by Holly on July 27, 2012

in life,randomness,summer

In the spirit of living freely and in the moment, may I suggest 10 things to do before summer is over? Do one or do all but whatever you do, make sure to have a great last weekend of July.

(1) Take a weekend getaway!

Just this summer, I’ve gone on a weekend cheese tour of Southwest Wisconsin in addition to mini getaways to Chicago, Milwaukee & Door County, WI. Pack up a duffle bag, rev your engine and see where the freedom of the open road takes you. Hopefully, your end destination involves beer and Avocado Tempura Burgers.

(2) Go mini golfing while drinking Arnold Palmers! And if you don’t (a) like mini golf or (b) know what an Arnie Palmer is, then we can’t be friends. Total bonus points for drinking a John Daly.

(3) Don’t cook! Step away from stove and eat a salad. Win-win.

(4) Learn something new!

Preferably, learn something that involves cooking & a grill…like roasting your own red peppers! You could use them in Chickpea Chop sandwiches, atop salads or smooshed in paninis.

(5) Make popsicles! I haven’t done this since middle school when my sisters and I would freeze Tropical Punch Kool-Aid or Tang with a metal spoon in a cup. It was the most ghetto popsicle in the world but tasted so refreshingly cool. Try Roasted Strawberry Coconut Milk Popsicles or these Coconut Shell Fruit Popsicles. Much more sophisticated for my 27-year-old self, me thinks.

(6) Throw a picnic!

Nothing fancy…perhaps just some turkey sandwiches, fresh cherries and potato chips? Bring a manfriend (or womanfriend) and a bottle of wine, sparkling water or better yet, these Lemon Basil Spritzers, and lay on a blanket to immerse yourself in the last month of summer warmth.

(7) Use SPF! Seriously, like now. Go slather it on because the ozone’s not getting any thicker.

(8) Go on walk!

One of my absolute favorite things to is to walk around my neighborhood around dusk. It’s happily quiet, the heat of the day has thankfully subsided and there is a unique silence to the wind whooshing through the trees. Pure happiness.

(9) Grow an herb garden! It’s not too late to reap summer’s harvest – start with basil and parsley.

(10) Take a moment to say thank you! There is so much happening on this crazy planet (both good and bad) that cultivating gratitude is one of the best things we can give back to the universe. That and reducing our environmental impact…but I’ll settle for a simple thank you today.

Some things NOT to do before summer is over? Move apartments, run out of toothpaste + brush your teeth with mouthwash and spill an entire bag of quinoa on your kitchen floor.

Hypothetically speaking, of course.

What is one thing YOU are going to do before the summer is over? Sharing is caring!


Carolyn @HealthKitten.com July 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

spill an entire bag of quinoa on your kitchen floor

OMG. I suppose it’s good you’re moving…or else you’d be finding quinoa through the end of 2013!

My weekend is kicking off with watching the Olympic opening ceremonies (and eating some combination of kale and squash…see latest blog post for those deets), going to Dick Blick for some canvases and paints to get my art on, and ramping up my half marathon training. Some adult beverages, bacon and hanging out with friends will also be involved.

Gotta enjoy the summer while it’s here!! Have a great one, Holly!

Danielle July 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

One thing to do before summer 2012 is over: hang out with Y-O-U! And the rest of this list, of course. I’ve been doing most of these things time and time again this season. :)

So sorry about the spilt quinoa, by the way. Cleaning up those raw grains is such a pain!

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Before summer is over, I will: eat copious amounts of ice cream; go camping; and unfortunately, move apartments.

2/3 being awesome? I’ll take it.

Daddio July 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Picking up quinoa on the kitchen floor is so painful………….otherwise play golf with ALL my daughters! It could happen? Brother and nephew too! Take my better half on a walk, (it may have to cool down just a bit, ya think!) Enjoy every moment of the summer!!!

Alysha @Shesontherun July 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Not starting an herb garden – that’s for sure! I’ve failed at it three times, so I have given up the ghost. One thing I must do is go to more of MKE”s music festivals, like jazz in the park.

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I just met my “before summer is over” goal: having my favorite self-serve frozen yogurt with lots of toppings, while walking through Boulder, CO (vacation spot). Yay!

I have one more. I told myself that I MUST teach my first health coaching seminar before going back to work full-time (I’m a teacher). I knew if I put it off, I would continue to say “I’m too busy” once school starts. Well, today we nailed down a date for the first seminar, and it looks like I’ll squeak by with getting it in. I’m sooooo excited!!! Can’t wait–it’s really going to happen! :)

Christine @ Savoury Traveller July 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Um, I’m pretty excited by your ghetto popsicle ingenuity. I am getting a little sick of frozen grapes and it sounds like just the right amount of effort (which is to say, barely any. Score). My must do’s for the summer are: long walks, weekend getaways, food festivals, reading outdoors and camping. Oh, and hefeweizen.

