Spring and Summer Bucket List

Spring and Summer Bucket List for Moms

 

Bucket lists can be a lot of fun but the idea of creating one can be daunting.  I have created my own Spring and Summer Bucket List with realistic goals in mind.  As a working mom, it feels hard to squeeze in time doing these extra things, but I want to make the most of my time with my family, and also make sure to take care of myself as well.  This includes things that I want to do and need to do.  Take a look and let me know what sort of things you’ll add to your own list!  

 

  • Visit a new state or national park 
  • Start a new hobby (finally get around to learning hand lettering!)
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Clean out my garage
  • Make more crafts with my kids
  • Detail my car (vacuum, wipe off surfaces, wax it) 
  • Watch for falling stars 
  • Watch the sun set over water 
  • Go camping (even if just in my own back yard)
  • Take new family photos 
  • Plant flowers 
  • Take my family to a fair
  • Let loose and play in the rain with my kids
  • Ride on bike paths
  • Try something new with my hair
  • Plan more date nights with my husband

 

Top accessories for the new Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10

 

When I upgrade phones, I like to take a look ahead of time to see what accessories are out there. I always purchase a case to have on hand for the moment my new phone is unboxed.  And I like to be prepared with any charging and other accessories I may need for on-the-go as well.  Here are a few of my favorites for the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus!  

 

LifeProof NEXT and FRE for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus – LifeProof has been a favorite brand of mine for phone cases.  The cases are protective and long lasting.  While the phone is already waterproof, the cases add extra protection from the elements.  Personally, the FRE is my case of choice as it has a built in screen protector.  There is no worry of screen protectors peeling away or having bubbles under them.  We are still awaiting the release of this case but the wait only makes the case better – I know they are putting everything into them to make them spectacular.  

 

Otterbox for Samsung Galaxy S10

 

OtterBox has released a complete lineup of cases for the Galaxy S10 and S10+ including the Defender, Commuter, Symmetry, Strada, and Pursuit cases.  For ultimate protection, the Defender series is the way to go.  If you want something still protective but a little slimmer, check out the Commuter case.  The Strada case is a little different in that it is a folio style case that has space for a card.  If you are looking for style, definitely check out the Symmetry case – there is a variety of patterns and colors to choose from.  And last but not least, the Pursuit case is the thinnest of them all, still delivering great protection to your phone. 

 

If you need a screen protector, the Whitestone Dome tempered glass screen protectors are highly rated and compatible with the new Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.  The patented Liquid Optical Clear Adhesive that covers edge to edge makes these screen protectors second to none.  Android Authority has a great article about the installation and features of the Dome Glass.  

 

 

For those looking for extra charging cables, I highly recommend the Nomad Rugged Cables.  The universal 3-in-1 features a fast charging Micro USB tip, a USB-C adapter, and a Lightning adapter.  The cable is durable and I have been using mine for about 5 years now.  And did I mention, it does support fast charging?  < One of my favorite features as I have absolutely no patience to wait for my phone to charge!  The 0.3M is perfect for moms (or dads) to keep in their bag, car, or pocket.  It is super convenient and should last you through your next phone upgrade! 

 

If you are looking for a pair of Bluetooth earbuds but don’t want to dish out quite as much cash for Samsung’s Galaxy Buds, I recommend checking out the Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds.  They are comfortable, about half the price, and have great sound quality.  The battery life is great (the case holds extra battery for a quick on the go re-charge) and they are waterproof.  Keep an eye out for a sale as I have seen them as low as $89 before!  

 

While the S10 and S10+ come with various amounts of internal storage, all of which seem to be “enough” for most people, at some point you may see yourself needing to add storage.  I recommend checking out deals on the Samsung Evo MicroSD cards and having one on hand, especially if you plan to go on a trip.  It looks like the phones can take up to 512GB extra storage but you can start smaller if you don’t feel the need for that much.  

