I was prompted on the idea for this thanks to the lovely, and wonderful Nicole and her post about ‘Summer Must Haves‘. I have seen a few other lists as well on blogs, websites and in magazines. Here is my ‘ 10 Summer Must Haves’ List:
- Sun Block – We currently favorite the following in our house and use them on every outing that involves the sun, especially our boating excursions. We have been lucky enough this summer to only have a few occasions were sun burns happen, when in other years it was a constant during the summer. However, thankfully in the process, we are all developing ‘Florida tans’. I use a trick I was told in Hawaii of putting on the SPF for protection and then tanning lotion for enhancement. It seems to work, or at least I think it does.
Coppertone Waterbabies SPF 50 – for protection
Neutrogena For Faces SPF 70 – for the face
Australian Gold Tanning Lotion SPF 15 – over top of the SPF 50
2. Flip Flops – A must have every summer I think in every state….but especially in Florida were you can wear them almost year round. I currently own more flip flops then other type of shoe and in many different styles and colors. I would love to own a pair of these
Fish flip flops
Hello Kitty Flip Flops
3. First Aid Kit – These are also a must, at any time. We have one in the truck, one in my car, one in the boat and a travel one that is usually in my purse or whatever bag I happen to be carrying at the time.
4. Bags – I have an assortment of canvas and cinch bags I put things in and carry with us. I have a bag for the boat (titled ‘The Boat Bag’). I also carry plastic grocery bags as well, especially on the boat and to the beach to put wet items in.
5. After Sun Lotion – Ok so maybe this should have been up with or closer to sun block but a must have in my household during the summer is Banana Boat After Sun Lotion with Aloe. It helps to take the sting out of burns as well as moisturize the skin and allow tanning to last longer with out peeling.
6. Nail Polish – although I might not get regular pedicures (because of time & price constraints) I do regularly work on my feet at home and keep my toes painted. I love colors and love to change colors, sometimes weekly. My favorites right now are:
Sally Hansen – Hard As Nails – Xtreme Wear – #42 Gunmetal
Sally Hansen – Hard As Nails – Xtreme Wear – #140 Rockstar Pink
OPI – Texas Collection – Houston We Have A Purple
OPI – Texas Collection – Austin-tatious Turquoise
OPI – Pirates of the Caribbean Collection – Mermaid’s Tears
OPI – Pirates of the Caribbean Collection – Skull and Glossbones
OPI – Pirates of the Caribbean Collection – Steady As She Rose
OPI – Hong Kong Collection – Jade Is The New Black
OPI – Alice In Wonderland Collection – Thanks So Muchnesa
7. Fruit – Gotta love summer fruits….grapes, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, pineapple, watermelon….all so good.
8. Bathing Suit – I recently found a full piece that is perfect for me. It fits me well, covers enough but also shows enough – if ya know what I mean. It is black with design and has a ‘boy-short’ type bottom even though it is a full piece.
9. Hair stuff – I always have a ouchless pony tail holder in my bag or around my wrist. I try to buy ones that are brown in color to match my brunette color so they aren’t as noticeable but I also have ones in colors to match different clothing I have. Also, my hair is naturally curly and living somewhere like Florida, humidity is a problem and so is frizz. My current frizz product of choice is Agadir Argan Oil Treatment. Plus it smells really good.
10. iPod – got to have your tunes while relaxing by the pool or on the beach. My playlist changes quite frequently depending on my mood or where I am going. The iPod is also good for long car rides to get to the destinations.