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Coffee and Conversation #151 – Cheap Summer Activities

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #151!


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Happy Summer, everyone!

In honor of the first day of summer, I’m sharing with you an “oldie but goodie” of ours…

A few years ago, when our kids (and we) were a bit younger, Candy pulled this list together of fun summer activities that were are easy on the budget. You know how it is, right? All those scheduled lessons and classes and Scouts are off for the summer, and the kids are getting bored.

The budget, alas, doesn’t exactly have room for a Caribbean vacation 😉

So what’s a mom to do? What we always do: get creative!

If you find yourself in the same situation, we’re sharing these with you today in the hopes that you’ll find among these suggestions some sweet and simple fun with those closest to you this summer…and always.

Sweet and simple summer bucket list

(aka – cheap summer activities that build memories)

1. Make a blanket fort inside.

2. Have a water balloon fight. You can pick up a pack of 100 hundred balloons at the dollar store!

3. Cook breakfast for supper on a designated night of the week.  Sundays are always usually pancake night around here. Teach your middle schooler how to do it with this one and your family will be good to go!

4. Play hide and seek inside the house. My teenagers still do this on a regular basis. 🙂

5.  Take a blanket outside at night and look at the stars.

6. Bake cookies. Make enough to share with others and experience the joy of giving – together!

7. Make “goodie bags.” Fill new or gently-used backpacks or cinch sacs with needed items to give to homeless people that you meet.

8. Have a jump rope contest. (If you’re over 40, please go pee before you do this. Don’t ask me how I know.)

9. Bury a “treasure chest” in the back yard and make a map leading to it. This doesn’t have to be complicated. Your treasure chest can be a recycled coffee can filled with whatever your kids will love…candy, pretend jewels, a small book. The possibilities are endless!

10. Plant wildflowers. 

11. Go for a walk. The conversations that are generated on these walks are amazing. Sometimes just slowing down and offering our undivided attention is a treasured gift.

12. Read a chapter book (or 2!) out loud together. Read a chapter a day and let the suspense build OR (and my kids love this) spend hours and hours in your pajamas reading together.

13. Hula hoop together. It’s fun and it’s great exercise!

14. Transform your living room into a makeshift movie theater and have a movie night. If your kids are older, have them invite their friends and host a questionable movie night.

Please accept my sincerest apologies for not having any features this week! I’m at a training workshop for a few days to prepare to tutor Classical Conversations this fall. Our youngest child, a teenager, will be in the class as well, and I’m thrilled to report that she’s excited that I will be her tutor! As you may know, the teen years can be a tumultuous time, and just to know she’s “on board” with that makes my heart sing.

But anyway, at least here’s a picture of the chairs we recovered last week while we were doing a little “remodeling” for our older daughter. Whatcha think?

Just in case you can’t tell: “before” is on the left; “after” is on the right… 😉

And now let’s party…

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Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.

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12 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #151 – Cheap Summer Activities

  1. Sherry June 25, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Thanks for hosting!
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  2. Journa Liz S. Ramirez June 22, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    Such a fun party, as usual! Thanks so much for hosting!
    – Journa, from the team http://www.lollyjane.com & http://www.somewhatsimple.com

  3. Theresa Boedeker June 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm #

    Great ideas. Blanket forts. I remember making so many as a child and then the kids making so many. I once snuck in and hid from my daughter and her friend. They kept calling for me and soon thought I was shrunk down to something the size of a can. Then they heard my giggling. Of course they found me. Then we had a party in the blanket fort.
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  4. Marilyn Lesniak June 21, 2017 at 8:15 pm #

    Thank you for hosting such a lovely party. Enjoy your week!

  5. Michele Morin June 21, 2017 at 8:07 am #

    I love these ideas — and I love they way they remind me that summer gives us some time spaces that are just . . . open!
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    • Pat June 21, 2017 at 9:13 am #

      Thanks, Michele! Yes, I’m finding that I really need that reminder these days. Hoping to get some breathing space in during these next few months. Hope you enjoy YOUR summer, too!!

  6. Patricia Krank June 21, 2017 at 7:37 am #

    Thank you so much for this lovely place to come share in the party.
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    • Pat June 21, 2017 at 9:17 am #

      So happy to have you here each week, Patricia!

  7. Emily June 21, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    Thanks so much for hosting today! Have a wonderful week!
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  8. Patrick Weseman June 21, 2017 at 12:22 am #

    Thanks for hosting and that is why I go to so many street festivals around the Bay. The reason is because they are fun and cheap.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.
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    • Pat June 21, 2017 at 9:16 am #

      Ah, Patrick! I used to live in the land of summer festivals – we had so many in NY and PA, where we lived for years… They are a SUPER source for inexpensive summer fun (unless you get pulled into the booths that sell stuff…or food..).
      Hope you have tons of fun this summer 🙂

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