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Episode 21: Emily’s Top 8 Beach and Pool Essentials

When it comes to summer fun, there’s nothing like spending time by the water. Whether you trek to the beach or pop over to the neighborhood pool, soaking up the rays and waves with your favorite humans (along with eating a popsicle or two!) is the stuff relaxing summer days are made of. A lifelong Florida resident, Emily’s sharing her top eight items to bring along for maximum fun in the sun. From the world’s cutest swimsuit for every body, to snacks and toys and summer reads, pop these items in your beach bag, and you’re well on your way to creating joyful memories with your people. 

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 Emily’s Beach Essentials: 

  1. J.Crew Ruched Bandeau One-Piece 
  2. BOGG Bag 
  3. Giant, Fluffy Beach Towels - or these Dry Fit Towels from Amazon! 
  4. Supergoop Sunscreen 
  5. SCOUT Ferris Cooler 
  6. Packable Straw Hat - from J.Crew or Amazon
  7. A great summer read! Check out Episode 18 for some recommendations! 
  8. Toys for the kids and grown-ups. Melissa & Doug sand sets and this JBL Waterproof Speaker

Thought-Provoking Quotes

I love everything about being near the water. I love the way the sun warms my skin on a breezy morning. I love the way my toes feel when they curl into sand as I sink into a beach chair for an afternoon of reading and watching the kids build sand castles. I love wading into the surf for a quick dip and feeling the stress slowly seep out of my body as the water washes over me.” Emily Ley 

“There's nothing better, than spending a day by the water with the people you love, whether it's an inflatable pool in the backyard with a cold glass of lemonade in your hand, or you're sunning yourself by the turquoise waters of your favorite beach, spending time away from screens and work and school and everything else is something we all need.” Emily Ley 

A Blessing for Your Week

I hope you carve out some time this summer to slow down and soak in the warmth of the sun. 

I hope you connect with your loved ones and spend some well-deserved time laughing and playing together. 

And through it all, I hope you create new memories you can take with you long after the sun sets on your relaxing day. 

Simplicity Tip of the Week

If you go to the beach or the pool regularly, you can make sure your bag is ready to go without shopping or repacking it. Every single trip, stock up on your favorite sunscreen, keep a few extra beach towels on hand, buy a few tattered paperbacks at the used bookstore so you always have some good reading material on tap. Put a spot for beach or pool day snacks into your regular grocery store rotation and always keep the bucket of toys by the beach bag. Trust me, having supplies on hand will make preparing for your day by the water a little more smooth and get you into a relaxation mode just a little more quickly. 

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