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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Soap Boat Race

 

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

 

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

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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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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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5 Tips for a Successful Family Game Night

Start a fun weekly tradition and your family will be closer than ever. Get tips for a successful family game night and make sure everyone has a blast! 5 Tips for a Successful Family Game Night - tipsaholic, #familynight, #games, #family, #boardgames

 

 

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Family time is important for bonding and maintaining relationships.  Summer is easy to fill with tons of outdoor activities and fun vacations and day trips, but what do you do during the cold winter months?  One great idea is to incorporate a game night into your regular weekly schedule.  Kids will look forward all week to the specified night.  When it finally rolls around, everyone will get in on the excitement.  If you’re looking forward to adding this tradition to your winter schedule, here are some tips for making family game night successful.

 

1. Avoid arguments.  It can be very difficult to agree on which game to play, what constitutes “cheating,” who gets to go first, what snack you’ll eat, and any number of seemingly small choices, especially with young kids involved.  If you’re worried about arguments ruining the fun, make sure to plan some ground rules ahead of time.  Think about problem areas and set rules that will work for your family.  For instance, perhaps each member of the family is assigned a week of the the month to pick the game or everyone picks a game and then votes on which to play.  Perhaps there’s a standing “youngest goes first” rule, or each time you play you roll a dice to see who goes first.  If kids have a hard time with sportsmanship, institute a “no complaining” rule, a “no accusations” rule (for cheating) and a “fair game handshake” for the end of the game.  Present the “rules” in a laid back way, but don’t waver once they’re set.

 

2. Build your arsenal.  Make sure to invest in several group games that are appropriate for the ages in your family.  You’ll want options so no one tires of the same games.  You’ll also want different types of games, from board games to action games, from card games to dice games.  Don’t underestimate the old standby’s of checkers, dominoes, and even tiddlywinks!  Consider looking into educational games as well, which teach children on the sly, without them even realizing!

 

3. Offer refreshments.  Food is always a great incentive to gather and visit, so why not add snacks to your game night, too?  You can plan them together, or pick one family member each week to be in charge.  You can use it as an opportunity to encourage healthy snacking choices, or it might be the perfect time to try out some snacks you normally don’t indulge in!

 

4. Don’t force it.  If there are weeks when kids don’t want to join in the fun, don’t force them to the table.  Let them know you’ll miss them during the game, but that it’s their choice to participate or not.  But don’t let that cancel the activity altogether!  Carry on as normal, no matter who’s missing – even if it’s just parents playing!  Forcing kids to join in on the fun with foster resentment and bad attitudes which can affect everyone’s mood.  Family time should be fun for all involved, and it won’t be if you push it.  Chances are, when kids realize that the fun will go on without them and that they’re missing out, they won’t be absent very often!

 

5. Keep it consistent. You may have to adjust game night at times to accommodate schedules, but on the whole you should make it a scheduled event that everyone plans for at a certain time.  Not only do kids respond better to routine, but it’s more likely to become a fun tradition that you stick to if it’s not always changing willy-nilly for anything that happens to pop up.  So make sure to clear a night of activities (for instance, don’t plan it for a night that there’s usually piano practice or a day when there are often soccer games) and resist the urge to throw extra to-do items into the schedule for that open slot (if you happen to have a lot of extra errands one week, or a friend wants to meet for dinner for example).  Not only will this solidly plant game night into your family schedule, but it will make family members feel even more important if they can’t be easily replaced by book club, jogging with a neighbor or a chance coffee break with a friend.

 

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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8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Never know what to do with the family on Valentine's Day? Looking for something new to try? Here are 8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities via @tipsaholic #valentine #family #kids #valentinesday 8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that is mostly celebrated between couples and in classrooms all over the country, but it’s not generally viewed as a family celebration. Change that with these 8 sweet but simple family Valentine’s Day activities you can do with your whole family. They don’t require much work, but they definitely will make for a really nice day with your loved ones and will become cherished memories for years to come.

1. Have a chocolate fondue party.

After dinner, get the family together and whip up a simple chocolate fondue for everyone to share! Cut up various fruits and add a few treats, like cheesecake pieces and marshmallows, and let everyone dig in the chocolate and enjoy the dessert with each other. Try this easy recipe. You don’t have to have an electric fondue maker for this; a stove pot will do the trick just fine. Invite another family over for even more fun and family love.

