The other day I was at the craft store and I saw some cute wooden boards covered with scrapbook paper and had a bulldog clip to hold the picture onto the board. I thought it was a great way to display pictures so I created my own version.
This paper pad called Flutterblossom went perfect with the pictures I had of my girls that I took in the spring. I used a cereal box for the backing and covered it with scrapbook paper to finish it off. I used a paintbrush and covered the photo and front pieces with Modge Podge to give it some stiffness.
To finish the project I used one of the bulldog clips and secured it on with tape from my tape gun. The last step was to put a piece of ric-rac through the clip to hang it up with.
Instead of putting these pictures in a scrapbook, I wanted to hang them up to be able to see and enjoy them for a while. When I get tired of the picture I can attach the whole layout onto a piece of 12X12 scrapbook paper and in the book it can go.
I have not always known what to keep on hand for summer survival with the kiddos! making things fun, practical and interesting can be a challenge during the days off. Over the years, I have gained some experience and I have recently utilized some You Tube channels on the subject. It is always nice to see how other moms make it work!
plenty of beach towels
a cooler for outings
some containers for snacks on the go
snacks and drinks
Here are a few I picked up:
beach towels don't have to be expensive or huge, these are just right and a good quality for under $5 at Wal Mart.
A medium size cooler for about $10 at Family Dollar is great for tossing water bottles and snacks in for a country ride or picnic or sometime at the local park. these will also carry over into the fall soccer season as well. This one has one pocket in the front.
I am not the biggest fan of hand sanitizer but on outings it can be good for a quick wipe up especially for little ones who get there hands into all kinds of things. it is good to use sporadically here and there.( and they come in some really cute designs)
A good quality grouping of containers to put in your to go cooler. I keep 1/2 of these right in the cooler so that I do not have to search for them when needed. These are great because the lids do not detach and they are easy to open and close. Again these were $10 at family Dollar and it comes with 10 containers. I actually want to get another pack of them.
Swimming trunks, bathing suits and beach cover ups are also must haves. I just love to wrap up my little ones in soft terry cloth after an afternoon swim!
This is a hooded cover up and I was thrilled to find these for $4.99 at the Christmas Tree Shops. they also have the cute boy version as well...
I have seen these for $30 or more on different online stores. They are so soft and i threw them in the washer and dryer and they came out great!
I hope these ideas have been helpful and make your summer more functional and easier. When you have simple practical items on hand it makes this time of year more enjoyable!
My kids and husband work hard to get our pool up and running once again! They have all been enjoying going out on these hot summer days and taking a dip!
I think this year has it has gotten the most use because the weather has been consistently hot and muggy.
I have gotten in a few times myself because our lil' boy just loves the water!
I feel so blessed to be able to have a pool for these energetic young people, it is such a joy to see them swimming and cooling off and playing together! These will be the things they talk about when they get older!
It is always fun to play games especially when their are prizes to be won!
A great way to spend some time with the kids, is a simple game of Bingo! pick up some cheap but enticing games at your local Dollar Tree, set them out on a table and let the games begin! I has to try and find things that were good for both boys and girls so snacks, candy, sport drinks, and some pool toys did the trick!
Sometimes after a swim in the pool,a movie or some chores, a couple of rounds of bingo can be a good afternoon filler.
The winner gets a something of their choice and the others get to try again. They usually share some of their winnings with the others so it is always a win win situation! You can also give consolation prizes like one or two gummy bears to the ones who didn't win, that way it is fun for everyone!
Mother is always the caller so there will be no arguing over that issue. I have to be careful because we have a little one who still puts things in his mouth. Keeping track of the balls and chips is a must around here.
This has been a nice way to pass some quality time together this summer! Do you have any family favorites that help to add to your summer fun? Let me know in the comments below!
I was thrilled to come across a truckload, yes you heard it right a pick up truckload of vintage ric- rac, lace, and ribbon at a tag sale a few weeks ago. I was excited but later realized I sort of got in over my head.
My daughter and I had fun making these cute vintage rag flags I spotted on the Mish Mash blog. I just thought they were so adorable and easy to make.
I sewed the one above but it was a bit time consuming and awkward having to place the ribbons on on top of the other and trying to pin them all before sewing. I decided when I did it with my daughter to use hot glue instead.( use caution and a stick or dowel to press the ribbon to the stick when gluing ).
These flags make great wall hangings or front door decor!
My younger daughter made these smaller flags and after she and her brother played with them I stuck them in the flower pots on our front porch!
It is always a great to get to work with vintage materials and create something new with them. It is an honor to get to bring something from the past that was a part of someone's life and make it into something new in the present in our lives!
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