Organic (Frugal) Goodness

We just returned from a super-fun (and frugal) trip to an organic apple festival at the Rodale Institute — an event that is quickly becoming my favorite birthday tradition!! Some of the apples required a bit of team-effort…… …but it was well-worth it…….. ….to end up with a half-bushel of organic apples like this one! […]

Sunday Snapshot — At the Zoo (with Daddy)

We are still getting lots of use from our annual passes to the zoo, plus we were blessed with gorgeous weather!! We made lots of new friends this morning….. The girls had so much FUN romping around the zoo with Daddy! Mark met a new (feathered) friend………. …..and so did Clara! Emily made friends with […]

Painting…with Feet!

This afternoon was spent in the backyard where I set out a large piece of cardboard, some washable paints, and let the girls have LOTS of fun painting with their feet!! I put down the paint on the cardboard, and the girls spread it out all over with their feet! We started with the lightest […]

Quick Craft — Leaf Necklace

We spent a good deal of time outside this afternoon, and a small pocket of that time was spent making these super-quick leaf necklaces! To make your own, you will need a small cutting board, clear contact paper, a hole punch, string/yarn, and some metal cookie cutters. Gather up some leaves! Emily thought these small […]

Outdoor Streamers

These colorful streamers are so much fun to make, and are a great way to brighten up any outdoor space — they are completely waterproof! The girls had a blast, and we were left with very little clean up afterwards! To make your own, lay down strips of inexpensive packaging tape with the sticky side […]

Easy Space Walk

This afternoon I made up some simple stencils for Emily to make up her own outer space scene in our driveway using sidewalk chalk — we had so much fun!! We traced some plates for planets…. … and colored everything in, and then it was time to……… ……launch into OUTER SPACE!!!! Weeeeeeeeeee!!!! Look out for […]

DIY Slip-and-Slide

We faced a hot, sunny afternoon today. Armed with a 50′ x 3′ heavy duty contractor drop cloth, a package of U-shaped garden stakes, and several jugs of water, we made our way to a nearby park where there was a big hill and…. …..and made our own Slip N Slide!! Emily thought this was […]

Fairy Cafe

During Clara’s afternoon nap, Emily helped me declutter the sewing room.  I was re-organizing a drawer with thread, when I looked over and saw she had fashioned a table from some empty thread spools. We got a teensy bit side-tracked …….. I found some toothpicks with umbrellas in the kitchen and added them to the […]

Nature Study Kit from Recyclables

This afternoon the girls and I went around the house collecting recyclables and put together a Nature Study Kit to enjoy some educational outdoor fun! There were lots of interesting containers to collect specimens — a baby food jar, a tea tin, a mint tin, and a leftover mesh bag from a sack of lemons. […]

Summer Favorites

This week I visited NBC’s The 10! Show studio to showcase some of our favorite outdoor Summer activities — it was totally awesome! I had far too much fun helping Lu Ann to express her inner-child! We had a BLAST!! In case you missed the show, here’s the clip: Here is a list of the […]

Super-Easy Cool Comets

Faced with yet another hot afternoon, we made up some comets, dipped them in a bucket of water, and the girls had a blast hurling them at each other until they were soaked! It started off innocently enough with Emily tossing a comet at Clara….. ….but Clara wasn’t about to take that sitting down. Once […]

Sunday Snapshot — You MUST Try This!

If you do only ONE thing this Summer, you MUST do this!! Everything we needed to make the bubble wands came from the hardware store — eye hooks, wooden dowels, butcher’s twine, and a washer. That’s it!! A game of bubble tag just never gets old! Here’s a short video showing how to make mega […]

DIY: Travel Play Kitchen Set

This travel play kitchen set was super-frugal to make, and is perfect for small living spaces since the entire set folds up! I’m thinking we’ll take it with us for trips to the garden plot, visits with grandparents, or just playing outside in the backyard like we did this afternoon. I used an ordinary folding […]

Solar-Powered Lunch!

We had a scorcher of an afternoon today — prime conditions to make our own solar oven! We recycled a pizza box and a clear plastic lid from a disposable cake pan. Add a little aluminum foil, and voilá… a super eco-friendly and frugal solar oven!! We even made our own sun tea, just to […]

Painting…. with Ice Cubes!

Today was a real scorcher, but the girls still wanted some outside play time (and of course some sort of art is aways a necessary part of our day). I had some very inexpensive “paint with water” books, but we thought it would be more fun to paint with ice cubes instead!! If you’re afraid […]

Hurray for Playgrounds!

After driving to nearby Lewisburg, PA — We are all suffering from a serious case of playground envy! Seriously. My skull still hurts from trying to wrap my brain around the size of this GINORMOUS playground. The girls wasted no time!  When Mark wasn’t looking, I had a go at the climbing wall, swings, slides, […]

Sunday Snapshot — Flying Fun

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! Wishing everyone a safe and fun holiday weekend!!

Cheap Thrills — Airplane Racers

For a fun time, make up some paper airplanes (Emily has a slight obsession with making these lately), attach some bent paper clips and tie a long piece of string. Race your airplanes!!! Emily thought this was so much fun, and Clara was quick to pick up on the racing fun too! Since Clara isn’t […]