Finish the Summer Well: 50 Summer Bucket List Ideas for Kids

When I was a kid I spent most of my summer days outside. Even though I was a big reader and thought curling up on the couch made a perfect day, I was outside a lot. Why? my mom kicked me outside, and she LOCKED the door. I had to find places to go and things to do. Can you relate? As a mom I worry when my kids don’t want to be outside too. With eight kids at home {Read More}

30 Fun & FREE Summer Activities

School’s out for summer (or will be soon!) and so begins the frantic brainstorm of what to do with our kids without spending a fortune. With help from my Facebook followers and Pinterest, here are 30 fun and FREE things to do this summer with your kids: “Little bit” party Puzzles Explore your neighborhood Board games Attend movies in the park—Paul B. Take advantage of your local museums’ free days—Wendy H. Weed a community flower bed—Susan K. Take a factory {Read More}

Plan a Staycation… 15 Ideas to Have Fun NEAR Home!

You don’t have to fly somewhere exotic or spend a lot of money to have a worthwhile vacation. Last month I shared about my family’s Little Rock staycation and other fun things to do in and around Little Rock. If you are looking to plan a cheap, hassle-free vacation before the school year begins, here are a few ideas for staycations in your area: Visit to the library. (And join the summer reading program.) Go bowling. Go Geocaching. Geocaching is a {Read More}

Little Rock Staycation

Fun things to do near Little Rock … and all around Arkansas! After moving to Little Rock in 2010 we’ve found there is so much to do! We are theme park people, so one of our favorite places to go in Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Waterpark. We especially enjoy their FREE Summer Concert series. (The concerts are free with park admission.) We LOVED seeing LeCrae in concert. We even had the chance to go back stage to meet him! {Read More}

30 Free and Fun Things to Do This Summer

Life totally got in the way of completing this blog series! Do you know what I mean? Between writing, going to the Czech Republic, being a mom and a wife, and doing a multitude of other things on my summer to-do list, I feel behind on this series. So without further ado, here are the 30 free and fun things to do this summer with your kids (and a big thanks to my Facebook followers and Pinterest for the rest {Read More}

It’s Real Life Photo Assignment | Vacation

Thank you, ColleenBlooms, for submitting these photos! Your vacation looked adventurous and full of God’s magnificent creation. You can check out the other photos, including the ones for the past photo assignments, here. This week’s assignment is Joy! You have until Friday, July 27, at noon PDT to submit your photos to the group pool (and don’t forget to join the group, too!). Next Saturday, I’ll feature my favorites here! For added incentive, if your photo is one I feature on my blog, {Read More}

It’s Real Life Photo Assignment | Vacation

Don’t forget to enter photos of your vacation (or even a staycation) into this week’s photo assignment. Here are a few photos to use as inspiration. My summer intern, Caitlin, just got back from vacation in Park City, Utah, so these are some of her adventures. It’s easy to enter your photos; just join the Flickr group and add your photos to the group pool by Friday morning. I’ll feature my favorites here on Saturday!

Staycation Little Rock!

Staycation!Little Rock, Arkansas When I moved here last year I was pleasantly surprised by this little city that offers so much. As an author of 26 published books I spend a lot of time writing–either at home or Panera–but when I need some down time with my kiddos, I was excited to find these cool places: 1. Heifer Village is in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s global education facility with hands-on and interactive exhibits. Kids learn hunger awareness are are {Read More}

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