During the winter months, I take extra care to note the things that are “saving my life” – things that help me get through the hard parts of that cold, dark season (i.e. my “happy” light and tea). I feel so much better in the summer that it’s easy to take for granted the things that are “saving my life” during this season. Even though summer is glorious, there are things that are making it better and boosting my day-to-day happiness. Our bodies need TLC even in the summer. So, from top to bottom, the following are “saving my life” right now….
My homemade Leave-In Hair Conditioner – about two weeks into sunshine and swimming, my hair felt like straw. It was really bad. I tried some store bought leave-in conditioners but I didn’t like how they felt. I decided to try to make my own.
I filled a 5 oz. spray bottle with about a tablespoon of almond oil and about a tablespoon of liquid coconut oil (It has to be liquid kind. Even if your regular coconut oil looks liquid-y because of the heat, don’t be fooled, it will clump up once you add your water. Trust me. I learned the hard way.). Then I added bottled water to the rest of the bottle. Shake and spray on your hair after your shower. I only spray the ends of my hair. My roots are oily enough. It seems to be helping my hair quite a bit. You might have to play with the amounts depending on your hair type and texture.
Mat Kearney’s Young Love CD – After listening to Taylor Swift on repeat for months, we needed a new CD. (Still love Tay Tay!) This CD is so fun and filled with upbeat songs. It has become our summer soundtrack. The lyrics are “clean” so I feel comfortable “blasting” these songs with the windows down, even when the kids are in the car.
Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate – TJ’s to the rescue – again! This coffee concentrate is my “secret weapon” this summer.
Sanuk “Fraidy Cat” Flip Flops – These sandals are by far the most comfortable sandals that I have ever owned. They have been through so much this summer (lots of soakings at the pool and during rainy swim meets) and somehow they still look nearly brand new. And I get compliments on them all of the time. Plus, how cute is the name?!
Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Crème – this is heavy-duty repair for dry and cracked feet. It’s very thick so I put it on at night with some socks. My feet are restored by morning. Smells great, too!
What are your summer essentials?