Fun in the Summer Sun!

Solar Paper Kit

Welcome to the 2nd Fun in the Summer Sun event!

We had some great link-ups last week and invite everyone to link up again this week!

Each Monday until September 7th, Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Sun link-up events.

Here’s the line up:

  • The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
  • The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
  • The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer recipes”
  • The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”

Here’s our “kid friendly summer craft!”

Solar Paper Kit One of Babydoll’s favorite crafts is using solar print paper to make various prints.  We’re fairly new to solar print paper {Daddy introduced it to Babydoll recently}, but Babydoll’s in love!

Babydoll usually heads outside to find several “pieces” of nature and combines those with prints that come in the kit.

Ready for the sunThen it’s time to sit and wait…


and wait…

More waiting

As soon as the blue paper turns white {usually 3 – 5 minutes for us}, you rush it inside and remove your items.

Removing stuff

Removing more stuff

Rinsing it in water stops the reaction.


For the record, those dishes are clean...

After it’s rinsed, you dry it with a towel and let it sit till it’s completely dry.

DryingHere’s Babydoll with another one of her creations.

Solar printYou can use all sorts of things to make prints on the paper.  Babydoll really enjoys heading outside to find all sorts of things in nature to make pretty prints with.

You can find solar print paper for sale in many places, just search for “solar print paper” on Google!

Have a kid friendly summer craft you’d like to share?

We would love for you to share it below!

SITS 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge – Day 8

How to BlogToday’s Task:  Interlink Your Old Posts

Phew!  I’m finally catching up!

Things got a little crazy last week, but I’m still enjoying working through the SITS 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge.  If you’re looking for support in your blogging endeavors, SITS is the place to go.

This was another nice and easy task, since I already try to do this anyway.  I’m definitely trying to be more mindful of it though.

Doing so really helps new readers {and seasoned one for that matter} navigate your blog and really see what you’ve got to offer.

Plus, it’s fun seeing underlined pink text in my blog posts…

SITS 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge – Day 7

How to Blog

Today’s Task:  Write a Link Post

While I usually do an Awesome Linkage post every other Thursday, I decided to focus this list post on something more specific:  workboxes.  If you’ve homeschooled for any length of time, you’ve likely heard of workboxes.

For those unfamiliar with them, workboxes are essentially a group of boxes that each contain a different school subject.  The child’s work for the day is put in these boxes and they move through it throughout the day, marking off each box as it’s finished.

That’s a really simple way of explaining them; there’s really so much more.  So here is a list of some great workbox resources:

What’s in the Box?

Live to Learn!

Being Made New


Homeschool Creations

Homeschool Creations #2

And my very own Wicked Workboxes {which is the first post I did on my blog and the all-time most popular post}.

SITS 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge – Day 6

How to BlogToday’s Task:  27 Must-Read Tips and Tutorials for Bloggers

Darren Rowse of ProBlogger fame compiles a list of “must-read tips and tutorials for bloggers” for Day 6 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge.  Yeah, that’s a heck of a lot of reading, but when it says must-read and tips and tutorials and blogger, you’re interest is kind of peaked.  I will not link to every tip and tutorial because I don’t think that’s fair to Darren, but I will link to my favorites:

How to Get Traffic to Your Blog

21 Tips to Earn Links and Tweets to Your Blog Post

25 Paths to an Insanely Popular Blog

The Art of Getting Things Wrong

Why Don’t Bloggers Understand Email Marketing?

10 Reasons Readers Don’t Leave Comments

43 Web Design Mistakes You Should Avoid

How to Find Advertisers for Your Website:  The Ultimate Guide

50 Ways to Take Your Blog to the Next Level

40 Ways to Deliver Killer Blog Content

27 Blogging Secrets to Power Your Community


SITS 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge – Day 5

How to BlogToday’s Task:  Email a Blog Reader

Finally, a bit of a “break.”

I have done this a couple of time and have received a mixed response.  One woman was very touched, and I never heard from a few.  Eh, no worries.

I do enjoy engaging with my readers here on the blog, though.

One thing that was brought up in the SITS forum was responding to readers’ comments on your blog in the comments section versus replying to them in an email.

I’ve always been a reply in the comments section person, but the discussion did bring up a valid point:  nobody ever really comes back to check for replies.  Of course, they have the option to subscribe on my blog {I do this whenever I can on other blogs I comment on}, but nobody really takes advantage of it.

So, replying via email sounds good.  But then, I worry that it looks as if I don’t engage my readers on the blog.  One woman suggested replying via email and then copying that into a reply in the comments section.  A bit more work, yes, but solves my problem nonetheless.  Still have to give this one more thought.

I think I’d like to set aside more regular time to go visit the blogs of my commenters.  I try to do that anyway, but it’s more of a “as I have time” thing, as opposed to scheduled time.  This will connect me with my readers as well as help support them and their blogs.