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Tips for Creating a Great Summer Bucket List

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Summer is almost here! The last day of school for most of Las Vegas is June 8th and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to keep the kiddos entertained all summer! You don’t want summer to pass you by without having some fun!

Creating a summer bucket list can help!  Since the summer of 2010 we’ve been putting together a family summer bucket list and we look forward to it every year.  What exactly is a summer bucket list? It’s just an awesome way to have an intentionally fun summer with your family and make some great memories! The list doesn’t have to be big or filled with expensive outings to be fun.  Just think of some things you all can do together as a family in the summer, write it down, then go have fun! 

Here are a few tips that have worked for us (through a bit of trial and error) on creating a fun and successful summer bucket list that everyone can enjoy.  

  • Get the whole family involved.  Everyone will be more excited if they have a say in the list, so we make sure to talk about it together. Dinnertime or driving in the car work great.  Kids will come up with some pretty far fetched activities sometimes, so it’s good to give them boundaries and suggestions as to what kinds of activities you can/prefer to do, especially if this is your first time putting the list together.  The key is to get input from everyone and although not every activity will make the cut, they’ll be happy to have had a say in it and will be super excited when it’s time to do their activity!the_emerics_san_diego_california_ensenada_mexico_family_vacation-5
  • Include traditions.  Most of our traditions became traditions purely unintentionally, but now that we have them we are intentional about keeping them.  We make sure to include them each year in our bucket list and look forward to them each summer.  I’m sure you probably have summer traditions yourself already and just didn’t realize it.  Things like, BBQing with friends, watching fireworks, swimming parties, these may all be things you may do each year that can easily be incorporated into your family’s summer bucket list.

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  • Limit your list.  We found that keeping the list to about 10-12 activities is much more realistic than trying to include 20+ things.  Putting too much on your list can get stressful and pricey.  Your list should be about having fun together, not just doing stuff!DSCF8012
  • Don’t be too ambitious.  Every day doesn’t have to be jam packed with activities and weekends don’t have to be spent at a theme park or away from home for it to be fun and memorable.   Kids just want to spend time with you.  Your summer bucket list doesn’t need to be super elaborate or expensive.  This is especially true for younger kiddos.  Some of our fun and simple activities have included: going out for frozen yogurt, bike riding, geocaching, and watching the sunset. Need some ideas? Check out sites like Groupon and Living Social for great deals on fun things to do, like acrades, mini golf, bowling, go kart racing, laser tag, paintball, etc! 

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  • Display your list.  static1.squarespaceOnce you have your activities all picked out, make sure to display the list in a place where it can always be seen.  The last thing you want to do is create all this excitement and then forget about it. Believe me, if you put your list in a spot where the kids can see it everyday, they won’t let you forget about it! Through the years we’ve put it at the bottom of the staircase, on the fridge, and on a banner across the kitchen window. Bonus tip: Get the kiddos involved in creating a fun way to display your list ūüėČ
  • Plan.  Once we have the list ready and displayed, it’s time to set a plan in motion.  Depending on your list, this could require lots of planning or little planning.  Our summer bucket list usually consists of smaller activities (frozen yogurt, water park, hiking, water balloon fights) with 1-2 big ones, such as a trip to the beach or family vacation.  Obviously, planning a trip will require a lot more planning, such as hotel stays, flights, rental car, etc. and most likely you’ll have your dates set for that. But I even find it helpful to at least pencil in the smaller events, just so that they are on the calendar and ready to go! 
  • Document.  Now that you’ve put some effort into creating and displaying your list, you have to go out and do all those fun things!  And, don’t forget to document along the way.  Whether you use a professional camera, a point and shoot, or just your iPhone, it’s important to snap a few photos for posterity’s sake.  We tend to use all 3! Here are a few ideas on places to document your summer: personal blog, special hashtag on instagram (ours will be #emericsummer2017), facebook album, scrapbook, chatbooks, or even a yearly calendar.  There are lots of options!  Whatever you choose, it’ll be great to look back at the end of the summer and relive all the cool things you did!

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So what are you waiting for? Grab the kiddos and start thinking of ideas for your summer bucket list! Your family will look forward to all the big & little adventures you’ll have throughout the summer.  Let’s make this summer your best one yet! 

Feel free to check out our summer bucket lists from the past 2 years to get ideas and inspiration for your own – 2016 and 2015

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Chuck E. Cheese’s New Menu Review & ***GIVEAWAY***

Hey mamas! This past week, the fambam and I got invited to Chuck E. Cheese’s to test out their new menu, which included: new pizzas, appetizers, healthier options and dessert. But of course we went, who doesn’t like playing at Chuck E. Cheese and eating pizza!

