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It’s that time of the year when families start scrambling to get ready. Kids need to be signed up for sports, supplies need to be purchased, and you can’t forget to sign up for the carpool schedule. Yes, I’m talking about back-to-school. If you’re anything like me, as the school years gets closer, you might feel as though you didn’t get to do everything you had hoped to do over the summer. And then it hits you like a bag of bricks that you NEED to squeeze some quality time in before the chaos of the new school year begins. Well, have no fear! There’s still a wee bit of time left to make some meaningful memories. Here are a just a few simple ideas to make the most of that precious time that’s left of summer.

1. Spend a night, as a family, in the kitchen cooking together:
Kids LOVE to cook, but most of the time we don’t bother offering to let them do it. It’s a simple way to help your little ones feel proud of the creation they’ve made, and it also allows you the opportunity to give them praise for a job well done! Here’s a simple and delicious recipe that your kids will love to make…and EAT!

2. Go to a drive-in movie:
Bring pillows and blankets to make it more comfy. Don’t forget your healthy sprouted snacks! And enjoy a good movie snuggled up with each other

3. Have a backyard campout:
Take the traditions of camping and bring them into your backyard. Set up a tent, roast some marshmallows over a fire, sing songs, and sleep under the stars. And don’t forget to have a tickle war before bed!

4. Spend a day working together for a bedroom makeover:
To highlight the fact that your children are, most likely, feeling a bit older as they head into the next grade, help them create a place that matches this stage in life. Paint the walls, rearrange their furniture, or bring in new pieces of wall art; something to refresh and rejuvenate their space.

You get the picture here. Once the summer is over, it’s full speed ahead, and sometimes it’s the most simple of moments that mean the world to your children. Next week, let’s talk about back-to-school and ways to get creative with lunches!

-Shani