July (Free Printable) Calendar + Fun Summertime Ideas!

Our kids don't often say "I'm bored!"...but when they do, we often head to Pinterest and pick something fun to get us out of a slump. Whether it's activities with fidget spinners (I still don't get the draw of those things), games with water balloons, or fun and goofy science experiments, there's enough fun stuff in here for every day of summer!

As your kids scroll through these ideas, brainstorm what neighbors and friends you could invite over to take part in the fun!

Maybe you and your kids could even write up a list of children from your neighborhood to invite in so your kids begin understanding how simple it can be to live a life of hospitality. As you print out this month's calendar, write those names into various days, inviting them to take part in these fun and goofy activities.

Not only will no one be bored...you'll be showing your family how to live with an open door!

Note: Head to The Library to download and print out the calendar! The password is at the top of all my emails I send out!

If you don't already follow me on Pinterest, do it here!

Fun Summertime Ideas

(list approved by my kids!)

. . Click here for the board Summertime Fun . .

Do you have any favorite summer activities? Tell us about them below in the comments (or link it)!


Take Joy,


my FAVORITE end of school tradition


I posted this last year...but it's truly such an end-of-school highlight, I wanted to share it again!


What we do on the last day of school is hands-down my favorite family tradition.

I'm not sure how many years ago I thought of it (maybe three or four?)...or how it came to be...but as the kids walk home from school, we pelt them with water balloons.


Those of us who are home wait outside, all sweet and unassuming.


Maybe even hide behind bushes or trees.


And POW! A full on war breaks out.


Since we have kids at three different schools, this fun battle happens a few times, depending on when their last day is.


It's kind of like a Jack-in-the-Box. You know it's coming...but it still gets ya every time.


Every year I struggle actually making the water balloons though.

I prefer getting the biodegradable ones, but they're so thin, they snap and break faster than I can fill them.


Ben though, found these on Kickstarter awhile back and hallelujah they came in the mail just in time for our yearly water balloon fight!!


Can you see how cool this is?! The balloons are all attached to a thin plastic straw and you just screw the end into the hose. Once the balloons are filled, they simply pop off the straw and are all ready to go!

(and yep...still biodegradable!)

Amazing. I hope these people are making millions.


Do you have a favorite end of school tradition at your house?!

If not...you're welcome to steal ours!!


Take Joy,