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10 Summer Activities For Kids Under $10

By Gen Cohen

Finding enough activities to keep kiddos busy throughout the whole Summer can become exhausting — and expensive. Save some money (and your sanity) with a few fun activities that cost almost nothing to set up and carry out. But remember! Sun protection for your kids' eyes don't have to be expensive either. Browse our baby and junior sunglasses to learn more!

Read through for 10 inexpensive summer activities for kids under $10 that they — and your wallet — will love.

  1. Berry picking. Rather than picking up overpriced berries from the grocery store, visit a local farm to pick your own to give your kids something fun to do.
  2. Fly a kite. A cheap kite won't cost you an arm and a leg, but it will definitely lead to hours of fun. There's nothing more exciting for kids than watching it fly in the sky!
  3. Water balloon fight. Grab a big bag of water balloons, spend an hour frustratingly filling them up, and watch as your children's smiling faces getting hit by balloons makes it worth the trouble.
  4. Paint pet rocks. Instead of using expensive arts and crafts kits, grab cheap paints and have your kids collect a bunch of rocks in the yard to decorate as their "pets."
  5. S'mores party. Buy some graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows, and start a fire in the backyard pit to make a delicious Summer snack.
  6. Pool noodle racing. For a fun indoor game, cut a pool noodle in half, lay the halves next to each other with the opening up, and use them as a racetrack for marbles.
  7. Build a moat. Using a roll of aluminum foil to hold the water in, let your kids go crazy designing a moat with the foil all around the outside perimeter of your house.
  8. Tarp 'n' slide. Slip 'N Slides can be expensive (and get ripped by the end of Summer anyway). Purchase a big tarp and pair it with a hose to give your children the gifts of slipping and sliding.
  9. Colored tape racetrack. Using colored tape on any floor, create a racetrack for your kids' cars (older kids can design the track themselves!).
  10. Make a soap cloud. Grab a bar of soap, throw it in the microwave to make it expand, and use cookie cutters and food coloring to make fun soaps to play with in the bathtub.
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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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The 6 Safest Sunscreens For Kids and Babies You Can Find at Drugstores

By Gen Cohen

These 6 sunscreens for kids play an important role in keeping your child healthy and safe, but their baby blues need protection, too. Browse Ro·Sham·Bo Baby's selection of children's sunglasses with UV protection to find the perfect pair for Junior, like our sky blue Wayfarer sunglasses!

 

by ALESSIA SANTORO

We've all been there: you're headed off to the beach or pool with your kids and what feels like half your home's contents, but when you take a quick look for the sunscreen to coat your kids before heading out the door, you find you're all out. Although there are a number of safe sunscreens for kids and babies out there, many of them are sold online only or in specialty stores that you won't have time to run into with the kids in tow. Not only that, but quite a few of those options are a little pricey.

If you're in a rush to get your kiddos poolside — or want to stock up for the rest of the Summer with sunscreen picks that won't break the bank — head to your nearest drugstore to pick up one of these six Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommendations.

Each sunscreen listed below is marketed for use on babies and kids and considered "safe" thanks to its lack of ingredient hazards as well as its UVB protection, UVA protection, balance of UVA/UVB protection, and sunscreen stability (aka how long it takes for the product to break down in the sun). However, each made the cut on this particular list thanks to its affordability: three of the six picks are under $12, and though the most expensive one on the list is $19, we'll tell you why it might be worth shelling out those few extra dollars below.

  1. Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50

 

One of the highest-rated drugstore-brand sunscreens on the marketAveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen ($10) is a mineral-based sunscreen using both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to block the sun's rays. Plus, in stick form, it's easy to apply to squirmy tots and fits nicely inside a diaper bag.

  1. Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+

 

 

The Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+ ($10) was green-lighted by the EWG for its mineral-based formula and broad UVA/UVB protection. It's gentle on the skin and an easy formula to apply to your child's whole body (unless you have a wriggly toddler . . . they make everything more difficult).

  1. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50

Arguably the most recognizable product on this list, Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50 ($11) can be found on drugstore shelves along with other Neutrogena products. The EWG gave it a high rating in 2017 due to its excellent UVA protection.

  1. Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

 

Aside from its pretty rainbow packaging, Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 ($15) has a high EWG rating. It's a zinc-oxide-based product (22 percent) that provides excellent UVA protection and a good balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF.

