“Easier Than Ever” Giveaway

I have TWO extra copies of this special issue from CK just waiting to be sent out to the lucky winners! 

This issue is all about making scrapbooking EASY! And who doesn't need a little dose of easy every now and then right? Especially during the summer months when it seems that we would all rather be out making memories than inside scrapbooking!

All of the layouts in the book can be created in less than an hour and they all have an "ingredient" list along with step-by-step instructions. Plus, most of the layouts feature 4×6 photos so you don't even have to worry about cropping/enlarging, etc!

The best part: there is lots of eye candy and tons of inspiration… even if you don't want to create the pages exactly as shown, there are a ton of ideas to pull from!

All you have to do to enter the drawing is leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite summer activity…. I am always looking for new and fun things to do with the kids so I can't wait to hear all of your ideas! I will draw two winners on Tuesday! (I apologize in advance but the contest is only open to residents of the US… unless you want to pay for the extra shipping… sorry!)

Oh, and one more thing because I wish I could give one to everyone — If you don't win, I have a special coupon for you that you can use to get 15% off of the issue! It is valid until May 31st but cannot be combined with any other discount offer… Feel free to share it with your friends!. Click here to purchase and use this code: QEYB-5778-ULYB.

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  • Rachel Berry
    May 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Mowing my Lawn!! I know I’m a little odd. But the end result is always worth it!! 🙂

  • hilary
    May 14, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Chillin’ on the beach or poolside with my kiddos… Sooo looking forward to that this year.

  • Patty D.
    May 14, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    My favorite summer activity is SCUBA diving! So much fun and the Great Lakes have some of the best wreck diving in the world!!

  • Brandi Z.
    May 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    We like to set up pools and slip-n-slides at each of our houses around the cul-de-sac and the moms hang out while the kids wear themselves out! I LOVED the first Easier Than Ever and I am so excited that there is a new one!

  • Leana
    May 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    We love to go to the pool!

  • Jeni Barbas
    May 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    digging in the sand box with my 2 year old!

  • Emily S.
    May 14, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Our family loves visiting Disneyland in the evenings! We usually get to the park as the sun is starting to go down. That way we miss the heat and and the hustle and bustle of the day! We like to grab some popcorn and a churro for the kids and watch a parade or the fireworks show. Sometimes, if the lines aren’t too long, we’ll catch a few of our favorite rides and enjoy a Disney evening as a family!

  • Jamie
    May 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    We love going letterboxing during the summer. Always an adventure!

  • carla
    May 14, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    favorite activity is taking the kids to the Wilderness Lodge in the Wisconsin Dells. Basically a water park that you stay at. So cool and fun!

  • kristen
    May 14, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    beach trips for sure!

  • anisa scholes
    May 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Splash parks!!!

  • quilter
    May 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    It seems like my children were in sports league and swimming lessons during the summer. Now I’m retired from the Air Force life and love being in the Air Conditioning in TX! 🙂

  • Shelby
    May 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    There are actually four activities that I love to do in the summer, and I couldn’t live without any one of them, so I’ll give ’em all to you!
    1) Take a friend’s dog to the massive dog park we have close by
    2) Play tennis w/ my boyfriend
    3) Walk down Whyte Ave (a trendy spot) w/ boyfriend to get gelato
    4) Get some olives, bread, prosciutto, and fresh asiago for a picnic in the park

  • Jennifer Evans
    May 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I love to walk on the beach, cut flowers from my garden, and take a walk through the local art fair…

  • Christy Harris
    May 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    We love to go to the beach or to Disneyland! It’s only an hour away and we have passes so it’s an easy afternoon!

  • Kim
    May 14, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I love to bike ride with my son to our community pool, swim and play in the pool, then hop on the bike and go for a ride to the park. Living in South FL, this is nicer to do towards the end of the day. For those really HOT days we like to go to the library. Enjoy your summer. Side walk chalk,the hose, and sprinklers are always fun too. I like to keep it simple and do things we used to do as kids. Picnics in the yard! Oh wow I guess I am ready for school to get out! 🙂

  • vickiellen
    May 14, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    run through the sprinklers with my kiddos. . . just like when i was a kiddo 🙂

  • Jodi Schantz
    May 14, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I love to set up our water slide for my children and watch all of the neighbor kids make their way over. Our home is the fun, kids hang out for all of the kids on the block to enjoy and have fun at!

  • rebecca.k
    May 14, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I love sitting outside with a good book and a cool drink!

  • Jessica Sullivan
    May 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    we love going to the library. It’s always nice and cool, peaceful. My kids love all the summer reading programs.

