Tips For Staying Organized In The Summer

It’s easy to let the house become disorganized in the summer. With the kids and their friends in and out all day, games and toys being played with and needing to stay out and all the clothes and gear from camp and being outdoors, it’s easy to just throw your hands up and say forget it! But summer doesn’t have to be a time of disorganization and throwing the rules out the window. Summer is the perfect time to ease in to new ways for the kids to help and teach (or re-teach) how to keep the house in order.

Whether you’re planning family time into your summer or putting together family vacation plans being organized is probably the easiest way to make it through the heat and humidity. Join me at Enough Time Moms to learn, share and discuss how you keep your family and home organized in the summer without losing your sanity.

Disclosure: I am a compensated blogger for Enough Time Moms. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Make Room For Family Time This Summer

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No alarm clocks waking the kids, endless sleepovers, camp, swimming and fun pretty much defines summer. Although, for many summer can be as scheduled and busy as the school year. Either way, we’re once again left with few opportunities to just hang out as a family. You dont’ need a staycation or a fun-filled family vacation to make family time a priority.

So how to get started planning family time into your summer? Join me at Enough Time Moms to learn, share and discuss ways to create summer fun around family focused time.

Disclosure: I am a compensated blogger for Enough Time Moms. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Vacation Planning: Tips For Dining Out

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One of my biggest vacation planning challenges is what to do about food. While we’re very fortunate not to have major allergy or sensitivity issues, just the entire food part can be trying at times. Even if you’re planning a Disney World Vacation, the options start to get overwhelming very fast. What’s worse is when you’ll be “winging it” when it comes to food.

On my trip to Italy, we had a number of meals included so that cut down on a lot of the planning. But for those meals on our own, the choices quickly became overwhelming. (which is why it was good to have a gelato stand every few blocks!)

As the featured blogger on Enough Time Moms I share with you some tips and tricks for helping to make dining out while on vacation more manageable. I know many of you have come up with plans that work for your family and I’d love to hear how you take the stress out of dining out while traveling.

Disclosure: I am a compensated blogger for Enough Time Moms. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Sara

Getting Organized For Summer

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If BabyGirl was in charge of summer planning, we’d been running hither and yon like crazy people. I think she circled 32 classes she’d like to take. And, well, that’s not gonna happen! But I’m one step ahead and I’m getting organized for summer so I’m not exhausted. Moms get a summer vacation too, right?

Today on Enough Time Moms I share with you tips on how to keep your sanity while staying organized in the summer. Hop over and let me know how you keep sane when the kids are out of school!

Disclosure: I am a compensated blogger for Enough Time Moms. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sara Hawkins

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Budget Friendly Summer Fun, Is It Possible?

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When I was a kid there were no big family trips. No amusement parks. I’m not whining or complaining, just stating facts. We weren’t the camping type of family and we didn’t have the money to take major trips.

My mom always found a way to get my brother and me to scout camp though. I remember looking through the brochure and figuring out which week I was going to go. My brother and I went different weeks. That alone was like a vacation. For as much as I love my brother now, we were constantly at each other during the summers of our youth. Fortunately for my mom, she worked full time.

Now that I’m a mom, summer activities are a big concern for me. As a homeschooler, for me summer is just more time to learn. But in the paradigm of kid activity, summer is high tide. Activity overload, overloaded. There are entire magazines devoted to sleep-away summer camps. And oh, boy, are some of them pricey!

Sleep away camps? Let’s just say that’s not happening! Sure, I went to sleep away camp for the first time when I was 7. But I had been getting myself to and from school by myself since I was 5. And, well, truth be told, I’m not ready for BabyGirl to go yet. There, I said it! I’m trying to psych myself up for when she is accepted into the youth symphony and has to go on the overnight retreat. I need a few months, so just go with me on this.

Day camps aren’t cheap either. One of the camp I wish I could go to, I mean send BaybGirl to, is $795 for a week. Well, not really a week, week. Rather it is 6 hours for 4 days and then 3 hours for the 5th day. So you don’t have to do the math, that’s about $88 per hour. For $88 an hour, when she’s done BabyGirl better be able to get a part time job! That being said, she won’t be doing that camp this summer.

We do a lot throughout the year, so for us summer is a time when I look forward to less activity. BabyGirl will be on a summer recreational swim team and she’ll attend a week of music camp. There may be one or two other scheduled camps but at $200 – $300 per week it’s expensive.

I was talking with my friend, Sally, at lunch about this. We figured that summer activities for the kids would run about $1,000. That’s crazy! OK, maybe not, but I can’t imagine where a family with a few kids would come up with several thousand dollars for summer activities.

As a frugalista, I’m into finding quality activities that fit my budget. One of the biggest changes I’m making this year is that I’m looking to the city aquatics program for our summer swim rather than the private swim program. I’ve researched it and have heard good things. And for 1/4 the price, I think we can manage for 7 weeks.

We’re pretty fortunate to live about a mile from a terrific community college that offers a summer Kid’s College program with activities that range from art and theater to math and engineering. The classes are very reasonable and are kept small to allow the kids to both learn and have fun.

And although we don’t have a pool, we have a very gracious neighbor who extends an open invitation for us to come over and swim. Some days it’s just nice to know we can go over there and BabyGirl can play with a friend and I can have adult conversation.

I know there are many options to use our garden membership and museum passes, making for inexpensive summer fun. There is always the Stuffington Bear Factory and Cerreta Candy Company, both of which are free and pretty decent. And indoors!

It is possible to have a budget friendly summer with kids at home. It take planning, something I’m probably late to doing right now. And it takes the understanding that fun can be had at home too. Even if it means ones house will likely be covered with glitter by time August rolls around.

How do you plan for summer in your home? I know y’all have great suggestions on how mom can avoid going insane because the kids are bored.

Sara