DIY Summer Car Kit

Don't be caught unprepared this summer! Create a summer car kit that will fit your family's needs wherever you go. DIY Summer Car Kit ~ #summer #car #summerfamilyactivities


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Summer is a busy time and nobody wants to be caught unprepared. Your vehicle can be the perfect place to put a car kit you can create yourself. Use these suggestions to add to a basic car kit and get your trunk loaded with everything you and your family might need while out and about this summer.


1. Sunscreen

No matter how short a trip you think you’ll be making, it’s always best to be prepared with a bottle of SPF 30. 15-30 minutes in the sun are all it takes to start getting a sunburn. Babies and children are especially likely to need extra protection.


2. Extra clothing

Kids will find all kinds of ways to get messy (snow cones!) and get wet (sprinklers!) this summer. Often, it happens while our backs are turned and before we know it, they’re dripping and cold. Keep a simple outfit for each of your children (and maybe yourself!), or, if you’re strapped for space, consider using an oversized t-shirt that could work for any member of the family.


3. Bottled water

Sealed bottles of water are always a good thing to carry with you. You never know when you might get stranded or stuck in traffic away from gas stations and air conditioning, and water is the one thing that will keep your body working until you can make your way home again.


4. Snacks

Have you ever noticed how a car full of hungry people becomes a car full of chaos? Keep snacks in your car to take the edge off while traveling or to take with you to summer activities. Select snacks that won’t melt in a hot car and can be resealed for later use if you don’t finish the whole package.


5. Summer-ready first-aid kit

No summer seems to pass without a few scraped knees. Fill a small first-aid kit with bandaids and antibiotic ointment, plus other summer essentials like aspirin for heat-induced headaches, anti-itch ointment for bug bites, and motion sickness treatments for long drives.


6. A picnic blanket

A blanket is a great addition to your car kit for impromptu trips to the park, picnics, and sitting curbside for Independence Day events. Use it to cover a table or create a shady tent for sleeping babies or for curling up at a drive-in movie! It might even be used as a towel after a spontaneous run through the sprinkler.


7. Plastic bags

Plastic bags of all shapes and sizes can come in handy while traveling and attending events during the summer. Use them to hold candy from a parade, pack up picnic trash, keep wet or dirty clothing, and much more.


8. Bug Spray

Summer is the season for bugs, bugs, bugs! Be prepared wherever you’re at on a summer evening by keeping a bottle or two of bug spray in your summer car kit.


9. Wet wipes

Whether you like baby wipes, hand sanitizing wipes, Clorox wipes, or all three, you need some! Clean messy fingers, a dirty dashboard, an unsightly picnic table, and a hundred other things. Keep wipes in an airtight container so they don’t dry up in a hot vehicle.


10. Little extras

Pen and paper, a card game, a travel pillow – these are items you don’t necessarily have to have but can be helpful on longer drives. Tailor your car kit to fit your family’s needs and you’ll be on your way to a less stressful summer of activities.



Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.


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18 DIY Beach Cover-Ups

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The beach and pool are the perfect places to suit up on a hot day, but sometimes it takes more than a teeny bikini to get you from here to there. A cool, breezy cover can really cost you at the mall, but if you’re willing to get creative today, you’ll be styling at the beach by tomorrow with one of these 18 DIY beach cover-ups. So pull out your favorite fabrics, some old tees, and a pair of scissors and start crafting!


1. Braided Strap Wrap

One piece of fabric and 20 minutes are all you need to make this clever wrap. The sewing for this version is minimal and can be done by hand, plus you get to create the fun braided straps!


2. Tailored Wrap

This cover up is a more tailored version of the wrap. Use a sewing machine to hem the edges and create sturdy straps. Add some interest with a different color for the straps and neckline.


3. Scarf Cover-up

This simple scarf cover-up is a quick and easy project for a first-time sewing adventure. All it takes is two long scarves and a basic running stitch and you’re ready to hit the beach.



4. No-sew Tied Tank

Who doesn’t love a good no-sew project? This chic cut and tied tank is made from an oversized tee. Find one in your favorite color and get styling!



5. Cinch-waist Cover-up

A sewing machine and a basic ability to decipher patterns will make this cover-up a breeze. Choose your favorite colors and patterns of fabric and use this tutorial to get started.



6. Braided Racerback Tank

We wouldn’t call this cover-up a 100% no-sew project, but you definitely won’t need a machine! Use a needle and thread to do a few basic stitches and you’ll be loving your new braided racerback tank. Bonus: this tutorial comes with tie-dye instructions!



7. Beach Towel Dress

Feeling particularly crafty? Get going on one of these fab beach towel dresses! Start with a patterned beach towel use elastic thread to add the fun and flattering shirring to the top, along with some simple straps.



8. Cinched Tee Cover-up

Seriously, what can’t you make with a tee? The v-cut and cinched waist on this cover-up will flatter your figure. Want to dress it up? Consider adding some colorful accents with fabric paint.



