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Weekend Crafting

Wow!! Can you believe it is June already??

There were so many great link ups to this weeks link party that I just couldn't wait till Monday to feature them. Here are a few of my favorites that you can get started on yourself this weekend.

Kids and Nature

One of the reasons my husband and I choose to live so far out of town was because we both love nature. I hope that my girls will grow up with the same love for nature as my husband and I have. 
I use every opportunity I can to get the kids outdoors.
While they are usually happy with just running around chasing each other I try to incorporate learning experiences and crafts into their outdoor play as much as possible. 

Here are a few great sites I wanted to share with you that are full of fun nature inspired activities.

Keep your kids busy this summer

Kids will be starting summer soon (some already have). Although my kids are not in school yet, I know how hard it can be to keep the kiddos entertained during the summer months. Sometimes it seems so much easier to just set them in front of a TV and play Dora reruns all day, (and many days I am tempted to) but I know that there are so many more benefits to creative, outdoor play.
  1. They burn energy which leads to better sleep (which leads to mommy sleeping better as well)
  2. They learn so much more
  3. I don't have to hear "I'm bored" 50 times a day
  4. And many, many more.
Here are a couple ideas I am planning on using this summer.

16+ HOUR road trip with a Toddler and Preschooler {2 of 2}

As most of you know my family recently took a 16 hour (one way) road trip. In yesterdays post I shared with you a few tips and tricks to surviving a long road trip with two young kiddos as well as some great snack options. If you missed that post you can check it out HERE.

16+ HOUR road trip with a Toddler and Preschooler {1 of 2}

Those of you with children may know how hard it can be to travel when they are young. I've been on a few long trips with kids including an 8 hour plane ride from England when my oldest was 9 months old, a 15 hour trip (divided between 2 days) when we moved 2 years ago, and a 10 hour trip when we moved again a year ago.

Trash to Treasure

Just wanted to share a quick before and after with you all. We recently bought a new dishwasher. Our old dishwasher wasn't worth selling but I did manage to snag the utensil basket before tossing the dishwasher in the dumpster.

Organize Me - Sewing Patterns

Do you have sewing pattern scattered all over the place?
Need a great way to organize them? 
Indietutes came up with this great idea of using binder clips and hangers. 

Smart Thinking - Flip Flop Storage

I'm sure that most of you have seen this idea floating around pinterest but I just wanted to share it for those of you who have yet to see it. 
With the warm weather well on its way most of you have already dug your flip flops out of storage (or are at least planning to. One thing I love about flip flops is that they take up less space than any other shoes in the closet. But even though they take up little space does not mean they don't need to be organized. Check out this genius idea I discovered at EPBOT!!

Smart Thinking - Recycled Storage Jars

I love recycling old peanut butter jars, pickle jars, and any other kind of jar that comes into our home.
However, I never thought of adding a handle to the jars so that the kids can hold them easier. What a fantastic idea.

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