25 DIY Hair Care Products You’ll Love

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils

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Whether you want to skip the chemicals, get salon looks without the salon price, or just try something new, making your own hair care products is a fantastic option!  You can customize scents, adjust for hair type and texture, and create personalized results – and you’ll be surprised at how easy most are to make.  So save yourself a trip to the salon for your next round of hot oil treatment: you can DIY that!  And make yourself nearly any hair product you need, from gel to dry shampoo!  Keep reading for 25 favorite DIY hair care products.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils1. Hair Detox – If your hair feels weighed down by products and over-styling, this detox will take a load off!  It’s just like detoxing your body – use the solution sparingly for a clarifying, exfoliating effect and your hair will thank you for getting rid of all that build up.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils2. Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse – This is probably the easiest of the DIY hair regimes.  It involves scrubbing your hair with a baking soda solution (to counteract natural oily buildup) and following this with an apple cider rinse, which helps to restore pH to your scalp.  The final step is to rinse with cold water.  With this simple guide, you should seal in moisture and have sleek, shiny hair.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils3. Green Tea and Lemon Hair Rinse – Green tea is an effective ingredient in beauty and hair products.  You can harness the nourishing qualities by simply rinsing your hair with some cooled, brewed green tea (mixed with just a few other ingredients).  It’s a source of vitamins E and C, it can heal split ends, repair damage, and strengthen hair.  It’s known for helping with dandruff and hair growth.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils4. Rice Water – Don’t toss the water after making rice!  Apparently, after boiling rice you can save the milky “rice water” and use it as a conditioner for your hair.  The rice proteins fill in any cracks and splits, making your hair smooth and shiny.  Who knew it was so easy?

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils5. Coconut Shampoo – In this recipe, you combine the power of coconut milk with castile soap along with your choice of essential oils.  Castile soap is good for all hair types, so this shampoo is a basic recipe that fits nearly everyone.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils6. pH Balanced Shampoo – Not only does this shampoo include all the benefits of other homemade products – like smoothing, moisturizing and repairing abilities of honey, coconut oil and jojoba – It’s created with a PH that closely matches the average scalp, which can reduce the chance of itchiness and flaking.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils7. Honey Shampoo – Raw honey does wonders for hair, as you’ve likely already read.  You can quickly whip up this shampoo, with only three very simple ingredients and you get all the power of honey – smoothing, moisturizing, nourishing, repairing frizz and split ends.  Plus, it’s super gentle for those with sensitive scalps.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils8. Dry Shampoo Spray – Dry shampoo took the beauty care world by storm, and now you can make your own in a matter of minutes!  This dry shampoo is actually a spray – meaning it’s a liquid you apply to slightly damp hair, then style as normal.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils9. Dry Shampoo Powder for Blond or Brunette – If you prefer the powder form of dry shampoo – which you simply sprinkle on your already dry roots when you need to touch up some oily spots – you can make that too!  It costs just pennies to make and you’ve likely already got everything you need in your kitchen!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils10. Leave-in Conditioner – The base for this yummy leave-in conditioner is coconut milk, so it smells good enough to eat!  It also leaves your hair super moisturized and can treat frizz and brittleness.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils11. Hair Conditioner – This easy peasy coconut rinse-out conditioner will give you tons of moisture, leaving you smooth and shiny.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils12. Deep Conditioner – A homemade deep conditioner is perfect for those occasional reparative treatments.  This one uses a few different kinds of oil to add shine to dull hair, control frizz and control dandruff and dry scalp issues.  Adding essential oils will personalize it to your needs, giving it an added bonus.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils13. (Yummy) Deep Conditioning Hair Masks – These three delicious hair masks cover a range of hair problems you may encounter – especially in the summer months.  There’s one for dry, damaged hair, one for deep moisture (for color-treated hair), and one that’s super light, for extra smoothness and shine.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils14. Mayo Hair Mask – Sounds gross, right?  There are so many variations in this recipe – eggs, vinegar and oil will promote hair growth and shine, plus adding different powdered herbs give a host of other benefits, including strength and softness.  Smooth it on your hair and let it stew for a bit before rinsing – the benefits may outweigh the mayonnaise!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils15. Coconut Honey Hair Mask – This super easy hair mask has only three ingredients, but packs a big punch.  It seals in moisture, offers antibacterial properties for a healthy scalp, removes gunky buildup and restores natural pH.  Sounds like a winner!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils16. Hair Repair Mask – Don’t let the ingredients fool you – it may look like a crazy breakfast concoction, but it’s a super ultimate hair repair treatment.  With all the healthy oils going on in this, it will smooth out your hair, control frizz, make it soft and shiny and repair split ends.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils17. Hair Growth Mask – The secret ingredient in this hot oil treatment is unexpected, and you don’t need to look any further than your spice cabinet.  Try cinnamon!  By massaging the cinnamon oil into your scalp, you stimulate circulation which encourages hair growth.  It can also strengthen the hair follicles already present.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils18. Hot Oil Treatment – All you need are three kitchen staples (olive oil, honey and coconut oil) and you’ve got the makings of your very own hot oil treatment.  Brush the mixture on your hair and wrap in a shower cap, and your hair will be shiny and damage-free in no time!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils19. Hair Detangler – If your little ones, or even YOU, have tangles you hate dealing with, try this super easy DIY detangler – another hair care product you can add various essential oils to for different results.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils20. Frizzy Hair Serum – Not only will this spritz smooth your frizzy mane, get rid of the wispy fly-aways, and keep you smooth and shiny, but it promotes hair growth as well!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils

