Sunday, July 30, 2017

Six of My Summer Favorites

Summer seems to be in full swing here in Rhode Island.  It hasn't been an extremely hot summer and with the month of August approaching we are hoping for many more beach days.  I'm sharing a few of my Summer Favorites with you.  These are items that I found extremely helpful and consistently excellent.  Hope you enjoy and maybe find something that you can add to your favorites!!

Lands' End Women's Slender Tunic Suit - I have been wearing this style of suit for several years.  I like it because it is durable, comfortable and truly slenderizing.  I need full coverage and like to feel that I'm good to go (no accidents!) in the water.  This suit checks all the boxes.  I really needed a new suit this season and I waited for the Lands' End 50% off sale (usually early spring) and bought two suits for the price of one.  This is not a cheap suit but lasts and holds up to sun, ocean, sand, and sunscreen.

This set of 3 mesh travel pouches have come in handy this year at the beach.  I use the small one for my phone, middle for my sunscreens/bug spray and large for an extra change of clothes.  

Last summer I tried out several different sunscreens.  Sun Bum 30 SPF was by far the best.  It goes on very smooth, not greasy, great scent and tube lasts.  You can find this at Target or Amazon.

Love this hat!  It is a women's REI co-op sun hat.  I am not a baseball hat fan and this hat is very comfortable, stays on (even without a strap) and provides very good sun coverage.   Unfortunately it is not longer in stock.  REI has tons of ladies sun hats though that you can check out at the link below.  

La Croix Coconut Sparkling Water is my preferred beach beverage.  There are a ton of different flavors.  Find your favorite!  

There is still a whole month (and some) to dive into some Summer Reads!  Here is a list of some beachy favorites  (can all be found at

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Becoming a Yearly Tradition - Buttonwood Farm Griswold CT Sunflowers for Wishes

This is one of my favorite events of the summer.  I went in 2014 & 2015.  Didn't go last year and regretted it.  I think visiting Buttonwood Farm in Griswold CT will become a yearly tradition.  I was lucky enough to go yesterday with my husband, Rick.  It was simply a beautiful summer day (#10)! Can you find the heart? 💓

Sunflowers for Wishes

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Boston Museum of Fine Arts Free Friday

We have been visiting a few museums this summer that are part of the Highland Street Foundation series. Highland Stree Foundation Free Fun Fridays Series 2017

Boston Museum of Fine Arts - July 21, 2017
It was pretty incredible to see Monet, Cassat, Van Gough, Degas, Renoir, Rembrant and so many other artists' works.  Our last visit was over 25 years ago.  We spent almost the whole day and would need another day to hit all of the exhibits (we did take our time and savor the exhibits).

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why We're The Ocean State...

East Beach, Charlestown, East Matunuck, South Kingstown, 
Blue Shutters Beach, Charlestown


Kites - Brenton Point Park, Newport RI

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Beautiful Jamestown/Chasing Sunsets

Jamestown is one of my favorite places in Rhode Island.  My husband and I go to a restaurant every year on our anniversary called Simpatico.  Best chowder! We celebrated 29 years this year.  After dinner we took a ride because I wanted to chase the sunset.  Here are the results:

29 Years & Counting

    July 3, 1988 at the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford RI

What I Read: June 2017

June was a good reading month.  I read an interesting assortment of books.   I highly recommend The Sun is Also a Star👍, This is How It Always Is👍and The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland (if you enjoy YA)👍
I was underwhelmed by Hillbilly Elegy👎 and Before the Fall👎

Currently Reading:  The Garden of Small Beginnings and Listening to:  Exit West 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

My Favorite Reads (SO FAR) of 2017

It is the midpoint of the year so I'm sharing my favorite reads (so far) of 2017.  These were all rated 5 or 4 on Goodreads.  

Can't wait to see what the second half of 2017 brings!!