Cherish the Good Things


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Definitely need to remember that!

And some links for you this weekend:

50 Ways to Love Your Child Every Day Using Love Languages | Bow of Bronze

Fill the Freezer with Easy Recipes for Summer | Life As Mom

Put the Phone Down and be a Mother | Growing Home

Be Like The Sun: Move Slowly, Radiate Warmth, Shine | Simple Mom

40 Preserving Links (and canning with honey!) | Simple Bites


This Summer…


I get the most out of my summer vacation by “doing” the least. I get the most of my summer vacation by simply being — by simply “spending” hours.

“Spend the afternoon, you can’t take it with you.” That’s what Annie Dillard said.

~ Jennifer Dukes Lee

This summer, I plan to do as little as possible. Forget the projects, activities, scheduled events and the clock. I just want to spend my time enjoying life, family, and all the beauty around us every day.

I will accomplish very little, but enjoy every moment I can, and spend as much time as I can doing nothing.

This summer, I want to fill my hours and days with laughter, love, and just “being”.

What about you?


(Edited To Add: This post over at Simple Mom is all about embracing summer!)


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Links for a Wonderful Week

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us

that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”

-Bill Watterson


Have (North) American Parents Got It All Backwards? | Huffington Post – Some serious food for thought here for all us mothers!

Why Kids Need Both Choices and Boundaries | Not Just Cute

You Can’t Do Anything You Want | Simple Mom

Practical Ideas for a Summer of Learning | Simple Homeschool

Let Your Kids Get Dirty | Simple Mom

15 Ways To Eat More Vegetables | Motive Nutrition

10 Ultimate Summer Popsicle Recipes | Weed ‘Em and Reap

Have a great week!



Ideas for the Last Weeks of Summer

We are very quickly approaching the cooler weather of autumn, and the days are already significantly shorter than they were a few months ago. Let’s make the most of the summer we have left, shall we?

Here are some ideas that will bring joy to you and your family now and a smile to your face when you look back from the cold of January.

  1. Eat ice cream.
  2. Go to a park and swing as high as you can. Watch your children have the time of their lives.
  3. Lay on the grass, look up, and count the stars.
  4. Find a beach and build a sandcastle.
  5. Make apple pie (or cherry or berry) and eat it. (With a huge scoop of ice cream on top, of course!)
  6. Roast marshmallows over a campfire.
  7. Have a picnic.
  8. Run through the sprinkler.
  9. Find a hill. Sit and watch the sun go down.
  10. Open a window in the early morning, close your eyes, and listen to the world awaken. Better yet, wrap yourself in a blanket and sit outside. Breathe in all that fresh air.
  11. Take your camera with you everywhere and capture these moments. Make a scrapbook or collage and display it all winter to remind you that summer is coming again.

Treasure this time… it will be just a memory all too soon, so make it the best memory you possibly can.

But don’t get depressed thinking about autumn. It has its own brand of beauty, too…

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus