This is just way too fun!

We are planning a cruise for early 2014 and one of our excursions will be snorkeling! We considered buying a couple of disposable waterproof cameras to use, but those pose a couple of problems: 1. You can’t see what you are photographing (digital has spoiled me). 2. There are a limited number of pics you can take.  3. The resulting files aren’t digital, so it’s harder to share and edit or delete if need be. 4. No video capabilities. We thought of others, but you get the idea. So…what to do? Well, this is the point and shoot digital camera that we own currently:
It’s a Canon Powershot Elph 300 HS, and it’s a great little P&S camera. We love it. After a little research online (VERY little research), we found a fun case that renders the camera waterproof and for just under $60!
Canon WP-DC320L Waterproof Camera Case
There is another case, about $160, that is even better quality, but we can’t afford an extra $100 for it. We decided to go with the one above and give it a try!
Here are some of the results – these were taken in a fairly dark swimming pool, so I was impressed with the results:









What was the verdict? Thumbs up!!
If you are taking a vacation near some water, why not check online to see if there is a waterproof case for your camera! You might be surprised, and it’s a great investment, in my opinion. We also took some video and the sound picks up quite well, too. Bonus!
Can’t wait for our Cruise!!!


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!