5 Backyard Car Activities

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I don’t know about your families, but my kids love playing outside, and they love playing with cars. We’ve been getting excited for the new Cars 3 movie to come out on June 16th, and since it’s summer and the kids love to be outside, I thought it would be fun to come up with some backyard car-related activities for our boys. They always play so well together when they are outside and get worn out twice as fast, which means this Momma can get a much needed nap! Here are the five summer activities we’re doing to enjoy cars outside:Hero1

1. Turn your slide into a racetrack!- My kids love playgrounds, and they love toy cars. What better way to keep them playing happily than to turn our playset into a racetrack?

The only supplies you need are some foam tape (I used foam window insulation tape) and a pair of scissors! The foam tape usually comes in 10ft rolls, so just make sure you buy enough for your slide. It’s only a couple bucks per roll, so it doesn’t cost too much to add additional lanes; I wanted to have three lanes, so I bought two rolls. Having my kids play happily together is always the goal, so I wanted each of my boys had their own lane so they could participate and so more cars could race at one time!diy slide racetrack (10)

Clean your slide so the tape will stick (caveat- this tape pulls off great if you just leave it on for an hour or so, but if you leave it on all afternoon in the heat, it will stick permanently. You can still pull it back up, but it will leave behind some gunk which you can get off with goo gone or a paint scraper), and then start at the top of the slide and slowly stick down the foam tape until you get to the end, create lanes for the cars. The window tapes foam is thick enough that when the cars hit into it, they will stay in their own lanes and keep racing.diy slide racetrack (12)diy slide racetrack (1)

That’s all you need for your kiddos to have hours of fun racing their cars, running down to get them, climbing back up and racing again!  It only take about two minutes to set up but has already provided hours of fun for my boys. We just used Amazon Prime to get the Disney•Pixar Cars 3 Crazy 8 Crashers Smash & Crash Derby Playset from the new Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 movie, and as soon as we opened it, they were out there on the playground running Lightning McQueen and Mrs. Fritter down our racetrack and into the derby. I love seeing them use their imaginations and come up with different “scenarios” for the cars. I also like the track came with two different ways to play which spring boarded Sawyer into thinking of more ways for Lightning McQueen to enter and try and escape the derby. I love toys that encourage my kids to make their own stories and think outside the box. It always makes for longer play and more fun for everyone. Hover over the image to shop this toy and more Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 merchandise!

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The cars from this set are so fun because they wiggle and bump into everything as they drive which had the boys laughing lots!
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I did decide to get my cutting machine out really quick and made  “START” and “FINISH” decals just to add to the “race track” feel. We’re also working on Sawyer learning to read, so I try to incorporate words into as much of our day as I can. One of my favorite things about them racing their cars on the playground is they have to run up and down that ladder over and over to retrieve their cars, and that is a great way to wear active kiddos out!

2. Make a backyard city- I’ve seen some awesome tutorials on Pinterest using 2X4s that are painted black with small white stripes  in the middle to make roads all over the yard. Kids get to rearrange them and build cities. We love to keep our Amazon Prime boxes and save them for making cities like this. We go outside with finger paint and they can decorate the boxes to look like sky scrapers and then put them along the roads as towns and buildings. It’s a great way to encourage creativity and keep them busy!

3. Backyard “Carwash”- diy slide racetrack (8)
On those hot days of summer, one fun outdoor activity is to make a “car wash” for the kids to ride bikes and cars through. Simply hook your hose up to a sprinkler on the back porch and let the kids ride through. My kids love it when we do this, especially if I put out buckets of soapy water and sponges to clean them with. We like to add to this playtime by getting chalk sticks and getting them a little wet, then the kids can draw all over the cars and then go clean it off in the carwash. They love washing off all the chalk and then starting over again.diy slide racetrack (5)diy slide racetrack (7)diy slide racetrack (4)

4. Have a “demolition derby” after it rains!-The hardest days of summer for a Mom are always the rainy ones. The kids get restless inside, and so do I. Just like the Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 Smash & Crash Derby playset, you can let your kids get out and get muddy and have a pretend demolition derby. Have some towels and clean clothes at the ready, and send them outside with some cars that you don’t mind getting dirty, and let them have a demolition derby with them! It might be a good idea to have this one followed by #3.

Another fun idea to go along with the derby is to let your kids “fix” their cars afterwards. Amazon has a really cool Just Play Cars 3 Mack Mobile Tool toy that comes with kids tools that you could let them pretend to repair their cars afterwards. My boys love to fix things and pretend to work on things like Dad, so I know any kid would love that toy.

5. Backyard “Drive-in” Movie-When the days is done and your kids are ready to slow down a little, invite some friends over and have everyone bring their favorite bike or car to sit in and watch a move on a projector in the backyard. You can even provide cardboard boxes and let kids decorate them to look like cars to sit in during the movie if they want to. We got a projector for Christmas and the boys have been waiting for it to warm up so we could watch a movie. Amazon has some really cute Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 bedding that you could have for when the evening starts to cool off and if they fall asleep in their cars after doing car activities all day, you can just wrap them up and put them to bed in it. They’ll have sweet dreams of Lightening McQueen.

