7 Things I Can’t Live without this Summer

We are kicking our summer planning into high gear! My youngest’s last day of pre-school was the other day and before I know it, my oldest will be out too.

One thing that will get me through this summer is being prepared! Like a boy scout, moms always have to be prepared. For everything. And I have a few things that I keep handy to do just that!

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1. Sunscreen. While keeping the kids’ skin protected from the sun is super important, I am the one that burns! Since I always make sure to lotion myself up, I make sure the kids are protected by default. We spend a lot of time outside during the summer which means I have to have a lot of sunscreen in stock.

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2. My camera. As quickly as summer comes, summer goes. So I have to make sure I have my camera on hand to capture all the moments, both big and small. Photographing during the bright summer days can be tough but thankfully I have a few tricks up my sleeve.

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3. Water tumbler. Stay hydrated is a must, especially on those hot summer days! I find that I drink more water when I use a straw and I think this mason jar water tumbler is perfect for the summer.

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4. My tablet. Yes, the summer is all about spending time with the boys but momma needs some time to herself too. One of the things I am implemented this summer is mandatory reading time, for both me and Ethan. It’s time to load up my tablet with some great summer reads and set a good reading example.

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5. Outdoor blanket. I always keep this outdoor all-purpose blanket in my car. It’s perfect to lay down for a picnic or for an impromptu trip to the beach. The best part is that is folds and zips up and barely takes up any space.

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6. My planner. Our extracurricular activities will soon be winding down but I still have article deadlines and doctor’s appointments and vacations to keep track of. I would be lost if it weren’t for my Erin Condren life planner. It really is life changing!

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7. A tote. You need something to hold it altogether. I love a canvas bag because they are durable and easy to wash. I just throw everything I need inside and off we go on our next adventure!

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  1. I love your list! Definitely the camera (I want those tips on how to photograph in the bright sun!). And I keep a similar blanket in my trunk so we can always have it with us. I can’t wait for SUMMER!

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