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It’s time for 5 things I bought Friday. Sharing some of my best buys from this week.
Air fryer – how freaking gorgeous is this air fryer? Comes in a few chic colors. I bought it in white icing.
Silicone scalp massager – this is supposed to be amazing if you suffer from dry scalp this time of year. Massages your scalp and promotes circulation.
Elderberry gummies – to keep our immunity up during cold/flu season and COVID.
Flannel cardigan – this was my latest Target purchase. Perfect fall closet staple.
Fall candles – these are locally made by Michelle of Wick Apothecary. I stocked up on a few falls scents but the Hocus Pocus is my favoriteeee.
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Sunflower season is upon us. And many of us are wondering where we can go and get some Instagram worthy photos frolicking in the flowers or perhaps family photos. I’ve done a little research and I’m sharing some spots where you can see sunflowers in the Capital District. (I’ve also linked my dress and headband below, both Amazon finds!)
Where to see sunflowers in the Capital District
Golden Acres Charolais Farm, Westerlo, NY – this was one of my favorite surprise finds last summer. Open this summer 8/16 anticipating for the next 10-14 days. They are photographer friendly too and Sarah from Upstate Candid is available to do mini sessions for your little ones or family.
Bowman Orchards, Rexford, NY – Throughout August selling tickets for Sunflower blooms and butterflies. They also have fun farm activities for the little ones. offering blooms and butterflies.
Liberty Ridge, Schaghitocoke, NY – Now selling tickets for their Sunflower Festival. Admission includes access to the sunflower field, 1 free sunflower, live music, and the Barnyard Adventure full of activities and games for the kids.
Sand Flats Orchard, Fonda, NY – We just discovered this friendly family run farm this past weekend. You can visit their sunflower fields anytime during U-Pick season but they also are selling tickets for visiting during sunset.
If you’re local to the Capital District and know of some other beautiful sunflower spots, comment below!
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One of the things on my summer bucket list is to read more books. My family used to make fun of me because on my summer vacations I’d often go to the library or Barnes and Noble to get some books to read over the summer while most kids did all they could to avoid reading. It’s always been one of my favorite escapes. I’m sharing my Summer Reading List for 2021 below.
And all of the books are linked on Amazon so you can download to your kindle or purchase the actual book if you still like flipping through pages.
Scroll to the bottom to download my free summer reading list printable with my recommendations.
Summer Reading List 2021
I read this one last summer in 2 days. Elin Hildebrand is one of my favorite authors for an easy beachy read. There’s been talks that they may be making it into a movie too!
I read all of Judy Blume’s books as a teenager. I read this one back in college and remember it being really good. It’s a story about two girls who are friends during the summer on the Vineyard. It’s on my list for this summer to read again.
this one is on all of the lists for must reads this summer. This thriller is a Reese’s Book Club Pick and I’ve been told that its perfect if you loved Big Little Lies or Little Fires Everywhere.
based on an end of the Summer beach party in Malibu, this book is about dysfunctional family relationships. Many of the reviews on Good Reads say that the characters are extremely well written and will have your emotions all over the place.
A female powered thriller that based on the synopsis reminds me a little of the Stepford Wives or Desperate Housewives.
The Amazon reviews say this book is about female rage, sexuality, and adventure and the characters go to dark places. May not be everyone but sounds thrilling.
This story takes place at a family summer home in Cape Cod where a mother of three comes to a crossroads in her love life forcing her to choose between her husband or her childhood lover.
A new couple moves into a gated community and finds that it may not be all it appears to be. The main character Alice learns that there are some secrets about her home.
Reviewers say this book is like what the ladies of Sex and the City would be like in the social media age. Think new motherhood in Upper East Side.
Check off the books as you read them and add a few selections of your own!
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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 list – Click 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!