Our Experience at STEM Academy 2018 – #LikeAGirl!

My two youngest and I were fortunate enough to be invited to represent HowDoesShe.com at the 2018 STEM Academy sponsored by Always.com and Walmart.com and in cooperation with The Girl Scouts of America!

This is just a glimpse at the event,  held at the Jet.com HQ in Hoboken , NJ! We loved learning how to instill confidence in our girls as they continue to pursue their STEM dreams! I’m putting together a post on HowDoesShe to share more details on what we experienced at the event itself and I’ll be sharing some fun personal details of what my girls and I experienced while exploring Hoboken for the day – that post will be here on ItWorksForBobbi, so stay tuned! You’ll be filled in on why there’s a “clean up” sign at one of the airports 😉

Our Little Tea Party!

I was ecstatic when a friend invited us over to enjoy an honest-to-goodness tea party with our girls! I can’t remember the last time I had a tea party….maybe never! Boy, were we excited!!
Our little contribution to the fun was some fruit:
And some “tea” cups. What we found, while shopping at a local dollar store, were these ADORABLE little cups (meant for espresso) that came with little ceramic spoons. How adorable are they? I know they aren’t “technically” for tea, but they were so sweet and small, I knew they would be perfect for little hands at our tea party.
We spent some time getting the food together. Our hostess with the most-est prepared an amazing spread! Look at those gorgeous, amazing shrimp! A little fresh lemon and they were perfection!
Some of the other items were cucumbers (next time we will be making little cucumber sandwiches), deviled eggs with a twist (made with some cafe rio tomatillo style sauce – amazing!), veggies, and an incredible banana cake with a delish coconut topping. WOW!

Oh, and of course, the TEA!!

To make this tea, she used a base of apple cinnamon herbal tea, then heated up some cranberry juice and added it to the tea. A little bit of honey and it was SOOOOO good! My kids (who aren’t usually big fans of tea) really loved it.

You can’t forget to make the table sparkle, too! Our hostess set the table with some bright, happy, colorful flowers, which made the whole table just light up!

 And the napkins she found just put the whole thing over the top!
The real stars of the show were these two:
They are great friends and love to hang out together. I think these two were the real reason for holding this tea party. They had SO MUCH FUN!
Though, the rest all had a blast, too.

A huge “thank you” to our amazing hostesses, too! I can’t wait for the next one!


Summer Activity Ideas!

Can you believe it’s only a couple of weeks until the OFFICIAL start of summer? The kids will be out of school, the weather will be warming up, and the world will be our oyster! 
For me, this also means I’ve got some planning to do! Yes, there will be no schedules – but sometimes a bit of planning ahead will make the days even more carefree, right? I have been hunting around to find some great summer activity ideas that I plan to do with my kids during the summer break. And if it works for me, I want to share it! Here are a few great finds you might like, too!
1. DIY Memory Game
This fantastic memory game created by Elizabeth from “Dear Lizzy” would be a great way to spend some time together. Not only playing it, but MAKING a set would be a fun craft idea!
DIY wooden memory game
2. Daily Schedule
I LOVE this idea from “Somewhat Simple” – you can customize what you do each day to the ages of your kids, and their interests, but it still keeps each day different. LOVE!
Summer Boredom Busters
3. Broken Umbrella Game
The geniuses at HowDoesShe have shared a wonderful game made from a broken umbrella (don’t throw yours out!) I’m doing this for sure!
Repurpose Your Broken Umbrella
4. Shell Pets
Rebecca Cooper at “Simple As That” hit the nail on the head with these adorable “Shell Pets”. I can see making these out of rocks, pine cones, or anything you can find! Some dollar store googly eyes and your imagination…perfect!
Shell Pets
5. 101 Summer Fun Ideas
How about 101 different summer ideas? At “The Savvy Mom’s Guide” you can get a free download of 101 ideas to keep the kids busy this summer. YES!!
101 Summer Fun Ideas
6. Sponge Balls
Okay, just one more… I am making these with my kids, FOR SURE! I can envision hours of fun making and playing with these sponge balls I found on “Betz White”. So EASY to make (oh, and inexpensive, too). I may have to just join in on this one 🙂
Sponge Balls
So, what do you have planned for the summer? I’d love for you to share your ideas!