Updated on October 19th, 2015
I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll say it again; I hate Arizona summers! With temperatures well over 115 (trust me, this kind of heat is just plain cruel) my family is constantly on the lookout for ways to stay cool and refreshed. Experiencing a similar situation? These summer must haves, for the whole family, will help you beat the heat and enjoy the rest of summer.
Various samples were received for inclusion in this feature. All opinions are my own.
My husband just decided that he wants to start training for a half iron man. Part of training includes swimming laps a few times a week (perfect way to escape the heat, huh?). Aqua Sphere Swimwear’s Satiago Suit ($54.95) provides my husband with the perfect amount of coverage and comfort as he swims. My husband appreciates the suit’s draw string and quick drying material. He finds this suit so comfortable that he enjoys wearing this suit as he performs other forms of exercise. With high UV protection, my husband doesn’t have to worry about getting sun burned as he swims. The Santiago Suit’s light weight material keeps him dry and cool while exercising in the summer heat.
Summer-proof your hair from sun, salt, and chlorine damage by using Aveda’s Sun Care Collection. With all of the hours that I spend in the sun, I’m extremely happy to come across a product that protects my hair from harmful UV rays. Straightening and coloring my hair does enough damage, I don’t need the sun to further ruin my hair! Perfect for use right after swimming in the pool or at the beach, cleanse with Aveda’s Sun care Hair and Body Cleanser ($21). This cleanser helps to remove chlorine and salt while hydrating your hair. Aveda’s Sun Care After-Sun Hair Mask ($26) helps to restore sun-exposed hair. After applying this to your hair, you’ll be amazed at the volume and youth your hair will gain. To help protect your hair from sun exposure (for up to 16 hours), spritz Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Vail ($28) throughout your locks. I feel great using Aveda’s Sun care Collection knowing my hair is receiving incredible protection from the sun!
Flower beauty makeup wants to make your face shine this summer. I know when I’m out in the sun, the freckles and sun spots quickly appear. Thanks to Flower’s ultra soft and creamy foundation ($12.98), I can achieve a long lasting flawless complexion in just seconds. With many different shades to choose from, I’m set for the entire summer! Rich in nutrients and Vitamin C, my skin has never felt or looked better! For summer date nights with the hubby, I enjoy wearing Flower Shadow Play Eye Shadow ($8.98). Each shadow comes with four different shades that blend flawlessly for the perfect summer glow. You can find Flower beauty makeup at your local Walmart.
My summer nights would not be complete without my nightly bubble bath. With every bubble bath, I thoroughly enjoy using Vitabath‘s luxurious bath and body products. With just a small drop of each body wash ($6), my baths are infused with delicious summer scents: Asain Orchid and Coconut, Sweet Vanilla Amber, and Lime Citron Basil. Not to mention, my skin has never felt better hydrated. To help rid my summer skin of dead cells, I enjoy exfoliating with Vitabath’s sugar scrub ($15). This exfoliant provides the perfect texture to rejuvenate my skin. After each bubble bath, I always lather my body with Vitabath’s decadent body lotion ($6). Not only does each scent smell divine, but my skin feels smooth, hydrated, and ready for more summer fun!
Summertime seems to be filled with priceless memories and endless messes. However, thanks to Baby Mantra’s 3-in-1 Bubble Bath ($15.99), your child will smell fresh and feel squeaky clean with one simple product. This allergy tested, vegan, all natural 3-in-1 bubble bath also works as shampoo and body wash. This is by far the best 3-in-1 product my son has ever used. In the past, other 3-in-1 products really only take care of one job (they’ll clean his skin, but doesn’t work well as shampoo, etc.). However, Baby Mantra gives him the bubbles he loves, moisturizes his skin, and leaves his hair clean. Not to mention, the light scent of lavender helps set the mood for bedtime. We don’t miss a day using Baby Mantra.
When I had my oldest, I fell hard for Aden + Anais blankets. These swaddles are hands down the best for everything. Swaddling babies, obviously, but they are also excellent nursing covers and fold down to next to nothing in your diaper bag. They are the perfect summer accessory for any mom because of their lightweight breathable fabric. To make a good thing better, Aden + Anais has released their (RED) line of bibs, blankets, and burpys. Each purchase made of these items provides life saving medicine that helps prevent a mother living with HIV from passing it on to her baby. Now that is a cause I can really get behind. Visit their website here to find where you can purchase these items!