Bumper Summer Roundup: 25 Must-Haves

by The Texas Lifestyle Magazine team on July 15, 2021 in Gift Guides, Lifestyle, Fashion, Home, Sports, Wellness,

This summer feels like no other, and we all want to squeeze the most out of it we possibly can. So grab these bumper picks to help you look, feel and be the best you, whether you’re hitting the road or staying home Hello, Summer!

Sustain and Nourish

Vital Choice Grill Box

Perfect for backyard grilling with a fresh and healthy touch, the Vital Choice Limited Edition Grill Box contains sustainably wild-caught sockeye salmon and mahi mahi, along with Atlantic scallops and deluxe salmon burgers. And, to aid in the process, included are their Rustic Blackening Blend and alder grilling planks. $149


This is the answer to the most portable snack with an array of amazing benefits. A few of these algae tablets (bits, as they call them) instantly and effortlessly nourish your body/brain, prevent hunger, remove toxins, revitalize your skin, protect your health and replace your need for collagen, greens, vitamins or protein.. Basically, you pop about 3 of these tiny green “bits” into your mouth and do your body good for hours. ENERGybits is easiest, and healthiest, snack to throw in your beach bag. $120

SimplyProtein Crunchy Bites

Mix up your on-the-road snacking with SimplyProtein™ Crunchy Bites. The clean ingredient snack brand is made with a simple, delicious promise with the fuel to be you. The Barbecue and Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Crunchy Bites are made with plant-based pea protein, contain 15-16 grams protein and 1-2 grams of sugar, giving consumers easy healthy snacking options to help get through a busy summer day. $1.99-$22.88

BeanVIVO, Seasoned Organic Beans

Just stick the convenient BeanVIVO pouch in the microwave for a minute, and ta-da – you’ve got a delish start to a meal! And it’s vegan. The international flavors of these seasoned organic beans will soon make them your favorite legumes. High in protein, these beans are rich in healthy macro and micronutrients. They are also chock-full of fiber, which helps you feel satisfied while you are on-the-go. Add them to eggs, bread, vegetables, or eat them on their own. Bonus: Each pouch has a QR code in which you can scan and see where exactly the beans came from! $3.99 per pouch

Boost Oxygen

For that mountain hiking trip this summer, this is a fan fave in Colorado. Boost Oxygen is portable (in a can light as air), 95% pure breathing oxygen and helps you stay oxygenated and wards off shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness and nausea. Not only does it improve sleep and lift your mood, it also increases mental alertness and stamina. Boost Oxygen is also safe for all ages, and supports altitude acclimation, migraines and helps you deal with poor air quality (think airplane). Increased oxygen intake has been reported by health professionals as the natural health and well-being aid that promotes energy, better mental acuity, increased capacity for exercise (and quicker recovery), as well as boosting the immune system. $7.99-$16.99

PM CBD Gummies

Use the summer to get caught up on sleep. CBD Living Vegan PM Gummies combine broad-spectrum nano CBD with the power of melatonin for an all-natural sleep solution. Better yet, PM Gummies are entirely vegan – using tapioca syrup and pectin instead of gelatin – and come in four fruity flavors (cherry, strawberry, orange and lemon). Other options from this brand are sleep syrups and sprays. $50

Step One Foods 

For many in their 40s and beyond, high cholesterol is a concern, and for some, it’s tough to eat right in the summer. Cardiologist Elizabeth Klodas, MD developed Step One Foods to offer a simple dietary solution for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.  With a nutrition-based, scientific approach, the products are made of whole-food ingredients (like dark chocolate, walnuts and Madagascar vanilla). Choices like chocolate bars, PB snacks and oatmeal are packed with beneficial nutrients scientifically proven to help lower cholesterol. Starter pack: $134.95

Old Trapper Beef Jerky

Whether you’re on a boat or on the road, jerky is a healthy, portable snack. Old Trapper Beef Jerky offers a full line of high-quality, naturally smoked meat snacks using only the best lean strips of beef, and real wood-fired smoke for the perfect protein pack.  Because it’s low in calories yet high in protein it’s also an easy meal replacement while staying at a hotel or in transit. From $6

Sapporo PURE Light Lager

Looking for a light but tasty beer for summer travels or to beat the heat? Sapporo PURE is a light lager with fewer calories but full of flavor. With only 90 calories, 2.4g carbs and 4.0% ABV, Sapporo PURE, with its soft-golden hue and clean finish is refreshing, whether you’re on the boat or in your backyard. $9.99/6-pack

On the Road

INSTAX 40 Mini Instant Camera

Perfect to snap memories on your summer vacay, the INSTAX Mini 40 Instant Camera is a portable, entertaining Polaroid camera that comes in fun pastel pink and blue. With different camera modes and easy-to-use features, this camera is great for all ages, turning anyone into the family photographer. From summer parties to vacations, this instant camera is the perfect mixture between a digital and a Polaroid camera. One of the best features of the camera is you can choose what pictures you want to print out and there are filters/animations that you can add to make your photos even more fun. There is also an app that you can use to connect to your camera to access the photos through your phone. $99.99

Possway V4 Electric Skateboard

Perfect for the teen who wants to get out from behind the screen and cruise, Possway V4 is an entry-level electric skateboard, designed for beginners. This mode of transportation has become wildly popular with  teens and college students (a great way to get around a big campus). The board style makes it easy to learn and fun to commute or just to  cruise around the ‘hood. $279

