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How Single Mom’s Get in Shape the MaxiClimber, Slendertone Ab Belt, Simply Fit Board Workout

The single working mom’s workout 


MaxiClimber, Slendertone AB Muscle Toner Belt and the Simply Fit Board.  All you need to get in shape.  I am writing this article because this really helped me.  I was really depressed about my weight and after struggling with it my entire life, I found something that really worked.  I’m not getting paid to write about these companies, but I want to share my story because I may be able to help someone else.  I know what it feels like to be overweight and unhappy, like your living in someone else’s body, wishing I to be in shape.  If this article helps one person, then I would be happy.  Here is my story.


Losing weight is hard and losing weight after having kids can ever be harder. I was always chunky growing up.  I always wanted to be thinner, I felt like my friends could eat junk food and pizza and not gain weight and I couldn’t. I felt life wasn’t fair.  In my early 20’s I decided to really do something about it. I knew that there is no pill, no magic that would make me lose weight.  I had to exercise and eat right, that is the only way.  I had to change my lifestyle.   So, I cut down on my carbs, walked 3 miles 5 days a week, drank only water and stopped eating after 7PM.  I stuck to it, and the weight started coming off.  I was able to lose close to 30 pounds in 3 months and kept the weight off.

I started going to the gym regularly.  I didn’t lose more weight but it helped me maintain my weight and I got toner.  In my early 30’s I got pregnant with my first child.  I gained 27 pounds, which was in the recommend amount.  I lost 18 pounds of it, in my first couple weeks of having her.  I had her in the winter, it was cold and snowed a lot.   I mostly stayed on the coach watching t.v, sleeping when she slept and trying to figure out how to be a mom.  While on maternity leave, I gained 15 pounds.  I was unhappy.  I couldn’t go to the gym anymore because my gym did not have child care and I couldn’t afford the fancy gym.  One night while I was up doing a late night feeding I saw the infomercial for the MaxiClimber.  It was very intriguing.  It was a skinny machine that didn’t take up much room and it was a very reasonable price.  I decided to give it a try and it changed my life.

In my opinion, the MaxiClimber is the best machine out there, especially for the price.  This skinny, tall machine gives you the best workout.  Here all the reasons why.


It’s tall and skinny.  I was living in a small space.  On top of that, it was filled with every baby item you could think of.  The Maxi Climber was a perfect fit for me as, when I was not using it I could can fit in a tall closet or in a corner of the room.

Easy to put together.

When I ordered my Maxi Climber, I was afraid that I would never be able to put it together.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received it that it took about 10 minutes.  It is very lightweight and easy to move.


At under $200, you cannot find a better home, full body workout machine.


As a parent of a baby, you have little to hardly any time to work out, especially if you are a working mom like me.  In the beginning, they recommend 10 mins.  In that 10 minutes, I burned 225 calories.  When I used to use the elliptical I would burn about 100 calories per every 10 minutes.  I was burning more than twice that with the MaxiClimber.


Overall Workout

This simple machine gives you some workout.  When I got it I said to myself, 10 minutes will be easy.  I can do this for 10 minutes.  Well, I could, but it was not easy.  If you don’t move the machine, it doesn’t move, for that reason I believe you get the best workout.  I was sweating and out of breath, but I did it.  Happily, I can say that I started at 10 minutes and have slowly built myself up to using it for 25-30 minutes 4 days a week.  I burn anywhere from 400-600 calories in that short of time.  That’s another reason why I love this machine.  You can move at your own pace because you control the movement.  It was made to move your body the same way you would while rock climbing.  You will notice that your butt, thighs, abs and arms will get toner.  If you stick to it, you will see results and you will feel good too.  It has an adjustable height and has a weight limit of 240 pounds.  Using this machine, I dropped the baby weight.  I highly recommend the MaxiClimber.

Key features:

Burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.

