#ETHANproject Summer Challenge 5 + Blogger Link-up

We sure do hope you took the time to get out and “Enjoy the Water” with your kiddos this week!  We simply could NOT pick a favorite Instagram pic from this week’s challenge….so we encourage you to head on over and decide for yourself (don’t forget to like and comment on your favorites!).

So far we have Enjoyed Friendship, Enjoyed the ViewEnjoyed the Flavor, and Enjoyed the Water together.  We have found inspiration from our readers and fellow bloggers to STOP and ENJOY the HERE and NOW with our children.

Before we get to the next challenge, we want to take a moment to feature some more of our favorites from this past week!

**If you aren’t familiar with the #ETHANproject Summer Challenge for Moms, click here for all the details.**

This is where you can come each week to find inspiration and encouragement to help you be an "ETHAN Mom" this summer. Our 10-Week Summer Challenge will help you STOP and ENJOY your kids and create unique memories.

Features from Challenge #3: Enjoy the Water

Reader Story


Our favorite reader story from social media was from Brenda B. as she enjoyed the pool with her family! We are so impressed with Brenda and her husband accepting the challenge to enjoy the water with a 2-month old (how cute is she in that little swimsuit?!) and 3 other children under the age of 5!

Be sure to use the #ETHANproject hashtag when you share your stories!



How Enjoying the Water Made Me Appreciate the Little Things

by Life, Love, and Dirty Diapers

The most popular article from our #ETHANproject Link-up was from Melissa at MKBrander.com. She is “100% not an outdoorsy person”, but she didn’t let that stop her and accepted the challenge to Enjoy the Water this week! While completing the challenge, she had a light bulb moment that lead to her realizing the “5 Things I Did Not Appreciate Enough As a Kid”. You’ll love the humor in this one!

Facebook Thread

The most popular thread from our #ETHANproject Facebook Group was all about your current fav TV shows. Need a few new ones to watch? Check out these great ones and be sure to share yours as well! 



Our favorite #ETHANproject blogger story was from Misty at Finding Joy in the Journey. She challenged us to go “All In” this week while enjoying the water!

The pool, beach and splash parks are full of moms with their kids. There’s the mom who is IN the water, the mom who is relaxing while enjoying a good book, and the mom who is cautiously involved, but never fully IN. Which mom are you? -Misty

finding joy

Get Up and Enjoy the Water

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Want to see more from Misty? We know you will LOVE this article too!


Confessions of an Imperfect MomFeatured Mom

Paula S.

nominated by Abby P.


Our #ETHANproject Mom of the Week is none other than Paula S.! This is what Abby shared with us about this dedicated and uplifting mom!

This sweet friend of mine brings such a delightful perspective to life whenever I am around her. She is calm, thoughtful, and desires God to be a part of her and her family’s life and that is evident in all she does. She spurs me on to enjoy my children in all the different stages they bring. -Abby

Ladies, thank you for sharing your favorite moms with us and allowing us to honor them each week!

Please click here to nominate a mom who has inspired you.

Your NEXT Challenge!Week 5 Challenge

Sammi & Sarah’s Challenge Story

pinnable enjoy the sky2

We were encouraged to “ENJOY the Sky” this week and we totally  nailed it by enjoying a movie under the stars at our local Drive In Movie Theater!

Did you know that there are 338 drive in movie theaters left in the United States?  Many cities also offer outdoor movie experiences in the summertime, or it is relatively easy to set up an outdoor theater in your own backyard!

We have been meaning to take our kids to the drive in for 3 summers now.  But we just haven’t “gotten around to it”.  Sometimes, as moms, it is difficult to break routine for the sake of a fun night out.

But we were determined to overcome our strong desire to be in bed by 9 sharp and focus on doing something memorable with our children.

And it WAS memorable!  We discovered that drive in movie theaters are BACK in style and they aren’t going away anytime soon.  {read full article}

#ETHANproject Blogger Link-Up

This is where you can come each week to find inspiration and encouragement to help you be an “ETHAN Mom” this summer!  We have invited our fellow bloggers to stop by each week and share their favorite posts about motherhood, simple living, summer fun, and easy recipes.  Everything you need to help you STOP and ENJOY the summer with your kids!

All bloggers are welcome to please share up 3 posts per week at our link-up.  We have a few simple rules that we expect everyone to follow.  If you haven’t yet read our #ETHANproject Blogger Link-Up Guidelines please do so now by clicking here.

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