I love the 4th of July! It’s so much fun. Most years, we get together with family, watch spectacular fireworks, and eat delicious food. Although we may not be able to get together with family, or watch fireworks, we can still have fun at home. Give these easy ideas a try, I think you’ll enjoy them!
There is something so fun about playing with snappers. Personally, I don’t like to snap them. I like to throw them as hard as I can at the ground (because they make an awesome popping sound). My mom and I found an open box of them from last year and we had so much fun throwing them. Make a game out of it by drawing a few circles on the ground and trying to throw the snappers into them. Make it challenging by making the circles small, or by taking a step back every time you land one in your target. Note: I recommend throwing snappers on a driveway. It makes it much easier to see them and pick them up.
Who doesn’t love yummy 4th of July food? Ask an adult to break out a grill and cook up some hamburgers. Mix together some cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, cheese, cucumbers, and salad dressing to make a pasta salad. For dessert, try making something red, white and blue. Make red cupcakes with white frosting and blue sprinkles on top. Mix blueberries, strawberries or raspberries, and white chocolate together, or get creative with something totally new!
Along with your snapper game, turn your yard into a family game night. Set up bean bag toss, croquet, and yard darts. When it starts getting dark try playing flashlight tag, hide and go seek, and even flashlight capture the flag! Get creative.
I hope you enjoy these ideas for 4th of July. From me and A, happy 4th!
I recently learned how beneficial drawing is. Did you know that drawing/doodling can decrease stress and help you express yourself? Plus, if you doodle during a conversation, it can help you retain important information you discussed. Despite my lack of artistic talent, with benefits like these, I’m all for it!
Today’s craft/activity is very simple. I’m going to give you some drawing inspiration and then a printable calendar with a spot for some doodles each day. I’m challenging you to fill in each day with at least one (if not many) doodles. We’re looking to have fun here, not to be perfect, so please refrain from judging yourself. :)
If you need some inspiration of what to draw, take a look at the image below or Google/Pinterest search "simple doodles" for basic designs, or "simple drawings" for slightly more artistic ideas.
And now that we have been suitably inspired, here is your printable calendar! Click the icon below to have the printable open in a new tab on your computer or device, where you may print or download it. Keep in mind that you can jump into the challenge at any time - you don't have to start on a Monday if you don't want to, as long as you get to each day. :)
Go forth and draw! You can do this.
Today I am going to show you how to make adorable canvas bags for you and your friends! Whether you want to haul books, carry a swimsuit, or tote craft supplies, these bags do the job. You can personalize them as much as you would like to make them truly unique for YOU.
Supplies you need:
* Paint (one to two colors of your choice
* Paint pallet
* Canvas bags
* Wooden pencils with unused, built-in eraser (one for each paint color)
* Double-sided tape
* Clip art (of anything)
1. Find your clip art! It can be of anything, so long as it is one solid figure that is without holes. Look for clip art on any browser and print it off. Tape your clip art to your canvas bag using double-sided tape. Be sure to secure the edges really well.
2. Pick your paint! One to two colors is definitely best. You could even try picking one color, squirting it into several globs on your pallet, then adding black and white to different globs to create several shades of your color.
3. Start painting! Put a sheet of cardboard inside of your canvas bag to protect the back side. Dip the eraser of your pencil into your first paint color. Dot the eraser around the edge of your clip art and then slowly work your way away from the clip art. Change pencils every time you change colors.
4. Allow your paint to dry, then remove the clip art. Ta-da! You are done!
Great job! Comment on this post to tell us what your are going to use your bag for.
1. Have a picnic
Break out the cookbook and pick a fun summer recipe to whip up (for a snack/breakfast, I highly recommend these smoothies by B)! Then, take your culinary creation to the backyard for a fun picnic.
2. Go for a walk/hike/run
Stretch your legs! Grab your family and go for a walk, hike, or run. While you are at it, why not explore a new park near where you live?
3. Sidewalk chalk
Sure, it seems like it’s for little kids, but why does it have to be? Sidewalk chalk is a fun way to express yourself and is a great way to leave encouraging notes for other people.
4. Go biking
Explore town from a bike-seat vantage point!
5. Read outside
Take your novel outside and read in the sun (or the shade). Cool snacks optional. Note: You can also check with your local library and see if they are offering a Summer Reading Program! The library where I live is putting on a very fun virtual program.
6. Miniature Gardening
Miniature gardening is like making a dollhouse - except you put all of the furniture in a flowerbed instead of in a house! Just search “miniature gardening” and you’ll find dozens of cute ideas.
7. Scavenger Hunt
I love scavenger hunts! There are dozens of printable lists online, filled with random objects for you to find in your neighborhood.
8. Have a dance party
If you are going to dance to some awesome music, why not do it where there’s lots of room and soft grass to fall onto?
