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June/July 2018
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WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, my mom ran a beauty shop out of our basement. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, a steady stream of ladies paraded up our driveway for their weekly ’do. And in the summer, you could often find me and my sister perched behind our little table, hawking cups of lemonade. We charged a dime. Or a nickel. Really, we’d take change of any kind. At the time, we were in it to fill our respective piggy banks, but I like to think we’d have broadened our cause if Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) had been around back then. The organization is dedicated to supporting new research into treatments for pediatric cancer, and its mission is quite literally fueled one cup at a time. It encourages families…

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big fun

“Play is the work of childhood.”Posted in May 2017 by @chelsealynphotography The Backstory During the summer, we often go to the Norfolk [VA] Botanical Garden. In the children’s garden, there are several fantastic splash pads. One day in May, the weather was mild and comfortable, and we decided to enjoy the spring flowers and play in the water. There were not many people there that evening, so my sons could run around and dare each other to stand in certain spots and put their face in the most powerful streams. This image is really the perfect depiction of my 3-year-old’s personality. He’s bold, daring, vibrant, playful, and so happy. Many of my fondest summer memories have taken place at the gardens, so this image will certainly be a treasure for years to…

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made for the parade

OUR CRAFT BIN We used duct tape, elastic, paint, stamps, stencils, tulle, and Velcro to make these fun wearables. TURN TO PAGE 12 FOR HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS. PUP TUTU What You’ll Need • 1-in.-wide elastic• Adhesive Velcro squares• 2 or 3 spools (25 yds. each) of 6-in.-wide tulle ribbon 1. Measure your dog’s waist. Subtract 1 in. and cut a piece of elastic to that size. Add Velcro squares to both of the ends. 2. Cut strips of tulle ribbon to a length you like and tie onto the elastic. Dress your pooch! STAR SHORTS What You’ll Need • Acrylic craft paint• Paper plate• Star stamp• Denim or cotton shorts 1. Spread paint into a thin layer on the plate. Press the stamp into paint, wipe the edges clean, and stamp onto shorts. Repeat to cover as desired! Let dry. BOTTLE HOLDER What You’ll…

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4 things to do with shells

1. WRITE YOUR NAME (OR A PAL’S) Everyone needs his name on his door, right? (Right!) Glue a canvas sheet (available in the craft-paper section of an art store) to a picture-frame backing. (Save the glass for another project.) Use shells, driftwood, coral, twigs, or dried seaweed (or a combo) to form letters, then glue down. 2. RAISE A RAINBOW Add a dose of happy to the walls! Cut a rainbow shape from cardboard. Divide a stash of shells into three or four piles. Paint each pile a different color. Let dry. Lightly draw arches on the cardboard and paint each the same colors as shells. Glue shells to corresponding colors. 3. LEAVE AN IMPRESSION Kids can make their own fossils. Form three medium-size balls of air-dry clay. Roll out into ⅓-inch-thick slabs. Cut out…

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camp on the cheap!

MON rise and shine Jumping Bee Challenge the kids to spell out words while they jump rope. Whoever gets the most words without getting tangled wins! field trip Nature Walk Have the kids create a wish list of what they hope to discover, and then head out around the neighborhood with magnifying glasses. Take turns examining found items up close. You could also provide small sketchbooks so the kids can draw what they see. instant game Dribbling Queen Give everyone a basketball or a large bouncy ball and designate a dribbling area. Players must stay inside the area and dribble—no standing around! As they bounce the ball, they try to knock everyone else’s ball away with their free hand. When a player’s ball gets knocked outside the designated area, he’s out. The last player dribbling is crowned king or…

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BROWNIES Spread half of a batch of brownie batter in an 8x8-inch pan. Cover with graham crackers; top with remaining batter. Bake as directed. Top with mini marshmallows; broil to brown slightly. PUDDING PARFAITS Layer chocolate pudding, broken graham crackers, and mini marshmallows in small containers, repeating the layers twice. Chill for 4 to 6 hours before serving to soften the graham crackers. ENERGY BITES Combine 1 cup oats, ½ cup each peanut butter and graham-cracker crumbs, ⅓ cup honey, and ¼ cup mini chocolate chips. Chill 30 minutes. Shape into balls with a marshmallow inside each. FOOD STYLING BY JOY HOWARD. PROP STYLING BY ANN LEWIS.…