21. Hair Volumizer – It doesn’t take much to create some volume for your flat locks.  Use this 2 ingredient DIY the next time you’re in the shower, then rinse it out for a bunch of bounce and energy!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils22. Sugar Hair Spray – You DIY your own hairspray!  It’s true – and you can create different “strengths” to suit your needs. There are only 3 (totally normal, everybody has) ingredients, too.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils23. Homemade Pomade – If you use pomade to texturize your hair or tame static and fly aways, then you’re used to plunking lots of money on the salon counter.  So make your own instead!  The addition of essential oils can help customize your pomade even further, with oils that can stimulate hair growth, boost shine and even fight dandruff!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils24. Organic Hair Gel – I’m not joking when I say you can make your own hair gel with only two ingredients.  It’s so easy.  The secret?  Whole flaxseeds.  Add essential oils to give it your own scent (or hair care properties).  It’s the perfect product for “unmanageable” hair.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils25. Scalp Scrub – You’ve probably exfoliated your face before, right?  Well this product works under the same premise.  Scrub your scalp with this sugar based concoction once a month and your head – along with your tresses – will be healthier for it.  This is a clarifying scrub that will get rid of buildup and clear clogged hair follicles, encouraging hair growth.

 

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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14 Ways to Help Sick Friends and Family

 Don't just say "call if you need anything." Use these ideas to help sick friends and family and make a real difference during their time of need. 14 Ways to Help Sick Friends and Family ~ Tipsaholic.com #help #sick #illness

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 When friends cancel plans due to the flu, a neighbor falls and breaks a bone, or a family member is undergoing medical treatment, it can be hard to know what to do. Rather than using the well-meaning but generally unhelpful words, “Let me know if you need anything,” take action! Step up and serve those you love in the ways they need most using these ideas for what you can do to help sick friends and family.

 

1. Care packages and gifts

Whether your loved one is near or far, a care package or thoughtful gift like a book or music is a great way to show you care. Drop them at the house or send them in the mail whenever you want to let your friend know you’re thinking of him or her. Moorea Seal has some great ideas for a cancer treatment care package.

 

2. Make a commitment

If an illness or injury is long-term, offering to walk the dog, make sure the trash cans are curbside, water the flowers, mow the lawn, or complete other daily or weekly tasks can be a real help. Mark them down on a calendar so that your loved one knows they can rely on you.

 

3. Babysit

Babysitting a child (or a pet!) might be one of the most valuable services you can offer. Babysitters may be needed during doctor’s appointments or when illness takes a toll. A friend might even appreciate having someone around to sit with their little one while he/she showers or naps. Children with a sick parent will benefit from regular interactions with familiar people, and a parent gains peace of mind when a babysitter can be found in a hurry.

 

4. Run errands

The burden of an illness or injury can make the normal parts of life difficult. Offer to run errands for your loved one or call while doing your own grocery shopping and ask what they need. You may be able to pick up their medications, take their dog to the groomer’s, or return the neighbor’s tupperware.

 

5. Be a chauffeur

A sick friend may need someone to help them to and from doctor visits or may just need someone to take their kids to school or activities. Rather than saying “call if you need me,” be specific about which days you can drive and perhaps offer to do so regularly.

 

6. Make meals happen

Meals are always needed when a person cannot care for themselves or their family. You may want to make a meal yourself or set up a meal service with friends or family using a site or app like Meal Train that makes it easy to see what and when meals will be taken care of.

 

7. Offer distractions and entertainment

Living with an illness or injury can be isolating and depressing. Call your loved one for a random movie night, to take a walk, to go out for pedicures, read a book to them, or just spend a night sharing snacks and conversation.

 

8. Clean the house

Cleaning can be one of the best gifts, particularly for someone who needs a sanitary environment during illness. Friends can sometimes be self-conscious about this, and it may be more thoughtful to hire a cleaning service for them if you think this may be the case.

 

9. Be a listening ear

Sometimes a sick friend may just need someone to talk to. Be the person you’ve always been. Listen to their fears and hopes or just talk about something besides the illness, if that’s what they need!

 

10. Learn what to say — and what not to say

There are a lot of ways to stick your foot in your mouth when someone close to you is suffering. Educate yourself about their illness and how to talk to them about it. Read up on what things are helpful and encouraging to say and which cliché sayings you should avoid.

 

11. Put together activity kits for their kids

A parent who has to spend a lot of time at rest may struggle with keeping their children entertained and content. Put together simple activity kits like these from B-Inspired Mama and give them to your loved one’s kids.

 

12. Help them keep a schedule and remember events

Illnesses and injuries can be distressing enough to make a person forgetful. Offer to call and remind them of special events or help them make a calendar that lays things out clearly. You may also want to help them remember doctor appointments and when to take medications.

 

13. Make videos and take photos

If a person is homebound, they may be missing out on neighborhood events or even their children’s activities at school and want to be included in some way. Offer to make videos or bring photos to their home and talk about the things that are going on outside of the house.

 

14. Help decorate and make arrangements for holidays

Don’t let a sick friend miss out on all of the joys of the holidays simply because they don’t have the energy to decorate or plan parties. Bring a few friends over and spend an evening decorating a Christmas tree or coloring Easter eggs. Help them bake, shop for gifts, and participate in community events they might otherwise miss.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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How to Make Your Photos More Meaningful

Don't settle for basic snapshots of your most important memories, use these tips to improve your photography skills and make your photos more meaningful. How to Make Your Photos More Meaningful ~ Tipsaholic.com #photography #photos

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When we are in a moment and hope that the memory of it will last, we sometimes take a photo to remind us. But too often, the photos we take focus more on saying “cheese” than on the real elements of the moment. Use these five tools to make your photos more meaningful today.

 

1. Get on the same level as your subject

Whether it is a child, a pet, your grandmother in a wheelchair, or Uncle Albert who used to play college basketball, get on your subject’s level. Try to see things from their point of view and look at things the way they might. Get a close-up of those ants your child notices marching across the sidewalk or snap a photo of Uncle Albert as he ducks under the chandelier in the dining room. Changing your own view point can make a huge difference in your photos.

