Hi, all! After a short, busy summer, we are now (mostly) back on a regular blogging schedule. We’ve been a bit quiet here on the blogging front as we are trying to establish our farm and spend time together as a family.
If you follow me on Instagram or TiKToK, you already have seen some of this.
1. On the farm front
We have grown our backyard flock to five chickens. I definitely want more of them- I have developed a liking to silkie chickens. Look at those little fluffy butts! They’re too cute for words.
Our squash is done, our lettuce is done, and our corn and cucumbers never did a thing! We are still getting some delicious watermelons, banana peppers and tomatoes. We already have started seeds for our fall garden and greenhouse.
We are also adding some raised bed gardens to our farm…look for more on that this week.
On the home front
Back to school
I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! We will see you this week for the following posts:
I don’t know about you, but we struggle to find fun, free ways to occupy our time toward the end of summer. There are plenty of activities you can pay to do, but that gets expensive. Today, I am going to share 15 awesome ways you and your family can have fun this summer…for free!!
1. Go on a nature walk
You don’t even have to leave your house. Go for a walk around your yard. Check out the trees, the flowers and see if you can spot any small animals or insects. You never know what you may find (but watch out for snakes).
2. Blow bubbles
This one may cost just a little, but it’s a lot of fun for your little people. My girls are now 10 and 5 and they still love blowing bubbles. You can even make your own bubbles from dish soap.
3. Have a Photo shoot
Put on a cute outfit, play dress up or do each other’s hair and snap some pics! The sillier, the better.
4. Bake something from scratch together
You would be surprised what you can make from things you already have in your cabinet. Whip up some delicious treats and enjoy them together.
5. Swing on a swing
This was my absolute favorite thing to do as a kid. I absolutely loved it. So it’s no surprise my kids love it, too.
6. Have a water fight
Use water balloons, water guns, soaking wet sponges, water hoses, or whatever…grab something with water and have an all out battle. It’s a blast!
7. Go on a picnic
Grab a blanket and some snacks and head outside. You don’t even have to leave your yard. Find a shady spot and spread out the blanket, and have a tasty snack.
8. Make a backyard movie theater
String up a white sheet and borrow a projector. Use your smart phone and a DIY projector if you can. This is a low cost way to have some easy family fun.
9. Set up an obstacle course
Use what you have to create a backyard obstacle course- hula hoops, pool noodles, a slide, you name it. Then, pretend you’re a contestant on American Ninja Warrior. It’s a blast- you can even take turns being the announcer.
10. Karaoke or dance party
Put on some costumes, pick up a toy mic, and belt out one of your favorite songs. We have tons of fun with this at our house.
11. Build something
Grab some blocks or LEGO’s and have a contest: let your imagination flow and see what you can come up with.
12. Make a bucketlist
What is something you want to do during your life? Where do you want to travel someday? Make a list and share it with one another. You may be surprised at how similar yours and your family members’ lists are.
13. Go to the library
A lot of places will let you get a library card at age five. Most libraries do not charge a fee unless a book is lost or damaged. Check out some books from your local library and enjoy them together. Our local library even offers a summer reading program and story hour each week.
14. Make something fun
Draw or paint something, make a bracelet or sew a pillow. Look at the craft supplies you have and see what you can create.
15. Exercise together
Take a walk together, do yoga together, or try a YouTube exercise video. Find one you all like and give it a try. Exercise has so many benefits- it helps you sleep, it boosts your health and it evens put your mood. Use it as a free, fun way to spend time together too .
I hope you have enjoyed this list! What ways does your family like to spend time together and have fun?
We had a Target version of an Intex family pool at the start of summer. It was 7 feet in diameter with a bench and it held 200 gallons of water. It was great.
Until we came outside one morning to find it leaking badly and partially deflated. I tried to patch it and make it last but to not avail.
Due to the quarantine, kiddie pools are hard to come by. I had heard good things about the Intex Easy Set pools and found a smaller sized model for a reasonable price.
I knew where I wanted the pool but the spot wasn’t level. I used our garden tiller to level up the spot.
I raked out the dirt so it would be level and I used stall mats to ensure the kids could hop out of the pool onto a dry, non muddy surface.
Set up is super easy. Take it out of the box and spread it out on a level surface. Inflate the top ring with a hand pump. If you’re using a filter, follow the directions and assemble and connect the filter. If you aren’t using a filter, insert the plugs into the holes.
Then, after you have put the plugs in the filter hose holes and made sure the drain is closed, begin filling your pool. As your pool fills, your sides will rise. Be careful not to overfill it.
Finally, when your pool is filled, enjoy it with your family!
There are a lot of things I like about this pool. If we had a little bit larger of a pool we would have gotten the pump and filter. This pool is only 294 gallons so we are doing fine with our chlorine dispenser and our pool vacuum. I like the fact that is durable and easy to set up- it also is really easy to clean.
If I were to reorder this, I’d get the eight foot instead of the six foot. I don’t really consider that a con, since that was my mistake and no fault of the pool. Even at six feet, the four of us can sit together comfortably.
In short, if you are looking for a small pool for you and your small children with low maintenance, look no further than an Intex Easy Set.
Enjoy and we will see you again tomorrow for a furniture re-do.