Surviving the Madness of the Summer Schedule

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Disclosure :: This content is sponsored by Post Consumer Brands, but the commentary is 100% genuine.

As a mom of four life is hectic. And, by the time May rolls around life enters a whole new level of chaos. Between soccer, baseball, swimming and other activities Monday-Thursday evenings are maxed out. Many of those nights work bags are exchanged for sports bags and we head out the door within five minutes of entering. 

Let’s talk about those early games. The ones that start between 5:00 and 5:30. They are a blessing and a curse. On one hand you may have to leave work a bit early and there is zero time for dinner, but on the other hand you may actually get the kids to bed on time! These nights a bowl of cereal is a regular in our dinner rotation. I know the kids (and adults) like it and it’s quick and easy. Some of our faves include Honey Bunches of Oats®, Honeycomb®, and Fruity Pebbles®.  {Side note :: In a cooking rut in general? You’ll be amazed at the variety of recipes found here}.

And, we can’t forget about the spectators. For example, when my daughter is on the soccer field her three brothers are sitting on the sidelines. In a perfect world they’d be focused on the game and cheering for their sister’s team, but reality is a much different story. Keeping them occupied often requires food. Snack sized bags filled with cereal are always in my game bag as a go-to snack.

      Left :: Playing hard!                            Middle :: Sidelines Reality                   Right :: Precious memories

The madness of summer schedules sometimes makes you question if it’s worth it. Then you look at your child’s face and it’s lit up. Personally, watching six and seven year olds on the soccer field is fun. Sometimes they dribble the ball down the wrong end of the field or they are more focused on the airplane flying above than the game or sometimes they give you a wave full of excitement from midfield. Yes, these moments can be frustrating for parents, but then it hits you like a ton of bricks – time is fleeting. I am in a stage with my kids where I know it won’t be this pure and carefree for long. Cherish it. If your child is having fun, it’s worth it. 


{Calling All Soccer Fans}

Starting in June, limited edition Major League Soccer (MLS) cereal boxes can be found at grocery stores across the country. These boxes feature Topps® MLS player trading card cut-outs. Moreover, Post Cereals and Major League Soccer Experience  is coming to Festival Foods located at 1355 Oneida Street in Menasha on June 2nd! This is an interactive, family friendly event to celebrate Post Cereal’s Major League Soccer sponsorship. This event is FREE and includes cereal sampling, a soccer plinko game, limited quantities of temporary tattoos, a soccer photo opportunity and an inflatable soccer kick activity. The event will get underway at 10 am and run until 2 pm. Get this on your calendars today!

{Wait! There’s More!}

Join me Thursday, May 31st at 1 pm cst for a FB Live! I will be showcasing this awesome Soccer Mom Survival Kit courtesy of Post Consumer Brands. Two lucky mamas will win this kit and take their game night preparation to a whole new level! Be sure to tune in to find out how to enter.

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Ruth was born in Green Bay and lived in the area until venturing off to UW Madison for college.  Her education led her to a life in retail.  Retail took her to Milwaukee, Charlotte, NC, and, eventually, back to Green Bay.  In 2014 she decided to pause her career to help her husband build his CPA firm.  Ruth & Chris reside in De Pere with their four children, Smith, Tess, Burke, & Jack.  As great as Green Bay summers are, Fall is Ruth’s favorite.  She loves the colors, crisp air, and, of course, football.  Ruth enjoys hanging out with the fam, reading up on the latest fashion, & savoring a nice glass of cabernet.

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