By Kate Riley April 15, 2011

Weekend greetings all, what are your plans?  We’ve got family coming into town so we will be cranking up the BBQ and sampling some wines, also my favorite Antique Faire is this weekend so I’ll be browsing that too. 

Congratulations to the following five individuals who won the five yards of fabric from Waverly Giveaway from last weekend.  #53 Elizabeth White; #155 Chelsea Beauchamp; #794 Madelene Leaphart; #1,114 Kristin Salazar;  #1,706 Bonnie Langenfeld.  I’ve notified the five winners via email, so check your inbox!    swirl snip

Have you heard about the arrival of Matthew Mead’s SUMMER ‘bookazine’ next month?  It’s sure to be filled with all kinds of inspiration for decorating and entertaining with style and simplicity.  I can’t wait to linger over the pages!  

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If you’re familiar with Matthew’s work with the most recent Holiday magazine, and also Flea Market Style, and Better Homes & Gardens, you are going to want to get your hands on a copy!  To purchase an advance copy, hop on over to SUMMER magazine to purchase via PayPal.  It is sold exclusively through the website and ships at the end of April.  

Here’s a two minute sneak peak of what you’ll find inside:


In addition to all the inspiration you see, there’s a feature on several bloggers inside the pages, including yours truly.  We were asked to reveal our favorite thing about summer, but you’ll have to grab a copy to hear my answer!

Be sure to watch Matthew on the Food Network on Saturday at 9 pm EST, he’s offering viewers ideas on Easter entertaining, sure to be fantastic!  

Finally, here’s some good news ~

I’m giving away two copies of SUMMER to two lucky winners this weekend, yay!

Eligibility to win 1 of 2 copies of Matthew Mead’s SUMMER mag.  Answer this question:

1) What is your favorite thing about summer?  Simply leave a comment.

2) Extra entries if you link to this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter, but be sure to leave additional comment(s) naming where you mentioned this giveaway (FB and/or Twitter).

Two winners chosen at random.  Giveaway ends Monday April 18th at 8 p.m PST.


Good luck + happy weekend!




  1. Oh, so hard to choose ONE favorite thing about summer! Mine would have to be our getaways to the beach — and bringing back shells, coral and driftwood to remind us of why we must go back.

  2. For me, it’s just that feeling that you can live outside all day… and the fact that it stays light out waaaay into the evening. I love having friends over and talking and laughing while all our kids race around and play together!

  3. Triathlon season! (It’s too hot in Texas to enjoy just hanging out outside during the summer, but there’s something about swimming your arms off, then biking and running your legs off (and sweating your heart out the whole time) that feels SO good….

  4. My favorite thing about summer is being outside all day!
    – Danielle
    other-option AT hotmail DOT com

  5. I’m going to echo what a few ladies have already mentioned: Sunshine! WI has been so cold and I’m so looking forward to sun and warmth!

  6. I love the long days of summer–I just get more done when the sun is out. The perfectly warm weather on the central coast is awesome too :)

  7. My favorite part of summer is sitting on my back porch swing, listening to my koi pond and watching the sun set across my 100 acres of Texas, while kids play and I drink a glass of wine with dinner on the grill. It can’t get better than that!

  8. My favorite thing about summer… just being warm.
    The Sun warming my skin, face and bones…

  9. My favorite thing about summer is being OUTSIDE! I don’t care what we are doing fishing, tennis, hiking, BBQ-ing, walks. I just love it all. And I am soo excited for this icky Spring in Utah to be over!

  10. Being outside, having more sunlight, being excited about all things outdoors.

    What’s the Antique Faire this weekend? It’s escaped me… maybe it’s Petaluma already? Better look it up!
    Have a good one.

  11. My favorite thing about summer is the long days with the hot weather. Also love a good summer sunset.

  12. BBQ’s with family and friends, long sunny days, getting up early to read on the deck with the birds singing. OMG I can’t wait!

