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

3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night

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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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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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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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5 Easy Recipes for Camping Dinners

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 5 Easy Recipes for Camping Dinners

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When you’re enjoying the great outdoors on a camping trip, you lack the resources of a full kitchen. It can seem daunting to try and feed your family. Don’t stress! Making simple, delicious meals while camping is easier than you think. Here are five easy recipes for inexpensive camping dinners that you and your family are sure to enjoy.

 

1. Walking Tacos

Walking tacos are perfect for camping because you can prep everything ahead of time. You’ll need shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, canned chili, and chips. I like to buy the personal-size Fritos or Doritos so there’s no need for extra plates or bowls. Combine all the ingredients into your chip bag and grab a fork.

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2. Campfire Crescent Dogs

Hot dogs are a quintessential, kid-friendly camping meal. For a fun twist, ditch traditional buns in favor of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. Your kids will love helping you make these yummy crescent dogs. Add some ketchup and mustard and dinner is served.

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3. Italian Sausage and Potato Tin Foil Dinner

Like hot dogs, tin foil dinners are another easy, camping staple. To make this recipe, you only need a few ingredients: Italian sausage, potatoes, fresh green beans, olive oil, and fennel salt. Don’t forget to pack the tin foil!

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4. Cheesy Dutch Oven Potatoes

If dutch oven cooking is more your style, try your hand at making these easy and delicious cheesy potatoes. The only ingredients you need are potatoes, onions, bacon, cheese, and the seasoning of your choice. This hearty meal is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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5. Campfire French Toast

In my family, dinner for breakfast is always well received. This camping-friendly french toast recipe is easy to make and will definitely put smiles on your little ones faces. If you’re so inclined, add some seasonal fruit like strawberries or cherries on top.

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5 Family-Friendly Audiobooks for Summer Road Trips

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5 Family-Friendly Audiobooks for Summer Road Trips

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Whether you’re driving three hours or 12 hours on your next family road trip, you want to make sure and have plenty of activities to keep your kids entertained. Audiobooks are a great option to keep kids occupied and actively learning while traveling.

Your local library is a great resource for audiobooks in a variety of forms. Typically, you can checkout them out on CD and mp3 players called Playaways with pre-loaded titles. If your library system subscribes to a digital content provider like hoopla, you can use your library card to checkout and download audiobooks directly to your smartphone or tablet. Amazon.com also has a ton of audiobooks for sale as well as an audiobook service called Audible.

 

Not sure where to start when it comes to finding an audiobook your whole family will enjoy? Here are six recommendations for family-friendly audiobooks that will put a stop to “Are we there yet?”.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Set in 1930s Paris, Hugo is an orphan who lives in the walls of a bustling train station and operates the station’s clock tower. His undercover life is put into jeopardy when he crosses paths with a puzzling young girl and a jaded old man who runs the station’s toy store. This debut novel by Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick was the inspiration behind Martin Scorsese’s 2011 award-winning film, Hugo.

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Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo is both a New York Times bestseller and a Newbery Honor winner. It is the story of 10-year-old Opal who moves to Florida with her introverted, preacher father and adopts a big, scruffy dog she finds at a local Winn-Dixie grocery store. Together, Opal and Winn-Dixie learn about friendship, loneliness, and acceptance.

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The Tale of Despereaux

Another gem from children’s author Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux explores themes of love, hope, and forgiveness. It is the story of a mouse, a princess, a peasant girl, and a rat–four stories brought together by some soup and spool of thread. A charming tale full of heart and character, this book has been a family-favorite for many years.

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Brown Girl Dreaming 

A memoir told in poem form, Brown Girl Dreaming is read aloud by its award-winning author, Jacqueline Woodson. The book serves as a reflection on Woodson’s experience growing up as an African-American in the 1960s and 1970s. A woman of many talents and achievements, Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate. This book is recommended for children ages 10 and up.

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The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection

Four stories by beloved author Neil Gaiman make up this must-have children’s audiobook collection. Stories included in this collection are The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, Cinnamon, and Crazy Hair. Performed by the author himself, your whole family will laugh out loud listening to these peculiar, hilarious tales.

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Looking for more family-friendly audiobook recommendations? Visit the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) website.

 

Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something discovering her place in this world. By day she is a communication specialist bringing communities news about their local libraries and the resources they provide. When she’s not tweeting or writing a press release, you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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25 Ideas for Gardening With Kids

Involve your kids in your gardening this year, no matter how old they are. Here are 25 excellent ideas for gardening with kids, from toddlers to teenagers. 25 Ideas for Gardening With Kids via @tipsaholic #kids #summerfamilyactivities #gardening #garden #family


25 Ideas for Gardening With Kids
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Children love to play with dirt and watch plants grow, so it makes sense that they would love gardening. Involve your kids in your gardening this year, no matter how old they are. Here are 25 excellent ideas for gardening with kids. Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, you’ll find something on this list that is perfect for your kids.

 

1. Plan a garden together.

Before you plant your first seed, plan out your garden with your kids. Younger kids will enjoy cutting out pictures of fruits, vegetables, and flowers from gardening catalogs and pasting them on paper to visualize the garden. Give them a section or a plant that they’ll be responsible for. Read more about this gardening idea here and check out the many other ideas in the article.

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2. Create a spot in the backyard for your kids’ own garden.

Empower your kids to be responsible for their own little spot in your backyard. This sweet garden includes a fun blue picket fence and is perfect for a few flowers. Here’s another kids’ garden, a bit bigger this time, with step-by-step instructions and photos.

