Daily Summer Schedule

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It is DAY ONE of our summer and I have some goals, people.

1. My children will not forget everything they learned over the school year
2. My house will be clean
3. My children will not waste the summer watching tv and playing video games
4. We will do fun things and remember them

Soooo, I made them a daily summer schedule. No screens* of any kind until the following have been done:

Daily Jobs –

brush teeth
say prayers
make bed
get dressed/put away pajamas
tidy bedroom
tidy bathroom
tidy living room
comb hair
read 30 minutes
practice math* This is the exception to the rule because it saves a whole lot of paper. My kids like ABCya! and XtraMath
practice piano 30 minutes
free time to play, read, draw, etc. 2 hours

Weekly Jobs – these are spread throughout the week and divided among the kids, some happen daily, others once, twice, or three times per week

tidy rec room
kitchen counters
sweep kitchen
tidy entry
trash + recycling
vacuum bedroom
vacuum rec room
sweep living room
vacuum stairs + hall

We are also hoping to do several activities each week that get us out of the house or help the kids learn/get better at life skills:

national parks
state parks
local parks
library programming
city programming
summer movie express
kids bowl free
swim at the pool
go on a drive
local nature centers
ice cream outings
Smithsonian museums
bake and cook
paint and draw
jobs for hire – I made a list of jobs they can do this summer to earn some money. We will have some lessons about saving, spending, donating, etc.

That TV is such a sneaky time sucker, isn’t it?! “One more show?” “This only has 7 minutes left, can I finish it?”

I don’t want my kids to look back and not really remember what they did all summer. I want them to learn new things, use their imaginations, explore, and progress. We are setting some guidelines and rules about our TV, laptops, phones, and Noa’s DS so we can be sure to get as much life out of this summer as possible.

Do you limit screen time over the summer?

Sun Safety for Kids

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Now that the weather is warming up and the sun is shining my kids want to be out in it! Noa, especially, could spend all day, every day outside. He loves to explore, dig, climb, build, and run. I love that he has such a connection with nature but I do NOT love when he comes in with a burnt neck and hands. As a Melanoma survivor I try really hard to protect my kids from the sun’s harm without scaring them. Here are some ways to increase sun safety for kids!

1. Wear protective clothing and accessories.

If we are going to be out watching soccer games or taking the kids on a hike, I make sure to bring hats, sunglasses, and light jackets if it will be cool enough. We also wear hats, swimsuit cover ups and t-shirts if we are walking to and from the pool.

Rash guards and UVA/UVB blocking swimwear are another great way to cover up while enjoying the sun:

Did you know you can get Melanoma in your eye? You can! Protect your vision by wearing sunglasses when you are outside. I usually stop by the dollar spot at Target for ours but these are super cute, too. I love the black baby aviators!

Hats are great for protecting scalps, ears, necks, and faces from the sun. Kids have thinner hair so their scalps burn more readily than adults. Also, how often to you smear sunscreen on their scalp? Here are some sweet options:

2. Avoid the sun from the hours of 10am-4pm.

This is the time of day when the sun is out, loud and proud. Do yard work in the early morning or early evening. In the summer I often send my kids out right after breakfast and call them in for a snack and some inside time around 10:30. We stay in or run errands after lunch then they can go back out in the later afternoon.

I’m not perfect or super strict about this schedule but I am conscious of it.

3. Wear sunscreen.

-Dermatologists recommend 1 oz of sunscreen to cover the exposed parts of your body. That’s about a shot glass full. Kids can wear a bit less, depending on their size but don’t skimp! Slather it on and take the time to rub it in.

-Choose an SPF 30 or higher that blocks UVA and UVB rays. I buy the highest SPF I can find.

-Apply 15-30 minutes before sun exposure. I always apply it BEFORE we leave for the pool. We have leather seats in our car so I just lay our beach towels across each seat so they don’t get slimed.

-Reapply every 1.5-2 hours and immediately after swimming or sweating.

-If swimming or sweating, choose a water-proof sunscreen.