 

2. Take un-posed shots

Going with the photo-taking favorite of “Say cheese!” will definitely get everyone’s attention, but it will also get you a lot of posed, inauthentic faces. Try going for more candid shots. Capture faces made during conversations, games, cooking dinner, and other moments. Grandma’s head-tilted-back laugh while she talks with her daughter or the intense focus on the faces of young cousins as they make mud pies, are the ones you’ll really treasure.

 

3. Capture raw emotion

You may not always think of pulling out the camera when emotions are running high, particularly in moments of sadness or frustration, but these may turn out to be some of your most moving, poignant photos and may help you process your own thoughts and feelings. When looking for opportunities to take such photos, consider taking your camera along (with permission, if needed) to major events like weddings, births, and homecomings. Look beyond the happy, posed photos and get closer to more intimate scenes. You’ll soon learn when and where you’re likely to find the most memorable images.

 

4. Capture personalities and passions

A truly wonderful photograph will embody the spirit of a person. Some of your most meaningful photo opportunities may come while a person is focused on something they love or showing their true self as they struggle, play, learn, or simply sit and think. Your job is to have your camera ready for those moments. You may also try projects that capture the many faces of a person as you ask them to run the gamut of their emotions. These can preserve the more simple memories you have of someone’s personality, like your child’s funny way of crinkling their nose when you talk about a food they dislike or your mother’s warm smile when you remind her of times you spent reading together.

 

5. Get closer or step back

If many of your photos feel more like they’re just a picture of a random scene than a real moment, change your proximity. In most cases, getting closer to your subjects makes the biggest difference. In other cases, you may want to try a new vantage point. Get up high and look down on a scene or down low and look up. Zoom in on details like hands, mouths, and eyes to cover all of the bits and pieces that describe your feelings in that moment.

 

Once you’ve added these methods to your photography arsenal, remember to print and cherish your photos rather than leaving the memories to fade on your computer’s hard drive. A photo meant to capture a memory is only as meaningful as the conversations it sparks when it is viewed.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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5 Ways to Help Kids Learn Routines

Use these 5 tips to help your kids learn routines for home, school, and day-to-day activities and make each day a little smoother for everyone. 5 Ways to Help Kids Learn Routines ~ Tipsaholic.com #parenting #kids #routine

5 Ways to Help Kids Learn Routines

 

Routines are a valuable tool for children and their parents. Whatever their age, children can be taught routines that will help them understand their responsibilities and what to expect each day, which will make transitions from home, school, daycare, and other places and activities much easier for children and parents alike. Start with these 5 tips to help your kids learn routines and you’ll be on your way to a smoother day.

 

1. Charts

Kids love taking charge. Give them the opportunity to be responsible for some of their own daily to-do’s – within your limits. A chart is a great way to do this. Create a chart with photos or clipart or purchase a chart like this that outlines the things they need to do before school or at bedtime to help them get started. This way, they can see for themselves what steps to take and don’t need so many verbal reminders. Giving them the responsibility for these simple tasks can be a major confidence booster as well.

 

2. A visual schedule

Teaching children a routine using a calendar helps them learn how to apply their habits in the long-term. Consider using a big family calendar where you can write or place pictures of the parts of your routine that will be weekly and monthly. If Grandma picks the kids up from school every Thursday, put it on the calendar. If a child has a spelling test every other Friday, it may benefit them to see it coming up and remind them to study on the days that lead up to it. Adults can help younger children by pointing out which day it is and how many days will pass until the next event.

 

3. Stick with it

Consistency is going to be your best friend when it comes to your children’s routines. When they know what to expect each day, they are far more likely to cooperate even when there are interruptions to your schedule. Follow your routines to the best of your abilities and talk things over with the children if there are going to be changes or new routines introduced. Do the same things in the same order as often as you can.

 

4. Give kids a time warning

When it is time to transition from one activity or routine to the next, give a warning. Simply letting a child know that “in 5 minutes it will be time to go,” or “10 more minutes until bath time” is often enough to help prevent a meltdown. Children have a limited understanding of time and framing it for them from an early age will give them a head start when it comes to their experiences outside the home.

 

5. Make routines meaningful

Children will be more likely to adopt and embrace routines when they include an activity they enjoy, like spending time with parents reading books or playing games. You might also want to include some “free” time in their day-to-day routines to give them moments to create and learn how to structure their time on their own. A meaningful routine may also include some alone time for an individual to take some space and breathe.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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DIY Summer Car Kit

Don't be caught unprepared this summer! Create a summer car kit that will fit your family's needs wherever you go. DIY Summer Car Kit ~ Tipsaholic.com #summer #car #summerfamilyactivities

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Follow along with Summer Family Activities Week by clicking here or on social media with #SummerFamilyActivities. Better yet share you favorite summer family activities by using #SummerFamilyActivites. Or play along and add your ideas in the comments here on Tipsaholic.

 

Summer is a busy time and nobody wants to be caught unprepared. Your vehicle can be the perfect place to put a car kit you can create yourself. Use these suggestions to add to a basic car kit and get your trunk loaded with everything you and your family might need while out and about this summer.

 

1. Sunscreen

No matter how short a trip you think you’ll be making, it’s always best to be prepared with a bottle of SPF 30. 15-30 minutes in the sun are all it takes to start getting a sunburn. Babies and children are especially likely to need extra protection.

 

2. Extra clothing

Kids will find all kinds of ways to get messy (snow cones!) and get wet (sprinklers!) this summer. Often, it happens while our backs are turned and before we know it, they’re dripping and cold. Keep a simple outfit for each of your children (and maybe yourself!), or, if you’re strapped for space, consider using an oversized t-shirt that could work for any member of the family.

 

3. Bottled water

Sealed bottles of water are always a good thing to carry with you. You never know when you might get stranded or stuck in traffic away from gas stations and air conditioning, and water is the one thing that will keep your body working until you can make your way home again.

