This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Excelsior Wines for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

My kids may be little, but they go to school 5 days a week, so summer vacation is a big change in routine and schedule for us! Plus, the warm (read: HOT) weather begs to be enjoyed, and the anticipation of a new sibling is exciting too. 

Everything is different now that school is out! And I’m pretty pumped about it. 

Moms be like: It's SUMMER VACATION!

How are we going to celebrate? Here are 5 fun ways to celebrate Summer Vacation.

  1. Have some lazy pajama days. There’s no school, so if we don’t have somewhere to be, who’s to say we can’t break all the rules, stay in pajamas all day, watch movies and eat popcorn, build forts with all of the pillows and blankets, and have ice cream for dinner?
  2. Go on vacation! One of my mama friends is taking a trip to Legoland with her kids, and another is going to spend lots of time on the beach. We are going to a beach for a few days of vacation in a couple of weeks, and I cannot wait to soak up the ocean sounds while my kids splash in the freezing cold west-coast waves. 
  3. Get outdoors early in the day. During the school year, the kids are only home in the afternoons during the week, and here, it’s often wayyyy too hot to really do anything enjoyable outside by then. I’ve loved being able to take the kids to neighborhood parks early in the day, and let them play until they’re hungry for lunch. It’s a great way to begin our days!
  4. Do mama-led activities and explore local attractions. My kids are super excited about home-summer-school, which basically means anything I plan for us to do during the day. We have done cooking projects, some educational lessons, and a couple of crafts together so far, and I’ve made a list of local activities to do (museums, hikes, parks, and so on) so that when we’re feeling adventurous, we can choose one and GO! 
  5. Have play dates with friends. It’s hard to get together during the school year sometimes, with other people’s nap schedules conflicting with our cranky-time and dinner-prep… (MY kids don’t nap anymore, so I HAVE to prep dinner earlier than a lot of people so we can get them into bed before they turn into wild savages.) But during the summer, there’s a lot more flexibility with a bunch of that, so it’s easier to get together. The kids are full of energy and craving the interaction they usually get at school, and we mamas get to chat and catch up with each other. 

Last week, I hosted a summer celebration play date with a couple of friends at a park near my house. A few more families were planning to come, but one was stranded with car trouble, and a couple more had sick kids…even in the summer, life happens. Still, we had a good time!

I brought some Excelsior Wines , which you can buy at your local grocery store, for my girl friends to enjoy, and a water bottle for me since I’m pregnant. The kids played in the sand, climbed the playground structure, colored, and talked with each other. 

Playdates + wine = winning

Their thoughts on the Chardonnay?
“Crisp, clear, fruity, & refreshing. Bold start, light fruity finish.”
“Sweet, a bit of a bite. Buttery, zesty.”

And the Cabernet/Merlot?
“Delicious! Very fruit forward and light for a cab/merlot. Nice easy finish.”
“Sweet, hints of flowery… light, nice after. Stronger aroma.”

I also made some fun and easy cocktails. This one is SO bright and fresh for summer!

I left out the sugar, and added a couple of drops of liquid Vanilla Stevia instead – worked like a charm. 

There are lots of other delicious-sounding Frontera Cocktail Recipes too – something for everyone. They’re easy to make and don’t require any crazy ingredients, and they’d be a great thing to serve at Memorial Day or Independence Day gatherings – you don’t just have to stick to beer for those.

Which would you try first?

We did go back to our yard for a few minutes together, but it was getting close to nap time / dinner time and the littler kids were starting to break down… the bigger kids could’ve played all evening, I’m sure! 

What are your favorite ways to celebrate Summer Vacation?

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16 Comments on 5 Ways to Celebrate Summer Vacation

  1. Samanta says:

    Nice share! I really can’t wait for summers to try the cocktail:) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Krystal says:

    Lazy pajama days are the best! I love relaxing and enjoying a nice cold glass of white wine on a weekend.

  3. Emerald says:

    Cheers to a wonderful summer! I love your idea for staying in pajamas all day!

  4. Carol Bryant says:

    I know my friend is a teacher and has been counting the days til summer vacay and now we get to celebrate. Woot woot

  5. Laura funk says:

    Yay for school being out and yay for wine! Great tips too

  6. the wheelchair mommy says:

    It’s a must to get outdoors early in Texas. Love a new cocktail!

  7. Shauna says:

    I agree with every single one of these. In our house the Summer is filled with soccer camp, swim team, movies, pj’s and tons of movie nights and sleep overs. Every now and then, Hubby sleeps on the couch so all three kids can sleep with me 🙂 HA! It’s these memories, right?

  8. These are all great suggestions! I am all about pajama day, and think I just may try that tomorrow!

  9. I do not drink but these sound really good! I totally agree with why summer is a great time of the year!

  10. Lorane says:

    Summer Vacations are the best! I’m trying to go outdoor more but it is a struggle .. its so hot and uncomfortable. This Wine looks perfect for a hot Summer Day

  11. I love number one the best! I love pajama days! These are all fantastic ideas and I’m going to try every one of them with my kids!

  12. Lisa Nolan says:

    I am so refreshed after reading your post and looking at your drinks! I also enjoyed your summer tips, especially pajama day!

  13. jeaniNe says:

    These are some awesome ideas. I love the lazy pajama days. I can do those.. Often:)

  14. Summer is my favorite season! I plan on playing plenty of golf and hanging around the pool as much as I can. 🙂

  15. Tamara says:

    I plan to do all of these things! If you can believe it, our summer vacation hasn’t started yet. Next Wednesday. I certainly have big plans for outdoors mornings, vacation, ice cream and lazy pajamas days too!

  16. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I am so happy that my kids last day of school is on Friday. Bring on the lazy days of summer.

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