How We Enjoy Summer Without Leaving Home

How We Enjoy Summer Without Leaving Home


It’s summer, which means I spend my days trying to walk the delicate balance between keeping my cool inside in the AC and encouraging my girls to seize the day and enjoy the great outdoors. I don’t know about you but I overheat pretty easily. Luckily, so does my oldest; she’s usually the one to tell me she’s hot and it’s time to go inside (score!). Thankfully, I’ve discovered the fun #PerrierFlavors to help keep me cool and refreshed this summer. I know some moms feel like they need to constantly entertain their kids or keep them on-the-go all summer but not this mom. Here are some ways we enjoy summer without leaving home.

Backyard Fun

Our backyard isn’t the nicest, fanciest place ever but we have a screened trampoline that my husband scored at an amazing price for Christmas last year, a play house we bought pre-loved from a Facebook yard sale group, a pink picnic table my husband built for our girls, swings, and a mini-slide. My backyard gets a lot of shade in the mornings so it’s a fun place for the girls to hang out while I sip on my beverage of choice.

Rocking Chairs

Although the backyard is full of fun, my girls spend most of their time playing in the driveway and front yard. We have two rocking chairs on my front porch and they like to sit, rock, and watch the cars drive by. When they’re not rocking, I usually sit, enjoy a treat, and watch them play. The best part about our rocking chairs is that they’re under a shaded porch and my husband just installed a ceiling fan out there! He’s so handy.

Neighborhood Strolls

Before it gets too hot, we like to load up in our double stroller and talk a stroll around the neighborhood. Our subdivision isn’t huge, so we can cover the whole place and be back in about 15 minutes. They like the ride and I like that it gives me much-needed exercise. Admittedly, this isn’t something we do nearly as often as we should (since it gets so hot in Georgia), but it’s always a fun time!

Water Play

A couple years ago I scored a water table for $12 at the end of the season and it was the best purchase ever. My kids love it. We also set up my girls’ kiddie pools and set up their mini slide to go in it. My girls are water babies all the way. I usually hang out in the shade to watch, while cooling off with a refreshing beverage.

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Speaking of refreshing beverages, did you know that Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water comes in a lot of fun new flavors? Growing up, I remember my dad drinking the lemon flavor all the time. I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have any at home; he loved it. Not really loving lemon flavored drinks (except lemonade from time to time), I never really gave it a try. Now that there are fun flavors like Watermelon and Strawberry, though, I decided to give it a whirl! I love that it’s sugar and calorie-free! Check out all of the #PerrierFlavors!

How are you spending your summer? Tell me in the comments below!

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34 Comments

    • Shannnon
      July 3, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      You should try it!

  1. June 30, 2017 / 1:35 am

    Looks like you have a great set-up and the perfect refreshing drink!!

    • Shannnon
      June 30, 2017 / 8:31 am

      We do! Bring the girls and come hang with us!

  2. June 29, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I can’t wait to try the watermelon flavor!

    • Shannnon
      June 29, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      I hope you love it!

  3. June 28, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    I usually spend my summer planning for getaways that typically don’t happen. LOL. I love your ideas!

    • Shannnon
      June 28, 2017 / 11:58 pm

      Hahaha! We have that in common!

  4. xokerry
    June 28, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    These look so yummy! Is there sugar in them? We love spending time outside too (when it’s not hot, cuz #preggo). Parker’s favorite is her water table and pool.

    • Shannnon
      June 28, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      No sugar! Zero calories!

  5. June 28, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    These are all such great ideas! Thank you!

    • Shannnon
      June 28, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  6. June 28, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    I am obsessed with flavoured fizzy water right now. This is next on my list now! Thanks!

    • Shannnon
      June 28, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Ooh yeah you should totally try it then!

    • Shannnon
      June 28, 2017 / 8:47 am

      Thanks! It’s a great one!

  7. June 28, 2017 / 1:06 am

    I love sparkling water and these photos are so cute!

    • Shannnon
      June 28, 2017 / 1:17 am

      Aw thanks, girl!! xo

  8. lilflowermama
    June 27, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    I hear you about hot temps and I love these mini cans definitely a fav especially with a splash of vodka after the kiddos go to bed!

    • Shannnon
      June 27, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      Yasssss girl. Yes.

    • Shannnon
      June 27, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      You’re excused. Enjoy! 😉

  9. makeamomsmile
    June 27, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    The sparkling water looks so refreshing. Love your stay home fun ideas, I am going to keep them in mind for summer break

    • Shannnon
      June 27, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      Thanks, girl! Have a fab summer!

  10. June 27, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    I love Perrier, how did I not know about Watermelon flavor?! Going to try it, thanks!!!

    • Shannnon
      June 27, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      I didn’t until just recently either! There’s Strawberry, too!

  11. June 27, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    My girls are COMPLETE water babies, too. What a great water table find! And this sparkling water looks like the perfect refreshing treat after a summer afternoon of water play. 🙂

    • Shannnon
      June 27, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      Water tables are the BEST!!

  12. June 27, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    I love your blog!!!

    • Shannnon
      June 27, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Hi! Thank you SO much!!

  13. June 27, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    I’m addicted to sparkling water, can’t live without it. It helped me to cut my soda habit and I actually stopped drinking soda altogether. It’s been great! I love these flavored perrier too, one of my favorites!

    • Shannnon
      June 27, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      That’s awesome! Yes, it definitely helps curb soda cravings!!

  14. June 27, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Our summer is a lot of pool, eating on the patio, heading to the mountains and a few trips!!

    • Shannnon
      June 27, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      That sounds perfect!

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