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First-Aid Kit: DIY

Now that school is back in session fall is almost here. That means fall sports, fall activities, and fall illnesses. We want you to be prepared for all of the busy activities you and your kids will be involved with this season.

We all worry about the kids getting sick when they return to school. With so many children from so many different homes and backgrounds there tends to be an influx of germs. How do we combat this? HAND WASHING. Lots of hand washing. ¬†While we cannot control how often our kids wash at school, we can give them the tools to do what needs to be done. Teach them how to wash properly, and remind them how important it is to wash. Washing leads to less germs. Which means they have more time to play, run, and learn without getting sick. Try teaching them to sing their Abc’s while they wash. And wash with soap (about a dime-size) and warm water. It doesn’t have to be hot, just warm. Makes sure they understand to scrub the front, backs, between the fingers, and around the finger nails (including underneath the nails).

One way I have found to help keep germs at bay is to keep a first-aid/hand washing kit in the car with me. When I pick the kids up from school they put their backpacks in the back of the car and they use some hand-sanitizer to cleanse their hands from school.

I have also found it useful to keep a first-aid kit with me in the car. It is simple to keep in the back, and I will never worry that I need something.

The best part about keeping a kit like this with you in the car is you always have it with you. SO if your kids get hurt at soccer practice? Playing at the park? All you need to do is break out the kit and bandage them up.

First Aid Kit

Check out this simple DIY kit. You can even add more customized items if you know what types of things your kids might need for other health or injury issues. Many stores even sell ready-pack ice packs that do not need to be frozen and can be activated on site. These make perfect additions to any first-aid kit.

Now enjoy your season with a little more peace of mind.

Outdoor Gaming Table: D.I.Y.

We spend a lot of time outside during the summer. We try to have as many outdoor activities to enjoy as we can. Recently we started creating fun little seating groups in our yard for spending time together as a family and for entertaining. Our kids loved the idea of having an outdoor gaming table so they could play with friends and with us. We found this fun tutorial online from Shanty-2-Chic, a great blog about DIY from two women.

I loved the idea that we could create this table at home. Also, I loved that it was two women showing us how to make the table. My boys and my girls were impressed by the skills these women had. I loved that they were seeing someone other than a man build and use power tools. it is so important for boys and girls to see strong women. I also loved how simple the tutorial was to follow. Now we have a fun new table to use in the yard, and I didn’t have e to purchase an overpriced item in a big store.

Outdoor gaming table

For the full tutorial head on over to Shanty-2-Chic now. They have many amazing tutorials for building and DIY. You can find anything from tables to beds to planters. Check them out and you may just discover a love for a new hobby.

Feel free to share with us, in the comments below, how you spend family time in the great outdoors.

Cheap Summer Fun: Pool Noodle Sprinkler

Summer gets expensive. Who knew that keeping a kid entertained could cost so much money? We don’t want you spending your kids’ college tuition keeping them busy all summer. Sure it is fun to go to the water park, the movies, the amusement park, and the beach. But those trips start to take a toll on our wallet. So we want to find you some simple, fun, and cheap ideas to keep those kids busy this summer.

Pool Noodle sprinklers may not be as extravagant as the water park, but they can be easily created on the cheap, and who can beat the commute? Throw some water balloons in, add a few buckets, and squirt guns and you better believe your kids will be busy and having a blast!

What you will need:

  • Pool Noodle
  • Duct Tape
  • Phillips head screw driver

What you will do:

  • Simply poke holes in the pool noodle, make as many as you want.
  • Slide the pool noodle over the end of the hose, duct tape the exposed end of the noodle so that water can not escape it.
  • Then turn on the hose and watch as your pool noodle sprinkler comes to life!

Thanks to Hip2Save for the incredibly cool and cheap summer fun idea! Check out more of Hip2Save’s ideas now!