Perfect Summer Picnic PLUS a #CleanItForward GIVEAWAY!!!

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This post brought to you by Finish. All opinions are 100% mine. Keep reading & enter to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!!! Summer is in full-swing, and for us in Phoenix it means 3 months (or more!) of triple-digit heat. But we don't let the burning temps keep us indoors all day- we simply plan outdoor family adventures with water and ways to keep us cool. Topping our list of fun things to do is a perfect summer picnic- simple foods, fun water activities and plenty of shade. Here is how we do … [Read more...]

Drive In Movie Night Party


We've done family movie nights plenty of times before, but this drive in movie night party took the cake!  Preparations for our big night began earlier in the afternoon and the kids looked forward to this activity all day long. Here is what we did: We recycled some boxes from my husband's office and each child got one to use as their car. I cut some vinyl stickers to look like headlights, a steering wheel, a license plate with their names etc. The kids made tickets and fake money by … [Read more...]

Summer Sanity Savers for Mom


Our second week of summer has been great- I really enjoy having my kids home during the day. It is nice having the option to plan whatever and do it whenever we want.  And not having homework each weeknight is pretty much icing on the cake. But I kind of have a love/hate relationship with lazy summer days- I love sleeping in, I love lounging in my pajamas, and I love not having a school schedule to stick to. But I hate wasting a day being unproductive, I hate how messy my house gets when … [Read more...]

Summer Schedule for Kids


Tame the summer craziness with this fun Summer Schedule for Kids! Every summer my family follows this fun summer schedule. It keeps the kids just busy enough to have something to look forward to each day and it definitely adds variety to our week.  Here is an image you can download for free. Just print it and frame it, or laminate it and stick it to your fridge. Then you can use a dry-erase marker to write the activity you have planned each day: I also made it available in black and … [Read more...]

Family Dinner Conversation Starters #ShareTheTable

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own. As a mom of five, I definitely know what it is like to be busy! Not only do I drive to the elementary school 3 times each day (gotta love 1/2 day Kindergarten!) but our evenings are even busier-  homework, piano, soccer practice, scouts... we are all over the place  on any given day! As crazy as life is, I try my very best to make dinner a time where we can all be together and have meaningful conversations. I … [Read more...]