Spring updates for our new apartment

This blog post is sponsored by Bealls Outlet, but all opinions are my own.

It feels a lot like Spring this time around in Arizona. That makes me want to add some Spring decors around the house. So I did. I got most of these decor items from Bealls Outlet, my go to store for affordable home products, kids toys, and also fashion.

Before we start going into details, I want to disclose that this blog post is sponsored by Bealls Outlet. But if you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love going there as you might see me shopping there very often and I shared on my Instagram story all the times. It really is my favorite place to shop while saving. I found so many great deals that would cost me double or more at regular retailers.

Okay now let’s get to the entryway first. I got a small shelf on top of the hall tree bench so I added some small decor items on it, and I love how it looks now. I got the birds, flowers, the pots, and the Home sign from Bealls Outlet for a very good deal. They all are 40-70% off compare to other stores.

The pillow was also from Bealls Outlet. They have many cute pillows including the seasonal ones. Here are the ones I got for my living area.

These pillows and throw blanket are from Bealls Outlet.

The throw blanket is my favorite, it does bring everything together in my opinion. See the peace sign back there? It’s also an item from this store that I’m soooooooo happy I got it.

This decorative pot + plant and the bunny are so cute. Got these 3 items for under $10.

Now turn around to the kitchen, I found some kitchenware and decors in a very good deal.

You can find big brands kitchen tools, pans & pots like (KitchenAid, Cuisinart, T-fal, Farberware, etc.) here for up to 70% off other retailers price.

I saw these kitchen towels and mittens when I was checking out and I knew I have to get them. They are perfect for the season.
Found these Cuisinart glass containers with bamboo lids for half their retailed prices
You can easily find cool organizing stuffs like this counter top fruit holder at Bealls Outlet at a very affordable price.

Walking to the bathroom aisles, I couldn’t resist these cute towels, especially those kitty ones for my daughter. I was thinking to get just one print, I somehow walked out with 3 sets of different prints.

These are for my cat-obsessed-daughter

I also got a similar decorative pot to the ones at my entryway, and put it here at my makeup corner.

There are so many cute shower curtains in the bathroom aisles at Bealls Outlet. I bought this sheer white one plus a clear liner for our bath/shower tub. Also a white shag rug under the curtain.

That was all I bought for Spring decor. I love that I could find these cute items without breaking my bank. Every single time I shopped at Bealls Outlet, I was inspired and motivated, since they always have new items coming in.

Besides the great discounts they already mark down, I was able to get extra 15% off everything. My tips is to shop at Bealls Outlet on Friday if you are under 50 (Monday if you are 50 years old and above) and join their membership (FREE).

You can also earn points every dollar you spend there. Again, sign up is FREE either online or in-store. Here is the link for you to sign up online.

Now tell me what is you favorite place to shop for home decor?

Finding Inexpensive Gifts at Bealls Outlet

This blog post is sponsored by Bealls Outlet

I love gifting as well as receiving gifts. In this blog, I’m excited to share with
you all my favorite place to shop on a budget, especially for holiday gifts:
Bealls Outlet.
Bealls Outlet is an off-price retailer located throughout Florida, Georgia, and Arizona, where you can find great deals in men’s, women’s, kid’s clothing, and toys with up to 70% off other store’s prices.

If you are looking for inexpensive gifts this holiday season, be sure to stop by a location nearby. I’m sure you’ll be able to snag lots of great finds. We shopped there last week and we got so many goodies for gifting as well as for our new apartment.

