We live in pool-ville. Many of our friends have pools; we have wonderful community pools, and frankly — when it’s over 110 degrees — it’s time to SWIM.
I love going to the pool with friends, and sitting in the water chatting together. One of the keys to a great pool day is a well-stocked pool bag, so I’m not stressed when we’re leaving, or missing something when we get there. Here’s what I keep in my pool bag:
Towels. We have a GIANT bag (that a friend gave us a long time ago) and there is enough room for 4 towels (if Drew comes he has to carry his own). I like a NICE big beach towel, and the kids all have monogramed ones from a friend in CA. I like to have them all stowed in the bag, so I can just grab it and go.
|Swim shirts help protect our skin!|
Sunscreen. I’m adamant about wearing swim shirts. I just think our skin needs to be EXTRA protected here in the Valley of the Sun. I also always put on sunscreen before we head out for swimming, so the kids are dry and ready to swim as soon as we get there. I don’t want them lying around the hot pool deck waiting for it to dry (although, frankly — in 114 degrees, I bet it dries really fast). I also try to get ones that are child friendly. We had one last summer that burned everyone’s eyes. That doesn’t help anyone!
Goggles. Somehow goggles make swimming easier. In fact, I need to get new pairs for this new swim season. Do your kids use goggles?
Snacks — If we’re going to a pool at someone’s house I don’t usually throw snacks in, but if it’s a community pool I will. Sometimes we bring a cooler with frozen waters. I don’t want to waste more money on the stuff they sell there!
Anyway, I guess the key to a pool bag is throwing the towels back in it after they are dry (we use a drying rack in the backyard — and I don’t wash them every time — probably once a week) and making sure it’s ready to go.
One of the other essentials for our pool life this summer is Curél® Itch Defense® Lotion. I am normally a very itchy person (I hear it comes with the curly hair — seriously) and the pool just makes it 400 times worse. Curél just provided me a bottle of the anti-itch lotion and it really helped! I know it will be a staple for my poor skin after a pool day. It has a great consistency (I like my lotion on the thick side), no smell and rubs in nicely. It’s supposed to help soothe and protect eczema-prone skin, is safe from ages 6 months and up, and is available at drugstores nationwide. It does stop the itch for me.
And here, every day is a pool day.
So, what are your pool staples?
The Curél® brand has been good enough to offer a sweepstakes to get your summer started right. Tell me how you beat summer skin irritation in the comments for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!
No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
- Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
- Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#CurelItchDefense” and “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
- Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
- For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 5/12/2014 – 8/10/2014.
Be sure to visit the Curél® brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!
Want to find more joy?
Pulling Curls is a blog for the overwhelmed to find more joy. Be it a laugh in something I share or tips for everyday life. Don't miss out!