Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Piggyback Creativity

I love creative people. From time to time I like to think of myself as creative but in the end my favorite way to be creative is to piggyback off of other people's creativity.  When it comes to ideas for what to do with my kids, new recipes, tips and tricks of organizing or cleaning I am a master adapter not a master inventor.  I find inspiration and creativity all around me and then adapt it so it works for me.

When it comes to sharing any summer sanity tips it's only fair that you understand this about me. I have not come up with all these ideas on my own. I'm simply sharing what works/has worked for us and chronicling for future reference what our days consisted of in the Wright household. 

Here are two of my favorite "Piggyback Creativity" ideas for summer:

1. Summer Bucket List -

We can't possibly do all the wonderful and cool things there are to do around here but we can narrow it down to a list of 20-25 items.  Picnics, playgrounds, pool days, star gazing, fireworks....these all make it onto our summer bucket list and then we cross them off as we finish them.  For more ideas check out The Happy Family Movement. It's great fun to see what other families are doing and get some ideas of how you can adapt their ideas and make them your own.

2. Summer Reading Fun -

I am fortunate, Lydia and Emma LOVE to read. I don't have to convince them that spending time with a good book can take them anywhere they want to go.  For more reluctant readers though, joining a library summer reading program or the Barnes & Noble summer reading program may provide more incentive to hide away with a good book. This year I made a poster board called "Catch the reading bug". The girls school and the library program we join require them to track all the books they read. For us, that's a lot of books! This summer I am going to hang the catch the reading bug poster and attach clipboards with lined paper so they can write down each day the books they read.  I am hoping this will eliminate the, "So what all did you read this week?" question and ensuing writing cramps from writing it all down. 

I would love to hear what your families favorite books and series are.  We enjoy historical, magical and educational series, so please let us know what your families love reading.

Reminder: There is still plenty of time to enter the Summer Sanity Giveaway. Just leave a comment on the giveaway post and then each subsequent comment on summer sanity posts gives you another entry.

Join the conversation:
How do you "piggyback creativity"? What resources have you found most helpful in doing so?


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Summer Sanity: Giveaway

Apparently my lack of posts over the past week proves I need to build a little more margin and space into my life. Maybe instead of "Summer Sanity" it should just be called, "Serenity Now!". (Any die hard Seinfeld fans reading?) Anyway, I wanted to let you know about the giveaway I  am running here at Parenting Beyond this month.  This month I am giving away a Summer Sanity Basket.

The Summer Sanity Basket includes:
  • KoolPops - for all those hot days!
  • Water Ball Sling Shooter
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Paper Plates/plastic utensils - at least you won't have to do dishes for 1 night!
  • The Mommy Diaries - Finding Yourself in the Daily Adventure (devotion book)

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post with your best sanity saving tip. Anytime you comment on a post in this series (specifically tagged "Summer Sanity") you will earn an extra entry. The winner will be selected randomly and announced on June 1st 2013.*

Now, to get the ball rolling I'll share one of my sanity saving tips.

Why leave all the hunting of brightly colored treasures for Easter time? Around here we go hunting for hidden treasures all year long.  Every year when we prepare our flower bed gardens we find rocks in our soil. Our idea: take some bright colored paint, decorate the rocks and then take turns hiding and finding. It's always a good time to hide and find.

Now it's your turn. Go!

For anyone who does not share a fondness for Seinfeld, here is a Serenity Now clip to see for yourself.


*Giveaway for Continental US Residents only. Thanks.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Summer Sanity

Who can resist that face! The look of summer. Relaxed. Living life. Or at least that's what I want summer to look like. Last week I attended the Summer Sanity Savers Webcast with Lysa TerKeurst and Crystal Paine. It was a fun way to spend an hour, gave me a few tips and inspired me to gather up some of my own summer sanity tips that work for our family.

(This photo is 3 years old but it's so stinkin' cute. It epitomizes summer for me)
Over the month of May I will share what works and enables our family to enjoy our times together during the summer months.  Even more importantly though, I want to hear from you. What works for your family? What helps save your sanity when things get a bit "hairy" in your home? Let's help each other out this summer and join forces to make this a great summer for our families!

My favorite piece of advice Lysa shared during the webcast was this:

"Exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world." ~ Lysa TerKeurst

No matter what time of year or season of life I am in, this is a truth I must remember.  Before I set my mind to what I need to "do" on any given day, I desire to focus my heart and mind on Who God is and what His plans for me include.  Great advice I desire to apply to my life.

Looking forward to this month as I am planning some guest posts and a giveaway. So, stay tuned and join in the fun!

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