Backyard Games are a summer staple for our family! There are so many variations and we all love the time spent together as a family! we’ve got indoor games turned outdoor games, popular outdoor games, outdoor water game and more!
Hey friends! Happy Monday! A few weeks ago I got this major lemon craving. I’m assuming it is because it had FINALLY warmed up here in Northern Utah! And lemon is the perfect summer flavor, right? Well all of a sudden this Lemon Crinkle Cookie popped in my head! I had a friend introduce me to this cookie probably like 3-4 years ago and I had sort of forgot about it. So, I immediately pulled out the recipe and made it! It had probably been 2 years since I made them last and oh how I missed this tasty cookie!
These cookies are the perfect light treat on hot summer evenings and are beyond easy to make!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a light colored baking sheet.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until they are combined and light and fluffy! Add in the vanilla, egg, lemon zest and juice. Mix well. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix together just until combined. Do not over mix.
Pour the powdered sugar onto a plate. Create cookies my making a heaping tablespoon into a ball. Then roll the ball into the powdered sugar, until the dough ball is coated! Place on a baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.
Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes. The bottoms of the cookies should just begin to brown. Remove from oven and cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
And, that’s it! Now it’s time to enjoy!
Make sure and check out some of my other favorite lemon recipes HERE!
Make sure and check out a few of my other favorite summer recipes:
Happy Monday friends! Today I am sharing with you a fun treat that we love to do in our house – Dessert Kabobs! I thought this was the perfect time to share this, because I think they’d be so fun to include this weekend for all your 4th of July cookouts! You could easily focus on red, white blue treats! Or just make a table full of choices and let your kiddos make their own!
There so many different store bought treats you can use! Feel free to buy anything that you think will work on a stick! Here are a few ideas of things you can buy that I’ve used:
- Donut Holes (chocolate, glazed, powdered)
- Mini Brownie’s
- Mini Cupcakes
- Swiss Rolls
- Strawberry Shortcake Rollups
- Boston Cream Rolls
- Rice Krispie Treats
- Large Marshmallows
Then all you need to do is buy some wooden skewers, cut up the treats into snack sized pieces and assemble in whatever order you want! It’s that simple!
I have made these in summers past when we have cousins over, or large groups of friends and the kids go nuts over them! I’ve even got all the treats prepped and setup on a table and allowed the kids to assemble their own and they had soo much fun!
Thanks so much for checking out this fun treat! I’m just sure your kids will love it!
Hey its me again, Sara, from Twelve On Main. I am so excited to be here again today! I hope that you are thoroughly enjoying your summer so far, I know we are My favorite thing about the summer are the late sunsets. That means more hours in my day to do what ever we want. We are invariably always working on one project or another and why not? It’s summer! Here are 10 DIY projects you must do this summer.
Lets start out with this great project:
Make Your Own Cement Candles
What a fun way to create some candles for your outdoor space. You could even make it with citronella candles to keep those nasty bugs away.
DIY Concrete Candles | Love Create Celebrate
DIY Jute String Lights
Aren’t these lights adorable? I think I will make some to hang on my back porch.
DIY Jute String Lanterns | Love Create Celebrate
DIY Address Wall Planter
This planter would look great to display your address on. I love the idea of planting some succulents in it.
DIY Address Number Wall Planter | Shanty2Chic.com
DIY Beverage Station
This beverage station is super easy to make and would be a great addition to your outdoor dining space. It is also very economical and easily customizable to any style you may want.
Easy DIY Beverage Station | Twelve On Main
Simple DIY Bench
This easy bench would be so cute in a garden area or on a front porch.
Simple DIY Bench | Linda Pa Landet
DIY Beginner Garden Bed
What a great way to start that garden you have always wanted to grow. Start small, this simple tutorial will get you there.
DIY Beginner Raised Garden Bed | Makingjoyofprettythings.com
Make A Vertical Herb Garden
When you may not have enough space for planters a vertical herb garden is an excellent option.
Make A Vertical Herb Garden | Two Purple Couches
The One Hour Fire Pit
I love this fire pit and how easy it is to make! Whats better than having a cookout in your own backyard? It is one of our most favorite things to do.
The One Hour Fire Pit | Shabby Creek Cottage
DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candles
These citronella mason jar candles are so adorable. Keep those pesky bugs away in style.
DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candles | onelittleproject.com
DIY Outdoor Movie Screen
This is one project that has been on my list for a while! It would be so great to spend some time outside watching a movie.
DIY Outdoor Movie Screen | Shabby Creek Cottage
You should really try some of these easy DIY projects out. They can add so much to your outdoor spaces. I know there are a here that I will be working on….as soon as I get a little time. Thanks for letting me visit a little while today! I love to stop by and visit. Have a great day!