 

4. Snacks

Have you ever noticed how a car full of hungry people becomes a car full of chaos? Keep snacks in your car to take the edge off while traveling or to take with you to summer activities. Select snacks that won’t melt in a hot car and can be resealed for later use if you don’t finish the whole package.

 

5. Summer-ready first-aid kit

No summer seems to pass without a few scraped knees. Fill a small first-aid kit with bandaids and antibiotic ointment, plus other summer essentials like aspirin for heat-induced headaches, anti-itch ointment for bug bites, and motion sickness treatments for long drives.

 

6. A picnic blanket

A blanket is a great addition to your car kit for impromptu trips to the park, picnics, and sitting curbside for Independence Day events. Use it to cover a table or create a shady tent for sleeping babies or for curling up at a drive-in movie! It might even be used as a towel after a spontaneous run through the sprinkler.

 

7. Plastic bags

Plastic bags of all shapes and sizes can come in handy while traveling and attending events during the summer. Use them to hold candy from a parade, pack up picnic trash, keep wet or dirty clothing, and much more.

 

8. Bug Spray

Summer is the season for bugs, bugs, bugs! Be prepared wherever you’re at on a summer evening by keeping a bottle or two of bug spray in your summer car kit.

 

9. Wet wipes

Whether you like baby wipes, hand sanitizing wipes, Clorox wipes, or all three, you need some! Clean messy fingers, a dirty dashboard, an unsightly picnic table, and a hundred other things. Keep wipes in an airtight container so they don’t dry up in a hot vehicle.

 

10. Little extras

Pen and paper, a card game, a travel pillow – these are items you don’t necessarily have to have but can be helpful on longer drives. Tailor your car kit to fit your family’s needs and you’ll be on your way to a less stressful summer of activities.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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25 Frozen Treats for Eating Outdoors on a Hot Day

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25 Frozen Treats for Eating Outdoors on a Hot Day

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When the temperature rises, most people head outside for fun in the sun. And if a special treat is desired after playing outdoors, a frozen one is often the best thing to eat on a hot day. There are so many choices here that are perfect for when you need to cool down. From yogurt treats to frozen fruit to ice cream, a slushie, or popsicle, click on one of the 25 frozen treats links, to get these easy recipes to make for your next day in the outdoors.

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Low Sugar Kool-Aid Slushies

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Greek Yogurt Berry Smoothie Pops

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Homemade Shaved Ice

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Applesauce Popsicle Toddler Treat

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Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Peach Creamsicles

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Frosty S’more Cups

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Banana

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Frozen Blueberry Yoghurt Kebabs

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 Lemon Ice

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 Capri Sun Summer Slush

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 Frozen Fruity Yoghurt Bites

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 Banana Freezer Pops

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Frozen Pineapple Ice Pops

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Frozen Yogurt Dots

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Ice Cream Made in a Bag

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Skinny Oreo Milkshake

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Frozen Chocolate Bananas

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Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Bars

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Pudding Pops

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Ice Candy

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Choco-Taco

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Raspberry Sorbet

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7 Tips for a Kid’s Lemonade Stand

Want to get keep the kids busy this summer and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit? Hosting a lemonade stand would be a great way to do this. 7 Tips for a Kid's Lemonade Stand via @tipsaholic #lemonade #lemonadestand #kids #summerfamilyactivities

7 Tips for a Kid's Lemonade Stand

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Want to keep the kids busy this summer and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit? Hosting a lemonade stand would be a great way to do this. The kids get to learn a little about running a business, practice their manners and social skills, make a little money, and have a great time! Check out these tips for how to help the kids host a lemonade stand this summer.

 

1. Help the kids decide how they will make their lemonade stand and what they need to put it together. From a simple table with a bright colored table cloth to a DIY wooden stand with a lemonade stand sign up above, the only limit is the kids imagination (and your DIY skills).

 

2.  Make a signature drink. Skip the premade powder mixes, and let the kids get creative with their own lemonade recipe. Start with the basic recipe below, and then let them add their own twist such as a fruit flavoring, fun shaped ice (made with a special ice tray), or a piece of candy like a lemonhead dropped into the drink.

  • 1 ½ cups freshly-squeezed juice (about 5-6 large lemons)
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 8 cups water
    Mix the three ingredients well and serve over ice

 

3.  Make a list of all the supplies needed, such as ingredients, cups, napkins, etc., and take the kids shopping. Talk about using coupons or finding things on sale since all the money spent upfront will come out of their profits in the end.

 

4. Use this opportunity to discuss the basics of running a business. Who knew talking about supply and demand could be fun? Help them set a price point that people will buy at but still generates a revenue. Plus, this would be a great time to talk about what the kids will do with the profits. Suggesting they keep some to spend, but also set aside certain amounts to save and to donate to a charity of their choice.

 

5.  Pick a good location to let the kids set up the lemonade stand with both foot traffic (ie potential customers) and safety in mind. Your font yard would probably be the best place, but if it is possible, try to find a place where a large amount of people would be walking by like near a playground or park. Also, think about the best time of day when people will be out and about. And of course pick a day to host the lemonade stand when you have good weather. On a hot sunny day, people will be looking for a way to cool down and a glass of cold lemonade will be just the thing!

 

6. Get the word out. Let your friends and neighbors know that the kids will be hosting a lemonade stand and ask them to help spread the word. Make signs for both the lemonade stand and to set up for advertising nearby, like at the end of your driveway or at the entrance to your subdivision.

 

7.  As much as possible, let the kids run the show. This is a great time for them to practice their social skills and manners when dealing with customers. Also, if they do most of the work, the kids will get the satisfaction of a job well done and have a fun time while doing it.

