It’s the first official Shay’s Ways thanks to SO MANY of your suggestions! When I look at the time stamp, Deena Stephan was the first to suggest this blog series title, so I have a $100 gift card for you to either Nordstrom, Athleta or Vuori! I emailed you this morning. Please email me back to claim your prize. So many thanks to ALL OF YOU who left comments suggesting names for this series. I decided on this one because it was such a popular suggestion by many of you…which told me it was an easy way for you to know what that day’s post would be about.
So far, we have:
And today, I’m sharing my 21 Keys to Savoring Summer!
Here’s the deal, I love summer buuuuuut for whatever reason, especially this year, I’m having to remind myself more frequently (ie: multiple times a day) to stop and savor it. Sometimes living here on the sun…I mean Texas…where it’s so freaking hot you cannot even walk to the mailbox without your feet getting burned from the sidewalk, you forget to have “joy”. I remember very clearly one time when I worked in a corporate setting this one person was very testy with me one afternoon and then all of a sudden she said “I’m so sorry. I just cannot be nice. It’s too hot to be nice.”. Bahahaha! Honey, I feel you!
Throw the heat in with four kids home from school for three months who for whatever reason need to eat all day long (and yet, they need me to help them find the food like I’ve hidden it somewhere besides the kitchen), and I can occasionally lose my zeal for the day. But, you know me…I love having zeal for each day. I truly love waking up and having a day ahead of me to enjoy. I want to savor each and every season for what it’s worth, so I made us a list of ways I’m savoring summer so that when it’s all said and done, I can look back and think “I did it right…now hand me my pumpkin spiced latte”.
These are my simple little keys to savoring summer…some require an explanation, some do not. All of these are easy to implement and cost very little (if anything). Whether you work outside the home or in, have kids or don’t, are younger or more mature, I think these keys can add some joy to your summer season. My very favorite word in the English language is cozy…and by doing many of these things below, you can even make summer a cozy season too 🙂 .
Grab your easy margarita and settle in, it’s my 21 Keys for Savoring Summer…
1: Make you a summer playlist. On Friday, I shared this one here…
…on Spotify, but there are so many other great bands/artists/stations for easy summer music. We personally love any station during the summer (whether on Pandora or Spotify) that plays The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, The Weekend, The Eagles or Harry Styles. All of these stations incorporate a variety of artists that just simply make us happy while also making us feel very summery too.
2: Change out your candle scents. As much as I love a warm and spicy scent, in the summer, I burn beach scents (like Circle E Candles’ Barefoot Beach). I have to burn candles all day long in my office and downstairs in my kitchen, and changing out the scents from spicy to natural/lemony/coconuty/summer scents makes me so happy.
3: Bath products. This time of year, I get so giddy to switch out my lotions and soaps. After a hot and sweaty run, I love, love, love hopping in a cold-ish shower and then stepping out and slathering my skin with a light and summery scent for the day. It’s so refreshing! Andrew and I discovered Shore Soap Co several years ago and love it! It’s a small business out of Rhode Island that produces the most amazing lotions and soaps. All of the scents are just made for summertime. My favorites are Pacific and Coconut Bikini and Andrew’s favorite is Atlantic. Kensington loves Lazy Lavender too. I’m currently mixing things up and using Salty Mariner body wash and Warm Sand body butter. It’s the perfect little summer indulgence. Speaking of scents…
4: A summer scent. You all know that Beach Walk is my go-to summer perfume. It’s the perfect scent for the season.
5: Change out bed linens and pillows. I take a layer off my bed and swap out a few of my pillow covers in the family room for lighter/linen/creamier ones. An easy way to brighten up a cozy space.
6: Grow a veggie garden (or visit a farmer’s market): Heck, just stroll through Trader Joe’s if you can’t do the others, but take in the seasonal produce.
7: Go for a walk during the extra daylight hours. I love the extra daylight for a walk in the morning or evenings. This isn’t a walk for the dogs or a walk for my own personal exercise, this is just a walk for me as I wrap up the day.
8: Enjoy your coffee iced instead of hot.
9: Read seasonal books or magazines. My June Book Review yesterday had six books for your summer reading pleasure! I love to read books that are in season. I also love picking up a magazine or two that have a seasonal flair…
…I read both of these magazines over the weekend. A cup of coffee and a magazine is the perfect mini-vacay for me.
10: Eat dinner outside.
11: Travel. Awwwww…if you can, get out of town. Nothing says summer like a vacation.
12: Take a Friday off. Whether you get to travel or not, when you can, take a “summer Friday” and make it a three day weekend. I don’t think there is anything more indulgent than no responsibilities on a Friday during the summer season.
13: Find some fireflies and marvel.
14: Watch a summer movie. Oh there are so many that I love! Here are a few of my faves: Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated, Under the Tuscan Sun, Mama Mia, and Eat, Pray, Love.
15: Scroll through Pinterest. Scrolling through Pinterest is one of my favorite things to do each day. I have so many summer-inspired boards you can see HERE.
16: Seasonal cooking. Use the freshest ingredients from the season! Today’s recipe…
…would be perfect! My Peach Caprese Salad tastes like summertime. Seasonal produce makes summer suppertime extra delicious!
17: Have fresh flowers. We always have seasonal flowers on the kitchen countertop that we purchase just from the grocery store. For less than $5, you can have beautiful summer flowers in your home too.
18: Sleep in.
19: Stay up late.
20: Watch a movie outside. Whether you set up a screen and a projector, turn on a patio TV or simply take an iPad outside, there is just something extra fun about watching a movie outside at night during the summer.
21: Make homemade jam. Because it’s easy. And delicious. You can read about my freezer jam obsession HERE.
Your turn!! What are your simple ways of savoring summer? I don’t care how big or small they are, I want to read about them! Please comment and share!!
Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m so happy to savor the summer with YOU! xx