Aug 032016
 

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10 Things to do Before the Kids Go Back to School {Free Printable}

Every year around the end of May I sit down and make a list of all the things I want to do with my boys over the summer.  Around here, the kids get out at the end of June and here I am six weeks into their vacation wondering where the time has gone.  It seems like once they do finally get out of school, July 4th is not far behind. Throw in a few summer birthdays, a day trip here and there, a couple of beach days and BOOM! All of the sudden it’s August already.

Even though it’s flown by already, my boys have had a really great summer so far.  We rented a cottage on the beach the last week in June, which was a blast.

boys 4th cliff

We’ve been to a few museums and playgrounds over the summer and we’re regulars at the beach in Newport, RI. Continue reading »

Jun 052016
 

beach scavenger hunt printable

If you know me in real life, you probably already know that I love the beach. LOVE it. It’s one of my two happy places (the other one is Disney). I always try to make the most of summers here in New England and spend as much time as possible at the beach. I live right off of Cape Cod, but I’m normally found down at First Beach in Newport.  Frankly I don’t get the appeal of the cape and don’t go over the bridge all that often during the summer because it’s too crowded. I get a season parking pass for First Beach year after year and you can usually find me down there several times a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

My family got in our first beach day of the year over Memorial Day weekend and we seriously could not have been happier.

beachhhhh

Sadly, the boys don’t love the beach as much as their mom does, so often times they get bored after a few hours. Continue reading »

Jan 242016
 

Avengers Printable Valentines

This year Valentine’s Day is going to be a little bittersweet for me.  While my husband and I boycott it choose not to celebrate it, my kids have always gotten excited to exchange valentines at school with their friends.  This year my oldest son is in middle school and wouldn’t be caught dead handing out a valentine.  Well, that and the fact that they don’t hand out valentines in middle school.

My little one is in third grade, so at least I still have one that’s little enough to get excited about handing out valentines to his friends. Since we love Hawkeye in our house, and by we I mean me, my little man is going to be handing out these super cool Avengers valentines featuring the very handsome Hawkeye and friends.

Or maybe just the Hawkeye ones. Continue reading »

Jan 172016
 

Bookstore Scavenger Hunt

Today is a special day – it’s Chris’s 41st birthday!  Happy Birthday, Chris.

Since we had some alone time yesterday, I took him to do something fun in celebration of his birthday weekend. He loves to read & spend time at bookstores, so we went on a bookstore scavenger hunt.

rueyear bookstore scavenger hunt

It wasn’t as easy as it sounds, but it was a blast.  Oddly enough, we ran into each other after about an hour and 15 minutes & each of us only had one thing left to find – so it was neck in neck.  The good thing about something like this is that the answers are pretty subjective. Not only did we both end up winning since we finished at the same time, but there was one answer that neither of us could get (finding a book with exactly 394 pages. He found one with 395 and I found one with 393 – so we were both pretty darn close) – so we both had all the “right” answers.

If you want to head out on a bookstore scavenger hunt, too, just print these four pages out and you’ll have everything you need for a fun day with your main squeeze. Continue reading »

Nov 242015
 

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Easy White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

There are certain times of the year when I like to do something special for my boys teachers and bus drivers.  Each year for teacher appreciation week I get their teachers a gift card to go out to eat.  I mean, if anyone deserves a night off without having to cook, it’s a teacher.  Then at the end of the school year, I also get nice gifts for the teachers as a way to thank them for such a great year with my kids.  Of course, I always like to get something for the bus drivers, too.  After all, they are responsible for getting my boys back and forth to school safely every day.

At Christmas time, I like to get festive when it comes to gift giving.  I love to make sweet treats for the teachers and bus drivers and based on the feedback I have gotten from them in the past, my baked goods are always a hit.  This year, the bus drivers and teachers are getting some delicious white chocolate peppermint fudge.  It’s easy to make and I know it’s going to be a big hit. Continue reading »

Nov 182015
 

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Special Delivery From the North Pole Printable Gift Tag

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve seen this photo before. If you’re new, meet my family.

my family at Taras wedding

In the photo, I am pictured with my bother, sister and my parents. The picture was taken the day that my sister got married (a little over two years ago) and it’s the most recent photo of the five of us together.

What you don’t know about this photo is that it took a lot of work to get my mom over to the spot where we took this photo.  At the time, you would never see her go anywhere without her cane, but as you can see in the photo above – she doesn’t have it.  It took two people holding her arms to help her walk to where she stood for the picture. Continue reading »

Nov 152015
 

Olaf Snow Slime with Printable

Do you have a little one who’s absolutely in love with Frozen?  I have two little nieces that are utterly obsessed with Elsa, Anna and especially Olaf.  I thought it would be fun to make them something inspired by their favorite character from the movie, Olaf. This snow slime is super easy to make and will (hopefully) keep the kids amused for hours.

Here’s what you need:

  • Borax
  • 2 bottles of white school glue
  • water
  • glitter
  • 2 bowls

Continue reading »

Sep 152015
 

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Complete Karate Mom Checklist Printable

I’ve been talking a lot lately about my journey towards getting my black belt in Krav Maga, but did you know that my son has been testing along with me?  Because Krav Maga is meant for adults and my oldest son is only 11 years old, he’s in the karate program at the same dojo.

He started around the same time as I did (only a few weeks before me) and has been training hard ever since.  The kids and adults follow the same process when it comes to black belt testing, so he & I have been going through our testing side by side.

JD Karate1

Twice a year they hold boot camp qualifications at our dojo and if you pass, you move on to what they call “boot camp”. Once you’re in boot camp, you meet every Friday night over the course of three months for extra training with the instructors. That’s where they review the specific techniques that they want to see on which phase of the black belt testing (there are a lot of different techniques, so they break it up over the three tests). Then, once a month over the next three months, you test. Continue reading »

Oct 302014
 

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Keeping our kids safe is one of the most important jobs a parent has. That’s why it’s important to establish safety rules for trick or treating.

Isn’t it ironic that trick or treating basically goes against everything we teach or kids? (Don’t talk to strangers, don’t go up to houses, and don’t play in the street). For those couple of hours they’re trick or treating all kids should have some sort of guidelines. Check out these safety tips:

#1. Have Your Child Wear Bright Colors

Bright colors are a must if you’re going to go trick or treating this year. Make sure your child isn’t wearing all black and drivers can see them as they’re walking. If your child is going to wear all black, in the dark, it’s a good idea to have them wear a bright vest.

#2. Pick a Safe Route

My kids and I hit up the same route every year. It’s important that your family picks out a route that’s safe for you as well. Remember that during October the days get shorter and it can be harder to see. If you’re not sure of where you’re going it can be hard to see in the dark and can make for a dangerous situation. Continue reading »