Making Summer Memories (and Cleaning Summer Messes) with Cousins

Making Summer Memories (and Cleaning Summer Messes) with Cousins

Every great childhood memory of mine involves two things: summer and cousins. I grew up with all of my cousins (there are a lot of us!) and the countless memories we’ve made over the years are priceless.

From hours of hide and seek, to trips to the pool, the beach, mud pies, and ice cream explosions… each memory holds a special place in my heart. We never worried about time or messes, we just had fun and enjoyed our childhood together. This is something I want so badly for my children.

But we don’t live close to family.

Getting Messy This Summer

In order to give them a similar experience, we schedule a visit to or from family every year so that all the cousins can play together. We’ve made some pretty wonderful memories this way and it each year gets better. They have their own unique experience with their cousins that varies over different states.

While the time that my kids have with their cousins is precious, it’s also time sensitive. For this reason,  we’re a little more lax on the kids when we’re all together. We let them live and do kid things without restriction (within safety and reason, of course).

Instead of limiting them, I just come prepared for any messes that result from cousin fun. They’re able to explore and get messy without getting reprimanded and these memories will last them a lifetime.


During our trip back “home” this year, things got pretty messy. During all the summer fun, the water table quickly became one giant mud pie- but the laughs and giggles that accompanied the fun made it all worth it. So they played…

And this was the result.

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While it was something that they enjoyed (immensely), “someone” needed to clean up the mess properly… and we pulled out the hose. As easy as that was, we still had a huge mess on our hands (quite literally). Besides the fact that I wasn’t sure exactly what was in there (besides what appeared to be mud), I needed something to work a little harder than I was willing to…

Because it’s my vacation, too!!

Cleaning Summer Messes… Easily!

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This is where Viva Paper Towels and Clorox Cleaning Spray come into play. Together, they easily clean up most of the messes that the cousins made (and make) so that I can enjoy the time we have with my family, too. In 2 EASY steps, I was able to clean (and sanitize!) the water table!! It seriously doesn’t get easier than that.


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That’s it.

Yes, it was THAT easy. The scrubbing power of Viva Vantage Paper Towels and Clorox Cleaning Spray combined makes for easy cleanup. In fact, the hardest part was getting all the cousins in the car and through Walmart to pick up our summer essentials (like Clorox and Viva Vantage). TIP: They have curbside pickup so you DON’T have to take all the kids and cousins in.

It all worked out perfectly in the end. Check out the results:

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Let the kids enjoy their summer with their cousins (and you can enjoy your summer, too!) by making clean up easy. #UnleashTheCleanSquad with Viva Vantage Paper Towels and Clorox Cleaning Spray (both available at Walmart). Give Walmart’s curbside pickup a try. It makes shopping with kids a breeze because you don’t even have to take them out of their car seats!! You can order online and get your items delivered to your car.

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What kind of fun summer memories do you have?


Pamela is a Freelance Writer, Blogger, WAHM of 3, and Veteran Military Wife living in Southwest Texas. Raised in the Northeast and having lived a few years in the Pacific Northwest, she likes to write about mom life, parenting, frugal living, experiences, and WINE. (Lots of wine!) When she’s not busy chasing toddlers around, you can find her on the blog or on social media. Check her out on Instagram:

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