Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hot Fun In The Summertime

Summer. In my opinion, Summer is all about slowing down. Taking delight in the little things, spending more time outside, shutting electronics off, opening the windows, having dinner outside, later bedtimes. Things just seem more low-key this time of year.

We are basking in the warmer temperatures around here, having long and playful days. Spending a lot of time checking out our garden, watching for butterflies and new birds we only see this time of year. As usual, I've retreated into sponge mode with my girls. Realizing that now I have an 11 and 7 year old, coming to terms with the fact that these days won't last forever. The very sweetest moments are when I am with them. I'm slowly giving up more of my "hold" on them but obviously it's a process. I'm proud of my oldest when she decides she's going to go for a bike ride, when she wants to make herself a smoothie for a snack.  I'm realizing that my just turned seven-year-old doesn't need help with nearly as much as she did last Summer. At the same time, they both know I am here when they do need me I am happy to report that still is pretty often.

All of these reasons are why I'm going to be blogging two times a week this Summer. I still want to have that connection with my friends in the blogging world. At the same time, I realize that my family's needs come first and I don't want to be stressed out about writing or not having a post up. I started blogging as a way to connect and I definitely have, and still plan to… Just for the next several weeks I will be on here a little less. I'll be back to my regular schedule in the Fall!

For now, I'll be making time for the beach and homemade ice pops!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Celebrating 7!


I'm happy to report that we are officially in birthday season around here! Summer seems to be big birthday months for our family, which means a lot of cooking and baking, and a lot of the festivities! This past Saturday we celebrated Sydney's 7th birthday. Not exactly sure how I have a 7 and 11-year-old already!  For some reason, I never really thought about life would be like past ages 6 and 10. Nevertheless, my children keep on growing like all kids have a sneaky way of doing!

We celebrated this past weekend with a couple friends coming over, lots of giggles and of course cupcakes! Sydney was absolutely insistent that she wanted the theme centered around the new Cinderella movie. If you aren't familiar with that, you're not alone…I don't think it was considered much of a hit but Sydney absolutely loved it. It came out this past March and she's been talking about it ever since!  I did my best to locate Cinderella party supplies with no success so I decided we would focus on a Cinderella/butterfly theme.  No matter how "small "of a party, I can never really keep it to simple.
Since the party was from 2 to 4, we had simple snacks including veggies and hummus, pirate and veggie booty, fruit wands and little cheese and cracker mice. Cupcakes and ice cream completed the party fare, along with some tiny macaroons.
The girls made butterfly wands and did glittery butterfly tattoos. Games included a butterfly scavenger hunt and pass the glass slipper.  We finished off the day with those giant magical bubbles my kids are loving right now.
A fun time was had by all, especially my sweet birthday girl!



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teacher Gifts 2015

By now, school is out for most of us, I hope you're off to a wonderful summer vacation so far! We were lucky enough to have some great teachers again this year, I'm so grateful to those who put their heart and soul into their teaching. It's an amazing calling and we have been blessed to have some fantastic teachers!
We always like to give an end of the year teacher gift so after thinking about the teachers, we decided we would go the simple "Happy Summer" route. I saw similar ideas on Pinterest and I always come back to the same thought, who couldn't use a great new beach bag, towel and tumbler? I know I could! These made for a quick and cute gift!  Riley gave her teachers a beach bag and tumbler and Sydney opted for a towel/tumbler combo!
We also wanted to thank our special teachers so I baked up a batch of cookies and attached a travel size hand sanitizer on top. Just a little something to say thank you to those who work with my kids everyday!

Now all we need is some warmer weather and we can all happily hit the beach!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Easy Giant Bubble Wand

The other day I posted a new favorite Bubble Recipe. Today I'm going to share the simple bubble wand that we used. Any bubble wand work of course but these help make gigantic bubbles!  They are simple enough that you can make one for everybody in the neighborhood and trust me, once the kids see these magnificent bubbles you may just have a crowd on your lawn!
You'll Need

  • Yarn or Twine
  • Scissors
  • 2 straws for each wand

Directions

  1. Simply thread your twine through both straws using about 2 feet of twine, cut and knot your twine.
  2. Separate your straws so that there is one at each end of your shape, this is what you will be holding when you pull your wind out of your bubble solution.
  3. Let your bubble wand soak in the solution, and sort of stir it around to make sure it's saturated.
  4. Slowly pull your wand out of the solution and walk quickly so your bubble all begins to form.


Helpful Tips

  • Avoid making your wand too big because the twine has a tendency to get tangled.
  • Also avoid making your wands too small because the goal is gigantic bubbles!
  • A lot of times the fine glycerin settles on the bottom so make sure you stir your wand in the bubble solution a bit and make sure it's completely submerged.
  • Play and be patient! It takes a couple of tries before you master it but when you do? MAGICAL!

Enjoy!
 
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