Patrick Keefauver

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June Newsletter

VanKeef Financial

2605 W. Lake Mary Blvd STE 111
Lake Mary, FL, 32746

School is Out! 4 Creative Activities to Do with Your Kids This Summer

Your home
Summer has arrived! And while the world is slowly opening back up, many parents are looking to spend some quality time with their kids – without having to risk too much exposure. However, that might just mean that you have to come up with some creative endeavors to keep kids excited and engaged! Struggling to find new ideas? Here are our top 4 creativ...

Summer has arrived! And while the world is slowly opening back up, many parents are looking to spend some quality time with their kids – without having to risk too much exposure. However, that might just mean that you have to come up with some creative endeavors to keep kids excited and engaged!

Struggling to find new ideas? Here are our top 4 creative activities to do with your kids this summer!

1. Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Combine cornstarch, water, and grated sidewalk chalk to make different colors of sidewalk chalk paint. Place different colors in a muffin tin to create a “palette” and head outside! 

Beyond painting pictures, you can paint out:

  • A racetrack for toy cars
  • An obstacle course
  • Practice letters
  • Fun photo backdrops to lay on
  • Classic hopscotch

It’s a great activity for the whole family to do together!

2. Get into Gardening

“Normal” gardening can be boring – and a little too labor intensive – for younger kids. However, painting cheap pots is a great way to get them involved in the garden. They can plant and care for their own flowers or you can flip the pot upside-down and hot-glue the drainage plate on top to create a fun bird feeder.

Have old dolls and toys? Spray paint dolls (like Barbies) light gray and use a sponge with dark gray paint to make a speckled look. You now have a small army of statues that can be moved around the garden! Or, cover a beat-up soccer or basketball with fish bowl stones for a bright, eye-catching orb!

Painting rocks like bright bugs or favorite cartoon characters is a great way to add some extra pops of color here and there, as well!

3. Go Viral with a Social Media Video

It’s no secret that TikTok has taken over the social media space for most teens and pre-teens. If your children enjoy watching TikTok trends, why not recreate one as a family…and maybe go viral?

Unfortunately, not every TikTok trend is appropriate for all age groups, but there are some out there that can pull family members together! 

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Get your dance on with the “Something New” Challenge
  • Film a family reunion with “Come Here, Mom” Challenge
  • Involve your pets with the “Level Up” Challenge
  • Recreate family photos with “I’m Just a Kid” Challenge

Or come up with your own!

4. Create a Shooting Range

Turn your backyard into the Wild West! Have kids paint old cans, recycled water bottles, and styrofoam cups any way they’d like. These can be full color, ‘X’-marked targets, or just about any other design. Attach string or yarn using hot glue and hang your targets throughout the yard on tree branches or other structures. 

Whether you’re using ping pong balls, DIY sponge balls, Nerf guns, or water guns, you’re sure to see some sharp shooting!

Feel free to set up a scoreboard to record family members’ winnings. You might want to judge by how many targets are hit in a certain amount of time or how many targets are hit in a round (ex: 15/20 targets hit). 



Keeping spending costs low

Finances
We all know that we as human beings enjoy a bit of indulgence every now and then; more so when our ‘shiny’ hard earned paychecks find their way into our pockets. However, spending carelessly or somewhat randomly does not aid in keeping your finances under control! There are some tips below to help get you started; take them into consideration if ...
This article is for information, illustrative and entertainment purposes only and does not purport to show actual results. It is not, and should not be regarded as investment advice or as a recommendation regarding any particular investment action.

We all know that we as human beings enjoy a bit of indulgence every now and then; more so when our ‘shiny’ hard earned paychecks find their way into our pockets. However, spending carelessly or somewhat randomly does not aid in keeping your finances under control! There are some tips below to help get you started; take them into consideration if you want to achieve your dreams of being ‘wealthy!’ 

1. Get rid of stuff you don’t use.

Take a trip through your home and look around for things that you simply don’t use – and do something about it. Put together the things you rarely use and will probably never use again. Sell them or give them away – just get rid of the clutter.

