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Summer Art: Seashell Painting

Are you looking for some simple and fun summer crafts to do at home with your kids? I love simple activities that allow the kids to be creative and have fun without getting bogged down with too many rules and restrictions. I really feel like summer is the chance to learn hands on, to experience the world in its natural state, learn to ride a bike, skateboard, swim, or do a handstand. So much of our kids lives are spent in a classroom behind a desk. Then they get to grow up and be behind a desk some more. Summer is one of the few times in life when the world seems to slow down some and allow for everyone to enjoy the outdoors, pick up a new hobby, or get reacquainted with an old one.

I love the idea of painting and doing an art project, especially one that includes natural items like seashells. Not only does it get the kids creative juices flowing it also gives me an excuse to travel to the beach and let them choose some pieces to work with.

This fun activity can be found at Fantastic Fun and Learning. You can follow the tutorial and learn some easy ways to make these beautiful creations by checking out their original post. My favorite part of this activity was that it allowed the kids to do something different, none of the seashells looked the same. We are even talking about gluing them to a picture frame that will house a picture of us all at the beach together this summer.

Be sure to check out all the other fun ideas at Fantastic Fun and Learning, they have a ton of fun activities for summer!

Summer Meals: Jerk Chicken

We love a good international meal. We like to introduce our kids to new cuisines, whether we are travelling or at home we try to include one new meal a week. We feel it is important to not only understand and experience your own culture but other cultures as well. While some may say the international language is math, we all know it is really food. After all, we all have to eat, we all want to eat something that tastes good, and every culture makes their own types of food. Food is the language of love, and it is the easiest way to experience a culture.

This summer we wanted to go to the Caribbean. That didn’t happen, but if we can’t go to the Caribbean we will bring the Caribbean to us. Jerk Chicken is one of the bets dishes from Jamaica. it is simple to make, and it is delicious. Why not bring a little of the Caribbean home this summer?

This great recipe comes from Delish. It is perfect for summer because we can marinate it the night before and leave it to marinate in the fridge while we are at work or out enjoying our summer. Then we simply come home and grill it. We love to pair it with rice but you can pair it with anything you want.

Head on over to Delish for the full recipe and tutorial now!

Sunglasses!

Summer brings lots of outdoor activities. We try to stay protected in the sun, rash guards, hats, sunblock, etc. But did you know that your eyes can be damaged by the sun as well? And that kids are more likely to forget to protect their eyes? We expect parents to care about their eyes, after all we need sunglasses for driving in the harsh sun. But we frequently forget about the fact that our kids spend just as much if not more time in the harsh sun than we do. They often times do not understand the need to protect their eyes form the sun, and lets face it, some of them stare right in to the sun.

Sunglasses protect our eyes from the harsh glare of the sun, but the right kind of sunglasses also protect us from UV light. The Boy’s Store understands the need to protect those little eyes and carry a variety of UV protective sunglasses. They may be stylish, but they also protect!

Boys’ Rockabilly Sunglasses by Appaman: These cool clear plastic sunnies aren’t just incredibly cool looking they also protect from 100% of the harsh UV rays of the sun.

Teeny Tiny Optics “Joe” Boys Sunglasses: These teeny tiny glasses are perfect for your little mans eyes. they fit even the smallest 2-4 year old. Available in Blue and Green Camo. 100% UV protection.

Boys Matthew Sunglasses by Teeny Tiny Optics: These cool shades are reminiscent of much more expensive adult brand sunglasses. at only $7 they are perfect for the stylish guy in your life. 100% UV protection and impact resistant lenses for that active lifestyle!