  13. Sitting outside, enjoying family and friends in the dusky evenings, with a glass of icy lemonade.

  14. Hi Kate, I am most definitely looking forward tothe warm weather that lets us live outside in outside in our sun room! Love the few pics you shared. And was happy to see one of my teapots featured in the magazine/book. Hope I win. Thanks for the chance. ~Catie

  15. My favorite thing about summer is simply how alive everything is: green grass, birds and other critters, flowers, sunshine, and people out roaming about.

  16. Being outside for the majority of the day, not having to wear extra layers, summer cocktails made/garnished with fresh fruit. I could go on for days…

  17. We live in the AZ desert, so summertime is when we catch up on a lot of movies & indoor projects. So I would have to say: working inside without guilt.

  18. Kate, summer has a special feeling to it – casual, spontaneous. relaxed, even on a regular weekday! And the sheer bounty of fresh delicious produce is the best part of all. And the beach! I could go on…

  19. My favorite things about summer are the longer days and staying light outside later. Eating outdoors and working in my garden. A passion of mine! Congratulations to all of the fabric winners! Have a wonderful weekend, Kate!

  20. Lazy summer strolls through the Farmers Market and intimate candlelit dinners on the deck in the warm, summer breeze.

  21. It’s hard to choose just one thing, but I’ll have to say BBQ’s by the pool

  22. My favourite thing about summer is sunshine and the colours in my garden.

  23. My favorite summer things are: having my freckles come out from all the sun, and seeing all our friends and family at one of our parents’ cottages (both mine and my husband’s family have one!).

  24. My favorite thing of summer is hard to pinpoint. I think it would have to be the longer days. In those extra hours my family enjoys going for bike rides, talking walks down to our neighborhood pond and sitting on the porch eating ice cream with my husband and kiddos. Thanks for the opportunity!

  25. My favorite thing about summer is being with my family at the lake with an ice cold mint green tea lemonade. YUM!

  26. Running thru the sprinklers with the kids and enjoying being outside! Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. My favorite thing about summer is most certainly the many hues of flowers in my gardens. Which brings butterflies in and dragonflies fly in toward the waterfall. And then birds come in and build their nests. All of nature just happens to float my boat in the summer!

  28. My favorite things about summer are the Farmers’ Markets and reading a good book out on the deck while soaking up the sun.

  29. my favorite thing about summer is being able to be outside…beach, pool, lake, river….anything with sun and water, and i’m a happy girl.

  30. My favorite thing about summer is herbed salmon on the grill, lazy days at the beach, naps on the patio, and cold Chardonnay. That’s one thing, right?

  31. i love that my kids say their favourite thing abpout summer is swimming in the pool and mum bringing them out a plate of vegemite sandwiches to quickly snack on, and an icy cold cordial, whilst dripping under the pergola, then going back into the pool…so simple…great prize…thankyou…xxx

  32. Fave thing about summer…lying on the Heirloom White sprayed painted couch in my summer cabana on the bay, with one eye closed, trying to squeeze the sun as I look at it through my toes resting on the couchend!

  33. My favorite thing about summer is definitely outdoor eating. On the deck, at the park, or on restaurant patios… the outdoors make every meal better!

  34. Favorite things about summer – bare feet and carefree days spent at the lake with our two little girls – pure bliss!

  35. Relaxing with my kids….no school means no schedule! Last summer was a blast, got to share my country (England) with them for 5 weeks. We’re all wishing we could do it again this year :)

  36. Everything is just better in summer. Shopping at flea markets, yummy organic food from outdoor farmer’s markets, drinks on the patio with my girlfriends, long walks with my hubby and the dogs…

  37. I love sitting in the plastic pool, hose turned on and laying in the water with my toddler and infant. Splashing, laughing and soaking up the sun.

  38. My favorite thing about summer is eating outside. The rest of the year, I rush through lunch. Come summer, things slow down (I’m in academia) and we often take slightly longer lunches than usual. We’ll sit on the steps of UVa’s Rotunda or on the Lawn and enjoy the sunshine. :)

  39. My favorite thing about summer….open windows, warm air, sunshine when you wake up, light late into the evening, outdoor dining, flowers blooming, cantalope, warm tomatoes picked right off the vine, watermelon, raspberries from the vine, these are just a few of my favorite things!

