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Toys, Towels, Sunscreen & More – SheKnows

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Summer means sunshine, and while many public beaches aren’t reopened (yet), we’re holding out hope that we’ll get to walk in the sand before the summer ends. Maybe you’re a total ocean fiend, or maybe you just have fond childhood memories from the shore and want to share that with your own kids. Either way, that bucolic beach can also be where your stress levels hit an all-time high — because, honestly, packing for the seaside with kids is a process. Remembering to bring toys, sunblock, sandcastle sets, oh my! And God forbid you forget snacks.

That’s where this list of beach gear and gadgets comes in handy. It has it all, and with all the bells and whistles: sunblock; games; and beach essentials like towels, waterproof bags and more. Once you have all these items checked off, you can lay out, stretch out and relax — even if just for a few minutes.

Rio Beach Wave Folding Sand Chair

rio beach wave folding sand chair
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Any parent could use one (or two) of these for those necessary breaks in between kid-chasing.

Supergoop! SPF 30+ endless summer pump

Supergoop SPF30+ Endless Summer Pump | Sheknows.com
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First up, sunscreen — and plenty of it. This 18-ounce pump bottle will keep you and your kids sun-safe all summer.

Hint Grapefruit Sunscreen Spray (SPF 30)

hint grapefruit sunscreen
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If your kids love anything scented, opt for hint’s sunscreen with a subtle, delicious, fruity smell. Hint has three different scents: grapefruit, pineapple and pear.

Codream mesh beach bag with insulated cooler

Codream mesh beach bag with insulated cooler
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If you forget to bring snacks and drinks, you’re just asking for hangry kids. This cooler is insulated and perfect for beach travel.

Beach snacks

Abby's cookies
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Speaking of beach snacks, be sure to bring a balance: sandwiches and veggies, plus a treat that’s quick, easy-to-grab, easy-to-store and easy-to-open — like Abby’s cookies.

The Lakeside Collection easy-up 9-inch-by-6-inch sunshade

The Lakeside Collection easy-up 9'x6' sun shade
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If the beach doesn’t have any umbrellas under which to set up camp, you can always bring your own shade. This one from The Lakeside Collection is so easy to set up.

Click N’ Play 18-piece beach sand toy set

Click N' Play 18-piece beach sand toy set
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What’s a trip to the beach without a sandcastle? With an 18-piece set like this one, kids will stay occupied for hours.

Kikal floating waterproof dry bag sack

KIKAL floating waterproof dry bag sack
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One of the most impossible-seeming beach tasks is keeping all your items as dry as possible when you’re shored up on land. This sack should do the trick.

Ammsun beach umbrella hanging hook

AMMSUN beach umbrella hanging hook
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This hook will come in handy when you’re desperately looking for a place to hang up your sunglasses, camera, heavy beach towels and literally everything else you brought.

Rio folding beach table

RIO beach folding beach table
Image: Amazon

No tables? No problem — bring this easy-to-assemble folding option.

iChefer sand-proof beach blanket

iChefer sand-proof beach blanket
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Did you think we’d forget the beach blanket? No way. And this one has it all: sand anchor pockets, zipper pockets for small-item storage, stakes for windy days and, yes, it’s “sand-proof,” whatever that means.

Wapag waterproof bag case pouch

WAPAG waterproof bag case pouch
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Waterproof all the things! Toss in your phone, money, ID and credit cards — anything you don’t want lost or destroyed on the beach.

Nikon Coolpix W300

Nikon COOLPIX W300
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This waterproof and dust-proof Nikon camera is perfect for taking to the beach.

Light n’ Go bonfire log

Light n' Go bonfire log
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If you’re staying on the beach through sunset and into the evening — and are at a beach that allows the burning of firewood — this nifty, single-bonfire log is perfect. It’s space-efficient, easy to pack and burns independently in a self-contained fire for over an hour.

Essential 360 camera

Essential 360 camera
Image: Essential

OK, fine, you don’t need this, but isn’t a 360-degree camera a fun option for capturing every family vacation snap?

Dock & Bay compact sand-proof beach towel

Dock & Bay compact sand-proof beach towel
Image: Amazon

Last but not least, the beach towel: Dock & Bay’s towels are not only quick-drying, but they’re also highly absorbent — and sand won’t stick to them.

A version of this story was originally published in May 2018.

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Why Nicole Avant Made Doc About Her Father – Variety

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When Nicole Avant was growing up in Beverly Hills in the 1970s and ’80s, her father, Clarence Avant, was one of the most connected and successful African American power brokers in the music industry. He launched record labels, owned radio stations and became a key figure in politics and the civil rights movement.

