We are halfway through summer, mama; how are you holding up? I may have revised my summer bucket list a few times since the beginning of June. But, with managing our home, raising three kids, and running my blog, I’ve had to settle for my busy reality instead of the fantasy of a relaxed summer dream.
With vacation planning, summer camps, cooking, cleaning, working, and mothering, it can be a lot. Moms everywhere are trying to get everything done, plus squeeze in fun moments with their kids – making more memories at the lake, hosting backyard gatherings, and everything in between.
Even though I realize every mom’s summer may look different, I can’t help but wonder how many of us set high expectations for ourselves, especially moms with younger kids. Well, if you are a seasoned mom like moi over here, you have realized that mom’s coffee mug or wine glass needs to be filled first before she can pour for others. So with that said, let me share my busy mom’s guide to summer with you.
The Busy Mom’s Guide To Summer
- Plant something and watch it grow! If you don’t have a green thumb, go ahead and get a bunch of fresh flowers, mama. Looking at these on your desk or counter will brighten up your day for sure.
- Go for a quick 5-minute walk by yourself.
- Take an extra long shower or soak in the tub.
- Remember, if the kids have been in the pool, technically, it’s a bath. Check one off your daily to-do list.
- Order and eat an ice cream cone with the kids, resume diet the next day.
- Fill your lower cabinets and cupboards with the kid’s snacks, so you don’t have to get up every 5 minutes.
- While you’re at it, place any husband needing items at eye level, too (His eye level).
- Accept that you won’t get everything on your to-do list done each day.
- Stop cleaning the house until September unless you want to do repeat cleaning each day, then do you, mama.
- Get a mani and pedi.
- Order your groceries and have them delivered.
- Netflix and chill, mama. Find yourself a nice show for after the kiddos head to bed.
- Go on a mini road trip—nothing like a change of scenery to shake up the routine.
- Have a day with your girlfriends or bestie.
- Read the back of a book…you know it’s going to be a challenge to read the whole book.
- Date night, do something romantic at home or go out to a new restaurant. Let your partner cook or pick the restaurant.
- Order craft supplies for the kids on a rainy day.
- Treat yourself to that extra cup of coffee or get another glass of wine.
- Block out time to unplug and rest.
- Accept that you can’t do it all, go sit on your porch, and enjoy the sunset.