Summer Is Like A Permanent Weekend. Kinda.

Please tell me you are all "oh my gosh I am obsessed with Summer" right now too. 
I just can't get enough. 
Sunshine, beer, friends, family, beer, sunshine, etc. 
Gosh it's good. And you know--Summer makes even the weekdays seem a little bit more tolerable. 
Something about not being in pajamas and under a blanket on the couch by 5:30 pm, but rather having to wash your feet off at 10 pm after finally coming inside for the day. That's like one of my favorite times of the day lately. Yes, the time where I wash the dirt off my feet at 10 pm. It's a little mental "job well done on taking full advantage of this awesomeness right now" note my mind makes every time I have to do it. 
On that note, cheers to dirty feet?

Now that we are on that awkward visual lets switch over to what life has been like lately in these parts.
We will start with Thursday because I feel there are very valuable lessons to be learned from each day since then. 

The first thing you need to know is this: If you are ever invited to go out for dinner and drinks on a work night to somewhere that houses live music, SAY YES. I don't care if you will be tired the next day, have an early morning meeting to get to, think that pizza should only be consumed on "cheat days", or whatever lame excuse you can think of. You will absolutely think this was the best decision you have ever made on a Thursday evening. Throw on a cute new top and squirm that little butt of yours all throughout dinner to that live music. Life is better lived. Amen and amen. 

Secondly, just because you went out on Thursday night doesn't mean you should stay in Friday night. 
Rally those troops of yours and demand you go somewhere that you can sit outside. Once there, ask your male friend to lead the table in a cheers that will turn into one of the funnier speeches you have heard. 
Third, go see the movie The Internship. It is funny and will have you searching for open Google jobs the second you get home. Any workplace that has napping pods and free food available at your disposal is a workplace that both you and I need to take advantage of. See you there. 

Fourth, make about 12 servings too much of macaroni and cheese. Why? Because why not?
recipe found here

And last, make sure somebody in your family has a sweeter than sweet lake house (read: house, not 700 square foot cottage) that you can spend Fathers Day at. Just something about the beauty of what's in front of you will make you love your father more. This is important because your dad will expect that you treat him nice on this particular day and sometimes, you need all the help you need. That's a joke dad. 
my dad. the pimp of all pimps. 

Oh wait, one final lesson we all need to be aware of.  If a man wants to sleep, just let him sleep. 
Get it grandpa.

And there we have it.
Now go get those feet dirty.

Today's featured sponsor is Gayle from Grace of Gayle.
You know those people you come across in blogland and they end up being one your biggest supporters and you know that she will always have your back and you will have hers? Insert this beautiful soul. Get to know her a little bit better than shower her with love and support. I can almost guarantee she will give it right back.

When did you start blogging and why?
I have been blogging since 2004, but after some tough "life" stuff in 2011, I wanted a fresh start. I personally experienced the incredible grace of God, and Grace for Gayle seemed like a perfect title—because God's grace is sufficient for me.

You just won a million dollars. What's the first thing you would buy?
Oh, wow.  This is a hard question!  I keep typing something and changing my answer.  I don't know if this is the FIRST thing I would buy, because maybe I just need a bag of chips at the store when I just so happened to win the lottery.  But I would donate most if not all of it.  I do not need anything, and there are lots of people a million dollars could help besides me. :)

I don't know. I personally think the bag of chips is a genius answer....

If you could summarize your blog in three words or less, what would you say?
Authentic, honest, real.

If you could offer one piece of advice to a new blogger, what would it be?
I would advise you to not compare yourself to anyone else.  This is actually my general life advice, and something I frequently, FREQUENTLY say is:  "Comparison is the thief of joy."  Don't compare!  Don't look at the big blogs and get overwhelmed, don't look at the cliques and feel left out, just don't do it.  Be yourself, reach out, comment on other blogs, and be a kind person.  And don't compare. :)

well said friend..well said. 




