I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I’ve seen a bunch of bloggers sharing their favorite things for the month so I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon. There’s no rhyme or reason for the items I’m going to share, just things I’ve found helpful or inspirational this month.

Your Summer Story Photo Challenge

I had to lead with my summer photo challenge, of course! We’re just getting started so it’s not too late to join. Just click this link and sign up! In our next lesson we’re going to talk about how you can take photos that tell a story so that you can capture your summer in a way that is memorable.

Hand Lettering Practice for Kids

I stumbled on this fun activity from Prairie Letter Shop while browsing Instagram and bought it for the girls and I to do together. It’s a super simple thing to do when you’re looking for a way to get the kids off their devices. It’s a downloadable packet with 18 pages that include simple handwriting, shading, cursive and doodling. I’m going to print the pages and probably use tracing paper over them to start. You can also stick them in a sheet protector and use a dry erase marker as well. Here’s a screen shot from a sample page.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

Another Instagram find! @poppyspreschool has a great recipe for DIY sidewalk chalk that I can’t wait to test out. In fact, she’s got a ton of great ideas for play. Check out the highlight called DIY Kids on her account and you’ll find recipes for homemade play dough, finger paint, bubbles, and more.

Free Design Ebook from Sarah Joy

Now that the addition on our house is nearing it’s completion, I’ve been soaking up all the design inspiration I can get. I love following Sarah Joy for all things home decor and was so excited when she put out a free e-book with her top 5 design tips. She’s got paint recommendations in there, tips for buying faux greenery (which I have a ton of because I can’t keep a plant alive to save my own life!), and more. Follow this link to snag your copy!

If you end up loving any of these things like I have, leave a comment and let me know. Can you believe we’re headed in to July already?!


Do you ever feel like there’s a ton of pressure on us moms to make summer absolutely amazing? Like every day has to be full of fun celebrations and unforgettable memories? I hope I’m not alone in this! All I can think about are the long days with no set schedule and the inevitable, “Mom, what are we going to do today?”

If you’re like me and you’re looking for some simple ways to enjoy summer without totally losing your mind, I want to share a few ideas with you. 

First, some friendly advice …

Try to avoid over the top expectations. Instead, think quality over quantity. You don’t have to do it all!! The goal is to be present in the time that you do have.  

Create a Summer Bucket List

This might actually be anxiety inducing for some of you – coming up with a list of activities that you feel pressured to check off. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! Think of a summer bucket list as inspiration. The fun part is coming up with ways to connect and finding activities that you and your children will enjoy doing together. 

The items on your list don’t have to be expensive or extravagant. Less is more sometimes. Here are a few examples. 

Wear pajamas all day long.
Go for a family bike ride
Have a backyard picnic
Pick flowers
Host a lemonade stand
Chase fireflies

Have Dinner Together

I feel so terrible admitting this, but we don’t eat dinner together a lot during the school year. It always seems like someone is running off to a game or activity or I’m heading off to work. It’s something I wish we did more and I think summer is a great time to start over. I know some of you are just as busy during the summer with sports and activities, but try to make it a priority to have one night that is just yours. A simple way to make family dinners memorable is to play a game. Fill a mason jar with questions that help spark conversations to keep you at the table longer. Here are a few ideas for you. 

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is something you love about the person sitting next to you?
If you could have any pet in the world, what would you choose?
When was the last time you had a lot of fun? Who were you with?

Family Movie Night

My girls love this because it’s something we can do together after the baby is in bed. The hardest part is deciding on a movie to watch though! Here are a few of our top picks.

The Parent Trap
Cheaper By the Dozen
Daddy Day Care
Jumanji (old & new)
Harry Potter 
The Karate Kid (old one)
School of Rock
The Sandlot
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
The Princess Bride

Take Lots of Photos

You knew I’d have to work in a photo related idea didn’t you?! There are actually tons of really fun photo opportunities in the summer. Besides vacations and holidays (4th of July!), summer is the perfect season for bright, colorful props. Think ice cream, ice pops, straw hats, sunglasses, bubbles, fruit, sparklers, lemonade, etc. Props can add to your summer story without making it look overly staged. Plus, it gives your kiddos something to do without noticing that they are having their picture taken. Water is a fantastic prop in the summer. A pool, the ocean, a sprinkler, the lake, a water slide, water balloons – the possibilities are endless!

I hope this inspire you a bit to relax and enjoy your summer without feeling like you have to be supermom. Remember – quality over quantity!

p.s. If you’ve made it this far and need a last minute gift idea for Father’s Day, check out this adorable printable from Declaration & Co.