Posts tagged summer
Arts & Crafts with the Kiddos

Having the kids home for the summer is... busy. But it's also so special. There's truly nothing like quality time with your little ones. 

One of our favorite ways (and our kiddos' favorite ways) to spend that time is on art projects. We think you should Always Be Creative, so we're totally in support of this ;)

We've pulled together some of ours and our kids' favorite arts and crafts projects, and the supplies we keep on hand for impromptu creating. Keep reading!

 

Jess' Picks:

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My kids love making / writing their own books. River is super into using office supplies- staplers tape and he writes these great books start to finish with lots of great drawings. 

Coloring books are also so fun to have for being creative and even quiet time. The "Be You and Own It" coloring book has become such a fave! It was created right here in Nashville an has the best message. The pages are great to color; both my kids have a copy and love it!

Scout loves making jewelry so we have all kinds of string and tons of beads. She makes everyone bracelets and necklaces – even her dolls!

Making structures with all different size popsicle sticks is a fave with both my kids. 

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A simple, fun project is "stained glass." First, use construction paper and cut out a design. Then, lay it on the sticky part of a clear contact paper sheet. Put pieces of tissue paper in all colors on the contact paper and then cover with another sheet of contact paper. Then, you can cut around the piece and hang in the window! The kids love it. P.S.: You can get already cut small squares of tissue paper on Amazon!

I also have a chest full of art supplies and like to just pull out tons of stuff and let them go wild and make whatever they want! Paint, glitter (yes, glitter!), pom-pom balls, googly eyes, washi tape, etc. 

Heather's Picks:

My girls loooove crafting. I keep white Butcher Paper on hand at all times. Actually, our breakfast table is covered in this paper with a jar of crayons on the table so the girls can color anytime they want. 

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Glitter is a source of contention in our house. Ha! My husband hates it and actually tried to "ban" it. He failed miserably. With two princesses, glitter is a necessary evil. We can't have enough. I do prefer glitter paint or glue to help with the mess. I love the Mama Papa Bubba glitter glue paint

Heirloom Paint Brushes: My Grandmother, Louette was an amazing artist. She painted all the time. One of my favorite things I have is a ton of her old paintbrushes. Originally, I was just going to put them in the attic and save them because they are so special but... I've since decided to let my girls paint with them. It's so special to see them making art with the tools she made art with. 


What are your favorite projects to take on with your kids? That quality time is so important, and we want to hear about it. 

Remember, Always. Be. Creative.

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Our Favorite Summer Treat Spots: Nash + HHI

It's summertime, it's hot, and the kiddos are home. So... what to do? For us, it's all about those little outings, like trips to the ice cream shop.

The best summer days are built around something simple like that, we think. Plus, supporting our local businesses, restaurants, etc., is what we L-O-V-E! 

We want to share with you a little "taste" of our favorite places to frequent in Nashville (Jess) and Hilton Head (Heather). We think our towns are pretty great and these hotspots are what make it that way. Come visit!

Jess' Faves: 

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Five Daughters Bakery: AMAZING donuts, and so much more. There are bakeries located in the Nashville neighborhoods of 12 South and East Nashville, as well as nearby Franklin.

Las Paletas: The perfect way to cool down -- a popsicle. Find 'em in 12 South. 

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Bobbies Dairy Dip: For an old school treat, go to Bobbies in West Nashville. 

Frisson Soft Serve Gelato: This is a food truck... that serves gelato. What's not to love?! (They also recently opened a brick & mortar shop!)

Fox's Donut Den: My kiddos love this Green Hills shop. We can never get enough donuts. 

Jeni's Ice Cream: We had to include Jeni's. They always have a new and exciting flavor. Find shops in 12 South, Hillsboro Village and East Nashville.

 

 

Heather's Faves:

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Hilton Head Ice Cream: This is an island staple -- they've been making homemade ice cream since 1982, and I've been going here since I was about 8 years old. Ella Grace (my 4 year old) is partial to the Superman flavor because its bright blue... and requires a TON of napkins. My favorite is Praline and little Rose gets whatever her sister loves. 

The Purple Cow: My friend Bernie started making mini-cheesecakes called Baby Cakes years ago. She sells to the majority of HHI restaurants. A few years ago she expanded from her kitchen to an actual brick & mortar restaurant called The Purple Cow. Her desserts are to die for! Seriously, everything is sooooo good, but I'm partial to the Baby Cakes. The girls LOVE this place because of the Purple Cow on the door...obviously.

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All Joy Donut Co.: Just a short drive over the bridge to Bluffton, SC, All Joy Donut Co. is on the water and such a fun & quirky shop. I never really thought of boating and donuts going together, but it totally works. I love their creative spirit and it is totally worth the short drive over the bridge to grab these!

Sweet Frog: I have a love/hate relationship with Sweet Frog. It is located just outside our neighborhood (Sea Pines), and we pass it everyday. It is next to the grocery store we go to. My kids ask to go literally EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Ha! According to my kiddos, Sweet Frog is only open 1 day a week. A little white lie never hurt nobody, right? My girls love the "self serve" part and the staff is super sweet to us. 


Is your sweet tooth tingling yet?! Happy Summer -- here's to "treating" yourself! 

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