7 Ways to Support Your Energy

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Here are my 7 tips (hacks) for maintaining all day energy and helping to manage your busy life! Keep your energy up all day long! #ad #MyDayWithEnergy

So can we talk about energy levels right now?

Surely, you get me. It’s summer and no longer the very start of it. Maybe you’re chasing littles. Maybe you’re doing camp drop-offs and pick-ups with the startling realization that they are NOT easier than school drop-offs and pick-ups! In fact, they might be harder! They’re suspiciously early and you don’t have to put together a lunch, snack and backpack. Rather, it’s a lunch, two snacks, two changes of clothes, a clean towel (where on earth are the clean towels??), a swimsuit, an extra swimsuit, shoes, money for the snack bar, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, rain gear, and a signed summer field trip form.

And maybe you work a job or two, as well? And have a younger child at home? Whatever our reasons, summer can zap our energy. It’s the busy life, as with the school year, but with heat and humidity and kids afoot. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE summer – but sometimes if I’m not careful, I find myself losing motivation after 3:00pm or so. And I’m someone who needs to keep moving. I need regular exercise, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and a whole lot of water. Before summer began, I was actually nervous. I felt ill-prepared for the transition from having one in preschool and one in elementary school to having one in camp and one mostly home with me. Could I manage my already-busy life but in new summer style?

And then to be followed by back-to-school style, since this is a short summer for us?

I think my situation is unique in that I am 100% home and on-call for the kids, but I also work full-time. I work 2-3 jobs on a normal basis, and sometimes even take on a fourth. To say I’m busy is an understatement. Yet, I need to find balance in the over-scheduled times and in the downtimes, and I need to know when to take a break and when to power through. I need to figure out how to make sure my kids are safe and happy at all times, but I also need to make sure that I am, too. In fact, that’s just as important.

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Here are my favorite tips/tricks/hacks/ways of maintaining all day energy. I hope you’re inspired!


1 – Get up at the same time every day. This is where I struggle with transitions from school to summer vacation and then from summer vacation back to school. Getting up at roughly the same time every day will help your circadian rhythm. Life changes, and the light changes, so you want to stay consistent. Bonus activity. Get yourself some morning light, assuming it’s not raining! Go for an early morning walk or eat breakfast/read the paper next to a sun-lit window.


2 – Water before coffee. I know, I know, but bear with me. Here’s the secret. Save that coffee for when you really need it – when you feel more sleepy later in the day. In the morning, drink a full glass of water. This will set the tone for your whole day.

3 – Bust that stress. Does stress weigh you down? It does for me. Everyone has their own ways of busting stress, but some effective ways include laughter, stretching, yoga, long walks, reading a book/magazine, and doing a nice thing for yourself.

4 – Stretch it out. Whether you’re doing a few stretches at your desk or taking a whole yoga class, everyone agrees that it helps to fight the drooping energy levels in a big way.

5 – Evaluate your eating habits. Instead of grazing all day, try to eat your meals/snacks at the same time every day. And make sure you are pairing proteins with carbs. Protein helps me get through 13 hour days at the theme park with kids.

6 – Music. Breathing. Thinking. Whether you meditate or not, maybe you have found out how to find your happy, safe space. Whether you meditate, deep breathe into your abdomen and listen to music at the same time, or mix them up, these are three powerful ways to get your groove back. I tend to make separate times for all three, and then combine both silence and music, with deep breathing. Whether I’m slowing my thinking or my breathing, or speeding up my music, I re-energize.

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Lil’ Fishys are Big Summer Fun

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These are such fun! They are the epitome of summer fun for us. You see, our summer vacation started only two days ago! On Monday, Scarlet had her last day of school and Des only graduated preschool a week ago today! Last night we turned off all of the lights of the second level of our house and walked out to the deck to watch the fireflies and the stars come out, brighter by the second. We shivered in the most delicious breeze. We went inside and ate homemade strawberry shortcake.

With homemade whipped cream.

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.

It’s the sound of a swinging screen door and then little feet on wooden planks. Birds chirping. Hand in hand, we walk down our mile-long driveway (not really that long, but sorta really that long) and then we find Cassidy already thick in the cool dirt. Together they weed and hold worms and talk and make up bug names and get nice and dirty until the heat rises up.

I LOVE summer!

Lil' Fishys

It can also be challenging! We have alternating camp schedules, working late into the night, unexpected bad weather, and a desire to find the rhythms and routines of summer, before it’s too late. We’re always up for unplanned fun, though!

That’s where Lil’ Fishys come in!

You can choose from a variety of Fishys, Sharkys (great for Shark Week!), Habitats, and even Mermaids. We were lucky because Lil’ Fishys sent us over a variety of their wonderful toys. Both kids got pretty excited about all the new toys.

The emoji jellyfish are a HUGE favorite. How could you not love these?

You can play with your Lil’ Fishys in the pool or other water, but they are GREAT motivators for bath time too. All of the fishys and sharkys do something special. The fishys swim like real fish! Some spray water.

The emoji jellyfish light up and bob up and down. They can also change color and move their tentacles!

Tell me they’re not the cutest toys ever!

These motorized little water pets are perfect for all summer fun! I especially love how you can buy different habitats – for when your kids are not in water but still want to play with their Lil’ Fishys. You can customize the habitats.

My kids are five and seven (almost eight) and were super into the toys. That said, I’m an adult and I loved them too. Oh, how I would have loved these as a kid – following them around and around our giant pool. It’s such fun to watch them go.

And since I adore you so much. I made you some videos! Please enjoy our cat walking by like, “Huh??”

Check out the Lil’ Fishys website for more info where to buy. You can find them at several places, including Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Kohl’s, Shopko, Meijer, Walgreens, AND Toys R Us Canada.

Where would you get your Lil’ Fishys? And which product is your favorite?