One of our family's favorite things to do together is go hiking! It's something we've done together long before we had kids, and it's been such a consistent part of our family's routine that our kiddos have grown up hiking regularly. A lot of people are overwhelmed with the idea of hiking with kids, but … Continue reading Hiking With Kids: How to get started and what to bring!
July is such a great month for wearing skirts! They're perfect for summer, easy to throw on after a day at the beach, and they can take you from the pool to date night with a quick accessory change. The lovely ladies at Simple Simon and Co. have an amazing series that they put together … Continue reading 10 Skirt Refashion Tutorials for Skirting the Issue
It's finally summer, so that means it's time to wear dresses! I'm joining up again with Melissa at Melly Sews for her 30 Days of Sundresses series! You can check out my last year's post with free pattern here and the previous year's tutorial here. This year I decided to stick with my knit dress theme … Continue reading Party in the Back Dress FREE pattern
Summer is here! Schools are letting out and everyone starts thinking about pool days, park time, and family vacations! When you're planning a vacation with kids, it can be easy to stress about lots of details: … Continue reading Planning a Family Vacation Without Losing Your Mind (plus FREE packing list printable!)
It's a holiday weekend here in the U.S., so we are all about the red, white, and blue to celebrate Independence Day! And what better way to celebrate than with family and ice cream? That pretty much sounds perfect to me (and to the baby in my belly!) - and fitting, since July is National … Continue reading Patriotic Ice Cream Cones
Today I'm over at Our Chez Nous, helping Julie celebrate Boy Sewing Week! We all know how much I love sewing for boys, so I couldn't pass this one up. Head over there to hear my thoughts on summer wear for boys. And as part of Boy Sewing Week, I have a free tank top … Continue reading Surfer Tank – FREE tank top pattern!
Summer has officially begun, and you may be thinking of ways to keep your kiddos busy. We use screens really sparingly around here, but sometimes I just want something quick to occupy my boys. And if I don't have something on hand, it's super easy to fall back on iPads and Netflix. That's why I'm so glad … Continue reading Keeping the Kids Busy This Summer
We had our first taste of summer this week, so it's got me thinking about cold treats. Ice cream, popsicles... mmmm, I'm hungry just thinking about it! Here's my problem: as a mom of four little boys, I don't like to give them a lot of sugary treats. So I came up with a super yummy … Continue reading Coconut Strawberry Chocolate Popsicles
For our family, summer = lake. We live near Lake Michigan (which is amazing) and we vacation every year with my family at a small lake in northern Wisconsin. When I was packing up our swim toys, I had a great idea: this year we would make pool noodle sailboats! Simple, inexpensive, and hours of fun. … Continue reading Summer Fun for Kids: DIY Pool Noodle Sailboats!
Summer days in our house are filled with play dates at parks and splash pads, zoo days, road trips, and spontaneous stops to get frozen custard. Over the years, I've gotten smart and have begun carrying some essential supplies in the car for the inevitable messes and to avoid as many meltdowns as possible. Because nothing … Continue reading Create your own Summer Essential Car Kit