My daughter got super excited at the toy sections especially when I told her we’re getting a full cart of toys. I also found some of the toys that we were planning to get somewhere else in full prices.
I also did 2 little challenges which was trying to buy gifts for the whole family under $200 total, and under $400 total. And I have to admit it’s harder to hit those limit than not to because all the items I found were such incredibly great deals. Let’s take a look:

Toys for the kids:
-Melissa and Doug Take-Along Show-Horse Stable $29.99 $19.99
-Melissa & Doug 12 Pc Brew & Serve Wooden Coffee Set $19.99 $14.99
-Melissa & Doug Happy Handles Wooden Stamp Set $9.99 $6.99
-Melody Maker Acoustic Guitar $16.99 $9.99

Cozy gifts for the mom:
-Dearfoams Women’s Faux Fur Memory Foam Slippers $20 $9.99
-Calvin Klein Women’s 3 Pc Logo Pajama Set $108 $29.99
-Resort Living Twin Size Velvet Plush Blanket $30 $14.99

Gifts for the new baby:
-Luvable Friends Girls Hooded Owl Robe $14 $7.99
-Lila & Jack Unicorn Baby & Nunu Blanket Set $18 $9.99
-Lil Peach 14×14 First Year Photo Frame $16 $9.99

Other gifts for the home:
-Sunbeam Precision Ceramic Iron $39.99 $24.99
-American Kennel Club 22″ Round Plush Pet Bed $20 $9.99
-Libbey® Glass Baker’s Basics 4-Piece Baking Dish Set $20 $12.99

Total: $182.87 + tax
SAVE: $180

Toys for the boy(s):
-Sharper Image Street Thrasher Radio Control All-Terrain Racer $49 $24.99
-STANLEY Jr. Kids’ Workbench and 6-Piece Toolset $59 $29.99

Toys for the girl(s):
-Gabba Goods Tech Accessories Safe Sounds Unicorn 4-Pc Gift Set $40 $19.99
-Zuru Rainbocorns Sequin Surprise $25 $19.99

Toys for the baby:
-Kids Preferred 30″ Dinosaur Rocker $60 $39.99

Gifts for mom and grandma:
-BeBe Alanna Zip Around Wallet $49 $14.99
-Steve Madden Falli Shopper Tote $108 $39.99
-Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue For Her $40 $29.99

For the dad:
-StillWater Supply Co flannel plaid shirt $48 $17.99
-Sharper Image Heated Ergonomic Massager $40 $19.99

And for the home:
-A Bealls Outlet gift card $50
-Houdini Merry & Bright Tin Gift Basket $57 $39.99
-Urban Space 7pc Comforter Set $98 $37.49

Total: $385.38 + tax
SAVE: $337

Again, If you live nearby a Bealls Outlet, make sure to stop by and check them out. It is also a perfect place for last minute gifts. Who doesn’t love saving??!!

Now share with me your saving tips during this holiday shopping season.

Xo,
Vannie

Tips for first time visit Santa Claus

This blog post is sponsored by Macerich/HGTV Santa HQ but all text and opinions are my own.

This time of the year is the most wonderful time especially through kids eyes. Now that my daughter is three and starts to wonder more, we decided to bring her to HGTV’s Santa HQ to meet Santa Claus and of course to capture some photos. Because it was our first time bringing her to see Santa Claus, we did some searching and learned some tips online. I’m going to share what worked for us, but before jumping to the tips, I would love to shout out to HGTV’s Santa HQ.

You may already saw Santa HQ at the malls nearby if are in California, Arizona, Chicago, Metro New York, and the Washington, D.C. corridor. 

HGTV’s Santa HQ revolutionizes the traditional Santa Claus visit by guiding visitors through an immersive, interactive holiday experience with the use of state-of-the-art digital technology. They offer a new, family-friendly experience that features interactive technology to enhance the entire HGTV Santa HQ visit: Elf Academy.
My daughter was so excited when she could transform into one of Santa’s elves and virtually try on various elf outfits with the Magic Mirror.

There are other features I am sure bigger kids will love like creating their customized Elf-ID card using the new Elf-ID app and a “selfie”, exploring Santa’s Observatory through the use of tablets with Elf-Ray Vision, or standing next to an interactive board to find out which of Santa’s lists – Naughty or Nice – they made.

