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What family goals do you set for the Summertime?

When school is out for the summer, we take a break from pretty much everything.  No music lessons, dance practice, and very little homework. If I am being honest with you, we are all pretty burned out from our daily routine.

This year we are going to try some different activities.  My kids are getting older and I feel like I can handle more outings with or without my husband.


-Swim Lessons and swim team

-Rock climbing once a week

-Eating healthy (Except on Saturday.  Hee hee.)

-Tennis lessons for everyone

-Bike riding

-Live in the moment

-Get more involved in our community

I know there are a lot of Summer Activity lists out there, but here are some you can do and lose some calories at the same time while getting your whole family involved.

Rock Climbing

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Rock climbing is new for us.  We wanted to see how our kids did before we bought a monthly pass.  They loved it.  They cannot wait to go back.  We had Ian at Nevada Climbing Centers give us a private lesson and teach my husband and me how to belay for our kids.  They were a little nervous at the beginning but quickly caught on and wanted to try the hardest walls.  Even our 3 year old could climb on the kiddie wall and the big wall with a little help.  We want to get better so we can try at the Red Rocks here in Las Vegas.  This is a great summer activity and we can’t wait to get better.

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Live strong says that rock climbing is a lot like solving a puzzle, giving your brain a mental workout as you figure out the best way to reach the top.  Depending on your weight climbing a rock wall burns 660-976 calories an hour

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It’s okay to act like a child.  My kids love to bury us in the sand.  It is actually relaxing to me.  Forget about the day spa.  Being buried in the sand is free.

Whether you are at the beach, your backyard or the park your kids are going to love the sand.  Building a sand castle can burn 100 calories an hour.  If you build the castle further away from water you can burn 2-3 times more calories.  Read more here.

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Hula hooping is a really fun way to lose calories and have fun with your family at the same time.  You don’t have to be a kid to do this work out.  Newer hula hoops are larger and weigh more.  This makes it easier to to twirl.  We even turned it into a game to see who could hula longer.

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You can burn 200 calories by hula hooping for 30 minutes based on your weight.

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Biking on the sand can burn more than 380-760 calories an hour, depending on your weight and speed.  According to Live Strong a 130-pound person burns about 175 calories in 45 minutes of biking at a leisure pace on the street.


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We may not be the best tennis players, but we love tennis.  It is a sport I grew up playing and now our whole family enjoys it.

You can lose up to 544 calories an hour playing singles tennis.  Women’s doubles tennis will burn 289 calories (for a 30 year old –  20 calories less for 50 year olds) Read more here.


Enjoy your summer by getting involved in your community.  My Husband is really good at knowing what is happening in our City.  He knows about the summer plays, concerts, movies in the park, farmers markets and much more.  I am trying to keep up with him by using a new free app called TABESO.  Tabeso allows you to discover. share, create and attend events.  This app helps me be in the know so I don’t miss out on anything.  I can look up what is going on in Las Vegas or any city I am visiting on vacation.

If you are not loving where you live get involved in your community and I know you will grow to like it and so will your family.

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-Get discounts for anything and everything.  I even ask if there is a deal of the day.  Most of the time they give me a discount just for asking. (groupon, entertainment book, and google offers have great deals)

-Take sunscreen if you are going to be outside.  A child with a sun burn is no fun.

-Don’t over plan.  Enjoy your summer break with your kids by staying sane.

-Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.

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 My goal every summer is to make sure I keep my family eating healthy, getting daily exercise and keeping them happy.

What activities will you be doing this Summer to stay fit and fabulous?

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Ash Sig

Ashley was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and now lives in Henderson, Nevada.  She studied in Germany and created a hand knit hat business in 1998–Mutze by Ashley (meaning hat in German).  She is obsessed with her Husband, three daughters, fashion, coconut desserts, and garden gnomes.

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    1. May 10th, 2013 at 10:11 am
      Rachel says:
      Is it really summer already?!? Thanks for the tips on how to keep the whole family happy for the summer.
    2. May 10th, 2013 at 10:16 am
      Bob G. says:
      Indoor rock climbing sounds like a great activity for kids. If your girls liked it, I'm sure boys would love it to. What a great way to burn off some energy and have fun.
    3. May 10th, 2013 at 10:44 am
      Missy says:
      We try to hit all our favorite playgrounds (ones less frequented because of distance) at least once in the summer. Not sure how many calories I burn chasing kids around the playground, but we have fun! Love these ideas - we also love tennis - it is fun for almost any age!
    4. May 10th, 2013 at 11:07 am
      Papino says:
      Wow! Sounds like a fun, healthy summer! Don't forget to include Cousins Camp for more activities and great food! I always look forward to these posts. They give me great ideas to lose a lot of unwanted calories. Thanks for much.
    5. May 10th, 2013 at 12:19 pm
      Jenny says:
      Summer break can't come soon enough! Great ideas for me to think about. I love the thought of rock climbing since sometimes outdoor activities in the summer are still too hot. Tabeso one of my favorite go to apps that I check daily to see what my friends are posting as well. Great insight with much need info for a mother if four little ones.
    6. May 10th, 2013 at 2:32 pm
      Darling Darleen says:
      Indoor rock climbing is a fun sport we do with our kids along with hiking and camping and biking. Just playing and being in the outdoors not only keeps you strong and healthy but creates fun summertime memories.
      • May 15th, 2013 at 11:42 am
        Ashley says:
        U always do fun summer activities D! Check out for stuff to do in ATL. You will love it!!
    7. May 10th, 2013 at 6:31 pm
      Kristi says:
      We have a few summer trips planned but I am so glad I ran across this post because it gave me some great ideas to do when we are at home. I have no excuse now to hear, "Mom, I'm bored."
    8. May 12th, 2013 at 8:18 am
      Joanne says:
      Relaxed days of Summer are so much fun. Learning through family trips and activities can stimulate interests that motivate through a life time. The San Francisco Exploratorium is in a new expanded location at the SF Embarcadero. Can't wait to go there this Summer.
    9. May 13th, 2013 at 4:43 pm
      Julie V says:
      Your hula hoop comments reminded me of something the kids do in the summer that is a lot of fun. We place hula hoops around the yard (or a park) and use them as our targets for golfing. The kids love it.
      • May 15th, 2013 at 11:37 am
        Ashley says:
        That is such a great idea!! Thanks for sharing julie. I'm totally going to do that this summer.
    10. May 13th, 2013 at 4:45 pm
      Julie V says:
      Your comments on hula hoops reminds me of something fun my kids like to do in the summer. We place hula hoops around the yard (or a park) and use them as the target for golfing. The kids love it.
    11. May 15th, 2013 at 2:38 pm
      Sloan says:
      Love all your posts. You always give some really great ideas and tips!!!! You rock!! Thanks!!!
    12. June 11th, 2013 at 8:23 am
      JM @ The Bethwood says:
      Lovely ideas and pictures, Ashley! Summer is all about family time and relaxing of course. Cheers!
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