  40. My favorite summer past time is elbows up which means lounging in the pool sipping a vodka and tonic after a hard game of extreme bocce with my family;) and I’ll be happy to share with my facebook and twitter friends.

  41. My favorite thing about summer is visiting my family at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Having a picnic one the island and watching the wild ponies eat marsh grass is just one of the most peaceful experiences in the whole world!!!

  42. My favorite thing about summer is flowers in the yard and lemonade in a big pitcher and casual throw-together-on-the-grill dinners. Oh, and sitting outside as it grows dark, listening to the sounds of the crickets…

  43. Ahhhh…my favorite thing about summer is the SUN!!!!! Living here in the rainy Willamette Valley of Oregon, every ounce of sunshine we get is a golden treasure! I also love camping with friends and family each summer. There’s nothing like waking up to the smell of coffee and a crackling campfire :)

  44. I love summer for the heat, the clothing, the fresh food, picnics, playing outside with my daughter, lazing on the beach! It’s just a fabulous season <3

  45. I love the warm sunshine, having the windows open, eating outside, and going on vacation.

  46. My favorite thing about summer is going to the lake house, not having to bundle up, and eating ice cream almost everyday! The warmth and sunshine is alway wonderful too:)

  47. my most favorite thing about summer is the fresh veggies–corn and tomatoes, look forward to them all year long.

  48. MY favourite thing about Summer is going to all the garage and yard sales in the warm weather to see what treasures I can find..xx

  49. I love summer!!! I love the warm weather, going swimming, dining outside on the patio, bonfires, roasting marshmallows, taking walks with the family, landscaping with beautiful flowers, etc.

  50. Visiting my family with my daughter, ice cream, library days and because I live in Houston – air conditioning!

  51. An all year awaited trip to the beach is always a highlight of summer for our family. And the laid back days with fewer places to be make the summer highly anticipated… especially right now!

  52. Visiting the warm, sandy beaches of Rhode Island. Gosh, I can’t wait for the lazy, hazy days to get here…

  53. Open windows, warm sun on our skin, daisies blooming, long lazy days–some of my favorite things I look forward to about summer…

  54. A lack of a schedule! School’s out for summer!!! The only thing that dictates our days is swim team!

  55. Favorite thing about summer has to be the free highlights in my hair! ha! no, probably the fun in the sun and at the pool!

  56. favorite thing about summer has to be the smell of fresh cut grass.. and sunscreen on my babies:)

  57. I get my road bike out and spend lots of time cycling the beautiful country roads.

  58. Opening the back door, putting popsicles in my children’s hands, and sending them out to play! :)

  59. Favorite things…watching little boys run through the sprinkler, spending the days with my husband (who teaches), and laying around in the green grass. Not much better than that!

  60. Love summer because of the longer days, warmer weather, spending time with my little girls, mission trips, yard sales, sleeping in during the week, flowers, growing our garden, camping, I could just keep going. Also responding on FB and TW

  61. I never win anything…but I got nothing to lose right?….so my favourite thing about summer is having my kiddies home and spending every waking moment making memories to last a lifetime….that is my favourite thing about summer.

  62. favorite thing about summer is swimming with the family!! thanks!

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

  63. My favorite thing about summer is our local Farmer’s Market. Fresh produce, eggs, dairy products, and meat that is *actually* fresh instead of “spent two weeks in a fridge truck” fresh.

  64. Campfires at our fire pit with good friends and family. Roasting marshmellows, talking and watching the stars!

  65. I’m an Aussie so my favourite part of summer is Christmas, followed by my birthday.

  66. The warmth of the sun is my favorite thing about summer! Yay for 90 degree days and a swimming pool close by!

  67. Without a doubt it’s the fresh fruits and vegetables! Love being able to eat lighter with fresher foods.

  68. Less TV watching for the kids and more scooter, bike and skateboard riding! They sleep and are so much better behaved when they have spent the day outside playing.

