12 Free Summer Printables

You guys!! It is time once again for our monthly Printable Blog Hop. This month our theme is SUMMER!!

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If you are new here, every month 12 creative bloggers share a free printable with a common theme.  To get each printable you simply need to “hop” from one blog to another to get them.  There are some seriously cute Summer Printables here!

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With a Summer theme…and July being National Ice Cream Month…I thought it would be fun to come up with some ice cream cone wrappers.  They are a simple way to add some fun to your next summer party!

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I have a free pattern for you to download that you can simply print out.  Then use the pattern to make some ice cream wrappers out of your favorite scrapbook paper to match the party’s theme.

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I also have a fun little label that you can add too.  Or, make up a bunch of labels and give them as a gift along with some ice cream and ice cream cones to a neighbor or friend…so they can have their own festive ice cream party!

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Summer-Printable

#1 {The Dating Divas} – Everything you need to throw a fun “Getting To Know You” BBQ with your neighbors!
#2 {Somewhat Simple} – 4 different Summer themed party invites. Just print, fill out + send!
#3 {Whipperberry} – A glow stick or sparkler printable for your summer picnics or barbecues
#4 {Crafting Chicks} – Summer in the USA
#5 {Tatertots & Jello} – Printable Lemonade Stand bunting and signs.
#6 {L’il Luna} – GOO’D Summer Gift Idea
#7 {My Sister’s Suitcase} – Summer Reading Bingo Game – 24 FUN ways to get your kids reading this Summer!
#8 {I Heart Nap Time} – A fun and colorful summer gift label!
#9 {The 36th Avenue} – Adorable Nautical Journal and Bookmark Printables.
#10 {Paging Supermom} – Kids will have a blast with these free printable Water Gun Targets!
#11 {The TomKat Studio} – Adorable popsicle notecards and tags, perfect for summer!
#12 {The Idea Room} – Make some fun and colorful ice cream cone wrappers for your next summer party! Sizes available for different cones.

Summer-Printables

To download a copy of the Ice Cream Wrappers click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

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Please read directions fully to be able to get the download!

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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Now get out there and eat some ice cream!!

Summer Can–30 Handmade Days

I am happy to have my friend Mique from Thirty Handmade Days and the Queen Bee Market here today, sharing a great idea for when you are out and about this summer.  Mique is one of my favorites and is a great example to me of Motherhood.  She is also super fun and creative.  I hope you will stop on over to her site to see some of the other great ideas she has shared.http://www.theidearoom.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Summer-Series-Title-big.jpg

Hi the Idea Room friends! I’m Mique from Thirty Handmade Days and the Queen Bee Market. I’m so happy to be here today to share a simple idea to help you be a little prepared for the pool, beach or lake trips – make a summer can.

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What is a summer can, you ask? Let me explain… Ok. So we live in California where the sun is shining throughout the year. But summer means days at the pool or the beach. I grew up in the San Diego area (best place to grow up!) and spent a lot of time at the beach. This idea comes from time there- it’s similar to a little emergency kit, only I made it with more beach/lake related items. You could add whatever you want, but this is what I gathered:

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A Pringles can! Grab one at the store, eat the chips and then wipe it clean with a wet wipe, damp cloth, something to get all the crumbs off. The one in the picture above is Salt & Vinegar but I don’t recommend that one just because it is hard to get rid of that vinegar smell. Ewwww. Other supplies:

  • baby wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • baby powder – helps with sandy feet/hands. Sprinkle it where the sand is before you get into the car and it will come off.
  • bandaids
  • sunglasses
  • lip balm
  • baby bulb syringe (you know one of those yucky snot suckers?) – this helps with sand too. Use it to blow off sand off of gadgets or off your body.
  • gum
  • plastic trash bag (because we always have trash from food and it’s a pain to collect or walk forever to the nearest one at the beach)

I asked on my Facebook page for things people had to have at the beach and here were a few of my favorite tips that you could add to your summer can:

  • Small bottle with white vinegar – to use on jelly fish stings. (if jelly fish are common at your beach)
  • Leave in conditioner is a life saver with little girls & salty hair
  • Take everything like wetsuits, shovels, whatever else that gets sandy in a big plastic bin…then when you are ready to to go, put everything back in. Helps with sandy things rolling around the car and then when you get home…you just fill bin with water and soak everything for a little while then rinse & hang!
  • Bring plastic bags to help get wetsuits on…put over feet and hands before you put them in the wetsuit and the arms/legs slip right on!

