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Summer Bucket list

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Sweet summertime! The days get a little lazier, you stay up a little later, ice cream is perfectly acceptable every night after dinner and dips in the pool count as showering/bathing. There’s so many reasons I love summer.  Below I’m sharing some ideas that are on my summer bucket list as well as a free printable Summer Bucket List with ideas to get you started.

My 2021 Summer Bucket List

Berry picking – The boys LOVE berry picking and obviously eating as they go! After strawberry picking, making strawberry shortcake is a must! My favorite version is my strawberry cheesecake trifle. If you’re local, we went strawberry picking at Stanton’s Farm in Selkirk, its a small family owned farm and the strawberries were delish! They will have blueberries in July too!

Camp outside with the kids – put up a tent in the backyard, make some glow jars (you can see my easy DIY here), eat s’mores and tell ghost stories.  Rick and Maxwell did this last summer and had a “boys night” and Maxwell still talks about it, he thought it was the greatest thing.

Try an Aperol Spritz – believe it or not I have never had an Aperol Spritz and it sounds like the perfect summer drink. So it’s a goal of mine to try one this summer. My other favorite summer cocktail is my Paloma recipe.

Read all the books on my summer reading listClick here to check out my summer reading list!

Host a BBQ with friends – after the last year we’ve had, I’m ready to have some friends over, kick back on the deck and get to entertain. If you’re looking for an eye-catching meal idea that is sure to wow, check out my grilled steak charcuterie board.

Make a little road-side farmstand – last year I got into gardening and I would love to have a cute little roadside farmstand with some of my home grown veggies and flowers for people as they drive by. This year may not be anything fancy but I’m determined to give it a shot.

 

Whats on your summer bucket list? You can download free summer bucket list below with some ideas to get you started!

Click here to download my free summer bucket list printable

 

And to check out what’s on my 2021 Summer Reading List Click Here!

 

For more summer pins check out my Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipe!

3 In Lifestyle

The best true crime documentaries

The best true crime documentaries

This post was updated 2/17/2021 with some of my IG followers recommendations

Ok where are all my true crime junkies at? I can’t get enough true crime documentaries. It’s hard to say when my obsession started. I remember being fascinated with the O.J. Simpson case and Jon Benet Ramsey. I have rounded up the best true crime documentaries for you to get your true crime fix.

The Best True Crime Documentaries

 

Night Stalker (Netflix) – At first when I started this, I couldn’t get into it. But this was the #1 recommended documentary by all my Instagram followers and fellow true crime lovers.

Murder on Middlebeach (on HBO) – this one just breaks my heart. Created by a son who lost his mom tragically and he shares his journey as he is trying to solve her murder. My husband and I found ourselves trying to solve it as we watched and it’s a case I’m still actively following.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel (Netflix) – A notorious hotel in L.A. with a seedy past is the backdrop for this doc. One of their guests, a young woman from Canada goes missing. Was she murdered or was it an accident?

The Jinx (on HBO) – One of my favorites, I have watched this one over and over. An estranged son to a prominent family in real estate, Fred Durst has been a suspect in three murders and been in and out of jail. Watch until the very last episode for Durst’s surprising confession.

Unsolved Mysteries: Rey Rivera (Netflix) – Unsolved Mysteries is back and on Netflix. The first episode left me going down a rabbit hole trying to find more info about this case. A man gets a phone call and suddenly vanishes. His body is found later and ruled a suicide but his wife and family believe he was murdered. Crime Junkies Podcast also recently covered this case and it has left me wanting more answers.

Jennifer Dulos (Stream on Dateline NBC on Hulu) – I was fascinated with this case from the very beginning when my sister who lives in Connecticut could hear all the planes overhead searching for Dulos’ body that Memorial Day Weekend. A beautiful mother to five children who seemed to have it all goes missing. Her ex husband and his girlfriend are at the center of the investigation.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filty Rich (Netflix) – I didn’t follow this case when it was originally going on but this documentary sucked me in. The fact that Epstein was able to get off so easily due to his overwhelming wealth will leave you outraged. To me, the circumstances surrounding his death are particularly interesting. Was it a suicide or murder? Since watching this, I’ve been following Ghislaine Maxwell’s involvement.

Killer Inside: The mind of Aaron Hernandez (Netflix) – Interviews with Hernandez’s family members and friends, these 3 episodes examine his past and suggest he may have been living a “double life”.

Abducted in plain sight (Netflix) – ok this is a wierd one and literally left me baffled for so many reasons that I won’t share so I don’t ruin anything for those of you who haven’t seen it. A kidnapping by a close family friend that will leave you outraged and scratching your head.

The Murder of Lacey Peterson (Stream A&E on Hulu) – A very well known case about a pregnant woman who goes missing on Christmas Eve and her husband is the prime suspect.

Amanda Knox (Netflix) – Did she or didn’t she? An American girl who goes over to Italy to study abroad and gets convicted of killing her roommate. She’s since twice been acquitted and she claims she has been wrongly accused.

