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Saturday, August 13, 2022

(We have a NewAir coupon!) The NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00) is Perfect for the New School Year!

 

In today's post, I'll tell you about a product that is useful for different phases of family life - the NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00).  At first glance, you may wonder why I think that this product fits different phases of raising children, but hear me out! This post will resonate with many of you sooner or later! 

One of my favorite books as a little girl was The Giving Tree. I always loved how the tree grew up with the boy and changed to offer different things as he went through different phases of life. I loved when he climbed the tree as a little boy, grew older and sold apples when he was a teen that wanted money, sat under the tree to read books, created a canoe with wood from the tree, and sat on the stump when he was old.  The book summarizes life well - we go through phases, view the world differently at different phases, and our needs change over time. The product in today's post made me think of this book because it's a product that families may use in different phases of life.  That is, the NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00) is great for different phases of life such as:

  • Stocking your family movie room with cold drinks and snacks, 
  • Storing lunch and drinks in your office, 
  • Storing food and drinks on RV trips, 
  • Sending it to college with children for their dorm room or apartment!

If you follow regularly, you know that I love the NewAir company because their engineers are perfectionists that give meticulous attention to detail.  As an engineer myself, I appreciate good designs that emphasize quality and a good user experience. The NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00) accomplishes this with a nice design!  Let me start by sharing a quick overview:

"Whether looking to outfit a small space or looking to your living life on the open road without sacrificing convenience, the Newair Compact Mini Refrigerator with Freezer has you covered. This mini fridge comes with a separate freezer compartment, so you can keep your personal stash of ice cream, pizza, and frozen meals perfectly frozen. The compact footprint fits anywhere without sacrificing any of the features you'd expect from a much larger model: adjustable shelves, a bottle rack, and even a crisper drawer. The roomy interior makes this a perfect choice for a studio apartment, dorm room, or RV fridge."

Some of the key features include:

  • Dual zone cooling with two-door design for perfect food storage conditions.
  • Adjustable shelves and specialty compartments for total organization.
  • Compact design fits in less than two square feet but holds food for days.
  • Quiet compressor won't interrupt conversation in small living spaces.
  • Energy Star Certified design for eco-friendly, budget-conscious living.
The NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00) was easy to set up. It's a good idea to read the manual before you start using it.  The manual is a quick read and then we were able to set it up in less than 10 minutes.


You may not realize it until you purchase a mini fridge with freezer, but a quiet compressor makes a big difference in the quality of your life! The design team put effort into designing this so that the compressor doesn't interrupt conversation in small living spaces.  They also realized that if you are traveling in an RV or are worried about your eco-footprint, it's important to have an energy efficient design. This model is Energy Star Certified for eco-friendly, budget-conscious living. Of course, it's important to mention that the compact design fits in less than two square feet and will hold food for days. For instance, I opened the refrigerator section and took the photo below to show you the space and how the adjustable shelves and specialty compartments help with organization.


The dual cooling design with a freezer on top is also wonderful. You are able to store ice cubes, frozen pizza, ice cream, and more!


To summarize, we love the family friendly NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00)! It's great for different phases of life. We think that it's a great investment for young families because it is useful for many scenarios from when your children are little and you want to stock cold drinks and snacks in a family movie room to when they need a mini fridge for their college dorm room. We love it for parties on our enclosed patio when we want our guests to have easy access to cold drinks and ice.  It's nice for offices.  It's also highly regarded for RV trips!  This is a convenient product to own for many years.


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Saturday, July 30, 2022

(Win it!) Strong Fathers Strong Daughters #StrongFathersMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork

Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

In today's post, I want to connect you with an original movie that streams exclusively on Pure Flix starting on August 1st - Strong Fathers Strong Daughters! If you aren't familiar with Pure Flix, it's an amazing streaming service that has a great selection of Christian television series and movies. My family loves Pure Flix. We hope that you will give it a try and end up loving it too! 

STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS will be exclusively on Pure Flix starting August 1st!

We personally loved the book it is based off of and loved the movie more below are some things about this inspiring movie. Let's start with a quick overview:

"STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS is based on the New York Times Bestselling book written by Dr. Meg Meeker.

When a wealthy businessman learns his daughter is engaged to a missionary, he embarks on a quest to keep her closer to home. But when his efforts go awry, he must learn to give up control and trust God with her future.

Steve loves all three of his daughters – but does he really know who they are? Discover the heartfelt journey of a dad who is desperately trying to hold onto is little girls but learns he must give up control and trust God with their future.

Watch the movie inspired by Dr. Meg Meeker’s best-selling book, “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters.”

This is the perfect film to watch as a family with your older daughters! For instance, we love this quote about the movie:

“This movie isn't just a heart-warming story. It is a cry from every daughter's heart to her father, to give her the power only he can give to help her become an extraordinary woman.” –Dr. Meg Meeker

Check out the trailer!

Watch Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters on Pure Flix starting August 1st! If you subscribe to Pure Flix, you'll receive access to this wonderful movie and many other great movies and shows!

Win it!

One lucky winner will receive a 3-month subscription to Pure Flix. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be contacted by email with their free 3-month subscription. Good luck!


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Sunday, July 24, 2022

We Have the Best 2022 Pogo Pass Coupon for 50% Off! (400 passes were purchased with our coupon codes so far!)

 


Pogo Pass is such a great deal! We have a 2022 Pogo Pass coupon for 50% off -- just visit Pogo Pass and use the coupon code DAZZLE!   Easy-peasy for an annual pass that is packed with fun!

This code is valid for every city that Pogo Pass features - Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Kansas City, and South Central Texas!

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(Hurry) Stock Up on New Allbirds Shoes for the New School Year & Score Free Socks! #allbirdsaffiliate #weareallbirds


Back-to-School shopping is just around the corner. If your kids are obsessed with Allbirds, we have a treat for you!  I get to share an awesome coupon with my flock of Trendy Mom Readers! We have a coupon for a free pair of Allbirds socks when you purchase a pair of Allbirds shoes!  

  • What: Trendy Mom readers may visit the link below to get ANY pair of socks for FREE with purchase!
  • When: Now!
  • Where: Allbirds website here
  • Details: Add any pair of socks to your cart and then at least one pair of shoes and you'll see the socks come off as FREE before you check out!
If you aren't familiar with Allbirds, let me tell you that we love this high quality brand that offers trendy fashions while also caring about the environment.   My latest pair of Allbirds shoes landed at our house today! They are the Women's Wool Dasher Mizzles.  

Here is a quick overview of these shoes:
  • Take stormy weather in stride with the running shoe that uses natural materials to give you extra grip and keep your feet cozy and dry on cold, wet runs.
  • Best For: Running, traction, water-repellent protection
  • Natural Innovation: Durable, water-repellent finish helps keep shoes from getting soggy
  • Responsive Rebound: Flexible, cushioned midsole offers a smoother ride


Let me also share some information about why my eco-friendly heart loves these shoes:

"The Wool Dasher Mizzle is carbon neutral thanks to sustainable practices, like using natural materials funding high impact carbon projects. But before we balance the emissions, its footprint starts at 12.9 kg CO2e. Learn more about carbon footprint labeling and our commitments to reduce our impact.

Sustainable Materials:
    • ZQ certified Merino wool upper that meets the highest standards of animal welfare, environmental care, and social sustainability
    • Bio-based shield treated with fluorine-free water repellent coating
    • SweetFoam® midsole made with sugarcane-based green EVA
    • FSC-certified natural rubber outsole
    • Bio-based nylon eyelets
    • Shoe laces made from recycled plastic bottles
    • Castor bean oil-based insole foam"

I love the soft wool fabric and stretchy top area of the shoes. The shoes look great and are incredibly comfortable! They are easy to slide on and instantly provide a feeling of comfort.  I've already worn them to the gym and to run errands to test them out. They feel very comfortable and supportive.  (Everyone in my family wants a pair now!)


