Celebrate the 4th of July as a Family This Year

Be intentional in celebrating the holidays this year by creating a 4th of July itinerary for food, family and fun! 

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CELEBRATING THE 4TH OF JULY

What a year.

I have never lived through a more intense year politically than 2020. But I still love this country. There are some things we could do better (ok a lot!), but every day I wake up in a country where I am free. I can be a Christian without persecution. I can be a woman who can vote and work or stay home with my kids.

It seems like our country is a mess sometimes, but the truth is, the world is a mess! We were never meant to live in conflict, and I believe as Christians we are called to be peacemakers and show the world what a little bit of heaven on earth looks like.

Thank the Lord we can worship him freely in this country of ours! We may be broken, but we are not without hope. Let’s celebrate what it means to be blessed to be an American this year.

IDEAS FOR YOUR 4TH OF JULY

Here are a few fun ideas to create a holiday your family can celebrate together!

1. Play in the Water

You may not have a pool, but finding a way to cool off in the summer is a must! Here are a few of our favorite ways:

  • Buy a blow up pool
  • Have a water balloon fight (Have you seen these new ones? They are SO much easier than what we had when I was little)
  • Have a water gun fight
  • Play in the sprinkler
  • Have the littles play with a water table
  • Install a misting cooling system (we’ve talked about buying one of these this summer)

2. Eat American Food

Think barbecue this 4th of July. What can you throw on the grill for dad to cook? Here are few ideas:

  • Hotdogs and hamburgers
  • Steaks
  • Shish-kabobs
  • Brisket
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Don’t forget sides and desserts!

3. Wear Red, White and Blue

We always love a good dress up day! Old Navy never disappoints with their 4th of July t-shirts, so this year we’ll have to grab a few!

4. Make an American Flag Craft

Just a quick search on Pinterest and you’ll have more than enough ideas to keep the kids busy! Here’s what I’ve found.

5. Play “America Land”

Download my “America Land” board game for a fun family activity! Use coins for playing pieces and a dice to roll.

6. Say the Pledge and Sing the National Anthem

If your kids don’t know this yet, it’s a great lesson to teach before school starts! Here are some YouTube videos on the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner.

7. Watch Fireworks

Some of my favorite memories as a kid were going to the local high school to watch the fireworks show. If you can shoot fireworks in your neighborhood, we love sparklers and the fireworks that stay on the ground. Ask for suggestions at your local fireworks stand.

8. Listen to Patriotic Music

Every party’s more fun with a good soundtrack! Make sure to blast some good old fashioned American tunes. Here’s a playlist I found on Spotify: 4th of July BBQ

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a Family This Year

Be intentional in celebrating the holidays this year by creating a St. Patrick’s Day itinerary for food, family and fun! 

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CELEBRATING ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Part of my switch to more intentional living was to put family events on the calendar to look forward to. It seems that this past year needed a push more than ever as we still find ourselves couped up in the house. Each month, I make sure to plan something fun for the kids whether it’s a “Snow Day” in January or a “First Day of Summer Party” in June.

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY IDEAS

1. LOOK FOR 4 LEAF CLOVERS

This is a great one to do at the park! Take your little guys outside and pretend you’re leprechauns looking for 4 leaf clovers. It’s rare but it happens!

2. EAT AN ALL-GREEN MEAL

This one might actually inspire your picky eaters! Round up as many different green foods you can and vote on your favorites.

  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Celery
  • Salad
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Keylime Pie
  • Apples
  • Jello

3. WEAR LOTS OF GREEN

Don’t forget to wear something green. Tell the kids they have 5 minutes to put on as many green clothing items they can find. Winner gets a prize!

4. MAKE A RAINBOW CRAFT

There are tons of rainbow craft ideas on Pinterest you can check out here. Other ideas are stringing Fruit Loops to make a necklace, making a rainbow out of PlayDoh, or painting a rainbow picture and adding cotton balls for clouds.

5. PLAY ST. PATRICK’S LAND

Download my “St. Patrick’s Land” board game for a fun family activity! Use coins for playing pieces and a dice to roll.

6. SET A LEPRECHAUN TRAP

These are fun to create with a shoebox and set out the night before St. Patrick’s Day. One year, I even trashed the bathroom with toilet paper and put green food coloring in the toilet to pretend a leprechaun had stopped by. I left chocolate coins in their leprechaun traps too!

7. GO ON A TREASURE HUNT

I loved making treasure hunts when I was a child. Share the joy of treasure-hunting with your kids with this free printable activity I created just for you! Cut up the clues and put them in order around the house. A great prize would be gold coins or a St. Patrick’s themed goodie!

  • Hand your child clue #1
  • #2 Under the couch
  • #3 In the car
  • #4 Kitchen sink
  • #5 Behind a door
  • #6 Under a bed
  • #7 In the shower
  • #8 Under a table (make sure to have a prize!)

8. LISTEN TO IRISH SONGS

Every party’s more fun with a good soundtrack! Make sure to blast some Irish tunes. Here’s a playlist I found on Spotify: Irish Songs

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Celebrate Love This Valentine’s Day with Your Family

Be intentional in how you celebrate the holidays this year by creating a Valentine’s Day itinerary for food, family and fun! 

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CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH THE KIDS THIS YEAR!

For many of us, it’s hard to get a sitter and even harder with the current quarantine limitations. Don’t let it put on a damper on your romance! In fact, use this as an opportunity to help your kids feel at ease with how much you and your hubby still love each other!

Children feel much happier and secure when they know their parents are getting along. Here are a few ideas to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in a way the kids can participate!

1. SET THE TABLE WITH CANDLES AND PLAY SOME ROMANTIC MUSIC

Set the scene with something out of the ordinary for your kids. Get out the “fancy” dishes, maybe even a few place cards, and turn on a “romantic” playlist. Listen to my playlist here.

2. COOK A “FANCY DINNER”

If you’re like me, this is the easiest step where you order takeout, but if you enjoy cooking, make something different that isn’t in your regular rotation or add an appetizer like spinach dip or a cheese ball.

3. SERVE A SPECIAL DESSERT

Order in or cook something different the kids have never tried like a brownie sundae or tiramisu!

4. PASS OUT VALENTINE’S CARDS & GIFTS

Have your kids write each other notes beforehand and pass them out during dessert. If you have special goodie bags, this is a good time too! Ideas are:

  • Stuffed animal
  • Bubbles
  • Playdoh
  • Stickers
  • Coloring book
  • Heart shaped box of chocolates

5. PLAY VALENTINE’S GAMES

Play a favorite family game or try out a new one like my special Valentine’s board game.

6. SET UP A COZY SPOT IN THE LIVING ROOM

Lay out palettes of blankets, pillows and stuffed animals to create a spot to cuddle while you watch a family-friendly movie.

7. WATCH A “FEEL-GOOD” ROMANTIC MOVIE

While most “romantic” movies can’t be seen by little eyes, I’ve found a bunch that can! Grab some popcorn and share the love with these G and PG rated movies. Unsure if these are appropriate for your kids? You can check out all the details at Common Sense Media.

8. GOODNIGHT HUGS & KISSES

Don’t forgot to end the night by telling your kiddos how much you love them with goodnight hugs and kisses!

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