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2 Simple Steps for Big Summer Fun #TropicanaBottledSummer

Can we all give a loud hooray for the arrival of summer? It’s ok, whoop it up, I’ll wait until you’re done. 

Today is the last day of school for my girls, so by the time you read this – summer has officially begun! Each year we try to make the most of our sunshine season, and that means much balancing of the calendar, to fit in all the fun things we want to see and do.

While I do have some fun trips planned for the upcoming months, the majority of our summer isn’t spent running around at amusement parks, but rather ‘just playing’. Whether out camping or at home, it’s a time to go outside and play, as simple as it is. 

Summer is when the girls can roam and have fun, without a countdown until we run out the door for school or to activities. In fact, if the weather cooperates, my girls can be found in the backyard from sun up until sun down most days. A true sign of a great summer, is laundry piles of nothing but bathing suits and towels. 

We all know taking in a family trip or event over the summer requires much planning in order for it to happen. The beauty of simply going outside to play, is that it can be done on a whim without any planning at all. Plus, it comes at a fraction of the cost.

There’s only 2 simple steps to have the ultimate in summer fun – right in your own backyard! 

1) A Few Classic Activities

Unlike a toy room which bursts at the seams most days {do they reproduce?}, summer backyard play doesn’t require a ton of toys. Actually, you only need a few essentials and kids have a way of filling in the blanks with their imagination and creativity. 

I’d say you need only a few classic outdoor games and toys like a sprinkler, sidewalk chalk, a game and perhaps a ball or two. The rest is optional, but really, these are the basics to keep the boredom at bay. 

2 Steps to Simple Summer Fun #TropicanaBottledSummer

I call summer the ‘season of the sprinkler’ – dual purpose really, since it keeps my lawn and flowers alive AND entertains the kids for hours. Some summer days my kids change from pyjamas right into their swimsuits! 

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summer fun Tropicana Watermelon and Lemonade with Tangerine tropicanabottledsummer


2) Hydration, Hydration

During the summer months, hydration is key. The heat of the sun can deplenish our bodies so quickly, and having a beverage at reach at all times is is must-have. I’m a pretty big water pusher parent, yet even I can’t survive a summer on water alone. Summer and fruit are synonymous and there’s nothing better than sitting on the deck on a hot day, with a fruity drink in hand. 

Tropicana has bottled summer this year with two new flavours to join their classic lemonade drink {which itself has recently been rebranded} – meet, Watermelon and Lemonade with Tangerine!

Found in the refrigerated aisle of your grocer, these new beverages are the ultimate in quenching that thirst. 

Tropicana Watermelon and Lemonade with Tangerine

Truth be told, we are a household that doesn’t purchase a whole lot of juice, as most are too sweet for our liking. Yet, I have to give kudos to Tropicana for these dynamic duos – the taste is light and so refreshing. Actually, I wish someone caught a video of my first taste as I’m sure I had quite the look on my face – pleasantly surprised!

I love that Tropicana Watermelon and Lemonade with Tangerine are both made with real fruit juice and contains no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. This means that I have no hesitations in choosing this beverage for my family.

Tropicana Watermelon and Lemonade with Tangerine review

Yet the true test is in how long a bottle lasts in our house, and ours had disappeared very quickly. Needless to say Tropicana Watermelon and Lemonade with Tangerine have since been added to our grocery list, I’m thinking it’ll be a regular purchase. 

In between outdoor play my girls stop for a slurp of cool hydration, and let’s not forget the frozen treats – a summertime staple! I poured Tropicana Watermelon and Lemonade with Tangerine into ice pop molds, as is, and they made the best frozen pops ever!

summer fun with Tropicana Watermelon and Lemonade with Tangerine

Again, not too sweet at all, just light and refreshing – and so much better for them versus store-bought pops that are loaded with artificial flavours and sugar. 

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Join me in raising a glass to the beginning of summer and days spent simply playing outside. For the simplicity and for the fun! What are your favourite ways to beat the heat in the summertime?

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