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Our Summer Bucket List (Free Printable)

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summer bucket list

Now that we are in our first full week of June (and finally getting better weather here in GA!), it feels like summer has really begun.  I love that the job I have lends itself to lots vacay time for the summer.  I get to spend more time with my boys, my mom who’s a school teacher, and my bestie!  During the yea, I’m a bit more limited on the clock with my shop/chalkboards/teaching dance classes so it’s a very welcome change.  I have plans y’all and I really want to check everything off our list!

Here’s our list…

  • Make Smores
  • Shoot Fireworks + Light Sparklers
  • Visit the Aquarium
  • Have a Cookout
  • Have Picnics at the Lake
  • Visit the Splash Pad
  • Visit the Beach
  • Collect shells
  • Build a Sandcastle
  • Go on Nature Walks
  • Paint Our Nature Finds
  • Got to the Farmer’s Market
  • Make “Dirt + Worm” Cups
  • Have a Water Balloon Fight
  • Make Fresh Lemonade
  • Make a Half Birthday Cake for Gav (yes…we love to celebrate half birthdays!)
  • Play with a Sprinkler in the Lawn
  • Make Ice Cream in a Bag
  • Meet Ms. Black at the Library (This is something that Gav’s amazing kindergarten teacher is offering to keep up their reading in the summer.)
  • Go for a Bowling Date with Gav
  • Scrapbook the Summer (I’ve REALLY let me memory keeping go since having Roman.  Ok…even before that!  So I want to get back into it.)
  • Play with Bubbles and Chalk in the Driveway
  • Splash in Puddles

Summer bucket list

Want to make one for your family?  Just print this one out and fill it up with fun times!

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Summer Bucket List

 

Happy Summer!

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Gav + Ro // Staying cool and hydrated with Nuby

It goes without saying that summer is just hot.  But here in the south, we get hoooooooot!  So we’re always trying to find ways to stay cool during these humid and hot summer days.  One thing we have a lot of around where we live are splash pads (or fountains) and my boys love them!  All I have to do is pack up the sunscreen, towels, and our favorite Nuby water canteens to stay hydrated and we’re off!

I think Gav and Ro would play at the splash pad until their whole bodies were nothing but one giant wrinkle.  But every now any then they will take a break for some water and, of course, a snack.

The Nuby Thirsty Kids 12 oz. Freestyle water canteen is made of durable tritan from Eastman and is ideal for kids on the go! The water canteen features a silicone band that allows your child to get a firm grip while drinking and a push top that keeps the straw clean when it is not in use. The water canteens are NEW at Babies R’ Us stores!

Gav + Ro // Staying cool and hydrated with Nuby

These water canteens from Nuby are great for both my boys.  Even though Ro is 3+ years younger than Gav, these bottles are easy for him to hold onto and he can/will do it while running too!  Also, they have a great variety of prints so I was able to chose something that both boys would like.  (Because heaven forbid they look the same or *gasp* share!)

What’s also great about this particular splash pad is that it’s a stone’s throw from my parents’ house where we like to go for lunch on occasion!  (Ok, ok…we go a lot.) This also happens to be where we keep Ro’s Nuby Silicone Mat.

The Nuby Sure Grip Miracle mat features super gripping action that keeps the mat on the table and not on the floor! The 100% silicone mat allows for easy cleaning and the fun characters and design make mealtime fun!

Shop the Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat range in store at: Target, TJ Maxx, Babies R’ Us, Walmart and coming this summer to BJ’s Wholesale Club. Shop the item online: Amazon , Target, and Babies R’ Us.

My parents have a glass table, perfect for making finger prints and banging on with little hands!  Nuby to the rescue!  My little destructor can have his own plate now that involves no banging, no throwing, and easy clean up.  He tries to pull it up but after seeing that it’s not budging, he goes back to eating.

Nothing beats these easy summer days in the sun!  (and staying hydrated, of course!) Be sure to check out my INSTAGRAM for a giveaway for your very own Nuby Thirsty Kids 12 oz. Freestyle water canteen!

