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11 In Amazon/ Lifestyle

12 Summer Must Haves from Amazon

12 Amazon must haves for summer - reusable water balloons, stanley water jug, turkish towel, womens sun hat, outdoor end table with built in cooler, food dome to protect food from bugs

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We are almost in the full swing of summer! Bring on the long lazy days spent outside, by the pool, or beach. These are some of my favorite Summer Must Haves from Amazon so that you can be prepared for the summer fun.  Whatever your plans are this summer, I’m sure you will find something useful on this list!


12 Summer Must Haves from Amazon

Resusable water balloons – To say my kids are obsessed with these are an understatement! And I am too!

SCUATANBE 12PCS Reusable Magnetic Water Balloons, Self-Sealing Quick Fill Water Bomb Outdoor Toys For Kids Age 4-8, Refillable Water Splash Balls For Summer Party Pool Outdoor Toys For Kids Ages 8-12


Turkish Towels – We have been using these for years! They dry quick, and pack light so no more bulky beach bags!

blue turkish towel blanket with fringe from Amazon


Outdoor Table/Cooler a must have for any deck, patio or poolside.


outdoor cooler bar table


Tabletop s’mores kit – It’s not summer until you’ve had s’mores!

tabletop s'mores kit

Stanley 2 gallon jug keeps your beverages cold for hours!!! Great for travel, the beach, baseball games, days when you’re outside and don’t want to go back in.

stanley 2 gallon jug with spigot summer must have



Portovino wine tote bag – holds up to 2 bottles of wine! Great for the beach, concerts, vineyard, teacher gift, or anyone who loves wine!

portovino city wine tote bag


Food dome Keeps your food clean. Perfect for summer BBQs, parties, camping or picnics.


bamboo food serving tent


Sun visor hat my favorite roll up sun hat!

summer sun hat for women


Bugbite suction This is a long time Amazon fave! Sucks out the insect venom to help relieve itching and swelling.

bug bite thing sucks out the venom


Grilling caddy keeps all of your grilling accessories organized. This was a gift for Rick for Father’s Day and he loves it!

grill caddy with paper towels, grilling utensils and condiments


Waterproof pouch keep your phone and other important necessities safe while at the beach, pool, kayaking, at the water park, etc. You get the point.

waterproof pouch for summer


Kid’s ride on float with squirt gun perfect for the kids for the pool.

kid's ride on float with squirt gun


**You can see all of my Amazon favorites here on my Amazon storefront**


For more of my favorite summer ideas check out

My summer reading challenge and book recommendations

My summer makeup must haves

9 of the best Margarita recipes


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22 In food/ parties

Root Beer Float Bar

Root beer float bar

This root beer float bar is perfect for your summer family fun nights or BBQs.

When I think of some of my favorite childhood summer memories I think of nights at the drive-in, ice cream for dinner, swimming in the pool and catching fireflies. I long to get back to those simple times and give my kids those summers that I had. Scroll down to see my root beer float bar and more vintage summer ideas from some of my friends. Every Friday night we have our Friday night pizza nights followed by a movie. In the summer if it’s a nice night we will set up an outdoor movie on the deck. I made this root beer float bar for a special treat during our movie. It reminded me of being at the drive-ins!

Root Beer Float Bar Fixings

Some other fun and different root beer float variations:

  • Make a boozy peanut butter float peanut butter cup ice cream and with peanut butter flavored whiskey.
  • For the coffee lover use coffee flavored ice cream!
  • For a healthier option if you like bananas, freeze some bananas then blend with a little bit of milk of your choice until an ice cream consistency and use for your float.

  Root Beer Float Bar

I added some decor I had around the house just to make it feel a little more fancy, like my chalkboard and cake stand.

root beer float bar decor

root beer float bar

Root Beer Float Bar

Some tips-

  • If not making and enjoying right away, you may want to have a galvanized bucket of ice and keep the root beer and ice cream on ice.
  • Use small bowls for things like sprinkles, nuts, marshmallows and chocolate chips.
  • For the sauces, whipped cream and cherries, just put out in their original containers or jars.

Root Beer Float Bar 


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How to make a root beer float bar


For more summer inspiration, check out my friends ideas below

More Old Fashioned Summer Inspiration

Grandma's Peach Pie

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For another fun snack click here to check out my Banana Split Apple Nachos!

