Friday, June 20, 2014

100 Assorted Summer Resolutions

School’s out for the summer! We love this time of year, especially since it comes after a seriously long, cold, snowfall-record-breaking winter. 

It’s a great time to relax, and soak up the sun in our shorts and flip-flops, but I know myself. If I don’t write at least a few goals down, the entire summer will pass by and all I’ll have to show for it will be a farmer’s tan and regrets for all the things we didn’t do. So, why let the opportunity for nature hikes and museum strolls slip away when I can make a list and refer to it whenever the phrase ‘I’m bored’ is uttered?

I’ve seen some stuff circulating online about summer lists, so I consulted my 2013 resolutions, as well as my 2014 work-life balance notes to compile my own list of activities. Just as ice cream comes in a variety of flavors, this list contains an assortment of resolutions.

And it’s not just about the kids, either—parents get bored too! I’ve included ideas for family fun, lazy summer days, and date nights too. Go ahead and take a peek, you might find something to do when your family gets bored this summer. Repeats are okay because it's summer. If you like, share your ideas in the comments section. There are a couple months of activities for us to fill, after all. Fun ideas are appreciated.

2014 Random Summer Resolutions

1.     Play
2.     Unwind
3.     Be silly—good, clean knock, knock jokes can get the ball rolling
4.     Hit the beach
5.     Go on a picnic
6.     Ride bikes
7.     Visit the zoo
8.     Go on family walks
9.     Paddleboat/canoeing
10.   Have a special date night dinner and concert
11.   Have a special family dinner out to celebrate summer
12.   Play in the rain and splash in the puddles
13.   Hug more
14.   Kiss more
15.   Unplug more
16.   Let the kids stay up later a few nights
17.   Sleep in late a few days
18.   Have breakfast in our jammies a few times
19.   Swim
20.   Golf
21.   Read 10 books—about a book a week until school starts. This is a big task since I’m also publishing a book soon
22.   Finish and publish the book mentioned in item above
23.   Play tag with the kids
24.   Sit outside one sunny day without mowing, weeding or yard work
25.   Run through the sprinklers
26.   Make homemade ice cream with the kids
27.   Grow fruits and veggies—we’ll have to get new tomatoes, the deer ate the ones we planted
28.   Take a real family vacation
29.   Pick colors and paint a couple rooms in serious need of ‘refreshing’
30.   Can something—jam, tomatoes, just to try it
31.   Take a class—maybe a class on how to can things
32.   Make a grown-up appetizer for dinner one night, even if my husband and I are the only ones who eat it
33.   Make a list of people to call, and call them
34.   Send handwritten letters to 5 people I know
35.   Go to a movie
36.   Camping
37.   Bonfire
38.   Try a new food
39.   Try a new drink
40.   Make snow cones
41.   Learn to flip pizza dough
42.   Make something
43.   Have more game nights
44.   Go on a nature hike
45.   See fireworks
46.   Take a drive in the country
47.   Go to a ballgame
48.   Listen to more music
49.   Frisbee
50.   Tennis
51.   Go to an arcade
52.   Drive at a track day event
53.   Plan a dream kitchen
54.   Teach the kids something fun
55.   Learn something fun
56.   Roast marshmallows
57.   Barbecue
58.   Have a party
59.   Light some sparklers (being careful not to burn holes in the tablecloth, like last time)
60.   Watch the fireflies when the sparklers go out
61.   Enjoy a starry night
62.   Find a constellation
63.   Relax and unwind
64.   Try a new slow cooker recipe. Found this post on how to make almost any recipe work in a slow cooker
65.   Water balloon toss
66.   Sing
67.   Dance
68.   Train ride
69.   Write a story for my kids
70.   Play hopscotch
71.   Sleepover
72.   All night movie fest
73.   Binge watch a new TV show
74.   Sleep outside
75.   Practice my Finn McMissile voice (right now it sounds a lot like Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, seriously)
76.   Play euchre
77.   Create a family friendly outdoor obstacle course
78.   Early morning run/jog/walk
79.   Spin around until we get dizzy
80.   Head north
81.   Head south
82.   Head nowhere in particular
83.   Have a relaxing day at home
84.   Spa visit
85.   Be brave enough to find out what’s been growing in our compost bin the past five years
86.   Learn a card trick, maybe share it with the kids
87.   Clear out closets and donate stuff we don’t use
88.   Visit family and friends
89.   Show more love
90.   Practice patience
91.   Be goofy
92.   Watch a movie from our childhood with our kids
93.   Sketch a tree house or a garden
94.   Cider mill late summer
95.   Take photos, print and send some to the grandparents
96.   Watch a sunrise
97.   Watch a sunset
98.   Snuggle
99.   Smile
100. Relax

What’s on your list?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Eight Random Distractions for Tuesday

Because we could all use some fun, silly, thoughtful, humorous stuff sometimes. 

The Night Shift (NBC)—Crazy and good.

Dave Chapelle on Letterman (CBS) tonight—He jokes about quitting his show, claiming to be 7 years late to work.

J Lo and Jimmy Fallon Tight Pants Dance-Off—'Nuff said.

If you have a team in the NBA Finals (ABC), congrats! Otherwise, you can read the signs slamming LeBron's cramps. What is up with that, anyway?

Mustache Baby—This just looks silly. Celebrity News—What they wear, where they shop, etc.

22 Jump Street—Probably more raunchy humor, sure to make you laugh.

Butler business booming because of Downton Abbey—Oh, where to begin.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Book Update!

Things will be busy the next few months, with book design and launch. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to make sure you don’t miss anything—announcements, giveaways, special offers, and more!

Stay tuned, and thanks for your support!

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