I was part of the Every day, careproject with Whirlpool® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.The assignment was very broadly structured, so all options and ideas are my own. #EveryDayCare

With a family, there’s no breaks, there’s no “summer vacation.” Anyone with kids and a spouse know this very, very well. If anything, the summer months are even more jam-packed with activities and things to do. The pool, the beach, the park, BBQs, vacations, who knows what? Everyone is looking to soak in the sun, enjoy the weather, and breathe a little bit easier. The shuttle bus is always rocking…and that’s a very good thing. What would we do otherwise, right? It would be slow, boring…peaceful.

Whatever your routine is during the school year, it’s turned on its head when the weather gets hotter. I mean, the kids are home. Sure, you’re still washing, cooking, and cleaning like always…but it takes a different turn…a more vibrant, more outdoorsy turn. Sometimes you may feel like you are being pulled in 100 different directions and you just need a break, but I think that everything is just a little bit easier, lighter, more care free. It’s summer, baby…how can you not be happy?

How do you show your family and friends some new, improved, summer-style Every day, care™?

For me and my family, the summer is all about freedom and outdoors. Vera and I know full well that this is the best time of the year, but it’s the best time for us to enjoy the kids. They won’t be around forever, and they won’t be in the house for long. Summer vacations won’t last forever and they won’t be as great as they are now…at least in the ways they are great now. You have to enjoy them while they’re young, and when better than the summer?

We love to hit the beach, just hang in the yard, and have people over for some grilling and chilling. The kids love to hang out in the backyard, playing ball, lounging on the hammock, or setting up a lemonade stand. I am always there to help them along, spend some time playing with them, and letting them know that care is alive and well when they want to enjoy themselves outside. When can you go out and just play, all day long, deep into the night like during the summer? There’s no school in the morning, no stress…it’s just fun…the way childhood is meant to be!

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Cleaning takes a different path during the summer. Sure, you may have more clothes to clean since they always seem to be changing…but they’re smaller and lightweight. It’s easy!! My favorite part of cleaning and prepping for all the good, outdoor fun and BBQ-driven company…power washing the deck and house!! It’s awesome and it’s just so good to clean all the soot and dirt that’s accumulated from the winter months. The house glistens for my family when I’m all said and done…because I’ve been know to get a little tiny bit manic when I’m cleaning. Hey, it’s for a good cause!

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Even cooking has a new look, a new feel, a new meaning in the summer. It’s outdoors, it’s open flames, it’s light and airy foods. I love to hit the grill when the weather warms up. This is the way we were all meant to eat and enjoy our meals!! I show my family care this way…and I love to do it. Who doesn’t love to see big smiles and full bellies?

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So there you have it. My 2 cents on how the summer brings about more change than you even realize. You still care and do so much for your loved ones, but it’s just…different. I dare say my friends…it’s better. How can you argue with the above pics? I mean c’mon…

The Every day, care™ Project from Whirlpool® celebrates the simple acts of care that enrich and nourish the lives of those we love. Are you ready to show how much you care? Click here to check out the Every day, care™ website and see how the little things can add up to big changes. You can also check out Whirlpool® on Facebook and Twitter.

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