I'm Cass, a reading teacher living in a suburb of Boston with my husband and two kids. My girls are in middle school and participate in cheerleading and lots of other extracurricular activities, so we're always on the go! And we love being active as a family, especially at the beach house we share with family on Cape Cod. Check out my picks for everything from outdoor family fun to taming thick, curly hair!
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This Cute Winter Hat
via: AmazonI wear this cute winter hat nonstop during cold New England winters (and springs). It comes in so many colors and is inexpensive so many colors and is inexpensive enough that you can stock up on a few!
This Cozy Blanket Scarf
via: AmazonI love this cozy blanket scarf as an easy layer to add warmth on chilly days - it's unbelievably soft and toasty. And somehow, it's only $10!
There's More Than Meets the Eye in This Mesh Beach Tote Bag
via: AmazonA mesh beach bag? Brilliant! No more lugging half the beach home with you. But this Mesh Beach Tote Bag has a few more tricks up its sleeve. First, it zips, which is huge when it comes to tote bags. AND it has a separate (not see through) zippered front pocket. Next, it comes with a handy fold-up waterproof mat that's honest-to-goodness big enough to accommodate a couple of grown adults. And finally, it has an insulated cooler on the bottom that can hold up to two six packs!! Seriously, this is the one beach bag to rule them all.
This Bungee Chair
via: AmazonThis stretchy bungee chair is such fun extra seating for the kids to hang out in. They're lightweight enough we can bring them along to use as lawnchairs or beach chairs.
This Set of Packing Cubes
via: AmazonPack smarter with this 7-piece set of packing cubes, which includes three cubes, three laundry pouches, and a shoe bag. Comes in seven colors to choose from.
These Fun String Lights
via: AmazonThese twinkly string lights are a cheerful, inexpensive decoration for tween bedrooms. They're in flexible tubing, so you can even spell out words or make shapes on the wall!
A Shock Watch That Trains You To Wake Up On Time
via: AmazonIf you're one of those people who can never seem to wake up on time, let me introduce you to the Pavlok shock watch. It trains you to wake up on time by quietly beeping and vibrating, then eventually giving you a light shock to wake you up. Over time you'll learn to wake up during the beeping/vibrations in order to avoid the shock, and you can adjust the shock strength by connecting it to your smartphone.
This 15 Foot Trampoline
via: AmazonMy kids love this huge trampoline in our backyard - they're always practicing cheerleading moves on it or just goofing around!
This Travel Mug
via: AmazonThis travel mug is my go-to on work mornings - it's so versatile because I can use the included mesh strainer basket to brew loose leaf tea or pop in some fruit to infuse cold water, or remove the insert and use it for iced or hot coffee. It keeps my drinks hot up to 12 hours and cold up to 32!
This Smart Luggage Tag Protects Your Stuff
via: AmazonLooking for a luggage tag that might actually be able to help you get your lost suitcase back? This Dynotag Smart Luggage ID Tag is the answer you've been looking for. Each tag comes with its own unique QR code that can be scanned in order to gain your contact info. Plus, it has location tracking so you know exactly where your stuff is at all times!
This Foam Mattress Topper
via: AmazonWe didn't want to shell out for expensive mattresses for the beach house that we'll only use a few months of the year. This foam mattress topper is a great way to make basic mattresses much more comfortable!
These Minimalist Leather Sandals
via: AmazonThese Sam Edelman leather sandals are my summer staples - they go with everything and are super comfortable right out of the box. Tall ladies like me will appreciate that they come in larger sizes, too.
These Shoelaces You'll Never Need To Tie Again
via: AmazonIt's okay — you can admit you never learned how to tie your shoes. I'm here for you. But a word of advice? Grab these no-tie shoelaces. Each order comes with enough laces for one pair of shoes, and you can adjust how tight they fit so that your shoes fit as loose or tight as you please. They turn any pair of sneakers into slip-ons, plus they're made from flexible thermoplastic that won't stretch-out over time.
