Favorite Summer Things Giveaway and Blog Hop

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We have been on summer break now for 3 whole days and it has been HEAVEN.  Well, except for the part where my kids have already destroyed the house in 456 different ways.

It’s going to be a lonnnng 2 months. :-)

Do you remember my Favorite Things Christmas Stocking Giveaway?  Well, today I am revealing another incredible giveaway that is just like that one – only the theme is SUMMER.

Check it out…

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I’ve rounded up some of my hand-picked favorite summer goodies and are going to give them all to one VERY lucky winner.

That’s not the best part though – I’ve also partnered up with 11 other fabulous bloggers who are doing the same on their sites (see the links below), RIGHT NOW!

1. Thriving Home // 2. Happy Money Saver // 3. Happy Home Fairy // 4. Heavenly Homemakers // 5. Kitchen Stewardship // 6. Nourishing Joy // 7. The Nourishing Home // 8. Intoxicated on Life // 9. Tried and Tasty // 10. The Frugal Girl //11. Mommy Hates Cooking // 12. Stephanie Blue


    • Check out the giveaway collage above featuring all the beautiful bloggers I’ve partnered up with and their favorite summer things things.
    • Scroll on down to see the details for MY favorite summer things.
    • Enter to win in the giveaway below.
    • HOP to all the other sites and enter to win their favorite summer things!
    • Look around and enjoy the sites of these incredible bloggers.

Here is what I have put together for you…My Favorite Summer Thingsgiveaway 2giveaway 1

1. Amazing Bag from Target – I first saw this bag in a Target advertisement that I received in the mail.  They had me at the tassels.

2. Jar of a million Googly Eyes – There is no other craft supply I can think of that is more valuable to me than the googly eye.  Here are 14,000 of them to make your summer even more exciting.  You can even stick them on random things around the house to get everyone laughing.  Toothpaste tubes with eyes?  HILARIOUS.

3. Fit to Burst by Rachel Jancovic – One of my new favorite books for mommies.  I love this girl’s heart to make sure that mothers are equipped with encouragement to remember the JOY Christ gives us on the journey of motherhood.  A perfect beach read!

4. Sunscreen – A summer essential.  And the colors of the bottle conveniently matched everything else in my giveaway really nicely.

5. Inspirational Window Cling – Um, seriously?!  How cute is this?  Make it a summer service project one day to pick a friend (or stranger) and stick these as a surprise on his/her bathroom mirror or car window.

6. Summer Fruit-flavored EOS Lip Gloss – I just love these little EOS lip glosses.  The colors and shapes are so adorable.

7. Hair Ties – Summer is that time of year where I threaten to shave my head.  The heat and humidity turn my hair into something that looks something akin to the nest of a Sociable Weaver bird.  Which, if you don’t know what that looks like, click HERE.  I know.  I have one question for the Lord when I get to heaven and it involves me pointing to my hair and saying, “What exactly did you have in mind for this?”  Ponytail holders are a necessity to help tame the mane in June-August.

8. The Undoing by Steffany Gretzinger – Y’all.  This girl’s voice and songs are the real deal.  Track #8 is my THEME SONG right now.  It’s called “Steady Heart” and you can hear it on YouTube HERE.

9. Fruit and Nut Snack Mix – I love anything and everything that has an assortment of dried fruits and nuts in it.  This mix is one of my favorite combinations.  Throw in some white or dark chocolate chips and your tastebuds will thank me.

10. Necklace – I love big, chunky necklaces and this one just cried out summer.  I think it would be so pretty with a long, strapless maxi dress.

11. Sunglasses – When it comes to sunglasses, I say the bigger – the better.  This pair is quite similar to the pair I currently own that I am proud to say I have not lost yet and they have been in my possession for about 6 months now.  This is a small miracle.

12. Washi Tape – Perfect for adding extra pizazz to summer Pen Pal letters. :-)

13. Nail Polish – This bright coral color makes me happy and would look nice on the toes of someone who has her feet in the sand.

14. Chalk – This is like the quintessential summer item.  You can make a lot of fun happen with a small box of this stuff.

15. Giant Sticker Book – I bought this for my boys and then found half of the stickers all over Happy Baby’s bedroom walls the other day.  It kept them occupied for 45 minutes so I am not even mad about it.  If you need a quiet activity for your kids this summer I highly recommend pulling this out.  And then have a bottle of Googone ready.

16. Infinity Scarf – Pair this scarf with a tank and maxi skirt and go see a fun movie with your hubby one night this summer.  We are planning to hit the Minion movie in July.

Would you like to win this incredible bag?

GiveawayHere’s how to enter…


You will receive an email every time I make a new post (which is usually about 1-2 times a week.  Sometimes 3 times if I locked my kids outside with snacks that week).  Each post shares a quick craft, recipe, fun FREE Printable, or light-hearted reminder of Jesus’ grace and love for you on your mommy journey.  You won’t regret it!

2. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! Share this giveaway on any of your favorite social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.).


This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my sweet international readers).  The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 31 (EST).  A winner will be selected shortly after (meaning the next day as I probably will be in bed at 11:59 pm on June 7) and notified by e-mail.


More about the Bloggers

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Thriving Home

Friends and stay-at-home moms, Rachel and Polly, began Thriving Home in 2012 as a way to encourage and equip moms in several areas of home life. They share healthy kid-friendly recipes, evangelize about freezer cooking as well as documenting many other topics relating to running a home and family including a few spectacular parenting failures from time to time. Swing by to join in on their crazy journey through parenthood.


Tried and Tasty

TriedandTasty.com is a premium and well established recipe blog with a friendly, conversational writing style paired with magazine quality food photography. The recipes are typically very health conscious, with rich and decadent desserts occasionally included for good measure. TriedandTasty.com has a loyal following of ‘foodies’ and is gaining new followers every day thanks to its recipes being featured on the websites of high profile magazines, news outlets, popular Facebook pages, Pinterest boards, and more.

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Laura Coppinger and her husband have four sons ages 10-17. HeavenlyHomemakers.com is dedicated to inspiring women daily with healthy (and easy!) recipes, homemaking tips, spiritual encouragement, and good ol’ clean fun.

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Mommy Hates Cooking is a national cooking and lifestyle website that encourages families to take back the dinner table. Through her easy-to-prepare (yet looks like you spent all day in the kitchen) meals and her knack for breaking down meal planning, Kristy has become the busy-mom’s resource for the modern family.

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The mission of Kitchen Stewardship is to present healthy living in bite-sized baby steps, challenging people to make positive changes in their kitchens without being overwhelmed, and providing tools to balance a family’s health, budget, time and the environment. Katie Kimball and her team share family-friendly whole foods recipes, weekly challenges, and science-geek research on what’s healthy and what’s not.

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Nourishing Joy is dedicated to real food and natural living. We’re on a mission to equip and inspire parents like you with the tools to make intentional, thoughtful decisions that work for YOUR family easy. Or at least easier.

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Julie Brasington is the creator of Happy Home Fairy, a popular blog focusing on encouraging and equipping moms to choose joy on the parenting journey. She shares easy craft ideas, FREE printables, simple recipes, corny jokes, holiday fun, thoughts on raising her 2 boys, and honest, heartfelt messages to uplift the weary mama. bbb

Happy Money Saver

Happy Money Saver is a website that has a growing population of readers who are passionate about saving money, homesteading, gardening, cooking from scratch, freezer meals, DIY projects and embracing their dreams.

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At Stephanie Blue, I blog about my passions: natural living and essential oils. My purpose is to bring hope to moms and help them discover ways to strengthen their families physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially.

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The Frugal Girl is all about living cheerfully (and well!) on less. Get recipes, DIY tips, painting ideas, photography tips, green living inspiration, and more from Kristen, a homeschooling mom of four.

IOL_Header_Design_no_taglineIntoxicated on Life

Intoxicated on Life is a resource for families who are looking to raise healthy families – body, mind, and soul. They cover a wide range of topics from healthy gluten-free recipes, to godly parenting, homeschooling resources, and more!

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The Nourishing Home provides family-friendly GF recipes, free weekly whole food meal plans, helpful cooking tips and techniques, and lots of encouragement to help you in your journey to live a more nourished life.

In the midst of your own houses getting wrecked by energetic and unbound little people enjoying summer, I hope that one of you will get to enjoy a little something these great giveaways have to offer!

Happy Summer! :-)

(And in case you are a regular reader and are wondering how I suddenly became an amazing photographer, my friend Ashley from 13:13 Photography helped me take these photos so I could impress everyone and get more followers.  Lol.  Thank you, sweet Ashley!)

5 Fun Photos To Take At The Beach

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 Are you planning a trip to the beach this summer?

If so, then you MUST give one of these hilarious and super easy photo ideas a try.

fun photos to take at the beach 3Bury one child in the sand and then have another child bend over him for this funny headless kid illusion (via HERE).

6014187274_f5e5412fcd_oHave everyone bend over and draw a face in the sand where there shadow falls (via HERE).

fun photos to take at the beach 1Build a snowman and get your Christmas card photo taken care of in advance (via HERE).

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Having a family reunion soon?

Hit the dollar store for a billion beach balls and snap a photo of everyone playing with them (via the amazing Kristen Duke Photography).

fun photos to take at the beach 5And finally, this one (via HERE) is my fave.

Grab a beach bucket and head a short distance away from your subjects.

Hold the bucket in front of the camera, have your subjects act afraid, and SNAP.