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3. Build a bug-proof raised bed garden with pallets.

Any kid would love to walk through this cute veggie garden that was built with wood from pallets to check on the plants’ growth. You’ll enjoy building the garden with your kids and decorating it together. Check out dollar stores for fun lawn ornaments — the tackier, the better.

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4. Plant flowers in an old toy, like a toy truck.

Put old toys to good use by repurposing them as creative planters! Toy trucks work well for this gardening idea and would look great sprinkled around your garden, as well as doll beds, wagons, large plastic animals (cut out a hole on top), and rain boots.

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5. Make cute garden markers together.

Break out the art supplies and ask your kids to help you craft garden markers for the garden. This cute tutorial shows you how to paint rocks to turn them into garden markers.

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6. Decorate the garden with rocks.

If you live in an area where it’s easy to find free rocks, consider beautifying your garden with them! This link is full of garden inspiration with lots of rocks – some painted, some not. Let your kids line them up in paths and swirls around your garden.

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7. Grow vegetables that are kid-friendly.

Check out this great list of the best vegetables to grow with kids. Depending on your kids’ personalities, you’ll be able to choose a vegetable that they’ll truly enjoy growing. Impatient kids will appreciate fast-growing vegetables, while kids who love to chomp on raw vegetables will delight in crops like cherry tomatoes.

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8. Give them a gardening journal to keep track of the garden’s progress.

A gardening journal is a great way for kids to make notes of plants’ growth, what gardening strategies worked and what didn’t, and the bugs and worms that they see in the garden. They can draw pictures, scribble down notes and list, and glue down photos they take of the garden. Here’s a sweet free printable.

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Need more ideas on what to include in a gardening journal? Check out this link for great examples and ideas. Maybe you’ll be inspired to keep your own gardening journal!

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9. Construct a green bean tepee frame.

The process of building a tepee frame for green beans is pretty simple, but once the plants grow your kids will delight in a green tepee that they can hide away in while you garden. Just watching the plants crawl up the tepee will be enough to get your kids interested in gardening and learning how plants grow. Here’s a tutorial for a tepee that includes pots, and here’s an awesome video tutorial that drives the poles into the ground.

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10. Ask your kids to create a garden sign.

Hand your kids a piece of wood and ask them to unleash their creativity to make an adorable sign for your garden. I love this garden sign that was created by a creative little boy!

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11. Show your kids how to attract butterflies to their garden.

Kids love butterflies; make gardening more alluring by inviting these beautiful flying creatures into your garden with the help of a butterfly nectar. Get the recipe here.

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12. Start seeds in an egg carton.

If you live in an area where it’s slow to warm up for the spring and summer, you can get a head start on your garden with the help of your kids by starting seeds in an egg carton. As long as you use a biodegradable carton, you can simply plant the whole thing in soil when the seeds are ready to go!

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13. Start seeds in a rotisserie chicken container.

A rotisserie chicken container can create a greenhouse environment, which can be a fun science experiment for your kids! Some seeds need to start in a greenhouse environment, so this gardening idea would be a great solution. Also, rotisserie chicken containers are easy to find and practically free, if you eat the chicken, so you can give each kid their own mini-greenhouse.

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14. Design a play garden.

Get a young toddler or baby interested in gardening from a young age by creating a play garden for them! A well-designed play garden encourages imaginative play and experimentation. They’ll fall in love with the feel of soil and plants in their hands and keep themselves busy while you tend to your garden.

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15. Plant a tiny garden in an aquarium tank.

Planting herbs in an aquarium tank or glass container is a great way to allow your kids to see the roots grow, which can be a lot of fun and educational. Here’s a great example of an aquarium garden!

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16. Set up themed gardens in wooden crates.

If you’re short on backyard space, these themed wooden crates can be a great way to give your kids their own gardening spaces. Give each wooden crate a theme, such as a salsa garden (cilantro and tomatoes) and a salad garden (carrots, lettuce, basil) and let your kids choose which theme they want to watch over. When the veggies are grown, they’ll have a blast putting together all their plants into one dish!

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17. Create a dinosaur garden.

Do your kids love to play with dinosaurs? They’ll love this dinosaur garden, which will keep them busy and happy while you grow your vegetables. They can help with planting “dino-friendly” plants, such as sedum.

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18. Craft a kid-friendly watering can.

You (or your kids) can make a watering can out of a plastic milk jug. A half-gallon plastic jug would be great for younger kids and a gallon jug would work fine for older kids. This way, they won’t accidentally pour too much water in one spot!

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19. Make a womery with your kids.

Some kids love worms, especially earthworms. If you have a kid like that, work with them to build a womery for your garden to compost your organic waste. Your kids will have lots of fun playing with the worms and you’ll get lots of plant food!

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20. Plant flowers that are easy for kids to take care of.

Make your kids’ gardening experience a successful one by choosing one or two of these easy flowers to grow. For example, sunflowers are pretty simple to grow and they grow to tall heights, which will impress and delight your kids!

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21. Grow flowers that your kids can actually eat.

What’s better than a pretty flower? A flower that you can eat! Check out this fascinating list of edible flowers and introduce your kids to the art of foraging!

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22. Grow cucumbers in fun shapes.

This gardening idea for kids is just plain fun! Use shaped molds to grow cucumbers in the shape of hearts and stars. You can find the heart mold here and the star mold here. These are a bit pricey, though, so if you can DIY your molds somehow, that would work just as great!

