The Boredom Jar

The weather has been so nice here this spring! All winter long, I could not wait for the weather to get warmer so that we could get outside and play. Being cooped up in the house during the winter makes us all grumpy and it was such a mood booster when we were able to enjoy the sunshine. But the novelty of playing outside quickly dissipated for my kids, so I decided to create the Boredom Jar to alleviate that problem.

The Boredom Jar


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Initially, my kids could not get enough of the outdoors. They were having so much fun making up games, playing at the park, and riding bikes. However, as the weeks went on, I started to hear those infamous words, “Mommmmm, I’m boooored.” Even after suggesting a couple of activities that they could do, they were still BORED after only a few minutes and wanted to watch TV or play on the iPad. And that was not going to cut it. I needed to figure out a way to get them disconnected from electronics and doing something good for them.

Boredom Busters Ideas Chores

The Boredom Jar, as I call it, is a little vintage jar that contains tiny scrolls with an activity written on them. Each scroll is tied with some gold baker’s twine to keep the contents a secret until it is chosen. If my kids say they are bored, then they get to pick out one scroll from the Boredom Jar and they must do that activity.

The Boredom Jar Supplies

I didn’t want to reward the kids with some amazingly awesome trip to an amusement park or taking them for ice cream just because they were bored, so I created some printable pages with activities that they could do on their own, as well as some chores, with minimal help from mom and dad.

Jar of Ideas for Kids

When they pick something out of the Boredom Jar, they do not know what kind of activity they will be getting. Something fun? Yay! Or some kind of chore? Bummer. They know that they will be taking a chance, but hopefully, this will help in the long run teach them how to entertain themselves and come up with ideas of things to do without the need for electronics.

Activities for Summer Spring

Almost all of the activities listed are spring, summer, or fall appropriate, which means that we will be able to use these throughout most of the year. Obviously, some of them won’t be able to be used if there is inclement weather, so they will have to pick a new scroll.

Boredom Jar Printable Games and Chores

To make your own Boredom Jar, find a jar with a lid (this one is similar to mine) and click on the links below to download and print the Boredom Jar printable. Enjoy!

The Boredom Jar Printables – Page 1
The Boredom Jar Printables – Page 2

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Tiny Scrolls in a Glass Jar

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The 7 Best Apps For Photo Editing

I love, love, love to take photos. Most of the time I drag my big ol’ DSLR camera along with me when I go somewhere and I edit those photos in Photoshop. But sometimes, the convenience of being able to bring your phone with you to take pictures just makes so much more sense. It is great to be able to kick things up a notch too with photo editing apps! You can brighten up a dark photo, or add some fun text or filters to give your photo a little flare. So today, I’m sharing the 7 Best Apps for Photo Editing. (I use the following apps on my iPhone, but some may be available on other devices.)

7 Best Apps For Photo Editing

Camera+ – Camera+ is an amazingly awesome app that allows you to have more control over your camera settings than the regular camera on your phone. It has really good manual mode settings which allows you to take beautiful photos in all sorts of different lighting scenarios. Plus, there are a lot of extra filters and options to help your pictures POP!

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Adobe Photoshop Express – The Adobe Photoshop Express has many great features, but I think my favorite would have to be the blemish removal tool. I’m not a fan of editing out permanent facial features (see my wrinkles!) or making people skinnier, but this option is perfect for removing that scary, huge pimple that popped up over night or those few crumbs you didn’t notice on the floor before you snapped your photo. (Luckily, I didn’t have any zits at the time of this pic!)

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Pic Tap Go – This is my favorite, most used photography app. I love that I can quickly load a photo into Pic Tap Go and apply a few filters or crop in no time at all. Usually, I just brighten and sharpen, since I love my photos to pop with color. However, there are a lot of fun options to choose from (which you can preview before you even apply) if you want to go for a vintage or black and white look as well.

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VSCO – I love VSCO because it is so simple and the results are almost always beautiful. The app is super user friendly, with easy to use controls and lovely filters that can subtly accent your photos.

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Rhonna Designs – If you want to add pretty graphics and text to your pictures, Rhonna Designs is definitely the way to go. There are tons of gorgeous font options and designs that can help you create beautiful and unique graphic photos.

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Waterlogue – Sometimes it’s fun to get a little artistic with your photos and Waterlogue is the perfect way to turn your pictures into art. This app takes your photos and, with the just the click of a button, changes them into beautiful watercolors. This photo started out as white plain flowers outside of our home, but now it looks like it was painted by an artist. So pretty!

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Moldiv – This last app is great if you want to showcase several photos at once in a collage. Moldiv can stitch together a grouping of photos (like a this set from my home tour) and there are tons of combinations to choose from, which is perfect for sharing on social media, i.e. Facebook, Instagram, etc.

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I love how using an app to edit photos can give it just that little extra oomph! What are your favorite photo editing apps? Do you use any of these? I would to hear your recommendations in the comments below!