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Fun in the Backyard - games, kids activities, zip line, water balloon baseball, s'mores, printables... lots of summer entertainment!

To kick off our Backyard Fun Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

Backyard Fun

Fun in the Backyard - games, kids activities, zip line, water balloon baseball, s'mores, printables... lots of summer entertainment!

1- Tabletop S’mores from The Crafting Chicks

2- Rock Caterpillars from Nellie Bellie

3- DIY Tetherball Set from Simply Kierste

4- Water Balloon Baseball from Overstuffed

Fun in the Backyard - games, kids activities, zip line, water balloon baseball, s'mores, printables... lots of summer entertainment!

5- DIY Zip Line from Pioneer Settler

6- Butterfly Feeder from Reading Confetti

7- Mud Kitchen Food from Munchkins and Moms

8- DIY Summer Tent from The Crafting Chicks

Fun in the Backyard - games, kids activities, zip line, water balloon baseball, s'mores, printables... lots of summer entertainment!

9- Rainbow Paver Hopscotch from Moms Crafty Space

10- DIY American Ninja Warrior Backyard Obstacle Course from Frugal Fun for Boys

11- Shoot & Splash Backyard Target Practice from No Time for Flashcards

12- Nature Hunt Bingo from Bitz & Giggles

Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We will give you all of the ideas, supply lists, book ideas and more to make this a smooth summer program to enjoy at home.

Mondays: We will be sharing the best learning ideas, crafts and more from our favorite sites that tie into our weekly theme.

Tuesday:  We will be sharing the best Children’s Books!  And a literature activity that coincides with both the Chicks’ Pick book and weekly theme.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:  We will be sharing posts from our favorite bloggers!  They have the best ideas and are excited to be a part of this series!  All of these posts will tie into the theme:)

Fridays: Make sure you join each Friday to see what activities, supplies & other things you will need to plan your themed week at home.


15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summer is almost here… I can feel it!  School is almost out, the weather is getting warmer… it’s time to have some fun with the kiddos!  We’ve gathered 15 of our favorite summer ideas for you today.  There’s a little something for everyone.  What’s on your summer list?

15 Fun Summer Ideas

40 Indoor & Outdoor Summer Boredom Busters from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Nature Explorer Journal from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

DIY Summer Tent from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summer Picnic Blanket from She Wears Flowers

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

DIY Library Bags & Tags from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Build Your Own Drink Stand/Puppet Theater from Dream Crafter

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

DIY Rain Stick from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Grandma’s Camp from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summer Cloud Paintings from Simple Simon and Company

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summertime Scattergories from The Crafting Chicks

Summertime Scattergories Printable

Summer Fun Chart from The Crafting Chicks

Summer Fun Chart - Printable

Summer Fruit Garland Printable from Kiki and Company

Summer Fruit Garland - Printable

Summer Activity Jars and Grab Bags from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

How to Ride a Bike from The Crafting Chicks

How to ride a bike

Cookies and Cream Pudding Pops from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!


21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

Recipes for Ripe Bananas

I always seem to have a few ripe bananas sitting on my counter.  That leaves me with the challenge of continually finding yummy recipes to make with my ripe bananas.  Let me tell you, these are some of the best!  Banana pancakes for breakfast, banana smoothies for busy mornings, cookies for after school, pies for dessert and of course banana bread for anytime!

Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins from The Crafting Chicks

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

Sour Cream and Banana Whole Wheat Pancakes from The Crafting Chicks

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

Banana & Sour Cream Cake from The Crafting Chicks

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

Vegan Banana Bread from The Crafting Chicks

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

Monkey Banana Muffins from Craftaholics Anonymous

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes from The Crafting Chicks

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

Banana Bread Granola from The Casual Craftlete

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

Banana Mango Smoothie from Family Fresh Meals

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

Banana Oatmeal Cookies from Six Sisters’ Stuff

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie from Yesterfood

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake from Cooking Classy

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake

Slow Cooker Banana Pecan French Toast from Skinny Ms.

Slow Cooker Banana Pecan French Toast

Banana and Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Cups from Organize Yourself Skinny

Banana Chocolate Chipe Baked Oatmeal Cups

Apple Cinnamon Banana Bread from Just a Taste

Apple Cinnamon Banana Bread

Banana Coconut Cream Mini Pies from Carlsbad Cravings

Banana Coconut Cream Mini Pies

Strawberry Banana Bread from Deliciously Sprinkled

Strawberry Banana Bread

Banana Mug Cake from Chocolate Covered Katie

Banana Mug Cake

Banana Blueberry Bread from Jo Cooks

Banana Blueberry Bread

Banana Oat Blender Pancakes from Kim’s Cravings

Banana Oat Blender Pancakes

Cream Cheese Filled Banana Bread from Averie Cooks

Cream Cheese Filled Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Banana Cookies from Gimme Some Oven

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!

21 Recipes for Ripe Bananas - bread, cookies, smoothies, shakes, muffins, pancakes, pies and so much more!


Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Summer is almost here… I can feel it!  (Or maybe I’m just tired of the daily school routine and I’m dreaming of summer!)  Either way, we’ve gathered some of our favorite Summer Porch Ideas for you today.  It’s time to get that porch ready for lazy summer days in the shade and cool summer nights eating your tabletop s’mores!

