9 Tips for Getting a Toddler to Sleep in a Tent

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Going camping as a family is a great way to create memories together and to spend a lot of time outside. It might feel scary to bring along a baby or a toddler (or both!), but you’ll have so much fun!  When nightfall comes, many parents are unsure of how to put their kids to sleep in a dark and unfamiliar tent. Here are 9 tips to getting a toddler to sleep in a tent when on a camping trip. (These tips also apply to getting a baby to sleep in a tent, too!)

 

1. Bring a nightlight.

A campground can be pitch dark during nighttime… how scary that must be to a little human! Try this tent ceiling fan and light; it’s great for getting a toddler to sleep in a tent because it has two light settings: nightlight and regular light. The nightlight is perfectly dim – dark enough to sleep, but not so dark you can’t see. The fan is just a bonus, though it only circulates the air, it doesn’t cool the tent.  It’s worth the price for the nightlight feature!  Another idea is to get a night light that doesn’t need to be plugged in, especially if your campsite doesn’t have electricity and you have no generator. Bonus points if it’s soft and something you can put in the crib with your kid. This SPOKA night light from IKEA is a good option.  Or consider a stuffed animal with a night light.   If you need ideas, check out the Twilight Buddies or Dream Light Pillow Pets.

 

2. Stay in the tent until your toddler sleeps.

Just as it does when you are trying to acclimate your child to a new crib or bed, it can take a while for him or her to feel comfortable enough to sleep on their own.  Once you leave the tent, it’s quite possible they’ll think it’s play time again!  In an unfamiliar area, it’s even more important for you to help your child feel relaxed enough to drift off, so that means you may have to stay with them until they do.  Just put your child to sleep in their sleeping bag or portable crib and lay down in your own spot.  Hopefully this will give them enough reassurance for them to nod off in no time.

 

3. Bring a play yard (or two).

If your baby or toddler still sleeps in a crib, a play yard (or pack ‘n play or play pen) is your best bet. It’s similar to a crib and will keep them in one spot until they zonk out. It will work even better if they are used to sleeping in one occasionally.  You may have to upgrade to a large tent in order to accommodate a pack ‘n play, but it’s worth it!  If your toddler isn’t sleeping in a crib anymore, you might still want to enclose them to help them feel safe and sleep. This enclosed bed, the PeaPod is a great option if this is the case! It’s probably not a good idea to introduce a new sleeping routine, like co-sleeping when camping if you don’t do that at home.

 

3. Put your tent in a shaded area.

For naps, you want the tent to be cool and not too hot or humid. If you pitch your tent in the morning, check where the sun is and it’s path.  This will ensure you find the best spot for your tent, which will aid in afternoon nap times.  Keeping your child as comfy as possible is key!

 

4. Recreate their beds/cribs at home.

It’s important to make sure your child has their security objects – whether that’s a stuffed animal or a blanket.  If they’re used to sleeping with certain items, don’t expect them to do will without.  BUT, on the other hand, don’t overpack either — only bring the things that you KNOW your kids will want when they go to sleep.

 

5. A new toy or bag with things in it.

This may sound unusual, but there’s a purpose!   If your kid does well with toys in the crib and goes to sleep with them, then try this trick. Get a small bag and put in a few things in there, maybe new toys that don’t do much or random things like a brush, a baby mirror, a DVD cover, and a card, for example, that are safe for a toddler to handle. Your toddler will dig through the bag and relax as she explores these things. Before she knows it, it’s dreamland time.

 

6. Get your kids excited about sleeping in a tent.

Around two weeks before you go on your camping trip, pitch your tent in your backyard – this is standard when checking your equipment for holes and leaks.  Since the tent is already set up, it’s a great idea to set up beds inside and treat it like a mini camping trip!  At first, you may want to start slow with simply nap time.  Leave the tent up for a day or two longer and work up to spending the whole night inside with your child.  That way, the tent and their bed inside the tent will already be familiar when you get to your campsite.

 

7. Try to stick with naps.

Follow your usual schedule and try to help your kids to nap at their usual times.  Most kids do much better when they have a set routine and will become out of sorts if too many things are changed at once.  They are already getting used to a new environment with all sorts of unusual distractions, so sticking with a familiar schedule will help.  However, don’t stress if they simply refuse naps. They’ll be ok.

 

8. Keep them warm.

Nights can be cold. Keep your little ones warm with several layers of fleece or wool, but don’t put them all on at once. Here’s a good explanation of how to do it!

 

Tenting can seem intimidating when you have toddlers or babies, but with these tips you’ll be prepared and ready to go!  What other tips do you have when getting a toddler to sleep in a tent?

 

For more camping tips, check out 25 Camping Ideas for Families or the Camping Kitchen Box Checklist.  Don’t miss our Packing Tips for Camping Trips.  And plan your menu with 8 Ideas for No-Cook Camping Breakfasts and 25 Delicious Camping Desserts.  Finally, have some fun with your kids and these 10 No Fuss Camping Crafts!

 

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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!

6 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas You Can Build Yourself!

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Have you seen the price tag of outdoor furniture these days? It’s crazy how expensive they can be, even on Craig’s List. Avoid emptying out your wallet by building your own DIY outdoor furniture! What’s more, you can build them to fit your patio or porch. Here are 6 great DIY outdoor furniture tutorials you can use to create your dream outdoor space.

 

1. DIY Outdoor Sectional

Ana White is the queen of the DIY furniture world and this outdoor sectional is a great example of how wonderful her creations are. It includes two plans, one for armless sections and one for corners and ends. These two simple plans combine to create a DIY outdoor sectional that can be as big or small as you want it to be. You can build one piece at a time, at your own pace, and create a sectional that perfectly fits your space. Bonus: cushions from Target will fit these sections, unless you want to make your own cushions.

 

2. DIY Outdoor Sofa

Here’s another plan from Ana White, which we couldn’t leave out because this beautiful sofa only costs $30 in lumber! You can easily adjust the measurements of this plan to fit whatever cushions you plan to buy or make.

 

3. DIY Outdoor Bench

This just might be the easiest DIY outdoor furniture ever. It requires no drilling or extensive cutting. All you need is concrete blocks, concrete glue, and four 4x4x10 pieces of lumber to build an outdoor beach for only $40. Nice!

