Summer typically means longer days, sunshine, and lots of good old-fashioned rest and relaxation. There are always a few challenges too. Here are six products that can simplify your summer concerns.

Drunkin’ Mosquito
Time spent outside definitely increases in the summer, but so does the mosquito population. Turn to the fine folks at Drunkin’ Mosquito to help you exterminate this problem. They make a collection of eco-friendly bug sprays and soy citronella candles. These products are safe for kids, animals, and everybody except those pesky insects. Plus, they partner with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, so a portion of all Drunk’n Mosquito sales support Michigan state parks, trails and waterways.

Kooty Key
Businesses are finally beginning to reopen, but that doesn’t mean we should let our guard down. We still need to avoid contact with each other and public surfaces as much as possible. Frankly, the latter is a good idea all year long to avoid the common cold and flu in addition to COVID-19. Stock up on Kooty Keys for yourself and your loved ones. This handy product was way ahead of the curve. It is a lightweight plastic tool that is easy to carry on a keychain or in a purse. It allows the user to open doors, press buttons, and even sign some electronic keypads without touching those potentially germ-filled items. Better yet, the product is made with anti-microbial plastic to avoid germ transfer.

Surgeon’s Secret
After a long winter, we all love to see the sun shining regularly in the summer. Most of us are very careful about putting sunscreen on to protect exposed skin, but sometimes we forget the toll the bright yellow ball in the sky can take on our lips. Surgeon’s Secret makes an incredibly effective and soothing lip balm with a 25 SPF. Plus, it has the healing and conditioning of a natural beeswax base. Additionally, if you’re an athlete, the company also makes Sportwax, a natural Beeswax-based formula that guards against rashes, chafing, and skin irritation that can come from physical activity and athletic competition.

Natural Red
Walking barefoot can be one of the most freeing experiences of summer, as is getting in and out of the water. Both can be a little hard on our feet though, especially at a time when we want them to look their best. Based on a diaper cream formula, Cracks Are Whack Hand + Foot Cream by Natural Red is an extra thick cream that was developed specifically to heal supper dry, chapped, splitting skin. Not only will it heal some sore feet, it can also bring relief to hands that are being repeatedly washed this season.

Nature’s Wooden Treasures
Gardening also takes center stage this time of year, and proper labeling is a key component to managing our plants. Yet we also want the area to look good. Surely we can do better than those thin plastic identifiers that come with our plants when we get them from a nursery or greenhouse. Enter Nature’s Wooden Treasures, which offers attractive, carved garden stakes made from raw wood with no protective coatings that could harm your garden.

Gathering together for a backyard barbecue is a delight, not a challenge, right? Well that depends a little on the grillmaster’s skills. Some of us have natural culinary talents or secret family recipes to ensure success. If that doesn’t sound like you, fear not, Fessler’s can come to your rescue. Their Original Sauce is an incredible accent for fish and burgers. They also make a tangy BBQ sauce and rub with a bit of a kick. There are four other amazing spice rubs that will help you create flavor with an Asian or Mexican flair, or truly unique like a Café Blend that includes roasted coffee and a French Blend with lavender. Whether you’re a novice or consider yourself a chef, these blends will be a blast to experiment with on the grill or in the kitchen.

Author: Lisa Diggs

Lisa Diggs is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, business consultant, avid traveler, and founder of The Catalyst Company, LLC, Michigan Positivity Project, and Buy Michigan Now.