56 Things To Do With Kids This Summer

56 Things To Do With Kids This Summer

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How’s your summer going friends? I can’t believe we’re already to the end of June! It feels like summer is going so fast! I am sleeping in about an hour later than usual, but I still have a little morning time to myself before the house wakes up. James has been in camp for the last three weeks, but we’ve already managed to pack so much fun into this summer.

For some of us, it can be hard to find things for the kids to do all day without resorting to mind-numbing video games,

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Summer To-Do List

Summer To-Do List

Ever since creating my home agenda, I’ve been tackling some “to-dos” around the house and making lists of larger projects I want to accomplish in the future. ¬†Watching my son go from rolling over and cooing to running around the house at mock speed while singing his ABC’s makes me ¬†consider what’s important and how I want to spend my time, since life seems to go by so quickly! Yes, I like to have a clean house, but I also appreciate seeing those tiny handprints on the fridge, near the middle, since that’s as high as he can reach. ¬†

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Summer Foodie

Summer Foodie

Kate from Centsational Girl is hosting a summer link party today, and I’m joining in with a few favorite summer food and drink-related goodies!

How delicious and inviting does the picnic spread below look?  I love how it’s all served from a huge, casual basket.  A glass of crisp chardonnay, some fresh fruit, and a big hunk of brie with crackers is a tiny piece of heaven.  Of course, right now in Houston you’d better be serving your picnic indoors if you want to be comfortable:)

via Martha Stewart

Lunch served with a side of refreshing mint iced tea is too good to pass up!

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Summer Decor

Summer Decor

We don’t have a mantle to decorate as the seasons change, but we do have a console table in our entryway that can be dressed up.  Can you believe it’s already June?  How quickly it snuck up on me!  I wanted to add some summer decor to our house, just some simple touches like sand and shell filled vases.  If you follow me on Twitter, you know I scored a 5 pound bag of sand at Lowe’s for $3 on Friday so I could transform our console:

I used a piece of burlap ($3 a yard at Hobby Lobby) and frayed the ends for the runner,

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Summer

Summer

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and it’s HOT!  We’re talking 100+ degrees and you’re sweating immediately upon stepping outside.  Like it’s too hot to be outside unless there’s a pool or some sprinklers involved.  And it’s making my crave ice cream!

We had friends in from New York this weekend and enjoyed hitting up a couple of our favorite restaurants (Pappasitos and Buffalo Grille) and then barbecuing up some veggies and shrimp at our house on Sunday with some frozen margaritas and homemade guacamole (courtesy of my hubby).  I added a little summer decor to our house too, which I’ll show you tomorrow.

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