Here in BC, we've already had some very warm days, especially for mid-April.
It got me thinking about some of my fav summer products/books that I thought I'd share a few of, here today. Hope you enjoy my list and find it helpful too.
And if you have a particular summer book or product that you use year after year, when the sun returns, do share! :-)
Happy "Fun In the Sun" and here's my list (with reviews/links):
Although I don't usually have the time or interest in polishing my fingernails, I DO like to "spruce up" my tootsies, when sandal-season arrives.
Suncoat Peelable Nail Polish is an excellent alternative to mainstream, highly toxic nail polish. It stays on VERY well and when you're ready to remove it, a soak in warm water for about 10 minutes and voila, easy to peel off. No remover required. Love this stuff!
Remember these sandals from many years ago?
I was delighted to find them still available when I wanted to order a pair a while back. And they are still as comfortable as I remember them, as a teenager.
The only thing I didn't like about the new pair I got was the way the buckle opened and closed. The company actually supplies written and detailed instructions for this (upon request) as they are so tricky to open and adjust now. But after that hurdle was passed, I am really enjoying wearing these sandals again. They do feel like they give your legs/feet a bit of an extra workout as you walk! How cool is that?
Still on the topic of feet/toes, this foot creme from Burt's Bees is one of the best I've ever used. You can actually see significant results, with continued use.
And when summer rolls around, my feet need all the TLC I can give them. My heels tend to get so cracked and dry but with this BB creme, they are looking a lot better, in a short amount of time. Click to read my full review.
After the tootsies are well taken care of ;-) it's time to chill with a good summer read!
Two books that I usually read every summer are:
Beachcombing at Miramar by Richard Bode
Summer's Lease by John Mortimer
Click to read my mini reviews. I just love both of these books!
Summer beach classics I never tire of!
I've tried a few ice cream makers over the years and this is my fav to date. Easy to use and clean, Not too big or small. Reasonably priced. And best of all, consistently good results.
If you've never made or enjoyed homemade ice cream, you are in for a real treat. Store bought ice cream pales by comparison, in a big way after one taste!
Even if you aren't a vegetarian or vegan, this is one amazing ice cream book!
First of all, the presentation is absolutely dazzling! All those gorgeous photos are enough to start any ice cream lover drooling. And that definitely would include die hard dairy fans too. And with choices like this, who needs dairy anyways?
Looking extra yummy, for my particular tastes: Cheesecake, Easy as Pumpkin Pie, Sesame Halvah, Gravel Path (what a fun name!!!), Chai Latte and many others.
The instructions are detailed and easy to follow. Anyone can do this, whether you are an avid cook or a beginner.
The sugar content in most of the recipes is quite acceptable too, something that's often "over the top" IMO, in dessert cookbooks of any kind. And of course, if someone wants a bit less or more in this regard, that's an easy tweak.
This will be a keeper in my cookbook collection for years to come. Would also make a lovely hostess,shower or graduation gift, to go along with an ice cream maker.
Surf Sweets Watermelon Rings
These really do taste like watermelon.
They are a bit sweet for my taste, so one at a time, is plenty for me.
I do like the chewy texture and the organic ingredient list.
I'm guessing kids would love these too. Fun to have at the lake shore or seaside. :-) The little life preserver shape is so cute!
I bought this 2.75 oz bag for less than $4. at a local food co-op.
Great for snacking on at the beach or by the pool. Just add a cool beverage and you're good to go.
Love these chips with the tangy lime kick. Addictive but in a good way!
HAVE A FABULOUS SUMMER! :-)
Smiling Sun clipart courtesy of: Clipart Panda