1) Plant something!
Even if your thumb is more brown than green, nothing feels like summer like growing something in your own backyard! Now I am not suggesting you go out and plant your own Garden of Versailles or even attempt the Midwest version of it like the one our very own Imperfect Women Gardening Expert grows. It’s okay to keep it simple and just plant some tomatoes and basil in a patio pot. Tomatoes and basil love each other and for some reason unknown to me they like hanging out together in the garden. Man oh man, nothing tastes as good as a homegrown tomato! You can even throw together a nice simple pasta salad and invite your girlfriends over to celebrate the harvest. If tomatoes aren’t your thing, plant a nice pot of flowers. Choose three different types of flowers. Groups of three work well together in the garden! When picking out the flowers keep in mind what type of light your pot will be getting. It’s as simple as planting flowers that like sun in a sunny spot, or shade loving flowers in the shade! Add a little water and before you know it you’ll have a bouquet that will last all summer long.
2) Find a “Signature Summer” Drink
Signature drinks are all the rage at weddings, so I say find your signature drink for the summer. Think about relaxing on the patio on a long long hot summer day with a tall cool glass of pure refreshment! If you’ve never had homemade lemonade, it tastes better than you can imagine, and it’s very little work. Add some pureed strawberries and you have heaven in a glass.
- 1½ cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice ( 6 or 7 lemons) Try Meyer lemons if they are available.
- 7 cups water
- 1 cup pureed strawberries – (about 2 cups whole strawberries)
- Bring the sugar and 1 cup water to a boil until sugar has dissolved.
- Pour this simple syrup into a large pitcher and add the lemon juice and water.
- Puree the strawberries in a blender, using a bit of the lemonade if necessary to get a nice smooth puree.
- If you have a food mill use that and it will strain out some of the seeds. Mix the strawberries into the rest of the lemonade and serve in a tall glass over ice.
3) Get some fun new summer sandals.
Summer sandals don’t have to be practical when there are so many cute styles of on the market . I say put those comfortable Birkenstocks aside and get some girly girl shoes. Sandals are a sure sign that summer has arrived. So paint up those toenails, and stride into the season in style.
I have this pair of Born sandals I got last year, and they are fabulous, flirty and fun.
Being a little more budget-conscious this year, I picked up these Mossimo® sandals at Target. They are comfortable and look great. I don’t think they will have a long life, but for 20 bucks it’s ok if they only last one season!
4) Organize your closet.
Nothing like the promise of a new season to get rid of the old and make way for the new. Mark some boxes – ‘keep’, ‘giveaway’, ‘consign’ and ‘throwaway’, and get to work. If you haven’t worn it for a few years, get rid of it! If it doesn’t fit, get rid of it. Be ruthless! Well okay, if it’s not in you to be ruthless in the closet, then just do a good tidy up, and put anything torn or stained in the bin. Don’t forget to keep the consignment option in mind. If you don’t like it any more, maybe someone else will, and you can make a couple of dollars at the same time. Remember to check out the tips from our our good friend Dorothy The Organizer! I love her tip of throwing the search for perfection out the window!
5) Change your underwear.
Alright, get your mind out of the dirty clothes hamper! Hopefully for the sake of those around you (not to mention your own sake), you already change your underwear on a regular basis. What I am talking about is CHANGING your underwear! Are you really happy with how your bra fits? Is it doing everything that it can for your “girls” or has it lost a bit of its brand new luster? Instead of just heading out and buying the same old bra, try visiting a store that offers bra fittings from an expert. Finding a good bra fitter can be better than finding a good plastic surgeon (not to mention a whole lot cheaper). It can be a real life changer. Don’t ask me how I know.
Please share your ideas in the comments for how YOU get ready for summer!