2. Go out for a special dessert.

Is there a local cupcake bakery in your town that you save for special days? Or a favorite ice cream spot? Pack up the whole family and go out for a Valentine’s Day treat. Often, dessert places serve special Valentine-themed desserts, so this could be a fun way to try a new dessert. Take a lot of pictures, chat with each other, and end the night with full tummies and big smiles.

3. Enjoy looking at family pictures together with a slideshow or photo books.

Use a projector or Apple TV to let the whole family enjoy a slideshow of family pictures you’ve put together. It doesn’t have to require a whole lot of prep; you could just go through all the photos month by month and let everyone take turns pressing the “next” button. If you have lots of photo books already printed out, you could look through that instead — spread out in the living room and bring out all your photo books for everyone to look through together.

4. Make each other homemade Valentine’s Day gifts.

If your family likes to give and receive gifts, you could agree to make each other something homemade for Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas: a decorated picture frame, Valentine’s Day DIY decor, a painting, homemade earrings, and freshly baked cookies.

5. Create Valentine’s Day cards for your neighbors.

Everybody loves to receive a sweet card on Valentine’s Day and that includes your neighbors. Have your family get together and make fun homemade cards for your favorite neighbors and put them in their mailboxes or at their front doors.

6. Assign a dish to every person to cook for a big family dinner.

If you have older kids, you could assign every person in your family a dish to cook for a fun Valentine’s Day dinner. One person could make the appetizer, another the salad, one could do a vegetable side and one could grill the meat, and so on.

7. Play Minute to Win It, Valentine’s Day style.

Have a large family that loves to play games? Play these fun Minute to Win It Valentine’s Day party games for a night full of laughter and hilarity. Be sure to take lots of pictures to capture all the fun you have.

8. Paint a map of your heart.

This is a sweet activity for the family that likes to do art together. Give every person a piece of paper with dots of dried watercolor paint and have them draw and paint what they love. When everyone is finished, you could share your maps to your hearts with each other. This is a simple activity that could be done first thing in the morning or after dinner.

Now I’m really looking forward to February 14! What other family activities would be perfect for Valentine’s Day?

For more Valentine’s Day ideas, check out 7 Valentine’s Day Books to Read With Your Family and 12 Love Notes for Your Valentine.

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6 Ways to Banish Your Family’s Winter Blues

Don't let winter blues keep you cooped up. Find lots of great ideas to banish your family's winter blues with this list of ideas from tipsaholic.com #winter #family #activities #winterfun #kids 6 WAys to Banish Your Family's Winter Blues

If your climate is less than balmy during the winter, you may find yourself dreading the doldrums that can so often occur during the coldest months of the year. So if you’d like to see your family doing more than just willing away the hours in front of the TV or staring at a smart phone, give these ideas for staying happy a try! Banish those winter blues!

1. Get out of the house. While it may not seem ideal when you have to bundle yourself in a dozen layers, it can truly be the best medicine for a bout of boredom. Some suggestions for time spent outdoors:

  • Snow forts
  • Sledding
  • Snow painting
  • Build a snowman
  • Nature walks
  • Winter photography
  • Ice skating
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling or four-wheeling
  • Ice fishing

2. Participate in holiday activities. There are not too many things more disheartening than watching the holidays pass the same as any other time of the year. Get out with extended family or friends and enjoy some of these activities:

  • Visit holiday displays
  • Light tours
  • Caroling
  • Parties
  • Community events
  • Food and toy drives
  • Shopping
  • Finding a Christmas tree
  • Sleigh rides
  • Holiday themed shows, plays, ballets, and more
  • Decorate with friends or extended family

3. Do something creative with your time indoors. Ending every day with three hours of TV and web time is less than enthralling. Keeping every mind busy and full of pleasurable time as a family during the winter can become the glue that holds you together during busier times of the year. Try a few of these ideas:

