Summer! Summer has finally arrived. Summer is our reward for surviving those cold, brutal winter days. We can enjoy long days of sunshine, warmth, and soft breezes. Fresh air and hours spent outdoors. BBQs. Fresh vegetables and fruits. Blooming flowers, Butterflies and hummingbirds. Grilling burgers, steaks, chicken. Flip flops and sandals. Poolside gatherings. Swimming. Sunning. Long walks in the evenings.
And the not so good stuff: heat and humidity, thunderstorms, tornadoes. Mosquitoes, flies, gnats. Sweat. Sunburn. Dry, calloused, aching feet. Allergies. Sneezing. Sinus pain. Mowing the yard. Weeding.
I love this Mint Eucalyptus Deep Cleansing Hand Soap. It smells so fresh and minty. The minty scent lingers for minutes on your hands and in your sink and is very refreshing. Mint Eucalyptus Deep Cleansing Hand Soap exfoliates your skin as you wash and is moisurizing too. The light sage green color matches my kitchen but it would add a little touch of nature to any room. Washing your hands with Mint Eucalyptus Deep Cleansing Hand Soap is like getting a manicure every time you wash. I also like the summer fruit favors, especially Strawberry Picnic and Sweet Berries and Cream. Soap, lotions, candles, air fresheners, and more are available at your local store, bathandbodyworks.com, or Amazon.com.
Minute Maid Light 15 Calories Light Lemonade is refreshing and delicious. It has just the right amount of sweetness and tartness. It is inexpensive. I like to add ice and a slice of orange to my Minute Maid Light 15 Light Lemonade for a refreshing summer drink. Add a shot of vodka and you have a lovely low calorie cocktail. Minute Maid Light 15 Light Lemonade is sweeetened with aspartame and has 15 calories per 8 ounces. It is sold in clear, recyclable bottles and is also available as apattern light pink lemonade. It can be found in the refrigerator section of your local grocery store.
I love Kohls Croft and Barrow Tummy Slimmng Tiered Swimsuit. The ruffled front hides my middle aged tummy. It fits snugly with just the right amount of stretch. It has adjustable straps and supports my bust. No bouncing. The blue pattern is bright, cheery, and attractive. It is made from nylon and spandex. Although the label advises hand washing, I machine wash it on delicate and hang it up to dry. The Croft and Barrow Tummy Slimmer Tiered One piece Swimsuit was a replacement for a similar pink suit I had purchased 5 years ago and is still in pretty good shape.
Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning Oil is not a sunscreen but it does help you tan faster. My skin tans easily during the summer even when I wear a sunscreen but I always end up with an uneven “farmer” tan. I needed a nice tan for an upcoming wedding and remembered using Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning Oil when I was younger. The scent is amazing and will take you back to pleasant days at the pool or beach. I have been using Hawaiian Tropic for two weeks now for about an hour every other day and have a lovely golden tan. Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning Oil has an amazing tropical coconut smell and rich moisturizing oils. It makes my skin feel soft and smooth. I have sensitive skin and it does not give me a rash. It is kind of messy but worth it.
I like Duncan Hines Confetti Mug Cake because it is an easy substitute for strawberry short cake. You can bake one serving of Duncan Hines Confetti Mug Cake in the microwave in minutes. Then, you can top the cake with fruit and whip cream for a simple, easy dessert or snack. One box yields 4 servings at about $.65 a serving. The Duncan Hines Confetti Mug Cake is also delicious by itself or with frosting.
I love these Blue Glass Teardrop Lanterns. My backporch is decorated in a beach theme and I have several of these lanterns in different sizes. For easier cleanup, I spread pretty rock in the bottom and set a glass enclosed candle in the bottom which can be replaced and recycled. The Blue Glass Teardrop Lantern projects a lovely glow of light. I use vanilla scented candles which smell heavenly and repel bugs. The Blue Glass Teardrop Lantern can be purchased at World Market.com. and comes in two sizes.
My Lasko brand Wind Machine Power Fan is amazing. It is relatively quiet. It is lightweight yet sturdy. The Wind Machine can really move the air. We can blow cool air directly on us at night when we are sleeping or we can aim it up and just blow the air around in the room for a cool breeze. I bought Wind Machine Power Fan early last summer and use it everyday for white noise when sleeping and for cooling when needed. It is much sturdier and powerful than the cheaper box fans I have used in the past. It is still in perfect condition!
8. Patio Life 6-ft Copper Citronella Garden TorchI love these gorgeous Patio Life 6-ft Copper Citronella Garden Torch from Lowes. I have two of them staked around my back porch. The Patio Life 6-ft Copper Citronella Torches are very sturdy. They keep the mosquitoes away when we are sitting outside enjoying these lovely summer nights. The torches are very easy to use and give off an ambient, mellow glow. The Patio Life 6-ft. Copper Citronella Garden Torch comes with a snuffer cup to extinguish the flame and enclose the bowl for safe storage.
The Jensen AM/FM Portable Radio is not a boom box but it is perfect for my back porch, the beach, and picnics. It is compact and light – just 7 inches by 5 inches. It has good sound and easy tuning. The Jensen AM/FM Portable Radio runs on 4 “C’ batteries or by 120V AC with an attached power cord which can be stored in the battery compartment. There is a built-in auxiliary input jack for attaching digital audio players. I purchased the Jensen Am/FM Portable Radio for $15.00. I would love to have a second one for my bathroom.
Flexitol Heel Balm is amazing. I have been struggling with dry skin and calluses on my feet for several years now. I noticed that my feet were softer after the first day and completely healed after two weeks. Flexitol Heel Balm is non greasy and has a pleasant smell. As a bonus, I have noticed that my hands are softer from applying the cream as well as the skin around my nails. I can get a better pedicure. Flexitol Heel Balm is a super concentrated moisturizer/exfolator that contains aloe, vitamins, shea butter, tea tree oil, Centipeda Cunninghamii, and a few other ingredients. It is actually an Australian product. I found Flexitol Heel Balm at Walmart and it was less than $5.00. One tube lasts for 4-6 weeks. I think it is a miracle treatment. My feel look so smooth and beautiful in sandals and flip flops!
Life is better in Flip Flops!