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23. Make DIY seed bombs for your neighborhood.

This DIY project would be great if you don’t have a garden of your own or if you have a neighborhood that could use some more flowers here and there. Make seed bombs with your kids and include wildflower seeds at home and then drive around town throwing these bombs. After a rainy days, drive back to these locations to check on how they’re growing. Make sure to throw them the day before a rainstorm and limit to 10 seeds per ball for best results.

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24. Create grass caterpillars with your kids.

These grass caterpillars are so fun to look at and to make! Use pantyhose, of all things, to make these wiggly creatures to put around your garden. My caterpillar-loving daughter would go crazy over these!

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25. Build vertical gardens with soda bottles.

Have a small yard? Show your kids how to build vertical gardens using this tutorial. A great way to upcycle empty soda bottles and a fun science experiment for your kids!

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These 25 gardening ideas for kids are sure to get both you and your kids outside and digging your hands into the soil. What other gardening activities do you like to do with kids?

 

For more gardening ideas and tips, check out 27 Beautiful Garden Edging Ideas and 25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas.

 

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8 Great Resources for Outdoor Learning-Based Play Ideas

Turn learning into play this summer with these great ideas you can even do outdoors! 8 Great Resources for Learning-Based Play - tipsaholic.com #school, #kids, #playtolearn, #play

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As a parent, summer can be a little daunting.  There are a lot of hours in the day, and it’s sometimes difficult to fill them with worthwhile activities.  Sports, swimming, bike riding, outings, and park play are staples of summer fun, but if you find yourself looking for ways to incorporate more school-based learning into your play, it’s hard to know where to turn.  Need fabulous ideas that will get your kids off the couch and out learning – without them even knowing it?  Here are some great resources for outdoor learning-based play.  For kids, play is the best way to learn, and summer is a great opportunity for putting this into practice.

1. Delia Creates hosted a week-long series called “Play it Smart!” where she shared tons of fun ideas for learning with summer-inspired games.  She used chalk, spray bottles, balls and diving toys.  Her blog is full of cool ideas for kids, like fitness jenga, math card games, roll a recipe and the mommy and me journals.

2. Try this fun Dry Ice Experiment.  There’s a printable booklet, too, so kids can keep track of their observations.

3. Sew a Straight Line holds a learning and fun-filled camp for her kids every summer.  She has tons of ideas for science-related activities.  She’s also got some creative writing ideas here.

4.  A fun way to work on your child’s reading skills would be to read a book and then create something from the book – either with your kids or FOR them.  Check out No Big Dill for some great ideas related to this – she had a whole series of book inspired sewing creations and a ton of people contributed ideas.

5.  Check out Happy Hooligans for a whole host of sensory activities, sensory bin ideas, and other fun ideas for kids.  Try making a backyard abacus out of pool noodles.  Or try the fun water activity ideas – it’s perfect for summer!

6. And Next Comes L has a lot of great hands-on ideas for kids play.  Here are some fun alphabet and literacy themed ideas and math.  She’s also got some great ideas for busy bag activities which can travel with you anywhere you go this summer!

7. Check out these 50 fun summer science activities from Science Sparks!  And then look around that site for more great science ideas, like making an easy solar oven or a balloon powered lego car!

8.  Growing Book by Book has some great ideas for transferring literacy-learning to outdoor play!  She also has some great alphabet activities and activities that go along with specific books, like this one from The Very Busy Spider.

 

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16 Tips for Outdoor Summer Fun with Kids

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16 Tips for Outdoor Summer Fun with Kids
 

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One of the best things about summer is getting the kids outside and having fun. From old school games in the backyard, to crafts in the driveway, to science experiments that leave the kids both learning and laughing, there are so many activities to do. Here are 16 tips for outdoor summer fun with kids.

 

The backyard is a perfect place to set up some games for the kids to play. The family can enjoy spending time together close to home. Plus, many of these ideas could be used to get the whole neighborhood together. Most are simple to put together, but can lead to a lot of fun.

 

1. Backyard twister is perfect way to introduce a game from your childhood. After all it is new to the kids! Just a little paint and your ready.

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Backyard Twister

 

2. Put kids in their ok-to-get-messy-in clothes and let them run through a mud run obstacle course. The one time you won’t say to them, “Stay out of the dirt!”

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Mud Run Obstacle Course

3. While this one takes a little more work, a DIY bean bag toss (or cornhole game to some) could be easily decorated for any event. Plus, it is on the skill level of little kids, but is still lots of fun for those who are older.

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Cornhole/Bean Bag Toss Game

4. Boats made from soap can float down a gutter. This can be a race to the finish or make it a cooperative game by have the kids team up to make the most creative looking boat. A great way to clean up without letting the fun end.

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5. And for when the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t end. Break out the glow sticks for a ring toss.

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Glow Stick Ring Toss

6. Frisbee Tic Tac Toe is a great way to play a classic game and throw some frisbees.

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Tic Tac Toe Frisbee

 

After the kids have fun running around the backyard, move on to crafts and art projects. Since these can get a little messy, they are perfect for outdoor summer fun.

 

7. This is a simple way to have your kids create art while stilling getting them moving. Dip balls or other objects into paint and let them toss it at a box lined with paper. Instant masterpiece!

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Throw Ball Painting

8. Incorporate the outdoors into the art. Have kids gather leaves, and make a leaf rubbing using whatever color they choose.

