The last days of summer are coming to a close… have you planned your End of Summer Hoorah?
There are so many things I love about summertime…
Don’t tell the kids, but to tell the truth, my very favorite aspect of summer isn’t all of the extra free time, it’s the sleeping-in in the mornings! (No matter what time of the year it is, I go to sleep at the same time, so the amount of sleep I get really depends on my wake up time and it’s crazy what that extra hour and a half of sleep will do for my well-being and motivation. I’m definitely the type of girl who needs her sleep!)
So, you might ask, why am I up at 6:05 am on a summer morning – when it’s barely even light outside and I could still be snuggled up under the covers?
Well – We’ve got some awesomely fun plans for today and I’ve got to get my daily work and a few errands out of the way and then the kids and I are headed out for a last summer hoorah!
Since the kids mostly stayed home with me for the summer, (last year I had them alternating weeks at a camp that kept them very busy) I had a goal of doing a little something with them every day. Simple activities like going to the park, the library, scavenger hunts, various crafts, and misc. projects in the kitchen. (Read more about our 30 days of summer fun here.) The primary goal of these little activities (most of them were 30 minutes or less) was to just have a bit of uninterrupted quality time with the kids. (RE: no electronic distractions.) I have to say, I did a pretty good job of sticking to our plan.
The kids showed me a fun video they found over on the Gabe & Garret’s YouTube channel. After watching all the fun they had in the video, the kids wanted to plan their own last summer hoorah for the family. Sounded great to me! I let them choose the day and gave them a few options of how we could celebrate the last few days of summer. After a brief planning session, the kids opted to have an ice cream pool party at our neighborhood pool. (Definitely a great choice, IMO!)
I’m so happy they made it easy for me, and I headed over to Walmart to pick up all the essentials for a fabulous ice cream pool party: snacks, more sunscreen, pool toys and noodles, a variety of hand-held cream treats and of course my favorite Wet Ones® Hand Wipes to clean up all of the sticky ice cream fingers!
Wet Ones® Hand Wipes are America’s #1 Hand Wipe* and I always try to keep a package in my handbag and in the car for all our on the go activities. Not only do the wipes kill 99.99% of germs, but thanks to the aloe formula in each wipe, they are easy on the skin, for even the littlest of hands. (*#1 claim based on scan data for 52 weeks ending 6/17/17.)
Do you have a last summer hoorah planned? If so, be sure to grab this Ibotta offer for two packages of Wet Ones® Hand Wipes to help clean up sticky hands and fingers for all your on the go activities. The savings offer is buy 2 Wet Ones® Hand Wipes, and earn $1.00. Even better, use the offer more than once and you can earn an extra $0.25 when you redeem it two or more times at Walmart. You never know when you might run into your next sticky situation!
Now it’s your turn! Do you have your End of Summer Hoorah planned? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.