3 FUN Ways to Shake Up Your Family’s Routine for the Summer

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by

The end of the school year and the start of the summer break can really shake up a family’s routine. There are no school buses to catch. There’s no rushing out the door, no lunch boxes to pack. Healthy habits you’ve worked hard all year to establish can start to slip, but they don’t have to.


Consider our tips to shake up your family’s routines for the summer without sacrificing healthy habits. These ideas will help your family have fun while also adjusting to the new routine of summer.


3 FUN Ways to Shake Up Your Family's Routine for the Summer


3 FUN Ways to Shake Up Your Family’s Routine for the Summer

  • Walk to the park for a picnic. Maybe you are used to walking to the bus stop or the school each morning with your kids. Perhaps you usually pack them a lunch. Shake things up by packing the lunches in a picnic basket and take a walk to one of your local parks. Fruits are healthy grab-and-go snacks that are easy to toss into a picnic basket. Plus visits to the park are a great way for the kids to get exercise, fresh air, and burn off some energy. Click over to our series on New Jersey Parks & Playgrounds for our park reviews and to find a new park to visit.


Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash picnic basket

Pack a healthy lunch and walk to the park!


  • Take story time on the road. Your children visit the library at school once a week to keep up their reading skills. Keep that going all summer long. Shake things up by visiting your local library. Check out new books while also learning about their fun summer activities for kids. Then, grab those books and get the kids reading wherever you go: in the car on the way to an amusement park, on the beach in between building sand castles, in a hotel room as the kids settle down for bed. As an added way to shake up your summer reading, share with your kids these great rewards for summer reading.


reading in a hotel room

Bring those library books with you on your family vacation and the kids can read them during bedtime.


  • Shake, Clean, See. Just because the kids don’t have school in the morning doesn’t mean healthy habits should slip. We’ll be shaking up our Colgate Total® Advanced Health regimen morning and bedtime routine. I’ll play music while my boys brush their teeth. We’ll see who has the best dance moves? Who can shake it best? I’ll SEE how good they did cleaning their teeth and check out who has the brightest smile.



Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash picnic basket

Even when you’re busy with summer activities don’t let your dental routine slip away. Shake it up with some of our ideas and Colgate.



Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash 1

*vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes  Moms! Watch what happens when you shake up Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash and then use it as your go-to mouthwash.

Colgate offers products that provide a range of oral health benefits. It’s all we’ve ever used for our teeth. Now Colgate is introducing a new mouthwash. With the Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash, I’ll be able to show my kids through a daily experiment just how much the right mouthwash can make a difference and how important it is to take care of your teeth. First, I shake up the Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash which freshens breath and kills germs, without that stinging feeling you can get from some mouthwashes. Then, we’ll all be able to look in the sink to see all the bacteria that’s been removed from my mouth. For my boys, that’s going to provide the gross factor that boys love and the WOW factor that shows them it works.

Children ages 6-12 should be accompanied by adult supervision when using Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash.


With a little creative thinking, your family’s routines for the summer can include fun with your kids and keep up those healthy habits.


What fun ways are you shaking up your family’s routines for the summer?


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys start to become teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 7 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

2 thoughts on “3 FUN Ways to Shake Up Your Family’s Routine for the Summer

  1. Cathy Jarolin says:

    Thank You for Sharing these 3 ways to shake up your familys Routine for the Summer. I really like the first one. Pack up a Healthy lunch and go to the park and have a nice little picnic.. Sounds awesome. I know the children would really like it..

  2. Lucy says:

    We have had to shake up the summer routine because we just moved to New Jersey and everything is pretty much new. I love your blog. thanks

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