Favorite Summer Toy: Stearns Puddle Jumper

Summer is best known for relaxing poolside, sipping a frosty beverage and enjoying lazy days. Wait, it is? Then why is my summer a completely chaotic, unorganized journey of madness. Okay, it’s not that bad. Not yet.  As the mom of two youngsters, pool safety is a major concern. And getting my little guy (who has the mentality of a stubborn teenager) to willingly wear floaties or a life jacket is a battle.

I kept seeing these little cuties at the pool with nifty flotation devices. After some online research, I found out they are called Puddle Jumpers by Stearns. It’s like a life jacket combined with floaties with an adjustable strap and buckle in the back. It’s not a bulky or uncomfortable. Shockingly enough, I ordered one for my youngest son at the beginning of the summer. Yeah, I’d normally do it three days before summer officially ended. Anyway, I bought it at Leisure Pro and we took it for a test drive today. LOVE IT.

Here’s more about it:

– The Patent Pending design allows free range of motion and great stability while in the water.

– Choose from the green frog, the orange smile, the blue lion and the red ladybug.

– The Puddle Jumpers life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard- approved, and is also a great confidence builder for kids who are just learning their way around they water.

They sell them at Target and Toys R Us, but I found the best selection and prices online.

What’s your favorite summer toy for 2011?

Crochet Baby Hat with a Pop of Pizzazz

I’m just looking forward to cooler weather because I love hats! I can only imagine how excited I would be if I had girls. Girlie crochet hats are my favorite. Take a look at this beautiful handmade baby hat from Etsy seller, MyMimiLove. How fun is that?!?

This adorable crochet beanie is made from the softest 100% acrylic yarn, in dark chocolate brown. Each one is custom made upon ordering.   Also included a bright pink and brown fabric “YoYo” flower that can be attached to the hat or by itself (if you would like it attached please request at check out). They stand out in a crowd and look great in holiday photos.

You can also order Shabby cream with a beautiful pink flower as pictured below. How sweet! They retail for $18.99 on Etsy.

Images: Etsy