9. Feed the birds
Make your own birdfeeder and then watch the birds come! It’s a triple-win: you (1) get to make something, (2) get to watch the birds visit your feeder, and (3) get to support local wildlife!
10. Create an obstacle course
Pull out some household materials and make your own obstacle course for your family and friends!
11. Visit a little free library
A Little Free Library is a box that’s full of books! These boxes are placed around cities, and people are encouraged to stop by and leave a book of their own, while taking a new book that they want to read. To see if there are any Little Free Libraries near you, go to https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/.
Find some resources on astronomy and stargazing, and then look up on a clear night! This a fun hobby that can last you a while.
13. Get wet
Even if you don't hit the pool, get wet by having a spray-fight with a friend, running through a sprinkler, or tossing water balloons. Googles optional!
I hope you had fun reading through these outdoor activity ideas! What would you add to this list?
Wishing you a happy summer,
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Huh? What’s that? A mud smoothie doesn’t sound good to you? Just give this smoothie one try and I promise that you will love it! I was a little skeptical about this smoothie idea when my mom brought it up. She listed the ingredients that we should put in it and I thought “Gross! Yuck!” (you will understand why, after you read the ingredients) but I ended up asking for it over, and over, and over again! We have tweaked this recipe a few times, but the one I’m about to share with you is my favorite. If you want more smoothie ideas, keep reading because I will include more recipes at the end!
"Mud" Smoothie Ingredients:
* 1 half banana
* 1 to 2 cups spinach (depending on your personal preference)
* 1 quarter to half cup blueberries
* 1 quarter to half cup frozen peach slices
* 1 cup orange juice
Note: In the pic of my smoothie, I used frozen mango because we were out of frozen peaches. Smoothies are versatile, right? :)
1. Wash your ingredients! Put your blueberries, spinach, and frozen peach slices in separate strainers and wash them. The peach slices don’t really need washing, they just need rinsed off so that they aren’t so frozen.
2. Put your ingredients in your blender. I recommend putting the ingredients in your blender in the order I have listed them. Put the lid on tight and blend them for 30 seconds.
3. Pour your smoothie into a glass, and enjoy! If your smoothie looks the same as mine, you will understand why I call it a mud smoothie.
I hope you like your mud smoothie. I think they are delicious! As promised, I will now share a few more smoothie recipes. Use the same method for these smoothies as used for the mud smoothie.
* 1 half banana
* 1 half cup frozen mango
* 1 to 2 cups spinach
* 1 quarter cup frozen raspberries
* 1 cup orange juice
* 1 half banana
* 1 quarter cup blueberries
* 1 to 2 cups spinach
* 1 cup tropical juice (juice made of pineapple, mango, orange, apple, etc.)
* 1 half banana
* 1 to 2 cups spinach
* 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
* 1 cup juice (a juice made of several fruits is ideal)
I hope you have fun with these smoothies! Comment on this post to tell us which one you tried!
PS. For more healthy snacks, make sure to check out our Pinterest board here.
Does your hair need some help? Here are two unbelievable easy hair-helpers you can make to accent any style (or conceal a bad hair day)! I love both of these DIYs - both because they are ahh-dorable and because they are great for my hair. Let’s get started!
All Tied Up
Keep longer hair all tied up and out of your way! This elastic-cover is made from fabric and will elevate any style.
What you will need:
- 1 strip of fabric, 6 by 3/4 inches
- Pinking shears (optional)
1. Cut out your strip of fabric, if you haven’t done so yet. To prevent fraying, it is recommended to cut the edges with pinking shears. If you don’t have them, that’s fine.
2. Use an elastic to make a ponytail like you normally would. Then, slip the fabric underneath the pony and tie it, ensuring that it fully covers your elastic.
3. And you are out the door! This style pairs perfectly with longer hair types for ponytails, pigtails, and half-up styles like the one shown.
Bring a bit of bling to your hairdo! These hair clips are potentially the easiest DIY ever.
What You Need:
- Snap-in Hair Clips (any size or color)
- Large adhesive gemstones/pearls
1. Begin by matching colors of hair clips to colors of pearls. For example, combine basic black clips with white pearls, purple clips with green or white, and yellow clips with orange, red, or dark blue.
2. Then, peel the pearls/gems off of the backing and press them onto the flat “head” section of the clip. If they don’t stay on well, use hot glue (with permission) or another strong glue to hold it in place.
3. Snap in a clip (or four) to tame flyaway hairs! It’s a friend to almost every thickness and style. ♥️
Wishing you happy hair days,
One thing that you have to know about me and A: we both LOVE to write stories! Whether we are just jotting down a silly story, or penning an intriguing mystery, we love to write stories. We have had many fun times together brainstorming lines for short stories, future novels, etc. :) Some were good, some need a little work, but it was just fun to do. Follow these guidelines I have laid out for you and you will have a short story in no time!
