round of play.  The funny thing is, the dads were far too superstitious to wear fan shirts.  They had to wear same shirt they had been wearing and even had to stand in same order next to each other at fence as long as kids were winning…)  This year we ordered fan shirts before the season started with their kids name and number on the back so now our dad’s can wear the same clothes AND show their team spirit!

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Going out to dinner – One of the easiest ways for team building was the picking a local restaurant and a bunch of families go to dinner after the games.  Since we would meet so early before the games, everyone would be starving by the time the game ended.  Since there would be so many of us, we would generally get seated at multiple tables.  The kids would all sit together and the parents would sit nearby.  This gave the kids time to decompress and relive the game and the parents would have the same opportunity to relax and have some fun.

Practice dinners – Because of the time commitment of practices every day with practices ending after 7:30 pm, we have been organizing dinners after practices.  Each night, one family organizes a dinner to bring to the field so the families can eat dinner right after practice.  What a huge help it is to not have to start making a dinner after 8:00pm!

team dinners

Pool parties / Lake House party – Summer means hot weather, and summer fun.  Weekend games are often followed up by a family offering to have the families back to their house for a pool party.  These parties are often kept simple by ordering pizzas – allowing the kids to relax and be kids in a pool.  The adults can hang out and talk while enjoying a few drinks.

pool party (2)

Sharing Memories – One of the easiest ways to capture the memories is to share pictures with the team families on a shared website.  I have used Shutterfly for years and have set up a free ‘Share Site’ for many of the teams my son has been on through the years (this is also great to do if you are a room parent for your child’s elementary school class – lots of nice features for a classroom).  At the end of the season you can easily pull together a commemorative book for families to buy, or to give as coaches gifts.

Shutterfly Share Site

What are some of your favorite ways to bring a team together?  Share them with us by commenting on this post.

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Summer Sports – Survival Guide – Intro Post

22 Jun

School just got out, but Summer Sports has already started.  What??? Yup, you heard me, summer sports begin before school gets out!!!!

school-s-out-written-on-a-chalkboard

Translation: parents that commit to summer sports commit to give up any chance of a normal summer vacation.

In order to participate in All Star Baseball in our town, the parents must sign a contract that you are committing to the team and you agree that your child cannot miss a practice or a game for the duration of the teams eligibility to play.  Aka – the better the team is, the longer your child will play and the longer your baseball commitment is.

sign contract

We’ve been through this before so it’s not new to us…. last summer, my son was chosen to play on our town’s 10 year old All Star baseball team.  The teams were declared before school ended and daily practices start THAT SAME DAY.  Lucky for us, the team did well and won their District championship.  This put us on the path to play in the Sectionals for our state.  They were eventually eliminated from the tournament so they turned around and played in a local tournament – you know, for good measure…

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Baseball finished at the very end of July – but NO WORRIES, Football started on August 1st.  But that commitment is only 4 days a week.  Can you say ‘Long Weekend’ for a family summer vacation?

weekend getaway

This may drive some folks crazy, but we consider ourselves fortunate for the opportunity for our son to experience the honor of getting to represent our town in the best of baseball.  What this does mean though is family life changes quite a bit, and we are more ‘on the road’ than ever.  Between the busy schedule and the heat of summer, we have come up with some ideas that make life a little easier – for all the baseball families involved.

baseball

baseball (Photo credit: theseanster93)

In the next few posts, I will share with you some of the things that worked for us last year and will hopefully help you survive the summer sports season – or any other summer activities you and your family participates in….

Checklist

Stay Tuned for our suggestions, and we are anxiously hoping to hear from you with tips & tricks you have employed to survive the Summer Season!!!

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Father’s Day Memories

13 Jun

by Rich Dunn

Many men will tell you that the gift that they would desire on Father’s Day is 5 – 6 hours of uninterrupted couch time with the clicker in hand in front of any sports event on TV… however that is just not the case.  The real gift that most REAL Dads want is to spend some good time with their families…

There are many fun and interesting things to do on Father’s day … A trip to the Beach … a trip to a Museum … or a trip to a Movie … BUT my favorite Father’s Day was the visit to our local Minor League team game.  The New Britain Rock Cats (the Minor League affiliate to the Minnesota Twins) have an event every Father’s day where the Dads and the Kids can have a catch on the field before the game.  One such Father’s Day remains one of my best memories.  In a homage to the movie Field of Dreams and as baseball is one the cornerstones of American culture, a day like this is a great Father’s Day idea.

