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Summer Fun For Everyone-Part 2

 

A Few More ideas for Fun in the Summer, Birthday parties, Church activities,  and even in the Classroom! Endless fun for everyone one!

Aqua Pinata

Fill a large plastic bucket with water and hang it from a tree.

Blindfold each person and let them try to hit it with a broom or stick, one at a time.

Watch the splashes and downpour along with laughs.

Art Attack

Have enough white t-shirts for each person. Have each person put on white t-shirt.

With washable paints, have each player Paint a masterpiece on ANOTHER persons back.

Take photos for memories and send them out asap.

Then take a hose and spray for a Tye-dye look!(bring xtra clothes)

Great for fun in the sun !

Colorful Bowling

Take 10 water bottles and remove the labels with hot water.

Use food coloring to make each bottle a color and then replace cap.

Set up the colored water bottles in a triangle for bowling.

Take a ball, roll, and get a strike!

Dog Chases Tail

Line up players, holding each other shoulders or waist, conga style.

Tuck a bandana into the last person’s back pocket.

Then the first person tries to grab the “TAIL” of the last.

Take turns being first and last etc…

Great for a crazy zig-zag run!

Thread the Needle

Have players hold hands in a circle with a hula hoop hanging from on person’s arm.

Each person must step through the hoop and twist and turn to pass the hula hop on to the next person, WITHOUT letting go of your hands. Great ice breaker and fun for all ages!

Tic Tac Toe

Tape a Tic Tac Toe grid on driveway or street with chalk.

Use small toys, rubber ducks, or other items and play the game.

Then cool off by spraying the chalk of with water and then use the dry chalk to create Bright pictures.

Other Great Ideas you can get from this book called, ” Family Fun Boredom Busters.”  Edited by Deanna F.Cook and the experts at FAMILY FUN Magazine.

ENJOY!!!!!

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Summer Fun for All Ages

  • Chalk -wet it for more vibrant colors

-use a paintbrush to make a Picasso when you are done

-use chalk to trace body and fill in with Summer Clothes or Beach Scene

  •  Playground -use a roll of crepe paper and tie to shoe. As you swing watch how the color flows.

-roll the paper down the slide

-kites with favorite color

-obstacle courses

-treasure hunt

-swing with you child

-toss a ball

-If a sand box is around make sand castles

  • Water time -water balloon toss

-water guns

-pool

-Sprinkler

  • Pool time…(If you have your own pool)

-Bubbles…add some bubble bath solution and BUBBLES!

-Freeze ice cubes on a string, cut and throw in pool. Make sure string are long so they long so they can be easily seen and tossed after cube melts. Will make a KOOL surprise as you swim.

-Ping Pong balls in a plastic container, fill to bring and cover with lid. Sink to bottom, may have to hold with foot, then one will swim and pull of top. The balls will pop up and then the race is on.

  • Backyard -make pinwheels and make a garden

-Popsicle party…sit on a blanket and eat a cool snack and share stories

-Paint a watermelon with washable paint then take photos and eat

Also you can roll the watermelons on paper and make a masterpiece.

-Sponge time. Have lots of sponges and wet them in buckets of water. Add food coloring to each bucket and make a rainbow wardrobe.

-Bird Box. Use a cardboard box and cut tiny holes all around. Decorate the sides and sprinkle the top with bird seed. Once they see it they will love visiting.

  • Front Yard -Bikes

-Skate/Skateboards

-Hide and go seek

-Friends

 

 

Here are some sites that are really useful:

For Places and more in HOUSTON TEXAS:

http://houston.about.com/od/artsentertainment/tp/summeractivities.htm

For Places where kids eat free in HOUSTON TEXAS:

http://houston.about.com/od/nightlife/tp/KidsEatFree.htm

For Camps in Texas:

http://www.kidscamps.com/summer_camps/texas-summer-camps.html

Things to do: This site is awesome!

http://www.familyfunhouston.com/

Hope this helps! Just remember the most important thing to do:

Spend TIME and VALUE your family!

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10 Great Summer Organizing Tips

Summer Outside Organizing In the fall and winter, we’re trapped by cold and climate so we’re more likely to clear a closet or tidy a space indoors. Don’t stop getting organized because it is summer. There are plenty of organizing tips that can help you keep things tidy or save you time during the summer months.

