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{Summer} Friday Favorites by Colleen

It's Friday Favorites time! This summer I have a mix of seasonal and anytime favorites to share with you. So let's get to it!

Magnolia Soap Citronella Insect Repellent

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GAME CHANGER. I am hooked on this amazing product this summer! It is a lotion stick that is super effective at keeping bugs from biting you. Use it on yourself, the kids, and the babies. We usually put a swipe on each arm and leg and have the kids rub it in. A little goes a long way, and it lasts for a few hours because it's a lotion and has essential oils in it. Oh and it smells great too! Check it out here.

Popsicle Holders

Popsicle holders

The Easter Bunny brought these this year and they have been a huge hit! (I got them at Hobby Lobby.) I like these because they fit multiple sizes of popsicle sticks, are easy for little hands to hold, and can go in the dishwasher. Plus, there's a built in straw so your kids can drink the melted part (it's HOT this summer!)!

Fun Vinyl Tablecloths

Although these aren't the most environmentally friendly table coverings, they do last a really long time. I get mine at Walmart for $3-4, and they last a month or two. You can wipe them off easily and they have a soft layer underneath so they're really hard to rip or cut, saving your table from scratches, burns, and stains. They always come in fun seasonal patterns too! I usually save the holiday ones and reuse them for a couple years.

Bottle and Straw Brushes

Picture of a bottle brush and 8 straw brushes

My family uses a lot of water bottles and reusable cups with straws, especially in the summer. These brushes make cleaning them so easy! The brushes come in several sizes which is really helpful, and I like the peace of mind that all the water bottle parts have gotten a good scrub. I ordered the straw brushes from Amazon and got the bottle brush at Target.

Flour Sack Towels

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I have a million of these. They start off as drying towels for dishes and then end up being used to wipe up messes, eventually turning into cleaning rags when they get too stained. Flour sack towels are super absorbent, but also dry really quickly. Also you can get 4 large ones for $5 at Target, so they're super reasonable.

Bonus: My Crazy Ducks

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Any time I go into my driveway they come over to say hi.

My husband got 3 ducklings for his birthday that have bonded to me and follow me everywhere. They're hilarious and refuse to go in our pond, preferring their kiddie pool. Meet Saltine Quackers (tan), Lookout Duck (green head), and Quacker Jackie (mottled).

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