Month: July 2015

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Day Trips to Puget Sound Islands | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsBeating the heat has been often is a bug focus during the summer. One way that we like to cool off is to take day trips to Puget Sound islands, where it is often cooler.

Day Trips to Puget Sound Islands | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIn order to get around the Puget Sound, we have to take a ferry. The WSDOT ferry system can seem a bit overwhelming to newcomers, but is really pretty simple to navigate. The biggest help for us has been to use a smart phone to keep an eye on the ferry schedule and wait times. We recently purchased a new Alcatel One Touch Pop Astro at Walmart and signed up with Walmart Family Mobile service, which is $29.88/month (for the first line) for an unlimited talk and data/web service plan and includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data.

  • Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

Day Trips to Puget Sound Islands | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
With this summer having been one of the hottest in Seattle’s history, we’ve gone on so many island day trips this summer, I’ve started leaving the car packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice with all of the necessary essentials.

Day Trips to Puget Sound Islands | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsMy Puget Sound Island packing list is:

  • Healthy snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Car games and toys (our current favorite is Spot It! On the Road)
  • Inner tubes or other fun floats
  • Air compressor
  • Buckets and shovels (note that Washington beaches are often made of rocks actually, so other sand toys are not necessary)
  • Kites (Washington beaches are a great place to fly kites and we even host an annual international kite festival)
  • Frisbee
  • Picnic blanket
  • Windbreakers (for the ferry or in case it gets too cold)
  • Sun hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrellas (no matter how hot and dry it is, it is just not smart to go anywhere in Washington State without an umbrella)
  • Nature journaling kit (just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean we can’t fit in a bit of schooling)

Day Trips to Puget Sound Islands | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsThat’s what we have been doing to cool off this summer. What have you been doing? Are you traveling anywhere this summer? How can Walmart Family Mobile help you with your trips? Leave a comment and let me know!

Fairy Doors | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

For the last several years, Sola and I have maintained a fairy garden. During the last year, however, Sola and the neighborhood children have taken to relocating the fairy garden and its various accessories. They’ve taken great delight in setting up various fairy dwellings throughout the yard and played many wonderful games, using incredible amounts […]

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Form Drawing | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Form drawing is unique to the Waldorf education method. Rudolf Steiner first mentioned it in a lecture in 1919 and it has evolved quite a bit since then. Though he and many Waldorf practitioners find that form drawing fits in with their spiritual views and helps them develop as spiritual beings, one does not need […]

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Washi Tape Flower Fairies | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Earlier this year, I finally succumbed to lure of washi tape. While I have had issues with actually using my washi tape, because it is so pretty, so I feel upset that if I use it, then I won’t have it anymore, Sola has had no such issues. For Sola, washi tape has been the […]

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27 Resources To Help You Plan Waldorf Main Lesson Blocks | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Main lesson blocks are unique to Waldorf education. All academic subjects, except for foreign language, are taught during Waldorf main lesson blocks.  The blocks usually last 3-6 weeks, with each day’s lesson lasting up to 2 hours. Rather than rely on text books during main lesson blocks, the Waldorf student actually creates a “text book” […]

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