1. Add a row of coat hooks to your garage or carport wall. Label one for each family member and add a few for guests. You’ve created a great space for wet bathing suits and damp beach towels.

2. Below each hook, add a plastic tote with handles. Each family member can drop in their swim shoes or flip-flops, suntan lotion or beach toys. Everyone is ready to go without a lot of scrambling.

3. Grilling out? Double your meat. Use half for dinner tonight and use the other half for dinner tomorrow – but in a totally new way. Tonight’s grilled chicken can become tomorrow night’s grilled chicken salad, hoagie or even chicken tacos. It’s too hot to cook every night!

4. Set a watering routine. It’s costly to replace sod, grass seed or flowers because you forgot to water. If you don’t have a sprinkler system, you can buy a battery-powered timer for your hose. Remember to water pots by tying it to another event such as putting your trash cans to the curb or putting the coffee pot on in the morning.

5. Keep your picnic basket stocked. There’s always an occasion, from a concert in the park to a ballgame, that calls for food-to-go. Stock your picnic basket with paper plates, plastic ware, cups, napkins and wet wipes.

6. Organize your grill tools by hanging them. Most long-handled spatulas and tongs are too long for kitchen drawers. Place a pegboard in the garage, outside the kitchen door or on a pantry wall. Or, add hooks to the inside of a pantry or cabinet door. Now you can store all your tools in one spot.

7. Buy an extra laundry basket. Use it for clean beach towels, cover-ups and suits. If you need to head to the water park, river, lake or pool, the entire basket can go with you.

8. A clean, extra outside trashcan is perfect for storing water toys. Drill a few holes in the bottom to insure that water will drain and the toys won’t get moldy. Use the can, without the lid, to hold water noodles, rafts and floats.

9. Rafts too big for a can? Add two hooks to the wall. Use bungee cords, connected to the hooks, to hold the rafts upright.

10. Don’t feel that you have to constantly be the one to clean up the outdoor toys, water play area and sandbox. Create a summer chore chart and assign that duty on different days to different family members. If they can share in the fun, they can share in keeping the area tidy.

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Summer Cleaning Motivation

How to Get Motivated To Do Summer Cleaning

 

Instructions

things you’ll need:

  • Music
  • Water
  • Cleaning supplies
  • ENERGY
  • 1

First start off by going to the store. Who doesn’t love a little shopping? Splurge on some new cleaning products you’ve never tried before. If you can afford it, buy some of the more expensive, really pretty ones that smell quite nice. Buy all the cleaning products you will need. You may want to buy some summer themed cleaning items with lots of floral scents! Buying new things usually helps you get motivated to do things. Also you may want to stock up on gloves, sponges, magic erasers, buckets, mops, brooms. Sometimes a nice, new mop can really excite you and get you in the cleaning mood.

  • 2

Next you will want to have some awesome music playing in the background while you clean. Nothing is worse than doing your summer cleaning to a silent house. Or a house with kids screaming. So turn on some tunes. Make a playlist of your favorite songs, or just turn on the radio. Make sure it is music that will get you PUMPED UP to clean, not make you fall asleep while you are cleaning under the beds!

  • 3

Next you will need a refreshing beverage while you clean. Water is a wonderful choice. I like to add the little Crystal Light lemonade packages to the water to make it a bit yummier, and it reminds me of summer too! Choose whatever beverage you want. But have it handy as you clean. Cleaning does have a tendency to make one thirsty!

  • 4

Next, clean, clean, clean! Sing while you clean! Dance a little while you clean! Do the funky chicken while you clean! Drink some of your beverage. Then clean some more! Don’t stop. Once you stop, you might not start again. Don’t let the summer heat get to you! Turn on a fan or the air conditioner!

  • 5

After you are all done, finish it all off by scenting your home with a new air freshener. You could use a spray kind, diffuser, or a nice plug in kind. Whatever you choose, it will really make you appreciate your hard cleaning efforts! You did a great job! You now deserve a nap!

Tips & Warnings

  • Make cleaning FUN.
  • Make a list of everything you want to accomplish then STICK TO IT
  • Sometimes the evil dirt fairies will try to convince you to let them stay and play a while. This is a trick and you must swat them out of your house with your broom immediately. Only clean fairies are allowed in your house.
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Great Grilling

Summer is a perfect time to get the grill going!  Here are some really great sites to get the party started!