  • Amber Zimmerman
    May 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    catching fireflies, jumping on the trampoline, blowing bubbles, going to the pool, and at night – lighting the tiki torches and firepit and hang out with our family and friends. =)

  • Lindsey
    May 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    My favorite summertime activity actually is scrapbooking! In Florida, it’s just too hot for me to be outside all the time, and we get these GREAT afternoon thunderstorms every day. My favorite thing to do is grab a coke and sit at the kitchen table in front of a great big window, watching the rain and making page after page. 🙂

  • Angie
    May 14, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Our favorite summertime activity is going to the splash pad with the kids. Our second favorite is going to Springs Preserve (a eco-friendly nature park/museum).

  • kristii
    May 14, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    We love to go hiking in the mountains. We are always looking for gorgeous waterfalls to visit. Living in Montana, hiking is just a natural activity!!

  • Betsy Smith
    May 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    We love to try and have a theme each week/month – we are planning to learn about a new planet each week and make a homemade solar system for my sons room. We also like swimming, going to the library, movies etc. I heart summer!!

  • Christina
    May 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Hrm…I love the outdoors & the beach!

  • connie tacazon
    May 14, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    My fave summer activity is cool evening bbq’s. My husband makes a mean grill and it’s always perfect to lazy around in the backyard until it gets really dark.

  • Lynn Brown
    May 14, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    My favorite summer activity is going on vacation with my entire family. There are about 24 of us, and we stay at a hotel on the lake. I love being able to hang out with everyone, and my kids love hanging out with their cousins..

  • Deborah
    May 14, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I’m a fan of enjoying the evenings sitting out on the porch with a fire in the fire pit. Roasting marshmallows is a bonus!

  • Kristin O
    May 14, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I like just hanging outside, playing with the neighbor kids and chiling on the porch when it gets too hot!

  • Christine
    May 14, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    My favorite summer activities include blowing bubbles with my kids, long walks/bicycle rides, reading in the park, going to the local arboretum, parks parks parks, and spending time in and around water.
    Your photog is amazing. I always look forward to your previews.

  • Rachel
    May 14, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Spending precious time with my husband and 10-month old daughter before I go back to teaching this fall. 🙂

  • amy miller
    May 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    my fav. summer activity is eating popsicles on the step on the front porch. Somehow when it is summer and so hot outside, it doesn’t feel guilty to make everything else wait while I slurp with my two little cuties!

  • Wendy
    May 14, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    That issue looks fabulous! We all love summer here–we do picnics in the park, bike rides, I do a reading incentive program with the kids (we get snowies once a week as a reward), and the kids “camp out” together and stay up late and watch movies a couple nights a week.

  • Gayle
    May 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I love all of the usual summer time activities, but quiet time is wonderful also. We had a summer read a thon and kept a list of how many books they read. Good thing is any book counts even a comic book. Comic books help children process information and follow multiple steps.
    My children are grown now and their comic collections are worth a great deal of money. They wont sell them but they are all popular now.
    When they were young we traveled in the summer we loved to visit antique and junk stores. When we stopped the children would look for comic books, which gave them something to read in the car. Plus it gave us a little time to look, before they got bored.
    Thanks, have a great summer- Gayle

  • Carrie C.
    May 14, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    well lets see, I love the summer months and being outside. This year will be much more exciting as my daughter is 2 and able to do more than she was last year. So I am looking forward to going to the park and picnics and just spending fun quality time together as a family.

  • jung a
    May 14, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    summer…having the opportunity to eat ice cream daily… 🙂 oh, and seeing my daughter enjoy her plastic pool! glamorous, no?!!

  • Jess
    May 14, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    My favorite summer activities are going to the lake, going to flea & farmer’s markets and picnics in the park! I love the summers.

  • Christine
    May 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    We live close to a gorgeous mountain lake. I love to swim in it either from the shore or from the boat. Thank You!

  • LeAnn
    May 14, 2009 at 9:56 pm


  • sheryl b
    May 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Going on a picnic…and spending time with the family! No TV, no internet, no distractions!

  • Debbie Brenner
    May 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Making homemade ice cream! Mint chocolate chip is our family favorite.

  • Sharon
    May 14, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I love to go snorkling in the summer. We have a lot of great spots on the Keys (I live in Florida) and I always get to see all different kind of fish and get a nice tan at the same time 🙂

  • Katie
    May 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Hanging out around the house with nowhere to go!!! Seriously. I love not worrying about getting my 4 kiddos out the door and just enjoy letting them be kids doing what they love.

  • Alyssa
    May 14, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I just love to picnic with friends and family…
    a basket of fun foods (usually themed like french snacks, or taco salad stuff), a kite, a quilt, maybe a book, and of course the camera so that I can scrap it later!

  • Jen
    May 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I just love to go for late evening walks with my family after dinner. We get the kids in their jammies and load them into the double stroller with some snacks and stroll through the neighborhood. I just love the summer evening air. Ahhh, can’t wait!