If you like this post, go checkout some of my other fun DIY projects and posts!
Hey friends! The warm weather has been so nice the last month, but I also forgot about how much work it can be to keep the kids all happy outside, with plenty of cool snacks and drinks too! I went out and bought them new balls, sports equipment, etc and realized I can’t do that either… it would cost too much money to keep up with all summer. So, I did these 5 things to help save my sanity and save me money! And they’re going to keep working all summer long!
1. Have a Kids Water Station!
I don’t know about you, but after a day of kids playing, I can go outside and clean up like 5-10 half drank water bottles! I love having all the neighbor kids at my house, but I don’t enjoy wasting the money on water bottles that they aren’t finishing. I was so excited when I learned that Brita had created water filters that attach to water jugs – the Brita Jug Filter! Not only will this be amazing for the kids to use this summer, but it will come in so handy during our soccer season, BBQ’s, our many camping trips we have planned this summer and for my husbands hunting trips! This summer, during play days, I plan on putting my water jug on a table, with some cups, and just let the kids get drinks out of that. No more wasted water bottles – Woohoo!
The Brita Jug Filter makes filtering large quantities of water easy and is going to help eliminate the need for bulk water bottle waste. I also wanted to mention that the Brita Jug Filter system comes with adapters that works with all Jug systems: Coleman, Igloo and Rubbermaid!
I have already pulled it out a couple times and the kids love it! And I feel like they are staying hydrated better! The other day I also put out some water balloons and otter pops and the kids gravitated to our house immediately!
2. Take Some Time to Plan Your Summer!
I find my kids are so much more content, when they know our schedule. When my kids are content and we’re organized, I just don’t spend money! There are no desperate drives to our local soda and cookie shop “just to get out of the house!” I swear to you that I can easily spend $15 per trip, if my car is full of my kids! I also find when I’m planning my weeks out, that I’m better at making sure I have snacks in the house and meals planned! Which also saves us money! There are so many great suggestions for summer schedules out there on the web. I love this one from Remarkable Home for summer!
3. Kids Summer Reading Program
I like to keep my kids reading all summer long! We have this rule that we can’t play with friends until after lunch (except for when we have pre-planned activities of course). In the morning I let my kids get up, have some lazy time if they want, do a chore, pick up their room and do their required reading time and a worksheet! It helps us maintain a routine and I know we all stay more sane with this schedule! But, because we aren’t having books sent home from school, it could get pricey keeping my kids supplied with new books. So, when I discovered that libraries do a Kids Summer Reading Program I was excited. This gives my kids the opportunity each week to go get a few new books and also helps keep them motivated to read, because there are awards and sometimes prizes associated with their reading accomplishments!
4. Find Free and Affordable Local Activities
I was shocked to find out how many super affordable or even FREE summer programs there are in my area. Most cities offer free outdoor movies throughout the summer! Also, check the www.kidsbowlfree.com website to see if there is a bowling alley near you offering free bowling all summer. Our closest bowling alley is like 35 minutes away, so we won’t do this daily or even weekly. But, I still signed up and I bet we’ll go 3-5 times during the summer! Then see if your local movie theatre is offering summer movie passes. Our local theatre offers a $10 Summer Movie Pass that gets us into a movie a week. My kids always love this and it’s nice having an indoor activity option on a really really hot day! Our city also offers a City Pass (called Pass of all Passes) that gets us into lots of local stuff (waterparks, fun center, movies, baseball games, etc) for free once purchased (and I got our passes for $15 a person). As you can see there really are so so many options! Just take the time to search your city, I assure you that you’ll be surprised at all the free or affordable activities that are offered this summer!
5. Have a Family Swap Day
We’ve done this the last few summers and not only do I love it, but my kids TOTALLY love it! It’s a change of a pace for them and the other moms always come up with such fun activities, that I generally wouldn’t think of or wouldn’t want to do. Plus, it gives you a day to have the house empty for an afternoon! So, you can either have some down time or catch up on housework without being interrupted! I also learned that when I am planning an activity to do with my kids, it generally doesn’t cost me any more (and if it does very little more) to make it work for a few extra kids! So, this really doesn’t cost me any more money! Brita is currently giving away a trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas for 2! Go and nominate your #H20hero today for a chance to win – just check out the Be a Brita Hero giveaway now! This giveaway is so great and such a fun way to give a shoutout to your unsung hero!
“Most heroes don’t have capes and masks. It’s the unsung heroes that make someone else’s life a little better.”
