Top Eight Summer Travel Budget Tips

Whether you’re flying or driving, a summer family vacation can set you back. It’s one of those times it’s crystal clear that life a deux was not only simpler but also cheaper. Still, a vacay with kids in tow can be filled with discounts and smart shopper techniques so that you can save extra for the souvenirs you have a hard time saying no to.

Here, eight effective money-saving tips for your trip:

1. Purchase airline tickets a few months (or at least 21 days) and earlier in the week as fares tend to increase as date approaches and toward the end of the week.
2. Travel Saturday if possible since it’s typically the cheapest day to be on the move.
3. Make your car more fuel efficient for road trips by: Getting regular maintenance, keeping tires properly inflated and aligned, changing air filter regularly—a clean one can up gas mileage by 10%, stay below 60 mph (easing off the gas pedal from 65 to 55 can also up mileage by 10%), tighten gas cap/fill up early morning or late night—all for less gas evaporation.
4. Check TSA guidelines before flying so you don’t have to trash any of your already paid for stash—they will let you go on board with more than the typically allotted 3 ounces of liquid if it’s baby formula, breast milk, or juice.
5. Travel with portable play yard or blow up infant bed (they fold down well and are easy to carry) if hotel charges for crib or side rails.
6. Book destinations with free nightly entertainment like shows, boardwalk jugglers and musicians or roving magicians.
7. Choose all-inclusive resort like so you don’t worry about wasted overpriced drinks and hamburgers
8. Check if your or your partner’s company is a corporate sponsor of any attractions like museums, aquariums or zoos. Employees typically get in free or at a discounted rate so be sure to pack your employee ID.


Brand New Ice Cream with a Barely There Calorie Count is on Target

Our go-to summer staples include SPF, hydrating face masks, rosé and now low-cal ice cream from Target. Not only does each pint of these brand-new craft flavors from in-house brand Archer Farms–Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Cookie Dough, Caramel Maple Bourbon Pecan, Mini Donut, Mint Cookies & Cream–have less than 340 calories, but they are also low in fat and packed with protein. No more standing  longingly by your kids at the ice-cream truck window because now you’ve got the perfect summer serving!

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Shades We Love: Less AND More

From the tiny to the oversized, shades that are less and more

We may be well into the summer, but there’s no expiration date on an extra pair or two of sunnies and pretty much a must to have multiples if you think about it this way: You need one for your bag, one for your car, an extra to grab on the go and of course one for when your kids have made off with your faves. Plus having an assortment of on-trend sunglasses–some tiny and some oversized–is instant personal diva style and lets you make them work with your OOTD. Here, whether you are looking for geo shaped, bold-colored lenses or a take on classic aviators, here are six of some of our favorite sunglasses designs to look for.

Quay Australia

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Marc Jacobs

Oversized Shield Sunglasses, $140

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Women’s Kye Mirrored Round Sunglasses, 51mm, $68


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Breezy Square Sunglasses, $10

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Milos Sunglasses, $195

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Inferno/Shadow Sherbert, $89

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Self-tanners to Make Summer Last Into Fall

Self-tanners to Make Summer Last into Fall

Summer skin is all about gentle exfoliation and hydrating masks, damage defense SPF and the perfect healthy glow. Since you and your tweens/teens have worked hard getting your sun-kissed look just so, or you just lucked out running after little ones at the beach or poolside, we’ve got the best ways to let it linger long after you’ve switched out your bikini for that statement denim jacket. Here, the top five must-have self-tanners that go beyond the drug store shelf and make summer last into fall that are super easy to apply and will take your bronzed self from lazy summer days to harvest moon nights.

The Fox Tan

100 percent Aussie and vegan friendly, this brand’s special formula is not a self-tanner per se but lets you tan faster (if you must) so there’s less time spent in the sun. They also pack their product (sets starting at $29.95) with skinfoody ingredients–those you could almost eat!–that nourish your skin while you tan like sweet almond oil, cacao butter, jojoba oil, carrot root extract, aloe vera leaf juice, caffeine, shea butter and rose flower water! So yum on your skin and the lingering tan it leaves.

The Bali Body Co.

Also from our fashion-forward friends down-under, there are two must-have products on this page that we absolutely can’t get enough of: The Bronzing Lotion ($25.95) for just a “hint of tint” and the Shimmering Body Oil ($29.95) that is super nourishing and dusts your skin with just a bit of bronze and gold shimmer. Seriously sun-kissed!

South Sea Skincare

This super fab company was started by a woman who survived skin cancer–still wanting that hot summer glow but wanting to get it safely, meaning minus harmful UVs. So she started her lines based on the “essence of island inspired bronzing” and we, and btw tons of celebrities, makeup artists and the world’s finests resorts, are glad she did. Our faves? Tahitian Glow Self Tanner ($24), Tahitian Tan Extender ($22) and Tahitian Tan Mist ($28)–all with copper and caffeine (among other amazing ingredients) to tighten and firm skin.

Whish Beauty

The Coconut Milk + Verbena Self Tanner ($30) gives an absolutely amazing glow and is so low-key you can use it daily to add just a subtle bit more as you go. Plus it’s formula, complete with goji berry, pomegranate extract, shea and mango butters, kigelia African Fruit, seaweed and coffee arabica extracts, is all-over good for your skin with moisturizing and firming agents too boot!

Tan Towel

This is essentially self-tanning for dummies–and we are all in! The BB Body Glow ($24) is a daily moisturizer with a tint that’s meant to build on itself to keep your glow steady and natural and can be fine tuned to the shade you are looking for depending on your application. There are also the Face Tan Towelettes ($30 for a pack of 15) that let exfoliate, moisturize and tan and the Body Tan Towelettes ($29 for 5) that come in full body or half (best for arms and legs) and three different formulas–Classic, Plus and Dark–depending on the tan you are looking to take on.