Summer Fun and Outdoor Guide

Here are my favorite things for the summer to keep the kids off the couch and their minds active as well as a few things to keep the adults busy too.

Disclosure: I received free product samples in exchange for posting products to this page, however all opinions stated are my own and I do believe these items would make for much summer fun!

H20Go water slide
H20 Go Water Slides: These are sure to get your kids off the couch and into some cool fun in the sun. Designed to eliminate the belly flop “ouch” with a soft Speed Ramp to start your little ones fast ride down the 18 foot slide. Sets up in just minutes. Choose from single, double and triple sliders. Buy it. Read the review
minecrafy summer fun
YouthDigital Mod Design 1: It’s the perfect summer activity for Minecraft lovers. This guided class will teach your kids to code in Java as they learn to make their own mods using your computer or Mac. Includes everything you need to learn, except the game. Buy it. Read the review.
sands aliveSands Alive! Glow: Starter Set: Keep your kids entertained for hours of creative play with the Sands Alive! Glow: Starter Set. The sand feels ultra smooth and soft and doesn’t dry out. Light up the sand with UV glasses or light pen. Comes with 1 pound of GLOW Sand, UV LED Glasses, UV Pen Light and Play Tray. Buy it. Read the review. Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 12.59.44 PM
Cave Innovations Hortihood 90: This wall mounted folding greenhouse will help you germinate your seeds, grow your plants and then extend the growing season… all in one place. The simple lift up, drop down access makes it easy to get in and out of the greenhouse. Folds up against the wall when not in use Buy it. Read the review.
nerf rebelle
NERF REBELLE SUPER SOAKER CASCADE Blaster:  Make a stylish splash with the NERF REBELLE SUPER SOAKER CASCADE blaster! Keep things cool with a big blast of fun and a whole lot of style. Perfect for a sneak attack, the CASCADE blaster packs a whole lot of power, blasting up to 38 feet! Available at most major retailers nationwide and on
stacking cups
STACK ‘N STOW Cups: The adorable lion base and seven colorful cups have easy-grasp tabs and colorful cut-out shapes to make playtime simple and fun for little hands. Little ones can begin to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they pile the cups on top of one another or nest them all together. Parents can also use the lion’s tail as a hook to hang onto a bag or stroller. Buy it.
ROLL ‘N GEARS CAR Toy: In car mode, this fun little vehicle has gears for wheels, allowing baby to roll it along the floor while watching the little passengers spin around inside. When the set is open, kids can begin to explore early engineering play by stacking the five removable gears up to the sky, or arranging them around the car to explore how they all fit together. The set helps to promote development of fine motor skills and allows kids to discover cause and effect when the gears they’ve placed begin to move and shift. Buy it.
pacific rim
Pacific Rim Eyewear was developed as a response to the lack of stylish sunglasses that fit the facial features of women with a lower nose bridge, higher cheekbones and wider temples. Established by a couple from different cultures who traveled endlessly for work and value the importance of capturing daily moments of both rest and play, Pacific Rim Eyewear was designed to keep you comfy and looking good no matter who you are, where you come from, or where you are going. Buy it.
ice cream ball
The YayLabs! SoftShell Ice Cream Ball, which will soon be available in quart size (now available in pint size), serves up an extra 16 ounces to enjoy with friends and family. Also available in new colors, the quart-size SoftShell Ice Cream Ball will hit retail shelves in September. To use, mix natural ingredients (cream, sugar, vanilla) into one end of the ball and add ice and rock salt into the other end. Then roll, shake, or play for about 30 minutes for a quart of delicious ice cream. Buy it.
colita de rana
If you spend alot of time outdoors, you will love Colita de Rana® products. This natural product line of soothing after sun gel and mosquitoes repellent is light, fragrant and eco-friendly. The Green Soothing After Sun Gel rejuvenates, rebuilds, hydrates and nourishes the skin, providing effective relief from sunburn, minor burns, skin irritations, insect bites, abrasions, itching and dry skin, while also enhancing antioxidant support. The Blue Gel that Naturally Repels Mosquitoes is an effective natural insect repellent, containing antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Buy it.
