Summer Fun Series-2

*If this is your first time checking out the Summer Bucket List Series, start with Week #1. Want to learn more about my #makeitcount ways? Follow me on Instagram or Join the Private Facebook Group I started called Empowering Kids with Character!

I love summer. I think being a teacher straight out of college then becoming self employed has made me a fan of the season since I’ve always had time off to enjoy it. I strive for balance with allowing my children to try new things in the summer months, to become bored (I think it’s healthy) and to have time to just p-l-a-y and c-r-e-a-t-e.

I am documenting our summer bucket list here. I started out the season by sharing how I plan for summer adventures in my video series. Then I spent time using pinterest and the lovely internet to plan out a variety of things to do. We never stick to a strict plan but if there’s a rainy day, you better believe I have an indoor backup activity versus too much screen time!

So let this series be an inspiration to you to live big and enjoy
the summer months with your loved ones!


Weekly Library Trips: We continue to visit the library each week this summer. I didn’t sign us up for the library reading challenge but we take part in challenges I’ve found online like this one.

Summer Contest: Calling all teachers! Check out this awesome contest we are hosting over on Instagram. You can win up to $300 in gift cards by taking a picture of a bookshelf in your classroom. That’s right! Details are over on IG.

Road Trip Fun: We took a trip up north and listened to James and The Giant Peach on cd. We prepped some kindness cards with lifesavers attached that we left behind at our rest stops. The kids ate from their fancy snack necklaces (a great way to contain a snack on a road trip) and we arrived to our first destination Tuesday afternoon, Torch Lake. We spent time swimming and jumping off a huge dock into the crystal clear waters then ate hot dogs and s’mores for dinner by a camp fire. Then we went to Glen Arbor for lunch at Art’s Tavern and a visit to the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes. Last, but not least, we rented a house in the woods of Frankfort to witness my sister get married. We rented bikes, got dirty at the beach, ate ice cream and did all the fun things us Michiganders do in the summer up north!

Note: cute calendar from Today’s Special on clearance for just $3