There are many things I come across along my life journey that I wish someone had told me about sooner, or things I can’t live without! This summer, I want to share that list with my readers! Because, why should we keep the good stuff a secret, right?

FOR FALL

DISTRESSED CERAMIC VASE

The Hearth & Hand line at Target is one of my favorites! The offer a number of decor items that are super reasonably priced and are great additions to any home. This dark gray vase is so cute, simply run outside and cut a few tree branches to put in it and you have instant home decor!

COMFY OVERALLS

We are bringing the 90’s back!! And overalls were one of my favorites! So, yep, I am wearing them again at almost 50 and loving it! These are super comfy and are great summer to winter transition!

WIRELESS GARAGE DOOR CONTROLLER

After getting every single tool stolen out of our garage last fall because a garage door accidentally got left open all night, this has been my new security! For under $30 I can now control opening and closing our garage from my phone AND I have the garage automatically set to close every night, in case we (or should I say in case one of my teenage boys) forgets to close it. This is one of our best purchases ever!

LIQUID BIOCELL

WOAH. That’s about all I can say, and I have been taking this for about 4 weeks. As we age, we lose collagen and this Liquid Biocell improves the aging process in big ways. I am seeing this in my nails, my new hair growth and joints. It’s crazy. Use this link and get $10 off your first purchase (you can actually click the link and use the $10 off on anything on the site–will be applied at checkout).

QUILTED JACKET

This is a Free People dupe that is so good!! Super soft, has a hood, just the right fit. It’s adorable for fall. Grab it fast, the colors seem to be quickly going out of stock!

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

STARS ABOVE PAJAMAS

Have you tried any Stars Above Brand Pajamas? This line at Target is top notch! The price is amazing and the comfort is even better.

GRAPHIC TANK

I have this tank with a few different graphics on it! It’s loose and comfy and washed up great!

FAVORITE INEXPENSIVE JEAN SHORTS

Aren’t these adorable?! And they are from Target–which means, affordable! I also love the coverage on the backside.

BEST EVER BIRKENSTOCK KNOCK-OFFS!

I have owned Birkenstocks ever since my high school days! I can walk for miles in these shoes and honestly my feet feel better than if I would have worn sneakers! Heading to Disney or a theme park, I always grab these shoes for days when I am going to be on my feet all day long. Check out the Chushionaire Shop in Amazon–they are top notch with lots of styles to choose from!!

PRIME WARDROBE

This is one I am just now trying! Can you believe it? It’s kind of a mix of Stitch Fix with a create your own box option. You get to try on before you buy! Amazon is so very smart!

CONVERSE SLIP ONS

If I don’t have on sandals, you’ll find me in my slip-on Converse sneakers. They are adorable with shorts or cropped jeans and I love that I don’t have to tie them.

RAY BAN SUNGLASSES

I have officially graduated from my 4-year-old cheap-o drugstore sunglasses that seem to have nine lives to a pair that’s going to last me forever! These get used year-round so they have been worth the investment.

MILANESE LOOP APPLE WATCH BAND

Although I liked the band my Apple watch came with, I didn’t love that it didn’t go with many of my dressier outfits. I switched to this inexpensive alternative and am thrilled. It’s easy to dress up or dress down!


HOME

DOOR MAT

Welcome your friends, family and neighbors to your home with this “Home Sweet Home” doormat. It’s a perfect addition to your front or even your back door!

WATERMELON KNIFE

I have had this knife for 4 or 5 years and it seems to get used non-stop during the summer months. We eat tons and tons of watermelon and this knife has made cutting watermelon a cinch!

KUHN RIKON PARING KNIVES

I have 3 of these and daily, all 3 are in the dishwasher. During the summer, I am constantly chopping up fruits and veggies to set in a bowl on the counter for snacks. I grab these knives over all other AND I’ve had them for years and they don’t dull!

ESSENTIAL OILS & DIFFUSER

It’s been a few years since our family started using Young Living Essential Oils and it has been one of the best decisions of my life! I share a bit of why we started using them and my current favorite combination to diffuse is Rosemary & Lemon!

