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Seven Summer Essentials Every Girl Must Have

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Summer is officially here! Can’t you just picture it … clear blue skies, lazy days by the pool, and endless sunshine.

With that in mind, you’ll want to make sure that you are prepared to enjoy those fun-filled and carefree days of summer.

Check out this list of essential items that every girl should have.

A flattering swimsuit

A nice swimsuit is a no-brainer for summer. Whether you are chilling by the pool or relaxing on a sunny beach, this item is a definite necessity.

Here are three of the cutest I’ve seen this season.

Vintage Sailor Pin Up One Piece Skirtini

One Shoulder Asymmetric Ruffle Bathing Suit

Women’s Snakeskin Bikini Set


Sunglasses are another no-brainer. Not only do they help to protect your eyes from damaging sun rays, they also add the perfect touch to your summer outfit. These Jessica Simpson sunglasses will complement your outfit perfectly.

Stylish Oversized Tote Bag

You will need a nice and sturdy tote bag to keep all of your essential items in one place . Things like your wallet, phone, lipstick, camera, books/magazines, water… you get my drift. This round Bohemian top-handle tote would hold all of your summer time necessities!

A cute, yet comfy sundress

You will definitely need a cute sundress (make that sundresses) for the season. Dresses are light, airy and oh so feminine. Simply pair it with the right accessories, and you are ready for a summer concert, date night, or evening with the girls.

This Off The Shoulder Ruffle Shift Dress can be transformed from a day to a night look seamlessly.

Denim Shorts

Shorts, like these rolled hem distresssed denim shorts are perfect for those days when you want to keep it really casual, but still be super cute.

Throw on some denim shorts along with your favorite t-shirt and sneakers, and you are good to go.

Cute Sandals

Who doesn’t love a great pair of summer sandals! Trust me, you will definitely want to give your toes some breathing room as the temperature climbs. Opt for a pair that is comfortable, yet stylish like these Steve Madden espadrille sandals.


Protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays by wearing sunscreen. My family’s favorite is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion. Be sure to reapply it as necessary, especially when you are swimming.

There you have it, friends. My list of summer essentials. What would you add to this list?

40 Fun Summer Activities For Kids That Will Keep Boredom At Bay

School is out for the summer!  Now, how in the world are you going to keep the youngster’s entertained these next few months?  

Some of you may be sending your kids off to camp, or some type of sporting league. But if you are like me, your kiddo will be with you 24/7 all summer long.

No need to fret, there are many ways to keep the kids occupied with fun and engaging activities while school is out.

Here is a list of forty free or cheap summer activities for you and your kids to enjoy and make memories in the process.

1. Go on a backyard scavenger hunt.
2. Pay a visit to your local library.
3. Arrange a play date with neighborhood kids, or kids in your mom group.
4. Visit the park.
5. Watch educational movies on Netflix or Hulu.
6. Teach your kids to cook. Bake cookies and other desserts.
7. Go on a hike in the mountains or a nearby forest.
8. Build a lemonade stand.
9. Go camping under the stars in your own backyard.
10. Spend the day at an amusement park.
11. Make and bake a homemade pizza together.
12. Build a birdhouse.
13. Make your own homemade board game.
14. Plant trees in the backyard.
15. Visit a local splash pad or water park for some fun water play.
16. Learn how to play a musical instrument. Purchase a used instrument from places like Craigslist or a yard sale.
17. Make snow cones out of crushed ice.
18. Go swimming. If your kiddo cant swim, take swimming lessons.
19. Have a water balloon fight.
20. Explore your neighborhood. Go for family walks in the mornings or after dinner.
21. Read news stories together. Explain the story to your child in an age-appropriate manner.
22. Write letters to distant relatives.
23. Search for “free admission” days to the local museum, art gallery or zoo and make a day trip out of it.
24. Go on a bicycle ride.
25. Feed the ducks at the local pond.
26. Grab the garden hose, and play in the sprinklers.
27. Have a “mathlete” competition – see which kids can solve math problems the fastest!
28. Plant a garden and watch it grow.
29. Play a trivia game. You can find questions from the internet.
30. Host a sleepover for your kids.
31. Play frisbee or soccer.
32. Attend a baseball game.
33. Make mini-popsicles using ice trays and juice.
34. Play hide-and-go-seek.
35. Fly a kite. As an added bonus, have your kids make their own.
36. Visit an aquarium.
37. Build a backyard obstacle course.
38. Go bowling.
39. Have a picnic in the park.
40. Have a backyard luau.

As an added bonus, why not make a photo journal or a family yearbook showcasing some of the activities that you did over the summer.  


What are some of your favorite summertime activities?