Summer Essentials 2021

In my neck of the woods, the school year is finally over! That means summer can begin! So what are some summer necessities for this year? Here are some essentials for summer that will keep you cool, safe, and having fun in the sun.


Stay hydrated this summer with the HydroJug. Each one holds half a gallon of water and helps eliminate the need for plastic water bottles. Accessorize your HydroJug with a carrying sleeve and straw.

Outdoor Activity Ideas

If you're fed up with your kids being glued to a screen, then check out the array of outdoor activities in the book Forest School Wild Play. Encouraging interaction with air, water, earth, and fire, these activities help kids discover, explore, and have fun while learning new skills in nature. Activities range from making kites and whistles to building a Dakota firepit and making a mudslide.

Ice Cream

Keep cool this summer with Double Rainbow's ice cream delivery. This San Francisco-based company uses only the finest and great-tasting ingredients. They even offer organic and vegan flavors!


Super Simple Songs has released a new nature-inspired digital music album called Let's Go for a Walk Outside & More Kid Songs. Listen while you're on your own nature walk, in the car on a road trip, or just playing at home. Listen via iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, Tidal, Spotify, or wherever you get your music.


Whether grilling at home or on the go, the nomadiQ Portable Grill is a lightweight gas grill that features dual temperature control and more than 200 inches of grilling space. These are summer essentials men will crave!

Water Toys

The Pool Candy Stars & Stripes Water Slide lets you be patriotic while also keeping cool this summer. It measures 14 feet long and is easy to set up.

Sun Protection

The iPlay by Green Sprouts Sun Protection Hats and Breathable Swim and Sun Hats are summer essentials for toddlers and babies. The sunwear offers UPF 50+ protection and meet Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX certification. We had one of these for my daughter when she was a baby, and it was great!

Bug Spray

Bug Bandit is a DEET-free, non-toxic kids bug spray that repels bugs without harmful chemicals. The proprietary blend of essential oils includes soybean oil, cedar bark, citronella, peppermint, and rosemary.


Sunscreen is one of those summer staples you know you need but you don't always have it when you need it. If last year's suntan lotion has expired, then check out the OLITA brand of mineral sunscreens to restock. These have been awarded EWG's safest sunscreens for two years in a row. The sunscreens and sunsticks use wholesome, biodegradable ingredients and the company donates 10 percent of every purchase to ocean conservation.

ATTITUDE also makes mineral sunscreens for adults and kids. The sunblock is PETA-certified, vegan, cruelty-free, and reef-friendly. Choose from unscented or Mint & Cucumber in either a facestick or SPF 30 lotion.

And when you need to know when it's time to reapply your sunscreen, that's where SPOTMYUV comes in handy. Put on one at the start of your day and apply sunscreen as you normally would. When the purple spot turns clear, that means you're protected. As the sunscreen wears off, SPOTMYUV changes colors to let you know when to reapply.


What's summer without s'mores? Make it easy to toast up a delicious nighttime dessert with City Bonfires. These portable mini bonfires can be used anywhere outdoors. Plus, the bonfires are reusable! You can purchase just the bonfire or package it up with one of the s'mores kits.

Summer Pajamas

The Elephant Organics has introduced a red, white, and blue BBQ/Fireworks print for its line of family pajamas just in time for summer. These 100-percent organic cotton pajamas have short sleeves for warmer nights.