  • Kate
    May 14, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Sprinklers! So fun…and also a great backfrop for photos!

  • Emily
    May 14, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Summer is all about WATER. We usually fill up a kiddie swimming pool daily, and do different activities with it. Go ‘fishing’ with our bug nets and catch our fish (easter eggs), using paint brushes to paint the sidewalk, sidewalk chalk sprayed with water, ocean plastic animals playing in the pool…and of course what goes better with the pool? Popsicles! 🙂

  • Shawn Jeffers
    May 15, 2009 at 3:13 am

    hanging out by the pool flipping through my favorite scrapbook magazines for endless inspiration.

  • Mary W
    May 15, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Backyard BBQ’s and spending time in the pool with the grandkids!

  • diane
    May 15, 2009 at 4:07 am

    We love going to my grandmother’s place which is near the beach during summer. i love beaches and I love visiting my grand parents.

  • Karen s
    May 15, 2009 at 4:31 am

    We love hangin’ at the pool all afternoon. Our mornings are spent on crafts and summer bridge activities.

  • kim
    May 15, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Memorial weekend tips off our Summer season of camping, boating & generally hanging out w/friends every other weekend thru Labor Day Weekend! CAN.NOT.WAIT!

  • gina p
    May 15, 2009 at 4:42 am

    nothing too interesting here…we just look forward to swimming a lot, going to the park, state fair time, and staying up late!!

  • Susy
    May 15, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Throwing routine out the window, love the summer holidays to kick back and just enjoy life as it comes along.

  • Stéphanie Pouliot
    May 15, 2009 at 5:28 am

    My favorite summer activity is spending some time in the pool!

  • Amber Scurlock
    May 15, 2009 at 5:33 am

    Oh..I love swimming…and going to the beach. Happy times.

  • Laura Gedeon
    May 15, 2009 at 5:48 am

    My favorite summer activity is going to the beach on the shores of Lake Michigan!

  • Aimers
    May 15, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Kiddie pool in the yard, water guns, lawn chairs, being soaked and drying from the sun!!

  • Patti
    May 15, 2009 at 6:22 am

    My favorite activity is going boating on a Saturday followed by a cookout.

  • Kristen
    May 15, 2009 at 6:26 am

    July 4th picnics, grilling out on Friday nights and hitting up major and minor league baseball parks.

  • Jennifer
    May 15, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Swimming with my boys each and every day!!

  • stampinwithbeth
    May 15, 2009 at 6:52 am

    I’m a teacher, so my summers are spent reading “grown up” books and geocaching (high tech treasure hunting). My goal this summer is to visit 1/3 of Minnesota’s state parks (last summer I visited all 72 in one summer) as a part of a geocaching challenge! I’ll also relax by sewing and scrapbooking!

  • Stacy
    May 15, 2009 at 6:55 am

    We love to be outdoors…so this past fall I took the kids on a picnic and brought along paint and didn’t tell them. We went on a little scavenger hunt for pretty and unique things and then we tried to see what creative things we could create. Whether it be using them as stamps or by just painting them. It was a lot of fun and they really enjoyed it.

  • Miriam
    May 15, 2009 at 6:56 am

    I love taking my kids to the kiddie pool!

  • Anika B
    May 15, 2009 at 6:57 am

    I love to Bar B Q all the time, and go to the water parks!

  • Leah Moynihan
    May 15, 2009 at 7:09 am

    I love to take walks with my daughter and husband in that magical hour between day and sunset, when things are starting to cool off but dinner’s not ready yet. We chat with the neighbors, watch the kids play, have a cocktail…can’t wait (it’s still not warm here in New England yet!).

  • destiny perkins
    May 15, 2009 at 7:25 am

    When we aren’t hanging out at the pool, or on the road visiting family we LOVE to do little art projects! And because we live in the South, we like to find fun INSIDE things to do like going to museums!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  • Michelle
    May 15, 2009 at 7:28 am

    watching the kids play together and visiting with the other moms after the evening has cooled things off a bit – i love summer nights!

  • felicia
    May 15, 2009 at 7:36 am

    working on fun kiddo friendly craft projects!

  • Nali P.
    May 15, 2009 at 7:37 am

    going on a picnic

  • Kori
    May 15, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Eating lunch outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

  • Shara
    May 15, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I would spend every day at the lake going boating. I just love relaxing and being able to soak in the sunshine and watch my kids play at the beach. (Well as beachy as it can get in Utah).

  • Caryn
    May 15, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Definatley using our boat. Sometimes we just take a ride, but usually we fish. We love to eat out catch for dinner.

  • Judy S
    May 15, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Pool parties and BBQ’s!!

  • Kim Gust
    May 15, 2009 at 8:02 am

    I love having time to spend with my family each evening rather than being busy with activities, like during the school year. My son is 1 year old now, so I’m sure we will be discovering some fun things to do!

