I’ve mentioned before that I am not a huge fan of summer. I just don’t like the heat. But growing up, summers were my most favorite time. What kid doesn’t like summer when there are so many activities for kids to do then? A chance to play round the clock, when the day mixes into night and suddenly the fireflies are blinking around you and the smell of sunscreen has long since faded away. I can remember spending my days at the lake, where I could see my feet under the water, so clear and pure. Walking with the silky sand under my feet, until I could no longer stand, the water enveloping me like an air-conditioned blanket. So much time was spent at the lake – I went swimming, lay on the floating dock, took out the rowboat with my best friend, attempting to row out to the island every summer but never quite making it. I think one year we did make it halfway, food and supplies in hand, but lost interest halfway there….
Activities for Kids
So I’m a little late for May the Fourth Day but these Star Wars crafts are good all year long and will definitely have a place in my ! For all the Star Wars fans out there, everyday is a day to celebrate your favorite fandom, from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I don’t know how you celebrated May the Fourth, but one thing I did with my family is watch “The Force Awakens” after dinner. …
My youngest child’s birthday always marks the beginning of summer. We’ve been working on our bucket list for summer activities for kids and this year we really have some fun things planned! But it gets so confusing and my kids always want to know WHEN we are doing WHAT, so having this free printable calendar 2016 helps them visualize the time-frame for our activities.
With the changing season comes a change in your kids’ schedule. No longer in school for months at a time, summer offers a break from classes, tests, and extracurricular activities and offers them a chance to have some fun.
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Don’t you hate it when you take a nice cool shower in the summer only to find sweat pouring down your face less than 20 minutes later? I do NOT like to sweat, and I will do whatever it takes to keep from sweating. This is hard though, since I do like to be outdoors!
How to Prevent Oily Skin During Summer
While you are using sunglasses to fight the glare of the sun, remember to wear sunscreen on your face to fight the glare of that oily shine. Just because you are spending more time in the sun does not mean that your face will be drier. Sometimes not being hydrated enough and using the wrong products on your face will have opposite results.
You may wind up with shiny, oily skin when you were hoping for that sun-kissed glow.
What to Wear on Your Face
A great way to reduce the negative effects of the sun on your face is wear an appropriate sunscreen with moisturizer built-in in lieu of your usual moisturizer. By wearing your usual moisturizer and then adding sunscreen, you may be adding too much moisture.
Adding too much moisture tends to clog pores, give the appearance of greasy, oily skin, and cause acne breakouts as well. Before summertime hits, do a little research, shop the stores, and ask for samples. Try a few products to see if your skin is sensitive to them and find one that you like.
Putting a sunscreen on your face that contains moisturizer not only saves you from oily skin, it also saves some money – and a little bit of time.
What You Put inside Your Body
Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that will hydrate your skin. Fruits and vegetables that come out in the summer typically are already the more hydrating kind like these:
- Honeydew Melon
- Different types of lettuce
- Blueberries, Raspberries, grapes
Equally as important as fruits and vegetables is the need for proper hydration. Hydration can come in the form of water, plain and simple. However, if you are not a big fan, there are so many creative alternatives to just plain old water. I love to add just a smidge of lemonade to my icy water. When I do this, I can drink it all day long, it’s so refreshing!
Try these as well:
- Water with lemon or lime
- Home-brewed iced tea – either regular or green tea
- Good old-fashioned lemonade
- Fruit smoothies using all of summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables
Check out my post on 15 Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes for different beverages using fruit!
Paying attention to what you put on your face and what you put inside your body in the form of fruits, vegetables, and hydrating fluids will be sure to keep that oily, greasy, too-much-sunscreen look off your face.
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I don’t know about you but I am finding it so hard to keep my preschool-age son busy these days. And with the summer months coming and school closing, I am looking for activities for kids that will keep him busy!
Fun Summer Craft Activities for Kids
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Activities for kids are sometimes tough to come up with when they want to be outside but it’s not warm yet. We’ve done lots of gardening crafts in the past that allow them to learn about gardening without actually planting seeds.
Activities for Kids: Gardening Crafts
Bring a little outdoors in with these fun craft ideas.
Collect some rocks from around your yard and decoratively paint them and place them in your garden. My kids really loved doing this and spent hours outside painting rocks!
Hairy Hairy Caterpillar
Make this and read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a fun and super educational experience. This is a caterpillar made out of grass.
- All you have to do is mix some potting soil with grass seed and pour the mixture into a knee-high nylon stocking. Section off the seed mixture-filled nylon with a pony tail holder or thin rope like I did. Make four or five different segments and tie together at the end.
- Then have the kids place the “caterpillar” in water for ten minutes and remove and place in a plastic bag overnight. Take it out of the bag the next day. Add some googly eyes and pipe cleaners for eyes and antennae and allow to sit on a plate in the window.
- Water every other day and before you know it grass will begin to sprout and you’ll have a grass covered caterpillar.
Sun Catcher Spider Web
Create something decorative for your garden like a sun catcher spider web. With bamboo sticks, nylon jewelry wire, and beads you can create an eye-catching web.
- Wrap a piece of wire around the center of a group of about five bamboo sticks. Tie it off and spread out the sticks into an asterisk shape.
- Now you can begin creating the web. Wrap another piece of wire around one of the skewers a few inches from the center. Thread some beads through the wire and move onto the next bamboo stick. Wrap it around the end and thread more beads and continue like this all the way around the circumference of the web.
- End where you began and trim any excess wire from the end. Do this again further out from the center all the way out until you are almost at the ends of the skewers, spacing each layer a few inches from the last.
- You can create a spider out of the wire and some beads or just leave this as it is. Hang it in your garden and watch the light catch the wire and beads.
Preserve Your Garden
As the season draws to a close, this doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye completely to your garden. You can preserve the leaves or petals of your plants and flowers. Then you can use them to stamp on note cards.
- To press the leaves, you can allow them to dry out by pressing them between the pages of a dictionary or phone book.
- Put the material between a sheet of newspaper and allow to sit pressed for a few weeks.
- When you are ready to decorate with your preserved leaves and petals, mix glue and water (half and half). Affix your pressed leaves and petals onto the paper and brush with the glue mixture. Allow to dry.
Backyard Bird Feeder
There are so many different ways to make a bird feeder. Using pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seed is probably the easiest way (see the post here).
Or you could take a 1-liter soda bottle and two wooden spoons and make a bird dispenser. Simply create two holes along the side of the bottle towards the bottom and slide the wooden spoons into the holes. Put a small eye screw in the top of the cap. Fill the bottle with bird seed, place the cap on top, and hang from something.
These are just a few gardening crafts you can do with the kids to make gardening that much more fun and educational. What are your favorite garden crafts?