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Soak it in: A love letter to Summer

June 7, 2022

Summertime sippin'

– a small town, midwestern girl living in sunny South Florida with my husband and our two golden doodles.

Welcome to my lifestyle blog dedicated to good food, better drinks, easy entertaining ideas and laid-back living. 

Sharing a cocktail, hosting a party with good friends, trying new recipes, making memories over a thoughtfully laid out grazing board; these are the moments I love to live and share with others.

Thanks for being here!

Hey, I'm Kirsten

There’s just something about Summer. It’s always had a certain je ne sais quoi about it. To me, Summer feels like freedom. Maybe that has been slightly ingrained in us all from childhood. School’s out, cares and worries slip away and the hot summer sun reminds us to slow down and soak it in.

If we were to take on this Summer like we did when we were young, what would that feel like? Could we stop letting our work days fade into the evening and our weekends go to waste on household chores, so that our hearts and minds could once again dream and wander with adventure. 

Maybe we could remember that sometimes staying up late to swim under the stars, talk around the bonfire while making s’mores, catching fireflies or dancing under neon lights feels better for the soul than 8 hours of sleep. 

That catching a beach sunrise or a ball game beats getting the house perfectly clean on the weekends.  

And that rosé is better enjoyed on a patio, poolside or maybe even on the beach, than it is sitting in front of a Netflix show.

Summer reminds us to romanticize life; to soak in every moment. Whether it’s an evening spent in the backyard, or a trip that you’ve been waiting for all year, Summer memories never seem to fade.

Soak it in

This season’s blog theme is Soak It In. 

Give yourself a chance this summer to slow down and really soak in every moment. Soak in the sun, the laughs, the summer nights, time spent with others, the water, the summer drinks and delicious food.

Make time for entertaining, catching up, hobbies and relaxing. 

Whatever you may be doing this summer, every now and then, remember to pause, breathe and soak it in.

The Summer Solstice is my favorite day of the year because it truly gives us the opportunity to soak in so much of the day. It’s the longest day of the year, and it feels like an endless summer day in the best way possible. 

On the blog this season

This summer on the blog, I’ll be sharing ways to soak in summertime with a summer cocktail series, delicious recipes, summer entertaining ideas and more. 

Want to find out what produce is in season for Summer? Check out this post: How to Eat With the Seasons – a Guide to Seasonal Eating

I’ll be adding links to this post throughout the season with the summer content as it’s shared to the blog, so feel free to save this post to use as a summer guide. 

One way I want to Soak it in this Summer

I’ve always wanted to catch the sunrise on the east coast of Florida where I live, and then drive over to the west coast of Florida that same day to catch the sunset on the gulf. I feel like the Summer Solstice may just be the perfect day to check that item off my summer 2022 bucket list. 

Happy Summer! Comment down below what you are looking forward to most this summer, and don’t forget to Soak It In.

Soak it in: A love letter to Summer

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Editor's note: Affiliate links
easy large batch rum punch inspired by the turks and caicos
simple lychee martini

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