The case against Adnan Syed (HBO) – Made popular by the podcast Serial, this documentary follows the relationship between Syed and Hae Min Lee, interviews with those that knew them and the trial.

Up and Vanished – Tara Grinstead (on Oxygen) – I have been obsessed with this case since I originally listened to the Up and Vanished podcast a few years ago. A story about a paegent queen and teacher who went missing.

 

What are some of your favorite true crime cases or documentaries?

 

the best true crime documentaries

 

1 In Lifestyle/ self care

Ways to keep yourself from slipping into a funk while social distancing

  This post was sponsored by Reebok as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Thank you to Reebok for sponsoring today’s post.

Quarantine life day 1,354. That’s what it feels like anyway. And while my husband and I are both deemed essential and have to go to work, we’re still feeling the slump from not being able to go anywhere or see family or friends. There are some things that you can do to keep yourself feeling upbeat. I’m sharing with you some ways to keep yourself from slipping into a funk while social distancing.

1.) Get dressed every morning – Getting dressed, doing my hair and throwing on a little makeup makes me feel human and like a contributing member of society. This is something I learned back when I was home on maternity leave. You don’t have to get all fancy. Some days I put on jeans but most of the time it’s comfy athleisure. I love the new Reebok all-inclusive sizing line at Kohl’s.  They carry sizes from XS-4XL. The line is perfect for whether you’re lounging at home, chasing the kids or getting in a workout.

Ways to prevent yourself from slipping in a funk while social distancing

2.) Do something active – Exercising is a great way to boost one’s mood and also burn off all of those yummy treats and drinks that we’ve been consuming while home quarantined. Daily walks, bike rides and going for hikes has been a way for our whole family to exercise together and burn off some steam.

3.) Get outside – If there’s a silver lining it’s that this pandemic has come at time where it’s starting to get nice out. This is a great time to get outside and do some spring yard work or spring cleaning. Since we moved into our house a few years ago I’ve been wanting to start a garden and this was the perfect opportunity.

4.) Connect virtually with family/friends – Thankfully we live in a technological savvy world and there’s several apps that make it easier to connect with loved ones. Set up a virtual Happy Hour or play games with family and friends from afar with the Cards Against Humanity Lab.

 

What are some ways you’re getting through this time at home?

 

Be sure to head to Kohls and check out their new line of athleisure!

 

And for more ideas while you’re social distancing, check out

15 things to do with your kids while you’re social distancing

social distancing ideas

 

Prevent yourself from slipping into a funk while social distancing

 

 

 

4 In Lifestyle

Best purchases of 2019

My best purchases of 2019

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Last weekend I did a Q&A in my Instagram stories and one of my followers asked that I do a post on my top purchases from 2019. (If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you can follow me here).

I’ve compiled a list of my top purchases I made in 2019 for the home, hair/beauty, fashion and baby stuff .

Check out my list below.

For the Home

Dyson cordless V8 – This was by far both Rick and my favorite purchase of the year. I have an insane obsession with this thing. It’s super lightweight and cordless so makes it so easy to go up and down the stairs cleaning. The top part is also detachable which makes it handy to vacuum the couches and stairs. Totally worth every single penny.

Immersion Blender – Super easy way to make smoothies, soups and whip up some fancy coffee drinks at home. This has also become a staple in our kitchen for blending up whatever we’re eating for dinner to feed to the babe.

Deep pocket fitted sheets No more hubby standing on one side of the bed and me on the other struggling to get the fitted sheet on our bed. These have deep pockets, stays in place and is made of a nice cool fabric.

Hair/Beauty

Revlon Hot Air Brush – I had been seeing all of the reviews and was doubtful that this would live up to the hype. It it seriously life-changing! Not only does it give you that “you just left the salon and had a blow out” look, it also dries your hair really fast.

Tarte lipgloss – this was a beauty find that I was inspired to buy from Lauren McBride. It gives you just enough color, a little shine, and moisturizes your lips. I have a couple of these in shade “Nude”.

Fashion

Amazon Headbands – a set of 10 cute headbands for less than $10. Great on those days I don’t get to shower and need to look cute and put together. I love that they don’t go all the way around your head.

Amazon dress – my favorite thing I wore in 2019. I bought this dress when I went to the Saratoga Living Event where I met Dorinda Medley. Super feminine and comfortable.

Baby

Nesting Olive Dress – I bought these dresses when I was pregnant. I wore them towards the end of my pregnancy, when I was postpartum, (they were great for nursing), and I still wear them now as like a modern house dress. Super comfy.

Dockatot – This was a lifesaver. A great way to cosleep with your baby or bring with you when you travel.

Hakka – for all the breastfeeding mamas. Place this on the side opposite the one you’re feeding on and it collects milk.

What was the best thing you purchased last year?

 

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My best purchases of 2019