XO, Kelly

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About a month ago I shared on my personal FB that we had some unexpected guests show up at our front door.  And I mean that literally.  
A mama robin decided that behind our little wreath was a great place to make a nest.  She then proceed to fill it, and I mean FILL IT, with eggs.

After a bit of research, we found out that these birds typically only lay, at most, 3 eggs which means that the other two are likely from another bird laying their eggs in said nest.  Great, so we have TWO really stupid birds that think a wreath hanging on a highly trafficked door is a great place to nest.  But even though this was a bit of an inconvenience, and not so great for my mom since birds are her number one fear, we were kind of excited to get to witness this nature show up close and personal.  The nest was so intricate and nothing short of amazing.  You could even see bits of twine and grass woven in it!  Sadly, this doesn’t have a happy ending.

Since the mama couldn’t stay on the nest for long enough periods of time, the eggs never hatched and she eventually abandoned the nest.  To make matters worse, we were advised not to keep the wreath, even if we bleached it, due to the diseases and parasites many birds carry.  Bye bye wreath!

So, I had to make a new one and here’s how I sort of recreated the one I had made previously.  What I liked so much about the old wreath was that I could change out the flowers for each season making it pretty yet very cost effective.  Click these links to see the WINTER and SPRING ones!

What You’ll Need:  Natural Wreath Form, Mini Chalkboard (or you can make one) Twine, Faux Flowers, Pinwheel

I loved the chalkboard on the old wreath but they stopped selling them at Michael’s.  (UGH!  First world problems!)  I could have gone with a regular chalkboard but there was something about the gray one that I just couldn’t let go.  So I made one…

DIY Chalkboard

What You’ll Need: Frame, Wood Plaque, Paint, Chalkboard Paint Medium

Paint the plaque and let dry completely.  Following the instructions, apply the chalkboard medium and cure for a full 24 hours.  Glue the plaque to the frame and you’re ready to attach it to the wreath.



Staple even lengths of twine to the four corners of the chalkboard.  Weave them through the wreath and tie them tightly together.  Weave few, longer, lengths of twine through the top and tie the ends together.  This will be your hanger.

Snip the flower stems and weave them into the wreath.  Slip in the pinwheel and write a seasonal message.  Now you’re good to go!

To prevent any more avian guests, I stuck one of Gav’s mini plastic snakes in the back to deter nesting notions.

Bring on the sunny days and vacation time!
XO, Kelly

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I’m soaking up as much of my last little break before fall session starts again at the studio.  The kids here in GA are back in school and we go back next week so I’m milking this time off for all it’s worth!

A Sunday garage sale…
Mr. G started gymnasts!
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and I leave you with this…

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As a former “indoor kid”, I’m not one for outside activities.  However, as an adult and now a mom, I’m finding myself outside A LOT more than I used to be.  And I actually like it!  This mean a lot more sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, and just sun in general.  Naturally I need a place to keep all these things so I made a fun tote to take with me for our outdoor adventures.

What You’ll Need: Small Tote, Paint, Letter Stencils
Prep your tote by wiping it clean, if necessary, and laying it flat.  Place something inside the tote to keep the paint from seeping through the material, especially if your tote is made of fabric.  The one I used, from the Target dollar spot, is straw but I didn’t want to take any chances with bleeding paint.
Find your letters, these are from the Walmart craft section, and start painting them in on the tote.  The easiest way to keep the letter even is to work from the middle out.  Also, to avoid smearing, work from top to bottom. If your tote is straw like mine, the lines in the weave make for great guidelines to keep the letters straight.
Time for some SUN SUN SUN for Mr. G and me!

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Oxymoron, I know, but delicious!
While at Target one day, I found this delicious peanut butter cup hot chocolate.  But since it’s summer, I have no desire to drink something hot!  (That excludes coffee, of course!)
Here’s my solution.

Make the hot chocolate according to the directions.  I suggest following the stovetop directions so that it makes more.

Pour into your molds and freeze.  

I’m not really sure why I didn’t do this before!

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