Hello hello and happy summer.
We’re officially half way through the year and I think it’s safe to say, 2020, we are so over you already.
In years past, this time of summer would come and I’d feel like I had no idea where time went. Not this year. I know exactly where the first half of this year went because it’s day to day monotony has been ground into my core. Sometimes I forget things are weird right now. Sometimes it almost feels like business as usual. But then a wave of reality hits and I get that knot in my husband and all I can do is sigh to my husband, “Oh G. What are we going to do?”
Not knowing when the end is in sight makes it hard to plan anything and everything. And it’s 100% unsettling.
That’s why I’m doing what I can to add a little something different to my days, weeks and months, to take note and be thankful for all the little things I too often don’t appreciate. Long morning walks with the dogs, masked outings to the grocery store, weekend car rides with no destination in mind, sitting on the couch with my daughter’s feet in my lap as we talk and laugh and goof on her dad.
Now is the time to reframe and prioritize things I want to do, instead of listing things I need to do. I have not fewer than 10 lakes I want to visit. I want to clean out my closet—it’s one of the last things on my QT chore list. I want to make a planting chart for our newly re-landscaped yard. I want to spend one on one time with friends (at a distance). I want to go away. I want it all to go away.
Managing my expectations is going to be a big part of how the rest of this summer plays out. I think I’m pretty good on that, because if the first half of the year is any sort of barometer, my expectations are pretty dang low. How about you? What’s on your want to do list?
Before I add more to my own want list, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves. Maybe you’ll find more inspo there.
This outdoor, floating drive-in is just one more reason I want to go back to Paris.
10 habits to make the most of your mornings.
50 things to do this summer without going outside.
How to create a great staycation no matter how much time you have to spend.
Would you go solo camping?
Craving a killer sauce to put on everything from scrambled eggs to chicken to sweet corn tamales like in the pic above? This is it.
Summer is made for simple slurpable soups like this one.
Summer lunching is looking good thanks to this mango chicken salad sand.
Eat more plants = white bean mushroom veggie burger.
This sweet potato curry is on fire!
I love the addition of fresh cherries to this quinoa salad.
This copycat orange julius takes me right back to cruising the mall in 9th grade.
Who else needs an excuse to bake a batch of these chocolate buttermilk doughnuts.
Bulletproof coffee smoothies for a bulletproof day.
You don’t have to live in Nashville to make it’s most famous hot chicken sandwich!
Beyond basil: presto! It’s kale pesto!
My mom and dad rec’d we watch this special about Garth Brooks, and while I’m not a real fan, we were both in tears at how he’s handled fame and put his kids first. Thumbs up.
Good idea: Practicing the Power 10 could be your secret to a more organized home.
Add a sprig of green: These are the new fig tree.
How to make your face mask more comfortable when it’s hot out.
Everyone’s using soap to shape their brows including my 16 y.o..
For the bike of it:
- I soooo want this electric bike (I live on a HUGE hill) but I just don’t know if I can pull the trigger. It’s so dang cute tho!
- This helmet proves safety can still be stylish.
- This bag to hold grocery bags is exactly what I’d need for quick runs to the store.
- This handlebar phone mount Is smart and safe.
During the summer, and especially now since I’m not seeing anyone, I don’t wear my favorite foundation. But since listening to this podcast interview with its founder, I’m totally on board with this tinted daily correcting sunscreen. Sunscreen all year round for this girl.
Mom! Are you reading this? I found a new sun hat like mine for you.
These linen joggers are perfect for work and play.
Look up! This yearly 42 day meteor shower starts now.
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