Author: Whitney Hollingshead
Are you ready for summer? As spring draws to a close, your mind may be racing about all of your summer hopes and goals. Odds are that your summer to do list includes at least one of the five activities listed below. Just follow these helpful hints and get ready to kick back and enjoy the coming season:
I want to plant a vegetable garden.
- Survey your plot and determine how much space you have and figure out how much of that area gets direct sun. This will help you determine what will grow best in your garden.
- Practice watering the plot before you start planting. You can easily pinpoint areas that are not getting enough water and adjust your setup before planting.
- Utilize your local gardening center. Ask the experts about which plants grow best in your area and find out how soon you need to get each vegetable planted.
- Buy your seeds early. You may need to plant earlier than expected and popular varieties may sell out quickly.
- Only plant what your family is going to eat. This applies to not only what to plant, but also how much to plant.
I want to fix up my home/yard.
- Carefully survey your home and yard. What areas need the most attention? Focus on any potential safety hazards first.
- Plan a budget for your projects. Fixing things up always costs more than you expect. Make sure you have more than enough money set aside to see the project through.
- Start watching for sales on tools and supplies you will need. You can also scope out yard sales and secondhand stores. Ask family members, friends, and neighbors if you can borrow a needed tool for a weekend.
- If you are hiring someone to help with your hard or home projects make sure you hire someone reputable. These important tips will help you determine if the person or company you are considering is a safe bet.
I want to have some fun in the sun.
- Stock up now on sunscreen. Make sure you have sweat-proof/waterproof sunscreen available for every member of the family. Put a bottle in the trunk or glove compartment of each car and put a smaller bottle in your purse or diaper bag.
- Review water safety with each family member. Contact your local pool now to enroll children in age appropriate swim lessons. The earlier lessons are completed in the season, the better.
- Make a list of fun outdoor summer activities now. Put your list in a place where you can see it often and start crossing things off.
- Ask family members and friends to share their favorite summer activities and places to visit for additional ideas to add to your list.
- Start planning simple summer meals now. After a day in the sun, the last thing you will want to think about is making dinner. Compile shopping lists to stock up on items for delicious sandwiches, salads, and smoothies.
I want to explore the great outdoors.
- Plan a camping trip that suits your style. Whether it’s a long backpacking trip, a weekend in the mountains, a night at a nearby campground, or sleeping under the stars in your own backyard, put camping on your summer calendar now.
- Research the best local hikes. Choose a few you’d like to complete and add them to your summer calendar.
- Put some scenic drives on your calendar for Sunday afternoons.
- Create a nature photo scavenger hunt for your family to complete. Compile a list of items found in nature in your area and award family members points for taking a picture with each item. This activity can last all summer and the points can be used toward a fun activity at the end of the summer.
I want to go on a summer vacation.
- Book your vacation now. Hotels, flights, and campgrounds can fill up quickly.
- Research your destination and the surrounding areas well ahead of time. This will help you prioritize your itinerary. You can also search for tips and deals that relate specifically to where you are headed.
- Ask a neighbor in advance to keep an eye on your home while you are gone.
- Start setting aside a small amount of spending money for each family member. When you leave on your trip, give each family member spending cash and tell them they can spend it as they wish. This will help cut down on family members asking for souvenirs or extra treats along the way and can even help children learn how to budget their funds. Ice cream now may mean no t-shirt later.
- Do not post anything on social media about the trip before or during your trip. Wait until you are home to post pictures and updates. This will help keep your family, home, and belongings safe.
Whatever you have your heart set on for this summer, make sure you start getting ready now so you can more fully enjoy this summer season!