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This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences, and photos shared here are all my own. I am sharing my healthy tips for the summer and free printable coupons for a healthy summer. 

Healthy Tips For The Summer

You guys, It is SUMMER! I am so excited for extra time with my kids and lots of time in the sun. We spend a crazy amount of time in the sun. Since we moved, we are exploring the Louisiana beaches and lakes every weekend. As a mom it is very important to make sure my very pale skinned kids are safe and healthy even in the sunshine. I have some essential items that are always in my bag. These are some of my favorite healthy tips for the summer. AND many of the products that I suggest using, you can get for a great price right now. I am sharing links to free printable summer coupons that will make it much more affordable to stay protected this summer.summertime essentials

1. Healthy Snacks & Water

Whether on a road trip, on the beach, at the lake or a park, hunger WILL strike. Do not let your kids get dehydrated or exhausted. Gas stations and concession stands are too expensive. Pack healthy snacks and water in an ice chest or cooler. Some snack ideas are pretzels, mandarin oranges, grapes, apples, sandwich supplies and small bottled water.Healthy Tips For The Summer & Summer Coupons

2. Sunglasses and a Hat

I always take hats to protect our face and scalp. The worst is when you get a scalp burn. OUCH! And protect those little eyes with sunglasses for everyone.Healthy Tips For The Summer + Printable Summer Coupons

3. Sunscreen for EVERYONE

This may be the most important summertime essential and possibly the most important of the healthy tips for the summer. Sunscreen needs may be different from different members of your family.

  • For my kids,  NEUTROGENA® Wet Skin Kids is my favorite. It can be re-applied even if they are still soaking wet. This is perfect for the pool or the beach and active kids.
  • For me, I like NEUTROGENA Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum that offers UVA and UVB protection. It is perfect for my oily skin because it does not break me out like others do. The full protection that does not wear off means I am really protected while enjoying the outdoors.Healthy Tips For The Summer +  Summer Coupons

4. First Aid Supplies: Band-Aid & Neosporin

YES! It never fails with my kids. Someone WILL fall, get a bite, get a blister, etc. Band-Aids are a must have for those moments. I carry Neosporin for long-lasting infection protection. Anything is possible with open wounds at a public pool or the beach.Healthy Tips For The Summer Essentials

5. Waterproof Make-Up With SPF

I always carry my waterproof makeup. Usually it is my light items like foundation or Tinted Moisturizer (BOTH with SPF), lip gloss with SPF and waterproof mascara. Put it on and forget about it.


I was super excited to see that Johnson & Johnson agree that many of these items are healthy essentials for summer. They are offering free printable summer coupons for many of these items PLUS MORE! You can save more than $45 by visiting HealthyEssentials.com in June and July and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers. These are just a few of the great coupons you can score on HealthyEssentials.com this summer for more than $45 in savings:

  • Save $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Sun product (excludes trial size)
  • Save $2.00 on any (3) NEOSPORIN®, NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive bandages, BENADRYL® Topical or JOHNSON and JOHNSON RED CROSS® Brand products (excludes all trials and travel sizes, First Aid Kits, 10 CT Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, and On-the-Go First Aid Kits). Must buy (2) different brand products to qualify for this offer along with a third product
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Product
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® SMART RINSE Anti-cavity Mouthwash, 500 ml
  • Save $1.00 on any LUBRIDERM® product
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) CLEAN & CLEAR® product (excludes trial and travel sizes)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) REACH® Total Care Floss, or REACH® Gentle Gum Care Floss, or REACH® Dentotape® or REACH® Access® Flosser
  • Save $3.00 on any (1) REMBRANDT® Whitening Kit or Strip or any (2) REMBRANDT® Whitening Paste or Rinse
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) VISINE® product, 5 oz. or larger

Look and feel your best this summer! Make sure you’re prepared with all the summertime essentials that you’ll need, so you and your family can enjoy the great outdoors and a great vacation. Be proactive about protecting your skin and the skin of those you love!


Heather Brummett

I am Heather Brummett . I'm just a real mom, sharing my real life experiences with the world. Thank you for being a part of my world. Here you will find recipes, crafts, fun ideas for the kids, how to work at home, encouragement, inspiration, and the latest news in and around Houston. To be featured or for information on freelance work contact me at [email protected].

1 Comment

  1. Great list of summer essentials! I still have a few things left to get. Summer is starting to set in! We’ve got some beaches and pools to hopefully explore here this year!

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