2. Do some basic energy efficiency checking around your living quarters.

Replace your light bulbs with CFLs and LEDs – each bulb replaced adds up to at least $15-20 in energy savings over the lifetime of the bulb. Install a programmable thermostat to replace your current one, then program it to have the heating and cooling shut off when you’re not at home, saving you the cost of running it.

3. Buy in bulk the staples you use all the time.

Quite often, people march through the store, buying things without careful consideration. They’ll either buy everything at the size that’s the cheapest per unit – even if they rarely use it and much of the item will go to waste – or they just grab the most reasonable size of each item.

4. Figure out your most cost-effective grocery store and shop there.

This takes a little bit of up-front work, but the rewards over the long run are really worthwhile. To put it simply, all you need to do is figure out which grocery store available to you has the best prices on the staples you normally buy frequently, things like milk, fruit, eggs, vegetables, your favorite cereal, and so on.

This article is for information, illustrative and entertainment purposes only and does not purport to show actual results. It is not, and should not be regarded as investment advice or as a recommendation regarding any particular investment action.

Father's Day Fun Facts

Personal Interest
That special day for celebrating Dad is right around the corner. Let this be your reminder to start shopping for him now! Dads can spot a last-minute gift from a mile away.     For those of you who’ve already bought your pop a present, we’ve collected some Father’s Day fun facts that may surprise you. From the origins of th...

That special day for celebrating Dad is right around the corner. Let this be your reminder to start shopping for him now! Dads can spot a last-minute gift from a mile away.  

 

For those of you who’ve already bought your pop a present, we’ve collected some Father’s Day fun facts that may surprise you. From the origins of the day to its international observance to some of the more quirky bits of information about this paternal celebration, learn more about this special day. Enjoy! 

1. Father’s Day is Celebrated in More than 100 Countries Worldwide 

This one shouldn’t be too surprising. Every country is full of fathers and all great dads have earned their dues. 

 

Father’s Day traditions exist pretty much wherever people do, from Asia to Africa to Europe and beyond. Antarctica is the only continent that doesn’t have a noted celebration of dads, but if there are any out there currently, we extend our warmest Father’s Day wishes to each and every one of them. 

2. European Father’s Day Celebrations Extend Back to the Middle Ages

In America, Father’s Day has been celebrated on the third Sunday in June for over 100 years. That may sound like a long time, but celebrating dads (on March 19) had been a tradition of European Catholics for centuries when the festivities began on the other side of the Atlantic. 

 

Over the years, however, the American version of Father’s Day has gained quite a bit of popularity, with nearly 100 different countries recognizing it as a national day of observance. 

3. Father’s Day is the 4th Most Popular Day for Greeting Cards

The three above it? Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and…Mother’s Day. Ouch. Sorry dads, but moms outpace you in receiving well wishes from the kids to the tune of nearly 50 million more greeting cards every year. 

 

On the bright side, if your son or daughter does give you a Father’s Day card, you know you’re one of the lucky ones, right?    

4. The Rose is the Official Flower of Father’s Day

No, this is not a suggestion to buy your dad a bouquet for Father’s Day. He’d probably prefer another necktie over that. 

 

The official Father’s Day flower is actually part of an old tradition in which a son or daughter wore a red rose on their lapel if their father was still living and a white one if he had passed. It’s not too popular anymore, but it is still a sweet way to honor all of the dads who can and cannot be with us on their special day. 

5. Sonora Smart Todd is Considered to Be the “Mother of Father’s Day”

American Father’s Day festivities officially began taking place in the year 1910 when Sonora Smart Dodd convinced her local church to honor her Civil War veteran father -- and fathers everywhere -- each year on the third Sunday in June. 

 

She became determined to make a special day for dads when she heard a Mother’s Day sermon while she was at church with her father. That’s right, Mother’s Day came first. Chalk up another win for moms everywhere, we suppose! At least Mrs. Dodd knew that dads deserve recognition, too.  

 

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