  

All Recipes

http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/everyday-cooking/quick-and-easy/quick-and-easy-grilling/Main.aspx

Martha Stewart

http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/easy-grilling-recipes

Delish

http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/parties/barbecue-grilling/easy-weeknight-grill-recipes

Good Housekeeping

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food/quick/easy-weeknight-grilling-0607

Kaboose

http://recipes.slides.kaboose.com/287-15-quick-easy-grilling-recipes

Great Grilling

http://www.grilling.com/food/recipes/?gclid=CLaE8rWY0qgCFURx5Qod2Qj9fw

Let me know your favorite or just invite me over!  I will bring dessert!  Enjoy your Grilling and remember to be safe around the fires!

Looking forward to the next party at your house!  =)

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Summer Yummies

No Cook Meals For Being Busy, Summer, or Whenever:

 My Favorite Basics: Protein shakes, Salads, Sandwiches, Soups, Pre cooked pasta with leftover veggies or meat. 

 Of Course you could always order in or go out to eat!  🙂

Here are the sites I love and Hopefully a recipe you love!

 

Eating Well

Delish

Busy Cooks

Fitness Magazine

Weight Watchers

Food Network

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_no_cook_recipes

http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/no-cook-summer-recipes

http://busycooks.about.com/od/nocookrecipes/tp/top10nocookrecipes.htm

http://www.cookinglight.com/food/quick-healthy/no-cook-recipes-00412000067793/

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/quick-recipes/dinner/quick-meals/

http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=80951

http://www.foodnetwork.com/5-ingredient-fix/no-cook-dinner/index.html

The  Top 7 Site Suggestions for the best recipes to help have wonderful meals with no cooking or minimum cooking!  ENJOY!

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Summer Check List

SUMMER: Here is a basic Check List to help get started to make it the best Summer Yet!

About the House:

  • Think ahead to fall. Schedule furnace maintenance now and beat the October rush. You’ll be snug and warm that first cold night.
  • Pestpatrol: inspect yard and garden for carpenter ants or termites. Call an exterminator if you see signs of infestation. Beware of fire ants in the South! If you see telltale mounds, treat with grits or borax. Keep borax away from children.
  • Keep tabs on decks, siding and trim. Will you need to perform touch-up work before winter? Order paint and be ready for the first cooler days of early autumn.
  • Control garbage can odor with a can clean-out. Rinse garbage cans with a hose, dump the water, then spray with disinfectant. Let the cans sit for 10 minutes, then rinse again. Turn upside down to dry.
  • Inspect gutters, and clean out any leafy debris. Summer thunderstorms won’t faze you if your gutters are in good working order.
  • Make a safety inspection of children’s outdoor play equipment. Tighten loose bolts and cover with plastic protectors.
  • Late summer is a slow time for home maintenance and cleaning companies. Look for summer discounts from carpet cleaners, gutter installers, and window washing firms, and get the jump on fall cleaning!
  • Prepare the medicine chest and first aid kit for summer’s little medical emergencies. In the bathroom, dispose of outdated medication as recommended by local health authorities. Be sure the first aid kit has ample adhesive bandages for scrapes, calamine lotion for insect bites, and hot/cold packs for strains or sprains. Print a first-aid kit checklist for your Household Notebook.
  • Make an emergency list for baby-sitters and school kids on vacation. Print an emergency numbers page to post by each household telephone. Include phone numbers for the fire department, police, poison control, and ambulance. Don’t forget numbers for parents at work, a family contact, and nearby neighbors. Be sure to write the home address on the list; it will aid rescuers if help is needed.
  • Print vacation packing lists for family travel. Include one list for each family member. Between vacation trips, store the lists inside the luggage or add them to your Household Notebook.
  • Tackle patio and sliding door tracks. Summer is open-door season, so be sure your doors open smoothly. Grab a bottle of all-purpose (degreasing) cleaner, a screwdriver and lots of rags. Spray the tracks generously and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Wrap the screwdriver with a rag, and make several careful passes along the track to get out the gunk.
  • Check washing machine hoses. Replace them if you find cracks or bulges–or if they’re over two years old.
  • Hold a garage sale. Declutter house and garage to turn cash to trash.

