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.*

10 Great Ideas for Water Balloons

really great water balloon ideas to beat the summer heat!When the temperatures are soaring and there’s sweat dripping everywhere, one of the best things you can do to cool down is grab an armload of water balloons.

A good old fashioned water balloon fight is really and truly the greatest thing ever, but it is always fun to mix it up.

So here is a post to bring you a burst of inspiration. :-)

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Motherhood on a Dime drew a target on the driveway with chalk and her Happy Buddies had to try to get a bullseye by tossing water balloons.

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This Water Balloon Towel Toss idea from Love, Play, Learn looks like a ton of fun.

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These Water Balloon Spoon Races from Two Shades of Pink would make a perfect activity at a summer picnic.

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What kid wouldn’t love the chance to swing at a Water Balloon Piñata like this one from Scrap Happy Heather?

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Send your Happy Buddies outside for a Water Balloon Hunt!

I like the creative and educational twist on this one from Mess For Less.

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Recycle an old water or milk jug by cutting off the bottom and using it as a Water Balloon Catcher for this great game over at Spoonful.

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Remember those bath time icebergs I made for the Happy Buddy a few years ago?

This is a similar concept…  Stick a small toy into a balloon, fill it with water, tie, then put in the freezer.

When the water is frozen, cut away the balloon and tada!  You have amazing Ice Eggs from A Little Learning for Two for your Happy Buddies to excavate.

*I suppose it would be worth noting that this particular ‘water’ balloon activity should not involve any kind of throwing at one another – ouch.*

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Get a team together for Water Balloon Baseball from icandy handmade.

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I am a BIG fan of Ding Dong Ditch-ing random things to neighbors, so this idea from Pennies of Time really spoke to me.

This Happy Home filled up a bunch of water balloons, put them in a box, and left them on the doorstep for another family to find and enjoy on a super sweltering day.

Talk about AWESOME.  I mean, we would all be having water balloon fights a whole lot more if they weren’t such a pain to fill up, right?!  Do it so that someone else doesn’t have to!!  Love it.  Sounds like Jesus to me.

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Finally, I think Daddy would like to find this when he gets home from a long day at work…

:-)

Have fun staying cool.

Happy Water Balloon-ing!

I Better Start Posting S’more

5 simple and yummy recipes to make a s'more even more awesome! I LOVE these! perfect for National S'more Day on August 10th!!!

I apologize for my absence.  I hit the publish button on THIS CRAZY POST and then I came down with THE FLU.

Not even kidding.

I haven’t been that sick in my whole life.  EVER.  Whoa, I could not even take care of my boys!  I was literally tossing Cheerios on the ground from my permanent position on the couch hoping that someone would come by and find nourishment if they needed it.

Now that nasty bug is working its way through every member in the family.  We were discussing the various things that needed to be Clorox-ed around the house and the Happy Hubby was like can you Clorox the inside of a person’s mouth?? :-)

But we are surviving.  And I might add, a HUGE part in thanks to you, sweet readers!

Your comments and emails and music videos and encouraging words this last week have truly lifted me up.

I feel so blessed and so grateful for the Happy Home Fairy community!!

And as the Happy Home Fairy, I consider it one of my highest callings to make you all privy to random holidays.  Life is about celebrating!

Did you guys know that August 10 is National S’mores Day??

I have put together a few fun s’more recipes that go beyond the traditional summer treat in order to have a sticky, gooey blast on August 10th.

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Baked by Rachel shares the recipe for Perfect S’more Cookies.

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These S’more Pops from Gimme Some Oven would be so fun to make with a group of Happy Buddies (that are not currently attending Veggie Boot Camp). :-)

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I think this S’mores Snack Mix from Cookies and Cups looks absolutely irresistible.

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I hear this easy S’more Cake from Chef In Training is better than anything.

Now that is a hypothesis worth testing!

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And this last idea is my favorite because it is just so. awesome.

Pop on over to Family Chic to find out how to make s’mores in your car.  Seriously, you do not need a campfire, friends.

Your Happy Buddies are going to love this perfect summer activity.

If you are a die-hard s’more fan, then you should check out my S’more Pinterest Board HERE (which even includes an adorable FREE Printable s’more-themed love note for your Happy Hubby!).

Happy National S’mores Day-ing! :-)

Dear Lightning Bugs, I Miss You.

such cute lightning bug craft ideas for summertime!One of the best things about summertime in the small New Jersey town I grew up in was catching fireflies.

My brothers and I would find a jar and fill it up so fast!

Some of my first babysitting jobs were in the summer of 1995.  I was so nervous and I remember asking my mom what in the world would I do with my new little clients before their bedtime?!

She responded cheerfully, “Catch fireflies!”

It was a terrible realization when my family relocated to Florida a few years later and we found that there were no. lightning bugs. anywhere.

I am now coping by putting together a fun little post that celebrates those blinky, happy little buggies.

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Summertime usually means more booboos (all that outdoor play!) and more booboos means more bandaids in your medicine cabinet.

If you have fun colored bandaids on hand you can whip up this creative Bandage Lightning Bug Craft from No Time for Flashcards.

