Mommy’s Summer Survival Kit

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Summer is almost upon us!  I cannot believe that my kiddos are out of school next Friday!   Summer brings so much fun for our family.  This year we are looking forward to days at the pool, our local zoo, the waterpark, and maybe even some fun “staycation” excursions to local sites we have yet to enjoy.  It seems sometimes that summer is busier than it should be!  But, when you have three sweet kiddos to entertain and spend time with over those precious summer months, it can be a busy AND fun summer all at the same time!  Since we are going, going, going, I created a Mommy’s Summer Survival Kit.  Today, I am going to share the goodies in my Mommy’s Summer Survival Kit with you, and it just may help you get through the summer, too!  Our summer as moms is when we are able to Give Extra to Get Extra, right?

Extra Hero

Since we have a pool bag, zoo backpack, my purse, etc., I like to keep the essentials at hand.  Essentials?  That would be gum, hand sanitizer, my car keys, phone, and a few other “must haves”.  Since I am always changing the type of bag I carry based on where we are going, I decided to make something super cute, easy, and that I can move easily from bag to bag.

Silhouette Cameo or other cutting machine

Heat Transfer Vinyl

Canvas Zippered Pouch

Parchment paper


First, set up your word you’d like to cut on your cutting software.  I used the word “dream”…’s simple, and one of my favorite words.  I sized it to center on my zippered pouch, and mirrored the text.  That is essential when working with Heat Transfer Vinyl {HTV}.   You MUST mirror, otherwise, when you adhere it to the item, it will be backward.

Second, load your HTV in your machine, shiny side down.  For glitter HTV, set your blade at “5”, and your other two settings at “5” and “15”. This works like a charm for me every time.  Send it to cut, and then weed out the parts you don’t need.  I cut two of them, so I could put one on each side of the pouch.

Extra Collage

Next, lay your zippered pouch on a hard surface.  Set your iron to the highest it will go.   Once it is hot, position your HTV cut on your pouch.  I centered my “dream” on mine.  Lay a piece of parchment paper over it, and press as hard as you can with your iron for 25 seconds.  Do NOT run your iron back and forth over it.  You want steady pressure on your HTV so it will stick.  Repeat this for the other side, and you are done!


Now the fun is filling it!  My kid are always asking for gum.  So I was sure to pick up some Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice® at my local Walgreens. I found them easily in the checkout line, and also in the candy aisle. I love that they come in the new Extra 35-stick pack.   Since we are enjoying our gum when we are out and about, it is nice to know that the packaging is durable and recyclable.  Plus, I hate it when my gum gets smushed in my bag.


I also filled it with hand sanitizer, hand lotion, a pen, my car keys, my phone, and some blister ointment.  These are all things I like to take with us, and now I have them handy and in one place.  Since it fits nicely in my pouch, I can easily transport it from one bag to the other when we are going out the door to our next fun activity!


Do you plan to Give Extra to Get Extra this summer?  What will you put in your “Mommy’s Survival Kit”?





  1. I keep all the things you mentioned, and WIPES! Not a day goes by in the summer that my daughter doesn’t have some sticky substance on her face or hands haha! Great tips and cute tutorial! #client

    1. Thanks so much! I know wipes are a must! Our kids are older now, and I should probably still carry them. But with little ones, we always had them on hand!

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