The Inside Story:

  • Late summer is a slow time for home maintenance and cleaning companies. Look for summer discounts from carpet cleaners, gutter installers, and window washing firms, and get the jump on fall cleaning!
  • Prepare the medicine chest and first aid kit for summer’s little medical emergencies. In the bathroom, dispose of outdated medication as recommended by local health authorities. Be sure the first aid kit has ample adhesive bandages for scrapes, calamine lotion for insect bites, and hot/cold packs for strains or sprains. Print a first-aid kit checklist for your Household Notebook.
  • Make an emergency list for baby-sitters and school kids on vacation. Print an emergency numbers page to post by each household telephone. Include phone numbers for the fire department, police, poison control, and ambulance. Don’t forget numbers for parents at work, a family contact, and nearby neighbors. Be sure to write the home address on the list; it will aid rescuers if help is needed.
  • Print vacation packing lists for family travel. Include one list for each family member. Between vacation trips, store the lists inside the luggage or add them to your Household Notebook.
  • Tackle patio and sliding door tracks. Summer is open-door season, so be sure your doors open smoothly. Grab a bottle of all-purpose (degreasing) cleaner, a screwdriver and lots of rags. Spray the tracks generously and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Wrap the screwdriver with a rag, and make several careful passes along the track to get out the gunk.
  • Check washing machine hoses. Replace them if you find cracks or bulges–or if they’re over two years old.
  • Hold a garage sale. Declutter house and garage to turn cash to trash!

More Summer Creative Cleaning coming soon!

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Summer Cleaning Chore Check list

Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist

By Cynthia Ewer
  

Summer is just around the corner and its going to be hot and sweaty. Vacations beckon. The garden takes on a life of its own.

Busy families don’t have much time for home chores these months. School’s out, travel’s in and it’s easy to let life slide on the home front.

Still, summer will run more smoothly if you keep tabs on these important areas in the Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist.  The checklist list tackles hot-weather issues, summer health and safety:

About the House:

  • Think ahead to fall. Schedule furnace maintenance now and beat the October rush. You’ll be snug and warm that first cold night.
  • Pestpatrol: inspect yard and garden for carpenter ants or termites. Call an exterminator if you see signs of infestation. Beware of fire ants in the South! If you see telltale mounds, treat with grits or borax. Keep borax away from children.
  • Keep tabs on decks, siding and trim. Will you need to perform touch-up work before winter? Order paint and be ready for the first cooler days of early autumn.
  • Control garbage can odor with a can clean-out. Rinse garbage cans with a hose, dump the water, then spray with disinfectant. Let the cans sit for 10 minutes, then rinse again. Turn upside down to dry.
  • Inspect gutters, and clean out any leafy debris. Summer thunderstorms won’t faze you if your gutters are in good working order.
  • Make a safety inspection of children’s outdoor play equipment. Tighten loose bolts and cover with plastic protectors.
  • Late summer is a slow time for home maintenance and cleaning companies. Look for summer discounts from carpet cleaners, gutter installers, and window washing firms, and get the jump on fall cleaning!
  • Prepare the medicine chest and first aid kit for summer’s little medical emergencies. In the bathroom, dispose of outdated medication as recommended by local health authorities. Be sure the first aid kit has ample adhesive bandages for scrapes, calamine lotion for insect bites, and hot/cold packs for strains or sprains. Print a first-aid kit checklist for your Household Notebook.
  • Make an emergency list for baby-sitters and school kids on vacation. Print an emergency numbers page to post by each household telephone. Include phone numbers for the fire department, police, poison control, and ambulance. Don’t forget numbers for parents at work, a family contact, and nearby neighbors. Be sure to write the home address on the list; it will aid rescuers if help is needed.
  • Print vacation packing lists for family travel. Include one list for each family member. Between vacation trips, store the lists inside the luggage or add them to your Household Notebook.
  • Tackle patio and sliding door tracks. Summer is open-door season, so be sure your doors open smoothly. Grab a bottle of all-purpose (degreasing) cleaner, a screwdriver and lots of rags. Spray the tracks generously and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Wrap the screwdriver with a rag, and make several careful passes along the track to get out the gunk.
  • Check washing machine hoses. Replace them if you find cracks or bulges–or if they’re over two years old.
  • Hold a garage sale. Declutter house and garage to turn cash to trash!

