DIY Splash Pad

Ultimate DIY Splash Pad

This Ultimate DIY Splash Pad is the perfect way for your kids to stay cool as the summer rolls on.  It’s made with really inexpensive materials that can be purchased at any hardware store and your kids will be entertained for hours!

DIY Splash Pad DIY Splash Pad

This week on Summer Survival for Moms of Boys we are sharing all sorts of fun water play ideas to keep your kids cool during the hottest part of the summer.  My handy husband and boys put together this fun DIY Splash Pad that kept my boys entertained all morning on Saturday.  All you need is a few items from the hardware store to create a splash pad that will make you the envy of the neighborhood kids. [Read more…]

Pool Noodle Activities

5 Summer Pool Noodle Activities

These  Pool Noodle Activities will have your kids entertained for hours.  We’ve had them now for 2 years and they still provide hours of fun.

Pool Noodle activities

Pool Noodle Activities

I love summertime!  And I love activities that get my kids outside and active.   These pool noodles activities are perfect for little boys!  Not only can they use up some of their endless energy but you don’ t have to worry about them getting hurt because they are using pool noodles.  When I found pool noodles for sale at the dollar store I was so excited to create some fun games and activities for my kids.  I think the lady that helped me out must have thought I was crazy as she watched me shoving pool noodles into every square inch of my car.  But we fit and I made it home safe.

Pool Noodle Activities

1- Giant Ring Toss [Read more…]

DIY LEGO table


DIY LEGO table


Last year for Christmas, Santa brought my older boys a foldable/storable LEGO table and it has had constant use since then.  But, the saying, “Two’s company, three’s a crowd” tends to apply with my three oldest boys and my 5-year-old is normally the third wheel and was feeling a bit left out.  So, Santa did not disappoint this year and brought him his very own DIY LEGO Table.

DIY LEGO Table [Read more…]

tank craft

Build Your Own Tank Craft Giveaway!

tank craft

I cannot tell you how excited my boys were to open a box from the mail and find this fun Build Your Own Tank craft from!  They were starting to get a major case of end-of-summer boredom and they went right to work building their tank.

I have been really busy the past month preparing for some major exams and my boys were starting to get sick of me being unavailable for the types of projects we normally do so this couldn’t have come at a better time. has come out with a fun new line of boy crafts (THANK YOU!) that replace the glitter and girlie you find in most project kits with rockets and camouflage.  If you have followed me for any amount of time you will know that one of the reasons I started this blog was to share more craft ideas for boys. [Read more…]

goal post

DIY Pool Noodle Goal Post

Goal Post

Last month we threw the Ultimate Sports Party for my now 7-year-old and we had lots of fun using some of the pool noodle activities I shared on the blog last summer as well as this new pool noodle goal post.  I turned to my handy, dandy husband and asked him to come up with some sort of goal post to be used in a field goal kicking competition and this is what he came up with.  (We’re so lucky to have him around. :) )

I’ll try my best to give a good description of how this was made but if I leave something out or don’t explain something very well, leave me a comment and I’ll have my husband answer.  Sound good?

How to Make a Pool Noodle Goal Post [Read more…]

life on the farm

Monday Motivation: 10 Lessons Learned from Life on the Farm

life on the farmToday’s Monday Motivation is a tribute to the two men in my life who helped to shape me into the person I am today: My dad and my Grandpa.  I think it is fitting to share this with Father’s Day yesterday and I hope my dad knows how much I love and appreciate all of the many life lessons he taught me over the years.  He is the absolute hardest worker I know and has always been a source of strength to me and my family

Do it well or not at all: 10 lessons I learned from life on the farm

I consider myself fortunate.  Growing up on a farm in the Utah countryside was one of my greatest blessings.  Life’s lessons were not just talked about, they were taught to us by example every day.   And every day of my youth, I watched my father and grandfather dedicate their days and nights to planting, watering, and growing crops and taking care of animals.  But beyond a love for animals and an appreciation for where our food comes from, I learned many life lessons through their examples. [Read more…]

Photo block pencil holder

Photo Block Pencil Holder

Photo Block Pencil holder Mod Podge washout

This week I received a box with Mod Podge Washout and Apple Barrel paint which I was so excited to use with my kids.   I love Mod Podge but I don’t normally let my kids use it because of the mess involved but Mod Podge Washout is pretty much the same great formula as Mod Podge gloss but it washes out of clothes with just soap and water, even after it has dried.  Bonus!  That makes it perfect for craft projects at home or school.

