My Favorite Summer Things {A 20 Blog Hop Giveaway}

My Favorite Summer Things {A 20 Blog Hop Giveaway}


Are you excited for summer? YAHOO! I am! We’ve already had some fantastic spring weather here in the Northwest to spoil us into expecting the perfect summer, so I am definitely excited for more of the same!

Speaking of an awesome summer, I have something SUPER FUN for you today to KICK OFF SUMMER! 20 of some of my favorite creative bloggers each put together a special summer gift basket, a handpicked collection of THEIR favorite summer things! YAY! We are joining together for a fun blogger’s Favorite Things Summer Blog Hop!

You can visit each of the 20 bloggers listed at the end of this post and enter to win their gift basket on their site. I’d suggest you enter each giveaway because someone has to win, and it might as well be you! But you can enter just one or as many as you like.


My Favorite Summer Things {A 20 Blog Hop Giveaway}

For my favorite summer things basket, I put together a “summer by the sea” themed giveaway (which you can see in the very top image). Because you know the ambience of the sea is my very favorite!

I picked these items especially for you during one of my “out to see” shopping trips at Anthropologie and I stopped in Paper Source for the pen and journals.

It’s a special gift from me to you, oh one lucky winner.

The winner of my giveaway will receive a special box from me in the mail with everything you see pictured above, including my favorite ANTHRO CANDLE (the Volcano! WOOT!), an adorable sea salt guest soap, a cute whale pen just like I use in my own office, nautical journals to jot down vacation memories, and the most adorable Anthropologie WHALE MEASURING CUPS! I know, can you believe the cuteness? Love love love.

Plus, just to make this extra exciting, I’m adding in several fun SURPRISE mystery gifts that are not pictured in my collage :).

To enter this giveaway, you just leave a comment on this post telling me what your plans are for this summer. Then complete the steps in the widget below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now, it is time check out the other bloggers favorite things giveaways! See all that goodness, below? Lots of cool stuff you could win — 20 giveaways in all! Just click on the links below the image to see the individual giveaways and enter as many as you’d like! Good luck and have fun!

My Favorite Summer Things {A 20 Blog Hop Giveaway}

My Favorite Summer Things {A 20 Blog Hop Giveaway}

1. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke | 2. No Biggie | 3. Tatertots and Jello | 4. The Idea Room | 5. TidyMom | 6. Dine & Dish | 7. Skip to My Lou | 8. House of Smiths | 9. I Heart Faces | 10. Nest of Posies | 11. The Inspired Room | 12. Living Locurto | 13. 30 Handmade Days | 14. Picky Palate | 15. Today’s Creative Blog | 16. Live Laugh Rowe | 17. Snap Creativity | 18. My Baking Addiction | 19. Sweet Sugar Belle | 20. FoodieCrush



Don’t forget to enter my favorite summer things giveaway by leaving a comment on today’s post and then filling out the Rafflecopter widget above! Have fun blog hopping!


  1. Nothing specific in the works yet, but I can’t wait for the last day of school on June 14th!!

  2. Debbie Booth says

    Hi Melissa, this is wonderful. My favorite thing to do for summer is to have family over, set up comfy pillows on our deck, set out lots of finger foods, metal buckets filled with icy water bottles and soda….while everyone swims, reads and relaxes! Lots of laughter fills the air and it is wonderful! Yay! Hope you are doing great. Sounds like you are. I’ve been reading Encourage….what a great blog!

  3. I’m going to have to travel for work for two months and then I’m going to take a month off and explore this wonderful place that I live. Hiking, biking, mountain climbing. So looking forward to it. Then it’s time for harvest and fall!

  4. I’ll be celebrating 25th wedding anniversary with hubby in July! ♥

  5. Visiting family in Memphis and just enjoying the sun.

  6. Emily Wells says

    Getting seasons passes to the local water park, going on vacation to the Northern Neck of Virginia, and not sure what else. Those two things should keep us busy for a while anyway. :)

  7. I’m having a huge fun reunion over the 4th of July with all of my old college roommates and our families!

  8. Anna Starner says

    I have tons of projects. Sewing, painting,yard,refinishing furniture, laying laminate flooring. Guess I better get busy with a project not be sitting here on the computer. Week of vacation meeting in Tennessee with my parents, brothers, sisters, and all of their families. Boats, jet skies and just hanging out.

  9. AppleTree says

    Teaching summer school…

  10. We’ll be doing lots beach, library, and park days as well as a week long trip to Yosemite!

  11. Ashley L says

    Love Anthropologie and I especially love those whale measuring cups. This summer I hope to update redecorate a couple rooms in our house and spend time with my family and friends.

  12. This summer I will be decorating our house. We have too many blank walls :)

  13. My plans are to have a baby :)

  14. We are taking a trip across the country. :-)

  15. Lots of traveling!

  16. Dawn Renee' says

    My summer plans are doing the staycation thing and working on the yard and house!

  17. Sara Westhead says

    Summer vacation will consist of a week of VBS, about 2 weeks visiting family, and then the rest will just be chillin’!

  18. I plan to lay by the pool and get a tan!

  19. I plan to spend time outside!

  20. We’ll be by the pool much of the summer with hopefully a few trips to the lake. But in mid-September, we’ll be headed to a favorite place…Ocracoke Isand!

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  21. Natalie Huskerson says

    We are planning to go to North Carolina!!!

  22. Going abroad!

  23. Rachel Jacobson says

    I live in the Midwest and have to wait the winter out to get to summer. When it finally comes, I enjoy hiking, watersports, and BBQ picnics with my family & friends.

  24. Tabitha P. says

    we have plans!

  25. Teresa Cline says

    We’re planning a week vacation on Cape Cod!

  26. Kimberly R. says

    maybe taking a trip.

  27. Krista Y says

    My summer plans include 2 weddings and time at the beach with family and friends. Summer is my favorite season of the year – bring on the sun!

  28. Nicole H. says

    having a baby!!!

  29. My summer plans consist of lots of adventures, exercise, pool time and reading. :)

  30. Kimberly H says

    My husband and I are hoping to buy our first house this summer!

  31. My kids and I will be taking a road trip thru Utah, Nevada, and Colorado to visit family. And we’ll be playing in a lot of water!

  32. Taking my daughters to Northern Ireland (that’s where I’m from)!

  33. Updating our 70’s house on the cheap!

  34. I am a huge baseball fan, so I am making some trips to see ballparks I’ve never visited!

  35. I plan to play with my kids! Water fights, crafts & hopefully build a playhouse in our yard!

  36. Nicole P. says

    We have a few family things (wedding & 80th Birthday party) to attend and other than that I want to have as much fun as possible with my oldest before he starts kindergarten on July 31st!!

  37. My pregnant self plans on lots of relaxing this summer!

  38. Krista Y says

    My summer plans include 2 weddings and time at the beach with family and friends. Summer is my favorite season – bring on the sun!

  39. Lots of travel, and family time at the beach.

  40. We are fortunate to live on the Gulf coast so we will be spending much of our free time on the beach or out in the boat!

  41. no crazy plans for me, but my best friend is getting married at the end of July, so this summer will be filled with fun events :)

  42. Working full time and starting up my new blog!

  43. Michelle says

    This summer I plan to enjoy my boys. All school year long we are busy,busy,busy and since I’m a lunch lady, I have my summers off. I plan to do all the little projects that I have on my to do list and just hang out with my 14 and 19 year old boys. We plan on taking a family vacation but we are undecided on our destination. This summer is going to be a summer of res,t relax and quality family time.

