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Monday, May 20, 2013
Summer is right around the corner. And with that means kids will be home and need things to do. This takes a little planning, so a few weeks before I always start writing down a list of fun activities that the kids can either do on their own or together as a family. (Mine are still young so most of them we do together.)
It is amazing at how fast a summer flies by and having ideas of things
to do can help make it more memorable and less "boring"
(as my five year old has now learned to say. :)
Here you can see a "Summer Days" list that I made and put into a frame to hang for everyone to see. I wrote in the activities and included some little boxes. Once it was put behind the glass, I simply used a dry erase marker to mark them off.
You can see this one was from a couple of years ago. I usually change the way I display it a bit each year. Did we complete every activity? No. But we did do a lot. And we had a lot of fun doing them.
If you'd care to make your own, I am including a blank copy for you to download. (It actually prints on to two sheets of paper or cardstock. You may have to cut it a bit to fit them together. ) That way you can make your own list that works for your kids and family.
As I mentioned earlier, I like to change mine up each year.
(coming later this week)!
Friday, May 17, 2013
If you've been following along, you may be wondering where I've been the last few days. Or you may have guessed from my last post that I have been preparing for a garage sale that we are having...actually...today. Sorry I've kept you hanging, I've been having a hard time "getting it all done" lately. Honestly, I'll be happy when this sale is over.
But before it is, I thought I'd share what I've learned to do on the night before (as well as the day of) a big sale.
1. If you saw my last post (garage sale prep a week before) you read that I like to put an ad in Craigslist earlier in the week--to get folks excited. I then refresh my ad and post it again the day before. Hard core garage sale goers like to make a plan before heading out to their garage sale destinations. I want to be a part of their plan.
2. Now that we've collected/made our signs, it's time to set them up. It is better to have a few too many than not enough. Make sure your sale is well marked. I also like to write the time frame of my sale on my signs to give buyers a heads up.
3. Have cash on hand. I always like to make sure I have some cash (mainly ones and quarters). You don't want to miss a sale because you don't have change. A cash box comes in handy but certainly isn't necessary.
4. Keep extra bags (grocery/shopping bags) on hand to help buyers if they are buying multiple items.
5. Play some music. Lighten the mood a little with some tunes. Nothing too crazy or loud. Just enough to get rid of any uncomfortable silence and add a little fun. :)
6. Last but not least, as I mentioned in the first post of this series, keep the kids occupied. I found this super fun cardboard lemonade stand that you color yourself at Michaels. Thought this would be a fun way for the kids to get involved a little and still have some fun. (Don't you worry. My husband is also taking the day off so he will be there to help. )
Okay, that's it! Wish me luck!
If you're thinking about having your own garage sale be sure and read my other posts in this series.