Have you ever noticed how early your favorite stores switch-over to selling fall products? It’s typical to see Halloween candy on shelves in August and sweaters on racks by September and I find that to be slightly depressing. What’s the rush? Let summer live!
Of course I love some aspects of autumn, but I wish I could float down a lazy river of warm summer vibes all the time. There’s something about summertime that’s just so rejuvenating. Someone take me to the nearest beach ASAP – the pumpkin spice lattes won’t find me there.
If you’re a summer person like me, here are ten ways to stretch your favorite season and keep the beachy vibes going all year long.
To me, summer is an ideal time to indulge in a little extra self-care. For some, that’s jetting away on a vacation or taking advantage of Summer Fridays, but not everyone has or can afford those perks.
The good news is that self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or require any traveling! Try one of these ten self-care products this summer in your room or by the pool. These items could also make great gifts for the summer-lovers in your life, and they’re all under $20!
I’m beyond excited to embark on my first California solo trip on Wednesday, May 30th! Visiting California as an adult has been a deep desire of mine for the last few years (I visited Los Angeles and San Diego when I was a kid), and it’s finally happening!
On this specific trip, I’ll be hitting up the Los Angeles area, San Francisco, and a few spots in between (generally near the coast) in a rental car. This trip will last for eight days with my return on the evening of June 7th.
I’ve only booked a few things and intend to keep it that way. Besides knowing what area I’ll generally be in on most days and having hotel/motel/hostel accommodations, I’m going to wing most of my plans and see where my feet take me. My spirit is the most engaged whenever I’m exploring a new place and following my intuition. This adventure, therefore, is a pure act of self-love.
Check out my dreamy to-do list for this trip specifically. I know I will not be able to do everything on this list in eight days, but hey, there’s always next time! It’s chronological, so I’ll be starting in Anaheim first, looping up to San Fran, and ending back in LA. Anything in bold has been completed! Also keep in mind that I’m purposefully skipping many of the touristy LA attractions, I did them when I was younger aim to avoid them this time around. I’ll be sure to update this post upon my return!
My Los Angeles ↔︎ San Francisco + In Between To-Do List
Anaheim: Disneyland Park & California Adventure
Be at a park for rope drop/park opening – Done at Disneyland and California Adventure
Enjoy a dole whip at the Enchanted Tiki Room – Done, YUM!
Go on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
Take a moment to look at Walt’s apartment
Ride the mountains: Splash, Space, Big Thunder, and the Matterhorn – Did Space once, and all the others twice
Eat the Monte Cristo at Cafe Orleans
Touch the Apple near Snow White’s Scary Adventure
Get a queso cone in Cars Land
Explore Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
Befriend a cast member
Ride the monorail
Stay at a park until closing
Visit Downtown Disney late at night
San Luis Obispo:
Stay overnight at the Madonna Inn
Sit by the pool at the Madonna Inn
Visit Pismo Beach
Hike along the hills at sunrise and/or sunset
Check out Bubblegum Alley
Stop by Mission Plaza
Say hi to the seals at Fisherman’s Wharf
Listen to the Wave Organ
Look at the Painted Ladies
Eat in Chinatown
Take a ride on the trolley
Climb the mosaic staircase in Golden Gate Heights
Visit the City Lights Bookstore
Hang out at Haight and Ashbury
Watch the sun rise at Marshall’s beach
Take a whiff at the Conservatory of Flowers
Check out the Mission
Go to the Walt Disney Family Museum
See the Golden Gate Bridge
Walk Land’s End Trail
Learn more about Harvey Milk in the Castro area
Drink an Irish coffee from the Buena Vista
Check out nearby cities like Berkley and Oakland
Stop by Redwoods Regional Park
Los Angeles Area:
Visit Marina del Rey
Stop by Venice Beach and explore the canals
Go to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Santa Monica
Ride the ferris wheel on the Santa Monica pier
Eat ice cream from Salt and Straw
Climb the rocks at El Matador Beach
Check out Little Toyko
Hang out in the LA Arts District
Visit LACMA, the Broad Museum, and the Getty Center
Watch the sun rise at Zuma Beach
Walk on Melrose Avenue
In Between Options:
Drive along parts of Highway 1
Go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Walk around Davis
Stop by Solvang for a Danish experience
Visit Moonstone Beach Park in Cambria
Check out the County Courthouse in Santa Barbara
Watch whales in the Pacific
Walk through Ventura Harbor Village
Venture into wine country
Take a trip to the Channel Islands
Is anything missing from my list? Leave your suggestions in the comments!