Don’t want to spend long time in line? Purchase the Fass Pass. This will give you the option to select the date, a 30-minute window of time to use Fast Pass, pre-pay online, upgrade their package by adding a family photo weeks/days in advance, and opt-in to receive text reminders about their Fast Pass window.

We’re in Arizona so we went to one in Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, AZ. If you are in AZ too, visit ShopChandlerFashionCenter.com/SantaHQ to secure a Fast Pass and pre-purchase a photo package.

Not only that your family will have a fun holiday experience, you will help doing good. In past years, HGTV’s Help Through Holiday Giving has collected more than 66,000 toys benefiting local organizations such as Forgotten Angel Tree, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Toys for Tots, and Spark of Love Stuff a Bus.

Let’s watch a short clip I made for our first Santa Claus visit, and then get to the tips that worked for us.

  • Try to talk about it often WITHOUT telling your toddlers that they will get to go visit Santa Claus. Wait for your kids to show interest first. That’s the key and it works perfectly for us in many other situations.
  • Go online and purchase a Fast Pass and secure your spot. Make sure it’s the time you know your kids will be happiest during the day, not nap time (duh).
  • If you shop often at the mall that has HGTV’s Santa HQ, before the booked time, walk by, show your toddlers Santa Claus and how other kids do (talk to Santa Claus, sit with Santa Claus, etc.) to get them the ideas of it.
  • If you toddlers watch Youtube, find some cute holiday videos that have Santa for them to watch. Or you can show your little ones my video above.
  • The night before, I told my daughter that because she ate very well for the day, and was going to sleep early, she would get to meet Santa Claus in the morning. She was super excited and she actually woke up asking to go to the mall.
  • Last tip: Don’t expect your toddlers to do well the first time. They might cry and it’s okay. You can always try again. Mine looked down almost the entire time there then started to feel more comfortable when the photoshoot started. Now that my daughter asks to visit Santa Claus again and wave him every time we walk by.

The magic of Christmas through a child’s eyes is priceless. I want it to last forever. I’m glad there was no tears at all for our first time visiting Santa Claus and we were able to capture the moment. Have you ever brought your kids to Santa HQ? If yes, how did they do?

Ultimate Bed Bath & Beyond Holiday Gift Guide

This blog post is sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond but all opinions are my own

First off, I hope everyone had a fun Thanksgiving with family. Today is Black Friday and it’s the best time to shop for gifts in my opinion. I’m sharing some gift ideas for everyone in your family. The best part of this gift guide is that you can get them all in one place: Bed Bath & Beyond.

Before jumping into the gift guide, I personally think giving someone you love the Beyond+, a Bed Bath & Beyond membership is the best idea. It’s the perfect present not only for holidays but also for all of life’s biggest moments like graduation, wedding, moving, etc. This membership gives member a 20% off discount site wide.

Whether you are buying gifts for everyone in your own family (including yourself), or for relatives and friends, these items below are very practical that I know whoever receives them could use them everyday.

Now let’s get to the first gift list: Gifts For the Home. I put together a public gift board on Bed Bath & Beyond website that include all the items below where you can shop directly. Click the image below to see.

I have been using Nespresso VertuoPlus coffee machine and been loving it. It’s a gift coffee lovers will be excited to get

This 9pc set of King size bedding is super cute for Springs. It’s on sale now for about $40

This OXO POP Container set I’m sure anyone would appreciate so much because they are a little pricey but so worth the price. The lids of these containers each has a push button with an airtight seal, perfect for dry foods.

You can click directly on the “Gifts for the home” image to see details on all the other items.

The next group of receivers is the one that is hard to buy gift for: new moms. If you don’t know if they already have the item or not, or don’t know if the items below would work for their parenting style, then a Bed Bath & Beyond gift card would be the best option.

Otherwise, these gift ideas below would be very helpful for a new mom (or dad).

DockATot is one of the popular items moms put on their list. It’s the gift that helps making mom life a little easier. I recommend getting the Grand Dock (bigger size) so it would last through toddler stage.

