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Summer Is… by Just A Girl

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Today my blog buddy Chris from Just A Girl is my teammate today in the Paint & Stain class we’re teaching at Haven, and so I invited her to share a few of her favorite things about summer too. 

just a girl

“Hello, everyone! I’m Chris from Just a Girl, and Kate couldn’t have chosen a better topic to guest post on. Who doesn’t love summer? My only problem, of course, is narrowing it down to a handful of favorites when it comes to summertime! Where do I begin?

Sleeping in. The rest of these are in no particular order, but this one?  It’s first. Throughout the school year, I get up around 6:00, so the opportunity to sleep in until it’s actually light out is life-changing for me!

sleeping in


The beach.  No matter what time of day (and believe me, we’ve been there during all of them) or what time of year, this place is always beautiful. It’s the one time when we can guarantee no cell phones, no arguments, and no whining. The whole family loves it, and we’re thankful it’s part of our summer schedule.

beach sunset


The ol’ red, white, and blue.  I don’t know what it is about summer that heightens my appreciation for America and its flag, but I find myself more aware of its beauty during the summer months. It’s not uncommon for me to ask my husband to pull off the road so I can snap “just one more picture” of another flag.

american flag


Lawnmowers.  No joke. Our harsh winter months can put us into hibernation mode, and I love the summer sound of people mowing their yards. It encourages me to be outside more, and it certainly facilitates neighborly conversation.

cut lawn


Food on a stick. I’m not really sure how else to describe my favorite flavors of summer. Marshmallows, hotdogs, waffles…for some reason, they taste better when placed on a stick and torched in a backyard fire. Can I get an Amen?

marshmallows on stick


And last but not least? TIME. My husband and I make a conscious decision not to stack our kids’ schedules with sports, camps, tournaments, etc. We want  them to be home. We want them to ride their bikes in the neighborhood and chase frogs in the backyard. Time is what summer’s all about, isn’t it?

kids on beach

A special thanks to Kate for letting me share some summer highlights with her readers! I hope you all have a wonderful summer and are able to enjoy all of your favorites of the season.”

Thank you Chris!  I love seeing summer through others eyes, don’t you?  Everyone has their unique favorites, but it seems we all share the need to slow down, relax and spend time with family, wouldn’t you agree?



Summer Is… by My Blessed Life

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

While I’m talking all about paint and stain in Atlanta for the next two days, I have a few special guests coming up, and my first is my friend Myra from My Blessed Life.  I met Myra at the Blissdom conference over a year ago, and we’ve been friends ever since!  Since I’m touring the south this week, I’m excited to begin this “Summer Is…” series with this sweet southern gal, please give Myra a warm welcome! 

Hello, hello fabulous Centsational Girl readers!  I’m thrilled and honored to be visiting with you today.  Summer is such a beautiful time of year, although in Alabama it is very hot and humid.  But I embrace the beauty and stay as cool as possible.  Here are a few of my favorite things about Summer in the South…

Porch Living:  My family and I live in the oldest house on main street in our tiny town. We enjoy spending our mornings and evenings on the front porch reading, watching the cars go by, waving to neighbors and sipping on a glass of cold {sweet} iced tea.

 myra front porch


Farmer’s Market Produce:  Each weekend, I stop by the farmer’s market to get fresh produce for the coming week.  My favorites are cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, strawberries, peaches and blackberries.  I’ve made delicious cobblers with fresh strawberries, peaches and blackberries in the last few weeks.

farmers market produce


Backyard Hydrangeas: The huge bush of blue hydrangeas growing on the side of our house just takes my breath away. I love cutting blooms and adding them to a vase on the table. They cheer a room up so quickly.

tj maxx vase


Seabrook Island, South Carolina:  My very favorite destination to visit during the Summer months is Seabrook Island. It is a private, quiet community with beautiful white sandy beaches, gorgeous trees and marshes.  Bike riding is peaceful and a multitude of deer come out to play at dusk.  Seabrook Island isn’t far from Charleston which is definitely another perk!

seabrook island

Thanks so much Kate for having me today! I hope you and your wonderful readers have enjoyed reading about my Summer favorites.  I would love if y’all stopped by for a visit anytime.

Thank you Myra for sharing your definition of summer, I’m putting Seabrook Island on my list of places to visit!  

What’s your definition of summer?