 

4. DIY Tile Outdoor Table

This gorgeous outdoor table is made with lumber and glass mosaic tile. The coffee table is fairly simple to build, but if you already have an old coffee table laying around you could cover it with your favorite glass mosaic tile following the instructions in this tutorial!

 

5. DIY Tree Bench

Have a tree in your backyard? Build a bench around its trunk to add extra seating to your outdoor space! This plan is a bit extensive and will cost a tidy sum of money, but its cool factor is out of the world and this nifty bench can add so much charm and function to a backyard.

 

6. DIY Hammock

Okay, a hammock isn’t exactly a piece of furniture, but it’s something to sit on and can be left outside, so we’re including this great tutorial for a DIY hammock! The tutorial includes two different ways to make your own hammock – one that requires a sewing machine and one that doesn’t.

 

For more DIY outdoor furniture ideas, check out Outdoor Pallet Projects Ideas and Build a Patio Table with Built-In Ice Boxes.

Have you built your own DIY outdoor furniture before? What other DIY outdoor furniture plans have caught your eye lately?

 

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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!

 

8 Awesome (And Educational) Pool Activities To Play With Your Kids

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Whether you blow up an inflatable pool in your backyard, go to a community pool, or have your own swimming pool at home, you’ll find at least one pool activity from this list that you can play with your kids! These 8 pool activities range from easy and toddler-friendly to challenging and perfect for teens.

1. Colored Water Balloons

This colorful pool activity is perfect for an inflatable pool and younger kids. Fill up your pool with a little water and a bunch of balloons with water and food coloring. Then have your kids smash the water balloons to let out the colored water! They’ll have loads of fun mixing the colors in the water and learn a little bit about color theory in the process.

2. Giant Bubbles

If you have a hula hoop and dish soap, you can create giant bubbles in your wading pool with your kids! Just mix in the dish soap with water in the pool and pull up the hula hoop to make a bubble that can get as big as your kids! Fun and easy.

3. Pool Noodle Boats

Floating boats are always fun to play with in the pool, so why not make a whole bunch of them with a pool noodle, foam sheets, and straws? If you have kids who can craft, include them when making the boats, then let them have fun in the pool. You could even host a boat race!

4. Fishing for Letters

Instill the love for fishing and learning in your toddler at a young age by playing this cute fishing game in a wading pool. Grab magnetic letters and spread them out in the pool and add other items that are water-related, such as shells, but aren’t magnetic. Stick a magnet at the end of a string on a kid’s fishing pole (or use a simple string on a stick) and have your kid fish up the letter magnets! They’ll learn what is magnetic and what isn’t and you can also practice letter recognition with them.  Older kids could even fish out letters to create words!

5. Swimming Pool Scrabble

This swimming activity is great for bigger pools and you can play it with younger kids who are beginning swimmers and/or learning their letters. Write letters on sponges with a permanent marker and throw them into the water. Have your kids swim and collect them. Depending on their age, you could have them arrange the letters in alphabetic order or create words with the sponges they collected.

6. Floating Numbers

There are many pool activities that include letters, but what about numbers? This floating numbers pool activity includes wine corks with numbers written on them. Throw them into a pool and have the kids collect them and play various math games, such as putting them in numerical order or finding only odd or even numbers.

7. F.I.S.H

Are you familiar with the HORSE game that’s played with a basketball and a hoop? The water activity FISH works in the same way. The first player starts off the game by doing a task in the water, such as doing a handstand or swimming a full lap underwater. Then the other players try to do the same activity. If someone can’t do the activity, they “earn” the first letter of FISH. Each player takes turns thinking up of a different and challenging move and the game continues until someone spells the whole word FISH first. This game is great for preteens and older kids!

8. Pool Raft Building Activity

This great team-building activity can be done with preteens and older kids. Promote critical thinking and cooperative skills by asking several kids to build a raft using pool noodles and other materials, such as soft form wire, rope, and a small hand drill. If you have a large group of kids, divide them into teams and see what kind of creations they come up with!

 

For more summer fun, check out 5 DIY Sprinklers to Cool Down Your Kids This Summer and 5 Backyard Activities for Lazy Summer Days.

I hope you like these water activities and that you’ll try at least one of these with your kids this summer! What other water activities do you love?

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

“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!

 

6 Tips to Keep BBQ Fare from becoming a Dieter’s Nightmare

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This summer, don’t let the BBQ become your diet downfall. Even the healthiest of eaters can be overwhelmed by the array of dips and fixings at a typical summer bash. Here are six simple ways to combat the BBQ bulge!

1. Skip the chips

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Salty, crispy, grab-able snacks such as chips, pretzels and snack mixes are everywhere at summer social gatherings. To counter the temptations, fill up the buffet tables with healthier foods with a crunch like salty kale chips or strips of bell peppers to dip in spicy hummus, guacamole, or sour cream. Produce such as broccoli florets, carrots, jicama, cherry tomatoes and baby cucumbers also make great snacks.

2. H2O isn’t just for the pool

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Juice, sodas and sweetened teas are often made with high-fructose corn syrup and may contain brominated vegetable oil, which can wreak havoc on our bodies. Instead, pack coolers with sparkling mineral water, unsweetened tea, or offer a water cooler filled with chilled cucumber – mint or berry/citrus-infused water.

3. Banish the bun

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Despite the fact that bread products raise blood sugar as quickly and as much as eating two tablespoons of pure sugar, we still seem to fill these picnic staples with anything we can throw on the grill. Try going bun-less by eating with a fork and knife to slow down your eating. Use a lettuce-wrap approach to put some color into your meal or toss your grilled goods on top of a plate of hearty salad greens.

4. Eat your hot dog naked

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Most condiments are packed with unsavory additives to enhance flavor, shelf life, texture, or appearance. Season with fresh or dried herbs and seasonings and try dry rubs for chicken and ribs, pack some fresh herbs and spices into your grass-fed burger patties, or marinate your poultry or seafood with olive oil, citrus, and herbs before searing them on the grill. Fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or hearty mustard are great toppings for your bun-less burger, chicken, or brats.

5. Make faux salads a faux pas

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Potato salads, macaroni salad and pasta salad do not offer our bodies any true nourishment. Replacing these sides with some roasted vegetable salads or crisp, lightly-dressed coleslaw or use Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise or sour cream when making your own side dishes.