Supplies you need:
* Pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers, etc.
1. Label your notebook “Stories “ and open up the first page. Once there, write down the following categories: fiction, historical fiction, mystery, nature, romance, western, and any other categories you can come up with. Write each category on its own line and leave several lines in between each.
2. Decide on two or three categories that you like and write a few brief story ideas under each. Look at your story ideas. Which one do you like the best? Maybe use a process of elimination to determine your favorite. Turn to the next page in your notebook, then meet me at step 3.
3. Now that you have an idea, write down your characters. You should have the following characters:
- A main character (protagonist)
- A friend for the main character,
- A villain or someone who causes problems (antagonist)
- A few other characters to make things interesting.
Under the name of each character, write down a bit about their personality. Are they witty? What do they like? What don’t they like? Are they friendly? Are they shy? Are they funny? Describe your main character the best by putting in a lot of detail. Your main character should be in most scenes, so it should be really clear who they are.
4. Now, write your story idea in more detail. You could even make an outline like this:
Joe Rider has to deliver a bag of gold and people keep coming after it.
Someone comes to his rescue or he fights his way out of it.
That is just a quick outline I had made. I recommend filling yours in with a little more detail. :)
5. Start writing your story! Add lots of adjectives and adverbs to make it interesting. Try replacing common used words, such as “said” with something more fun, like mumbled, grunted, exclaimed, shouted, barked, ordered, or retorted. Don’t be afraid to describe!
6. Proofreading time! Go through your story and check your spelling, grammar, punctuation, and the overall sound and flow of your story. Read your story aloud to make sure it sounds good (preferably, great!). You might even want to have a parent or friend read your short story to double-check it.
Great job! You have written a short story. Well done! Want to read my short story? Check it out here.
B and I have written lots of posts on how to fill up time, to put it bluntly. From books to read to things to do to videos to watch, we've got dozens of ideas to help you stay busy. But what if that is not what you need today? What if what you really need is solutions to help you breathe, relax, and care for yourself in the middle of your busyness? That's what today's post is all about.
Here are creative ideas and unique solutions to help you find rest and peace in everyday life. Whether you want to be better at taking care of yourself, are looking for tips to help you avoid becoming stressed, or need tools to help you cope with the chaos, I hope that you will find good ideas in this list!
1. Make Time
When you decide to add something to your routine, actually commit to doing it, and establish when, where, and for how long you will do that thing. Then, give yourself some accountability. You could leave a reminder on your mirror, add it to your to-do list, create a notification in your phone, or ask a friend to keep you accountable. If you don't make time, commit, and come up with a way to remind yourself and stay on track, then your good intentions won't matter and you probably won't make any progress.
2. Drink Water
Staying hydrated is literally essential for life. However, dehydration can contribute to tiredness. Be kind to your body and grab an extra glass of ice-cold water - fresh fruit infusion optional. :)
3. Step-Up Your Selfcare
Try doing one thing every day to take care of your body. Maybe it's a 1-minute hand massage, putting on some lip balm, or cleansing your face. Whatever you choose to do with your one minute, nurturing your body is relaxing and can help you feel prepared to face the day (or help you unwind after a difficult day).
4. Use a To-Do List
Did you know that trying to mentally keep lists of tasks in your brain can make you more stressed and make it harder for you to concentrate on the task at hand? Writing down tasks on a paper to-do list or in a to-do list app can make you feel more relaxed, it can make your list seem more achievable, and it can ensure that things actually get done, so you aren't scrambling to finish an assignment minutes before it is due.
5. Eat Healthy Snacks
While sweets are tempting, healthy snacks containing fruits, vegetables, and protein are so much better for your body (and for your mind, too)! Eating a balanced diet can give you the nourishment you need to work hard. For dozens of awesome snack ideas, make sure to check out our “Healthy(ish) Snacks” Pinterest board here!
6. Make Physical Space
Cluttered bedrooms aren’t fun. They can stress your brain and make it more difficult to find what you need (and you might feel these effects more severely if you are already stressed). While this does take extra time out of your day, consider trying our 7-day declutter challenge. It helps free up physical - and mental - space so that you can truly breathe!
7. Look for Reasons to be Joyful
If you are in the middle of chaos or hardship, you probably don't feel much like finding joy. However, it is super important - especially when you’re going through something difficult. Every night before bed, you could try writing down something good that happened that day in a journal or joy jar. Being grateful is a great way to combat fear, anger, and comparison!
Even if you aren’t an exercise master, your body and brain still love exercise! No time for a long workout? No problem! Try a 3-5 minute series of stretches and deep breaths before a test or when you are feeling stressed. Tension eliminated!
