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Summer Picnic Hosted by Your Kids!

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What better way to take advantage of a sunny day then with a picnic? Ready to inspire your kids to host it? Kids of all ages love to feel empowered by taking over grown-up responsibilities. A summer picnic is a fantastic simple meal for kids of all ages to host. And to top it off, it’s also a great boredom-buster! Here are the steps that you need to get your kids started: Create a menu. The kids do the planning! Click these templates for a FREE or just a that can be colored in by young ones or written out by older kids. Offer suggestions from easy bite-size nibbles, fruits, veggies, dessert and more. The goal here is to encourage them to plan a meal, learn to cook and be independent. Need a new cookbook? Check out this great list of suggestions from childrensbooks.com: … [Read more...]

How to Make Personalized Coloring Pages with Photoshop

Make your own coloring pages from photos.

Here is a fantastic and easy way to make afternoon coloring activities more fun and personal for your kiddos.  In ten quick steps you turn your digital photos into something unique! How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 1 Choose your photograph & open it in Adobe Photoshop.  A simple picture with clean lines and obvious color contrast works best. How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 2 Create a duplicate layer of your photograph.  Make sure it is the dominant layer (listed above the original). How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 3 While on your new layer, go to Image > Adjustments> Desaturate. How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 4 Duplicate your desaturated layer. How to Make … [Read more...]

The Giggle Bag to Cheer Up and Entertain

CHEER UP & ENTERTAIN (1)

Is there anything better than laughing with your children? Laughter really is an amazing stress release and a feel-good therapy for all! Not only are there scientific studies that indicate that laughter truly is a great medicine, but we all know from experience the endless feel-good benefits of a fantastic belly laugh. Here are just a few reasons to encourage smiles: Release Stress Teach your children to cope with daily tensions and ease conflicts with giggles and laughter. Problems will always come our way in life, but laughter helps us cope with problems and gives us perspective to take a step back and ask ourselves, “Is it really that bad? How can we find a solution?” Stay Healthy Research proves that laughter releases endorphins that can actually temporarily … [Read more...]

10 Gorgeous Ways To Remake A Shirt

10 Ways to Remake a Tee Shirt

Let's talk about those plain ol' t-shirts hanging in your closet! Wouldn't you like wear them with more than your faded jeans and sneakers on Saturdays? Why not spruce them up with a bit of gorgeous upcycling? Whether your personal style is lacy, cute, or funky, we have a simple DIY to remake your new, well-loved or thrifted shirts into eye-catching wardrobe items! Are your favorite old shirts tighter than you'd like? Maybe you found the perfect band t-shirt in a thrift store but it's a size too small? Using a bit of lace edging, remake it into a flowy, boho style and enjoy the shirt in a beautiful new style! Crocheted Lace Side Seam - Trash to Couture Simply cut four slits in the back of a shirt, wrap small bits of lace or ribbon around each fabric section and you've got a quick … [Read more...]

Eppa Summer of Sangria Tour

find a city near you for sangria

Eppa Sangria has hit the road for their Summer of Sangria Tour! Last week, I had the privilege of going on behalf of One2One Network, because it was right in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, FL, my hometown. I was able to sip sangria and take my photo in their fun photo booth, chat with the Eppa Sangria gals about what makes their sangria the best on the market and register to win an outfit from Soybu. It was a super fun afternoon. Eppa SupraFruta Sangria is a blend of real, organic superfruit juices and premium varietal wine made from organically-grown grapes. Eppa SupraFruta Sangria is certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and is crafted in Mendocino, CA. The key to Eppa SupraFruta Sangria’s delicious and refreshing taste are the real superfruit … [Read more...]

5 Benefits of Summer Activity Books

5 BENEFITS OF SUMMER ACTIVITY BOOKS

Ready to turn off the television, put away the iPhone and iPad, and get back to basics with activity books? Activity books are my go-to resource to minimize my kids’ screen time and to feel confident that they are learning new skills. There is something wonderful about relieving stress, re-charging the brain and sparking inspiration. All you need is an inviting activity book and the benefits are countless! Here are my five reasons why you should break out summer activity books: Boredom buster (without technology) Simple markers, pencils and pens along with activity pages offer hours of entertainment. As a busy parent, there’s something refreshing and guilt-free about bringing out tried-and-true workbooks. Travel friendly These books can be thrown in the backseat, in a … [Read more...]