  • Board games
  • Minute-to-win-it games
  • Baking and cooking
  • Teach someone a new skill
  • Read together
  • Make and watch family videos
  • Learn something new
  • Visit the library
  • Go to a museum
  • For little ones – indoor fast food play areas, other indoor play places (Chuck E. Cheese, trampoline gyms, other indoor activity places)
  • Do a few crafts
  • Try indoor gardening

4. Plan and prepare for the months and year ahead. No time of the year will be more productive if you follow through with a few of these suggestions:

  • Organize closets, drawers, cupboards, etc.
  • Redecorate a room
  • Work on family preparedness – emergency and disaster kits, winter car kits, food storage, fire escape plans, etc.
  • Re-evaluate family goals and rules
  • Talk about family traditions you’d like to have
  • Plan a family vacation

5.  Perform acts of service. Putting smiles on the faces of others is bound to put smiles on the whole family. Even the simplest acts can turn a lack-luster day into a great one.

  • Shovel a neighbor’s driveway
  • Write a letter to someone
  • Send a package to a soldier
  • Visit a nursing home
  • Invite someone to dinner
  • Take goodies to someone
  • Make and distribute care packages for the homeless 

6. A few more ideas that will go a long way:

  • Eat well
  • Exercise
  • Spend time in the sun
  • Have dinner together
  • Talk
  • Snuggle
  • Spend time with friends

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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8 Christmas Traditions To Try This Year

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For many of us, the holiday season can be a time of chaos – rushing to holiday events, cooking and baking holiday favorites, parties, concerts, family get togethers, traveling, decorating, making, doing, buying… it can be an overwhelming whirlwind if we let it!  It’s important to carve out some time to be with our loved ones and create lasting traditions everyone will cherish.  Christmas traditions make the holidays less frantic and more meaningful.  They strengthen family bonds and provide the fodder for memories that will withstand the test of time.  Chances are, you already practice several traditions that have been passed down from your parents or even grandparents.  If you’d like to start a few new traditions this year, we’ve got some ideas for you!  There’s always time to start something fun and new – and find something that perfectly suits your current family situation.

 

1. Host a Cookie Swap Party.  The holidays can be crazy with Christmas parties for work, church, school, family; but this party is one with a purpose!  For a cookie swap, invite friends and family who enjoy baking to make their favorite Christmas treat and bring it to share.  Everyone takes a few of each home with them for a smorgasbord of delicious treats to enjoy with their own families.  This is a great way to cut down on your own baking, not to mention your grocery bill!  Be sure to provide cute boxes and tags for your guests to pack their cookies in, plus include “free samples” with your party food.  Play Christmas music to set the mood and have warm drinks available like cider and hot chocolate.  Check out this guide on Better Homes and Gardens for more ideas!

2. Make some “special deliveries.” Once your Christmas treats are all baked and boxed up, take some to the local fire station, police station or your family doctors office.  This is a great way to thank them for the service they provide the community while wishing them a happy holiday!

3. Hold a special birthday party.  On Christmas night, when the excitement has settled, host a small birthday party.  Make a cake with a candle and put up a few decorations.  Explain to your family that this birthday party is special, because it’s the day Christ was born!  This is particularly meaningful for very young kids who might night understand the why behind Christmas.

4. Nativity Count Down.  Wrap each piece of the nativity scene in special paper and include the corresponding scripture or a simple explanation and story in the package.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, take turns unwrapping one package each day as a family and read the scripture or story together.  Whoever unwraps the item gets to decide where it will be placed in the stable.  Unwrap the baby last, on Christmas morning.

5. Enjoy the arts.  Christmastime is a veritable treasure trove of performing arts events.  As a family choose one play, musical, ballet or concert to attend in or around your area.  They can be professionally produced or community activities.  Check your newspaper for listings and look online at specific theater venues for their seasonal events.  The spectacle of the arts can really bring the season to life!

6. Rock out.  Create a holiday playlist full of favorite seasonal tunes.  Have each family member contribute ideas and make the list together.  Play it as often as you can (even in the car!) but reserve a special time – perhaps right after dinner – when you have a “dance party” and everyone dances and sings along!  This nightly ritual will be especially popular among kids 10 and under.

