52 Project, Week 16: Multiple

52 Project, Week 16: Multiple

This multiple image has been something I have wanted to try for a long time.  Creating a double exposure effect of a person and trees has always held a strange appeal for me.  I’ve seen a lot of variations, but I wanted something that was unique and a bit different than what I had seen.

I feel that there is always something that is occupying our minds.  We are longing for that hope which our future holds, whether near or far.  We have little hopes and big hopes.  Dreams don’t need to be rational to be longed for.  Simply holding on to an idea of something that brings us joy is how we continue to move forward each day.

My daughter always says, whenever we see a particularly beautiful, deep grove of trees, “I want to live there.”  My sweet Cupcake has heard me mention dreamily often that I want to move up north and live in the woods.  Using her for this project was perfect.  She’s dreaming of the deep woods.

I don’t know when our dream of living in the woods will come true.  In my head, I have this beautiful image of paradise earth with trees that stretch on for miles.  Till that day comes, we’ll happily enjoy camping up north and soaking in the fresh air of the many pines.

What is your vision of hope for the future?

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15 Fun Chalk Art Ideas

It’s chalk art season, time to check out our 15 fun chalk art ideas! The snow has melted, the sun is shining and it’s warm enough to go outside without snow pants, mittens, and hats.  

One of our favorite summer activities is to make chalk art.  Maybe we’re artistically inclined.  Or maybe we’re rebels and we enjoy defacing public property.  Really, though, we love making art to share with others.  What greater way is there to spread a little cheer to your neighbors?

My children love when I break open a new package of chalk.  The rainbow of colors, the excitement of possibilities, the opportunity for art! I love seeing their excitement.

My kids aren’t the only ones that love to draw with chalk!  I usually join them and create a fun doodle or two.

There are so many different things that can be done with chalk.  From simple to extreme, there are many beautiful examples out there to inspire us.  Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

15 Fun Chalk Art Ideas

15 Fun Chalk Art Ideas

  1. Family Portrait
  2. Stencils
  3. Flowers
  4. Name Art
  5. Wings
  6. Beach
  7. Super Hero
  8. Celestial-Suns, Stars, Moons, and Planets
  10. Outlines
  11. Crowns, Hats, & Hair
  12. Rainbow
  13. Camping
  14. Flying Away in the Clouds with a Balloon
  15. Sunsets

What are your favorite things to do with chalk?  Were you inspired by this post?  Share some of your art with us!

Check out our fun Chalk art video!

Fun Things To Do, At Home, Outside, In Summer

Fun Things To Do, At Home, Outside, In Summer

What a title!  This is the first in a series of fun things to do.  I plan on posting many more for all the seasons.  I’m dividing these up specifically so that it’s easy to find something fun to do, no matter the circumstances.

For this part in the series, I’m focusing specifically on fun things to do, at home, outside, in summer.  I don’t know about you, but some of my best memories of childhood take place outside.  I can remember running through the streets with all of the other kids on my block.  We were completely unsupervised and free to use our imaginations.  I honestly can’t remember my Mom guiding our play.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, it is not safe to let the kids run free and wild outside.  Sadly, I’ve heard many stories in the news about parents being investigated by CPS if children are allowed to walk to the park themselves.  I know that in today’s world, children are being kidnapped and sold, so a simple walk to the park is a thing of the past.  If you’re like me, you want your babies to be safe AND have fun.  So this means that the kids might be contained to the yard.

Usually, I let my kids outside to play on the trampoline and all the neighborhood kids will come running over.  However, there are days when no friends can come to play.  If this is the case, I turn to my handy list of things to do.

Here is a free summer fun printable.  I like to keep mine inside a plastic protector sheet inside a binder.  I’ve seen a lot of fun ideas about putting the lists on popsicle sticks and the like.  Although that idea is neat, for me, it just means a lot of work.  Not to mention more clutter and the chance that the kids will lose, break, eat, leave lying around the house, etc.

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Here are a few 8.5×11 summer fun printout freebies.  I made these with Tagxedo, but you could always make your own with your favorite summer activities.

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For more information and ideas for these activities, check out the links below. Over the Summer I’ll be picking randomly from this list, so check back often!

  • Archery
  • Backyard Camping
  • Backyard Fort
  • Backyard Picnic
  • Basketball Games
  • Bike Ride
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Cartwheels
  • Chalk Art
  • Climb Trees
  • Color or Paint Pictures of Nature
  • Drink Ice Tea and Relax
  • Eat a Meal Outside
  • Eat Watermelon Slices
  • Freeze Tag
  • Gardening
  • Gaze at Stars
  • Have a Bonfire
  • Have a Relay Race
  • Have the Kids Plan and Set Up a Photo Shoot
  • Hopscotch
  • Hula Hoop
  • Invite Friends Over
  • Jacks
  • Jump Rope
  • Kick the Can
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Make and Grill Shish-Ka-Bobs Together
  • Make and Put Up a Birdfeeder
  • Make Dandelion Crowns
  • Make Friendship Bracelets
  • Make Paper Airplanes
  • Make S’mores
  • Marbles
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • Obstacle Course
  • Off the Grid Day
  • Paint Nails
  • Paint Rocks
  • Photo Shoot of the Family
  • Photo Shoot of the Kids
  • Play Don’t Touch the Ground
  • Play Frisbee
  • Play in Kiddie Pool
  • Play With Neighborhood Friends
  • Playing Catch with a Baseball
  • Read
  • Red Rover
  • Safety Drills
  • Sketch
  • Soccer
  • Sprinkler
  • Swing
  • Tag
  • Take a Nap
  • Take a Walk and Watch the Sun Rise
  • Take a Walk and Watch the Sun Set
  • Take Pix of Each Other
  • Throw a Theme Party
  • Trampoline
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Walk to the River
  • Wash the Car
  • Watch the Clouds
  • Watermelon Skewers

What are your favorite fun things to do, at home, outside, in summer?  We’d love to hear from you!  Let us know in the comments!