10 things you should do before school starts! (a last summer hurrah!)

Hey guys! Summer is ending and school is starting. Were down to the last couple weeks of summer vacation, and I’ve come up with 10 things you should do before school starts as kind of a last summer hurrah! Plus its affordable! This post is directed more to the kids, or as things you should do with your kids before school starts! :)10 things you should do before school starts! (a last summer hurrah!)

1. Go swimming!

I know everyone has been swimming all summer, but there isn’t going to be much of it over the winter! Get in one more swim day before school starts!

2. Roast s’mores!

S’mores are always fun! And its kind of hard to have a camp fire in the winter! I’ve seen lots of variations on s’mores, like using Reese’s peanut butter cups instead of Hersheys! Or roasting Starbursts!10 things you should do before school starts! (a last summer hurrah!)

3. Bake something!

It doesn’t have to be extravagant! Do a simple little recipe like these mini taco bowls! And these ham and cheese pinwheels are fun and healthy!Yummy crunchy taco bowls filled with meat, and topped with lettuce and tomatoes

4. Go to the park!

The park is a great way to get your kids outside! Take a picnic and spend the day there!10 things you should do before school starts! (a last summer hurrah!)

5. Spend a night under the stars!

Whether your camping or just in your backyard, sleeping under the stars is always fun! Just make sure to get plenty of bug spray!

6. Water games in the backyard!

It could be just playing in the hose, jumping on a wet trampoline, or having a water balloon fight! You could play in the sprinklers! Just get outside and play! Over the school year you don’t get a lot of time to play outside in the water! I did this last week and it is so fun!

7. Do a craft!

You don’t have to do a huge complicated craft! Just make something fun and kid friendly, something that will make going back to school a little funner! Like these fun bookworm pencil toppers, or even just cover their pencils with washi tape ! And for the older kids, get these printable binder covers to color! If your not the crafty type, just print off some coloring pages!

8. Go boating/to the beach!

Going to the beach is something you can’t really do in the winter. And, if you own a boat, take it and go tubing! 
10 things to do before school starts!

9. Go biking! 

Biking is so fun! Go on a family bike ride! It’s the perfect way to get your family active! Or even better, Pack a picnic and bike to the park!

10. Have a back to school party/dinner

When I was little, on the night before the first day of school, we would have a back to school dinner/party thing. It made going back to school so much funner! My mom would make us little crowns with the grade we were going into on them and we would have a fun dinner, and dessert! It was so fun and made everything so much more exciting! For the crowns you can make them out of colored paper, foam, or you can even sew them! So, cut them out, punch holes in each ends, and add ribbon to the back!10 things you should do before school starts! (a last summer hurrah!)Tell me what you are doing before school starts!

Fourth of July free printables

Hey guys! I know I haven’t posted in a looong time, but I’m just going to pretend none of it happened. 😉 I just love the Fourth of July! Probably because it is like the warmest holidays there is. 🙂 So today, I realized that it’s just next week, and I hadn’t posted anything for it, so I whipped these up! They are super cute and all free!

 

Free fourth of july printables!

You can get red or blue, or both! 🙂 Just print them out below!America the beautiful red and blue free printables

I love the Fourth of July because it’s fun and cheerful! I also love having summer barbecues! I just love summer in general!

land of the free, free printable

Print them off!

America the beautiful blue  

America the beautiful red

Land of the free! 

 

DIY pallet wood photo backdrop

Hey guys! So, one of the BIG things you need to have if you want your pictures to turn out nice, is a cute photo backdrop. And nice photo backdrops are pretty expensive… so I thought that I would DIY it for much cheaper! 🙂 I loved this one on craftinge! Also pallet wood projects are kinda in style so I thought it wood look nice!Diy pallet wood photo backdrop!

Here are a couple posts where I’ve used it!mini apple pies!! Yummy!

Mini apple piesOrange creamsicle sugar scrub

Orange creamsicle sugar scrubThis is the best guacamole in the world!!!