  69. Best thing: the lazy days drinking ice coffee! Other than that, it gets too hot for anything in the city:( Unless, of course, we have a few days off to visit some islands and swim in the crystal clear waters:) Have a great weekend

    Dimitra from

  70. My favorite thing about summer? I love how cheap all the fresh fruit is. I eat a watermelon all by myself. My family has to have their own! I also love having the windows open and the breeze that sweeps through the house…ooooo and going to the farmers stands…and….well I can just keep going.

  71. Farmers market, long walks in the heat, long lazy days, gin and tonic on the porch in the evening.

  72. My favorite thing in the summer is getting an ice cream cone and walking along the pier in Grand Haven

  73. My favorite thing about summer is the lush green everywhere contrasted by flowers!

  74. Summer favorites are: warm sunny days, cool glasses of lemon iced tea, and gardening — would love a copy of Summer!

  75. Fav thing…. going the the pool with the family and hanging out all day swimming and read magazines! Having a smoothie or two doesn’t hurt either

  76. My favorite thing to do in the summer is to sit under my pergola with a cold glass of iced tea and admire the flowering annuals I planted in the spring.

    tinab158 at hotmail dot com

  77. I love the slow pace of summer- the kids sleeping in, laying by the pool, and leisurely strolls in the evening.

  78. My favorite thing about summer is the late night when windows are open and listening to the crickets and owls serenade!

  79. My kids home with no responsibilities. Late dinners, wine on the porch, the beach, kids in the sprinklers, oh the list goes on and on

  80. Left a link on FB. Fingers crossed! I was hoping for the fabric but this would be a nice replacement! ;)

  81. My favorite thing about summer is long relaxing days at the beach. Summer is a time to just slow down and relax!

  82. My favorite thing to do in the summer is to head to our cottage and spend long lazy days on the beach with our kids.

  83. My favourite thing to do in the summer is go camping. Funny how I love to make my home pretty and comfortable, yet feel most relaxed out in the wilderness!

  84. What’s not to love? In our area summer is very short so we make the most of it. I love gardening, camping, taking walks in the early morning and the longer days.

  85. Sitting in the sunshine on our pontoon at the lake and watching everyone enjoy the warm weather!

  86. I look forward to sitting on my deck with a cold glass of sweet tea, reading a great summer magazine and looking at my beautiful hosta garden.

  87. We live in the midwest so summer is 3 short months of HEAVEN for me! (I hate cold weather!) The BEST part of summer? There are so many, BBQ’s, pool parties, kids home from school, fests, flip flops, fresh veggies, farmers’ markets! BUT….honestly? The BEST part of summer is having a tan so my summer clothes look SO MUCH BETTER! I summer!!!

  88. My favorite this about summer is watching my little one learn to swim in the neighborhood pool. He LOVES it!

  89. My favorite thing about summer is its ARRIVAL! This has been the longest, wettest, and coldest winter and I am sooo ready for summer I can hardly stand it. Just want to get my tootsies out of socks and into some flip flops!


  90. The sun, the flowers blooming and vegetables and herbs grown in my own garden.

  91. Hmm, my favorite thing about summer is not having to work (since I’m a teacher) and the fact that I live in Chicago makes it even better! Chicago redeems itself in the summer after brutal winters.

  92. My favorite thing about summer is putting my feet up with a cold bevvie after working in the garden. So rewarding!

  93. That’s easy… heirloom tomatoes and shade gardening. I don’t have to pick ONE, do I?

  94. My favorite thing about summer is our schedule of fun activities … no school just lots of fun mixed in with some down time. The pool is always in use and friends are bountiful. I love it!

  95. Endless nights sitting on the deck talking with friends and family – AND – fresh lemonade <3

  96. My fav part of summer is finally wearing shorts, camp fires, s’mores, camping, late nights and family time. Winter is SO long here in Alberta, that summer is when we finally breathe.

  97. Simplicity—Summer days just seem slower, more simple, and a whole lot sweeter with that warm sunshine!

  98. Warm summer evenings, the kids on holiday from school, fresh peaches and nectarines, swimming!!

  99. Early mornings in the garden before the heat, sipping my daily iced coffee and deciding which veggies are ready to be turned into that evening’s dinner.

