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The 9 Moms You'll Meet at the Pool This Summer

By Gen Cohen

 

The one thing these 9 types of pool moms should have in common is caring about sun protection for their children. 

Unless you're one of those lucky moms who live by a beach, odds are, you and your kiddos will spend quite a few days at the pool this Summer. Full of lifeguard-suited teenagers, gangs of splashing kids, and moms jockeying for the best lounge chairs, the pool can make for a totally fun or completely stressful experience, often depending on the age of your kids and your own pool personality. As a mom of a 4-year-old fearless, but not yet competent, swimmer and an 18-month-old wild man, a day at my local pool usually instills more feelings of anxiety than excitement for me. Will my daughter listen when I tell her to stay close? Answer: almost definitely no. Will my son's swim diapers hold up? So far, thankfully, yes. While taking my kids to the pool can certainly be stress-inducing, it's almost always good for some people watching, and I've noticed nine distinct types of pool moms. Which one are you?

  1. The completely overwhelmed mom. She's toting a baby and a toddler, and she's not yet sure whether this trip to the pool was a great idea or the worst one she's ever had. (Her husband advised her to rethink the plan multiple times.) She spends two hours chasing her toddler around the shallow end while her baby tries to pull down her swimsuit top then decides to call it a day.
  2. The golden years mom. She's sitting in a lounge chair, reading the book of the Summer, with not a care in the world, except whether her iced tea might be running low. Her strong-swimming children are quite content playing with their friends all day while she reads, chats with friends, and maybe takes a dip or two. The kids find her when they need money or a snack, she obliges, then they head out again. She's the standard all other moms are trying to reach.
  3. The well-stocked mom. Need sunscreen, swim diapers, goggles, or pool toys? She's got them all, plus cut-up sandwiches, juice boxes, and even an extra towel or two. She puts a lot of thought into packing her extralarge pool bag, and this year, she added a cooler to the mix. Waters and freezer pops for everyone!
  4. The gym-rat mom. She spends nine months of the year Spinning, running, and doing interval training so that she looks amazing in a bikini, and now is her time to show off that body. Feel free to express your jealousy; she doesn't mind at all.
  5. The lifeguard mom. She isn't really interested in getting wet, but she doesn't trust her kids left to their own devices. You'll find her standing sentry on the side. If only the real lifeguards would lend her a whistle.
  6. The sun-worshipping mom. A former tanning-booth devotee, she's here for one reason and one reason only: to get a tan. Like the gym-rat mom, she's probably wearing as little as possible, both in terms of clothing and SPF. By mid-Summer, she'll be almost uncomfortably brown, and she'll love every single tan line.
  7. The sunscreen-wielding mom. This mom believes in applying 50+ SPF as often as possible. You'll often see her chasing around her kids, who are also wearing full-sleeved rash guards, floppy hats, and water shoes, with hands full of lotion. Otherwise, you'll find her safely ensconced under an umbrella.
  8. The deep-end mom. Who says kids should have all the fun? You'll find this mom in line for the slide, playing games in the deep end, and doing laps during adult swim. A former camp counselor and swim-team member, this is the season that she loves most, and she's soaking up every minute.
  9. The time-to-go mom. She's been trying, unsuccessfully, to round up her kids for more than an hour, and really, "It's time to go." But maybe, just maybe, she'll bring them back tomorrow.

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10 Homemade Father's Day Gifts That Dads Will Love!

By Gen Cohen

By Danielle Herzog

Some dads want a new tool for Father's Day, and others want an afternoon to play golf with their buddies. But the one thing every dad loves is a homemade gift from his kids to show him how appreciated he really is, and these 10 homemade Father's Day gifts will make any dad feel loved.

A Stache of His Own

What dad doesn't sneak into the candy jar when his kids aren't looking? For this Father's Day, how about making him his own stache—er, stash—that he won't need to share. Fill it with his favorite candy and a promise that it's for him and him alone with this free printable from Thoughts from Alice!

 

Samples of His Life

Here's a colorful way to share all the things your kids love about their favorite guy this Father's Day! Little ones can draw a picture of their favorite thing to do together or fill each paint chip with what's so great about their special dad. No matter what, these "samples" of their appreciation are sure to brighten up any Father's Day.

