I have seen so much progress in my hair over the past year, that I wanted to share how I restored my hair after having a baby and a bit of my hair care journey. My locks have been through so much having a baby, and I remember a year ago feeling so down, frustrated, and insecure about my hair. I am so so happy with the progress it’s and the transformation I’ve seen in it, so I wanted to share!
We waited until Piper was born to share with our friends and family what her name was. When we announced to my family that her name was “Piper,” one of the first things my Dad said “Our little Piper Cub.” I thought, “Our little Piper what??” So I learned then and there that there is a 1940’s classic airplane called a ‘Piper Cub.’ My Dad is a pilot and I grew up flying with him from a very young age. He said he use to take us up in our carseats, ha. Flying with my Dad is such a fond memory of my childhood, so I thought it was so fun that we happened to pick a name that to do with airplanes … just another reason we adore the name Piper.
It’s not summer to me until we’ve been to the beach. Being by the water has always been so restful and healing for my soul. The older I get, the more of a beach gal I seem to become. I’m happy to report that Piper shares my love of the water and has loved the beach since our first trip with her last summer. It’s definitely a game changer being at the beach with kids, though, so I thought I would share with you guys what to pack for a day at the beach with a toddler, to make the day go smoother, and what all has worked for us.
As much work as it can be to manage a day at the beach with toddlers, it’s so worth it to see the joy on their face and watch all the fun they have. We made so many fun memories this year, and I’m already thinking about next year!
Sunscreen // We always make sure to have 50 SPF on hand, and we are a big fan of babyganics.
Beach Tent // Having a large tent, versus just an umbrella, gives a lot of shaded space that little ones can play and sit, without having to be exposed to the sun all day. We’ll put our tent up in the morning, and leave it up all day until dinner.
Sand Toys // A set of beach toys are $5, so super cheap and a must have. I’d also recommend getting a set with a bucket, as filling buckets up with water and emptying it out again always seems to be a hit, ha.
Soccer Ball // When the tide is low, we love to run around and kick the soccer ball. There’s so much space, and I think soccer is an underrated beach sport!
Yeti Cooler // Make sure to stock up on water and snacks for the day. We’ll also pack lunch sometimes so we don’t have to go back up to the house. We had a yeti cooler on our last trip and was so impressed with how cold it kept everything.
Toddler Beach Chair // We didn’t think to bring a beach chair for Piper last trip, but we definitely will next time. She always tried to sneak and steal our chairs, which was so cute. I think she’d love to have her own!
Water Shoes // If you’re at a beach that is particularly ‘shelly’, it’s a really good idea to have water shoes for them to prevent cuts and achy feet. If the sand is really hot, having water shoes can also help keep their feet cool.
Some other things I’d recommend, is renting an ocean front house when possible. Being on the ocean makes the biggest difference, especially if you’re juggling nap times. It also makes it much easier to tote everything back and forth to the beach.
If you aren’t oceanfront, I’d definitely recommend renting a golf cart or bringing a wagon to wheel everything down to the beach.
And the most important of all, bring grandma! ;)
With summer in full force, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite 10 outdoor summer activities for toddlers. If we stay inside too much, both Piper and I will go a little stir crazy. Just getting outside for an hour makes the biggest difference in our day. This has also made me realize how essential it is to have a yard space that feels groomed, managed, and safe to play in. Terminix offers so many services outside of termites, including ants, spiders, and mosquitos that you don’t want hanging around during your play time!
1 | Baby pool. We love our little $10 baby pool purchase. On a hot summer day where’s it’s a little too
miserable warm to play at the park, we’ll fill this thing with water and splash around for hours. We’ll practice putting our head under and blowing bubbles, and Piper is currently obsessed with bringing all the leaves in it too.
2 | Swimming pool. We don’t have access to a real swimming pool, but we’re highly considering a membership at the Y just for this reason. Outdoor splash park, anyone!? We have some friends with neighborhood pools, so we love when we get to meet up with them.
3 | Splash pads. When you aren’t up for a pool day, a splash pad is such a fun alternative. And they’re free!
4 | Bubbles. Piper loves when we blow bubbles outside. Given, she might not fully get the concept yet and I might have caught her trying to figure out how to drink it a time or two, but blowing bubbles always gets a good set of giggles!
5 | Play at the park. We are fortunate to have so many great parks near us, and we can switch it up often. The slide still makes me a little nervous, but Piper is so brave and always wants to climb up and go down herself.
6 | Chalk. We found these adorable donut and ice cream shaped chalk sticks at Target, and Piper kept trying to lick the ice cream one, haha. She’ll scribble around on the pavement, in between her pool splashing.
7 | Picnic. When we’re tired of being cooped up inside, sometimes we’ll take our meal outside and turn it into a picnic! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a blanket and a solid spread of fruit and cheerios can do the trick ;)
8 | Play in the sprinkler. Do you see a pattern, and can you tell it feels like a million degrees in South Carolina this summer!? When we feel like we’ve exhausted the baby pool but are dying to go outside, we’ll run through the sprinkler together. Piper calls it “rain, rain” ;).
9 | Take a trip to the zoo. Since we’re learning all of the different animal noises right now, it’s fun to go to the zoo and let her put a live animal with the noises. This is also a great thing to meet up and do with other moms, and get a little adult conversation time in too ;)
10 | Kick the soccer ball. This simple activity is one of our favorites. Scofield grew up playing soccer, so of course he’s completely convinced she’s going to be the most stellar soccer player. I don’t doubt it. This is such an easy way to get her energy out, too. She’d chase that soccer ball around the back yard all day, I swear.
I’d love to know what your favorite outdoor toddler activities are!
Thank you to terminix services, inc. for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!