  1. CeraVe Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 45

 

The CeraVe Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 45 ($16) protects from UVA and UVB rays with its mineral-based formula.

  1. Blue Lizard Australian Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+

 

Blue Lizard's Australian Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+ ($19) is made specifically for kids' sensitive skin and uses zinc oxide (10 percent) and titanium oxide (five percent) for sun blockage. It received the EWG's good rating for its UVA protection and was listed in its bargain picks despite being nearly $20 . . . but it's arguably worth the few extra dollars because the "smart bottle" turns pink in UV light, alerting you to those pesky rays you can't actually see.

 

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Doing This 1 Simple Thing Can Cut Your Air-Conditioning Bill up to 40%

By Gen Cohen

If you're seeking solace from the sweltering heat by camping out in your air-conditioned home, then your comfort might be short-lived and replaced by a different type of misery when the electric bill arrives. Luckily, we have a trick to keep the sweltering heat from withering your wallet this Summer: install a ceiling fan. That's right, a basic ceiling fan (like this $35 model at Home Depot) can decrease your air-conditioning bill by up to a whopping 40 percent. Mr. Handyman told POPSUGAR that ceiling fans help circulate the cool air more efficiently, allowing the air conditioner to do more with less energy.

"The use of a ceiling fan in an average-sized room can allow homeowners to raise the thermostat about four degrees without feeling any change in temperature," Mr. Handyman said. To amplify the cooling effects even more, he recommends switching the fan to a counterclockwise direction in the Summer, as this will push the air directly down. Now that's some cool knowledge!

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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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7 Carriers to Make Bike Riding With Tiny Ones Fun For the Whole Family

By Gen Cohen

Before we dive into this awesome list of 7 bike trailers for kids, it's important to remember to protect those baby blues with our kids' rubber sunglasses. They're light, comfortable, and they keep your junior's eyes safe from harmful UV rays!

 

 

Going for a bike ride as a family is a fun and fit bonding activity, but if you have a tiny one who isn't quite riding a bike on their own yet or can't keep up the same pace as older children, it could be difficult to execute. Don't skip the ride or have anyone stay behind — with one of these accessories, you can bring the entire family to the bike trail with ease.

Read on for seven bike accessories that will change your family's bike rides this Spring and Summer.

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Thinking Outside the Box: 10 Ingenious Cardboard Forts

By Gen Cohen

Have you ever wondered why we even bother buying our kids toys when all they really want is the cardboard box to build a fort? Grab your kids, and some scissors, and get ready to make some memories with these creative ideas for cardboard forts.

By Meredith Mortensen. Originally shared on parenting.com

Rugged RV

Calling all outdoor aficionados! Forts like this don't roll into town very often. If the recreational life suits you right, this one-of-a-kind RV fort could be in your future. All you need is a box cutter, duct tape, a paintbrush and some paint. Don't forget the license plate!

 

 

Rocket Ship to the Moon

Blast off with this adorable rocket ship fort, complete with turnable knobs and colorful accessories. Kids will love playing inside and peeking out the window as they pretend they're floating in space.

 

 

Fit for the Farm

Grab your cowboy hat and mozy on down to this barn fort. Painted in an authentic red, barn color and accentuated with a rooster on top, this fort is ready for cowboys and cowgirls of all ages.

 

 

Fit for Royalty

No princess could resist this elaborate castle fort. Its delicate climbing ivy and turrets are enough to impress any royal.

 

 

Grocery Shop Till You Drop

Veggies? Check. Cake? Check. Outdoor grocery store fort? Check. Grocery shopping just got a lot more fun with this genius cardboard fort.

 

 

Super Transformation

Give your little one his very own telephone booth to transform from mere mortal to superhero. You'll only need a box cutter, tape, and some paint to "mask" the cardboard box.

 

 

The Incredible Igloo

This intricate, igloo-inspired fort will take a bit more than a coat of paint to construct. The family at the blog Tales of a Monkey, a Bit, and a Bean used templates and a calculator to make it just so. Then they grabbed their blankets and pillows and cozied up inside.

 

 

Pizza Party

What do kids love more than pizza? Creating pizzeria forts! With a little red paint and some checkered curtains, this restaurant will be open for business.

