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Mom’s Ultimate List of Summer Hacks, Tips, & Tricks

These genius summer tips and hacks are perfect for adults and kids, men, women, girls, and boys. Ideas for popsicles, s'mores, beach, drinks, and more. Awesome tricks for parents including mom!

Summer is here! Can you hear me stretching out the heeeeeeere? It is now, and I am so excited. I am excited because summer for us is simultaneously busy and wide open. I plan a lot of stuff for my girls during the daytime (camps and such), but the weekends and evenings are filled with ice cream and gardening and catching fireflies and lazing poolside. It’s the best. I planned out our summer this year using my Intentional Summer Planner, and I would encourage you to do the same. It gives you the opportunity to choose a heart goal for … Read more

What to Pack in Your Pool Bag – Free Printable Checklist

What to pack in your pool bag - A day at the swimming pool is fun and relaxing, but only if you know how to pack for it! This free printable checklist will get you there prepared for whatever happens.

A Pool Bag? What about Hersheypark? If you’ve been around Feels Like Home a while, you know that we have had season passes to Hersheypark for many years. We have long enjoyed the rides and the pools. Unfortunately, over the last year or so, we started to walk around sort of aimlessly. We still loved the waterpark, but we only rode a handful of rides, and the kids were kind of over the whole thing. Two years ago, we talked about not renewing our passes but did. This past year, we decided not to. Since we had some extra money … Read more

Summer Bucket List for Tweens & Teens – Free Family Printable

Summer bucket list - Over 100 ideas for tweens & teens, and adults too! Includes crafts, recipes, and lots of fun activities indoors and outdoors. Free printable.

A few years ago, I published a one-page summer bucket list that continues to be extremely popular for families, but it occurred to me this year, as I was planning the summer out for my own two kids, that the bucket list may not fit my now 12-year-old as well as it once did. I resolved to create a new, updated summer bucket list just for tweens and teens. I printed out my new Intentional Summer Planner and given the lists of activities to my big girl to peruse and revise. She crossed out the items she had already done … Read more

4 Ways To Help Kids Connect With Mother Nature Through a Love of Gardening

Ideas to help kids love flowers and vegetable gardens and gardening - Great for toddlers and preschool children or older kids. Fun things and suggestions for plants. Creative ideas for boys and girls. Cheap and awesome tips.

This article was contributed to Feels Like Home by Scott Jenkins. I love Scott and Jessica’s parenting here; there’s so much science and positivity and learning going on. Scott helps out with the editing and some occasional writing for his wife’s website Architypes.net. He shares more ideas about getting kids involved in the family garden here. My wife and I bought our first home in the spring of 2003. The backyard was small and a mix of grass, clover and dandelions, but it got sun nearly all day long so I knew that with a little work I could replace … Read more

The Ultimate List of Things for Tweens & Teens to Do When They’re Bored – 200+ Ideas & Printable

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post on things for kids to do when they’re bored. It included a mammoth printable with over 200 ideas and suggestions for younger kids – maybe ages 4-10? – to do when they are bored. On it were lots of things including play hopscotch and experiment with seeds and make crayons in the sun. A few readers emailed me after that post to ask for a similar one for older kids – 10 and up – because, as a group, they are not usually interested in playing with Barbies or doing simple … Read more

The Ultimate List of Things for Kids to Do When They’re Bored – 200+ Ideas & Printable

Simple and easy things for kids, teens, and adults to do when they're bored. Options for girls and boys, mostly at home but some traveling away from home. Would be good alone, with friends, or with a boyfriend or girlfriend or husband. Perfect for a summer night by yourself or a winter afternoon as a couple or anytime of the year! Some can be done on a rainy day and some with no money. Way more than 100 creative, fun, and cool ideas here.

My dear children are with me just about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Because we are homeschoolers, they don’t go off to school, and because I work full-time from home, I don’t leave for an office. We live and work and learn in the same space and, while I do shut myself in my home office from time to time (especially for important conference calls), I generally know what they’re doing throughout the day. So, when they get bored I often know about it. I personally think being bored is really good for kids. It … Read more