You’ve probably heard it all your life, but it really is true: deep breathing has been rumoured to relieve stress and anxiety and increase energy. They are INCREDIBLE for your body and mind (it’s like a mini vacation)! Try concentrating on taking 5 or 10 slow, deep breaths in a row. Maybe you could even set a reminder on your device to remind you to take a series of breaths 3-5 times a day!
I absolutely love worship music. From hymns to energetic praise songs, I find that listening to (and singing!) God-glorifying tunes can turn my mood around and give me the fresh perspective I need. The next time you feel stressed, try turning on some great music and watch the transformation happen!
Take a mini-vacation through photos! Whether you have a favorite vacay destination (um, beach please!) or just love beautiful scenery, looking at relaxing images may just help relax you! Try creating a vision board with photos from magazines, or (with parent permission) set up a Pinterest board to collect those ideas
Praying is the most powerful thing any Christian can do, in any circumstance! When you feel overwhelmed with life, pray and ask God for help. Even if you don't feel like he responds to you, he truly does hear your prayers!
13. Make Changes
Lastly, if you still feel overwhelmed, consider talking with your parents about what you can cut back or change. Maybe it's time to create a new daily schedule, to adjust your responsibilities, or to choose to cut back on some activities you're involved in. Make sure to discuss any concerns you have with your mom and/or dad so that you can live a balanced and healthy life!
Thanks for reading!
During these challenging times it can be really hard to connect with friends and family. You are probably already chatting with your pals through some sort of platform, such as FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, Marco Polo, WhatsApp, or even through letters, but it doesn’t feel the same as being with people in person. While my suggestions will not replace hanging with your besties, it might make your connecting a little extra fun.
1. Play chess through a text
You may be thinking “And how do you suppose I go about that? Last I checked, I cannot reach through this phone.” Yes, I do know that technology does not work that way. You truly can play chess through a text!
To start, tell the person you want to play chess with about this awesome blog (faithfunandfridays.com) and tell them to check out this post to read the “How to” for themselves. Then, each of you set up you chess board. Agree on who will start and have that person make their first move, then send a picture of their move to the other person. The other person will then move a piece on their board the same way the first person moved their piece, make their own move, and send the first person a pic. Then the first person moves a piece on their board the same as the other person’s piece, make their on move, take a picture.........and so on and so forth until someone wins! Note: Don’t have a chessboard or your friend doesn’t? Try playing Checkers, Sorry, Connect 4, Candy Land, or even Monopoly with the same process.
Have you ever seen someone try to read someone else’s lips? Or have you tried to read someone else’s lips? It never turns out right. Unless someone is really good at reading lips or has asked for a million hints, the lip-reading-attempter (please comment below if you that’s a legitimate thing, lol) usually has a hard time telling what the other person is mouthing. Send your friends a video of you “saying” something without any sound and let them guess what you are trying to say. Be prepared to laugh!
3. Mystery Letters
Next time you write to your friends, try sending it in a baffling code. See if your friends are witty enough to crack your crazy code creation. Try writing in the following codes: Wingdings, Pig Latin, Cesar Cypher, and maybe your own made-up code!
I hope you have fun with these ideas. Comment below with creative ways you are connecting with your friends!
***This project requires basic handsewing skills.***
Since the weather is warming up for spring, many of us are spending more time outdoors. I love to be outside, and I find that I get lots of great ideas for creative ideas when I am out of doors. However, I think that taking supplies to write down my ideas or work on creative projects is exhausting. Pens blow away in the wind, paper flies off your lap, etc.
That's why I dreamed up this fun project - it's a pen/pencil holder that wraps around a clipboard and keeps your writing utensil in place. Are you ready to make your own? Let's get started! There are a lot of steps, but once you get started, it is a decently easy project. :)
What You Will Need:
- A strip of felt that is 28.75 inches long and 2 inches wide
- Strong Glue (I used Tacky Glue)
- Needle & Thread
- Elastic (any width)
- Measuring tape or yardstick
1. Cut our your strip of felt, if you haven't already.
2. Measure from the bottom of the strip to 4 inches up, and use a pencil to mark that spot.
3. Fold over the bottom of the felt until it reaches the four-inches line you had marked.
4. Place a line of glue along the edges of the bottom and both sides of your folded-over section.
5. Let dry (this may take several hours).
6. Now, take your piece of elastic, and begin to hand-sew it onto the bottom of your felt strip. The felt may wiggle around for a while at first, and that's perfectly ok. You may try stitching in a bit of a "square" pattern, so that all of stitches form a square-like shape on the elastic.
7. Sew the elastic onto the other end of the felt. Before you begin stitching, slip your partially-finished holder over a clipboard. Examine how well it will fit on the clipboard, and evaluate how tight the elastic will need to be. Since clipboards can vary a bit in size, I didn't provide measurements for the elastic.
8. Put in some pens and take your new creation outside!
Thank you so much for following along with me!