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Leaf Rubbings

9. Use the driveway as a canvas and let the kids color with frozen chalk. Perfect for those hot summer days.

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Ice Chalk

10. This masterpiece can be created by having the kids blow bubbles and letting them pop on the paper. The secret is adding a little food coloring to the soap.

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Popped Bubble Art

11. Use what is in nature all around to make art. The kids can grab sticks, leaves, seeds…anything they find, and arrange them into silly faces, or something else. Take a picture to preserve the kid’s creations.

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 Nature Faces

For more summer outdoor fun with kids, add in a few science experiments. With so many things to try there is definitely an idea here that your kids will want to do. They will be having so much fun, they won’t even know they are learning!

12. A balloon race will put a smile on everyone’s face.

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Balloon Rocket Experiment

13. Set up a science lab in the backyard. Discuss what happens when different chemicals are mixed together such as vinegar and baking soda to mentos and diet coke. Always a hit!

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Backyard Science Lab

14. Talk about the effect the sun has on things. Try out these fun solar science experiments including building the kid’s very own solar powered oven. The nachos will make a great treat.

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Solar Science Experiments

15. This volcano will extend the fun to the beach or the playground sandbox.

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Sand Volcano Fun

 

16. Grow a garden with your kids. It is a great way to teach them about how plants grow.

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Easy Plants to Grow with Kids

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Summer Family Activities Week

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Summer Family Activities Week
Hello Summer! My friends it is finally here and it is time to have some fun. With kids out of school it is time to get out and enjoy some summer family fun. If you are stumped for ideas on what to do, you will love this week at Tipsaholic. We will be sharing a bunch of ideas on how to stay busy with summer family activities week.

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Here is what is coming up later today!

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We will start out with a bunch of great grilling recipes for the perfect family meal that is a little more unique than hot dogs and hamburgers!

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Then later on learn about water safety tips for kids and adults. Perfect for all those swimmers!

Then come back each day this week for more great ideas, inspirations and tips for family summer activities.

 

5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Kids

It is important to be careful of the words we use with children. Recognize these 5 things you shouldn't say to kids and learn what to say (or do) instead. 5 Things You Shouldn't Say to Kids (And What to Do Instead) ~ Tipsaholic.com #parenting #kids

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An angry outburst directed at a child can be more damaging than you might think. Kids need positive encouragement and help in identifying and dealing with their emotions as they grow and develop. Take a closer look at what you say to the children in your life. If you find any of these five common phrases, consider working to change them and to use more positive ways to get the results you desire. The better we do as parents and caregivers, the greater these children’s futures will be as they learn to treat others with respect and kindness.

 

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Child

 

1. “If you eat this, you get dessert”

As parents struggle to teach children a healthy way of living, this is one of the phrases that can cause some setbacks. Making kids eat their vegetables before they get the sweet stuff makes vegetables seem like the “bad guy” in the equation, and that’s probably the opposite of what you want. Don’t use healthy foods as a bribe. Consider serving dessert with dinner. Doing so could take some of the emphasis off the dessert itself and put the focus back on the meal as a whole.

 

2. “Because I said so”

You may remember this one from your own parents’ repertoire, and maybe you also remember how frustrating it could be? Your kids are much more likely to drop an issue, or at least be more accepting, if you really do your best to give a real explanation. And making a commitment to do so may also make you more thoughtful when it comes to responding to your kids’ questions. If your son wants to know why he has to wear his seatbelt or your daughter asks why you want her to eat her green beans, think about it. Be honest. Do some research together if necessary. They may still have questions, but you’ve got science and the law on your side!

 

3. “Don’t cry” or “You’re okay”

Kids have emotions. They feel them and are honest about them, and it’s healthy for them to express those emotions in different ways as they go through different phases of development. When we say these things, it tends to be because we are uncomfortable with the way their emotions are displaying or because we don’t want others to be uncomfortable. But saying “You’re okay” does not make their hurt go away. Try to look at things from their perspective – if you fall and get hurt, do you want someone to tell you you’re okay, or do you want someone to help you up and talk through the pain with you? The healthy emotional development of our children is based on our reactions to these small situations.

 

4. “We don’t talk about ____ in this house”

This phrase can turn the most normal of things (like bodily functions, race, or sex) into taboo subjects. If you want your kids to come to you when they have problems in these areas, you’re going to have to answer their questions and address the issues without passing judgment or making them feel ashamed. Instead, you can just answer them by speaking on their level. You don’t have to go into great detail, but don’t tell stories, as you’ll likely wind up retracting them later in your child’s life. If it’s a matter of manners, simply teaching kids that it’s more polite to say “excuse me” or to keep bathroom matters private can be much more effective.

 

5. “What were you thinking?” or “Why did you do that?”

It can be easy to blurt out these questions when a child acts out or makes a mess. But the shame we place on them when they make an honest mistake can affect their willingness to approach us with greater concerns later on. Depending on the child’s age, the skills to deal with their emotions and mistakes may not be there. It is important in any situation to identify the feelings, the behaviors that occurred, and reinforce positive ideas. If an older sister hits a little brother, it may be appropriate to say, “I can see that you’re angry because your brother took your toy, but it’s not okay to hit. Hitting hurts.” Afterward, you can help sister ask brother to give the toy back and help him to do so. It may also be a good idea when an accident occurs to identify it as such – like when a child tips their cup over at dinner. “It’s okay, sometimes I spill too,” is a simple way to let your child know that these things happen and the best thing they can do is to help with the cleanup.