WOOL DRYER BALLS 

We have kicked just about all the chemicals our of our home and these are the perfect fabric softener alternative!

LETTERBOARD

We have a letterboard in our house and it’s so fun to change it up with many different sayings, birthday greetings, holiday phrases and more!

ROCKIN’ GREEN DETERGENT

All 5 of us in our family workout most every day of the week. This detergent is the ONLY thing I have found that actually removes the stink out of our workout clothes.


BOOKS

MAGNOLIA TABLE COOKBOOK

I got this for Mother’s Day a few years back and every recipe I have tried so far we have loved! I’ll be working my way through many of the recipes this summer!

MAGNOLIA TABLE COOKBOOK, Volume 2

Anxiously awaiting to get this second cookbook this year. Joanna has shared a few recipes from it and the ones we have tried have been amazing!

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS

Every time I open the mailbox and see my BH&G magazine inside, I get so excited. It’s my absolute favorite. It’s the perfect mix of home decor, food and garden. This summer it’s been my go-to read when hitting up the pool.


ORGANIZATION

HEALTH & FITNESS PLANNER

The Health & Fitness Planner is my go-to for keeping track of all my daily exercise and progress. It’s super convenient to keep it on location! Get it for just $5 with code: HF5.

IKEA FRAKTA STORAGE BAG

I use these bags for everything! Perfect for beach, loading big stuff, college packing, groceries, sleepovers and more. Why do I love these bags so much is that they never, ever seem to break, are super cheap, and fold down into practically nothing!


BEAUTY

CELLPROOF EYE CREAM

CellProof Eye Cream proactively addresses all of the most common visible signs of aging with a lightweight formula that gently hydrates, lifts, and depuffs the look of delicate under-eye skin. This is the only eye cream that has eliminated my dark under-eye circles and fine lines. Use this link and get $10 off your first purchase (you can actually click the link and use the $10 off on anything on the site–will be applied at checkout).

TINKLE RAZORS

These tiny little razors are just what you need for your face, you can use them around your eyebrows or get rid of that peach fuzz on your cheeks…you’ll be amazed at how much better your foundation looks after you use these!

L’OREAL LASH PARADISE MASCARA

I have tried many, many mascaras. Everything from drugstore to high end department store and all of a sudden I saw many makeup bloggers start talking about this L’Oreal Paradise mascara. Let me tell you–it’s the real deal at an unbeatable price–just $7 on Amazon!

ACETONE FREE POLISH REMOVER

I keep my nails polished all the time and the acetone removers are really hard on my nails. It makes them brittle and crack and drys out my cuticles too. This polish remover is super gentle and smells pretty good too!


OUTDOOR

OUTDOOR ROCKING CHAIR

We sit at a lot of ball games between all 3 of our boys, and let me tell you, this rocking chair makes it so much more comfortable. I got it for Mother’s Day 2 years ago and instantly fell in love! People ask me all the time where I got it! It’s an investment, but so well worth it!


TECH

ECHO DOT

My kids all got these for Christmas a while back and keep them in their rooms. They are perfect for playing music, waking them up and our latest discovery…they work as an intercom system!

IPHONE STORAGE CASE

I’ve tossed my purse aside this summer and just grab my phone! I love it because it holds my license and credit card, it’s all I need when I am heading to the store, to run an errand or even just driving a carpool.


ODDS & ENDS

AMAZON PRIME
Not only in summer, but year round Amazon Prime is one of my best friends! The prices are typically cheaper than anywhere else and with free shipping, it’s my go to for most of my shopping! Try it free for 30 days and see if you love it as much as I do!

FOAM ROLLER
I am in the middle of the 80 Day Obsession Workout this summer and my muscles have been tight and sore! I love using this foam roller for deep tissue relief.

SIMPLE MODERN TUMBLER

I drink at least 100 oz. of water a day, and it’s easy to keep track of with this 24oz. tumbler! My favorite parts? It keeps liquids cold even after setting in a hot car and I love drinking out of a straw and this one doesn’t leak!!