Fun Projects to Do with the Kids this Summer to Keep them Moving

What’s it going to take to get your kids off the couch this summer? For starters, if you want to pique your kids’ interest and encourage them to enjoy the great outdoors, it helps to think outside the box. This is the perfect opportunity to present your kids with new, interesting activities that will stimulate all areas of their development – and beat summer boredom at the same time.

Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

Go fly a kite

How many kids these days have ever had the pure, simple pleasure of flying a kite for an afternoon at the park?  To stimulate your kids’ creativity, have craft time before you hit the park so that they can build their own one-of-a-kind kite from scratch. You can buy kits at a toy store or download a template online. When your kids make their own kites first, they’ll enjoy the activity even more since they’ll get to show off their handiwork.

Run through the sprinklers

Swimming at the pool is fun – but not if it’s crowded, gross and noisy. No worries! Running through the sprinklers is just as fun. Taking several hours on a hot day to run through the sprinklers subtly gets your kids moving. They’ll be having so much fun running laps around the yard that they won’t tire as quickly. Thanks to this fun water activity, your kids will hardly notice that they’re burning calories by running back and forth.

Volunteer with a local charity

One of the best ways to motivate your kids to get active is to ask them to volunteer for a fundraiser, like a 5K walk. Here’s the tip: let them choose which charity they want to help.If your child truly believes in a cause, they’ll be more than happy to get moving to raise money for a charity instead of viewing the project as a chore.

Take classes at a local recreational center

If you sign up early enough, recreational centers often offer great summer deals for sports clubs and classes. If you’re not a member of your local JCC or YMCA, encourage your kid to put together their own  sports team or club.

Have a yard sale

Having a yard sale will kill multiple birds with one stone. For starters, you’ll get your kids to help you clean out the house. On top of that, your kids will break a sweat by piling and stacking boxes and furniture to set them up for the sale.

Last but not least, your kids will earn the value of a hard-earned dollar since they’ll have to work to make money by selling their unneeded belongings. A whole lot of lessons in one project! Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because your kids engage in interactive video games, that they’re getting their daily dose of physical activity. In fact, recent studies have found that video games that include virtual dancing, bowling and boxing may get your kids moving indoors, but they won’t help kids meet their daily requirement for exercise. However, these activities will!

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Have a Bachelorette Party You Won’t Get in Trouble For

Getting married is a celebration in and of itself and there is no end to the parties and get together that your friends and family will be throwing for you. When it comes to weddings, it goes without saying that bachelor and bachelorette parties are almost always to be expected. But when it comes to bachelorette parties you’ll want to celebrate your last night as a free woman in a way that is scandal free – and one that you’ll actually remember the next morning.

Sure, having strippers and a lot of alcohol on hand usually equates to a swinging bachelorette party but if you think about it, such an event can occur at anytime, anywhere. Why not make your bachelorette party special by doing something good for yourself that doesn’t include a bad hangover and no recollection of what happened the night before? These days it’s all about being practical. Planning a wedding is tiresome and stressful enough so why risk adding more drama into the mix? If you want to walk down the aisle with no worries at all, you’ll want to have a bachelorette party that helps your peace of mind, not test it.

For your bachelorette party, gather all your girlfriends together and take a trip to a day spa. Splurge on every special treatment your heart desires. Replace the booze with fruity drinks and smoothies. These are better for your body and skin than empty calories. Instead of throwing your money away in a male stripper’s G-string, use those funds to treat yourself to a full body massage, soothing facial, and a manicure and pedicure. This quality pampering time is not only great for you as the bride-to-be but is perfect for bonding with your girlfriends and catching up on life.

The calming environment is also a great place to go over any last minute issues for the wedding – or you can totally avoid talking about anything wedding related and just focus on enjoying your time with your closest friends. Not only will your trip to the day spa take away your stressful thoughts about your big day, it will also prep your skin, resulting in a healthy and natural glow when you step out onto the aisle.

One thing to remember when it comes to day spa and services is to not do any new or drastic treatments before your wedding. You never know how the results will turn out and the last thing you need is to suffer a horror story and stress about doing damage control. Stick to basic spa treatments and use ingredients you know your skin will react positively to.

After you and your girls have indulged at the day spa, reconvene at your favorite restaurant and enjoy a night filled with fun conversations and lots of pictures. Stick to wine if you need to have a little alcohol and make sure to get to bed at a decent time. Getting plenty of rest before the wedding is essential.

Getting married is a celebration in and of itself and there is no end to the parties and get together that your friends and family will be throwing for you. When it comes to weddings, it goes without saying that bachelor and bachelorette parties are almost always to be expected. But when it comes

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Can Every Woman Be Truly Sensual?

What’s unique about discovering your style of sensual is that it’s not just about sex. It’s about accentuating the best of you and amping up your own special style with a hint of femininity and a dash of raw sex appeal. It’s fun. It’s personal. It’s complicated and it’s very easily mixed-up if you allow someone else to define it for you before you define it for yourself.

Sensual and sexy are like lacing the fingers of both hands together to form a tight fist – they are two distinctly different notions, yet they are almost identical. Sensual goes deeper than sexy. It’s that raw, feel-it-in-your-gut sense of being sexy and confident and gorgeous and appealing and stunning and desirable all at the same time. Sure, it can be initiated by a great fitting outfit, from fitting into the next size down, a lingering look from a hot guy (or any guy), but it can’t go from that initial “hey, I’m sexy” to full on sensuality unless it’s engrained in you already.

Back to very near the beginning of time, a woman’s sensuality has been defined by men. Now, I’m not a man-blaming girl. I’m just saying that art and poetry and what has been recorded as sensual has come from men. Men who can’t help being visually stimulated. So we see naked. We see a lot of naked. Naked on piles of sheets. Naked stretched out on car hoods. Naked covered scantily by corsets and pouring out of Miracle bras and pushed out and up uncomfortably by vampish high heels that force the backside and the top side to pop just to keep from toppling over – so not fair!

Now, say what you will about being objectified by these images, but I’ll bet you’d be hard-pressed to find a woman (cellulite and all) who wouldn’t enjoy being naked on a pile of satin or who doesn’t proudly flaunt the girls in a new Miracle bra. Heck even a car hood could be fun. Maybe you’d have to lay there with no one else in the room, but you sure as heck would have a great time feeling your sensuality. But there’s more to it than that.

There’s the fact that it’s more sensual and stimulating to get dressed up and go dancing with the girls than to look hot on a mediocre date. It’s the ever-so-complicated truth that whatever makes you feel sexier will make you act sexier, whether it’s your ripped college sweatshirt that’s laden with the best memories or a gauzy piece of new lingerie.

Sensuality is ours to embrace or reject, but when it comes from you it’s a powerful force. Every woman is sensual. We’re made of it – forget the sugar and spice. We may get it confused with the sexy portrayed on beer commercials and car calendars, but we can all come back to it. Sensuality isn’t about what size we don’t wear or dimples in places we wish were smooth.

It’s about knowing that there will always be a skinnier girl on the poster but there will never be another you to please your guy, to care for your kids, to love your family, to gift the world with your talents, to look in the mirror and see the best of yourself. When we allow ourselves to be that woman, then we understand sensuality. Then we become more than just sexy.