And click here for my summer bucket list


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9 In food/ Recipes

Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

Easy homemade no churn ice cream

One of the things on our summer bucket list this year was to make homemade ice cream. This recipe is for easy homemade no churn ice cream and the best part is the flavor options are endless! I did a little experimenting in the kitchen last weekend and put two flavor combinations to the test. I’m sharing them below.

Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

The base for the ice cream is super simple with only 4 ingredients – heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt. Once you have the base, you can add in whatever your taste buds desire to make different flavor combos. All you need is a loaf pan or these pyrex containers, no machine required.

This ice cream is delicious on it’s own or whip up a Root Beer Float Bar.

Easy homemade no churn ice cream

5 from 3 votes
Course Dessert


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash salt


  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks start to form.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt
  • Gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk mixture into the heavy whipping cream until combined.
  • If serving plain vanilla ice cream, spoon into a bread loaf pan or glass container. Cover and freeze.
  • If making flavored ice cream, add in your mix-ins of choice and then follow step 4.

2 of my favorite flavor combinations are lemon blueberry and one that I named “Salty Mama”.

Lemon Blueberry

Easy homamde no churn ice cream

This one is just so refreshing and perfect for summer. Prepare the ice cream using the recipe above. Add in 1 cup of blueberries (I did mine whole but I would probably suggest quartered or mashed) and 1 tbsp lemon zest. Freeze as instructed. Prior to serving, top with some additional grated lemon zest to taste.

Salty Mama

This one is definitely richer! Peanut butter and nutella flavored topped with salty pretzels for the perfect sweet and salty combo.

Prepare the vanilla ice cream base. Using a mixer, mix in 1 cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of nutella until smooth. Freeze in your loaf pan or container. Prior to serving, top with crushed pretzels. Mmmmmm.

Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

Pyrex Containers

homemade ice cream pyrex containers

Loaf Pan

homeamde ice cream loaf pan

For more summer ideas check out

Root Beer Float Bar

Lucky Charms Ice Cream Sandwiches

Boozy Bomb Pops

The Ultimate Steak Charcuterie Board

Summer printable bucket list



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Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream



0 In family/ kids

Our favorite backyard activities for the whole family

our favorite backyard activities for the whole family
This post is sponsored by Fox Pest Control but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Since we’re home this summer, we’ve been getting creative with fun activities to do in the backyard for the whole family. And thank you to Fox Pest Control, we no longer have to worry about pesky mosquitoes, stink bugs or ticks.

Check out some of our favorite backyard activities for the whole family below. And be sure to scroll to the bottom for a special offer from Fox Pest Control!

Our favorite backyard activities for the whole family

1.) Make a giant water blob – If you’ve never seen the movie “Heavyweights”, there’s a giant pillow called “The Blob” . You can make your own giant water blob out of plastic sheeting and duct tape. Click here for the tutorial

2.) Make glow jars – these little jars are so pretty and whimsical. To make them you will need glow sticks (these are the ones I used from Amazon), glitter and a mason jar. Carefully cut the top off your glow stick and pour the contents into the mason jar. (I used 3 glow sticks for each jar). Sprinkle in some glitter, screw on the lid and shake. Then bring outside or put in your kiddos’ rooms at night.

DIY glow jars for the kids


3.) Make s’mores – It’s not summer until you’ve had one. My favorite is to use Reese’s peanut butter cups instead of the traditional Hershey bar.

4.) Bounce house fun – we recently got a bounce house for our yard and it was one of the best purchases we’ve made. It honestly keeps the kids occupied for hours. (Linking ours – it even has a ball pit!)

Our favorite backyard activities for the whole family


5.) Make a water slide – Rig up a hose to your slide on the bounce house or on your swingset to make a waterslide.

6.) Camp out in the backyard -Set up a tent and camp out in the backyard.

7.) Giant bubble bath – Fill an inflatable pool with water and some homemade bubble solution (click for my easy DIY recipe) to make a giant bubble bath!

8.) Star gazing – Layer a bunch of pillows and blankets in your inflatable pool, kick back and watch the stars.

9.) Water balloon pinatas – Fill a bunch of water balloons, hang them from a branch or clothes line and let your kids whack them with a baseball bat to spray water everywhere.



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DIY glow jars