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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Host A Halloween Bash: Tips for Your Trick or Treat Party

The countdown to Halloween can begin as early as today. Okay you might be able to wait a week or two, but this spooky holiday is right around the corner. Fall officially begins next week. Crazy, right? Either way, if you’re planning on hosting a Halloween party bash this year, I suggest you start budgeting and compiling a list now. It’ll make you life SO much easier and you’ll have time to find the things you need at reasonable prices. Continue reading

5 Spooky Halloween Party Games

Finding activities to entertain teenagers almost requires psychic powers or a miracle perhaps. If you suggest one thing, they want to do the exact opposite. Mostly out of spite or worry that whatever you suggested just isn’t cool enough. Regardless, they come around sometimes if you convince enough of their friends to join in. If you’re hosting a Halloween party this year, consider some of these spectacularly spooky party games that could 1.) crank up your ghoul, I mean cool, mom factor or 2.) actually get these tweens to participate and have a great time!


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Summer Luau Cupcake Recipe

It always feels like summer vacation is way shorter than it actually is. Because of that, I think it’s important to enjoy every day. I’ve been a bit obsessed with pineapple lately-pineapple smoothies, pineapple bread, pineapple juice, pineapple ice cream, you name it. Continue reading

How To Host An Ocean Themed Party

Shark Week is almost exactly two months away. What are YOU doing to prepare?

OceanParty_v3I’m totally kidding. It’s not so serious that you need to host a party in honor of this television event. Although, you are welcome to do so. Continue reading

Turn Table Covers into Decorations

This past weekend, we hosted the Salon themed birthday party for the 10 year old. Needless to say, the soiree was a success and girls’ night was a blast. Morning decorating, I will admit, was definitely hectic and busy. Friends and family were gracious enough to come over to help decorate and get all the salon stations ready for the festivities.

As my cousin and sister were setting up the main table, they decided to experiment with the two colors selected for the plastic table covers. We had extras so they thought it would be fun to make the most of our supplies. They placed the darker color, in this case purple, on the bottom and they placed the lighter color, pink, on top. Then, they folded both of the long sides in, sketched half hearts and cut them out. Once the sides were unfolded, whole hearts appeared and the darker color showed up, making it look like purple hearts along each side of the table. The outcome was adorable!

The guests all thought the table covers with the heart cutouts were store bought! The key is to work with what you’ve got. In this case, our table covers added supreme decoration to the table setting!

November, Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

We are almost exactly one week away from November, which is Peanut Butter Lovers Month! Although it may not be a widely known “celebration,” it is a fun opportunity to get together with the children and put together a few activities. Baking and cooking are always great hands-on projects.

A fun idea to honor Peanut Butter Lovers Month is to make home-made peanut butter. Whether you’re setting up for a few of your children or siblings, or a whole class, I would definitely suggest grabbing some plastic or paper table covers and disposable bowls. Distribute the plastic bowls among your students, and get ready to have some fun!




  1. Mix the peanuts with the peanut oil and pour into the food processor.
  2. Process the blend until it’s very smooth.
  3. Store your smooth peanut butter in a sealed container in the fridge. It will be good for 2 weeks.

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!