Sunday, November 6, 2016

Top Ten Favorite Family Activities


Life for a family of six can be incredibly busy. As our kids get older, their lives get busier. Sometimes it feels like there's no time to breathe, let alone reconnect!

Family Activities

One thing Grant and I firmly believe in is the importance of spending time together as a family. We may not have much extra time, but when we do, we do our best to come together for a family adventure



Top Ten Favorite Family Activities

{ONE} Set aside one day each week for Family Movie Night. Grab some snacks and drinks, or even eat an easy dinner together while watching a movie. Rotate through the family each week so each family member gets the chance to choose a movie. When there's a holiday approaching, break out those seasonal favorites!

{TWO} Go for a walk or a hike. Regular exercise is so important and exercising together is much more fun! Teach them those healthy habits while they're young and it will become a lifestyle!

{THREE} Have a picnic at the park. Pack an easy lunch, grab a picnic blanket and head to your local park. Enjoy a meal outdoors and have fun playing! For a fun twist, make it an under-the-stars picnic or in an unusual location like near an airport.

{FOUR} Head to your local zoo or museum or participate in activities at your local library. Have fun exploring, reading and learning together!

{FIVE} Play a game of basketball, kickball, soccer or baseball. Forget the rules and just focus on having fun!

{SIX} Have a family game night. Just like family movie night, make this a regular event and let each family member have a turn choosing the game. Sit around the table with the game and some snacks, and enjoy your time together!

{SEVEN} Get cultural.  See a musical, go to the symphony, watch a ballet or explore an art museum or gallery. Exposing kids to the arts is so important!

{EIGHT} Branch out and try something new.  Be a tourist in a nearby city. Go for a trail ride on horseback. Take in a sporting event that you've never gone to. Volunteer together for a cause. Figure out something that you've never done together as a family and make time to try something new or learn a new skill! You just might discover a new favorite along the way!

{NINE} Gather for a family meal as often as possible and aim for one signature meal each week. For our family, it's Sunday brunch. Sunday is the one day each week that we're all usually home and we love to go all out: hot drinks, juice, eggs, bacon or sausage, toast, pancakes and even cinnamon rolls!

{TEN}  Go out to eat together. If it doesn't happen often, it's an exciting treat. Sometimes it's fun to just focus on being together instead of preparing a meal and worrying about cleaning up!

Right now, Fruit Shoot® and Pizza Hut® are joining together to promote family adventures while giving back! Every time  Fruit Shoot® is bought at Pizza Hut® from Nov 10, 2016 – April 30, 2017, 5 cents per bottle will be donated to First Book. First book is a non profit organization that provides books and other educational resources to educators serving children in need. 


As a family who loves to read and loves to give back, this is the perfect family adventure for us! We took a little break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and headed to Pizza Hut® over the weekend. After weeks of dealing with a chaotic schedule and barely seeing each other, it was so nice to reconnect!


Pizza Hut

After ordering our favorite pizzas and breadsticks, we added Fruit Shoot® to our order! Although my husband and I got a much needed caffeine fix from soda, I felt much better about giving my kids a delicious juice drink that is made with real sugar (or no added sugar depending on the flavor). There are also no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup in the drinks!

Fruit Shoot

My four kids fell in love with Fruit Shoot® during our last Fruit Shoot® campaign and they were so excited to see it in the cooler at our local Pizza Hut®! Fruit Shoot® is #MadeForAdventures and my family is always up for an adventure!
Fruit Shoot
 Fruit Shoot
Fruit Shoot
 Fruit Shoot

It was so great to end our weekend by reconnecting as a family!  We talked about things that happened over the past week and discussed our upcoming adventures. Our waitress, who has been working at that Pizza Hut® since I was a child, was amazing and so friendly, which added to the enjoyment of the evening.

Before long, our favorite pizza was devoured and our drinks were nearly empty. Although we wished the fun could continue, it was evident that our kids were getting tired after a weekend full of adventures!

The Literacy Project

We headed home with just a few leftovers (I know what I'm having for lunch tomorrow) and prepared ourselves for the busy week ahead. A certain toddler just might have hidden his leftover Fruit Shoot® in his crib and he almost got away with it!

The Literacy Project

We'll be heading back to Pizza Hut® in a few weeks and we'll certainly be purchasing Fruit Shoot® again! Not only do my kids love it, but we'll also be supporting The Literacy Project! 

You, too, can support this incredible cause! Simply visit your local Pizza Hut®, purchase a product from Fruit Shoot® and give the gift of reading to children in need!


Thank you to Fruit Shoot® for sponsoring today's post and encouraging us to take time out of our busy schedule to enjoy a family activity! 

First Book

To learn more about Fruit Shoot®, you can visit their website or Facebook page.  To learn more about First Book and The Literacy Project, you can visit them HERE.

10 comments:

  1. We are with you on quality family time. We havea family movie night every friday night and it's my favorite. And daily walks or bike rides are so nice. We can go out and enjoy the weather. We got to the playground a lot too. Great family time suggestions. Love the family shot at the end too!

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  2. Such a great ideas of ways to be together. Family time is just the best.

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  3. I love all of these ideas! As for the Fruit Shoot, yum! We're actually heading to Pizza Hut this afternoon to celebrate a friend's birthday. I know exactly what I'll be buying Eliza to drink! Thanks, girl!

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  4. Family time is the best time! Mason goes almost everywhere with us. We prefer it that way. There’s such limited time we have with these sweet little ones and I just want to make the most memories as possible. I love these activities you shared! And now I am craving pizza at 8:30 am!!

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  5. I love that Pizza Hut has those! We love pizza at our house!

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  6. We've been going on lots of hikes and bike rides lately, and every now and again we can all agree on a movie (which often ends up meaning I fall asleep - oops). And, going out to eat is always an adventure! My kids haven't tried the Fruit Shoots, but I have a feeling Marcus would love them!

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  7. These are such great ways to spend purposeful family time together! I love that you guys do Sunday Brunch- will you adopt me? :)

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  8. I love this list! My husband and I were just talking tonight about time flies, and we only have a little bit of time to instill love, confidence and pride into our kiddos before they are released into the real world. Gosh, don't you wish you could just shelter them from the world forever!!

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  9. We love going on picnics! Connor thinks eating outside is just the coolest thing ever!

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