For those summer camping trips, you’ll need a good air mattress. The Coleman DuraRest Plus Single High Airbed (queen) will keep you comfy in the great outdoors thanks to the ComfortStrong™ coil system, which provides better support for all-night comfort. Features an AirTight system with a Double Lock valve which is factory-tested to be leak-free and it is 47% more puncture-resistant, 25% stronger and 30% lighter than a standard Coleman airbed of the same size. Supports up to 600 lbs and fits standard queen mattress sheets. Includes a 4D pump for easy inflation and deflation, outdoors or indoors as well as a carry bag. Buy it.
Arcopédico Footwear
Arcopédico Footwear’s line of summer sandals offer both anatomical design and summer flair. Traditional summer footwear like flip flops and slide-on flats offer little to no support and protection; Arcopédico offers a diverse line of women’s casual comfort shoes ideal for work, travel or running around town.  Anatomically designed for superior comfort and support, Arcopédico’s patented twin-arch support system offers her feet fatigue-free wear. Arcopédico Footwear can be purchased at independent shoe retailers throughout the U.S. and online at retailers such as
Babyganics will help keep your little ones days and nights sunburn and pest free. The mineral- based sunscreen spray SPF formulas provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and glides on smooth for effortless application. Non-allergenic and tear free, so it can go on whatever part of your baby the sun’s gonna shine. The Natural Insect Repellent is natural and DEET free. The power of natural essential aromatic oils (Citronella, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemongrass & Geranium) keeps babies safe and free. Safe for the whole family. Buy it.
honest kids
If you struggle with keeping your active kids hydrated in the summer without caving into drinks that are high in sugar, Honest Kids is here to help. Sweetened only with real fruit juice, Honest Kids is completely organic and contains less than half of the sugar of some of the leading kids juice drinks. The Honest Kids line also comes in a variety of great flavors, like Appley Ever After and Berry Berry Good Lemonade, that kids love. They make a great treat for families on a picnic or after a long day in the sun – and moms won’t have to worry about what their kids are drinking! Buy it.
outdoor harmony
Protect yourself from pesky bug bites with products from Brittanie’s Thyme. The Outdoor Harmony Organic Bug Spray is effective against a number of insects; contains no harmful chemicals or citronella, so it is even safe for children; it is not sticky and it will not stain clothes. If you’ve already been bit, the Outdoor Harmony Organic Bug Bite Relief, with its blend of witch hazel, tea tree and lavender oils provides relief from itching, and its antibacterial benefits also help promote healing. Both products are made in Cedar Springs, Michigan by a women-owned company, are certified organic by the USDA and are vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo and are biodegradable. Buy it.
If you’re looking for a healthy and convenient snack, be sure to check out Crunchies. Crunchies is the #1 freeze-dried fruit provider offering the perfect grab n’ go snack fruit snack for individuals and families. What makes Crunchies great is:
– compared to fresh fruit, its easy to share
– there are no additives, no preservatives. That means no added sugar, no oil, no sulphur. They’re wheat-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free, but rich in fiber and nutrients. It’s also kosher and completely vegan.
– although it has the same familiar taste of fresh fruit, its crunchy texture offers a unique and pleasant surprise. Buy it.
Get the perks of smoky flavor and grill marks without the nasty clean up with the COOKINA Reusable Grilling Sheet. It’s usable on any type of grill. The COOKINA Reusable Grilling Sheet is 100% non-stick, ensuring oil- and fat-free cooking for a tender, juicy meal. It’s reusable, reversible, easy to clean and can be cut to size. The COOKINA is ideal for grilling vegetables, meat, fish, shish kebabs, wings and even eggs because nothing falls through the grates! This is the only reusable grilling sheet on the market certified for use at 550° and PFOA free. The COOKINA is available at Home Depot, Fred Meyer, Costco and
strongback elite
Save your back from the stress, discomfort, and pressure of standard portable chairs. Sit in ergonomic comfort and health with STRONGBACK Elite. The patented technology represents an evolution of the traditional camp chair by adding exclusive, frame-integrated, lumbar support, while maintaining the ease of use, light weight and portability people expect and appreciate in portable chairs. The Ergonomic seat design allows you to relax against the comfortable lumbar support while preventing the uncomfortable leg-pinch from the fabric in the front of the seat that is common in many other chairs. Read the review. Buy it.
