Summer is a fun time of the year but there are some things we all need to make it the best summer. Here are my summer must-haves.
I’d love summer more if I lived on the beach in California or at least somewhere a bit cooler than Oklahoma summers but I still overall enjoy summer.
I do wish I had a swimming pool because I don’t mind the heat if I can cool off in the water. But Oklahoma doesn’t have a huge swimming season so it’s a fair amount of work to keep up with a pool for not a lot of use. I really wish I had a friend nearby that wanted me to use their pool, ha!
My family did end up with an above ground pool when I was a kid one summer when every day was hitting 100 degrees. We all decided kind of randomly one hot day that we really needed one. I spent a LOT of time in that pool.
I do have a gym membership that includes an indoor pool so I need to make better use of that. It’s just so convenient when it’s in your backyard.
There are many things, other than a pool, that I like to have to make summer even better and I wanted to share those items with you.
I wear dresses and skirts most of the time. With Oklahoma’s very hot summers sundresses are a great way to stay cool. ModCloth is one of my favorite sources of sundresses.
Check out my list of Made in the USA Summer Dresses.
Making homemade popsicles is a fun way to have a healthier summer treat. Plastic can leach hormone disruptors into the food so I prefer using a stainless steel popsicle mold. Another benefit to stainless steel is it doesn’t stain or hold odors like the plastic can.
Check out these 20 delicious popsicle recipes.
Homemade Ice Cream
I got an ice cream maker a few years ago and I love it! I’m about to break it out to start making more ice cream again. One of our favorite flavors is chocolate chip cookie dough.
I love candles but don’t tend to use them as much during the summer. During the summer I really enjoy using a diffuser. My favorite essential oil mix during the summer is lime and bergamot. It is a lovely citrus and fresh scent.
Juice Beauty CC Cream
Juice Beauty is my favorite skincare line and one of my favorite products is their cc cream. It is made of safe ingredients, provides light coverage, is good for your skin and has SPF. It’s a great summer makeup option. If I need more coverage I just wear my normal makeup over it.
I live in the south and we love our sweet tea. While I try to not make it as sweet as my great grandma did, or as I want to, I still love a tall glass of iced tea. It’s very refreshing on a hot day. Choice Organic black tea is my favorite tea for making iced tea.
Bandelettes are a summer lifesaver! If you like dresses and skirts during the summer you must get a few pairs. They go around your thighs and help prevent chafing.
They are lightweight and very comfortable. They have solid or lace, while the lace is adorable I find they provide less protection.
I’m very pale and want to take good care of my skin, that means wearing SPF every day. I have to increase my use during the summer months though.
I really love Thinksport because it uses safe ingredients, works, and it rubs in really well. My husband was happy with this sunscreen as well and he tends to be pickier than me when it comes to them. I’m already very pale so it’s not as noticeable on me if they don’t rub in well, ha.
I’d love to hear about your summer favorites. Leave me a comment below.
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