Just came back from my second personal training session with Jenn and WOW my butt is feeling it today. It was my first time lifting a kettlebell in quite some time and I forgot how much I like using one.
We concentrated on legs and abs, and pushed through plenty of squats, lunges, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, leg extensions, Russian twists, and alternating toe touches. I felt good on my first two sets of everything and tired by the third set. It’s always the end that sneaks up and gets me! I got through it though, and that’s all that matters. Jenn repeatedly told me I was living throughout the session which helped and made me laugh.
She offered to have this session on the roof of her apartment in Astoria and I’m so glad we took advantage of it on such a beautiful day. I felt totally invigorated out there, especially since it has been raining for the last couple of days. The gorgeous view didn’t hurt either.
It’s a smart idea to mix up your work out environment once in a while to keep things fresh. Here are ten reasons why you should consider exercising outside for a change:
1.) Sun Time
Exercising outdoors is a great way to get some much-needed Vitamin D. Moderate sun exposure benefits your health and can make you feel happy. Just remember to put on SPF before you head outside and reapply as needed.
2.) Save Money
Gyms provide plenty of equipment for varying needs, but they can also be super expensive. You’ll save if you stick to using local roads for running and public parks to exercise in. You may also be able to find free fitness classes and events that take place in parks. Check out the NYC Parks Department website if you’re in the area.
3.) There’s More to Look At
Staring at the same gym walls can feel pretty boring. When you exercise outside, there’s so much to see and hear! Trees, cityscapes, dogs, and cute babies – need I say more?
The same workout will obviously be more difficult in the summer heat than in a climate-controlled gym, and that’s good when you’re looking for a challenge. Varying temperature will put more stress on the body and result in a better burn.
The changing terrain and inclination of an outdoor space can increase the impact of your exercise as well. Sand, mud, grass, and rocks all affect your gait and can impact the level of difficulty.
Admit it: there’s nothing better than feeling pampered and unwinding. Treating yourself can be a great way to de-stress, but the price tag associated with more expensive self-care options like vacations, spa visits, and shopping sprees can be an obstacle when you’re trying to save money.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to practice self-care without spending a dime! Here’s a list of fifty free or cheap ways to treat yourself:
Take a walk
Listen to a podcast
Call a friend and have a heart to heart
Lay in the sunshine (with adequate sun-protection, of course!)
Dance around your room
Write in a journal
Look for a free fitness class in your area
Spend quality time with your pets (or find a friend who has pets)
Check out free events in your community
Wake up in time to watch the sun rise
Try a new recipe that features your favorite ingredients
Rearrange your furniture and decorations
Play music that makes your heart sing
Take out a new book from your local library
Plan a day off from work
Find a nearby hiking trail you haven’t been to before
Window shop and make a wish list of your favorite finds
Doodle or color
Get dressed up when you feel like it
Stay in your pajamas when you feel like it
Search for a new mantra
Take a long bath or shower
Snuggle under a blanket with a cup of tea
Volunteer for a cause you care about
Add new things to your bucket list
Dig up old pictures and put your favorites on your fridge
Stretch your body
Watch silly videos online
Use the beauty products hiding in the back of your cabinet
Hug a friend
Strike up a conversation with a stranger
Write down your favorite inspirational quotes
Take deep, slow breaths
Make a homemade gift or card for someone special
Water the plants
Visit a museum with free admittance
Look up at the stars on a clear night
Try a new (affordable) hobby
Roll down the windows when you’re driving
Masturbate or have sex with a partner you trust
Find a free crossword puzzle to do
Prepare today for an easier tomorrow
Re-read your favorite book
Go to bed early
Visit a garden and smell the flowers
What’s your favorite way to treat yourself on a budget? Let us know in the comments!