7. Christmas Camp-Out.  Have a special Christmas-themed camp-out right next to your Christmas tree.  Have your family bring sleeping bags and pillows, set them up around the tree and leave all the lights on.  Pop popcorn and make hot cocoa.  Read a few favorite Christmas stories and sing Christmas carols.  If you’ve got a fireplace, don’t forget to light a cozy campfire!  You could do this on any night leading up to Christmas, but it would be an especially fun way to end a day of putting up the tree and decorating it!

8. Get Chinese food.  Have you seen the movie A Christmas Story?  One of the best parts is when Ralphie’s family ends up in the Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve because their special Christmas dinner is unintentionally ruined.  You can adopt this into your Christmas traditions!  On Christmas Eve, load up the family and eat out at your favorite Chinese restaurant!  Don’t like Chinese?  You could go anywhere, really, but Chinese restaurants seem the most likely to be open and uncrowded.  No big dinner to make, and no clean up!

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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20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teens

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Are you stumped when it comes to stocking stuffers for your tween or teen?  When small toys will no longer cut it, it’s hard to know what to fill their socks with!  While making your own small gifts is generally more durable and more meaningful, hand making for the 10-17 crowd can leave you flustered.  Here are some cool DIY stocking stuffers your tween and teens are sure to love!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensCustom Sharpie Mug, Pounds4Pennies – If your teen loves hot chocolate, tea or coffee, this cute mug is sure to please.  Even if they’re more into milk and cookies, a monogram mug in their favorite colors will have personal meaning.  Plus they could use it for a pencil holder or even a vase for their bedroom!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensDino Necklace, It All Started With Paint – This cool necklace is super easy to create and makes a fun statement.  Metallics are super trendy, too.  Not into dinos at your house?  You could use any small plastic animal – just paint them up in gold or silver!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensVintage Book Trinket Box, Lovely, etc. – Everyone needs a secret spot for notes, mementos, and other small treasures.  This trinket box looks just like a vintage book – because that’s what it is!  Give them a spot to hide precious items from nosy siblings – bonus points if you can find a favorite book or author to use!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensKitty Studs, The Pink Samurai – Small and simple kitty studs make the cutest little statement perched in your tweens ears!  They’re fun and whimsical, but simple enough to look chic.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensMini Duct Tape Notebooks, blitsy blog –  A mini notebook is super handy for keeping in a purse, pocket or bedside drawer.  Kids can keep track of ideas, inspirations, and notes while they’re out and about.  They are so easy to make, you’ll want to make a few sets for yourself as well!  Personalize them for your teens with papers in patterns and colors they’ll love.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensComic Book Magnets, Crafts By Amanda – For the superhero fan, these magnets are a surefire hit.  They require just a few materials to make and teens will love the fun shapes, sizes and comic theme.  They can put them in their lockers for more personalization.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSwiss Army Key Ring, Man Made – Once your kids start driving, they’re bound to have more than one key to keep track of.  This awesome swiss army knife-style key ring is the perfect solution!  It folds up in a clever disguise your boys will love.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensGlitter Rings, A Splendid Assemblage – Add some sparkle to your daughters’ hands with these cute glitter rings!  It’s an easy and quick project, so you can make one for each finger, or a rainbow of glitzy colors.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensDino iPhone Tripod, Eat, Sleep, Make – A phone tripod is super useful for watching videos, using the internet for homework, taking photos, and tons of other things.  This particular tripod – featuring a fun dino tail – will be a hit with your guys.  Use any kind of dino tail you want; you could even paint it different colors!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensMystery Braid Bracelets, A Pumpkin and a Princess – These leather mystery braid bracelets are fun, trendy and unisex!  Stuff their socks with an accessory anyone can rock!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLego Belt, Delia Creates – Are legos slowly taking over your house?  These tiny building bricks make an awesome belt!  This is a super fast project they can have fun with AND wear for years to come!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensPom Pom Bookmark, Design Mom – If you’ve got any bookworms in your house, this is the perfect little stocking stuffer for them!  A fun, fuzzy pom pom makes just about anything cuter, but these bookmarks top the list.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLeather Sunglass Case, Whimsey Box – Sunglasses can be a fun gift, even in the winter time.  Wrap them up with these DIY sunglasses case.  The neon shapes on the light leather pack a big style punch.  You can customize them however you like so your tween and teen will love them!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensCereal Box Notepads, Infarrantly Creative – Here’s another way to encourage them to keep track of ideas, notes and other things they’ll want to remember throughout the day.  The cereal box covers are bright, fun and quirky – sure to catch the eye.  And you can make a whole set in one afternoon.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLip Balm Locket, Beautylish – This fun accessory is full of charm.  If your girls like a little vintage style, these lockets will impress for sure.  Hidden away inside is some homemade lip balm!  It’s a lovely addition to their trinkets.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSpa Kit, Doodlecraft – Your daughter will feel very adult with her own special spa kit!  Loaded with nail polish, nail file, lip balm, lotions and a bath poof, these tiny jars pack a lot of relaxation and thoughtfulness inside!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensFoxy Kindle Case, Eskimimi Makes – This super cute case is designed to fit a kindle or iPad.  It’s made out of fleece so there is no fraying to worry about and it’ll keep your kids’ devices nice and snug.  They’re going to love the little fox design!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLeather Coin Pouch, Always Rooney – These geometric and leather circle pouches are loaded with style.  They can be loaded up with all your teens change, too!  What a fun way to keep track of their pennies; and a simple sewing project too.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSnowman Hershey Bars, Robin’s Creative Cottage – You just can’t go wrong with chocolate!  If you want to add a little fun to the treats in your kids’ stockings, try dressing the candy bars up like snowmen.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSnowman Gum, My Little Gnochi –  And continuing the snowman treat theme, why not draw some snowmen on the plastic packs of white gum?  Ok, it might be a little too “cutesy” for your 17 year old son, but at least his breath will be fresh!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teens

