Best Summer Must-Haves for Mama and Her Brood

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Though I’m totally dreading having to apply sunblock on multiple kids multiple times a day, I’m still very excited for summer to begin. Below you’ll find a bunch of new products to help make this summer season easy and fun for the whole family.

Frogglez Goggles

Frogglez® Goggles are a must have for families with little kiddos who love to swim. Parents can send their kids to the pool, water park or beach without worrying about their eyes burning or hair getting tangled in uncomfortable straps. This will give them a stress-free break so the whole family can kick back and enjoy their vacation!

Tangle buster

The Tangle Buster™ Flexible Paddle Brush is specially designed to smooth out even the toughest tangles. This new paddle brush is perfect for achieving a smooth finish, without the pain and time it takes to detangle using products and an inferior everyday brush, which oftentimes leads to breakage. Visit http://www.kareco.com.

Great Plate

Give older kids an extra hand with The Great Plate, an innovative plate and cup holder – in one! It is the perfect companion for every event, from throwing a casual backyard bash with the baseball team to popcorn & night in with family or friends. The Great Plate™ easily allows kids to hold both their food and beverage comfortably in one hand, keeping messes to a minimum. It also floats in the pool and turns into a Frisbee! And the Great Plate coasters are perfect for keeping your drinks sand-free and upright at the beach. Available in a variety of bold colors, The Great Plate is BPA-free, dishwasher/microwave safe, reusable and recyclable. Visit http://www.greatplate.net.

Ben’s 30 and Natrapel Bug Repellents

Ben’s 30 6-ounce Eco-Spray® offers protection from ticks and insects that may carry West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, Malaria, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and other infectious diseases. Providing up to 8 hours of effective protection, Ben’s 30’s unique formula is made to evaporate slowly – so repellent stays on longer with little absorption into the skin. Natrapel® bug repellent provides up to 12 hours of effective protection from ticks and biting insects. Natrapel utilizes the CDC-recommended formula, 20% Picaridin, for your protection. Natrapel is proven as effective as DEET and is completely safe on gear. It is available in a 6-ounce bottle for the home or camping kit; and a 1-ounce ($MSRP: $3.99) size, which is great for travel or purses, pockets and packs. Visit http://www.rei.com and other retailers.

Whole Foods is really the healthiest one-stop-shop for your family this summer. Available there is Kiss My Face which has an array of sunscreen sticks, sprays and lotions that are always free of parabens, oxybenzones, and artificial fragrances. Alba Botanica has gentle face and body lotions, many of which are hypoallergenic! Badger’s line of natural and organic sunscreens is safe for the whole family and made with plant oils and zinc oxide. Check out their Kids Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 35 and Anti-Bug Sunscreen SPF 30.

Goddess Garden Organics uses naturally occurring minerals and organic, plant-based ingredients to create a biodegradable, reef safe and non-nano sunscreen.

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