 

Check out their new menu:

New Pizzas:

* Thin & Crispy crust – you can make any pizza in the menu thin & crispy

* Cali Alfredo – newest specialty pizza made with Alfredo sauce, fresh spinach, shredded mozzarella, chicken breast, sliced mushrooms, and sausage

* BBQ chicken pizza- features crispy onions and a new BBQ drizzle

Sandwiches and Wraps:

* Caesar and Club Wraps made with whole wheat tortillas

* Oven Roasted BBQ chicken ciabatta sandwich

Chicken Wings and Breadsticks:

* BBQ and Sweet Chili Boneless and Bone-In chicken wings

* Soft Parmesan Breadsticks

* Buffalo chicken cheesy bread

Dessert:

* Dessert Churros served with salted caramel and white chocolate icing

* Cinnamon Sticks- new and improved stuffed with more cinnamon crunch and topped with white chocolate icing

So my foodie review is an A+ for the new thin and crispy pizza options that they offer for any pizza on the menu, I loved their thin and crispy pizza! I also enjoyed the Chicken Alfredo pizza because all the ingredients were fresh (no canned mushrooms, thank goodness)! The BBQ chicken pizza was quite delicious as well, the crispy onions just give it a wonderful texture and had a delicious BBQ flavor. As for the two new wrap offerings, it was OK because of the overwhelming amount of dressing for my taste, however my father-in-law enjoyed both of them and would order them again. The sweet chili wings reminded me of the Thai chicken wings I make with Mae Ploy sauce, but a little spicier. The kiddos’ favorites were the pizza, BBQ wings, BBQ sandwich, Parmesan breadsticks and the Churros with the salted caramel sauce. Overall, the menu had something for everyone to enjoy.

 

After eating, we had to get our game on to burn off all the yummy food. It’s imperative for me to hit the arcade basketball, it’s my favorite game of all time (yes, I get competitive) so I couldn’t pass it up! My kiddos love playing all the ticket games and of course, cashing in their tickets.

Here’s a tip:¬†Prior to going to Chuck E. Cheese, download their free game app on Apple Store or Android, so that you can redeem real tickets to use (my 8 year old son managed to get 540 tickets!) FYI:¬†You need to redeem the tickets, which then get emailed to you, and then you need to print it out to bring and give to the ticket attendant (Lol, I didn’t so that’s why I’m forewarning you, but hey, we’ll use it next time). So 4,000 + tickets later we got some nice prizes and it was time to go.

Until next time Chuck E. Cheese’s…We’ll be back!

Contest Alert:

We are giving one lucky winner a Chuck E. Cheese’s Guest pass that gives you 1 large pizza, 4 soft drinks, and 30 game tokens!

Make sure to like Las Vegas Moms Blog on Facebook and comment below with your favorite Chuck E Cheese memories new and old! Contest ends Monday, February 16, 2015 @ 8pm PST. Good luck, mamas!

I would recommend checking out the new menu available in Las Vegas at: www.chuckecheese.com/newmenu

You can also visit and like Chuck E. Cheese’s Facebook page

They’re also on Twitter,¬†Instagram, and Pinterest¬†and you can use hashtag #CECLasVegas

****Did you know you don’t have to spend all your tickets in one day, the ticket attendant will print out a new ticket of your remaining tickets, so no need to rush the kiddos to pick out prizes they don’t care for because they think they have to spend all their tickets in one day.
(Disclaimer: I feed my family less processed foods for the most part but I believe that you can eat other foods in moderation). Click HERE or at the end of my bio below to read other posts by me!

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Movies and Candy

There is this great place in Henderson called Movies and Candy! This place is probably the last of it’s kind, it is a movie rental and candy store. I ended up going into this place one day when I was trying to kill some time before my kids’ swim class started. It happens to be in the same shopping center. At first I thought I would just look around and maybe grab each of the kids a candy to be nice. But soon I found myself having a great time strolling down memory lane while finding all these great movies I had totally forgotten about. It didn’t take long before I decided to rent one of the movies. I decided it was time to turn my kids on to Star Wars! We ended up watching the complete Star Wars saga and the kids are now complete Star Wars fans.

Renting movies from Movies and Candy has become a regular thing for our family. We all look forward to the hunt for a great classic. The man that works the front desk is actually very helpful. I truly think he might have seen every movie that has ever been made and is great at suggesting movies that are awesome but that you might have forgotten about. And of course my kids love all the candy. They have all kinds of candy, including all of my childhood faves.

  

I guess I had forgotten how cool it was to walk through a Movie rental store and hunt for the night’s entertainment. I am super happy I found this place. ¬†They also rent TV series and cable series. This would have majorly came in handy back when I was on my Walking Dead kick. The few days it would take Netflix to mail me a DVD sometimes was almost more than I could bare! If only I would have known that I could have just rented it and saved myself the agony of waiting to see if my favorite character survived a zombie attack. ¬†One more cool thing they have there is a movie room. They rent out the room for parties. This is super great for kids parties or even girls night out with a fun chick flick. So if you are looking for a little flash back fun check this place out! You might just see how much you miss these kind of places like I did.

   

 

 

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