10 tips for surviving a heat wave with kids.

10 tips for surviving a heat wave with kids.

Hi friends,
We are at the start of a week long heat wave… We have had and are expecting temperatures in the low to mid 30s! (90ish degrees Fahrenheit temperatures) And for some places high 30s/low 40s!! And it’s only the first month of spring!! It’s HOT!

So today my brain is not working that great, I love spring, but summer heat – eh, not so much. I can handle temps up until about 30degrees, after that it just feels like death!
So I thought I would share some tips to stay cool in this heat…

10 tips for beating the heat with kids…

  • Stay hydrated! Keep your freezer stocked with hydralyte (or similar) ice blocks. These are not only great to have in case of sickness, but they are great on hot days especially for active kids… Keep water bottles filled up and water in the fridge.
  • Over heating/heat stroke. Be informed and aware of the signs of heat stroke in not only kids & babies but also elderly, pets and even yourself. HERE is a great article.
  • Netflix or movies. You all know I hate TV and it is a rarity in this house, I truly do not like my kids watching it, but sometimes you just have to give in. When it’s super hot and I need my super active little girl to rest in the heat of the day, I don’t mind popping a movie on for her to enjoy in the cool.
  • Crafts. Kmart has a fantastic range of simple & fairly mess free crafts. LuLu loves them and they entertain her really well. Doing a simple craft inside in the cool (under a fan, near open windows or even in the air con) is a great way to rest & cool down.

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  • Water play. While Trent has been on shift we’ve enjoyed the little paddling pool, but when he is home we all get in the big pool. I use the little pool because it is a lot easier to manage on my own with 2 kids. If you don’t have a pool, a water table is a great play option (a big tub full of water & some Tupperware works too!) or even just a sprinkler or a water fight – kids love water. Try and find a shady spot, and let them have fun! If it is way too hot outside, fill up the bathtub and stay cool inside! (Pinterest is also full of water play ideas!) *Always supervise children around water.
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  • Sunscreen & hats! This goes without saying and I’m sure you all know this point, but sun protection is so important. We put sunscreen on every morning and reapply before going outside each time. We also always have wide brim hats (or legionnaire style for babies) I really like the brand Bed Head hats, that is the brand of LuLu’s swim hat & Tommy’s hat is by Plum (as was LuLu’s swim hat when she was a baby). The kids are always in swim shirts while outside for water play or light shirts that cover their shoulders for regular play.
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  • Cool meals. Plan your meals with the heat in mind, think cool & light foods salads, smoothies, burgers – meals that aren’t bulky and typical hot meals. Make some homemade ice blocks or fruit sorbet. Even treat yourself to a night off making dinner and have take away so you aren’t using your oven.  (My go to meal lately has been a BBQ chicken from Woolies or Coles and coleslaw burgers. Honestly the best easy meal!)
  • Get rest. This comes back to the movie point, but try and encourage your kids to rest & take it easy during the day. LuLu is super active and wants to play all day and she doesn’t nap – so the only way I can get her to rest is to let her to have some TV time. On normal days, her energetic enthusiasm doesn’t bother me, she can play & entertain herself but during this sudden heat wave, I don’t want her over exerting herself in the high temperatures, so I allow a movie so she rests.
  • Wash the dog. Our pets also will be feeling the heat, so get the kids & find a shady spot and give your beloved pooch a spring time bath. They cool down, you all will probably get drenched so you and the kids are cooling down and a job is being checked off your list. Reward your dog for being a good sport with a “pupsicle”!  (a big frozen ice cube full of dog treats/toys etc. I freeze ours in old ice cream buckets & add in a mix of dog treats, cat biscuits, chicken stock, toys etc)
  • Bed time. At bed time the temperatures are normally still high. We dress the kids in the very light clothing and don’t use any sheets,  as the temperature lowers during the evening we go in and cover them. We also keep the bedroom windows open to allow cool breeze to blow in but if it is super hot we run the air con.

How are you staying cool this week?
Let me know in the comments below or on social media…
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Stay cool friends, I am dreading to know what Summer will be like if this is only spring!
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A lovely Spring week… {TCOF 2015}

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hear to beat” – Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

The weather is warming up and to celebrate we are having such a perfect “Spring” week. I don’t regularly write about our adventures anymore, but I’ve had such a wonderful past few days I wanted to share them!
We’ve Spring cleaned the house, worn pretty Spring time outfits and been to visit one of the lovely parks in our town. This week in Toowoomba our town is celebrating The Carnival of Flowers. I  absolutely love this time of year, Toowoomba is full of beautiful flowers, our parks & gardens are even more stunning than normal and there are so many activities on. 
This weekend we have lots of plans to attend some community events & I am so excited!
We are planning on heading to Bites & Brews Lane on Friday evening, The Toowoomba Farmers Market on Saturday morning & then on Sunday we are hoping to take LuLu to the Kids Day Out. So we have a busy, busy schedule for this upcoming weekend, but it is full of lovely plans and I am so excited about it! I love having things to look forward to.   
This past few days have been flat out busy, but really great days. I love days like that!
On Sunday, Monday & Tuesday I Spring cleaned our home, using THIS list. I’ve pretty much completed everything inside, we just have to focus on the outside now. I am so proud that LuLu & I got so much done while Trent was working. She is such a good little helper. 

I told her that Mumma needed to mop and vacuum on Tuesday so she ran & got hers! 

Also this week I finished off her birthday invites and delivered them, less than 1 month until her birthday party!
Yesterday Trent started days off, so we headed to town to check out Queens Park. LuLu loved sniffing the flowers & patting them (she may have picked 1 or 2, sorry TRC & TCOF). She was also very excited to see a few “pups” & “bubbas” out enjoying the the beautiful blooms & sunshine. 
I apologise in advance for the amount of flower photos which you are about to see, I am kind of obsessed with taking photos of my sweet little girl & flowers!

All photos are taken in Queens Park – Toowomba, QLD. Please do not reuse these images in anyway without my permission. 

If you are local to Toowoomba or live close by I really encourage you to make an effort to come check out at least one of our beautiful parks or one of the prize winning gardens, they really are spectacular. 
I dream of having beautiful gardens full of flowers, one day! I love going through the gardens pointing out to Trent what flowers I want in our “dream flower bed”. He just nods. I may get to plant some flowers shortly though for LuLu, as yesterday Trent also started construction on her cubby house and I would love to plant some flowers near there so she has her own little garden. So let me know any suggestions for easy to grow bright & beautiful flowers! 
I hope you are all having a lovely week and if you are out & about in Toowoomba this weekend, I might see you around!




“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” – Audrey Hepburn.