Book review, family, giveaway, houston, summer, The Lion King, tween

My Summer 2017 Plans + a Giveaway for Houston Families

It’s here! Summer! The time of year I add “Curriculum Coordinator” to my list of titles! Yippee! I needed more to do anyway! The jobs of Household Manager, Meal Planner, Driver, Laundry Supervisor, and Chief Listener were just not keeping me occupied enough! Exclamation marks!

I do actually love having my kids home, but we have a hectic June ahead so we don’t get to just chill and enjoy each other’s company. This week one kid has a half-day sports camp, next week we have doctor’s appointments (with shots!), hair appointments, and packing to do. Then we’ll have an actual family vacation. And then almost as soon as we get back we’ll have a visitor, then the other kid has a science camp, then piano lessons start again, and then BAM! School starts again.

So summer really isn’t really the break I’d like it to be.

I hope we have time to go to the neighborhood pool, at least so the kids can burn some energy and put down their damn devices (that I willfully bought them). Some days are too hot or rainy to go out, though, so we have some at-home activities on stand-by for those days. For example, I was sent these books to review and I think they will help keep us busy; one of them is actually for moms to do with their kids so I’m looking forward to digging into it.

Mom & Me: An Art Journal To Share

The hand lettering book is perfect for my tween who is into graphics right now and looking for ideas on how to make cool signs by hand.

Hand Lettering A to Z

When I saw the sticker book, I thought it might be fun for my 7 year-old. Flipping through the pages, though, I see it’s way better for ME. I’ll just put this with my You Are Here book by Jenny Lawson to help me unwind…

Stick It To ‘Em: Playful Stickers to Color & Create

Our local plans for outside the house include a view visits to the theatre (said in a pretentious tone, with a grand arm gesture for fun). We just saw Freaky Friday at the Alley Theatre (more about that later this week), and we have tickets to see The Lion King in July. We are also going to see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, as done by the A.D. Players, in a couple weeks. I’m excited to have this as an alternative to the movie theater because 1) it is important for kids to see live theatre; 2) my oldest daughter loved the book series; and 3) both girls have seen the movie and are familiar with the story so there won’t be any off-putting surprises that a summer blockbuster might have.

HEY HOUSTON: How ’bout you go see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, too? I have tickets to give away for a show NEXT WEEK. If you would like to enter to win a family 4-pack to see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at a matinee next week, enter below.

(If you are the winner, you get to choose a date next week to attend: June 14, 15, 16, or 17 at 10:30am. If you are the winner, I will contact you via the email you used to enter the giveaway. Good luck!)

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