Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer in Pictures....



For most of us, the weekends are the best parts of summer (other than a vacation of course). They're a time to relax, unwind and enjoy the best of warm sunshine, the beach, outdoor activities, spend time with friends, delight in some sangria or your favorite chilled drink of choice and try a few new heat-busting recipes too.


I figured I'd put together a relaxed post since it's Friday and most of us our gearing up for the weekend. Here are some of my favorite images that mean summer to me. I hope you'll enjoy them too!



One of the best things about this season is dining outside! It's the perfect time to have a pool party, backyard BBQ or celebrate a holiday together with family and friends with a fun table cloth and bright, cheery flowers!





I love summer fashion, particularly because we can finally get away without layering and instead enjoy airy, flowing feminine dresses. :)



A hot summer day is not complete without a sweet & juicy slice of watermelon! Cube it, freeze it and make a wonderful watermelon slushy to stay cool during a heat wave.





Splashes of color are often not seen during winter and fall, the great part about summer is that we can explore with a variety of bold, bright color. Everything is so much more cheerful with color.



The easiest and most perfect salad with just a few simple ingredients. How's this for a creative presentation? For some perfect summer potluck recipes and a caprese salad recipe click {HERE}.



Why not add a splash of colors indoors by switching up the accessories in your home? What a cheerful way to live year round. If you're afraid of color, start smaller-new throw pillows and small tabletop accessories. Even a few cute vases with vibrant fresh flowers make so much of a difference in any home.





I love this image because it evokes feelings of fearlessness, fun and freedom. Summer is a time to explore, try something new and spend endless hours in the water {or at least by the water}.



We naturally eat more fruit during the summer months but why not cool off with healthy fruit-based treats? Fresh fruit popsicles, homemade frozen yogurt packed with berries or frozen grapes just to name a few.




Ahhh, the lazy days of summer. If I owned a hammock you can bet that I'd be in a shady, breezy spot relaxing with some iced tea and my favorite magazines each weekend. Do you own a hammock?



As important as it is to eat healthy, no summer would be complete for children or adults alike without a heaping waffle cone filled with your favorite flavor of ice cream. If you're going to treat yourself-splurge!


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This weekend I'll be doing some much-needed cleaning around the house, planting some new flowers in the existing containers on our porch since the petunias I planted in spring couldn't take the heat wave of the past couple months and tonight I'll be heading out with my hubby to one of our favorite local vegetarian cafes for dinner.

What are you up to this weekend?

XO






Photo Credits: (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10)

11 comments:

  1. We are doing the very typical American summer activity...heading to the beach for a few days! I love the beach, but the sun does not like me so much (I sunburn very easy...thank goodness fair skin is semi back in style! Yay!). However, I know my children will love it, so that makes it worth it!

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    1. Hi Sarah! Aw, that sounds nice, I hope you enjoy your time with your family making memories together at the beach! :) I try to stay out of the sun myself. Moving from the north to FL I realized quickly that the sun is much stronger down here closer to the equator and I burn quickly too. Yes, fair skin is in style-it has such a youthful and healthy appearance! XO ~K

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  2. Karla wonderful images of summer fun!

    We have a barbeque at my son's home this evening, brunch at one of my brothers on Sunday (everyone is keeping me occupied before my next hip surgery on Monday!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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    1. Thanks Karena! What a wonderful way to spend the weekend-with your family. :) I'm sorry to hear that you have another surgery to endure for your hip but I'll be praying for you!! XO

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  3. Gorgeous images Karla
    My weekend involve more packing in 100ºF+ heat (on Saturday only!). Dinner with Hubs + Sunday just relaxing and enjoying our last few weekends here in Spain ;-)
    Enjoy your Sweets xx

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! I dear, packing in extreme heat, that should be an extreme sport! At least you get to spend part of your weekend doing something fun. I'm glad you're both taking the time to enjoy the last few weeks. I know how much you love Spain! Also, I hope Teresa is doing well! :)

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  4. Just came across your blog, love it! would love to follow each other on here as well as on bloglovin!

    sincerelysk.blogspot.com
    SK

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm a happy new follower of your blog! :)

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  5. Cute pics! These all just scream "summer."

    xxo, Jenn

    apopofstyle.blogspot.com

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  6. wow im in love with the pic in the sea..what an amazing posture !!

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Warmly,
Karla

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