The Avant home was always buzzing with a stream of Hollywood and Washington insiders coming and going. “I knew that he was very powerful because the phone rang constantly and I always heard him fixing something or giving advice,” says Nicole, who made her producing debut with Netflix’s “The Black Godfather,” a documentary about her father. “And then I did see him on ‘Soul Train’ one day, and he was giving an interview with Don Cornelius. …That’s when I thought, ‘Oh, he must be a big deal because he’s on television.’”

That point is driven home by the documentary, which features interviews with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, David Geffen, Jamie Foxx, Sean “Diddy” Combs and the late Bill Withers, whom Avant signed to his Sussex Records while the singer was still working as an aircraft assembler.

Nicole Avant, who is married to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, says she had plans to shop the doc around before her husband snapped it up for the streamer. “I actually had this idea in my head since I was a little girl. I really did,” Avant, who served as Obama’s ambassador to the Bahamas, says on this week’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.” “I had told Ted, even when I was dating him, there’s this idea I have for this film, and I said to him, ‘I’m going to take it to HBO.’ Once I started getting the interviews and everyone started confirming, Ted said, ‘Do you really have all these people saying yes?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, for sure.’ He said, ‘Let me take a look at it again.’ And then at that point, Ted is a part of the family, and he saw a solid film, and he saw an important film, and he actually wanted to tell the story just as much or even more than I did.”

What do you want people to know about your dad?

I really wanted people to take away that it’s important to have a strong sense of self. It’s important to keep moving forward. It’s important to pay back. It’s important to move the needle. Also, it’s very important to take risks in life. Sometimes you’re going to fail. Sometimes people are going to say no. So what? It’s a part of life. You keep going. You pick yourself back up again.

What did you learn about your dad while making the documentary that you didn’t know already?

I took it for granted how hard his childhood was and how abusive it was — having a stepfather, really beating up my grandmother in front of him and in front of the other children. My dad didn’t really have a childhood, and he took care of seven kids because everyone was working and they were so poor.

How hard was it to hear those stories?

Very hard for me. And it made a lot of sense when everything did fall down for him and everything blew up at one time and we lost everything. I think everything triggered to his childhood again of not having things he didn’t have or anybody to really rely on.

Tell me about a time in which someone really big turned up at the house and you were like, ‘What is this person doing here?’”

The one time I was very star-struck was when Whitney Houston showed up one day and I had just been listening to the “Greatest Love of All.” I’d sing it in the car like I was Whitney Houston. I was floored; I stood at the front door and I thought, “Oh, my God, this is a real celebrity. This is a big deal.”

If you were to make a scripted narrative about your dad, who would play him?

Forest Whitaker could play him because he knows him and he could “get” him actually.

This interview has been edited and condensed. Hear it in its entirety below. You can also listen to “The Big Ticket” at iHeartRadio or wherever you find your favorite podcasts.


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Even Prince William Has To Deal With This Classic Family Dinner Challenge

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There’s no question about it: lockdown has changed our lives and transformed the way we work. And that goes for royals, too. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have adapted, taking their royal duties online, via a number of zoom calls. But not everything has changed… On his latest call, Prince William revealed that even he has to deal with this classic family dinner challenge.

Speaking to representatives of the PEEK Project, a Glasgow-based charity, on May 20, the Duke of Cambridge said the success of his family meal depend very much on “what’s on the table”. Joking with community chef Charlie Farrally, Prince William agreed that dinner time can be very challenging: “If parents put something on that children love, dinner time goes very well,” he said. “But if you put something on the table they don’t want to do, that’s another ball game.”

PEEK Project, Possibilities for Each and Every Kid, have been working throughout COVID-19 to provide balanced, and hot meals for families in need. The Duke of Cambridge praised them for their work and pointed out the immense pressure that parents are under as well.

The PEEK project has been supported in it’s work throughout the pandemic by the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal. Were it not for lockdown, the Duke of Cambridge would have been in Scotland this week to meet representatives at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Obviously, this couldn’t go ahead face-to-face, but he still spoke to the chefs, volunteers, and the CEO via a video call. “I hope when I find myself up in Glasgow in the near future I can come and see you guys in person and congratulate you,” he added.


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Ozark’s Esai Morales to Replace Nicholas Hoult As ‘Mission: Impossible’ Villain – Find Out Why

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Esai Morales, known for his work in Ozark and How to Get Away with Murder, is joining the cast of Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, director Christopher McQuarrie revealed on his Instagram on Thursday (May 21).

However, Deadline is now reporting that Esai, 57, is actually replacing Nicholas Hoult in the movie in the villain role for the films.

The reason why Nicholas is being replaced? The Coronavirus pandemic has delayed production of tons of movies and television shows across the globe. As a result, the “delay put Hoult in conflict with another commitment.”

The film currently has a release date of July 23, 2021, but that could change as many films have had to alter release dates due to the global health crisis.

If you missed it, Nicholas just made a super rare comment about his two-year-old son.


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