Who wants to have a sensational summer?
I do. That’s what I was thinking as I flipped through a recent issue of Good Housekeeping. One of their summer lovin’ tips included lining the trunk of your car with a shower curtain. After a day at the beach, you just carefully remove it and shake off the sand as opposed to driving around with it for the next six months before you get around to vacuuming it out.
Now I don’t live close enough to the beach to worry about much sand, plus I’m too lazy to go to the store, buy a liner, and then lay it out over my car’s trunk. But the magazine’s tips did inspire me to think of my own easy ways to have a sensational summer. Here they are:
- Throw some empty garbage bags in your trunk. I whip these babies out every time I go to the garden center. They protect my trunk from dirt and mud.
- Speaking of trunks, carry an old towel in yours. When my kids were little, a towel was useful for wiping down dirty feet or cleaning up that puddle of water that’s always on the bottom of the slides at the park.
- Buy more than one bottle of sunscreen. Scatter them all over house. I keep one in my bathroom so I put it on after I get out of the shower. That way I’m covered for the day ahead. My kids use the bottle by the garage door.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses. Okay, I’m starting to be a sun protection nag, but really do you want crows feet? Or basal cell carcinoma on your eyelids? Trust me, the scar won’t be pretty, even if you’re 65 when you have to get the skin cancer burned off (yup, I’m resorting to “Scared Straight” tactics, but you’ll thank me when you’re 65).
- Freeze green grapes and use them to keep white wine cold. I actually prefer ice in my white wine, but if you don’t want watered down Pinot Grigio, and don’t mind the extra effort, use the grapes.
- Freeze your ice pops straight up and down. You’ll get a cleaner cut off the top this way. I don’t take credit for this idea, but it’s genius, no?
- Eat the freeze pops. And the watermelon. And the ice cream. Drink the wine. Or sangria. Or pop. Live a little this summer.
- Send the kids outside to play. If they come back in, then send them out again.
- When you’re tired of sending them out, let them watch TV. If I survived an entire summer of watching “Grease 2” on HBO in the 80s, then my kids will survive a summer of watching Nickelodeon or Matthias on YouTube (their current favorite).
- Smell the flowers. Feel the sun on your skin (protected skin, of course!). Linger outside during the long days. Go to the lake or the ocean. Enjoy summer!
May you have a sensational summer. Now I’d love to hear your tips for making the most of the season. Do share in the comments below.