50 Totally Free Day Dates With Kids

50 Frugal (mostly indoor) activities to do with your kids

Looking for ways to spend more quality time with your kids, one-on-one? I’ve pulled together 50 totally unique and creative ideas for building memories and bonding with your kids.

Of course, you don’t need to have an expensive outing to get a little quality time in. That’s why these ideas are all frugal or free. 

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Flashlight Scavenger Hunt

Nighttime Nature Scavenger Hunt – Great Camping Party  Activity!

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Spring has officially sprung here in the Midwest, which means warmer temps, longer days and more time living outdoors. It also means kids who are bursting with energy until the minute their heads hit hit their pillows. Today I’m excited to share our latest outdoor adventure – a flashlight scavenger hunt.

I wanted to create a fun activity that my kids, ages 5-10 would all enjoy together. I came up with this flashlight scavenger hunt that would get their bodies moving, their brains working, and encourage them to explore the world around them.

This activity is all of those things, plus it is free!Flashlight Scavenger Hunt

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Sew Pajama Pants from Vintage Sheets

Sew Pajama Pants in just 15 Minutes

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you know that I love all things vintage. Lately, I’ve been especially fond of vintage sheets, afghans and quilts. I’m always brimming with ideas for repurposing these treasures, and I even sell my finds in  my small Etsy Shop. Last year I shared an article with genius ways to repurpose vintage sheets, and I fell in love with the idea of sewing pajama pants from vintage sheets.

What could be better? The soft feel of summer sheets paired with gorgeous vintage patterns.

Sew pajama pants from vintage sheets

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Peter Rabbit Party

Bunny Bar and Minute to Win it Games for garden party

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A few weeks ago, I shared about how our family has a weekly tradition of Family Movie Night. It’s something we look forward to every week, whether it’s an old throwback movie from my childhood, or we treat ourselves to a new movie.

Most times, it’s an excuse to veg out. Sometimes, we have fun taking our movie night to the next level.Peter Rabbit Garden Party with Bunny Bar | Five Marigolds

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Jungle Scavenger Hunt Printable

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Nearly every weekend, our family has a tradition of having a family movie night. This special tradition was created sort of accidentally, and became a cherished night for our family.

Truth be told, it originated on Sundays when we needed to find an excuse for the kids to wind down so they would be ready for their early “school night” bedtimes.

Popping popcorn and snuggling together under a pile of blankets while watching a family-friendly movie was all the motivation the kids needed.Jungle scavenger hunt printable

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Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities + OshKosh B’gosh Giveaway

Mother Daughter Date Ideas to Capture the True Meaning of Christmas

This post, Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities , is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s true – it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, like so many families, we find ourselves struggling to keep up with the endless activities,  traditions and all-around excess that can come with the season.

It’s why I’m so glad we started the tradition of performing Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities as a family in the days leading up to Christmas.Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities to prepare for Christmas. Free Printable Activities and leave-behind ROAK cards.

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Recharging: Lake Life Staycation + Giveaway!

How I Find “Me Time” While Traveling with Kids

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Since becoming a part-time work from home mom a few years back, I’ve discovered how hard it can be to carve out “me time.”

A natural introvert, I crave need solitude daily. Quiet time.  I don’t always get it.

Sure, I’ve tried the whole “waking up an hour before the kids” thing, but they just somehow wake up early with me.

Girl’s Night Out happens too infrequently…and while valuable to my mental health – even GNO doesn’t charge my batteries quite like quiet time alone does.

So this year, for my birthday, I think my husband was a little surprised that I wanted my gift to be a long weekend staycation at the nearby lake, with the whole family in tow.Lake Life Staycation: Rediscovering the lost art of "me time" while on family vacation.

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Summer Boating Hacks

My husband I both grew up spending a lot of time on the water. He lived in a lake town; I went camping at the lake with my family most weekends in the summer. As adults, the water is still our happy place, and we’re thrilled to pass these family memories on to our kids.

We’ve only had a boat for a few years, but I’ve learned a thing or two about how to prep for a long day on the lake with the whole crew. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite hacks.

Feed a crowd – It can get expensive feeding the family for a full day away from home, and we try not to resort to expensive convenience foods. One of my favorite ways to feed the crowd is to purchase a package of Hawaiian rolls and slice the whole slab of rolls in half before adding sliced meat, cheese, lettuce and other toppings.Family Boating Day Hacks | Five Marigolds

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The Printed Photo Challenge

the importance of PRINTING PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

A big thanks to Blurb for sponsoring my Printed Photo Challenge. All opinions are mine alone.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile or you follow me on Instagram, you’re well aware of how much I value natural, candid photography of my family. I’ve talked a great deal about this in the past, so if you’re interested in why it’s so important to me, check out my thoughts, here. Today I’m going to take that conversation to the next level, encouraging moms to take the Printed Photo Challenge.The Print Your Photos Challenge - how I printed my entire 365 photo a day project with Blurb. | Five Marigolds #blurbbooks #ad

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Mom Hacks for Traveling with Kids

 PLUS FREE TRAVEL JOURNAL TEMPLATE FOR KIDS

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Years ago, a very young Mr. Marigold and I moved out of our home state for our careers . We miss our families and our home state very much, and we try to get back to visit our families when we can. This means we are very, very experienced in road tripping, and since having kids, we’ve learned a thing or two about traveling with young ones.

