I saw this on Pinterest, and while I wouldn’t put it on my front door, this easy wreath would be great for a lake house or neighborhood party. It is from the blog Tell It To Your Neighbor, and you can find it here. I thought this might be a nice hostess gift for your holiday party.
This burlap bunting is adorable. The etsy store is currently closed, but I think you could make it yourself fairly easily. I found this template for bunting at Chickabug here. Looks like if you used stickers or cut out star templates out of painter’s tape and just taped the stripes on the burlap you could make this look pretty professional.
Summer is right around the corner. We had a few days in the 80′s, so out come the shorts and flip-flops. If I have learned anything over the last ten years of parenting it is that I am never fully prepared for what summer brings. Because of that, there are certain things I keep in my car all summer long.
The first thing is sunscreen. You never know when you will decide to be out in the sun or forget your sunscreen. I keep last year’s bottle that is not expired, but it isn’t my brand new bottle for the pool. Think of this as your emergency back up. If you know you are going to be out in the sun all day you come prepared. Speaking of sunscreen, I always write the expiration date in big letters with a sharpie the day I buy it. It seems like after a summer’s worth of grease and grit that ink disappears.
The second thing in my car is a t-shirt for each kid, a pair of shorts, underware and a pair of cheap flip-flops. Some years I have also added an old swimsuit. Even if it doesn’t fit perfectly, it can still be worn under a t-shirt. Seems like often we find sprinklers, splash pads, creeks or some other water supply while we are out and about. If you have clothes in the car, you can always enjoy those fun watertunities as they arise.
The third thing I keep in the car during the summer is cheap towels. They can be old towels from your house or from the $1 section at Target. The towels don’t have to be nice and pretty, but often you want to sit down at the park, need a buffer between you and the sidewalk at a concert or just to use as a towel for drying off. We often use the towels to cover seat belt buckles and car seats from the hot summer sun.
Next I keep a mini-first aid kit. Band aids, neosporin, hydrocortozone creme, tweezers, and maybe a needle or a safety-pin cover most summer accidents. I also keep chewable allergy relief pills from Target and some chewable Tylenol. The allergy pills work for any reaction to grasses, pollen or stings. The Tylenol helps if there is pain from an injury. I tend to keep these in my purse instead of the car, but they are good things to have with you.
Lastly I try and keep sunglasses and a hat for each family member in the car. These are great for time outside or those days that the sun is bright and hurts your eyes. It seems like no one in my house keeps up with them and always ask for a pair.
I have heard if you have sandboxes or live near the beach baby powder is a lifesaver. You can apply it to skin and it will dust off the sand keeping it out of the car. One of my friends makes all their kids take a water bottle every where all summer so they don’t buy drinks out all the time. Do you have any other summer trunk requirements?
We are quickly approaching the last day of school. If you need a cute sign go here. Chickabug has the same adorable ones as last year for free!
Does your school participate in the Scholastic Book Fair? Our theme this year was mad scientist. I think that is one of their national themes. I helped with a door decoration in our school. The requirements included the story elements, use of theme, include dates and times and classroom involvement. Then we added some science elements with beakers, microscopes and other science Our room parents weren’t feeling especially creative, but we came up with the idea to put the kids’ pictures in petri dishes and their teacher had them all write little books. Alls well that ends well. And we ended up winning first place.
This just out, the 2013 Summer Movie Schedule for Cinemark. There are lots of G and PG movie options. $5 for 10 films, or $1 each at the box office. It has been my experience to show up early. Lots of day cares and camps use these as activities also, so seats go fast.
We have babies at our house! I found this adorable robin nest on Tuesday and when I peaked again on Thursday we had babies. Last night strong storms moved through our area, but everyone seems fine. Mama is still nesting, so I won’t disturb her. Hopefully she will be out searching for food later and I can sneak a picture.