  100. Leaving Arizona where it’s HOT, HOT, HOT, to go somewhere where you don’t fry!

  101. Summer is SUN & warm temperatures & grilling & lots of fresh veggies & the glorious orange daylilies in full bloom. Summer is spending lots more time outdoors after a LONG NE Ohio winter & an all-too-short spring. Summer is LIFE.

  102. I love everything about summer! After winters in the midwest, summer is like a rebirth. I’m in the process of “summering” my house — changing all the dark winter colors to whites, sea glass and ivory. Can’t wait to sit in my outdoor living room and breathe in the sun!

  103. Bringing in the fresh garden veggies… corn, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. Catching lightening bugs with the children at night. Lots of sweet tea drinking on the front porch!! No school for the kids & me!! And fun day trips, weekend trips, and visiting with family. I love, love, love summer!! :)

  104. My girls get to be home with us all summer. My beautiful baby was born in the summer and just the freedom to get out and do outdoor things is wonderful! :)

  105. I absolutely love the heat! We have such a long cold winter so I can’t get enough of the heat!

  106. My favorite part of summer is gardening. I got the gardening bug last summer & can’t wait to get started this year! Of course there’s also camping, outdoor fires, playing in the water, sun, wearing sandals everyday…. I could go on and on!

  107. I love the sound of big wheels rolling down the driveway, picking cherry tomatos from the neighbors vines, and the ice cream man’s chimes :) happy bbqing!!

  108. This is my first summer out of college!!! That in itself is awesome, but additionally we will begin remodeling our house!

  109. My favorite things about summer are the long warm days and the breathtaking Arizona skies.

  110. I love having my kids off school. I adore the extra time to spend with them, but I really love the lack of schedule-no homework, bedtime, wake up early and not as many lessons, practices etc. We can be spontaneous if we want to and not have to worry about it affecting them the next am.

  111. The slower pace of summer is so nice. Cooking most dinners on the grill in the evenings and having favorites like strawberry short cake, just say summer to me.

  112. I love the warm weather for enjoying all the fun outdoor activities like: hiking, biking, tennis, camping, BBQ-ing… I also love the summer foods like corn on the cob, watermelon, homemade ice cream, and s’mores. Yum!

  113. My favorite thing about summer is when we take the boat out onto Lake Michigan, anchor in a remote location, bring games like donkey ball on shore and hang out with friends – then go for a swim in the bath-like temperatures of Lake Michigan! Second favorite thing is watching the sun set into the water!

  114. I won’t win any points for creativity, but my favorite thing is the SUN and all that goes with it. Especially hanging out at the pool with my nieces.

  115. Bbqing is my favorite thing about summer! Getting people and food together is just the best!!

  116. The sunshine. Ahhhh, the sunshine. Living on the wet west coast, with its winters of gloom, I look forward to the sun, and all the fun things I can do whilst out in it :)

  117. Can’t wait for fresh basil, tomato, mozzarella salad on the patio with a “beverage.” And summer morning coffee on my screen porch, listening to the birds. Love Summer!

  118. My favorite thing about the summer is spending time at the pool with my little one.

  119. I love getting off work early on Fridays in the summer. I also enjoy hiking and traveling.

  120. I love the longer days and the warm evenings when you don’t have to wear a jacket to take a walk.

  121. I love summer for so many reasons. It is my favorite time of the year. I love BBqing, the county fair, swimming in my pool, wearing shorts and tanktops, fresh produce — I could go on and on.

  122. Would love to browse that. I’m hoping to redo my bedroom this summer, so I’d love some more inspiration!

  123. Oh my goodness, so many comments! My you are a popular girl… What do I love about summer. Lying in a beach chair (not necessarily on the beach – can even be in my front yard) in my bare feet… with my eyes closed and feeling the warm sun all over me :)

  124. Simply put the weather. I love, love the heat, even if it sweltering here in DC and summer thunderstorms.

  125. Beach days, fireflies and hearing the crickets at night. Summer makes me feel like a kid again. Have a great weekend!

