Currently Loving: Summer Beach Favorites for Mom + Kids

I can’t believe June is over and it’s already the 4th of July this next week. Summer is flying by at lightning speed. Luckily, I’ve been able to get in some serious beach time in June, which is always my favorite time of the year. The boys and I have been having a blast and I’m here to pop on {before heading back to the beach} to share with you a few of my favorite things you need for any quality time down the shore this summer – with or without the littles!

First up, a new swimsuit {or two!} I am OBSESSED with this flower print high waist criss cross mix and match bikini set. I love the fun floral bottoms, solid green top and the fun detail in the back. Did I mention the set is only $12?!

You need.

//  high waist bikini set {only $12!}

A super fun pair of {polarized} shades always helps up my beach vibe. I am loving these – the ‘Becky’ – different than anything else I own and perfect for cool beach snaps! Ha!

While you are grabbing some new shades for yourself – get the littles a pair too! I swear by the Babiators – in the Navigator and Aviator styles. My kids have been wearing these since the beginning – they hold up great and I love the fun colors.

Blue for Brooks + Green for Graham!

Another brand I’ve loved since my boys were babies is Snapper Rock – which is an other favorite for the kids, new swimsuits! I am a HUGE fan of this swim line. My boys are out and about in the summer sun all season and I do my best to keep their skin protected, but it’s always hard to keep putting sun block on them again and again. These suits are SPF 50 and I love that they keep my kids covered and comfortable – not to mention cute.

How sweet are the Island Boats + Pineapple Mint prints for these board shorts?!


// Brooks’ Trunks – boats /

/ Graham’s Trunks – pineapples /

/ Solid Rash Guards

The sizing on these suits are amazing because I know they will still be in great condition and still a perfect fit for next summer too!


Two more beach favorites are this amazing Chaise Lounge {which has been AMAZING!} – come in 4 colors, easy to carry and is great to lay down on your back or front. Two thumbs up!

Along with this made in the USA wet/dry bag that has been a lifesaver at the beach {with and without the kids} – it comes in 3 sizes – small, medium or large – {this is medium} and has separate zipped pockets. I put anything wet from the kids in one side and keep my phone dry on the other. And I love the strap which is great to attach to my chair or stroller – there 38 prints/colors to choose from. Another beach NEED!

I hope your summer is off to a great start! If you have any other questions about beach favorites, things you need with kids or post requests for things you want to know about what we use {and love!} let me know!

Happy Summer!







VIDEO: A Day in Storybook Land – Cardiff, NJ – All the Family Fun Rides, Nursery Rhymes + Park Tour!

Every year at the start of Summer we spend a few weeks at the beach in Avalon, NJ and every year when we are down here we are always looking to have some extra fun that isn’t at the beach. When you have little kids, as much as you may want to, you can’t go to the beach EVERY day – I try to make it at least every OTHER day – ha!

One of our favorite places to go on a non-beach day that we’ve been to for the past 3 years is Storybook Land! From Avalon, it’s about 30 minutes back up the parkway, a quick + easy ride for a super fun day with the kids.

This place is a absolute GEM! My two boys are almost 4.5 and 3 in a few months and they had the best time yet at Storybook Land this year. We went before peak season really started and just about had the place to ourselves – which was amazing. My boys rode 14 of the 17 rides available with no wait – a few of the rides they just rode over and over {and over again!!} They both rode Bubbles the Roller Coaster 7 times in a row, back to back. They were in heaven.

Aside from the rides, which are a blast for the kids – there are storybook houses featuring the classic nursery rhymes throughout the park. There are little houses with a button the kids press and the stories come to life – it’s really cute and each display was so different, the boys loved checking them out.

Here’s a look at all the fun we had at Storybook Land last week – check out the video and let me know what you think!


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If you live in the area, I’d love to know if you’ve ever been to Storybook Land before or if its on your list to visit! I can’t say enough good things about it and look forward to it each summer!

Thanks so much to my friends at Storybook Land for having us! Here are a few snaps from the day from the boys favorite rides!


On Learning to Swim at 2 and 4 Years Old – Our Experience at Goldfish Swim School PLUS a ONE WEEK Jump Start Clinic GIVEAWAY

Learning to swim – Such a great life skill that I think the earlier you can learn – the better!

Last year we had a little bit of swim drama. Brooks REFUSED to get into the water without his puddle jumper. Absolutely refused. So much in fact that he would throw a fit out of fear of being in the water without it. He was so dependent on that thing, it was not good. I didn’t want him to be afraid of the water or of swimming – whether it be in a pool or in the ocean – but I didn’t want him to be fearless about it either. So mid-summer last year I tried to get him some swim lessons because I figured it would all be better coming from an instructor, rather than me – but it was so late in the season, it didn’t really work out. We powered through the rest of last summer, but I knew I’d have to change things up again before this summer season.

And that’s exactly what I did!

// Boys Goggles { we LOVE them!}

Around January, I started remembering our summer water drama and started researching swim lessons for the littles. I had a few requirements:

  1. Heated pool. Because a 90* pool sounds way more inviting to learn to swim.
  2. I didn’t want to get in the water with the kids. Because, I think they will learn best from someone who has a specific plan of attack for my kids and their needs. Plus, I’m 100% certain they will listen better to a teacher! Ha!

Goldfish Swim School in Fort Washington was the perfect place for us. I have friends who have their kids enrolled in various locations and were absolutely loving it – so I was excited to try it out. Since I live in the city, the Ft. Washington location is the closest to us – about 35 minutes away – which isn’t close, but we usually do a ‘Out of the City’ day when we have swim – errands, lunch, a playground or we stay after class for family swim {more on that later}, so it works well for us.