  44. The beach as often as possible. There is nothing more enjoyable or relaxing than watching the waves roll in:)

  45. A wedding, my 20 year high school reunion, and a trip to the beach with some friends. :)

  46. No big plans… maybe a few day trips here and there.

  47. Kelly Prang says

    We plan to have a nice relaxing summer, with some visits to family and to the mountains, a quick beach trip, and lots of fun here at home. I plan on teaching my youngest daughter some sewing skills, working on cooking and laundry with my older two kiddos, and my middle child wants to work on improving her photography skills. I can’t wait! We only have three more days of school!

  48. I don’t have any plans as of yet.

  49. Stephanie Wickstrom says

    I love the sea blues! I can’t wait to get to FL and see some of my own!

  50. This summer we will work around the house… new floors, new windows maybe a new roof!! Thanks for hosting a fun giveaway!! Amber @ Tales of Domestica

  51. Sarah S. says

    Leaving on Friday for our Granny’s farm. Peace and quiet and all the fishing you can handle!!

  52. Home projects and a mission trip!

  53. Nancy Cornwell says

    I plan to spend this summer enjoying every second with my oldest daughter who will be starting kindergarten in the fall.

  54. Peg Ebert says

    I am going on a driving trip for a month to the western national parks then to Orlando

  55. Judi Welke says

    No plans as of now.

  56. Nothing specific planned, but I’ll probably be traveling around for tennis tournaments (I’m a competitive tennis player!) and I will probably be going to Boston! First time going to the East Coast! I’m a Cali girl :)

    I can’t wait for summer! School ends June 11th! Cannot come sooner!
    -Grace :)
    I love, love, loveeee those whale measuring cups! And everything else too! But seriously, whales. So cute. :)

  57. going camping…weekend motorcycle trips with my husband…seeing if i can succeed at growing some vegetables…

  58. Evelyn R says

    Beach trips, camping, and swimming!

  59. amy wechsler says

    Hello~~~ AHOY! I love this giveaway. As a NAVY wife I love everything nautical and SEA worthy- the whale measuring cups are right up my alley. Our summer plans include family trip to RI seashore and hoping to make a 3 day trip to Boston.

  60. Wendy Orme says

    One of my summer plans was to create a mantel-scape with a seaside theme so your favorite things would fit right in here!

  61. beach

  62. Spending time with family and friends in the summer sun!

  63. Elise L. says

    Spend time with friends!

  64. Resting before entering a PhD program this fall!

  65. One week at the beach, reading and relaxing around work and getting my baby ready to go to college in the fall!

  66. Valerie J. says

    We are going to VA beach for a family reunion then camping in the Adirondacks.

  67. I’m taking a big trip out west this Summer. Can’t wait!

  68. Maggie Wallace says

    Summer college class and relaxing!

  69. I’m farming mostly — but helping both my (grown) kids, their spouses and the prettiest little granddaughter EVER move closer to home — to plant a church! So, all good here!

  70. I’m moving this summer — and holding a few baking camps :)

  71. A family vacation to Washington state, swim lessons, a little staycation camping, county fairs!

  72. Can’t wait for the bbq’s and baseball!!!

  73. nothing! we just want to be lazy!

  74. We’re going to see the Mouse, then a trip to Houston to see my baby niece, then a trip to the NC mountains, then back home for band camp, and get ready to send both of my kids to high school this year.

  75. Love this stuff!! Anchors are my fav..anything ocean related! I just moved to a new my plans are to find a job and an apartment and start my new life …all while getting a nice tan at the pool :)

  76. My plans for this summer are to get TAN, sleep, and continue my training for triathlons. Oh and I cannot forget about consuming inconceivable amounts of ice cream!

  77. brenda dubois says

    Our plans for summer are going to Florida to visit My Mother and sisters at the Beach! cant wait!

  78. We have a bucket full of fun summer activities and relaxing!

  79. no plans! boo :(

  80. Amanda Christensen says

    This summer we will visit a few colleges (have a daughter entering her senior year in high school) and visit family in California!

  81. Renovating my kitchen! Woohoo! :)

  82. Since we live in Seattle, we plan to just be outside as much as possible and enjoy the dry warm weather (when it finally arrives)

  83. Carol Boardway says

    Hope to go to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard!

  84. My plans for the summer are to tend to my garden, do some bird-watching in my backyard, visit family & friends, have/go to cook-outs, spending days at the lake, visiting the mountains, and just enjoying the sunshine! My last summer off before I look for a JOB again.

  85. jennifer says

    No plans for me this summer- my husband is currently on the transplant list for a heart. We are unable to travel, so we are enjoying our time at home!

  86. This summer I plan to do what I love doing most and that is going to every possible flea market, there’s nothing like the thrill of bargain hunting ! However my ultimate goal is to save enough money to go to the Paris flea market next summer…. wish me luck !

  87. This summer I plan on RELAXING (when I’m not at work) :). I am especially excited to catch up on my reading-for-fun reading. :)

  88. Spending time outdoors. Love swimming and four-wheeling. Oh and a little travel in there.

  89. sandra gest says

    No plans to go anywhere but would love to win your favorite things. I could then pretend to be at the beach.

  90. Errin Brown says

    I am so excited for summer but also dreading this one. My daughter is graduating in a few weeks and then will be off to college in the fall. :( But we will be heading out for a trip to Cabo, Mexico at the end of June. Our first time going and I am so excited.

  91. I’m going to be working the majority of the summer, but we’re planning on taking a trip up to Kentucky at the beginning of July.

  92. Kelly Lane says

    I love summer!! We are going to the beach for a long weekend, and will take several day trips. This summer will be unforgettable as my baby girl, graduated high school and will be moving to college!

  93. Shaunna Ricard says

    My plans for the summer is to get my garden blooming!

  94. Beach and BBQ! Can’t wait.

  95. Nicole Seekell says

    Spending time with my family!

  96. The first part of my summer will be spent studying (and hopefully passing!!) the national physical therapy licensing boards!

  97. As much time outside and boating as possible!

  98. This summer I am finishing my PhD and moving from MA to Illinois (with my husband and our bunny rabbit) for my new job as an assistant professor :)

  99. I get to visit family this summer! and maybe I squeeze in a few beach trips :-)

  100. Kellie Ann says

    Gorgeous gifts. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    My favorite part of summer are lazy days with a good book.

  101. No plans yet. We’ll probably do a staycation in Vegas.

  102. Patricia says

    My summer plans are to relax by the pool…I mean take my kids to the pool and hopefully to the beach!

  103. Hang out with my daughter. Have a birthday and vaca to Seagrove Beach in July.

  104. Spending as much time at the pool as possible!

  105. Michelle says

    My favorite thing about summer is being able to spend more time doing things outdoors!

  106. My plan is to spend some time on a quilt and some much needed knitting projects!

  107. Jennifer says

    I plan on having a quiet, laid back summer! We need a break from the chaos!!

  108. We close on our first house at the end of June. I’m sure I’ll be very busy making it our home.

  109. Linda Wilson says

    Love weekend festivals and going to the Beach in Destin, Fl

  110. I have to work… but I like my job so it’s okay!

  111. Trips to Colorado and Seattle!

  112. danielle says

    summer camps for my kids and park days!