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My wife, son and I went to a game one father’s day a few years back and we were able to have a catch on the field with a bunch of other Fathers and Sons. My son was around 4 years old when we did this.  He is now 12 but it was a great day to spend with my family.

… The Dads gathering on the field with their boys hunting out a good spot for a catch …

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Once we got or spot out in Left Field we had our catch … it is fun to compare the 4 yr old version vs. the 12 yr old version … I think that his form has not changed much even though HE has changed a bit …

… In the blink of an eye things change; He is now 12 … but his form is about the same …

First is The Wind-Up …

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… and then The Throw …

and the throw

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Once we finished our catch we got our seats on the 3rd base line …

ready to watch a Rock Cats game

To this day I don’t even remember who won the game … that is not important … but it is one of my favorite days …at the end if it is baseball … fishing … a movie … or the beach … hanging out for a few hours together on Fathers Day is the way to go!!

What special days have you shared with your family?  Share your favorite Father’s Day memories with us.

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Fun Foods for Memorial Day

23 May

Memorial Day is upon us, and in our house we are having our first get together of the Summer season as we celebrate my son’s 12th birthday.  In planning the party, I went straight to Pinterest to check out all the fun things I’ve been ‘saving up’ for just an occasion.

I thought I’d share with you a few of the ideas that I will be including in our celebration, in the hopes that you might find one or two things that you might want to try to make your memorial Day weekend a bit more festive!  As I go, I will be including the links to the source of these recipes so you can check out what other ideas these authors have that you may like.

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Fruit Flag

Fruit Flag

Strawberry, blueberry and banana kabobs line up beautifully to salute the grand ol’ flag. The berries are the perfect colors for this no-fuss patriotic dessert (marshmallows make perfect white stripes, too). A drizzle of chocolate syrup goes great with these, but either way, kids and grown-ups alike will eat ’em up!

Source:  http://www.partycity.com/content/patriotic+food+ideas.do

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Shirley Temple

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Bring Out the Stars

Bring out the stars – Fun Drink for Kids

A little summer fruit in your party cups is a quick, easy way to turn even the most basic beverage into a festive party drink. Whether it’s sangria or a Shirley Temple, make it U.S.A. all the way by adding sliced star fruit, sliced strawberries and a handful of blueberries. Red, white and blue all the way!

Source:  http://www.partycity.com/content/patriotic+food+ideas.do

Shirley Temple-Drink

1. Add 3-5 ice cubes to a highball OR martini glass.

2. Add 3 ounces of lime juice.

3. Add 3 ounces of Ginger Ale OR substitute it with 7-Up or Sprite.

4. Add a dash of grenadine.

(The grenadine’s function is to serve as color more than taste. Adding too much can make your drink painfully sweet)

5. Add a cherry (or two) and a straw.

6. Stir…and enjoy!

Source:  http://www.squidoo.com/shirley-temple-drink

Red White and Blue Berries

Red White and Blue Berries

Red, White and Blue Berries  (I can’t wait to try these – they look so easy and yummy!!!)

You’ll need:
Strawberries- As many as you plan to dip
1 pkg.white chocolate chips or white dipping chocolate (bark)- found with baking supplies
Blue sanding sugar or sprinkles (The kind you decorate cookies with)

Directions:

1. Wash your strawberries and let them dry thoroughly. Pat dry if necessary. Set aside.

2. Line a baking sheet or tray with wax paper or nonstick foil.

3. Pour about half of the sanding sugar into a small bowl.

4. In another small bowl, melt white chocolate according to directions on package. I usually melt it in small increments in the microwave on low power until about 80% of it is melted. I then stir it until it is completely melted. If it is too thick, add about 1/2 teaspoon shortening (like Crisco) and stir until melted and smooth.

5. Holding a strawberry by the leaves on the stem end, dip into the white chocolate to cover about 2/3 of the berry. Let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. (If there’s a “glob” of chocolate on the end of the berry, scrape it off onto the side of the bowl.)

