Blog Post Ideas For 30 Days Of Summer

Short post today. Didn’t mean for it to happen but today sort of morphed into a lazy day. I even took a nap! One of the best kinds of (almost) summer days.

I did want to post something today despite my slow pace so instead of my vacation recap post (in progress, I promise!), here are 30 summer blog post ideas. Perhaps you’ll want to use a few while joining in on the 30 Days Of Summer blog series link-ups.


30 Ideas for Summer Related Blog Posts: 

  1. Welcoming Summer
  2. Summer Bucket List
  3. Vacation Fun
  4. Treats for Summer
  5. Summer Drinks
  6. Keeping Cool
  7. Summer in the garden
  8. Holidays
  9. Making a splash in the summer
  10. Movies for summer
  11. Summer reading
  12. Summer Days
  13. Summer nights
  14. Summer decorating
  15. From the front porch
  16. From the deck (backyard area here)
  17. Summer quotes
  18. Relaxing
  19. Summer clothes/style
  20. Songs of summer
  21. Games
  22. Stay-cation days
  23. Traditions
  24. Frugal Fun
  25. Starry summer nights
  26. Camping
  27. Crafts
  28. Sleeping/Naps
  29. Bugs (you know, butterflies or mosquitoes…)
  30. Summer Weather


I’m sure I’ll be referring back to list often as we work our way through the summer blogging series.

What summer topics would you add to the list as something you’d like to read and/or write?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Summer Is Officially Arriving

Even though we’ve been under a heat advisory all weekend, it’s still been spring!

We can officially say it’s summer now. Time to do a little planning to see what’s ahead around here.

Summer may not be as busy but it’s still nice to have a plan for my weeks. Time to join in with Sandra, our host, over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for her weekly link-up.

Of course, just because I say summer’s not as busy doesn’t make it so. Yet another Sunday night post in these parts with a half-day of work scheduled for my Monday morning.

The Weather 

We’ve been under the heat advisory since Friday, I think.  Just means it’s been above 90-95 degrees with heat indexes 100+ all this time. It is a bit strange for it to still be 80 degrees at midnight and first thing in the morning.

Down into the low 80’s during the daytime for the rest of the week. And we have a decent chance for some much-needed rain on Wednesday.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post while enjoying an Izze sparkling juice, blackberry flavor, as I wonder what I’m going to wear to work in the morning.


I’m very grateful the computer repair shop around the corner could not only fix my desktop computer but also save my stuff! Time to get very serious about backing my stuff up on to flash drives. I’ve been very lax about it but this time certainly scared me enough to make it a priority.

And I do suppose, it was time for me to let go of Windows 7 and join in on having Windows 10 like the rest of the world. Thankfully, G’s been helping me out a bit with things though it’s not proving to be as awful as I anticipated.

On My Reading Pile

I only read one e-book last week, The Phoenix Descent by Chuck Grossart.  A good, thriller page-turner type of book. Slightly scary but not too much.

My back from the library titles include:

  1. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
  2. Life Moves Pretty Fast (The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies) by Hadley Freeman
  3. Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble
  4. Where There’s Hope by Elizabeth Smart
  5. I’m Proud of You (My Friendship With Fred Rogers) by Tim Madigan

On My TV

My husband just loves it when I discover home decor shows on Netflix. (Sarcasm)

I’ve been enjoying The House Doctor. An American designer helps British home owners struggling to sell their properties.  It’s inspiring me to clean/decorate our house. And I’m also enjoying the glimpse of all the different types of homes and places in England.

Something Interesting I Watched

We took my husband to see The Incredibles 2 for Father’s Day. We all enjoyed it. Funny to think J wasn’t even born yet when the first movie was out (14 years ago).

What I Found While Surfing The Net

Not too much of that this week with a broken computer but I did stumble across this interesting color calculator tool today.

On The Menu This Week

Last week’s already a bit of a blur. Let’s see if I can even remember:

MONDAY: Pork chops I bought already cooked ribs at the store

TUESDAY: Spaghetti Some days are just frozen pizza days no matter what’s actually planned

WEDNESDAY: Pancakes and Bacon We ate the pork chops this night

THURSDAY: Hamburgers My husband made spaghetti

FRIDAY: OUT/Leftovers J had subway, both boys spent the night with their cousin, I had Lucky Charms and my husband had left over spaghetti

Weekend: Saturday we had Wings and Things for lunch and pizza for dinner. Sunday was a day for leftovers (plus movie popcorn)

Let’s see what we’ll have this week…one day we’ll have Tacos out at my husband’s favorite restaurant since it didn’t work out today.

MONDAY: Rotisserie Chicken, salad *I work 8-1* *G has band camp 3-6* (Lunch: On their own)

TUESDAY:   BBQ sandwiches (roast in the crock pot) *I have Bunco* *G has band camp 3-6* (Lunch: Leftover chicken, maybe chicken nachos)

WEDNESDAY:  Steak, still haven’t fixed it *I have a hair appointment* *G has band camp 3-6* (Lunch: Breakfast for lunch, wait isn’t that brunch?)

