July 30, 2014

50 Activities for Summer Boredom


50 Activities for Summer Boredom


Summer boredom can easily set in when the children are home all day. Instead of resorting to t.v. to entertain them, choose an activity from this list.    

1.  Visit the library and join the summer reading program.  

2.  Visit a farm.

3.  Plant a garden.

4.  Ask the children to write down their summer bucket list.

5.  Put on a talent show.

6.  Go on a treasure hunt.  Create your own map or go geocaching.   

7.  Make smoothies together.  Come up with new flavour combinations.

8.  Play dress up.

9.  Start a summer nature collection.  Collect rocks, twigs or feathers.  

10.  Play hide and seek.

11.  Visit a local fire station.

12.  Play in the sprinkler or visit a local water park.

13.  Volunteer in your community (visit a food bank, a nursing home or pick up garbage in your neighbourhood).

14.  Have a hula hoop competition.

15.  Create a collage from old magazines, coloured paper, feathers, ribbons and buttons.

16.  Visit the zoo.

17.  Go bowling.

18.  Make homemade instruments and start a band.

19.  Play hopscotch.

20.  Bake together.  

21.  Have an indoor picnic.

22.  Play Simon Says.  

23.  Write letters to friends or family far away.  

24.  Exercise together.  My girls love doing yoga with me.  

25.  Visit a fish hatchery.

26.  Fly a kite.

27.  Press flowers.  

28.  Create an indoor or outdoor obstacle course.  

29.  Make and blow bubbles.  

30.  Have a tea party.

31.  Go swimming.

32.  Create a summer scrapbook. 

33.  Go birdwatching.

34.  Build a fort.

35.  Play bean bag toss.    

36.  Have a dance party.  

37.  Make playdough.   

38.  Play at the park.

39.  Sing songs.

40.  Help with the laundry or other household chores.

41.  Look through family photos.

42.  Visit a local garden centre.

43.  Make and play with sidewalk chalk.  

44.  Do a puzzle.

45.  Play with water.  Have a bath just for fun or practice "washing" the dishes.  

46.  Conduct a fun science experiment.

47.  Make up stories.  One person starts and the next person continues the story.  

48.  Lay in the grass and gaze at the clouds.

49.  Play school.  Create some worksheets and have the children complete them.  

50.  Make tin can stilts.  

How do you keep your children entertained during the summer?


July 28, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - July 28, 2014



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Cereal with a cup of tea.  

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Dust my baseboards
Watch Frozen with the girls
Water my garden

Currently reading:
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The weather outside is:
Beautiful and sunny.  It will be hot this week.  

On the menu this week:
Monday - Spaghetti bolognaise
Tuesday - Homemade chicken strips with peas and salad
Wednesday - Hamburgers and salad
Thursday - Barbecue pork chops with mashed potatoes and broccoli
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Filet mignon with baked potatoes and mushrooms
Sunday - Butter chicken with rice 


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Plan some blog posts.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week:
Nothing planned yet.

In the garden:
Everything is growing well.      

Favorite photo from the camera:




Homemaking Tip:
When baking, always measure the oil in a recipe before the honey.  The honey will slide out easily.   


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July 23, 2014

Simple Summer Pleasures

Simple Summer Pleasures

How's your summer going?

We have been enjoying ourselves with lots of crafts, painting, fort building and reading.  Here are a few other simple pleasures on our summer bucket list.

1.  Go berry picking

2.  Make s'mores

3.  Go out for ice cream

4.  Visit the beach and build a sandcastle

5.  Eat breakfast on our deck

6.  Go on a family bike ride

7.  Have a picnic lunch at the park

8.  Visit the water park and get wet

9.  Enjoy vegetables straight from the garden

10.  Play mini-golf


What's on your summer wish list?


July 21, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - July 21, 2014


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Ezekiel cereal with a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Empty paper shredder
Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Disinfect remote controls and phones
Do yoga with the girls

Currently reading:
America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right On The Money by Steve and Annette Economides

The weather outside is:
Rainy and grey.

On the menu this week:
Monday - Baked maple salmon with asparagus and salad
Tuesday - Sweet and sour chicken with rice
Wednesday - Homemade pizza
Thursday - Tacos
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Roasted chicken with fries and corn
Sunday - Barbecue pork chops with vegetable primavera pasta and salad 


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Talk with a friend.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week:
Watermelon lemonade.

In the garden:
The broccoli and cauliflower are growing well and flowers are appearing on my green beans.    

Favorite photo from the camera:




Homemaking Tip:
Place a folded tea towel at the bottom of your sink before washing delicate china or crystal.    

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye):
Love Bakerella's blog.  So many wonderful recipes, so little time!!


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