6. Dip the bottom third of the chocolate covered berry into the blue sanding sugar.

7. Carefully place each berry onto the prepared tray or baking sheet to set. (They will set quicker in the refrigerator.) Refrigerate until time to serve. These are best served the same day they are prepared!

Source:  http://scrambledhenfruit.blogspot.com/2010/06/red-white-and-blue-berries.html

Berry Cream Cheese Pastries

Berry Cream Cheese Pastries

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Berry Cream Cheese Pastries

Ingredients

1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, thawed

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar (or more)

4 Tbsp. butter, softened

2-3 cups strawberries, hulled

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 cup fresh blueberries

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Lay out thawed puff pastry on a floured surface, and gently using a rolling pin to even out the creases. Use a pizza cutter or a large knife to cut the pastry into your desired shapes. (I made about 16 squares with one sheet, and 6 rectangles with the other sheet, but you can also use cookie cutters or cut different sized shapes.) Lay out the cut pastry dough on a baking sheet or two. Then use a fork to then poke numerous holes into the middle of each piece, to minimize inflation.

3. Bake pastry according to package directions until it is puffed and very lightly golden, about 12-15 minutes. Remove and let cool.

4. While pastry is baking, use a blender or food processor to puree strawberries and sugar. Transfer mixture to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes until reduced and thickened. Remove from heat.

5. Meanwhile, whisk together (or use an electric mixer to combine) the cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar on medium-high speed until smooth. Add more powdered sugar if you would like a thicker cream cheese spread.

6. Assemble the pastries by topping the cooked puff pastries with the cream cheese spread, then layer with the drizzled strawberry mixture and blueberries. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to a few days.

Source:  http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/berry-cream-cheese-pastries/

Please share with us what your plans are to make this Memorial Day special!!!

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CAPTURE THE MEMORIES, NOT JUST THE MOMENT

25 Apr

by Dawn Gorneault

Let me start by saying that I am by no means a professional photographer. I am just an average mom who likes to take pictures of her children, family and friends. I am usually the one lugging the camera bag around during sporting events, vacations and holidays. I take great pride and joy in capturing moments and sharing them with others. While I am a fan of the traditional “posed” picture for family vacations and holidays, I really do enjoy those memory triggering, emotion capturing shots. I thought I would share a couple of my favorites with you, and hopefully they will inspire your creative side and you can take some pictures of your own to share with us to help inspire myself and others as well.

My first pictures are from when my family and I went to Hershey Gardens in Hershey Pennsylvania. It was my family, my sister’s family and my parents. I will start by saying that the gardens are beautiful, and if you ever get the chance to go, I recommend it as a nice relaxing day for your vacation.

What first caught my epeople pics (12)ye, was when my kids were wandering through the rose gardens. There were dozens of rose buspeople pics (7)Bhes in all different colors. I watched as my children passed by one rose to lean and smell another. I grabbed my camera and focused on their noses in the buds as they inhaled the aroma of the flower and enjoyed not only the beauty of the rose, but the smell as well.people pics (8)

Continuing through the gardens, we encountered many flowers, trees, shrubs and fountains.  Many photo opportunities came about and I took advantage of all of them. But my most favorite shot from the gardens is my “Family Tree” photo. We came upon this grand tree towards the end of the garden. The large branches hung down to the ground. There was a “doorway” into the tree, to get to the trunk. As we were all entering the tree, and climbing on the massive branches underneath, I couldn’t help but think of the photo opportunity available to us with this tree. I could have my family hide in the branches of the tree with only their heads or faces being seen and take a picture from outside the tree. The end product was more than I could ever imagine. This picture hangs in my dining room and when new guest come over to visit, they get to explore the picture to see if they can locate all the members of my family in my “Family Tree

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My next picture is from one of our many vacations to Myrtle Beach. This destination has become a favorite of our family. We have gone therePictureb 152hh for the past 5 years and I can honestly say that we have had a different experience each time we have gone. On the day we took this picture, the husbands and the boys went to play golf, so the girls (and Grampa) went to the pier. We walked along the pier and did some shopping, played in the arcade and had some ice cream. As we walked further down the pier, we decided to go down to the water. It splashed at our feet at every wave. We started to play and run and jump around in the water. I handed my camera to my Dad and told him to take our picture as we all tried to jump at the same time. I will say that it took some time for us to get the perfect shot, but we had a great experience while doing it, and it is all we could talk about later when we meet up with the guys. So much so, that the next year, they boys had to take one just like it.

