Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesday's Tip

It's Tuesday! Having a pool is so much fun. We are enjoying our second pool season Chez Mama Henley. Thankfully we have a great cabana boy! There are many things one needs when you have a pool, so I've composed a list of some things that make life easier here!

-Have a large supply of sunscreen with a high SPF. We have found that the sprays make it easier to apply but that you MUST reapply. We use the Neutrogena or Hawaiian Tropic face sticks for faces and ears. The children can do this themselves! I even put a stick in each child's lunch box for super hot Florida days.

-You need LOTS of towels. We have a stack per child in our linen closet. Yes, there are five stacks of beach towels! We are always ready to share a towel with a friend.

-Goggles are another must-have. Visitors will often need to borrow a pair.

-Pool toys and floats. It never gets old to pour water in and out of a pitcher or to paint with paintbrushes or to ride in a float. Floats also break or pop, so it's nice to get a new one each year.

-WATER I keep our second fridge filled with bottled water. Of course we also use faucet water, but sometimes it's easier to just grab a bottle and then you know how much your child has ingested.

-I also keep Capri Sun or MinuteMaid lemonade on hand for a quick drink.

-Children LOVE popsicles. The best ones are the all-fruit ones, but any cool treat will do!

-I bring out bowls of goldfish, pretzels, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, cheeze-its, apple slices, sliced carrots, etc. It's amazing how children will eat anything that is served in a pretty bowl. I keep these things on hand at all times.

-We also keep plenty of hot dogs in our fridge or freezer so that we can have an impromptu cookout. I buy big bags of chips when they're buy one/get one free for this very reason.

-I also keep extra ketchup and mustard and other condiments on hand.

-I also keep fun drinks and things on hand for adults, along with cute napkins so that I can serve the adults as well.

-If we are having a true pool party, then I hire a lifeguard. I pay about $15 an hour, and it is always worth it! Saving lives is priceless.

Happy Summer, friends!

13 comments:

Suburban Princess said...

Wow you must have people over all the time! I have a pool too and rarely do we need this amount of stuff. We have one pool party on Labour day and the rest of the time it's just us!

North of 25A said...

Great tips! I do wish we had a pool... But, whenever we go to a pool party I usually bring towels as a hostess gift.

Mrs. Bogarde said...

How smart is it to hire a lifeguard! Now that is a grea tip :) Enjoy your pool!

Sweet Southern Prep said...

As always, love your lists! Will keep this in mind too. Wish we had a pool...perfect for your family. So much easier than having to pack it all up to visit a pool, right?

The Niemeyer Nest said...

You have the best lists! You got me in the mood for a grilled hot dog.

Black Labs and Lilly said...

All wonderful tips Mama Henley!! How wonderful to hire a life guard when having large crowds over! For $15.00 it must make things so much easier.

Mom on the Run said...

And after a few years of having a pool, you will wonder where you got all the random beach towels! Somebody always leaves at least one!

Andie said...

Makes me want to be one of those goggle/towel borrowing, hot dog eating guests! Sounds dreamy!

Shannon said...

So jealous that you have a pool. Gillian Grace loves spending time poolside. Thank goodness my parents have a pool! You are so right about all your must haves...sunscreen is a must, especially when your only 10 months old! Have a great Wednesday!

wendy said...

Such great tips!! It is so fun!!! I love to have the kids over and all the yummies and a towel for them and an extra pair of goggles! It really makes for such a great time for all! And take photos and send them to the mamas!! Every mama loves to see how much fun their little precious had at your house!! thanks for the good reminders!

HoodMama said...

I'm for sure to refer to this list over and over! We don't have a pool but schlep to one all summer long! Thanks for sharing.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I loved this post! We don't even have a pool yet & I keep a lot of that stuff on hand & in the back of the Denali. I'm sorry I haven't been keeping up, for some reason you aren't coming up on my blog roll. But I'm going to manually fix in right now. or at least try.

Imjustagirl said...

That is so smart to hire a life guard! Something I never have really thought of for a home pool party. Mama H you are soooo smart!!