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Category: Summer Fun

Celebrate National Fresh Fruit Month

Published June 27, 2012        by Sarah

Do you have National Fresh Fruit (and Vegetable) month marked on your calendar?  Most of us are more likely to know when National I Love Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is!  Luckily, though, the entire month of June is dedicated to eating right and enjoying healthy fruits and vegetables.  This year, celebrate Fresh Fruit Month by trying a variety of fruits that you never had or try eating them in ways you never thought of, or giving a fruit basket of them.  Here are some interesting ideas to get more fruit into your diet not just in June, but all year long. You can always throw together a fruit salad or enjoy an apple or orange on its own.  But trying new foods helps you gain a whole new appreciation for the versatility and taste of fruit.  For instance, a salad with mixed greens, topped Read more

The Dog Days of Summer - What Does it Mean?

Published August 06, 2010        by Rae Ann

What images come to mind when you hear the phrase "The Dog Days of Summer"? This picture of my dog in his swimming pool is the first thing that pops into my mind.  But what does a dog have to do with it?  Nothing, really! The Dog Days of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is a period from about July 3 - August 11th.  The name "Dog Days"  comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, was somehow responsible for the hot weather.  Sirius is the brightest star in the Canis Major (Big Dog) Constellation. Sirius is the brightest star besides the Sun and rises and sets with the sun during the "Dog Days" period, so people believed that it helped contribute to warmer temperatures during this time. Although it is certainly the warmest period of the summer, the heat Read more

Funny and Bizarre August Holidays 2010

Published July 30, 2010        by Rae Ann

August is just around the corner!  Soon school will be starting, the weather will start changing . . . but what is happening during the month of August?  There are plenty of silly holidays and observances in August that makes every day a holiday! August 1 - Friendship Day and Girlfriend's Day and Sister's Day August 3 - Watermelon Day (I'll be celebrating!) August 4 - National Chocolate Chip Day August 5 - International Beer Day AND National Underwear Day (I see a connection!) August 6 - National Fresh Breath Day August 7 - National Mustard Day August 10 - S'Mores Day August 13 - Blame Someone Else Day August 15 - National Relaxation Day August 18 - Cupcake Day August 20 - Men's Grooming Day (Just one Day?) August 21 - Hug Your Boss Day August 24 - National Waffle Day August Read more

Make your own Bubble Blowing Solution

Published July 23, 2010        by Rae Ann

What is more fun on a warm summer day than blowing gigantic rainbow bubbles into the breeze? If your kids are like mine, the bubble solution runs out quick! Did you know you can mix up your own batch of bubble solution that is just as good if not better than any you can buy at the store? Below is a recipe that will fill your yard with those amazing bubbles! Ingredients: 6 Parts Water 2 Parts Joy Dish Washing Detergent (Must be the Joy brand). 3/4 Part Corn Syrup Directions: Mix the ingredients above in an ice cream bucket with a lid for storage.  Fill empty bubble bottles or pour in a shallow pan and use a variety of items to make bubbles (bend pipe cleaners, cookie cutters, etc.) Read more

Let's Pretend - Camping!

Published July 16, 2010        by Rae Ann

If you're not all that fond of "The Great Outdoors", how about set up a camping experience indoors!  Turn off the TV, set up the "tent" and get ready to make memories. You can use a real tent for your sleeping quarters, or create one of your own!  A couple chairs and some large sheets or blankets are all you need to create the illusion of a tent.  Grab a couple flashlights and books, tell some ghost stories, make shadow puppets and enjoy some one-on-one time with the kids. What about the campfire, you ask?  Below is a fun craft that is perfect for pretend play!  Some toilet paper rolls, cotton balls and tissue paper make for a realistic mini campfire you can sit around to make your camp out even more fun! Supplies: 6 cardboard tubes brown acrylic or poster paint large Read more