It will get a ton of ‘likes’ on Facebook and Instagram – no doubt.

**But ‘likes’ don’t matter, right? **


It’s all in making that fun memory with your Happy Home.

Happy Fun Photo At the Beach-ing! :-)

*Check out fun and easy photo ideas using chalk HERE!*

Summer Service Ideas – FREE Printable

While your kids are draping themselves over chairs complaining that there’s nothing to do, gently encourage their little hearts to go and be a blessing to someone.

Here are a few ways we like to serve in the hot months of summer…summer serve ideas at happy home fairy.jpg

Our favorite is to bring cold water bottles to the garbage men – I learned that one from my sweet dad!

Click HERE for your FREE Summer Service Printable

Happy Summer Service-ing! :-)

55 Fun and Easy Ideas for Summer

55 ideas for summer - such a great and easy list of fun ideas for my family this summer!.jpgI’ve started to cut back on all the ’round-ups’ I used to do because Pinterest is overflowing with posts promising, “5,000 Kid Activities!” or “6 Trillion Boredom Busters!”

But I like to think that my specialty is finding the ideas that are REALLY easy – the ones that make you say,

“I can do that!”

I tell people that each of my kids took a little bit of my brain with them when they came out (which, if you know me, doesn’t say much about how much brain I started with ;-)).

The point is, when it’s 1,000 degrees out and your kids have watched enough TV to rot all that good brain they stole from you you lovingly gave them, moms need ideas that don’t require a whole lot of thinking.

They also need ideas that require stuff we can find under our kitchen sinks or in our pantries or sock drawers.

With that said, here is an EPIC list featuring 55 of Happy Home Fairy’s favorite fun and easy ideas to do with your Happy Buddies this summer.

I hope you’ll share it with all the other low-brain-functioning Superhero Moms out there. :-)

marshmallow structures#1 – Build some Marshmallow Structures (via Craft Interrupted).

#2 – Have a Midnight Kickball Game (via Happy Home Fairy).

sunshine cupcakes - these are so cute and easy. Perfect for summer!.jpg#3 – Bake a batch of Sunshine Cupcakes (via Happy Home Fairy).

paint seashells#4 – Paint Seashells (via Pink Sky Photography).

quick-and-easy-kids-binoculars-just-takes-5-minutes#5 – Make binoculars out of toilet paper rolls (via Sweet C’s Designs) .

#6 – Decorate the outside of Dad’s car while he is at work with streamers and balloons and homemade signs.

ketchup painting#7 – Fill an empty ketchup bottle with water and squirt designs on the sidewalk (via I Can Do That! So Can You…)

diaper ditch at happy home fairy#8 – Ding Dong Ditch a box of diapers to a new mom or local pregnancy center (via Happy Home Fairy).

#9 – Visit a pet store and name all the animals.

watermelon bowling#10 – Play Wacky Watermelon Bowling (via Growing a Jeweled Rose).

Sumoboys#11 – Sumo Wrestling (via All For The Boys).

#12 – Skype with someone and tell them funny jokes like, “What does the sun drink out of?”  SUNGLASSES! :-)

fairy jar#13 – Make Fairies in a Jar (via Pinterest).

#14 – Play with Pipe Cleaners (via Spoonful).

wooden spoon puppet#15 – Make Wooden Spoon Puppets (via Creative Learning Fun).

#16 – Give your pet a party (via Family Fun).

shaving cream#17 – Shaving Cream + Plastic Tablecloth (via HeyDay Living).

#18 – Look through old photos together.

wrap duct tape around your child's wrist, send them outside and let them decorate their 'bracelet' with items they find in nature! I LOVE THIS!#19 – Make Nature Bracelets (via Happy Home Fairy).

puffy paint#20 – Make Homemade Puffy Paint (via Skip to My Lou).

robot-prompts-1#21 – Use these FREE Printable Robot Drawing Prompts (via Picklebums).

noodle game#22 – Play this super fun Pool Noodle Game (via Parents).

#23 – Dress up super fancy for dinner and talk in British accents.

plate crowns#24 – Make these super easy Paper Plate Crowns (via Meaningful Mama).

laser beam#25 – Make a Laser Beam Obstacle (via All for the Boys).

#26 – Bring in someone’s trash cans.


best bubbles#28 – Make this World’s Greatest Bubble Recipe (via Under the Sycamore).

water bin#29 – Make this easy Plastic Bin Water Table (via Mom to 2 Posh Lil’ Divas).

#30 – Have dessert for breakfast one morning.

car s'mores#31 – Make Car S’mores (via Mom Advice).

foil river#32 – Make a Tin Foil River (via I Can Teach My Child).

#33 – Make a music video to your favorite song and share it on Facebook.

cave of stars#34 – Create a Cave of Stars (via Pinterest).