  • Taraleigh Gray
    May 15, 2009 at 8:07 am

    A favorite summer activity is going for walks and playing I-Spy as you go. Its entertaining for everyone!

  • Sara
    May 15, 2009 at 8:45 am

    It’s hard to pick just one. I love long walks, picnics, playing tennis, riding bikes, and soaking up the sun for the few months it’s here!

  • jen k
    May 15, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Anything outdoors, like having breakfast outside on the patio, picnics in the park, etc. Just enjoying the weather while it’s here!

  • sandy
    May 15, 2009 at 9:54 am

    blowing bubbles as the sunsets

  • Sue Farrant
    May 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Spending time with family & friends on the patio, with the garden lights on, the pond feature flowing,the BBQ running, laughter, and ending with us all sitting around the fire pit chatting and laughing!
    Oh..did I mention wine? Yeah wine too.. (Had our first night last night…yoohoo)

  • Alicia King
    May 15, 2009 at 10:08 am

    we love to go to the lake, and hang out all day long!

  • Linda W
    May 15, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I love the outdoors and sunshine! biking, camping, boating, etc.

  • nicole renee
    May 15, 2009 at 11:20 am

    One of our favorite family summer activities is to get together with friends and have cookie parties. My mom makes a ton of sugar cookie dough and we pull out all of our cookie cutters and let the kiddos go WILD! They love getting to pick out their own cutters and eating them, and while we wait for them to bake we all go out and play on the swing set. Fun times. : )

  • kristie larsen
    May 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I love going berry picking and hitting the beach (not necessarily in that order!) nothing better than berries right off the vine!

  • Bobbi-Jo
    May 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    My favorite thing to do in the summer is to do NOTHING! No schedules, no have-to-dos, just laying around in the sun enjoying a lazy day pass by. It’s rejuvenating!

  • angie/craftyscrapr
    May 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    great giveaway, with a super easy question for me!…my favorite summer activity is the BEACH!….ahhhhh….

  • starcollector
    May 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    This might be a different one-Fill an empty cool whip dish about 1/4 full of water, then add little toys (balls, cars, beads, etc) Place in freezer until frozen. Take out ice chunk and put in a slightly bigger bowl. Add more water, freeze again. Repeat.The idea is that you have trinkets frozen in different layers of ice. Give the kids eyedroppers, old toothbrushes, etc and let them “search” for their treasures! They are way fun to personalize- my daughter loves pretty beads, bracelets, etc. They get to sit outside on hot days playing with ice! Too fun!

  • Michele
    May 15, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Our favorite activity is strawberry picking followed by a pic-nic on a nice summer day with fresh limonade.

  • Deanna Gemmer
    May 15, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Definitely camping with my family.

  • gina
    May 15, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    we love taking a picnic and enjoying it on the lake in the boat.

  • jill
    May 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    swimming in the pool and wearing flip-flops

  • Melissa
    May 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm


  • Sara
    May 15, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Swimming and drinking cold lemonade in the shade…so wonderful!

  • Whitney Seeman
    May 15, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    My favorite summer activity as a kid was boating on the river! It brings back such great memories! Now, that I live in a place where there isn’t a river to go boating on, it makes me miss those days even more! This summer I am hoping to start swim lessons and we joined the movie club! Hopefully it is fun!

  • Raquel S
    May 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I don’t have children yet, but I do love spending time shopping with my sisters, going to the library together and taking pics of anything new/random.

  • momoftwo
    May 15, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I love the lazy days of summer! I enjoy:
    days at the beach
    swimming in our town pool
    bike rides
    Anything that doesn’t require a schedule or a timetable!!!

  • fiona
    May 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    definitely taking the kids to the pool in the afternoons when it’s cooled down a bit and eating snow cones.

  • Nathalie V. in CA
    May 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I love picnics!

  • Barb Martin
    May 15, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    My favorite summer activity is camping. Unfortunately we have a 2 year old that is allergic to smoke BUT this summer for the first time in 3 summers my husband and I are camping for a week with friends that he went to Iraq with!!! I’m so excited for the mini-mommy vaca and to camp!

  • Jennifer Carter
    May 15, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    We love taking trips to the zoo. My kids love animals so it’s fun to watch their expressions and see their excitement.

  • Allison Cope
    May 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    We as a family of three love to explore the outdoors. Now that we live in a new area we have so many places to explore. Can’t wait for summer to arrive.

  • Liz MIller
    May 15, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Cruising!!!! We leave on Monday..Yahoooo….

  • Danielle
    May 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Summer is a time of no alarm clocks, no school related stuff, no games or matches…..so, my favorite thing to do is, nothing!

