Summer Survival Essentials for Moms

Summer Survival Essentials for Moms

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This year will be my first summer at home with my girls and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t super excited but kinda nervous at the same time. I mean, what the heck are we going to do all summer? I live in Georgia and in case you haven’t heard, let me tell you – it is H-O-T here. They don’t call it Hotlanta for nothing (by the way, no one who actually lives here calls in that). I’m originally a FL girl (where it’s even hotter) but definitely prefer the comfort of AC inside over the blazing outdoors. My kids, on the other hand, well… that’s a different story. Summer for them means one thing: water. We like to set up kiddie pools (with a slide), sprinklers, and a water table in our driveway and let the girls loose. The problem with that is they’re not old enough to be out there unsupervised, which means I have to sit out there and melt with them. So today I’m going to share what I consider to be a mom’s essentials to surviving the summer with kids.


The kind you play in and the kind you drink. You need water to play in for the kids, of course, and water for you to stay hydrated. I love having refillable bottles around that keep my liquids cold and are easily transportable in case we decide to jump in the car and go for any reason (you never know).

Sun Hat

Sun hats are not only super cute but they’ll keep you cool, too. They’re definitely a summer staple. Wearing one may make you feel like a “cool mom” (pun intended).


Because it’s bright, obvi.

A Mom-Suit

You need a bathing suit that you can lift and play with your kids in. Save the super-cute strapless ones for when you’re not flying solo. A wardrobe malfunction would be unfortunate, don’t you think? I like to stick with something modest and functional when it’s just my girls and me. I prefer wearing a suit with them versus shorts because it dries easier if when I get wet.

A Comfy Cover-Up

Say it’s lunchtime and you want to run out to grab a quick bite without getting dressed. Just throw on a comfy cover-up and go! I, admittedly, have way too many cover-ups but there is one that’s my go-to with my kids; it’s basically an oversized t-shirt designed to be a cover-up.

Flip Flops


A Comfy Chair

One of my favorite purchases was my foldable beach chaise that I keep in the garage. I like to use it to get some rays while my girls are playing.


Not all sunscreen is created equal and what you use on your kids may not necessarily be the same you use for yourself. Sure, I know that the last thing you want to do is lather yourself up after wrestling your bags of snakes kids to get theirs on but, your skin is just as important (if not more so, because age). I’ll be using Neutrogena Sheer Zinc™ sunscreen this year. Head to Target to grab some for yourself because it’s hypoallergenic, oil free, gentle on skin, sweat and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, and it won’t clog your pores! It’s also been dermatologist tested and offers superior UVA/UVB sun protection. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc™ is made with breakthrough Purescreen® technology which is powered by naturally-sourced, 100% zinc oxide. Suitable for sensitive skin conditions, Neutrogena Sheer Zinc™ was awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™!

I’m using Neutrogena Sheer Zinc™, SPF 30 Lotion, 3 oz. for my body and Neutrogena Sheer Zinc™, SPF 50 Face Lotion, 2 oz. for my face. The bottle sizes are perfect because I can toss them in my purse and be ready for impromptu park visits and such.

So, head over to Target and grab at least one of everything on this list. Also, if you don’t have these for the kids already, don’t forget to pick-up a:

  • Water table
  • Sprinkler
  • Kiddie pool
  • Bubble gun

Most importantly, though, pick up some Neutrogena Sheer Zinc™. Mine was in the Hand & Body Lotion section.

Oh, and you’re in luck! You’ll get a $5 Target GiftCard with your $15 suncare purchase. Hurry because the offer is only available (online and in-store) from 5/21-5/27.

So tell me, what are your must-haves for summer? This mama is going to need all the help she can get!



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  1. May 23, 2017 / 6:02 am

    Love your list of summer essentials! Mine will look the same when summer finally arrives here! {client}

    • Shannnon
      May 23, 2017 / 8:47 am

      Thanks, Cathy!

    • Shannnon
      May 22, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Always! Thanks, girl!

  2. May 22, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I love the part about a mom suit, ha ha! I love Neutrogena face products, but for some reason their sunscreen causing my family to burn 😥
    If it makes you feel any better it’s like an oven here in Phoenix all summer long! I hope you enjoy your summer with your kiddos 😘

    • Shannnon
      May 22, 2017 / 9:49 pm

      Oh no!! I’m so sorry to hear that! And, girl – a Mom Suit is a necessary evil when your kids are little. Thanks for reading! xo

  3. May 22, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Target is my go-to for summer essentials (okay let’s face it, ALL essentials!). That water bottle is amazing, and I love Neutrogena products!

