Summer is just a wonderfully busy time; taking the kids to sailing, golf and swimming lessons, trips to the library, seeing the latest movie, eating smores around the bonfire, watching storms roll through and going on nature scavenger hunts. But the best thing of summer is enjoying time with friends and family. Whether its for a party to celebrate someone or something or just having dinner together, its always great to get together.
It’s also nice to show appreciation and generosity as well, so here are a few gift giving ideas for your favorite host/hostess, your favorite kid or your favorite person!
This is such an adorable charm bracelet from Alex and Ani!
Here’s a little something for your favorite pooch!
Ah, the smell of the beach and salt air! What nautical loving hostess wouldn’t want these!
Golfing is something my husband has enjoyed. I don’t mind it, but I don’t golf enough to be good; I usually just enjoy the beautiful courses, the dining and driving the golf cart… really is their anything more fun than that???
This summer, my son decided he wanted to learn how to play golf… enter Junior Golf. Now, I don’t have much experience, rather I got scolded by my father-in-law the first time the family went golfing because I was quoting from Caddyshack the whole time… I guess that’s bad etiquette! Anyway, the whole family is so excited for him that golfing gifts are showing up. We did buy him a set of clubs, but now he has a custom golf towel, tees, balls, scope, glove and of course a golfing wardrobe! I’m kind of surprised that golf shoes haven’t shown up yet.
Do you have a little golfer in the family? Is one of your kids interested and going to start? Then here are a few things you might want to consider getting him/her.
(All items are found at shopspring.com. Clicking on an image will take you right there!)
In addition to sunscreen, those sunny days can be hard on the eyes, so a visor or cap would be a great idea.
A collared shirt and shorts are quite appropriate for the golf course. But no one says you have to wear a school uniform, so check out some fun clothes for little guy!
If you are looking for some gift ideas, or just want to get a few accessories, I suggest checking out Amazon. Here are some of my finds:
I hope these give you some great ideas for starting out your Junior Golfer!
Oh my goodness! Summer has been so busy and so wonderful! The kids got out of school early in June and its been non-stop ever since (hence falling behind on writing and designing for the blog!). My daughter is busy learning to sail and my son is in Junior golf. In addition, we’ve started swimming lessons, having backyard water balloon fights, learning to ride bikes, planting flowers, gardening and training our puppy, Edison, and of course summer reading and bonfires!
With enjoying so much time outside, I decided to get a new pair (or two!) of sunglasses. But in searching for the right pair, I came across some great frames that I just had to share with you. So if you are looking for some fun summer sunglasses, you might just want to check these out!
I’m in love with these from Dresslilly! They are the Ombre UV Protection Wayfarer Sunglass and are on sale right now for only $5.32!
This next pair is also from Dresslilly and I love the two-toned color. Another great thing is the nose piece, sometimes you need to just flip the sunglasses on the top of your head without ruining your hair, and this will do that! At only $4.91, how can you pass them up?
Since I’m all for variety, I love these oversized sunglasses from Freyrs. I can picture wearing them with a wide-brimmed straw hat sitting pool side!
Everyone also needs an aviator in their collection, so check these great frames from Tory Burch!
The only type of sunglasses that I haven’t shown are polarized. I seem to have the hardest time find them that aren’t guys, that aren’t for hunting and that are cute and fun to wear. So if you find them… let me know!
Each year, I let my kids pick something new to try over summer. This year my 6 year old daughter chose sailing!!! I enjoy sailing myself and am rather self-taught, so I’m thrilled that she has shown an interest in it and wants to learn. Granted, I think watching Moana over and over has influenced that decision a bit!
Each Monday night, we are shoreside learning something new and loving every minute! She is learning to sail in a Pram, although she calls it the bathtub! I suppose their is a bit of a resemblance. The first class she got to learn a few knots, which prompted her to ask for a rope of her own to practice at home… of course you may! So far its just been lots of fun for her playing with the boat, going swimming and meeting new friends. I look forward to seeing how she progresses through summer and all that she will learn.
Are your kids in any programs this summer? If you are thinking about sailing here are a few things you may need!
