I put together a summer to-do list with some ideas for adding a little sparkle to the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this summer. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.
If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.
I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too.
If you are looking for some ideas, here are a few fun things you might want to add to your list.
1. Host a Sunday Supper for friends or family. There’s nothing better than sharing a great meal and great conversation. Ask each guest to bring a dish. During the meal, designate one person to ask questions during the meal and make sure everyone has an opportunity to participate. You could also reserve a room at your favorite restaurant or have a chef come to your event and cook for you.
2. If you do not have time to go on an extended vacation, plan a staycation. New Orleans, Orlando, and Miami are popular for a staycation. Book at least one night away from home at a hotel and enjoy a delicious meal at your favorite restaurant. Travelzoo is a good site to check for hotel deals.
3. Take a road trip. Make a playlist for your trip and don’t forget snacks. Check out my road trip playlist here. I also like listening to audiobooks and podcasts. Check out my podcasts recommendations here and here. Create a Google map of hotspots you plan to visit along the way.
4. Invite some friends over for an ice cream social or backyard BBQ.
5. Take a class. Check with your local library for a list of summer courses. Skillshare is also a great site for taking online classes.
6. Start a cookbook club.
7. Cook your way through a cookbook for an entire month. I am enjoying cooking from It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow.
8. Start an articles club. Email a few interesting articles to your friends before the meet-up and tell them to plan on discussing the articles at the event over coffee or a meal.
9. Drink a gallon of water a day. It’s so important to stay hydrated. Download the Waterlogged App to keep track.
10. Plan a girl’s night out and watch the season finale of the Bachelorette on August 1. Jordan Rodgers received the first impression rose. His brother is the Green Bay Packer’s quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
11. If you are a frequent flyer, enroll in TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry. Airport security lines are expected to be very long all summer. Airline employees should also be aware of recent changes to KCM for international travel. If you have not enrolled in Global Entry and plan on traveling to other countries, you may want to consider it now.
Here’s what’s on my summer to-do list.
1. Cut my hair like Carrie Underwood’s new style. I cut several inches off my hair in January. I made it one of my goals this year to get my hair as healthy as possible. I have found a few things that help like the Kerastase Fusio-Dose hair treatments. I’m also using the Kérastase Résistance products for damaged hair.
2. Plan a weekend getaway with my family.
4. Enjoy a family dinner at Shaya in New Orleans. Shaya was recently named the country’s best new restaurant by the James Beard Foundation. It’s a modern Israeli restaurant featuring small plates in the Garden District.
5. Make a summer playlist. Here’s the link to the one I made last year. A fun gift idea is to make a playlist for your friends. It’s a great way to discover new artists.
6. Create a capsule wardrobe. I try to buy classic pieces and shop at consignment boutiques. I find it helpful to create a wardrobe for the season with matching shoes and accessories. It saves time coordinating outfits ahead of time.
7. Complete the 30-day quiet time challenge starting June 1. Sign up here.
9. Change up my makeup routine. Watch this video tutorial featuring Karlie Kloss and her makeup artist for some great tips.
10. Watch the Summer Olympic Games.
What’s on your summer to-do list? Tell me in the comments!
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