9. Kimono Cover-up

Another beginner’s sewing project, this chic kimono-style cover up is a real winner. Follow the video tutorial for more in-depth directions on cutting and sewing. Note: Remember to choose fabrics that are light and breezy so that even while you’re covered you’ll be able to stay cool.



10. Long No-Sew Cover-up

Hot glam, girl! If you’re interested in dazzling even while covered, this sparkly cover up will do the job, and it’s another great no-sew! If you’re not quite ready for a full-length number like this, simply use a shorter length fabric.



11. No-sew Tied T-Shirt Dress

Yet another great use for one of dad’s old t-shirts, this no-sew “dress” gives off a boho vibe that’s sure to have your friends asking how to make their own.



12. No-sew Washout T-Shirt Dress

This cut and tied beach outfit is quite similar to the last one but the differences in the cuts and ties give more of a pleated look. The tutorial also gives general instructions for a bleached “washout” for your t-shirt of choice.



13. Classy Cover-up Dress

Follow this tutorial for a classy cover up that can take you from beach to barbecue. Choose fabric that will allow moisture to be wicked away from a wet suit like 100% cotton or polyester blends.



14. Thrifted Skirt Dress

Take an old skirt from frumpy to fabulous with this sewing tutorial and wear it for your day by the pool. If you can’t find the right skirt in your closet, make a quick run to the nearest thrift store! Add a coordinating tie at the waist for figure-flattering shape.



15. No-sew Fringe Tee

Although this tutorial is for a little girl’s version of a cover up tee, it can easily be modified for an adult by simply using a larger shirt. A basic coordinating ribbon and a few beads are a fun addition – get together with friends and spend the night crafting!



16. No-sew, No-cut T-shirt Wrap

Wait a minute… no sewing, no cutting, just a bit of wrapping and tucking? Find yourself an oversized t-shirt and turn it into your simplest beach cover up yet!



17. Simple Off-Shoulder Cover-up

This fashionable poolside poncho can be pulled together in a single afternoon. The tutorial even includes a printable pattern so there’s not so much guesswork when it comes to making specific cuts, and the wide neck allows for a bit of off-shoulder sass.



18. Braided Strap T-Shirt Dress

Use a couple of old tees and cut them into strips to make the braided ties for this cover up. The only sewing you really need to do is a quick “tube” for your ties to go through. The best thing about this cover up: you can wear it two different ways!




Looking for more ways to look your best at the beach this summer? Check out these 7 Hot Beach Hairdos!


Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

7 Hot Beach Hairdos

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Going swimming with your family and friends during the summer is a lot of fun, but looking at photos of yourself with messy and wet hair isn’t as thrilling. Try these 7 beach hairdos and look stylish even when soaking wet. Take a few minutes to do your hair before you jet off to the beach or pool and you’ll look great all day long!


1. French braid on the front, ponytail in the back

This swimming hairstyle is fairly easy to do and will look great on everyone. Most hair lengths will work just fine with this ‘do. First, section off your hair on the top and make a french braid along the side. Then pull back your hair into a ponytail (as seen on Fitbie) or a low, messy bun.



2. A few thin braids around the face, keep hair down

If you prefer to keep your hair down when swimming, keep it stylish with a few thin braids to frame out your face. You could do two thin braids at the front, off to one side, or braid a section in front of each ear like Brooklyn Decker does here in People Magazine .



3. Side fishtail braid

This swimming hairdo featured on Stylezza is easy to do and looks good even when messy, making it a good choice for long days spent at the beach with the wind and sand blowing through your hair.



4. Cornrows

Cornrows (as seen below on Daily Hairstyles) is a popular swimming hairdo, and for good reason. They keep hair off your face, stay neat for a long time, and can be done with any hair type. Yep, braids make the best beach hairdos.



5. Headband and a messy bun

Keep it simple with a cool headband and a messy bun. This will help protect your hair from the sun and wind, but you’ll have to remove the headband before swimming and put it on again when you get out of the water. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to put on. Check out this tutorial by Keiko Lynn to learn how! Or keep it simple and grab a colorful headband that you can just put on without any fuss. You could try adding some bobby pins to help it stay on while you swim.



6. Low chignon

With a low chignon, you’ll look stylish even when your hair is soaking wet. I like to add a side part to my low chignon, but do what looks best on you. Add some earrings and you’ll go from pool-ready to party-ready in a few seconds. Check out this beautiful chignon from The Small Things Blog.



7. A hat!

This isn’t exactly a hairstyle, but it’ll do in a pinch. Don’t wear just any old hat, though. Wear a colorful and sporty baseball cap, which goes great with a bikini. Try a cowboy hat or a cool fedora. An extra large beach hat is always a classic, like this one from Ali Express, along with big black sunglasses.



I hope you’re as inspired by these beach hairdos as I am! I think I’ll be rocking the braid in the front and ponytail in the back for most of the summer. What about you? What beach hairdos do you turn to for a long day of water fun?

For more hair ideas, try these 5 No-Heat Hairstyles!


“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!


Featured image courtesy of Keiko Lynn.