Slim and lightweight for easy storage

Adjustable height

Comes with a timer that also counts your calories

Easy to assemble

Great price

MaxiClimber - The original patented Vertical Climber, "As Seen On TV" - Full Body Workout with BONUS Fitness App for Apple and Android
MaxiClimber – The original patented Vertical Climber, “As Seen On TV” – Full Body Workout with BONUS Fitness App for Apple and Android
I was so happy with the MaxiClimber but wanted to add something else to my workout.  This is when I came across the Slendertone Abdominal Muscle Toner Belt. Again, I was this on an infomercial. It’s claims that it’s the only FDA cleared ab belt for toning, strengthening and firming abdominal muscles.  It also said that you can see results in a couple weeks.  Yes, I lost weight but I never had a flat stomach.  One can dream, right? So, I decided why not give it a try.  Now, honestly, I didn’t think this ab belt would work. Who would think that you can put a belt on and it would tone your muscles. But, I must tell you, it really does.  Now, if you have rolls, it won’t make your stomach flat, because it doesn’t burn fat, however, you will start to see more toned abs. While using that belt, you will feel your ab muscles tightening.   I used if for about 6 weeks before I really saw results.  I started to see ab lines down the sides of my stomach, something that I never saw before.  I was so excited.  In my 30’s and 10 months after having a child, my stomach looked the best it has ever looked.  They also have an arm belt, I haven’t tried that yet, but I might.


You receive a belt that covers your core, 3 gel pads, a controller and charger.  The controller has 10 toning programs that has 150 adjustable intensity levels.  You simply place the gel pads on the belt, wrap the belt around your core and use one of the programs at the highest intensity level that you’re comfortable with.  It is recommended that you wear it for 30 minutes 5 days a week.  I did it longer than that, but you do what is comfortable for you.  You do need to replace the gel pads monthly.  You might want to buy a 3 month supply at a time, so that you are always ready.  It is recommended for men and women.  One of the best reasons why I love this ab belt is because I can wear it around the house while cooking, cleaning and doing laundry.  It doesn’t take any time out of my day which is great for a single, working mom.  They also have great costumer service.  I was having trouble with my ab belt and contacted costumer service at Slendertone.  They were extremely helpful and able to fix the problem.   One of the best reasons why I love this ab belt is because I can wear it around the house while cooking, cleaning and doing laundry.  It doesn’t take any time out of my day which is great for a single, working mom.  If you do decide to purchase the Slendertone Ab Toning Belt, make sure you buy the real one.  Other Ab belts do not work as well as the Slendertone brand.

Slendertone Replacement Gel Pads for All Slendertone Abdominal Belts, 3 Sets (9 Gel Pads)
Key Features:

FDA cleared for toning, strengthening and firming ab muscles

See results in about 6 weeks, feel results immediately

You can wear while doing other activities

Fits weight sizes 27-47 inches.  They do sell belt extenders

Slendertone has great customer service.


I was doing great.  I had my MaxiClimber and my Slendertone Ab Belt and I was in the best shape of my life at 34.  Then one day while watching Shark Tank, I saw the Simply Fit Board.  It was designed to tone your legs and core and trim your waist while twisting on a board.  It looked fun and easy, so I decided to purchase one.  I must say, I love it.  You just stand on the board, slightly bend your knees and twist using your waist.  If you find yourself twisting in a circle, stop, balance yourself and try again.  It may take some getting used to.  I do mine 20 minutes daily.  Sometimes I have to break my time up because of the kids.  So, if I can’t do the full 20 minutes at one time, I will do 10 in the morning and 10 at night.   The board comes with a workout video (I didn’t use the video) for additional workout ideas.  You can also hold weights to increase difficulty.

Simply Fit 30043 The Abs Legs Core Workout Balance Board (Green)
Key features:

Easy to use just stand on the board and twist

Tones core, legs

Very low impact

Weight limit of 400 pounds


Easy to store, can fit easily in a closet or under your bed

Helps improve balance

Comes in four colors Magenta, Blue, Green and Orange

Additional accessories: You can use the Simply Fit on any floor type. If you have hard wood floors I would recommend getting the workout mat to protect your floors

Simply Fit Board Workout Mat Official As Seen On TV

Gaiam Neoprene Hand Weight, Blue, 10 lb
So recently I just had baby number 2.  I now have to start my routine over again, but instead of looking at it as a long road ahead, I’m excited to feel good about my body. Here is my current routine MaxiClimber 4 days a week, Slendertone Ad Belt 5 day daily (except during my period and you have to wait at least 8 weeks after having a baby or until your doctor says you can go back to full activity) and the Simply Fit Board 20 minutes 7 days a week.  I also only eat between the hours of 10AM-6PM and only drink water.  Cutting out sugary drinks and alcohol alone will help.  Remember before starting any diet or exercise program consult with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough for activity.  If you have any questions or want weight loss support please contact me at

