15 Ways To Play With Glow Sticks

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!

When I think about the things that remind me of summer, I can’t help but have glow sticks come to my mind.  What is it about glow sticks that make them so much fun?  Maybe it’s that they glow in the dark.  Or it could be that just wearing them makes you smile.  Whatever the case, I really don’t think you are ever too old to enjoy them with your family and friends, so today I’m sharing a round up of my favorite glow stick activities!

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As you scroll through, you’ll find that many of these activities can be done both indoors and outdoors which makes it easy to enjoy glow in the dark glow stick fun year round!  A word of caution: If you have little ones who like to put things in their mouth, please be careful.  The packaging says that adult supervision is recommended and that glow sticks are for ages 3+.

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15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
Gold in the Dark Lawn Bowling  |  Growing A Jeweled Rose

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Glow in the Dark Wiffle Ball  |  A Few Shortcuts

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
Ring Toss  |  Sugar Bee Crafts

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Tic-Tac-Toe  |  Make and Takes

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Glow Jars/Fairy Jars  |  The Gold Jellybean

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Word Art  |  Smile and Wave

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Glow in the Dark Drinks  |  Mommy Savers

Corn Hole  Tape glow sticks around the hole and at the sides, top and bottom so you can keep playing at night!

Red Light, Green Light  Remember this game as a kid?  Just grab a red and green glow stick and let the kids play this childhood favorite after it gets dark by having your child hold up the glow stick to indicate stop and go.

Dance Party  We’ve done this with our kids in the wintertime in our basement, but how fun would this be at your next BBQ or watching fireworks!

Glow Sticks in the Pool  Keep the fun going at your pool party by throwing some glow sticks in!  This would be fun to do in a kiddie pool as well on those hot summer nights (just keep a close eye out!).

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
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Freeze Tag  Another favorite kid game!  Have your kids wear glow sticks around their necks, wrists and ankles so they can see each other and let the fun begin.

Capture the Flag One team wears one color and the other team wears another so you know who’s who.

Bath time  Another fun activity you can do year round with your kiddos.  They’ll love playing with their glow sticks in the bath tub!  (We’ve also done glow in the dark bath paint using a black light and it’s so much fun!  You can find the post here.)

What other activities have you done with glow sticks?

$10 at Target: Pretty Paper Edition

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Hello and happy Monday!  I hope you all enjoyed your Father’s Day weekend!  Our family went to a local theme park on Saturday and wore the kids out, then spent Sunday relaxing with family.  Just before the weekend got started, I had a chance to visit Target all by myself and it was a lovely hour and a half.  I didn’t have anything specific I was looking for, but knew I could only spend $10 for this month’s $10 at Target challenge.  I am a co-host for this challenge along with a group of lovely ladies and it’s been fun to see how close I can get to spending $10 or less at one of my favorite stores.  Do you think you could do it?  Let me show you what I found this month.

As always seems to be the case, I stopped at the Dollar Spot on my way in.  Our local Target is usually jam packed with a lot of items to choose from, so I was a little disappointed to see that there was one entire side of the rack that was almost completely picked over.  However, there was a still a ton to choose from and I found a few items that were interesting and threw them in the cart.

I wandered around the rest of the store at my leisure since I didn’t have any kids or time constraints looking for something fun to spend my $10 on, but ultimately, I walked out the door with the same things I found at the beginning:  a mini pack of note cards with cute sayings on the front, two packs of paper fans and one ice cream banner.  The total on my receipt was a little over the $10 limit at $10.69 with tax, which is the same amount I spent during last month’s challenge.

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As for the paper fans, one pack included 6 mini fans that could be strung together for a cute fan banner.  The other had three fans of different sizes in a mint/teal color.  I picked them out at the store because I thought the colors were fun and summer-y.  I was deciding where to hang them when my daughter suggested the space above our summer bucket list chart.  Turns out they look perfect and add some pizazz (love that word!) to the space on that wall.

It's easy to make your summer bucket list a fun part of your decor with colorful paper fans.

I’m excited to use the mini note cards this summer.  They are perfect for pretty much any occasion and I’m a little sad they only came with eight cards.

I love little cards to include with gifts, a plate of goodies or just because!

The ice cream banner was the most random purchase of the bunch because I don’t actually have any use for it at the moment, nor do I have plans for an ice cream party.  BUT this banner is practically begging me to throw an ice cream party with its bright colors and glitter, so I’ll keep you posted on whether or not that actually happens this summer.

Like I mentioned above, I am a co-host for the $10 at Target challenge and link up party.  If you’d like to join us, we post the third Monday of each month.  I’d love to see what you find at Target!  You can also check out what each of the other hosts bought with their $10 below!

