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Beating the Heat with Little Ones

This summer has been one of sweltering conditions for many across the country, hasn’t it? While this is our first year with central air, we still hate to overuse it due to its energy sucking and near-constant running, so I’ve found myself searching for other heat-beating options. That, plus the fact that both of our kids seem HIGHLY bothered by the heat (you’d think the 6-month pregnant one in the family would be bothered the most, but nope – it’s my husband and the kiddos), means I’ve been getting creative.

And don’t forget to grab your Thirsties swim diaper before you go! They’re available in ADORABLE designs and are just the trick for all your summertime fun.

 


Splash pads! This can be a tough one depending on your locale (it was quite a schlep from my old house to any splash spots, so I understand if you’re in a Read More

5 Ways to Make the Most of the Dog Days of Summer

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Depending on what part of the country you may call home, the end of summer is very near or well underway. No matter which way you shake it, we’re over the halfway hurdle.

Raise your hand if you’re as bummed as I am about that fact.

Well, just to lift up our spirits, I thought I’d share a handful of ideas to help make the most of what’s left of it. Sometimes by this point there’s a bit of a drain and it’s tough to figure out how to use everyone’s free time best. Feel free to pick one or several; the ultimate goal is for low-stress fun!

Go on a local day trip! Who says all vacations need to be weeklong treks? Pretend you’re a tourist and research your area as if it’s the first time you’ve heard of the place. You may be surprised at what you find!… Read More

Stress-Free Summer Fun Ideas

Memorial Day is often called “the unofficial start of summer.” Well, before I get into some fun summer ideas, I’m sure we would all like to take this chance to send out a thanks to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and country. It simply can’t be overstated, and those who serve, knowing full well that they are being asked to make sacrifices big and small, deserve our pride and gratitude today and everyday.

(Can you tell that my grandparents – both of whom were Marines – helped raise us? They were the BEST.)

That said, I’ve been seeing lots of parents and teachers on social media talking about summer lately. Some are finishing school left and right; others (like myself) are still toiling away well into June.

Because of these inconsistencies, I figured I’d take Memorial Day as the opportunity to share some awesome, simple … Read More

It’s Time to Slather on the Sunblock!

After a month straight of rain and grey skies (which is very rare for Boulder, Colorado) the first weekend of summer vacation finally feels like summer. It’s sunny and in the mid-80s. The kids are at the neighborhood pool with Daddy and right about now, I’m hoping he’s applying a second layer of sunblock to any exposed patches of skin.

I recently read a blog that listed the 11 Worst Sunscreens for Kids and I was dismayed to realize we actually have what they are calling “The Worst” in our cupboard right now.

Putting sunscreen on my kids is probably the only thing I don’t like about summer. They whine, protest, wiggle and run when tell them it’s time to put it on. Maybe that’s because they don’t understand the cause and effect of “Not wearing sunblock” and “Getting a painful sunburn.” They’ve never been sunburned, unlike their sun-spotted mother, … Read More

Thank You to Our Military Families

To many of us, Memorial Day Weekend is a time to kick-off summer with BBQs, parties and family get togethers. But while we’re tossing frisbees, playing horse shoes, filling up the kiddie pool and making sure the cooler is stocked, let’s not forget all of those families who are spending Memorial Day in a different way: grieving for their fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, uncles, aunts and cousins who lost their lives, their limbs, their eye-sight or their ability to walk and talk, serving our country and protecting our freedoms.

As a mom of three whose husband often comes home late from work only to have time to help with bedtime and then is off again early in the morning, I can’t imagine having my husband  deployed for months or years at a time. The soldiers who serve our country do not just risk their lives for us, Read More