The Inside Story:

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Summer-Energy Savers For Your Home

Energy Savers In the Home:

Electricity can be expensive~

  • One way we can cut down and save is to do laundry in one day.  I know that sometimes is impossible but, it takes less energy from the washer and dryer and so less electricity expenses.  Let me explain:  When you wash/dry on several days…the washer and dryer have to re-start each day, each cycle. This causes more electricity to be used and causes your bill to increase. If you wash/dry on one day…the washer and dryer have already been started/heated, so it takes less time to produce energy. Therefore, less electricity and less on your bill. I have found that once a week washing and drying saves my household of 4 about $250.00 a year!  May not be a lot to some but every dollar counts in our family. Also, the laundry is complete and then we have more time for fun!
  • Hire a professional to seal and insulate leaky ducts, seal windows and doors. This will also help your home use less energy and less electricity.
  • Leave everything you can unplugged. The toaster, microwave, chargers, blow dryers, lights etc…every bit counts and reduces the chance of a fire.

Home:

  • Check to make sure your attic and attached garage is insulted properly. Check the R-value – the higher the R-value the greater the insulation.  Protects you from he extreme heat or extreme cold, therefore, helping your electricity
  • Check your AC unit to maker sure that you unit is not working over time. Usually if you keep it around 73-74, your unit will not have to work so hard. When you are gone for most of the day or if you are on vacation you can set the temperature about 76.
  • Replace air filters and clean vents often. Install ceiling fans. This will help better air circulations that will promote cooling in the Summer and heating efficiency in the winter.
  • Install blinds, drapes, curtains for protection from the sun and heat or extreme weather.
  • Apply a reflective coating to your roof. This will help absorb the suns energy.

Yard:

  • Plant a tree. Prune the trees, shrubs that you have.
  • Remove debris like grass and leaves that block airflow to your ac unit and gutters.

Landscaping is a natural way to shade your home, and add value to your property!

Finances:

  • Credit Cards. Call your credit card companies and see if they can give you a lower interest rate.  Or consolidate your bills and make one payment. Interest alone can drain your energy and your pocket book.
  • Bills. Ask your utility company about budget planning. This will help protect you from sudden or unexpected price increases.
  • Fixed Income. You can also contact your state local government; they may have energy assistance to help pay your utilities.

 These are just a few ideas to get you started to help have less stress on your Summer Energy!

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Freedom

Freedom:

What is Freedom?

Freedom means so many things to so many people.  Here are just a few examples…

…when you pay off your car

…when you live on your own

…when you have a retirement plan

…when you can carry a gun

…when you can make your own choices

…when you can do what you want without your parents always around

…when you can say what you want to say

…when you can go on vacation

…when justice is served when someone commits a crime

…when I live on a ranch

…when I pay off my house

…when my kids go to bed

…when I get that promotion

…when my neighbor moves

…when my kids graduate

…when we move to another state

…when I get a scholarship to college

…when I get that job

…when I get famous

…when the government gets there act together

…when my son come home from the war

…when I can go out with the girls/guys

All of these things are types of freedom…but they are only temporarily, or they may not even come to pass. Some freedoms actually can lead you into more problems.

Some freedoms help ease stress, worry and some forms of depression; however they are not going to solve the root of the problem. Don’t get me wrong I love it when I get to “FEEL FREE,” and wonderful but, because we do not live in a perfect world, we are not surrounded by perfect people and we make mistakes too, there is always going to be something that causes you to feel strapped down or burdened. So how can we really have TRUE FREEDOM?

We can enjoy all the things that bring us happiness but for true freedom we need to be aware of the root of freedom. Just like when there is a problem and we need to get to the root of the problem we need to get to the root of Freedom. The root of Freedom is peace. Peace that you know without a doubt that your life is taken care of without any reservation, no matter what comes your way. Even when we are knocked down by the worst moments in our lives, we have something that we can hold on to, be able to stand again, and have hope for the future.

So what is the root to Freedom? It cannot be found in things, people, places, or even in the government. FREEDOM can only be found in Jesus Christ.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, Jesus, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior, it is not too late.  Just ask…..Admit that you have sinned, that you have not followed him. And that you are sorry and want to be forgiven.  Believe in God and that Jesus is God’s son, who died for you and your sins. That Jesus rose from the grave and he still lives. Pray and confess that you want Jesus to be Lord of your life. That you no longer want what the world promises and never gives. That you want more…a relationship with Jesus.  He loves you so much and as you grow, you will find TRUE FREEDOM.

  

 

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