6. Don’t chase the ice cream man

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Popular summer desserts such as gelatin and colorful ice pops include artificial coloring agents that could just as easily dye our hair, clothing, or crafts. Instead, choose to naturally sweeten up your party with fruit kabobs, frozen berries with heavy cream, or homemade real-fruit popsicles.

 

Special thanks to Life Time Fitness and registered dietician Laura Burbank for submitting these helpful tips.

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25 Water-Fun Crafts and Activities Kids Will Love

 30 Water-Fun Crafts and Activities Your Kids Will Love | Tipsaholic.com #waterfun #summer #watergames #summer #kids #activities

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Summertime and the living is… hot!  As temps start climbing, parents everywhere look for ways to cool their kids down while still allowing them to play outdoors and run off some energy!  No one likes to be cooped up in the air conditioning all day – least of all kids.  We’ve got the big list of creative cool-down ideas for you so you can still have fun in the sun!  Take a look at these 25 water-fun crafts and activities your kids are bound to love, and start cooling off now!

 

1. Sponge Boats – Make and Takes

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These adorable floating sail boats use three simple materials you may already have at home!  Your kids will love using them in the bathtub, wading pool or water table.  Have races, see if you can make them sink, or find little objects to take a ride!

 

2. Garden Hose Music – Spoonful

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Find fun objects around the house that are made from different materials and are different shapes and sizes – i.e. beach ball, pie tin, cookie sheet, small plastic sheet or tarp, plastic bowls, etc. – and hang them from a fence, bush or even the back of the house.  Give the kids a hose with a nozzle attachment and let them “play” the items as musical instruments by hitting them with jets of water. They’ll love getting sprayed, hearing the music, and making up songs while you’ll love getting the bushes and lawn watered!

 

3. Water Bottle Raft – Crafts for Kids, PBS Parents

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In a fun and thorough video tutorial, you can find all you need to create these bright and colorful rafts.  Use items from around the house, dig through your recycling and let your kids creativity run wild!  Kids will have a ball floating their rafts in the pool or lake, having races and trying to sink the rafts!

 

4. Water Balloon Piñata – Ziggity Zoom

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This is such an easy way to have fun and cool off!  Kids love piñatas – and what’s not to love?  They get to be silly and dizzy, swing a bat around, and try to burst a hanging balloon!  And instead of candy spilling out, the kids get sprayed and splashed with spilling water.

 

5. Ice Pirate Ships – Pink and Green Mama for Melissa and Doug Camp Sunny Patch

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These cute “ice ships” are so easy to make with your kids!  Just use some water, food coloring, small plastic animals and bendy straws to get your kids’ imaginations flowing.  Make your “ships” in plastic containers and pop them in the freezer.  Create sails with paper or craft foam to slip over the straws and you’re good to go!  Put a bunch in the wading pool, set them afloat in the water table or just have your kids push them around a metal pan of water!  The variations on this are endless!

 

6. Water Balloon Catch – Spoonful

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Not only do you get to craft with your kids – making cute catching “buckets” out of milk jugs and ribbon – but your kids get to play a super fun game while running around expending excess energy!  Water balloons are a hit with nearly any kid, and they’ll have a blast seeing how long they can keep their balloons intact, how far they can throw them without breaking them, and trying to soak each other.  And you don’t need any fancy materials to make or play!

 

7. Milk Carton Boats – Ziggity Zoom

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Imagination can really set sail with this fun water craft!  Build boats with juice or milk cartons!  You can use paints, markers or duct tape to decorate the boats, then make sails from straws and napkins or paper.  After completing your creations, kids can race these sail boats in pools or ponds, urging them on with lots of encouragement and some manmade wind!  Then let them play in the tub before retiring the boats in the recycling.

 

8. Sponge Ball - One Charming Party

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These sponge balls are a must for an easy, no mess water fight!  They’re fun and simple to make with only two materials needed – sponges and dental floss (or twine).  Kids can make them with very little help and they’ll love playing with them afterwards!  Why use sponge balls for your next water fight?  No time needed for “refills”, no sting when they hit you, and no annoying plastic balloon pieces all over the yard!  (Plus, they look cute!)

 

9. Milk Jug Whitewater Raft – Crafts for Kids by PBS Parents

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The bottom of a milk jug makes a fabulous white water raft with very little effort at all!  Watch the fun video tutorial to learn just how to cut the jug, poke holes for the “oars” and more.  Then let your kids take their lego people for a ride around the splashy wading pool!

 

10. Backyard Water Wall - All Parenting

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This super creative discovery wall is chock full of water fun!  Let your kids help you draw up a plan and design the elements on the wall, shop the hardware store for cheap parts and pull everything together on some pegboard.  Set it up in the yard and enjoy hours of entertainment for your little ones!

 

11. Water Balloon Yo-Yo – kiwi crate

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Your little ones will love these happy, bouncing water balloons!  Create a yo-yo with every day items in about a minute.  Easy and fun for your kids to create, playful and whimsical to use!

 

12. Paint With Water – The Frugal Girls

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Even the toddlers can get in on the water fun!  They may not love throwing around water balloons or getting sprayed, but with some brushes, cups and water they can paint with no mess all over the pavement.  They’ll be amazed by the “magical” disappearance of their “paint” and have tons of fun!

 

13. Water blob - Clumsy Crafter

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You may have seen this idea floating around pinterest already.  A giant “water blob” can be amazing fun for everyone!  It’s almost like a waterbed you’re actually allowed to jump on!  Let your kids help make it, then watch them perform crazy antics, jump and wiggle, roll and somersault for hours and hours of hilarious entertainment!

 

14. Water Bottle Rocket - Science Sparks

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Use some water fun to teach science principles!  Making the rocket is half the fun – and it’s fairly easy to do with a water bottle, some paper and tape.  But kids will flip for what comes next – when they launch their very own rocket into the sky!  It’s surprisingly simple to do and doesn’t take any special equipment or know-how.  Let kids take guesses on how  high their bottles will fly.

