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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

6 Ways to Celebrate the Approach of Summer


I’m always so excited when the weather gets warmer and summer arrives. Here’s 6 ways to get ready for summer:



1.  Check out your local farmer’s market for the best and freshest seasonal produce. Go one step further and add a salad to your meals several times a week.

2.  Too hot to cook? Consider a summer picnic including olives, fruits, nuts, cheeses fruit  and hard-boiled eggs.

3.  Get grilling! Everything tastes better, including chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and vegetables.

4.  Go for a walk every day and enjoy the outdoors.

5.  Turn off the TV. Instead, bike, hike and check out new trails in your area. Pack a healthy lunch and plan to spend the day exploring.

6.  Bring your favorite paperback or ebook to your local park and enjoy a restful afternoon.

How do you plan to celebrate summer? Please leave your comments below.


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  Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations. Follow her on bookbub.


20 comments:

  1. We will go probably go camping. Though we tend to vacation in the Spring and Fall.

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    1. We used to camp all the time, Gina. So fun!

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  2. We keep busy with our duck club shows..Cajun Heritage, my husband is a duck carver.. and I have been landscaping my yard..getting hot and humid in Louisiana..

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    1. Donna,
      Please tell us more about your duck club shows and Cajun Heritage! It's getting hot and humid in the Charlotte, NC, area, also.

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    1. Swimming is my daughter's favorite activity! Fingers crossed you can get that pool open!

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  4. This is a hard question for me seeing as I live in central Texas where it can get over one hundred degrees. ☀️💥
    So, if I am able, I would go someplace where it is cooler, go site seeing, find a river, stream or lake and have a picnic and relax and read.
    The Caribbean would be nice. Then it would be the crystal clear ocean. Oh, you have me dreaming. lol

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    1. Kathy,
      Everything you are describing sounds wonderful! Oh my, Texas gets hot! Same with us in the Charlotte, NC, area.

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  5. I plan to relax and enjoy the summer, catch up on my reading.I will probably go to our committee pool and the beach. I might take a short trip to someplace cooler.You idea are great, might use several of your ideas too.

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    1. That's great, and a trip to someplace cooler is a wonderful idea. :)

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  6. I always have read a lot in summer. Hate heat. sarahmom335@yahoo.com

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    1. Reading is my favorite summertime activity!

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  7. I’m also in Central Texas & it’s already been in the high 90’s! Summers get miserably hot & humid here & we typically hide from the heat. We do the outdoor activities in spring & fall.

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    1. Good idea, Pam! Sometimes it's just too hot to enjoy the outside.

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  8. I'm spending a month in Alaska with my new grandson who will be six months old when I arrive. I can't wait. Central Pennsylvania is not hot, but we sure are wet this year. We can't even garden yet. Great post!

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    1. Wow, Judy. A month in Alaska! Very exciting. Enjoy!

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  9. I will work in my garden, read on my deck, and we will be celebrating my mom’s 90th birthday in July!

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    1. Oh, Lori. How wonderful that your Mom will be turning 90! Please wish her a Happy Birthday from me. And sounds like you have a lovely summer planned.

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  10. Great tips, Josie. We need to stop and smell the roses. Take a deep breath and enjoy what God created. Namely, slow down.

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  11. I'm not outdoorsy, Josie. I do love flowers, though. We have a wonderful back yard with tall trees--much appreciated by a couple who grew up in West Texas. We enjoy eating indoors while looking out the breakfast room window at the birds and squirrels who visit our birdfeeders.

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