Nine Awesomely Fun Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer!

Summer is nearly here and your kids are either out of school or will be soon! They’re probably anxious for some downtime, but we know that TV and video games all summer are not options! And we also know that entertaining your kids each day can get expensive. We’ve come up with cool activities for all ages that will keep the kids busy.

1. Sea Shell crafts

There are so many things to do with sea shells! Plan a beach trip and collect sea shells. The next day, paint, decorate, glue, or string up. If you’re feeling really ambitious, check out these Koalas made of shells from Martha Stewart, and be sure to display your shell creations about the house! Decorate for many uses, like jewelry holder or dish for your ketchup!

Shell Koala Creatures

2. Set up a water park in your backyard! Get a large kiddie pool from Walmart or Target, put the sprinkler on (at my house, we put the slid under it) and unroll the slip and slide (or make your own on a piece of tarp!). Set up an obstacle course and time them. The kids will be tired out in no time.

3. Check out the library programs. It’s a given that most town libraries have reading programs, but many town libraries feature other events like musical events, nature events, and crafts. See what (free) enrichment programs your town has to offer.

4. Get a little dirty. Have your kids decorate one another with body paint. Just hose off when your finished!

5. Take a hike. Make a checklist of things to see or find and have your kids check them off along the way. It will keep them busy and active.

6. Have fun with chalk art! You can set up learning activities on the driveway. Have the kids unscramble words, play hangman, or create games where they have to jump to the letters you call out, or the right number that fits the equation. (Hop on the number that equals 9-7!) Better yet, turn your driveway into a huge gameboard. Paste numbers for the die on a bean bag ottoman!

7. Feed the ducks! Pack a picnic lunch, including extra bread to head out and feed the ducks. This will keep small children busy for hours!

8. Be an entrepaneur! Set up a lemonade stand or a trike-wash (like a car wash!) and take an opportunity to learn about money.

The Biggest Promo Code Ever

the biggest promo code ever

Sometimes, you run into a sale that is too huge not to talk about.  It’s exciting.  It’s exhilarating.  And it’s something only you can share with the world.

Today is one of those times for us.  We’ve got something big.  So big that once you hear about it, you’re going to want to share it.

The Biggest Promo Code Ever for Jolly Chic

Jolly Chic is a must-shop site if you’re a fashionista.  They’ve got on-trend, stylish clothes that sell for low prices.  Right now, they have some sales going on, most notably in the swimwear department where you can get up to 54% off before promo codes.

On top of those sales, they are running the biggest discount in their history.  And they’re running it exclusively with PromoPro.  The details of the sale are this: you get 15% off when you spend $35 or more.  To get it, you’ll need to use this code  that you won’t find anywhere else:  JOLLY14.

Your Shopping Guide for $60 or Less

Just to illustrate how big this sale is, we wanted to put together some shopping lists and how much they would cost you after the discount is applied:

 

Look List #1: Classic Black and White

Contrast Color Crew Neckline One Piece Bikini– On sale 27% off for $18.99

Short Sleeve White Lace Patchwork Playsuit– On sale 28% off for $12.99

Lace Hasp Closure Women’s Handbag– $3.99

Shopping list total after applying code JOLLY14: $30.57

 

Look List #2: An Elegant Night Out

Hollow Lace Elegant Ruffle Sleeveless Hollow Back Sexy Dress– $27.99

Solid Low Cutting High Thin Pump Heels– On sale 8% off for $21.99

Shopping list total after applying code JOLLY14: $42.48

 

Look List #3: Shimmer-Tastic

Sparkling V Neck Sequins Jumpsuit– $33.99

Zodiac Sparkling Rhinestones Watch– On sale 30% off for $6.99

Shopping list total after applying code JOLLY14: $34.83

 

Look List #4: Gorgeous Curves

Plus Size Solid Beads Embroidery Cotton Top– On sale 47% off for $8.99

Nautical Print Cropped Pants– $16.99

Polka Dot High Waisted Shorts– $15.99

Shopping list total after applying code JOLLY14: $35.67

 

Look List #5: For Your Little Princess

This could easily pass for an Elsa Dress– On sale 15% off for $10.99

Mustaches and Polkadots– On sale 13% off for $12.99

Timeless Crew Neck Plaid Dress for Girls– On sale 25% off for $11.99

Shopping list total after applying code JOLLY14: $30.57

 

Look List #6: For the Bride

White Off-the-Shoulder Mermaid Wedding Dress– On sale 24% off for $70

Shopping list total after applying code JOLLY14: $59.50

 

Just to recap, that’s a wedding dress with pretty darn good reviews for under $60, a potential Elsa dress for the little girl in your house for under $11,  a flattering swim suit for under $20, or the super cute zodiac watch for under $7.  Plus all of the other fabulous finds above.  To top it all off, all of those prices are before applying the promo code.

Want even more?  Use code JOLLY15 to get $18 off your order of $100 or more, or check out the Anniversary sale where you can get up to 70% off top items before applying your code.

