Curly Crafty Mom: Exploring with Ice {Guest Post} and Meal Plan 64

Friday, June 12, 2015

Exploring with Ice {Guest Post} and Meal Plan 64

Today I have a guest post by Keri over at Living in this Season. Keri and I have been blog friends for awhile and I always enjoy her uplifting and helpful blog posts. Keri is a wife, a mom to three little ones, and still has time to give wonderful advice to other moms on how to thrive during motherhood. Keri recently wrote an ebook that I got an opportunity to read and it is all about how to thrive during the summer months when your little ones are home. There is also a section in there that reminds you to not compare yourself to other moms, that we all parent in different ways and need to encourage each other through these challenging chapters in our lives. She also gives tips on how to make the summer fun and even an activity list in the back of her book for ideas on what to do with your kids during the summer (especially on those rainy days!). Be sure to check out her book, Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive HERE or to stop by her blog to say hello by going HERE

Hello! My name is Keri and I share over at Living In This Season where I talk about life, motherhood, the good, the bad... and a little bit of everything else! Last summer we made a discovery of an activity that has become a MUST DO every summer. It is Ice Balloons. I originally saw them described as Dinosaur Eggs and thought it would be cute to try these out. Since then we have expanded our ice balloons to incorporate so much more. The kids have so much fun exploring with ice balloons and trying to see what the hidden item is. They use little play tools to try to crack the ice or simply drop the ice ball on the ground... so much fun exploring as they see how fast the ice melts or notice the different ways the ice had formed inside of the balloon.

exploring with ice

To Make:

1) Place a small item in the balloon. 

Some of the items we have used are:
* Small Erasers
* Letters of the Alphabet
* Numbers
* Foam Shapes
* Plastic Animals 

2) Fill the balloon with water and tie it.

3) Place in freezer.

I usually prep these the night before so they are ready for the next day.

4) Cut off the tied part of the balloon and peel off the balloon. 
You will now have an ice ball!

learning exploring ice

5) Have your kids guess what is inside and crack them open- have fun! Summertime is the perfect time to explore with ice.
Last year, we also had fun with Ice Chalk. It was a lot easier than I thought and I could prep all the ice activities the night before so we were reading to explore the next day! Read more on Ice Chalk HERE.
  Ice Chalk  

Thank you, Carrie, for letting me share today! I am passionate about sharing with other mamas about how they can have fun and thrive with their kids. When we are embracing our unique personalities and using our gifts and talents, we can be the moms we were intended to be. If you would like more tips or activities, please check out my e-Book Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive. It is currently only $2.99! Go HERE for more information.

And, here is this weeks Meal Plan:

Meal Plan Week 64

Sunday - Order Something In

Monday - Ranch Pork Chops (recipe HERE) and Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday - Tacos

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza
Autumn's recital night! 

Thursday - Waffles, Scrambled Eggs & Bacon (Breakfast for Dinner), recipe HERE

Friday - Cheesy Ravioli Bake and Rolls, recipe HERE
Its always nice to start the weekend with a BBQ! We'll probably also get a board game out to play.

Saturday - Dinner Out

To see which parties I have linked up with, click HERE.
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