I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into why we love Allbirds!  I also hope that you are able to take advantage of the coupon above to score free socks with the purchase of shoes!  This Allbirds coupon is great for back-to-school shopping!


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(Review) The Husqvarna Automower is a Game Changer in the Texas Heat!



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Husqvarna. All opinions are 100% mine.

This post is sponsored by Husqvarna. They recently sent us an Automower product to review.

My husband and I used to mow our own lawn. It's one of our least favorite chores, especially with the Texas heat and humidity.  Our first house together was almost an acre. We quickly learned that we did not like maintaining a large yard. When we had the opportunity to relocate for new jobs, we purchased a home on a smaller lot with .25 acres. We later realized that we would prefer an even smaller yard and we moved yet again to a villa where front yard maintenance is included in our HOA fee and we only have to maintain our small backyard that is hidden by fences. The space is approximately 1,000 square feet. We've mowed it for several years, but we finally decided that we have had enough and began researching alternatives such as artificial grass, hiring someone to help, or a robotic lawnmower. 


Many of our neighbors feel the same way about yard work. As I mentioned, we live in a villa where the HOA maintains our front yards and then we are responsible for our small backyards. The majority of our neighbors hire landscapers.  This is nice, but it's expensive and we don't like the idea of giving landscapers a key to our yard.  The typical cost of weekly mowing for our small backyard is $75 to $100/week.  We mow our lawn for approximately 7.5 months per year, so it's not trivial to spend over $3,000/year to hire landscapers to mow our backyard. As a Mom and an Engineer, I can't help but calculate the cost for multiple years and notice how quickly the expense accumulates. After five years, the cost adds up to around $15,000.

Several of our neighbors have artificial lawns. Some of them got together in small groups to negotiate a bulk discount, but it was still very expensive. An example of a neighbor's yard is shown below. It looks nice, but it was outside of the budget that we wanted to put toward our yard. Plus, with young children, we didn't want to worry about the cost of replacement down the road.



Only recently did we come across the Husqvarna Automower as an option to help mow our lawn. I wish that we would have known about it sooner. We looked into it and ran the numbers to figure out whether it could make sense for us.  Specifically, we looked into the Husqvarna 115H Automower that is priced at $1,599.99 with installation.  At this price, we felt like it was a cost effective solution to mowing our lawn that is cheaper than hiring landscapers to mow.  I searched for reviews and people seemed happy, so I reached out to the company to ask if it would be possible to collaborate and to send us review a unit.  They agreed! This was a highlight of my blogging year, especially if you consider the temperatures in Texas right now and how much we dread yard work. Of course, we were excited because the perks of this robotic lawn mower are amazing, but I also felt like it was a special opportunity to gain and share an experience that people are curious to know more about.

The process for ordering the Husqvarna Automower was nice because they ship the Automower in a package that arrives on your doorstep. They then connect you with an installation expert who sets everything up for you.  For instance, check out the photo below that shows my package on our front porch.  I took the photo from a distance so that you could notice that it's a large package, but still a reasonable size for me to carry on my own.



Here is a closer view of the package.



We were so excited about our new best friend that we couldn't help but to peek into the package to see it before the installation company arrived.  The package was comprehensive and included everything that I needed to get started.



The day before the installation company arrived, we mowed our lawn to the desired height.  This is something that you will want to do before your installation as part of the customization process.

Lambert's Landscape Company installed the boundary wire and charging station. In the Dallas area, we are very lucky because the pros at Lambert's know the ins and outs of the Husqvarna Automower. The Director of Fleet Services and Facilities installed our Automower. He manages a fleet of them and even runs two Automowers in his own yard. He is knowledgable about landscaping and Automowers. He was really nice about answering our questions and giving advice. The installation for our yard went by quickly. He installed the boundary wire with a machine that buries it rather seamlessly. I was relieved to know that the boundary wires would be buried so nicely, especially since I have energetic children who aren't even able to see the buried wires.  Here is a photo of him installing the boundary wire.



