This is the first summer we’ve had to deal with both my husband and I working from home + managing the kids’ schedule.  It has definitely been a challenge and I find myself often feeling guilty when I have tasks that need to get accomplished but all I really want to do is play with them.  What has really helped to create balance, though, is putting together a schedule so they know what to expect and we can carve out both structured reading/learning time and some fun outdoor activities.  

One of the things we instituted this year was “adventure day”.  Every Wednesday, we pack a picnic lunch and head out for a whole day of exploring somewhere new.  The first week it was a local farm & petting zoo, followed by a hike with breathtaking views.  And last week, we decided to take a long drive to an indoor earth museum near Ithaca.  The kids had so much fun & it ended up being the perfect choice because it literally rained all day long.  

As we were heading home, I spotted an antique mall and twisted my husband’s arm to let us go.  My daughter, like me, loves anything old-fashioned so she couldn’t wait to get inside.  Little did we know that there was an enormous upstairs room full of vintage clothes, handbags & jewelry (at crazy low prices).  So naturally, we spent a good hour rummaging through the racks and trying dozens of pieces on.  I was so excited when I found these cute floral shorts for just $5!  They fit perfectly and are so lightweight & comfortable – I instantly knew I wanted to pair them with stripes for an easy summer look.

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