This Bike Hitch
via: AmazonThis bike hitch works great for getting the whole family's bikes to the beach house. It's easy to install, then just pop in the bikes and go.
These Boyfriend Jeans
via: AmazonThese boyfriend jeans are amazing - they're a great price and just as stylish and comfy as expensive name brand versions.
These Puppy Slippers To Keep Your Feet Warm & Cute
via: AmazonI try to abide by the "no shoes in the house" rule, but sometimes socks just aren't enough to keep my feet toasty. These animal slippers, however, are ideal for kicking back while watching Netflix. I love the bulldog ones, but I may also acquire a few other animals...
via: AmazonThese feminine aviator sunglasses are a great buy - the oversized, pretty iridescent pink lenses have great coverage and they're easy to wear all day.
This Popular: A Memoir Book
via: AmazonMy pre-teen is really enjoying this Popular: A Memoir book - it's a funny, spot-on guide for navigating the new and sometimes scary world of teen social lives.
These Headbands Ban Bad Hair Days
via: AmazonSay buh-bye to bad hair days with these soft, stretchy headbands that cover up all manner of hot messes. They come in a set of four pretty prints that'll match everything in your closet. Just throw it on and go - you'll look like you made an effort, but no one will know it only took five seconds to get presentable!
These Women's Boxing Gloves
via: AmazonThese lightweight boxing gloves for women are so comfortable during intense workouts.
This Beach Coverup
via: AmazonThis flowy swim coverup is a beach day essential. It comes in so many colors - I like the classic navy with white pompoms. So cute.
These Change Purses With Cute Prints
via: AmazonThese change purses are only $2. Let me repeat that — these change purses are only $2. Shipping is free so yes, they're really $2, and they're made from lightweight canvas with a durable zipper. Mine's large enough for coins, plus my ID, cards, and cash.
This Paddle Brush
via: AmazonThis Wet Brush paddle brush is the best for detangling long, thick hair like my girls and I have. It makes combing virtually pain-free, so it's great for kids who hate getting their hair done.
This Yummy Protein Powder
via: AmazonThis is an amazing plant-based protein powder with a yummy chocolate flavor. It's dairy and gluten-free, so great for people with food allergies or sensitivities.
This Crossbody Bag that Comes in My Favorite Color
via: AmazonI LOVE green. In fact, now that I think about it, most of my accessories are some sort of greenish color. That now includes this crossbody bag, which is a beautiful emerald hue and compact size that won't weigh me down. Plus, it comes in roughly a billion different colors so you can find one in your favorite color, too. Unfortunately, this item has now sold out in the green but we found a similar one we think you might also like in the samekelly green.
These Satin Pillowcases
via: AmazonI've noticed such a big difference in frizz reduction since I started sleeping on these satin pillowcases. My hair and skin look smoother!
via: AmazonThis Hydro Flask water bottle comes in so many good colors and keeps my water ice cold all day long at work.
This sterling silver spinner ring is both beautiful and calming
via: AmazonDo you fidget with your rings? Then this ring is for you. It's meant to be fidgeted with! This spinner ring is beautiful and comfortable, made of sterling silver and embossed with a flower design. There are are three spinning bands that you can spin to your heart's content, providing stress-relief in a gorgeous package. And if you're not a ring fidgeter, no worries, this baby looks great all on its own.
These Boxing Handwraps
via: AmazonThese cool handwraps keep my hands dry and comfortable inside my boxing gloves.
This Inflatable Tumbling Mat
via: AmazonThis huge inflatable tumbling mat makes an awesome raft for lakes or the beach that's big enough for all the kids' friends to hang out on! In the off-season, they'll use it to practice cheerleading and tumbling moves.
