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June 19th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Planning a Picnic


There’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors with your kids than planning a nice, relaxing picnic. Many local parks have grassy areas or picnic tables that are perfect for some lunch and fun activities. Bring a blanket just in case there are no tables, and pack some yummy lunches and activities to keep the little ones busy. Here are some things to consider:

Picnic Recipes

The foods you bring on a picnic should be easy to make, cold (you won’t be able to warm anything up or keep it warm), and require little to no cleanup. Parents Magazine has some great recipes for picnic food (see below). Generally sandwiches, pasta salads, and fruits and veggies are perfect for the occasion.

Sandwich Bouquets

Melon Swizzlers

A-B-C Pasta Salad

Picnic Activities

There are so many options for picnic activities. An obvious choice is a simple sport-like activity like Frisbee or a variation of football (throw and catch). You can play Simon Says or Red-Light, Green-Light as well. For the younger ones, it’s fun to play I Spy or read some stories in the shade. You can bring some paint and paper and do leaf stamping which is good for all ages. There are sometimes playgrounds they can play on while you watch.


Bring baby wipes and hand sanitizer…food and dirt can get messy, and you want to make sure they sanitize their hands before they eat with them. Also, make sure your kids are hydrated throughout your picnic. They’ll be running around in the sun and heat and need extra fluids.

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June 14th, 2013 at 8:46 am

Sandbox Fun

The sand beneath your toes, the sun in the sky and fun toys like pails, shovels, and cars offer an endless amount of fun! For those of us that don’t have a beach nearby, this is the next best thing – a sandbox in your backyard! Think of the possibilities… you can make a town to use your cars with, a construction site with dumptrucks carrying sand all over, or even a magical world with castles.

I remember as a child spending hours in the sandbox and I love it when my children do it now. Don’t have a sandbox? It is easy enough to buy or even make one with any of the links below.

Standard Wood Sandbox 

Little Dues Sandbox

Playhouse with Sandbox

Simple Homemade Sandbox

Covered Sandbox

Tire Sandbox

Once you have a sandbox, think about adding a fun Sand Digger to play with. There are a lot of kitchen items that are fun in the sandbox too. Add a colander, some plastic serving spoons, a funnel and plastic containers. This will lead to hours of fun!

What do your kids use in the sandbox?


Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.



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June 10th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Keeping your Child Safe Around Water

One of my family’s favorite things to do in the warm weather is to head to the local pool 0r spend time in the backyard on our water slide. Remember that water safety should be your #1 priority. I wanted to share a few tips to keep you and your family safe:

  • Always remember that your children should have your undivided attention when they are in and around water.
  • Infants and toddlers should always be only an arm’s reach to provide active supervision.
  • Dress your children in bright colored swimwear so you can find them at all times and to help lifeguards spot them.
  • Don’t depend on floaties, inflatable rings or blowup items as flotation devices. These often provide a false sense of security. If you use devices like the one in this picture, make sure to have your eyes and hands on your child at all time.
  • Learn CPR. Check with your local hospital, fire department or the American Red Cross for classes.

Stay safe when you are around water!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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May 27th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Starting off Summer with a Bang

Memorial day is the official start of summer! For some of us, school is out and the temperatures are starting to get warm enough for water fun. Summer is about family, food, taking time to relax and enjoy outside activities. There have been some great summer posts here on the Garanimals Blog that tackle all sorts of summer fun. So, while you are relaxing this weekend and catching up on your reading, check out some of these posts.




Mom Things


Hope this list helps you to start your summer off with a bang!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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May 20th, 2013 at 8:12 am

Creating your Summer Fun List

As school comes to a close over the next few weeks depending where you live, its time to start thinking of your Summer Fun List! You may remember me making our last summer, and we are just starting to put ours together this year again! I wanted to inspire you with some ideas to on how to display your list and some ideas of things to put on your list by sharing some fun links.

Printable Summer Bucket List to Print

Summer Bucket List with extra ideas

Summer Bucket List Bingo with printable

Chevron Summer List

Summer List 

Sample Bucket List Inspiration

150 Summer Bucket List Activities

Summer Bucket List Chalkboard

Summer Fun Activity Calendar

Summertime Activities Bucket

Summer Bucket List sticks

Another great idea is just to fill a bucket with summer things to do – Water balloons, squirt guns and more!

This should beat some of the summer boredom.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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