 

 

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Top Road Trip Apps for Family Travel

Use a few of these road trip apps the next time your family is traveling and make it easy to find fuel, lodging, fun, food, and more. Top Road Trip Apps for Family Travel ~ Tipsaholic.com #family #travel #roadtrip #apps #summerfamilyactivities

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Gone are the days when road trippers picked up a map and just started driving. In our high-tech modern world we have everything we need to plan, map, and have a blast on a road trip in the palms of our hands. Tap into some of the best travel resources available with these top road trip apps for family travel.

 

1. Waze

This app helps you check traffic conditions, road hazards, and more along your driving route by tapping in to a community of other drivers in your area. It also acts as a map to your destination and has voice-guided navigation .

 

2. Gas Buddy

This app is the best way to find the best prices for fueling up. Compare gas stations along your route or type in a zip code to compare gas prices in another area. Gas Buddy gives you gas station addresses and a map to help you get there.

 

3. iExit

Find out what’s coming up – restaurants, gas stations, lodging, shopping, and even campgrounds – at each exit you approach. iExit acts as a digital road sign for every exit near you and taps into your phone’s GPS to show you where to go.

 

4. State Plate Bingo

No roadtrip is complete without games! Use an app like State Plate Bingo to have a little fun on a long trip. If you’re looking for more ways to pass the time while driving, you may want to check out this list of road trip game apps on Babble.

 

5. Yelp

Yelp is a do-it-all app for finding shopping outlets, restaurants, and services and seeing reviews to find the best of the best. You can also use Yelp to get addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, and even make reservations.

 

6. Hotel Tonight

When you hit that road trip wall and need to hole-up for the night, Hotel Tonight is the app that can get you a place to stay in a hurry. Hotels share their last-minute availability at discounted rates so you can get a great price, but you can also book a hotel up to 7 days out.

 

7. USA Rest Stops

It may not make for good conversation, but everyone’s gotta go sometime. Find rest stops along highways and interstates and avoid stop-on-the-shoulder bathroom breaks. It can tap into your GPS and guide you if needed. This app may be especially helpful if you have kids!

 

8. TripAdvisor City Guides

Get information on local hotspots and fun things to do, plus restaurants and hotels. Any information that is available for the city, including fun facts and how to get from one place to another, can be found within the app. City Guides can also help you create a kind of travel journal on your phone – just check in and take a photo at each of your stops.

 

9. TripIt

Keep track of every aspect of your trip with TripIt. Compile information and times for hotels, dinner reservations, flights, and other stops along your route. You can also access maps and directions to get to your next destination and sync your plans with others.

 

10. Oh Ranger! Parkfinder

If you’re looking to visit national and state parks and experience the great outdoors, this is the app for you. The Oh Ranger! Parkfinder app has information, directions, overviews, activity descriptions, phone numbers, weather, and more for every park in the USA.

 

11. Free Wi-Fi Finder

Even a low-tech family can use a little free Wifi now and again, and this app will find it for you. Wherever you are, Free Wi-Fi Finder will use your location to give you a list of the nearest hot spots..

 

12. Animoto

No road trip need be forgotten with Animoto. The app lets you take photos and videos from your phone and turn them into a movie complete with introductions, captions, music and more. This one is a pricier app, but it might be worth it to share videos with family and friends as you travel!

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night

A great way to spend a warm summer night is to host an outdoor movie night in your backyard. Here are 3 tips to get the party started. 3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night via @tipsaholic #movienight #outdoor #backyard #movie #summer #summerfamilyactivities

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A great way to spend a warm summer night is to host an outdoor movie night in your backyard. With just a little planning, you and your friends could have great fun under the stars. Here are 3 tips for you to get the party started.

 

  1. The equipment needed is fairly simple. First, you need a movie screen. If you already have a light colored garage door or wall of your house, you have a surface to display the movie. But if you need to make a movie screen, a simple white bed sheet tacked to a wall or fence will work great. Next, you will need a projector and some kind of speakers. If you don’t have these maybe you can borrow from a friend, or they can easily be rented. Also, you need a video source like a laptop computer or a dvd player. Simply set it all up on a table, aim it at your make shift movie screen and you are all set.
  2. What would a backyard movie night be like without snacks? Set up a concession stand on a table. Keep everything in individual portions, so everyone can easily grab what they want to eat before heading over to watch the movie. Pop a lot of popcorn before guests arrives and put it in decorative popcorn bags you can get at most party supply stores. Prop them up in a box or tray, so guest can select a bag of popcorn. Also, include candy you would normally find at a movie theater or bake up a sweet treat like brownies or cupcakes. Don’t forget the drinks either. Put those in a tub full of ice, to keep them nice and cool.
  3. Comfy seating is a must. Provide a variety of options. Set out a few folding chairs, lay out blankets on the ground, and spread out a few seat cushions from the patio set.

 

Once you have everything set up, it is time to start the movie and enjoy a backyard movie night with your friends.

 

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6 Tips for Hiking with Kids

A walk in the woods as a family is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and spend time together. Here are 6 tips for hiking with kids. 6 Tips for Hiking with Kids via @tipsaholic #hiking #kids #summerfamilyactivities #summer #hike

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A walk in the woods on a beautiful day is a great way to spend some quality time with your kids. Everyone gets to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. And it is a way to slow things down a bit and just spend some time together with your kids. To make it a successful adventure, here are 6 tips for hiking with kids.

 

  1. Get the right gear. The right kind of shoes is essential. You will need something sturdy that can handle whatever kind of terrain you encounter. Plus, you will need a backpack to carry some gear. Even for a day hike, you will need to have some essentials on hand such as a first aid kit, a few granola bars and other snacks, and water bottles. Lastly, don’t forget a camera to capture all the memories.

 

  1. Start out small. Kids will need to get use to walking long distance, and you need to judge what they can handle based on their age. A walk along a path at a local park is a good way to begin (Plus, the kids will also get a chance to break in those new hiking shoes). Then work your way up to more strenuous hiking trails.

 

  1. Bring a map. It is always a good idea to keep one on hand just in case. Even if you know the way, sometimes you can get turned around, and a map will definitely come in handy. Get the kids involved and let them read the map and take turns navigating the trail.

