Aug 252017

The second week of summer vacation Bubbles’ elementary school offered a week of “space camp”. They worked on a number of space-themed activities and projects, including DIY Galaxy Jars.

Celebrate the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Blu-ray/DVD with these easy DIY Galaxy Jars!

When we set out on our Kentucky to Maine road trip, her Galaxy Jar was placed in one of the backseat cup holders so she could continue to look at it. There were very few things she specifically asked to pack within reach for the trip, so I knew it was a winner DIY. Continue reading »

Aug 242017

Even if you and your kids share the same interests, it can sometimes be a challenge to find ways to connect those interests into activities that everyone enjoys.  That’s why if your family is full of motorsports fans I think you’ll be excited to learn about NASCAR Acceleration Nation.

NASCAR Acceleration Nation website & app are packed with games, videos, driver and track information, learning fun, and so much more

NASCAR Acceleration Nation lets kids and parents enjoy all things NASCAR together.  Between the mobile app and the website there are games, videos, information on cars and drivers, and much more.  This is a sponsored post. Continue reading »

Aug 232017

Eating fresh from the garden is one of my favorite ways to enjoy fruits and vegetables in the summer and fall.  Grab a bowl and some kitchen shears, go out and harvest my own ingredients for a big green salad or roasted Parmesan green beans or homemade spaghetti sauce.

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Green Beans Recipe - just 5 common ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes

The garden is a great way to get kids excited about a wider variety of vegetables, too.  If they have a hand in their care and harvest, they’re far more likely to want to try new things.

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Aug 172017

It’s kind of amazing to me how much difference a single year can make.

First day of 1st Grade!

When Bubbles started kindergarten last year she still had that “young” look of my baby girl.  This year, though, after taking her picture for the first day of 1st grade yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice she wasn’t a baby or even a little girl: she was a big girl. Continue reading »

Aug 012017

One of my favorite childhood summer activities was the Northern Maine Fair.  More than just rides and games, our local country fair had a farm animal petting zoo, tasty treats, a demolition derby, and an expo hall showcasing agriculture, arts and crafts, floral arrangements and more.

Visiting the Northern Maine Fair, a fun family tradition!

The best part of the expo hall was the opportunity to enter items for display and judging.  For most categories they had a children’s or junior’s division, though in some areas adults and kids competed on the same footing.  I won countless ribbons – including a few blue – and was awarded the monetary prizes that went with them. Continue reading »