7 Ways to Have an Old-Fashioned Summer

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Summer is calling – and how will you answer it?

When you’re a kid, summer seems to stretch on forever. There is no set beginning and no set end, at least in your memory banks. Rather it roams and meanders – filled with lazy mornings, air-conditioned libraries and the smell of old books, air-conditioned bookstores and the smell of new books, and twin pops down your chin and even down, down onto your toes.


My parents may remember our summers as having set beginnings and set ends. Maybe summers seemed to last forever – trying to keep up with several kids and minimal day camp. And maybe they went by in a blink – and soon we were all back at our desks at school – and maybe my parents missed that, and missed us. I remember that weightless, limitless feeling of summer. I know I miss it when it ends, every time. This summer, Scarlet will have 5-6 weeks of camp, but so far Des only has two. It’s his last summer before kindergarten so I’m calling it “The Summer of Us.” This summer, without a whole lot of scheduled events, we will see where the adventure takes us. Or we will find/make it ourselves. I have dreams for this one.

I miss the old-fashioned summers of my youth, but the thing is, it’s still that way for my kids. They’re young enough that they don’t know much about social media and they don’t have their own devices. To them, summer is probably roaming and meandering – a weightless, limitless, endless ball of hot sun and possibility. This is the time to make a difference. This summer – make it memorable. Make it matter. Make it last forever, or at least make the memories last forever!

We all know that fall will get here before we know it, and we’ll answer that call. Later.

7 Ways to Have an Old-Fashioned Summer:

1 – Have a lemonade stand! This is the quintessential summertime childhood experience! It’s fun, but also educational. Scarlet learns math, marketing, and talking to adults. She also donates the money to charity or for a family trip.

lemonade stand

2 – Play in the sprinklers. I remember we used to seek out houses with sprinklers and wait until they were spraying the sidewalks, to run through screaming. Now we make our own at home and it’s always fun with the kids in the sprinkler.

3 – Play timeless and classic games with your kids. I’m talking hopscotch, Red Rover, Green Light, SPUD, Capture the Flag, and even old-fashioned tag! These games are as relevant to childhood now, as they always were. That doesn’t change!

4 – Make a family day at least once a week. Bonus points for pulling it off on a weekday when life is less crowded! Plan a picnic at a beach, lake, swimming hole, or pool, or even plan a picnic to take to a drive-in movie! We have two nearby.

Don’t forget to pack cold treats!

5 – Blow bubbles! We once blew bubbles at kids at a well-known theme park, and their parents said to us, “I have to say. This was more fun to them than the actual park!” I never forgot that! Bubbles delight kids (and adults) of all ages. Try it!

6 – Build and plant. Go big or go small. Build a pillow fort on a rainy day, or a tree fort over several sunny days. Plant vegetables/berries. Make an ant farm! Build a fairy garden! And don’t forget to take one night to camp out under the stars.

7 – Embrace nostalgia and create memories for a new generation with Budget Saver Twin Pops! I have a long history with the Budget Saver Twin Pop. In fact, so does America! The Twin Pop was created during the depression so that children could split one for a nickel. So then Budget Saver began packing six assorted flavors in one bag in 1989 – look for their signature Rainbow Array assortment in a big clear bag. I’m one of five kids, so when I was young, my parents would buy twin pops and we would split them to make them last longer. That’s such a signature summer memory for me – the splitting of twin pops!

Now my kids love them and they either split their joint favorite flavor, or each get their own!

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Happy Summer to all!

Baby, You Were Born to Run

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When Cassidy and I had been married a few months and had made the decision to move back east to be closer to our families, we plotted out a 2.5 week, spiraling road trip across the United States to eventually wind up in western Massachusetts.

We factored in our dog’s comfort and safety for every minute of that trip.

When Cassidy and I were celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary, we went away for the first time sans kids – leaving them with my mom in our house, but taking our dog with us for fun and moose-filled adventures in the rainy woods of Vermont.

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We have always been dog people, and we always will be, and I can’t imagine not raising my kids right alongside our dog and our cat. And who knows? Maybe there will be another puppy or dog in our future. Furry friends are part of our family. I was happy to learn recently that at Radisson RED, furry friends are part of the family too! With their pet-friendly policy, you don’t ever have to sacrifice style and comfort in order to have your dog go on your hotel adventures right with you.

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When I was a kid, we would go to Myrtle Beach, SC or Ocean City, MD for two weeks at a time every July! Oh, how I missed my dog, Chelsea during our trips. As an adult, we have our dog, Athena, stay with Cassidy’s parents when we’re flying anywhere. When it’s a road trip? Our girl comes with us! From NJ to NYC, to Boston and Cape Cod, to the cold and moose-filled woods of Vermont, I love looking behind the passenger seat and seeing two cute kids and a cute pup looking back at me.

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For most dogs, like Athena and our old husky – Stormy – there’s nothing like the feel of the wind and the open road.

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I know that feeling well, and I LOVE Radisson RED’s pet policy. Not only that, they’re having a contest right now and all it takes is posting a dog travel photo on Instagram, using the hashtags #BAXTERTRAVELS and #CONTEST. I took a look at some of the submissions here and I was in awe of the cuteness and splendor. This contest will run from February 10th to February 24th, so enter while you can! You can win one of two red, nylon Fatboy dog beds! Who doesn’t need a good dog bed?

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Here are five awesome tips for traveling to hotels with pets:

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1 – Preemptive research is key. That’s why I research hotel pet policies, and look into parks, hikes, and other dog-friendly activities near the hotel. Talk to the staff and get a better feel of just how welcome they make dogs feel.

2 – Go for a long walk once you reach your destination. A well-exercised dog is a happier dog, and it gives the dog (and you) the chance to get a real feel for the hotel and/or town, city, state, etc.

3 – Enter the hotel room first, and have your dog do a sit stay. Don’t give your dog control of the new situation. Unpack a bit, go to the bathroom, look around, and leave your scent in the room. When you are ready, have your dog settle in.

4 – Explore! Be extra vigilant with what’s around, especially concerning items your dog could ingest. While your home is probably dog-proof for your particular dog(s), it may not be that way in even the most pet-friendly of places!

5 – Choose the right room, and make a comfortable space for your dog. Generally, I request a room on the ground floor – in terms of carrying extra luggage for my dog, and avoiding stairs. It’s also convenient to take the dog out. In addition, Elevators can cause stress. Request a room with a fridge, especially if you use fresh food for your dog. Consider crating your dog for when you leave her behind in the room. Dogs generally feel comfortable and LESS stressed in their crates. If you don’t normally use one, maybe do some practice runs before your stay!

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