 

  1. Have activities on hand to keep the kids occupied. Sing some silly songs…there won’t be many people in the woods to hear, so have some fun with it! Plan an outdoor scavenger hunt to encourage the kids to explore as they walk. Give them a notebook and a pencil, so the kids can document their observations by drawing a picture or writing out a list. By adding some fun to the day, you can keep the kids engaged in the journey.

 

  1. Take a break. Working in some down time during the hike will give kids (and grown-ups) a chance to rest their feet.

 

  1. Enjoy the journey. A hike with kids is a time to talk and to listen. Take the time to look around and really notice the nature around you. Remember the destination is only half the fun.

 

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Hot Dog Hacks for Parties

Make hot dogs for your next gathering with less hassle and more flavor using these fantastic hot dog hacks! Hot Dog Hacks for Parties ~ Tipsaholic.com #hotdog #recipe #summerfamilyactivities

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A hot dog roasted over a fire or on the grill is a summer staple. But sometimes feeding a crowd needs to be quicker, easier, and tastier! Use these hot dog hacks and simple recipes to make hot dogs that will be the highlight of the table at your next backyard barbecue or neighborhood party.

 

Cook them in the oven

Put your oven to good use and cook many hot dogs at once. 400 degrees and 15 minutes ought to do the trick, and you can slice them and add cheese at the end for more flavor.

 

Slice and fill

Add flavor to plain hot dogs by slicing them lengthwise (not all the way through!) and filling the center with cheese and other goodies (like onions and peppers) before cooking. You can also wrap them in bacon!

 

Forego the bun

Get rid of some of the hassle of a hot dog meal by leaving out the bun! Grill your hot dogs, brushing them with barbecue sauce as you go. When they’re finished, pop them on sticks so guests can dip them in something delicious like this queso sauce.

 

Add flavor before grilling

If you do decide to go the traditional route and grill your dogs, you can take even the simplest variety and turn it into a gourmet bite with a few easy tricks. Start by slicing your hot dogs and marinate them before grilling. You can slice them in a crosshatch pattern or just make small cuts into the skin – either way, you’ll have the best grilled dogs in the neighborhood!

 

Cook them in a crockpot

A yard or house full of hungry guests is no match for a hot dog hack like this! Use your crockpot to cook all of your hot dogs at once, plus keep them warm while the party gets started. All you need is a slow cooker and enough dogs to feed an army.

 

Put a tasty twist on party hot dogs

If you’re looking for a tasty twist on the party dog, try these oven-baked chili dogs. You can make several at once and cook them up in the oven together, and guests are bound to love them!

 

Dip’em and fry’em

Try something new with hotdogs at home by turning them into party-friendly corndogs. Simply cut a regular sized hot dog in half, place it on a skewer, then dip it in batter and fry it. You may want to provide guests with convenient grab-and-go cups of ketchup and mustard.

 

A different take on the hot dog bun

Much of the holdup in a hotdog line can be caused by prepping the bun, so why not put the dog and bun together before the line gets backed up? Use refrigerated crescent roll dough to wrap your hot dogs and cook them in the oven, adding cheese and other hot dog toppings inside them if you like! Provide guests with a variety of condiments and watch the “crescent dogs” disappear from your party table.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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10 Awesome Tips For Perfect Backyard Camping

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Camping is an awesome summertime adventure!  Kids love the novelty – sleeping in bags, watching the stars, hearing the nighttime sounds up close, using flashlights and eating s’mores!  You may not have the time or money to spend on an official campground, or maybe your summer schedule is just too jam-packed to squeeze in another trip.  Guess what?  You can still have all the fun of camping right in your own backyard.  Maybe you’re a backyard camping pro, or maybe you’ve always wanted to try it – whatever the case here are some tips for backyard camping that will really take your event to the next level!

 

1. Don’t forget the comforts of home.  True, you’re only a few steps away from the house, but this tip’s important, particularly if you’r camping with younger kids or if this is their first time in a tent.  The outdoors can get a bit intimidating, with unrecognizable sounds, unfamiliar surroundings and DARK, so make sure the kids get to bring a few favorite stuffed animals and blankets to sleep with.  Take a battery operated nightlight or lantern if the kids are used to keeping a light on at night.  Try to remember anything that will make your kids less anxious ahead of time, so you won’t be making tons of trips back inside.

 

2. Only take essentials.  There are lots of camping packing checklists you can find online, but for backyard camping, you really only need the essentials.  Don’t get bogged down in minutia.  BUT, on the flip side, don’t forget necessities like sunblock or bug spray, even if you’re only in the backyard. You’ll need a tent, some sort of light, sleeping bags, bug spray and sunscreen and really that’s it.  You’ll also want a tarp if you live in a wet area and an extra warm blanket if it tends to get cold at night.  Kids will need some comforting items, as well, and if you want to eat while on your campout, you’ll want to plan ahead for meals.  What you don’t need?  Extra clothes for everyone, toiletries and personal items, air mattresses (unless you really need them), specialized camping gear/accessories (like gps or a compass).  If you discover you DO need one of these items you can always run back inside for them.  But you probably won’t.

 

3. Plan lots of fun activities.  Make sure you’ve got ideas for before dinner and after, including some fun games you can play in the dark.  You’ll keep the kids entertained, have a ton of fun and encourage them to try this camping thing again!  Take a nature hike around the neighborhood with a list for scavenger hunt items, play outdoor games like tag and Ghost in the Graveyard, pick leaves and make leaf rubbings with paper and crayon.  You can even go bird watching with binoculars or stargazing (with or without a telescope).  Hide all the makings for s’mores in the yard and make a treasure hunt to find them!  With toddlers and young kids, play “Grab the Flashlight” – shine the flashlight around the yard and have them chase and try to catch the light.

