Ladybug Potato Stamps (Art in the Park #2)

Ladybug Potato Stamps (Art in the Park #2)

We've completed our second week of art in the park and the weather has been wonderful! It's so great to see some familiar faces and meet some new friends as well.  This last week, we made ladybugs with potatoes, which seemed to be a hit with the crowd.  Want to make some of your own? What You Need: Small potato, cut in half Red paint Black paint Q-tips Black Marker Crayons (optional) Construction paper (we used this white) Paper plate (or something to put paint … [Read more...]

Island Getaway Less than a Tank of Gas Away!

Island Getaway Less than a Tank of Gas Away!

Every summer, we try to make the most of the warm weather and sunny skies.  In the past, I've compiled a list of free and low cost ideas for families around Erie, PA -- but now that the kids are getting a little older, we thought we'd explore some day trip options. I heard about Put-in-Bay, Ohio and was surprised to find out this lovely little island was less than three hours away.  So, on Memorial Day this year, we packed up the kids, loaded up the Spotify playlists and away we … [Read more...]

10 Wild Water Games to Play with Kids

10 Wild Water Games to Play with Kids

Every year, we try to shake things up at church during the summer months.  We make each week a different theme and one of the top favorites is, of course, beach night.  Kids plan to get wet and we don't like to disappoint! If you're looking for some great water games for kids, keep reading for some fun games we're thinking about trying this year! #1: Water Balloon Baseball Just like the real game, but instead of pitching softballs or whiffle balls, big ol' orbs of water are lobbed at the … [Read more...]

Summer Camp Was a Hit with My Teenager Last Year

Summer Camp Was a Hit with My Teenager Last Year

Today's post is a guest post from a fellow mom regarding her experience with summer camp.  Hope it helps you if you're searching for a good program for your teen this year! My daughter Zoe came home from summer camp aglow last year. She was tossing off Shakespearean lines from the scenes she had memorized at drama camp; the confidence just flowed from her. I wasn't surprised; I had followed a good friend's advice. Her kids had been to a great summer camp the year before; she convinced me … [Read more...]

Summer Wilderness Program for Teens

Summer Wilderness Program for Teens

Being a teenager is not an easy job. Youth today experience cases of alienation, obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, and even suicide. Young adults are spending more time in front of computers or phones than in front of family or nature. For families with struggling teens, there is a wonderful opportunity where young adults can enjoy positive group interactions in a beautiful, outdoor setting. When planning family travel or vacations, the following option is well … [Read more...]

Exciting Summer Project: The Esther Movie

Exciting Summer Project: The Esther Movie

This last Christmas, we opted to not do a Christmas play.  We were hoping to do some kind of walk through Christmas experience instead, but as the time drew nearer and holiday hectic-ness commenced, I began feeling more and more like we were just doing something to "do something" and it would probably bring more stress than joy to everyone involved. So we called the whole thing off. And you know what?  No one was the least bit upset.  Which kind of made me wonder why we do a Christmas … [Read more...]