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Things for Tween and Teens to do in the Month of May

1) Get Moving!

The days of sitting at your desk at school are almost over! Gear up for the long summer recess and get your body moving. You’ve worked hard this year but resist the urge to sleep late and get lazy. Make a list of things you love to do and post them where you can see them to keep you motivated. Get a friend to commit to join you. Exercise gives you more energy, confidence and just makes you feel better overall!

2) Plant a garden

May is a great time to get some plants in the ground. Plant some herbs or some beautiful potted flowers around your yard or in pots. You don’t need a lot of space or a green thumb. Start small and grow from there! Gardening can be fun, therapeutic, and it’s amazing to watch the wonders of nature. We love mint, rosemary and basil. Super fast and easy to grow.

3) Create a summer reading list

You will most likely have summer reading so plan for that but also pick a few books you would like to read for fun and alternate. Plan to commit to an hour a day during the summer break.  Reading is perfect for the hot afternoon hours when you should not be in the sun. There is nothing like a good book in a shady spot so get your books now.

4) Clean out your clothes

This is a great time of the year to purge your clothing. If you didn’t wear it last summer, you probably won’t wear it this year either. Try on the items you are not sure about and do a fashion show for the family, they will tell you if it’s a keeper or not! Donate your unwanted items to a local charity.

5) Research ideas for light and healthy summer meals

During the school year it’s easy to get in a rut and eat the same things day in and day out. Now is the perfect time to research some healthy options that use fresh produce. How about committing to cooking at least one day a week. I’m sure your family would appreciate your effort and you might be surprised how accomplished cooking makes you feel.

6) Learn something new

Keep your brain sharp and learn something new! Yes, theres are apps for that. You can learn a new language online, study the stars, geography or art. Whatever keeps your brain motivated do it.

7) Do something good for your skin

The end of the school year can be really stressful and your skin can take a beating. Time to detox and spend some extra time on getting rid of that stress. Make yourself some bath salts. Super easy DIY, 2 cups epsom salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, 30 drops lavender essential oil and 10 drops peppermint essential oil. Store in a glass jar and plan a soak.  Also, get rid of any old products, clean makeup brushes and sponges. Summer is really drying for your skin so be sure to stock up on moisturizer for your face and body and get rid of any products that contain alcohol.

8) Give!

Give your time or donate items. Not only is volunteering a great college resume builder it just makes you feel good. Websites like voly.org make it easy to find opportunities but you can also check with your local animal shelter, food pantry’s, senior centers or town hall for ideas. Now is the time to plan for winter coat drives too, always an important need.

9) Have a tag sale

Take the lead and declutter. Also a great exercise for the budding entrepreneur in you. Collect items. plan the date and make the signs. Don’t have enough items ask the neighbors and do a multi-house sale. Great way to make some extra cash.

10) Plan a summer trip

Get involved with planning the summer vacation before the summer months arrive. Help pick the dates and destination. Get online and do your research. When the whole family gets involved it’s more fun. Can’t go far, no sweat there are so many things to do in your area with some creative planning but get it on the calendar now.