The DockATot helps making transition and travel with babies/toddlers much easier. It’s that pricey item many moms put on their list but still hesitant to splurge. I’m sure a mom would very appreciate to receive this as a gift because it sure worth the price.

If you know they already have it, then click the “Gifts for new moms” image above to see details and shop other items.

Now let’s take a look at the next idea board. This one is so fun to buy gifts for: Pet parents. There are so many pet care items that a pet parent would need compares to the items they might already have.

A cat towel is never a a failed gift for cat parent. I got this Petmaker 4-Tier Cat Tree for my brother’s cat and he loves it.

Give the gift of clean to pet parents. A cordless vacuum would be amazing. This Dyson V7 Motorhead Cord-free Stick Vacuum would make a pet parent so happy.

There are so many cool pet items on BedBathandBeyond.com, a gift card is also a safe choice.

Lastly, I put together a list of amazing Stocking Stuffer ideas. Click the image below to see the whole board with details on every item.

If you decide to give someone a Nespresso coffee machine (listed above), then don’t forget to include a couple pack of Nespresso coffee pods. There are also many other flavors on Bed Bath & Beyond website.

This Silicone Oven mitten from OXO would be a cute useful gift for someone who loves to bake.

The HubPlus Portable Charger from myCharge is a great gift idea for both men and women. It’s compact and provides up to extra 45 hours of battery life.

4 boards above are my entire Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide that you could get everything all at one place: Bed Bath & Beyond. You can also give someone a BEYOND+ Membership which they can get 20% off every single order. Also, a Bed Bath & Beyond gift card will always be the safest choice.

I have shared my ideas, tell me yours in a comment below. If you did a gift guide, send me a link so I could go see it.

Happy Holidays

xo,

Vannie

A must-have for the cold holiday season

This blog post is sponsored by HALLS but all opinions are my own.

It’s getting cold in Arizona

The holiday season is always my busiest time of the year (plus my daughter’s birthday and Traditional Vietnamese New Year). Even though it’s busy and can be a little overwhelming, it’s a joyful season after all, especially with the family holiday trips.

The cold weather gets me every time though. Getting a sore throat or coughing would make the season a little less joy-filled. I’m sure I’m not the only one who easily gets a cough or sore throat during cold months, so here I’m sharing my must-have get well traditions.

HALLS Cough Drops have been staple in our cabinets. They help relieve temporarily relieve irritating coughs and sore throats.

There are a variety of flavors to choose from including Cherry, Honey Lemon, and Metho-Lyptus. My husband likes the Metho-Lyptus flavor while the Cherry flavor is my most favorite.

A cough or sore throat can strike without warning, especially while running around (or traveling) this season. So I have a pack of HALLS Cough Drops in my bag as well.

Side story, I actually got a sore throat last month when the weather started to change. I had a horrible night’s sleep as I started to feel a sore throat coming on. The first thing I did after getting out of the bed was to take a HALLS cough drop. I could feel the temporary relief.

Be prepared for whatever life throws your way, especially during travel. No matter if you are traveling for business or leisure, you don’t want a cough and sore throat to interrupt your day. I highly recommend packing a bag of HALLS Cough Drops with you. They will provide relief and cooling if those symptoms happen.

HALLS brand has always been the brand I trust when it comes to cough/sore throat relief. Having HALLS on hand is very necessary. Let’s stock up your medicine cabinet with HALLS.

Besides, here are my favorite things to do to get well when I have a cold:

-Sipping a cup of hot tea

-Snuggling under a cozy blanket and watch movies

-Take a warm bath

-Shopping online for no reason (spending a little money magically helps haha)

-If you don’t feel too bad, get up, and get some cleaning chores done. The feeling when you overcome the tiredness and finally tackle your to-do list is the best!

Do you have a get well tradition(s) too? Share with me in the comment below.

Xo,

Vannie

Living room update for Fall

It’s been a while since I did my living room, and since Fall is my most favorite season, I decided to switch my living room to Fall style with a little of farmhouse and vintage vibes. It’s finally coming together the way I want and I’d love to hear what you guys think.

