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Photo Challenge for July


July Photo challenge, brainstorm with the kids. Vote on your favorite idea then snap the picture.

1. Ice Cream You Scream
2. Rainbow Bright
3. “Mirror” image
4. Independence Day
5. Cherry Red
6. Chicken
7. Strawberry Patch
8. Through the window
9. Sugar cookies
10. Teddy bear picnic
11. Cheer up
12. colored eyes
13. Inner Geek
14. 5 o’clock
15. Cow spots
16. Bottle of wonder
17. Peach
18. Somethings Fishy
19. Raspberry Cake
20. Moon Day
21. Ugly Truck Day
22. Hammock
23. HOT Dog
24. Cousins
25. From the Ground up
26. Aunt and Uncle Day
27. Parents Day
28. Chocolate Milk Mustache
29. Along the Path
30. Friendship
31. Wings

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Wedding Anniversary Ideas


Staying married means playing together. So these are some fun and playful ideas for celebrating your anniversary.

1. Cover the bed and floor with rose petals. Just keep them out of reach of young children who might want to eat them.

2. Rose petals scattered on the breakfast table.

3. On the bathroom mirror write “Happy Anniversary” in soap.

4. Make an Happy Anniversary banner to hang up somewhere in the house, or make a sign for the yard.

5. Decorate his and hers chair to look like thrones. King and Queen for the day.

6. Write “Still Married” on the car window, and sting on some cans for your date.

7. Make an extra special breakfast like strawberry cream cheese crepes.

8. Why not serve a mimosa with your romantic breakfast, especially if you don’t have to go to work that day.

9. Share the responsibility in picking out a romantic dinner and make it together or get a sitter and go to a fun restaurant.

10. Start a tradition of giving a few of the same gifts every year. Like a favorite candy bar, balloon bouquet, or roses or other favorite flowers. Get a book from their GoodReads list you know they will enjoy, plus a great anniversary gift.

11. Even though you live together mail the anniversary card, sometimes its nice to get something other than bills or junk mail. You can even mail one from your dog or cat.

12. Have a fun romantic treasure hunt.

13. Put all of their gifts on a pretty display table with flowers.

14. Pick a romantic dessert together or make a cake together.

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Kids Summer Bucket List


Kids have barely been home 2 days and they are already starting in with the “I’m bored!!” Here’s a few ideas for fun things to do.

  1. Create a summer playlist
  2. Fly homemade kites
  3. Play a musical instrument
  4. Build a diorama
  5. Play with Lego bricks
  6. Tear something electronic apart
  7. Make homemade gak
  8.  Learn to solder
  9. Build a cardboard robot
  10. Host movie night in your backyard
  11. Learn to braze (metal joining)
  12. Try Geocaching
  13. Plant seeds and watch them grow
  14. Write and illustrate your own story
  15. Go to the beach
  16. Look through a telescope
  17.  Stay up to see a meteor shower
  18.  Create a lightsaber from an old cardboard tube and shiny paper
  19. Have an entry in the county fair
  20. Learn how to use a map
  21. Plan and take a family bike ride
  22. Read a trilogy
  23. Mix something cool with a chemistry set
  24. Deisgn and make your own sprinkler to run through
  25.  Write something in binary
  26.  Silkscreen a t-shirt
  27. Go Camping
  28.  Design a game (board or video)
  29.  Mix Mentos with Coke
  30. Learn leather working and make a wallet or built
  31. Make a stop-motion animation
  32.  Build a costume and wear to a drive in movie
  33. Visit your state or nation’s capital. Visit the museums there.
  34.  Launch a model rocket…and know how it works
  35. Visit an observatory
  36. Visit a waterpark
  37.  Build a model
  38.  Make a website
  39.  Blow up something in the pursuit of science
  40. Write a snail mail fan letter
  41. Cook a meal/invent your own recipe
  42.  Make a paper airplane or newspaper boat
  43.  Learn to make a call on a phone (say hello, identify yourself, ask for person you want to talk to, say goodbye)
  44. Paint a pair of  shoes
  45.  Start a business: make lemonade to sell, craft jewelry, write and sell a newspaper

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Strawberry Lime Sorbet Recipe


Strawberry Lime Sorbet


  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/4-1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp lime zest
  • 1/8-1/4 cup honey*


  1. Throw everything into a high powered blender and blend until smooth
  2. The consistency may be perfect as is to serve or for a more frozen treat, run it through an ice cream maker
  3. Store in an airtight container in the freezer and let it sit our for about 15 minutes before serving

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Brown Sugar Baked Peaches Recipe


They say these are better than doughnuts, will have to try this with the kids to see if we agree.