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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7 Creative Christmas Eve Gift Ideas

7 Creative Christmas Eve Gift Ideas - Tipsaholic

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Many families like to open one small gift on Christmas Eve. It can be hard picking the right Christmas gift for this tradition, since you don’t want it to be too small and kind of a letdown or too special, which should always be saved for the big day. Here are seven creative Christmas Eve gift ideas that will make everyone happy and even more excited for the next day.

1. Christmas Movie Box

This Christmas Eve gift idea should be done as one big gift for everyone to open together. Inside, put in new Christmas pajamas for everyone (or at least every kid) with a new Christmas movie. Add snacks, such as popcorn, candy, or hot chocolate. After opening the gift, everyone gets into the new pajamas and enjoys the snacks while watching the movie!

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2. Cookie Kit

This is another Christmas Eve gift idea that comes in one box for everyone to rip open as a group. Assemble a cookie kit inside the present with all the ingredients for your favorite Christmas cookies. Add cookie cutters, sprinkles, frosting, and whatever else you like to add to your cookies. Then everyone can run to the kitchen and spend the rest of the evening baking cookies together.

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3. Board Game

If your family loves games, give everyone a new board game and play together on Christmas Eve! Then add it to your family collection. For some great board game ideas, check out this list.

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4. Self-Esteem Books

This is a truly special Christmas Eve gift idea that parents can do for their children. Create a photo book for each kid with lots of great pictures and notes that tell them how special they are. Your kids will treasure the books and spend the whole Christmas Eve evening reading their books and feeling so great about themselves.

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5. Christmas Treats

A simple but always loved Christmas Eve gift idea is to give everyone a special Christmas treat. Peppermint bark and popcorn caramel are traditional favorites and you could even make your own toffee to give to everyone. For the rest of the night, nibble on the treats and just enjoy each others company.

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6. Gingerbread House Kit

This is similar to the cookie kit Christmas Eve gift idea. Pack a gingerbread house kit, either a prepackaged one or assemble one yourself with the ingredients for gingerbread, candy pieces, and white icing. After the present is opened, everyone gets together to create a gingerbread house for the rest of the night! If your family likes a little competition, you could give a kit to each person or team and have each team create their own house.

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7. Sibling Gift Exchange

If your kids are young, you could have your kids choose gifts for each other that cost around $10 and have them exchange their gifts on Christmas Eve. Each sibling could say something really nice about each sibling before giving them their gift. This makes their small gifts more special since they’re the only gifts being opened at that time and the siblings will feel closer to each other after all the nice words are said.

