Thursday, June 30, 2016

20 Must Haves For Summer

I love summer. It is by far my favorite season, plus we manage to have tons of fun and keep extra busy during the summer months! Here are 20 things that I can't live without this summer:

1.) Keens. The whole family got new Keens this summer in preparation for our waterfall hiking on summer vacation. I love these shoes: comfortable, supportive, and waterproof.

2.) Watermelon. You can never go wrong with watermelon in the summer. Not only does it help keep you hydrated in the hot afternoons, but it tastes delcious!

3.) Sunscreen and bug spray. These are a must for our long days playing outdoors.

4.) Beach towel. We love our oversize beach towels.

5.) Summer reads. My summer reads include Room, My Brilliant Friend (all four in the series), and travel books. The kids are keeping busy with National Park books, Goosebumps books, and the Harry Potter series.

6.) Slip n' slides. These are a true sign of summer fun!

7.) Old Navy flip flops. I've never stopped buying ON flip flops even though they kill my feet. They're still my fave footwear in the summer.

8.) Griller basket. We love our griller basket for grilling all of our summer veggies.

9.) Squirt guns. Nothing beats a fun squirt gun battle with your friends on a hot summer afternoon.

10.) Yellow nail polish. This just screams summer to me.

11.) Iced tea (unsweetened). The ultimate summer drink. Sun tea is the best, even my kids enjoy a few sips.

12.) Moonshine. In case you haven't figured it out from previous posts, I'm fairly excited for our upcoming vacation. One of our stops will be a Moonshine distillery. I've got high hopes for this place!

13.) Hiking shorts. I found these hiking shorts at and fell in love with them. I bought multiple pairs of all of our hiking adventures.

14.) Hair ties. My hair does not do well with the summer humidity. A messy, curly/frizzy bun is all there is in the summer.

15.) Ice packs. There's a lot of summer "owies" here. Ice packs and Band Aids heal all.

16.) Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop The Feeling. It's the perfect summer song.

17.) Maxi dresses. Long, flowy, and lightweight makes these the perfect summer dresses.

18.) Fishing poles. At the beginning of the summer, we spent a day fishing (during free fishing weekend). The oldest mini loved it and has inspired us to get a fishing license, which means all new fishing poles.

19.) Iced coffee. My favorite summer drink without the calories and sugars of the frappucino (also a favorite).

20.) Sparklers. I look at the 4th of July as a mind summer pick me up. Sparklers are a true sign of the middle of summer celebration.