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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

 

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! 

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

2018 has been a wonderful year and there is no better way to show your loved ones how much you care than to get them gifts they will truly love!  Here are a few of my favorite suggestions, separated by category for our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: 

 

Top Gift Ideas for Kids

Top Gift Ideas for the Homeschool Family

Top Gift Ideas for Busy Moms

Top Gift Ideas for the Crafters & Artists

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas 

Gift Ideas for Your Young Paw Patrol Fan

also head over and check out my friend Ashley’s Gift Guide for Book Lovers

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