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Stephanie  |  Wife Mommy Me
Becky  |  by BMG
Ashley  |  Ashley Newell
Johannah  |  The Sirois Family
Stephanie  |  The Gifty Girl
Danielle  |  Sparkles and Lattes

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15 Minute Patriotic Wreath

I love this easy 15 minute patriotic wreath!  I can use it for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

My husband always groans when I come home with supplies to make a new wreath, but I love how easily they can update a room or brighten our front door.  With Memorial Day just a couple of weeks ago and the 4th of July coming up soon, I decided to pick up a few simple supplies from JoAnn’s to make a patriotic wreath that I can use in my decor.  One of my favorite wreath forms to use are grapevine wreaths because the wreath itself is part of the decor and you don’t have to do a lot to add a little extra something to it to make it your own.  The best part is that it only took 15 minutes to put together from start to finish!

To make your own patriotic wreath, you’ll want to grab the following supplies:

  • 12″ grapevine wreath
  • bead/berry picks (found by the wreath making supplies)
  • 1/2″ ribbon
  • scissors
  • safety pin

As for making the wreath, I decided to try something a little different and create a video tutorial!  I’m hoping to incorporate more videos for recipes and crafts in my posts to change things up a bit.  If you have any questions about the process, please let me know!

In all, I spent less than $10 for everything and for only 15 minutes of my time, which is important to me because I only have so much time to craft.  I love how my new wreath turned out and it’s currently sitting in my kitchen/living room area being all patriotic and reminding me why I love the 4th of July.  Independence Day is in my top 3 favorite holidays and I love everything about it (except parades, I know I’m probably in the minority).

I love this easy 15 minute patriotic wreath!  I can use it for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

I love this easy 15 minute patriotic wreath!  I can use it for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

I love this easy 15 minute patriotic wreath!  I can use it for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

Do you decorate for patriotic holidays?  What do you usually do to celebrate?

Summer 2017 Reading List

Check out this diverse list of books to reading during the summer (or any time of year)!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I regularly post reviews of all types of books: children’s, young adult, biography, self-help and the list goes on.  I love reading and I always tend to read more books during the summertime.  Last year, I put together a summer reading list and I loved the challenge of reading new books and discovering new genres and subjects.  With summer coming up so soon, I decided to create a summer 2017 reading list.

The list might look long to some people, but I have a tendency to devour books and I am a fast reader to boot.  Some are part of a series and others are stand-alone novels.  So take a moment and scroll through the list, click on the title to check out a summary on Goodreads and join me this summer in reading.

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luca #1) by Alan Bradley
Ruby Red (Edelstein-Trilogie #1) by Kerstin Gier
The Look of Love by Sarah Jio
Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
The Art of Racing In the Rain by Garth Stein
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent
The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick

If there’s nothing on this list that interests you, you can also check out my reviews of the books I read last summer.  Some of the books on the list above are sequels or parts of a series I read last summer and haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

What books have you read from this list?  What’s on your summer reading list?

$10 at Target: Gearing Up For Summer

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Hey friends!  Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed Mother’s Day.  Today, I’m super excited to share a new series I am co-hosting called $10 at Target.  It is a monthly challenge where you have to try and spend…you guessed it: only $10 at Target.  Now, as we all know, Target is a wonderful lovely place where we go in for one thing and come out with 20 things way more items than we planned. *wink*  So spending $10 or less can be a real challenge!  Are you ready?

I visited Target a couple of weeks ago with this challenge in mind.  Of course, the first place I stopped was the Dollar Spot.  My thought was to pick up some things for summer since it’s finally starting to warm up here (although it’s supposed to rain this week…).  The way that I usually shop is to pick up things that I’m interested in and then look at what I have and see what I’m most interested in and then narrow it down.  Does anyone else do this?

I finally settled on these items: a baseball hat with a darling floral pattern on it for my daughter, three chalk paint squirt bottles, a package of cute, pink paper straws and a couple of glass jars with lids and plastic straws.  The total on my receipt was $10.69 with tax.  (The items I didn’t get: another package of teal paper straws, a lightweight spring scarf and hair tie bracelets.)

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My daughter wanted to pull out the hat and wear it as soon as we got into the car and she’s worn it a few times since then.  It’s so dang cute on her!

$10 at Target: Gearing Up for Summer  |  Join us for our monthly link up party on the third Monday of each month and see what we got for $10 at Target!

As for the chalk paint squirt bottles, we’ve been saving those for a nice hot day when I can let the kids play and then let them run through the sprinklers in the backyard.  These would also be fun to do an art project using some inexpensive canvas and letting the kids squirt the chalk paint onto it.

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The glass jars and paper straws were just really fun.  I am thinking I’ll probably use them for summer drinks and they will make for some great photo props, so keep an eye out in the next couple of months! *wink*

$10 at Target: Gearing Up for Summer  |  Join us for our monthly link up party on the third Monday of each month and see what we got for $10 at Target!

