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Water color painting with squirt guns, Water color painting with water guns

Summer Fun: Squirt Gun Painting + Ice Cream Treats!

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Last week I was able to pick Lennox up early from school so that we could go home and do some fun summer activities. I am trying to let her have as much fun during the summertime that all the kids are having, even though Lennox has to be in school all day. The activity that we did that afternoon was a big hit – Water Color Painting with Squirt Guns! It really was an easy activity and Lennox loved how her paintings turned out! These were a great addition to our art canvas’. 

Here is how you can do the same activity with your kids!

Water color painting with squirt guns, Water color painting with water guns

Water Color Painting with Squirt Guns

What you will need:

  • Water Based Kid’s Paint
  • Water
  • Squirt Guns
  • Plastic Measuring Cup with Spout
  • Canvas or Large Paper


In a plastic measuring cup (make sure it has a spout), pour in a good amount of tempera paint in your desired color. 


Add equal amount of warm water and mix together well.


Pour the mixture into a squirt gun. Repeat the process until you have all the colors you want! I just did the 3 primary colors.

Once you are ready, set up your canvas outside – and let your little artists create! This is a really easy activity for many ages to participate in – I would suggest having plenty of additional canvas’ or posters available – as your kids will want to use up all the paint in the squirt guns! 



It was really hot outside that afternoon, so after we finished our fun painting activity, we decided to grab a yummy treat out of the freezer and cool off! Lennox’s choice was a Klondike Cookie Dough Swirl Bar.


This was the first time Lennox had a Klondike bar and I think she loved it! Klondike Bars are something that I always remember from being a kid and now they have so many great flavors; Cookie Dough Swirl, as well as Heath, REESE’S, Mint Chocolate Chip, Krunch, Caramel Pretzel, OREO, Dark Chocolate, Rocky Road, Double Chocolate, Neapolitan, and Original.


Klondike now has a newly launched ice cream treat – Klondike Kandy Bars. They are a combination of Chocolate Klondike Shell and creamy ice cream and candy bar goodness! Klondike Kandy Bars come in the new Mint Fudge Cookie, as well as Caramel & Peanuts, Fudge Krunch, and Cookies & Cream. 


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4th of July Recap

Did everyone have a good 4th of July? We had zero plans for the weekend and it ended up being a great weekend. In a way, it was nice to have no big plans – we just did what we wanted and had a good time together. Sometimes we are so over planned that we are running from one event to the next – so this year we just took it easy.

We still were able to attend some low-key fireworks – Lennox was ready…!


We were able to be a little silly …

and play with sparklers with our neighbors….



All in all we had a good 4th and we hope you had just as good of a holiday weekend!

What was your favorite part of the holiday weekend?

How to Make Glitter Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Have the #BestSummerEver – Make Glitter Sidewalk Chalk Paint in 5 Minutes!

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It’s summer and we live in Texas. That means its HOT all the time and sunny almost every day. Although its summer, and school is out for most kids, Lennox still goes to school. She goes to school, year round – so after school and on the weekends we try to find fun activities. I want Lennox to still experience summer and truly have the #BestSummerEver! So after school yesterday we headed outside, put on our Banana Boat sunscreen and had some fun!


Once we were ready for some fun in the sun, we decided to make Glitter Sidewalk Chalk Paint! We love drawing with chalk on the walkway and sidewalk, but the idea of paint got Lennox so excited!

How to Make Glitter Sidewalk Chalk Paint

How to Make Glitter Sidewalk Chalk Paint

What you will need:

  • Glitter
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Water
  • Paint Brushes
  • Bowls/Cups

How to make:

  1. Take a few pieces of sidewalk chalk, put each color into individual ziplock bags.
  2. With a hammer or rolling-pin, break up the chalk into small pieces. Add glitter if you wish.
  3. Once the chalk is broken up, pour into a small bowl or cup and mix with water. Add a little water at a time and mix together. The more water you add, the lighter the color will be. Add more glitter if needed!!

That’s it! Use your hands or a paint brush and start creating fun sidewalk pictures!



Reminder: When playing out in the sun, make sure your children and yourself apply Sunscreen, approx. 2 tablespoons, to all exposed skin. If you can put it on prior to heading into the sun, that would be even better so that it has time to soak in. If playing in the water, re-apply every two hours. Banana Boat® is one of our trusted, tried and true sunscreens that we recommend!


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