This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea the opinions and texts are all mine.
Having all four kids home this summer meant constant chaos. Long to-do lists, toys scattered, and the same basket of laundry getting re-washed for the millionth time. As a work at home mom with a Type A personality, I struggle at times to remember to let go, kick back, and have some straight up summer fun.
Too often as moms, we fall into this constant routine that is our life, our home, that may not be picture perfect or internet worthy.
Real life with kids can be challenging but that is evidence of a fulfilling life being well lived. Proof of the actions, learning, fun, and love is taking place in our home.
We are all going to have those days where we are exhausted. Days where our kids are having tantrums or meltdowns. You are going to have days where you feel outnumbered as a parent no matter your family size. This is why it is so important to step back and have fun from your otherwise hectic day!
In the midst of that rough spot, it can be hard to remember that this is ok – this is normal.
We have all been there. So how do you refocus when you are having that day to make the most of your families’ summer fun?
5 Ways to Refocus Your Afternoon
Playing with kids is a great way to keep your home happy! Giving your kids quality interactions with you throughout the day is key to building a strong relationship. Recently we have had a lot of summer fun playing at the pool! My little guy was absolutely fascinated with the sprinklers 🙂
2. Get Out of the House
As the saying goes, “if your kids are bouncing off the walls, remove the walls.” And the same can go for you as a parent. Summer can be a chaotic time, but summer is filled with memories that last a lifetime. So take that break and explore a new environment!
For us, one of our favorite things to do is head to Hy-Vee, our neighborhood grocery store. They have an awesome produce section where we always find something new to try as a family. This summer the kids have been on a mission to try something new for each letter of the alphabet. For R we gave Rooibos Tea from Snapple Straight Up Tea a try! Made from an African red bush plant this Snapple Straight Up Tea is not only caffeine and gluten free, but it’s also made with real sugar so the entire family could enjoy it guilt free!
I love when I go to Hy-Vee and see my Snapple Straight Up Tea variety. Depending on my mood, I can choose one from these flavors: Sweet, Sorta Sweet, Unsweetened, Sorta Sweet Honey Green, and Sorta Sweet Rooibos.
When it comes to getting out of the house you don’t need to go big and make it elaborate, just change the scenery and have fun!
3. Tell a Story
Kids love to hear stories. When I am needing a break from all the chaos this is my favorite trick for reconnecting with my kids. Sit down and tell a story of a memory that brings a smile to your face.
Try enjoying your Snapple Straight Up Tea during story-time, you won’t regret it!
4. Pamper Yourself
Some of my favorite memories of summer are kicking back at the pool with a good book and a glass of ice-cold Snapple Straight Up Tea from Hy-Vee. When I think of relaxing during summer that’s what comes to mind. Now that I have little kids that aren’t quite swimming yet, reading a book at the pool might not be the best of ideas – but I can still crack open my favorite, all-natural, sweet Snapple Straight Up Tea and soak up some sun. When it comes to pampering yourself it’s the little things that matter, so don’t forget to do something for you that takes you to your happy place.
5. Get up and Dance
Seeing my little guy dance is an instant spot of happiness for me. That joy and silliness is contagious! Dancing is also linked to a whole bunch of physical, social, and mental benefits. Researchers have found that dancing leads to more concentration or mindfulness which interrupts negative thoughts, as reported by Psychology Today. Australian writer Vicki Baum once said, “There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.”