Fun DIY Outdoor Games That Will Entertain Your Kids This Summer

The summer will fly by when your children play these fun summer games!

It is no secret that summer is a favorite season for kids all over the country. No school, no homework— just long afternoons full of fun in the sun and play dates with their friends! However, once the excitement and the freedom from school has lost its freshness, it’s easy for kids to fall into a summer rut of playing video games and watching TV all day long.

However, why not break up the boredom and repetitiveness of long summer days by crafting up some fun backyard games with your kids? Not only do outdoor games get your children outside in the sun and away from the dull TV, but it also is a great chance for your entire family to bond and make summer memories. You can even set up these games at your next backyard BBQ or summer party as a way to entertain the kids while the adults chat it up!

Therefore, without further ado, here are our favorite outdoor summer games that you can craft up in your own backyard this season!

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6 Fresh Gift Ideas For Father’s Day - June 15th

When you were young, your dad was always there when you needed him. If your bike had a flat tire, or you needed advice about life’s problems, he always had wisdom to share or a shoulder to cry on. He’s a rock, the classic strong and silent type… which makes it hard to find a gift for him!

If you ask him what he wants, he’ll probably say he doesn’t want anything at all. If espionage won’t work (asking mom), you can always fall back on the tried-and-true tie. But this Father’s Day, instead of opting for the same-old, try out something new. Here are a few ways you can make your dad’s special day one to remember.

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How To Make Christmas Birthdays Special

I’m not a Christmas baby, but I have a sister, a nephew, friends and a cousin who have birthdays the day before and the days after. They’re not crazy about their birthdate and with good reason.It’s important to make Christmas birthdays special, especially if they are for friends and family!  It’s commonly heard that if your birthday lands on any of these critical days, then more than likely a.) you’ll get one gift that counts for Christmas and your birthday, b.) you’ll get a birthday gift wrapped in Christmas paper, c.) your friends are busy spending the holidays with family, d.) your family temporarily forgets it’s your birthday, and the list goes on. Just as we get one day of the year that’s all about us, they deserve one as well.

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birthday cake (Photo credit: freakgirl)

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Slumber Parties

Back in my day (I like to think that is not too long ago), my mother absolutely refused to allow me to attend a slumber party. Well I was allowed to attend, but I had to leave before everyone went to bed. I remember thinking it was the end of the world and vowing never to put my own children or younger siblings through such tragic moments. I suppose now I can look back and appreciate that my mother’s tactic was to be better off safe than sorry in regards to her children’s well-being.

In any case, I’d like to suggest sleepover themed parties for parents of young teenage girls. Pre-teenage/teenage years are the hardest for young girls because of all the body changes, drama, etc. I would definitely stress that a female figure supervise the slumber parties just because it typically makes parents feel more comfortable allowing their children to sleep over.

Make sure and plan plenty of gossip-oriented games, set aside time for hair and makeup makeover, spa supplies and yummy snacks. Get ready to host a slumber-less slumber party. Slumber Party Polka Dots Supplies are the perfect addition to a girl focused night!

Not So Terrible Twos

My mother, being the eternal caregiver that she is, volunteered to take in four of her friend’s children this week while her and her husband are on a trip. The three older ones visit pretty frequently since they’re pretty close friends of my sisters. This week, though, the baby stayed with us too! She’s two, yes I know, two! Emily’s the star of the household right now and I’m sure she’s enjoying every second of it. That child’s mischievous grin steals your heart in nanoseconds, her hugs are priceless and that little voice can pretty much get her anything she wants.

Give the princess 10 minutes and she’ll twist anyone around her little pinky. We’ve had her for three days and put it this way, there were three people on bath duty and two people on outfit-choosing patrol. The whole thing is ridiculous, but you must remember that our baby is six going on sixteen. I think my mother forgot for a second what it’s like to have a baby in the house because the baby can’t help but cry for her mommy when it’s time for that “horrible” bed time.

For the past few years, we’ve spoiled the little one silly because he’s our baby. I think spending a little more time with Emily has nudged him a little more in the grown-up direction these past few days. He can’t help but notice the size difference every time he’s around her. It’s a bittersweet realization. :(

Emily’s in one of the best stages: the terrible twos. In spite of her ability to send everyone into heaps of oohs and aahs, the child can tear it up like any other active two year old. Running after these little hurricanes is probably the best cardio routine anyone can endure because you know it’ll get your blood flowing and it’s always different. Babies grow and develop in the blink of an eye. Don’t let the magic of each age escape you. Enjoy the heck out of their precious innocence.

Grab a pen, the phone, call a few girlfriends with their babies and plan a tea party! Don’t forget to invite the most important guests: your baby’s babies!

Father’s Day

June 15 is Father’s Day this year in the U.S., and families all over the country will be celebrating and honoring those men in their lives who have given them life.  Father’s Day is also celebrated throughout the year in other countries.  Here are some wonderful and simple ways to remember Dad this year (beyond the ugly tie).

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Father & Son (Photo credit: jeroenadema)

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Sending Cards For The Holidays

I just finished my Christmas cards this past weekend.  Sending out cards to friends and family this time of year is important to me; it is a part of my tradition to remember people I care about and don’t get to see or talk to very often. Plus, what a great gift - mail that isn’t a bill or “junk”!  So, I try to make each card and letter I send out at this time of year a little gift all on its own - something special. Continue reading