 

4. Set up together.  Part of the fun of camping is setting everything up.  Have the kids help pick a spot for every station – tents, fire, eating, crafts, games.  Then let them put up the tent with guidance, gather wood for the fire and put all the fire necessities by the campfire spot, set out the cooler and picnic blanket, etc.  They can also fill the tent with their sleeping bags and other items and set up their beds.

 

5. Invest in an Easy Up tent.  This goes hand in hand with number four.  If you’re going on short camping trips, doing overnight camps in the backyard or have kids that love to help, you’ll probably want to invest in a simple tent – one that’s easy to set up and takes minimal time.  This Sundome Tent is a great example.

 

6. Try a neighborhood hike.  To set the tone for the evening and encourage a love of nature, try starting with a neighborhood hike.  You can try identifying different types of trees you come across, try checking things out through binoculars, catch a frog or two, or look for gross bugs under rocks!  Consider keeping a list or taking photos of all the nature treasures you find!

 

7. Make a fire for authenticity.  Every campsite needs a fire, it’s an unspoken rule!  If you live in the country or rural area, this shouldn’t be an issue as long as you follow fire safety rules.  Maybe you have a fire pit already in your backyard, or are considering making one.  This is an awesome way to cook all of your food during your campout!  Plan lots of different campfire dinners, lunches and sweet treats to keep everyone happy!  If a full campfire isn’t an option for you, consider creating a “mini fire pit.”  And if you’re still concerned about fire around your little ones, you could DIY an awesome no-fire campfire out of felt or paper!

 

8. Break out the glow sticks.  Kids love glow in the dark toys!  Not only will they have a blast playing with sticks and making bracelets and crowns, but it’ll help them forget to be afraid of the dark!  They can use them outside for glow-in-the-dark tag and take them into the tent with them later.  This glow stick party pack looks perfect – you can make headbands and glasses!  Or take it up a notch with these cool batons!

 

9. Don’t be a stickler for curfew.  If you and your kids thrive on a schedule, this might not work for you, but consider forgoing bedtime just for a night.  Kids will likely not easily fall asleep while lying in close quarters with the excitement of camping outside anyway.  Instead of getting irritated and enforcing a “quiet/no talking” rule, let the kids giggle and wear themselves out.  They’ll get tired eventually, and no doubt they’ll remember the fun of staying up late for a long time to come!  Who knows, you might be happy when you overhear some of the secrets they share with each other!

 

10. Join the Great American Campout by the National Wildlife Federation.  Once a summer, the NWF hosts a national campout that you can pledge to join.  For everyone who participates, supporters will donate $1 to the NWF charity which raises money to protect American wildlife.  Go to the site to read more, and you can sign up for group camps in your local area or pledge to camp by yourself!

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

8 Classic Outdoor Games to Teach Your Kids

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8 Classic Outdoor Games to Teach Your Kids

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Every parent could use help encouraging more outdoor play with their kids, especially in the summertime when the days are long and the “I’m bored’s” pop up too frequently!  Why not take a page from your own childhood – or even from your grandparents’?  Classic outdoor games are a great way to get your own kids moving. They usually require very little equipment or preparation, can be played with a wide range of ages and numbers of kids, and might even tempt you to join in the fun!  Here are 8 awesome classic outdoor games you may have forgotten about.

 

1. Capture the Flag
Best for tweens, teens and adults.
Equipment: Two pieces of fabric, about the size of a handkerchief.
Special Requirements: 6 people to play (one “guard” and two runners for each team), though more players makes it more interesting.
Play: Divide the players into (mostly) even teams.  Agree on the boundaries of the play area and the two “camps”.  Each team must decide upon a “jail” area (which could be a rock or tree that the prisoners must touch).  Once these areas are set out, each team secretly hides their own flag, then decided upon which players will guard their flag and which will attack the enemy camp to capture the opposing team’s flag.  If an opposing team member is tagged within enemy camp, they must go to “jail” until they are “rescued” (or tagged) by someone on their own team.  Play continues until a player captures the enemy flag and returns to their own camp with it.

 

2. Kick the Can
Best for school-aged kids on up through adults.
Equipment: An empty can, any size.
Special Requirements: A large space for running and hiding.  At least 3 people.
Play:  The players decide on a “home base” and “jail” area and choose someone to be “it.”  Place the can in the center of home base.  “It” closes his eyes and counts to a designated number while the other players hide.  He then goes to look for them.  When he finds another player, he yells their name, and he and the player race to home base.  If it gets there first, the other player must stay in jail.  If the other player arrives first, they kick the can.  While “it” retrieves the can, the other player (and any players in jail) find a different hiding spot.  “It” returns the can to home base and closes his eyes to count again.  Play continues until only one player is left in hiding – this player then becomes “it.”

 

3. Ghost in the Graveyard
Depending on the version, this is best for tweens, teens and adults.
Equipment: None.
Special Requirements: At least 3 people and a large space with hiding places.  It’s best when played at night in the dark!
Play:  The group decides on boundaries and a home base.  One person is chosen to be “it.”  “It” closes his eyes and counts while everyone else hides.  He chants out the hours starting at one o’clock – “one o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock – ROCK!  four o’clock, five o’clock, six o’clock – ROCK!  seven o’clock, eight o’clock, nine o’clock – ROCK!  ten o’clock, eleven o’clock, twelve o’clock, MIDNIGHT!  Midnight, hope to see a ghost tonight!”  Then “it” sneaks around, trying to find one of the hiding “ghosts”.  When he spots a ghost, he yells out “ghost in the graveyard!”  Everyone jumps out of their spots and races to the home base while the ghost that was spotted chases them and tries to tag someone.  Whoever is tagged is the next “it.”
Note: There seems to be a lot of variation in this game and some debate!  Here’s a version with only 1 ghost (and some other ideas), and here’s 3 completely different takes on the game.