 

15. Water Playdate - Sweet and Lovely Crafts

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As temperatures climb, parents will jump at any opportunity to help their little ones have fun and cool down.  Why not host an entire afternoon of water fun?  Follow the link for ideas and activities to make your playdate a success.   Kids will have such a blast splish-splashing with their friends all afternoon they’ll be talking about it for months to come!

 

16. Simple Water Wall – Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

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This variation on a water wall uses containers you’ve already got, along with some inexpensive PVC pipes, to create some pouring and splashing fun for the littles!  If you’ve got a fence or railing on a porch or deck, you can create this version in just minutes.  You can’t beat easy, cheap and quick for a whole afternoon of engaging fun.

 

17. Water Arms Race - Bob Vila

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All you need are watering cans or buckets with handles, water guns, and rope to play this hilariously fun water game with your kids! Divide into teams and see who can shoot their strung up bucket along the length of the rope faster!  Everyone will get soaked, and no one will keep a straight face!

 

18. Water Balloon Baseball – iCandy Handmade

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If your kids dig baseball, this ones for you!  Try setting up batting practice, games of catch, and even sliding practice to improve their baseball skills – with a twist!  Instead of baseballs, use water balloons!  For sliding practice, set up the slip and slide.  They’ll never look at baseball the same again!

 

19. Water Balloon Spoon Races – Two Shades of Pink

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You’ve likely seen the common egg on spoon races at picnic and outdoor parties… but have you tried it with water balloons instead? Purchase large wooden spoons at the dollar store to balance your balloons easily and see who makes it to the finish line first – without bursting their precious cargo!  Splashes and laughter guaranteed!

 

20. Angry Birds Water Balloon Game - No Time For Flash Cards

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Anyone familiar with the popular Angry Birds app is bound to love this water balloon version!  Here you can see they drew their targets – the pigs – on the ground with chalk, but you could use balls for the bigs and set them up on tables, chairs, blocks of wood or anything really for a more 3D version too.

 

21. Soap Boat Races – i heart nap time

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For once, kids won’t mind lathering up with soap!  Grab some cheap bars (you could even get them at the dollar store) and create boats with toothpicks and small triangles as sails. Use a plastic rain gutter and your average garden hose to make a river for your soap boat and let your kids race away!

 

22. Spray Away Carnival Game – Your Homebased Mom

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With very little effort, you can create the base of this game with a board, golf tees and ping pong balls.  Then give your kids some squirt guns and let them have at it!  They may end up getting each other a little wet as their “aim” goes a little awry, but that’s most of the fun in this game anyway!

 

23.  Water Noodle Sprinkler - Ziggity Zoom

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Connect a dollar store water noodle to your hose, poke some holes, hang from a tree and let loose!  As this noodles twists and turns in a wriggly, watery dance, your kids will have a ball jumping through those cooling jets!  It’s a unique take on the homemade sprinkler, and uses easy to find materials and minimal time and effort commitment.  Which is good, since you want to get to the fun part right away…

 

24. Colored “Glass” – Hurrayic

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Make giant, brightly colored ice cubes by putting food coloring in water balloons and freezing them.  Cut away the balloon and put the “colored glass” in the wading pool with your kids!  Or set them outside and let your kids spray them with the hose and watch the colors combine.

 

25. Mini Water Bead Aquarium – Sweet Little Peanut

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Aquariums seem to be kid magnets.  Why not make one they can actually play IN?  You can create a mini aquarium with lots of fun little sea creatures, water beads and – of course – a net to catch them all in.  It doesn’t take much, and kids will love being able to fish about in the water.  Not only does this promote discovery, curiosity, imagination and pretend play, but your kids will cool down and have a blast!

 

For even more water fun, be sure to check out 5 DIY Sprinklers you can make for your kids this summer!

 

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

8 DIY Summer Skin Care Treatments

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Don’t neglect your skin through the summer months!  Establishing a tried and true skin care routine is important, and should vary by season due to changing climates and temps.  Summer can take a toll on skin with warm, dry weather and lots of sun.  You can easily add some pep to your skin care with some easy do-it-yourself treatments.  Whether you need some sunburn relief, some extra moisture in dry environments or just want to spruce yourself up with a fun new mask, here’s an awesome list of DIY Summer skin care treatments that you won’t want to miss!

 

1. Avocado Mega Moisture Mask – The Beauty Department 

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Avocado is an amazing moisturizer for dry skin and has even been known to fight acne in some cases.  Some avocado mask recipes help to reduce oily skin symptoms as well.  For even more avocado facial mask recipes, try Tips For Natural Beauty.

 

2.  Strawberry Honey Acne Mask - Beauty Banter

Strawberry is a natural source of salicylic acid and honey contains antibacterial properties.  There’s a touch of honey in this as well, which is a known astringent and also brightens skin tone.  This mask works great for naturally oily or acne-prone skin.

 

3. Lemon and Witch Hazel Skin Brightening Toner – Shwin and Shwin

Lemon juice tightens skin, reduces blemishes and lightens/brightens skin.  Witch hazel is anti-inflammatory and will reduce redness.  This DIY toner will reduce pore size as well as brightening your skin.  It works best with normal to dry skin.

 

4. Cucumber Basil Eye Cooling Pads – Shwin and Shwin

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There’s a long list of benefits to the two main ingredients in these DIY eye cooling pads.  Not least among them: reducing puffiness and dark circles, relieving eye strain, swelling prevention and reducing the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.  These are so easy to whip up you’ll want to cool your eyes all summer long – so perfect when allergies start acting up.

 

5. Cooling Cucumber Toner - Women’s Day

The cucumber in this toner is perfect for soothing puffy-feeling skin.  It’s a natural astringent and will calm, soothe and soften your skin right up.  It’s a nice, mild toner that can be used with all skin types.

 

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Store bought sunscreens boast a variety of chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients.  Do away with all the unnecessary additives and make your own!  Not only will you know exactly what went into it, but this recipe has needed vitamins for healthy skin, and is loaded with natural softening and moisturizing conditioners.

 

7. Natural Sunburn Relief Tonic – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul

What’s the benefit to making your own tonic?  It’s natural, loaded with good stuff, and is toxin-free.  If you’ve got a widespread sunburn, tonic may be the way to go as opposed to a cream or gel since you can easily spritz it all over your body.  Plus, with this DIY recipe, you can spritz as often as needed!

