i’m sure we’re all planning on hanging at the pool, beach or splash parks a ton this month, (should prob start searching for a maternity swimsuit!) but here are a few additional ideas to keep the kids entertained during the day and pooped by the time their sweet heads hit the pillow at night!
1| once school is out families often turn to their local food banks to provide lunch. help keep your community pantry stocked by donating some of your kids’ favorite, healthy & delicious lunch food!
2| cool off with watermelon granitas
- 8 cups seedless watermelon chunks
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/4 cup fresh mint (or basil)
- place half of watermelon in a blender or food process and blend until smooth. our into a 9×13 inch glass backing dish. blend remaining watermelon with the honey and lime juice until smooth. add to baking dish and stir until combined. place uncovered in the freezer until ice begins to form around the edges (approx. 30 minutes). break up any large ice clumps with a fork and return to freezer, checking every 30 minutes to break up ice, for about 3 hours.
- scoop granitas into bowls or glasses, garnish with mint and serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in freezer for un to one week!
3| to make up for the fact that i have zero gardening skills (sort of an understatement) we try to make a few trips during summertime to a local you-pick farm so my kids can get a taste for living off the land. one of our favorites farms also has some animals and fresh honey, jams and pickled veggies for sale. for most areas june is the perfect time to pick strawberries and blueberries but you can also look up a local crop calendar to find out what else is available in your area.
4| FUN FINDS – 1 ‘sup top from little boss shop, 2 beach paddles from BD, 3 customize a penny skateboard (or a less expensive version at target) to kick around on this summer, 4 play shorts from brown sugar beach, 5 anchor hat from crewcuts
- JUNE CALENDAR (download, print on regular paper or card stock, cut along dashed line, circle special dates then include details on the lines below!)
if you have any fun ideas for june, please share in the comments! CHEERS to a fantastic start to summer break! xo . rae