I also made a video and encourage you to watch it because you'll get a better idea of how quick and seamless it was for him to install the boundary wire.



After he installed the boundary wires, he finished setting up the charging station and updated the software. This is the home for our new best friend, the AutomowerHe also helped us to get the app which helps us to monitor the status of our Husqvarna Automower. For instance, here is a photo from when we set it up.



Here is another photo of the app which shows statistics about the number of hours that it has spent on our lawn.



The Husqvarna Automower is smart and able to adapt to many variables such as different yard sizes, slopes, grass types, and more. Personally, our yard is around 1,000 sq. ft. and relatively flat with only slight sloping around our French drains.  We have Bermuda grass which is a southern grass that grows in warm climates. It has a narrow leaf blade which I think is aesthetically pleasing. It grows quickly and is also quite resilient. You'll find it at many golf courses and athletic fields since it's relatively good for high traffic areas.  Our yard is a breeze for the Husqvarna Automower that quietly works its magic on our lawn.  



The Husqvarna Automower spent the first couple of days exploring our yard.  My family enjoyed watching our curious little friend move around to learn the lay of the land! 



After the initial exploration, the Automower used its advanced technology to mow our lawn on a more scheduled basis.  The technology is actually more interesting than we initially expected. Not only does this little robot mow our lawn, but it also improves the health of our lawn. That was an unexpected bonus for us!   We just wanted a break from yard work, so it was even cooler to realize that the Automower could further improve the health of our lawn too. The way that it works is different than our old process. We used to go through with a loud electric lawn mower.  The Husqvarna Automower is more advanced. It uses several blades to finely mulch the grass.  Instead of rushing through like we used to do with a lawn mower, the Automower takes slower and more frequent passes which provides a noticeable difference to the health of our lawn.



Another big difference between our old mower and the Automower is the noise level. Our old mower was loud.  Our Automower is pretty quiet. I tease my husband that it has such good manners with how quiet it is. It even runs past my bedroom at night while I am sleeping without me noticing.  I also appreciate that it has safety features to stop if it bumps into something unexpected. For instance, my youngest son dropped his teddy bear outside. The Automower skillfully avoided it which is an important feature that we appreciate since our children play in the yard and don't always clean up after themselves.

The Automower may be scheduled to run at any time. We prefer an evening schedule so that our children aren't outside. I would actually be okay with my boys around it since it has safety features, but my children sometimes play soccer or have water balloon battles, so I figured that evening runs were better. Plus, as I mentioned earlier the Automower is quiet enough that I don't even notice it when it goes by my bedroom windows in the evening.


Security is an important feature to me. There is one loud thing about the Automower. That's the alarm. If someone doesn't know the pin number and then picks it up and tries to run off with it, the Automower has a very loud alarm.  You need to enter your pin number to turn it off. Depending on the model, you may also have GPS tracking. 



We've used our Automower for a few months now. Let me share a quick list of questions that people have asked us with our personal answers.
  1. Is it as loud as a traditional lawn mower?  Answer: It is MUCH quieter than our old traditional lawn mower. In fact, we run it in the evening and it mows outside of my bedroom window without waking me. 
  2. Does it break if it rains?  Answer: We have left our Automower out during several rainstorms without any issues. I just wipe it down with a cloth after the rain. (For reference, I also wipe down our patio furniture and grill after rain.) We moved the Automower to our patio for one storm because there were severe weather warnings. During that particular storm, you wouldn't have even wanted to leave your car outside.
  3. What if children leave toys in the yard? Answer: My children have stress tested this feature. They have a bad habit of leaving toys in the yard.  Fortunately, the Automower is quite advanced and has avoided every toy left in our yard over the past few months.  One of them was my youngest son's teddy bear, so I was grateful for the Automower's technology to avoid their toys.
  4. Could someone pick it up and walk off with it? Answer: Yes, but there is an alarm system.  It makes an obnoxiously loud noise that would make it hard for someone to casually pick it up in our yard and walk off with it. We are able to hear the alarm noise in our house. We have a pin number to turn the alarm off. Some models also have a GPS security feature.
  5. Do you like it? Answer: We absolutely love it!  If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to stop wasting time on mowing the lawn and to let an Automower take over the chore.  Seriously, the combination of Texas heat and humidity is the worst. The Automower is a total game changer that allows us to spend less time on chores and more time enjoying life.