Obviously not everything is going to fit into a Pringles can. Here’s what mine looked like up close with the baby powder, wipes, lip balm, trash bag and nose syringe:

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If you stop by 30days, I have some other fun printables and kids ideas like this one:

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You can also find me on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks so much for having me Amy! Love ya.

 hiimmique

Potato race cars

I just recently spent several hours with some of my very favorite people at a family reunion.  I feel like I must mention how lucky I am to belong to such an amazing family.  We grew up going on trips to Lake Powell and St. George together every summer.  And we just generally have a great time hanging out together.

And even now, as we have all gotten older and had families of our own, we still really enjoy getting together at our annual family reunion. My husband and kids also really enjoy these reunions. I ran my half marathon the morning of the reunion this year and my kids made me promise that we wouldn’t miss the reunion.

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We always have a BBQ or some yummy lunch.  We also always have a big water fight with the younger kids, while the older folks compete in friendly basketball, horse shoe, and sometimes a volleyball tournament.  Most of the time we are able to have the reunion at a great location by a lake which we later get to play in together.

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And we always have some other fun activities for the kids to participate in. This year my cousin Angie showed us all how to make a race car out of a potato and arranged for the kids to make some fun Potato Race Cars. Then they raced them down a Pinewood Derby race track.

They are really easy to make.

You will need the following for each Potato Race Car:

  • Potato
  • 4 Pinewood Derby Car Wheels (can be purchased online or at a local Scouting store)
  • 4 large nails
  • 4 small washers that fit onto your nails
  • potato/cheese grater
  • decorations for your cars

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You may need to shave your potato so that the wheels fit on nicely and roll without rubbing on the potato.  You can also shave some from the bottom of the potato so that it will roll down the track easily.

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Stick the nails though the washers and wheels and then stick them into the sides of the potato.  Be sure to place them so that the car rides evenly.

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Then bling out your car with your favorite accessories.  This can be difficult to get it just right…haha!  I love how serious she is about getting her car just right.  Isn’t she adorable?!

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Then when you have all the cars made…line them up and let them go!

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We had some great cars.  But wouldn’t you know it…one of the youngest competitors won the whole race.  And this was his winning Potato Racer!

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And this is the grand prize!

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Such a fun activity that got all the kids old and young involved.  It is similar to a Pinewood Derby activity I shared with you in an older post…Banana Pinewood Derby Cars.

Do you have any fun ideas that your family does to make your family reunions special?  I would love to hear your ideas!

Checking back in…

Hey everyone…tap, tap, tap…is anyone still out there?  I am still around, I have just been busy! B.U.S.Y!  Can anyone relate?

I thought summer was supposed to be relaxing and kick back.  When I scheduled out our summer I thought I was doing a good job at keeping things easy going, but then all of a sudden I had a million things going on all at once.  And with five kids (and their friends) underfoot, and all the mess that goes along with that, I have found myself crazy busy!

We have been busy with a lot of good things, but sometimes I think we can get caught up in too MUCH good.  If you have been following along with me on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram (name: theidearoom) you may have caught a glimpse of the craziness :)!!!

For example, in the last 45 days I have slept in my own bed only 21 times.  Where have I been you say?  Well…the better question may be…where have I not been?  haha!

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I shared with you our family reunion/vacations to California and St. George, Utah here.

I was home from those family vacations for four days before I packed up and headed off to the EVO ‘12 Conference.

  

I was able to stay in this amazing Links Luxury Rentals in Park City. 

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I was also able to spend some time with some amazing online friends…new and old.

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Upon returning home from this conference, we celebrated my daughter’s 8th birthday (Ombre Cake Tutorial here), met up with our old college buddies my husband and I used to double date with before we were both married. 

Then we packed up AGAIN and headed off for a little family camping trip with my sister and her family to Flaming Gorge, Utah.

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Immediately after that trip, I had to get all of my projects finished for my rooms in the DIY Blogger House, as we were finally able to get inside of the house to work on them.

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I spent several days at the house getting everything ready with Brian, Jen, Char, Lara, and Shelley.

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After a long Saturday at the DIY Blogger House…Lara, Tauni, Char and I enjoyed ourselves at the Neil Diamond concert.  We had purchased our tickets back in December of 2011!

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During this time, my Mother-In-Law came out for a little visit and for my daughter’s baptism into our church which was the following Saturday after the Neil concert.  She was a great help with the kids!