  113. No big plans, hope to spend some great time outdoors & get some visiting in with the family!

  114. Katherine Beljour says

    This summer I will be relaxing with my family poolside!

  115. Laura F. says

    DC, Twin Cities, the lake, and lots of quality time with family and friends. Can’t wait!

  116. working…and squeezing in as much family time as possible!

  117. Spending lots of time outside with my boys!

  118. Love the whale spoons

  119. family camp and eating out on the deck!

  120. Going to Taiwan in four days! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your picks.

  121. moving this summer and a couple beach days

  122. We’re visiting my in-laws in Mississippi… It will not be a fun road trip with a 3-month-old!

  123. road trips, flea markets and relaxing! Yay for summer!

  124. We will be relaxing with our kids and spending time with family in the Carolinas!

  125. Relaxing with my kids and visiting Grandma and Grandpa.

  126. We are hanging out close to home this year.

  127. MaryBeth says

    Running between tennis lessons and volleyball camps and squeezing in time for picnics and pool.

  128. Emily Jones says

    Hiking, camping, spending quality time with my fam.

  129. Just three short weeks and I’ll be joining the paleontology team from the Houston Museum of Natural Science to dig in North Central Texas! After that, I’ll be traveling to Columbia and Bolivia. In between, I’ll be reading books, organizing my home, and catching up on some half-finished craft projects. :)

  130. I just graduated from college so this summer I will be starting my new job in youth ministry! I get to spend the summer taking high school and middle school kids to camps and on mission trips!

  131. A trip to the gulf coast.

  132. Just planning to enjoy the weather and get outdoors.:o)

  133. I’m running a summer camp for kids w/ disabilities!

  134. lots of BBQ and hopefully some beach time!

  135. Trip to Montana where my son is getting married. Plus visiting additional family throughout Montana.

  136. Our summer plans involve a couple of weddings and welcoming some new babies, I can’t wait!

  137. Christy D says

    Beach, pool, lake, fun, fun , fun! Love when the kids are home and we can go play in the sand all day or build a fort, can’t wait!

  138. Marcee Rodgers says

    Our plans for this summer are camps and hanging with friends from out of state.

  139. i will be popping out a baby in june:)

  140. Callie B says

    Just staying home enjoying the kids being kids!

  141. So cute! We are vacationing in California in July, and we can’t wait. :)

  142. No big plans, but summer is always fun!

  143. No big plans, but summer is always fun!

  144. Jenn Khurshid says

    We are taking a trip to D.C. and then we have a big move!

  145. Charity Steffen says

    I love this stuff!

  146. Carianne Cordova says

    Plans for summer are to relax, hangout with the family, and play with my little boy all day everyday :) Time to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

  147. stephanie says

    I am having foot surgery in June. My summer will be spent on the couch getting caught up on things I never have time for: photo editing, family history research, reading, scrapbooking, etc.

  148. Sara Meek says

    Disneyland and family wedding. :)

  149. Yay summer! We are headed to Disneyland next month, the Big Island in July and camping in August! Yippee!! Thanks for he opportunity to win!

  150. Relax by the beach?

  151. Harvitron says

    I did so much traveling this Spring, that my Summer plans are to stay put for once!

  152. Going to a wedding, camping and lots of activities for the kids.

  153. So excited for summer and our first ‘real’ vacation in a very long time now that my husband finally has paid time off! Also taking it easy poolside since I’m prego with #3!

  154. Nothing more special that what I am doing now. Taking care of my invalid husband and my two wonderful grandkiddos that live with us!

  155. Rebecca Schear says

    Loving this Blog Hop! Happy to meet new friends and love finding new ideas to pin. Thanks for the opportunity to win your summer goodies. My plans are Beach, BBQ’s and Farmer’s Markets.

  156. Our annual houseboat trip on Lake Shasta in July – can’t wait!

  157. I’m looking forward to finally taking a break from school! and getting some much needed vitamin d!

  158. go to santa cruz boardwalk, vans warped tour, take girls to water park, and and possibly a move.

  159. I am going to southeast asia!!!!

  160. Loving this Blog Hop!! Found some awesome new blogs to follow!! This summer I will be moving from my tiny little mountain town, to the big city on the coast. Exciting and scary all at once. Also, I’ll be taking my toddler to the zoo for the first time ever, which will be really fun :)

  161. I’m looking forward to spending some relaxing days at the beach.

  162. Looking forward to my kids being home and spending the days in the pool!

  163. Anastasia says

    swimming and moving!

  164. Rikki-Dee says

    No plans.

  165. Ashleigh B says

    Swimming all the time

  166. Hawaii in 4 weeks! woohoo!!!!!!

  167. a mini vacation and staying home with the kiddos. Lots of bubbles, side walk chalk and swimming!

  168. I’m spending my summer nannying two great kids

  169. Tracy Roach says

    Church camp, camping, and vacation!

  170. My oldest child is going to be graduating high school on June 12th. We have no big plans for the summer. We just want to enjoy it and take our time making memories. =)

  171. I am dying over those Anthro measuring cups! So darling.

    No big plans this summer, just lots of swimming with the kiddo, hopefully lots of beach time, and maybe a trip to see family in August.

  172. Susan H. says

    My plans are to go to the beach….twice.

  173. My husband and both kids have summer birthdays. So I have 3 parties to plan

  174. We are moving from west to east coast so our plans are to explore our new town!

  175. Michelle J. says

    We have a couple family reunions planned!

  176. Hawaii and then Texas and a lot of relaxing.

  177. My plans this summer are to work, pass my online classes and grill out as much as humanly possible.

  178. Charity Cram says

    enjoying the warm weather

  179. road trip and hanging at the beach!

  180. We are going to visit my sister in Washington State and can not wait!
    Thank you for the opportunity(;

  181. HeatherM says

    We’re hoping to get our garage organized. I also have a reunion with my High School friends. So excited to see them and catch up on what everyone is doing!

  182. Julie BG says

    My youngest son is learning to drive. My husband and I turn 50 and celebrate 20 wonderful years of marriage. It’s going to be a momentous summer filled with great memories!

  183. We will be tent camping as a family for the first time this year in the Sequoias. I’m also super looking forward to cleaning out and organizing closets and cupboards and doing some DIY projects. And of course lots of lazy beach days.

  184. I’m looking forward to exploring some Seattle sites with my girls. There are a few parks I want to visit and who knows what else. I think we’ll be taking a trip to Silverwood and Missouri both in August.

  185. Patchouly says

    We are taking trips to San Francisco and Portland! Super fun giveaway, thanks!

  186. I am most excited about swimming, and going to the water park! THanks for the giveaway!

  187. I’m looking forward to a lazy summer! :)

  188. My plan for the summer is simply working full time at my summer job as a lab assistant at my university, as well as taking a class or two. Unfortunately no fun getaways this summer for me, but I’m happy to have my first full time job. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  189. Janlyn Madrid says

    No big plans just be lazy with the kids, maybe get to go see my parents!!!

  190. A trip to Prague, and some weeks in Tihany (the most beautiful little village at the lake Balaton in Hungary).

  191. Jennifer C. says

    I hope to have a little spare time to do crafts:)

  192. Kate Gibson says

    Going to my little brother’s wedding!

  193. Celebrating my oldest daughter’s wedding August 2!

  194. my husband is leaving for Afghanistan in a few months, so this summer will be spent making as many family memories as possible.