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#35 – Have a Glow Stick Bath (via Happy Home Fairy).

roads#36 – Make some Tape Roads (via Parents).

Homemade-Gak-This-is-the-cheapest-and-best-kid-entertainment-ever-Recipe-on-lilluna.com-gak#37 – Make GAK (via Lil’ Luna).

sunbleach-puzzle2#38 – Make a Sun-Bleached ABC Mat (via Kids Activities Blog).

cereal-box-puzzles#39 – Make Cereal Box Puzzles (via Happy Hooligans).

marshmallows#40 – Make Marshmallow People (via Color Me Katie).

pet rocks#41 – Make Pet Rocks (via Cocoa Bean Blog).

walking tacos#42 – Make Walking Tacos (via The Girl Who Ate Everything).

pompom spooning at happyhomefairy#43 – Play Pom Pom Spooning (via Happy Home Fairy).

color-scavenger-hunt#44 – Have a Rainbow Toy Hunt (via Hands On: As We Grow).

cheerios#45 – Play with Cheerios (via Teach Preschool).

#46 – Go out for ice cream in your pajamas (the whole family must participate).

#47 – Run through the sprinklers.

coolsummer#48 – Drop off a box of popsicles at a friend’s house (via eighteen25).

sidewalk chalk photo#49 – Take fun Sidewalk Chalk Photos (via Pinterest).

#50 – Go on a night walk around the neighborhood with flashlights.

rainbow paint#51 – Use Shaving Cream Bath Paint in the tub (via Meet the Dubiens).

mini-biscuit-pizza-recipe#52 – Make Homemade Pizzas (via Queen Bee Coupons).

ice-cream-sandwich-cute#53 – Make an Ice Cream Sandwich Cake (via The Girl Who Ate Everything).

saran wrap window clings#54 – Make Homemade Window Clings with Saran Wrap and Sharpies (via Abernathy Crafts).

#55 – Savor every second.

Happy 55 Awesome Summer Ideas-ing! :-)

*Please ‘Pin’ the image provided at the top of this post. To pin an individual activity, please visit the amazing sites listed.  Thank you!*

How To Not Hear “I’m Bored” This Summer – FREE Printable!

FREE Printable BORED sign for summer!You know it’s coming.

That moment when you’ve taken the kids to 13 trillion different water parks and play dates and ice cream parlors and libraries and malls and movies and bowling and after all that one of them is going to have the nerve to throw himself across the couch and say with an exasperated sigh, “I’m soooooo bored.”

When my hubby was little, if he ever, EVER dared to utter that phrase in his house, he was immediately issued a chore.

So he learned real quick how to keep himself entertained – especially during the summer months.

Another way to inspire your kids to not use the ‘b-word’ (although I am personally in favor of serving up housework – you will probably have the cleanest house ever this summer) is to use this fun FREE Printable.

Post it on your fridge as a handy, inspirational reference!BORED poster 1BORED poster 3

I think it’s time to clean my fridge. ;-)

**Click HERE for your FREE Printable for Summer!**

Happy No More BORED Summer-ing! :-)

Sunshine Cupcakes

sunshine cupcakes - these are so cute and easy. Perfect for summer!.jpgWe’ve been making these adorable sunshine cupcakes for the last 2 years on the first day of summer.

They are so easy!

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Yellow Food Coloring

String Licorice

Mini Chocolate Chips

Candy Corn (I find candy corn year round in the candy aisle at our local Publix grocery store)

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If you’re brave You can set out little bowls with the ingredients and let your kids put them together.

These were the Happy Buddy’s…sunshine cupcakes .jpg

We’re all excited about summer over here. ;-)

Happy Sunshine Cupcake-ing!

“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” Psalm 113:3 (ESV)

Summer Chalk Photo Ideas

great summer chalk ideas at happyhomefairy.comRaise your hand if you have been outside drawing with chalk this summer!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know we have.

Sidewalk chalk drawing is a great summer activity, but let’s be honest, sometimes it can get a bit drab if you don’t know what to draw.

So I’ve rounded-up a few ideas to inspire a mini-photography session with your Happy Buddies and their chalk art on a hot summer day.

*Please note – Often times on Pinterest when I find images or ideas, the links are broken.  I try very hard to locate the correct link to give proper credit, but frequently I end up with nothing.  So if you happen to know the true sources of these images, please let me know!*

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This is too hilarious – no skinny dipping.

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Sun bathing at the beach!

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Enjoying a peaceful swim in the ocean.

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Under the sea.

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A whaley good time.

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Up, up and away.

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And if you want to surprise a friend or neighbor with a little summer ‘happy’ to follow through on some of these creative chalk photos, pick up this adorable FREE Printable from i heart nap time.

Happy Chalk Photography-ing! :-)

*For more great chalk ideas and homemade chalk recipes go HERE.*