The last picture is from another family vacationimage102. My parents wanted to take all their grandchildren to the Magical World of Disney. So we packed up our families and headed south for a week in Disney. With three boys and two girls in tow, we headed off bright and early for Magic Kingdom. My son was the only one who hadn’t been before, but like many say, the Disney experience changes as kids get older. So the other kids were just as excited because they could now ride the rides they weren’t tall enough for before or weren’t interested in before. After a long day of character meet and greets, long lines for rides, eating on the go and many, many pictures having been taken, I felt like I missed that picture that would spark that memory and sum up the day in a single shot. The sun was starting to go down. We came around the corner and there it was…the castle, lights on, sunset sky in the background, and the kids looking at it in awe. They were looking and pointing. They knew that that was the symbol of Disney and I grabbed my camera and took the shot. I got it, the shot to sum up the excitement and magic of the day. It hangs proudly in my house and every time I look at it a slideshow of memories of that day passes through my mind and a smile comes across my face.

My kids are now 12, 15 and 18. These days go by quick, and I am so happy that I have been inspired to take pictures that spark these memories. And I hope that I can inspire you to do the same.

You can share photos and ideas with us to keep our inspirations alive as well by commenting on this post.

 

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5 Things to Do With the Kids on April Vacation – Without Breaking the Budget!

11 Apr

April vacation is upon us (well, next week in my town) and here are some ideas that you can do to entertain the kids that won’t break the bank…. flower

Bike ride to a Park

The weather is finally turning nice, and now’s your chance to jump on your bikes, feel the warm air on your face and have a leisurely day (or just a couple of hours if you prefer) with the kids at a local park.  Pack a picnic lunch in a backpack – grab a Frisbee or a tennis ball – and go.  Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers – and if the flowers aren’t bloomed in your area yet, have the kids notice the different buds that are hopefully forming.  You can talk about the ‘rebirth’ that happens each spring and have the kids notice what blooms earlier in the year and what blooms later.

family bike ride

Treasure Hunt

If you happen to be going on a long car ride, or just a walk around your neighborhood, create a Treasure Hunt for the kids.  You can write up the lists before you leave and challenge the kids to see who can find the most things on their list before you get back home.  Lists can be tailored based on the various ages of the children.  (Non-readers can get a list of pictures they need to find.)  Give each one a pencil or crayon to mark off the items as they find them.  After a successful Treasure Hunt, the reward at the end can be a trip to the ice cream shop!

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Camp Out at Home

If chilly weather won’t allow you to really ‘camp out’ by sleeping in a tent in the backyard, you can still have your first camp out of the season.  Light up the fire pit in the back yard, sing songs, roast marshmallows and cook up some s’mores, and sing some camp fire songs.  When it’s time for bed, head in to the family room and sleep in sleeping bags on the floor as a family.  To make the effect of really sleeping in a tent, you can make an indoor tent by draping blankets over chairs or the couches.

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Work in the yard

As you do your Spring clean-up in the yard, challenge the kids to dig in and get dirty.  Who can find the biggest worm in the soil?  How many different plants are sprouting out of the earth?  And if you are really ambitious to have the kids help out, getting them their own ‘kid size’ garden tools might inspire them to be great gardeners someday.

kids gardening

Cook up a Storm!

Check out Pinterest to see a huge variety of ‘Fun Food’ ideas that are very kid friendly.  From a fruit kabob rainbow to no-bake desserts you make in a mug, there is something to excite just about everyone.  Here is a link to my ‘Fun Foods’ board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/baptismalgownsp/fun-foods/.  Use some of these ideas, or search around to find other fun ideas.

rainbow fruit kabobs

Whatever you choose to do while the kids are off from school, doing it together is the best way to build fun memories!!!

Please share your favorite ‘wallet friendly’ ideas for the kids with us by commenting on this post.

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