 

4. Swing the Statue
Appropriate for any age.
Equipment: None.
Special Requirements: None.
Play: One person is designated as “it.”  One at a time, “it” takes another player by the hand and spins them, then lets go.  The players must hold their position however they stop spinning and moving.  While the players are “frozen,” “it” watches to see who loses their balance or moves around first.  That person is then “it” and play continues.  This can also be called “statue maker” and here’s a different version that’s a bit more creative.

 

5. Olly-Olly-Oxen-Free!
This game is good for any age, though young kids will need some help.
Equipment: None.
Special Requirements: None.  All you need are at least two people and space to hide in.
Play:  The players agree to boundaries and a home base.  One player is designated as “it” and closes his eyes to count to a designated number while everyone else hides.  It calls out “ready or not, here I come!” and begins to look for the other players.  While “it” is looking for the other players, the other players are stealthily trying to make it back to home base without being seen.  They constantly find new hiding spots.  When “it” spots any of the players, he calls out the name and they race back to home base.  If “it” tags the player before they reach home base, he is out.  The game is restarted with him as the new “it.”  If the player reaches home base without being tagged, they yell “Olly Olly Oxen Free!” and are safe, so “it” begins looking for other players.  While this is happening, the other players are still trying to get back to home base without being spotted.  Play continues until all players are either safe or someone is tagged by it.
Note: Unbelievably, I was unable to find any rules to this game on the internet.  Apparently people are more concerned about the origin of the name!

 

6. Sardines  
This is appropriate for any age – though young toddlers will need some help.  
Equipment: None.
Special Requirements: None.  All you need is at least 3 people and places to hide!
Play: One person is designated at “it.”  Everyone else closes their eyes and starts to count, while “it” finds a hiding spot.  When those counting get to a designated number, they yell “ready or not, here we come!” and each try to find “it” on their own.  Whenever someone finds it, they quietly squeeze into the hiding place with him.  Play continues until the last person has found the hiding spot.  The first person to find “it” is then “it.”

 

7. Shadowing 
Ideal for older kids, tweens or teens (old enough to be without adult supervision for a bit).
Equipment: Small stones, corn kernels, or other easily discernible markers.
Special Requirements: At least 6 participants, plus a large playing area like a park.
Play:  One player is designated at “it”.  “It” is given a brief head start, along with two shadowers.  After a few minutes, one shadower heads back to the rest of the group to start them in the right direction.  The other shadower begins leaving markers for the group as he goes – such as small stones, marbles or kernels – as clues about the direction.  The group tries to catch up to “it,” who wins the game if he is not found within a designated amount of time.  There are several variations on this game as well.

 

8. Red Rover
Appropriate for school-aged children.
Equipment: None.
Special Requirements: A large group of kids makes this more fun, but at least 8 is needed.  You’ll also need an open space in which to run.
Play: Divide the group into two teams.  Each team lines up across from each other, facing each other and holding hands.  The teams should be about 30-50 feet apart.  The first team begins by calling for a player to run over – “Red Rover, Red Rover, send (so and so) on over!”  The person who has been called then runs for the opposite line of players, aiming for a set of hands.  If he is able to break through the hands, they choose a person from the opposing team to take back to their team with him, but if not, they must join the opposing team.  The game is over when everyone has been moved into one team.

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

Frozen Treats to Make With Kids

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Hot days call for cool treats! Let the kids take over the kitchen and use these simple popsicle recipes to banish boredom and cool the masses. There’s a frozen treat recipe here for every taste from chocolate to fruit, and many of them are low-sugar and low calorie. Get the kids involved and mix up a few of these fantastic frozen goodies today!

 

1. Nutella pops

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This chocolate delight is almost too easy to put together! A little Nutella, some whipped topping, and milk combine to make a light and chocolatey treat that will beat the heat. Use paper cups and popsicle sticks or get a popsicle mold.

 

 

2. White Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Pops

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A little milk, chopped strawberries, and a pack of white chocolate pudding (sugar free if you like!) are all you need to whip up a batch of these pudding pops. Help kids top the popsicle molds off with some slices of strawberry to make it pretty!

 

3. Root Beer Float Pops

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Help kids alternate pouring root beer and scooping ice cream into a popsicle mold to make tasty layers. Inevitably, some of the soda will mix with the ice cream and give the whole treat that beloved root beer float flavor!

 

4. Mint Ice Cream Cookie Cups

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These cookie cups need a little more parent involvement in order to melt the chocolate, but the result is worth it! This snack is all about the layers – a mint cookie base, mint ice cream, and a chocolatey topper. If the kids aren’t interested in mint, try using Oreo cookies for the crust and another favorite ice cream for the center.

 

5. Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

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You don’t have to call it healthy if your kids are wary of the word, but it really is! Frozen strawberries, yogurt, agave, and lemon juice are the only ingredients. Blend it together and serve it in a cone or bowl.

 

6. Miniature Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Everything is better in miniature, right? Kids will love making and eating these tiny treats. Simply sandwich a dollop of ice cream between to vanilla wafer cookies, roll the edge in sprinkles, refreeze, and eat.

 

7. Crazy-Easy Snow Cone Treat

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Search your local grocery store for new flavors of sparkling soda. You might be surprised at all the tasty options there are! Grab a few flavors and let the kids make their own combinations in a Popsicle mold, ice cube trays, or even a plastic bag. Be sure to leave some room for the soda to expand as it freezes. Once everything has frozen, kids can have fun mashing and smashing their creations to turn it into a “snow cone.” To make it quick, just throw the frozen soda into a blender with a little more soda from the bottle and serve.

 

8. Banana “Ice Cream”

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Peel and freeze a bunch of bananas and then show the kids how to blend them up with a little bit of milk or cream. Set out small dishes of ice cream toppings – chocolate chips, fruit, coconut flakes, sprinkles, fudge sauce, peanut butter, and whatever else your family loves. Kids will have a blast creating their own banana ice cream sundaes!

 

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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