As busy moms we’re always looking for ways to get in quality time with our family. On her blog, Tamera Mowry shares a few easy activities to spend time together without going far or making big plans.
1. Create a No-Bake Dessert.
Dessert is always a hit, but not having to leave your house and getting your hands on something sweet without turning on the oven – even better. Trust me, in the summer months you won’t regret memorizing a few no-bake treat ideas! You’d be surprised at how many sweet treats don’t take much to make. Parfaits, sorbet and even some bars are just a few yummy ideas.
2. Dedicate an Afternoon to Drawing.
And keep it simple! Roll out butcher paper or a large sketch pad and break out the crayons. No paint, no glue, no tape necessary (big messes aren’t exactly my idea of relaxation!). You can each have a portion of the paper to draw on, so everyone fill’s the page. It’s a great way to reconnect after everyone’s been away all week, and the only goal is to create as a family. If your children are older, there are a lot of other fun crafts that can be done – but it’s nice to keep it easy.
3. Head Outside.
If Aden’s not in a mood to sit still, I know he probably needs to get out and expend some energy. But some days, even going to the park can be a production, so instead of straying too far, we’ll just chill outside together. Aden already loves playing baseball, so why leave the yard if we don’t have to? I always feel at ease spending time together on a warm evening – with a refreshing drink like watermelon juice in hand!
4. Watch the Sunset.
If you’re within walking distance to some sort of view point, that’s great, but you don’t have to go far to see a good sunset either. After a long day of outdoor activities or time away from each other, going on a walk is one of our faves. However, unfolding a blanket and sitting in your yard to watch the stars come out is a perfect way to unwind as well. It sounds simple, but it’s so relaxing! Such a great reminder that you don’t need to do anything fancy to have a good time, as long as you’re with the people you love.
5. Read Together.
You probably expected that reading would be on this list. Aden and I read together all the time and I can’t wait to see him read to his little sister. As kids grow older and start to develop other interests, this time connecting over a story can easily fade away or morph into other activities. Right now, it’s one of the most ideal ways to unplug and transition into bedtime.