Our simple summer schedule {+ family summer goals & summer bucket list}

Our simple summer schedule {+ family summer goals & summer bucket list}

I see the quote floating around all over the place right now about how we only have 18 summers with each of our kids. The days go so slowly sometimes (like when they won’t stop bickering) but man, do those years fly by. We only have nine left with our oldest and there is a good chance those last few will be shared with friends and summer jobs so we need to put the effort in now!

We aim to have a laid back summer in terms of daily life. We don’t sign up for activities other than Vacation Bible School (if our church offers it) and we only go on a few road trips. This means we are at home ALL THE TIME. Summer is our chance to be together without the interruptions that happen during the school year. No drop offs, no pick ups, no lunch packing or before or after school activities. Just together.

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How to create an evening routine to set your morning up for success

How to create an evening routine to set your morning up for success

If there is one thing our mornings have taught me it’s that a good morning will always begin the night before. It’s nearly impossible to have a successful morning if you don’t do anything to prep ahead of time. It doesn’t need to be anything extensive or take lots of extra time. A good evening routine is about a few simple steps to help your mornings start on the best foot possible!

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Why you need a daily schedule - and how to create one

Why you need a daily schedule - and how to create one

Do you have a general idea of what you are going to do each day or do you simply wing it and hope things go well? 

I like to think of myself as a "fly by the seat of my pants" type of person but in actuality I'm very much a planner. I'm the type of person that looks at a menu for the restaurant we are going to a week in advance so I can see what my options are and possibly decide what I'm going to order. I love menu planning and creating our weekly grocery lists. I had notebooks filled with planned out ideas for 5, 10, and 20 year reunions with my core group of childhood friends (none of those events happened but they were fun to think about!) and don't even get me started on vacation planning! So while I can easily change plans and do things spontaneously I find having a plan and idea of what's to come very comforting. 

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