Six Ways to Welcome Summer

Six Ways to Welcome Summer

Copy By: Sefanie Kienstra

1. Lighten up your skincare routine.

Make sure your daily moisturizer, primer, BB and CC creams, and cosmetics have an SPF to protect you from the sun. If left on the shelf too long, sunscreen can become ineffective, so summer is the perfect time to toss out the old bottles from last season and splurge on new products to protect yourself from sun damage. There are lots of options on the market that make it easy to ensure you’re covered, such as face tints with a bit of sheer coverage, lotions with a dewy finish, and powder applications that defend your skin.

Here are a few options that can make it easy to work additional SPF into your daily makeup routine:

2. Take advantage of the longer days!

As we head into summer and embrace longer daylight hours, we can continue to find safe, socially distant ways to spend time outdoors. A great way to welcome summer is to take advantage of this added time to our days, and warmer weather in the evenings.

Lately, I’ve been taking a “sunset walk” each night. I check the sunset time each day and lace up my shoes about an hour before that, queue up my favorite podcast or audiobook, and head out for an evening stroll. Sometimes, I’ll make it a brisk walk to close my exercise rings on my Apple Watch, while other days, I take a leisurely stroll and catch up with my mom as I walk.

Other ways to welcome summer with your family outdoors in the summer months is to spend time catching fireflies, make s’mores over a fire pit or campfire, or set up an outdoor movie viewing in your backyard.

3. Make relaxation a priority.

Finding ways to decompress is always important, and is especially crucial now. Finding small moments for yourself and for your family to “take a break” this summer can come in many different forms.

Carve in time for meditation. This could mean waking up 10 minutes earlier in the morning and having a few moments of peace with your morning coffee, with the help of an app such as Calm or Headspace. I’m a personal fan of Yoga With Adrienne’s YouTube channel, where she leads a 7-Minute Meditation to Start Your Day. Or, ending your day with a quiet nighttime routine can prepare your mind and body for a full night’s rest.

4. Eat seasonally.

Summer is the season for fresh fruits and veggies! Berries, watermelon, plums and peaches are ripe and juicy for any summer recipe, and vegetables such as corn and tomatoes. Stocking up on these at your local Farmer’s Market (in a safe and socially distant manner) or no-contact produce pickups from a local farm is a great way to implement some great summer flavors into your dishes and cocktails. Growing some of these items at home is also a fun and easy way to bring fresh foods and seasonings such as herbs onto your plate at home.

Check the latest issue of our magazine for a story about how to grow a container garden at home, as well as delicious recipes that feature these seasonal ingredients, such as fruit pies, mouth-watering cocktails and a fresh and colorful salad. Yum!

5. Refresh your surroundings.

There are simple, cost-effective ways to make your environment lighter and brighter for summer. Take some time over the weekend to put away your heavy winter linens and blankets, replacing them with lighter options, such as swapping fleeces for cotton, linen or knit options in natural colors. While you’re at it, take some time to launder some linens that are not part of your weekly hamper lineup, such as washable pillow covers and bedskirts, and even curtains.

You can also refresh what’s on your walls! Pull down the picture frames from your walls and bookshelves and swap out photos with new ones to give your home a “change of scenery.” I also like to rotate fresh flowers into my home, especially those that are in season. An easy tip for spreading florals throughout your space is to get a bunch (or a few bunches!) of flowers that you love at your local floral market and make a number of smaller arrangements to decorate a few corners of your space. The key is to surround yourself with fresh elements of summer that you already have, or can easily bring into your home.

6. Dive into your “bucket list”.

While we may not be planning vacations to faraway destinations right now, we can still take a mental vacation! Planning a staycation, diving into a great book that you’ve been wanting to read for months, or trying out a new skill or hobby can help make each day feel like there’s something new and exciting to look forward to.

Try thinking about what’s on your “bucket list” and how you can try to achieve those goals this summer! Think about planning a future trip by taking virtual tours of the places you’d like to visit. Does your list include mastering a new go-to recipe, or perfecting a hobby? Take advantage of Instagram Live classes and tutorials that your favorite experts in those fields have to offer. Maybe it’s a goal to master your finances, learn a new language, or to run a marathon. These are all things that you can do at home with the assistance of virtual communities, coaching and support. There is no goal too big or too small that can work towards!

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