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Do you find it hard to tell your Happy Buddies that they can’t bring their jar of fireflies inside for the night?

Come Together Kids has the perfect solution for a Glow In the Dark Firefly Jar using just 3 supplies.  So cute!

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How Does She? featured this great Lightning Bug Craft made from up-cycling a plastic bottle.

Toss in a glow stick and voila!

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I love this simple Glowing Lightning Bug from All Kids Network using a bit of glow-in-the-dark paint for an authentic look.

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I found one more way to use those leftover Easter eggs!

Apartment Therapy featured some stinkin’ cute Easter Egg Lightning Bugs that are so easy to make.

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Finally, Amy, via Tatertots and Jello, made this Lightning Bug Jar Printable for you to attach to a mason jar and give as a neat mid-summer gift.

I am feeling so nostalgic for some fireflies!

If you have them in your area, please catch a few for me, will yah?

:-)

Happy Lightning Bug Craft-ing!

10 Creative Ways to Have Fun With Foil

fun with foil - so many easy activities using foil!

We are slowly checking things off our Summer Bucket List!

One thing that I am really looking forward to doing is a Tin Foil River (see below) in our front yard!

But it has been pretty gloomy and rainy most of the week, so we haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Having a big roll of aluminum foil on hand has got me to thinking (and googling) – what are some other awesome ways we could use this shiny stuff?

Here is a compilation of several really creative ideas that I found to help beat summer boredom with foil in the coming days.

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This is the Tin Foil River from I Can Teach My Child that we are definitely trying.

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I Am Momma Hear Me Roar had her Happy Buddies make Aluminum Foil Boats that were tested to see how many marbles or pennies they could hold.

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My amazing friend, Bern, from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, froze some paint and had her preschoolers Paint on Aluminum Foil.

Such a great sensory experience!

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I love this Drawing on Foil with Sharpies activity from Picklebums.

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Same idea, but ikat bag took it a step further and made Aluminum Foil Crowns and Scepters.

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Make and Takes featured these fun Foil Pendants.

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Use up your recyclables with these hilarious Aluminum Foil Robots from Filth Wizardry.

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Kids Activities Blog handed a few Happy Buddies a roll of aluminum foil and they sculpted some really cool creations as well as wrapped a bunch of random things in foil and then guessed what each wrapped object was.

What a cool game idea!

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With the steamy temperatures right now, this homemade Solar Oven from Spoonful is the most clever way to cook up a batch of S’mores using foil, an empty pizza box, and the sun.

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Finally, Making Boys Men has an amazing list of foil fun ideas, but this was the one that just screamed BRILLIANT to me -

Wrap foil around your Happy Buddies over and over so that their arms are tucked in.  Then on the count of 3, they explode out.

She appropriately named this The Superhero Escape.

Are you running to the pantry to check for foil?? :-)

Happy Fun with Foil-ing!

Nature Bracelets

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!

I was poking around through the Happy Buddy’s Happy Activity Bag the other day and we came across this idea to make Nature Bracelets.

nature bracelets1All you need is a giant roll of masking tape.

*Pardon the bucket on the Happy Buddy’s head.  He insisted that it was critical to the success of this blog post.*

nature bracelets2Wrap a piece of tape around your Happy Buddy’s wrist.

nature bracelets3nature bracelets4Then head outside to collect items from nature and stick them to the tape!

The Happy Buddy added leaves, pieces of grass, broken sticks, and those furry pine needly things to his bracelet.

He wanted to put an entire tree on there, but we had to be realistic.  I have no idea how to uproot a tree. :-)

nature bracelets5This was a really fun little activity that required hardly any effort or materials!

It was just what we needed to pass a lazy summer afternoon.

Happy Nature Bracelet-ing! :-)

*Adorable Boy’s Tie Shirt from HERE*

A Trip to the Beach

There’s nothing like a good trip to the beach in the summer time.

Don’t live near a beach?

No sweat! :-)

You can still get in on the experience with a few of these fun ideas.

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When visiting the beach, don’t forget to pack your Sand Toys.

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You’ll also need some Flip Flops.

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And a great pair of Sunglasses.

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Once you hit the sand you can build a Sand Castle.

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Then you must take a dip in the Ocean.

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But watch out for Jellyfish.

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And Sharks.

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When you get out of the water, you’ll be hungry, so have a Sandwich.

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It’s vacation – have a delicious Treat, too.

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Throw a Beach Ball around with a friend.

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And when you’re ready to head home, don’t forget this Dirty Little Secret.

Happy Beach-ing! :-)

*For more Flip Flop Themed Crafts go HERE*

*For more Shark Themed Crafts go HERE*

Octopus

This summer the Happy Hubby has been doing quite a bit of scuba diving.

I am not going to lie.  Seeing him in a wetsuit is pretty awesome (wink!).

When he returned from one of his dives last week, he told me that he had seen an octopus!

That got me all inspired and now I just can’t wait to share with the Happy Buddy about this crazy, 8-legged-suction-cupped-cephalopod.