  126. I love having my windows open in the summer. The fresh air and sounds of nature filling my house relax me.

  127. My favorite thing about summer is BBQing, fresh veggies and fruit, laid back days, etc…

  128. I like the way the warm sun shines on the ocean waves,,,the ocean and sand is the best part of summer.
    What a wonderful site.

  129. Favorite thing about summer, the sounds of laughter all day long as my kids play. Also, the sounds of kids at the pool…love it!

  130. I love the sun being up when I wake up and still up after dinner. I like cooking on the grill and going on picnics.

  131. Beach, bbq, eating veggies from our garden, kids playing outside…everything!

  132. Drinking coffee and reading a book on the screened porch before everyone wakes up in the morning and cooking on the grill!!

  133. Grilling! Seriously. I try to extend the grilling season as long as possible. There might actually be a few snowflakes out there when I’m using her for the last time….

  134. I love summer vacations, and the best vacations involve the the crashing of the waves and the warm sand between my toes! Love the beach in the summer!

  135. My favorite thing is the freedom that comes with summer break. Even now as a 40 something year young teacher, I love to have that 2 months or so to do whatever I want with! I can sleep and read and create to my heart’s content.

  136. I guess my favorite thing about summer is time spent at my Mom & Dads house at the lake. It was my grandparents house when I was a child. Me & my four sisters had so much fun there. Then all of our kids were raised at the lake. Now my grandchildren love the lake as much as I did. Lots of great memories. Looking forward to seeing Matthews new bookazine especially if I win one. Thanks

  137. My favorite thing about summer that I miss here on the west coast, is WARM summer nights!!! with no humidity the air is chilly here in the summer not balmy!

  138. My favorite thing about summer is heading home from work knowing the family will be spending the evening at the pool. This magazine looks fab!

  139. I love to sit in the backyard at dusk watching fireflies and hearing the bugs making their funny noises :) simple, but wonderful!

  140. Watermelon, blackberries, the sound of crickets, birds chirping, hummingbirds feeding outside my window, long days, time for summer projects!!!!

  141. My favorite thing about summer…. clothes on the clothesline, and the smell of BBQ chicken!

  142. My favorite thing about Summer, besides GORGEOUS, HOT weather, is the loooong days. :)

  143. My favorite thing about summer is being with family while hearing live music outside.

  144. The Sun is my favorite thing about summer. It’s my favorite star in the universe! Glorious light by day, spectacular sunsets at night.

  145. I love long walks around our lake, with stops along the way to admire beautiful gardens.

  146. My favorite thing about summer: after Mr. Bobbinoggin gets home and we’ve had dinner, we strap little one in the stroller, grab our gear and go for a walk about town. We look at nice old homes. Marvel over renovation and landscape projects. Dream about what plant should come to our yard. And we end the evening on the front steps with beers in hand, after the children have gone to bed. It’s a wonderful, lazy, savored time.

  147. Love the slow pace, lazy days spent in a warm breeze with family and friends. Taking the dogs for a walk in the fields of Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush! Here’s to a fabulous summer, and in keeping life simple!, Andrea!

  148. Gardening! I am addicted to gardening and I can’t wait for spring to really begin here in NH. Thanks for the chance to win.

  149. My favorite thing about summer is visiting the beach and taking in the ocean air.

  150. My favourite thing about summer is sitting out on our deck enjoying my pots of flowers and BBQing. I’m from Canada so I hope I qualify for the giveaway. The magazine sounds awesome!

  151. My favorite thing about summer is the beautiful scenery outdoors, all the green and colorful blooms, and let me not forget the beach.

  152. Sunshine! We get a lot of rain during the Spring so I love the Summer sun!

  153. My absolute favorite thing about summer is the fact that it is a season of being laid back…oh and lemonade stands and wearting flip flops!

  154. I love summers at the shore…perfect weather, gorgeous blooms, pleasant peaceful nights.

  155. My favorite things about summer are…sandals, sundresses and my children being out of school!

  156. the beach…just imagining the smell of the ocean as we cross the bridge makes me feel relaxed.

