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Summer Time = Fun Time!

The best part of summer is getting outside and enjoying summertime activities that aren't exactly meant for other times of the year. Like having water fights!

With the help of the ZURU X-SHOT™ Fast-Fill, the fastest filling blaster ever created you can be the king of the backyard water battle. Boasting incredible speed and ease-of-use, the latest addition to one of the most popular blaster brands in the world can be filled in one second! Its Rapid-Seal Technology closes the blaster tank instantly allowing battlers to get back to the blasting action long before their opponents. Because let's be honest we all want to be the one with the better water gun!

Designed to be filled anywhere - the beach, pool, lake or in the backyard - X-SHOT™ Fast-Fill is easy to handle with superb blasting performance, holding up to 24 ounces and reaching distances of 34 feet. Available at Target and Amazon.

But if water blasters aren't your thing that's okay too because ZURU still has you covered with Bunch O Balloons Water Balloons. If you've avoided water balloons in the past because they are so hard to fill and tie then you'll love these because they are so EASY to use! Now you can fill and tie 100 water balloons in less than 60 seconds! With innovative O-Ring technology and rapid fill capabilities, say goodbye to the stress and mess of filling individual water balloons and say hello to never ending splash out loud fun! Simply connect to a tap or a hose, fill and make hundreds of water balloons with no hand-tying. Perfect for backyard parties, trips to the beach or just anytime fun when its hot out.

Bunch O Balloons Water Balloons are available at Target, Walmart and Amazon.

It's Bunch O Balloons Self-Sealing Party Balloons, and it's the fastest (and only) way to fill and tie 40 balloons in 40 seconds! Simply attach the balloon stems to the Electric Party Pump and press go! Within seconds, your Bunch O Balloons Party stems will fill and self-tie with ease and convenience and once inflated, you can cut the stems (hard cord) and the ribbon remains! In no time you'll be the hit of the party! 

ZURU Bunch O Balloons Party Pump Starter Pack can be found at Walmart and Target. The starter pack includes attachment accessories and two balloon stems (16 balloons); ZURU Bunch O Balloons 3 stem (24 Balloon) packs including a helium adapter and are offered in various colors.

After all that fun outdoors take a break and be entertained by Boppi the Booty Shakin' Llama. She's a mover and a shaker and kids will definitely be having a good laugh watching her go.

The most lifelike and fantastical creatures ever created, ZURU’s Pets Alive new robotics collection of fun and playful pets is led by Boppi the Booty Shakin’’ Llama! With countless ways to interact and play, these toys will capture hearts and be an instant best friend!  Key features include three awesome songs to bop, spin and dance to, robotic booty shaking and head spinning motions, and cute and realistic features and coloring! Batteries not included (4x Alkaline AAA required). Ages 3+, SRP $19.99. Available at Target and Walmart!

STEM toys like Magformers are the perfect way to keep kids’ minds fueled throughout the summer. Kids can click and create their own adventure with Magformers AMAZING Sets! Magformers are a magnetic construction toy where the possibilities are endless. Kids now have the opportunity to live out their dreams and become one of their dream professions such as a firefighter, a police officer, and construction worker through one of the four new Magformers AMAZING sets! Great for children aged 3 and up. Create 50 ideas with the follow-along idea booklet or build your own adventure!

And for those long road trips where building toys aren't quite feasible the PBS Kids Playtime Pad & DVD Player is the perfect portable entertainment provider! Preloaded with over 23 educational games, 120 video clips, songs, and music videos in subjects including reading, math, and more make this tablet great for keeping kids entertained. Featuring parental controls, you can manage and customize your child’s entertainment experience. Available now on Walmart.

Of course what fun would summer be without a little bit of slime? With Pop Pops you not only get the fun of slime, you also get to satisfy that hidden obsession of bubble wrap popping! Pop the individual bubbles and let the slime ooze out. Then play with the slime to see if it contains a hidden collectible character inside! Available in Pets and Snotz editions you can collect adorable pets like a teacup pig, a bunny in a top hat, or a penguin pirate, the Snotz characters include fun things like aliens that play basketball, a mariachi band or a pizza maker! Each line includes 60 different characters in all. Pop Pops are available at Walmart and Target stores.

For me summer fun time is all about relaxing. Whether it's at the pool, my back yard, or just kicking back in my favorite recliner at the end of a busy day I enjoy coloring while I relax and unwind. And these two books are perfect for that. With beautiful scenes and creative patterns there's enough here to keep me busy for the rest of the summer! I will point out they are geared towards the more experienced colorist and not kids.

Creative Haven: Entangled Forests
Welcome to a woodsy wonderland of starry skies, towering trees, fabulous flowers, and other highly stylized nature designs. Thirty-one spectacular scenes include amazing allover patterns, fields of bluebells and mushrooms, and other dramatic landscapes. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display.

Creative Haven: Tranquility
Relax and unwind with 31 mesmerizing illustrations inspired by nature and specifically designed to promote mindfulness and inner peace. Swirling tendrils and other beguiling patterns invite color combinations of any kind — the creative possibilities are endless! Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display.

Although some may see going to the store as more of a chore than something fun you have to at least admit it's fun when you're picking up food for a picnic, or getting ice cream for a treat. And with the summer heat you definitely need to keep it cool while going from the store to home. Thankfully my new set of Lotus Trolley Bags also includes a cooler bag that's perfect for that!

Lotus Trolley Bag is a 4 bag system that spreads out in your cart for easier, greener and more organized shopping. I love that I can use our stores scan-bag-go system with these bags and be out the door so much faster than using a check-out lane. And if you pair them with reusable Lotus Produce Bags you can eliminate the need for those dreadful plastic bags in the produce department, and have a completely eco-friendly bagging system.

Fun (but scary) Fact: Did you know the average family uses over 1,500 single-use bags yearly? That is 100 billion bags, in the U.S. per year! However through the use of Lotus Trolley Bag a wife and husband team has already eliminated over 60 million of those single-use plastic bags from distribution. Now that's a pretty amazing product if you ask me!

And last but definitely not least in this summer time fun time round-up is my new PARAJAX™ Women's Performance Jacket from KUHL. If you've ever been caught off guard with a surprise summer rain shower you know how annoying it can be getting your clothes soaked running from one place to the other. And let's be honest no one really wants to deal with an umbrella, especially when you have your hands full. With this handy, and compact jacket you can carry protection with you that literally fits in the palm of your hand when folded up. It’s made with a water resistant coating and AIR BLOK™, a 100% nylon ripstop fabric. Add the the UPF 50+ rating, and you’ve got protection from the wind, rain and sun all rolled up into one. Not to mention it's so lightweight you barely even notice you have it on.

Thanks for checking out my Summer Time = Fun Time round-up! I hope you've found something you just can't live without. Now get out there and enjoy that sunshine!
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