How to Throw the Best Nightmare Before Christmas Party

How to Plant the Perfect Nightmare Before Christmas Party for Kids

So, my daughter Janelle was turning 4 and she really wanted a Halloween Christmas birthday party.  She was talking about that theme for over a month. Her birthday is in the beginning of December.  After thinking about how to go about planning this Halloween Christmas birthday party, I remembered the movie Nightmare Before Christmas and thought that it would be a great fit.  We watched the movie together and she became an instant fan, so much in fact that she wanted me to call her Sally.  This is when the planning began.  Now, The  Nightmare Before Christmas is not a popular birthday theme among toddlers. They don’t have decorations, down the party aisle at Party City, so I knew I had to get creative. We talked about what she wanted to have at her party and we made a list:

Make gingerbread houses

Treat or Treat ( I had to convince her that we could not walk around the block knocking on our neighbor’s doors for candy in December)

Have a photo booth with Jack and Sally

Have Zero

Play Games

Face Painting

Have Christmas and Halloween decorations

Play the song Thriller at the party

Goody Bags

She was very precise on what she wanted at her party.   Now that I had the list, I could start the shopping.

Ginger Bread Houses

OK, now time to get creative.  Since we started talking about this in mid-October.  The gingerbread houses would be the first thing to work on.  I thought how about Halloween/Christmas gingerbread houses.  I waited until the day after Halloween and hit the store to purchase the left-over Halloween gingerbread houses.  I saw them at Wal-Mart, A.C Moore and Party City.  It turned out that they were the cheapest at Party City.  They cost me only $2.75 each.  I needed 12, they had 9 in the store and I was able to purchase the rest on-line.  So, I had the Halloween houses and I wanted the kids to decorate them with Christmas candies.  I went to Wal-Mart and picked up gingerbread men, candy cane, mittens and Santa Claus little sugar cupcake toppers and white cookie frosting.  I also purchased Red and Green M&Ms, candy canes and used left over Smarties candies from Halloween.










Decorations and Favors

Shopping for a Halloween party right after Halloween is the best, everything is on sale.  I was able to get things for up to 80% off.  Even if you are not having a Halloween party, it is definitely worth it to shop after Halloween and save everything for next year.  I purchased some orange and black cookie icing and sugar black cat cupcake toppers for the gingerbread houses.  I also purchased some decorations and a lot of the glow bracelets and necklaces (they were .10 for 4).  I was able to get face paint on clearance.

I did not see any Nightmare Before Christmas table cloth or plates, so I purchased black and white table cloth, black and white plates, napkins and cups.

Trick-or Treating

At A.C Moore I purchased 2 cardboard pumpkins that I was going to paint as Jack and Sally. I used a black sharpie to draw Sally’s stitches and Jack’s face  They had an opening in the middle, I used this to place candy.  I was going to use the pumpkins to hold candy for trick-or-treating at the party.














Photo Booth

I knew finding a backdrop for the photo booth was going to be a little tricky. After a Google search, I found that there are many Nightmare Before Christmas themed shower curtain’s on the market.  I also found Nightmare Before Christmas fabric sold by Joann’s by the yard, but I wasn’t sure how much I would need.  I decided to go with the shower curtain.  I purchased a Nightmare Before Christmas Shower curtain on-line at Target.  I used the shower curtain hooks to attach to my curtain rod.  I purchased black table cloth and placed it on the floor.  I bought a Santa Claus Jack Skellington (Walgreens) and placed him on wrapped cardboard box.  I also added some other Christmas decorations to place in the backdrop.  I also used fake snow sheets that I purchased from A.C Moore, to make it look like it snowed in Halloween Town. The photo booth came out great and was a huge success with the kids.









Face Painting

We set up face painting in the corner of the room.  The kids got to choose from Sally stiches, Jack’s face, pumpkin, Christmas tree or a black cat.


We played Freeze dance and did the limbo (I purchased a limbo stick at Party City).  We created a You Tube play list that included songs from the movie plus thriller (my daughter loves Michael Jackson’s Thriller) and some Christmas music. The kids got to trick-or-treat from the Jack and Sally pumpkins after each game.


I served pizza, juice and water to the kids for lunch.  For dessert, I made Jack Skellington cookies.  I made the cookies, then I made cookie icing to make them look like Jack (recipe listed at the end of this post).









