Now that we’re a week into summer it seems like a good time to start planning for a little summer fun. I posted this list of 50 Fun Summer Activities last year, but thought it serves as a good reminder to get out and have some fun in the sun! (Don’t forget your sunscreen.)
A couple of years ago I registered on the Real Simple website for about a dozen of their emails with tips, recipes, and DIY projects. I’ve unsubscribed to most of them because I really don’t need to have my inbox flooded with additional email, however, I still receive a weekly email called Easy Ideas to Help Organize Your Life. This week’s edition included a checklist with 50 fun summer activities. It’s designed so it can be saved and items can be checked off as completed.
I’m not sure how this organizes my life, but there are many fun ideas so I thought I’d share. Get your own list at Real Simple or sign up for some of their newsletters.
Good news! There are still 52 days until the autumnal equinox on September 22 so there’s time to complete the list. (Those is italicized print are the ones I’ve completed!)
- See a movie at the drive-in (We’ve tried, but it’s always raining!)
- Walk on the boardwalk and listen to the boards creak under your feet
- Blow bubbles
- Play tag, hopscotch, or one of your favorite childhood games
- Ride a roller coaster
- Play miniature golf
- Win a prize at the fair
- Catch fireflies at night (Didn’t catch any, but saw some in Sanibel in June.)
- Build a sandcastle at the beach
Eat and Drink
- Eat a whole lobster with your hands
- Pick berries and peaches at a farm
- Buy a Creamsicle from the neighborhood ice cream truck
- Roast marshmallows over a fire and make s’mores
- Make lemonade from scratch
- Eat corn on the cob
- Sip a sweating glass of iced tea
- Eat a slice of watermelon
- Buy fresh produce at the farmers’ market
- Mix up a pitcher of sangria
- Eat a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles
- Dig your own clams
- Have a barbecue
- Nap in a hammock
- Have a picnic in the park
- Sit on a porch swing
- Stargaze while lying in the grass
- Watch the sun set from a beach
- Dangle your feet off a dock
- Bring a blanket and lie on the grass at an outdoor concert
The Great Outdoors
- Pick wildflowers
- Swim in a lake
- Rent a bike (Bought a bike!)
- Go fishing
- Go camping
- Play tennis
- Go for a hike
- Go kayaking or canoeing
- Toss a Frisbee
- Collect seashells at the beach
- Take a last-minute road trip
- See a summer blockbuster
- Read a trashy novel
- Walk barefoot in the grass
- Get caught in a summer rainstorm (Every day!)
- Sleep with the windows open
- Make a summer playlist
- Smell freshly-cut grass
- Feel the sun on your back
- Go to a baseball game
I thought making homemade ice cream and visiting a national or state park should be included on the list. What would you add?
I’ve never claimed to be the world’s greatest housekeeper, but my email inbox is making me a little paranoid. On Monday the people at Real Simple were so kind as to send me an email titled, “13 Steps to a Spotless Kitchen“. I glanced at the tips with mild interest then went for a sail. However, when I received another Real Simple email on Wednesday, “ 20 Tips for a Really Clean Bathroom“, I felt I’d been targeted for a cleaning intervention.
I looked back at the spotless kitchen message which included a checklist. I guess I need to print the checklist, laminate, and then carry it around the kitchen while cleaning. One of the reminders on the checklist: wipe the microwave and dishwasher inside and out. What? I’m suppose to wipe the inside of the dishwasher? I thought running through the cycle with hot water and detergent cleaned the dishwasher as well as the dishes. And in the detailed list of how to clean the kitchen floor starting with sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping; did you know you should be bringing your hairdryer in the kitchen to blow out the dust from the corners of the floor? That was news to me!
Moving on to the really clean bathroom tips, I realized I’m an even bigger failure in the bathroom than in the kitchen when I read the warning about the mycobacterium avium lurking in the shower head that I haven’t properly disinfected. It goes on to warn that this pathogen is linked to pulmonary disease so I’m sending millions of germs into my lungs every time I take a shower!
Other things I’ve ignored in the bathroom:
- Seal the grout every six months.
- Apply a coat of car wax yearly to ceramic tile to reduce water marks.
- Dab baby oil on the soap dish to prevent soap from sticking or sliming up.
And finally, I found that I should be regularly cleaning the fan in the bathroom…not just wiping it off. The article directs readers to flip the circuit breaker, remove the fan cover, soak the cover in soap and water while vacuuming the fan blades and then wiping them with a cloth. Then remove the dust from the motor with a clean paint brush. This sounds like a full day job!
I’ve decided the best course of action…hire a housekeeper! I’m taking applications!
I receive daily emails from Real Simple on a variety of topics. Most days, I hit delete without opening or reading; but this week I opened one titled “How to Throw a Summer Cocktail Party”. I’m not sure why this caught my attention since I’ve never thrown a cocktail party in the summer or any other season of the year, but I opened to find a list of six essential cocktail party supplies: amber halogen floodlights for a more mellow feel and a galvanized tray for ice headed the list. Things I may not have thought of but not expensive or unreasonable items. Then came the suggestion to haul your inside furniture outside – couch, tables, and the $750 armchair pictured. No way! First I don’t own an armchair that cost half that much, but if I did, I wouldn’t be moving it outside for a cocktail party. A pairing knife, a drink dispenser, and a light n’ go bonfire log rounded out the list.
The bonfire log caught my attention. An attractive 10″ log that’s self contained and burns for an hour and a half. Best of all, it’s only $9.50. Even someone who doesn’t own $750 chairs can afford it! I clicked the Light n’ Go Bonfire Log link and was even more impressed. This is something I could use. Perfect for a fire on the beach. Self contained. Portable. Easy. I went so far as to add one to my shopping cart, but then disappointment. Shipping costs are more than the log. The final cost of my $9.29 log – $24.27. So I added a second log thinking maybe the shipping charge would balance out if more products were purchased, but that didn’t work. The price doubled so the great idea, the light n’ go log, actually costs a little more than $24. Not such a good price after all. And since I was unable to locate a store using that function on the website I don’t see any light n’ go logs in my near future. Thanks Real Simple for ruining my summer cocktail party plans!