Now that we have used the Husqvarna Automower for a while, we are very happy and wish that we would have adopted it sooner.  The time savings has been amazing. We no longer have to mow. We only have to do the edging. My husband has approximately 5 extra hours to spend with us every month. If you multiple this by 7.5 months, he has saved approximately 37.5 hours/year. That's almost an entire workweek out of the year for him! We have a small backyard that is under 1,000 square feet. I imagine that the time savings increases for Texans with bigger yards.


During the Coronavirus shutdown, the Automower was also a life saver because it mulches the grass into fine pieces and we do not have to bag and dispose debris. Our garbage collection company temporarily stopped the collection of lawn clippings.  Prior to the arrival of our Automower, we had garbage bags full of lawn clippings for weeks until they finally announced a special day when collection of lawn debris resumed.  I'm glad that we don't have to dispose of lawn debris after the Automower.  The mulching process is eco-friendly and convenient!



In summary, the Husqvarna Automower is an amazing application of technology that has improved the quality of our lives.  The experience has given us a healthier lawn, but more importantly, the gift of time. As busy parents, the ability to cross mowing the lawn off of our chore list was amazing! I know that we could have hired landscapers to mow weekly or invested in artificial grass, but those solutions were very expensive. The Husqvarna Automower is more cost effective for our situation. The Husqvarna design team deserves credit for the meticulous attention to detail that they put into the Automower!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Our Favorite Products That Will Help Your Family to Live their Best Lives In Summer 2022!


We hope that this summer will be packed with happy memories for each of you and your families!  This is a unique summer in many ways.  Those of us in Texas are patiently waiting for the heat wave to end as we've experienced weeks of 100+ degree weather.  You'll notice that this collection of products focuses on staying cool and having fun with your family!

CeraVe is a brand that we have featured for several years because their products work really well for us! This brand was recommended several years ago by my dermatologist and I've used it ever since. Actually, my entire family uses CeraVe!  The Texas heat has caused havoc for my family members and we've made some changes that I want to share for this time of year. I am sure that many of you may also need to update your skincare routine during this excessive heatwave!  In particular, I want to tell you about our favorite face washes and a lightweight moisturizer to use at the end of the day.


All of the CeraVe products are fantastic, but there is one product that is pure perfection for my skin - the  CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. This gentle face wash is a lifesaver for my dry skin. It also works well on my husband's combination skin. It's fragrance free, contains niacinamide to help calm skin, and contains hyaluronic acid to help retain skin's natural moisture. During the heatwave, I noticed that my skin was breaking out.  I try to stay hydrated, eat a healthy diet, and minimize my time outside in the heat and humidity, but my skin still needs more help. When I notice breakouts, I turn to CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser.  I use this cleanser in the morning and evening to help clear our breakouts. This gentle salicylic acid cleanser helps to exfoliate and smooth skin by removing oil, dirt, and dead cells while also softening rough skin. The results are great! My skin usually clears up within a couple of days. I love that CeraVe offers products that are both effective and gentle! 