  1. YES I totally agree about summer! Yes to live music & places with outdoor patios!!! And I consumed about 12servings too many of Mac-n-chz today (not a wise choice....) and I love your lake house!!!!

  2. If no one has told you lately... And even if they have... You're GORGEOUS woman. And you "wear" summer well. :)

  3. that dress is adorable! Sounds like a fun (an lively) weekend

  4. ^ I agree, the dress it totally adorable! And I love the "Get it Grandpa" pic - ha!

    I am definitely digging the arrival of summer too! :)

  5. Summer is awesome! My only complaint is the humidity in Florida is kicking my butt and the beach traffic blows-- but I'm super thankful for my condo's pool just seconds away from my front door. PS- Grandpa is awesome!


  6. I despise summer. Yes, I am that odd one out. I have never liked it. LOL. I am a fall and spring kinda girl. Of course, I do live in the desert (I have lived in the humid regions, too...) in Phoenix and I just despise it but ermagherd, our fall, winter and springs are amazing. Hiking, running, everything outdoorsy.

    Enjoy your fun summer!

  7. Ahhhhhh...summer is the best. I would add "Seven... be outside as much as you possibly can". Love your list, love that we are at the beginning of the summer! Fun post:)

  8. And now I know why you're the awesomest of the awesomes. Your dad, his shirt, his cool hat and shades, even his watch. Yep. Think he wants another daughter?! I'm not above selling myself to another family.

  9. you're dad's shirt!!

    I love summer too much too!


  10. Haha! Gotta love the grandpas!

  11. Love your blog, and just followed you on Instagram :)

    Your dress in the last few photos is so cute!!

    Yes, I love summer. It does make weekdays seem tolarable. I think the worst thing about summer is that feeling on a Sunday night. It reminds me of the feeling I would get as a kid when summer was over. I wish as adults we got summer break.



  12. "Life is better lived." TRUE. STORY.

    After spending 2 1/2 hours riding bikes, followed by an hour sipping beers on the beach, my friends and I spent most of dinner talking about how carefree the day had felt - how much like childhood. Such an awesome day that can really only happen in the summer months. 100% love.

  13. LOVE that picture of your grandpa - it's a classic.

  14. My goodness that's a lot of Mac & Cheese! lol I'm loving Summer! Getting lots of time with my little one before he starts the 1st grade. <3

  15. I await every summer like i'm still in childhood and get the entire summer off to play in the pool and dirt...unfortunately reality hits and then I have to go to work...cottage, house...gotta start somewhere and who care its the lake!!

  16. How gorgeous is that flower picture you took!?! I'd totally frame that in my house! :) Your grandpa picture is priceless! haha :) Glad you had a great weekend!

  17. Hahaha..grandpa's are a crazy good time... and Summer... I can't get enough of..it's where I take most of my vacation from work.. I still follow the old school days...Summer is meant to not have to do aaaanything ;)

  18. Going out on the occasional work night is THE best. I used to avoid it completely, but I've decided that friend time is absolutely worth a tired morning!


  19. yes totally agree with your comments about summer! and you have such a funny and unique writing style! great post!

  20. Youve got such a nice smile

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  21. Looks like a great weekend! I love summer too, just can't wait to get home to Chicago to properly enjoy it :)

  22. I just found your blog via Erin's genius giveaway and I love it! You seem so sweet and genuine, and FUNNY. Summer is my permanent weekend, it's totally the season for having a cold beer at 1 in the afternoon just because I feel like it. Can't wait to read more!

  23. Haha Grandpa sleeping is priceless ;)

  24. summer is totally floating my boat right now too! And I certainly hope I can find a shirt like your dad's in my size... one day. Gotta have dreams!
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  25. Totally agree that you should take every chance you can to get out and have fun even if you have stupid work the next day and early meetings, blah, who cares!

  26. I couldn't agree more with summer - I just love it! Especially decorating my house with summery hues :D

  27. I am so jealous of your weekend. And I always wishes I lived in a city that had live music during the summer boohoo.


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