It has been a rough month and our world is changing. We are focused on what matters most in our lives, and what is essential. What is most meaningful?
In my house, summer is a time to connect with the earth and refill the soul after a chilly winter. The kids are unscheduled, I wear less makeup and we all watch eagerly as our seeds turn into bright flowers and vegetables. Long, lazy days tending lemonade stands and riding bikes make for a (happy) tired family every evening.
Unfortunately, as soon as I crawl, exhausted, into bed, I hear “Mommy!! I can’t sleep…I’m scratchy.. And I have a bug bite… Now there’s a ‘skeedo’ in my room!” This is the point where both of my boys lie in bed with eyes as big as full moons, tracking any potential movement from bedroom insects while they scratch their skin raw from the day’s bites. We have tried mosquito nets, searches to eradicate standing water around the property and crazy citronella scents that simply stain the linens. Ultimately, my fatigue makes me give in to the inevitable – “Mommy may I sleep in your bed?” Followed by: “Mommy I feel scratchy. Can you please scratch hard?”
Yesterday we encountered a different itch-culprit. The boys spend two weeks each summer gliding over the ocean in sailing lessons. I can barely get them to remember their lunch bags, let alone to re-apply sunscreen every hour. By the end of the day, as I was hearing about controlled gybes and seal-sightings, their cheeks were a haute shade of crimson.
Wouldn’t summer be perfect without itch-inducing critters, sunburns, allergies and poison ivy encounters? The late sunsets make sleep difficult enough without the added strain of being kept awake because of feeling ‘scratchy’.
I was giddy to learn about a product that solves the itch issues! Non-stinging BENADRYL® Itch Spray provides fast, effective relief at the source from itchiness and pain. This easy spray contains a topical antihistamine/analgesic and a skin protectant to give you triple action relief that relieves itch, soothes pain, and protects skin.
Bugs will always bite, and sometimes the most diligent sunscreen users get mild sunburns, but we have found our summer miracle! Our bedtime routine still includes books, teeth brushing and backrubs, but we’ve added a fun exercise called ‘zap the scratchies’. Being able to simply spray bug bites and skin irritations with BENADRYL® Itch Spray to relieve those symptoms has made a world of difference to the quality of our family’s sleep.
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Disclosure: This post was made possible by BENADRYL. All opinions and anecdotes are our own.
Summer is a perfect time to facilitate learning through entertainment. Remember being a kid and looking in the encyclopedia when you found a mushroom or learned a bit about physics when your fishing rod broke? Let’s get outside this summer and see what nature will teach us!
15 Summer Activities in Nature
1. Go for a hike! It’s a great way to get some exercise and discover new species at the same time.
2. Build forts made of driftwood on the beach. The kids can learn about structures while having fun scouring the beach for the much needed piece of wood for the roof.
3. Go camping! Whether it be at a site or just the backyard, camping is a great way to get outside and learn about your surroundings.
4. Do some gardening! Get the kids involved and give them a small patch in the backyard to create their own mini garden. They can learn what different species need to survive and have fun choosing the plants for their garden at the same time.
5. Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt! Make a list of things to find, whether it be a pinecone, something yellow, or a leaf the size of your hand and get scavenging!
6. Go geocaching! Teach the kids some navigation skills as they hunt for treasure. You never know, there may be treasure waiting for you right around the corner!
7. Go for a family bike ride. On a trail or through the neighbourhood, biking is a great way to be active in nature.
8. Go berry picking! Everyone can do it and afterwards the family can learn how to make a delicious treat incorporating the berries.
9. Fly a kite! You can get crafty and make your own or you can by one at the store. Either way, kite flying is a great family activity.
10. Have a neighbourhood game of soccer! Get the whole neighbourhood involved and play this simple yet fun game in your front yard or the park. You will be teaching the kids about teamwork in a way that just seems like fun and games.
11. Decorate the sidewalk with chalk! The kids can unleash their creativity while enjoying the great outdoors.
12. Take out your camera and go outside for some outdoor photography. Get some shots of your favorite plants and animals to use in a scrapbook!
13. Scavenge the beach for shells and sea glass to use in an art project of the kid’s choosing. Their creativity will not be lost over the summer with projects like these.
14. Go kayaking or stand up paddle boarding! Get outside and breath in the ocean air! Perseverance is taught (especially if it’s your first time) and the health benefits are endless!
15. Set up the sprinkler on those particularly hot summer day’s and watch the endless hours of enjoyment begin.
The Anteater Bug Vac is certain to make sure they get hours of fresh air. This baby anteater has an appetite for collecting all kinds of insects and bugs. Lucky you mom. (You might want to invest in some jars with holes in the lids!) With the touch of a button, you can quickly and safely gather up bugs to observe in the anteater’s removable belly chamber. After you’re done viewing the bugs, please try to encourage your kids to release them back into their habitats unharmed… Note to kids: bedrooms are not their natural habitat. ($29.95, Ages 6+) www.mastermindtoys.com