Flowers of Summer

We’re not traveling much this summer, so it qualifies as a stay-cation vacation. No matter where I am, a walk is my favorite exercise. The photographs of these floral beauties were taken on my walks this summer.   These blue wildflowers grow along many roadsides. I’ve never heard their name, but they faithfully make their … More Flowers of Summer

Time to Play

Did you know July is our nation’s official Park and Recreation Month? This year’s theme is: Get Your Play On Many communities are hosting events all month long. Some have planned activities once per week; others have scheduled events several times per week. This is a great way to add a little mini-vacation into your … More Time to Play

Huckleberry Days

Do you want to make memories that will last a lifetime? If so, then start a tradition of Huckleberry Days with your kids or grandkids this summer. Huckleberry Days are named for the famed character from Mark Twain’s book: Huckleberry Finn. I learned the basic idea for this over twenty years ago. The company that … More Huckleberry Days

Are You Ready?

Are you ready? For summer, that is. I know it doesn’t officially start until June 21, but it never hurts to plan ahead. Last year I offered a few blog posts and tips for those of us who planned to stay near home for our summer vacations or Stay-Cations or Staycations (the spelling of this … More Are You Ready?

What Books Can Do

This week continues the Stay-Cation theme to provide ideas for those who cannot take an extended family vacation. For information regarding Stay-Cation please check archives. What can a book do for you this summer? A book can… …bring closeness between you and your children as you read together. …bridge age differences among your children. …give you … More What Books Can Do

Stay-Cation Gardening

Here’s another Stay-Cation idea for those who need a healthy alternative to the traditional family vacation. Every spring we took our kids to a favorite garden store. They each were allowed to choose one vegetable or fruit to plant and one flower or ornamental plant. Someone always chose corn, of course. Tomatoes were our daughter’s … More Stay-Cation Gardening

Pizza Movie Night

Our family loves pizza. It was a natural for us to choose a Stay-Cation idea that involved this food. Pizza Movie Nights occurred regularly on the Fridays my husband worked. It was an activity I could handle alone. Each child was allowed to invite one friend for the evening. I made a large batch of … More Pizza Movie Night

Stay-Cation, The Plan

When our kids were younger we were short on cash and shorter on energy for extended vacations. My husband worked long hours away from home. That meant the kids and I would spend many hours together. The summer stretched before me. I needed a plan. Something that incorporated their chores, encouraged them to get along, … More Stay-Cation, The Plan