How to Have a Fun and Productive Summer with Kids

How to Have a Fun and Productive Summer with Kids

Sweet summertime.  It can be such a magical time for children. After a few weeks, though, the newness wears off and boredom can set in. Before the “Mom, I’m bored” complaints start rolling in, take action and plan for some fun, productive activities to do with your kids. The kids will have a blast spending some time with you and just may learn something along the way!   Volunteer Your kids have grown up hearing you talk about the importance of sharing with others and how giving is … [Read more...]

Summer Family Fun in Put-In-Bay (Ohio)

Summer Family Fun in Put-In-Bay (Ohio)

After our trip to Put-in-Bay last year, the kids begged to return again this year.  So, this last weekend, we climbed inside the car and away we went.  We weren't quite as diligent with our starting time (partly because we stopped at the Original Breakfast Place before hitting the road), but we pulling onto the highway about 9:30 and on our way to our favorite Island Getaway. The boat ride aboard Miller's Ferry was a blast as usual and we were happy to discover that you can actually park for … [Read more...]

Summer Theme Nights 2017

Summer Theme Nights 2017

Summer is here and with it comes some amazing theme nights!  Check them out below!     … [Read more...]

Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

The lazy hazy days of summer are upon us. If you’re a parent, the novelty of summer break is probably just starting to wear down a bit. My kids have slept in for the past few days, and the schedule definitely needs to be readjusted. While I’ve secured passes to a local theme park/water park, I’m also always on the hunt for inexpensive—or free!—ideas to keep those boys entertained…and away from their devices. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the screen recommendation for … [Read more...]

Super Simple Crafts for the Littlest of Hands

Super Simple Crafts for the Littlest of Hands

Hello! A few days ago, I was honored to present at the INCM Early Childhood Webinar.  I promised I would try to post pictures of some of the crafts I shared during that webinar for those of you who might not have been able to take notes at the time. These crafts are perfect for ages 6 months through about 5 years old. 10 Essential Craft Supplies To begin, you want to make sure your cupboards are stocked with these essential supplies.  With these things on hand, you can do almost any of the … [Read more...]

Loving and Serving the Little Ones (Upcoming Webinar from INCM)

Loving and Serving the Little Ones (Upcoming Webinar from INCM)

Hi there!  I wanted to share an upcoming event with you all!  This was originally posted on the INCM website: There is no question that the early years of a child’s life are critical when it comes to setting the anchor deep for a lifetime of faith. We know it is vital to continually be developing in our understanding of this special group within our children’s ministries – the littles, as we affectionately refer to them – and how to give them Jesus. The stakes are too high – we simply cannot … [Read more...]