I also made Jack and Sally cake pops (recipe listed at the end of this post).  I painted 2 baby formula cans one to look like Sally and the other Jack.  I purchased Styrofoam balls to stick in the cans to hold the cake pops.  I also purchased Jack, Sally and Zero cake toppers from Etsy.  I used the Jack and Sally as part of the decoration for the cake pops.








I ordered a Jack and Sally cake.  I used the zero cake topper to put on the cake.

















To make Zero the dog I bought a large Styrofoam ball for him head and a cone shaped piece for his nose.  Using a hot glue gun, I glued them together.  I bought 2 yards of white cloth and wrapped it around the head and nose and secured it with a rubber band.  I hot glued a large googly eye on his head and a red pom-pom ball on the tip of his nose.  I used the extra cloth to make his ears.  I cut long ear shape pieces and sewed them to his head.  To hang Zero, I made slits on each end of the cloth where his legs would be and tied thread around it, I made more slits on the top of his head and on his ears.  I taped the thread to the ceiling to make him hang.








Goody Bags 

I purchased pumpkin goody bags, on clearance after Halloween.  I filled the bags with a Jack and Sally cake pop and a Jack cookie.  We also added Christmas themed bubbles, glow bracelet and necklace








Jack Skellington Cookie Recipe


1 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

3oz cream cheese

1 tea spoon vanilla

1 cup butter

2 ¼ cups flour


Cream the sugar and butter, add the cream cheese mix well.  Add the egg yolk, vanilla then slowly add the flour.  Roll the dough into a ball.  Add a small amount of flour onto some parchment paper.  Roll dough out evenly, use circle cookie cutter.  Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookie is a light, golden brown.  Let cookies cool


To make the icing

Place one cup of confectioners sugar into small mixing bowl.  Add two tablespoons of milk, mix until you get a shiny smooth texture. If it’s too thick add more milk, if it’s too runny add more sugar. Make again the same way but add black food coloring to make Jacks’s face.  Coat all of the cookies with the white icing.  When it is completely dry, place the black icing into a plastic piping bag, cut off the tip and use to draw on Jack’s face.  Wait at least one hour before stacking the cookies


Cake Pops

1 box cake mix

1 can icing

Melting chocolate ( I used white for Jack and  teal for Sally)


Make the boxed cake mix according to the package.  Bake the cake.  Once the cake has cooled crumple it up into tiny pieces.  Place one cup of store bought caking icing into the crumbled up cake.  Using your hands mix the icing and the cake together. Make tiny ½ -1 inch balls out of the mixture.  Place them on a cookie try lined with parchment paper and add a lollipop stick to each ball, refrigerate for 1 hour.  After an hour melt colored chocolate with a double broiler or a chocolate melt.  Dip the balls into the chocolate and place back on cookie sheet place back into the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened.  If you are in a warm humid climate, I would keep them in the re

Storybook Experiences Santa Experience Review

Storybook Experiences Santa Experience Review


Every year I was getting my daughter’s Santa pictures taken at our local mall.  They were cute, but I was getting tired of the same picture, with the same Santa with the same background. Next year, I wanted to try something new.  A friend of mine mentioned that she did the Santa Experience with Storybook Experiences. She said she had a great experience and was going to do it again next year.   She warned me that appointments fill up fast and suggested that I got on their mailing list.  I went to their web-site and joined their mailing list.  I also liked their Facebook page.

I received an e-mail in January about the sign-ups for next Christmas, yes January.  I put it on my calendar and was eager to sign up.  When the day finally came, I was so excited to make an appointment.  So was everyone else, the web-site crashed and I could not get on to schedule my appointment.  The crew at Storybook Experiences kept on top of this unfortunate circumstance.  They sent e-mails updating us on the status of the site and when it would be back up and running again.  When it finally was, I was able to schedule my appointment.  To book the appointment you have to leave a $100 deposit.  The total cost of the package was $350 which included the full experience and 20 digital photos.  I usually do not spend this much on photo’s but for photos and an experience I thought I give it a try.

I ended up getting pregnant that year and my child was due in October.  I was happy that I booked the Santa Experience because it would be something special for my child’s first Christmas.  Now I was super excited.

About 2 weeks before our shoot.  My daughter received a letter in the mail from the North Pole.  She was very excited to receive something from Santa.   I read her the letter.  It stated that Santa was coming to Long Island and that she was going to be able to meet him.  It was a sweet letter and now she was eager to meet Santa.

