As a Stonyfield YoGetter, I received Stonyfield yogurt and a prAna dress to aid me in writing this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
The symphony of birds chirping outside my window. A summer breeze and the warmth of the sun against my skin. The feel of soft sand and cool water against my feet.
There is so much that I crave in the summer.
Even as an adult without a school-aged child, there is something special and distinct about summer. It’s a sensation, a mixture of longing and excitement and happiness with a little bit of sadness mixed in, that I can’t quite grasp. To me, it always feels a little fleeting, so I try to hang on to it tight and make the most of it.
Especially now that I have a daughter who is teetering on the edge of toddlerhood into full-fledged child.
Summer, it’s full of possibilities and cravings and delicious treats, both literal and figurative.
This summer, I crave…
Adventures, big and small
We already have a visit to the zoo, aquarium, USS Constitution, Cape Code, and a ferry ride to Nantucket planned, and that’s just June! Summers are made for exploring and having fun, and I intend to do a lot of that with Eve.
Adventures are the big picture, but within them I crave slow, quiet mornings and relaxed afternoons. Perhaps a nap or two a week on the go. I intend to continue to work over the summer, but at a reduced load. I’ll be blogging less and I won’t be launching or relaunching anything (after two launches this year!)
Reading an endless stack of books
I rarely go more than a day or two without a book, but summer is for really immersing myself in them. I crave early morning with a cup of coffee and a good book on my porch, and good read on the beach with my toes dipping in the sand, a tasty snack while I devour a captivating plot line while Eve naps.
I made a small list of fun project to do around the home, including making a photo album from 2015, clearing out some things in our condo we no longer need, and fixing up our front porch to make my own little oasis. (It happens to be right off my studio/office, so it’s in the perfect locale.)
Picnic lunches at the playground, potlucks with friends at parks, dinner in our backyard, and afternoon snacks on our back porch. Give me a shady spot and something good to eat, and I feel happy. If it involves a creamy, decadent-tasting treat such as Stonyfield Organic Greek Whole Milk yogurt, then I’m in heaven.
Fresh produce from our garden
There is nothing like a fresh, ripe tomato you plucked from it’s vine, or the aroma of a freshly torn leaf of basil you pulled from your garden. I crave the freshness that we miss during the long New England winters.
Getting my creativity on!
From the #CreativesBoxSwap to taking an online water color class, I crave unleashing my creativity in new and different ways.
If I’m laughing, it means I’m having a good time, and I intend to have a lot of that this summer.
There will be trips to the beach, romps around playground splash pads, and visits to our local pools. We’re lucky that we live within walking distance of many of these, and a short drive or ride by public transportation to the rest.
Paired, of course, with a big hat to keep the sun off of my face, comfy sandals, and possibly a pair of leggings. Extra bonus points if those shoes are from a thrift store, the hat is from an artisan, and the dress is made from recycled materials.
To celebrate summer, Stonyfield and prAna have partnered together, and are allowing me to give away one of prAna’s Quinn Dresses (the one I’m wearing in this post). They are made from stretchy, quick-drying fabric made from recycled polyester and have a handy built-in bra. They are Bluesign® Certified, which means it meets the highest standards in the textile industry for environmental health and safety and chemical management.