Can you guys believe the unofficial start of summer is next Monday? blows. my. mind. Truth be told, it’s actually been feeling like summer in Florida for a few months now. We did have a short cold spell in April around Easter but for the most part it’s been ponytails, sun tans, flip flops and ceiling fans. As I write this post the temperature is a balmy 86 degrees but it feels like 96 to be honest, it’s hot.
Today, I thought I would share 17 Ways to Ease into Summer to help give you a jump start on planning all your favorite activities. These area simple and easy ways to enjoy everything from planning a day on the water to hosting a backyard movie night, enjoy…
Make a Summer Bucket List – my sister LiLi started making a summer bucket list several years ago when her kids were in kindergarten and now we all make our own list too. LiLi lets her littles help create the list and it has everything from spend the night in a hotel to horse camp to get a dog. They use a themed hashtag so family and friends can follow along. I’m always amazed at what they accomplish each summer.
Attend a Night Hike at a State Park – whenever we’re at the cabin over the summer we almost always enjoy a night hike. It’s totally spooky and totally fun all at the same time. You bring your flash lights and wear your walking shoes and enjoy. Most state parks require a reservation in advance so make sure you check local events page for requirements in your area.
Plan a girl’s getaway or a summer slumber party – sometimes you just gotta get away and a girls getaway is the perfect way to decompress with your sisters, favorite aunts or your besties and just relax without any distractions.
Host an ice cream social – we set up an ice cream bar with 4 dozen cookies for S’s birthday and it was so much fun to see the different flavor and topping combinations people came up with. We made our own ice cream but store bought ice cream works just as well.
Catch a fabulous fireworks display – if you ever have the chance to watch the fireworks over the Bayfront in St. Augustine, it’s literally a Florida rite of passage. Thousands of people gather on the lawn of the Castillo de San Marcos (The Fort if you’re a native) to watch the fireworks display synced to patriotic music over the water.
Have a silly string fight– almost every summer we’re either having a maypop fight, making flour bombs, water balloons or having a silly string fight. I know it seems like kid stuff but when you get your whole family involved you’ll be laughing at a totally different level. As always, use caution and care anytime you’re playing these types of games.
Head to the ball park for a baseball game – Summer was made for baseball, cracker jacks and peanuts, right? Support your favorite major league baseball team or your favorite triple A team with a trip to the ballpark.
Take a picnic lunch to the beach and build a sandcastle – a picnic lunch doesn’t have to be involved at all just throw some sandwiches and potato salad or salty chips, fruit and veggies in a waterproof lunch bag and enjoy the day. Just remember to bring your sunnies, sunscreen and plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
Host a backyard movie night, visit an old fashion drive-in or check the events page of your community to see if they offer movies on the lawn in your area – make sure to pack your favorite movie snacks, drinks, blankets, pillows and bug spray.
Do a walking tour of your favorite town – a few weekends ago we spent a leisurely afternoon walking around one of our favorite coastal towns. It was really relaxing and gave us a chance to remember why we fell in love with the town in the first place.
Go bold – summer is a great season to try out a new clothing or hair style or to go bright with lipstick and nail polish choices.
Learn a new skill – I know a lot of you are probably still working an 8-5 but why not fill some of your nights or weekends while the littles are at sleep away camp by learning something you’ve always wanted to but keep putting off.
Tackle a new project or complete a project you’ve been putting off – how many times have you looked at your Pinterest boards and thought, “I really need to get started on that” but then never commit to making that project a priority. Me too, you guys! It’s not about having the time, it’s about making the time so let this summer be the season you stop putting off those projects you’ve been dreaming about.
Make an entire meal on the grill – from chicken and fish to veggies to peaches, there’s just something that screams summertime whenever the BBQ is involved.
Send a message in a bottle – Are you guys thinking about that Nicholas Sparks book and movie? Me too! Hello, tear jerker. I can honestly say we’ve found some pretty crazy things on the beach especially after a hurricane and finding a message in a bottle is always on the top of treasure hunt list.
Lead a bike parade – it’s not always easy to coordinate a bike parade with 12 people but when we do it’s always so much fun. Some of the bikes have streamers, some of them have baseball cards in the spokes and some have a bell. No matter how the bikes are decorated you can be sure there’s going to be a race home, which usually gives us a major case of the giggles.
Watch the sunset with all your favorite people – have a clam bake on the beach, a bonfire at your favorite campsite or take the boat out on the lake and watch the sunset. Then spend the next few hours making memories no one in attendance will ever forget.
I hope this list of 17 Ways to Ease into Summer have given you a few ideas about how celebrate this season of adventure. I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow with a few summer decorating tips. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.