Team Magnus’ Water Gun Incog

Water fights are the perfect summer activity for kids, keeping them busy, getting some fresh air, not to mention an inexpensive day of play. This incognito water gun offers deception and surprise. Available in 3 sleek color combinations, the gun has a water capacity of 40oz, reaching 32ft. $15

OLITA Sunscreen

Fun in the sun is here and that means families need protection from UV rays. OLITA offers mineral sunscreen options and the popular Beach Be Gone sand remover body powder, all organic. OLITA donates 10% of every purchase to ocean conservation by partnering with the Coral Reef Alliance. $5-$20

Home Sweet Home

Spikeball Tournament Set

The Olympics will soon inspire us to get outside and be active! Kick off your summer party and get in on the Spikeball trend with the official tournament set of the Spikeball Roundnet Association. The new, sturdier body design keeps the set stable and net taught during the harshest of plays. The new material and added texture on the Pro Balls help players add top spin on their kills and back spin on their drop shots. This popular game is great for the backyard or the beach. $99

HydroJug Water Bottle & Sleeve Collection

Looking for new fitness gear to help you stay motivated and healthy in your summer workouts? HydroJug is here to make it easier and more convenient for you to drink more water. Minimize the time it takes to keep refilling typical water bottles during a workout as the HydroJug holds ½ gallon of water. Plus, you can customize your HydroJug with a colorful sleeve that’s on-trend and features convenient pockets to carry essentials like your phone. From $19.99

Lavley “I’d Rather be Fishing” Socks

Perfect for that summer fishing trip (or really any day), the geometric fishing lures pattern will be a hit for anglers of any age. These socks sport a funny message on the cuff: “I’d Rather be Fishing.” Try them and you’ll be hooked! $10.95

Jigsaw Puzzles from Puzzledly

Summer offers us time to relax and unwind with a quiet activity. Kids and teens home from school will stay occupied and stimulate their brain with a challenging, modern jigsaw puzzle from Puzzledly. Choose from 500 or 1,000 piece puzzles in a wide range of stunning designs. These are great to throw in your vacay bag, too. From $19

“I Love You More” Book 

Curl up with a great book either at home or on a trip. This book will inspire you both in a relationship. Turn your prickly issues into opportunities to love each other more as you learn how to build intimacy while respecting personal space, tap the power of a positive marriage attitude, replace boredom with fun, irritability with patience, busyness with time together, and debt with a team approach to your finances from longtime marriage counselors and married couple Les and Leslie Parrott. $12.99

Looking Good

Merrell’s MQM Flex 2 GORE-TEX Shoes

Merrell’s MQM Flex 2 GORE-TEX combines all the best features of a trail runner and a hiking shoe into one. This vegan-friendly shoe features tear-resistant athletic uppers, a flexible cushioned midsole, mountain-grade outsole, and waterproof membrane and mesh. Super comfy, breathable, lightweight, they have a great grip, perfect for hiking, camping, or walking trails. $140

Trailhead Adventure Pants from Coalatree

Made for adventure, these Coalatree pants are waterproof and stain-resistant. Made out of moisture-wicking material with antimicrobial properties, they will look and feel fresh after a long hike. They’re also ridiculously comfy because of the four-way stretch material. Pack these easily, no wrinkles or bulky jean material, for your upcoming outdoor trip. $89

Casadei’s Blade Roxanne Heel

Casadei’s Blade Roxanne nude heel is not only stylish, it’s captivating. With the asymmetrical silhouette, a stainless steel blade heel, and transparent inserts, they make for a decorative look. Be sure to pack these designer pumps for an extravagant dinner or night out on the town on your summer vacay. $880

Dee Dizzy Logo Mule Nude Sandal

The Dee Dizzy Logo Mule Nude sandal is made for summer days and getaways. Crafted with a flat leather sole and Dee Ocleppo’s signature logo, these leather slider sandals are the perfect, effortless addition to any daytime look. Dress these fashionable sandals down with a pair of jean shorts or dress it up with a cute sundress. These sandals are a must-have in your suitcase. $310

ESI Romper

Fashion meets function in the versatile ESI Romper, perfect for your summer vacay. The light and stretch fabric provides ease of movement, dries quickly, wicks moisture and has a 50+ UPF rating. With pockets, a waist drawstring adjustment and a secure back pocket with an invisible zipper, this is the perfect piece for any activity on your trip, from a hike to a dinner out. It’s easy to pack, won’t wrinkle and can dress down with sneakers or dress up with sandals or wedges. $105

Sleeveless Romper from Rainbow

Such a fun and functional piece to pack for every summer trip, this neon romper will turn heads. We love that it’s cool, doesn’t wrinkle, is perfect for running around town during the day or dressing it up for evening wear — from the beach to the restaurant.  Sleeveless, it has a plunge cut (wear a tank top under if needed), cute tie waist belt, and ruffle finish. In four neon shades, so folks will see you coming. $14.97

Anaji Swimsuit Cover-Up by Aya Morrison

With its white Greecian style, soft lycra fabric and easy wrap, this Anaji swimsuit cover-up by Aya Morrison is the ideal item to throw in your vacay bag. It rolls up, compacts and is both easy to carry around and throw over a swimsuit. It’s fashionable (it’s actually referred to as a beach wrap dress) enough to wear into a restaurant or bar apres sand. $55

Cover photo courtesy Daniel Öberg on Unsplash

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