As a mom, I sort of have a love hate relationship with summer vacation. On one hand no more early morning drop-offs or running a million miles an hour from school to practice to church and back to another practice. But that also means kids are home 24/7...yeah!
Planning a big vacation is great but figuring out what to do the other 12 weeks of summer can test any mom's patience, especially when the words "I'm Bored" are on repeat every hour on the hour. We Rise is all about finding ways to make the most of summer vacation AND create memories that will positively impact our kids for life. Here are just a few of our favorite summer event ideas!
1) VBS...Vacation Bible School.
Why? Because many of them are free, safe, and family friendly environments
Benefits: If you are a Christian by faith or not, VBS provides a great place for 2-3 hours a day full of music, games, and social activities to keep kids busy. Many are free or low cost events. Bonus, VBS is offered throughout the summer, so why not sign up for more than one!
June 10th-June 14th- Family Community Church Fresno www.fccfresno.com
June 10th-June 14th- New Covenant Community Church http://www.newcov.com/toy-story-vba/
June 17th- June 21st- The Well https://thewellcommunity.org/blogs/kids-connection/summerpalooza2019
June 24th-June 28th- Trinity Community Church Fresno https://trinitycc.com/childrens-ministries/
June 24th-June 28th- http://www.northfresnochurch.org/?pg=event&spg=197
Teach your kids compassion, empathy, and the importance of serving someone or something bigger than self. There are so many organizations that offer summer volunteering opportunities for kids and teens, just choose an area of interest- serve and have fun!
Magic Fresno- https://www.facebook.com/magicfresno/
Provides adaptive & integrative sports training and athletic opportunity in exceptional needs friendly sports environment.
Miss Winkles Pet Adoption- http://www.misswinkles.com/volunteer/
Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center believes that pets help make a family complete. We work with you to find the pet that will bring your family joy, laughter, happiness and companionship for many years to come.
Interest: People and Humanitarian Relief
Poverello House- https://poverellohouse.org/get-involved/volunteer
All volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent/guardian at all times. Poverello House accepts volunteers ages 7 and up. They also accept groups, get a group of your kids friends together and instill service leadership.
I know it sounds traditional for all my modern moms but there is no greater joy than cooking with kids. Why? Because cooking teaches math, science, nutrition, and best of all... kids can get their hands dirty. Here are a few ideas that can take cooking to a new level!
Bake some treats and deliver them to those in need.
You won't have to drive around town too long before you find someone that will gratefully accept the treats. Kids will have fun preparing and learn the joy that comes with small acts of kindness.
Visit a local culinary school (www.learn.iot.edu)
Believe or not we have one of the top rated culinary programs in country sitting right in our back yard. Institute of Technology has well known chefs that lead the baking and pasty and culinary programs at the school. Who knows you may have the next master chef.
Did you wait too long to figure out what to do for Mother's Day? Of course you did, mom usually does the planning right? Want to make her feel special but skip the traditional store bought flowers and over priced greeting cards? We have a few ideas that are sure to turn Mother's day into a full blown celebration and best of all they are budget friendly and easy to pull off. We are all about planning Mother's like we plan our events, stress free for everyone!
1) Relax & Rejuvenate: At Home Spa
Infused Water (About $3): We love the Dr. Oz detox water... mom can detox and hydrate at the same time. If you are really last minute and don't have 24 hours, the water tastes great after 1 hour.
1. Add sliced cucumbers and lemon, grated ginger, and fresh mint leaves to pitcher. Fill with cold water and let infuse overnight in the refrigerator. Enjoy the next day.
Set the Mood with Moms Favorite Music (Free): Smooth Jazz is always a good option or try searching You Tube, Pandora, or Amazon Music for key words like spa sounds, waterfall music, or sounds of nature.
For Example: Relaxing Music for Stress Relief (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFcSrYw-ARY)
Run a Hot Bath and add some Natural Enhancers ($5): Try Coconut Oil or Lavender Essential Oil to the Tub.
Don't worry, if mom doesn't already have essential oil or coconut oil, they are easy to find! Most big box retailers sell both, essential oils can usually be found in the candle aisle.
Finish with a Cozy Towel ($5-$10): Spend a few dollars to purchase a new towel in moms favorite color. Costco is even offering a coupon this month on both their bath towels and extra large bath sheets. They range in price from $5-$10 after the coupon.
Detox Water: https://www.doctoroz.com/recipe/10-day-tummy-tox-water
Essential Oil: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-Gardens-15-mL-100-Pure-Lavender-Essential-Oil/852918865
2) Love and Laughter
3) Memory Lane
If your goal is to get to mom's heart strings this is the idea for you! Take her on a walk down memory lane and let her know how much you appreciate her being there every step (literally) of the way.
Prep Time: 2-3 Hours
Benefit: Letting Mom Know Her Value...Even in the Small Things.
Want to Go Big For Your Next Event or Family Gathering?
At Dov Sound we love to think outside of the box and celebrate life's events in unique ways. If you want to take that graduation party to the next level...impress Dad with an amazing backyard BBQ extravaganza, or make 4th of July a day your friends will never forget, give us a call. We will help you design your event and make it stress free.
The Fresno Gospel Fest on April on April 20th was filled with fun and great music. Hundreds of people from all areas of the Fresno county gathered to with a night of praise through song and dance. The event featured, food trucks, serving various specialties like bacon wrapped hotdogs, fried popcorn shrimp, and ice cream sandwiches made with soft baked cookies. The night also brought a sense of community with attendees of different churches catching up or meeting for the first time, family members hugging and praising God together. To top it off, the event featured local and well known artists (Ryan McClarty, McCoy Dance Studio, Wess Morgan, James Fortune, Yolanda Adams and Fred Hammond) and each one was incredible.
Overall the event was solid, but there was definitely room for improvement. The concert did start about 40 minutes late due to technical difficulties and sound check challenges. This also led to many of the artists being cut off. It started with local artist Ryan McClarty and McCoy Dance Studio who were in the middle of performing Ryan's second song when the producer of the event, came on stage and told the DJ to turn the music off. It left the both the audience and Ryan confused and shocked. They then tried to do the same to Yolanda Adams but she insisted she perform one more song before she left. Both situations were awkward for the artists and the crowd. In addition, there were quite a few intermission breaks. Between the late start, a lot of down time, and performance sets cut short, it is fair to say, the timing of the event was the greatest challenge of the night.
Despite the mishaps, the event was successful at bringing people together, the food was delicious, and the pop-up shops offered great services. We truly enjoyed every artist that performed and loved all of the dancers. It was a great time spent with great people and because of that... we look forward to next years’ Gospel Fest and have high hope's that the concert will improve on this year's event.
We live in a world where standards have been compromised- in music, in character, in relationships, in the quality of how we live...and the list goes on.