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This is such a simple way to make an octopus!

Learn Create Love shows you how with a toilet paper roll, some paint, and a pair of googlies.

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This fun octopus from Little Learner’s Lounge is created by using your Happy Buddy’s handprints and then gluing down some Cheerios to represent the suction cups!

So clever!

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Who doesn’t love bubble wrap??

Adventures In Mommy-Land made this colorful guy by decorating a paper plate and then painting strips of bubble wrap for all those arms.

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Use a brown lunch bag to make an octopus like this one from To the Moon and Back.

I like the use of the reinforcement stickers as suckers.

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The Gold Jellybean creatively made an Octopus Sock Family using just a few items and just a few minutes.

This would be the perfect rainy day activity for your little one – no sewing required (which is good for me because I don’t even know how to sew a button).

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I am super excited to report that the Happy Buddy just added hot dogs to the list of 6 things he eats.

I wish it were broccoli or asparagus instead of processed pork, but oh well!  Baby steps.

I think I might surprise him with this Octopus Hot Dog from The Craftinomicon for lunch one day this week.

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Or these adorable Baby Octopus Hot Dogs from HERE are kind of irresistible. :-)

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons featured this great (and ridiculously easy to make) Octopus Fruit Snack.

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Finally, stick a lollipop in a cupcake with some gummy worm legs and chocolate chip eyes for a treat that will have your Happy Buddies clapping their hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hands!

Check these Octopus Cupcakes out over at Disney.

Q. How does an octopus go to war?

A. Well-armed! :-)

Happy Octopus-ing!

Target Practice

Been trying to get the Happy Buddy potty trained over here.

We are SO CLOSE.

But boy won’t even think about going No. 2 in the toilet.

He will literally hold it for days until he has an opportunity to go in a diaper!

In our potty training efforts, many have suggested tossing a few Cheerios into the water for the Happy Buddy to aim at as target practice – a fun way to spice up the whole potty process.

It got me to thinking of other great ways your Happy Buddies can get some Target Practice this summer…

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A stack of cups and a dollar store water pistol gives your Happy Buddies hours of outdoor, cool and refreshing fun!

Check out Inner Child Fun for this great Water Pistol Target Range.

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Blue Skies Ahead drew some targets on the walls of their Happy Home’s shower using a dry erase marker.

Hand your Happy Buddy a Nerf Gun and let them go crazy!

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Take your cups and your Nerf Gun from the first two ideas and create this idea from Busy Kids = Happy Mom.

I like the added addition of Lego men. :-)

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Grab some toilet paper rolls, decorate with colored masking tape and Sharpies, head outside again and set them up.

Shoot them down with your water pistols!

Check out the fun at Pink and Green Mama.

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Free Kid’s Crafts laid down some painter’s tape in the shape of a target.

Whip up a few paper airplanes and toss ‘em to see who can get the most points.

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Parents featured this fun Pool Noodle Target Practice game.

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Sarah Nielsen had a group of Happy Buddies at a birthday party use these awesome Marshmallow Shooters to practice shooting at a target.

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Finally, a little chalk and some water balloons will bring a whole lot of fun to a hot, summer day.

See this fabulous Water Balloon Target Practice Idea over at Motherhood on a Dime.

Oh, and then there’s this Target.

The hubs thinks I do a little too much Target Practice there.

Happy Target Practice-ing! :-)

Cereal Box Crafts

One of my favorite things to do every once in awhile is to have a bowl of cereal before bed.

Unfortunately this little ritual gives me crrrrazy dreams, but it sure is delicious.

All of those empty cereal boxes don’t belong in the trash, though!

These fun Cereal Box Crafts will keep your Happy Buddies busy this summer.

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Check out this fun Cereal Box Marble Run from Made by Joel!

Or how about a stylish pair of Cereal Box Sandals like these from Jenny K.?

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The Happy Buddy would go nuts for these Cereal Box Guitars from The Fraker’s Acres.

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How’s the Summer Reading going?

Find renewed inspiration by making these Cereal Box Bookmarks from Plum Pudding.

While you are at it, make a few for a friend!

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Speaking of friends, is there special person you know who could use a Cereal Box Postcard?

Infarrantly Creative has a super simple tutorial to make someone’s mailbox happy!

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Blissfully Domestic suggests turning your old cereal boxes into a Memory-style Matching Game.

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Set your Happy Buddy up during quiet time with a Cereal Box Puzzle like this one from Artzy Creations.

What a piece of cake to make!

You could even cut out several different puzzles and have your Happy Buddies race to complete theirs in a certain amount of time.

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Design a few puppets and a special Shadow Puppet Theater from your recycled cereal boxes and put on a show for your Happy Home one night this month.

Hop over to Squidoo for the easy instructions.

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And, finally, the Happy Buddy went from being obsessed with trains to being crazy for cars overnight.

This Cereal Box Parking Garage from Frugal Fun for Boys is just what we need to encourage his creative play.

Will you join me for a late night bowl of cereal?

I raise my spoon to you!

Happy Cereal Box Craft-ing! :-)