It has (again) been a hot minute since I’ve last sat down to write a blog post. I don’t necessarily have a reason for taking a little break. It has just been a different – but still lovely – summer. I was SO thankful to get back to work at my boutique after the shutdown in the spring. I am also grateful to have had a busy summer serving brides and wedding guests.
When I was not working, I enjoyed every bit of our gorgeous summer here in Pennsylvania. I have always been a fan of practicing slow living which is essentially saying no to a hectic, busy lifestyle and finding happiness and fulfillment in the little moments that make up everyday life. With the virus and all the restrictions that come with it, Nicolas and I totally embraced a slower-paced summer by spending more time at home and with my family doing the things we love. I believe that hygge and slow living go hand in hand. Here is how we spent our summer days. 🙂
On the deck
This was our first summer in our new home, and we definitely enjoyed having an outdoor living space! We ate every meal we could outside, and we also enjoyed cooking outside on Nicolas’s new griddle. P.S. If you haven’t met him yet, that is our new puppy Draper. 🙂
Swimming and relaxing at the pool
The community we live in has a private pool, and the employees did an amazing job with ensuring that social distancing guidelines were followed and that every single chair was sanitized after use. It was different but also very nice to be able to swim and experience some ‘normalcy’ this summer. 🙂 Sidenote: I also read a ton this summer. My favorite author lately has been Robyn Harding. Another sidenote: Who else LOVES Hint water? I am obsessed.
I loved making breakfasts and desserts with strawberries, peaches, and blueberries from the local Farmer’s Market.
Taking care of my plants and flowers
I was so excited to plant flowers in the flower boxes on our deck. I also planted some basil and mint. I love using fresh mint in my lemonade during the summertime!
Spending days at the lake
My parents recently moved into a new house on the water, and it has been wonderful to spend so many of our summer days there. The view is SO beautiful. I literally feel like I am on vacation when I’m there. I’ve recently started kayaking, too, and have really been enjoying it.
Ice cream, ice cream, and more ice cream …
Going on walks
Nicolas and I have loved taking Draper on walks – sometimes with my sisters and our other family dogs. 🙂 My dad and I also walked together on most Sundays.
Homemaking and putting together flower arrangements
I’ve also enjoyed continuing to make our house a home with little projects here and there. I loved decorating for summer and making floral arrangements with flowers from our local grocery store. 🙂
I would LOVE to catch up and hear what you all have been up to this summer. Feel free to leave a comment down below. Stay safe, healthy, and happy.