  • San
    May 15, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    We love going to the beach and camping – with the sun out there’s more time for fun! =)

  • Paige
    May 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    My favorite summer activity is going to the park with my dog and husband and having a picnic. Ahhhh I LOVE summer! 🙂

  • kelly in NB
    May 15, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    my fave summer activity is relaxing with the family and kids on my parents beach…..with a nice cold soda and a bag of chippies! LOL

  • Valeen N
    May 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I love crafting with my kids over the summer! I’m always looking for fun projects and it gives me an excuse to head to Michael’s. Like I ever need an excuse to shop there!

  • MMW
    May 15, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I love going to different museums with my children in the summer – they have a great one just for kids with a lot of hands-on activities. We just never seem to have time in the school year for this. I love summer bbq’s and trips to the zoo, too!

  • Kari
    May 15, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    sitting on the front steps eating an ice cream cone with the kiddos

  • Vera
    May 15, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    My favorite summer activity is to travel! But, when I’m home, I love spending time with my every-growing family…lots of nieces and nephews to keep life interesting around here. We spend more time together as a family during the summer. Kids are out of school and I’m home so we see them around our house a lot more often.

  • Tawnda Andrews
    May 15, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Swimming definitely is a favorite, but in a lake NOT a swimming pool. Also love taking family walks.

  • Michelle R
    May 15, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Eating SnoCones! The best ever!

  • Courtney G.
    May 15, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Well this year it will be anything involving my hubby! He is back from Iraq in June! We will be going to Oregon to visit his family…so traveling will be fun!

  • Amy Hayes
    May 15, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Since I am a full time teacher, my favorite summer time activity is just spending time with my daughter. We especially love going to the park and spending time together outdoors. If we travel to Chicago to visit friends we love to go to the parks there that have water play areas attachted. So fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Megan P
    May 15, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    sitting and reading as many books as i can!!
    Megan P

  • Amanda
    May 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I love going swimming with my kiddos.

  • Elizabeth A.
    May 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Beach, beach, beach! Both of my girls take after me with their love for the beach! Whether it’s just a quick day trip, a weekend getaway, or a big summer vacation. I could just lay in the sun all day, feeling the sand in my toes, listening to the waves and watching the kids play. LOVE IT!

  • Megan Renfree
    May 16, 2009 at 3:25 am

    I love the look of this. Simple and easy is so what I’m about this year!!! Looks like a great book. We have a pool and spend the entire summer getting in and out and back in as we get hot. I just LOVE summer. We have so much fun, I can’t wait for it to hurry up and come back but have to brave the winter first here downunder!

  • Jacque
    May 16, 2009 at 4:15 am

    There are lots of things we like to do in the summer and we are fortunate enough to be in South Florida with water all around us! I am 5 minutes from the beach. We also have a yearly pass to the Zoo which is also 5 minutes from us and they have one of those water fountains the kids can play in which is great on a hot day. The sprinkler in the backyard is always fun if you want to stay close to home with frozen koolaid pops. My son has also enjoyed roller skating at the rink and does that bring back memories for me!! That was big when I was a teen and the price is not bad during the day on saturday and sunday.

  • ShellyJ
    May 16, 2009 at 6:41 am

    I just love running around the with the kids 🙂 this year we got a wagon… hoping that will be a good thing so we can take some walks 🙂

  • maria therese
    May 16, 2009 at 7:22 am

    my favouite summer activity is barbeqing

  • DebbieB
    May 16, 2009 at 9:08 am

    How generous of you!
    My favourite activities are gardening and then taking pictures of my garden…I love to make greeting cards from those pictures and we also frame them for our home.
    thank you for the giveaway!

  • Heidi H.
    May 16, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I love summertime with my kids. We keep so busy with swimming lessons, pool time, picnics, sprinkler play, daycamp,etc. But one thing we like to do if it is too hot out or raining is go to the local movie theater for a free kids movie. The theaters in our area
    offer free morning movies for kids. That can be a fun escape sometimes.

  • Jen
    May 16, 2009 at 9:42 am

    What a fun blog candy! Count me in!
    Gosh, I hate to say it, but our idea of a fun summer activity is jumping in the car and driving to San Diego to see family. LOL I’ll have to read over the comments to see if there are any other AZ dwellers that have fun ideas for beating the heat!

  • Heidi
    May 16, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Going to the Phoenix Children’s Museum. It’s so much fun. Lots of things to keep the rugrats busy.
    Movies are also a favorite – get out of the Gilbert heat for a few hours!

  • Melanie C
    May 16, 2009 at 11:07 am

    We like swimming in the little kiddy pool. Eating Popsicles is very popular too.

  • Sue Lelli
    May 16, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Anything and everything beach related!

  • Shelley W.
    May 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    My favorite summer activity has to be travel! We also enjoy swimming and picnics!