First is a life jacket of course! Make sure its fitted properly. You can pick up jackets in many places, but I go to West Marine. They have a great selection of sizes and colors. Since no one really likes wearing them, especially kids, its a great idea to pick out a fun print or color that will help encourage them to keep it on!
Naturally your kiddo will need an awesome swimsuit too like these from Joe Fresh. I also recommend a rashguard, helps make the life jacket a bit more comfortable.
Next thing you need, is a beach towel to wrap your little sailor up at the end of the day.
How about some sailing shoes so your kids won’t slip or hurt their toes? Sperry’s are always a great option!
Next thing you need is a bag to put it all in. My first thought is a great sail bag from Sea Bags. I’ve always loved their Navy Anchor Tote… check it out!
The next thing your little one need is a boat. Just kidding!
I’m so excited! Today, I finally got the next item up on Etsy!
Summer is coming and that means lots of parties happening, which means LOTS of planning and organization. With that in mind, I’ve created the Invitee List. This sheet is great and I can’t wait to use it this summer with the rest of the party sheets.
What makes the Invitee List amazing is all the features that you normally don’t find on a simple guest list. This sheet features space for your guests addresses, but its so much more than that. Their are spaces for the number of people in each family that you’ve invited and how many will be actually attending. How many times do you invite a family, but due to scheduling one can’t make it? Keep track! There are also great check boxes to note if your guest has R.S.V.P.’d or not. And, since I think Thank You notes are important, their is a check box for keeping track of that as well!
I love the esthetic of this sheet as well. Its simple, lots of white space for extra notes if you need, but has a simple, yet modern nautical flair!
This Invitee List works great with the other party sheets we have on Etsy as well. Since, this sheet is a printable download, if your guest list keeps growing, just print out more sheets!
My aunt, well, really my husband’s aunt has a place in the Wisconsin Dells. This year she invited us up for a weekend to help her get it ready for the summer months. So we packed up the kids and the dog and headed north. Unfortunately, the whole weekend was cloudy and rainy, which made a normally beautiful drive kind of dreary.
We drove up Friday after work and stopped to eat dinner at Monk’s Bar and Grille – At the Wilderness in Lake Delton. We arrived around 6:30 and had a 20 minute wait. Everyone enjoyed their food, (though everything is fried and/or covered in cheese!) and the kids wanted to go back another time.
We made it up to Auntie’s and the kids just loved the bunk beds. They basically spent the entire dreary weekend playing there! Edison found his spot as well. Whenever we couldn’t find him, we just had to look under the table!
Saturday, we woke up to sunny skies, so I had to take the opportunity to spend it outside. I’m glad that I did, not only were the flowers beautiful, but when I got back, the clouds came in, the temperature dropped and was cold the rest of the day.
After we spent the day working and doing various projects, it was time to head out for dinner. Auntie wanted to take us to the Pizza Ranch, so off we went to Lake Delton. Now, I have never been to one before and I’m not a big fan of buffet-style restaurants, but I have to admit, we did enjoy it and would go back with the kids! They had a nice salad bar, variety of pizzas, chicken and mashed potatoes too. The dessert bar with dessert pizzas and vanilla ice cream was pretty good as well.
Naturally, any good day ends with a campfire, doesn’t matter how cold or how rainy, we still sat outside and enjoyed the end of a long day!
Sunday morning, we woke up happy of all we had accomplished, so it was time to do something a bit more fun. Of course, it was cold and dreary, but my son desperately wanted to go fishing, so we found a public spot to drop a line in. This was also Edison’s first time by a lake and it was a little hard trying to stop him from jumping in!
After fishing it was time to head home. There is a lot more to do in the Wisconsin Dells area, but we didn’t have time this visit, maybe next time!
Don’t forget, to check out my Modern Nautical Packing List on Etsy. With summer coming, that means lots of weekend getaways, so be prepared and don’t forget anything at home. My packing list will help you keep organized!
