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Summer Snail Mail: Why Your Kids Should Write Letters

Something to CelebrateAmy WileyComment
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I absolutely love to receive mail... in fact I get excited every time I see the postal delivery truck at the end of my driveway!  I also love to send mail and I'm doing my best to pass that joy on to my kids.  For as long as I can remember, I've tasked them with writing letters in the summer time.  Here's are my top reasons why this is a great practice for children...

Keep those writing skills up

Letter writing is a fun way to keep up their handwriting, spelling, grammar and creativity.  All those skills they use in school can easily fade during the summer months and writing a letter keeps them in practice.  Before my kids could write, I had them draw pictures to mail to others.  Whatever their skill level, put it to use.

Be a blessing to friends and family

My kids have three great grandparents who are still living and they are all out of state.  They are always thrilled to get a letter from the kids.  We also write to other relatives near and far, as well as friends.  My daughter actually has a friend from preschool who moved away several years ago... they still exchange letters now and then and it's so fun to see that friendship endure through elementary school.

Give and you will recieve

Once you start mailing letters out... you'll see letters start to come back to you!  It's a joy when the recipients of our letters return the favor.  My children are always overjoyed to see something addressed to them in our mailbox.

Preserve a charming part of the past

I love to text as much as the next person, but you can never replace the delight of a handwritten note.  In a world of "LOL" I want my kids to know how to write someone a meaningful letter or card.  Our summer letters are my way of keeping the fading tradition of snail mail alive in our family and for others. 

I encourage you to pick up some stamps, print out some addresses of those you love, and get your kids writing.  They'll soon be racing to the mailbox awaiting those sweet replies!

Movie Night: Dumbo

Movie NightAmy WileyComment

This movie night will have you flying high on sugar! The circus theme is simple and fun, affording plenty of tasty treats.   A summer dinner off the grill and plenty of movie snacks make this one a great fit for a July evening.

 Cotton candy, animal crackers and circus animal cookies... don’t tell the dentist!   Sure, just one of these would suffice, but I’m not known for restraint.  All this paired with a Disney classic film, what’s not to love?

Cotton candy, animal crackers and circus animal cookies... don’t tell the dentist!   Sure, just one of these would suffice, but I’m not known for restraint.  All this paired with a Disney classic film, what’s not to love?

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This movie is sweet, sometimes sad, and also timeless.  It’s great to share movies we remember from childhood with our own family. 

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You can take the circus theme as far as you wish, or keep it low-key like us.  Either way, you’ll fall in love with Dumbo all over again.

Star-Spangled Shortcake

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This is an easy dessert that just hits the spot on a summer evening.  It's more of an assembly than a recipe.  Grab a spoon and dig into Star-Spangled Shortcake.

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To make this oh-so-patriotic treat, you'll just need berries, pre-made pound cake or angel food cake, heavy whipping cream (and a little powdered sugar) and sprinkles.

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Whip up the cream with a little powdered sugar to sweeten.

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Cut your pound cake up into cubes and add to your serving glasses or dishes.

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Add a nice mix of red and blue berries.  I mean... it's pretty much just a healthy snack, right?

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Top with whipped cream and festive sprinkles.

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This is a perfect treat for your 4th of July gathering.  Enjoy!