Before I get to my list of summer items, a few words about blogging.
After chatting with my dear friend Lydia yesterday, I feel inspired to say a few things.
I love blogs...I love reading the super fancy, glossy ones like Cupcakes & Cashmere and Oh Joy! After discovering Jess Lively's blogging podcast and listening to all the back episodes on my last trip to Asheville, I almost let myself feel like I'm losing at this game. After listening to interview after interview of ladies my age talk about how they monetized their blog and are now living it up fancy style, I almost felt a little down.
Don't get me wrong, I love the podcast and will continue to listen. I have so much in common with these gals, it's like talking with friends. I've already learned so much from listening to these bloggers talk about how they work. But I am grateful because it made me realize something very important.
I've been blogging for almost three years.
Do I make money from this blog? No.
Do I have a custom website designed and hosted elsewhere? No.
I am still using Wordpress.com with a standard theme with custom design that I barely make work.
I started blogging because I was inspired to share things I like. Because I admired (and still do) bloggers like Joy the Baker, Shutterbean, and Allie Lehman.
I run a small business in a small town and this is a great way to stay in touch with students near and friends far away. I never intended to make money here. I never intended to get massive sponsorships and present my life as picture perfect. So I'm going to stop feeling bad about myself that I'm not. I wanted a digital scrapbook of my daily life and that's what I have, in addition to the many great friendships I've made and skills I've acquired.
I thank you for reading. Because I still use Wordpress.com and their analytics are not the best, I'm not really sure how many people read. And you know what? I think I like it that way. I still love posting and will continue to do so until I find it's become a chore.
Ok. Rant over. Regarding summer, I share Katie's sentiments exactly (another amazing blogger btw. She's probably one of my favorite people on the internet...truly). This summer has been fantastic so far. No I am not receiving any money or free stuff for saying I love this stuff...it's that simple, I just really like all this. Here ya go!
Franco Sarto Gia sandal in Chocolate. Crazy comfortable and that perfect combination of casual, but nice looking.
Thai Coconut Curry hummus from Roots Asheville, "The Microbrew of Hummus." This stuff is insanely good. Kinda hard to get outside the Midwest and Southeast. Many stores in California do carry it though. Get it if you can.
Gilligan & O'Malley lounge pants from Target. Yeah, you might not know this, but I kinda hate Target. (!!!!!!!!!!) Blasphemy I know. Sorry, but I think it's overpriced and not any better in quality than ahem...(cover your ears people)...Wal-Mart. However, every once in a while I go...usually when I need a new pair of sunglasses. I also found these lounge pants on sale. I don't like wearing shorts inside at night while lounging around...weird? I don't know, I just get chilly with my legs exposed I guess. They're super soft and cool, perfect for summer.
Prana Women's swimwear. This is the first summer in years I've regularly gone to the pool. I'm still not crazy about it, but the swimsuit I have this year makes it slightly more enjoyable. I actually don't hate this suit I got from Prana.with these bottoms...and that's truly saying something!
I did end up making Pioneer Woman's iced coffee. It's GOOD.
Deep Steep Rosemary Mint lotion. This is the first lotion I've bought in a long time. It smells so good! Like old school Aveda.
And then I have my top five songs of summer (so far). Keep in mind these are my favorite "songs of summer," not songs in general...thus, they are a little silly...
Boom Clap // Charlie XCX
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Am I Wrong // Nico & Vinz
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Rude // Magic!
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Don't // Ed Sheeran
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She Get Me High // Luke Bryan
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And there you go. If you've made down this far, I thank you again for reading. Hope you're summer is full of fun!