 

 

Slaying Dragons

Ready to slay some dragons and save the princess? Super Mario Bros. fans can delight in this unique fort. Go ahead, give Luigi a call and get building.

 

 

Gigantic Idea

It's going to take some extra cardboard to create this gigantic fort, but the results will be worth it. Even an architect would be impressed with the modern angles of this cardboard fort tower.

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11 Must-Have Products for Toddlers

By Gen Cohen

Your baby shower helped supply you with what you need for the first year of baby's life, but what about when you start the toddler years? Here are 11 must-have products to help you make it through with ease. Pssst! Be sure to read this list of 11 must-have toddler products all the way to the end!

Originally shared on parenting.com

Faucet Extender

Make handwashing even easier by attaching a faucet extender to the bathroom sink. The Aqueduck Single Handle Faucet Extender is a two-piece system that brings the water flow closer to the front of the sink and provides an extension to the faucet lever so kids can turn the water on and off easily after going potty. ($24.95)

 

Soft-Soled Shoes

Make sure those first steps are well supported. The soft soles of Robeez Shoes for toddlers promote balance by flexing and bending with each step. As a bonus, the elastic ankle feature ensures the tiny shoes stay in place, even on the most curious toddler. ($26)

 

Sippy Cups

Bye-bye bottles. Growing kids need to learn how to hold and drink from their own cups. Start with a Playtex Sipsters Stage 1 cup that features a soft silicone spout that makes it easy to transition from a nipple to a straw. The break-proof cup is molded to fit tiny toddler hands. ($7.99/2-count)

 

Training Pants

As soon as the potty becomes interesting, introduce your toddler to his or her first pair of washable big kid underwear. Gerber Training Pants feature covered elastic waistlines, making them easy for kids to pull up and down. Tucked inside are 100 percent cotton panels to absorb accidents. These training pants are available in sizes 18 months, 2T and 3T. ($15.99)

 

Bed Side Rail

After you've upgraded your crib escapee to a big kid bed, keep her safe with a protective side rail. The Babies R Us Extra Long Swing Down Bedrail features a 20-inch tall protective barrier that stretches 56-inches along the edge of the bed. When morning comes, simply fold down the rail until nap time. ($32.99)

 

Two-Piece Pajamas

Make evening and morning visits to the potty simpler with two-piece PJs that pull off and on easily. Carter's offers several adorable cotton top and polyester pants sets to keep kids warm and ready to use the potty at a moment's notice. ($15.99)

 

Potty Training Seat

Keep your little one safe and cozy during their time on the big potty. The Disappearing Potty Seat attaches to your existing toilet seat and tucks up into the lid via magnets when not in use. The slow-closing lid keeps little fingers from getting pinched. ($49.95–$59.95)

 

Two-Piece Swimsuits

Playing in the pool with a toddler can often mean frequent potty breaks. Keep trips to the bathroom quick and simple by slipping your little one into a two-piece swimsuit. The Cabana Life Swim Shorts and Rashguard Set also offers long sleeves for optimal sun protection. ($32.90)

 

Stepping Stool

Once your toddler discovers how to make those little legs move, he'll be everywhere! The Graco Molded Step Stool makes it easy for him to reach the big potty, wash his hands at the sink, help you at the kitchen counter, and get in and out of his big kid bed. This stool offers a no-slip grip for tiny toes to stay put and a non-skid bottom to keep the stool securely in place. ($14.19)

 

Bathtub Spout Cover

Rub a dub dub, if you don't want any bumps in the tub, cover the faucet. The Kel-Gar Tubbly Bubbly elephant- or hippo-shaped bathtub spout cover allows water to flow while protecting your toddler's fingers from hot metal faucet spouts or accidental bruises and bumps when playing near the fixture during bath time.($12.59)

 

Table Booster Seat

When your baby outgrows his high chair, move into an elevated booster seat. The Graco Blossom Booster Seat features safety straps to keep kids in place and a removable back insert to help safely position your child as he grows and fills the seat. This portable booster seat is perfect for use at home, in restaurants, or on visits to see friends and family. ($29.99)

 

...and bonus item, of course unbreakable toddler sunglasses from ro·sham·bo baby, like these teal kids' wayfarer sunglasses (pictured)!

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