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Summer is finally here and the fun summer kids activities are in full swing! Whether you're beach bums like us, love going on picnics or even heading to the zoo, we've put together a list of our favorite summer items for moms that we think everyone needs:
1. A Gathre Mat
If you follow us on Instagram, you know that we're pretty obsessed with our Gathre mat. Whether you're headed out to the beach, eating popsicles in the backyard or just hanging out in the grass, this mat is a mom product must. Get this -- it wipes clean with water! No more doing loads and loads of laundry every day. You wipe it or shake it off and you're set for your next outing!
2. Falsa Blankets
We love our colorful falsa blankets because they're just so gorgeous. We take ours with us for beach trips, use it to snuggle up in bed or even take it with us on walks in the stroller at night when it's a little chillier out. Not gonna lie -- They all look pretty gorgeous in photos and I may need to add another to our stash!
3. The Half Tent
We got our beach half tent about a year ago and boy has it gotten a lot of use. We bring it with us to the beach every single time we go and it pops up and down in seconds...which is definitely a must when you've got kids in the mix! And hello shade! That's where you'll find me!
4. The Beachmate Beach Bag
This all-in-one mom beach bag is seriously a mom's dream! You know when you head to the beach and you need about 12 more hands to carry everything you're bringing? Well this makes it nice and easy and everything you need is in one single bag -- a cooler, lots of pockets, velcro straps for your towels or tent or umbrella, beach shovels and beach buckets. Yep, it's all in one compact bag and it's saved my life (or my arms, that is).
5. Car Seat Sun Shades
One of my friends told me about this car seat sun shade just this week because I was talking about how Ava's carseat gets so hot! I turn on the car, blast the air conditioning, wait a little while and still, I feel so terrible putting her in that seat. So I cannot WAIT to try it out and make Ava's car rides this summer that much more enjoyable.
6. Native Shoes
Ava got her first pair of Native shoes and they are a must for your littles. I literally couldn't find Ava water shoes anywhere that would fit (she's got tiny feet) and I fell in love with them the first time she wore them. They're super lightweight, they don't slip at the splash pad and the toes are covered so I never have to worry about her little toes getting scuffed up as she's running around this summer.
7. Ju-Ju-Be Fuel Cells
Whether you're just going on a quick grocery shopping trip or you're heading for a day out in the sun, these mini coolers from Ju-Ju-Be are the perfect way to keep your kids' lunch, snacks, water or even baby's milk nice and cool. Grab one for each of them and it makes the perfect lunch box for during the school year too!
8. Matching Mommy + Me Swim Suits
Okay so I totally haven't even gotten to this yet but it's definitely on my to do list. I NEED a matching mommy and me suit and I am totally going to shop Kortni Jeane when I do. They're got the most darling mix and match swimsuits for moms and kids (and the whole family, for that matter) and I cannot wait to head out to the beach in style with Ava. Seriously, they're darling.
9. Lifeproof Phone Case
You know it's kind of funny, I made this list about a week ago and little did I know, this past weekend my husband's Lifeproof phone case failed on him taking that photo on the right inside the pool. (Yayy for new phones!) But we have taken ours snorkeling on vacation before so they're highly recommended. Just don't forget to test it out first!
They're great for taking your phone to the beach and not worrying about the sand getting into them, water splashing on your phone while you're capturing adorable memories and, of course, the big drops that tend to happen when you're having way too much fun.