I’m sharing Febreze in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™
Is it just me or has this year flown by? Somehow, we’re already halfway through! Maybe it’s all the insanity and business that’s made it feel so fast. Or the whole trying to keep up with two kids thing? Either way, warm weather, sunshine, and those wonderful warm summer rainstorms are here. And this summer, I’ve decided to take advantage of the time I have with the boys.
Being present, without screens, without worrying about other plans. THAT’S my biggest summer bucket list item. However, I sat down with H and we decided to come up with a giant list of awesome stuff for us to do this summer. Because I have 13 or less summers left with my oldest. And if these next 13 years fly by as fast as the last 4.5 have? I’m going to feel how much I missed out on.
The Ultimate Summer Bucket List:
(As Created By a 4 Year Old)
- Hunt for fossils in the backyard. (Doing a DIY ice or sand dig out)
- Library story time.
- Go camping at a local campsite.
- Have a camp out at home in the backyard.
- Build a giant living room fort.
- Make ice cream in a bag.
- Have mother + son / father + son $1 movie dates (Tu + Wed at our local Regal theatre).
- Enjoy a picnic.
- Go to a splash pad.
- Treasure hunt along the Boise River.
- Free movies in the park after dark.
- Learn to make a new recipe.
- Find the best ice cream in Boise.
- Hike Table Rock and Camel’s Back Park.
- Make Christmas cookies in July.
- Start a reading chain!
- Run through the sprinklers while eating a popsicle.
- Create a new popsicle flavor!
- Bike the Greenbelt.
- Swim at the pool.
- Visit the Aquarium.
- Try out new local parks to find a new favorite.
- Go bowling.
- Fly a kite.
- Have a water balloon fight!
- Grow a plant from a seed.
- Make art with nature.
- Feed the ducks.
- Go berry picking!
- Build the tallest tower.
- Go down a waterslide.
- Float the Boise River.
- Find the best flowers at the Saturday Farmer’s Market.
- Visit the Butterflies in Bloom at Zoo Boise.
- Be a scientist at The Discovery Center of Idaho.
- Go to a baseball game.
- Play mini golf.
- Grow a butterfly!
- Paint pottery.
- Go fishing.
- Go to the beach.
- Eat an ice cream cone before it melts.
- Play with bubbles.
- Make LOTS of S’mores.
- Stay up late and look at the stars.
- Watch a parade.
- Roll down a hill.
- Eat shaved ice.
- See fireworks!
- Western Idaho Fair.
- Art in the Park.
- Hyde Park Street Fair.
And there you have it! 52 different activities that H and I were able to come up with in the span of an afternoon. Now, I know this seems like a lot for the 12 or so weeks of summer. But don’t stress. These are meant to be fun ideas – EASY and kid friendly summer activities. If you and your kiddos find yourself needing something to do, or needing some inspiration, try something new out!
Kicking off your summer
In the days leading up to Summer break, I’m trying to take advantage of H being in school. I’m getting a TON of work done around the house, and clearing things out that we just don’t need. I have made a bet with myself: everyday I choose one simple project that needs to be done around the house. It might be tackling one of the junk drawers. Or going through the boys closet. I might set the timer for 30 minutes while J is napping to clear out the pantry. (Total disclosure: I did this a few days ago and could NOT believe the amount of food that had expired!).
Febreze ONE Bamboo:
Once I’m done with my daily project, a little spritz of Febreze ONE Bamboo and my job feels done. For the smaller projects, one pump of the nozzle gives me the perfect amount of odor elimination and perks up the space. If I’m working in a bigger area, like the bathroom or garage, I just give the nozzle three pumps for a continuous spray. Plus, it works on both fabrics and and the air. And I’m not just covering up the stale-smells and stink! By using Febreze ONE Bamboo, I’m gently but effectively removing odors. No aerosols, dyes, or heavy perfumes, here! Just the perfect hint of bamboo freshness – perfect for the Summer season.
Taking a few minutes out of my everyday to pick up and clean up around the house has been huge. I am accomplishing something for myself, for the home, and for the better of my family. And because I’m not trying to tackle too much at once, it feels easy and NOT overwhelming. Otherwise, I make these ginormous lists for myself, and sit there in fear and nervousness of what to tackle first and when I’ll find the time.
This method lets me get the small chores out of the way so I can relax and focus on spending QUALITY time with my sons. And that, is honestly my biggest bucket list item this summer!
What’s on your ultimate summer bucket list?!
Let me know what I missed in the comments below!