Summer is in full swing and this year it’s a sweltering one. Equally hot are some savvy solutions like these fab finds that can help make the rest of your season easier, more enjoyable and even more stylish.

VANKYO Leisure 470 Pro Portable HD Projector (
Here’s a projector that will take your at-home movie nights, sports events and gaming to the next level this summer and beyond. The ground-breaking innovation of the VANKYO Leisure 470 pro, the world’s smallest full HD 1080P LCD projector, provides an ideal mobile projection solution for both indoor and outdoor entertainment. The newly optimized display and chipset provide stunning 250-inch full HD 1080P resolution of cinematic images along with 30 percent higher brightness than similar projectors. It reveals the brilliance of your indoor home theater in combination with a premier portable outdoor 5G WiFi projector. You can adjust the screen to suit any of your movies or games, maxing the image out at a full 250-inches or scaling it down to as small as 39-inches. The powerful built-in speaker delivers sensational surround sound for a truly immersive experience. Sold for the affordable price of $169.99, quality is not sacrificed in this small but mighty projector that comes with an accompanying carrying case. So, whether you want to gather your family and friends for a backyard movie or game night under the stars or binge watch your favorite series while on a “glamping” trip, the VANKYO Leisure 470 Pro Projector has all of your on-the-go entertainment needs covered.

SideTrak Solo Touch Pro HD Portable Monitor (
Harness unstoppable productivity at home and on the go this summer by buying the SideTrak Solo Touch Pro HD 15.8”, an extra freestanding portable monitor for your laptop. This user-friendly touchscreen allows you to navigate through tabs, documents and fields with a simple tap of the finger. The portable laptop monitor is perfect for every workaholic or person ever on-the-go, and helps improve productivity wherever you do your best work. Studies have shown that adding a second screen increases productivity by as much as 20 to 30%, saving more than eight hours each week. The design is slim and lightweight, yet durable, and the stunning HD touchscreen monitor has incredible picture quality and adjustable display settings. You can take your monitor into any setting without sacrificing display quality with the anti-glare screen, so no need to worry about viewing angles, light reflection or greasy fingerprints detracting from any images. The sharing capabilities of this second screen make coworker collaboration a whole lot easier, too. Deliver crisp, high-quality photo and video presentations, easily turn the screen to your cohort for their input and opinion or let them run the show without having to change chairs. Rest assured the portability and quality of this monitor allows you to work and play anywhere you’d like.

NOMATIC Vacuum Travel Bag 2.0 (
The experts at NOMATIC known for designing bags for adventurous travels and everyday commutes recently launched the Navigator Lite Collection. Designed for daily use, the gear includes function-focused minimalistic features to carry what you need—nothing more, nothing less. The Navigator Lite collection is comparable to the company’s larger Navigator Line, adhering to the same premium design hallmarks that have made NOMATIC a go-to source for quality slings and backpacks, though now up to 20% lighter. The new-and-improved Vacuum Bag 2.0 is an updated version of their original vacuum bag, with two sizes to choose from that are designed to fit perfectly within all of NOMATIC’s travel bags and packs. The durable, water-resistant materials are new and improved, delivering a better experience overall. They have even added a compression zipper, upgraded vent and longer straps, allowing you to get even more compression. NOMATIC aims to create products that inspire confidence for life on-the-move. Whether you’re using the NOMATIC Planner to achieve your goals, or the Travel Bag to get to your destination, their objective is to give you the tools you need to make it happen—in the best way possible.

Innova NEU700 Upright Vacuum From Eureka (
Innova, the new high-end sub-brand of Eureka, has released the first product in their new lineup—the INNOVA NEU700. This ultra-powerful upright vacuum cleaner is engineered for deep cleaning and maximum pick-up of dirt, fine dust and hair at home. The Innova NEU700 offers a sleek design and cutting-edge innovation, including a LED display and fingertip controls, a powerful 1440W suction motor with adjustable power levels, a quiet mode and an anti-tip design for above floor cleaning. Adjustable quiet and max power modes customize your clean to the specific floor type while reducing the noise level. Great for pet lovers, the motorized pet tool enables users to effectively clean hard to reach spaces like stairs and upholstery, and maneuverability is exceptionally easy using the vacuum’s big wheel swivel steering. Its Whirlwind Anti-Tangle Brushroll actively breaks hair to prevent clogs while also concentrating airflow for a deeper clean. It also boasts a complete seal HEPA filtration system. Founded in 1909 in Detroit Michigan, Eureka vacuums have been working hard to make cleaning easier for over 100 years.

Aquasonic Aqua Flosser (
This summer and beyond, keep your smile vibrant and healthy with Aquasonic’s Aqua Flosser, This dentist-recommended tool is clinically proven to be up to five times more effective than traditional flossing. It utilizes its lithium-ion battery-powered water jets to target and dislodge food and plaque from between your pearly whites. It’s also being gentler on gums and teeth. The Aqua Flosser, which cuts the average flossing time by fully 90 percent, boasts three convenient usage modes and four jet tips versus the standard two that often comes with competitor models. It also boosts gum circulation through its massage function. Aquasonic’s Aqua Flosser is lightweight, waterproof and rechargeable design was created for years of continuous use, with each unit including a convenient, hygienic travel bag making it perfect for a summer getaway or any of your travels ahead.