Today, I’m going to share my road trip hacks for traveling with kids.
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How to Host the Ultimate Thanksgathering

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Be the Hostess with the Mostess this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just days away, and with it comes the anticipation and joy of the holiday season, and the task of hosting the family gathering.

I think a lot of families, mine included, are a lot like fudge – sweet, with a lot of nuts! It certainly makes for some interesting holidays, but that’s no reason to stress about your upcoming hostess gig.

Prep like a pro with these simple, yet impactful tips for being the hostess with the mostess at your upcoming Thanksgathering celebration.How to host the ultimate Thanksgiving with free printable favor tags | Five Marigolds

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10 Christmas Card Ideas You Should Steal + Free Template!

Awesome Christmas Cards + bonus free template!

I know, I know! Halloween is barely over and I’m already talking Christmas. But it’s already time to start getting plans locked in for Christmas cards!  It happens every year: photographers pack their schedules for the holiday rush as families procrastinate and, inevitably, miss the card ordering window. Keep reading for 10 inspiring Christmas card ideas you should totally steal,  AND a free Christmas Card template to get you started!

  1. Put on your best holiday wardrobe and go for a classic card.
    Free Christmas Card Template + 10 Inspiring Ideas for Christmas Card Photos

    Photo credit: Emily Plunk Photography

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Celebrating Time Together + JORD Giveaway

A big thanks to the team at JORD Wood Watches for the wrist upgrade, and for sponsoring this post.

Halloween has come and gone,and the holiday season is officially here – according to retailers and advertisers. As a prequel to the holiday prep that is soon to come here on the blog and elsewhere, today I’m taking a moment to talk about the best gift we can give to each other, all year long: the gift of time.

You see, sometimes I get so focused on task lists, places to go,  and whatever Google calendar says I need to get done, that I forget to slow down and savor the moments. Yes, even my #366 project, designed to help me stay in the moment, turns into a chore at times.

Case in point: A few weeks ago, my husband and I took the family to our favorite pumpkin patch. The weather was miserable, the ground was super muddy, and the place was crowded. I found myself rushing the kids through our traditions: running through the maze, picking out the perfect pumpkin, and of course, the requisite photos. When we got back to the car with our finds, I felt guilty. In my selfish effort to get past my own discomforts and cross the task off my checklist, I’d rushed everyone through the motions. I declared a do-over.

This year is our 12 year wedding anniversary. In those 12 years we’ve lived in two homes, had three kids and shared hundreds of laughs, tears and memories. The Gift of Time + Jord watch giveaway #JordWatch #giveaway #ad

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So Fresh and So Clean: Healthy Recipes My Kids Actually Like!

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It’s that time of year again – when bathing suit season looms a little closer and we start resolving to treat our bodies a little better. I like to have lots and lots of recipes in our rotation because we I get bored easily, so I’m always on the hunt for new, healthy recipes our whole family will enjoy. In that spirit, I’m sharing a round-up of some of our family favorites. Enjoy!

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Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Years ago I hand sewed a Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, which has become such a sweet tradition for our family. Ever since I was a young child, I absolutely loved Advent Calendars – usually the perforated paper variety in our home – to count down the days until Christmas. The anticipation was overwhelming each year.

I wanted to have that same tradition in our family – and I wanted to create something we could use year after year. I stumbled across this sweet calendar by Stitch Craft Creations. I fell madly in love with this idea and got to work, using her calendar as my guide. Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar | Five Marigolds

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Photographing Everyday Moments: 2016 Photo Project

I’ve never met anyone who has said, “I WISH I didn’t have SO MANY PHOTOS from when the children were young.” Or, “We have too many photos! We simply must GET RID of all these.”

In fact, in a very unofficial poll of some of my closest friends, the #1 or #2 “thing” they would save in a house fire would be printed photos, hard drives and/or memory cards of photos.

That’s why I’m very passionate about capturing my children during these fast moving years, where each day brings a new milestone:

lost teeth…

The importance of photographing everyday moments: Shoot Along 2016

…learning to read and writeThe importance of photographing everyday moments: Shoot Along 2016

…potty training – all of it. It’s all beautiful.Capture beauty in everyday moments with your family: Shoot 2016 Photography program.

I’m a huge advocate for getting professional family photos taken each year. I’m all for posed-looking-at-the-camera-smiling photos.

But it’s these moments. These little everyday occasions that I look upon and I remember.Capture beauty in everyday moments with your family: Shoot 2016 Photography program.

…BRB…I think there’s something in my eye…The importance of photographing everyday moments: Shoot Along 2016

 

So this year, I’m starting my fist #365 project. Every day, I’ll be looking for beauty in our everyday moments and sharing my photos on Instagram. Will you join me? Please let me know! I’d love to follow you in your journey!