Raise your hand if your Summer Break begins THIS WEEK...
WOOHOO!! Mine too! My class is already wrapped up for the summer and Addie has her last day of K3 preschool on Thursday. Tear...
As excited as I am for summer to begin, I am also a little worried about how we will fill our days. The kids are all in such a great routine right now...I hate to give that up, especially since Addie thrives on routine and CONSTANT activity. She knows Mondays are ballet, Tuesdays and Thursdays are preschool, Wednesday and Fridays are free days or stay-at-home days and of course the weekends are fun with Daddy days!!
And that part will actually stay the same. Eric's work lightens up in the summer, which means lots of quality family time (most of which will probably take place in the camper. Ha!).
But we also have quite a social calendar this summer too with lots of birthday parties, graduation parties, holiday parties, firework shows, parades, festivals, etc. Our summer weekends are filling up FAST and June isn't even hear yet!!
Most of us think that summer is a time for things to slow down but if you ask me, I think Summer is just as busy as the holidays!! On the weekends anyway. Weekdays, however, are a different story. Especially if you have kids home with you ALL. DAY. LONG. that are constantly asking you, "What are we going to do today, Mom?"
So when the author of this fabulous eBook called, 100 Days of Summertime contacted me about doing a review, I was sold!! Well actually...I was sold at, "Hi! I am the author of 100 days to Christmas"...but whatever :-)
I honestly couldn't wait to download this book and check out all the awesome ideas it had for keeping organized this summer, adjusting routines and schedules, making the most of your summer and days home and of course...planning for the school year to come. Jennifer has covered it all my friends!! She's done the hard work for you, and now all you have to do is follow along each day!!
I would love to share all of the details of my favorite days with you, but that would take all the fun out of following along with the book yourself! So instead, I will just share some of the things I was VERY happy to see throughout the book.
Calendars, Schedules, Routines & Responsibilities:
What I love most about this book is that right from the first page, Jennifer has you planning and getting organized for the summer. She recommends having a home binder just for the summer, although if you already have a Home Management Binder in the works...the summer can just take over a new tab or add to the ones you already have.
I seriously get made fun of all the time for having a Home Management binder and my friend Chelsi asked me just the other day if I still use it. And the answer is YES!!!! I use that binder every single day and Addie is even in a routine of checking her school calendar each day to see what activities they will be doing. This is her little section...
What I am hoping to do is to put together my own monthly calendars with pictures and activities so that she can stay in the routine this summer.
The author suggests that you sit down with your calendar right off the bat to see where your free time is and plan how you want to spend it. This summer, we hope to spend lots of time with friends and family, do some serious camping, make use of our Zoo pass and a do a few home projects (of course). I also have a HUGE task ahead of me and that is potty training Blake. Yikes.
The book also keeps you organized throughout the summer by making you think of Christmas (don't judge) and of the school year ahead!
Fun Days to Celebrate
Of course the book covers all of the great summer holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, etc...but I also love that it covers things like National Ice Cream Day, Watermelon Day, and Strawberry Shortcake Day! Those are such easy opportunities to do something fun with the kids.
When you get all caught up in the craziness of the summer with sports, parties and activities, it's easy to forget to plan for family time. The book suggests all kinds of great family activities, but one of my favorites is a family race day! Jennifer encourages you to find a local charity race that the whole family can participate in. Addie loves wearing her own "running shorts" and I think it would be fun to find a little kids dash for her to participate in.
I could truly go on and on about all the little things I love about this book but like I said before, that would take all the fun out of it for YOU!!! So do yourself a favor and snag a copy of this fabulous eBook today. You can read it on your phone with your Kindle or Nook app, you can save it as a .pdf to your computer or you can print it out and put it in your own binder!!
And the best part is you have a change to win a copy FOR FREE!! Just head on over to the 100 Days of Summertime to enter! You can also follow along with the book all summer long by following 100 Days of Summertime on Facebook!