Here are several great sunscreens for lips, face, and full-body coverage. I especially like the Neutrogena sheer formula for my neck and face:

4. Find or create shade.

Trees, awnings, umbrellas, canopies, tents, etc. Make a habit of looking for the shade and park yourself and your kids in it! Here are some easy shades to invest in:

5. Teach sun safety.

I don’t use scare tactics but I strongly encourage my kids to wear sunscreen to protect their skin. I don’t hide my experience with Melanoma and explain how lucky we are that my doctor caught it early. They know that we are protecting against painful sunburns but also that we are protecting against cancer. They also know the sun gives us Vitamin D and helps us feel happy. We shouldn’t be afraid to go out in, we just need to be smart about it!

Skin cancers are on the rise and the average age for finding is dropping dramatically. The biggest risk factors are light skin/hair/eyes, a family history of skin cancer, and moles on your skin.

HOWEVER: don’t let a darker complexion or tanning easily give you a false sense of security. Dark skin can burn and be damaged by the sun, too. The “pretty” tan is not worth cancer for you or your kids down the road, trust me!

Last, be a good example of sun safety yourself and your kids will follow your lead!

I hope you all have a wonderful spring and summer with lots of time outside!

the ultimate utah summer bucket list

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With  the heat here, we have rounded up over 75 activities for The Ultimate Utah Summer Bucket List so you can make the most of the season. We have even sorted them into price ranges (these are total guesstimates).  Pick some, or if you are brave, all of them and grab your littles and enjoy the sun!

*Activities subject to change hours, pricing or close without notice. They existed at the time this post was published!

Free! (*Some libraries lend passes to the state and national parks and monuments, check your local branch. If not, there are entrance fees.)

  • Check out Cascade Springs
  • Hike the Y
  • Splash Pads
  • Ride Bikes
  • Draw with Sidewalk Chalk
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Run through the sprinklers
  • Fly a Kite
  • Throw a Frisbee in the park
  • Bocce Ball
  • Movies in the Park (Check your local parks!)
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Play Tennis
  • Barbecue with Friends
  • Natural Rock Waterslide in Alpine
  • Stroll down Main Street Park City
  • Have a Picnic
  • Hike Mount Timpanogos
  • City Festivals
  • Drive the Alpine Loop
  • Music in the Park
  • Wheeler Farms
  • Bear Lake (They have amazing hot springs too!)
  • Make Homemade Icecream
  • Play in the fountains at City Creek
  • Get strawberries and cream at Strawberry Days in Pleasant Grove
  • Feel the mist at Bridal Veil Falls
  • Get your Swiss on at Swiss Days
  • Feed Ducks
  • Flaming Gorge
  • See the delicate arch at Arches National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Hike through Canyonlands
  • Camp in Goblin Valley
  • Go to Bryce Canyon
  • Lake Powell
  • Granite Flats Campground
  • Hike to Silver Lake
  • Check out Cedar Breaks
  • Gigal Sculpture Garden
  • $1-10

  • Visit the American West Heritage Center 
  • Hike to Timp Cave
  • Drive in Movies (West Valley City)
  • City Pool
  • Outdoor Plays at the Scera Theater
  • Mini Golf
  • Fishing
  • Tube down the River
  • Plant a Garden
  • Food Truck Roundup
  • Take the Train. AKA Front Runner and explore down town
  • Snow Cones
  • Twilight Concert Series
  • Tour Antelope Island
  • Golden Spike State Park
  • Utah Olympic Park and Olympic Oval
  • Outdoor Ropes Course
  • Provo Beach Resort
  • Clark Planetarium
  • Dinosaur Monument and Dino Land
  • Local Farm Tour
  • Batting Cages
  • $$10-15

  • This is the Place Monument Park
  • Utah’s State Fair
  • Alpine Slide in Park City
  • Tracy Aviary
  • Take a ride on the Heber Creeper (Heber Valley Railroad)
  • Baseball games (Orem Owlz and Salt Lake Bee’s)
  • Hogle Zoo
  • Living Planet Aquarium
  • $$$15+

  • Camp at Zion’s National Park  (tip: check out your local library to rent a park pass!)
  • Lagoooon!!! (Discounted tickets can be found at Deseret Book!)
  • Don’t live in Utah? Come visit!

    What’s on your summer bucket list?!

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