A few days later we had a party at the DIY House to kick off the Parade of Homes with several bloggers and we found out Our Parade of Homes house swept all three awards in our category! These included: ARCHITECTURE / HOME DESIGN, INTERIOR DESIGN, and BEST OF CATEGORY!!

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I spent a few days at home trying to catch up with everything that had been neglected…laundry, thigh high weeds, dirty toilets and floors…you have been there…right?!  And snuck in a quick lunch with my best friends from High School (minus one)!  I still absolutely enjoy them like I did back in high school.  We have a lot of great memories from the good old days!  I love that we can go a long time without seeing each other and pick up right where we left off.  That is a sign of a true friend.

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And then…if that were not a long enough list…I hopped on a plane to Dallas…in August…YIKES! (It was HOT!) and spent some time with some of the lovely people that work for Michael’s!  I had a great time and will be sharing some fun things here with you soon about my trip.

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The very next day, my family and I spent the entire day up in Park City, Utah with my husband’s co-workers at his company party. 

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So today…as I type this, I can’t help but feel a bit worn out…PHEW!  I need a vacation…haha!  Not really.  I need a really long nap.

Things are THANKFULLY on the down swing.  I have a couple more things on my calendar until the kids start back to school just after Labor Day.  I am looking forward to school just so things can slow down a bit…haha!  Like that is really going to happen right?

I feel like I need to explain all of this to you so you know why I have been pretty absent around here.  ALL the projects in my house have been on hold all summer.  Crafting (other than the DIY House Projects) has been pretty much non-existent.  But the kids and I have been enjoying and getting the most out of our summer as we possibly could.  That is what it should be about…right?!  You should be seeing a little bit more of ME in the upcoming weeks, that is a good thing…right? ;)

What about you?  Have you had a busy summer?  Are your kids back to school yet? 

pvc sprinkler tutorial

A few weeks ago I shared with you this PVC Sprinkler that I made as part of the #LowesCreator challenge.  I am FINALLY getting around to sharing with you exactly how to make a PVC sprinkler for kids.

This is really a pretty easy and inexpensive project and the kids were all super anxious about helping us build it.

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I originally saw the idea in the Family Fun Magazine and decided to design my own version.  I wanted one that the kids could run under or ride their bikes and scooters under.

This is the original version that I sketched out.  We used the design and then made a few modifications when we actually were building it.

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You can make your own version or build ours.  You will need the following:

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Materials:

1o feet of schedule 40 1/2 inch PVC Sprinkler Pipes

Pipe Cutter

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Four 1/2 inch three-way corner joints

Seven 1/2 inch T joints

Three 1/2 inch 90 degree elbows

One 1/2 inch threaded T joint

1/2 inch riser

Full Sprinkler Head

drill and a 1/16 inch drill bit

hose attachment

1/2 inch coupling (one side threaded)

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We cut the PVC into 4 foot (top cross pieces) and 5 foot lengths.  We drilled holes (with the water running to make sure we didn’t lose too much pressure) along some of the sides and top pipes for a fountain effect.  You can always fill the holes with silicone if you get too many or one is out of place.  We did a total of about 30 holes.

For the middle cross piece, we cut the four foot section in half and installed the threaded T joint for the sprinkler.  For the house attachment, we put it on the bottom, front end.

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We did not glue any of the pieces so we could store it easily.  Sometimes a connection would come apart from rough usage but it was easily fixed.

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The kids have loved the different ways to use this.  They have ridden their bikes through it, run under it, and even used a giant sheet of plastic for a slip and slide.

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Please let us know what other fun uses you come up with.

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Strawberry Ice Cream

It’s hot outside…and what is better on a hot summer day than some nice, cold ice cream.  Better yet…homemade strawberry ice cream.

My eight year old daughter was baptized a member of our church this past weekend and we celebrated with some family and friends afterwards. Later that night we played on a giant slip and slide and then ate homemade strawberry ice cream while watching a movie outside.

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We used the following recipe from Food.com.

 

Strawberry Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 large eggs

1 cup sugar, divided

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions:

1.  Combine strawberries, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup sugar in a mixing bowl, set aside in fridge for 1 hour.

2.  In large mixing bowl beat eggs until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

3.  Gradually add 3/4 cups sugar, mixing well. Stir in milk and vanilla and mix well.

4.  Add strawberries with juice and mix well.

5.  Gently stir in whipping cream just until combined.

6.  Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

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Click on the image below for a printable version of the Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe.