This Lounge Set Is Like Butta
via: AmazonAt this point in life, I want to graduate to real pajamas instead of old college tees and boxer shorts. This lounge set is chic and buttery soft, so it'd be a great option for graduating to grown-up jammies. And I turn into a space heater when I sleep, so the short-sleeves and flowy short design will keep me cool and comfy till the alarm goes off.
This Portable Grill
via: AmazonThis Weber portable grill is so easy to pack up and throw in the car to take to the beach house. It would be great for camping, too.
This Moen Showerhead
via: AmazonWe just upgraded our bathroom hardware with this Moen showerhead and I love the polished look and clean design. It's magnetic, so the showerhead easily clicks back in to the holder and stays securely.
These Shoe Inserts That Soothe Sore Feet
via: AmazonI developed Plantar Fasciitis seemingly overnight and tried everything from stretches and creams to special shoes to find relief. Nothing helped. Then, a co-worker told me about these shoe inserts, which made a huge difference for her husband. Although I was skeptical, I tried them. And they worked. And I've been recommending them to everyone ever since.
This Keyboard Package
via: AmazonThis keyboard package with headphones and stand includes everything kids need to practice music lessons or just have fun jamming.
via: AmazonThis waterproof Bluetooth speaker is super useful in the kitchen or on the beach. The sound quality is great and I can easily play my music apps or podcasts.
A Men's Romper That Makes You Look Naked
via: AmazonOkay yes, is it cute? No. Is it comfy? I'd probably say yeah! Look, I got this naked man romper as a gag gift for my BFF and he wound up loving it so much he wears it around the house all the time. It's perfect for theme parties or simply grossing out your partner or roommate in the middle of the workweek, and several reviewers commented about how it fits true-to-size.
This Underwater Camera
via: AmazonOur family loves to snorkel and scuba dive on vacation and this underwater camera for kids takes incredible pics of all the colorful sea life we encounter!
These Lightweight Leather Earrings
via: AmazonThese leather earrings are so lightweight for a statement earring, and they come in a ton of colors to go with all your outfits. The rose gold is my fave!
This Friendship Necklace that Made My BFF Cry
via: AmazonOne of my closest friends moved to Japan a couple of months ago, and before she left I gave her this Wishoney Pineapple Pendant Necklace for Women Necklace Friendship Gift. I knew she would love it the minute I saw it since she's really into small, dainty jewelry. She was so touched that it made her tear up!
This Versatile Bronzer
via: AmazonThis What Up Beaches bronzer helps me keep a subtle beachy glow all year round and it's a total bargain.
via: AmazonThis Revlon One Step Hair Dryer lets me dry and straighten my long, thick curly hair in one step. It saves me so much time on busy mornings!
via: AmazonThese leggings are affordable, comfortable, and come in a zillion colors and sizes (including plus sizes). Some styles even have pockets!
This Comfy Stadium Seat
via: AmazonThis foldable stadium seat makes the bleachers at long cheerleading practices and competitions so much more comfortable.
A Nature-Themed Tee For Those Of Us Who Hate People
via: AmazonDo you hate people in a general, non-aggressive sort of way? Then grab this tee and let everybody know no matter where you are. I used to wear mine all the time until I realized that I also I hate nature and camping. That's okay though, because it's soft, slouchy, ultra-comfortable, and if there's one thing I love more than I hate people, it's being a hypocrite. Also, it's only $17 — it wouldn't kill you to skip lunch for a day in favor of this shirt, would it?
This Scout Weekender Bag
via: AmazonThis wipe-clean Scout Weekender bag is the perfect size for girls' weekends or traveling to cheerleading competitions, and it can squish to fit under the seat in front of you on a plane.
This Travel Makeup Bag That's A Must For Trips
via: AmazonBecause of my flexible job, I'm able to travel a lot and work from wherever I am. You'd think this would have made me an expert packer, but sadly, I'm still totally clueless when it comes to packing my essentials. This handy toiletry bag gives me the perfect amount of room for all of my bathroom must-haves while still being totally compact.