Brown Sugar Baked Peaches

Ingredients per serving:
1 fresh peach
1 teaspoon butter divided
4 teaspoons brown sugar divided
Sprinkling of ground cinnamon to taste

1. Slice the peach in half and remove the pit.

2. Place 1/2 teaspoon butter into each half along with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar into each. Sprinkle each ground cinnamon.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. This is amazing with vanilla ice cream.

Other Yummy Recipes:
Farm Stand Peach Jam
Peach Spiced Strata
Grilled Peach and Prosciutto Chicken

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Glow in the Dark Games


The kids have been going to bed early all school year. So lets let them play in the summer time dark. We are fortunate to live in the mountains so we don’t have to wait until super late for the sun to set and the sky to get dark.

1. Flashlight tag – Players use the light from a flashlight to guide the way.

2. Flashlight Limbo – Two people holding flashlights face each other and make a steady beam for others to go under.

3. Exploring with flashlights, what things look different at night.

4. Catch that Shadow- chase after each others shadows and jump on them, works best with porch light.

5. Shadow puppets

6. keep away with a balloon by placing a glow stick inside.

7. Glow in the dark dance party

8. Hide and seek with glow sticks – hide the glow sticks and see how many you can find.

9. Stories by a fire-pit.

10. Learn about the constellations


Summer Time Fun:
Free Summer Movies
Things to do this summer
Summer Scrapbook Pages

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Photo Challenge for June


Now that school is done and over with, it’s time to bring out the camera. It would even be fun to let the kids have a disposable camera to let them do a photo challenge as well.

1. Morning
2. close up
3. heres your sign
4. Apples
5. hat
6. Doughnut shaped
7. drink
8. Best Friends
9. Just ducky
10. must start with T
11. from below
12. Red
13. out and about
14. Flag Day
15. Fathers Day
16. something we don’t know about you
17. Eat your vegetables
18. Picnic Day
19. awww cute
20.  Fishing fun
21. Summer Solstice
22. from above
23. PINK
24. Swim Time
25. sandbox heaven
26. hobby
27. Sun Glasses
28. messy
29. Waffle
30. reminds you of summer

Other Challenges:
Photo Challenge for May
Photo Challenge for April

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Memorial Day Treat


Patriotic Trifle

1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 premade angel food cake cut into 1-inch slices
1 pound cream cheese softened
2 cups heavy cream room temperature
2 pints blueberries
2 pints strawberries hulled and sliced


1. Heat 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in  saucepan over medium-high heat stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.

2. Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup. Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes.

3. Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light. Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.

4. Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread. Top with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

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Sharpie Tie Dye Instructions


Digging through my older daughters clothes to see what  little sister could wear we found a sharpie Tie Dyed shirt that was made in kindergarten. The project is easy, and the kids get to wear the art when its done.

What you need:

  • Rainbow of Sharpie brand Permanent Markers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • white t-shirt
  • plastic disposable cup
  • dropper (cleaned medicine dropper works)
  • rubber bands


1. Place cups open side up beneath t-shirt securing with a rubber band. Do as many as you want too.

2. Using Sharpie markers to make designs in your circle.

3. Using a dropper to add little drips of alcohol at a time to the center of each circle. Be careful to not over do it. The alcohol will spread the color for a while after it is added.

4. Wait a bit to allow the alcohol to dry it it won’t smear to other parts of your shirt.

5. After its dry you can remove cups and rubber bands. You can do the back of the shirt next if you want too.

Other fun Crafts:
Personalized Binder
Wrapped Flip Flops
Friendship Bracelets Made Easy

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Mothers Day Brunch Idea

Mothers Day Necklace by HotaruJewlery on Etsy

Mothers Day Necklace by HotaruJewlery on Etsy

My husband is not one for cooking elaborate meals, but even he can do this. (If the batter is pre-made) And it sure beats him going out with the kids to buy a box of doughnuts and gallon of chocolate milk for my special Mothers Day breakfast.

Whole Grain Waffles Recipe

2 cups  buttermilk
1/2 cup  old-fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup  whole-wheat flour
2/3 cup  all-purpose flour
1/4 cup  toasted wheat germ, or cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons  baking powder
1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup  packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon  canola oil
2 teaspoons  vanilla extract


1. Mix buttermilk and oats in medium bowl and let set for 15 minutes.

2. Sift together whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, wheat germ or cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into large bowl.

3. Stir egg, sugar oil and vanilla into oatmeal mixture. Add wet mixture to the flour mixture and mix with spatula just until moistened.

4. Coat waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Spoon enough batter to cover 3/4 of surface. Cook until waffles are crisp and golden brown about 4 to 5 minutes.

Serve with fresh fruit and light whipping cream.

Another article you might like:
Mothers Day Ideas

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