There are so many great ways to get outside and get your kiddos playing and get excited for the new Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 movie. We already bought gift cards to take the kids when it comes out on Friday and they are so excited. Don’t forget to head to Amazon too as your pit stop for all things Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3! We’ve been eyeing some of the cute Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 apparel  for our kiddos to wear to the movie, and they even have a LEGO Juniors Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 Race Building Kit that would be perfect for any fan of the movies, plus it can all come in two days with Amazon Prime!

Are you planning on heading out to see the new Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 movie on Friday? Let me know who you’re bringing with you! Your kiddos? Husband?

(Last Minute) Lumberjack 1st Birthday Party

Poor Ford. He is totally getting the “third kid” treatment. I knew his birthday was coming, knew I should probably do something for it, but it wasn’t until two days before when I realized that if I didn’t use Amazon Prime to order things that day, that I would have to actually take my three rambunctious boys into a store, that I actually put something together. I’m not sure how actually “themed” this party can be called, but I was inspired by all the amazingly cute Lumberjack parties on Pinterest. Feel free to note the lack of decorations/games/silly printables and notice the most important thing- everyone’s happy. You can’t beat a birthday party that Mom didn’t break her back trying to plan and the kid is totally happy. He’s a baby anyways, all he cares about is that cupcake. Happy Birthday Ford!DSC_7000DSC_7074

He’s gotten so big! I can’t believe it and I see him every single day. Onto the food!

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Thank goodness for Publix and their delicious always ready desserts. Once again, (if you’re interested), I got the bow-tie, the little trees, and the buffalo plaid pants all off of Amazon Prime just two days before.

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I try not to brag on my kids much, but this kids adorable. Look at those eyes.

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Can you tell he liked it? We had some Publix cake for everyone else, and presents for the little birthday boy.

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Happy Birthday Ford!

The New Magnolia Home Kids Line

Where was I when the Magnolia Kids Line was released? Here I’ve been drooling over the whole Magnolia Line and somehow I missed that Joanna designed an entire line of kids furniture! I’ve been swooning over it all week and now I’m ready to re-decorate all my kids rooms (which is great since I haven’t even posted their current room design yet), now if only she made a few cribs to go with it or some bunk beds! I linked straight to each piece on the picture so you can just click right on the item to take you to it’s site, or check below the picture to get the links too.

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Top Image: Galvanized Envelopes, Cubby Bookcase / Schoolhouse Desk / Wishing Well Bucket / Metal Tool Caddy (would be perfect for pens, pencils, and scissors!) / Cubby Bookcase

Middle Image: Cameo Dressers / Metal Bed / Blue and White Wishing Well Buckets / Galvanized Bookshelf / Shattered Glass Chair / Side Table

Bottom Image: French Twin Bed / Cameo Dresser in blue / Cameo Armoire / Children’s Table / Kids Bench / Scalloped Mirror / Magnolia Clock / Schoolhouse Rack of Coat Hooks

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Back To School With Mini Boden

This post was sponsored by Boden as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

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Our neighborhood has been buzzing lately with kids coming back in town and everyone getting ready for back-to-school season! My favorite part of starting back at school was always back-to-school clothes shopping. It was so fun to get to pick out new clothes and outfits (with my Moms help, of course). One of my favorite places to shop for my own boys back to school season clothes is Boden. Their Mini Boden line has tons of clothes that are stylish but also comfy. I let Sawyer help me shop online for what he thought looked cool, and it was easy to let him pick what he wanted from their site since everything in their Mini Boden collection is kid-friendly: easy to wash, durable, no tags, and super comfy, plus they offer worry-free shipping and returns on purchases over $49. You know when you see those kids who just look super-cool? Their probably wearing Mini Boden. If you have a daughter, you seriously need to check out their adorable spins on classic kids clothes like rabbit embroidered skirts and fun patterned swing dresses. I can’t even browse their girls section because it makes me want a daughter so bad! I’ll just spoil my friends daughters for now, but at least they have so many cool clothes to offer for the boys too! Bright, fun shirts, handsome button-ups, cool shoes, and a huge selection of jeans make it a one stop shop for finding stylish boy clothes, which all moms of boys know is not always easy.

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Some of their best selling items for Back to School season are their t-shirts. Sawyer loves how comfy t-shirts are but hates when they are scratchy or have tags. He hasn’t complain a single day that he had this cute raglan tee on. I love how bright and fun it looks and goes great with his new jeans and shoes. Their jean collection is super durable and really comfy (they feel as soft as my jeggings). He’s wearing the slim fit, and they also carry straight leg, skinny, and cargos all in cool-looking washes. One of my favorite things is that even though he’s wearing jeans (which I prefer since they stand up to all his outdoor exploring) they are soft enough that he can move and play without feeling restricted.

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Are those high-tops not the cutest? Sawyer is ready to go for back to school! Even though we are doing pre-school at home this year, we have tons of fun trips and outdoor learning planned. The other day he wore these clothes out on our playground and got super dirty, and they washed great and look as good as new- even the Georgia red clay stains came out with one wash and no stain remover (for those who aren’t familiar with the dirt down here, it is impossible to get out and has ruined wayyy too many of my kids clothes!).

Lucky for us awesome Mini Boden fans, a few other bloggers and I are hosting a contest for the new Mini Boden back to school line in which you can enter to win one of three $500 Boden gift cards! You can enter in the widget below, it closes on August 22 AND all of the links in this post to Boden’s website also give you a chance to get a 25% off coupon! I-C will randomly select 3 winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

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