We are knee-deep into summer and loving it! This is the first summer we’ve spent outside of the deep south and, as odd as that it is to say, it’s very different. Just the other night Brandon and I were talking about how cool the evenings are here. It’s weird being able to step outside during the summer and not be overwhelmed by temperatures in the high 90’s. We’re trying to embrace these summer days and not let a single moment pass us by. The seasons seem to fly by so quickly these days. 🙁 

This year, I’m not letting summer slip by without really living in these warm afternoons. That’s why I decided to write it down (and print it out) so it stays ever-present on my mind. Now, here it is, the official Honey & Pine 2017 Summer Bucket List.

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Make your own popsicles

Pick up a set of popsicle molds and pop in the kitchen for a few minutes to whip up your own homemade popsicles. I love these fruit-shaped popsicle molds I ordered last month when I was inspired by these strawberry shortcake popsicles from Life, Love, and Sugar. I haven’t made them yet but it’s on my summer bucket list (obviously). We’re planning a bbq at the farm soon and I’m planning to make them then. 

Wear a bright lipstick

Y’all, I’m such a natural and neutral person that the idea of wearing a bright lipstick intimidates me to no end! When I scheduled my recent photo shoot with the amazing Kelly Broyles Photography here in Charleston, I knew I wanted a bold color so it stood out in the pictures. I went with a lipstick called Ravishing Red and it looks great in the pictures! Plus, I felt like a million bucks. I’ve worn it twice since then. Once I wore it on a dinner date and the other time I wore it out shopping. It’s so good for self-confidence!

Host a party with a build-your-own ice cream sundae bar

If there is anything that screams summer it’s ice cream, #amirite? You can order everything you need right here, so all you have to do is supply the ice cream and the toppings. Easy, right? I love butter pecan sundaes so I suggest vanilla ice cream, butterscotch, pecans, whipped cream, and cherries. That’s basically the best ice cream sundae ever. Of course, you should also offer chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, sprinkles, nuts, and a variety of ice cream because you never know what odd combination someone might be craving.

Do a tech detox

Get. Off. The. Internet. This includes your phone and tablet too. Take a short break away from technology, even if it’s only for 3 days. It’s good for your mental health and it helps you focus on being present in the moment. Enjoy a summer sunset without posting it to IG stories. Take a hike on local trails without stopping to tweet about it. Refuse to check-in on Facebook (I promise, those notifications will still be there in 3 days). Cherish the NOW and let the tech wait.

Read 3 new books 

Summer is made for reading! I mean, why else would we have those extra hours at night? They are obviously meant for sneaking in a bit more self-care time with a good book. I was reading The Roanoke Girls but it’s getting a big fat DNF from me. Fortunately, I have a ton of books on my summer reading list so there’s plenty of other books waiting for me. If you need something to read this season, that list has you covered. I promise.

Plant an herb garden

I’ts never too late to start an herb garden. It’s ridiculously simple too. All you need are a few terra cotta pots, soil, and water. I recommend the 4.25″ pots if you’re just starting out and you’re planting the herbs individually. They are big enough to give your herbs room to grow but not so big that they’ll overwhelm your space. This is a cheap hobby and has the potential to save you so much money on herbs.  Not to mention, it’s nice to be able to pluck your own herbs to add to your home-cooked meals. 

Take a weekend road trip to somewhere new

We are total creatures of habit and tend to visit the same places on the reg. It’s not boring, it’s familiar and familiar is comfortable. That being said, we love using summer vacations as an excuse to hit the road and explore somewhere new. Whether it’s one hour or one day away, pack up the car and go! It’ll be good for your heart and soul to get out there and go somewhere you’ve never been. Grab a map and hit the road! Can you road trip without your GPS? You’ll only know if you try. Tweet me @ashleyfromfbl and tell me how it goes. I’m Waze-reliant so I could never travel with just a map. That’s anxiety-inducing! BTW, Waze is a GPS app if you’re not familiar. 😉

Picnic under the stars

Everyone knows that summer and picnics go together like PB&J but try taking it up a notch by hosting a late-night picnic under the stars. I’ve mentioned in the past how much Brandon and I love date nights that include just dessert and a bottle of wine. That lends itself perfectly to this kind of picnic date night. All you need are homemade cookies or a pie, fruit and sweet cream dip, and a good bottle of wine. Then, spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy the evening. 

What’s on your summer bucket list this year? Tweet me @ashleyfromhp or share your thoughts in the comments below.