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Summertime faves- Erin

Erin blogged first with us in our Mommy Diaries series, you can check out her post here.  Since that post, Erin and James have welcomed a beautiful daughter, Lucianna and continue to be an awesome little family, filled with tons of faith and love.  

I love summer and all things warms and sunny. I would live outside if I could...maybe if I had a tree house...
I have a 4 year old who shares my enthusiasm for the outdoors and a 6 month old who so far tolerates it. She likes how the grass tastes. Joy.

One thing I don't love about summer is bugs. Mosquitoes, moths, ticks. Ugh. Awful. Almost as bad as bugs is mosquito spray. I can't stand the greasiness or the need to constantly keep putting it on, or the amount of scary things (read: deet) in it. Not to mention that you are limited in the amount you can put on your kids. So what's a girl who wants to live outside and spends time up at the lake to do? I'll tell you! Satsuma Body Butter (from The Body Shop). The bugs hate the smell of the delicious citrus scent and they stay away. My family has been using it since my oldest was 6 months and it has stood up against even the most vicious Candle Lake bugs. It's wonderful! Because there aren't any harsh chemicals in it (compared to regular bug spray) it can be used on babies, pregnant ladies, and can be reapplied as many times as you like. My mom keeps her tub of it in the fridge for a nice cool treat on tired summer legs. Bonus, it keeps your skin feeling smooth...who doesn't need some extra hydration in the summer? Another bonus, my dad discovered that it actually eases the itch from mosquito bites. It's definitely my favourite summer product hands down.

So now that we're all body buttered and ready to take on the outdoors I'd like to tell you about a few of our favourite things to do around the city. My husband is in the car business and summer is his busiest time of year. He works every weekend so holidays away as a family are few and far between. We have found some gems of things to do close by that make us feel like we're on vacation, but can still be home in time for dinner.
Our first favourite place is The Saskatchewan Railway Museum .  My little guy has been a train enthusiast since he was 18 months old so this place is a must each summer. It gives my little explorer the opportunity to climb in actual train cars, look at train memorabilia, and there's even a little gift shop that we are always sure to visit. It's perfect for a sunny day and includes the perfect amount of walking and even a little ride on the tracks.

Another thing that we're doing this summer with my sister-in-law and her sister (I call her my sister-in-law-in-law) is checking out different playgrounds around the city. When we all get together the ages of the kiddies are 3 months, 6 months, 16 months, 2 1/2, and two 4 year olds. Our favourite playground so far is Queen Elizabeth park (just off Clarence and Taylor) it is accessible for the little walkers and has loads to climb on and do for the busier kids. There is a paddling pool and a skate park right there too. Something for everyone! The floor of the playground is made of that glorious tire stuff so there's no need to stop and dump the ENTIRE sandbox of sand out of a shoe and no pesky wood chips to get stuck on socks. Or is this just something that my kid does??

If you're looking for something a little more special than a park, I suggest you check out the River Boat Tours on the Prairie Lily Boat. My husband and I went on a tour last year for a date night and this summer we took both kids and my parents. The boat ride provides a different view of the city and gives some interesting facts about the river and the buildings that surround it.

There's always the classic berry picking, river walking, farmers market, spray parks, forestry farm, and tons of festivals...Saskatoon is kinda a happening place in the summer. It's not so bad staying put for a lot of the summer....just as long as I can escape to the lake every so often.


  1. Thanks for the body butter tip, Erin. I'm definitely going to get some!

  2. oh i love the body butter tip. I use Skin So Soft from Avon (green bottle) That works really well too. Will have to try this too

  3. I received a Satsuma gift box but haven't used it much because the scent is a bit too strong for me. Will be putting it with the camping supplies now! Thanks for the tip!


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