  • Sammie
    May 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I like to sit in a lawn chair and read while my son plays with his tractors in the dirt.

  • Rebecca Ednie
    May 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    let’s see… BBQ, going to the beach, watching thunderstorms, playing bocce. That ‘nuf?? LOL

  • Melodie Swope
    May 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I love making homemade popsicles!

  • Kelsey P
    May 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Swimming! Growing up in Az, we always spent our summer at the pool or the lake. Now that I live in CO, things are a little different and I yearn for the hot hot weather and some refreshing water to splash in!

  • Tanya A
    May 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Some of my summer favs…
    Making homemade icecream
    Watching my kids run through the sprinklers
    Reading a good book outside
    Eating dinners outside so all the food goes on the ground 🙂

  • Micki
    May 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    We love to go ‘country road cruisin’ on our 4 wheelers after supper. For the grandkids, we make a temporary ‘stage’ (hang large beach towels from the clothline and Emma & Gracy get their ‘dress-up’ clothes and put on a show for us adults. 🙂 Great photo op too.

  • Judy Walsh
    May 16, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    We mostly swim in our pool, do yard work, see some movies, barbecue dinnner almost every night, ride bikes and skateboards and waveboards and rollerblades…and I just quit my second job that was a total time eater, so I’ll have more time to play this summer!

  • Jennifer C.
    May 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    We love taking picnics to new places each week! Sometimes we ride bikes to our desinations!

  • Jules D
    May 16, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I love going on picnics and playing in the park with the family.

  • tanna
    May 16, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I love water skiing and wake boarding! Cant wait for school to be out so we can ski weekday mornings when its less crowded!!!!

  • Barb Yurich
    May 16, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    My favorite summer activity is dinner on the patio. I don’t care if we’re eating cereal…just sitting outside under the leaves and umbrella and having some icy drink…well that works wonders for my soul!!

  • maluukkonen@q.com
    May 16, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    we love warm summer nights at the lake, the kids love to throw rocks in the water, and we always have to stop at DQ for a delicious ice cream treat!

  • Nikki
    May 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    My favorite summer activity is just relaxing with my family. I love just going with the flow! 😀

  • Sharon Worley
    May 16, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    This looks great! Can’t wait to read it.

  • Carly Hack
    May 17, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Taking the kids to the beach for simple play time of digging in the sand and splashing about.
    It really is such an easy thing to do, guaranteed great photos, especially at the end of the day – love those warm summer evenings with great sunsets.
    (I am overseas, but willing to pay for the postage!)

  • Kristine S
    May 17, 2009 at 5:30 am

    I love going to farmers markets, garage sales, and Gardening.

  • suep
    May 17, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Our favorite family activity is boating and swimming. We also love bonfires in the back yard and family barbecues. Three kids means three baseball teams, which is what makes summer.

  • Hillary
    May 17, 2009 at 8:13 am

    The lake is my favorite summer activity! My husbands family owns a BEAUTIFUL house by the lake and it is our favorite place to get away and relax! Cell phone coverage is horrible which in reality is wonderful for a week or weekend!! 🙂

  • Anne
    May 17, 2009 at 8:56 am

    We love to go hiking, biking and to the beach. Summer is great because it also means more bbqs!

  • Alison
    May 17, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Gardening is our favorite! Nothing better than going outside to see what is ready to pick and eat!

  • Heather B.
    May 17, 2009 at 9:57 am

    My favorite activity in the summer is to walk in the warm rain. Truly! Very relaxing.

  • Emily Rudolph
    May 17, 2009 at 10:12 am

    In the summer, there is nothing better to me than sitting around outside with friends. It doesn’t matter really if we are near a pool, on a boat, or in a back yard. Really, there just has to be friends, sun, and relaxation.

  • Kim
    May 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Gosh—favorite summer activity, huh? I guess it’s just the simple act of slowing down…..who cares if we don’t get to sit down for dinner until 8:30….we can stay up ’till midnight, ‘cuz we don’t have to get up the next day ’till 10. Awwww, just the slowing down, taking it easy and really enjoying each other. I LOVE summer for this very reason.

  • Michelle Wooderson
    May 17, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I’m going to take my girls on a photography scavenger hunt. They each get to use my camera to take photos of things on the list…places include things like *somewhere you go every day, favorite restaurant, neat architecture, something red, a pretty flower, a green house, etc.* The girls love photography so I thought this would be fun..and then add the photos to a mini scrapbook they help me create!

  • Jane
    May 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    The beach, eating outside, kids running through the sprinklers,gardening.

  • Stacey
    May 17, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    DEFINATELY a condo at the beach or a cruise! Can’t wait!

