We have a TON of FUN and Family Friendly ideas for you this week. Great tips for quality time with the kids as well as easy make-at-home staples for your kitchen. We’ve got books for 3 year olds, making the most of your summer and family friendly musicals (my favorite!) Are you going away this summer? Don’t miss our frugal travel tips to get the most bang for your buck when you’re on the road. Every week we feature the best link-ups on the web with free printables, games, activities, money-saving and organizing ideas, recipes and more. If you are looking for the best tips, links, resources, freebies and more – you’ve come to the right place! Welcome to the Family Fun Friday community.
Family Fun Friday is all about connecting as a family. We feature great ideas for family fun, and things to help moms get things done so they have more time to spend doing what they love to do – be with family! If you like Family Fun Friday, help this blog party grow by giving it a +1 on Google+. Thanks so much!
Family Fun Friday
I love my co-hosts Stephanie, Carly and Danita! Your links get four times the exposure as they will show up on four blogs at the same time. Woo-Hoo! Each co-host is featuring her top picks from the party so you get an increased chance in being featured as well. Each featured post will be pinned by the hostesses so be sure to link up your best!
Meet our Family Fun Friday hostesses:
|Monica created Family Fun Friday and blogs at HappyandBlessedHome.com where she shares free preschool tools and printables, encouraging words for moms, and ideas for having fun together as a family. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter /Google + / Bloglovin’. Monica will feature Family Fun Posts.|
|Stephanie Kay is a busy homeschooling mom of 5. She blogs at Everyday Family Living where she shares practical ideas for home organization, family activities, books and education, and health & fitness. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Stephanie will feature Money Saving and Organizing Tips.|
|Carly is an adoptive mama and piano teacher who blogs at Africa to America. She writes about globalism, compassion and motherhood. Follow: Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter. Carly will be featuring posts on kid learning and crafting.|
|Danita enjoys blogging about cooking and shares yummy recipes on her blog OTasteandSee. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter /Google +. Danita will feature Delicious Recipes.|
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In case you missed it at last week’s party – its been a bit busy these last few weeks as I’ve been working really hard on my blog redesign. I did it myself and you can read more here: New Blog Design & Reader Benefits. If you are a blogger and would like help with your blog, I encourage you to read my Business Help for Blogger Page and contact me. Last week I also created these FREE Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter V printables. Just click the link to download your free copy.
Thanks to all my blogging friends for linking up last week at Family Fun Friday. I have a special YouTube Video for you at Thank You All My Blogging Friends! So many great ideas, crafts and things to do! If you link up, you permit me to use your pictures/ideas as part of future posts and/or social media. Now on to some fabulous posts for moms.
The theme from last week is quality time! Kids crave our attention more than anything else and our featured posts have some great ideas to make that happen. What could be more fun than bubbles and water balloons? Take advantage of the warm weather and spend some time playing with your kids outside. Our Family Fun Friday bloggers shared some wonderful tips for quality time activities in their posts last week and I’ve included a list of four quality time ideas, and two posts to give you something to think about when you’re planning that intentional time with your kids. Keep coming back every Friday for some fabulous ideas for family fun all summer long!
- Pat shares her top 5 secrets of quality time. If you’re looking to spend meaningful one-on-one time with your kids, take these suggestions to heart. Thanks, Pat!
- Sarah of Me Plus 3 writes about an adorable project she did with her 3 little ones. They made kindness rocks and set them out in the neighborhood to encourage others. This is such a simple, easy project that most littles will enjoy. Plus, her kids are just plain cute – go check it out!
- Hannah from Foundations Parent and Life Coaching has ditched the sticker charts in favor of working on internal movitation with her kids. She has some great thoughts on rewards. Thanks, Hannah!
- Sarah of Mosswood Connections has a fun new game with water balloons (shh – don’t tell her son it’s therapy in disguise!) What a fun way to do vision exercises!
- Cheryl of Moms and Munchkins has all the supplies you need for a DIY Detective Kit for Kids – what a fun thing to do together on a summer afternoon! Thanks, Cheryl
- What kid doesn’t love bubbles? Anne of Left Brain Craft Brain has tons of information of how bubbles work and ways to play. Quality time was never so much fun!
Kid Learning and Crafts
Carly’s got a round-up of family-friendly summer ideas. These summer days will be gone before you know it – I can’t wait to read “Making the Most of your Summer.” How about a summer reading program for those hot afternoons or a musical on Friday night? If you want creativity and fun Family Fun Friday is the place to be! Special thanks to Carly from Africa to America for rounding up these ideas for Summer Fun. If ya’ll have a minute stop by Carly’s Facebook Page and show her a little bloggy love.
Sometimes I’m amazed at how easy it is to make things that I’d normally buy at the store. Plus, you can’t beat the flavor of homemade food and the enjoyment of making something yourself. If you’d like some easy (and economical) ideas for yummy make-at-home kitchen staples, you’ll love this round-up that Danita’s created. Making things yourself instead of buying will help your grocery budget stretch a lot further. Danita blogs at O Taste and See. You can find Danita on Facebook at O Taste and See Blog on Facebook. Stop by and say Hello when you can.
Money Saving Tips and Organizing
Stephanie Kay is a busy homeschooling mom of 5. She blogs at Everyday Family Living where she shares practical ideas for home organization, family activities, books and education, and health & fitness. This week Stephanie has rounded up some frugal tips for traveling with kids in her round-up. Whether it’s just around town or across the country, these are great ideas to help your trip go smoothly. When you have a minute, stop by Everyday Family Living on Facebook and give her a little FB love!
Thanks again for all your wonderful ideas! I hope these Family Friendly and Fun ideas inspire you.
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I pray you are blessed by this effort to share ideas on having Family Fun.
In His Grip,
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