Life in an Instant: Screen Free Week

This week was “Screen Free” week, a week where families are encouraged to turn off screens and turn on life. We spent less time watching TV & more time watching things like this …

Screen Free

I like to think I don’t let my children watch too much TV anyway, but we watch significantly more when my husband is home. Having the television ON is just commonplace to him. When he’s away, we watch less … but truth be told, this week we found so many more moments to squeeze in all the things I “want” to do with the kids but never seem to be able to find the time to do.

adventure walk yesterday, somebody loved it

We went on Adventure Walks, sang songs and really used our imaginations exploring the Great Outdoors.
We visited the butterfly habitat at our local zoo, not once … but twice in preparation for our very own caterpillars that arrived on Friday. It won’t be long until we have a few butterflies of our own!

we made a new friend today :)

We made new friends.

my little urban gardener

We ate outside, tended to our little garden, played in the hose & spent time just enjoying each other’s company.

Ahhhhh, Tickle Monster!!

We tickled. And had a slumber party and extra, extra story time. We crafted and celebrated Cinco de Mayo and even took a trip to the art museum.
Two Scoops - Mint Chocolate Chip or Fresh Blackberry?

We indulged. Went on a date night, just the four of us. Brewed our own citrus green tea and baked muffins and smores and zucchini/portobello spaghetti.

We had an amazing week. Just what we needed to ease in to life without Daddy for awhile. We had so much fun, I think we’ll do it again next week!

Note: We also watched 2 episodes of Zooboomafu while we stuffed our faces with freshly popped popcorn on Friday night and passed out on the couch bed together. Everything in moderation.

Did your family celebrate Screen Free Week this year?
What are your favorite ways to spend time together?

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Stacy is seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World.

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  1. says

    I think it is important for kids to feel life hands on, although, sometimes I like the tv! Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your kids…a time that they will really remember! I really want some of that icecream, so yummy looking!

    • says

      Oh, yes!! It was delish … I went back with some friends Saturday night and got more … but it wasn’t as good as that super hot afternoon with the kids :)

  2. says

    We so did not do screen-free week! We’re not huge t.v. watchers, but we just recently got a t.v. after not having one for a while. We don’t let the kids watch a lot, but it’s nice to enjoy from time to time–you’ve definitely inspired me to try going screen-free next time!

    • says

      Hey Amy! I didn’t commit to it in advance … truth be told I wasn’t sure if we would make it! It just happened to work out this time, but I’m a huge movie night and popcorn girl so we bent the rules a little to make them work for us :)

  3. says

    What a lovely week! We managed to go three full days without TV, but then I got too tired and caved the rest of the week. 😉 Because of screen free week, we got into a new routine of going to a park after I pick up my daughter from school, and I think this something we can keep up until the end of the school year as long as it doesn’t get too much more hot.

    Are you growing sunflowers? My daughter is growing them, and her plants look a lot like your’s.

    • says

      Hooray for parks! and I hear you, I tried for Week 2 but I didn’t make it :( at least we added a few good habits to our routine. Yes! Those are sunflowers :0 Part of our sunflower house we’re building or summer — inspired by YOU!! and our chat about needing shade in the backyard

  4. says

    Stacy, it sure looks like TV wasn’t missed at all! I love your photos. They really express the fun you all had and the neat places you went (including staying home). We haven’t attempted a screen-free week yet but it’s something we’ll probably do one day very soon just to prove we can! :)

  5. says

    Stacy – I’m following you from KBN. What a lovely blog you have! Great photo. Good for you for doing screen free week. Looks like you survived and were better off for it!

  6. says

    Hi Stacy! Your blog and family are so beautiful! I just adore this post. We didn’t manage to participate in screen free week, sadly… I think it’s a really great idea. I love all the lovely things you did with your family outdoors. That’s so good for kids. Enjoy the weekend!

  7. says

    I am new to your blog and loving it!

    We have been a No TV family for almost two years now and none of has any regrets, including my teens.
    There is just so much life going on away from the screen.
    Adding you to my blog reader. :)


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