Summer Porch Ideas

DIY Moss Letters from The Crafting Chicks

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

DIY Welcome Post from Little Bit of Paint

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Children’s Arbor Bench from The Crafting Chicks

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Painted Striped Concrete Floor from Lolly Jane

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Chandelier Planter Tutorial from DIY Show Off

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Table Top S’mores from The Crafting Chicks

Tabletop S'mores - perfect for summer nights!

DIY Summer Banner The Happy Scraps

DIY Summer Banner - Pallet Sign

Drop Cloth Porch Curtains from Old Things New

Drop Cloth Porch Curtains - Love this simple privacy solution!

Mason Jar Herb Garden from Home Remedies

Mason Jar Herb Garden right outside your back door!

Beach Towel & Bathing Suit Rack from The Summery Umbrella

DIY Beach Towel Rack

DIY Magical Lights in your Fairy Garden from Little Tudor on the Prairie

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!


Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Salsa recipes are some of my very favorite!  Tomato season is just around the corner and I can’t wait!  Today we’ve got some of the very best salsa recipes for you.  There’s a little something for everyone.  Avocado, Peach, Mango, Cilantro, Corn, Pineapple… oh I can almost taste them!

Salsa Recipes

Okie Caviar from The Crafting Chicks

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Easiest Fire Roasted Green Salsa from Latina Mama Rama

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Avocado Salsa from Cooking Classy

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Fresh Mango Salsa from Cookie and Kate

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Greek Salsa from Two Peas & Their Pod

Greek Salsa

5 Minute Restaurant Salsa from The Chunky Chef

5 minute Restaurant Salsa

Pineapple Salsa from The Gunny Sack

Pineapple Salsa

Peach Salsa from The Pioneer Woman

Peach Salsa

Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa from Little Broken

Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa

Rainbow Salsa from Gimme Some Oven

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Tomatillo Salsa Verde from She Wears Many Hats

Tomatillo Salsa Verde Salsa

Chipotle Copycat Corn Salsa Recipe from Bright Green Door

Corn Salsa

Jalapeno Cilantro Salsa from Laylita’s Recipes

Jalapeno Cilantro Salsa

Blueberry Pineapple Salsa from Carlsbad Cravings

Blueberry Pineapple Salsa

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips from Spend with Pennies

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Salsa Verde from Frugal Coupon Living

Salsa Verde

Fruit Salsa from Know Your Produce

Fruit Salsa

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!


13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Are you planning a Cinco de Mayo class party or family party?  We’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite Cinco de Mayo party ideas to help you out.  You’re going to love them!

Cinco de Mayo Table Setting Printables from The Crafting Chicks

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

DIY Cereal Box Pinata from Messes to Memories

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

Tostadas from Culinary Mamas

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

Cinco de Mayo Napkin Rings from Tiny Side Kick

DIY Cinco de Mayo Napkin Rings

Papel Picados from Create Craft Love

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

Mexican Street Corn Dip from Cooking and Beer

Mexican Street Corn Dip

Sombrero Cookies from Random Thoughts of a Supermom!

Cinco de mayo Sombrero Cookies

Fiesta Party Kit Printable from The 36th Avenue

Cinco de Mayo Party printables

DIY Sombreros from Craft Klatch

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

DIY Felt Sugar Skull Sachets from Adventures in Making

DIY Felt Sugar Skulls

Paper Fan Garland from The House That Lars Built

DIY Cinco de Mayo Paper Fans

Let the Fiesta Begin! Printable from Whipperberry

Cinco de Mayo printable

Fresh and Easy Guacamole Recipe from My Sister’s Suitcase

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!


Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

The sun is shining and the flowers are coming up… it’s time to get outside!  We are so ready for Spring activities around here, how about you?  This roundup has a little something for everyone… little ones and big ones alike.

Spring Kid Activities

Spring Windsock from The Crafting Chicks

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Color Changing Flower Experiment from Go Science Girls

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Walking Sticks from The Crafting Chicks

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Noodle Sunflowers from Crafty Morning

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Patriotic Bike Flags from The Crafting Chicks

Patriotic Bike Flags

Q-Tip Painted Handprint Cherry Blossom Tree from Glued To My Crafts

Qtip handprint cherry blossom tree kid craft

Bubble Blower Painting from Childhood 101

Bubble Blower Painting

Thumbprint Flower Pot from Upstate Ramblings

DIY Tumbprint Flower Pot

Handprint Flower Bookmarks from Live.Craft.Love

Handprint Flower Bookmark

Grass Head Pots from Non Toy Gifts

Grass head flower pot

Squirt Gun Races from Made From Pinterest

Squirt Gun Races

Homemade Bird Feeders from Growing Family

Homemade Bird Feeder

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint from A Little Pinch of Perfect

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!


DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

DIY Garden Markers

Spring is in the air and I’m anxious to get outside!  However, it’s not quite warm enough to start planting my garden.  So today we are gathering DIY Garden Marker ideas… you can get them all ready to go now and dream of warmer days.  Get the kids involved, they’ll love it!

