The past week has been much cooler and less humid — both things I am thankful for in late July!
We’ve enjoyed having the windows open most days, AND the cooler temps at night — which means we can actually sleep with the covers on! Such little things, but they are some of my favorites (especially since we were running the air conditioning most of the month).
Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things!
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Bunch O Balloons Water Balloons
If your kids love water balloons but you absolutely HATE the chore of filling them up and tying them off, you MUST buy Bunch O Balloons for your next water fight!
They come in bunches of 33 balloons on a convenient spout that connects to most standard garden hoses. Once you hook the balloons up to your hose and turn the water on, you’ll have 33 water balloons, tied and ready to throw in roughly 60 seconds.
It’s SO fabulous!
Rubbermaid Take-Along Containers
I have four 9″ x 13″ Rubbermaid Take-Alongs brand containers for years and years — and even though they are supposedly disposable, I’ve been washing and reusing them on a weekly basis.
Yes, I have other 9″ x 13″ containers I use for cooking and baking, but these plastic containers are SO LIGHT WEIGHT, they stack amazingly well, and the lids fit extremely tight so I never worry about anything spilling.
Plus, they are very deep so I can fit a huge amount of food inside.
I use one for the variety of chopped up veggies we always have in the fridge, I use another one whenever I make my big layered lettuce salad (all my other 9″ x 13″ containers are too shallow), and I use the other 2 to store baked goods, freezer meals, or even for craft supplies
Basically, I’m always using these containers!
Unfortunately, I can’t find the exact ones I have on Amazon anymore, but here’s a link to their other Take-Alongs brand containers (all of which are super light weight and stack so well.
Printable Kid’s Worksheets
I’ll be honest, I had ZERO intentions of doing any type of school work with any of my children over the summer. I figured that as long as we read regularly and played outside a lot, that would be good enough for our 6, 4, and 3 year olds!
However, soon into the summer, Nora and Simon started requesting “homework” — or basically any type of worksheet they could do at home! 🙂
Of course, James wants to do whatever they do, so I searched the internet for free printables, and found the most amazing website!
Education.com has thousands and thousands of free QUALITY resources for every age child. It’s extremely easy to search for exactly what you’re looking for (tailored specifically to the child’s age, ability, interests, etc.) and then you can simply print off whatever you want.
The kids have enjoyed doing “homework” over the summer, and I have enjoyed them sitting relatively quietly at the table for a few minutes!
Double Needle for Sewing Machine
I am far from an expert seamstress, and while I don’t make many items from scratch anymore, I am pretty good at altering clothing to make something new out of something old.
I regularly alter items I find at thrift stores to work for our family members, and I’m always shortening or lengthening pants for people!
I don’t buy too many sewing gadgets, simply because I can easily get by with what I have in the house — however, last year, after being very frustrated with my attempts to shorten Nora’s leggings into capris, I purchased a double needle from our local sewing supply store.
The double needle is thread exactly the same way as a single needle… you just use 2 spools of thread. The main benefit is that it allows the finished product to be somewhat stretchy — which is perfect for sewing Nora’s leggings and other kid items that need to be stretchy.
It’s very easy to put on and take off (you’ll just need a tiny Phillips screwdriver) and it only cost me around $5 — so very affordable as well.
I’ve used my double needle so many times over the past year — it’s such a fun and useful sewing tool to have around.
Family Meals at the Table
This is sort of a silly one, but after talking with a couple friends last week, I realized that our family eats EVERY SINGLE MEAL together all summer long!
Even though our family meal times are often very loud, very messy, and sometimes very frustrating (when kids refuse to eat or when large amounts of food spill), I am positive I will look back on the hundreds and thousands of meals we ate together with nothing but happy memories.
Even though it takes a huge amount of time and effort to plan, purchase, prepare, serve, and clean up all the food our family eats each day, it’s worth all my efforts to have us all together around the table.
Obviously, once school start we’ll be back to eating in shifts for breakfast and lunch, but dinner will still be something we enjoy as a family (even if it is at 4:30 in the afternoon!)
I hope that as our kids’ schedules get busier, we’ll still be able to find time to eat together several times a week — because it’s definitely one of my most favorite things!
That’s all for me this month.
Make sure you check out my previous months’ favorite things — and feel free to share some of YOUR favorite things in the comments below!