Summer ends a bit earlier here in the South... schools start back the first week of August - the first week! That's right around the corner. And while Sweet P's preschool doesn't start until mid-August, I'm still feeling the push to soak up every bit of summer that's left. Here's what I'm loving lately...
Reading Little Owl's Night with Parker
We love this sweet story that tells of Little Owl's evening adventures in the forest. It's a true Friday favorite - husby has proclaimed on more than one occasion that it's his very favorite children's book. The teacher in me loves that it introduces a novel setting (nighttime!) and throws in some science - Parker points out all the animals that are nocterminal (nocturnal). The story is sweet and I never tire of reading it. Plus, the forest setting reminds me of camping which is so summer. Parker has been asking to do some real camping, so I think a backyard campout is in our not-too-distant future.
Getting our Swim On
I've said it before - I love belonging to a community pool! It was fabulous having our own pool in Scottsdale, but I never went in alone with Parker on weekdays because #safety. Anyway, the community pool has a lifeguard + playmates (for Mommy and for Parker, ha!). Plus, it's only a short walk away. We just load up our trusty wagon, and these shoes have been my jam. They are super comfy for walking but keep my feet cool in the summer sun. Parker prefers his natives (I think he's on the third size of the exact same shoe, exact same color - they are a godsend each summer).
Good As Gold by essie is where it's at. I'm a lover of all essie, but this color has a special place in my heart. It's the best for at-home manis because the metallic color is super forgiving. You can't mess up your do-it-yourself manicure with this (and it's all DIYs here right now). Use this gel-setter on top and you'll be good for at least a week.
As you know, we don't have a television in the house, but I do love to stream shows while Sweet P is napping and I'm folding laundry or tidying up the house. I had totally forgotten that the newest season of the O.C. Housewives had started, so I've been binge watching/listening this week during nap time. #guiltypleasure #lovemesomeheatherdubrow
Family walks to Concerts in the Park
This is just quintessential summertime to me - a family walk downtown, dinner from the food trucks, listening to live music... long live summer!