My tween's skin is different than mine.  He also spends more time outside in the heat and humidity for sports practices.   He tends to get acne in one area - on his forehead. Fortunately, his case is manageable with the right OTC products.  If you didn't know,  CeraVe is the #1 dermatologist-recommended moisturizer brand for acne. (Source: #1 recommended non-OTC moisturizer brand for acne-prone skin. Source: IQVIA, ProSource Survey, 11/1/2019-10/31/2020.)

His routine is simple. He alternates two CeraVe face washes - CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser and CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser.  He typically uses the CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser every night. This  Acne Control Cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid and is formulated to clear acne, reduce blackheads and improve the appearance of pores, while purifying clay helps absorb excess oil.  Featuring Oil-Absorbing Technology to minimize visible shine, this refreshing, gel-to-foam salicylic acid cleanser effectively removes dirt and excess oil, gently exfoliates and penetrates clogged pores to help prevent new acne breakouts. This cleanser also maintains the skin’s protective barrier with 3 essential ceramides, calms the skin with niacinamide and reduces acne while leaving the skin soft, smooth and hydrated.  He then uses the CeraVe PM Moisturizer that I'll talk about shortly.


When he wakes up the next morning, my tween uses CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. Our dermatologist explained this to me in a way that makes sense - when we were younger, many acne products were harsh and dried out our skin.  Nowadays, we know that it's important to cleanse and refresh skin without over-stripping and leaving it feeling tight and dry.  CeraVe products are more modern and follow this philosophy. My son uses the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser in mornings to clean, lock in moisture, and support his skin's protective barrier. MVE Delivery Technology encapsulates ceramides to ensure efficient delivery within the skin’s barrier and slow release over time. This non-comedogenic face wash is an effective yet non-irritating way to start off the day!


CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion is great for our entire family.  We all love that our skin quickly absorbs this lightweight formula and that it doesn't leave bothersome residue. It makes our skin feel better at the end of the day.  This moisturizer was developed with dermatologists to lock in your skin's moisture and help restore skin's natural barrier while you sleep. It features niacinamidehyaluronic acid, and three essential ceramides. It uses their MVE Technology to deliver a steady stream of much-needed moisture throughout the night, and offers an effective, yet gentle way to care for your normal to oily skin.  Visit CeraVe here.


32 Degrees is the ultimate clothing brand for summer as the 32 Degrees Cool line is designed to stay cool and features basics such as underwear, socks, t-shirts, leggings, sleepwear, casual bottoms, and polo shirts. The items in this line are made from lightweight fabrics that help you to feel cozy and cool throughout summer.  As a Texan, I love that 32 Degrees came up with this Cool clothing line that is perfect for those of us in hot and humid climates. As a mom, there are a few reasons that I am a fan of this brand. First, they offer stylish options and I notice that my family members tend to gravitate toward wearing their favorite 32 Degrees item. Next, 32 Degrees offers very competitive prices for my entire family.  Every parent should know about this brand. I first came across this brand at Costco and couldn't believe the great prices and quality. I've been hooked ever since!  Finally, as a mom of extremely energetic boys, I appreciate that their 32 Degrees Cool clothing is made from lighter fabric that is soft. When I do the laundry, I notice that their Cool clothing is not as terrifying as some of their other laundry!  The lighter fabric and breathable designs make a difference!

Let's start with 32 Degrees Cool polo shirts! These moisture wicking shirts are lightweight, soft, and breathable without being see-through.  They come in a variety of colors and are perfect for warmer weather. This is a great time of year to stock up because all of the men's polo shirts are currently on sale for $7.99!


32 Degrees Cool also offers lightweight pants that are great for summer. For instance, the Men's Woven Stretch Pants have a lightweight woven design with a slight amount of stretch for added comfort and ease of movement. They have a soft twill texture inside and outside. The designers did a great job of designing these pants to look and feel great.  You cant beat the price either! They are currently on sale for $19.99. While I recommend them for summer, this is also a great deal if you need to stock up on back-to-school clothing!


