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Moms, do you need some sanity savers this summer? Here are 83 fun things to do! Places to go, Boredom Busters, and Self Care. All can be found at saralaurenlewis.com/

83 Fun Things to do this Summer

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Dear Mom,

Are you looking for fun things to do this summer? Do you need some sanity savers?

You’ve come to the right place!

Many of the places to go are local to me as I compiled it for my MOPS group.
However, this list is still filled with extraordinary ideas that are adaptable no matter where you are!
There are three sections: places to go, at home boredom busters, and self-care.

If you want to add something fun or helpful, then please list in the comments so we can all benefit! Thanks!

Moms, do you need some sanity savers this summer? Here are 83 fun things to do! Places to go, Boredom Busters, and Self Care. All can be found at saralaurenlewis.com/83-fun-things-summer

PLACES TO GO:

AT HOME BOREDOM BUSTERS

  • Sibling Sleepover
  • Family Movie outside
  • Paint boxes in garage
  • Set up tent
  • Marshmallow guns
  • Masterchef competition
  • Laundry baskets
  • Obstacle course in backyard
  • Treasure hunt (make a map, bury something small in backyard or hidden under something)
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Sprinkler
  • Homemade bird feeders with toilet paper rolls
  • Clean things—wipe cupboards, chairs, fridge door, etc.
  • Play with bubbles in sink/wash things too!
  • Bake
  • Wash car
  • Water painting on deck or pavement
  • Water balloons
  • Dandelion picking
  • Toy rotation
  • Bucket List
  • Khanacademy FREE online learning. 

SELF CARE

  • Bath
  • Color with the Kids
  • Trade Babysitting
  • Date Night
  • Girls Night
  • Organize Something
  • Daily Bible Reading and Prayer — Recommend Bible App and First Five App
  • Exercise
  • Take a Nap
  • Keep a Gratitude List or Thankful Journal
  • Have Sex with your Husband 😉
  • Get up Earlier and Get Ready for the Day
  • Ask For Help
  • Stay Connected with Friends
  • Call a Mentor Mom!
  • Join a book club
  • Eat some chocolate
  • Find a new favorite healthy meal or snack
  • Read a good book (currently reading Wonderstruck) or an encouraging blog post
  • Call your mom or favorite relative
  • Sit in the sunshine (bonus points for sitting outside!)
  • Get crafty
  • Wear an outfit you love
  • Listen to music (classical, encouraging, or whatever is on your favorite playlist)
  • Drink more water. It really does help.
  • Paint your nails
  • Get your hair done
  • Pick some flowers (or buy some for yourself)
  • Put on some perfume or a dab of essential oils.
  • Bake or cook something and take it to a friend. Stay to chat if you can.
  • Dance. In the kitchen, in the grocery store. Music is optional.
  • Go to bed early
  • Start a new hobby or pick up an old one
  • Set goals. Write them down. Put them on the calendar.
  • Laugh
  • Have a Mom Retreat

BONUS

All four of these owners have generously donated to my local MOPS group.

Thank you! I already loved each of these local businesses, but I love them even more for supporting the moms I adore!

Love,
Sara

What fun things would you add?

I’d love to read your answers in the comments!

 

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Encouraging Verses when you feel less than a winner

Encouraging Verses When You Feel Less Than a Winner

Dear Mom, When You Feel Less than a Winner

Less than a winner; that’s kind of the polite way to say, “I feel like a loser.”
What’s making you feel that way? It can be a whole slew of feelings, can’t it?
To name a few: tired, anxious, irritable, overwhelmed, depressed, and impatient.

Maybe the worst offender of all? You feel like a bad mom. Perhaps a concoction of circumstances have triggered acting poorly towards your husband, kids, or just in general.
It’s been a bad or hard day and it’s just got you feeling worn down, wrung thin, and not feeling like a winner.

Yep, I’ve been there. Countless times. And I know waves of women who can also relate. In those moments of feeling “less than” is there an antidote?

Encouraging Verses when you feel less than a winner

 

Scripture is a powerful tool to combat feeling like a loser. It can turn a sour moment into a sweet day. Certain verses are just a balm to a wounded soul. When I need encouragement here are a few of my favorite verses to renew my mind and redeem my day.

Isaiah 41:13
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear;  I will help you.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

 

I’ve made these verses into beautiful shareable graphics for you.

Feel free to email, post on Facebook/Instagram, or even just save to your phone. Sometimes a visual reminder is that breath of fresh air that pushes us through the finish line of another day in the life of motherhood.

Love,
Sara

 

Question:
What’s your struggle today, and what verses encourage you?

I would love to hear your answers in the comments below!

