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The “Boredom Buster Jar”

We have three weeks left of summer and I don’t know about you but we’re about 75% “Lord of the Flies” in my house.  My Mary Poppins aspirations at the beginning of the summer have gone up in bippity boppity boo smoke.  We have crafted until we can glue no more. We have seen every possible movie there is too see even the ones I probably should not have taken them too, but desperation forced me too. Even the grandparents are starting to ignore my pleading texts to take these hellions off my hands long enough for me just to get a piece of my sanity back.

I caught myself the other day echoing my mother yelling, “So help me G-d If you say I’m bored, one more time”…and well I’m not going to repeat what I said next, this is a pg blog, but you get the picture.  So I came up with a “boredom buster” of sorts. So far it has been effective. Even with the older kids, who at this point I’m wondering if they are half-vampire,  the amount of time they would just prefer to stay in their rooms and avoid sunlight.

The Boredom Buster Jar took me probably 5 minutes to put together and I tried to think of “choices” not punishments to try to persuade them to entertain themselves for more than 3 seconds.   I chose some as you’ll see that may benefit me 😉 But mostly enrich them in some way.

You can personalize them to suit you and your family!

The "Boredom Buster Jar"~Say Goodbye to Summer Boredom

The "Boredom Buster Jar"~Say Goodbye to Summer Boredom

the Boredom Buster Jar-how to beat summer boredom

The "Boredom Buster Jar"~Say Goodbye to Summer Boredom

TaDah!…Every Time you hear an “I’m bored” they blindly pull a note with chore, or “read a book” or whatever you creatively thought up! This has dramatically cut down on the whining in my house! I hope it helps you too!

The "Boredom Buster Jar"~Say Goodbye to Summer Boredom

I’d love to hear if you have any other summer boredom buster ideas, leave them in comments!



Fresh Cut Flowers

Fresh Cut Flowers are an inexpensive way to brighten any space.  Flowers also make a great addition to your self-care routine.  So many misconceptions exist about the lifespan of fresh cut flowers.  I’m here to tell you how to extend their shelf life to the fullest and find the most affordable floral options out there.

Spring Has Sprung~Essential Gardening Tips

This winter was a doozy!  Whether you were in the west coast with the rain and other horrible catastrophes or in the east and freezing Noreasters we all are aware of the fact that Mother Nature is not happy with us and our gardens suffered.  In our neck of the woods we had an unseasonably wet winter.  This caused a few of my plants to freeze which normally doesn’t happen.  

My oven has been a nightmare to deal with lately,  It has decided to cook everything at a cool 500 degrees.  So I have been having to rely on my grill and crock pot until I find another one.  The kiddos had requested wings.  Problem- no oven so I had to improvise.  It turned out ok well better than ok,  They loved them so I thought I would share! 

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