I will link everything in my living room at the bottom of the post so you guys could check them out. They are more on the affordable side so no worries, it won’t break your bank. Alright, here is the living before I re-did it:

I sold my treadmill, moved the sofa to the other side

After getting rid of the treadmill, I switched all the items on the right side to the left and the sofa to the right wall side. I removed the colorful rug and replaced with a 10′ x 14′ rug in white with floral detail. Let’s take a look at the room now.

This is the right side of the room.

After selling my treadmill, I use that space for my daughter’s toys so it’s still a little messy. However it looks much spacious and come together now. The TV and the bookshelf is in the spot where I had my sofa before.

I took down the summer frames, replaced with DIY floating shelved and Fall decors. I also added 2 silk plants to add a pop of green, also 3 vintage wall arts above the sofa.

The egg chair stays at the same spot. The cream rocking chair goes to the other end of the sofa.

Last but not least, I got rid of the old living table set and got the new coffee table and side table from Ameriwood Home. The wooden finish in this light oak tone is truly stunning. They look perfect with everything. The best thing is that they provide spacious storage for tons of tiny little no name items.

I have been loving Ameriwood Home furniture since they are definitely my style and they are affordable. The items always arrived well packed. The instructions were easy, it took us less than an hour to assemble both of these tables.

The hardest part was choosing which collection to go with since Ameriwood Home has so many cute collections. These table are from the Marxen collection. They are available on Amazon, click here to check them out.

It is always fun to update the house once in a while. I will keep you guys update once the other side is done (I’m trying to make storage to hide all the toys haha). Anyway, here is the list of everything I could find the link for:

Now tell me which item(s) is your favorite in this room? Or what would you add to it?

xo,

Vannie

Upgrade your kitchen with Bosch Home Appliances

This post is sponsored by Best Buy

We are planning to renovate our kitchen, transforming it from an old beige and golden tone into a more modern and minimalist style. The process of planning takes longer than we thought. And we are at the middle of choosing new kitchen appliances, since ours are too old now.

Browsing at Best Buy today, I had my eyes on one beautiful dishwasher from Bosch Home Appliances, and I have to share with you all, in case you are looking for a new dishwasher too.

It’s called the Bosch AutoAir™ Bosch 500 Series dishwasher. It automatically opens the door at the end of the drying cycle to let moisture escape and fresh air circulate for better drying results.* If you use dishwasher you know how a little fresh air can make the dishes a lot more dry. That is why I love the AutoAir feature. Also with AutoAir and the advanced PrecisionWash technology, the Bosch 500 Series dishwasher delivers a sparkling clean and dry.

As a family living together with our parent and siblings, capability is key. The Bosch 500 Series dishwasher with large interior provides loading flexibility necessary to easily accommodate 16 place settings, and the Flexible 3rd rack adds space for cooking utensils and ramekins, plus it can be folded down every other tine in one simple step to make room for larger, bulkier items while optimizing the rack space. It would be perfect for us.

Bosch Home Appliances is one of my favorite brands. Every Bosch dishwasher is ENERGY STAR qualified and meets or exceeds federal guidelines, for year-round energy savings. That is such a huge plus.

If you are looking for an upgrade in your kitchen, definitely check out the Bosch 500 Series dishwasher at Best Buy.

*Compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry.

Natural Tips to Improve Digestion You Need to Know

This blog post is sponsored by Boiron® and PTPA

This season is all about outdoor fun and BBQs with the family. It’s always fun. However, you can easily get indigestion after having a BBQ. So here are some tips to improve digestive health that I personally tried and found work very well. 


