Not feeling those summer vibes yet? Here’s your reminder.

When I was little, I felt like summer was everlasting.  So long, in fact, I felt like I came back to school like an older, more refined version of myself.

Tan?  Check!

New Jansport?  Check, check!

New outfit that I’d sweat to death in because it was still super hot out and there was no AC at school, but I wanted to wear it anyway?  Obv.

I got a text from a friend the other day saying she couldn’t believe it was summer yet because it just didn’t feel like it.  So Orly, thank you.  You inspired this article because I can totally relate.

So what can we do to make it feel more summery and tap into that childhood feeling of good old-fashioned summer?

1.  See ya, Over-scheduling.  I’m trying to avoid it.  I’ve been putting my phone away a lot more recently.  I don’t know if it’s the pending move, or if I’m just getting back in touch with what makes me happy, but I don’t want the constant ping of a message or IG alert.  I want swimming and friends-in-person and more “living in the moment”.

There’s always stuff to get done, but my priority right now is keeping harmony (within and without) in a huge time of transition for us.

2.  Summer Hygge.  

We went to Austin this past weekend to house hunt and I think we found a gem of a home!  I’ve always loved traditional southern style homes and we found one with not one, but two floors of porches, both front and back, almost an acre of land, and most importantly…a screened in sitting porch.  The floor plan is cramped and we’re gonna have to put in some elbow grease and a ton of paint.  But it’s the authentic home I’ve been wanting, blocks from the water and in a great neighborhood.

What I love most about this home is the feeling I can imagine having there.  The feeling of slow living.  I can see us hanging out on the back porch for game nights, dinners outdoors, and just curling up on a couch and reading a book.

You can find a ton on Pinterest on Summer Hygge, but it still includes a feeling of easy-going-ness, candles, joy and really, whatever makes you feel content.

3.  Summer Foods.

When I was little my Nana would bake pies and make strawberry shortcake for dessert.  It was the highlight of dinner, well, after I downed like three ears of corn on the cob.  I recently made strawberry shortcake with my kids and they were so amazed with how just a little sugar sprinkled on top of sliced strawberries makes a delicious and bountiful juice.

Here’s the recipe, if you can even call it that.  It’s so easy!:

Enjoy!  Actually, that’s not all.  You have to sit there and really, really enjoy.  I’ve been reading a lot about mindfulness recently and apparently one thing our brains really, really like (and that we innately do as children) is to focus on our food as we’re eating it.  Noticing what it is we like about our favorite food, savoring it, soaking it in.  Not looking at our phone or anything else, but really just, well, living in that moment.

4.  Summer PlayList.  Okay.  I’m so into Reggae right now.  I feel like it’s summery, it’s sexy, it’s positive, and above all, it mentions “Red, Red wine”.  An obvious choice!  The other playlist I’ve been all about this summer is “Soak up the Sun” (Spotify).  Everything from 311 to Foster the People.  They’re just missing “Sangria Wine”, but I’m working on my own weird, eclectic playlist I’ll share with you next week.

5.  Day Trips and Getaways.  We hope to hit the beach a few times before we move from the Pacific Ocean to Austin’s West Lake area.  We’ve also been hitting up some of our kids’ favorite spots in Southern California.  So far, we’ve made it to Laguna Beach, Great Wolf Lodge, LEGOLAND, and we’re heading to Disneyland next to celebrate an early bday for little Miss Scarlet.

A few other summertime ideas to get you in the mood:

  • Drive-In Movies
  • Mini Golf
  • Ice Cream
  • Baking something
  • Friends over for a pool day
  • Doing nothing and reading books and watching movies (I can tell you this scenario does not work when you have a Shepnado.  Love this toddler stage, and will also be excited when I can read books again and shower whenever I want!).

Anything else you’d add?  Let me know in the comments below!  I haven’t been on Instagram as much, but if you’d like to see what we’ve been up to in “stories” click here!