Life's Sweet Journey: 5 on Friday: Beat the Summer Heat

Friday, June 22, 2018

5 on Friday: Beat the Summer Heat

Happy Friday!!
Yesterday was the first official day of SUMMER!! 
My Florida heart is definitely a summer-lover. 
The warmth, the sunshine, the toes-in-the-sand, flamingo-in-the-sea fun of it all...
It's like music to my soul. 

But we all know, summer is also HOT! 
We are currently in Idaho, where the weather is cool; after being in cooler climates recently I know the wave of heat will hit hard when we eventually roll back into Florida, but I am already well-prepared and looking forward to finding all the glorious ways to beat the summer heat! 

{ONE || New Suits} 
I am the worst at hoarding suits. I think I just threw out one that I have had since high school. Anyways, I was determined to get a few new suits this year and wanted at least one to be a one-piece. I am also on a budget, so didn't want to pay anymore than $15 per suit. So when I saw Christina share a one-piece bathing suit she found on Amazon for just $10 I knew I had to order one. I loved her white palm frond print, but white around me just doesn't stay shiny long. So I went for the black floral print instead. While on that page it led me to another similar suit, which was just as cute! I won't be able to try them on until we get back to Florida (since that is where I am currently still shipping everything), so here's to hoping they fit as well as she said hers did! 

{TWO || Strong SPF} 
If the high-school me could see the way the 30 year old me applies sunscreen I am sure her eyes would pop right out of her head! When I was younger I would lather on the SPF 4, save the SPF 15 for my face, and call it a day. I was all about that tan! These days I am all about living the wrinkle-free (or at least that "fight getting more wrinkles") life. If only someone would have told my younger self that she was causing these "wrinkle things" with that tan! Now I am all about some good, STRONG sun protection. However, sunscreen has a way of drying out my skin; which is why I am LOVING Hydro Boost gel lotion from Neutrogena. It keeps me protected, with the added benefits of helioplex, while also giving my skin the hydration it needs to not dry out. Here's to some happy, healthy sunning! 

{THREE || Solid A.C.} 
Y'all! Our poor camper, she had been in dire need of a new A.C. and we didn't even know! We spent the winter without turning on the A.C. once; which would have been unheard of had we still been in Florida. It wasn't until we hit Arizona, well into the spring, that we realized something was wrong with the A.C. The fan would blow, but no cold air would come out. It was manageable for a while, since it still cooled down at night. But after a few sleepless nights in Utah we realized something had to be done. With RV air conditioning units it costs just as much, and in this case, a whole not more to fix or recharge them then it does to just get a new one. Babe was determined to tackle the project on his own to save us the cost and give himself a project. We found a compatible A.C. unit on Amazon and he set to work. I think Mr. Fix-It did pretty dang well! Yay for cool air! 



{FOUR || Yummy Hydration} 
Anyone else terrible about drinking water?! If only my poolside sangria counted as hydration! I am so bad about staying hydrated and my body pays for it (hence the dry skin). Well, I have discovered a love for coconut water and it has made ALL THE DIFFERENCE! I down that stuff like, well, water... not only is it super hydrating it also encourages me to drink regular water, because I will usually make a little "water cocktail" to stretch the coconut water. I started off drinking the VitaCoco flavored with pineapple, as I didn't always love the taste of coconut. VitaCoco was the only kind I could drink for a while, now I don't discriminate and I am a purest. Just coconut water, no flavors. I will fill my cup with half coconut water, half regular water, and usually add a frozen strawberry to the mix to enjoy as a little snack to reward myself for finishing my water. I am alllll about some #treatyoself! Another fun mix in: fresh basil and lime! It may or may not also make a yummy addition to mixed drinks ("I'm gunna rehydrate, while I dehydrate")! 


{FIVE || Splish Splash} 



We are heading back east in the next few weeks, so I know the temps are only going to rise! Which is why I plan to find any body of water I can and spend as much time as possible soaking in the gloriousness that is all things blue! We have loved exploring the US (the midland mountains, the beauty of the west coast, and now the northern greens), but I never realized how much I would long for a body of water that I could actually get into. So far everywhere we have been has water to cold to immerse yourself into. It's almost been a tease! It looks so inviting, but one toe in and we're talking popsicles. East coast, I'm coming for you! 


Are you just as excited as I am that summer is here?! 
How do you plan to beat the heat?! 
Let me know in the comments! 

**Disclaimer: A portion of this post was sponsored by BrandBacker and I received free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own. 

12 comments:

  1. Ahh you have me sooo wanting a beach vacay! I live on an island, so actually, lots of beach, buuuuut it's still in the 50's and 60's here. I am so wanting a hot day in the water.

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    1. It was such a tease when we were on the west coast and then sun was shining and it seemed like a perfect water day, but the wind chill was frigid lol

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  2. OMG- That suit was $10?! Gorgeous, I love the style!

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  3. Swim suit for $10 .. Yay Love it ... You look gorgeous in it !! Keep rocking summer.

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  4. We just took a beach weekend last week and it was fabulous. I’m definitely a beach bum at heart!

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  5. Hydration is important. Find something that you enjoy. For me it’s Sparkling water. Great post!

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    1. I wish I liked sparkling water! So many people love it and I keep trying, but I don't love the bubbles.

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  6. I love that fun suit! I have a swimsuit problem and buy four or five new ones every summer! And I am the exact same way with sunscreen, the old me was all about SPF 4 and slathering on oil and now I'm putting 55 on my face lol.

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