Five Favorites: Summer Love Edition

Five Favorites: Summer Love Edition May 14, 2014


For today’s Five Favs, I’m really eager to talk about my favorite summer stuff. Maybe its not quite here completely just yet, but like Pavlov’s dog, I come running at the sound of the ice cream truck. So here we go, my five favorite things for summer 2014.

1. Summer Skin

One thing I love about summer is that with all the extra moisture in the air, I don’t need to put as much on my face. I trade my winter skincare routine for a lighter-weight spring/summer one.

CeraVe hydrating skin cleanser (I actually use this year round)

Clarisonic – instead of using it every day, as I do in winter, I use it 4x weekly (I LOVE this thing!)

Philosophy Hope in a Jar moisturizer

Bobbi Brown eye cream

Bobbi Brown BB cream SPF 35

Most days I just add under-eye concealer (is there a mom of littles who doesn’t?), mascara, and lipgloss and I am good to go.

2. Beach Reading

Have you ever noticed it’s called “beach reading” even if you don’t read it at the beach? I live in Indiana. Closest thing we have to a beach is a giant lake. Granted, its a really giant lake. It sort of feels like the beach. But still.

I love the genre referred to as “beach reading”. Summer is not the time for Satre, Dostoyesky, or God help us, Anna Karenina. No, the beach read is all about fun, maybe some romance, a little intrigue, possibly a few well placed murders.

One of my personal favorite beach reads is The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares. Also, just about anything by Elin Hildenbrand. Bonus points for hers, since they actually take place at the beach! John Grisham (for that legal thriller kind of feeling). Atticus insisted I include that one.

This year I’m hoping to read a few, though not nearly as many as the years I haven’t had two infants.

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

A Gift From the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindburgh (non fiction)

The Paris Wife – Paula McClain

Hands Free Mama – Rachel Macy Stafford (non fiction)

3. Maxi Skirts

I don’t think I need to really explain the appeal behind this. Anything that buys me an extra day before I have to shave again is wonderful.

4. Iced Coffee

I’m new to the Kurieg world. What’s your favorite K-cup that does iced coffee?

5. Kids Stuff
Whether its going to the Zoo, the pool, or drawing flowers on the sidewalk with chalk, I love all the kids stuff of summer.
I especially love these goobers.
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  • yes, yes, yes to fun reading in the summer. Or course, in Texas, it feels like summer eight months of the year.

  • Kat

    I definitely need to find a dry climate moisturizer because we have very little humidity and sometimes a lot of hot dry wind. I also love summer fun reading, mmmm iced coffee and maxi skirts! I don’t like the temps of summer but I do love the care free spirit of it 🙂

  • #3: Agreed!

  • Great list! I love my maxi skirts and dresses! I’m gradually collecting more and more, since they are so comfortable and hide my ultra pale legs!!

  • Pat

    Your sister-in-law in Chattanooga is reading Gone Girl. I put it on my list to read. If you buy a copy, I will then buy it from you when you are finished. Thank you for the picture.