  • Jennifer Stanley
    May 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Watching my kids play in the sprinkler! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Jenn
    May 17, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    We like to go to one of the resorts with our timeshare and spend either a weekend or a whole week playing and exploring. We also like to go camping.

  • Cari
    May 17, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I can’t wait to set up the little pool and just hang out in the backyard and grill.

  • Tricia Wilson
    May 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    My favorite summer activity is swimming (and eating frozen treats).

  • Deb V.
    May 17, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    My favorite summer activity is going to local places with my kids. We seek out heritage sites, art galleries, campsites, museums, and more. It’s a great way to see new things, and experience them along with your kids.

  • Hannah
    May 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Cooking outside….love it! We have an even larger garden this year and can’t wait to pick the produce and turn around and cook it immediatly. Can not wait!

  • Kimberly
    May 17, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I may be dumb, but what is letterboxing?

  • Kimberly
    May 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    We love going on family bikerides!!

  • Kimberly
    May 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Family bikerides are the best!!!

  • Sarah Z
    May 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I love swimming and sitting outside once it starts cooling off in the evening!

  • Deborah
    May 17, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    In the summer I love to take the kids to the pool located at the local gym. We take a cooler and pack a lunch and just stay all morning and enjoy each other’s company.

  • Elizabeth
    May 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Waking without an alarm clock, eating outside and playing outside sun-up to sundown!

  • Courtney G
    May 17, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    We love to camp during the summer months…Cant wait for the warmer weather!!

  • Shelley Haganman
    May 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Taking my kids on vacation!

  • Jenny Alfonso
    May 17, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Going to the park by the bay and flying kites!

  • Sharon Fairclough
    May 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Reading, Reading and more reading. At the poo, on the beach, on the plane on my way to vacation you name it. Thamks for the give away
    Oh another fun thing I like to do during the summer is attend the movie under the stars feature, free by the local area.
    sharr1226 at yahoo dot com

  • Laurie Phelps
    May 17, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    We love backyard camping!
    Set up everything just like a “real” campout but in our yard, we build a fire and have s’mores, tell stories, sing and giggle. Don’t forget a flashlight for everyone, the kids love’em! Besides all the inexpensive fun we have if it rains our beds are just feet away.
    We have always done this as a family(even with mine when I was younger)and now my son and his friends are older they think this is one of the funnest things do to in the summer.

  • Jill
    May 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Fav summer activity is simply relaxing at the pool with my son splashing like a crazy kiddo!

  • Tasha
    May 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I love taking my son to some of our local sprinkler parks. We seem to spend a lot of time trying to stay cool in the water in the summer!

  • Cathy Pendrak
    May 17, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Our favorite activity is camping. Our trailer is loaded and ready to go at a moments notice. We just throw in the perishables and hit the road.

  • Bethany
    May 18, 2009 at 12:20 am

    poppin some popcorn & laying on the living room floor with all the kiddoes & watching a movie — i live in sothern california, so staying inside in the a/c is a MUST in the really hot summer months! LOL! 🙂 & i love cuddling with my kids! cant wait for the summer to start!!

  • isabel
    May 18, 2009 at 3:28 am

    swimm, swimm… everyday… I love water

  • alexandra
    May 18, 2009 at 3:31 am

    I use to see some friend who live fare from me… we eat too much and go to the beach !!! And I try to scrap

  • zaza
    May 18, 2009 at 3:33 am

    during the summer, I love to play with my kids everyday, at the pool, to the beach and kiss them every minute 😉
    and take pictures, lot of pictures for my future layouts

  • isabella
    May 18, 2009 at 3:34 am

    oh, just relaxing with my family, play ball with the kids, picnics and play in the water…
    and you ???

  • Lennie
    May 18, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Finding cool craft activities to do inside with the kids when it’s too hot to go outside!!

  • Beverly
    May 18, 2009 at 5:11 am

    I think going to the library and getting some books for summer reading is one of my favorite parts of summer. Our library has the children’s department program and the adult department program for summer reading.

  • ninoanddebi@comcast.net
    May 18, 2009 at 5:43 am

    I know it sounds crazy but my fave summer activity is hanging in my big bed with my girls on a rainy summer morning:)

  • Amanda
    May 18, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Flying kites, kicking soccer balls back and forth, BBQing out with the neighbors, riding bikes, going to the zoo or botanical gardens. Anything outside! 🙂

  • Heidi Y
    May 18, 2009 at 8:26 am

    This would be a great magazine to have… I’d love to finish some albums & layouts. My favorite summer activity is enjoying more time outdoors with the kids!

  • Robin O
    May 18, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Watching the kids run thru the sprinklers – always signals the start of summer for my family 🙂

  • Michelle Angst
    May 18, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Boating! It’s so nice to just get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and RELAX. 🙂

  • Amanda
    May 18, 2009 at 9:26 am

    going to our local Zoo. For my 4 year old can’t get enough of it!!

