Way back at the beginning of June, I decided I was done. Done with appointments and classes. Done with school and scheduled activities. Done with every moment that was a chore. I decided that instead of killing myself with trying to hold it all together that I was going to enjoy watching it all fall a part. We are calling it #thatseventiessummer (yeah, we are hashtagging the HECK outta that one). What does that mean for us? Well, we have gone to the beach approximately 1000 times. In fact, I am not even unpacking the beach gear from the car so we are beach ready all the time.

Beach ready- dollies, buckets, mats, hats- this is what summer is made of

Beach ready- dollies, buckets, mats, hats- this is what summer is made of

You see those buckets back there? They live outside all year long and and refuse to break. We’ve had the orange one for five years! And the dolls? Those are Corolle Tidoos that float, and if they get really gross, I throw them in the wash. They are the perfect beach toy for my doll crazy girls.

We are playing like mad. Bubbles all the time at our house. The kids are dragging things out of the house, Playmobil, Lottie Dolls, Lego are all on the go, inside outside, wherever. Its free play time at our house and as long as its not dangerous, and nobodies crying, its fair game. I’ve turned on the TV about 100 times only to turn it off when no one cares about Sophia, Pinkie Pie and Stella. We’ve had about a million tea parties, more than one picnic, and all the barbecues we can manage.

We have totally restocked our ‘activities’ section- we have some great craft and science kits right now, most under twenty dollars, lots and lots under fifteen. I picked up some paint from Djeco the other day and we are painting. Shells, rocks, the grass, its non-toxic, washable, and lets be honest: is there anything better than unfurling 20 feet of paper and filling it up with rainbows and sunshine?

I want to see YOUR #thatseventiessummer. How are are you filling your kids days? What amazing ideas do you have that you want to share with us?

Summer is all about exploring! (I may need to rethink winter!)

Summer is all about exploring! (I may need to rethink winter!)

We are so full of stock at the store it’s frightening. We have a HUGE shipment of puzzles and games that are arriving any day now, as well as steel Tonka Trucks (can’t get more ’70s than that) more Skiphop, Boon, Breyer Horses, Lego, and some other surprises. I am so excited to share with you all the amazing things I’ve been hunting down! #thatseventiessummer- we are coming for you!