Tamar July 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

What a great list! How have I never thought to have a drink while playing mini golf?!

Stacey July 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Im gong to go to a Cubs game, taking the train from Harvard…eating fabulous bread pudding pancakes at the Southport Grocery and Cafe in Wrigleyville, followed by a beverage at some point at The Cubbie Bear:)

Lauren July 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I would like to do every single one of these before summer is over. Specifically the picnic and make popsicles. Ah, that is what summers are made of!

Brooke July 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Omg you’re totally holding man friend’s hand!!!!!!!!! DYYIIINNNG

Mackenzie July 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

the handholding man friend photo made my night :) you guys are precious.

Erin @ erinberries July 28, 2012 at 1:26 am

Great tips! I totally believe in weekend getaways during the summer…or anytime of the year. :)

Sara @my less serious life July 28, 2012 at 6:21 am

oh shit. i am about to move AND almost out of toothpaste!

Joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

LOVE that photo of you and manfriend walking – you need to frame that badboy. And quinoa spilling? That sounds familiar.. I may or may not have done that earlier this week (and EVERY TIME i cook with quinoa).

Cristina July 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

Love this list! I want to go paddleboating :)

Hannah-lyz July 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I’ve discovered my new favourite icey way to cool off… Frozen nectarine or peach slices :D Totally happened as an accident when I popped some sliced nectarines in the freezer to quickly cool them down after they’d ripened in the sun.. forgot about them, and presto! Frozen nectarines! I’ve been cutting them chunkily, pushing a lollipop stick into them, and freezing them whole :D Amazing, simple, refreshing. And perfect after a looong walk pretending to be explorers with kiddly-winks :D

Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food July 29, 2012 at 5:12 am

I can’t remember the last time I made Popsicles… Must rectify that!

kelly July 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

1. watch Olympics – especially sports I didn’t know existed

2. not take anything too seriously that’s happening right now in my life

3. drink more iced coffee, hot coffee and coffee in general

4. more frozen yogurt too

Anne July 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

I adore picnics and they are always on my to do list and I never get around to DOING them, funny how I manage to do all of the not fun stuff!

Megan (Braise The Roof) July 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm



I agree on the John Daly’s- they’ve become an important part of my summer. I’d add go to a pool to the list. Or the beach. It might have been a really hot summer, but the water helps and summer is too short to spend it inside.

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef July 29, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Adorable, as usual. Funny thing, I just made pops this past weekend for a BBQ I had at my house :) Mango chili tequila pops, that is!! Super good…. I didn’t blog about the recipe because I wasn’t paying attention when I made them, but the boyfriend and I decided we need to have them on stock for the rest of the summer. I’ll post about them, and let you know :)

Before summer is over, I want to get back into a schedule of doing yoga. I have been out of it for a while, I blame summer school Physics, but have been dying to get my butt in gear and get back to the activity I love. Besides that, just enjoy the summer and my friends/love before grad school starts and I am forced into the library for many (many) months :)

Lauren T July 30, 2012 at 9:52 am

Moving is the worst! I just did it this weekend, and it actually went very smoothly. Still no fun though. A fun thing I’m planning to do this summer is go to the Iowa State Fair! I can’t wait!

carrie (actsofrebellion) July 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

love your list. i’ve gotta make it back to milwaukee and get some kopps custard before the summer is over.. it’s criminal not too.

Hillary July 31, 2012 at 7:31 am

The picture of you and manfriend holding hands made me smile. Love it!

Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

My list:
1. Hit the beach!
2. Camp, relax, and have a blast at the Philadelphia Folk Fest.
3. Do lots of grilling.

I want to have a picnic! Gotta make this happen :)

Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

Add to the list of things not to do this summer: spill green smoothie everywhere. Happened to me yesterday when I started twisting the glass part off the blender so I could pour my smoothie into the cup, and it detached from the bottom part. Smooooothiiieee everyyywheerreeee. Needless to say, some of my non-green-smoothie-drinking family members were concerned about why there was a strange green liquid dumped in the trash.

Mary @ finding joy in all things August 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Ooooh, I love the idea of doing a cheese tour. How do you sign up? I’m always looking for food related things to do around Milwaukee. Also have been loving drinking arnold palmers all summer. I added a little twist to mine by adding some limoncello – yum. Still want to add a few more things to my garden, can some tomatoes, and go swimming in Lake Michigan.

Comments on this entry are closed.

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: