Beach Days Jello Cups

Checking in here – this is the first day of gorgeous May weather for us. And I mean gorgeous.

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Warmer than that and we’re already thinking about the beach. Although if you read my post earlier today, the beach is already on my mind. This recipe, though. It’s adorable. We can agree that sunny and 75 with low humidity and only puffy clouds in the sky is pretty amazing, right? And can we also agree that these are adorable. They’re almost too cute to eat.

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I’ll make do, though. Right now is a crazy month – with work being at its peak busiest. Then there are field trips and field days, preschool conferences and kindergarten buddy days. I’m feeling a bit overwrought. What I’m thinking about is relaxing by the beach. I’m thinking about cool blue water, slower breaths, and slower paces. I’m thinking it’s a goal to achieve.

There’s always time for the crazy. Let’s make time for the chill:

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Beach Days Jell-O Cups

What You Need:

2- 3oz. boxes Jell-O, Berry Blue Flavor
1 pkg. Honey Teddy Grahams
2 boxes Rainbow Nerds
10 Clear Plastic Cups
1 pkg. Gummy Lifesavers
1 pkg. Airheads Extreme Sourfuls
5 Drink Umbrellas
Black Edible Marker
Optional: Gummy fish/Gummy Sharks

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What You Do:

  1. Prepare Jell-O according to package directions.
  2. Pour about 3-4 tablespoons of nerds into 5 plastic cups.
  3. Place an empty cup into each of the cups with nerds, and place a gummy fish down in each cup if you would like.
  4. Pour Jell-O into each of the 5 cups, and fill within 1/2 inch from the top.
  5. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until gelatin is set.
  6. Use the Lifesavers and Airheads as floats to put on top of your blue gelatin water, and put the Teddy Grahams on the floats. (Make sure to put the Teddy Graham inside the lifesaver before you place it on the jello). Place an umbrella into each cup as well.
  7. The nerds resemble rocks in the ocean while under the blue gelatin cups, but they can be added to the Jell-O to eat or just by themselves.
  8. Use Black Edible Marker to paint “sunglasses” on the bears!

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Happy Beach Days!

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A Parent’s Beach Day Survival Kit

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I have to tell you about a special place I can go – and it’s never far from my mind and heart.

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Not long after Cassidy and I got back together and knew it was serious, he took me to his father’s house in Truro on Cape Cod. It’s a long house in a wooded area on a gravel road that I always think is impossible to find. It has four bedrooms and has recently undergone renovations, but the soul of the house is intact. You walk into that house in July and breathe in the smell of summer vacation. You walk into that house in December and breathe in the smell of summer vacation memories. Summer could be far away but you can’t turn in a corner in the house without being reminded. Pictures and poetry hang all through the house. There is one wall in particular that captivates me every single time I visit the house. And, it always will.

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It is filled, floor to ceiling, with photos of Cassidy and his brothers and cousins from babyhood to adulthood. It tells tales of being buried in the sand, of cookie and peanut butter sandwiches, of beach days and outdoor showers, of corn on the cob and ice cream and finding sand in your shoes long after you have gone back to work or school or winter and whatever other dreaded thing you escaped. You look at these pictures and you see a gift that children have been given. They have been taught to truly know joy and pure fun. Not everyone receives these gifts. The evidence is on the wall. It is written in every expression on every face of every photo. You can’t look at these pictures and not smile. I looked and thought, “I want that.”

And now, I have it and I couldn’t be happier..

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..but it can be totally nutty too!

The funny strange thing about traveling with your kids, other than the fact that you never rest or turn off your brain about their needs and desires, is that it isn’t neat and tidy. You have sippy cups and stuffed animals and swim diapers scattered under beds and kitchen tables. You have kid swimsuits drying on the deck. And, you have emotions scattered in hidden places. Maybe under beds and kitchen tables, and in closets. Sometimes those two or three or four days at our happy beach town go by in a blink! It’s best to make sure you’re doing them right and filling them with good times. The very best times.

And so I present to you my Parent’s Beach Day Survival Kit – all from Target! This will help you to create a fun and maybe (dare I say) calming feel about a day at the beach. This is you being prepared. And this is you packing your beach bag wisely!

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1- Sunscreen, of course! Not only any sunscreen, but Neutrogena Sheer Zinc® sunscreens. There’s Neutrogena Sheer Zinc®, SPF 30 Lotion Neutrogena Sheer Zinc®, SPF 50 Face Lotion, and Neutrogena Sheer Zinc®, SPF 50 Lotion.

When I first stop into Target, I head to the Sun Care section:

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This is the most important item to put in your beach day bag. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc® offers superior UVA/UVB sun protection, and is the only choice that has breakthrough Purescreen® technology powered by naturally-sourced, 100% zinc oxide. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc™ is effective, yet gentle on even sensitive skin. There are plenty of wonderful benefits:

Naturally-sourced zinc oxide, Hypoallergenic, Sweat and water-resistant (80 minutes), Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), Oil-free, Dermatologist-tested, and Awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™ as a suitable sunscreen for persons with sensitive skin conditions. And, it’s now in stores! So many good things to say.

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2 – A water dispenser. Yes, really! Sure, water is super important, but these cheap and delightful contraptions will also help rinse off your shoes, legs, hands, etc. for when you need to put on your shoes and get back in the car.

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3 – Toys for sand and water. Anything to keep them occupied! Think of the traditional shovel and pail sets, because kids love digging and building. Think Nerf balls, lightweight Frisbees, sand diggers, metal detectors, sand sifters, balls, butterfly/fishing nets, beach balls, squirt toys, goggles, masks, and more! I’m out of breath from that comprehensive list!

4 – A kid-kit. I know we already covered toys, but this is more like personal care items. Think bandages, sippy cups, resealable bags, a change of clothes, antibacterial wipes, first-aid cream, water/swim shoes, bug spray..

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5 – Floatation devices. You’ll have to check with your public/private beaches to see what they allow. Ours allows rafts and noodles, and you can check with your beach about Coast Guard-approved life jackets for new swimmers.

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6 – Comfort, resting, drying items. This is all one category, I think. Bring chairs, kid-sized chairs, towels, extra towels, beach umbrellas, blankets, and little shade tents for babies/toddlers if you have them.

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7 – Protective sun barrier items. Pack sun hats, with brims, protective clothing, sunglasses that block UV rays, rashguards, and if possible – even baby sunglasses. Young ones shouldn’t spend a lot of time in the sun. Be protected!

8 – Personal care items, for YOU! Pack lip gloss (with SPF), makeup remover pads, pain relief aids, aloe after sun-lotion.

9 – Water and non-perishable snacks. Target is GREAT for this! Get creative! I do bananas, pistachios, cashews, jerky, nutrition bars, crackers, cookies, pretzels, apples, etc. The list goes on and depends on what you all like!


10 – Memory preservation items. Yes, this is totally a thing. Pack resealable plastic bags for collecting seashell and sea glass. You can also pack a plastic jar. Pack a disposable or waterproof camera, or a waterproof case for your phone.

Yes. I just acknowledged that it’s 2017.

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With the sun and heat finally arriving, now is the time to pick up Neutrogena Sheer Zinc™ at Target! Between 5/21 and 5/27, if you purchase $15 in sun care products at Target (in-store or online) you’ll get a FREE $5 Target GiftCard!

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So, what do you put in your beach day survival kit? And how much of it comes from Target?

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Happy Beach Day!