The Savvy Guide to August
Don’t let all the back-to-school sales fool you, there’s still a full month of summer vacation left and we intend to savour it. August can be tricky as we try to pack in as much fun in the sun as possible while also (let’s face it) trying to get organized for the upcoming school year. From road trips and streaming tips, and just a teensy bit of organizing, our Savvy Guide to August can help make the second half of your summer a blast.
The Savvy Guide to August
Make a list and then put it away
Why? You want to relax at the beach and go on picnics and play in the sprinkler. We know you do. But if you’re a mom, your brain is always spinning with all the things that need to get done. So go ahead and get them off your mind. Write a list, make it two lists, three! Include all the back-to-school tasks you need to do. Go ahead and jot down some kick-ass work projects you want to sink your teeth into come September, too. Then put them aside until the end of the month so you can fully enjoy the rest of summer, knowing that those lists can wait.
Explore & Play Close to Home
You’ve still got a bunch of weekends to make plans for local adventures or day trips or quick getaways. There are lots of fun things to do in August in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver. And then there’s around Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver… I know, I know, we’re all staycationed out. BUT! Don’t dismiss the benefits of a day away from the everyday. Even a few hours can refresh and rejuvenate.
Why? Don’t give up on those summer nights so easily! Grab your cocktail shaker and wipe down that patio furniture. Summer is not over yet and we’re allowed to have people over. Maybe even plan a retro garden party? These 11 adult beverages will take you all the way through to the Labour Day long weekend, and beyond if we’re lucky. (Don’t forget to treat the backyard bartender in your life!)
Why? Before there was Pokémon Go, there was Geocaching. It’s basically a giant, world-wide, player-supported treasure hunt. People hide little caches (usually small boxes or cases) that contain a book or paper where people who find it can sign their name. There are often trinkets left that you can swap for your own trinket too. To play, download the Geocaching app to find a list of caches near you. They will each have descriptions that include levels of difficulty (start easy with kids), clues and coordinates, and a map. It’s great fun for the whole family, whether you’re playing right downtown or in the woods.
A getaway doesn’t have to mean literally getting away.
Why? If time and/or finances are preventing that big family trip you’ve been dreaming about, a backyard vacation can be a fun and inexpensive way to spend time together and build new memories as a family while spending time in green space. Here’s how to successfully plan a FUN backyard vacation.
What’s new on streaming services this month…
Why? We want to as much of the rest of the summer, of course. but we still look forward to family movie nights and new seasons of our (and their!) favourite shows. Here’s a round up of movies and series for families and kids streaming in August.
Two wheels are better than four…
Why? It’s a rite of passage for any youngster — making the leap from training wheels to two wheels. And it’s a big deal for parents, too. But nobody teaches parents how to teach a kid to ride a bike. If you’ve yet to explore the many family-friendly bike paths and trails near you, here’s how to teach your kid to ride a bike.
Ok — now you have to get to work…
Why? You know we hate to think about it. But we kind of have to. It’s time to think about getting the kids ready for Back to School. The sooner you get started the sooner you can finish and there’s no need to be Debbie Downer about it. If you get everything sorted and out of the way as early as possible the more you can truly enjoy the last weeks of summer break.