Our Favorite Products That Will Help Your Family to Live their Best Lives In Summer 2022!

We hope that this summer will be packed with happy memories for each of you and your families!  This is a unique summer in many ways.  Those of us in Texas are patiently waiting for the heat wave to end as we've experienced weeks of 100+ degree weather.  You'll notice that this collection of products focuses on staying cool and having fun with your family!

CeraVe is a brand that we have featured for several years because their products work really well for us! This brand was recommended several years ago by my dermatologist and I've used it ever since. Actually, my entire family uses CeraVe!  The Texas heat has caused havoc for my family members and we've made some changes that I want to share for this time of year. I am sure that many of you may also need to update your skincare routine during this excessive heatwave!  In particular, I want to tell you about our favorite face washes and a lightweight moisturizer to use at the end of the day.

All of the CeraVe products are fantastic, but there is one product that is pure perfection for my skin - the  CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. This gentle face wash is a lifesaver for my dry skin. It also works well on my husband's combination skin. It's fragrance free, contains niacinamide to help calm skin, and contains hyaluronic acid to help retain skin's natural moisture. During the heatwave, I noticed that my skin was breaking out.  I try to stay hydrated, eat a healthy diet, and minimize my time outside in the heat and humidity, but my skin still needs more help. When I notice breakouts, I turn to CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser.  I use this cleanser in the morning and evening to help clear our breakouts. This gentle salicylic acid cleanser helps to exfoliate and smooth skin by removing oil, dirt, and dead cells while also softening rough skin. The results are great! My skin usually clears up within a couple of days. I love that CeraVe offers products that are both effective and gentle! 

My tween's skin is different than mine.  He also spends more time outside in the heat and humidity for sports practices.   He tends to get acne in one area - on his forehead. Fortunately, his case is manageable with the right OTC products.  If you didn't know,  CeraVe is the #1 dermatologist-recommended moisturizer brand for acne. (Source: #1 recommended non-OTC moisturizer brand for acne-prone skin. Source: IQVIA, ProSource Survey, 11/1/2019-10/31/2020.)

His routine is simple. He alternates two CeraVe face washes - CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser and CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser.  He typically uses the CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser every night. This  Acne Control Cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid and is formulated to clear acne, reduce blackheads and improve the appearance of pores, while purifying clay helps absorb excess oil.  Featuring Oil-Absorbing Technology to minimize visible shine, this refreshing, gel-to-foam salicylic acid cleanser effectively removes dirt and excess oil, gently exfoliates and penetrates clogged pores to help prevent new acne breakouts. This cleanser also maintains the skin’s protective barrier with 3 essential ceramides, calms the skin with niacinamide and reduces acne while leaving the skin soft, smooth and hydrated.  He then uses the CeraVe PM Moisturizer that I'll talk about shortly.

When he wakes up the next morning, my tween uses CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. Our dermatologist explained this to me in a way that makes sense - when we were younger, many acne products were harsh and dried out our skin.  Nowadays, we know that it's important to cleanse and refresh skin without over-stripping and leaving it feeling tight and dry.  CeraVe products are more modern and follow this philosophy. My son uses the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser in mornings to clean, lock in moisture, and support his skin's protective barrier. MVE Delivery Technology encapsulates ceramides to ensure efficient delivery within the skin’s barrier and slow release over time. This non-comedogenic face wash is an effective yet non-irritating way to start off the day!

CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion is great for our entire family.  We all love that our skin quickly absorbs this lightweight formula and that it doesn't leave bothersome residue. It makes our skin feel better at the end of the day.  This moisturizer was developed with dermatologists to lock in your skin's moisture and help restore skin's natural barrier while you sleep. It features niacinamidehyaluronic acid, and three essential ceramides. It uses their MVE Technology to deliver a steady stream of much-needed moisture throughout the night, and offers an effective, yet gentle way to care for your normal to oily skin.  Visit CeraVe here.

