Celebrate the End of the School Year

Time marches by quickly. Embrace the daily triumphs. Ending a school year is a milestone in your child’s life. Not to mention, you deserve recognition for last minute school snacks, homework help, field trips, and on some days simply getting your child to school on time. As the last day of school arrives, take the time to celebrate. The celebration can be a simple family dinner to a large party with your child’s friends.

End of the School Year Party Ideas

If you are uncertain how to celebrate, ask your child for input. Often your child’s idea may be something you would have never thought about as a fun way to celebrate. Or you can consider any of the following:

  • Special family dinner
  • Family game night
  • Trip to the local bookstore to purchase books for summer reading
  • Backyard BBQ
  • Pool party (if the weather permits)
  • Backyard beach party
  • Comic book, princess or other theme parties
  • End of the school year theme party
  • Trip to the local ice cream shop
  • Dinner out at your child’s favorite restaurant
  • Pizza party
  • Video game night
  • Arts and crafts party
  • Outdoor games party
  • Trip to the park, zoo or other local attraction
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Movie night
  • Picnic in the park or your own backyard

Knowing your child’s likes and dislikes, the possibilities are endless. A simple ice cream pie to celebrate the end of the school year may easily become a lasting memory.



Drawing Day: A Chance for Inspiration

Today, May 16, 2017, is Drawing Day. I personally love to draw and sketch. I admit I am completely horrible. But, there’s just something relaxing about drawing. In fact, I have been using drawing to form character inspirations for my writing. The entire process is just another way to enhance my creativity.

As a child, I remember spending rainy days indoors. Enhancing my imagination, my mom would come up with fun creative projects to pass the time. Drawing flowers, rocks, and landscapes were always on my agenda. I fully believe, the art inspired activities helped my creativity.

In today’s technological world, I believe inspiring imagination is vital. Learning creative thinking skills has advantages in every profession. Encouraging your children with art supplies may actually provide benefits to cognitive development. The best part with the various dollar or discount stores, you can create an art supply box at a minimal price.

  • Sketchbooks
  • Drawing pads
  • Construction paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter, if you are brave
  • Watercolors
  • Paint
  • Poster boards

You never know how far simple art inspirations will take you in life.

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Today, May 14, 2017, is Mother’s Day. Did you forget? Do not worry, there’s still time to find the perfect last minute gift to make your mom happy.

  1. Social Media Prints

Throughout the year, you post numerous photos to your social media page. Photos of you, your children and loves ones fill up your page almost on a daily basis. For Mother’s Day simply print some of the photos for your mom. Now, you simply can rearrange the photos in a collage, enlarge one or two, and place the photos in a frame. The quick and easy gift is a great way to share memories with your mom.

  1. Online Certificates

Let’s face it, when it comes to last minute gifts, the Internet is a valuable resource. You can purchase and print gift certificates instantly.

  • Concert tickets
  • Theater tickets to upcoming performances
  • Movie tickets
  • Favorite restaurant
  • Favorite shopping site

The last minute gift certificates are a perfect solution for making mom happy.

  1. Homemade Coupons

Last minute efforts for a thoughtful gift are homemade coupons. This is a great activity for young children to help. Making up special coupons for mom allows your children to participate in the gift giving exchange. You can either print the coupon or create one by hand with a notecard. Add a little design or extra flare to show you put thought into the gift. Depending on your mom’s preference, the coupons can range from all sorts of activities.

  • Dinner out at her favorite restaurant
  • Movie night
  • Extra help with household chores
  • Home cook meal

Limiting only to your imagination, the choices are endless.

You know your mom. Grabbing a bouquet of flowers and card on your way to visit is another great last minute gift.  Sometimes just a ten-minute phone call on Mother’s Day to let her know how you feel is the perfect gift.

Apple Pie Day

Today, May 13, 2017, is Apple Pie Day. Sounds like the perfect type of unofficial holiday for me. Actually, apple pie is one my father’s favorite desserts, coming in second only to pumpkin pie. Years ago, I use to work in a bakery. From traditional the traditional apple pie to the extra sweet caramel apple pie, the variety of apple pies were always a hit.

The history of apple pie may surprise you. Apple pies actually date back to the time of Chaucer in the 14th century. The pie had unique ingredients including, good apples, spices, figs, raisins and pears, cofryn as a crust type layer with saffron to add coloring to the mixture.

Today’s apple pies are completely different with Dutch Apple, Dutch Apple Pie Cheesecake, Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie, and more. Personally, I like the traditional apple pie especially when the piece of pie is still warm. Add vanilla ice cream as a topping, I am completely satisfied.

Regardless of the type, the main ingredient remains the same: good apples. Depending on the availability, I usually use Granny Smith or Honey Crisp.  But I know other people prefer to use Empires.

So tell me what type of apple pie do you prefer?


Happy Apple Pie Day!

Until next time….peace



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I am creating this blog, Rebecca’s Country Notes to feature different crafts, recipes, stories and other content from living in the rural area. I already have another blog dedicated to my pursuits in photography and writing, Rebecca’s Writing and Photography. Even though the two intertwine at times, I just wanted to keep the two genres separate.

Until next time…peace

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