 

Remember that children are people too, and the things we say matter. We can be their greatest role models and guide them each day by learning what to say and what to do when it comes to emotions, mistakes, and daily choices.

 

 

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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25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

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Thieves Essential Oil Blend is really handy to have around the house.  Combining cinnamon bark, cloves, rosemary and other botanicals, Thieves is a great disinfectant, purifier, and immunity booster.  There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to put Thieves to good use.  Young Living Oils are therapeutic grade, and can be used as diffusers, topically, or ingested in moderation.  If you’d like some ideas for DIY recipes using Thieves oil, we’ve got you covered!

1. Thieves Tea – Thieves is the main ingredient in this all-natural sore-throat fighting, nasty cold-repelling tea!  Combined with lemon essential oil, honey and hot water, it soothes a sore throat and fights off your impending cold.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

2. Homemade Cough Drops – Create natural cough drops by combining boiling honey with Thieves and lemon.  Use a candy mold to create uniform lozenge-shapes.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

3. Sinus Infection Buster Bombs – Get rid of your sinus infection in a snap!  Using a combination of essential oils in a capsule and then diffused into the air can knock your sinus infection out.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

4. Vapor Rub – Vapor Rub, like Vick’s or Mentholatum, have been a common remedy for head and chest congestion for years.  Make your own rub with soothing shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax, along with Thieves and other oils.  It’s safe for kids and adults and will have you breathing better in no time.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

5. DIY Toothpaste – You can make your own toothpaste with a few different oils and baking soda!  It’s all natural and non-toxic, which makes it a great idea for kids who might accidentally swallow it!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

6. Mouthwash – You won’t believe it, but this mouthwash takes only 3 ingredients!  And one of those comes right out of your tap.  For all the benefits of strong mouthwash without any of the unpronounceable ingredients!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

7. Breath Mints – Cook up some of your own breath mints!  They’ll contain only natural ingredients and attack root causes of bad breath, like tummy problems, dry mouth, stuck on food particles and bacteria.  Plus, it won’t have any sugar like store bought mints.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

8. DIY Clinical Strength Deodorant – Mix together several pantry staples along with coconut oil and essential oil blends (including Thieves oil) and apply as you would store-bought deodorant.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

9. Sugar Scrub – Get rid of flaky winter skin!  Mixing Thieves oil into this recipe for a facial scrub is a great way to add some immunity boosting powers to your skin care routine, along with adding anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

10. Foot Soak – Sprinkle a little in your water when soaking your feet pre-pedicure.  It will take care of any bacteria in the foot tub, soak into your pores and boost general health, and smell great!  There are different recipes for a foot bath that can relax, rejuvenate or moisturize according to your needs.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

11. Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion Bars – Hand soap can be rough on your skin.  If you’d like a gentle alternative, you can use essential oils to make your own antibacterial bars sans soap of any kind.  Adding coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax really help to soften your skin, protect and add even more antibacterial properties.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

12. Lip Balm – Make your own super-moisturizing lip balm to replace the pricy chapsticks and ointments from the store.  You can flavor it with essential oil.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

13. Foaming Hand Soap – Did you know you can make your own fancy-pants foaming soap?  It’s true!  There’s only three ingredients, but you can add any essential oils you like along with Thieves to create a small you love.  Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

14. Squeeze Bottle Germ-buster – Make your own hand sanitizer that’s all natural and super safe for kids to use.  All you need is aloe vera gel, Thieves, a carrier oil and some water!  Keep those germs at bay without chemicals or alcohol.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

15. Thieves Oil Salve – Whip up this easy concoction and use it to moisturize your hands, spread thinly over cuts or scraps, and banish bacteria!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

16. Anti-Itch Gel – Thieves can be used with coconut oil, aloe vera gel, or massage oil to help with itchy rashes.  This is particularly true for poison ivy or oak problems.

 

17. Bug Spray – Ditch those store-bought bug repellents with all those nasty chemicals!  Most of them clearly state on the canister that they aren’t child-safe.  Make your own with this super easy recipe and a combination of Thieves, Purification and Peppermint oils.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

18. DIY Mold Killer – If your bathroom or damp basement is prone to nasty mold buildup, you can banish it quickly by combining Thieves with other essential oils and distilled white vinegar.  Just put it in a glass spray bottle, shake it up and spray!  It also prevents mold from coming back.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

19. Cleaning Wipes – If you’re a fan of the convenience and ease of cleaning wipes such as clorox or lysol, you can make your own!  Thieves is a key ingredient, along with castile soap and water.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

20. Kitchen Cleaner – This kitchen cleaner is a cinch to make with some common household ingredients – including vinegar.  Add in some Thieves oil for it’s antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

21. WetJet Cleaning Solution – Mix some solution up for your swiffer WetJet!  No need to buy the WetJet solution anymore when you have water, vinegar, castile soap and Thieves oil.  Though this idea is for a WetJet mop, you could easily just add this to a bucket and clean your floors with a regular mop as well!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

22. Toilet Bowl Cleaner – With just some baking soda and Thieves oil, you can easily and effectively clean your toilet bowls.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

23. Laundry Soap – Personalize your laundry soap by adding your favorite essential oils, along with Thieves oil for antibacterials and purification.  Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

24. Playdough –  Add a few drops to your favorite homemade playdough recipe!  Not only will it smell great, but it will absorb through your child’s skin and boost their immune system.  It’s a great way to ward off sickness in kids who are adverse to gargling, oil-pulling, and taking capsules!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

25. Oil Diffusing Pendants – These homemade necklaces can diffuse any oil in a small, personal amount, any time you like!  The DIY recipe includes information for Thieves oil use, which can boost individual immune systems.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

Are you ready to find out more about Thieves essential oil? Check out these links for more information about how to get started with essential oils or to purchase your own essential oils.

