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Summer Fun Gift Guide See What Our Top Picks Are!
When I was a teacher in the actual classroom Summer fun consisted of doing everything that didn’t always get done throughout the school year at home completed. But we always made the time to spend time together as a family, go and see new things, or even travel when time allowed. In the last few years our Summers and lives have changed drastically and there is one thing I’ve learned and that is to be ever changing. Life changes so slowly but yet quickly you don’t always see what is happening before your eyes, so if you still have littles at home take the time away from work to enjoy those littles. I promise one day you will blink and all of the chaos you have now will be gone and you will be hearing the echoes of silence in your home.
While we are enjoying the Empty Nester stage of life, we are enjoying being Grandparent’s even more and we have been spending more and more time with “Tater”. While some of our things haven’t been taken care of, we are focusing on what is most important in life and that is the memories. We didn’t always take the time to create the “memories” with Elizabeth, so we are overcompensating for that now in some ways…But just look at this little guy, how could you not??
Without further ado and procrastination, as I need to get back to Tater snuggles and of course lots of splashing! Here are just a few great brands that I’ve partnered with to help make our Summer more fun, but also create more memories. And remember it’s not always about the latest greatest things in life, it’s about spending quality time with your kids or grandkids that is most important.
Teach My are makers of award winning learning tools that help your child get a head start! Their products teach babies, toddlers and preschoolers the basic skills, things like; the alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers, reading and even math! Their aim is to encourage early learning, parent child interaction, self-esteem and help children to develop fine motor skills and excellent hand eye coordination. Bond. Teach. Play… 20 minutes a day! Teach My Products are available to purchase on their website: Teach My
Tater and I spend time together reading, practicing numbers, sounds and so much more with the help from my friends at TeachMy. They are truly one of the absolute best brands to help instill the love of learning at a young age. Plus they grow with your kids and are always introducing them to something new. It is one of the best 20 minutes of my day each and every time we “play”. His Mom & Dad even agree that it is one of the best gifts they have received in Tater’s 9 short months of life.
Stay Away has been a lifesaver here in Missouri where it’s hotter than the dickens, and don’t even get me started on the flies and of course the nasty mosquitos. But since my Stay Away arrived those two haven’t landed on me once because let me tell you, I carry the “purse” size with me everywhere. I’m going to have to order some more soon because it lasts for 8 + hours and we spend lots of time outdoors in the summer.
EarthKind® has their new Stay Away Mosquitoes® spray which a DEET-free, EPA registered, non-flammable and water-resistant formula made with Picaridin, which is bio identical to pepper, CDC recommended and reliably effective. Stay Away Mosquitoes is unscented and skin-friendly, meaning its gentle on the skin, without the worries of harsh chemicals.
Its EPA-registered, water-resistant formula is safe for use on pregnant women and children 2 years and older, making it a high-performance repellent the whole family can count on.
Stay Away Mosquitoes® gives 14-hour highly-effective protection from mosquitoes and ticks, while protecting against biting flies, gnats and chiggers for 8 hours. Not only will it protect you from unsightly, itchy bites, but also from more serious diseases such as – ZIKA, Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya and Dengue.
The best part? Their travel size will fit perfectly into your makeup bag, carry-on, and purse for on-the-go use! With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 4,500 third-party verified, independent reviews, simply shake, spray and enjoy the day with Stay Away Mosquitoes spray.
Are you still with me?? Hopefully, you are making your own memories, and these next products will help you capture those memories quickly and easily. My friend at ZINK Zero Ink’s ink-less printing tech paper prints directly from your smartphone! The perfect gift for anyone all summer long is these amazing compact mobile printers like the Kodak Smile, Polaroid ZIP, Canon Ivy and Polaroid Mint are enjoying incredibly popular with all generations but especially us “Grandmas”. They allow me to transform the endless selfies, memories or pool shots at the click of a button.
What’s even better? They connect via Bluetooth and you can print instantly, it’s almost like bringing back the Polaroid camera’s from the early 80’s but even better. All the colors required for high-quality, photographic printing are embedded in the ZINK paper. ZINK photo paper is waterproof, and tear- and smudge resistant, and adhesive-backed, so no more worrying about fingerprints and smudges damaging prints. Talk about a genius idea for locker decorating, but more on that later!
Give the gift of mobile instant printing and a must have accessory as we soak up the Summer rays and of course memories to boot! What is your Summer Fun Gift Guide Top Pick? Or picks if you are anything like me, I won’t spend another summer without these products. Check back soon for more pictures and memories of our lives as we live them and prepare for the next season!