 

8. DIY Sunburn Relief Cream – The Nourished Life

This is seriously easy to whip up with minimal ingredients.  It’s all natural with no toxins, too, an added plus!  It’s basically a mix of coconut oil, lavender essential oil and valor essential oil blend.  With these ingredients you’ve got everything you need for sunburn relief: moisture, calming and anti-inflammatory properties, and pain relief.

 

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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

 

25 Delicious Camping Desserts

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Kick your camp food up a notch!  Don't miss out on these 25 Delicious Camping Desserts!

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The season of campfires, sleeping under the stars and “roughing it” is upon us!   A campfire isn’t the same without some good, old fashioned s’mores… but if you’re ready to kick your camping treats up a notch we’ve got a delicious gallery for you!  From some delightfully ingenious takes on the classic s’more, to the more elaborate skillet brownies and grilled cheesecakes, these scrumptious dessert recipes are bound to give you plenty of inspiration for your next campout!  With simple roasting stick style desserts, skillet and dutch oven cooking, tin foil and grilling, and a few ideas with special cookware, there’s something on this list for every camper.  With a little menu planning, you’ll impress your family with some campfire cookery while satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth!  Whether you’re planning a fun-filled camping vacation or cooking over the fire pit in the backyard, don’t miss these 25 delicious camping desserts!

 

Tin Foil and Grills:

Grilled Banana Boats – The Taylor House

Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Echoes Of Laughter

Campfire Cones – Come Together Kids

Fudgy Campfire Cakes – Tablespoon

Campfire Baked Cinnamon Apples – Cheerios and Lattes

Grilled Peach Crumble – Camille Styles

Grilled Apple Crisp – Cooking With Jax

Grilled Chocolate Raspberry Burritos – Group Recipes

Caramel Peaches with Pecans – Simple Bites

 

Roasting Sticks:

Campfire Eclairs – The Bigler’s Best Belly Pleasers

Roasted Strawberries – blog.AL.com

Roasted Starburst – Chief Domestic Officer

Strawberry Marshmallow Kebabs – Good Foods

Pie on a Stick – Spoonful

S’mOREOS – Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!

Smashing S’mores – Home Sweet Eats

 

Dutch Oven and Skillet Cooking:

Grilled S’more Brownie – Created By Diane

Cast Iron Skillet Brownies – Simply Food Love

Campfire Cheesecake – The Pomegranate Chronicles

Canned Biscuit Campfire Donuts – Thoreau’s Daughter

Cake, Berry and Chocolate Skillet – Ricardo Cuisine

Dutch Oven Cherry Cobbler – Downright Delish

Strawberry Cobbler – Simply Delicious

 

Special Cookers:

Campfire Fruit Tarts – Cooking Classy

Campfire Pies – Andrea Meyers

Blueberry Cheese Pudgy Pie – Maroc Mama

 

25 Delicious Camping Desserts ~ Tipsaholic.com #camping #dessert

 

Looking for more great ideas for camping meals? Try these 8 Easy and Delicious Camping Food Ideas!

 

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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

Summer Clothing Guide – Staying Safe and Stylish in the Sun!

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The summer sun rises early and stays up late and makes for steamy days when it’s tempting just to lounge around the house in nothing but your underwear. But if you really have to be out and about, there are things you can do to keep your cool and protect yourself from that blazing sun. Choosing the right styles, fabrics, and accessories is essential, and this summer clothing guide is sure to put you on the right path to being safe and stylish this summer. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

 

1. Top

Keep things breezy while still covering lots of skin with a flowy 100% cotton top in a light color. Cotton is one of the best fabrics for pulling moisture away from the skin and is soft and comfortable even on the most uncomfortable of days. Embroidered details will add a subtle and feminine flair.

 

2. Bottoms

Linen is another great, natural fabric to keep summer heat at bay, and these linen pants are loose-fitting for allowing more air through to cool the skin. Again, a light color is preferable and a long pant is great for keeping skin protected. Linen is also a very durable fabric and can withstand lots of play at the beach!

 

3. Hat

Your best accessory for a day in the sun is going to be a classy, wide-brimmed sun hat. The wider the brim, the more sun protection the hat will offer your face, which is perfect for days when you are trying to avoid slathering on sunscreen and having that “shiny nose” look. Go for a bold pattern or color to mix things up!

 

4. Eyewear

Don’t skimp when it comes to eye protection – yep, UV rays can damage your eyes too, especially if your eyes are a lighter color like blue or green. Choose sunglasses that cover a large area around your eyes and are specified to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Look for glasses that complement the shape of your face, or go for a universal shape like the aviator.

 

5. Tote

A tote is an essential for keeping your sunscreen and other personal items close at hand on a hot day. A bag made from or lined with canvas will help keep things clean and dry for those hours at the beach.

 

6. Jewelry

If you choose to wear jewelry, keep it light with thin bracelets and small earrings. Avoid leather (it makes you sweat!) and dark metals that can heat up in the bright sun.

 

7. Shoes

The obvious choice for summer footwear is a sandal. And why not? They’re light on the feet and the best for allowing air to circulate, but before you throw on any old pair, consider the amount of time you’ll be spending in the sun. The tops of the feet are high-risk areas for sunburn because they are always facing the light and often neglected when sunscreen is applied. If you will be out and about during the sunniest parts of the day (from around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), try a sandal that offers a bit of coverage for this part of the foot.

 

Safe and Stylish Summer Clothing Guide ~ @Tipsaholic #summer #clothing

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Are you looking for more ways to look great at the beach this summer? Try one of these 18 DIY Beach Coverups!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added 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.

8 Ideas for No-Cook Camping Breakfasts

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Cooking while camping – some love it, and some just don’t. If you tend to be on the “don’t” side of things or are just looking for some simple early-morning meals, these no-cook camping breakfasts are perfect for your next adventure in the woods. Simplify your camping trip by leaving the eggs and frying pans at home for Sunday brunch. If cooking anything but hot dogs over an open fire makes you cringe, take these 8 great ideas and get your breakfast on!

 

1. Yogurt parfait bar

A container of yogurt and some sliced fruit are all you need for this light and healthy camping breakfast. Layer your favorite yogurt with your favorite fruits – try peaches, strawberries, or blueberries for starters – and top it with granola for a bit of crunch.

