Summer Essentials for kids

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Here are a few things we can’t live without during these hot Florida summer months.

My kids love popsicles, and want to eat them every day when the weather is hot. Having a Zoku allows us to make healthy popsicles like lemonade and sliced strawberries. Yum. 

The girls live in their Crocs this time of year. They wear them to the beach, swim practice, the park, and every other place we go.

I have found that the Burt’s Bees insect repellant works great. We leave it in the back yard and spritz some on in the evening when the bugs come out. Bonus, it smells great!

I don’t know about your kids, but mine HATE sunscreen. Thank goodness for waterproof spray on sunscreen, so I can get the job done quickly and effectively. 

I always keep some spray in conditioner in our beach bag and near the pool. It is a must for keeping the girls hair manageable this time of year.

Sunglasses to protect the kids eyes when they are outside is very important. I am partial to the retro oversized sunglasses, like this pair.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite (and have a picnic, too!)

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If you have grown tired of my beach photos, I do apologize. It’s what we’ve been doing lately! I picked up some kites from the dollar store, and the girls had a blast flying them at the beach today. We had a picnic with my husband’s family, and we all had the best time! (a highlight was feeding our leftover lunch to the seagulls)

We will be taking a little staycation in Orlando in a few weeks, at a super fun resort, so check back, soon!

Summer, We Love You.

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We kicked the official start of summer of right with a family bbq, and a trip to the beach. We have spent endless hours in our pool and at the beach, which is the only way to beat the heat here in sunny Florida. Now that Amelia and Maggie are a bit older, (4 & 7),  and they are both strong swimmers, I find these activities to be much more enjoyable.

I hope there is a sandy beach, or a crystal clear pool in your near future. Happy summer!

Kidecals

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We often give eggs from our backyard chickens to friends and family. We use recycled egg cartons that people save for us from their store bought eggs, and reuse them to bring our eggs to others. My Papaw was the one who inspired us to get our hens, and I knew I wanted a label that read Papaw Farms to put on our egg containers in honor of him. I am so happy with the way these Kidecals labels turned out. The labels are very high quality, and are perfect for this purpose.

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Another product from Kidecals that I knew I wanted were their chalkboard labels. My kiddos are collectors, and I often save our spaghetti and olive jars for them to stash away their treasures in. Now, we can label them, too! These labels would also be perfect on homemade salsa or jam.

Head on over to Kidecals and check out all of their great labels. I will definitely be ordering some more labels for Amelia’s school supplies when she is ready to go back to school. Kidecal is offering my readers 15% off any order with the discount code fashion. 

*this is a sponsored post, I was compensated to write this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hooray Summer!

We have been living in our backyard these last few weeks. We’ve had friends & family over for bbqs and homemade sangria. We’ve been swimming in the pool, the kids have been catching lizards, and we are really enjoying this slower pace of life. I hope your summer is off to a great start, too!

A Beachy Craft

Yesterday was the girls first official day of summer break. We decided to kick it off right with a trip Honeymoon Island for some fun in the sun. We found some beautiful shells like the ones above, but we also decided to search for some less than perfect shells, with holes in them, so we could do a fun craft when we returned home.

You can use any string or yarn you might have around the house, we used twine, and let your kids put their favorite shells on by themselves. The result is a fun and funky shell necklace that your kiddos will love.

Summertime (Unofficially)

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This weekend has been so much fun. On Saturday, we spent the afternoon in the children’s section of our local library, crafting and book hunting, followed by a trip to our favorite gelato spot. Sunday, we hosted some friends and family for a bbq and pool party, and today, we met some people at the beach to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It was HOT in Florida this weekend, and I was happy to enjoy all the great summer activities we have waited for these last few months. I love the last photo above of the girls sleeping in the car on the way home from the beach today. It just shows you how much fun we had this weekend! We are pooped.

I hope your long weekend was a blast, too!

Thank you to all the veterans and their families for your service. We appreciate you. A special thank you to our favorite vets, my dad, and my brother-in-law.

My Birthday on the Beach

My parents came to Clearwater Beach to meet us for dinner to celebrate my 37th birthday last weekend. We were enjoying a long weekend stay cation at the Frenchy’s Oasis Motel, a super cute retro motel with views of the intracoastal waterway. We all stuffed ourselves with seafood, enjoyed some yummy rum runners, and sang along and danced to the awesome cover band that was playing at the restaurant that night. The sunset was amazing, and we all agreed we needed to make the short drive to the beach to view it more often. The next morning we had perfect beach weather, and the girls stayed busy building sand castles and jumping the waves.

Staycation Clearwater Beach 2014

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Last weekend, we stayed a few days at our favorite beach motel to celebrate my birthday, and the beautiful weather. Although we had some rain to contend with, we made the best of it with activities like swimming in the rain (our pool was heated), eating delicious seafood at our favorite beach restaurants, bird and boat watching from our balcony, and a trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to visit Winter, the famous dolphin from the movie A Dolphin Tale. (I will do a separate post on that outing, later). We love our local beach, and it is always voted amongst the top beaches in the country. Our sugary sand, and beautiful, warm gulf water make it the perfect place for a family vacation.