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Let The School Bell Ring!

Let The School Bell Ring!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the school year is winding down beautifully. This would make for a perfect time to reflect with your child on their accomplishments and also plan for the fun summer ahead. 

I remember being a kid and loving the summer buzz towards the end of the school year. The weather was nice, spirits were high, a lot was learned, and most importantly, we had a solid 2-3 months of leisure time! The world was my oyster. I was a big reader back then so I would make sure to stock up on my favorite books and Fashion Avenue clothing for my Barbies. But, it wasn't all about books and solo play time with my toys, I would like to say about 80% of my time was spent outside, riding my bike with friends, hanging at the pool, or just being silly in the sun. But as I grew and reflected on my childhood, the fondest memories of all were when I was able to spend quality time with my mom and sister. 

As surprising as it is, moms and dads, your kids actually want to spend time with you. Summer time is perfect for that. Luckily, we have a lot of local spots where a lot of quality time and fun can be had! Below are some locations and some fun ideas you can include in your outing. 

Larry's Produce
Ok, so who has heard of Larry's, raise your hand? I think we all have and if you haven't, don't fret, we're here for you. Larry's Produce has been around for years. They offer fresh locally grown produce at discount prices. So grab the wheel barrel and start picking! 
Idea: Have the kids think up their favorite lunch or dinner dish, make a produce list, and get to shopping. This is a great way to involve the entire family.

Rockville Park or Pena Adobe Park
Roll those sleeves up and pack up the kids. Whether you like to hike or bike, these parks offer great trails, safe environments, and perfect for picnics.
Idea: Have the kids choose whether to bike or hike. Brainstorm the perfect snacks/packed lunch, and get going! 

Bowling!
Let's face it, sometimes the sun can be exhausting, we all need a break. That is where the wonderful sport of bowling comes in. Unlimited AC, someones else's shoes, there's a winner at the end, and who doesn't love bowling alley food (or is it just me)?

Whatever it is you and your family choose to do this summer, try and do it together. 

Garden Boxes

Garden Boxes

Do you like to repurpose or recycle items? A fun project you and your children will love to create together are mini garden boxes. The best part is these mini garden boxes are started from something you more than likely have at home already...a juice or milk carton! To begin you will need to gather a few items from around the house and or take a quick trip to the store.

-one or many juice/milk cartons

-a pair of scissors or blade to cut the carton

-potting soil

-seeds of choice. You can buy seeds or use seeds from that fruit or veggie    that you have ready to eat in your kitchen

If you’d like to add your own personal touch, you can use paint to cover up those juice labels. Children usually love to paint and create art. Your little ones will have so much fun with this! Especially when their little seeds really begin to grow. Another fun thing you can add to this project while watching your plant grow, is taking pictures with your child next to their little garden every week. You will not only get to see the seeds grow into plants, fruit or veggies, but see your little kiddos sprout as well. 

The website, I found this cool idea from, had awesome ideas for using other containers for planters as well. Very creative ideas, though in another language. Santé Nutrition