32 Degrees is the ultimate clothing brand for summer as the 32 Degrees Cool line is designed to stay cool and features basics such as underwear, socks, t-shirts, leggings, sleepwear, casual bottoms, and polo shirts. The items in this line are made from lightweight fabrics that help you to feel cozy and cool throughout summer.  As a Texan, I love that 32 Degrees came up with this Cool clothing line that is perfect for those of us in hot and humid climates. As a mom, there are a few reasons that I am a fan of this brand. First, they offer stylish options and I notice that my family members tend to gravitate toward wearing their favorite 32 Degrees item. Next, 32 Degrees offers very competitive prices for my entire family.  Every parent should know about this brand. I first came across this brand at Costco and couldn't believe the great prices and quality. I've been hooked ever since!  Finally, as a mom of extremely energetic boys, I appreciate that their 32 Degrees Cool clothing is made from lighter fabric that is soft. When I do the laundry, I notice that their Cool clothing is not as terrifying as some of their other laundry!  The lighter fabric and breathable designs make a difference!

Let's start with 32 Degrees Cool polo shirts! These moisture wicking shirts are lightweight, soft, and breathable without being see-through.  They come in a variety of colors and are perfect for warmer weather. This is a great time of year to stock up because all of the men's polo shirts are currently on sale for $7.99!

32 Degrees Cool also offers lightweight pants that are great for summer. For instance, the Men's Woven Stretch Pants have a lightweight woven design with a slight amount of stretch for added comfort and ease of movement. They have a soft twill texture inside and outside. The designers did a great job of designing these pants to look and feel great.  You cant beat the price either! They are currently on sale for $19.99. While I recommend them for summer, this is also a great deal if you need to stock up on back-to-school clothing!

32 Degrees Cool also has you covered with more casual clothing! My husband and son could live in their athleisure!  For instance, the Men's Air Mesh Long Sleeve T-shirt has a fine mesh breathable fabric that is soft and ultra comfortable! It also has a slim fit for a cleaner look. This shirt is available in many colors. If you hurry, you will find it on sale for <$10.   We recommend pairing this shirt with the Men's Active Stretch Pants. These are my son's favorite pants because they fit him perfectly! The stretching fabric is lightweight and comfortable for anyone that is active! They are currently on sale for $16.99! 

32 Degrees Cool has many different styles of shorts with a theme that the designers not only focus on designs that look good, but that are breathable and comfortable.  I highlighted a few examples below. On the left, the Men's Stretch Woven 9" Shorts are perfect for work or school.  The Women's Cotton Tech Shorts are in the center. These shorts have a cozy and relaxed feel. They are perfect for staying cool in summer! The shorts on the right are the Men's Active Stretch 10" Shorts.  These shorts are great for active family members like my husband and son! The light and stretchy fabric is perfect for Texas summers!

As a mom that often works from home, I love comfortable clothing to wear on casual workdays when I have zoom meetings with co-workers that are also dressed casually.  The Women's Soft Rib High Neck Tank is perfect! This soft, breathable, and stretchy fabric is soft and cozy. I love wearing it with the Women's Cotton Tech Shorts that I mentioned earlier! It's currently on sale for $6.99.

Perhaps some of the most popular 32 Degrees Cool items are their pajamas!  Similar to many moms, I love cool fabrics for when I sleep! The Women's Soft Comfy 2 Piece Sleep Set has the perfect name! These are the softest pajamas that I have ever worn!  This 2-piece set is on sale for $14.99. Similarly, my husband loves the Men's Cool Sleep Pants because the soft and breathable fabric is comfortable in our hot and humid climate.  They are currently on sale for just $9.99!

Finally, 32 Degrees Cool has you covered on basics such as socks and underwear. These basics are made from soft and breathable fabric. The Men's 6 Pack Cool Comfort Ankle Running Socks are breathable and also provide arch support and cushioned heal support. The combination of quality and price is excellent! This 6 pack of socks is currently on sale for just $9.99! The Men's Cool Active Boxer Briefs are made from a lightweight knit with a lot of stretch. They are lightly brushed on both sides which gives a soft cozy feel that is smooth against the body. They are currently on sale for just $3.99/pair. 32 Degrees also offers bulk packs of underwear. For instance, the Men's 4-Pack Cool Boxer Briefs are form fitting. They moisture wicking fabric is very soft. This is another deal that you won't want to miss because the 4-pack is currently on sale for $15.96.

Sun Bum is brand that all parents should know about. I am a big fan of the Sun Bum brand because it was created by parents who wanted to make sure that their own babies had the very best products. They seem to be perfectionists who thought about every detail from the formulations to packaging. I appreciate that their skincare products are hypoallergenic and most are fragrance-free. 