 

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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Top 15 Family-Friendly Games You’ll Love to Play

Are your family game nights stuck in a rut? Want to add some excitement?  Check out these Top 15 Family-Friendly Games You'll Love to Play - tipsaholic.com, #family, #kids, #boardgames, #games, #familynight

 

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Family game night is the perfect way to brighten up a dreary week and get kids of all ages excited about spending time together.  If you find yourself breaking out the same games over and over, chances are good that you’re all getting a little bored.  Break up your plain old game routine by introducing some fun and clever games into your rotation!  It can be hard to figure out which games will engage a variety of ages, but it’s not impossible to find some new favorites.  Here are our top 15 family-friendly games you’ll love to play – along with the old favorites you’re already using!

 

1. Hedbanz – In this fun take on a classic guessing game, players must take turns asking yes or no questions as they race to be the first to figure out what they are as represented by the card on their heads.  They’re using their heads in more ways than one and are bound to get a little goofy as they call out questions and answers.

 

2. Qwirkle – It’s not fast-paced or loud, but it IS perfect for teaching patterns, color and shape recognition.  Kids will also learn reasoning skills, strategy and tactical play.  All you have to do is lay down tiles matching in color or shape and build off of the pieces already placed.  It’s a winner with all ages as it is simple enough in rules for young players, but can be more advanced based on strategical thinking.

 

3. Spot It or Spot It Jr. – Between any two cards in the deck, there is a matching picture (seems impossible but it’s true!).  Just spot it quick to win the pair!  The deck of cards comes with a rule book for different games you can play with the same cards, so it’s 5 games in 1!  It enhances visual perception skills, powers of observation and attention to detail, but it’s not a complicated game which makes it perfect for players young and old!

 

4. I Can Do That! Card Game – Join that lovable character, The Cat in the Hat in an activity-filled card game that will be sure to have kids laughing!  Just flip over three cards to reveal a new challenge. Can you crab walk to the bedroom with the fish under your chin? Can you dance around a chair with the fish between your knees? There are hundreds of hilarious possibilities in store.  It encourages self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes early reading skills and gets kids up and on their feet.

 

5. Suspend – Here’s a game that’s great for a group or a solitary player!  This balancing act is an exciting and intriguing way to work on hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, cognitive thinking and cooperation.  Roll the colored die to determine what game rod you’ll add to the fray.  Decide where to place it on the frame rods attached to the wooden base to ensure you make it to the next round.  Suspend as many as you can before the whole thing become unbalanced!

 

6. Set – Set is a visual perception game that’s easy to learn and challenging to win!  The rules and concept are simple enough for kids, but the practical application is challenging enough even for adults.  Each card shows various shapes in various numbers, colors, and shades.  Turn the cards over in a grid and match three cards within the specific characteristics based on “sameness” or “differentness” – but do it quick because it’s a race to make sets of three!  It’s a classic game that will keep players thinking, reasoning and observing while they excitedly grab for cards!

 

7. Sequence – It’s challenging and exciting but basic enough to grasp the rules of play.  Match cards from your hand to the pictures on the game board and place a chip.  Place 5 in a row to get a sequence and create 2 sequences to win!  You can block opponents with the right cards, use Jacks for wilds and play certain cards to remove opponents chips from the board entirely!  Seems hard to win, but you don’t have to do it alone since with more than 2 players you can choose to play in teams!

 

8. Telestrations – You’ve played the telephone game, where a phrase is passed in whisper from person to person until it barely resembles the original remark?  This game is telephone, but with drawings!  It’s a fun, light-hearted game where you draw what you see, then guess what was seen to hilarious miscommunication and funny outcomes.  Kids will love drawing with the individual dry erase boards, and there’s no artistic ability required – just some stick figures, laughter and a great sense of humor!

 

9. Doodle Dice – The deck is full of cards that show simple line drawings in varying degrees of difficulty (or number of dice needed to complete the picture).  Roll the dice and try to match the lines on the dice with the lines on the cards to form the whole picture.  You’ve got three tries to complete the picture and win the card shown.  To make it more challenging, you can block opponents turns and steal their cards!

 

10. Beat the Parents – What kid doesn’t want to trounce their parents in a good old fashioned trivia game?!  In this fun version, parents answer questions about kid stuff and kids answer questions their parents should know!  See who’s the boss by sending the two mover pieces across the board first.

 

11. Story Cubes – This truly is a game for any age and any number of players – especially since there are no wrong answers and no right way to play!  There are infinite ways to play – from each person telling a portion of one story by using a picture rolled on the dice, to one person telling an entire story using all of the dice.  Literally anyone can play as they increase their creative inspiration, imagination, problem solving skills and literacy development.

 

12. 5 Second Rule – Flip a card to reveal a category, then start the timer because you have only 5 seconds to name 3 things that fit the category!  Seems easy, until you’re under the gun.  Pretty soon everyone will be calling out hilarious ideas and getting tongue-tied as they make up their own words!  It’s fast-paced, easy to learn, fun to play and keeps people laughing!

 

13. Don’t Say It – Help your team guess the hidden word, without using any of the clue words listed on the card.  Be quick so you aren’t buzzed out by the timer!  Rack up the points for your team by giving them handy clues and you could win!  Easy to learn and play, kids will love this fun guessing game and learn strategy, quick thinking, and literacy skills.