Like I mentioned above, I am a co-host for the $10 at Target challenge and link up party.  If you’d like to join us, we post the third Monday of each month.  I’d love to see what you find at Target!  You can also check out what each of the other hosts bought with their $10!

$10 at Target  |  Join us for our monthly link up party on the third Monday of each month and see what we got for $10 at Target!
Stephanie  |  Wife Mommy Me
Becky  |  by BMG
Ashley  |  Ashley Newell
Johannah  |  The Sirois Family
Stephanie  |  The Gifty Girl
Danielle  |  Sparkles and Lattes
Jess  |  Secrets of a SAHM

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Grandparents Day Printables

FREE Grandparents Day printables--Print them, fill them out and send them in the mail for a fun surprise!

Happy weekend everyone!  And speaking of weekends, did you know this Sunday commemorates two very important days?

The first is on Sunday in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  I remember that day.  I was sitting in my first period English class and we were about twenty minutes into class when we received a school wide announcement to please stop what we were doing and turn on the TV.  What we saw next seems unbelievable and even thinking about it now, 15 years later, my chest feels tight and unwanted images come to my mind.  The rest of the day was a blur.  Teachers tried to give their lessons but even they gave up partway through and turned on the TV.  No one could believe what they had seen and heard and yet, it was all unmistakably and tragically true.  I hope you will each take a moment this weekend to remember the lives that were lost that day when loved ones didn’t make it home.

Sunday is also Grandparents Day.  Don’t worry, I didn’t know either until I looked at my calendar last month while planning out my post for September.  But what a great reason to celebrate!  My parents and my in-laws are all wonderful grandparents to my kids.  They are loving, supportive and each one is wrapped around their grandkids’ fingers. *wink*  If your kids don’t have any living grandparents, you could take the time to talk to them about their grandparents and share stories and pictures or even visit their graves if you live close enough.

My dad and step-mom with all their grandkids (mine are the sassy girl in pink and the little blonde boy on the right)

My grandma and my kids’ great-grandma

My mom and my kids

My in-laws with my son

To help you celebrate this fun day, I’ve created a FREE printable for you and your child to fill out and give to each grandparent, as well as some space at the bottom to draw a picture.  If your kids don’t see them often, fill it out and send it through the mail.  I’m sure that would make their day!

To access the printables, click on the link below the image.  Enjoy!

FREE Grandparents Day printables--Print them, fill them out and send them in the mail for a fun surprise!

FREE Grandparents Day printables--Print them, fill them out and send them in the mail for a fun surprise!

What are you favorite memories with your grandparents?

The Mid-Summer Slump

The Mid-Summer Slump

Lately, I’ve been feeling a lack of motivation.  A kind of blah-ness, if you will.

Blog posts have been a challenge to come up with and write, even when I plan them out a month in advance.  My kids are driving me up the wall with all their little fights over little things.  And there’s me, probably driving them crazy with my seemingly constant use of “stop fighting” and “play nicely” or “do I need to separate you two?”
I’m tired of trying to come up with, and then execute, activities for my kids or as a family because I don’t want to deal with the fights or the drama of my four-year-old who thinks she’s sixteen and my two year old who thinks he can do the same things as his sister.  I’m constantly shutting the back door to try and keep the temperature cooler inside than it is outside.  They’re in.  They’re out.  Someone’s crying because they dropped their popsicle.

And you know what I’m chalking it all up to?

The Mid-Summer Slump.

Just a side effect of a mid-summer slump.

Ever since my first summer as a stay at home mom four years ago, I feel like I literally hit this wall smack dab in the middle of summer.  The novelty of summer and sunshine and more freedom from routine has worn off.  The kids are starting to get on each other’s nerves (and mine) more often.  The desire to make plans and stick with them slowly fades.  Motivation to exercise, even just taking the kids on a walk around the neighborhood, is hard to find, especially when it’s so. blasted. hot.  My patience is wearing thin and it’s showing in my quickness to snap when my kids or husband ask an innocent question.

I think my kids are totally feeling this slump too.  During the fall and winter and spring, there is more of a routine established because there is generally more going on, whether it’s school or sports or music lesson or dance class.  There are holidays and homework and the time off is more enjoyable because you know it’s going to come to an end sooner than you expect so you’re trying to pack as much in as possible.  Or maybe you’re trying to pack the least amount of stuff in to maximize relaxation.

But the middle of summer is this weird place where you’ve done your family vacations or you’re waiting to go on them and you’ve exhausted your regular list of what to do when the kids say “I’m bored”.  The kids are tired from staying up too late and getting up too early (“But mom, it’s still light outside!”).  Maybe you’re even getting to the point where you both look forward to and dread the fact that school is starting soon.  (Then again, school means a change in seasons and usually colder weather, which also means more time inside than outside.)

The Mid-Summer Slump.  It’s real.

Are you feeling it too?