Thank you Evite® for sponsoring this Evite® Influencer Program: Fab Five Yes to Summer Series.
Let’s face it, once you become a parent, summers are for kids. I remember being so excited when summer started when I was a child. I’ve been saying yes to summer for as long as I can remember and even though my kids are still pretty young, they are excited about summer too. My years of late nights, long weekend getaways to the beach and hanging out on the stoop (the porch for those of you from the burbs) are long gone. My early summers were always spent in Jamaica. My later summers were spent going to the beach, having picnics or riding the train to Coney Island or the Village. And my summers just before kids were filled with all kinds of single twenty something years old fun.
But now I’m living this mama life and my yes to summer is all about my kids. I want them to have the same fun summers I had. If only my mom would move to Jamaica so she could keep them all summer long but in the meantime, my kids are ready to have some fun. While we do have a few trips planned and a week of camp, most of our summer will be spent enjoying the outdoors.
5 Ways Kids Say Yes to Summer
Picnics & Parties
We kicked off the summer with friends at an end of school year block party hosted by a parent from our school. It was good old fashioned fun. He roasted a pig, we bought sides and the kids enjoyed the day in a bounce house, playing tag and riding bikes. We left for bedtime but we plan to stay for the next movie night on the lawn.
Ice Cream & Treats
What says summer more than ice cream does? Leave it to the hubs and kids and we would be eating ice cream for breakfast. There is no doubt we will enjoy many ice cream dates over the coming months. No one is complaining about this at all. Mama will just have to skip a few cones or pay the price in the gym later. Don’t forget other fun treats. Zoe totally enjoyed bobbing for donuts at a party last week. Throw a little caution to the wind and enjoy a few treats thus summer.
We will most definitely spend many summer mornings at the playground. This could be the traditional playground, a splash pad or even our favorite park which has a playground and a pool. And when it’s too hot out, we have a few favorite indoor play places to enjoy too.
Zoe is so excited about our vegetable and flower gardens. She is up bright and early each day ready to weed, water and prune. I love that she is really into gardening and anxiously awaiting her crop. Every day she asks when we will get to eat the cucumbers or tomatoes. Talk about a lesson in patience for an impatient 4-year-old.
Festivals & Fairs
There is always a festival going on. From art to books to food fest, we can always head out for a few hours to enjoy open air fun. Face painting is a must when we go to a festival. And once the fair comes to town later in the summer, an unlimited wristband is a must for our kids.
No matter the activity, we will say yes to summer very early each day. The goal is always to get back home in time for a nap and before the heat and humidity really kick in. Plus to beat the crowd. Even if your kids no longer nap, earlier is always better. And of course, it is perfectly ok to say yes to summer by just chilling out at home. Sometimes quiet days at home are the best.
We designed the perfect Evite® invitation for our upcoming Summer Shindig with family and friends. I love that we can create invitations for more than just birthdays using Evite®. Plus we get to add photos from our event all on our private sharing feed attached to our invitation. I discovered this neat feature thanks to the many preschool birthday parties we attended during the year. Wonders never cease. LOL.
One more thing, be sure to say yes to a few kid-free days, weekends or events.
Now it’s your turn to say yes to summer by entering for a chance to win a $500 Visa Gift Card from Evite®. That a lot of bbq, face paint and ice cream money. No kid would ever say no to that. And no mom would say no to spending that gift card on a kid free shopping spree. LOL. Good luck and Happy summer friends.
Check out how the rest of the Fab Five is saying Yes to Summer 2017:
Kita: Yes to Summer Fitness
Mimi: Yes to Summer Entertaining
LaShawn: Yes to Summer Party Photography
Bernetta: Yes to Camp Free Summers
MarshaJune 1, 2017 at 9:11 AM
Oh summers as a kid were so much fun! I also spent a lot of summers in Jamaica with family. Now, not so much lol! My kids generally go to camp during the summer but we also do other fun things like the pool. And every now and again I get away for a kid-free vacation. It’s so needed!
M JJune 1, 2017 at 11:31 AM
Our summers in Jamaica were so much fun. I can still remember so many of the fun things we did on the island. I really need my kids to experience that.
Styled By OmiOmyJune 2, 2017 at 2:48 AM
Now this list will fill the entire Summer with entertainment for the family. Great ideas!
M JJune 5, 2017 at 6:43 PM
Thanks Omi. Enjoy your summer.
Mimi GreenJune 2, 2017 at 8:09 AM
These are always my family and I like to say yes the summer. Ice cream treat my favorite.
M JJune 5, 2017 at 6:42 PM
I know you love your “fat snacks” lol. Cheers to the summer.