This post has been sponsored by Nestl\u00e9\u00ae. All thoughts and opinions are my own.\r\n\r\nSummer is all about slower days, more time with my kids, and all the ice cream we can eat. Well, not really \u2013 I\u2019m not that nice of a mom. But I do keep more ice cream in the house in the summertime than the rest of the year. Enjoying a cold treat with my kiddos on a summer day is one of the few times when I actually slow down and can really be present with them. If you\u2019re anything like me, I struggle to find that down time, even in the summer. We\u2019re rushing from one activity or summer camp to the next, planning another road trip or family adventure. That\u2019s why I decided to write this post about 5 simple ways to slow down and spend some quality time with your kids this summer.\r\n5 Ways to Spend More Time With Your Kids This Summer\r\n1. Enjoy a Cold Treat as a Family\r\nA family favorite for us are the classic Nestl\u00e9\u00ae Drumsticks\u00ae. Right now is the perfect time to stock up on all your family favorites at Vons. They currently have their stock up and save event happening. You can get $5 when you buy 5. You can learn more at Have Happy on Hand. I\u2019m a regular Vons shopper because they have everything I need at great prices. Plus, there\u2019s always a store nearby if I need to pick up some snacks before heading to the beach, or shopping for my house. You can find the store near you here.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhen I was a kid, my dad would regularly take my sister and me to get ice cream. Growing up, my family were all Drumsticks\u00ae fans. Just the other day while I was on a work trip in Denmark with my sister, she actually told me that the classic Drumsticks\u00ae are her all-time favorite cold treat. I had no idea! What great timing that I get the chance to work with one of our family favorites.\r\n\r\nWhile I was in Denmark, my friend Leo, from Argentina, was also in town for the same conference. Leo, knowing how much I loved Dulce de Leche when I had the chance to visit Argentina a few years back, brought me several jars to bring back with me to the U.S. But now I don\u2019t have to wait until the next work trip to see Leo, because Nestl\u00e9\u00ae makes Dulce de Leche Drumsticks\u00ae!\r\n\r\nFor me, ice cream does mean togetherness and I am creating those little joyful moments with my own kids. On a hot summer day, there\u2019s nothing better than sitting around the family dinner table, enjoying a fun snack together. This was the first time my kids tried Nestl\u00e9\u00ae Drumsticks\u00ae and they LOVED both flavors. They really enjoyed the little bit of Dulce de Leche in the middle of the Dulce De Leche Drumsticks\u00ae, and my daughter couldn\u2019t get enough of the chocolate version too.\r\n\r\nIf I\u2019m honest, my biggest struggle as a mom is finding these little moments to slow down and be present with my kids. A simple act of picking up some sweet treats at Vons and enjoying them as a family, around the dinner table, was the first time in a long time that I can remember where I was just completely present in the moment with my babies. I\u2019m not saying ice cream is a cure-all for the chaos that is my life, but I do think it\u2019s these little sweet moments I need to plan and hold onto the most.\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Go for a Family Walk\r\nNow that you just ate that ice cream, let\u2019s show our kids some balance and get some exercise. We are really lucky to live near a gorgeous park. It\u2019s less than a five-minute walk, which is perfect for little legs.\r\n\r\nMost of the time, my kids ride their bike or scooter and I jog along behind them. It\u2019s a great way for me to get a little extra intense exercise and also they love when mom jogs along with them.\r\n\r\nOur neighborhood park also has sidewalks all the way around it, so I can do laps while my kids play on the playground. Sometimes, they will even scoot or bike along with me as I do laps.\r\n\r\nExercising with your kids is not only a great way to spend time together, it\u2019s also a fantastic way to role model a healthy and active lifestyle.\r\n3. Go for a Drive\r\nSome of the best memories I have with my parents are silly road trips we went on together. You could plan a short day-trip, a longer road trip, or even just an hour cruise to explore areas of your city or region that you haven\u2019t explored before.\r\n\r\nThe only thing I would suggest for the shorter trips is to lose technology. Put down the phones and the iPads and actually talk to each other. Some of the best conversations I\u2019ve had with my kids is while I\u2019m driving them to school or an activity. It\u2019s time with a lot less distractions. I turn down the radio and ask them questions. It\u2019s amazing what they\u2019ll tell you when you\u2019re just riding.\r\n\r\nOn slightly longer car rides we will listen to fun music they haven\u2019t heard before (throw-backs to my youth are always fun) or we\u2019ll play games like I-spy. My kids get such a kick out of these little games. Growing up, we always played the alphabet game. Now that my kids know their letters, this is one we\u2019re going to start playing this summer.\r\n4. Play Cards or Board Games\r\nSome of the best memories I\u2019ve had with my kids the last year is playing games with them. They are really into card games and board games right now, so they get so excited when I\u2019ll sit down and play with them. That's the thing. It's really easy to spend time with your kids. You don't have to do something grandiose for them to love it and remember it.\r\n\r\nIronically, some of my favorite memories with my own parents is also playing board games. I remember hours of playing every board game under the sun. We had quite the collection. This goes back to the fact that technology and video games were still so not a part of the daily fabric of our lives. Things like board games seemed a lot more fun. But honestly, they still are! My kids absolutely love them. Go to the store and pick up some of the classics. I bet your kids will love them just as much as mine do and as I did as a kid. Playing board games is a great way to spend time with your kids this summer.\r\n5. Turn Off Your Cell Phone for a Day\r\nI know, it sounds impossible. What would I do without my GPS, my Instagram, my email, the good ole\u2019 ability to make a phone call. But remember 1999? Remember when we didn\u2019t have constant connection, when we didn\u2019t have to check social media sites daily? Do you remember your own childhood?\r\n\r\nI remember mine vividly, and I remember that there was not one piece of technology, aside from a rotary phone and a TV that were part of my daily life. Well until high school, I wasn\u2019t regularly on a computer. I may be dating myself here, but I do miss the days where the only thing I had on the agenda was playing in sprinklers or riding my bike to my neighbor\u2019s house to play in their backyard. Let\u2019s give our kids those moments too. Let\u2019s forget our phones or at least forget to turn them on once in awhile. Instead, let\u2019s focus completely on them and their well-being. I bet we\u2019ll even have a lot more fun without those phones.\r\n\r\nNone of these ideas are special or unique, but they are all little ways we can slow down and connect with our families. I recently read about the fact that we only get 18 summers with each of our kids. That may or may not be completely accurate (I know I was around my parents\u2019 house well into my early 20s), but the premise is definitely true. Their childhoods are fleeting and I want to make the most of these summer moments while I have them. I'm planning to find a lot of summer activities so we can have a lot of family time.\u00a0Here\u2019s to finding ways to create memories and spend time with your kids this summer. Enjoy your summer vacation!