Before I jump into the tips, I would love for you to read my previous blog post sharing 10 ways to avoid and treat indigestion. Also, I want to let you know I am all about better ingredients when it comes to things my family and I consume. I hope these tips will be helpful for you all. Let’s move right into the first tips: 

  • Pay attention to side dishes. Adding lettuce and/or kimchi on the side will not only add a great taste to the BBQ, they also contain high fiber and, kimchi contains probiotics that help with digestion. 
  • Try to snack on fruits instead. They contain high fiber which is very important to improving your digestion health. The best fruits for avoiding indigestion would be apple, papaya, and banana. 
  • Drink LOTS of water, it’s not only good for your skin, it’s also good for digestion. Drinking a cup of water before meals is even better.
  • Adding chia seeds to your smoothie or yogurt. With a large amount of fiber, chia seeds have many health benefits. One of those benefits is improving gut health. 
  • When you have indigestion symptoms like nausea, heartburn, or stomach discomfort, try warm Ginger Tea. It helps improve digestion and prevent nausea. This is actually a tip from my mom from when I was a kid, it has always worked so well for me.
  • Taking homeopathic medicines like Boiron® Acidil® and Gasalia®  at the first signs of indigestion or first signs of gas. Boiron® is a brand I trust for homeopathic medicines. 

Unlike other medications, there are no restrictions on when to take Acidil or Gasalia. You can take them before or after a meal, on a full or empty stomach. They are unflavored, quick-dissolving; and they melt under the tongue for a convenient and discreet way to relieve indigestion anywhere, anytime.

  • Acidil targets the three main components of acid indigestion: heartburn, stomach pain, and bloating. * You can use Acidil for adults and children 12+ years.
  • Gasalia temporarily relieves bloating, pressure, discomfort and pain associated with gas. * It can be used for adults and children 6+ years. 

Having Boiron ® Acidil® and Gasalia®  ready at home gives me much more peace of mind, knowing I have a better way to treat ourselves in case we have indigestion symptoms. 

I hope all the tips above will be helpful for you all. Enjoy the rest of this fun summer with family times and BBQ. Plus, stay healthy!!

Thank you Boiron® and PTPA for sponsoring this blog post. All the tips and opinions are based own my own experience.

*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

Toy ideas to keep your toddler busy

As a work at home mom, and as a first time mom, my most struggle is having my daughter play by herself. She is a very impatient toddler who easily gets bored. So we have been spending lots of money buying her new toys and I have to say I got a list of items that she actually likes and plays with them longer than others. I guess we are not the only parents who struggle with this so by sharing this, I hope to help you parents have some free time while your kids playing by themselves, also save some money by not trying so many.

All the items in this list are items that my daughter owns and truly LOVES. Okay, here we go:

  • Kidzlane 12 piece – DOCTOR KIT My daughter has this kit for a long while and it’s one of the toys we would never put away. It’s always there for her and she keeps reaching to it everyday for over a year already. I highly recommend this kit.
  • Kidzlane Karaoke Microphone with Bluetooth This is another Kidzlane toy that she loves. I feel like toys from this brand is so playful and my daughter loves them. It’s super cute and fun watching her throwing her wild dance move and sings along with the nursery theme songs in this karaoke toy.
  • Hasbro FurReal Roarin’ Tyler Playful Tiger This toy is actually a little in a pricey side. However it looks so real and so cute. We have lots of stuffed toys from cheap to expensive and this turns out to be the one she reaches to the most. If your kids love interactive animal toys, this would be one of the best choices.
  • Cheap bandages with cute designs for kids I bet your kids love bandages as much as my daughter does. Some cute bandage would be best to go with a doctor toy kit. Since it’s just for them to play with, get the cheap one. I found this set of 100 pieces for a very good price on Amazon.
  • Puffy 3D stickers stickers is always the best toy for either in door or on the go. We always have some ready. We also use them as the ‘final power’ whenever she throws major tantrums. Tips: puffy stickers is life saver. If you don’t want to spend time and hold your breath taking those flat stickers off your wall and furnitures, get the puffy ones. It’s way easier to take them off.
  • LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart line up teddy bears and stuffed animals along the wall or bench. Have your toddler pushing this cart around and selling ice cream to each of her stuffed friends. That’s what we like to do, and my daughter LOVES it. We sure have a good free time to finish some works.
  • Water Beads OCEAN SENSORY KIT If your toddler gets over the habit of putting things into her/his mouth, this would be the best affordable sensory play idea. My daughter has never put things in her mouth except for food on her plate (I feel so lucky for that). So we have been letting her play with water beads for a long while now. She LOVES it. Anything involved by water keeps my daughter busy for over an hour. This kit is cheap and it can be drained for next time use.
  • Little Tikes Spiralin’ Sea Waterpark Play Table We actually have this water play table to play with the water bead kit above. Sometime we just let her play water with it. However I would recommend having them play with this toy outside (patio, backyard) since water can be all over the place.