  195. I will go to Norway with my family for nearly 4 weeks in a August and I can’t wait for it!

  196. Jenni C. says

    I plan to spend all of my free time outdoors! We had snow through the second week on May :(

  197. enjoying time off from soccer (girls will still have practice!) movies, NOT rushing every where! the pool & slushes!

  198. anastassia says

    lots of work, hopefully something fun for the kids though.

  199. Erin Buchanan says

    Hi, what a fun giveaway! I adore your style. Love your blog and enjoy your pics on Instagram. You have been a total inspiration to my decorating.

  200. camping, wedding of cousin, fresh fruits and vegies, enjoying warm weather while wearing my flip flops

  201. Elizabeth says

    Hopefully it will get warm enough to use our pool!

  202. We will be traveling a lot this summer, but I also plan to scope out Pinterest as much as possible!!

  203. Beth Gallinger says

    I have no summer plans.

  204. I am moving back to the states from West Africa on Saturday and will spend the summer making our way from Utah to our new home in Washington DC via California and Texas. I can’t wait!

  205. We are going to drive across NC and see all the sites on the way to my SIL’s house in Charlotte.

  206. Kristen Bomer says

    We’re going to Panama City, FL!

  207. sooo cute!! is it an international give-away? hope so

    from Spain

  208. Marianne says

    I plan to do lots of camping! As much as I can fit in. Mountains, woods, river, beach. All of them.

  209. Kathryn Louise says

    heading up to NJ in July

  210. Finally, a vacation to Destin, FL with another really fun family! Thanks for the giveaway. Love the sea inspired stuff.

  211. What a great giveaway! Have a wonderful summer. I will be trying to relax this summer. As much as a Mom can relax…which is not much.

  212. Amanda Boerst says

    Definitely some camping, cookouts and road trips

  213. My summer plans include a trip “home” for my sister’s wedding and lots of days at the river with my boys.

  214. To the Keys!

  215. Trip to Utah in only 36 short days!!!!

  216. Julie S. says

    Well, I am just starting a new job outside of the home. So, not too much planned for this gal. My family will do a little camping, and lots of soccer! I just want to enjoy the moments that we have together.

  217. Jessica Laubis says

    My plans for the summer are to adventure with my kids, teach them to ride bikes, catch up with family and garden.

  218. We bought a house, so we’ll be moving this summer. And hopefully planting a garden!

  219. Anne Haun says

    Our plans are to visit the grandkids and welcome a new grandson in July.

  220. jeannette says

    I live in Miami where it is sunny all year around, but this year is very special because I’m getting married…yay!!!

  221. We are spending July in Bethany Beach! Kick off to summer starts this weekend for our annual Memorial Day beach weekend and cookout!

  222. Julie Thompson says

    I live in South Florida, so I plan on soaking up the rays.

  223. Jacqueline says

    We homeschooled all year, and we are doing NOTHING all summer long! Relaxing at home, not going anywhere, hanging as a family; I can’t wait!

  224. I just had a baby 7 weeks ago, so we are planning on hitting the road to visit family and introduce our new little bundle.

  225. We will go on our annual family beach vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina and then we will be preparing to send our oldest son off to college in the fall. Thanks for the giveaway!

  226. Going to Key Largo!!

  227. Wendy Munsell says

    I’m going to South Korea for 5 weeks to help my daughter with her 2 daughters….a newborn and a toddler. Thanks for doing such a fun give-a-way to celebrate summer!

  228. I am taking a cultural immersion course in Italy in June. After the class is over, my husband and sons will join me for a Mediterranean Sea cruise in celebration of my husband’s and my 20th wedding anniversary. My house is beach themed, and I love anything having to do with the sea. I love this giveaway basket idea!

  229. staying as close to home as possible and trying to perfect my grandmother’s dill pickle recipe.

  230. Seems this summer is the summer for travel.. Last weekend both of my children graduated from law school and undergrad….same town about an hour away so we hit the highway a lot. Just returned from San for me, conference for my husband. Miami in mid June for niece’s graduation. Beach later in June for a week and big family reunion. Help move the kids into new places. Possibly Chicago in July for another conference with the hubs. US Open tennis in late August….woo hoo!! Lots of weekend trips to beautiful Smith Mountain Lake throughout the summer too! Happy summer!!

  231. Moving into a new house and then treating ourselves to a trip to Jamaica!

  232. I like what Kellie Ann said–lazy days with a good book. Summer seems the only season of the year I have time or make time for reading. This summer that time will be in short supply as we continue on with simplifying (getting rid of stuff) and re-doing the family room (have picked paint colors, ready to purchase it, and Get Going!!). Ahh, the whale theme! Part of my childhood!

  233. Planning some R&R by the pool this summer!

  234. Jenny BC says

    swim team and baseball fun with my son, a trip to Tybee Island and the for the first time in many years I am not working so I am going to enjoy some day outings around Atlanta.

  235. I’m looking forward to our family trip to the beach and lots of lazy days at the pool with my boys.

  236. Stephanie says

    I have a graduating high school senior so lots of parties, relatives visiting and getting ready for school. These treats would be wonderful to send my daughter off with! Then towards the end of the Summer, its saying good bye to my first baby and dropping her off at school, many miles away!

  237. My family is going to the beach and the rest of the summer is spent swimming, relaxing and just enjoying life : )

  238. Alison C says

    We will start our summer with trips to Bostos and Savannah. Many summer days will be spent at Bush Gardens and Water County since we bought passes. We also have family coming in July so we will spend time at the beach, backyard barbecues and relax at the pool. I will spend time gardening, reading and sewing quilts.

  239. I’m heading to Texas to visit family!

  240. I cannot wait for long summer beach days, cook outs and homemade ice cream!

  241. beach!!

  242. Get to the pool almost each morning, then do some light homeschooling and explore ministry opportunities!

  243. Cindy Brinkman says

    LOVE the pens! I’m going to a class reunion that I’m so excited about and a top secret beach getaway.

  244. Spending time at the pool and enjoying some good books.

  245. My summer plans hopefully include some down time by our pool but our duaghter is getting married in November so there is a lot of wedding stuff going on.

  246. Gardening, hammock, sweet tea and laughter

  247. enjoying the beach this summer~! thanks for the giveaway!

  248. Cathye Clark says

    I love driving in the Summer. I like to see what kind of adventures I can come up with in a two hour drive.

  249. Jerri C TN says

    four more days til summer vacation and as a school counselor, I can’t wait!!! We are planning a trip to the beach and hauls to soccer camps and orientation for my oldest who will be going off to college in the fall. I wish the days to be slow & enjoyable.

  250. no trip plans this summer but i love to sit outside in chair ealy in the day before it get to hot with my cup of coffee and my bible / thank you for the great give aways you ppick out . so today monday already so i want wish u all great new safe week.

  251. Of the 9 weeks I have off this summer I am spending 3 weeks with family, 3 weeks at home and 3 weeks in North Carolina – nice change of pace!!!!

  252. A trip down south to see the kids and plenty of bike riding!

  253. Terra Gutowski says

    We just bought our forever house. Luckily, it has a beautiful pool in the back, so that is where we will be spending our Summer vacation this year.

  254. Camping this weekend for memorial day weekend. Moved to a new house with a pool. uhoo! We’ll have lots of new friends I’m sure. Doing some remodeling, some two day trips visiting historical places. Setting up new flower beds….relaxing.