Is anyone else feeling exhausted after a few months of keep kids entertained? We both really try to limit technology time, however, I’ll be honest – my kids played hours of the iPad this morning! Today we are here to share some of our families favorite Kids Summer Fun & Activities! Hopefully these ideas will help you survive this last month or so having kiddos home!
First things first – as I mentioned, we really try to limit our kids electronics time. We both love and use these printable Technology Tokens!
Now, onto lots of fun ideas!
Have a great day friends!
Here is a quick easy snack that is sure to make you look like a Mom rock-star this summer!
These are super easy to make and pretty healthy! I made Jell-O Jigglers to use as the ocean and followed the recipe on the box. Once they were ready I set the pan in hot water for a couple of minutes to loosen the bottom and then cut them into small squares.
I broke a banana off the bunch and cut the end to make a nice nose end.
I cut the banana in half, a little bit on an angle so they would stand up and not fall forward. Then it was as easy as cutting into the end to make a mouth and marking the eyes with a sharpie. I added a grape in their mouth to create the look like they are playing with a ball. Then I added the Jell-O squares around the bottom to make the ocean.
It took me less than 5 minutes to put them together.
When I took the plate to my kids outside they were so excited. Huge Mom points for something so simple!
Almost every Friday night we do Popcorn Movie Nights in our home! My boys are getting older and it has opened up a whole new list of movies to watch for our family! Earlier this summer my husband and I sat down and put tother a fun list of movies that are on Netflix and that would be perfect for us to watch as a family and also some great titles that my husband I can watch together!
I’d love for you to leave other suggestions in the comments that your family loves to watch in the Summer too!
Karate Kid | Honey I Shrunk the Kids
The Sandlot | Holes
Teen Beach | Lilo & Stitch
Curious George 1, 2 & 3 | How to Train Your Dragon 2
Tinker bell Movies | Strawberry Shortcake Sweet Dreams
Jumanji | Hook
Crocodile Dundee | The Burbs
Sabrina | Under the Tuscan Sun
Hitch | 50 First Dates
Grease| Waynes World
13 Going on 30 | Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Dirty Dancing | Little Black Book
National Teasure | Transformers
Twins | Zoolander
Braveheart | Gladiator
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What are your favorite Summer movies on Netflix right now??
This is such a fun idea for summer! Octo-pops!
My kids loved them! They are super easy to make too. Here is what you need:
- Pineapple juice (or another juice if you prefer)
- gummy worms
- Popsicle sticks
- plastic cups
Now here is where you do as I say, not as I did! You need to buy long gummy worms. I had to go to a gas station to get mine because the kind at the grocery store (pictured above) were too short to stay in the cup to freeze. You can see here they have to be long enough to stay in the cup when you freeze them.
After you put them worms in the juice poke a stick in the saran wrap and and cover over the cups with the worms.
Freeze overnight and then enjoy!
Please tell me I’m not the only mom with some major Spring Fever going on!! Friends… I am seriously struggling right now! I can’t believe I’m about to say this…. because I generally love structure. But, I’m so over spelling words, math worksheets and rushing out the door to school in the morning! I’m ready for water ballon fights til dark, late movies, lazy mornings and some fun family memories!! So, this week I’m pulling out our Summer Activity List and going to get it loaded with tons of fun activities for us to do this summer!! I’m going put mine in our MudRoom – where I normally keep our Weekly Schedule!
To get you started on your list here are a few Summer Fun Ideas:
- Splash Pad
- Water Balloon Fight
- Mini Golf
- Anti-Gravity Place
- Sand Art Project
- Amusement Park
- Water Park
- Camp in the backyard/sleep on the tramp
- Watch a movie outside
- Movie Marathon (perfect for bad weather or sick day)
- Neighborhood Games
- Lemonade Stand
- Craft Project
- Go through kids clothes and pack or giveaway the clothes that don’t fit anymore
- Make a bird feeder
- Neighborhood Bike Wash
- Go on a Hike
- Make a blanket tent
- Baking Day w/ Mom
- Make Homemade Playdough
- Breakfast Party w/ friends or cousins
- Sidewalk Paint
- Dinosaur Ice Hunt
- Build a Fort
- Play board games
- BBQ w/ friends
- Go to the Library
- Treasure Hunt
- Go on a Nature Walk
- Go on a Family Bike Ride
- Let the kids choose a fabric and make them pillowcases
- Family Vacation
- Go to a movie
I hope that list gets your brain going w/ ideas! Feel free to add to it throughout the summer. There are lots of other things will be doing several times in the summer, for example like going to the pool and splash pad. To download, click on the files you need below. Then you will just right click the file and ‘Save As’ to your computer.