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These Christmas Eve gift ideas are so great, I’ll have a hard time choosing just one of them for this year! What other Christmas Eve gift ideas do you have?

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

10 Cold Weather Dates to Warm Up Your Romance

10 Cold Weather Dates to Warm Up Your Romance - Tipsaholic

 

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It’s easy to hibernate during the winter but don’t let sleet, snow and wind chills freeze your romance! There are tons of great, inexpensive dates you and your significant other can enjoy together — despite the weather. If you’re looking for fun ideas for an evening out, here are 10 cold weather dates that are sure to warm up your romance.

1. Go snowboarding or skiing

Amp up your adventurous side and don some snow pants and goggles! When you’re finished hitting the slopes you can warm up in the lodge area with some hot chocolate. Never been before? Even better! Trying something new with your significant other can bring you even closer together.

2. Plan a themed movie night

Pick a movie with a very specific theme — try to choose one neither of you have seen. Then make dinner or snacks together that match the theme of the movie. For instance, watch The Breakfast Club and cook up some french toast or pancakes, or My Big Fat Greek Wedding and eat gyros with cucumber sauce. Or pick a movie with a very specific setting (Chicago, New York, Philly, a tropical island) and eat foods native to the area. Make sure to snuggle up close under a warm blanket!

3. Make oven s’mores and hot chocolate

Just roast your marshmallow over the burner. If you have an electric oven or don’t like the idea of using the burner, make s’mores inside the oven on cookie sheets or use the microwave instead. Here’s a great oven-baked s’more recipe. Try this simple, old-fashioned stovetop hot chocolate recipe or this slightly fancier version of hot cocoa with real whipped cream.

4. Warm up with a Hibachi Grill

This Japanese cuisine is also an art form and sure to entertain. Plus, you’re right up close and personal with the grill, so that’s sure to raise temps.  If you’ve never had it before, all the better. You can Google hibachi grills in your area to find an appropriate restaurant.

5. Spend a night at the library

Find your favorite books from childhood, look up love sonnets, read favorite passages from your most-loved novels or choose a topic before you arrive and find interesting books to share with each other about the topic. You might even leave with some new good reads!

6. Grab a sled

Sledding is free if there’s a hill in your area. You could also check out the local ski or sledding hills that have rope tows to take you to the top. These spots are great because there are often lodge or snack bar areas where you can have a warm drink and thaw out.

7. Slip on some skates

You can decide if you’ll brave the elements for an outdoor rink or try a warmer alternative inside, but the goal is the same. Slip on some skates on and impress each other with your best routines. If nothing else, it’ll have you grabbing onto each other for support and laughing at each others antics.

8. Have a picnic

An outdoor picnic in wintertime can actually be a lot of fun. If there’s a lake or something similar in your area that completely freezes over, you can drive your car out on the lake and have a tailgating party, just the two of you (follow safety precautions and rules for your city). Or just find a scenic spot and spread out a thick blanket. Choose a meal that’s nice and warm, like a pot of chili or soup and hot chocolate or tea. Dress for the weather and make sure to snuggle up for body heat! If this idea doesn’t sound appealing, you could opt to have a winter picnic inside, too. Set your picnic blanket up on the floor and add candles for romance.

9. Play games

Pick out a few favorite games for two and have a board and card game marathon. Don’t forget to decide on a prize for the tournament champion beforehand! Some great two player games, include: Sequence, Stratego, Perpetual Commotion, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Boggle, Battleship, Rummikub, Racko, Blink, Qwirkle, Set, Blokus.

10. Have a “tropical beach night”

Set out pictures of tropical beaches and summertime fun. Turn up the thermostat and dress for summer. Make a tropical or summertime meal, like Strawberry Soup, Kalua Pork, or Tangled Thai Salad. Try some yummy frozen drinks like Pineapple, Banana and Coconut Smoothies, Key Lime Pie Shakes, Tropical Slush, or Non-Boozy Mojitos. Dance to tropical or island style music (things with ukulele or steal drums) and make dreams and plans for the summertime months.

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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