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Lego table

How to Make an Easy Lego Table

You know that Santa is a pretty smart fella!  He knew that if he brought my boys the LEGO sets they were wanting then they would need a Lego table to build them on so baby brother couldn’t get them.

LEGO Table

How to Build a LEGO Table

But, knowing that we don’t have the room for a permanent Lego table, he brought us one that not only folds flat, but folds in half as well.  That Santa is a smarty pants indeed.  After inspecting the table I thought I would try and let you know how he built it. 😉

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10 things I Hope to Teach My Boys – A Father’s Perspective

10_things_dads_should_teachI’d better hurry and get this posted or it won’t be Father’s Day anymore.  I am one lucky girl to have been blessed with the most amazing father and to have married the most wonderful man to be the father to my boys.  I hope all the fathers out there had a very happy Father’s Day today.  I asked my husband to “guest post” for me today and to share a few of the things that as a dad he hopes he is teaching our boys.   He is a wonderful example of what a father should be like and my boys are so lucky to have him as their daddy.

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How to make a solar oven

Solar Oven: The School Project That Could Save Your Life

How to Make a Solar Oven

Okay, so hopefully it will never be needed to save our lives, but if we are ever without power for a long period of time, I now know that because of our new solar oven we will not go hungry, or without cookies. 😉

We finished our final school project of the year last week.  The project was to create something out of mostly recycled materials and after searching the internet, my 2nd grader chose to make a solar cooker out of cardboard boxes, aluminum foil and a large oven bag or “The Super Solar Oven” as he named it.How to make a solar oven

 How to Make a solar oven

My husband and son spent a couple of nights working on this and then he had to present it to the class as if he were trying to sell it.

He won first place for his advertisement and much to my amazement, one of the teachers at the school said that she has one of these that she makes bread in every summer.  Really? I have got to try that!!  I knew our desert sun had to be useful for something.  I thought this was just a silly little project but once I heard that it could actually cook, I had to give it a try.   So, I didn’t make bread but I thought I’d try some pan cookies.  [Read more…]

Three boys playing tug-of-war

Tips for parenting your strong-willed child

Have a strong-willed child?  So do I!  From day 1 he’s been stubborn and what some would consider”difficult”.  I remember my grandma sending me newspaper articles when he was a baby/toddler on how to handle a difficult child. I remember everywhere we would go I would get unsolicited “advice” from all sorts of child behavior “experts”, normally in the form of elderly women whose own children “never acted like that”.    His years 3-5 were one constant frustration and struggle.

I remember crying daily and feeling like I was failing as a mother.  But now I don’t see his strong-will as a negative, though it can be very frustrating and I definitely don’t want to break his strong will.  I know that as he learns to direct that drive and stubborn ambition into something positive that there will be no limit to the success he can have in life.  He is so self-driven and motivated and even at his young age he is looking to the future and making plans.   Yet we also deal with daily head-butting and arguing.  Yes some days our daily life feels more like a tug-of-war game where no one wins.Three boys playing tug-of-war

When I came across this article it was exactly what I have been needing.   [Read more…]

Pin the Beak on the angry bird

Angry Birds Birthday Party Games

Angry Birds birthday party games

Angry Birds Birthday Party Games

I shared our Angry Birds birthday party food ideas yesterday but when you know you have 15  six-year olds coming to a party you make sure to have lots of Angry Birds birthday party games.  And what Angry Birds party could be complete without a life-size Angry Bird game?

My husband painted dodge balls to look like birds and bouncy balls for the pigs.

And he made an awesome Angry Birds slingshot to use to shoot the balls at the pigs. Tutorial still to come.

Angry Birds Birthday Party games

We had all of the neighbors save their cardboard boxes for us to use. It was a bit windy so we couldn’t make it as big as we wanted since it kept blowing down.  But the boys had a lot of fun knocking down and building back up this Angry Birds game. [Read more…]

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