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Okay, what did you try this summer that you absolutely loved? What worked great for you or was a new find that you had to rave about?

 

Or, what is a tried and true thing that you know will be perfect every summer?  

 

This can be anything! Sunscreen, toys, food, books, anything!!! I would love to know what you found that is awesome for your family. (And I bet other people would too!)

 

We found these this summer: http://happyfamilybrands.com/product_lines/happy-creamies/

 

My older daughter loved the yogurt drops when she was little, but baby #2 is not so good with the dairy and I was bummed, but then we found these.  Coconut milk, probiotics, fruit.  She loves them and they are a great on the go snack. 


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My favorite article this summer has been hands down the Eno Double Nest Hammock from REI. Has anyone here ever used any of these? I absolutely love them!! (Disclaimer: the picture below is one I found on the Internet, I didn't take it myself.) 

 

 

The hammock is made of parachute fabric, this really soft silk-like nylon. It is super sturdy (it fit me and my boyfriend in it at the same time) and also packs super light, which makes it super easy to carry with you on any trip. To give you an idea, it packs up to about the size of half a pillow, if not less. 

 

Kinda pricey, but it will last you forever. 

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This is a hard question for me but the one thing we(my son) cannot live without this summer is summer fruit. We have to have strawberries,blueberries,nanas,grapes and fuji apples everyday. The winter days will return soon and we are not looking forward to not having so much fruit to eat!

 

Oh Oh I just though of one. My son has been living in his Cros. He absolutely loves them. He is 2 and everyday I ask which shoes he wants to wear and he say'Cros" everyday.

http://www.crocs.com/crocs-kids-classic/10006,default,pd.html?cid=320&cgid=toddler-shoes

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Monica, that hammock looks amazing. I wish we had somewhere to hang one!  

 

tracyamber, my kid lived in Crocs for years. I miss the Mary Jane style they used to have.

 

Okay, here's another one from me:

http://www.kleankanteen.com/products/insulated/klean-kanteen-insulated.php

 

The insulated Klean Kanteen has been awesome! I use it for my coffee in the morning and I no longer have that moment of finding my coffee cup where I left it two hours ago, now cold.  Coffee is still warm and ready to go.  And then in the afternoon, I put cold/ice water in it and it stays icy for hours. It's great! 


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I didn't know there WAS an insulated Klean Kanteen!

We've been making homemade icy pops all summer with one of these: http://www.zokuhome.com/pages/products-quickpop-maker You can use real juice, real fruit, etc. Beats HFCS and food coloring in regular popsicles, and they're fun to make.
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No products (that cost money) here. We've been celebrating our brokeness with the Oregon summer lunch program:

 

http://www.summerfoodoregon.org/

 

It's pretty cool. There are a few locations in our town that are parks, so I can take the kids to the park for free lunch, then let them play at the park.

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Hoping to avoid too much spending here too.

 

We've been making lots of home made ice lollies, using plastic moulds form IKEA we bought a couple of years back. Lots of options for flavours.

 

Moonsand - again we made our own from a recipe we found. 8 cups of flour & 1 cup of baby oil mixed together. Both kids have been playing with this for ages, DD even had a friend round who went home and made more :-). It's not abrasive like sand so I've been much happier letting DS use various toys with it. A set of plastic dinosaurs and a small paintbrush kept him busy for quite a while.

 

Mission Explore website - http://www.missionexplore.net/ free to join website with loads of activities to complete over the summer. Lots we've been able to do at home or very locally.

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No products (that cost money) here. We've been celebrating our brokeness with the Oregon summer lunch program:

 

http://www.summerfoodoregon.org/

 

It's pretty cool. There are a few locations in our town that are parks, so I can take the kids to the park for free lunch, then let them play at the park.

 

That's such a great program!  


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We spent a week at the sea, and my son fell in love with some Haba beach toys we found at the 5 & 10..more specifically, the ice cream cones + ice cream scooper..he literally spent hours making us cones with seaweed/stones/shells and whatever he could find. It was like bringing his favorite thing (kitchen play stuff) to the shore! 


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Ok, well, you asked... 

 

When I got home from two weeks at the beach (and a week where DH was home alone), we had a new appliance that I am in LOVE with. Seriously. I'm not a gadget person and I rarely think they actually create less work and stress but the Dyson cordless vacuum is sent from heaven to help those of us who hate to clean. 

 

It's a million dollars too if you like to spend your hard-earned money on cleaning supplies. orngtongue.gif

 

DH got ours refurbished, at least.  Worth it!  

 

Other products...

 

I'm a learning to swim floaty snob but my toddler tried this Puddle Jumper and was impressed by its function, comfort and that it is actually rated as a flotation device (may main gripe with most floaties).  Still, I think it creates over-confidence in the water but it's not a bad trade off considering how comfortable it is because toddlers may be willing to keep it on around the pool. And, it seemed to help with learning to move around the pool, though I'm not sure about that considering how learning to float is sorta key to learning to swim. ;-)  


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