    • Shannnon
      May 22, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Target always delivers! Thanks, girl!

  4. May 22, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Great list! I’m so excited the weather is so nice finally! I’m going to try that sunscreen out.

    • Shannnon
      May 22, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Thanks! I hope you love it!

  5. May 22, 2017 / 8:23 am

    What a great list! I’m loving your S’well water bottle, such a pretty color! I’ll have to try your sunscreen suggestion, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Shannnon
      May 22, 2017 / 9:32 am

      Thanks so much! I hope you love it!

  6. May 21, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    These are all definitely needed for the summer! I need that top!

    • Shannnon
      May 21, 2017 / 10:17 pm

      Thanks, girl! It’s my fave!

  7. May 21, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Good list! I’m all about The hat and sunscreen these days!

    • Shannnon
      May 21, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks! Both are so important!

  8. Justine @ Little Dove
    May 21, 2017 / 12:36 am

    These are all definitely essentials, sunscreen for sure! And water to play in, that one of my favorites! 🙂

    • Shannnon
      May 21, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Water to play in is a MUST!

  9. rogerspartyof5
    May 20, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing your favorite sunscreen! I adore your sandals and water bottle. They are just darling!

    • Shannnon
      May 21, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks so very much!

  10. May 20, 2017 / 11:14 am

    A great quality sunscreen is a must!!! I hear great things about Neutrogena and that hat is super cute too. This Georgia heat is still hard getting used to. We were so spoiled by the California weather!!

    • Shannnon
      May 20, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      Giiiiirl it’s CRAZY hot!

  11. xokerry
    May 20, 2017 / 10:19 am

    I love that there is a specific version just for your face! I only wear SPF 50 because I’m so pasty so this sounds great for me! Your coverup is so cute!

    • Shannnon
      May 20, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks, girl! Yeah you should try it!

  12. nkbrokaw88
    May 20, 2017 / 9:54 am

    Great tips! I really need to get new flip flops this summer!

    • Shannnon
      May 20, 2017 / 1:21 pm

      Thanks! I hope you find some you love!

  13. Kavita Singh
    May 20, 2017 / 5:11 am

    Those are some great tips.. I have been using this brand for almost a year and totally love them…Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Shannnon
      May 20, 2017 / 9:36 am

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks!

  14. May 20, 2017 / 4:59 am

    That tee shirt is precious. Yes, to sunscreen that works. Thanks girl!!

    • Shannnon
      May 20, 2017 / 9:35 am

      Thank YOU!!

  15. May 19, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Great tips love! Def. need a suit and comfy chair!!! I’ve never tried that sunscreen! Love that top!

    • Shannnon
      May 19, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Thanks, girl! It’s a new one – you should check it out!

  16. May 19, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I’ve loved Neutrogena products from long & beaches are my passion! A great list compiled:)

    • Shannnon
      May 19, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Thank you! I wish I had a beach close to me; I miss it!

  17. May 19, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Girl I’m in Tampa and it’s soooooo HOT already! I nearly melted today at my school’s field day! I’m a teacher so after next Friday, I’ll be home with my two girls too! I plan on spending some mornings at the park before it gets too hot and lots of time at the library!

    • Shannnon
      May 19, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Where in Tampa?! That’s where I grew up! I moved away almost 6 years ago.

  18. May 19, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion about the bubble gun! My daughter is obsessed with the bubbles, and I end up blowing them until I’m light-headed. That gun will come in handy for both of us, lol!

    • Shannnon
      May 19, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      I got the one we have from Target for $5. It’s not the best one I’ve ever seen but it works well for us!

  19. May 19, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I think I will be spending all summer outside with my girls as well.

    I have always just worn my swimsuit as the beach and worn shorts and a tank top outside, but your idea of a swimsuit and coverup sounds super convenient. I think I will be doing that this year instead.

    Thank you for the sunscreen suggestion. My skin is super pale so I burn super easily. Most sunscreens just get sweated off but I will definitely be trying this one this year.

    • Shannnon
      May 19, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      I love wearing my bathing suit instead of short because it dries so much easier! I hope you love the sunscreen!

  20. May 19, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    My first summer home with a toddler and I feel the same. I’m on the hunt for a good cover up!! And I think I finally found a great hat!! Perfect list-

    • Shannnon
      May 19, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      Yay for a great hat! Target has some cute cover-ups right now!

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