Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Fun Blog Hop + Giveaway

I can't believe this is Memorial Day weekend!  I'm so glad it is, but wow!  Bring on the summer: swimsuits, flip flops, sidewalk chalk, ice cream shops...we are so ready!

Here are the highlights of the summer plans I've been working on lately:

1.  Summer Bucket List 

I created a list of all the fun things we want to do together as a family this summer.  All of them are low or no cost, which is perfect.  We're going to have a blast this summer!

2.  Fun Sidewalk Chalk Games 

My kids love playing with sidewalk chalk!  It is one of their favorite things about summer.

So to go along with our Summer Fun List, I put together a huge list of over 40 games and activities you can do with sidewalk chalk.  Several are favorites of ours, and others are new ones that I can't wait to try out with the kids.  This list is going to keep us entertained all summer long!

3.  DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

My kids had so much fun "painting" the driveway with this chalk paint.

My favorite parts are that it's super easy to make (it only has 3 ingredients!) and clean up, it's ok if it's eaten (because I know my 2 year old will put everything in his mouth!), and it my kids love it.

4.  Minute to Win It Party Games

I think our family is a pretty fun bunch.  When we get together, we love to play games.  So recently, Katie has been putting together Minute to Win It games for us.  (Here are Games 1-5 and Games 6-9 if you'd like to play them too!)  They are so much fun!  I'm looking forward to seeing what Katie comes up with for us this summer.

5.  Summer Fun Blog Hop:

This week, several of my friends and I came up with 11 fun activities, tips, and bucket lists to help you thrive this summer with your family!

Water Play from BYBMG 

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6.  Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive

I have loved reading Keri's new ebook Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive*.  It encourages you as a mom to have a great summer with your family - no matter what season of life you're in.  Keri gives awesome tips and wonderful reflections at the end of each chapter to guide you to not stress, relax, have fun - to THRIVE.  I highly recommend it!  

You can order Keri's ebook here* for $9.99 - now $2.99!  

7.  Summer Fun Target Gift Card + EBook Giveaway

To celebrate Keri's new ebook*, we've come up with a fun giveaway for a $30 Target Gift Card so you can get the supplies you need for a super fun summer!  Plus, the winner will receive a copy of her ebook Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive!

Enter below...and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I am so beyond excited for this summer - I just know it's going to be great!  So what are you going to be up to?  I'd love to hear your plans for this summer - please share!  (If you have a post - please comment with your link!)

Have a beautiful holiday weekend celebrating the men and women who protected our gift of freedom in this country!


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  1. Absolutely love everyone of these. I can't get enough of your family time. Probably because it reminds me so much of us when my girls were growing up.

  2. I love your sidewalk chalk games! I went back and read that post- great ideas. You also have very nice handwriting with chalk! It's hard to be neat but your numbers and shapes looked so good!

  3. Tina, I think that is the first time anyone has ever complimented my handwriting! You made my day!!!! Thank you!!!! -Jess

  4. Thanks, Michelle! I was so blessed to grow up in an awesome family where my parents did all of these things and more for us. I hope I can give the same amazing upbringing to them. It is so evident from what I read about your family that you guys are the same way! I've loved getting to know you better through blogging, Michelle! You have a beautiful heart :) -Jess

  5. A Summer Bucket List is a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Christina GignouxMay 25, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    I'll be using some of these too!

  7. What a great idea, when my kids were younger we created a summer bucket list. followed you from the Inspire Monday party.

  8. I'm a list maker so it helps me to remember all the fun things we can do! I'd love to see yours if you make one! -Jess

  9. Thanks! I hope they remember and enjoy all of these moments every summer! I bet your kids do! -Jess

  10. I love having new things to try with the kids! pinning this so I won't foget some of these fun ideas like the minute to win it games - perfect!

  11. You are going to love these - especially the Minute to Win It games! Make sure you have a camera to capture the fun and silly moments :) -Jess


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