 

If you tend to take a lot of fun selfies with the family or your friends, I recommend the Joby GripTight ONE.  It can grip around something like a tree branch or even work as a tripod on a flat surface.  As I will be upgrading from an S7 to an S10, I can’t wait to experience and take advantage of all the new camera features and increased quality.  This accessory will definitely be one I look into purchasing.  Just set the timer (or purchase a bluetooth photo remote) and you will have photos to cherish forever.  

 

 

Now that most of us use our phones as our GPS, it is extremely helpful to have a car mount for our phone.  The iOttie Easy One Touch Dashboard Mount fits most phones and even supports landscape orientation.  A bit pricier is the iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Fast Charge version, which some may find to be a convenience they didn’t even know they needed.  

 

There are so many other great accessories out there that I haven’t even discovered yet.  Feel free to drop a comment below with your favorites or shoot me an email!  

Valentines Day Ideas for Homeschoolers

 

Valentine's Day Ideas for Homeschoolers

 

Being a homeschool family doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun that comes with Valentine’s Day for kids.  It means mom and dad might have to be a little more creative, but that’s what homeschooling is all about!  There are so many fun Valentine’s themed crafts and activities to choose from that you won’t have time to be bored! 

One great idea is to get together with friends and have your own “class party.”  Get crafty and make your own valentines – check out these adorable Pom-Pom Love Bug Valentines from 5 Minutes for Mom!  If you don’t have other kids to participate, perhaps you could exchange Valentines with family members instead.  Set up a mail exchange so your child can send out Valentines and receive them as well.  This cute Heart Balloon card is simple and fun and grandparents would definitely love it!   

Another fun idea is to find ways to build your meals and snacks around the theme of Valentine’s day.  Start with heart shaped pancakes for breakfast and cover them with red berries or strawberry syrup.  For lunch, you could make heart shaped sandwiches.  Don’t forget desert – Embracing Homemaking has a fun idea for Valentine’s Day fruit kabobs that the whole family will love!   

Don’t forget about some more educational activities as well. Preschool and kindergarten students can practice writing Valentine’s themed words. Those a little more advanced, may want try this Valentine’s Day Word Scramble activity

For a science lesson, check out some of these fun Valentine’s themed science experiments!  You should already have some of the items on hand or be able to pick them up for pretty cheap.  

 

Here are a few more fun ideas:

Heart Suncatcher Activity

DIY Conversation Heart Bath Bombs

Valentine’s Day Photo Frames

“You light up my world” Wooden Mason Jar Craft 

 

Valentine’s Themed Snacks:

Conversation Heart Cookies

Pink Marble Cupcakes

Strawberry Flavored White Chocolate Hearts

Valentine’s Chex Mix

 

Valentine's Day ideas for homeschoolers

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Day More

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Day More

 

  • Start the day by thinking of 3 positive things about yourself or about your previous day.  Thinking about the positive things can really change your mood for the better.  You can think of what you accomplished, how you handled a particular situation, or just the simple fact that you are alive and healthy.  

 

  • Make a list of what needs done – as you check it off throughout the day, you will feel a sense of accomplishment.  Unfortunately we can’t just put all of our responsibilities aside, so let’s find a way to make the best of them! 

 

  • Set the technology aside – it really does help!  You will engage your other senses, your body will benefit from the decrease of “blue light”, and you will stay away from all that Facebook drama that is secretly driving you nuts!  You will finally find the time to finish projects or even extra time to spend with your family.  I am guilty of this myself and have to tell myself to put my phone or computer down at times.  

 

  • Close your eyes and listen to music for 15 minutes or have a solo dance party!  Forget about any nagging thoughts and just let go for a bit.  If silence is your jam, enjoy some silence instead of music.  Just take this time to let go of your thoughts and sort of re-set yourself.  

 

  • Declutter.  Clutter and messes can paralyze our motivation and enjoyment of being home, in our office, or even in our car.  Tackle each area, one at a time, and soon you’ll feel more free and have less bogging you down.  Check out Embracing Homemaking’s awesome list of 200 Things to Throw Away

 

As you start to follow these suggestions and make habits of them, they will become easier and easier.  Eventually you will have a routine to help you get through the days easier and you won’t know what you did without it!  

Feel free to comment below with any other suggestions you have! 

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