  255. Catching up on reading and working in the garden

  256. Working, photographing weddings, and relaxing poolside! :)

  257. Lots of time lazing by the pools with the kids, trips to the beach, maybe a bit of camping.

  258. Allison M says

    Having a relaxed summer with my family and tackling a summer wish list of “fun stuff to do” with our 10-year old.

  259. DeidreSH says

    my plans consist of camping with my husband. park time with nieces and nephew. pool time with friends and family.

  260. Lots of summer trips!!

  261. I’m going to California to visit family, running the Color me Rad 5k (excited/scared! it’s my first 5k!) and I have a couple camping trips planned with friends :)

  262. Jennifer Wilson says

    I will be building inventory to start an Etsy shop selling baby gift baskets and relaxing during two beach vacations. Can’t wait!

  263. We are traveling back east for 2 weeks. Can’t wait.

  264. Seaside Florida, Fairhope Al, and lots of pool time and down time!!

  265. Thanks for the opportunity to win! We live in FL, so summer is full of trips to the beach and lazy days by the pool!

  266. Alison V says

    My summer plans are baking and hitting the beach as much as possible!!

  267. Along with a few cookouts with friends and family, I am organizing my home. Also after graduation next week, I am clearing out all the home school books I’ve collected over the last nine years. That should give me a lot of space!

  268. Melisa Harker says

    As a teacher my summer is eagerly anticipated! Although I won’t e in the classroom I will be involved with several different trainings. The remaining time that I get will be mostly just mommy time having fun with my kidlets. Our ‘vacation’ time will be devoted to helping out with various youth activites through our church: trek, encampment, scout camps and high adventure, and girls camp. Going to be a jam packed and super fun summer!

  269. beach plans with the family, lots of cookouts and relaxing with friends and love ones! (and a couple fruity drinks)

  270. Becky Greene says

    We are planning to spend a bit of time in massachusetts – love it there!

  271. Our summer begins in a couple weeks and we are moving across the country.

  272. Meagan B. says

    I was accepted to an awesome teacher workshop so I will be spending my “free” summer time learning!!

  273. Adventuring: Cook-outs, beach trips, getting my second tattoo, camping, friend time, concerts, NYC, Florida trip, & so much more

  274. Planning to laugh a lot, reconnect with long-ago friends, & to just make a conscious effort to enjoy the beauty of life each day!

  275. How fun! Thanks!

  276. I don;t have plans for the summer. One of my problems is that I over plan everything. So this year we are “winging” it!

  277. My summer plans include lots of writing and reading!!

  278. Our plans include moving to a brand new home, re-visiting every one of your blog posts to be inspired on how to punch some character in to a “house like many!”
    we are celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary at the end of June and this nautical themed prize package matches our nautical themed wedding perfectly – the bar of soap was actually my original inspiration piece as I built a laid back waterside affair!

  279. Headed to Montana!

  280. This will be our first full summer after moving here to Washington DC. Looking forward to checking out the east coast beaches as family from Utah comes to visit!

  281. Planning on visiting colleges with my oldest daughter – Yikes!! Will use some beach time to decompress!

  282. Consuelo says

    Looking forward to 2013 World Youth Day in Brazil

  283. i’m working and taking some short trips to maine, cape cod and montreal

  284. Stef Hartman says

    Moving to the beach and staying there for ever!!! :)

  285. Going to Cape Cod. Can’t wait.

  286. Girl’s Trip!

  287. We will be watching our boys play plenty of baseball then head off to Gulf Shores for plenty of relaxation and fun in the sun:)

  288. I am a huge fan of themed things…I love your giveaway!
    We will be road tripping, beach picnicing, and doing lots of fun reading and projects with the kiddos:-)

  289. Painting, just discovered Ann Sloin Chalk paint and I am hoping to transform some pieces of our furniture.

  290. What a cute giveaway! Other than our vacation up north with friends in July, we don’t have any specific plans. Just relaxing and trying to enjoy the warm weather!

  291. Jeannette says

    I’m spending some time with my mom and doing a few projects around the house.

  292. I am spending my summer working on my yard. I finally get to work on making it pretty and I am growing a great big vegetable garden now that I finally have a yard big enough to do so. I am so excited. I have been out with my little clippers clipping all my bushes and planting all kinds of new plants and mulching beds. Funny how different my husband and I go about doing the clipping though. He goes about chopping things to death while I chop a tiny bit here and there and then step back to look…then chop a tiny bit more and step back to look again. Mine has to be just right. As you have probably guessed I only let him do certain things ;)

  293. Enjoy my porch and fireflies and go to the beach!

  294. Fresh fruit and vacation!!

  295. Carrie Eastman says

    Nothing exciting my way :( I would love to take a 2 week cruise though!

  296. Gretchen says

    I’m on maternity leave so I’m looking forward to actually being able to spend the summer days with my family instead of being at work all day.

  297. Ashley C says

    Going to the beach a lot!


  298. Moving this weekend and spending the rest of the summer unpacking!!

  299. We are going on our Lets Appreciate The USA vacation! South Dakota and Mount Rushmore here we come! Our 8 year old will learn about the frontier and history of the West.

  300. Camping, camping, Camping, 5th wheel style! It’s the only way with a 5 yr old, 3 yr old and 8 month old:-)

  301. My summer plans are enjoying a long family vacation!

  302. Francine werlinger says

    I’m a caregiver to my husband, so we don’t do much. Just enjoy the warm weather!

  303. Katherine says

    summer plans…..taking the kids to New England….either the Cape or Maine…must decide soon!!

  304. Amy Stremming says

    Just relaxing, catching up on some reading, all while working full time and keeping my home schooled kids up on their math and reading skills…..

  305. Disney World with the kids!!

  306. Andrea E. says

    Happy summer! Every day is a vacation! Looking forward to no school, lots of pool days,
    vacation in Cali by the ocean, and fruity drinks!

  307. Molly Baker-Harris says

    To have fun with my kids!

  308. Katie M. says

    We just bought our first house, so our summer will be spent decorating and moving in!

  309. I am gonna hang out in the yard and maybe the pool, if we get it put up in time.

  310. would love to win this giveaway!!

  311. Bonni Klemm says

    Would love to win this awesome give away

  312. would love to win this giveaway

  313. Julie Johnson says

    We are going camping in a few weeks and then to the beach in August for a long weekend.

  314. Catherine Z says

    My plan this summer is to relax and enjoy the warm weather!

  315. My plans for the summer are trying to get a small business off the ground -eek!

  316. Anna Lewis says

    WHALE MEASURING CUPS are too Cute!

  317. My plans include a fun list of things to do with the kids and a trip to Oregon with my husband… excited :)

  318. Christina says

    I m just gonna spend my summer loving life…. ; )

  319. Gina Grainger says

    Yay for summer! We are a homeschooling family and just graduated our oldest, Maddie on Saturday! We are all so excited, we have started summer already!
    We plan to make some beach trips here in North Carolina and South Carolina, Busch Gardens, and just relaxing!

  320. We are travelling! So excited!

  321. Hilton head kiddo free!!!

  322. Kathie B. says

    I’m looking forward to my Key West vacation.

  323. We will be doing a bunch of day trips this summer vs a week long vacation somewhere else. Thought it would be nice to see what our state has to offer of places we have never been instead of traveling afar.

  324. Rachael Werth says

    summer plans are to have fun with my girls in between taking them to vbs and camps and swimming lessons!

