You know I love me a good Summer Solstice and today is where it’s at! Sunshine, long days, cool nights, beach frolicking, ice cream, pool boys. You know, the simple things in life…
So on this, the official first day of summer, I thought I’d get us in the mood with these six cute pins from Fairgoods, the awesome Canadian shop of seriously fun gifts. Seriously, that’s their tagline. Wouldn’t these babies make a nice addition to a cool, laid-back summer outfit? The s’mores one is making me hungry… xoxo
It’s official: My mom is exercising her green thumb again this year! She’s been carefully tending to her tomato plant every day, which has taken up residence on our patio table. She’s ever-so-devoted to her plant, but its home is sadly just a plain old brown pot. Don’t you think she should jazz things up a little? If I had my way, I’d choose something with a bit more character — remember these ceramic face planters and these spring planters?
Here are eight awesomely quirky planters perfect for your summer hobbies, starting with this Little house planter ($18)
Purple hippo planter, $29
Gold lion planter, $14
Dog planter, $28.21
Robot planter, $35
Small marble planter, $17.20
Death Star concrete planter, $15
What do you think, friends? Is the quirky home decor look a do or don’t? xoxo
P.S. Dream Home: Miniature Treehouses! 🙂
It was so nice of Melissa to ask me to guest blog this week. I was thinking about topics to do and the first one I came up with is…drum roll, please…
Some people don’t seem to have any trouble with transitions. They just flit seamlessly from one activity or life stage to another. Me? Not so much!
I got to thinking about this yesterday when Janelle and I were stopping by McDonald’s to get her a decaf and me a lemonade (warning: don’t get in the afternoon beverage habit because it can get pricey!). Anyway, after the cashier gave us our order, I was taken back to my daily morning decaf on the way to work. It was a lovely morning ritual, stopping by McDonald’s and taking my decaf out to the back of the school to drink it as I greeted the students at 7:15 in the morning. I am happy to be on summer vacation, but that smell of the decaf made me long for those fun school days of yore (OK, of just two days ago, but you get my point!). And, it’s not like I retired or something; I’ll be back at it in no time.
So, I started to think about other transitions in my life and realized I have always been this way. Going to college required an entire semester for me to adjust. I shed tears on my wedding day, not just of happiness, but of nostalgia for my old life. As the kids got older, I would fret about what I would do when they got out of this stage or that stage. Nevermind that it always worked out. I just couldn’t help myself and got nostalgic.
So, one topic for me to examine this summer is my newly discovered aversion to transitions. After all, isn’t each ending a new beginning?
Are transitions hard for you? What life transitions do you remember the most? Which ones made the biggest impact on you?
(This is a sponsored post, though all opinions are mine. Thanks so much for continuing to support So About What I Said’s wonderful sponsors!)
Shopping and I have a special relationship. This is certainly no secret if you’ve read my blog over the last eight years. Add summer to the mix and, well, it’s practically a match made in heaven.
Enter: Groupon Coupons for extra savings! How have I not known about this until now? The amazing database is full of all the savings you’ll need to make this summer the best ever. I love that you’re able to easily search for what you’re looking for without jumping through a bunch of hoops or having to register. When you hear “Groupon,” you typically think of events for groups, but I was excited to discover that Groupon Coupons has literally thousands of coupons codes, divided into categories and stores to make everything that much easier — think places like Kohl’s and Travelocity!
Here’s just a small sampling of the awesome stores available…
- Barnes & Noble
- Dollar Tree
How cool is that? And, some of the current deals available.
- $10 Off Your First Order | Amazon Prime Now
- Summer Essentials Starting at $3.90 | Forever21
- 20% Off Select Items | Best Buy
- Up To 30% Off Home Stuff | Target
- Up To 50% Off Shoes & Sandals | Kohl’s
I don’t know about you, but my head is spinning with possibilities! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some gift cards from Amazon and eBay that I’ve been meaning to use. Happy summer shopping, friends! xoxo
[Photo via We Heart It]