My absolute favorite summer products…

Summer love, summer products, Santa Cruz lemonade, Elevate the Everyday, Essie Cascade Cool, Skinny Girl Vodka, e.l.f. lipgloss


Summer is my favorite season.
But this year, I spent the first half of it so busy that I missed out on so much of the joy of summer.
Now that I’ve managed to dig myself out and refocus on what’s most important, I’m determined to make the most of what’s left.
So, I thought I’d share with you some of the things that are bringing me small moments of joy.
(This post is NOT sponsored, but if Santa Cruz wanted to send me a case of lemonade, I wouldn’t say no!)

1. Santa Cruz Organic Mango Lemonade

I can’t get enough of this lemonade.

Lemonade is a summer must, but the mango flavor in this one makes it even more wonderful!

2. Skinny Girl Coconut Vodka

Sometimes? I add this to the mango lemonade.

3. Elevate the Everyday, by Tracey Clark

I am in love with this photography book and it’s helping me to capture

more of those fleeting moments of summer.

(I had the pleasure of meeting Tracey recently and she is every bit as lovely as her photography.)

4. Essie nail polish in Cascade Cool

I don’t typically wear bright colors, but this polish is fabulous and I may just finish the bottle before summer is over.

5. e.l.f. Hypershine Gloss in Blossom

This gloss was given to me by my friend Kelly and it’s become my go-to gloss this summer.
The texture is perfect and the color is subtle, yet pretty.
All of my pricey lip glosses are taking a backseat to this perfect gloss.

What are your favorite products this summer?

I’d love to know what small things are bringing you moments of summertime joy.

Please share!

Treasured family photos

The last time I went home to Maine, I sat with my grandmother for hours at her kitchen table, while we went through her photo albums and boxes of loose photos.

She named the people in each photo and shared stories of her life with me.

And in those moments, it felt as though she was trying to pass those stories on to me so that they would live on with me.

She told me that one day many of those photos would be mine, as she will divvy them up amongst her children and grandchildren.

What a difficult process that must be for her.

Which one of her grandchildren should get the photo of their grandfather sitting in his Adirondack chair on the back lawn in the late summer sun?

Which of us should get the photo of our Uncle Bobby, whose daughters both died last year from breast cancer?

And who will get that photo of my grandmother, holding her favorite doll, with her eyes looking straight into the camera with a sparkle that’s still there after all these years?

How do you make those choices?

Or how about that baby photo above? That’s me when I wasn’t yet a year old. My mother gave it to me several years ago. But should that photo be mine or hers? As both a daughter and a mother, I can’t say that I know.

From the moment I learned of LiveOn Rewind, I thought it was a remarkable service. To think that I could send away those photos of my father and have them stored digitally helped me to few them as less fragile.

But, that led to thoughts of that day with my grandmother, as she carefully wrote on the back of each photo who they should one day go to. What if she didn’t have to choose?

And what if both my mother and I could have my baby photos? They’re as much hers as they are mine.

What if each of us could have those special photos…those pictures of the people who made us who we are today?

LiveOn Rewind gives families that option.

Today, we can easily attach a photo to an email and send it out to our entire family.

And if we digitized those old, fragile, faded pre-digital camera photos, we could share those too.

No one should have to choose who to whom each of their treasured photos should go.

By converting those photos to digital images with LiveOn Rewind, entire families can have those images.

And that’s a pretty amazing thing.

If you’d like your family to be able to share all of those old photos, here’s a special code that will get you 30% off LiveOn Rewind’s photo scanning and video conversion services: cgc66

Thank you to LiveOn for sponsoring this blog post. Please LiveOn to learn more about sharing and preserving your most important memories. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I Didn’t Know…

Before my children were born, I dreamed of all of the ways that I would show them love. I knew that I would comfort them, dry their tears, offer encouragement, and be their safe place to land.

What I didn’t know is how they’d offer me those same things in return.

I didn’t know that waiting for Katie would teach me a level of patience beyond anything I could have ever imagined

…that she would help me to learn to trust my gut….

…and that she would stretch my heart beyond all comprehension.

I didn’t know that Matthew would teach me that I don’t always know best

…that he would melt my heart in a way that only a son could

…and that he would help me to grow stronger.

I didn’t know that on days like today, when I was the one with tears, that my babies would comfort me and be my safe place to land.

This parenting thing teaches me something new every day. Oh, how lucky I am to be their mother.

This post is linked up over at Things I Can’t Say.  Thank you, Shell, for encouraging us all to share photos of our babies…this was so lovely.

And speaking of Shell, I am so honored to be her featured BFF today over on Things I Can’t Say. It would mean the world to me if you would stop by. I’m talking about how PBS has corrupted my child and I need your help!

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