FREE Mini Bowling Set Score Card Download

I don't know about you guys, but for us summer is a time to have fun and get things done. But... there are inevitably those three words that ever parent hates to hear, "mom/dad, I'm bored!".

Limeade Recipe - with a twist

If you are looking for the most refreshing homemade drink you've ever had... it has to be limeade. I make mine with a twist though.. read on to see how I make mine.

Unfinished Candlestick Inspiration and a Deal You Won't Want to Miss!

Today we have launched an awesome deal on for our unfinished candlesticks. We are even including a FREE e-book with 20+ pages of tips, tricks, and ideas for how to finish your candlesticks.

Click here to check out the deal! 

Summer Splash Day #3 - Summer Slushy Recipes

Today in the shop we are celebrating all things patriotic!

Summer Splash Day #2 - Summer Survival

Today is day #2 of our Summer Splash Party! Here's what's going on in the shop today:

Day #2 is all about fun for the whole family! Our Mini Bowling Set is 40% OFF today only!!  Whether you are an avid bowler or an amateur, you are bound to score high with this set. Save 40% on yours TODAY!
Stop by the shop and grab your mini bowling set for 40% off today only. This set is the perfect size for:
  • taking to the park
  • packing for a trip
  • entertaining little ones in long lines
  • family reunions
  • backyard BBQ's
  • fun at home
  • and so much more! 

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So, here on the blog, I'm sharing a few things you need to be able to survive the summer. I asked my kids to tell me what they would put in a summer survival kit. (My kids range in age from 5 up to 12 years old.) Here's what they said:
  • squirt guns/water toys
  • a pool/swimming
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • towel
  • beach umbrellas/shade
  • shorts
  • swim suits
  • camping chairs
  • s'mores
  • the beach

They did a pretty good job, but I would add a few things to this list:

A Public Library Card. Our local library has great programs for kids over the summer including guests who come and perform, reading clubs, crafts, and story telling. Whenever we go to the library to attend one of their events we return and check out books and movies for the next week. It's a great way to encourage them to NOT forget everything the learned the last year in school. Not to mention that the library is air conditioned. Win-win! 

A plan. This is where the bucket list download from yesterday comes in handy. If you sit down with your kids or spouse and make a list of all the things you want to do over the summer, you can use that list to pencil in the big stuff on your family calendar. Then the little things you can squeeze in where they will fit. Without a plan there are unhappy kids who complain about how bored they are ... all... summer... long... and nobody wants that! 

Snacks. We all remember to eat our 3 meals during the day, but when you are out and about having summer fun it's easy to forget to fill the energy tank. This is especially important for kids, because being hangry is a real thing! So, if you are heading out for the day to the beach, the museum, or anywhere else, don't forget to pack the snacks! I'm not going to offer suggestions for snacks, because we are all moms who know what our own kiddos like to snack on... but make sure it's something with the "good stuff" in it to fill their bellies for longer and give them the energy to have fun! 

Playdates (or whatever you call it). Why? Well, with the kids home all day long, us moms need a break too! Make a plan with with a few other moms to trade off with kid duty. Then you all get a little bit of a break. Have you also noticed that your own kids seem happier when they have friends over? They aren't begging for you to take them somewhere or to entertain them. With a friend, they can entertain themselves and keep out of your hair for a little bit... which helps everyone stay a little more sane. 

Hopefully this gives you some good ideas for how you can make the most of your summer. See ya tomorrow! 

Summer Splash Day 1 - FREE Summer Bucket List Download

Guess what? Not only is today the first day of our Summer Splash Party, but it's also my BIRTHDAY!!  You know what that means?? Double the fun!

Each day for the next 6 days we will be having a special deal in the shop to help to kick off the launch of our Summer Line. BUT, since today is my birthday, we are doing something extra fun!

For starters, today (June 1) is my birthday! I figured it would be the perfect day to start this party, and what's a party without presents?! Pretty boring, right? So, we are giving away some fun stuff! Here are the details:
  • We are paying for two orders! Yep... two of you who place an order will get your entire order refunded. So, how do we choose the lucky people? ... simple. Order #1 (because today is the 1st) and order #38 (because that's how old I'm turning today). No matter how big or small your order, if you are #1 or #38, it's on us! 
  • Free gift! Every order placed today will receive a little extra something in their package when it ships. It'll be a surprise though... because surprises are the best when it's your birthday!! 
So, make sure you head over to my Etsy Shop and check out all of the fun new Summer products. You are going to LOVE them.

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Today's freebie is a Summer Bucket List. If you've never made one before, now is the perfect time! This is one of those things that we sit down with as a family and fill out. The kids, my husband, and I all contribute to the list. Then, we try and hit as many of those items as we can during the summer.

We haven't always done it this way, but it's so much better to have a plan, even if it's just a list of things you want to do. Otherwise you end up sitting around all day trying to decide what to do and never really get anything done. Trust me. I speak from experience.... lots of experience.

So, to help you along, I put together a pre-made, and cute, bucket list for ya'll. I even made it in two different colors with different headings so that you can download, print, and use the one that fits you best!

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I have these saved for you as PDF's so that you can print them at home, or send them to your favorite printed if you want to have a larger list that you could post on your wall or refrigerator. 

Make sure you stop by tomorow to see what we have in store for day #2 of our Summer Splash Party!