15 Documentaries for Kids to Watch During the Slow Days of Summer

During the summer months we don't apply as much pressure on Pie to focus on school. She's able to spend those three months following her own passions, exploring new things, and adventuring outside of school. However, we do urge her to do things like write letters, read books, and learn new things. ...more

Catoosa Blue Whale

If your driving along Route 66 this summer, one stop you might one to check out is the Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma...View Post...more

Why I Stopped Making Plans

Maybe it comes from all those beautiful summers as a child where both days and nights seemed endless,but every summer since my first was born, I seem to be under some unbroken illusion that I will finally have the time to complete those projects I've been meaning to get to all year long... You'd think I'd learn after nearly a decade, but ever the optimist within holds onto the hope that big things will happen each summer!! What I'm really starting to realize now is that they are happening......more

Roast Salmon and Vegetables W/Mustard Sauce

And my obsession with all things salmon continues... ...more

Must-Have Monday (And An OXO Giveaway)

 Every once in a while (hmmm – every day), I find something that I think I just have to have. Sadly, thanks to the ease of Amazon Prime and the corresponding app on my iPhone, I often find that must-have item on my doorstep in less than 48 hours. Sometimes, in that 48 hours, I forget what is in the box… Clearly, did I really need it if I don’t even remember what it is?...more

I'm in love, but not that kind

Summer crashes in waves around us, cool mornings rising into bone-baking heat, quiet nights shaking into riotous days, weeks of unstructured play and family camping shifting into time-demarked camps and faux school.And I am in love with the season....more

Beach Bag Essentials

Summer is all about laying out by the pool or the beach, for hours on end, soaking up the summer sun. It is also all about being prepared for anything so you don’t have to run back home and interrupt your tanning time. T2B’s Summer Bag Checklist is the perfect way to stay organized and comfortable during your pool/beach time.  1. Oversized Beach Bag2. Beach Towel3. Sunglasses4. A good read5. Strong Sunscreen6. Coconut Water- hydration is key when you’re in the heat...more

Summer Bucket List Redo

http://www.hpj.com/lifestyles/cooking/summerbucketlist.cfmSummer bucket listStory and photos by Angie Suttonwww.mothersapronstrings.com...more

No Summer Slide Here - 5 Tips For a "Smart" School Break

As the school year winds down, most kids (and parents) want nothing more than the freedom to dump their battered book bags in the closet and not think about school or teachers or tests for the next 75 beautiful summer days. In many ways, I am definitely that parent, cheering just as loudly as my kids when they come running off the bus for the very last time. But, in other ways, I see summer as my opportunity to expose my children to what I really believe learning is all about – self-directed exploration, quiet time to read a variety of books, and lots of hands-on adventures....more

Seven mistakes to avoid on your family vacation.

Top 7 mistakes to avoid while on your family vacation.  1.  Assuming your children will be grateful for the luxury lodge you chose for a week's vacation.  You could have paid less than half for a cabin in the woods with no amenities and a dark, bottomless lake that drops off immediately to untold depths....more