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Chest Freezer Organization & Summer Snacks

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Having the kids home for the summer can be a little tricky!   With just a little planning and organization, your summer could be even better!  Kids get cranky when they are hungry… that is why one of the first things on my to do list was snacks.  Having good snacks on hand makes it so much easier to keep the kids away from the junk food.  (Don’t get me wrong, we love our sweets too –  just not all day!) I was so excited when I found these Outshine fruit bars.  They are made with real fruit, fruit juice, and even some veggies too!

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In order for my kids to be able to find these good snacks in my freezer, we needed to do some organization.  We’ve had this chest freezer for years.  It’s great, but it gets messy so easy!  I finally took some time to come up with some chest freezer organization tips for you.

1 – Containers.  Get some containers to help keep your food separated and organized by categories.  I found these crates at Wal-Mart.  They were the perfect size!

2 – Empty out your freezer (and defrost it while you’re at it.)  As you take everything out – toss the old stuff, and sort the good stuff by category.  I used 4 crates – veggies, fruit, meat, and treats.  I also used 3 smaller crates – butter, jam, and odds and ends.

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3 – Recruit help.  This was the perfect project to get my daughter helping with.  🙂

4 – Clean freezer.  Wipe down all the walls and floor inside the freezer.  I know I don’t do this often enough! (If you are short like me, you can’t quite reach the bottom of the freezer… so just climb in…it made it way easier!)

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5 – Stock the freezer.  With all of your containers organized by category, you are ready to load the freezer back up.  I put the more used items on the top.  I have one hanging basket that came with my freezer that makes the perfect snack basket!  The kids always know where to find a great snack (without me having to go dig for it!)  I stocked my snack basket with Pepperoni Hot Pockets and Outshine fruit bars (which can both be found at Wal-Mart.)

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6 – Enjoy!  Being organized feels so good and having great snacks on hand is wonderful!

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Backyard Campout Tradition

Every summer we like to do a Backyard Campout Tradition.  Nice and easy….. Well, you don’t have to drive anywhere, but I guess it’s still work getting everything out and setting it up.  This is something that my kids look forward to every year.  I will cherish this fun activity while it lasts.  🙂  Last year, we weren’t able to do it because we had a backyard full of mud.  After we got our sod in a few weeks ago, I knew this would be one of the first things on our to do list.

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There have been very few times (if any) that we have all made it through the night in the tent, but the fun part is being outside together away from the usual distractions.

We always have a fire.  That’s probably my favorite part.  Someday we will have a permanent fire pit in our yard, but until then, this one does the job.  Nothing fancy.

We visit, laugh, play games, run around, be silly, and most importantly, we make memories together.  Sometimes its these simple activities at home that the kids remember more than the expensive trips.

There is still time to plan a fun family activity before the snow flies, so do it soon!!  You will love it.

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Sidewalk S’mores

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We have had some of my favorite teenage girls staying with us recently, and they’ve been doing a great job of helping me entertain the kids.  One thing we decided to make were some sidewalk s’mores!

The little kids were so super excited to make their s’mores.
After we put them together we let them sit in the sun for about 30 minutes.
(Some of us were more patient than others.. haha)
I missed my marshmallow being roasted… but the melty chocolate was a plus!
A super fun (and messy!) activity for a hot summer day!
Happy August!
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