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Will Your Mail Be Delivered?

10 Jul

The other day on the Today Show, I saw a segment about who sorts the mail that has addresses that cannot be read by the machines at the post office.  I was so intrigued by this because we live in a world of everything digital so I feel like handwritten letters have become a lost art.  They showed the office where people are trained to read addresses to get them to their final destination.  Who knew there was such a place where these letters ended up!

Fourth of July Fun for Kids

29 Jun

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The Fourth of July is almost here!  Kids (and adults) love celebrating by going to parades, waving flags and watching fireworks.  It’s a great time to get together with family and friends to have a BBQ or a picnic on the beach.  I love when everyone gets patriotic and wears their red, white and blue gear for the day.  And when you’re planning fun activities for kids, it can get tricky as many 4th of July activities involve fire and fireworks.

To keep kids entertained and safe, here are some fun ideas of things they can do to celebrate our day of Independence and stay safe:

  • Make their own parade!  Have kids put on their own 4th of July parade by decorating their wagons, bikes and strollers with festive and colorful ribbons, balloons and paper.  They can have a parade in their neighborhood, family gathering or wherever you plan to celebrate.  Plan to line-up and cheer them on!
  • If it’s hot, a water balloon toss is always a fun and easy way to have fun during your get together.
  • If you’re little ones love to doodle, use our free downloadable 4th of July coloring sheet.  Let kids color these while you cook and get ready.  You can have a coloring contest or just have them display their finished artwork on the wall.
  • Stock up on glow sticks!  Kids of all ages love glow sticks and there are such cute options including bracelets, necklaces and wands.
  • Have kids make their own patriotic cupcakes for the party.  Let them decorate the cupcakes with red, white and blue sprinkles and add little flags.
  • Grab some face paint and let the kids draw stars, flags and fireworks on each others cheeks and arms.  A safe and fun way to enjoy the holiday!

What ideas do you have for kids enjoying the 4th of July?  Please share in the comments below!  I always love hearing from you.

xoxo,

Jennifer

Outdoor Summer Concert Planning Checklist

26 Jun

concert collage 2I love going to outdoor concerts to hear some of my favorite artists.  It’s a great excuse to get together with friends and enjoy music at the same time.  Over the years I have learned some tricks to making it an enjoyable evening by planning ahead.  I thought I would share some of my tips with you on how to plan for a memorable outing!

A week before the concert, start an email with your group to plan for food.  With our friends, we typically volunteer to bring food that’s portable and easy to share.  I usually have everyone “reply to all” to get an idea of what’s being planned so you don’t end up with all desserts or six cheese platters!

I’ve put together a checklist of items you will need for your outdoor concert and everyone can chip in with different items.  Here’s a handy list of items to bring to your outdoor concert:

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This list can seem a little overwhelming.  Just plan ahead and it will be smooth sailing and a great day (or evening) of friendship and fun.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear if you have any other tips I missed!  And feel free to share what outdoor summer concerts you are planning to attend this summer.

xoxo,

Jennifer