TAP Tip no.74 – Plan for fun and then just see what happens. β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘ŒπŸ»


Dad's away again for the weekend - Booo πŸ‘ŽπŸ»At least this time it's for fun and his ultimate frisbee team won all their games, so is now headed to nationals! But still, we'd rather him be here with us. That said, we're not just gonna sit around and do nothing... ... ... right??? 😜

Soooo.... our morning consisted of: breakfast, a living room dance sesh, a walk around the neighborhood with TWO dogs (we're dog-sitting for a friend), then off to the playground to meet a goooooood...

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TAP Tip no.73 – Pillow Forts are Free, and yet Priceless. :)Β 


Today's pre-naptime stories were read in this cozy abode. :) Why? Because... why not?? β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘πŸ» It's free, it's easy, it's quick, it's fun, it's soooo darn cute, and it's beyond memorable for both you and your little one! β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ» 
All it takes is a couple couch cushions, a few blankets, a flashlight, some books, and about 6 extra minutes for set-up and tear-down, and vuala! Dogs, smiles and laughter, optional. But I can guarantee the latter two will happen. ☺️


Today's...

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TAP Tip no.72 – How to get three generations, and a dog, to summit a steep, wet and muddy mountain and still be smiling at the top? β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸŽ‰


Here are a few tips and tricks in getting everyone to the top, still smiling!  β˜ΊοΈ πŸ‘ŒπŸ» πŸ™ŒπŸ»

  • First and foremost, pick a hike that's been rated by others as a "family friendly" / "easy to moderate" hike (depending on skill level of everyone and fitness). And if you're looking at hikes in the Adorondacks, consider that their scale of what's "easy" will be verrrrrrry skewed. Ha! 😬 But they still did it, smiling the whole way. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»
  • Carry lots of snacks
  • Also carry...
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TAP Tip no.71 – How to make your backyard into one heck of a splash pad!!! β˜€οΈπŸ’¦β˜€οΈπŸ’¦β˜€οΈπŸ’¦β˜€οΈ


We can definitely get used to this! β˜ΊοΈβ€οΈβ˜€οΈπŸŒΈπŸŒ»πŸŒ·πŸŒΌπŸ’¦πŸπŸŒΊ

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First, rainbow sprinklers go a loonnnng way!!!!! β˜€οΈπŸ’¦β˜€οΈπŸ’¦Chances are, if you have a yard, you probably already have one. And if you don't, you should get one because once you have kids, it clearly serves more than one purpose. ☺️ Honestly, all you need to make your yard summer ready is a kiddie pool, various cups (recycled yogurt containers work great!) and strainers from the...

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TAP Tip no.70 – Quick and Yummy Summer Cous Cous Salad πŸ₯—πŸ˜‹β˜€οΈ


Such a beautiful backyard dinner party with friends last night! Reiterating TAP Tip no.49... BREAK UP THE WEEK WITH FUN!!!! 

There's nothing like breaking up the week with fun times, good food, and goooooood people!!! A friend threw a little backyard potluck BBQ dinner last night, yes on a workday Wednesday, and it was soooo nice. Potlucks make it easier on EVERYONE (for sure!) and beautiful weather makes it, well, just perfect. β˜€οΈπŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Take advantage of the changing seasons and...

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TAP Tip no.69 – In the craziness of being a parent (or even just an “adult”, for that matter!), don’t forget about YOUR passions and FIND THE TIME to fit them in!!! And no, I don’t mean the bagel.Β 


I love you, 10pm loaded bagel snack!!! πŸ˜‹ Especially after an evening FULL of sand volleyball!!!!!! Man, it felt good to be back at it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰.

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TAP Tip no.69 - In the craziness of being a parent (or even just an "adult", for that matter!), don't forget about YOUR passions and FIND THE TIME to fit them in!!! .

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Whether it's pickup games, a league you join, or gym or yoga classes that do it for ya, fit it in. You'll be ONLY glad you did, and I swear it makes for a...

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TAP Tip no.68 – Even when there’s no time… READ READ READ!!!! πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šΒ 


No matter how busy and active we are, we NEEEEED to be reading to our kids AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!!! 

Between wonderful hand-me-down books and endless library books on rotation through this house (we probably rotate through 20 new library books every 2 weeks!), this TWO YEAR OLD kid gets exposed to a lot! 

They say that reading will do it, but holy cow! His vocabulary is incredible! He's speaking in 10-word sentences with prepositions, proper word tenses, and possessive words all in the...

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TAP Tip no.67 – When dad’s away for work, go on dates… Many dates! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»β€οΈβ€οΈπŸŽ‰


First, it's easier than cooking and cleaning. πŸ™‹ Second, when you've been with the munchkin for multiple days and nights, you could use a little break yourself! πŸ‘πŸ»Third, the quality one-on-one time is priceless. And fourth, it's just so much darn fun! 

It doesn't have to be pricey! There are ways to get creative with it: eat a bit before you go, pick places with kids deals (some even do "kids eat free" days), or just split a large meal between the two of you and add an extra side...

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TAP Tip no.66 – Get Down with your Housework!! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ‹πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜


There have been many days where I strongly consider hiring out certain house chores (lawn maintenance, pool maintenance, house cleaning, laundry, dishes, walking the dog, etc). But, and this is probably going to sound silly, I actually enjoy doing all those things. It's something about doing it YOURSELF, appreciating that it's YOURS to do, and seeing it DONE that is all so rewarding and makes you appreciate what you have so much more. #truth .

Yes, it's overwhelming and time-consuming,...

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TAP Tip no.65 – Take post-dinner family walks! πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆ


And because mom cooked... we were able to eat earlier, giving us time to all take a nice family walk in the rain after dinner! Always a good thing to make time for!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
It helps you digest, it's ALWAYS good to move, you get some fresh air, it's wonderful quality time, you'll likely see the sunset, and the best part (for parents) is that it wipes your kid(s) out (with the fresh air, especially) making bedtime THAT much easier for everyone!...

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