Life’s A Beach

8969ea2d695cd57fd054700956a76e98With the big holiday behind us and a big portion of summer ahead of us, I think it’s time to start relaxing! I’ll be heading to our beach this weekend, stack of books and magazines in hand. Here’s what’s in my beach bag.

I’m taking my sons to see this hot show in August, so I’m finally reading the biography.

I loved her first book and she’s hooked me on it’s follow up!

Stacks of travel magazines as I research this dream trip.

I’m always slathering on sunscreen like this!

Get out and enjoy your favorite summer activity! Before you know it, we’ll be seeing “Back to School” ads!

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A Tisket A Tasket, Think Picnic Baskets

1a5e69e53001025097fd388cf12e6441Ahhhhh….the glorious days of summer. Ours begins today! And, among the many things on our “summer list” is going on a picnic. The food can be simple, homemade or store bought, but the basket…that’s the important thing. Yes, you can use a cooler, but a basket just evokes a certain image that I’m going for.

I picked up a vintage one from France at Trade Secrets that said it was for “champagne”, but it’ll work just as well for sandwiches and cookies.2c885cc7e92b7e2bdca57ee59b3eb664Not only, is a picnic basket a great item to have in your summer arsenal, but I think it would make one of the sweetest hostess gifts. Add some of these items to make it a little more personalized:

Mason jars with lids for drinks or salads

Cloth napkins

Colored/striped straws

Eucalyptus bug repellent

Individually packaged hand wipes

A kite or game to play7f5db2444a7ba982ad5f9cb81bd671ae Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 5.42.34 PM95d32a9c-89ce-495c-b7de-12eb11d1f7d0 87438cdad007ecc479f4a0a10027fceb e6431b93-4c40-4a8a-9f1b-659d04f86f1804768ddd609de00614bfbb533d93610aSo, find a basket that you love and keep it stashed with the basics. Then, the next time the weather is ideal and you need an “activity”, pack up a picnic and hit the road, or the beach, or the park.

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