Summertime Essentials June 30, 2016 08:00

Summertime and the livin's easy... But maybe just a little bit easier with these summertime essentials. Whether you're headed on vacation, in town for a staycation, or simply enjoying your nights and weekends away from work, the following list of items can help make your summer a little sweeter.

A Good Book (or magazine)

A few weeks back we gave recommendations on our favorite books, but we love a good magazine too.  Shorter articles and the ability to recycle when you're done is great when you're in vacation mode.

A New Swimsuit

Let's face it ladies, as we get older, our bodies change.  MB and I have both embraced the one-piece since joining the motherhood club, and good news - there are some totally cute one pieces out there!  I love this  macrame one-piece from Victoria's Secret.

The Right Sunscreen

If you're going to be showing more skin this summer, whether with a swimsuit, shorts, or a sundress, sunscreen is essential.  Follow these guidelines from the Environmental Working Group about the best sunscreens out there.  I like Alba Very Emollient Sunscreen.

A Grill

The easiest way to complete any summer day is to grill out your dinner.  I don't know anyone who doesn't love grilled meat, veggies, or even fruit.  Grilling works for a quick meal for one, or a summertime party (and if you throw one, we recommend inviting guests with this free BBQ Card download!)

Rainy Day Activities

With summer comes the occasional thunderstorm, so be prepared with some fun indoor activities.  Watch your favorite movie, have an indoor picnic, visit a local museum, or pull out a board game (for those who like board games, I recommend trying Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride!)

A Good Pair of Sunglasses

If you're anything like me, then sunglasses are necessary when you're outside.  They also tend to grow legs and walk away, so I tend to purchase inexpensive pairs.  Bonus - when you forget to take them off before diving into a wave at the beach, no biggie!

A Go-To Cocktail Recipe

Alcoholic or virgin, a fun drink makes for a fun day.  My husband and I practice Frozen Drink Friday as a way to welcome in the weekend.  This one's not a frozen drink, but I recommend trying out a Hotel Nacional sometime this summer: equal parts dark rum and pineapple juice, half part apricot brandy, a squeeze of lime juice and a dash of simple syrup.

A Fun Way to Record Memories

We live in the age of the iPhone, so if you're carrying your phone, you also have a camera and a video camera, so you're probably set.  If you're looking for something a little different, try the Fujifilm Instax Camera for a modern twist on polaroids.  Stick this business-card sized photo in your wallet or on your refrigerator for a fun way to reminisce all your summer memories.