Those are the toys that my daughter has been loving. Again, my daughter always ask me and my husband to play with her. The toys above are the ones she can play by herself so I am sure your kids would too.

I hope this blog post is helpful. If you have any toy ideas that you think would fit the list, throw it in the comment below.

Thanks for stopping by,
xo
Vannie

7 Random Summer Must-Haves & Tips for Moms

This blog post is sponsored by Boiron® and PTPA

Summer means lots of fun time with family. As a new mom, I found myself buying things that I completely didn’t think about before having kids. So, I have this blog post to sum up what I think would be needed for moms with kids or family in general, especially during summer time. Let’s jump right in.

  1. An Igloo cooler for your car. We live in the desert, so we would like to have cold drinks while being on the go. Having a cooler in the back of the car saves us money, by bringing our own homemade tea or smoothie instead of stopping at Starbucks or any places to get expensive drinks ALL THE TIME. We also have one to use in our backyard when we have a BBQ. 
  2. A natural safe-for-kids-and-pets backyard spray. You can easily find some good options on Amazon. You don’t want the fun time to be annoyed by mosquitoes or bugs, since children are around. I have a whole blog post on how I keep my daughter safe from insect bites while being outside. An Igloo cooler for your car. We live in the desert, so we would like to have cold drinks while being on the go. Having a cooler in the back of the car saves us money, by bringing our own homemade tea or smoothie instead of stopping at Starbucks or any places to get expensive drinks ALL THE TIME. We also have one to use in our backyard when we have a BBQ. 
  3. A jumper for your kid at the pool. It looks like the picture below. It’s not very expensive. You can have more peace of mind letting your toddler wear it and play more freely at the pool.
  4. Fun outdoor/backyard toys for kids. Kids love playing in water. A water table or a sprinkler would be the best. Also, a bubble machine, or a sandbox would be amazing too.
  5. Drink dispenser. It will be so handy to have especially for family backyard dinner or BBQ. I would prefer a plastic one over a glass one, just to be safe while kids are around.

6. Fun and cute compostable dinnerware. I love collecting the cute items to make BBQ time more fun and appealing. I sometime use melamine dinnerware because they are durable and easy to clean. There are so many cute options for melamine dinnerware too.

7. This last must-have is so important. I would highly recommend having some Boiron® Acidil® and Gasalia® ready at home. With all the summer foods, especially after having a BBQ, you can easily get indigestion

Boiron® is my favorite homeopathic medicine brand. Acidil® and Gasalia® are made for you to treat yourself at home when having indigestion symptoms.* They are made with natural active ingredients that works with your body. Plus, there are no drug interactions when taking them.*

Gasalia®  is suggested for use for in adults and children 6 years of age and older. Acidil can be used for adult and children 12 years of age and older. You can take Gasalia® when having the first sign of gas, and take Acidil® at the first sign of indigestion.* I also shared 10 ways to avoid and treat indigestion in a different blog post. Make sure you didn’t miss it. 

Summer is the time to have fun, not to be worry. So, I hope you keep yourself and your family healthy and happy. Let me know your tips if you have one. It’d be so helpful. 

Thank you Boiron® and PTPA for sponsoring this blog post. All the tips and opinions are based own my own experience.

*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.