Deals this good don’t come along everyday.  And right now, you won’t find them anywhere but PromoPro.

If you’re as excited as we are, do your shopping, and then go share the good news with the world.

 

Backyard Beautiful–Cheap and Easy Tips

Landscaping can cost a fortune. We have a few great tips modified from Better Homes and Gardens to bring life back to the yard to create a space that feels more like a sanctuary than an eyesore. Here are a few tips to spruce up your backyard this summer!

GardeningKnowHow.com

  • Pergolas can be a relatively inexpensive way to transform a garden. The fencing above defines the space it encloses in a way that looks natural with the surroundings but adds a classic and upscale edge. Privacy shrubs can be very expensive, especially evergreens and this is a low maintenance alternative to make the space feel like a true garden environment.
  • What better way to be covered outdoors than by nature herself? Vines are classic and might be the piece that brings your entire space together. Instead of doing a covered pergola, cover it with clematis or other flowering vines.
  • Try Pea Gravel, instead of expensive stone. You’ll still have to excavate a little, but stone gravel with floating larger stones is so much less expensive and easier for a DIY-er.
  • Use garden stools. They’re colorful, chic and easy to move around. Three in a row are a great alternative to a coffee table and will serve as extra seating for your party. In the cold weather, these can work indoors as accent pieces, too. Garden stools get expensive, but Target and Homegoods have great options at low prices!

  • Splurge on one thing per year,  like outdoor lighting, fire pits and fountains. These goodies are going to be the difference between your backyard and your place of respite. A fountain or fireplace can serve as a focal point that defines the space, around which you and guests gather for a glass of wine. Lighting and/or fire also make the space that much more useful.

LivingLandscapes.net

  • Create shade and do it in style. Umbrellas are not just for the center of the table. Use a patterned umbrella beside your lounging area as well. We love Pottery Barn for their classic, yet modern collection, but Lowes and Target have great options at lower  prices.
  • Add a hammock. This might be close to your backdoor if you plan to use it every day or as a piece of décor. Or, it can in a corner far away from people and reality. If you aren’t lucky enough to put a hammock between two giant oaks, don’t worry–a rustic hammock on a wood frame can look as chic as it feels.

    Island Bay Sage Harbor Stripe Quilted Hammock

    Hayneedle.com $60!

 

5 Gift Inspirations for Father’s Day

gift inspirations for dad

Getting a head start on Father’s Day is a good idea.  Nothing is worse than rushing around at the last second.  (Though we’ve been there, too, so no judgement passed!)  This year, shop early and creatively, and you’ll have some peace of mind when June 21st rolls around.

If Dad’s not a tie kind of guy, here are five unique Father’s Day gifts that will get him smiling.

For the Sports Fanatic

If the father in your life has a favorite team, you can help him display it almost anywhere.  StickerYou allows you to make a bumper sticker, window decal (for the car or home,) or stickers to display on things like laptops.  You can go the sports route, or you can use a family photo.  Either way he’ll be proud to show off something he loves so intensely.  Right now, you can get 10% off your entire purchase, or 30% off if your order is $100 or more.

For the Mandatory Golfer

Does the dad in your life “have” to golf in order to schmooze clients, or hold up business relationships?  Or is he honest with you about hitting the links frequently because it’s something he likes to do?  Then he might just love Crane & Co.’s USGA On the Green Leather Golf Score Book.  The best part?  It’s personalized, so if he leaves it lying around, it should be able to find its way back to its rightful owner.

For the Good Husband

Household chores aren’t just for mom.  Give him the gift of reduced vacuuming this year with a robotic vacuum like the Roomba.  Right now, you can catch a 10% off sale combined with free shipping at iRobot. Male or female, we’re all sick of picking cheerios up off the floor.

For Any Dad

Whether you’re gifting to your own father, or trying to spoil the father of your children, something invaluable you can give him is your time.  Spend Father’s Day as a family, gifting him an experience instead of something material.  Does he love golfing?  Grab that Golf Score Book and head to the golf course with him.  Take a weekend camping trip.  Get a baby sitter and take him to that concert he’s been talking about since it was announced.

If you’re on a really tight budget, and those ideas are too much of an expense, look for free events in your area.  Many museums, sports venues, and other gathering places will offer free admission to fathers the entire weekend.  If they don’t have free admission they may be offering some pretty cool Father’s Day themed swag.  Check out what’s in your city and make some memories, which last longer than stuff, anyways.

For Every Dad

If the stereotypical just doesn’t strike a chord, look at his own, unique interests.  Get him something related to his hobby.  Buy him a book on a topic that fascinates him.  Get him his favorite sci-fi series on blu-ray.  Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s a great gift, and just because something is a great gift for your, specific patriarch doesn’t mean it’s popular.  Only you know him well enough to get beyond the generic, and for that he’ll be genuinely appreciative.