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Family Friday

Packing For Day Trips!

There is nothing better than waking up on a Saturday morning with no real plans for the day. It allows my family to think of a place to go and explore for the day. Day trips take very little planning because they do not require a lot of money but they do require a bit of packing so that you can enjoy the day to the fullest. 

If it was just my husband and I packing wouldn't be a huge deal but with children on board it means you do have to pack a few things for your own sanity. I like it when the whole family can enjoy the day trip. 

Some of the items we always pack for our day trips are the following - 
 

  • Thermal Cooler bag - to put in all our items we like to keep cool like salads, cucumbers, cherries, grapes, etc. 
  • Insulated Cups - we use Bubba's at our house because they keep your drinks cold for many hours while traveling we even have a very large one so we can refill our water while on the road. 
  • Large Bag - Depending on the weather but I throw in some towels, a bag of chips or any other items we might need on our trip
  • Plastic Dishes - we don't like to eat off of paper plates or dishes so I purchased a set of plastic dishes with cutlery to put in our bag to use on these trips. 
  • Sunscreen - always a must to protect our skin from the elements. 

We prefer day trips over long weekend trips because when it comes down to it we prefer to sleep in our own beds at night. Once we have decided where we are going for the day I make and pack up some food for us to eat while we are out. Not only does this cut down on the cost of the trip but it gives us a chance to find a different place to picnic and explore while we are out. 

Do you go for day trips with your family? What do you pack with you when you go?

 

Beat the Heat With DIY Sponge Water Balls!


The warmer weather is here so why not head to your local dollar store and find some inexpensive solutions to beat the heat! I went to my local Dollar Tree and found packages of sponges they came in a pack of 3 for $1.25. I picked up 6 packages so that I could make 6 sponge water balls.
 

If you don't have any elastics you might want to check out the stationary aisle to grab some before you head to the check out. I already has some on hand so that is all I had to pick up. 

Once we got home a cut the sponges into quarters length wise and then arranged the pieces as pictures above. I gathered the sponges in the center and wrapped the elastic around them three times to hold them together and watched them come together and form a ball as pictured below.
 

 

 When we finished making all 6 sponge water balls we headed outside for some cool fun. My daughter filled up a bucket with cool water and we tossed all the sponges into it to get wet.

I took some time to draw a target on the drive way so we could throw our sponges at it to see who could get the most points.
 

Get creative and see what you games you can come up with to play with the Sponge Water Balls. The best thing is they last longer than water balls and I don't have to pick up all the pieces of balloons all over my yard before my puppy finds them.

Here is the video I did to show you exactly how I made our Sponge Water Balls. - 

Post by AnnMarie from www.itsjustmylife.ca

Summer Bucket List Anyone?

Summer is almost upon us and it is time to get a list together of fun activities we can do as a family. In my house I like to post some of our ideas on our vintage chalkboard in our kitchen to remind us of things we can do all summer long. 

How do we create our summer bucket list is a question I am asked often so I thought I would share with you how we come up with our fun list of stuff to do. 

The first thing I do is ask everyone in the family for fun things they would like to do this summer and we take everyone's ideas into consideration when making the list. I try to gear our bucket list to family activities so can have fun together. 

Here are some ideas we came up with to do with our family this summer...
 

  • campfires in the backyard
  • roast marshmallows
  • dinner on the patio
  • bbqs
  • go to the beach
  • build sand castles
  • go to a car show
  • enjoy slushies on a hot day
  • make ice cream
  • check out some local festivals
  • go berry picking
  • stop at a Farmer's Market
  • have some Corn on the Cob
  • Water Balloon Fight
  • go Yard Saling
  • camp out in the living room with movies
  • blow bubbles
  • go to the park
  • float around the pool
  • go swimming
  • go for a bike ride
  • fishing
  • geocaching
  • road trips
  • visit favourite ice cream shop
  • read a book
  • hiking
  • visit a food truck
  • eat some watermelon
  • creating a mural with sidewalk chalk
  • play hopscotch
  • jumping rope
  • jump through the sprinkler

Most importantly soak up every chaotic, glorious moment of the summer spent with the people you love. 

-Ann Marie

10 things to do this coming weekend!

AnnMarie shares some great Summer Fun Ideas! 

Photo credit - Stephanie Brown

Photo credit - Stephanie Brown

Summer is fast approaching and with that comes spending time together as a family doing different activities. Those activities do not need to break the bank. They just need to bring the family together and create great memories that will last a lifetime. 

We are not a family who goes on lavish vacations any time of year and summer is no exception. I am going to share with you some budget friendly ideas to do with your family this summer that will not break the bank. 
 

  1. Picnic Time - Time to pack up the picnic basket with some sandwiches and salads and head to a local park to explore or even your own backyard. Remember to bring a ball to kick around with the whole family. 
  2. Campfire - You don't have to be camping to enjoy a campfire under the stars roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over the open fire. 
  3. Fishing - Get up early and grab your poles and head out to go fishing. See who can catch the most fish that day. Remember to check to see if you need a fishing license for the area you are fishing in. 
  4. Scavenger Hunt - Who doesn't love a good scavenger hunt? Make one up for your family or better yet call some friends to join in the fun and see what team finds everything first. 
  5. Hike - Put on some good footwear and head out to the trails for some adventure on the trails. 
  6. Beach - Pack some snacks and head to the beach for the afternoon. If the water isn't warm enough to swim in yet you can still build some sandcastles on the beach and skip some rocks on the water. 
  7. Rain - If mother nature wants to rain down for the day don't let that stop you from kicking off your shoes and heading outside to sing in the rain. 
  8. Bike - Time to oil the chain and dust off the seat to that bike sitting in your garage. Time to explore you own city or town by bike. 
  9. Festivals - I know most communities have festivals going on during the spring and summer so why not look up what your community has to offer in the way of festivals that are usually free to attend. Remember to bring something to eat and drink for everyone in the family or splurge on a special treat while you are at the festival. 
  10. Geocaching - This is a great fun and free family activity that allows you explore the area you are in. You don''t need a gps you can go geocaching with your smartphone/iphone and an app. Check out this site for all the details on how to get started geocaching.