 

14. Tsuro – Choose tile pieces three at a time from the stack and place them on the board in turns to create a path for your game piece to follow.  Be careful, if your path leads off the game board you lose!  Be wary of other players – each tile has multiple path options and your opponents tiles could make an easy path for them and a cleverly treacherous path for you if they connect to your own tile.  This game is easy to learn and a fairly quick play.  There’s strategy and problem-solving involved, which makes it a great fit for a wide age-range.

 

15. Spontuneous – It’s the only “Name That Tune” style game that crosses age gaps and genres, so literally anyone can play it!  Use prompts and be the first to shout out a song with the given word in the lyrics.  Sing it out, in tune or not, to get the points!  Take turns delivering word “triggers” and singing out songs.  Try to stump your opponents!  Be the first to move your game piece to the finish in order to win.  It’s fun, it’s spontaneous, it’s easy and will have everyone engaged!  Plus, build your memory and word association skills.

 

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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16 Tips to do Fitness as a Family

16 tips to do Fitness as a Family @ Tipsaholic.com #family #fitness #exercise

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Fitness as a family is a great way to spend time together and get in some exercise. Here are sixteen tips to get everyone up and moving.

Find indoor activities for those cold or rainy days

  • Roller skate or ice skate at the local indoor rink
  • Turn up the music and dance around the living room
  • Create an obstacle course with chairs from the kitchen and couch cushions from the living room. Use the cooking timer to see who completes the course the fastest.
  • Call out animal names and have the family members act them out. Cat crawling, crab walking and Bird wing-flapping gets everyone moving.

Get moving outside

  • Take a walk around the neighborhood after dinner.
  • Make a list of things you might see outside, and as you walk through the local park, have the kids check them off.
  • Plan a day trip to a nearby recreation area or state park where the family can hike on a trail or take a canoe trip.
  • Find a pick-your-own vegetable farm or orchard. Your family will burn some calories and get healthy food to take home.

Change it up

  • Participating in a new sport that no one else has tried before. Volleyball or badminton, anyone?
  • Go old school by teaching the kids hopscotch, red light/green light or kick the can
  • Get out the jump rope and have each family member take turns turning the rope or jumping in the middle. Learn a few skipping rope songs to add to the fun.
  • Next leisurely pool day, challenge the kids to a freestyle swimming race across the pool.

Make Exercise fun

  • Put a small bowl of popcorn on the floor. As you lower yourself down into a pushup, stick out your tongue to get a piece of popcorn from the bowl. Rise back up, and then repeat the push up for more popcorn treats.
  • Play freeze tag. When someone is “frozen”, they jog in place.
  • Have one family member blow bubbles, everyone else does jumping jacks and tries to “catch” the bubbles as they clap their hands above their head.
  • Join a community fun run or walk. An added benefit is your family will be raising money for a good cause while getting fit.

 

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I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

 

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How To Exercise With Kids

Want to encourage fitness with your kids? Here are several exercises you can do with your little ones that will keep them engaged and wanting more! How to Exercise With Kids - Tipsaholic, #health, #kidshealth, #exercise, #kidsfitness, #kidsexercise

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Looking for some ways to help your kids get more fit?  It doesn’t have to be difficult!  There are many different workouts you can try with your kids – and if you do them right they’ll feel more like playing than exercising!  Ready to get moving with your little ones?  Read below for our recommendations on different types of cardio/aerobic exercise and how to engage your kids!

 

Interactive Video Games – While video games certainly aren’t a substitute for the real deal, they can be extremely helpful in cold winter months, or long rainy days.  They can also be appealing to all sorts of people, and a great gentle introduction to more vigorous and active “real-world” workouts.

Nickelodeon Fit (for wii) – Kids can engage in over 30 different activities – such as jump roping, river rafting, running and biking – with their favorite Nick Jr. characters.  Dora, Diego, Kai-lan and the Backyardigans and others make appearances.  Parents can program full routines and track progress.

We Cheer (for wii) – Your child can create and customize their own cheerleading character, then engage in competitive cheer routines with friends or learn and practice moves on their own.  It’s addictive and engaging gameplay that kids will love as they dance and move to teen pop sensations.

Outdoor Challenge (for wii) – You can really get your heart pumping with over a dozen fast-paced games that can be played alone or with up to four players.  You can log-jump, kayak, dance, ride mine carts, and much more!  There are multiple levels of play from beginner to advanced so all ages can play appropriately and it’s fun for the whole family!

Brain and Body Connection (for Kinect) – Exercise your body and brain at the same time with this fun game for up to four players.  20 different games challenge players to think fast and act faster as they focus on reflex, math, logic, memory and physical activities.  You can train on your own or compete against your family!

Your Shape Fitness Evolved (for Kinect) – It’s geared more toward teens and older kids, but you can construct a workout tailored to your fitness level and there are over 90 hours worth of different fitness options, making it family-friendly in practice.  There’s boot camp, cardio boxing, jump rope, yoga, running, floor exercises, sports-centered prep, muscle-toning and lots of different types of dancing among many, many other exercising options.  You can track progress, set preferences and record goals.

 

Dancing – Dancing in any version is highly appealing to kids.  They love to move their bodies to music and anything with kinesthetics is a great way to grab their attention.  Dancing with your kids can get their bodies working in a super healthy way.  Their are interactive video games to help, or DVD’s and free YouTube videos.  But the best thing about dancing is that there doesn’t necessarily need to be any routine, rules or choreography to be fun AND healthy!  Just put on some exciting music and get moving!

