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12 Fun Beach Ball Ideas

Summer is in full swing, and what says summer more than flip flops and….BEACH BALLS! I love how colorful they are, and thought I’d share Fun Beach Ball themed ideas around the internet! Treats and crafts to brighten up any day at the beach, or at home wishing you were at the beach;)
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The above is a picture of my extended family (parents,my brothers, and their fame along with mine). I’ve had some great feedback about the bright colors on the beach since I posted them.  Check out many more images from that shoot at the Extended Family Pictures post.

 

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Summer Favorite Things

It’s slowly beginning to look a lot like summer and I don’t know about you but I’m pretty excited! Time for flip flops, summer vacations, swimming pools, and daily adventures with the kids… bring it on!

How about some fun ideas to add a little sunshine to your summer? I’ve teamed up with  20 Creative Bloggers to share some of our favorite things for summer under $50, and you have a chance to win one (or more) of these fabulous gift packages!

Summer Favorite Things Blog Hop & Giveaway

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You may remember the Holiday Favorite Things Under $25 from 25 Bloggers Giveaway and Blog Hop from last year…….well, it was so much fun a bunch of us thought, why not do it again, for the summer!!

20 creative bloggers have gathered together to share THEIR favorite summer things under $50 AND we are each giving away the basket of our own Favorite Things!! How fun is that?!… Continue Reading

My orange and yellow summer Sunshine mantel

In case you missed my guest post last week on KoJo Designs, I thought I’d share it with you here.

When I think about summer, I think about the beautiful sunshine.  What color is sunshine? Orange and yellow!  I needed something vibrant to last all summer up on my mantel, and up until this week, I still had it decorated from my daughters Lalaloopsey birthday party (that was over a month ago). The color orange for this series was my inspiration.  How is THIS for a fun, summery, orange mantel?

 

I am in LOVE!  I was trying to think of something BIG to span the mantel to paint orange, and a nice old pair of shuters came to mind.  I found them on craig’s list with a pretty royal blue hue, but just had to paint her orange.  Nice. and. bright.

I then wanted to include a colorful sun image, and couldn’t decide if I wanted to make something out of wood and paint it, print a picture. I eventually decided to pull out my scrabook paper and covered an existing 16×20 canvas I had, and wrapped it like wrapping paper. I then crafted the lovely sun, which rays stretch out in all directions and make me quite happy.I used two quotes that I’d love to be ingrained into my children’s heads as they go through life. The one above is simple: be sunshine to others, and you will feel sunshine. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? If you’d like a copy of this printable, you can get it HERE. The bike used to be black (World Market a few years ago), and I like to decorate it with different color strings.  In the basket, the “fruit” are gumballs. I got this giant Ball Mason jar at Hobby Lobby. Normally $6, but half off. I had thought about spraying it silver, but I thought gold matched the motif better. I may have had some dripping issues, but I’m over it by now.  I also spray painted the quote easel the same golden color. Scatter Sunshine is another phrase I love from a song, another reminder to spread the happiness around as you go along your day. Paper flowers from Hobby Lobby.
Some people are afraid of orange, but it is a shade that makes me happy and dots my house from place to place. Be bold for the summer, bring out the orange and scatter sunshine!

I was honored that my mantel was featured at The Lettered Cottage mantel link party (they found me before I got the change to link up)!

Streamlining summer snacking with pretend money

Now that school is out, the snacking can be out of control!  I had this idea last year, and wanted to share how we control that boredom snacking around here.  First, I printed some fake money that I found online here. I told the kids that at the beginning of the week they get 5 $1′s and 5 $5′s.  They can use it as they’d like, but ideally they would spend a $1 and a $5 bill each day. They can use it anytime in the day, but I’ve encouraged snack time to be around 10am and 3pm–as it usually is when they are in school.

summer snacking

This is our stash of $1 dollar items.  Generally crackers, yogurt, pretzels.  Not quite healthy snacks, but snacks of the lighter fair.

I let them each pick a non healthy snack that they must use their $5 bill for.  Something fun each day.

Below are FREE! They can have fruit and veggies whenever they want, and this usually comes in late afternoon after they’ve already used their money allotment for the day.

Together, we portioned out the cookies depending on size.

Here are the crackers portioned out in the $1 dollar box.  I like to recycle ziplock bags, so I ask them to put them back in the box when they are done.

This sits on our  pantry shelf with the bills on them to remind them exactly what is in each box.

Ready for a snack?

The kids have really enjoyed this money exchange and get excited about it.  It helps me have a little control over the food at home as well and makes us all happy! How do you streamline snacking around your home?

{Snacks can be modified according to your family preferences}