Summer Survival Guide: Backyard Toys

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We’re a few weeks into summer and sure enough, we’re running out of activities to do. Am I the only one who is fighting to keep screen time to a minimum? These are some of our outdoor go-tos to keep the screen monster at bay.

Here are the best backyard toys:


This brand is the LEADER in outdoor fun! You can use this product for some back door fun in the shade! We’ve been playing with their products for years. Many years. LOVE them!



We have at LEAST 10 Cloud B products in our house at any given time! lol Seriously. This product is really great for the ‘older’ kids that are “too cool” for a special night light.



LAY-N-GO Cinch Activity Mat
The Lay-n-Go family of products are what makes me a parenting hack. ha! Really though, this product is the fastest, most effective way to pick up your kids stuff. The Lay-n-Go Lifestyle is a great product to backpack it all over town!


Seedlings has the best crafting kids available for kids. My favorites are: Design Your Own Birdhouse, Color My Adventure Satchel, Ancient Treasures Archeological Dig, The Great Adventures Kit, Design Your Own Bow and Arrow Kit and so much more!


This is their new design to an old classic! Made in the USA – this brand is awesome. AFFORDABILITY is my middle name!


FIRETEK Bow and Rocket Zing Toy

I love when the family from Zing Toys sends me some serious BOY MOM fun! Or girl mom… they have a pretty purple one too! The “Air Huntress” is for the girlies too!

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Joey Fortman is the brains behind #RealityMoms. In 2008, after 20+ years in traditional media hosting radio shows around the country, Joey traded in the microphone for a diaper bag, struggling through her own personal crisis: unemployed, overweight and lost in the land of mommy bloggers. Little did Joey know, her traditional media background would pave the way for success at Real Mom Media. As a sought after media magnet, Joey has been featured nationally on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper, the Katie Couric Show, Dr. Oz, Redbook, The Today Show, The Talk, Fox and Friends & The Newlywed Game. When not at the sports complex with one of her kids, on an island or a grocery store run, or on Facebook Live with #RealityMoms contributors, Joey is obsessed with adult coloring.