Joshua 1:9 Be Strong and Courageous

Isaiah 41:13 Don't Fear

Encouraging Verse 2 Timothy 1:7 Power, Love, and a Sound Mind

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How to Conquer an Unexpected Challenge

How to Conquer an Unexpected Challenge

Dear Mom,


Do you wonder if a mother robin is surprised when her little hatchling breaks through his shell? She’s been anticipating this sweet, downy arrival. The nest is cozy. She’s probably in search of some succulent food for that brave little beak that has been tap, tap, tapping at that shell to break free. Then those constant chirps reach her ears. Is she really ready for the unexpected challenges?

Maybe you felt this way coming into motherhood.

I think this is something you never can quite prepare for in totality. For me,  I celebrated the transition of carrying my first baby in my womb to that baby in my arms. The joy of motherhood had arrived! But amidst the welcome to the world gifts and the ecstasy to finally behold my daughter’s face, there was a quiet sadness that shadowed my heart. As a new mom, I didn’t expect this gaping lack of happiness. 

Motherhood began with an unexpected challenge.

For me, motherhood began with the excruciating pain of an unexpected c-section. To make matters more difficult each time I tried to meet my baby’s needs to nurse, I felt horrible. There was no pleasant bonding experience. Just frustration and more pain. I also encountered a clenching fear. What if I couldn’t take care of her? I was her Mommy. What if I didn’t know what to do? What if I fail at motherhood?

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All of these emotions and the physical toll on my body was more than I bargained for in becoming a mom. I loved my baby more than words could describe. I loved that I was her mommy. There was so much joy to be had in these life changing moments, but I needed reassurance that the hard things wouldn’t always last. In those hard moments, it felt like a never-ending tunnel. I needed to see the light at the end!

I had two unexpected sources of light.

Two things that helped me endure the tumultuous changes of early motherhood: milkshakes and meals. At the time, my mother lived only seven minutes down the road and she brought me chocolate milkshakes on an almost daily basis. The first couple of weeks I bitterly struggled to successfully nurse my daughter, but these milkshakes were lifesavers. Also, my church set up a meal train for me while I was recovering so I had dinners to look forward to on a nightly basis. In fairness, it wasn’t just the treats and food that helped light up that dark tunnel, it was those moments of connection. I looked forward to my visiting with my mom. When those lovely church women brought meals, I anticipated having human interaction. Something else that blessed me tremendously during that time was the knowledge that my visitors were diligently praying for me.

Just showing up is one of the most powerful actions we can do for someone when they are struggling. I think that it is a candid snapshot of love. Of course, showing up with milkshakes and meals doesn’t hurt either.

Conquering the unexpected challenges started with community and prayer, my two beacons of shining hope. Life wasn’t instantly bliss and there were still many more hurdles to overcome, but I began to find a more joyful rhythm of motherhood. Like a mama robin, I found a song in my heart once more.

Love,
Sara

 

What are some of your unexpected challenges? How have you conquered them?

I would love to hear your answers in the comments!

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The Best Thing You Should Know About Grace

The Best Thing You Should Know about Grace

Dear Mom,
Today, I’d like to introduce my dear friend, Hannah. She’s part of my MOPS community and has an incredible passion for loving her family and writing to encourage those close to her heart. She’s one of those awesome people who give great bear hugs and is eager to lend a helping hand. Hannah is a treasure and I know her invaluable words about grace will deeply encourage your heart.

Love,
Sara

The Best Thing You Should Know About Grace
The Best Thing You Should Know About Grace

Grace.

A word I’ve heard so much about, but not something I’ve really deeply accepted yet.  It’s something talked about in church, in small groups, at MOPS. And it’s something that I need to embrace more. We’ve probably all heard it, right? “Just embrace grace…” I’ve heard it so much, it’s almost too sweet to mentally digest.  Like the thought of ever fitting into a size 8 jean again… I know I want it, but I’m just not at the point of wanting it enough to change.

There are so many days where I am in a raging battle within my heart. The battle to out-perform myself in every way possible vs. completely letting go of the growing list of ways I could be better.  Too often the former wins.  I know this because I am a pro at beating myself up for failing.  The desire to be “good enough” is an all too familiar ache in my soul… Even though I’ve been a Christian for the majority of my life, and I know in my head that I am already approved of, wholly acceptable, and endlessly adored by God.  Yet somehow this truth just hasn’t completely seeped into the deepest, most desperately starving areas of my heart.  The irony is that I’ve even shamed myself for not accepting grace enough…

The distance between my head and my heart can feel light-years apart.

When my soul is in the desert searching for something to quench my thirst, I know God is with me. He wants to lead me to the water that never runs dry.  God shows up in surprising ways, reminding me that He sees me individually and that not only does He knows my ocean-deep desires, but He can actually meet them, too.  On the occasion that I get far enough out of my own head to listen to that still, soft voice of the Holy Spirit, I hear the loving affirmations that my soul craves.  They wash over me like waves of cool water, soothing the burns of my own self-condemnation.  Those are the moments that I feel most alive, as though I can breathe deeply without the creeping fear of disapproval or chastisement choking me down.

