Summer Fun Essentials – Family Fun Edition


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Summer is officially in full swing, and I’m loving it! from days spent lounging in the sun, to day trips and other activities, summer makes me so unbelievably happy and content. To start this week off, I’m going to be sharing some fun things for the whole family! Be sure to stay tuned on my instagram stories to see us in action!

1. The first thing on my list of must-haves is this giant box of chalk from Amazon. When we were looking for chalk earlier in the spring/summer (when quarantine first started), we couldn’t find any anywhere! Eventually, we did find something in stock, and ordered it even though it seemed oddly expensive. Turns out, we ordered a 120 pc GIANT box of chalk, and it has been one of the best investments of the year. And (as of 6/29/20), it’s on sale for $5 off! Get it now!! 5/5 stars

2. This giant Jenga set is an awesome bbq game, and the wooden blocks are super easily customizable with some acrylic paint or permanent markers.

3. Self Sealing water balloons!! Each stick makes 100 water balloons (there are three sticks in this set). You just twist the nozzle on your hose, turn on the water, and viola! The balloons fill themselves up, and when they get heavy enough they pop off and a little rubber band automatically seals them! I love that it’s so simple so that the younger kids don’t run out of patience, and the older kids can basically put together a water balloon fight by themselves!

4. On the topic of water play, here are three sprinklers that I love (and have great reviews!) in each price range.

First, this fire hydrant sprinkler is small but mighty! Even though it looks tiny and unimpressive at first, it shoots water up to 8 ft away, and has pretty great water pressure too!

The second sprinkler is more of a little splurge item. I haven’t actually tried it, but this blow up elephant sprinkler situation looks so awesome!

This last one is for if you want to go ALL OUT! This blow up kiddie pool is seriously one of the best purchases of the summer! Noah (4) spends literal HOURS each day playing in his pool with his cousins. We have the rainbow ring play center, but they also have a similar candy land version that you can see here.


A classic tie dye kit! This set by Tulip is easy, mixable, and comes in a bunch of different color way options. Tie dye is a trend every summer, but this year especially it’s coming in strong as a fashion print in stores, and as a fun diy activity!

Wow! That was quite the list! See you tomorrow for more fun activities, styles and sales!!

– Leah

A Little Bit About Me!


Hi! Since I guess this is the official start of my blog, I figured I should do a little get to know you post!

Just so you can get an idea of where I’m at right now (in case you couldn’t tell from my superior car selfies), I am currently sitting in the back left seat of my family’s van, coming up on hour three of our drive home from the beach. My legs are cramping, I have to use the bathroom, and I’m sad to leave the beach, but I’m also excited to be home and start this blogging journey for reals. I’m also excited to sleep in my own bed. That’s always nice :).

Okay. Let’s do this.

My name is Leah and I started my Instagram career a little over a year ago at this point. I’ve wrestled with the idea of starting a blog for a while now. I’ve done a bunch of research to try to find the best way to do this, but finally, I bit the bullet and bought a domain. So now I have to figure it out, right??

So through my Instagram account (@likedbyleah), I’ve been *kinda* blogging already. I’ve been pretty consistently sharing fashion and lifestyle tips and finds, as well as the occasional beauty post. And for those of you who came here from my Instagram already, don’t worry! I’m still planning to continue using my platform there regularly! I just decided to create this webpage so that I have the space to share even more, and make it even easier for you to access links and details.

There’s definitely a learning curve, so be patient with me, but I can’t wait for you all to get to know me like this, and for me to be able to get to know you! Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments section and sign up for email notifications so you never miss a post ❤

Hope to talk soon!

~ Leah