  325. Looking forward to (re)teaching the shorties to swim.

  326. Work :(, Vacation, and fishing…with lots of crafting

  327. Joy Wolski says

    Those whales are so cute! I would love to have them in my kitchen. :-)

  328. I’d like to say camping and relaxing, but in reality it’s going to be farming and kid-carting.

  329. Whitney Rodgers says

    We are headed to Kiawah Island, SC for a week!

  330. TRISH KENNEDY says

    I plan to plant my feet in the sand @ my beloved Jesery Shore and read a few great books! Nothing better!

  331. Rest from teaching….but then there’s baseball games, tennis practice, and lots of summer fun! Can’t wait!

  332. Going to the beach! :)

  333. Summer cruise!!

  334. Being outside…vacations!

  335. going to the beach!

  336. Roxanne Mitchell says

    No specific plans. Our set vacation time is going to be spent when my husband has surgery and will be off work for 3-4 weeks. Hopefully we can get some R & R toward the end of his recovery.

  337. Love your giveaway! This summer we plan to spend a lot of time relaxing and then taking a trip to visit family in California!

  338. I am looking forward to a 4 week vacation housesitting a million dollar home with a pool and beautiful gardens. I will be floating in the pool every afternoon under the trees on a raft, enjoying the entire place to myself with two hot tubs and the pool. I will also be visiting Carmel and Monterey Bay for whale watching, kayaking and the Monterey Bay Aquarium

  339. My boyfriend and I have 4 weddings this summer and also the arrival of his niece across the country. And also we’re hoping to spend a week in the Cape and a week on Nantucket. Fingers crossed!

  340. No Plans!! Super excited.

  341. Our plans are to enjoy the nice weather as much as possible!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  342. Carolyn McClimon says

    Work work work…getting starting on my doctoral qualifying exams!

  343. Ahhh – summer! We will make a trip to visit the family on the Gulf Coast, do some fishing and crabbing (yay!), go to summer camp meetings (one of our favorite things to do) and hopefully get to take some nice walks about the neighborhood.

  344. Michelle B says

    Summer plans include girls/kids beach week trip, family vacation to San diego, North Carolina for MIL’s 70th birthday, and visit old friends in DC. Gonna be a busy summer!

  345. Can’t wait for our family’s staycation

  346. Megan A. says

    Relaxation and no homework.

  347. My Summer plans include long days on the beaches of Hilton Head, long walks with my Golden Retriever and shaping up! Eating healthy and getting lots of excercise!

  348. Lindsay F says

    I will be moving home to spend the summer with my friends and family.

  349. I am getting married, and moving into our new house! Oh and honeymooning in Europe.

  350. A summer vacation and enjoying our new swimming pool that will be complete in a couple of weeks!

  351. Tamara M. says

    swimming lessons, beach trips, family time

  352. susie orr says

    My summer plans are to take a trip to Myrtle Beach with my fiance and to prepare myself to start nursing school in the fall! WOO

  353. Pretty much just the husband is in med school so that makes time with him precious. We’ll probably just be home most of the summer.

  354. Sue in Fl says

    Taking our fifth wheel camper to the Fl. Keys for 10 days of camping, kayaking and snorkeling.

  355. Vanessa Ramos says

    My plans for this summer are enjoying every single minute of it! Swimming and just enjoying time the the fam!

  356. I will be having a baby at the end of June! Plus, lots of baseball, a Lake Trip or two, and getting settled into our new home!

  357. FUN FUN FUN!!!!! After 6.5 years of my husband working every single Saturday, I’m looking forward to some family time!!! We have a trip to Canada planned, a few camps, trip to Deep Creek, and RELAXING!!!! :)

  358. Staying home and relaxing – we are lucky enough to live in a spot where other people come for their summer vacations (San Diego) so we are going to be tourists at home :)

  359. I plan on getting my house organized. Many of your posts have inspired me to organize and make it pretty! Most importantly, I am spending the summer at home with my one year old son and husband. We’ll probably head to the coast for a few days.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    -Sheena at Sissies in the Kitchen :)

  360. My summer plans include traveling with my husband to Williamsburg to a B&B to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary wedged in between visits from our grandchildren. We live in paradise on the Gulf of Mexico so enjoy fun year round and company abounds.

  361. I cannot wait for summer! Although I cannot stay all summer at the beach, I plan to spend a week there in August as well as a few day trips (I live 2 hrs away). This year for our “week” in intend to finally take my paints and canvases with me and USE THEM! As always, thanks for the timely seasonal inspiration, you seem to always provide it just when I’m looking for it!

  362. Long weekends at the cottage in northern michigan!

  363. Enjoying the cooler temps since we moved away from the southern NV desert.

  364. I plan on working… not super fun but winning this box would make it way better! I love to bake and those measuring cups are so adorable!

  365. I have no big plans for the summer except to enjoy it with my family

  366. Michelle says

    Going to visit family!

  367. Spend lots of time with family ~ going to the beach, cook outs, etc :-)

  368. Christine Cunningham says

    Plans for the summer are to try to find a new job!!

  369. We are planning three large gardens, and we are new to gardening. I am attempting to beautify my front porch. And I’m trying to get the three little ones out and about as much as possible, before my 20 week pregnant self gets too big to keep up with them. ( : Thank you for this giveaway! Looks so nice!

  370. I saw the things you gathered and was thinking sooo cute, whales! Then a I saw the giveaway-how sweet is that!

  371. Cont.. Oops New Mexico is on our list and maybe the redwoods

  372. Theresa Sea says

    My summer plans include lots of work in our house before i start school again in the fall!

  373. Sherri S says

    Working and a beach vacation!

  374. Erin Rizzo says

    Summer school, beach time and just enjoying having my kids home. Love your picks. I have so fallen in love with the whale measuring cups. Love, Love!!!!!

  375. Landscaping our large yard…..looking forward to it!!

  376. My plans are to knock as many things off my to do list as possible but still get in some quality time with my daughter!

  377. I plan to get my yard and garden in shape and to help move my daughter out of the house to Grad school. Looking forward to an empty nest after 29 years!

  378. RhondaK7 says

    My plans are to devote time and money to my yard this summer. We recently had two very large oak trees removed from the yard and now instead of having shade, I have full sun. Most of my plants need to be moved before they burn up with the summer sun. I had ivy under both trees and all of that needs to be removed and a lawn established where no lawn existed previously. Yes, my summer sounds Hot and Hard and Costly!

  379. Leslie Kiley says

    I am going to San Diego for a 3 week trip in July!!!

  380. Spending time with my sister and her children until I have to start summer school in July

  381. I plan to go to my company’s annual convention and also spend as much time away at the cottage as possible!

  382. This summer is primarily going to be spent preparing my high school graduate for college in the fall. We’ll try to enjoy as much time together as possible and hopefully get at least one trip to the beach in!

  383. We are going to Newport, RI – love it there!

  384. My husband and I are taking a “no children” vacation to Canandaiqua, NY :) I can’t wait!

  385. Theresa J says

    School for us starts in late July so we have a short summer but we do plan on taking a roadtrip up the California Coast

  386. Brenda LW says

    Hanging out at the house, walking our dog on the beach, going to the local highland games, and hopefully visiting out daughter in Az.