Elina Organics’ Baikal Skincare Line (
Is your skin in need of some serious TLC? While nature may have pressed pause for the season, that doesn’t mean your skincare routine needs to follow suit. Enter Elina Organics’ Baikal Line that features four products: Baikal Crystal Face InfusionBaikal Crystal Eye InfusionBaikal Crystal Lip Infusion and Baikal Crystal Balm. The line is designed to address key facial areas, offering a microneedling result without invasive cosmetic procedures. Named for Russia’s freshwater Lakle Baikal, Elina Organics’ Baikal Line features a noteworthy ingredient found in its waters: the Lubomirskia sponge—an ingredient that helps restore, hydrate and nourish skin. The company underscores that people have taken advantage of Lubomirskia’s unique properties for centuries—developing infusions of the sponge to combat wrinkled, inflamed and bruised skin by promoting its resiliency and overall appearance. With Elina Organics’ Baikal products a similar effect is achieved. Each item in the line employs Lubomirskia micro-crystals to penetrate the dermis and create micro-channels that stimulate active repair processes and collagen regeneration, while delivering skin-firming micronutrients to support live skin cells. The 24-year-old holistic brand was created by award-winning cosmetic chemist and celebrity esthetician, Elina Fedotova, in an effort to provide consumers with organic, vegan and cruelty-free products that ditch the toxins and focus on nutrient-rich formulas.

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier and Memory Foam Seat Cushion from Everlasting Comfort (
Transform your space and indoor comfort in multiple ways with helpful items from Everlasting Comfort. For one, the company’s Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier features a filterless design that creates a soft and light mist for rooms up to 300 square feet. It also includes an aroma tray where you can add a variety of essential oils to keep the air moist, fresh and smelling amazing. It’s effective for stress relief and decompression after a long day or night. From helping soothe cold symptoms, to improving asthma and other illnesses, you can rest comfortably knowing your air is cleaner and safer. While you relax, sit in comfort with Everlasting Comfort’s Memory Foam Seat Cushion. This helpful item is made with pure memory foam to help correct bad posture and alleviate pain caused by sitting for long periods of time. The cushion molds exceptionally well to your body to best support your hips and torso and reduce pain. It’s great for all homes, offices and your favorite chair anywhere to relieve those aches and pains from sitting all day.

Bombora Life Vests & Water Safety Gear (
Especially during periods when school is out on recess, many families and their pets spend more time enjoying their favorite water activities like boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, and fishing. To help keep your entire family safe while having fun, consider Bombora’s lightweight, ultra-slim and fashionable line of water gear that will keep you and your pets safe. Their U.S. Coast Guard-approved line of products take the bulky, antiquated style out of traditional water gear (like those orange life jackets). Instead, Bombora has replaced that passe aesthetic with contemporary personal flotation devices suited for the entire family. Along with their adult line of products, they also make life vests for children and dogs to ensure every member of your family stays safe while looking great. Their personal floatation devices can be used when cruising Intracoastal, canal and lake waterways in your boat; sailing on the ocean; or even while you are hanging out at the local sandbar.  An innovative lifestyle brand that is reinventing the way people wander the water with safe and stylish gear, Bombora will never get in the way of you enjoying your adventure.

‘Miranda’ One Piece Bathing Suit by Infamous Swim (
If you’re seeking a fun and flirty swimsuit for all those pool parties and beach outings, look no further than the super-cute Miranda One Piece from Infamous Swim. The off-the-shoulder neckline featuring a full wrap-around frill design is all about highlighting that décolletage and lengthening those legs with just the right amount of backside coverage for optimal comfort. More than just a swimwear brand, Infamous Swim, and the women behind it, are on a mission to break the mold. They believe every woman and every body type deserves to feel confident, sexy, empowered and comfortable in their swimwear. They are passionate about promoting positive body image, loving the skin you’re in and creating a community of like-minded women who support one another. Another big plus is that every piece of swimwear is crafted from quality materials that feel buttery soft, supportive and super comfortable. Want a matching swimsuit for your mini? They also have darling suits and accessories for the little ones. So, whether you want to stand out on your own or match with your family this summer, Infamous Swim is a savvy option.