Finally, the day arrived.  My daughter was dressed in her green dress and my son in a newborn Santa onsie and matching Santa hat.  When we arrived at Storybook Experiences, it reminded me of a storybook.  It was a cute little building and hat a tall nutcracker in front.  When we went inside it was decorated so beautify and really felt like you were in Santa’s cottage.  It had a tall Christmas tree, a toy room where the kids can play while waiting for their shoot.  It felt warm and cozy.  We waited about 10 minutes before it was our turn.  Then the experience begins.

When it is your time to go in they bring you to a bookshelf that was a secret doorway to Santa.  You walk down the hall to Santa’s workshop, there you are greeted by Santa.  The Santa was excellent, the best I’ve ever saw.  I’m not sure if his bead was real, but it sure looked real.  He has a bubbly personality and was warm and inviting. He had no problem holding my almost 2-month-old son.  He was like a jolly old grandpa.  It was great.   In the workshop kids play blocks and fly an airplane with Santa, while the photographer snapped pictures.  Santa was great a positioning the children to get the best shot.


After playing in the workshop, Santa asked my daughter if she was on the nice list.  He pulled out the list and there she got to look for her name.  There is was, right there on the paper, Janelle and her 2 month-old brother was on there too.


They moved over to another area that looked like a winter forest.  My daughter and Santa sat on some logs and enjoyed a special drink and some cookies. They read a story and even made it snow.

We moved over to another section where Santa sat in his chair and asked her what she wanted for Christmas and her brother too.

When our session ended my daughter was even more excited for Christmas. She got to take home a special gift of reindeer food.  Santa reminded her not to forget to sprinkle it out on the lawn Christmas Eve to feed the reindeer. It was defiantly all I thought it would be and more.

Our photos took about 2 weeks to come.  They sent me 40 and let me pick 20.  You were also able to choose more at an additional price.  The pictures came out so great.  I wanted to pick them all, the only thing that stopped me was thinking I can’t hang up Santa pictures all year round.

I highly recommend the Santa Experience.  I received the best photos.  The staff was very cheerful and the customer service is great.  They also have an Easter Bunny Experience that I would love to check out Storybook Experiences is located at 475 Montauk Highway, West Islip NY 11795.

Helpful Hints

Get on the mailing list to be the first to know about bookings

Try not to wear red to the Santa Experience.  Santa has a red suit and there is a lot of red in the background.  Try green, black or another pop color.

Try to book your experience before December 1st.  Photos take 2 weeks.  I did my shoot on December 10th and I didn’t have time to put the pictures on my Christmas Cards.  I did print and frame some to use as gifts.

If your child is afraid of Santa, try to wait until they are a little older and will fully enjoy the experience.  The staff is wonderful, if your child is afraid but if you’re paying $350 you don’t want to have crying children in the photos.

Don’t be late.  With all the bookings, they run a tight schedule.  You never feel rushed during the shoot, but I would recommend getting there a couple of minutes early.

Have fun.  I really enjoyed my shoot.  I have great memorable photos for my son’s first Christmas.

How to Plan the Best Kids Luau Party

How to Plan the Best Kids Luau Party

If you’re throwing a beach or Luau themed party and don’t know where to start, then you’ve come to the right place.  We have ideas to plan the perfect kid approved party. We did this party with children aged 5-12 and everyone had a blast.


On a  budget?  You do not need to go crazy with decorations.  We used flowered plates and napkins and bought green and pink table-cloth. On the tables we used flower petals. We also had large blow up palm trees and some beach balls around. We purchased flower clips for each of the girls and greeted each of our guests with a lei.  We played Hawaiian music in the background. We had to have our party inside due to unexpected rain, but we did plan on having tiki torches outside.  Have a big budget, you can add a tiki bar for punch.


Food  is an important part of any party.  When planning a kids party it can be tough, because kids are picky and hard to please.  These recipes below have been kid tested and approved.

Cookies- Cookies are always a big hit with kids.  We made starfish, dolphin and palm tree cookies and the kid ate them up.  We also made small shells for the pudding (we will go over that later)The recipe listed below is great to use with cookie cutters and they don’t spread.  They are also not as sweet as sugar cookies, so when you add the icing it won’t be over the top sweet.

