Monday, June 10, 2019

10 Summer Must Haves

How can it possibly be Monday again? Before I knew it, it was Saturday evening and for the first time in forever (or so it seems!), we had no plans. We gathered up Baby Girl and headed out for burgers and ice cream! 

Today I'm sharing 10 Summer Must Haves along with Jen and lots of other bloggers at The Bolin Bunch. My list wasn't that hard to put together because it's more or less all the things that I'm loving right now. 


1. A great book. I highly recommend Daisy Jones & The Six for your summer reading pleasure. It's the best book I've read so far and you will love it! You can see my summer reading book list by visiting this post

2. A comfortable pair of flip flops. I have a pair of Michael Kors and they are about fours years old, but y'all! They are the most comfortable pair of flip flops I've ever owned! So worth the splurge!  

3. A good pool float. If you are a happy pool owner, then you have to have a really nice pool float. I'm not talking about a swan or pink flamingo, because we've had those in the past, too (for Alise and her friends), but I'm talking about a "mom's only" pool float with a cup holder and pillow top. I enjoy our pool so much more now since I finally found THE float! 

4. Fun straws. Thanks to my blog friend, Tanya, I am especially loving the 3D drinking straws.  They are so fun for the summer time and just the perfect little happy to add to that perfect pool drink. 

5. A go to appetizer for last minute invites. I cannot stress this enough. We invite friends over at the last minute and our friends like to do the same. Don't be left guessing what to bring or fix. Stick with two or three app ideas (the easier the better!), always have the ingredients on hand, and there ya go! You're ready for that last minute cookout! I recently shared some ideas in this post.

6. A laid back attitude. Duh, right? A slower routine during summer is so relaxing, isn't it? I'll admit. I'm a totally different Mama in the summer time! 

7. A summer nail polish. Some of my favorites are Cajun Shrimp, Strawberry Margarita, and Funny Bunny, all by OPI and a relaxing pedicure is just icing on the cake. 

8. A super cute crossbody bag. What can I say? I drank the round, rattan crossbody bag kool aid (with my fun drinking straw! Ha!) and bought THE purse of the season! They are all over the place! I got mine at Stein Mart, but be sure to look on Amazon for all the styles. 

9. A favorite ice cream flavor. Mine is chocolate chip. We also like to make homemade ice cream and some of our favorites are peach, Oreo, and Butterfinger. But THIS summer, I've introduced chocolate chip cookie sandwiches to the Fam and they are LOVING them!  I can't keep them in the freezer!   

10. Sunglasses. I'm a cheap sunglasses girl.  I don't buy expensive ones because I simply can't keep up with them! The pair I'm wearing now are actually from the dollar store, if you can believe that. 

Have a great week, Friends! 


Hi there, I'm Laura, I'm the happiest wife, the loudest cheer mom, and the craziest girlfriend you'all ever have, I'm a Southern Belle living in a Southern world!


  1. I think I need to see your pool float again - I need one with a pillow! I agree with your 10 must haves and I'm with you about the appetizers, I love lazy days by the pool sipping and dipping! Have the best Monday sweet, sweet friend!

  2. Great list! I love cheap sunglasses (I don't have to worry about losing them). I am still on the quest for perfect flip flops though!

  3. I too often buy cheap sunglasses as I have quite a few pairs floating around that I occasionally misplace... I love that I don't have to worry too much since they weren't expensive and yet I can always have a pair with me. My eyes water something fierce in the sun. Love all the items on this list!

  4. Ditto for all of the things on this list! And thanks for the mention. :) My pool float is my BFF in the summer time. Michael gave it a try yesterday and said it was the most comfortable, relaxing thing ever so I might have to get a second one. Have a wonderful week!

  5. I just love homemade ice cream in the summer! I could not live without my mom pool float, in fact, I have two, a back up just in case and for my mom when she comes to float, LOL! Have a marvelous Monday my beautiful baby!

  6. Yay for cheap sunglasses. You don't break the bank when you purchase them and aren't devastated when they get scratched or disappear all together!!

    About to take a big ole sip of the round straw summer bag Koolaid myself. Discovered my old straw bag is coming apart. Rats! Or not!!

    Love all of you ideas, especially the must have summer attitude.

  7. I wish I had a pool! I'm so happy you got a round rattan bag. Can't wait to see it! Years ago I went through a spell of making homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches and you are right, they are SO GOOD. I need to keep that in mind! Love your whole list friend and love you too!!! XOXO

  8. I've heard so much about the Daisy Six's on my reading list + I'm working on finding some nail polish that I LOVE instead of ones that are just ok. Happy Summer, Sweetheart!

  9. I love a crossbody bag during summer. Who wants the heat of a purse under your arm in the summer humidity?

  10. YES to all of these! A girl has to rock a good summer nail polish!

  11. YES to everything! This list just makes me love SUMMER even more!

  12. What a fun post. I love them all and summer is my favorite time of year. Sounds like you are enjoying the summer. Have a nice weekend.

  13. You are the second person to recommend that book - Daisy Jones and the Six. That's it. I need to go get it! :) Thank you friend. And this list makes me so happy about summer!!