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Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.


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Winter Fun

A Fairy Garden + ABCs of Summer

Lily and Fairy Garden

Grammy gave Lily a Fairy Garden starter kit in her Easter basket this year, and they spent a pleasant afternoon shopping for flowers and putting the garden together. It’s really just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Grammy picked up the kit at Gordman’s, but you can find one on Amazon or probably any garden supply store. And, of course, you can go old school and make a fairy garden with little treasures from your own yard.

Fairy Garden

I don’t know about you, but I love being on our own schedule during the summer. But without any structure, we don’t get anything done. So I love the ABCs of Summer. We got the idea from the third-grade teachers at our school, who are ending the year with an ABC list. We borrowed a few of their ideas and added some of our own and came up with this list. I think it will provide just the right amount of “something to look forward to” without making us (a.k.a., me) feel overwhelmed.

So starting on the first Monday after school gets out, we’re going to tackle one letter a day, Monday through Friday, until we go through the entire alphabet. Here’s our list:

The ABCs of Summer

A—Art Projects
B—Books
C—Crafts
D—Dance Party
E—Experiments
F—Fairy Tales
G—Games
H—Hike
I—Ice Cream
J—Jokes
K—Kumbaya & Songs Around the Campfire
L—Languages
M—Memory Games
N—Newspaper
O—Obstacle Course
P—Popsicles
Q—Quest
R—Rejuvenate (Spa Day!)
S—Scavenger Hunt
T—Tongue-Twisters
U—USA
V—Volunteer
W—Water Balloon Fight
X—eXercise
Y—Yummy Treats
Z—Zoo

So how about you? Do you like a little structure or a lot? Would a list like this be fun in your house?

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Comments

  1. Mary says:

    Love this, thanks for sharing!!

    1. Shannon says:

      You’re welcome, Mary! If you do the ABCs of Summer, they don’t have to be all at once. You could spread them out over the summer….

  2. Diane O'Donnell says:

    Lily picked out, arranged and planted the flowers herself. I think she did a great job. I had no idea that fairy gardens where the “in thing”. But you’d be hard pressed to go to any garden center without finding a major display of all manner of accessories and plants that are just the right size.

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