I am so excited… today we adopt our puppy! (Keep an eye on my Instagram (@roguewavedesigns) for first pictures!) My husband and I have been married 12+ years and this is our first dog together. Growing up we each had dogs, but very different experiences with them. Together we’ve had a cat and for the last number of years children… who have been begging for a puppy. Well, their dreams are about to come true. I’m excited, but I know how much work is coming my way with the little fur ball. So, to make it more fun for me, I got to go shopping with one of my closest friends who has a couple fur-babies of her own to help me figure out what I need and don’t need.
We hit, Home Goods, PetCo and a few other places in addition to Amazon to find what I needed. I learned that their is A LOT of items out there and I look forward to learning more about some of them, but I tried to just stick to the basics… although, I’m pretty sure a puppy life jacket will be showing up for summer! (Any recommendations???) Here’s some of what I got:
Are you planning on getting a puppy soon? In celebration of our little guy, I’m giving away a free download of a puppy supply list. Hopefully this will help you find what you need and be prepared as well. You can download the PDF here.
Some of the items I have were gifts from family and friends. But since I do love to shop and look around, here are some great finds, that I might just be splurging on in the near future!
One of my favorite brands, Kiel James Patrick, just came out with a pet collection that I’m totally lusting over! Here are some of their items and totally worth checking out:
(Clicking on the images will take you to KJP.com)
Hand Painted Leather Dog Collar from KJP
Hand Painted Leather Dog Lead from KJP.
The following are some fun, nautical items I found on Amazon.
(Clicking on the images will take you to Amazon.com)
And don’t forget PetSmart’s collection too!
(Clicking on the images will take you to PetSmart.)
Large Dog Life Vest for days on the kayak or sailboat!
Adorable dog bowl with stunning stripes from the ED Ellen Degeneres Collection.
Puppy Treat Wristlet
Fetch of the Day Dog Toys
As I begin to use these products and find other great ones, I’ll be sure to share them with you too!
Sometimes life gets busy… really busy! Over the last few weeks things have been really crazy in my house. The kids were on spring break, but then they both got sick, passed the germs back and forth a few times until they landed on me. Needless to say, I got a little behind on my work, but I’m so glad that I stayed organized, because I was able to hand stuff off to my husband to help.
Since my first child was born (8 years ago!), I’ve become a huge fan of meal planning for a week. I found that I wasn’t so stressed when dinner time came around and it saved me many trips to the grocery store. Over the years, I’ve tried various ways to plan meals for the family: plain white paper, calendar, multiple list pads, sticky-notes and more! What I found, was that their wasn’t enough room, or I had too many little pieces to keep together, so I created my own and after a few tweaks and making it look aesthetically pleasing, I’m happy to release it to my Etsy shop today!
There are so many things about this sheet that I love. Of course, I love the nautical touches (what can I say, sailing is always on my mind!), I love the simplicity of it (so much white space for extra notes!), but unlike so many other meal planners, there is room for breakfast and lunch NOT just dinner. Also, you’ll see a small line to the right, that is for your extra notes. I created it to write down which cookbook and page number I could find my recipe on. I got tired of writing down “Pot Roast” but then forgetting which cookbook recipe I wanted to make… problem solved!
Then off to the right is for your grocery list. When creating my meal plan with my cookbook right in front of me, it is quite easy to create my grocery list. I wanted space just for that so when I am ready to hit the store, I could just trim it out and know that my list is complete.
But that’s not all! I’m also happy to announce, that now you can order my Modern Nautical Recipe Cardson Etsy already printed! They are being sold in sets of 10 ($8.00) or 20 ($15.00). These make great gifts for yourself, your favorite hostess, or that special bride!
You may have picked up from my Instagram posts, that I love coffee and tea. Every Monday, well almost every Monday, I try to post my mug for #MugMonday as well. Whenever I go shopping, I find that I’m checking out mugs, so here I am sharing some of my favorite finds.
Coastal Life Crab Mug in Teal Blue from Bed Bath and Beyond
Come to the Tusk Mug from ModCloth (currently on sale for 30% off)
Their are two things I love and when you put them together, goodness happens. First is Pinterest and the second is cupcakes. There are so many unique cake recipes on Pinterest it’s going to be hard to try them all. I’ve tried a few so far, some have worked out and others haven’t. I recently tried the following two recipes for a gathering, both turned out great and I was even asked for the recipes!