wildkin rolling duffel
If you are looking for great looking kids luggage, look no further than the Wildkin Rolling Duffel Bag. The large main compartment holds enough to pack for many days, and construction is durable and built to last. Smooth-rolling inline skate wheels make pulling easy, even for kids, and the frame is extra durable and built to travel around the world. An outside pocket makes this bag very embroidery-friendly. Rolling Duffle Bags are available for $65.99. Wildkin also features sleeping bags, ponchos, snack packs and so much more for all your travel needs! Buy it.
avKidsThe summer season means long days playing in the sun, camp, family trips and lots of activity! One thing parents don’t want to forget is proper nutrition. alternaVites Kids contains 17 essential vitamins and minerals specially formulated for children ages 4 and up. Designed with both you and your children in mind, alternaVites Kids is great not only for what it does contain, but also for what it doesn’t. Unlike many other kids’ vitamin products, alternaVites Kids is delicious, contains 0 grams of sugar (free of aspartame & high fructose corn syrup) and has no GMO ingredients. With alternaVites Kids, there are no more excuses for children not to take their vitamins! Buy it.
Tablets and apps are great, but sometimes parents are looking for alternatives to the never ending tech craze and limiting screen time, getting back to the basics of play. FlipStir is a great option and provides fun and education. It’s Puzzle Fun All-in-One! The award winning FlipStir is a new twist in 3D puzzle gaming; this patented design captivates young and young at heart! Simply pull the wand back, shake the puzzle to scramble the pieces; then just use the wand, gravity and your own ingenuity to solve the puzzle and reveal the artwork. And since FlipStir is self contained, it makes it easy for parents to clean up without searching for any lost pieces. Shake. Stir. Solve. It’s that simple! For ages 7 and up. Check out this short video on FlipStir! Buy it.
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On a hot day, be sure to kick back and relax with a cool drink. A perfect and refreshing choice would be Nestlé Pure Life Exotics Sparkling Water. This is a flavorful sparkling water free of calories, artificial and sweeteners but still full of bold flavor and carbonation. Choose from four flavors: Mango Peach Lemonade, Key Lime, Strawberry Dragonfruit and Tangerine. This summer, Exotics has been asking their fans to share how they get a taste of adventure with Exotics and escape the ordinary. You can see what fans have been sharing at Nestlé Pure Life Exotics Sparkling Water is available at a retailer near you. Go here to find out where you can buy it.
hot dog
If your pets are considered part of your family, you probably loved to get them involved with your summer activities. Help capture their personality with customer collars, leashes and more. Hot Dog Collars offers a HUGE selection of engraved ID tags, personalized custom dog collars, embroidered dog collars, NFL Pet jerseys and other licensed gear, plus so much more! They currently have over 25,000 unique sizes and styles available. Their mission of “happy dogs and happy owners” carries on through their new RUFF (Rescue Us For Freedom) program which you can learn more about here.Buy it. Enter to win.
For those of you who are always on the go, you might like to have a good portable seating option. The patent-pending Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair delivers big chair comfort in an exceptionally small package. It’s built with a realistic seat height and width that doesn’t require a technical plan of descent just to get into. And though it delivers the comfort and ease of use of a big chair, it packs entirely into its own tripod base, making the Treo Chair as easy to bring along, as it is to relax in. The chair sits at 13″ high so that you can get into it easily and believe it or not, this chair supports up to 250 lbs. Read the review. Buy it.