How sweet is the freedom of a heart that knows it is loved entirely!

I can’t say the war is over in my quest to completely accept grace for myself, but I can say that with each battle fought, I am learning to lean more on the strength of my ever-loving God.  And with every choice to open His Word and search out His truth for me, I can fight the battles with more confidence, more endurance…
May we never give up! May we never lose heart knowing the war really is already won. That’s the best thing about grace. Jesus has won.

 

 

Hannah

Hannah lives in a quaint rural Ohio town with her husband Brad and their two daughters, Chloe (5) and Maddison (3).
When not writing about her passions she enjoys escaping in the early mornings for a run “with Jesus” and her fur-baby, Jack, which helps maintain some of her sanity.
She is also a die-hard lover of road-tripping and exploring the U.S.

 

What’s holding you back from deeply embracing grace?

I would love to hear your answers in the comments below!

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Humorous Confessions of An Exhausted Mom

Humorous Confessions of an Exhausted Mom

Dear Exhausted Mom,

I see you pouring that third cup of coffee. It’s the first cup you’ve had a chance to enjoy. The first cup spilled down the front of your shirt as you tripped over lego city. This may be the result of being completely exhausted or that the city was conveniently built in the hallway. In the microwave is the second cup. Don’t worry, you’ll find it later in the afternoon and decide to drink it cold.

Breakfast is on the floor. Your toddler likes cheerios better when they aren’t on his tray anyways so there’s not much point in sweeping them up now. The sink has dishes from last night. Actually, two nights worth of dishes, but who’s counting? It’s 8:51 and you should be in the van dropping off the oldest to school, but you forgot to pack lunch, again. Yogurt tube, juice box, graham crackers it is! That basically covers all the food groups, right?

Confessions of an Exhausted Mom

Congratulations, you’ve made it to morning nap.

You might start a load of laundry. Was this the clean pile? It smells good enough, let’s just put away some of the shirts so the mountain isn’t quite as high. Your reward for getting through some laundry is finding your preschooler’s favorite bear they wanted to bring for share day. Hooray! #momwin

Lunch time! Or maybe a quick run (ha ha) to the grocery first. You swear the refrigerator was full just this morning, or possibly it was last week. Where are the keys? After spending 11 full minutes frantically searching the house including the toilet you realize they were in your pant pocket so you wouldn’t misplace them.

How are these little people hungry again? You know you just fed them 30 minutes ago. You agree to make hot dogs. Opening the microwave you find the second cup of coffee. This is where you stop caring and just drink it cold. You also remember to take your multivitamin.

Hello, afternoon nap time. You collapse on the bed, just to rest your eyes before you start prepping for dinner. Sleep is so overrated. There’s drool on your cheek and as you sweep the hair out of your eyes you hear a faint buzz. That would be your phone alarm to go pick up your kid from school.

Dear Exhausted Mom, you aren’t alone.

I’ve been there. Actually, I’m just emerging from that sleep deprived and exhausted haze.

Love,
Sara

What are some of your tips for getting through this sleepy season?

I would love to hear your answers in the comments below!

 

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Take the Fearless Plunge to Make Patience a Priority

The Fearless Plunge to Make Patience a Priority

Dear Mom,
I bet you’re like me and wish you could be a more patient mom.


Why is this virtue so difficult? Patience. Waiting for something or someone can really get under our skin.
 As moms, we’re trying to teach our children to be patient. It is, after all, one of those things we’re supposed to do. But I’m wondering, how can we teach something that is such a struggle?

Does this sound familiar?

In the morning when we are struggling to get out the door I can bark, “Hurry up!”

I mean really, must this darling child really take 7 minutes just to put ONE sock on? Where is the other sock? No one really knows, and I swore I just did laundry. 

Take the Fearless Plunge to Make Patience a Priority

Maybe this scenario strikes a chord with you.

“Dear, sweet child”, you coo “We are leaving in five minutes. Please try to go potty.” To this calm, loving request you are met with what may possibly be a chorus of shrieking eels (yes, Princess Bride reference). What ensues: foot stomping and adamant claims that this is not necessary.

To top it off, you’ve finally got everyone ready and the baby poops. A diaper change means yet another delay. Patience starts to wear thin. Or maybe dissolve completely.

At this point, we may ask ourselves, “Should I make patience a priority?”

At the start of the love list in 1 Corinthians 13:4, this is what we find: “Love is patient and kind”.

And in Ephesians 4:2 it states, “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”

From just those two verses, I’m thinking yes.

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So, how do we combat this problem of impatience?

I think a great starting place is a prayer. Asking God to help grow patience in us. After all, one of the fruits of the Spirit is Patience (found in Galatians 5:22-23). Surely, such a request would be found favorable.

Let’s gather up our courage and take the fearless plunge to make patience a priority.

Love,
Sara

Do you struggle with being an impatient mom? How do you combat this problem?

I would love to hear your answers in the comments below!

 

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