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

1 cup sugar

3 oz cream cheese

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg yolk

2 1/4 cups flour

Cream butter, sugar, cream cheese add vanilla and egg yolk then add flour a little at a time.  Do not over mix.  roll dough into ball, if it is too sticky add a little flour.  Roll out and use cookie cutters.  Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookie is golden brown

Icing Recipe 

This is the easiest icing recipe I have ever made.  Just place a couple of spoonfuls of confectioners sugar into a bowl add a small amount of milk.  Mix it until the consistency is thick but can still run off the spoon.  It shouldn’t be watery. If it’s too watery add more confectioners sugar, if it’s too thick add more milk. You can add a tiny bit of almond or vanilla extract for flavor.  Add food coloring to make the colors.  We used brown and green for the palm trees, blue for the dolphins, we made a purple color for the shells.  For the starfish we did not use icing, we melted chocolate and dipped the back on them in it.  We also purchased edible eyes to put on the dolphins and starfish.


Sand pudding

Ingredients : instant banana pudding, smashed up sugar cookies, mini shells or crab cookies ( we used cookie cutters to make the shell and crab cookies)

Other Materials: Sand bucket and shovel

Make the pudding according to the package, the amount of pudding needed depends on how many kids you have.  We used 8 packages for about 20 kids

Purchase a package of  sugar cookies.  Place 3-4 in a Zip-Loc bag and roll over it with a rolling-pin until they are all smashed up and looks like sand.  You can also use graham crackers.

Optional: use chocolate molds to make small beach ball, sunglasses chocolates to add to the pudding.

Clean the beach bucket.  Layer pudding, smashed up cookies and shells and crabs until you fill the bucket.  Serve with the shovel.

Beach Jell-O

This is one of the kids favorites








Ingredients: Blue Jell-O, smashed up cookies (sugar or graham crackers), Teddy Graham’s, fish jelly candy, colored fruit roll up

Other Items: clear plastic cups and drink umbrella

Make Jell-O according to the package. Fill the cups a little less than half way fill.  Place them in the refrigerator to let them settle a little bit.  Once they are a little settled place the jelly fish inside.  Once Jell-O is completely set, add some of the smashed up cookies.  Also lay a piece of the fruit roll up on top of the cookie crumbs, lay the teddy graham on top and place a drink umbrella in.  Optional add a beach ball or sunglass chocolate using the chocolate mold.

Pigs in a blanket

Buy cocktail franks and wrap them with crescent roll dough, bake at 350 or until golden brown.  You can also buy regular hot dogs (a little cheaper), cut them into thirds and wrap them with the dough.


Luau Punch

We served our punch in a seashell punch bowl

Buy some fresh strawberries and blueberries, wash them, cut strawberries in half.  Place in freezer bag and freeze them. Buy some blue Hawaiian Punch and place in a punch bowl add the frozen fruit.

When you are ready to serve your food and some of your smashed up cookies (sand) on all the cookies as garnish.

We also served watermelon, kids love watermelon


Photo Booth

Photo Booths are so much fun at parties.  They are also very easy to make. They are always the kids first stop when I throw parties.

You need an empty wall or if you are doing your party outside you can use the fence. All of the items we purchased were available at Party City, Amazon and Oriental Trading. Buy a beach themed wall scene and use packing tape to tape it up.  For decorations we purchased two blow up palm trees, cut out shark mouth.  What’s a photo booth without props.  We used grass skirts, straw hats, leis, large sunglasses, beach balls, beach buckets, coconut bras and shovels.  The kids had a blast picking out items for their picture.


We purchased a limbo stick and played the limbo with the kids ( Song Choice Limbo Rock)

Freeze Dance ( play music while the kids dance, when the music stops the kids have to stop dancing.  If someone is moving after the music stops they are out.  Last kid standing wins)

Musical Chairs

Conga Line

Outside Shaving Cream Twister.  Play the game Twister the usual way but have shaving cream on each of the colored circles.  Messy but fun.

Water Balloon or Water Gun Fight

Arts and Crafts 

Sand Art

Temporary Tattoos (summer themed)

Goodie Bags

If you are having a birthday party and need a goody bag idea, purchase small beach buckets, fill with a pair of sunglasses, bubbles, candy or goldfish

Overall, Luau parties are a great theme for a party. Throw one to bring in the beginning of summer, to end summer or as a birthday party.  I recommend this party for ages 5-12