 

2. Fruit and make-ahead dips

It doesn’t get much simpler than fruit for breakfast. It’s light, healthy, satisfying, and you can always choose your favorites. If plain fruit doesn’t appeal, try making this easy cherry fruit dip to go with it or this even easier two-ingredient “Strawberry Fluff” dip from Oh, Sweet Basil.

 

3. Cereal and milk

You heard me. Throw a box of your cereal of choice in the camper and a carton of milk in the cooler and call it good. Or, if you’ve got a crowd, try the miniature boxes in a variety pack like this  that carries a little something for everyone! Oh, and don’t forget the spoons!

 

4. PB&J or other simple sandwiches

It might sound like more of a mid-day meal, but nothing beats the simplicity of a sandwich. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich can easily replace toast and jam on a campout, particularly where the kids are concerned. Even your favorite sliced meats and cheeses go great with fruit.

 

5. Make-ahead refrigerator oatmeal

Oatmeal doesn’t have to be cooked with this great idea! Whip up a batch of refrigerator oatmeal breakfasts with this recipe from Happy Go Lucky and pack the jars in the cooler. If your group of campers enjoys trying new meals together, you might consider simply bringing the ingredients and jars along and letting everyone mix up their own the night before.

 

6. Tortilla roll-ups

Grab a package of flour tortillas on your way out of town and give this simple breakfast a try! Spread a tortilla with peanut butter, hazelnut spread, or cream cheese, then add bananas, strawberries, or other fruits you like.

 

7. Bagels, donuts, or muffins

A store-bought breakfast should never be underestimated. When the campers are hungry and anxious to start the day, you can bet they’ll be ready for anything. Bagels and cream cheese, donuts, muffins with butter, and other quick breakfast options will be welcome in the campsite. Add in a side of yogurt or fruit to round out the meal.

 

8. Breakfast cookies

If you’ve got the time, a couple dozen of these breakfast cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction can be made ahead and used for a quick meal while enjoying the great outdoors.  These compact finger foods are also great for hikers!

 

Looking for more great camping foods for your summer? Try these 8 Easy and Delicious Camping Food Ideas!

Featured image via Sally’s Baking Addiction.

 

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 www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, 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.

6 Ways to Make Over a Concrete Patio

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Concrete patios are very durable, but they’re just not very exciting. If you have a concrete slab in your backyard and you’re itching to jazz it up a bit, here are 6 ways to make over a concrete patio!

 

1. Paint a Pattern

Yes, you can paint your concrete slab. The Handmade Home scored their concrete slab with a circular saw to create a diamond pattern and then painted it with two shades of gray using concrete paint. What a transformation!

 

2. Lay Decking Flooring

Did you know you can lay decking over a concrete slab? And that it’s not as hard as it sounds! Here’s how you can do it. To finish it off, you can attach white fascia boards along the sides. This is a really great way to make over a concrete patio, because decking flooring will instantly warm up your outdoor space.

 

3. Add Curves With Pavers

A square concrete slab is standard, but you can add curves around your concrete patio with the help of pavers. For instance, you could add a half circle to one side to create a fire pit area. Or use pavers to border off a circular garden at one corner of your patio. This is such a pretty way to make over a concrete patio.

 

4. Lay Slate Tiles

Concrete is already a great base for tiles, so you could lay slate tiles to completely transform your concrete patio. First, check for any cracks or weak spots and repair them. Then you’re good to go! Tile your concrete patio just as you would tile any other space in your home.

 

5. Stain the Concrete to Look Like Tile

If you love the look of tiles but not the hard work or the expense, you could stain the concrete to look like tile! Use 1/2 inch tape (try car shops to find this size) to create “grout” lines on the floor and then stain over it. Peel off the tape and ta-da, instant tile! Just make sure to clean it beforehand and seal it afterwards and you’ll have a concrete patio that looks nothing like concrete.

 

6. Add a Beautiful Outdoor Rug

The easiest way to make over a concrete patio is to invest in a large and striking outdoor rug. Here’s a great example. The eye will instantly go to the rug and the concrete patio will disappear into the background. Put some great outdoor furniture on top of the rug and you’ve got yourself an outdoor space you can be proud of. If you like a beachy color scheme of blue and white, you’ll love this rug.

 

For some more inspiration, check out this painted concrete floor. And if you’re actually itching to get a concrete patio because you have nothing in your backyard right now, see how you can DIY a concrete patio!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

“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 No-Fuss Camping Crafts for Kids

10 No Fuss Camping Crafts for Kids

 

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Camping with kids makes wonderful memories. It can also be a lot of work if the kids ever get tired of playing in the dirt! Crafts are great, but packing a bunch of craft supplies along with the sleeping bags, food, and other camp gear just makes more work. Instead, keep the kids busy with minimal effort by trying a few of these easy, no-fuss camping crafts made with natural elements.

 

1. Pounded flower prints

Take advantage of the colorful wildflowers in and around your campsite by using a “pounding” technique to transfer the color to watercolor paper. You won’t even need to bring a hammer for this pretty nature craft – you’re sure to find some good pounding rocks around camp!

 

2. Rainy splatter painting

Summer thunderstorms can spring up at any time, but rather than letting a drizzle ruin your camping experience, take advantage of it instead! Tote a few bottles of food coloring and some thick paper (watercolor paper is great but cardstock works too!) along when you camp and let the fun begin with these splatter paintings! And hey – if the rain doesn’t happen, why not spend an afternoon letting the kids sprinkle water over the project themselves?

 

3. Painted rock monsters

Send the kids on a rock hunt and watch their imaginations come to life when you provide a bit of paint and some googly eyes. Everyone will love seeing these little rock monsters around the campsite!

 

4. Pine needle stars

Clean up your camping area and make a craft at the same time? There’s nothing better! Small twigs or sturdy pine needles can be transformed into these decorative stars with just a bit of wire or string to hold them together. Allow children to add flowers, leaves, or berries they find to make each star unique and hang them from nearby trees for a festive camp experience.

 

5. Nature mobile

This fun project is one of the simplest on the list! All you need to bring for this craft is a roll of yarn or string. Help children select a sturdy stick for the base, then let them go wild tying on whatever else they can find to make this clever mobile.

