13 Cool, Easy, and Fun Water Games to Play This Summer

A helpful list of 13 Summer Water Activities for Families

We are in thick of summer right now, and you can feel the heat wave coming at us any day now. While spring and fall van be pretty amazing here in PA, summers are usually hot and humid. You can only stay in a cool house for so long before the boredom sets in, and you can almost hear the bright, warm, friendly sunshine calling your name to come play outside!

Well, in these hot temperatures you gotta know how to stay cool, and, as it usually goes in summers, stay wet, too! If you are having a hot summer and desperate for some cool, easy, fun ideas for summer water activities, read on!

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Irresistibly refreshing, crunchy, and sugar-free Summer Coleslaw

Sugar-Free Coleslaw recipe–a crowd and picnic favorite.

Burgers and chips, again? Ugh. That might work fine for a quick bite to eat here and there, but, honestly, it gets boooring really quickly. Want a little somethin’-somethin’ on your dinner plate? Maybe a little something crunchy, juicy, and flavorful? Or a little something with a fun color on your dinner plate that’s so exciting to look at? Or maybe both? Well, then you absolutely need to add this Summer Sugar-free Coleslaw to your summer menu, pronto!

Make your next dinner or picnic more exciting and colorful with this easy and, to those who care, sugar-free, Summer Coleslaw.

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25 Fun Summer Outdoor Activities To Do This Weekend

A list of 25 fun outdoor summer activities you can do with your kids this week-end.

The sunshine is finally here, calling your names with its warm soft touch on your skin, the light breeze is so inviting to venture outside, and the incessant “I don’t know what to dooo-hooo-hooo…” is literally pushing you out the door in summertime. It’s the perfect way to get some exercise, get those bored wiggles out, and get plenty of vitamin D in all its natural glory!

Here’s a list of easy family friendly ideas for outdoor summer activities you can do this week-end.summer outdoor activities

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20+ Awesome and Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

An ultimate list of more than 20 tried and true awesome gift ideas for Father’s Day.

A Dad is someone who always supports you, teaches you right from wrong, scolds you when you break the rules, but also shines with pride when you succeed. He inspires your to reach for the stars and is there to catch you when you fall…Almost like an Iron Man, or Thor, or Spiderman…Wait, is Captain America the only Marvel superhero who doesn’t fly??

Anyway, Dad is someone who is there for you no matter what! Showing appreciation to your favorite guy in the world can be challenging. How can you impress your very own super hero??

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the look on my daughter’s face is everything!

Here’s a round-up of fun gift ideas for Father’s Day can get or make. They will undoubtedly put a happy super hero smile on his face.

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Summer Journal and how to Make It Easy for Kids

5 Simple Things to remember when starting a summer journal with kids.


One night, as we were settling into bedtime routine, my son was going through the book choices to read. His fingers were running though the backs of the well-worn-out bindings…

”No. No…no? No.” Nothing seemed to satisfy his bedtime mood, until…Until he saw his Summer Journal on the shelf.

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Apple Stamp DIY Teacher Appreciation Card

This Apple Stamp DIY Appreciation Card is just the craft for you and your little buddy to show appreciation to your teacher this year. Ever feel like you just want to do something a little extra special for your child’s teacher, but all the ideas have been done before? That’s how I felt one year, when my kids were both in preschool. They only attended preschool 2 days a week, so the rest of the time we played and crafted at home.

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Warm Quinoa Salad–Comforting and Fresh

What is a winter salad? It’s the dish perfect for when you want the freshness of spring but the chilly temperatures still make you longs for comfort food. This Warm Quinoa Salad will satisfy those longings on a cold day.

As we enter the “spring territory” with the daylight savings, our brains switch to warm, green, fresh. But what happens more often than not is that we are still stuck in the thick of winter with its chilly temperatures and snow. To make a compromise for these conflicting desires, try Warm Quinoa Salad. Warmth of quinoa and sweet potatoes and green freshness of kale are truly the opposites that bring peace and comfort to my salad loving soul on this chilly day.

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THINGS I LOVED IN FEBRUARY

I’m starting a series of blog posts at the end of each month called “Things I loved” to remember and reflect on the highlights of the past month.

Do you practice reflection and gratitude? Winter months can be so dreary and monotonous that sometimes it’s hard to find one good things about them. The winter blues set in, and we get grumpy and dissatisfied. But nobody wants to feel this way. We need a little push, a little reminder that even in the darkest month, there were bright moments that cheered our soul.

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As the month of February is coming to its end, I want to sit down and reflect on the lovely things that made my heart happy this month.

Things I loved in February:

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VERY SIMPLE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Cold winter months call for comfort food, and what comfort food is better than a simple Chicken Noodle Soup? Nothing beats the warm soothing broth, thick with veggies, tender chicken meat, and noodles.

If you have just 5 basic ingredients (chicken, carrots, celery, onion, noodles, and water) you can make this soup in ONE HOUR and enjoy for days!

Simple Chicken Noodle Soup

When I was little, one of the very first things my mom taught me to make was soup. It’s the easiest, yet probably the most versatile dish you can survive on for many cold months. Chicken Noodle Soup is a classic, and undoubtedly every family has their very own recipe they proudly call “the best”. I won’t bestow this title on my soup, but only state that this recipe is as easy as it is delicious. ‘Nuff said!

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Ewok Valentines (FREE Printable)

If you have a Star Wars fan on our hands, then these Ewok Valentines will surely make their day! Even more than that, they will love making them with you for their friends and sharing those funny sounds the goofy Ewoks make!

My son and I were trying to come up with a homemade Valentine last year that would use a Hubba Bubba bubble gum. As we were brainstorming and humming “Hubba bubba hubba bubba” to ourselves, it occurred to us that it was so similar to the sound that Ewoks made in the Return Of The Jedi! And so the idea for Ewok Valentines was born!

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