Kid Painted Garden Markers from A Girl and A Glue Gun

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

Letter Tile Garden Markers from The Farm Girl Gabs

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

Painted Rock Garden Markers from Crafts By Amanda

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

DIY Garden Plant Markers from Grey Luster Girl

Garden Plant Marker

Brick Herb Markers from Simple Details

Brick Garden Markers

Beaded Garden Markers from Paging Fun Mums

Beaded Garden Markers

 

Wood Spool Marker from Eighteen25

Wood Spool Garden Markers

 

Painted Garden Markers from Ready Set Read

Painted spoon garden markers

Chalkboard Garden Markers from Handmade in the Heartland

Chalkboard Garden Markers

Recycled Spoon Garden Markers from Domestic Simplicity

Recycled Spoon Garden Markers

Rainbow Garden Markers from Living Well Spending Less

Rainbow Garden Markers

 Indoor Chalkboard Garden Markers from The Crafting Chicks

Indoor Chalkboard Garden Markers

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!


DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!

DIY Easter Baskets

Easter is sneaking up on me this year!  Time to pull out those baskets!  For those of you looking for that special Easter basket, we’ve got some of the best in this post!  These baskets are for everyone.  We’ve got some darling baskets to sew, an adorable one made of wood, one made of crepe paper, personalized baskets and an egg shaped one that the kids will love to help with.

Egg Shaped Easter Basket from HMH Designs

DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!

DIY Easter Bucket from The Pinning Mama

DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!

Fabric Easter Basket from V and Co.

DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!

Easter Basket Cupcakes from The Crafting Chicks

DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!

Mini Easter Basket Favors from At Home on the Bay

Mini Easter Basket Favors

Crepe Paper Easter Basket from Smile Mercantile

Crepe Paper Easter Baskets

DIY Decoupage Avengers Easter Basket from Oh So Savvy Mom

DIY Decoupage Avengers Easter Basket

DIY Tutu Easter Basket from Paging Fun Mums

Tutu Easter Baskets

Personalized Easter Baskets from The Daily D.I.Y.er

Personalized Easter Baskets

Wood Easter Basket from Ana White

DIY Wooden Easter Basket

Mini Easter Basket Place Card Holders from The Crafting Chicks

Mini Easter Basket Place Card Holders

Bunny Baskets from Going Star Fishing

Bunny Easter Baskets

Fabric Easter Baskets from Sew Me Some Love

Fabric Easter Baskets

Paper Plate Easter Bunny Basket from The Girl Creative

Paper Plate Easter Basket

Personalized Easter Pails from Simply Kierste

Personalized Easter Pails

Easter Basket Name Tags from The Crafting Chicks

Easter Basket Name Tags

DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!


Sewing Skirts Tutorials - Maxi skirt, pencil skirt, tulle skirt, circle skirt, midi skirt... love these!

Sewing Skirts Tutorials

Spring is in the air and we are loving it!  The perfect accessory for spring is a fun, new skirt!  We’ve rounded up 15 of our very favorite skirt tutorials for you.  We think you’re going to love them too!  Get ready to break out that sewing machine.

Circle Wrap Skirt from Simple Simon & Co

Sewing Skirts Tutorials - Maxi skirt, pencil skirt, tulle skirt, circle skirt, midi skirt... love these!

Ruffled Pencils Skirt from Elizabeth Ave.

Sewing Skirts Tutorials - Maxi skirt, pencil skirt, tulle skirt, circle skirt, midi skirt... love these!

Pleated Chevron Skirt from The Crafty Cupboard

Simple Sewing Tutorials - Skirts - Maxi skirt, pencil skirt, tulle skirt, circle skirt, midi skirt... love these!

Winter Wonderland pattern from Grosgrain Fabulous

Simple Sewing Tutorials - Skirts - Maxi skirt, pencil skirt, tulle skirt, circle skirt, midi skirt... love these!

Rainbow Ric Rac Skirt from Simple Simon & Co

Skirt Patterns

Pencil Skirt from So Sew Easy

Pencil Skirt Tutorial

DIY Tulle Skirt from Yarns and Buttons

Tulle Skirt Tutorial

The Everyday Skirt from iCandy Handmade

The everyday skirt tutorial

Knit Maxi Skirt from The Crafting Chicks

Knit Maxi Skirt tutorial

Floral Midi Tutorial from Elle Apparel

Midi Skirt Tutorial

Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket for Girls from The Crafting Chicks

Short Knit Maxi Skirt with Pocket

Mismatched Maxi Skirt from iCandy Handmade

Mismatched Maxi Skirt tutorial

DIY Michael Kors Inspired Lace Skirt from Riva la Diva

Lace Skirt Tutorial

High-Wasted Sash Skirt from This Big Oak Tree

High wasted sash skirt tutorial

Bandage Style Knit Skirt from Family Ever After

Bandage style knit skirt tutorial

Simple Sewing Tutorials - Skirts - Maxi skirt, pencil skirt, tulle skirt, circle skirt, midi skirt... I can't wait to get sewing!



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