The long awaited summer in North Dakota is finally here and we couldn’t be happier. We’ve got just a few short months of good weather and we are going to live them up. Our goal is to not let a day pass without spending it either in the garden, at the pool, playing t-ball, volleyball, and soccer, or exploring all the local parks.
In order to be able to live summer to it’s fullest I keep a bag packed and ready toss in the car and go on all our adventures. Now that the boys are beyond the “diaper bag” stage, it doesn’t mean there’s all kinds of summer essentials we don’t need. I guess you could say we’re beyond the diaper bag and now I just carry a “mom bag”. So here’s what’s in the mom bag:
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The Bag. I have used this Vera Bradley bag my mom gave me for Christmas two years ago non-stop ever since. This bag is the perfect size, it washes easily, and I love the pattern. A friend once saw me pull my purse out of it and coined it, “my purse for my purse”. Seriously, this goes everywhere.
The Blanket. I just picked up this picnic blanket and I already love it. It folds and zips into a stadium seat, and when it’s open it has a waterproof side and a soft side. Perfect for T-ball, soccer, and park playdates.
The Sunblock. Banana Boat Kids Free Clear UltraMist is our spray of choice. Alcohol free, tear free, sting free, and gentle. What more could I ask for on Jack’s sensitive almost translucent skin??
The Hats. Did I mention Jack’s pale skin? Along with the sunblock I make sure I’ve always got hats for the boys.
The Wet Bag. I keep a wet bag in my bag and it comes in handy all the time. Sometimes it’s for wet swim suits, sometimes it’s for muddy clothes while the boys ride home in the underwear. Either way it folds small and is easy to keep in the bottom of my bag.
More Sunblock. Yes, along with the kids sunblock I keep the Protect & Hydrate Sunscreen Clear UltraMist in the bag for me. I love how it is sunscreen and moisturizer in 1 spray.
The snacks. I’d hate to cut a park playdate short due to hungry kids, so I’ve always got plenty of snacks in the bag. Currently these are our favorite.