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Hello there! How are ya? Hot?!
It’s mid June, but it feels like it’s been summer for a few months here in Atlanta!
Summer solstice is upon us. Wednesday June 21, 2017 will be the longest day of the year and the official start of summa, summa, summa, TIME!
My preschooler (4), my almost toddler (gosh she’s growing so quickly) and I, make a point to leave the house every single day. Funny that they call us HOMEschoolers and stay-at-HOME-moms. Home is not where you want to be stuck with little humans all day, every day!
We frequent parks, playgrounds, the zoo, splash-pads, and many many nature walks.
Oh how I wish, leaving the house was an effortless pursuit. BUT it is not; because, I have these crazy intentions of keeping my crew happy, fed, safe, healthy, clean… well, let’s just say ALIVE — Oh, I also enjoy maintaining my sanity.
This takes preparation!
After four years and many failed outings (because I forgot that one thing, that could have made my life so much easier) I’m finally getting the hang of it!
To pay it forward, I’ve complied this list! Big kid, toddler and/or baby necessities I wish I had my first summer as a mom.
Checklist For New Moms: Essentials You Need for Summer Activities & Summer Fun with Kids!
A few things for YOU! Because you deserve a little attention too!
I love my mug! I love my coffee. I love not having to worry about losing my coffee to spills! I also need my coffee iced (or hot in the winter) lukewarm room-temp coffee isn’t my thing. This mug keeps coffee at your desired temp for HOURS! 5 hrs for hot and 12 for cold! Also if you take your own mug to most coffee shops they will give you a discount! (Purchased from Costco)
If you are going to be out and about with the kids, why not get credit for all of those steps! Having a Fitbit is so motivating and it syncs with MyFitnessPal (I’m a calorie counter)! Seeing my activity makes me feel a lot less guilty if I miss the gym. (My first Fitbit was from Costco, my 2nd from Amazon)
I love these shoes. They are comfy but also stylish, they really pull the mommy uniform together. And there are MANY colors to choose from. (Purchased from Amazon)
Shades are a MUST HAVE. Stylish and affordable. Affordable because, if they aren’t being ripped from my face, they are crashing down against cement. ALSO squinting gives me horrible headaches and it’s causes wrinkles… I don’t need help getting wrinkles. (Purchased from Amazon)
If you haven’t heard of the BOB stroller — hear me NOW! I love this thing, we have had it for 4 years and it is holding up wonderfully. The reason I love my BOB is because it’s so SMOOTH, easy to push and maneuver with ONE hand. No carpel tunnel over here! Unlike the Britax we have that’s collecting dust. (Purchased from Amazon)
ORGANIZE. If you have a place to put it, you’ll know were to find it. QUICKLY
We have this for our BOB Stroller. The drink holder and pocket come in really handy. (Purchased from Amazon)
Because we only have two hands!! These are huge! I’ve hooked grocery bags, my friends bags etc.
I love this. Since we are frequently on the go, I pre-pack our car with: extra clothing, water toys, sun hats, bug spray, shelf stable snacks etc. I organize using this, instead of shoving every thing into a bag.
I was using my husbands manly bag for a few months, but since I don’t have the luxury of using a purse anymore (Because, kids.) I thought it a good idea to have a diaper bag that I wasn’t embarrassed of. AND it comes with stroller straps, meaning I can attach it to my stroller with ease. (Purchased from Amazon)
EAT! Why do they want to eat every single day?
We really don’t know whats happened on the tables we use. There are disposable place mats available, but I try to keep my “green on”. These are silicone and sticky enough that my baby can’t pull it off too easily, and easy to rinse. (Purchased from Amazon)
Stainless steel so no plastic worries and it keeps their beverage nice and cold! (Purchased from Costco)
Because no one wants a wet tushy, I also like the large size, my crawler stays on it more easily. (Purchased from Costco)
PROTECT! Safe sun is the best sun!
It’s hot our there y’all! I don’t want my baby over heating. (Purchased from Amazon)
I also have one of these for our play-yard. Because, Zika, West Nile, and who knows what will be on the news next?! (Purchased from Amazon)
Sometimes baby want to be held or you decide to leave the stroller behind. We also have an Ergo Carrier but it’s just too warm. This carrier is under 40 BUCKS!!!!! Is light and breathable. (Purchased from Amazon)
Of course for my children but also for me. I’ve invested a bit of $$ in post pregnancy skin repair. (Purchased from Amazon)
Love these! They had a back that provides protection for the neck but also make it really easy to wear while in the stroller since there is no brim in the way. Super easy to pack. (Purchased from Amazon)
We frequent the splash pads, Ari has had native every summer. They are stylish and versatile… he wears them to children’s church and gets no side-eye lol. (Purchased from Amazon)
Deet! I know but, as I mentioned above.⇑Zika, West Nile. I used this to spray clothing or the stroller itself, not our skin. (Purchased from Costco)
Make shopping easy! With all these outings, don’t leave the house more than you have to!
So many benefits! My favorites are: 2 day shipping and FREE returns, the music with NO commercials (gym-time), PRIME Movies and TV (lots of educational options for my child)
Buy in bulk, shop less often. Costco and Amazon are where we make 99% of our purchases. Also, Costco does the seasonal thing well. If I go now it’s much like this list — everything needed for summer.
OK. I think that’s it! Gotta run, baby crying!
Happy Summer Solstice!