Summer is almost here which means shorts and sandals season is starting. There will be pool days and beach days and trekking across the hot sand with about 500 lbs. of supplies. Is taking the kids to the beach worth it? I still haven’t figured that one out. But we do it anyway.

The summer also means that once again I’ll be packing up the kids to move to our house out east for July and August. I’ve got to get their clothes in order, stock up on sunscreen, make sure everyone’s got sandals that fit and bathing suits that aren’t stretched out and suitable sneakers for summer camp.


Harlow needs a tennis racket. Which sounds ridiculous but it’s true. It’s one of the supplies required on the summer camp list.


We also need pool shoes because if I count the times I’ve seen kids emerge from a pool with bloody feet, I’d be counting until next summer. Pool shoes and Waterblock Bandages, otherwise my pool always has a pile of discarded bandages next to the steps.


Is it possible that anyone uses Band-Aid bandages more than my family over the summer? I don’t think so. I think it’s partly because the kids are more likely to get bruises in July and August (a combination of being more active and having more skin exposed) and because having more skin exposed gives the girls an opportunity to adorn themselves with a favorite character Band-Aid bandage whether they need it or not.

Band Aid Chart


People have fun playing #spotthebandaid on my Instagram posts because Mazzy’s always got five on her knee and one on her thumb and Harlow puts them on every finger like they’re some kind of fashion statement.


If one kid gets legitimately hurt, the other wants a bandage too. And they seem not to understand that you really only need a Band-Aid when there is bleeding involved. I can’t tell you how many times I have put a Band Aid on absolutely nothing and they insist it feels better afterwards.

Harlow now likes to put bandages on herself which means she’ll most likely fold one in half and have to get another. God forbid, that Band-Aid was the last Dory and then she has to accept a Nemo. Or she ruined her favorite Oh Joy! flower patterned Band-Aid and she has to take a “You’re Okay” Oh Joy! Band-Aid instead.


The Oh Joy! Band-Aid collection is actually my new favorite because they appeal to both the girls and to me. Sometimes I need bandages in the summer too! It’s nice to have an option that isn’t a Disney character.

I’ll never forget the time, Mike dropped a glass, cut his foot and started bleeding. I got him a Band-Aid and the following conversation ensued…

MIKE: What the hell is this?

ME: It’s a Band-Aid.

MIKE: What’s on it?

ME: Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

MIKE: Do we have any other bandages?

ME: Yes. We’ve got Dora, Hello Kitty, and the Disney Princess variety pack.

MIKE: I’ll take Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

ME: That’s what I thought.


I’m giving away an Oh Joy! First Aid kit with a supply of BAND-AID® Brand WATER BLOCK® Adhesive Bandages, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages featuring Finding Dory and NEOSPORIN® + Pain Itch Scar.


Just tell me your kid’s favorite character Band-Aid in the comments below!

Winner update:

Congrats to Kate M! Please contact to claim your prize.


This post is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson but my kids’ obsessions with Band-Aid bandages has been well-documented before this post!