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    Lockdown Sucks, But Summer Doesn’t Have To By Ann Marie Guenther of That Girl Organizes

    Is the lockdown sucking the life out of you? I don’t know about you, but I find sitting in the car just a bit longer on my way home from my grocery pick up to have some quiet time!

    There is a lot to be thankful for all in all. Our family enjoys spending the afternoons on bike rides, doing projects, painting on canvas, sewing, cooking, investigating new bugs, digging in the dirt for worms, and more. Boredom is impossible with kiddos! I have four children from 2nd grade to a senior in high school. I’m thankful for my three oldest being able to school themselves through their Chromebooks, but I don’t remember signing my eight years old up to be a rocket scientist.

    Summer fun is around the corner and will not include Glamping, the pool, or anything outside of my property this year. Now what? What is a family to do this summer?

    31 Summer Fun Ideas:

    1. Have an indoor (outdoor if you are brave) campout
    2. Build an inside or outside fort
    3. Learn Morse Code or Sign Language
    4. Buy a badminton net and play a tournament with the kiddos
    5. Learn an Instrument
    6. Plan a Virtual Family Vacation via Air B and B’s are offering virtual experiences for $2-5
    7. experiences for $2-5
    8. Teach the kids how to play BlackJack or Poker (don’t tell them it’s Math)!
    9. Learn some yo-yo tricks
    10. Teach the kids, how to play solitaire
    11. Widdle wood
    12. Hammer nails into a board, take them out (String art anyone)? Create the word “POW,” and it’s incredible! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/32369691048259965/Have a Campfire (if your town allows it). Don’t forget smores!
    13. Arrange photographs and label who is in them
    14. After each child clears out five items from their closet, Pinterest what you can upcycle with that item. Break out the needles and thread to make something new!
    15. Plan a day in wherever country you want to visit. Make native food and plan activities according to customs.
    16. Make a family recipe book
    17. Make granola or a few freezer recipes (make kiddos in charge of choosing and helping)
    18. Make homemade instruments
    19. Make a “God’s eye” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkN8WL7AxAU
    20. Make small cross-stitch pictures and send them to nursing homes with notes of encouragement
    21. Make Playdough (even the teens like this one)
    22. Make a family time capsule
    23. Paint Kindness rocks   https://www.thekindnessrocksproject.com/
    24. Make paper beads https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Paper-Beads
    25. Museum visits from your couch https://www.southernliving.com/syndication/museums-with-virtual-tours
    26. Sign up for a Master’s class here! https://www.masterclass.com/
    27. Watch live animals here: https://www.explore.org
    28. Teach your teen how to write a check and 99 other life skills here: https://grownandflown.com/soft-skills-for-teens/
    29. Castle tours anyone? https://www.southernliving.com/syndication/google-arts-culture-app-europe-castles
    30. Reading Series, your kiddo may love: https://www.southernliving.com/culture/best-big-kids-book-series and five ways to read for free here: https://www.southernliving.com/culture/read-books-online-free
    31. Make Amazing DIY Halloween costumes for next year.


    When in doubt, have the bigger kiddos check out Pinterest. There are a billion DIY ideas for everything you dream of!

    You are stronger than you think! Hugs to all! 


    Ann Marie Guenther

    That Girl Organizes



    During this chaos, we are offering Virtual Organizing for only $47 per hour.

    If you have had enough stepping on Legos, are tired of kitchen tornado, pantry avalanche, or want to park one car in your three-car garage, we are here for your organizing needs. We give personalized step by step instructions and are by your side for specific product recommendations that will suit your family’s learning style.

    • Ann Marie Guenther, owner of That Girl Organizes is known as Naperville’s most organized woman and the face of Facebook! Ann Marie declares that clutter is unproductive and sucks the money out of your bank account as well as the time out of your day. That Girl Organizes keeps Chicagoland homes and businesses productive and peaceful. As a former teacher, she developed her own exclusive system to teach people how to organize according to their individual learning style. This system keeps their homes productive and organized, saving time and money. In addition to her organizing business, Ann Marie now trains other organizers on how to grow their businesses when she isn’t speaking at events, on podcasts, radio shows or writing articles. Look for her first book in 2019!

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