With each season comes a list of essentials to help keep everyone happy and entertained and you looking and feeling great at the same time. There’s definitely something on this list for anyone who strives to get through the dog days of summer without a glitch. These items will make sure the next few months have you smooth sailing wether you’re staying in the city, heading to the beach or hanging out in the country.


Day trips with kids require a lot of prep. Snacks and drinks and anything one might need to enjoy yourself and be able to relax (a bottle of rosé for you?). Ban.do makes a fun watermelon cooler bag that ensures everything stays chilled while you look stylish. Kids love it so much, you might even be able to convince them to carry it for you. Probably not.

Summer style should be easy and fun. This two piece set from LA cult brand, The Reformation, is just that. You can mix and match the top with jeans or wear the skirt with a t-shirt or simply wear it together. Super flattering and available in an array of patterns, this is a definite must have.

The Travel Hammock ParaSheet is an indispensable summer essential. Made of lightweight parachute material, it’s big enough for the whole family and stuffs into it’s own connected bag. It’s great for concerts, the park, and especially the beach; it has pockets at the corners you can fill with sand so it won't blow away.

Make any kind of frozen pop you want in around 7 minutes with the Zoku Duo Quick Pop Maker. It saves time and money and is totally versatile. You can even make super healthy options by filling them with coconut water or apple sweetened green juice.

Stuck on You makes everything your kids could possibly need for camp. They sell fun, personalized items from towels to travel bottles and name stickers for clothes and lunchboxes. They are so cute kids will love them and you will have peace of mind knowing their things won’t be lost.

We all have people and products who help us look our best. We talk about our colorist and what kind of mascara doesn’t run but when it comes to feet, there’s rarely conversations about how to get them looking their best. Dr. Krista Archer is a world renowned NYC podiatrist who has developed her own line of miracle products to get your feet ready for summer, and to top it off they’re all natural.

Sunday Afternoon hats make the best hats to keep the sun completely off little faces with a wide brim and long back flap to protect the back of the neck and chest. They come in an array of colors and are adjustable to make them useful for many summers to come. Their women’s Havana hat is also a very stylish 50+ spf way to keep sun spots at bay and with three colors to choose from there’s sure to be one that will work with every outfit.

Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is a take everywhere music player that is compact and light but carries amazing sound quality and battery life. It easily and wirelessly connects to your iPhone or iPad to keep your favorite tunes playing anywhere you want them to all summer long.

There’s nothing kids love more in the summer than water play. This Melissa and Doug sprinkler is sure to delight and entertain kids for hours and is small enough to use in even the tiniest outdoor areas. Just connect it to any hose and you have an instant hit for all ages.


Mom MD sunscreen wipes are pricey but worth it. Just one wipe in the morning and they protect all day without the slightest sunburn. They’re designed by pediatricians for babies but are great for the whole family. With the added perk of no sticky, white, globby mess, there’s one less thing to worry about when it comes to the sun.

With Bumble and Bumble's newest cult item you can get summer beach waves without the crunch that is usually associated with salt sprays. This spray is half salt and half oil so you get that beachy feel with a moisturizing oil that creates beautiful sheen and separation.

Created by a professional ballerina and a fitness guru, Ballet Beautiful is the new fitness rage in NYC. A once well-kept secret of models and beautiful people, it is now available to everyone with a customizable online streaming monthly membership. For a limited time get 25% off the first month with code “balletfit”. Get long and lean with a series of 1 hour workouts you can play and pause at anytime from anywhere.

Frogglez goggles have a neoprene band that stays in place and does not pull hair. They are stretchy, durable, and do not leave the bottle cap ring around kids eyes. They fit children age 3-8 with no adjustments necessary. The cherry on top of this innovative design is that they float so you can find them easily at the end of the day.

Nothing is a better indicator that the season has changed than the day we switch from hot to iced coffee. With the Toddy cold brew coffee maker you can make a potent coffee concentrate that will last in your refrigerator for up to three weeks. Just add a shot of it to a glass, add ice and fill the rest with either water or milk and you have delicious iced coffee you don't have to wait in line for. For a perfectly rich and full bodied brew use coffee that has chicory in it like this one from Cafe du Monde in New Orleans.


Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength won't make your child immune to hardship—but it also won't cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

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