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The week of 4th of July is a perfect time to celebrate the holiday and create fun and special memories by having a 4th of July Lemonade Stand with your kiddos!
Our annual Fourth of July Lemonade Stand has become a favorite summer tradition for our family. Typically, my kids bake cookies, brownies, make lemonade, and even sell snow cones with red, white and blue flavoring. In the past, they gear up all week making and organizing their items and set up shop at the end of our street on July 3 in celebration of The Fourth of July weekend. Last year, however, we sat down as a family and decided to make the stand bigger and better and focused on donating 100% of the proceeds to a charity in our community.
Much to my surprise, I did not have to twist any of their arms to agree to give their hard earned proceeds away. Instead, they decided to raise money from the Fourth of July Stand to benefit our local Humane Society. Before I could blink, all three of my kids were working together (a rare moment, I must admit) to create flyers, posters and decorations for their charity stand. They recruited neighbor kids, friends and family members to help with it. They spent days baking, planning and talking about how many animals they wanted to help and how much money they wanted to earn to make a difference. Not only are they learning a great lesson, but they are having FUN!!!!
Some quick and easy steps to help you get organized!
- Save the Date - whatever date works best for you, mom, the week of the 4th of July!
- Choose a Charity- Talk over together as a family what charity in your community you want to help.
- Make a Plan - Decide what you want to sell. Baked goods, snow cones, popscicles, lemonade, American Flags, Fourth of July hats, beads and even candy.
- Invite Others - Invite your neighbors, friends and families to help and participate!
- Create Your Stand - Decorate a card table with Fourth of July decorations or tape mini flags to a wagon. Whatever it is, have your kids show their American spirit by creating and decorating their stand!
Get the Word Out! Make flyers and posters for your stand to let others know your Fourth of July Stand is helping others in the community!
Kick spring into high gear by planting a garden with your kiddos this month. Here are some helpful tips to get you started!
- Get them involved! Kids love to dig in dirt & get there little hands dirty. Get them involved right from the start. Let them help you select what your going to grow and actually plant the seeds in the dirt. Lettuce, green beans, and tomatoes are all easy to grow and do not require a lot of maintenance. For flowers, marigolds are a good pick!
- Think small. When gardening with kids think small. Small tools, small in size, and small attention spans. It's important to encourage your child to be involved in the entire process. Planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. Make it doable for them. Your garden can grow a little bit each year as your children get older.
- Life Lessons. Growing something will give your kiddos a sense of accomplishment. It will also help you spend some quality time outside together. More importantly, if you let them help you harvest the vegetables they might even be tempted to eat them! They did grow them themselves!
With the holidays over your kiddos might start missing their grandparents or cousins. Encourage them continue building those bonds through out the year by reaching out to family & friends who live far away.
- Technology. Use Facebook or create your own family blog (some good free options are wordpress.com or blogger.com.) You can upload your kiddos art work or make a movie to post. Grandpa & grandma will love to be a part of their birthday party or basketball games!
- Mail. Encourage your older kiddos to send their cousins funny cards, letters or pictures. Younger kids will love getting mail or care packages from family. I.E. Something as small as starting a sticker club between two young cousins will bring them endless joy & excitement.
- Telephone. For a young child playing telephone is huge! Set a date & time for a special loved one to call & let your kiddo answer & do the talking!
Mommy Magic Presents...Saving with Skye! On Wednesday 1/11at 6:30pm in Carmel FOX 59's own Skye from Saving with Skye will host the first Mommy Magic-Mom's Club class of the year. Join us to learn how to save hundreds of dollar a month off your grocery bill! Spaces are limited so reserve yours TODAY! Click here for more information.