32 Degrees Cool also has you covered with more casual clothing! My husband and son could live in their athleisure!  For instance, the Men's Air Mesh Long Sleeve T-shirt has a fine mesh breathable fabric that is soft and ultra comfortable! It also has a slim fit for a cleaner look. This shirt is available in many colors. If you hurry, you will find it on sale for <$10.   We recommend pairing this shirt with the Men's Active Stretch Pants. These are my son's favorite pants because they fit him perfectly! The stretching fabric is lightweight and comfortable for anyone that is active! They are currently on sale for $16.99! 


32 Degrees Cool has many different styles of shorts with a theme that the designers not only focus on designs that look good, but that are breathable and comfortable.  I highlighted a few examples below. On the left, the Men's Stretch Woven 9" Shorts are perfect for work or school.  The Women's Cotton Tech Shorts are in the center. These shorts have a cozy and relaxed feel. They are perfect for staying cool in summer! The shorts on the right are the Men's Active Stretch 10" Shorts.  These shorts are great for active family members like my husband and son! The light and stretchy fabric is perfect for Texas summers!


As a mom that often works from home, I love comfortable clothing to wear on casual workdays when I have zoom meetings with co-workers that are also dressed casually.  The Women's Soft Rib High Neck Tank is perfect! This soft, breathable, and stretchy fabric is soft and cozy. I love wearing it with the Women's Cotton Tech Shorts that I mentioned earlier! It's currently on sale for $6.99.


Perhaps some of the most popular 32 Degrees Cool items are their pajamas!  Similar to many moms, I love cool fabrics for when I sleep! The Women's Soft Comfy 2 Piece Sleep Set has the perfect name! These are the softest pajamas that I have ever worn!  This 2-piece set is on sale for $14.99. Similarly, my husband loves the Men's Cool Sleep Pants because the soft and breathable fabric is comfortable in our hot and humid climate.  They are currently on sale for just $9.99!


Finally, 32 Degrees Cool has you covered on basics such as socks and underwear. These basics are made from soft and breathable fabric. The Men's 6 Pack Cool Comfort Ankle Running Socks are breathable and also provide arch support and cushioned heal support. The combination of quality and price is excellent! This 6 pack of socks is currently on sale for just $9.99! The Men's Cool Active Boxer Briefs are made from a lightweight knit with a lot of stretch. They are lightly brushed on both sides which gives a soft cozy feel that is smooth against the body. They are currently on sale for just $3.99/pair. 32 Degrees also offers bulk packs of underwear. For instance, the Men's 4-Pack Cool Boxer Briefs are form fitting. They moisture wicking fabric is very soft. This is another deal that you won't want to miss because the 4-pack is currently on sale for $15.96.


Sun Bum is brand that all parents should know about. I am a big fan of the Sun Bum brand because it was created by parents who wanted to make sure that their own babies had the very best products. They seem to be perfectionists who thought about every detail from the formulations to packaging. I appreciate that their skincare products are hypoallergenic and most are fragrance-free. 


As Texans, we know all about the need for sun protection. We recommend some of their SPF 50 products. For instance, the Sun Bum Original Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 is a must-have for families that want to quickly apply sunblock.  This iconic sunscreen spray is my personal favorite because the ultra sheer/dry touch continuous spray formula is quick and easy to apply and enriches skin with Vitamin E. If you prefer a lotion, the Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 is also great for daily use. This moisturizing sunscreen formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging.  In addition to my two favorite products featured here, Sun Bum has many other products such as their new Mineral SPF 50 Roll-On Lotion that is fragrance-free and many others! Visit Sun Bum here!


Cariloha is an eco-friendly brand that we love!  As we thought about the best products for summer, Cariloha's Bamboo Bath Towel Set made it to the top of our list. These soft towels are incredibly cozy thanks to extra-smooth, slightly twisted yarn that is loomed perfectly to 600 grams per square meter for increased comfort. The natural moisture-wicking, odor-resistant properties of their bamboo fabric is helpful year round. As a Boy Mom in Texas, I am fully behind these soft towels and the odor-resistant properties! Every family should stock up on these soft and fluffy towels for summer!


