School is out and my folks’ pool is open so it’s time to start thinking about summer must haves here in Phoenix. If you’re like me, summer snuck up pretty fast!
Summer must haves
A great bag
You need a big ol’ tote bag that can hold pool and beach gear. I love thirty-one bags and this striped number is my current favorite (and I found it at Goodwill!). The other one was also thrifted and it’s a Lily Pulitzer! Ideally your bag will be cute and summery! This blue and white one is so cute, I’m leaving it hanging in my mud room just for fun. It’s pre-loaded with hats and sunscreen.
A fun towel
I love a good beach towel and this summer I’m trying out Turkish towels for the first time. These are eco friendly, get softer with each wash, are chemical free with natural dyes and are safe for the environment: available here. Get tons of useful tips and read reviews on all sorts of products plus check out “the 10 best beach towels in 2020” on Globo Surf here.
I have a confession to make. I’ve hardly read a book cover to cover in probably two years. Gulp. I love connecting with people so when I get a moment to sit (usually when nursing my baby), I spend it texting friends or using social media to encourage people or promote an event or cause. Given a few extra minutes, I avoid getting sucked into an entire book by picking up a magazine! But with the time freed up by having kids home from school, I’m diving into my book pile! What’s on your summer reading list??
After sun care
Being in the sun in summer in Arizona is inevitable so I keep a colorless aloe vera gel in the fridge or my Mary Kay After Sun Replenishing Gel. So refreshing! I love using aloe on my legs after shaving, too.
By the way, I’d love to add a sunless tanner to this list…let me know if you have one you love!
A fun cover-up
I love having a cover-up that doubles as a top for everyday wear. An absorbent one is nice for by the pool! Even a flowy white blouse works well for keeping covered while your suit dries.
So easy-breezy! Here are suggestions for each Color Code. Not sure of your Color Code? Go here
A great cup
A fun and colorful summer cup is a must! Staying hydrated is critical during summer, especially in the desert. The JBloom Chill Cups keep beverages cold for 24 hours or hot for eight hours, are stainless steel, are sweat free and and have a splash-proof lid. Plus they have oodles of fun personalization options! Aren’t they so cute?? Specifics and shopping links are below.
16oz drinking glass $30
27oz water bottles $35
A sun shade for your car
If you don’t live in Phoenix, you might not know a sun shade keeps your car much cooler when it’s parked in the sun! Mine has butterflies. They’re in the car care department of must major retailers and come in shiny silver or a cute print.
I hope this list of summer must haves helps you have a fun, colorful and COOL summer!
Looking for more summer reading on my blog? Here are some of my summer favorites!