We had a little bit of the ice cream mixture left over that didn’t fit into our ice cream maker, so I poured it into some popsicle molds to make some strawberry ice cream popsicles.

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Aren’t those mini strawberries adorable?  We have a plant in our yard that produces these mini ones all summer long!  They are almost too cute to eat…almost!  Want some other refreshing popsicle recipes?  Check out these past Idea Room recipes!

  Watermelon Popsicles 

  Fresh Fruit Popsicles 

  Orange Julius 

  Frozen Lemonade 

  Limeade Recipe

  Orange Sorbet 

summer oasis

Summer is a time for me to escape. Escape the everyday demands and pressures that come along with having the kids in school. Dealing with deadlines, homework, projects and kids sporting activities and schedules.

My backyard is a place that we enjoy escaping to. It is not perfect by any means…but there are a few fun areas in my yard that I enjoy relaxing in. We recently had to rebuild our entire deck because it was literally falling apart. Now I am able to sit down with a good book or work on my laptop while enjoying the summertime weather.

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We also recently tore out some bushes in our front yard and made a nice sitting area on our front porch. So it is nice to be able to enjoy a summer afternoon thundershower while watching the kids play in the gutter and rain puddles.

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Light Sabers/PVC Swords

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Do your kids (boys in particular) love swords and/or light sabers? Mine do. In fact everything at our house can be turned into a sword with a little imagination. We saw some of these swords at a craft fair a few years ago and decided to make some on our own. They are super easy.

Here is what you will need to make one:

swim noodle
26 inch length of 1/2 inch PVC pipe
1/2 inch PVC end cap
electrical tape
knife or hacksaw for cutting pipe and swim noodle

Take your PVC pipe and cut a length that measures 26 inches (or adjust according to what will fit your child best). Take one end of the PVC and wrap about 6-7 inches up the pipe with electrical tape. This is optional, but my boys really like the extra grip and the feel it provides. Place the end cap on the end of the pipe with the electrical tape. This is where your kid will hold the sword.

Take your noodle and cut off a 19 inch length. **You will need to use a swim noodle that has a hole down the inside of it. Then simply slide the noodle onto the length of PVC pipe. And there you have it…a sword or light saber.

We have a outdoor use only policy and strict rules about not hitting one another with them. The swords can only touch swords. They are only to be used in pretend combat as they could do some serious damage. My boys have also used them as baseball bats to hit tennis balls around our backyard.


Olympic Cookie Gold Medals and Torch

I don’t know about you but here at our house we LOVE watching the Olympic Games.  So with the Summer Olympics just around the corner I thought it would be fun to share with you a simple idea to get your kids involved in the Olympics this year.  A couple of years ago for the Winter Olympics we rounded up the kids and had our own little Family Olympics.  You can read about that here.

For those Family Olympic Games, we made each of the kids their own gold medals.  Here is how we made them.

We took some cookies and wrapped them individually in plastic wrap. Then we cut out a square of vellum.

Then we cut lines into the vellum all around the and right up to the cookie. Then we folded up the cut sections taping them down as we went.

After you finish, we cut a length of ribbon and taped it onto the back of the cookie. Then to cover the ribbon, we taped a circle over the ribbon on the back of the medal. So easy!

We also made an Olympic torch.  We cut into a small paper plate and taped the insides into a paper towel roll. Then we folded some red and yellow tissue paper to look like flames and stuffed them into the top of the plate.

My kids are already planning races to do for our next family olympics. We will probably do them more frequently than every 2 years due to the fact that the kids had such a great time.


 

Family Olympic Games

Have you been enjoying the Olympics at your house? We have been. They are keeping us up too late at night!


This weekend we took the kids out and competed in our own Family Olympic Games. It was so much fun. We went to a local trail and had some different competions planned for the kids.

They each raced their scooters around the trail and we timed each of them individually.

They also ran around the track as fast as they could. Then we set up an obstacle course on the playground that they each ran through. I did not get pictures of that because I was off chasing the baby who decided to go exploring on her own.

If it is still snowy where you are you could set up a “luge” run or a bobsled run for your sled down the hill. Really…you could do anything and turn it into an “olympic sport.” We tried not to make it so that the kids were competing against one another (especially since they are all at different stages), but just encouraging them to see how fast they could do it themselves. I know a lot of you a from different countries. So of course you wouldn’t use an American flag, but you could taylor the games to your specific areas and help your kids celebrate their nation!

We had so much fun. But the best part was when they each earned their gold medals. You can learn how we made the Olympic gold medals and torch here.