Monthly Archives: May 2019

Homemade Cherry Icee: Summer Treats

Are your kids already finished with school? We finish this week. Which means that we will already be enjoying the slower pace of summertime. While mommy and daddy continue to work all summer and the kids go to day camp we try to maintain some sort of slower routine when it comes to summer. There is no homework and we continue our sports, but the days are longer and we have a little more time to enjoy them.

One of the ways we like to celebrate the end of school is with a sweet treat. We love icees, frozen yogurt, and popsicles. This year we are going with Icees. Normally we run out and buy some yummy ones, but the shop that sold them near us moved and we are now looking to create them at home so we don’t have to wait so long to enjoy them. This incredibly simple recipe comes from Passion For Savings and can be crated at home really easily. Be sure to check out Passion For Savings’ other great recipes since they are great at creating your favorite copy-cat recipes for very little money!

This recipe is so sweet and so spot on for a cherry icee that we cannot wait to try it again. It will definitely be one of our go to summer treats from now on!

Bugs Are Fun: Playdough Bug Fossils

We love playdough at our house. We do a lot of playdough activities that keep the little ones busy, especially in the summer when we hear over and over how bored they are. Playdough is an easy activity to keep in the house that will entertain for quite a while. All you need to do is keep fun items on hand that make it feel like a brand new toy every time you play with it.

Our kids love fossils and science. We have a dinosaur kit to use with our legos, but dinosaurs are not the only fossils in this world. Bugs, leaves, plants, and other animals create fantastic playdough fossils as well. Bugs are easy to create playdough fossils with, simply check out his fun activity tutorial from Plain Vanilla Mom. Be sure to check out more of Plain Vanilla Mom’s ideas when you are there, just in case you need more activities to bust the boredom this summer.

You can create many different activities with playdough when you have the right tools and a little imagination. You can even make this a fossil expedition and have the kids look for the fossils in the yard. The possibilities are endless when it comes to learning. Check out this fun and educational fossil link for more information for you and your kids. Thank you Jurassic Coast Trust for the incredible info!

Talking to Your Kids: Ways to Open up Conversation

Do you ever feel like you know very little about your kids? I spend more time with my kids than I spend doing anything else in my life. Yet, I don’t always feel as if I know them deeply enough. What are they feeling, what are they thinking? How was their day at school? I mean I ask them this everyday, but I get those blah-blah answers that get us nowhere.

I have done a lot of reading on the subject and have discovered other ways to get my kids to open up, by using open-ended questions and asking them leading questions I have discovered so much more about their day and what they are feeling and thinking.

I joined a 5-day parenting challenge with Nina at Sleeping Should Be Easy, and we did a lot of research and practiced using special questions that helped to open conversations with our kids. She even has an ebook that helps stressed parents manage their time.

We are enjoying learning more about talking with our kids — instead of to our kids — and it has been helpful to find ways to be more productive as a family. Be sure to check out her ebook and try some of the open-ended questions with your kids. Even just using a few of them on the way home from school pick-up has changed the openness between my oldest and myself. I now know more about the first grade than I ever knew before!