 

6. Leaf creatures

There are sure to be plenty of leaves around your campsite, and that makes this craft perfect for fun in the great outdoors. Paper and glue are all you really need, but you can add fun details to your leaf creatures with googly eyes and markers too!

 

7. Nature bracelet

A perfect craft for little collectors, this nature bracelet is sure to keep kids busy creating. Kids can stick flowers, twigs, leaves, and other found items to the sticky side of a piece of duct tape and wear it on their wrist to show off their collection. To protect the items and keep other things from sticking to the bracelet, a strip of clear packing tape can be placed on top.

 

8. Nature weaving

This project is one that your whole camping group can have fun with! Help kids create “frames” with sticks and a bit of yarn or string, then wrap the string around the frame in intervals to create the weaving base. For the rest of your time in camp, kids and adults alike can add interesting flowers, plants, and branches they find in order to create a one-of-a-kind piece of natural art.

 

9. Bug catcher

No matter where you camp, there are two things you can always count on having around – bugs and garbage! But instead of tossing empty plastic bottles in the trash, consider this fun craft and let the kids rid your campsite of a few of those bugs. The bug catcher in this tutorial uses craft foam and hot glue to keep the required bit of mesh (or tulle!) in place, but we think a few strips of duct tape would do the job just fine.

 

10. Walking stick

Kids will love creating their own walking stick to use on hikes around camp! Send them on a search for their perfect stick, and then supply colored duct tape or paints for decorating. If you’re up for it, you can bring string, beads, and other decorative items for added creativity.

 

Don’t miss these 7 helpful tips to make your camping trip even easier!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added 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 www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, 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.

 

How To: Camp With Kids (8 Tips for Success)

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Now that summer is here, it’s time to pack up the gear and head into the woods for a night of camping. With young kids though, a little more is involved to guarantee a successful  camping trip. With a little preparation and some advance planning, the whole family will enjoy this adventure into the outdoors. Here are 8 tips for success when you camp with kids.

 

1. Read a good book.

A few days before the camping trip prepare your young kids for what the outing will be like by reading a few books. Some good ones to try are S Is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet, Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids’ Guide, The Camping Trip that Changed America, or Curious George Goes Camping

 

2. Stake the tent in the back yard first.

Ease into this adventure by starting out slow. For the first excursion, keep it close to home. Set up the tent in your backyard so the kids can get used to the idea of camping, but the comforts of home are only a few short steps away.

 

3. Make a Check List

After a successful backyard camping excursion, the kids will be ready to venture out into the wild. Just make sure YOU are prepared, too, by making a check list.  Confirm that you have everything you need. Be sure to include tents, bedding, clothes, toiletry items, cooking supplies, food and water. Also, the list should include all things related to activities you plan to do while camping – like fishing gear.

 

4. Bring a first aid kit

Include a first aid kit with your camping gear, because you never know if it might be needed. A well stocked first aid kit includes medical tape, antibiotic wipes and creams, bandages, burn ointment, eye wash, hydrogen peroxide, pain relievers, scissors, snake bite kit, insect repellent, sterile gauze, sunburn lotion, sunscreen and tweezers.  You’ll feel more at ease knowing you can take care of your kids if needed.

 

5. Pick easy foods

Bring food that is easy to prepare. Hot dogs are always a big hit when roasted over a camp fire. And of course,  S’mores are a must have for any camping trip with young kids. Be sure that all food is stored in waterproof bags or containers and kept in an insulated cooler. Insure that food is cooked to the proper temperature. Also, bring plenty of drinking water if a reliable, clean source will not be available at the camping site.

 

6. Wear the right things

Dress appropriately for a trip into the woods with long pants and long sleeved shirts. Also, include a wide-brimmed hat to minimize exposure to the sun’s rays. Kids can get cold easily, so bring extra sweatshirts or jackets for cooler nights. And as much fun as it is to run barefoot through the grass, it’s best to keep shoes on the whole time since there are lots of things in the woods that can injure unprotected feet. Hiking boots are great for long walks, swim socks can be used when swimming in a lake or stream, and flip-flops are appropriate for hanging out at the camp site.

 

7. Be aware of potential harm

While camping can be fun, there are still a few things to be wary of.  Show young kids how to avoid poisonous plants such as poison ivy or berries they might want to eat. Also, teach them that they cannot approach wild animals or attempt to feed them. The animals might look cute, but they can be unpredictable, territorial and protective.  Go over camp rules ahead of time and reinforce them once at camp.

 

8. Plan Up-Past-Bedtime Activities

Of course this camping trip with young kids is supposed to be fun, so plan in advance a few activities for when the sun goes down. Flashlights can easily be used for a great game of tag. Singing or telling stories (not too scary) around the campfire are always a must for any camping trip. End the evening with some star gazing. There are always so many more stars to see away from the bright city lights.

 

Hopefully with the completion of a successful first camping trip, your young kids will be begging to do this get-away again soon!

 

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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.

11 Fast and Fun Summer Kebabs

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Feeding a large group at a barbecue or family gathering can get complicated quickly if you don’t have a few tricks up your sleeve! These 11 recipes are sure to make you the top chef with minimal effort, and with a kebab in hand your guests will come away happy too. Whether you’re looking for a skewer full of savory, filling meats, a tasty side dish, crowd-pleasing dessert, or even an easy breakfast for a family reunion, you can spruce up the eats at any party or picnic this summer with these fast and fun summer kebabs.

 

1. Easy Breakfast

The guests will never want to let go of this Eggo breakfast kebab. Waffle, fruit, and sausage all skewered and drizzled with syrup will be a breakfast to remember – with minimal cleanup!

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2. Easier Breakfast

Breakfast in a pinch? No problem. Run by the grocery store for some favorite fruits and a box of donut holes and pop it all on a skewer. Instant breakfast-for-a-crowd.

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3. Shrimp

Mmmmm… Lunch or dinner rolls around and it’s time to dish up something a bit more savory. These grilled teriyaki shrimp kebabs are nothing short of delicious, and you can’t beat a bite of juicy pineapple in between. Don’t forget to soak wooden skewers (up to 30 minutes) before grilling to prevent burning.

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4. Fish

A little spice goes a long way in this skewered salmon delight, and those tasty slices of lemon are sure to juice things up. Using two skewers to hold things together makes for easier turning and more even heating while on the grill.

