5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Have Late Summer Fun

Summer isn't over until it's over. And that is not now! Here are our favorite budget-friendly ways to make the best of late summer. #DanimalsDoesSummer #AD

Make no mistake – summer isn’t over until it’s over.

If we’re being really honest, summer isn’t over until late September! Since we tend to go by the school year, and the ways of the New England cold winds, summer pretty much ends after Labor Day. Right now, though? The heat is rising and the air-conditioning is on! There’s a cold Danimals in Des’ hand and we’re plotting out, not our next road trip, but our next TWO road trips. That’s right – we’re enterprising summer-goers. It’s not over until the kids are in school, the sad end of summer songs are on the radio, and my favorite ice cream shop is closing its doors until April. Let’s not talk about that yet, though!

So put away your pencils and your books for now! (unless you’re Scarlet – she reads and writes all summer long!)

1 – Get wet! You don’t have to go to the beach or even the pool. Our town is rife with swimming holes, and we also have fun with our hose! I remember running through neighbors’ sprinklers as a kid! Especially ones close to the sidewalk.

2 – Get in the garden! As I write this, my daughter is watching a butterfly hatch and my son is collecting green beans from the garden. This is an immersive, economical way to pass the time, learn a few things, and get food to eat too!

3 – Have a lemonade stand. Not only do we throw pretty epic ones, but Scarlet and Des helped out at a friend’s stand last week and even earned some money! This is another fun, immersive learning experience. And you might turn a profit!

4 – Have a family game night. Don’t groan! This is actually super fun and leads to fits of laughter.

5 – Have a picnic. Bring cold foods to cool down! We get the Dannon ® Danimals® Yogurt Smoothies Strawberry Explosion® 12 pack from Walmart. Special note: it needs to be refrigerated! My kids are in love with these!

We love these long and hot days of summer, and we find we’re always on the go. Sports practices have already started, and Des has kindergarten play dates. Scarlet and Des both have camp, and our weekends are filled with fun road trips. We have all kinds of adventures planned. Danimals are great. The kids love the taste (and I do too) and we love the convenience of packing them for camp or in coolers for picnics and road trips. And they have great nutrition too!

Danimals dairy products are also a good source of calcium and vitamin D to help kids build their strong bones and regulate their muscle function. I mean it when I say that we go through our 12-packs quite happily and conveniently!

What do you do for fun in the late summer?

7 Summer Date Day/Night Ideas With Your Spouse

Red Roof sponsored this post but all opinions expressed are my own.

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One of the things Cassidy has always loved about me is my ability to be a kid at heart and have spontaneous fun.

It’s my ability to seek and cultivate wonder, fun and a sense of humor too. In truth, it’s something I love about him too. I remember when we first met and would follow all of our whims. We’d go on dates, sleep in the next morning, have great brunches, and then explore the world. I remember so well chasing after him on a San Francisco pier – because he had bought a fresh pint of juicy strawberries at the farmers market and was making me chase him for them. That was a happy time – dating time. Ours was odd because we lived 3,000 miles away from each other, but it was a dating period just the same.

I always thought I would be exempt from life ruts but sometimes they happen, and you need a refresher. We have busy lives and miscommunications and conversations about who needs to buy toilet paper and if the summer camp bill was paid. It’s not always the gushing and romantic and musical backdrop of when you meet, date, and fall in love with one another.

So, why not date? Date your significant other, as if it’s new and as if you’re just met. Date yourself new again. With summer here, the options are endless and fun. My ideas take on a bit of a playful motif, but that’s because of who we are at heart, and what we love about each other most. You have to make your own schedule based on your own interests, needs and resources. You can stay home or go out. Do you need a babysitter? If you can get a sitter only in the afternoons, or only at night, or if you can’t get one at all – factor these needs in. If you have a lot of money, or if you don’t, and if you have a lot of time, or if you don’t, my list for fun summer date ideas covers all of your bases, and can get you to an awesome place!

1 – ROAD. TRIP. My true favorite. There can be nothing like discovering the open road together – often the journey IS the destination, but there’s also some amazing things to see along the way. *Bonus tip: Include an overnight in this road trip.

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2 – Tour your city, or your closest city. We did this in Boston over the winter and it was awesome even then!

3 – Berry picking. There’s nothing like picking berries on a summer day. It requires patience and teamwork, and has a built-in snack too. I think it’s a perfect date, although you do get dirt on you! *Bonus – bake something together with the berries.

4 – See a movie at the Drive-In. We actually have two near us, but it might require a search.

5 – Go to a fair or festival. It’s a little like being a kid again, and it’s a LOT romantic. Fried butter and all.

6 – Go mini golfing. Gosh, I love mini golfing. And gosh, I’m terrible at it! I still love it.

7 – Go to a special place to catch a sunset together. Or sunrise! Bonus points for that one.

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What’s your favorite summer date idea?