Happy Friday Everyone! It’s been another fun filled summer week! I will admit that we are starting to think about back to school as we made some clothing and supplies purchases this week! But, we are going to continue to get every last bit of summer out that we can! Per the usual, I am linking up for for Friday Favorites with Erika, Narci and Andrea. I’ll share what we’ve been up to this week including a few fun things to do with kids in Cleveland!
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Summer Fun Crafts
This week, my mom had my middle son over to her house for a few nights (as part of a summer tradition with each of the kids). So, my daughter and my youngest son asked (convinced me) to hit up the craft store. As for the usual, when my daughter gets me to the craft store, we left with A LOT of projects to work on.
The first project we worked on was some sand art in bottles. I honestly was so impressed with how these turned out. Each of the kids filled two jars initially, but we have since filled more mason jars with sand.
We got 4 bags of sand and 4 containers for less than $15 at the craft store!
Next, we worked on our fairy garden (finally)! Normally, this is a project we finish in the spring. So I wasn’t even sure we would get around to making a garden this year. But all of the fairy garden accessories at the stores were marked down by 75%, so we were feeling inspired.
All the details on our new fairy garden HERE!
Our last project that we bought materials for is TIE-DYING! I’ll share our finished products next week!
Little Italy & Lakeview Cemetery
After spending a few days at home earlier in the week, we decided to take a little adventure to Little Italy and the Lakeview Cemetery. Both of these spots were on our summer fun list! In Little Italy, we ate our way through the morning. Our first stop was Presti’s for pizzas, coffee and cookies!
Then, because YOLO, we went to another Little Italy Bakery, Corbo’s, for more treats!
We picked a great day to go because parking was easy and the streets were not crowded. The kids loved the vibe and people watching!
Next, we went up the hill to Lakeview Cemetery. This is our second visit here and we really love this place. It is a GORGEOUS setting…I can only imagine how pretty this would be in the Spring or Fall! This cemetery is a resting place for many Cleveland notables including the Rockefellers, former President James A. Garfield and Elliot Ness.
On our last visit, we didn’t get to see the James A. Garfield Memorial, so that was a priority for this visit. This monument did not disappoint. Wow!! We found out this is the most elaborate burial site for a former president.
We took the guide’s advice and went to the top of the monument to see the spectacular views of the city.
Local friends, if you have not been here, I can not recommend Lakeview Cemetery enough–it is a must see attraction in Cleveland! It was such a fun visit and my daughter and I are already planning our next visit this Fall!
Trips to other destinations are fun, but there are so many fun things to do with kids in Cleveland! My kids are just as excited going to a new place in our own town as they are when we go to a whole other city!
Christmas in July
This week, over on Instagram, I jumped on the Christmas in July bandwagon by sharing one of my favorite Christmas decor pictures from last year. I asked the question whether anyone had started Christmas shopping and I couldn’t believe how many of you had already started! I have bought one gift and that was completely by chance!
How about you…have you bought any Christmas gifts yet??
Kids Shoe Shopping at Nordstrom
We ended up at the mall one day and we did a little back to school shopping. I always like to get the kids’ feet measured at Nordstrom. Is it just me or is it impossible to decide what size shoe your kids really need? I found out that my 5 year old was in a pair of shoes 1 1/2 sizes too small. #momfail
We ended up spending a little more money on these shoes for him (than I normally spend). But I was convinced by the saleswoman that these shoes are great for little kids! These shoes are specially engineered to follow the natural contour of a child’s foot. They actually make shoes for adults too–so I’ll need to take a look at those!
I normally buy Nikes for the kids play shoes, but I think these shoes will provide so much more support and comfort for my little guy’s growing feet!
Despite his goofy smile, he was so PROUD to get a new pair of shoes for Kindergarten!
P.S. Did you know that Nordstrom offers shoe tying class for little ones?? I am so tempted to sign up my kindergartner…although he doesn’t own a pair of lace shoes yet:)
That about wraps up my week! I am headed out of town with some girlfriends for a belated birthday getaway. Then next week, my husband and I are headed to Florida with friends. It will be a busy next few weeks. I hope you have a great weekend!