Where did the month go? I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that June is ending, wasn’t it just starting?
I’ve made a list of my favorite activities, food and purchases for the month. These summery finds are perfect for July and celebrating the 4th.
There are many summer activities I want to do with my kids, yet I already am feeling as if my little ones are spending too much time in front of the television. Here are some easy ideas to keep them away from the electronics.
Wondertime (http://wondertime.go.com/create-and-play/article/12-summer-activities.html) listed easy do it yourself projects that won’t take all day to prep for five minutes of playtime.
After spending close to $100 taking my kids to the waterpark, I’m thankful for The Centisble Life’s (http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2012/05/40-free-or-nearly-free-summer-activities-for-kids/) free projects and games for the little ones.
For those of you that want to be artistic, but it isn’t your forte, Liluna helps you create beautiful art projects with your children. (http://lilluna.com/30-summer-activities-for-kids/)
I’m noticing more meals need to be planned as my kids are home more and I’m entertaining more. Here are some delicious, healthy food choices that the kids will gobble up just as fast as the adults.
Eating Well offers these ZuCanoes (http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/zu_canoes.html) that are filled with disease fighting vegetables and fun to make.
These Strawberry Mice Snacks (http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/strawberry-mice-687541/) are the most adorable food I have ever eaten. My kids stay occupied simultaneously eating and playing.
When all-else fails, I resort to a family favorite of Macaroni and Cheese. Here is a recipe (http://recipes.kaboose.com/ellie-krieger-macaroni-and-four-cheeses.html) that fancies up the standard staple and is sure to please everyone.
Products are constantly changing and I’m always looking for safe and fun products.
Sunscreen is one topic that I’m confused about. Being in the sun causes cancer, but chemicals in some sun blocks cause cancer too. Badger Sunblock (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/item.php?RID=855) is mineral based and can be found at Whole Foods.
Growums Garden Kits (http://www.growums.com/) are a toy with a purpose and a lesson. I cannot think of many things more important, than instilling a life long love of fresh produce for my children.
When all else fails and you are stuck inside, A Time Out Mommy raves about this Inflatable Ball Pit. (http://www.atimeoutformommy.com/2012/06/hot-summer-toys-indoor-fun-with-sesame-street-abc-playland-inflatable-ball-pit.htm?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hot-summer-toys-indoor-fun-with-sesame-street-abc-playland-inflatable-ball-pit)
Enjoy these finds and please share your favorite things for the month of July and I may list them in Best of July.
~ Momsay Guest Post by Beth Prystowsky
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