5 Life Hacks for Having an Easy Breezy Summer with the Kids

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When it starts to get sweaty, let cooler heads prevail with some easy ways to beat the heat.

For most of us the summer is a really busy time: lots of birthday parties and swim lessons and vacations. It’s the time of year we really look forward to because we get to spend more time in the folding chair on a beach. If we’re lucky.

It’s about to heat up, uncomfortably so in some places. Many families are planning getaways and jump in the pool on a regular basis, all of which we recommend, but if you are in between any of those shady spots, add in these simple backups to defend against crankiness. For kids or adults.

Freeze your Fruit. Put your grapes or your cubed watermelon in the freezer, try strawberries and kiwi blended up and poured into an ice-cube tray for freezing, or if you want to be more traditional about it, use a popsicle mold. Make sure they eat that outside with their hands, preferably in a bath suit so you can just turn the hose on them afterwards!

Water Balloons. If your kids are old enough, you have to do it at least once. Toss is fun, but full-on guerilla-style water balloon combat is the most fun. Throw some squirt guns in there, because, why wouldn’t you? Make sure you pick up all the pieces and dispose of them properly since they are a choking hazard for babies and animals.

Spray Bottle. Whether you are camping high in the pines or just hanging around the house, having a spray bottle of clean water around is a really easy way to stay cool and energetic. Just a little spritz to your face or all over is all it takes. You can even put a few drops of lavender or mint essential oil and shake it up well before you use it.

Mister. If you want to get crazy and take it to the next level, you can get some simple attachments that run misting lines off your back porch, RV awning, or any other overhang. This will seriously keep your kids entertained for hours at a time, and it uses very little water.

Cold Soup. A total mom secret weapon. Throw some greek yogurt, a few avocados, a fist full of basil and a pinch of salt and pepper in the blender, thin it with a little milk or soy milk and stick it in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Take it out and re-blend (you don’t want it frozen, just really cold). For the grownups top it off with a little salsa and you’ve basically just given everyone savory ice cream for dinner.

If everyone is comfortable, the family time is memory-making, even when the temps are into the third digits. Don’t forget your sunscreen (no matter what color you are) and have a really enthusiastic and adventurous summer.