THURSDAY: Tacos/out (Lunch: Mozzarella sticks)

FRIDAY:  Hamburgers, hot dogs *Boys’ younger cousin is spending the night* (Lunch: maybe fish?)

On My To Do List

  1. Get a new mouse for computer (the right-click button keeps sticking)
  2. Everything from last week (!) except the library trip (at least I did one thing)
  3. Take G for his driver’s license exam
  4. Work on blog posts
  5. Relax and enjoy slower pace of summer

In The Craft Basket

Still nothing but lots of ideas…

Looking Forward To

Still excited for the 30 Days of Summer series I’m doing with Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth And Home. Our first link up will be this Thursday! You can check out this post on Rebecca’s blog as well as this post right here for more information.

Looking Around The House

Needs a good clutter clearing and then, I have so many ideas of things I’d like to do.

From The Camera

Haven’t quite figured out how to edit photos in Windows 10 but I’m just grateful they’re still here.  A couple of photos snapped from a walk around the block last Monday or Tuesday: 

Quote For The Week

June calendar wisdom:  *****

Hope everyone has a wonderful week and “official” start of summer!

30 Days Of Summer: The Details

Rebecca (from Rebecca’s Hearth and Home) and I hope you’ll want to join us in our 30 Days of Summer series. It should be fun!

Here are the details…

When will it start?

Why, the first day of summer, of course! Just in case you need a reminder, the first day of summer is one week from today: June 21, 2018.

How long will the series run?

30 days.  So we’ll start next Thursday, June 21st with our first link up and end 30 days after that with our last link up going up on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Wait! That’s a lot more than 30 days!

Yes, it is a lot more than 30 days. Since summer should be more relaxed, we aren’t going to blog for 30 days in a row but rather put out 2-3 posts a week and link them on Thursdays. It’s 14 days of link ups with 2-3 posts a week which roughly works out to 30 days of summer blogging fun!  Confused yet?

We’re keeping a summer pace with this, slower and more relaxed.

So I don’t have to blog about summer for 30 days in a row?

Not unless you want to blog about summer for 30 days in a row. The goal is for 30 blog posts about summer over the course of the entire summer.  Link up as many or as few posts as you’d like on Thursdays.

What are the rules for my posts?

Anything goes (within reason, family friendly, please) as long as it relates to summer!

Would you happen to have a cool graphic for this series?

Yes! We would! It’s over on my sidebar but if you are having trouble, feel free to simply download the imaging using the save as options on your computer!


Note: I made the image bigger in this post, it’s a bit smaller if you try to grab it from the side bar. Also, Rebecca let me know last night the sidebar option wasn’t working for her so just use the save option if you’re also having problems.  Hopefully, I can fix things once I get my “good” computer back (fingers crossed!) from the repair shop. It’s having start-up issues.


So there you have the details (Rebecca plans to post a bit about our series sometime soon over on her blog as well so don’t forgot to check in with her as well). We both hope you’ll be joining in our blogging fun throughout the summer!


Halfway Through The Year: Checking My 18 in 2018 List

It’s June!  June signals the halfway point of the year. Can you believe we’re there?

Thought I should check in on my list of 18 things I wanted to do this year…

My 18 Items For 2018 Update:

  1. Read (at least) 18 books: I’ve read 9 of them. Plus given myself permission to take one book I just couldn’t make it through off the list!
  2. Lose 18 pounds: Yeah, ongoing struggle with this one.
  3. Get a new kitchen table: Not yet
  4. Guard my heart from negativity and drama (sorry, I know it’s vague): Work in progress
  5. Clean out the basement: Um…should probably get start on this one
  6. Clean out the inside of the computer desk: See number 5
  7. Add another garden area to the front yard: Lots of ideas, might wait until fall and use bulbs
  8. Buy fresh flowers for the table once a month: Doing pretty good with this one

    Grocery store flowers!

  9. Post a Happy Homemaker Monday post every week: Another good one!
  10. Do one thing each month to get ready for next Christmas: I’m still a last-minute shopper
  11. Complete a sugar-free challenge: Did this around lent, need to try again
  12. Join in the monthly weekly Facebook group photography challenges at Live, Snap, LoveNot very good at keeping up with them and definitely not brave enough to post my challenge pictures yet
  13. Go on a fun summer vacation, maybe a return to Colorado or South Dakota: Visited Duluth, Minnesota! Post about our fun trip coming maybe tomorrow or Friday.
  14. Make our house feel like a home again (vague again, I know…): My focus for the rest of the summer
  15. Walk in another 5K: Hoping to find something in the fall
  16. Clean my email inbox out monthly (prefer weekly but I’m being realistic): Been keeping up with this in spurts. After letting it pile up to over 1000 e-mails, I’ve been more inclined to delete things regularly
  17. Get rid of 18 things we don’t love/use each month (4-5 things a week): Falling a bit short
  18. Go on at least 2 nature walks/outdoor bird-watching adventures a month: I thought I’d do better in this category. Need to start actually making plans to do these

Did you make a list of items for the year? Are you making progress?






