One of my favorite Summer Reading Programs is through Barnes and Noble. The program is for children in grades 1-6 and is a wonderful time to encourage your children to read to earn the reward of a FREE book.
This has been a consistent summer event for my children which they have enjoyed over the years. Sadly, my oldest will age out this year so although it is bitter-sweet, we are very happy with the selections of books we have been rewarded with throughout the years.
I am a working mother, so I do not have the luxury of taking the summer off and frolic at the beach! So, when my children are out of school I have to plan accordingly. I have found that it is great to have grandparents, friends and summer camp!
Things to Do With the Kids in the Summer
If you are fortunate enough to have parents that are giddy about spending the summer with their grandchildren, by all means ship them off! I am fortunate to have a mom, who has finally decided to retire (we will see how long that last) that LOVES her grandchildren to pieces, so it is no problem to send them to stay with her for a few weeks. Over the years, as my children get older it is has been a true blessing. Momma’s need breaks too!
Do you have friends that will pick up your kids and keep them??? My friends who have the summer off have always been a huge help. With many of my friends, they are like “family” so, it’s always been easy. Now, I don’t dump my kids with them all the time that just wouldn’t be right! BUT, if they are willing, I’m not turning them down. Hey, it is always great to have a friend that is willing to scoop your kids up for the day.
Camps are AWESOME!! In my town we have great camps and fortunately they are economical family friendly, at the moment. I know as time goes on, my children will want to participate in more specialized camps, but until then, off to the town camp they go!
So, what’s your plan for the summer? Grandparents house, dependable friends, camp or a combination of all three?
This year our summer life is a combination of all three, grandma, friends and camp. So, here’s to another working mom’s awesome summer adventure!
We’re not saying that you should completely renovate and redecorate your home each time seasons change but it can be very refreshing to add a few new touches to some of the rooms in your house. For example, summer brings many major changes and you can get some inspiration from nature itself in order to give your bedroom a more cheerful look.
Observe the colors found in nature this time of the year and transfer them into the new interior décor you have chosen for the room. You can also take some inspiration from the seasonal plants and flowers and from the multitude of birds and insects that invade us each summer.
Green painted beaded board walls lend organic appeal to this sunny bedroom. Nature inspired art prints and accessories sprinkled throughout the room also nod to the outdoors. The four poster in blonde maple adds a rustic simplicity to the bedroom, while nearly sheer plaid curtains soften the corners of the bed.
White walls and sheer patterned draperies allow this bedroom to look open and airy despite it’s small size. The wood flooring and the dark painted dresser introduce visual weight to the room. An eclectic assemblage of bedding citron sheets, sea glass green shams, and block print linens add sink in comfort to the cozy bedroom.
Accents of royal blue, orange, and hot pink add oodles of color to this otherwise neutral bedroom. The tones play out in less vibrant shades on the antique rug, a move that makes the room look pulled together, but also plays up the modern-traditional style of the room.
The barely green walls, white architectural details and a palette of grays in this bedroom allow personality-filled accents to truly shine. While the elements of the room are decidedly eclectic, they are well edited and the room isn’t overcrowded. Next to the bed, an elephant shaped statue functions as a tiny night stand. The patterned area rug adds warmth underfoot and style leading up to the bed.
In this bedroom, a patterned fabric bed frame functions as a work of art. The colorful print blends well with the warm wood accents throughout the rest of the room. Beige and white bedding and curtains echo the look of the bed frame. Scale plays an important role in this room’s design. Because the ceilings are tall, the walls needed to be treated accordingly. The oversize mirror fills the space above the bed better than a regular sized mirror and the large damask pattern on the curtains adds interest to the solid fabric without become too busy.
Strict symmetry makes a big style statement in this bedroom. The two beds are identical, right down to the arrangement of throw pillows and sunburst mirrors above the beds. The bench between the two beds serves as a nightstand for both, eliminating the need for two pieces of furniture. Warm walls, window treatments, and flooring contrast the dark finish of the traditional-style beds. Handblocked textiles on the beds add unique pattern and interest.
How will you decorate your bedroom this summer? – Cute Beltz
When the days start getting longer, and the weather gets a little warmer, I start dreaming of one thing: strawberry mojitos. It’s my favorite drink during the summer months and I’ll take any excuse I can to make ‘em. They’re sweet with fresh strawberries and mint and the perfect light drink for any summer meal. But my twist on the strawberry mojito is to add a little bit of ginger liqueur. It adds a slightly spicy kick that’s perfect for an afternoon barbecue.
Strawberry & Ginger Mojito
Total time: 5 minutes Serves: 1
6 mint leaves
2 ripe strawberries, quartered
1.5 oz light rum
0.5 oz ginger liqueur (or ginger syrup)*
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup or agave Ice Soda water or sparkling water
* Ginger liqueur or syrup can be difficult to find at the grocery store, but there are many recipes online for making your own in only 15-20 minutes. Otherwise your local specialty beverage store should carry it!
Muddle mint leaves and strawberries together in cocktail shaker. Add lime juice, rum, simple syrup, and ginger liqueur. Fill the shaker a little over half way with ice and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds.
Pour into a tall glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a strawberry or mint leaf.