Hey, have you noticed that it’s summertime? Well, since most of the country seems to be in the grip of a hellacious heat wave, and given that it’s almost August and kids around here will be going back to school soon, I’m sure you had an idea.
With summer in full swing and the days being obscenely long here (sun doesn’t set until 9:00pm omgreally??) we’ve been trying to fill our days with all of the good things that summer brings.
Fitting Park (aka our immense backyard) has been open for business to every kid in the neighborhood, the river has been cold and crisp on the hottest of days and thank goodness for our club’s pool. Heck, I’ve even gone down the slide a few times.
With all of these awesome summertime activities in full swing and our gorgeous California weather, I’ve been finding it fairly easy to stick to our usual healthy lifestyle. There have been long family hikes, fresh vegetables from the garden, fresh eggs from the chickens and fruit around here is IN-SANE. The cherries alone make me want to curl up in a little salivating ball and thank god for cherry trees.
But seriously it’s been one of those summers that makes me remember being a kid. Playing back on the farm with cows and chickens. Taking refuge from the heat in the shade of the old crabapple tree. Eating stuff right out of the garden. These are things I NEVER thought I would do again as an adult, much less in the comfort of my own backyard and it feels good to do it with my kidlet. After all, who doesn’t love a good picnic on the lawn, surrounded by the sounds and smells of summertime?
One of the nice things that I’ve found this summer has been Hansen’s Natural Soda. Do you know it? I remember it from when I was younger, but I don’t remember it being so.damn.good. Apparently, there’s a reason for that, since in 2008 they went the route of the TRUE hippie California company that they are and chucked the high fructose corn syrup out of the recipe. Good on ya guys. Nowadays they are using REAL cane sugar and as usual, all natural fruit and spice flavors from around the world. This stuff is LEGIT, not to mention DELICIOUS and a great summertime treat when things get hot out. We don’t drink a lot of soda around these parts, but if we are looking for that special drink, we want it to be REAL. Real flavors, real cane sugar and nothing fake or artificial.
Want to add some sparkle to your hopefully already fantastic summer? Try all the different Hansen’s flavors, like Root Beer, Mandarin Lime or my absolute FAVORITE, Grapefruit! Treat yourself and enjoy the remaining days of summertime.
What fun have YOU had this summer?
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