  157. My favorite thing about summer is the 4th of July. My favorite childhood memory is of that day. Family gathered early at my grandparent’s house for a cook-out and lawn games. It would be so hot outside, and my grandfather kept little bottles of ice-cold pop in his garage just for the grandkids. After dark we’d snuggle down under blankets (because it was a little chilly in Indiana at night, even in July!) and watch the town fireworks from their backyard. Intermission was me, my siblings and my cousins running back and forth, writing our names in the night air with sparklers. That day is a tradition I now pass down with my kids.

  158. Wearing tank tops and flip flops on the deck drinking fresh lemonade while watching the kids in the sprinkler.

  159. my favorite thing about summer is escaping to the serenity of my north woods cabin.

  160. I love open windows, fresh air, and evening walks just as the sun is going down!

  161. My favorite thing about summer is sitting outside at night. There is something magical about sitting on your patio, enveloped by a warm summer night watching the stars twinkle.

  162. SUNSHINE!!! Living in Western Washington, I dream of the sun most months of the year. Come the beginning of July, I can finally count on it for a few weeks!

  163. Kicking back on the patio sippen come cocktails while enjoying the kiddos and friends! It’s a wonderful life!

  164. Summer favorites of mine are perennials popping through the dirt blooming in all their glory, butterfly bushes in purples and pinks attracting nature at its finest!

  165. I jUst love all the cool glimpses of summer in the magazine…it’s a must have for the season!

  166. spending weekends with the family and all our kids in the backyard, bbq, pool, sun, fun… can’t wait!

  167. Walking barefoot in the grass and relaxing outside in the early mornings before it gets too hot.

  168. My favorite thing about Summer are the long days spent outside by our firepit with friends, family, neighbors, and our pup.

  169. All the fresh vegetables fruits and beautiful flowers – sitting on my deck sipping ice tea – longer days of sunshine

  170. favorite thing about summer… that’s a tough one since it’s my absolute favorite season. But I guess I will pick the warmth- being able to leave the windows open to enjoy the fresh breeze, and go out in just a skirt, tank top, and sandals.

  171. I love the vibrate colors of summer…the green grass and beautiful flowers.

  172. My favorite thing about summer is the warm weather! I love being able to go outside all the time!

  173. My favorite thing about summer is grilling outside and dining al fresco and I also love going to Ravinia Festival. It’s a local out door concert place outside of Chicago. You bring in wine and food and just listen to the entertainment.

  174. Mmmm, home-made ice cream while watching the kids play in the kiddie pool…nothing is more relaxing then that! (Maybe with a glass of wine or beer too)

  175. My Favorite thing about summer is the availabilty of so many ripe vegetables/fruits. We can always get them all year long, but nothing tastes better than a fully sun ripened tomato.

  176. My favorite thing about summer is the slower schedule. All the evening commitment things end for a couple of months.

  177. I love to take my sewing machine on the awning covered back porch and sew up anything from clothes to home dec projects.

  178. Since I live in Arizona I don’t actually love summer all that much, so I’ll say the best thing about summer is going on vacation somewhere not as hot!

  179. the concept that you get to laze out in the warm sun, with a book and a cool drink in hand.. in reality, there’s a lot of sweat, dirt and grime….

  180. Pick only ONE thing I love about summer?!? I love everything about summer! One thing that comes to mind – crabbing and boat camping in the San Juans with my husband and his family!

  181. I always look forward to fresh cut grass, ripe cherry tomatoes off the vine, eating outdoors, walking with no shoes, that sense of fun right around the corner!

  182. I can’t pick just one thing about summer. I love it all. I’d live in permanent summer if I could; I know they say you need winter to appreciate summer, but really, I appreciate it every moment of every day if I had it all year long! If I must, my absolute favorite thing about summer is dining on our deck. More light to play outside. No jackets. Flowers. The smell of the air after a storm. The beach. Sunshine. Glorious warmth. See, I can’t pick just one!

  183. My favorite thing about summer is sitting on the beach in the warm sun and cool breeze with my toes in the sand! A perfect day :)

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