Motherhood · Toddler Life

Summer Favorites – At the Water!

We have been spending so many summer evenings and mornings at the beach or pool with friends! I’ve teamed up with several of my favorite mama bloggers to cultivate a collection of tips/products to help your days at the water go smoothly . I hope this is post and the ones we have going up in the next few days will be encouraging to you as we all survive this summer heat!

Staying hydrated through out the summer can be tough, especially if you’re a little picky about water bottles like I am! This glass straw cup is my absolute favorite right now and since it holds 20oz, I don’t need to refill it as often through out the day. Perfect for on the go as well since it fits into a standard sized cup holder!  -Katie, http://www.humblemotherhood.com

The first must have is a great bag to put ALL of your stuff in. This. Tote. Bag. In Extra Large.  If you’re thinking to yourself, “wow, this is massive,” you are one thousand percent correct.  But it is also every bit worth it’s massivity (eh, not a word).  It is my go-to for most family outings because I can put everything I need in O-N-E bag and call it a day.  It’s inside pockets are delightful and keep things organized while the exterior pocket ensures that I don’t lose my keys.  It is currently being used for our 47 degree May baseball games that require winter attire for all members of our family, two fleece blankets, thermos’ of hot chocolate, diapers, snacks, etc.  However, I am hoping it soon converts to our beach bag full of sunscreen, towels and cheddar popcorn.  Go get one!!

–Lily, http://www.thehybridhome.net  

Don’t forget the sunscreen!  As a fair skinned mother with a handful of fair-skinned children, I spend a hefty amount of summer vacation planning money on sunscreen.  A few years ago in an effort to ditch and switch some of the harmful things in our lives, I sought out some better, Yet Still Effective, sunscreen alternatives.  My favorite that I have found and as a plus has a 3-4 rating (depending on product) on the “Think Dirty” app is Alba Botanica Hawaiian sunscreen.  I love it and I love that it is a spray for keeping all 7 of our family members covered in record time and effectively keeping us from burning! –Amanda, http://www.thehybridhome.net

I don’t know about you but I can always use extra places to store and carry small items and snacks.  It seems in summer we are on the go, go go! Running kids to activities, to friends, to the pool… the time spent in the car is pretty plentiful. I love these reusable plastic bags by Full Circle. They are food-safe, BPA-free, have an air-tight “lock” seal design, are very sturdy, and come in a few different sizes and designs. Perfect to grab a snack or two to take in the car or pack in a lunch. –Denean, deneanmelcher.com

Now that our snacks are covered, what about drinks?  No one likes a warm drink when it’s hot outside, but no one likes a spilled drink, either. These Contigo Spill-Proof Insulated Cups are great because they come apart easily to dishwash, but they stay cold, can withstand toddlers “dropping” them, and they fit in most standard cupholders! Milk and sparkling water will start to siphon out of them, but regular cold water is virtually spill proof, with or without a straw. Ever need to leave your stuff in the car to run some errands and come back to hot water?! Not the case with these. But, if you don’t like the stainless steel, we love this water-and-snack-cup combination*. My very favorite way to keep track of drink cups and snack cups are these handy dishwasher safe silicone labels*, or if you need more versatility, try these write-on ones* (I even use one for the bottle I take with me to the gym). – Caitlin, missionofmotherhood.com

And while we are out enjoying the sun and the flowers, and the beach, there is this fun and functional pouch from allshewrotenotes.com summer collection.  “Girls just wanna have sun” or maybe mine should say “Girls just wann have sunscreen” but either way, it makes me dream of beach days when I can quickly locate my phone, sunglasses, and chapstick and keep on enjoying the day.  It is so cute and happy, isn’t it? 

–Amanda, http://www.thehybridhome.net

Last but certainly not least is a good hair brush! Long hair + thick hair + wet hair = KNOTS! All three of my girls have long, thick hair, and whether you spend a summer at the pool, or a day at the beach, it usually results in some seriously knotty hair. This Wet Brush has saved the day so many times for us. It easily gets through knotted hair, wet or dry, without much complaint. It’s a must have for anyone with long or easily tangled hair! –Denean, deneanmelcher.com

What are some of your favorite beach or pool tips? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

katie

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