I am a summer girl. Minus the sunburns and the mosquito bites that is. The warmth in the air, the beachy blond my hair turns, the freckles that connect on my skin. Patio time with friends, backyard hangs and BBQs. Iced coffee and hikes to epic lakes. The smell of sunscreen and dry shampoo…ha ha ha.
This summer has been so awesome so far! We have been adventuring around our incredible state. We also went on a quick trip home to Seattle to see family, friends, and the ocean <3
Along the way, I have picked up some new favourites to share with you. Another list of things I am enjoying/loving/wish I had more of in this season of sunshine! Enjoy :D
1. CAMP OUTS
To be honest, I have not camped much. I am pretty city…lol. I went once a year as a kid through my teen years, usually and always at a state park. Caleb and I wanted to camp last year and it just didn’t fall into place. This year, we have been determined to get out there!! Caleb grew up in the outdoors, paddling kayaks and camping out. It was awesome for him to take me and to teach me to make all of our meals over the fire and to savour the river and mountains and billions of stars. Much needed!
2. Neon Orange
I will take neon in most any shape or form. I love it in markers, clothing, decorating…it is so unique! For some reason, the pink has always caught my eye more. This year, I am all about the neon orange! Love it!
3. Street Tacos
Ever since I can remember, my mom has cooked a variety of things. My favourite were always her enchiladas. They are still one of my favourite foods ever!! In the summer, it is nice to have something a bit lighter than that, but still get your Mexican food kick. Caleb and I, without planning it out, have deemed this the “Summer of the Taco”. We have had them at several different places already, with no end in sight!! My favourites have been at Sonterra in Colorado Springs (get the pork belly ones!!) and at Pinche Taqueria in Denver! We have made some delicious slow cooker ones at home as well. Here’s the simple version of the recipe:
Recipe: Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
- 5-6 chicken breasts (frozen or fresh)
- 16 ounce box chicken broth
- 1 Packet taco seasoning
- 1 jar salsa
- 1 can diced green chilies
Let cook in slow cooker for 8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on medium. Chicken should cook down and be soft enough to pull apart easily with a fork. Top with cilantro, lime, lettuce, tomato, and anything else that makes your heart skip a beat!
4. Baby Lips
I just adore these little cuties! I have the hot pink one with the yellow writing, Pink Punch. Such an easy toss on and looks sweet with tanned or fair skin.
5. Coconut Popsicles
The best flavour ever!! I want to make some at home, but so far have just bought them. I really love the creamy ones that Outshine makes! So. Perfect.
6. Tattly Summer Collection
I heart Tattly. They have such fun temporary tattoos. On my wedding day, I gave all of the ladies a “Today is the Day” tattoo, as that was our sort of mantra for the day. They have such fun summertime ones!! Boom boxes and ice cream and beach balls and canoes and paddles! It’s endless really…check them out here!
7. Patterned, Cotton Shorts
They feel like jammies, ya’ll!! I have a pair I scored at Nordstrom Rack for $19 and I love them. You can dress them up or down, put together with sandals and bare legs or leggings and boots. Endless fun and so many options!
8. Good Housekeeping Magazine
I remember a time when I would be in the waiting room at the doctor or the dentist, searching the table for a good read. It always seemed they had four options: Sunset, Highlights, National Geographic, and Good Housekeeping. This was my only exposure to the later mentioned magazine and everything in it felt like it was only applicable to my mother and her friends. We had dinner one night at my friend’s house and she had a copy on her counter. Of course, the brush script and bright colours caught my eye. I perused through it and was surprised to find a magazine that I really liked!! Articles I would read, colourful and eye-catching; full of recipes that I liked, ideas for decorating with florals, and what to wear with navy pants. I’m looking forward to getting in a subscription to these guys. They know what’s up!
9. Beachy, Platinum Blond
I am always blond, regardless of the season! It is just me. I have tried reds and such and came up feeling like someone else. I DID add pink last month and am looking to again August. (Pictured here AS WELL AS Baby Lips :D) Platinum blond and summer go hand in hand, as far as I am concerned! I also love, love Michelle Williams colour and cut, as well as my friend Rachel below, who is basically a woodland fairy. Major #WCW going on here!! I’m not sure if it’s true that blonds have more fun, but I sure feel like it might be.
10. Crispin Blackberry Pear Hard Cider
So refreshing and delicious!! This flavor combo knocked it out of the park for me. I love apple as well, but the pear with the berry has summer written all over it!!
Thanks for reading!! I’m curious what you’re loving this summer!! Send me a comment and let me know what I should keep my eye out for.