Posted in Amazon

Prime Purchases: June 2021

Hello! Happy June 1st. I can’t believe that it’s already the first day of June! We spent our weekend at a baseball tournament, and yesterday Travis and Hayden went to the Cincinnati Reds game with some friends while Hadley and I spent some time at the pool.

Of course, the significance of Memorial Day isn’t lost on us. We will always remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

I’m linking up with Tanya to share my Amazon purchases from this past month.

I feel like I have bigger purchase months in preparation for things like holidays or certain seasons. I try to plan ahead, so whenever the time comes, I have what I “need.” So, throughout the month, I purchased a few things in preparation for summer.

This meme made me smile 😉

This month’s purchases were definitely all about summer:

Summer Style:

I shared this top and sandals a few weeks ago. I purchased them as something to wear to finish up the school year with warmer days. The top is perfect with jeans or white pants for going out to dinner, and the sandals are very comfortable.

Babydoll Blouse

Slide Sandals

I purchased this dress in black and in the blue wavy stripe, and it’s the perfect summer dress. Both can be dressed up or down and are very comfy!

Tunic Dress

Summer Swim:

In a recent post, I shared about this swim cover up that I’ve worn through the years. I own it in a few colors (blue, black, and plaid), and have added a new one to the rotation the past few summers.

Swim Cover Up

Here I am a couple of summers ago in the blue version at the lake!

I purchased this similar cover up for this summer. I like that it’s the high/low style of my tried and true cover up, but I like that it has the button detail. I’ve already worn this to the pool a couple of times, and it’s a keeper.

Swim Cover Up

**When I wash these two cover ups, I hang dry them rather than putting them in the dryer. The black one that was my first one that I purchased a few summers ago, shrunk a bit after some time in the dryer. So, I hang dry them now.

Ok, y’all….I purchased this swimsuit in the “big leopard” print, and I love it. I do not look like this model ;), but honestly, I’ve never felt more comfortable in a swimsuit in my life. It’s cute, supportive, and flattering. Hadley said, “Mom! That’s a cuuuute swimsuit!”

So…with that kind of approval, I did what any mother in her early 40’s would do…I ordered it in another pattern (leopard, but smaller print) ! Truly, this swimsuit is the best purchase I’ve made in a while.

Crisscross One Piece Swimsuit

Pre-pool with leopard suit & navy coverup

Speaking of swimsuits, I ordered this one for Hadley. She’s back doing swim team for the summer and needed an extra one piece athletic swimsuit to rotate into the mix for daily practices.

I’m kind of freaked out that I’m at the point where I purchased a women’s swimsuit for my daughter, but it was the same sizing as her team suit (26, 28, 30, etc.), so I felt confident we wouldn’t have to return it. It fit her just fine, and she loves it.

Athletic Swimsuit

Andrea shared about this shampoo and conditioner that she has her daughter use to help with all the chlorine from so many pool days. The chlorine wreaked havoc on Hadley’s hair two summers ago, so I was glad when Andrea shared this recently. Hadley used it last week after only a couple of pool days, and her hair felt amazing after her shower.

Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve also heard that hair masks can be helpful, so we are going to try this as well for Hadley’s hair every once in a while.

Pre-Swim Hair Defense

Summer Reading:

This book was one of Hayden’s picks from his summer reading list, and library didn’t have the young reader’s edition of the book, so I purchased it from Amazon. Hayden’s excited to start reading it!

Strong Inside Book

So, that’s what I’ve primed recently. What about you?!

The next link up is July 6!

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Thanks so much for reading.

{this post contains Amazon affiliate links…}

Posted in Amazon, Monthly Musings

Monthly Musings: Summer Preview

Hello! I can’t believe that May is almost over. I’m so thankful we wrapped up our school year earlier than usual, but I already feel like the first week of summer has flown by!

Today, I’m linking up with Patty and Holly for their Monthly Musings post.

This month’s topic is Summer Kickoff...which is perfect because we are officially in summer mode around here.

1. Favorite Summer Tradition:

The 4th of July is one of my favorite parts of summer. I just love that Travis always has the day off, there are usually activities like a parade or pool fun, we usually gather with family or neighbors to grill out, I love the fireworks, and I always put my kids in something red, white, and blue!

My favorite 4th of July tradition is that I always make red, white, and blue waffles. Always.

Another favorite summer tradition is going on vacation. As the years have gone on, it’s been more and more difficult to find a week to go somewhere, but we try really hard to make it happen.

We love the beach.

2. Vacation Plans:

Well, I hope it pans out, as we’ve already had to adjust the dates, but we are hoping to get to Isle of Palm, SC for a few days in between kids’ camps and baseball games!

IOP October 2018

We’ve stayed in Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Hilton Head through the years. The Charleston area is amazing. If I ever win the lottery, I’m buying a vacation home in SC!

3. Ocean, Pool, or Lake:

Well, all of the above!

We spend much of our summer at the pool….

We love a visit to a lake…(KY has many!)…

But…the ocean is my fave…

That being said, I love to look at the water…more than swim it like the kids do. I enjoy a cold beverage, a good book, and a great view!

Photo by Hadley: summer 2019

4. Summer Fashion Items:

Well, I don’t know about summer fashion, but I love to be comfortable in the summer. Honestly, most days are spent at the pool or at a ball game. So, I’m typically wearing a swim suit and cover up or tank and shorts, but I just bought this Amazon dress in two colors, and I love it.


This is my FAVORITE Amazon cover up. I have purchased it in multiple colors throughout the years. (I’m wearing it in blue in the lake photo above!)

Cover up

5. Favorite Summer Recipe:

We grill out a lot in the summer. I love that because it means Travis is doing the cooking, and I usually just make a side dish or two. Also, we love fresh fruit as an easy side dish or snack in the summer.

I’ve shared this post with some favorite sides, and it includes this pasta salad that I found on Pinterest and make often.

6. Strawberry Shortcake or Blueberry Pie:

Confession, y’all! I don’t like blueberries! My kids do, but I don’t. I will eat strawberries all day long, and we love Strawberry Shortcake.

Last year, we picked fresh strawberries, and immediately made SSC for dessert that night.

7. This Summer vs Summer 2020:

This summer will be very different than last summer. We will be at the pool again and able to socialize freely with friends, neighbors, and family.

While Hayden played baseball last summer, it was postponed and then there were tons of rules and regulations. Baseball is on track for this summer and those extra restrictions have been lifted.

Hadley’s doing swim team again since we are back at the pool.

We look forward to a “normal” summer again.

8. Favorite Sunscreen:

I typically use Neutrogena in the summer. The spray is perfect for applying to kids quickly, and the face stick is easy for application as well.

9. Favorite Summer Beverage:

I definitely up my water game during the summer.

For summer cocktails, I love White Claws, Simpler Wines (rose’!) from Trader Joe’s, and then I just found this strawberry margarita cocktail at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago. It was a hit with all the moms at the 5th grade graduation get together 😉 We just poured it over ice. It was easy, light, and refreshing.

10. Summer Garden:

Travis did plant a few things for this summer like tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.

Last summer, we didn’t plant a garden, but check out this zucchini from our 2019 garden. We had returned home from vacation to find this guy!

August 2019

What are you looking forward to this summer?

The topic for June is end of school traditions/summer plans:

I hope you are having a great week.

See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

{this post contains Amazon affiliate links…}