For the Handyman in Your Life

If dad just can't seem to get his workshop organized, try turning empty Altoid boxes into mini toolboxes to store nuts, bolts and all sorts of tiny hardware. Kids can personalize them with their names or even with what's inside of each box. Either way, they're a great way to help dad be the best Mr. Fix It he can be!

What I Love About You

Let dad read what the kids really think of him this Father's Day. Create an entertaining and fun questionnaire for your kids to answer and showcase all the things they love about their dad. With just a frame, some paper bunting and a printer, you can create a memorable keepsake that will make any father smile.

Cook Up Some Love

Every man wants to have his very own apron, just one without ruffles or frills. This adjustable apron is just the right gift for your personal chef this Father's Day. With some simple sewing and some love, you'll have him cooking something up for the family in no time!

At the Car Wash!

Washing a car is to fathers what going shopping without children is like for mothers. So this Father's Day, why not put together a personalized car washing kit for dear ol' dad? It's as easy as a decorated bucket filled with all the necessities to bring out the sparkle of your car and dad!

Clean Cut Choice

If dad tries to be eco-friendly or just doesn't like putting chemicals on his face, he'll love this DIY shaving cream. Just whip together some Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Bergamot Essential Oil, and voilà, you'll have a clean, fresh smelling cream. Just remember The Chic's tip for getting a light, whipped texture: let the Shea soften first.

Control of the Remote

What man wouldn't love to not only get homemade cookies on Father's Day but also gain control of the television remote for at least one day? Now he can have both with these adorable remote control cookies. And don't be scared by how real they look, it's as simple as some royal icing and edible markers to bring the cookies to the beta phase!

From Scratch

Add a little mystery to his Father's Day by making this -off, personalized card. Silver acrylic paint mixed with dish-washing liquid gives dad a chance to scratch off hidden messages that tell him exactly how awesome he really is.

Slip in Some Silliness

What a hilarious way to show dad that his kids are always with him—even when he's reading! These silly bookmarks are a fun and easy gift to make for your favorite bookworm. Slip one into a new book and give him a day of relaxing reading—his favorite way to enjoy his Father's Day.

 

Thanks for checking out this list of personalized Father's Day gifts! Make sure to also check out our sunglasses that fit both Mommy, Daddy and Junior!

 

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10 Nursery Storage Hacks to Help You Save Space

By Gen Cohen

Caring for your baby inevitably requires a whole bunch of stuff, and it isn't easy to fit all those necessities into a smaller nursery. Not to worry — if you're working with minimal space, there are some simple hacks and products to help you keep your baby's items organized. Keep reading for a look at 10 smart space saving nursery ideas for smaller spaces, and then get inspired by checking out kids' rooms you need to see to believe.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Lisette Mejia

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36 of the Best Gifts For Infants (besides our shades)

By Gen Cohen

Baby's first holiday or birthday can't pass unnoticed. Though they may have more fun with the box than anything in it, there are still plenty of fun gift ideas to add to their toy chest. From activity gyms and bead toys to an adorable rocker and the softest play mat ever, here are our 36 favorite baby gifts for this year!

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Skip the Gas Station With These Healthy Road Trip Snacks For Kids

By Gen Cohen

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11 Edible Slime Recipes Your Kids Will Want to Make Right This Minute

By Gen Cohen

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The 22 Books From the '90s That You Need to Read With Your Kids

By Gen Cohen

The '90s were a different time — we read books on actual paper rather than on a Kindle, and their storylines were simple and wholesome. Although plenty of bangers that were released in the '80s (and even earlier!) were still in your school library or your personal bookshelves in the 1990s (aka the best decade), these are the 22 nostalgic children's books from the 90s you should read to or with your kids ASAP.

Ahead, a blast from your bookworm past. 

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16 PARENTING HACKS FOR NEWBORNS EVERY NEW PARENT NEEDS IN THEIR LIFE

By Gen Cohen

 

 

Image Source: Flickr user Mariela M.

Having a newborn is a crazy ride, but it doesn't last for that long (just remind yourself of that when you're looking for the light at the end of the sleep-deprived tunnel). To make this fleeting time in your and your baby's lives a bit smoother — so that you can focus on the cuddles and kisses — we have 16 parenting hacks for newborns that will help you along your way through new-mama-hood like a pro.

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