Hi there! I hope you are having a great week! I keep saying this, but it is hard to believe another summer week has gone by! My kids are officially half way through summer break and I wish it wasn’t going so fast! Today, as usual, I am wrapping up my week with my Friday Favorites. I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for this post!
Cookie Taste Testing
I created a ballot (you can download if you’d like to have your own taste test!) and the kids got to taste test five different Oreo flavors. I mixed in a few store bought brands too since I wanted to mix it up with fun flavors!
It was so fun that every time one of the kid’s friends comes over, they set up the taste test for them!
Snow Cone Machine Fun
I wanted to share another fun activity that we did this week. We made snow cones with our own Snow Cone maker! I love that this gadget/appliance is easy enough for the kids to use and it does not require a lot of supplies! (Just ice and juice or syrup!)
You just grind the ice into the machine and then scoop out in the ice into paper cups or in our case bowls! Instead of syrup, we use fruit juice or soda.
Simple Kitchen Look
The other day I was feeling like my kitchen had gotten a bit too cluttered. Inevitably, our counters are always the holding area for EVERYTHING that comes into the house! So I decided to swap out my galvanized tray for a super simple bowl with fresh fruit. I love using fruit and other consumable items (straws, cups, etc.) as decor!
I removed a few other things from the counters and I am so much happier with the space. It is a lot easier (and FREE) to take things out of a space than it is to add MORE things into a space to make it look good!
After I finished my work in the kitchen, I made a few changes to our mud closet (formerly a coat closet)! With two kids on the swim team, one kid in swim lessons and a lot of trips to the pool and the beach, we go through A LOT of towels! I found the perfect solution for our towels:)
The towels are now easily accessible and as a bonus they look pretty in this closet! Another example of using functional items as decor!
Remember when I talked about Hi Sugarplum’s summer collection at Nordstrom? This week I was so happy to see all of the items on sale! Everything is going fast, but I did manage to snag this tropical romper. I had originally ordered this romper back in May but my order was cancelled because it sold out! So, I’m hoping it works out and I receive this in time for my trip to Florida later this month.
There are still a lot of great items left! This tank is still left in a few colors and sizes (33% off).
School Lunch Ideas with Yum Boxes
Earlier in today’s post I was lamenting about summer going by too quickly and yet here I am talking about school lunches! Moms– I am sure you can relate, I am always so motivated at the beginning of the school year to make healthy and creative lunches. However, by the time May (who am I kidding OCTOBER) rolls around I have lost all school lunch making creativity.
However, this year I am bound and determined to keep the motivation going a little while longer. I have been eyeing these Yum Boxes for awhile now and I decided to purchase them this week! I’ve heard great things about them and I’m hoping for some fun lunches. My kids pack their own lunches, but I still help with coming up with lunch ideas with them.
I like that Yum boxes have a bunch of small compartments, so there is a lot of room for choices! Plus it will be easy to clean one container instead of a bunch of little individual containers (that we usually use). My kids tend to eat snacky type lunches instead of typical sandwiches ( I do not know why my kids do not like PB & Js!).
I will be sure to share our lunch meals in these new boxes when the school year begins!
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That wraps up my Favorites of the week! I hope you have a great weekend and see you back here next week:)