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Family Fun Friday! Come by and Link Up!

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Monica and I are thrilled to host each of you! Thank you to those of you who join us each week and welcome if you are new to Family Fun Friday! And, of course, welcome to each of you who have come by to gather ideas and inspiration to use with your own families! I know I am so blessed as I read these posts and learn from so many wonderful ladies.


If you’re a mom keep reading because we have some wonderful fun ideas to inspire you with your little ones and family. My blogging friends are linking up craft ideas, fun in the kitchen, preschool & homeschool ideas, and ways to spend time as a family.

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This week I posted a fun and easy no-sew 4th of July T-shirt tutorial that you can use to create any themed T-shirt for your preschooler. I hope you and your family are enjoying this fabulous holiday!


On Fridays I host Family Fun Friday so you can meet all my blogging friends and get great ideas.

AND, if you haven’t met her already, please meet my co-Host Diane Haller from MyLifeAsRobin’s Wife. I LOVE HER! She truly has been a blessing as a co-host to this party. Diane is a volunteer co-host and she is awesome. Please make sure to stop by Diane’s Facebook page and give her a “Like” when you have a chance {not required but it’s nice to do} :-).


Thanks to all my blogging friends for linking up last week at Family Fun Friday. I have a special YouTube Video for you at Thank You All My Blogging Friends! So many great ideas, crafts and things to do! If you link up, you permit me to use your pictures/ideas as part of future posts and/or social media. Once we have 200 links I will select a winner of some FREE jewelry. This will likely mean I’ll award a prize every other week. We had over 100 bloggers link up last week. You all are amazing – you bless my socks off with your awesome posts!

Some examples of the jewelry I am giving away. Your link-up and/or comment is your entry to WIN. BTW, I can make wedding party custom jewelry – contact me if you’re interested. 🙂

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As always we had a wonderful turnout last week with SO MANY wonderful ideas. If you’d like to “bookmark” these ideas for later on PINTEREST I’ve created some handy buttons to help you keep track of these lists of ideas. To PIN a specific blogger’s post please click through and PIN their post directly from their site. Thanks!

This past week there were not only great ideas for family fun but also some delicious recipes and great ideas for teaching little ones. I’m going to highlight wonderful posts from each category. Now on to some fabulous posts for moms.

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1. Cheryl at Moms and Munchkins shared a FREE printable Road Trip Scavenger Hunt great for families taking road trips this summer!

2. I can’t wait till my boys are old enough so that I can do what Sarah wrote about in her post, Camping in the Woods. She writes, “With no phone reception, social media and communication with the outside world was put on hold. I actually quite enjoyed it and loved focusing 100% of my thoughts on nature and my family.”

3. Kate from The Craft Train shared Our Family Paper Dolls – an adorable craft to do together as a family. The variations are endless – be sure to read her post for a great family crafting idea!

4. Learning and Growing the Piwi Way shared Making Healthy Dog Cookies with the Kids. What a great way to spend time with your family and teach little ones about feeding and caring for pets. She shares a dog bone recipe with the post.

5. Lora at My Blessed Life shared a post about Family Picnics. Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy picnics outdoors. Thanks for sharing your memories with us Lora.

6. Becky at Your Modern Family posted tips for a successful Family Photo Shoot. I’ve got a family portrait coming up so I thought these were great tips. She has a beautiful family and some helpful tips too.


Featured FOODIE Blog Posts

1. This Pie looks so delicious my mouth waters just looking at it. 4th of July Classic Cherry Pie from True Blue Baking makes the short list for this Friday’s featured food bloggers.

2. Life with the Crust Cut Off posted her family’s all-time favorite Chicken dish for dinner. Check out Firecracker Chicken for a finger-licking good meal for your family.

3. Gabby from Essentially Eclectic went ahead and developed a recipe for Spiced Nuts for Salads. I love nuts on my salads. Read her post for a fabulous recipe.

4. Looking for a new way to serve Pizza? Check out Mostly Homemade Mom’s Cheesy Pizza Pockets. When my boys get a bit older I think this is something my whole family will love.

5. No list would be complete without chocolate, I Dig Pinterest‘s Irresistible Scotcheroos look yummy! Christine loves these so much that she writes, “These puppies are more than worth a tiring, sweaty, 5k run.” High calorie but worth it. 😉


Teaching Little Ones

I realize I feature two posts each from two different bloggers in this round-up, but I thought the posts were that good – I hope you enjoy these fabulous resources.

1. Mums Make Lists shared some books and links to help you teach your little ones to Learn to Count Using Rhyme

2. Mums Make Lists also shared a nostalgic post titled The way we used to play which inspires me to take my little guys outside more often.

3. Anna at The Measured Mom shares wonderful resources for How to teach spelling and where to begin

4. Anna at The Measured Mom also shared a FREE printable for Emergent Readers – Transportation

5. One Creative Mommy compiled a long list of great ideas in her post Summer Learning Ideas for Kids

6. Brainstorming the Castle shared a brilliant post on Card Games that Teach Math perfect for interacting and teaching children at the same time.


Thanks again for all your wonderful ideas! I hope these Family Friendly and Fun ideas inspire you.



1. Link your blog post. Posts need only be family friendly and/or fun. To increase your chances of being featured at next week’s link party, link a post that is fun for two or more members of your family to do together.

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3. ROLLING FACEBOOK LIST: If you did not link up last week, please add your link to the “Like My Facebook Page” party. This is a rolling list – you will not need to add to it every week.

4. Help other bloggers find this link party by either adding a link to your post or placing a button on your site. This is not required but very helpful.

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5. Visit as many blogs in the HOP as you can! Try to leave a comment on at least two other posts.

6. Win Jewelry! Posts qualify for five entries and comments with an idea for family fun counts as one entry. After we have 200 ideas for family fun, I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner of FREE jewelry.

7. Tweet, pin, Facebook, and help spread the word if you can.

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I pray you are blessed by this effort to share ideas on having Family Fun.

In His Grip,



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2 Responses

  1. Thanks so much for sharing my summer learning ideas! I love your new sew patriotic shirt! It’s absolutely adorable. I’m headed over to pin it.


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