Just Dance Kids (Wii version) – There are over 30 songs and dances led by real kids for a fun and entertaining dance workout!  The lyrics appear on the screen so kids can sing along as they dance.  They learn specific moves to the songs and can create their own playlists for continuous activity.  Kids can dance alone or with up to 3 friends with cooperative play.  There are also a number of different versions of this game that include Disney songs, and different years and genres of music.   This is also available for the Kinect.

Dance On Broadway (Wii version) – This is an awesome family-friendly game that incorporates singing and dancing.  You learn choreography and sing along to your favorite broadway tunes.  With up to 4 players, you can challenge each other to see who’s the top performer!  There are tons of musicals included, with a ton of different songs that will appeal to all ages.  It’s a workout in disguise! This is also available for Playstation 3.

Dance X (DVD) – This fun and easy dance video will give little ones a workout without them even realizing it!  They are guided through 25 minutes of fun cardio centered moves while watching a trainer and five kids of different ages and skill levels energetically perform.  Kids will automatically fall into a skill level represented by one of the 5 performers.  They use music kids will love, including Hand Jive, Disco Rolls and the Monkey.

Fit Kids Club (DVD) – You get two different move and groove type workouts on this DVD – Groove It Out and Cool Moves.  They’re designed specifically for kids and the movements are simple and easily duplicated while remaining full of fun.  Kids will love learning how to dance, plus they’ll get the added bonus of healthy, kid-friendly snack ideas and a wall poster where they can track their workouts.

“Forget You” – CeeLo (YouTube, Kids Dance Workout Video with Benjamin Allen) – This is a fun choreographed workout to the popular song “Forget You.” It’s a simple choreography geared to kids that they can pick up easily.  Plus, it’s a free YouTube video!

I’m A Gummy Bear Song – (YouTube Vid of Just Dance 2) – Several favorite Just Dance 2 segments are free on YouTube videos, which is just the case with this Gummy Bear Song.  Kids love the catchy tune and the fun and simple dance moves that will help them get up off the couch.  Enjoy Just Dance flavor for free, without keeping score.

Circle Jump Dance Game (YouTube) – This video tutorial teaches you how to play the Circle Jump Dance Game with your kids and their friends.  The game has very few rules and allows every child the chance to be the leader – making up fun moves and routines for everyone else to follow.  While kids think they’re just playing a fun game with friends, they’ll be getting some much needed cardio!

 

Zumba – Zumba is an action-packed, high-energy, dance-focused cardio workout that kids will absolutely love.  Kids love to move and groove to music and because zumba is dance-based, they’ll love adding tons of great moves to their repertoire.  Additionally, they can learn the basics to several types of international dance styles.  So not only will they learn, grow, have fun, and be silly, they’ll also get their heart racing.

Zumba Kids (wii game) – This game features easy to follow choreography for over 30 routines that your kids will love.  They use music by popular artists like Will Smith and Justin Bieber along with some classic, high-energy tunes like “Wipeout”.  The routines offer a number of different international dance styles – Cumbia, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Merengue, Swing, Surf, Disco, Ballet, Tahitian and many more.  You can do it alone or up to 3 friends.  Also available for Kinect – for one or two players.

Move N’ Groove Kids – Two easy to understand and motivating ladies lead kids on a fun adventure to learn dance moves, exercise and have fun all at the same time.  Kids will love the energy in the video and won’t be able to resist following along to the simple but engaging exercises.  The DVD mimics a classroom setting, helping your children feel like part of the onscreen action while teaching them about small group dynamics as well.

Zumba Kids and Kids Jr. (CD) – If you’d prefer to teach your children your own zumba moves and routines, use this CD with 9 awesome songs to help you get your groove on!

Reed and Mock Elementary Zumba for Kids (YouTube) – You can join the Reed and Mock Elementary Zumba Team as they bust out some fun and simple moves.  Kids will like being guided by those of similar ages and will be engaged by the upbeat music.

Zumba Monkey Song (YouTube) – Kids of all ages will be able to groove along to this group of kids doing The Monkey Song.  It’s silly and fun, and your little ones will laugh while learning the funny moves and listening to the funky beats.

 

Yoga –  While not strictly exercising in a cardio-type way, yoga helps develop muscle tone, flexibility, balance and coordination.  There’s also a strong mental component that can encourage thoughtfulness, focus, and groundedness – all important elements for adults and kids alike!

Storyland Yoga (DVD) – This is a fun-filled yoga adventure that teaches kids yoga poses while telling a story.  Kids get to imitate animals while posing and engaging in the storyline.

Yoga for Children book by Lisa Flynn – This book will introduce you to over 200 yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditations for kids.  It’s an encouraging, positive book that will get kids excited about their health and mindfulness.

Cosmickids Yoga (YouTube) – Cosmickids is an all-free yoga program that makes yoga fun and exciting for kids.  Their website includes links to their YouTube channel where you can find many episodes of yoga routines suitable for different age levels of kids.  There’s also ideas and advice for parents, a list of free resources and a guide to teaching your kids yoga.

Yoga for Kids (YouTube) – This one episode from Yoga Today is geared specifically to kids.  They’ll love the gentle, fun approach to learning yoga poses.

15 Yoga Poses for Kids – On this website, you can learn 15 basic poses that you can incorporate into a daily routine with your kids.

 

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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