  387. My summer plans are to relax, read some good books, and enjoy our pool!

  388. We plan on sleeping in and playing in the pool!

  389. My summer plans include moving from Nashville, TN to Richmond, VA, planning a wedding for next summer, and getting ready to start pharmacy school in the fall. I love summer!!

  390. We plan to SWIM, SWIM, SWIM!!

  391. I plan on spending as much time as possible reading on a sandy beach!

  392. Break from school and looking forward for family vacation :-)

  393. Susan Broughton says

    Unfortunately we have no Summer plans this year. We will be staying around the house trying to save money. Working the garden and canning items for winter

  394. My summer plans are to work until I move to Orlando in August to start my internship with DISNEY WORLD! And also take mini vacations in between time.

  395. I plan to spend lots of days at the pool and eat lots of ice cream :)

  396. Kassi Nelson says

    Looking forward to some fun, local activities here in Utah! We are expecting our first baby in August so we won’t be traveling this summer!

  397. playing outside A LOT with all the kiddos!

  398. Lisa Burdette says

    Planning a trip with the family to Edisto Beach, SC – our favorite place!

  399. A trip to Virginia with 3 of my sisters! YAY!!! Our kids are all grown and this will be our first trip together since we were kids! Then, being from northwest Pennsylvania, I don’t get to the sea, but every chance we can, we hang out at our cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, right along the Allegheny River. A hike/bike trail runs through our property and we kyak, hike and canoe. And eat. And laugh. We are planning to buy a floating island this year to anchor to the shore and just chill on the water. The best part? No cell phone reception, and no tv!

  400. Oh ya know… a little bit of working and hopefully a lot of playing! I’m looking forward to summer concerts! :)

  401. Our summer plans include trips to CA and NY to visit family. Thanks for the chance to win!

  402. Courtney Westfall says

    I’m a children’s pastor so summer is a really busy, really fun time! We are also planning a family trip up to Indiana (from Oklahoma) to see my husband’s family.

  403. Nicole Allsup says

    My plans are mostly to enjoy time with my daughters, taking them to free movies at the local theater, going to the park and letting them have fun. (Even if that means mom doesn’t get to just sleep in.)

  404. Kelly F. says

    My girls will be playing soccer and we will just be enjoying each other’s company.

  405. Looking forward to catching lightning bugs with the kiddos, s’mores and sweet iced tea

  406. Jeannette says

    My summer plans are to visit the beach as much as possible and a family reunion trip to Yellowstone national park!

  407. Tyler LaPointe says

    I’m headed to New York for a Fourth of July cookout with my family this summer!

  408. Enjoying the time off from work and homeschooling.

  409. A trip to St. Lucia! :)

  410. Melanie Fraser says

    summertime plans?? just some good ol’ fashioned family time in the yard! we like to make up games together & play for hours. water, sand, bubbles, sno-cones, picnics… laaaaazy summertime days are my favorite!!! ;)

  411. To spend more time with myself. I would love to get some me time with some great books.

  412. We are redoing our backyard. It will be so nice to be able to enjoy it this summer and relax in something pretty. I am really looking forward to enjoying some family time back there. We have a pool, but the landscape has gotten so ugly and out of control that it isn’t pleasant. We are all looking forward to it! I am hoping to spend some time this summer decluttering and I hope to redo a few rooms. I wish I had some talent like some of these decorators. I love the mixture of the furniture. It is beautiful!

  413. Beach with the family in July, other than that pool with the kids, daily!!!

  414. Nancy P. says

    We’re planning to get a puppy soon so I realize my work is cut out for me this summer. Plan to go for long walks w/new dog.

  415. Polly Hada says

    Enjoying grand children, visiting family in Utah and getting to an update in our back yard.

  416. We have a beach trip planned next month.

  417. Shanna Uptergrove says

    3 trips plannned- Austin and Dallas TX, and to New Mexico. Movie marathons with the kids, swimming, sleeping in!!!

  418. My family is headed to Aruba in June for my B’Day!

  419. Kathee VZ says

    My summer plans are great this year! I have my two young grandchildren living with me now … and we have a pool …. so … lots of swimming, picnics, playgrounds, and of course fishing!!

    Thanks for the giveaway. I LOVE those whales!

  420. Lots of time with the kids, but a few morning camps thrown in to break up our summer. A trip to Md to visit grandparents and even great-grandma! And who knows what else?! I”m lucky enough to have the summers off with the kids, so we can plan last minute adventures.

  421. I love this! I’m curious about the volcano candle

  422. Amanda S. says

    I plan to hike & enjoy the warm weather.

  423. getting to the beach as much as possible!

  424. My summer plans are very low key and include recuperating from total knee replacement surgery. I should be ready to hit Liberty Lake (outside of Spokane, WA) for the 4th of July.

  425. I plan to spend as much time outside as I can: hiking, biking, lying on a blanket in the back yard. It’s all good.

  426. Kellie M says

    Visiting family in MN amd enjoying the CA sunshine!

  427. Foremost is my 50th college reunion held partly at our house in early June. Then recovery, July 4th with the grands, rug hooking and book reading! A few days at Cape Cod I hope.

  428. Elizabeth G. says

    My BFF is coming to visit me at the end of July!!

  429. Rita O'Dwyer says

    I ‘d love to win. I’m trying toget settle in after moving across the country and am hoping to 1. find a job 2. do some gardening 3. work on some craft projects 4. catch up on my reading

  430. Relax and enjoy time on the river with friends and family

  431. This summer I will be spending time with my family and sailing on my boat!

  432. Marilyn Holeman says

    Hi Melissa, Thanks for the fun giveaway! My plans for the summer are going to the pool 5-6 days a week to swim for exercise. I love it when our pool opens!

  433. Anne Marie says

    Simple adventures with our children…like picnics in the meadow, walks through the woods, swimming at the pond, making popsicles and other nutritious treats!

  434. No real plans…just to survive pregnancy in the heat!!

  435. Vacation with the fam! Sun, water and fun.

  436. Susan H. says

    We are going to go to Ouray, Colorado.for the 4th. Then going to the Highlander games in Estes Park.
    Spend time with family.

  437. Rachel Koustik says

    Survive the AZ heat! Swim Swim Swim! My twins are now two and much more excited about the water:-)

  438. sharonjo says

    I live on a farm so summer plans include mostly work; summer is our busy season for sure! I do hope to spend some time hanging out at the neighbor’s pool with my girlfriends and hopefully watch my nephew play some baseball games. Thanks so much!

  439. My big plans are for a Mission Trip to Honduras in July and a visit to Milwaukee in August to see a good friend!

  440. lots of relaxing!!

  441. Karen H. says

    Summer plans are ool parties and going to the beach!

  442. Ashley P says

    My husband and I are taking a weekend trip to Williamsburg VA for our anniversary. I want to have lots of cookouts on our new patio as well!

  443. No plans yet. Hopefully enjoying the sunshine and family.

  444. relaxing at home and swimming. Can’t wait! Loving the giveaway!

  445. Cyndi Johnson says

    i am looking forward to camping and going on picnics up in the mountains this summer

  446. Playing with my kids at the pool!

  447. Sharon H. says

    Work, work….and a bit of purging my house and planting my garden!

  448. I plan to stay close to home and garden

  449. I am trying to tone up & become my healthiest self this summer! I am enrolling in Naturopathic school in the Fall and I want to be the best me :)
    I will be spending lots of time in my pool and soaking up the sun as well :)

  450. This summer, I will be moving cross country to California with my husband, five month old son, and dog. We will be buying our first house and settling into a new community. So exciting!

