Summer is an extremely busy time for moms and dads, especially with kids out for the next three months on summer vacation. If you’re overwhelmed and feel as though you’re going every which way this summer, from camp to vacation to sports, etc and wish you had a way to simplify your summer routine, you’re in luck! Lifestyle and parenting expert, Tara Paterson joined me recently to dish on how busy moms and dads can simplify their summer routine in the kitchen and the medicine cabinet.
Candace Rose: What are some must haves for the busy mom this summer?
Tara Paterson: “Well, obviously, Candace, you and I have talked many, many times about how busy things are for moms at different times of the year, and summer is definitely among the busiest because even though school is over, it’s now about entertaining them all day, there’s vacations to be had, summer camps and things like that.
Obviously we want to still make it easier for mom and offer her suggestions, so I have a couple with me. Mom still has to spend time in the kitchen but we want to make it a little bit easier for her, so she isn’t in there all the time. We want to be out enjoying the sun and the outdoors as well, so I have a great suggestion for a way to make it easier for mom to have good food quickly. This new line of Thai and Vietnamese entrees from InnovAsian Cuisine, they’re called Lemon Grass Kitchen which is a chef inspired authentic flavored meals for mom. They have all different flavors and varieties. There’s no MSG, there’s no trans fat, they’re super easy to prepare, so if mom is in a hurry and she doesn’t want to eat whatever the kids are eating, whether it’s a hot dog or mac and cheese, she can fix herself something like this. It’s more hearty and fulfilling than grabbing a yogurt and running out the door. It’s just a really great option and if she happens to be running errands, she can find these at Walmart, so she can stop and get everything at one time.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any must have tips when it comes to meal planning?
Tara Paterson: “Well, basically keep your pantry stocked- both your pantry and your freezer. Your freezer is sort of a second pantry, so having things like this will just make it easier if you’re in a hurry or even at night if you don’t get to sit down and eat when the kids ate, you can make this really quickly and still have this that’s good.
Obviously in the summer we also know that that involves a lot of outdoor activities, so the kids are riding their bikes, climbing trees, swimming, so we want to make sure we have a well stocked medicine cabinet, so the first new step in first aid is this Puracyin OTC wound and skin care. Candace, what I love about this is you literally spray this on a cut or a scrape and you apply the bandage and that’s all. It thoroughly cleanses the area, you don’t have to use ointments. And for a lot of us moms out there, it’s important to know that it has no alcohol, no antibiotics and no steroids. Typically those are the things that sting children and so when they get cut it hurts and they don’t want us to take care of it but we don’t want it to get infected so this is a great alternative. It is available nationwide at retailers. A few of them are Meijer, RiteAid, Walgreens and if you go to their Facebook page, they have giveaways and also tips.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Tara Paterson: “Absolutely. Obviously the summer is busy but there are going to come times when you’re bored and you don’t know what to do with them. You don’t want them sitting around the house watching TV, so have on hand things that are easy to get to, inexpensive but also give them something to do. Sidewalk chalk for example, I bought my girls a box of twenty last week and it was three dollars. You can teach them how to draw a hopscotch board; let them go out and do the things we used to do. Water balloons is another good one. I know that kids like to throw them at their little siblings, and squirt guns are always a great thing to have on hand, especially when it’s hot, it’s a great way to cool off. The kids love squirt guns, so definitely keep things on hand for them to have on hand when they do say ‘I’m bored.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?