Tesalate offers the latest trend in sand free beach towels!  We love this high quality brand because the Tesalate team of overachievers poured themselves into perfecting their towels.  They thought that there could be a better solution to beach towels that stay wet for too long and hold too much sand. Tesalate towels are lightweight, soft, and thin. They are easy to roll up and pack into a pouch for ultimate portability. They are also easy to launder. They come in a variety of trendy patterns such as Mojito Time and Saltwater!


ACEBEAM has you covered when it comes to flashlights that are handy use during summer power outages, camping, or for various projects around the house.  Texans have more than their share of storms, so good quality flashlights are important. ACEBEAM is almost synonymous with flashlights because this high quality brand has sold over 20,000,000 units per year in recent years. They focus on quality designs and technology. They stand behind their products.  One of our favorite flashlights is the Rider RX Rechargeable AA Flashlight because it is compact, incredibly bright, and the battery is rechargeable! You can't beat it because some of the technology in this flashlight is patented by ACEBEAM! Plus, we love the pretty Rainbow PVD design that makes it easy to find in drawer of emergency supplies.  This flashlight currently holds a coveted 5-star rating from other customers and we have to agree that it is a 5-star product!


FILLO'S makes it convenient and delicious to eat healthy! My Texas heart loves this brand that is bursting with flavor.  If you are like us, we like to serve veggies and/or beans  with every meal. Thanks to FILLO'S wonderful seasonings, even our kids are on board with this!  FILLO'S makes it easy to eat healthy with their 10 unique flavor varietals include everything from Cuban Black Beans to Peruvian Lentils to Tex-Mex Pinto Beans. The FILLO'S Variety Pack will give your family something to look forward to thanks to their unique twists on beans, lentils, and more! We love that FILLO'S makes our kids excited to eat healthier. Even better, their products arrive ready for you to simply microwave. In addition to the variety pack, the Magico Sofrito Spice Variety Pack enhances any meats, veggies, dressings, sauces, cocktails, and more!  We use the spices on everything from tofu to beans. Visit FILLO'S here.


Naked Nutrition offers proteins and supplements using the purest raw ingredients. We know that moms are often stretched thin and sometimes sacrifice meals or snacks with less than ideal options. Naked Nutrition makes it easy to start the day with nutrient packed shakes. This company is dedicated to using the highest quality ingredients which is why they are so popular. We recommend a delicious protein powder that is perfect for summer - Lemon Blueberry Muffin Flavored Vegan Protein Powder. This unique flavor is winner at our house!  Everyone loves it! 


Soft and strong, Felt Megamats™ are durable enough for the most rambunctious play. It's very hot outside, so kids need to spend more timing playing inside. These mats are great for active kids to use their imaginations. Super lightweight and portable, they fold up and go with you anywhere. Over 5 square feet of adventure and imagination, they are non-toxic, easy to clean and measure 27.5" wide x 31.5" tall. 


We love that the Paw Patrol version of this mat came with cute little vehicles with our son's favorite characters too! Kids favorite characters and themes include Blues Clues, Paw Patrol,  and Tonka. These are for ages 3+ and are available on Amazon (SRP $7.99).


The NewAir Compact Portable Air Conditioner - 8,000 BTU  (NAC08KWH01) is a great product for summer! We no longer stress as much about summer power outages because we have this portable air conditioner that works perfectly with our portable power generator! In addition, if you have a room in your house that has a lot of windows and heats up more than other rooms, this portable air condition is a great solution!  The cool blasts of air work quickly! The self-evaporative system dials up the efficiency and eliminates the need to empty the water tank in all but the most humid conditions. When you’re done for the season, the compact, square design tucks easily into a closet to maximize your storage space, so it’s ideal for homeowners and renters alike.


We hope that you enjoyed this roundup of our favorite products for summer!



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