The best (and simplest) guacamole

Here’s a couple more:

Now how to make it:

DIY pallet wood photo backdrop

Materials:

  • Pallet wood boards
  • white paint
  • nail gun or you can hammer them in (just make sure that the nails are short so they don’t poke through the front)
  • wood glue
  • sander 

Steps:

  1. Lay out your boards face down like in the picture (below). (Two of the boards will need to be cut to fit on the ends to hold it together)
  2. Apply wood glue to the end boards and glue on to ends.
  3. Put nails in, we did 5 per board. Make sure to do both ends. (this is still face down)
  4. Let wood glue dry.
  5. Paint with white paint.
  6. Let paint dry overnight.
  7. Sand through.

Backside of photo backdrop

Enjoy!

Cute DIY long shelves

Hey guys! So you know the organization posts I’ve talking about for a while? Well in order to get those done, I needed to kinda finish my room, (I’ve been adding some cool touches to it) and part of that was finding or making cute decor to hang up (cause who likes a room with bare walls 🙂 ) and I knew for sure that these were one of the things I wanted in my room! So, the idea of having long shelves for my room originally came from this blog, craftinge, but I did mine a little differently. She stained her shelves dark brown (which looks really nice but my room is more white) and I painted mine white. Hers were six feet long, I made mine five. I pretty much had to make my own measurements because she forgot to tell us them (like how far apart to put them and that kind of thing) But that’s OK, my dad helped me A TON on hanging them up and building them!

Cute DIY shelves!

A couple other thing I have to do before I post the organization posts are: 

  1. Pick up my bed frame. (we are having it painted)
  2. Find a cute desk and bedside table. 
  3. Get a couple more tubs for my closet.
  4. Hang up a couple more things.

I think that’s it!Super cute DIY long shelves

So, here is the side view of the bottom shelf. And there is my little succulent pot from this post: Super cute succulent pot I still love this little plant!bird and candle

Then I have this adorable little birdie that I got at Michael’s, and this candle I got from Target in the dollar section, in a pack of four. ;)Cute blue crates

I got these adorable blue crates at Micheal’s too! I love them! So for the color scheme of my shelves is kind of turquoise and yellow. :)Super cute shelves!

I got my shelf brackets at home depot, you can see them on the left side of the top shelf there. 🙂 I think this middle shelf is my favorite. I love the things on itCute bird and clipboard

This is one of my favorite things I bought for my shelves! I LOVE it! I got this adorable clipboard and bird from again, Michael’s!  Cute succulent pot!

Here’s another one of my succulent pot!

Cute little planter

I got this adorable little planter for Easter, and decided to use it! Isn’t it cute?Cute set up!

Here are a couple more of those candles and a little lantern I got at Micheal’s! Ok, Now to how to build them!

Cute DIY long shelves

Materials:

  • White paint (or if you want you can stain them)
  • Long sturdy boards mine were 1/2 in thick and 7 inches wide
  • Shelf brackets
  • Paint sprayer (this is what I used) or paint roller
  • Decorations!

Directions:

  1. Cut your boards, I cut mine to 5 feet each. 
  2. Paint your boards. You will probably wan’t to let them dry overnight.
  3. Hang them up. I put my top shelf 2 feet down from the ceiling. and 10 inches apart from each other.
  4. Decorate them! for a month before I had these built I was buying stuff for them! Remember this post? That was all for these shelves 🙂

Enjoy!

Orange creamsicle sugar scrub

Hey guys! So… how many of you LOVE sugar scrubs. I haven’t tried them very much but when I was making these I got some on my hands. Oh so soft! What I love about this one is that it doesn’t HAVE to be Orange Creamsicle. You can make it any flavor you like! I did one Orange Creamsicle and one grapefruit. This is the best sugar scrub! (I’ll cover how to do that below) Also *hint, hint this would be a great mothers day gift!Orange creamsicle sugar scrub

For an 8 oz mason jar:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8-10 drops orange essential oil

Steps:

  1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds. (If you are wanting to make more than one jar just melt a big chunk and then scoop 1/4 cup into your jar)
  2. Place into your jar.
  3. Add the orange essential oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir in sugar 1/4 cup at a time.
  5. Put lid on and fancy it up with some ribbon!

*NOTE: If you want it to be grapefruit or any other kind add 6-10 drops of that essential oil. AND if you use citris oils (lemon, lime, grapefruit ect.) it;s best not to go outside after using this.

This recipe has been adapted from: thegunnysack.com

Enjoy!