June 28, 2013

We’ve hit the 100 mark. We’re just one week into summer, according to the official first day of the season (of course we’ve been out of school for five weeks…), and we’ve already on day five of the 100 streak. Today we’ll hit 104.

And with all those numbers, all I’m really saying is,  it’s just June, y’all. It’s just June.


Our sad little sprinklers are already working overtime…that is, where we’ll put them. We don’t have a sprinkler system or anything, so James just moves the thing around the yard. But for time, money and conservation sake, it really can’t get everywhere, and some areas just don’t make the cut.


For instance, this area is approximately four steps away from the greener area shown in the first two photos. And this is where Harry plays soccer. In the 100 degree heat. He runs around on this dried-up grass, as the sun beats down on his brain. You see where I’m going with this.

Of course, he’s not out there all day. There’s plenty of time for playing soccer inside. But that is an entirely different story and not the problem I’m currently referencing. The problem I am referencing…about which a number of other moms have recently lamented…is how to keep active kids hydrated. Now don’t worry, I’m not going to launch into a 5 Tips To Be The-Most-Hydrated-Person-Ever post because that’s kind of obnoxious and also I have no idea. What I do know is that Harry is actually pretty decent at drinking water. But a.) there’s not enough water in the world to hydrate something that plays outside in Austin and b.) if he gets a choice, he’ll grab a juice box or other sugary concoction every time. And then 10 minutes later, he’ll be a lunatic.

So he was pretty pumped the other day when he got an unexpected package in the mail. Full of juice boxes. (Summer unexpected package full of juice boxes. Whoohoo!) Like Midas counting his gold.

Only these weren’t juice boxes…but kid-happy coconut water. He doesn’t know what coconut water is, and if he knew that this was something called coconut water he would tell me that he doesn’t like coconuts or water and he would walk away and that would be the end of that. But. These came from a Mom 2.0 sponsor…a new line for kids that comes out next week (Vita Coco Kids)…so I just told him it was a new product that wasn’t out yet and he was one of the first kids that got to taste it.

He was into that.

He loved it. My kid who doesn’t really love anything loved it. His actual first response was, “Mom, you’ve got to try these. They’re awesome. They’re going to blow Capri Sun away!” So there you have it. From the kid.

Therefore, I went online and bought four kabillion of them to stock the refrigerator (each one only has 8 grams of sugar vs the 18, 26, or 27 grams that his normal faves have…it’s not a calories thing with us (though it only has 35), it’s a sugar thing. Sugar makes him looney toons.)

We also made popsicles with them. In one of my other favorite finds of the summer: the Zoku. Do you know of this thing? It makes quick, pretty popsicles. Check it.  I’m just starting to figure it out and plan to rock out the popsicles this season. I assume design bloggers could create entire tumblr streams on Zoku popsicles.

The kid is sold.

While we were feeling ambitions, we also made up a coconut water ice cream recipe using the cherry coconut water (Vita Coco Kids comes in three flavors, Apple Island, Paradise Punch and Very Cherry Beach).

So, basically, I’ve convinced Harry that he loves coconut water. I feel smart and fancy.

Also, to be clear, this isn’t a sponsored post or anything (although Vita Coco was a Mom 2.0 sponsor), this just goes under the I found something that works file.

And we’re going to need it if this heat keeps up… and this heat is totally just getting started.

God bless our heat-stricken souls.

Any other hydration tips that work for you? If so, please share. We need all the help we can get.

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  • Reply Ken June 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    How does Vita Coco taste with vodka or rum? Can you spice up what’s good for Harry into a “mama’s little helper” for yourself?

  • Laura Harrison Mayes
    Reply Laura June 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Ken, I think it would actually taste awesome. Obvs not for kids, but not a bad idea for a parental helper. Please work on that recipe and keep me posted.

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