Happy Homemaker Monday, Back In Town

Still starting this on Sunday night as I have to be out the door early tomorrow. Day one of Driver’s Education for G. Long overdue.

Let’s just get straight to the categories again.

(Don’t forget to go check out the blog of our host, Sandra. You can find her and the rest of the wonderful HHM participants over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom)

The Weather

Hot! Low 90s all week unless the local weatherman mumbling about 100+ tomorrow is right. A slight chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday. A bit different from up in Minnesota.

Of course, I still stepped outside this afternoon and said, “Oh, it’s not too bad out here.” The heat and humidity don’t get to me too much but the mosquitoes count is 100% so I didn’t stay outside too long.

Right Now I Am

Sitting in the A/C and working on this post. Half-listening to a program about the planet Earth and the whir of a fan we keep running back here.


Since we took our vacation early this year, I’d like to spend the rest of the summer focusing on making the house a bit more of a relaxing place that feels a bit more like a resort (hotel room didn’t seem like the right word there…).  I’d like to find a way to bring that first day of vacation-clean into our home.

On My Reading Pile

Finished one called The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent. Didn’t care for it. Right now, I have just a few pages left in Live Lagom: Balance Living, The Swedish Way by Anna Brones.  And a stack of books about Minnesota, waiting for a library return.

On My TV

Mostly watched Chopped reruns in the hotel room at night. Over the weekend, I did catch up on Sherlock via Netflix. Need a new series to watch but nothing’s grabbing my attention. Probably because it’s summer and I feel like I need to be doing things other than staring at the TV.

Something Interesting I Watched

My husband watched a little bit of a show about undercover agents infiltrating the Hell’s Angels and it caught my eye. Think it may have been an episode of Deep Undercover (maybe that’ll be my next Netflix series).

What I Found While Surfing The Net

A trailer for Wreck It Ralph 2! Despite being skeptical, I think it actually looks pretty good.

And this funny take on the coming sequels to Legally Blonde and Top Gun…”32-year-old spoiler alert,” my favorite line in the article.

On The Menu This Week

Back to the reality of having to cook (and clean up) dinner each night! Did I mention I’ve been on a grocery store strike? It’s been an interesting weekend…

Last week:





FRIDAY: Ham steaks, potatoes, biscuits, and fried apples (We had the frozen pizza at lunch)

SATURDAY: My husband and I had salads topped with bacon, J fell asleep at 5 (!), and G went out with friends

SUNDAY: Fried crappie (fish), french fries for lunch and then, on our own at dinner (I had Lucky Charms, J had deli ham, My husband heated prepackaged tamales, and G went out with friends again)

Now..time for a real meal plan:

MONDAY: Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes, Salad (LUNCH: mozzarella sticks,salad) *G has Driver’s Ed from 8-10a.m.*

TUESDAY: Spaghetti  (LUNCH: Chicken/Cheese Quesadillas, Fruit) *G has Driver’s Ed from 8-noon*

WEDNESDAY: Pancakes and Bacon (Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti) *G has Driver’s Ed 8-12*

THURSDAY: Hamburgers (Lunch: Something Quick, maybe PBJ’s) *G has Driver’s Ed 8-12* *I work 1-6*

FRIDAY: OUT or maybe we’ll actually make the steak from 2 weeks ago *G has Driver’s Ed 8-12* *I work 1-6*

All subject to change after I finally go to the grocery store.

On My To Do List

  1. Definitely, Go to the store!
  2. Follow the Flylady missions
  3. Go to the library
  4. Make a list of summer (and beyond) projects for the house
  5. Still need to do those returns…blah, even went to Target once already and FORGOT my stuff

In The Craft Basket

Lots of project ideas, nothing tangible though

Looking Forward To

Joining Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth And Home on a joint blogging adventure. Look for more details about our 30 Days of Summer series, including Thursday linkups, coming soon. We’re hoping a few of you might want to join in our fun and blog about all things summer with us!

Looking Around The House

Cleaning is going to be a BIG priority this week. AND next.

From The Camera

This little Swallow Tail Stopped by to see us off on our journey north last Sunday morning. J walking along the shore of Lake Superior taking in the waves. And…saving the best for last, I was able to meet Carrie from Northwoods Scrapbook It was so fun meeting a friend from blogland in real life! Left wishing she lived closer so we could get together again.

Quote For The Week

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met. (William Butler Yeats)


Time to actually spend some time cleaning the house (bathrooms first, ugh) instead of simply thinking about it. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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