Less Screens, More Greens Summer Challenge

Do you smell that lemony spritz  that is in the air? 

Beyonce isn't the only one bringing out the lemonade this summer - this mama is. 

Our first summer with my daughter home brings excitement and the endless possibilities we can create for our family time together. This spring I have been praying over our first summer home with Eden. Since I am a high school teacher, my summer days will be spent with my daughter and I want to savor every minute of this time together.

I only get to do 6 years old one time, ya'll. I only get to do our first summer together - once. 

I don't know about you but I don't want my child(ren) to grow up thinking "checking social media" is a healthy morning routine. I don't want to teach her my phone is more important that the people in front of me. PLEASE, GOD, DON'T LET ME.  Subtly showing her by my own choices that somehow looking at pictures is better than living life right here where we are. 

 I made a challenge for myself and our family this summer: LESS SCREENS, MORE GREENS.  

The requirements? 

  • Make a list of activities you want to complete with your family this summer that are outside or helpful to the community. 
  • Limit screen time to 30 minutes a day. You can adjust to what fits well for your child or home, but we are striving to do only 30 minutes. 
  • Take pictures of the activities and document your adventures to prove life is better lived OFF screen. 

That's it. Come on, you know you want to try it. 

Helpful APPS: Quality Time - an app to help you monitor how much time you spend on social media sites or app usuages. 


  • Go to the beach 

  • Collect Seashells 

  • Take a walk on the boardwalk 

  • Build a sandcastle 

  • Go to North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro

  • Catch fireflies in mason jars at night

  • Shop local at the Farmer's Market every Saturday

  • Eat at food trucks Thursday

  • Read a great lit classic in the hammock  

  • Go on a picnic in the park 

  • Go biking on Black Water Creek Trail 

  • Get a swim membership 

  • Write a song with music and lyrics

  • Go camping (as much as possible) 

  • Take a hike 

  • Build a telescope to see the stars

  • Read our summer reading list 

  • Host friends over with a bonfire

  • Have Eden and her friends meet Elsa

  • Sign up for a class to take together 

  • Camp in our backyard

  • Go on a date with Isaac (just the two of us!) 

  • Plant a rose bush in our front yard

  • Plant a tree in the front yard

  • Wash the car in the driveway 

  • Make homemade cookies for a neighborhood family

  • Go horseback riding

  • Take care of our garden 

  • Go the the library once a week for new books and attend their reading days. 

  • Finish teaching Eden to read.

  • Have a lemonade stand

  • Do a service project for the community (Eden's choice)

  • Visit family 

  • Go to Lynchburg Splash Park 

  • Volunteer at the Lynchburg Humane Society 

  • Write a short story (Eden & mommy)

  • Read about each fifty states and what makes them unique.

(Ask Eden which one she would maybe want to live in one day and pray she says California)

  • Make a movie

  • Visit the poetry house of Anne Spencer

  • Visit Monticello 

  • Read up on my favorite authors and their upbringings (Mommy)

  • Write a summer pen pal

  • Make homemade Popsicles

  • Visit a farm (cOMPLETED mAY 22ND, 2016)

  • Pick strawberries from Yoder's farm. 

  • Make homemade strawberry jam. 

  • Leave room in the day for creativity  


We did our first on the list by visiting our friend's farm. Let me just say now I have goat fever. Is that a thing? I am going to make it a thing. 

First one off the list: Visiting a farm. 

It was so fun, maybe we will do it twice. :) 

Okay, who is with me? Comment below. 

Or tell me fun things to do in our area? Let me hear youuu.