We started in February of this year and haven’t looked back. Graham + Brooks go once a week for a 30 minute class. Depending on the week, sometimes we double up with a class back to back or we stay after class for Family Swim – everyday during the week, Friday nights and specific times on the weekends, members can come in and swim as a family, included in the membership. The boys and I love the activity, extra swim time and I don’t mind the 90* water myself one bit!

It’s a great perk – especially if you live close!

Ok, now about the actual swim class – Brooks + Graham started out in the same class – Junior 1.

I have to say it was a little tough getting the boys in a class at the same time, especially when school was still in session {before the summer started!} The classes are small – MAX 4:1 Student to Teacher ratio – which is great for the lessons, but rough when I have 2 kids taking up 50% of the class. But Goldfish Ft. Washington totally worked with us and we got into a class that makes sense for us with a teacher the boys LOVE!

Here is what the requirements are for a Junior 1 Level {3-4 Years Old}at Goldfish Swim School:

  • Happy Participation in 3 Consecutive Classes ✓
  • Flutter Kicking with Barbell 1/2 Pool Length, unassisted ✓
  • Breath Control in Underwater Dip, 10 seconds, assisted ✓
  • Superman Glide, 5 feet, unassisted ✓
  • Sea Otter Back Float, 5 seconds, assisted ✓
  • Octopus Front Float, 5 seconds, assisted ✓
  • Pulling Paddle, Face In, 5 feet, unassisted ✓
  • Swim, Rollover, Front-to-Back-to-Front swim, assisted ✓
  • Crab Walk, unassisted ✓
  • Climb Out, “Fin, Fin, Belly, Flipper,” assisted ✓
  • Underwater Jump, Swim, Turn, Swim to Wall, assisted ✓

For 3-4 year old little ones, I think the curriculum is smart, challenging and an incredible base for anyone learning to swim. They work on each of these skills every class, until they have mastered it all and are ready to move up to the next level  – with new challenges!

The boys went from being puddle jumper dependent, afraid of getting their faces wet – to being absolute little water loving fish! Graham is fearless in the water, completely loves it – can’t get enough. Graham is a master of the back float and just got a ribbon for easily holding it for 10 seconds, unassisted. It’s so cute to see him floating his little body, so confidently in the water!  He’s also got the Crab Walk + Superman Glide down – He is working on his pulling padding and getting some more power in his kicks – but I know he will be a strong swimmer!

Brooks has spent the past 3 months working hard on what he calls – “Leveling Up” – like Mario, ha! He’s been so excited to move up in swim school class to Junior 2 and right before we left for Summer Vacation – He did it! Along with all the other swim skills he has learned, Brooks can now swim half the length of the pool, with his head underwater, all by himself.


I don’t know who was more proud with Brooks moving up in class – Brooks, Graham or me! I might have had a few tears in my eye when he swam – it was amazing to see, and from that point his confidence and love for the water has grown so much. Which is fantastic for Graham to watch and see as Little man looks up to his big bro like crazy.

And the day he moved up in class, was the day we passed along his precious Puddle Jumper to our neighbors, since he’s now a swimmer and doesn’t need it!

We are going to continue with our classes as my boys are loving it and learning so much. And since this month we have taken a few weeks off while we are at the beach, I’ve just signed the boys up for a Jump Start Clinic when we get back in July!

At Goldfish Swim School at Jump Start Clinic is 5 consecutive days of 30 minute classes, same time, same teacher for one week. They are effectively consistent and guarantee results – so I’m excited for the boys to be able to jump right back into their lessons without missing a beat.

And here’s a little treat, I’ve got a gift certificate for ONE LUCKY AND HER LITTLE DOG TOO READER to win a ONE WEEK JUMPSTART CLINIC at ANY Goldfish Swim School location! 

Want to win? Here’s how to enter:

Leave a Blog Post Comment letting me know how old your little is & what GoldFish Swim School location you want to go to!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter your information, but you MUST follow these 3 social channels to be entered to win {I’ll be checking!}

YouTube And Her Little Dog Too / Instagram  / Facebook 

**Tag a friend or Share the Posts on FB/IG for extra entries!**

The giveaway will be open through Friday, June 22nd!

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Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+.

Winner must reply to my confirmation email within 48 hours to claim the prize.

Tickets will be mailed to the winner.



Hersheypark 4-pack of TWO DAY Tickets GIVEAWAY #SweetestMoms

Today is THE DAY! Can you smell the scent of chocolate in the air?

I can!

As a #Sweetestmom for 2018 I’m excited and honored to be able to gift one lucky And Her Little Dog Too reader a 4-pack of TWO DAY tickets to Hersheypark!!

Yes, that’s right – the winner will receive 8 Hersheypark tickets!

I’d suggest one way to use these tickets would be to spend two days in Hershey – that way you can really soak in all the chocolate-covered fun.  Use the first 4 tickets to spend the day at Hersheypark and ZooAmerica {which is included with your Hersheypark ticket!}, then use the second 4 tickets the next day for water fun at the Boardwalk inside Hersheypark!

The winner can use the tickets however + whenever you want {in 2018!}, and I’m here to help answer any questions about planning your trip there if you want!

Enter to Win:

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter your information, but you MUST follow these 3 social channels to be entered to win {I’ll be checking!}

YouTube And Her Little Dog Too / Instagram  / Facebook 

**Tag a friend or Share the Posts on FB/IG for extra entries!**

The giveaway will be open through next Tuesday, June 12th – my Birthday! As a little birthday treat, I’ll announce the winner then!

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Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+.

Winner must reply to my confirmation email within 48 hours to claim the prize.

Tickets will be mailed to the winner.




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