5 Ways to Make Summer Last

keep_calmI can’t believe summer is almost over. It seems like yesterday it just started. All the stores are bringing in their back to school supplies and fall decorations while I sit outside trying to soak in the very last bits of summer sun. Here are 5 things you can do to make summer last just a little bit longer:

1. Soak in the rays- Even if you live in the middle of Kansas take out a towel or beach chair and sit in your backyard or by a lake if you’re lucky enough to have one and just tan. Turn up your music and live like summer lasts forever.

2. Make a fruity drink- I love to make smoothies in the morning. Use a handful of frozen strawberry_smoothiestrawberries and a banana to combine with about a cup and a half of milk. You can add a little sugar for more sweetness. Blend on high for about a minute. Pour it into a pretty little glass and put whipped cream on top!

3. Play the Beach Boys- Nothing says summer like one of these 1960s summertime tunes. A classic for most Americans, the Beach Boys bring the sounds of summer to wherever you are. I could literally listen to them all day. Here’s a link to one of my favorite songs!

4. Go swimsuit shopping- Right now swimwear is so cheap! Buy a cute new suit to save for next year (or the rest of this summer.) I happen to know Target and Old Navy are practically giving theirs away.

summer_picnic5. Go for a picnic- Seriously, enjoy the warm weather because four months from now you’ll be wanting it back. Go in the evening when the sun is setting to avoid the intense heat of the afternoon. Pack up some fruit like pineapple, strawberries, peaches or whatever suits your fancy. Add in fresh bread and some cheese. Finish it off with a glass of white wine or a fizzy drink.

Share with your friends and get together for one last summer bash! 

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The Air of Somewhere New: A Photo Diary

Today we have Mikayla, from the blog The Taste Tracker, guest posting and sharing her photos from a trip she took to Rockport, Massachusetts! Read on to hear about her adventure and don’t forget to check out her blog!

-Liz

Last weekend, my fam and I packed up our things and quickly scurried up North to the perfectly quaint, beautiful, and scenic Rockport, Massachusetts. Don’t think you know where Rockport is? Don’t worry, you do. Remember the town that Ryan Reynolds brings Sandra Bullock to in The Proposal (cause I know you all have seen it)? Guess what: that’s not “Alaska.” That’s Rockport, Mass.

The 3 days that we spent there were perfect. Wandering around a seaside village in great weather and with great people simply cannot be beat. Rockport was never still. From the people ducking in and out of the little boutiques and bakeries that lined Bearskin Neck, to the faint ocean breeze that was always drifting in the air, a warmed-up version of your laid-back beach look was necessary.

To me, linen pants on the beach are so fashion-forward. On this trip, my sister and I had the best of both worlds–she had a crisp, beige pair of linen pants, while I sported a pair of Aztec-patterened linen pants. As I said before, it was a little breezy, so my oh-so-versatile chambray button-up was a complete life/outfit saver. And of course, my clean-cut, leather pair of Birkenstock-esque sandals topped this nautical look off. Whops, can’t forget my circle lenses that I am completely, totally, and utterly OBSESSED with at the moment.

Enough fashion jibber-jabber. I hope you all enjoy this little peek into my weekend spent in this quaint, little sea-faring village. I want to share this with you all because appreciate is better when shared.

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After checking out this post, I hope it inspired you all to get out of your house/apartment, take a trip up the road and EXPLORE. Taste the taste and smell the smell of somewhere new.

-Mikayla

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Chic Shells: A Beach Theme for Your Home

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I’m so clever with titles aren’t I? I just loved the chicness of all these pieces put together. Beachy themes can either be really classy or really tacky. If you’re hanging anchors and putting sea shells everywhere (complete with crusty sand) I would say it’s a little tacky. However, capitalizing on the natural elements of the beach is a great way to bring the outdoors into your home without literally doing it (think of those sand crusted sea shells).
What’s your favorite style of interior design? Comment below and share with your friends!
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Where Have I been? Travel Edition!

ocean_city Hello friends! I didn’t post yesterday because it was a travel day for me. I was on a short road trip back from the lovely beaches of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. My family goes camping in Ocean City, Maryland every summer. Camping is our favorite pastime as my mom’s family enjoyed it too. As you can see in the photo to the left, we had a lovely time taking pictures on the jetty next to the harbor. My sister is on the left and her best friend that came along for the trip is on the right.

We spent one day at Assateague Island enjoying the beach and wild assateague_island horses. Legend has it that these horses are descendants of horses that were shipwrecked off the coast of Maryland/Virginia hundreds of years ago. It is thought that the ship was probably Spanish and was carrying livestock to America. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate for us and it was cloudy with a high of 74. Needless to say I was a bit chilly and sat on the beach in my bikini bottoms and hoodie. The water was like ice!

fresh_fruit Later on that day my mom and I took a little trip to one of her favorite stores called The Barn (colonial decorating and all things country) and then picked up some fresh corn grown locally in Delaware at a little produce store. There’s nothing better than fresh veggies and fruits.

After dinner we went to the campground’s karaoke night where my sister line_dancing and a few other girls sang a Carrie Underwood song and then danced the Cotton Eyed Joe (oh memories of middle school flooding back anyone?) I must say that line dancing takes the wind out of you. I was so tired by the end of the camp_fire night. When we got back to our campsite my dad had lit a fire in the fire ring. We sat around playing charades and telling funny stories. My sister was obsessed with puns all weekend so everything she said had a double meaning. At least it kept her laughing!

On Sunday it was cloudy again and not worth the beach trip. We went to a zoo flamingoin Salisbury, MD for some fuzzy animal sight seeing. I fell in love with the flamingos. A few of them were having a fit about something and kept poking at each other. It was adorable. We also saw this beautiful owl who wasn’t too happy to see us. He swiveled his head around when my sister started talking to it. He blinked a few times and opened his beak a little wanting to say something back.

When we got back to our campsite my sister and her friend engaged in shenaniganstheir typical shenanigans and it ended up with my sister on the ground her camp chair. Silly girls.

Finally, we went to the boardwalk and people watched. It never fails to be entertaining. ocean_city_boardwalk People are crazy, that’s all I can say! The girls had a good time spotting cute boys. Ok, I admit to having fun finding them first and then telling them where to look and when to start flipping their hair to get the boys’ attention. I’m just as bad as they are but it was a good time!

I hope you enjoyed the photos and my weekend recap! P.S. Leave a comment on whether or not you would like it if I started focusing a little more on what’s in my closet” type things! Thanks!

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What’s in my Beach Bag

Kenneth_ColeThis weekend I will be laying on the beach spending time in the sun and sand! We take a beach trip at least once a summer to get our fix of salt water and sea breezes. Better yet, we get our summer tans that last until late October.

My first vacation was spent at the beach in a cute little swimsuit with a big floppy hat on my head. I hated the water actually and cried when the waves crashed on the beach. But as any born and raised east coaster knows, a beach bag must be properly packed. I’m going to give you a peak inside my beach bag to see what I’m bringing!

 

Not pictured is my sunscreen (spf 30),  iPhone, ear buds, and little pineapple snack.

I can’t wait to show you all vacation photos when I get back! Please tell me if I’ve forgotten anything for my beach bag! There’s nothing worse than forgetting something big!

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