Summer bucket list

Summer break means summer bucket lists! Here is ours:

  1. Visit ALL the family.
  2. Swim lessons. We have an outdoor pool near us and there is just something special about learning to swim outside in the summer.
  3. Go berry picking, hopefully more then once, because we can’t get enough strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries!
  4. Have a water balloon fight. This is top on Jaxon’s list.
  5. Participate in the library summer reading program (and get a free book).
  6. Make homemade ice cream, and enjoy it in a cone!
  7. See a movie at a drive-in, or more likely, fall asleep at a drive-in movie.
  8. Build an epic sandcastle, because beach trips are a given.
  9. Visit a new park.
  10. Trip to the zoo.
  11. Family hike…or two…or more.
  12. Eat breakfast out, breakfast is our favorite meal.
  13. Make friendship bracelets and give to all our friends.
  14. Go to a baseball game.
  15. Have root beer floats. Our kids have never had root beer floats!
  16. Ride a Ferris wheel.
  17. Go disc golfing, with grandpa.
  18. Complete a bug unit for summer school
  19. Make a campfire and roast marshmallows and if we are feeling extra adventurous, cook our whole dinner over the open fire.
  20. Read a chapter book as a family.

We had a lot of fun making this list together in our family journal (more on our family journal someday because I LOVE it). I hope our list can inspire you to make your own!

xoxo

Charissa

 

Oh Canada

Abbotsford, BC

 


We stopped at two different used book stores/coffee shops on our drive, one even had a cat.


King of the Fox Club.


Lynn Canyon. A beautiful hike but way too over crowded. Would love to go back on a quiet weekday morning, not on Mother’s Day…


Oldhand Coffee, best coffee shop in Abbotsford.


Did the tourist trip to Stanley Park, as you can see, we weren’t too impressed (again, Mother’s Day is not the best for site seeing).

So here our my traveling to Canada tips: if traveling without one parent, have a letter from the parent who stayed home giving permission to travel.
Also skip Vancouver and visit a smaller town, like Abbotsford.

I like traveling with these two. They were beyond overtired by the time we got home but had so much fun.

 

xoxo

Charissa

 

 

Yoga Books for Kids

6 yoga books for all ages

Six of our favorite yoga books. The top left is the easiest, for toddler’s (and Nellie’s favorite) and the bottom right is more for middle school or high school. We are not yoga experts but these books have made it fun and easy, the perfect way to start our day.

  1. Sleepy Little Yoga: A Toddler’s Sleepy Book of Yoga
  2. Babar’s Yoga for Elephants
  3. Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story
  4. Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story
  5. I Am Yoga
  6. Yoga For You


Do you do yoga with your kids? Any favorite books?

xoxo

Charissa

Money making ideas for the young entrepreneur

Why your kid needs to have a lemonade stand and four other money making ideas.

Lately Jaxon has been in to making money. My little entrepreneur. But all this money making has been a great opportunity to learn about money value (unschooling math), how hard work can get you what you want, responsibility, and so much more!

Here are five money making ideas to get your entrepreneur started:


1. Lemonade stand. Fairly basic and kind of common. My kids like to add mint leaves to their lemonade. Also this drink stand I found on clearance has been a great way for them not to overfill or spill cups of lemonade…as much. Here is a similar one.

2. Sell plants. Herb seeds and some recycled yogurt containers = an easy and useful product to sell. Also you can buy one strawberry plant or succulent, learn about propagation (earth science class!) and sell the new plants you grew!


3. Yard sale. This doubles as a good way to declutter! I try and mostly just give a bit of guidance when pricing items, like $20 is a bit much for a used toy, but then its fun to see them work out a price with their “customers”.

4. Service, like shoveling snow or raking leaves or weeding or picking up pine cones or….I think you get the idea.


5. Plant sit. Water a neighbor’s garden or house plants while they are on vacation. And I have the perfect book to inspire you: The Plant Sitter by Gene Zion. So this is a bit of a tease, because this book is no longer made. It’s in the $50 range on Amazon used books! But that also tells you how good it is! My parents still have this book (and aren’t aloud to sell it) and it was a favorite growing up. Gene Zion, the one who wrote Harry the Dirty Dog, is the author of this charming children’s story.

 xoxo
Charissa

Spencer’s Butte

Saw myself on Spencer’s Butte (All of me wants all of you)
Landscape changed my point of view.

-Sufjan Stevens

We climbed Spencer’s Butte today.

Reason number 37 of why we homeschool, so we can run away to the woods on a beautiful day. There was jumping in puddles, lots of snack breaks (even shared with squirrels), and rock and stick collecting of course.

xoxo

Charissa
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