As Texans, we know all about the need for sun protection. We recommend some of their SPF 50 products. For instance, the Sun Bum Original Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 is a must-have for families that want to quickly apply sunblock.  This iconic sunscreen spray is my personal favorite because the ultra sheer/dry touch continuous spray formula is quick and easy to apply and enriches skin with Vitamin E. If you prefer a lotion, the Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 is also great for daily use. This moisturizing sunscreen formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging.  In addition to my two favorite products featured here, Sun Bum has many other products such as their new Mineral SPF 50 Roll-On Lotion that is fragrance-free and many others! Visit Sun Bum here!

Cariloha is an eco-friendly brand that we love!  As we thought about the best products for summer, Cariloha's Bamboo Bath Towel Set made it to the top of our list. These soft towels that are not only incredibly cozy thanks to extra-smooth, slightly twisted yarn that is loomed perfectly to 600 grams per square meter for increased comfort. The natural moisture-wicking, odor-resistant properties of their bamboo fabric is helpful year round. As a Boy Mom in Texas, I am fully behind these soft towels and the odor-resistant properties! Every family should stock up on these soft and fluffy towels for summer!

Tesalate offers the latest trend in sand free beach towels!  We love this high quality brand because the Tesalate team of overachievers poured themselves into perfecting their towels.  They thought that there could be a better solution to beach towels that stay wet for too long and hold too much sand. Tesalate towels are lightweight, soft, and thin. They are easy to roll up and pack into a pouch for ultimate portability. They are also easy to launder. They come in a variety of trendy patterns such as Mojito Time and Saltwater!

ACEBEAM has you covered when it comes to flashlights that are handy use during summer power outages, camping, or for various projects around the house.  Texans have more than their share of storms, so good quality flashlights are important. ACEBEAM is almost synonymous with flashlights because this high quality brand has sold over 20,000,000 units per year in recent years. They focus on quality designs and technology. They stand behind their products.  One of our favorite flashlights is the Rider RX Rechargeable AA Flashlight because it is compact, incredibly bright, and the battery is rechargeable! You can't beat it because some of the technology in this flashlight is patented by ACEBEAM! Plus, we love the pretty Rainbow PVD design that makes it easy to find in drawer of emergency supplies.  This flashlight currently holds a coveted 5-star rating from other customers and we have to agree that it is a 5-star product!

FILLO'S makes it convenient and delicious to eat healthy! My Texas heart loves this brand that is bursting with flavor.  If you are like us, we like to serve veggies and/or beans  with every meal. Thanks to FILLO'S wonderful seasonings, even our kids are on board with this!  FILLO'S makes it easy to eat healthy with their 10 unique flavor varietals include everything from Cuban Black Beans to Peruvian Lentils to Tex-Mex Pinto Beans. The FILLO'S Variety Pack will give your family something to look forward to thanks to their unique twists on beans, lentils, and more! We love that FILLO'S makes our kids excited to eat healthier. Even better, their products arrive ready for you to simply microwave. In addition to the variety pack, the Magico Sofrito Spice Variety Pack enhances any meats, veggies, dressings, sauces, cocktails, and more!  We use the spices on everything from tofu to beans. Visit FILLO'S here.

Naked Nutrition offers proteins and supplements using the purest raw ingredients. We know that moms are often stretched thin and sometimes sacrifice meals or snacks with less than ideal options. Naked Nutrition makes it easy to start the day with nutrient packed shakes. This company is dedicated to using the highest quality ingredients which is why they are so popular. We recommend a delicious protein powder that is perfect for summer - Lemon Blueberry Muffin Flavored Vegan Protein Powder. This unique flavor is winner at our house!  Everyone loves it! 

The NewAir Compact Portable Air Conditioner - 8,000 BTU  (NAC08KWH01). We no longer stress as much about summer power outages because we have this portable air conditioner that we are able to run using our portable power generator! In addition, if you have a room in your house that has a lot of windows and heats up more than other rooms, this portable air condition is a great solution!  The cool blasts of air work quickly! The self-evaporative system dials up the efficiency and eliminates the need to empty the water tank in all but the most humid conditions. When you’re done for the season, the compact, square design tucks easily into a closet to maximize your storage space, so it’s ideal for homeowners and renters alike.

We hope that you enjoyed this roundup of our favorite products for summer!