5 Things You Need to Start Your Summer

Kickstart your summer routine into high gear! The hardest parts about summer is all the doing… and not doing. Keep your activities organized, the kids busy, and those tiny brains working this summer with a few essential items that are perfect for summer survival.

1Summer Journals

Save your summer memories in a journal! Journaling is a great exercise in handwriting, spelling, and grammar. The kids will be more inclined to write when they have these adorable journals to record the long, hot summer days. Buy on Amazon.

2A Giant Calendar

Stay ahead of the game! Plan out your weeks every Sunday so the kids know what camp or activity you have planned. Add in some fun events like ice cream at Whit’s or splash pad day at the zoo! Buy on Amazon.

3“Fun” Workbooks

Don’t let the summer slide hit this year! Your kids worked really hard, so keep their little brains fit with a little extra work this summer. Find some math and reading activity books and make those little boogers earn their screentime! Buy on Amazon.

4Outdoor Water Fun

When you need at least an hour of uninterrupted play, send the kids outside to a gigantic water slide. Let me tell you, it’s WORTH EVERY PENNY to keep the kids outside and entertained all summer! If you happen to have a pool, click here for the best money you ever spent. Buy on Amazon.

5Indoor Play Toys

Summertime is notorious for rainy afternoons on the daily. Make sure you have some kind of fort building, tent making, ball pit container for those times where the kids can’t play outside and you are tapped out on taking them somewhere you have to drive to and pay for. Buy on Amazon.

What is your must-have summertime item?

Vicky Lane
Vicky Lane is the co-owner and co-founder of Jacksonville Mom (formerly Jax Moms Blog). Since 2012, she has been overseeing the content and technical side of Jacksonville Mom. In this role, she manages over 30 writers and works closely with the managing editor to provide the most relevant content for the Jacksonville parenting community. In her previous career, Vicky obtained her Masters in Education and served as University Registrar at the University of North Florida. Wife to adoring husband John, her love for all things “Mom” began in 2010 when their son Brendan was born. Vicky chose to put her full-time career in higher education on hold to spend time with her new baby, giving her a new respect for motherhood and parenting. In June 2012, John and Vicky welcomed sweet Audrey to the family. Vicky has created an amazing circle of Moms who are continuously seeking new ways to enrich their children’s lives in and around Jacksonville. Being part of the creation of an online parenting resource and small business that serves the great Jacksonville area has allowed her to flourish in a successful career while remaining present for her family.


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