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27 Apr '18

10 Amazing & Memorable Activities for Your Child This Summer!

10 Amazing & Memorable Activities for Your Child This Summer!

By: Maggie Sweets


Whoever said  summer had to be boring and long? Here is a list of 10 AMAZING activities for your child to do this summer! Each post has a link below instructing you on how to achieve these great ideas. Have Fun!


1. Make a Bucket List!


Nothing will get your child excited for the summer than gathering ideas and getting a plan together full of fun activities for the summer!

https://www.mommymoment.ca/2016/06/summer-bucket-list.html


2. Plan an Outdoor Movie Night


Setting one of these up can be just as fun as the party itself! Make sure to invite lots of friends and add a concession stand if you want to go the extra mile!

http://momadvice.com/post/diy-outdoor-movie-night?pp=1

3. Collect Leaves for an Awesome Leaf Book


Summer is the time when all of the leaves will be visible for nearly every tree! Don’t wait until fall to start collecting them! Make an amazing leaf book early on.

http://www.wisconsinparent.com/2013/10/07/80822/fall-craft-idea-how-to-make-your-own-leaf-book


4. Make an Amazing Indoor Tent


What kids doesn’t love a blanket fort? Right—no kid! Make this as extravagant as possible by including lights and a TV!

http://cloverkate.com/2015/11/how-to-throw-an-amazing-blanket-fort-party/

5. Plan a Photography Project for your Child


Kids love creating! Help your child foster their creativity by giving them a small camera to document their summer! Convert these images to black and white and print them for a wonderful gallery.

https://www.udemy.com/photography-for-kids-online-course/

6.Host a Tea Party

Grab a group of friends and throw a tea party every month of the summer! Make sure to add snacks and different teas including iced teas for everyone to enjoy.

https://teapartygirl.com/you-can-make-money-hosting-childrens-tea-parties/

7. Plant a Tree

This activity is a great family activity! Planting a tree not only helps the environment but gives your child and your family something to look back on as it continues to grow.

https://lerablog.org/home-and-family/gardening/things-to-consider-when-planting-trees-on-your-property/


8. Make Some Dough

Better believe that  your children will ask you for LOTS of money this summer! Help them learn the lesson of money management by helping them create some cash themselves. Don’t limit it to lemonade stands! With online stores like Etsy, your children can sell crafts, t-shirt designs and much more!

https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Money-(for-Kids)
https://thehappyhousewife.com/frugal-living/5-ways-for-kids-to-sell-their-crafts/

9. Make a Homemade Movie

Homemade movies are great! Your children can spend the whole summer with their friends creating scripts, collecting props, filming and editing. What a wonderful way to look back on their summer!

https://www.nyfa.edu/student-resources/getting-kids-into-filmmaking/

10. Have a Talent Show

Coming down to the end of summer vacation? Throwing a talent show for your child and their friends is a great way to conclude all of the things that your child learned and did on their vacation. Gather the neighborhood, charge $2 a ticket and give a cash prize to the winner at the end!
Whatever you do this summer… Have fun! Summertime can be a wonderful memory for you and your children. Have any more ideas? We would love to hear them. Comment your thoughts below!

http://lessthanperfectlifeofbliss.com/2013/08/talent-show-party-night-with-stars.html

Written by: Maggie Sweets

 

Maggie Sweets is an award winning fine art photographer based in Sioux Falls, SD. She specializes in family and child portraiture and works with designers and publications on the side. Maggie Sweets is also a loving wife and mom of 3 kiddos. On her spare time, she enjoys traveling, painting, stargazing & baking.

Website: www.maggiesweetsphotography.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maggiesweetsphotography

 

20 Apr '18

Realistic Expectations in an unrealistic world

Post written by our guest blogger:

Cassie loves and lives in Fairhope, Alabama. She is a small business owner of Cassie Davis Photography and a full time Mom of two littles, Cooper (6) and Caroline Reese (3). If she isn't out working or playing with kids, she can be found enjoying her family at their favorite spots around the Eastern Shore. She loves traveling, kayaking and the beach! Photography has been a passion of hers for the last 4 years and eagerly tries to grow and learn in her business. She is married to her high school sweetheart and an avid animal lover. She loves children's clothing and being a part of the Mint Kids Clothing family!

 

12 Apr '18

5 Things You Will Regret as a Mom if You Don’t Start Doing Them Right Now

5 Things You Will Regret as a Mom if You Don’t Start Doing Them Right Now

By: Maggie Sweets

 


Being a mother to a child and especially more than one, can be a tough gig. Its often times easy to fall into a routine and get lost in the day without having spent quality time for yourself, your spouse and your children. We have all been guilty of getting lost in the hustle and bustle so today, I am sharing 5 things that will help you enjoy your beautiful family and make memories for the moments that seem to pass us by in a blink of an eye.


