easy breezy summer favorites

I think it's finally safe to say it.  Summer is here!!!

We've traded heavy winter coats and mittens for swimsuits and sunglasses. Days are spent soaking up the warm sunshine and savoring all the gifts this time of year has to offer. From sunup to sundown, there are adventures to be had!

To celebrate this season when life is carefree and fun, I've put together a list of my favorite easy breezy summer essentials ::

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sunglasses // A must. I tend to purchase two or three pairs of inexpensive sunnies as opposed to one pricier pair. That way it is not a big deal if little hands get a hold of them or I accidentally leave them behind on one of our adventures!

fedora or sunhat // For reasons I do not know, I was never a hat person until last summer. Now I am crazy about them! Not only do they provide sun protection, they're also an easy way to accessorize a warm weather outfit. In winter I rely on scarves to add interest to my wardrobe and for summer it's all about the hats.

maxi skirt or dress // It's pretty. It's comfy. It's easy to move in. Win win win! I can dress it up or down and it just works.

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tote // Whether I'm heading to the beach, the park, or the farmers market, I'm grabbing for a roomy bag to corral and carry summer necessities. There are endless varieties, prints and styles to choose from. This straw one was a gift and I love it's texture and size.

moisturizer  // I put my favorite moisturizer on my face and neck every single morning. It has SPF 15 so my skin is protected before I even head out the door for the day's activities.

lip balm // I tend to keep my makeup light in the summertime. My short routine includes a bit of mascara and lip color. One of my favorite products right now is the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer. It feels natural and the shade, Peony, makes my heart happy. Peonies are the loveliest flower.

good read // This is a given, right? Summertime and reading go hand in hand. Fiction or nonfiction, books are my constant companions when I'm hanging out in the backyard or at the lake.

insulated tumbler// I fill my cup up with iced lemon water or flavored sparkling water and sip away to stay hydrated in the heat. It has a girly, fun print so everyone knows that it is Mama's cup! My boys still sneak drinks from it, though. When will that end?

chair // My son and hubby gifted me the most brilliant and perfect Mother's Day present this year. A lounge chair! Mamas, do yourself a favor and get a nice chair to sprawl out on while supervising the sandbox or slip 'n slide. You deserve it!

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Now it's your turn! What are your favorite daily summertime essentials? I must know.

Cheers to a safe, happy summer!

RachelSignature