  • Hannah Johnson
    May 18, 2009 at 9:42 am

    We love going to the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. But I know my kids will really enjoy going to the pool all summer long!

  • magda
    May 18, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I don’t have kids so I love spending time on a beach, horseriding, reading books in front of my house or walking in Valley Forge with my husband… and baking using fresh picked strawberries.

  • Jodie Reimink
    May 18, 2009 at 10:10 am

    My favorite summer activity is hardly active. I like to soak up the summertime sun!

  • Laura Stoller
    May 18, 2009 at 10:12 am

    my favorite summer activity is going to the bike trail near my fiance’s apartment and biking to this little place called the “hawaiian ice shack” where we get snow cones in refreshing flavors like green apple and watermelon. Yum!!

  • Wendy B.
    May 18, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Our favorite summer activity – sleeping in. Our next fav. thing – we have Christmas in July. The kids and I make our presents for family, friends and teachers. Once school gets back into session there just isn’t enough time.

  • Heather Miller
    May 18, 2009 at 10:59 am

    We enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, baseball games,and Lagoon . Pretty normal stuff that makes for great memories.

  • Mary S.
    May 18, 2009 at 11:06 am

    my favorite summer activity is playing with my 3 and 5 year old children. Love getting outside-playing in the pool, sandbox, etc.

  • Kimberly
    May 18, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I am a simple girl with simple needs. I enjoy swimming in the pool with my boys. 🙂

  • DeVonne
    May 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Our favorite summer activity is hanging outside with all the neighbors on the block and letting our children play until its time to go to bed.

  • Katie Rose
    May 18, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Watching my kids run through the sprinkler:)

  • Ada
    May 18, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    ok, summer here we come!
    I do two things every summer my kids think are fun….
    -put the tent in the back yard the first week of summer & let them MOVE in! It makes the days so different than school year & I love it because I don’t see the mess 🙂
    -I also surprise them with breakfast for dinner, they love to have pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs whatever for dinner…
    CAN’T wait to have them all home!
    ~Ada in Coastal Cali

  • Sarah
    May 18, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I love to go to our local park where they have sprinklers and we splash around all afternoon. We both love it!

  • Tracy Schmitt
    May 18, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Playing pick up games of basketball as the sun is setting over the mountains. Popsicles and sprinklers are always good, too, no matter how old the kids get.

  • Tanya
    May 18, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    So cool, I have not seen this one yet. I am sooo looking forward to better pics for my scrapbooking 🙂

  • Staci Lynch
    May 18, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    This summer our new favorite thing will be doing photo shots…LOL. Thanks for a great class! We really just love being together! Laundry is fun if everyone is helping, singing and smiling!
    Staci L.

  • Sarah
    May 19, 2009 at 5:36 am

    picnics with friends!

  • Angela S
    May 19, 2009 at 9:10 am

    At our house we love outdoor waterfights – it usually results in a ‘war’ of sorts between us and all of the neighbor kids – so much fun! And a nice way to cool off too!

  • Karen P
    May 19, 2009 at 10:34 am

    one of our favorites is going to minor league baseball games……they are cheaper, we often saw “recuperating” pros play before they jumped back into the big leagues, the crowds are very family friendly, they do lots of giveaways for the kids and it’s much cheaper than the major league games!!!

  • Lexi
    May 19, 2009 at 11:01 am

    slip-n-slide! we all get in on the activity and have a ball!

  • Monique
    May 19, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    My favorite summer time activity is lazy summer day cookouts…..with hot dogs, smores and lots of playing outside.

  • Jacqueline
    May 19, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    playing in water of any kind….pool, water parks, sprinkler, slip and slide

  • Alison
    May 19, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Definitely swimming – being in Michigan, I try to as much as I can before it gets cold again. 🙂

  • Angelia
    May 19, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Swimming with my girls!

  • Chrissy Le
    May 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Our favorite summer activities is going camping at amusement parks here in western PA. There are a few amusement parks which have a campground right next to the park, so you just pay $30 a day and camp, and go have fun at the parks.

  • Brooke
    May 19, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    My favorite summer activity (besdies going to the pool) is making homemade smoothies and popsicles. Yum.

  • akamaimom
    May 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Living in Hawaii, we like to load up the cooler and the boards and “go beach!”… I know- it’s a rough life, but hey, someone’s gotta live here! ;p

  • tashcraft@alcornschools.org
    May 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I am a teacher, so when I am off for the summer months, I like to get everything back in order. I love to reorganize my scrap room, ready my classroom for the new year, and get together with friends. I also adore the time I get to spend with my sisters swimming, laughing, eating and tanning (burning in my case). Lastly, I like to spend quiet nights reading, making cards, or watching movies with my daughter.

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