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Can you believe summer is already here? While dusting off my summer items from storage, I decided to start a list of some essential items needed for summer 2012. Last week I shared our top summer ‘must-haves’ for kids, but this week it is all about us moms! From beauty products to summer gear, I’ve narrowed down the top 10 best items out there for moms this summer.

10.  Maui Babe- Browning Lotion

If you haven’t read my article on this Heaven-sent product, then you must!  The Browning Lotion accelerates the sun triggered tanning processes in your skin, eliminating long torturous hours cultivating your tan. Amazing Maui Babe Browning Lotion is safe for all skin types – even the fairest and most sensitive. It can even be used with sunscreens, should you choose to do so. MAUI BABE is a suntanning lotion made from an old secret family formula, mixed from NATURAL Hawaiian ingredients, including ALOE used by Hawaiians to heal burns of all types. You can learn more about how amazing the Browning Lotion is by reading my article here.

9.  Chevron Beach Bag

I am in LOVE with this chevron printed beach bag! I found this bag on Etsy for only $40.00. This bag is big enough to store all your necessary items for your kids, plus your beach gear! From the Stella Rose Boutique Etsy store: “We’ve made these to work as diaper bags for modern moms carrying baby essentials, large totes for clothes and other items, beach bags or purses. They are the perfect size and look! ”

8.  Moroccanoil- Glimmer Shine

I have an obsession with Moroccanoil products. They have to be the best hair products out there. Not only do they smell AMAZING, but they actually work. One of my go-to products for summer is their Glimmer Shine. Glimmer Shine is a finishing spray that attracts and reflects light to give hair a gorgeous gloss. Infused with argan oil, vitamins and antioxidants, it creates an invisible veil of luminous shine and protects hair against environmental elements such as sun, salt water and chlorine. Glimmer Shine can also be used to enhance color and highlights, adding the perfect touch to any style.

7.  Joovy- Zoom ATS Jogging Stroller

Have you ever tried to price out jogging strollers? Many of them cause my blood pressure to rise. After searching and trying out many- MANY different jogging strollers, I finally found an incredible one that is durable, comfortable AND affordable. The Joovy Zoom ATS jogging stroller is made from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum and 600D fabric the Zoom is ready for tough duty. The suspension, with 3-inch travel, smooths out the bumps and provides a comfortable ride for your little one while Joovy’s signature over-sized canopy provides the best sun protection available.  You also get a neoprene parent organizer that holds 2 cups and has a zippered container, plus a rain/wind cover that’s custom made for the Zoom.  With plenty of storage in the easy access storage basket and mesh pockets, you can bring along all of your necessities. And the best part? It is only $269.99!

6.  Schwinn Debutante Cruiser


Schwinn has to be, hands down, the best bicycle makers out there. I am in love with their Debutante cruiser. This is the perfect bike for all your summer cruisin’. It is stylish, comfortable and makes for a smooth ride.  If you are not into a cruiser style bike, then check out their wide variety of bikes. They have one for just about every lifestyle.

5.  Basq NYC – Resilient Body Oil

Usually during the summer months we vow to lead a healthier lifestyle. With losing weight and wearing more revealing clothing, we need to make sure our skin stays refreshed,  toned and firm.  Fight saggy or spongy skin aggressively with Basq’s Resilient Body oil. These targeted, natural oils that work in synch with your body. Leaves skin transformed and noticeably changed – toned and silky smooth. Find out which other Basq products we recommend to help fight evil stretch marks here.

4.  Sigg Design Bottle


With summer here, families tend to spend a lot more time outside. With the heat in full effect, it is so important to stay hydrated. Which is why SIGG has easily become our summer essential item! SIGG bottles come in a variety of sizes and designs. You can learn more about why we chose SIGG as an essential summer item by reading our article here.

3.  Barefoot Wine- Riesling

Nothing like a nice chilled wine on a hot summer’s day. In my opinion, Barefoot makes some incredible wines and at an extremely affordable price. My choice of wine for this summer has to be Barefoot’s Riesling. I am not a huge fan of really sweet wines, something with a nice balance, and that’s exactly what this Riesling has. It hits all the right fruit-filled notes with perfect pitch. A delicate orange blossom aroma bounces off juicy apple and tangy lemon flavors for a slightly sweet finale. Although, I think I may have to try their Red Moscato. They had me at “Juicy flavors of red cherry and raspberry..”

2.  Sally Hansen Salon Effects

We are moms and we are busy, but that doesn’t mean our little piggies and fingers should look styleless. Luckily for us, Sally Hansen has created these amazing nail stickers! Our Editor Emily just raves about them and says “they are an ALL-time mommy must-have!” These amazing nail stickers wear like nail polish because it IS nail polish. No dry time, so you’re ready to go. They also last longer than most nail polishes do.

1.  Miraclesuit Bathing Suits

A “mom body” can sometimes be your worst enemy during the swim season. But why let that stop you from enjoying the beach and pool with your kids? Miraclesuit is a designer swimsuit that will make you Look 10 Lbs Lighter in 10 Seconds, the time it takes to slip one on. Miraclesuit swimsuits are constructed from a proprietary blend of control fabric called Miratex. This fabric slims and slenderizes without relying on constrictive control panels or inner linings. The high concentration of Lycra spandex means that Miraclesuit’s keep their shape… and yours.



*I was not working with or compensated to mention any of these brands.