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5. Chicken

This fabulous chicken and tomato kebab is a tasty and healthy addition to any summer meal. Whip up a simple pesto, marinate, and let the grilling begin.

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6. Beef

Steak, peppers, and onions just can’t be beat when it comes to kebabs. Make the classic fantastic with a savory marinade full of the good stuff – Dijon, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and more.

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7. Pork

Pure simplicity is the best way to describe this pork kebab recipe. If you’re worried about the lean loin pieces getting too dry on the grill, you may want to consider using pork shoulder as an alternative.

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8. Vegetable

Use this tasty vegetable medley as a side at a barbecue or dress it up for a vegetarian meal at home. And don’t feel like you have to stick with the veggies suggested here – eggplant, tomatoes, corn, and asparagus are other great options for grilling.

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9. Fruit

These handy kebabs will truly give you a taste of the rainbow, but if themed eats aren’t your thing, don’t be afraid to mix things up and try new fruity combinations. Kiwi, melon, mango, and other fruits that can hold up on a skewer can make a great addition to your “fruit salad on a stick.”

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10. Light Dessert

It wouldn’t be a party without a little dessert, and what’s better than dessert that doesn’t require utensils? These red, white, and blue themed shortcake bites can be eaten dipped, drizzled, or plain. Try the light “cheesecake yogurt dip” recipe for some real taste bud tickling.

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11. Indulgent Dessert

If you’re looking for a kebab dessert that’s a bit more… indulgent, this is the recipe for you. Chocolate, fruit, and marshmallows drizzled in more chocolate? Yes, please!

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Looking for more tasty recipes for a spectacular summer bash? Try these Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads!

 

Featured image via epicurious. 

 

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 www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, 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.

18 DIY Beach Cover-Ups

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The beach and pool are the perfect places to suit up on a hot day, but sometimes it takes more than a teeny bikini to get you from here to there. A cool, breezy cover can really cost you at the mall, but if you’re willing to get creative today, you’ll be styling at the beach by tomorrow with one of these 18 DIY beach cover-ups. So pull out your favorite fabrics, some old tees, and a pair of scissors and start crafting!

 

1. Braided Strap Wrap

One piece of fabric and 20 minutes are all you need to make this clever wrap. The sewing for this version is minimal and can be done by hand, plus you get to create the fun braided straps!

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2. Tailored Wrap

This cover up is a more tailored version of the wrap. Use a sewing machine to hem the edges and create sturdy straps. Add some interest with a different color for the straps and neckline.

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3. Scarf Cover-up

This simple scarf cover-up is a quick and easy project for a first-time sewing adventure. All it takes is two long scarves and a basic running stitch and you’re ready to hit the beach.

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4. No-sew Tied Tank

Who doesn’t love a good no-sew project? This chic cut and tied tank is made from an oversized tee. Find one in your favorite color and get styling!

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5. Cinch-waist Cover-up

A sewing machine and a basic ability to decipher patterns will make this cover-up a breeze. Choose your favorite colors and patterns of fabric and use this tutorial to get started.

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6. Braided Racerback Tank

We wouldn’t call this cover-up a 100% no-sew project, but you definitely won’t need a machine! Use a needle and thread to do a few basic stitches and you’ll be loving your new braided racerback tank. Bonus: this tutorial comes with tie-dye instructions!

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7. Beach Towel Dress

Feeling particularly crafty? Get going on one of these fab beach towel dresses! Start with a patterned beach towel use elastic thread to add the fun and flattering shirring to the top, along with some simple straps.

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8. Cinched Tee Cover-up

Seriously, what can’t you make with a tee? The v-cut and cinched waist on this cover-up will flatter your figure. Want to dress it up? Consider adding some colorful accents with fabric paint.

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9. Kimono Cover-up

Another beginner’s sewing project, this chic kimono-style cover up is a real winner. Follow the video tutorial for more in-depth directions on cutting and sewing. Note: Remember to choose fabrics that are light and breezy so that even while you’re covered you’ll be able to stay cool.

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10. Long No-Sew Cover-up

Hot glam, girl! If you’re interested in dazzling even while covered, this sparkly cover up will do the job, and it’s another great no-sew! If you’re not quite ready for a full-length number like this, simply use a shorter length fabric.

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11. No-sew Tied T-Shirt Dress

Yet another great use for one of dad’s old t-shirts, this no-sew “dress” gives off a boho vibe that’s sure to have your friends asking how to make their own.

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12. No-sew Washout T-Shirt Dress

This cut and tied beach outfit is quite similar to the last one but the differences in the cuts and ties give more of a pleated look. The tutorial also gives general instructions for a bleached “washout” for your t-shirt of choice.

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13. Classy Cover-up Dress

Follow this tutorial for a classy cover up that can take you from beach to barbecue. Choose fabric that will allow moisture to be wicked away from a wet suit like 100% cotton or polyester blends.

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14. Thrifted Skirt Dress

Take an old skirt from frumpy to fabulous with this sewing tutorial and wear it for your day by the pool. If you can’t find the right skirt in your closet, make a quick run to the nearest thrift store! Add a coordinating tie at the waist for figure-flattering shape.

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15. No-sew Fringe Tee

Although this tutorial is for a little girl’s version of a cover up tee, it can easily be modified for an adult by simply using a larger shirt. A basic coordinating ribbon and a few beads are a fun addition – get together with friends and spend the night crafting!

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16. No-sew, No-cut T-shirt Wrap

Wait a minute… no sewing, no cutting, just a bit of wrapping and tucking? Find yourself an oversized t-shirt and turn it into your simplest beach cover up yet!

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17. Simple Off-Shoulder Cover-up

This fashionable poolside poncho can be pulled together in a single afternoon. The tutorial even includes a printable pattern so there’s not so much guesswork when it comes to making specific cuts, and the wide neck allows for a bit of off-shoulder sass.

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18. Braided Strap T-Shirt Dress

Use a couple of old tees and cut them into strips to make the braided ties for this cover up. The only sewing you really need to do is a quick “tube” for your ties to go through. The best thing about this cover up: you can wear it two different ways!

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Looking for more ways to look your best at the beach this summer? Check out these 7 Hot Beach Hairdos!

 

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.