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.
All of that hard work is paying off because graduation is around the corner! The stole was purchased, the pictures have been taken, and now it is officially time to celebrate.
There area are many events to plan for this time of year– graduation parties, memorial day events, Cinco de Mayo, and both Mother’s and Father’s Day. Event planner Camille Styles shared her tips on how to plan the perfect party with HGTV (1):
· Start early and keep organized
· Create a theme (Yes, Yes...we couldn't agree more. Themes help streamline planning and make the party fun)
· Send out invites (So many options online not to)
· Keep appetizers simple (Hint: Stick with the theme)
· Set up a kid’s table
· Don’t forget the party favors
· Give yourself an hour to freshen up before guests arrive
When your hosting parties, planning for them can get hectic, so following these simple steps can help relieve some stress. The best solution, take the responsibility off your plate and leave it to a professional, hire an event planner. You can be stress-free and ready to celebrate!
Connect with Dov Sound in Fresno and see what services we can offer to help plan your next event!
Need help planning your event? DOV Sound offers planning assistance at every step of the way. From the simple backyard gathering to over the top celebration.
To all Move over cold & unpredictable weather!
SPRING IS HERE! For most, Spring means perfect weather (no more umbrellas-finally), colorful clothes (bye bye black monochromatic outfit!) and finally putting the pool to good use. Spring is a time to get outside and unwind...but for those planning a Spring wedding it can bring an abundance of stress.
Trying to reserve a venue, find a caterer, hire a photographer, create a wedding website are just a few of the concerns when planning a wedding. It can be challenging and let’s face it, the wedding checklist seems to get longer every day. To all my brides-to-be...just simplify! According to the Huffington post (1), here are the things to avoid while planning your wedding:
· Doing anything before setting a budget
· Neglecting to make a rain plan (Um...this is a big one, people...even if you do live in Fresno)
· Assuming 10 percent of your guests will RSVP ‘no’
· Impulsively sending your save-the-dates
· Buying your dress first
· Nixing the hair and makeup trial
· Saving by not hiring a videographer
· Being too vague with your photographer
· Letting yourself get too stressed (HIRE A PLANNER, or at least a Coordinator and relax)
· Being Too Chill (You Chill, While DOV Sound Plans)
Last but not lease we have to add, hire help! Don't stress yourself out and don't put that burden on your guests or family. Even if you are the master of DIY you will want time to enjoy your wedding, so let a coordinator do the work.
(1)Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-most-common-wedding-planning-mistakes-and-how_n_5ac529d6e4b0042efc0464e0
Lucky you! Dov Sound will help you during this hectic wedding process because we specialize in weddings and other private events! If you are in need of a Fresno Wedding planner, or planning a destination wedding, give us a call! Find out more about what we can do for you to make your special day one filled with memories not worry.
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