Well, hello there again, Friday!
I'm linking up again for Friday Favorites with Andrea, Erika, and Narci and I'm pretty excited about this edition!
Our first full week of summer is in the books and we're gearing up for a summer to remember. While it has rained most of the week, it's been a good one because it has forced us to be still. The rest of the summer is going to be ca-razy so I tried to soak up every.single.day this week.
June will bring
all most of the girls summer camps. I'm most excited about AC's first time at sleep away camp or Kamp as it's called in these parts. Growing up, I went to a pretty cool summer camp called Brookhill Ranch. I have the sweetest memories of that place and the lasting impressions the counselors had on me were significant, especially as a young girl. For the last two years, Anna Claire has attended Kanakuk's day kamp. You can see how much fun she had in 2014 and 2015. I knew this year would be her year to step out of the comfort of day camp and go in all the way. As of now I'm not the least bit nervous. Sure, I'm going to miss the heck out of her, but she will honestly have the time of her life. I just know it.
So, while it has rained most of the week we have had the chance to do A LOT of research and planning for AC's first experience at Kamp! I'm not going to tell you what to pack (your camp will tell you that), but I have found a few favorites you will find in my girl's load as she heads off to her first sleep away camp very soon.
So apparently the camp trunk is a pretty big deal! Besides planning costumes for the parties at kamp, shopping for the trunk has been mine and AC's favorite thing to do! Every camper I ask has told me you HAVE to get one, and decorate it, and put your name on it, and, and, and, and so on....I will say it has been pretty fun going back and forth on which trunk to buy. Should we get a solid color or plain? Zebra or another print?! Do we really need the one with a lifetime warranty or would the one from Wal-Mart suffice?! Inquiring minds truly want to know.
Until then, Anna Claire has her heart set on this mint colored one from Everything Summer Camp.
So, once upon a time one of my sweet friends in Tennessee turned me on to Mabel's Labels. We have used these for close to ten years and they have held up exceptionally well. No ironing on, no writing in a sharpie, and hopefully every chance of getting all that was sent to camp back home. :) These labels are a favorite and will be used on everything that is going to camp this summer!
We do have them on blankets, jackets, and more, but they have my kiddos last names on them so out of safety, just trust me. They have held up exceptionally well through MANY washings.
Aren't these just fun! And right now they are offering FREE shipping!
Toiletries, Dirty Stuff, and randomness!!
Anna Claire's camp has several parties so I'm going to be packing her both the caboodle (for makeup, glitter, face paint and fun stuff) and then a hanging toiletry bag for shower and bathroom necessities. I'm sorry, but I just love a good ol' caboodle. I remember decorating mine growing up and it was taken on many a trips to summer camp and sleepovers with friends.
I'm a HUGE fan of this toiletry bag and it has all of Anna Claire's favorite colors! It will be perfect for all of her toiletries!
And I hate to think about all the dirty laundry, but this dirty crap bag is perfect! And on sale right now!
We love this sweet robe sis got for Christmas from Pottery Barn Teen. She's a modest one, my girl, and this will come in pretty handy as she navigates through showering and changing at camp.
Chacos, loved by camp counselors AND kids everywhere! Anna Claire LIVES in these shoes during the summer and they make the best camp shoes!
The camp chair. When I was a kid we had to sit on the ground and get our rears wet, but NOT TODAY! I'm not sure this could be categorized a favorite OR a camp necessity, but it still makes the list.