‘The Miami’ One Piece Bathing Suit by Bold Beach Swimwear (
Summers are much better with a swimsuit that fits your unique body, while also rocking an amazing style. The Miami one-piece swimsuit from Bold Beach Swim is another attention-getting option that fits both bills. It features a corset style mid-section to show off a little skin, while adjustable tie straps and a tight top holds you in while you play on the beach. The chic suit comes in both black and orange/magenta. Bold Beach Swimwear is a female-led and founded company that has the mission to provide each woman with swimwear that is bold, sexy and adjustable to fit each body’s unique needs. Gone are the days where you try on a top and wish it was tighter on the straps, or a bottom and wish it had more coverage. Every swimsuit is adjustable to give you a perfect amount of support and coverage and there’s something for everyone. In fact, each item has an adjustable feature and ranges in sizes from XS to 4XL.

The Change Guidebook (
After a rough couple of years, we could all use a reset. This summer season is a great time to emerge from the fog and overhaul the way we ‘do’ life. One great summer reading recommendation is The Change Guidebook—a personal and professional development tool that uses simple and easy-to-implement practices. Not just a “self-help” book, it can serve as a life-long companion guide to truly help you renew and recharge. Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, the founder of The Best Ever You Network, has created a framework for crafting a new way to move through the world and inhabit our lives. By using the tools provided within this book, you can experience the joy of living life as someone firmly grounded in values, anchored by a consistent moment-to-moment practice of gratitude. These principles have been widely used to achieve goals ranging from changing careers and realizing weight loss to becoming a college athlete and more. “They have also been proven to transform many lives,” Hamilton-Guarino says.  The Change Guidebook is for anyone who is seeking change and wants to align with their highest purpose.

Inzecto Mosquito Trap (
It’s fun being outside with family and friends during the summer, but no one likes when mosquitoes crash the party. The Inzecto Mosquito Trap is the outdoor guest that is welcome at any home and provides effective and eco-conscious pest control solutions that are friendly for pets, fish and other beneficial insects. Invented and developed in association with the University of Florida and co-funded by the Pentagon to protect deployed American soldiers, the impressive insect control device features a patented design and technology that significantly reduces the mosquito population. No more icky sprays that don’t do the job. To use the trap, simply fill it with water and place it upright in a shady, wind-protected area. You should notice a reduction in mosquitos within a week and after the initial setup, the trap can offer up to three months of protection. It lures mosquitoes in by creating an ideal breeding environment with a leaf infusion mixture dissolved in stagnant water. Once inside the trap, its active ingredients kill the insect and its larvae. Offering 1,500 square feet of protection, the trap is perfect for residential lawns, gardens and patios. It’s also great to use at outdoor restaurants, hotel pool areas, public parks and playgrounds. Set it, forget it and enjoy the outdoors bite-free!

Broken Top Brands Home and Personal Care Products (
For those who love both the home and yard to smell good while keeping bugs at bay, citronella and citrus products from Broken Top Brands are a great summer get. There are four products to choose from: 9-ounce Soy Candle8-ounce Outdoor Spray2-ounce Repellant Stick; and Outdoor Incense Cones. With notes of citrus, lemon and citronella, each virtually eradicates the presence of those pesky bugs while also eliminating the need for traditional bug repellants that smell like chemicals. I also love Broken Top Brands’ Botanical Car Fresheners. Great for hanging on the rear-view mirror and in other small spaces, these fresheners are available in multiple fresh fragrances: Sea Salt Surf; Saguaro Cactus and Coconut Sandalwood. Broken Top started as a candle company and has grown into a business that specializes in hand-made home goods and body products. Their items are free of paragons, phthalates and gluten. They are also cruelty-free, vegan and suited for men and women, alike.

‘Alani Nu’ Energy Drink (
Here’s an energy drink you can feel good about consuming, especially when you’re busy and on-the-go. The Alani Nu Energy Drink has just enough caffeine to boost energy levels throughout the day, but without making you feel out of control. Each 10-calorie can of this vegan, gluten-free energy drink contains 200 milligrams of caffeine, zero sugar and is packed with essential vitamins such as vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin and niacin. Each pack comes with twelve cans. Alani Nu Energy Drink will help give you the extra jolt your busy lifestyle needs. And, it comes in twelve refreshing and unique flavors, including Cosmic Stardust, Watermelon Wave, Breezeberry, Trippy Hippy Pina Colada, Electric Tie-Dye Cherry Limeade, Berry Pop, Tropsicle and more. Their yummy and diverse flavors ensure that every palette stays refreshed in the summer’s warm weather. With a commitment to making all of their products in the United States, Alani Nu’s entire mission is to help you succeed. Whether you want to hit your last rep, hold your next handstand or be amazingly productive during your workday, these tasty energy drinks can help you get there.


Forbes Business CouncilNewsweek Expert Forum and Rolling Stone Culture Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand strategist and analyst who reports on cultural shifts and trends as well as noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all categories, both B2C and B2B. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations and events. Merilee is Founder, Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List” as well as Host of the  “Savvy Living lifestyle TV show that airs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta and other major markets on CBS, FOX and other top networks; as well as the “Savvy Ventures” business TV show that airs nationally on FOX Business TV and Bloomberg TV. As a prolific lifestyle, travel, dining and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, Merilee keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications. Connect with her at and / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIN

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