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Get Outside! | Get Ready for Summer...Camps

7:05 AM

Is it Summer yet?! Coming up with activities may come easy for some, but for me they don't. So when I am all fresh out of indoor activity ideas, the best solution is to just get outside. So that is what we did.

It is so interesting to hear all the conversations the kiddos have with each other - some kids decided they wanted to play too because we had brought some toys {ok, my friend brought the toys - she's great like that..always thinking ahead!}. Some kids said they were making mac n cheese, other's say its sand and so on..after awhile though our kids wanted to just play among themselves...and then they pretended they were on the moon...and then also a couple of T-rex.


If you haven't yet signed your kids up for summer camps, then you should definitely check out Camp Galileo. Not only will they NOT run out of fun and education activities for your kids - your kids still get to play outside and take in the fresh air and continue to use their imagination.

Here are the super duper coupon codes to use when signing up your kids for an amazing summer experience. Use BEBOLD for $40 off and if you are in the bay area use my refer a friend code FRIEND2016 for an additional $25 off! {South bay folks - for even more savings - for Galileo Summer Quest Evergreen use 2016EVERGREENFRIEND for $75 off!! or for Camp Alamo use 2016ALAMOFRIEND - So that's a total of $115 off, what?!} Check out Camp Galileo's site for more promotional offers.

So what are you waiting for?

*This post is sponsored by Galileo Camps but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Lights! Camera! ACTION! | Get Ready for Summer Camps!

5:23 PM

Hello everyone! Welcome back.. Today I have a stop motion film activity for you. If you have a patient kiddo {and have patience yourself!}, which sometimes mine are NOT ...but if you get them into this and show them the results, I guarantee you that you will be doing this all day. Which may be a good or bad thing!

My son last summer had heard that his older classmates were doing these stop animation films and was bummed he couldn't do it...but I think this year he will be able too! But to get us on the right start to some summer fun, I decided to try it out at home with my daughter. I'll also have to try it with my son too - because after he watched the movie. He was really jealous he didn't get to do it too.
What you will need:

  1. A digital camera & - don't forget the memory card to save the images!
  2. A computer with a program to upload the images too and create the movie {i.e. iMovie, Window Movie maker. I used Lightroom and purchased a soundtrack to use from Songfreedom}
  3. A tripod
  4. Some toys/trinkets
  5. Some imagination
  6. Some patience

I have a small tripod that is great for table top use. I screwed the camera on securely to the tripod and positioned it for the remainder of the activity. In some instances, you may need to stabilize the tripod. It helps to tape/mark off the legs on wherever it is so that if your kid moves it accidentally, you can always put it back..but all in all - even with slight bumps, and not having it be perfect, its ok..just have fun. Remember mistakes are ok, it's all about fun and being creative.

To help with the process I took a few snaps and explained how it works to my daughter Raima and then proceeded to show her what it would look like. This got her excited! So then I asked her to get all the materials she wants to be in the "movie" - first, something/someone {doll or what not} would need to be the star of the show - she chose a bag clip in the shape of a fish..and some "people" in the form of legos she put together and other materials she just found around the house she wanted to include.

Next set everything up and line up your camera. And then, choose the star and what they will be doing. Raima decided that the fish will eat the people and most anything in its path. And now you just have to be patient and let them move the "star" of the movie little by little while you or they snap the photo. Be creative, be funny, be silly. Have your "star" do anything - after all it is just a movie. After patiently snapping each step and movement and you are all finish {I think we snapped 80 frames for ours!} - upload your images to your computer and select the program to use.

I used Lightroom to create our "movie". Upload all your images- delete the ones you don't want to use {like ones where your kid snapped your hand in it or had her hand in it - or not! Up to you, it can be kinda cool to see a hand go into the frame for a quick second}. Select slideshow in Lightroom, and upload a soundstrack. Adjust the slide and transitions...and hit play! Save the "movie" by exporting to save the slideshow in video format..and then I upload it to Vimeo...and here it is, Raima's first stop motion movie!

This activity is such a great way to nurture kids imaginations and creativity plus being present to help with it at each step and watching their reactions are pretty great. Both my kids are super excited to be going to Camp Galileo this summer. My youngest being the most excited. I know that at Camp Galileo my kids will not only be having some fun with activities and playing with their peers, but that they will be inspired, nurtured and actually learn something too! As a kid, I never got an opportunity to do a summer camp and I am so glad that I am able to provide that opportunity for my kids. If you haven't yet looked into Camp Galileo for this summer - you should! This year both my kids get to enjoy their curriculum and activities.
Since 2002, Galileo has been shaping a new generation of innovators by teaching kids to explore, make mistakes and create without fear! Drawing from the innovation process inspired by the Stanford Galileo’s  curriculum packs serious substance and sparks kids’ imagination from pre-k through 8th grade.
By signing up now, you can lock into some savings this summer! Sign up for Camp Galileo or Galileo Summer Quest and save $40! Enter code BEBOLD at checkout. Redeemable for one week of Camp Galileo or Galileo Summer Quest per family only. One-time use. Combinable with our Refer-a-Friend, Multi-Session and $25 Early Bird discounts. Not combinable with any other marketing discounts. You can get a discount of $40 off a week of Galileo Summer Camp using code BEBOLD. Remember - this promotion can also be combined with the Refer-a-Friend savings where you can save up to an additional $100*.

*Savings varies by location



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A Little Spring Break | Lake Berryessa

11:56 PM


We finally got to spend some time up at the R Ranch with our Lola dog. One of my reason for purchasing a deed or "membership" there was being able to spend the summer and hot days up there to enjoy the area and the pool. But since the pool wasn't yet open, we had to make due with a lake...Lake Berryessa to be exact! It didn't disappoint. It is only about a 13 minute drive from the ranch and is dog friendly too. There are picnic tables with shade - which I would imagine is quite needed come summer time when the temperatures can get pretty HOT.

More photos to come soon.

We can't wait for summer to begin and I can't believe it's only a couple of months away {because I had high hopes I'd get myself ready to be in a bathing suit by then! and I haven't...eeep!}

And you know what summer means for us parents?? Summer camps!! Last year we were at a few camps but one that we will be doing again this year is Camp Galileo - which we will again do this year. And this year, my youngest will get to join in on the summer activities too! If you are interested in learning more about Camp Galileo - which has carefully-crafted curriculum designed to ignite your child's imagination and inner-innovator from pre-K through 8th grade, then please check out their campaign - Spend Summer Bold - and if you sign up today, you'll receive $40 off! with code BEBOLD.

I'll be following up with some posts this week with some crafts to do with your kiddos inspired from activities and themes from Camp Galileo..so stay tuned!


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