Your Beach Bag is Incomplete Without These Essentials!

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Image Source: Lion Brand Yarn

Going to the beach is one of the highlights of summer. It’s meant to be a relaxing, fun filled day. However, if you forget something your day off takes an unnecessary stressful turn. Luckily we’ve come up with a checklist of essentials to make sure your beach bag is stocked full of everything you need!

Cooler

It is SO important to stay hydrated during the summer. Having a cooler packed with ice and a ton of cold drinks is a necessity. Nothing feels better than cracking open a cold drink while getting your tan on!

Sun Protection

Although this is pretty much a given, it never hurts to have a reminder. Protecting your skin is essential year round, but even more so during the intense summers. Make sure to lather on some sunscreen and pop on a pair of sunglasses and hat before soaking up the sun rays! Check out our article on our favorite face sunscreens too! Don't forget those sunglasses and a nice oversized floppy hat to help protect your scalp, too.

Food

Beach picnics are the cutest! Some classics are sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit, and ice cream are all great options.

Bathing Suit

Of course when you go to the beach you’re going to wear a bathing suit, but it’s important to bring the right bathing suit for you! Odds are you’ll probably be at the beach all day, so you want to make sure you’re comfortable.

Books & Music

If you plan on taking in the soothing scenery rather than splashing around in the waves, make sure to bring a good book or music playlist to help you unwind!

Make Sure You're Prepared for Your Summer Entertaining with These Essentials

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Image Source: @sgardnerstyle

We’re excited it’s summertime and we love entertaining! The beautiful summer weather creates the perfect atmosphere for a gathering, whether it be with family, friends, or a significant other.

If you’re hosting outside, create an ambiance with some fairy lights strung around the yard and a comfy blanket thrown on the patio furniture for when it gets a little chilly after sunset. To stay out all night stargazing with no worries, we love this DIY Bug Spray.

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Image Source: Etsy

DIY Bug Spray

The smell of bug spray is almost as pesky as bugs, so here’s a DIY recipe for some spray that’s more enjoyable!

You’ll need:

  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 20 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 30 drops of citronella essential oil
  • ½ cup of water or vinegar
  • ½ cup of natural witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (optional)

Once you have all your ingredients start by putting all the essential oils in a spray bottle with the rubbing alcohol and shake. Next, add the witch hazel and shake again. If you decide to use vegetable glycerin add it now, if not no worries! Finish it off by adding the water and shaking once more. Voila! You have some homemade bug spray that smells lovely and is chemical free- just remember to shake the bottle before each use!

Even if you’re entertaining outside, that doesn’t mean your inside can’t be just as nice! In your bathroom you can create a little assortment of goodies for your guests to use when they have to make a pit stop. Include some room spray, mints, and individual face cloths rather than just one towel. These DIY summer soaps add the cutest touch to your bathroom!

Image Source: Baby Center

Image Source: Baby Center

DIY Summer Soap

These individual soaps are great to give as gifts or to keep for yourself! Plus, they’re 100% customizable.

You’ll need:

  • Cute soap molds (we think these flowers are perfect for summer!)
  • Clear glycerin soap
  • Soap colorant of your choice (can easily be found on amazon or your local craft store!)
  • Soap scent or essential oil of your choice

All you have to do is melt your glycerin soap in a glass container. Once it’s melted you want to mix in the colorant and scent you chose, then pour it in a mold. Once it hardens, your soap is ready!