Take pictures…. All the time
Kids grow up fast! Way too fast! The smaller they are, the more changes they will make in a given timespan. Whether it’s a camera or a simple smart phone, take more pictures than you think you need. You will be glad you did so when you look back at them in 6 months.


Start saying “Yes” More to your Children
I’m not saying let them have cake all day but sometimes, as moms, we find ourselves saying “No” to our children because of a hardship that it will create on our part such as a big cleanup. If your children, want to borrow your bedsheets to make a tent in their room, is it really so bad? Children are only so little for so long, as long as they aren’t hurting anyone, try saying “Yes” more.


Play WITH Them
Believe it or not, your kids adore you. Nothing will make them happier than building a huge Lego house together or reenacting their favorite princess movie. If that means letting go of the kitchen for the day, isn’t it worth the time? Remember, it is these types of memories they remember most as they grow older and even more so when they become parents themselves.


Let Them Help You
Our children are often times A LOT smarter than we think they are. Though it may take some extra work on your part in the beginning, they are capable of learning to do things you may not have thought possible. In addition, the sense of accomplishment your child will feel after having mastered something while helping their much older parents can really boost their self-esteem. Let your children help you in your tasks from making lunch to special projects such as painting & knitting. Who knows, you may just introduce them to a hobby they will continue doing their whole lives and perhaps with their children one day.


Cut Down the Screen time
Children need real-world social interactions for healthy development. Limit the screen time and teach them how to play in their rooms or outside for an appropriate length of time. Trust me, they will not die because they are bored. Even more, they say boredom fosters creativity. In time, your children will learn how to entertain themselves and won’t feel the need to be stimulated all of the time. Lastly, you don’t want your children’s favorite memories to mostly include their favorite TV shows and apps do you?
Do you have any more tips on how to create memories with your children? If so, comment below! We would love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

-Maggie Sweets

Maggie Sweets is an award winning fine art photographer based in Sioux Falls, SD. She specializes in family and child portraiture and works with designers and publications on the side. Maggie Sweets is also a loving wife and mom of 3 kiddos. On her spare time, she enjoys traveling, painting, stargazing & baking.

Website: www.maggiesweetsphotography.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maggiesweetsphotography

27 Mar '18

Shortcuts to Spring Style- Flowers, Yellow and Lace!


Shortcuts to Spring Style
We have loved dressing in Mint Kids Clothing's new SPRING line! It's so much fun to embrace the season- especially in dressing like a cutie! Here are a few ways to celebrate spring by the way you dress your little trendsetter:
FLOWERS! Mint Kid's Clothing's Wildflowers Dress is the envy of every little girl. The sweet print is perfect for everyday play! It's so easy to dress up by throwing some flowers in your little girl's hair. We bought some artificial baby's breath, cut of small pieces, and put it in her hair! 
YELLOW! Here comes the sun! There are so many cute pieces that incorporate yellow from Mint Kid's spring line. A great start is the Vintage Lace Leggings in Mustard that can be pair with a sweet shirt or an adorable dress.
LACE! It is the epitome of a classic and clean spring look. The rustic ruffle dress can be dressed down with a jean jacket and cowgirl boots or dressed up with some church shoes and one of Mint Kid's beautiful headbands. The Apricot Mint Headband with bring in some lovely color for a great Easter outfit! We did a simple hairstyle of braided pig tails, tucked them in front, and placed baby's breath throughout for a lovely spring look.
As Robin Williams once said, "Spring is nature's way of saying let's party!" We hope you have lots of fun and adventure in these beautiful outfits this season! 
Featured:
Written by: Alyssa Christensen
Email: magnumopusutah@gmail.com
Alyssa Christensen is a photographer specializing in children, family, and weddings with Magnum Opus Photography in Utah. Before becoming a photographer, she was a teacher for 7 years and an actress. She is married to a firefighter, and is mama to a four year old little girl and one year old Scottie dog. She loves traveling with her family in their '68 Roadrunner camper, collecting rocks and records, and Pepsi. 
01 Feb '18

Let's talk SPRING trends for your little TRENDSETTER!

 

 
Post written by:

Cassie loves and lives in Fairhope, Alabama. She is a small business owner of Cassie Davis Photography and a full time Mom of two littles, Cooper (6) and Caroline Reese (3). If she isn't out working or playing with kids, she can be found enjoying her family at their favorite spots around the Eastern Shore. She loves traveling, kayaking and the beach! Photography has been a passion of hers for the last 4 years and eagerly tries to grow and learn in her business. She is married to her high school sweetheart and an avid animal lover. She loves children's clothing and being a part of the Mint Kids Clothing family!