  451. We’ll be preparing for our first baby and trying to relax as much as possible!

  452. Kristan H says

    My summer plans are to relax with the kids and visit the inlaws in Cali!

  453. christina says

    I have no specific plans for summer!

  454. Kristen W. says

    I have 4 weddings (two out of town) and 2 out of town bachelorette parties!

  455. I can’t wait to go to Emerald Isle, NC with my entire family :)

  456. Relax from a very full schedule babysitting our young granddaughter while her mom gets a college education! My hubby and I will be working in our yard, too. Maybe some interior painting as well. Lots to do! And of course, I will try to go see some of the other grandchildren who all live far from us.

  457. Siddhi Parab says

    My summer includes a beach vacation and visiting my parents :)

  458. My summer plans will hopefully include a trip to see my mom, I haven’t seen her since 2007. I also want to be moving to a new job, and a new home, I’ve gotten an offer, now just trying to figure out how to get there!

  459. My summer plans are to escape the Texas heat with a few weeks on the East coast with family, pack up our rental house and move into our new home, and prepare my son for his move to Shanghai. A busy summer!

  460. In the end of sept, we are going on our first vacation since we got married 5 years ago, and we are SOOO excited!

  461. Christina Williams says

    I just got back from a trip to Guam to visit my daughter and son in law and yes my new grandson! So my summer plans include working on my garage. It is so full of wonderful not started and half started projects. Thinking if having a redo yard sale with my finished projects!

  462. Mechele Johnson says

    We go on a two week canoe trip every year, and the rest of the time will be spent enjoying the kids and spending lazy days swimming in our creek!

  463. Hoping to spend lots of time relaxing at the beach.

  464. My plans this summer are to hopefully find and buy a house so we can stop renting. I know. Exciting, adult stuff. Wish I could spend that money on a super awesome vacation instead.

  465. We have plans to spend time at the beaches in South Carolina!!
    I LOVE all your summer favorite things!

  466. Looking forward to FINALLY finishing painting our interior walls! One room left!!

  467. Leigh Card says

    Summer movies and maybe even a drive-in movie!

  468. The best part of summer vacation – at lease as a teacher – is the actual break and being able to sleep in!!

  469. An extended visit from my brother and his wife and my toddler nephews. Exhausting fun expected!

  470. My summer plan is to buy a house. Big girl stuff! Yay! Wish I could spend the money on a super awesome vacation instead.

  471. Spend as much time with the kiddos as possible outdoors!

  472. Looking forward to having the summer off from teaching- relaxing and getting things done!

  473. Katherine Dunn says

    My boyfriend (a carpenter) and I are completing a small cottage on his family’s property in upstate New York. Construction will be done by July 1; decorating to be completed by August 1. Our little hide-away in the Catskills……..

  474. my plans for the summer are quite sad. I have just started nurse anesthesia school. so not only am I in another state from my husband and son, I am immersed in all things school — remember all that studying and not having any money b/c you can’t work and spending obscene amounts of money on textbooks? right. that’s my life. I’m not from here and can’t find anything without that annoying little SIRI woman telling me which way to turn. Am I making everybody else feel better?! :)

  475. Iwill be amusement park opping with my 11 yr old this summer.

  476. Suzanne Lewis says

    I plan on working and relaxing. No vacation plans or anything.

  477. No long vacations planned, lots of outdoor concerts, neighborhood festivals, baseball games, and outdoor adventures.

  478. Plans? I have no plans@ lol Isn’t that what’ summer is all about?

  479. Lindsay L says

    I’m hoping to visit my family in California, I haven’t been home in two years! Thanks :)

  480. How fun!! My summer plans are going to Tahoe for 4th of July, going to Michigan to visit my best friend after she has her baby and interning for Rue Magazine! Hooray :)

  481. Very cute summer pics! Living by the beach, going to the pool, and precious time with my almost 7 year old is on my agenda!

  482. I have one desire this summer; to make up some of the lost time I’ve not had with my family, and make it up to them, too. On Wednesday morning, I’m having hip replacement/and pelvic reconstruction surgery. I put this off for a long, long time because I have been frightened to death-well, just about. It was due to an old accident, but there wasn’t any time to get this done when the kids were small. And as time went on, it kept getting harder and harder for me to agree to it. No matter who told me what, or how many times I’ve heard the word “routine,” I’ve had unstoppable anxiety. From a normally – no-nonsense, solve-the-problem girl–this floored me. Well, it’s finally happening, with the help of my very good primary care doctor who eased my anxiety greatly. Although I am still petrified, I’m going to get through it and do what she told me: let the experts put me back together. Because the last worst day of pain I have will be the day before the surgery….So, I’m looking forward to this summer as I recuperate. All through this past winter, and now spring-since I made the decision to do this-I have focused on the pain, the anxiety, the awful feeling of having to have someone else take care of me—and I’ve forgotten to look ahead to being with my twins who are now 16 1/2 and my husband who makes all of our family’s dreams happen. Steve is a 28 1/2 year-hard working lineman for AT&T – he doesn’t get much in the way of rest- as he’s always on call. Yep, he’s the guy in the storms, or after the storms, or there when nothing works – or in the 5 degree bone-chilling freeze, or the 95 degree high humidity summer day…as he’s the best there is in his craft. And my kids-who will be in their senior year come this fall—they have both worked hard at studies and at their volunteer work, too. They all deserve a great vacation-without having to take care of mom who can’t walk. Who can’t hold onto a cup of coffee & the walker. Who can’t drive. Who can’t sit in this chair or that chair. Who can’t do much of anything without their help. While it was getting worse for these few years, last summer was pretty awful-to be on vacation and not be able to do anything. So, this summer I will be much much better & I intend to refocus on them with once again at the beach shack we rent every summer for a few weeks. And not once will I complain about sand in the van or on the floor or anywhere–just to feel it between my toes again will be heavenly.

  483. Our summer plans aren’t very exciting :) Maybe a day trip to a local amusement park or wildlife preserve, but we’re not going on any big vacations. My heart is aching for the sound of the ocean though!

  484. We plan to spend a lot of time outside this summer as well as making a cross country trip. Lots of time with friends, too.

  485. heading to santa barbara…and studying

  486. Allison Hunter says

    I am going to spend time with my quickly growing 2 teenagers. Out of my 5, there are only 2 left at home and I don’t want to miss a thing!

  487. Visiting family in Northern California and hitting the beach!

  488. We are taking our boys to London and Paris and I can’t think about anything else!

  489. Weekends away and maybe a trip to Chicago to visit family. If nothing else I am looking forward to school being out.

  490. Baby #2!

  491. I plan to either be at the pool or the lake all summer long! And maybe some DIY projects thrown in for good measure. Ha!

  492. Rebecca Brewer says

    Working on the house and maybe a trip or 2 to the beach!

  493. We will be visiting family in the Midwest this summer. Thanks for this opportunity

  494. I can’t wait to go to the beach!

  495. I’m using the SUNSHINE to motivate me to Give a HUGE declutter so that I can finally decorate and give our family beautiful places to enjoy and grow!

  496. Gena in Texas says

    I’ll be looking for a new job and helping my mom recover from hip replacement!

  497. We will be doing a church planting camp in Ukraine and then traveling to Germany to visit friends! God is good!


  498. Cassandra says

    How cute is your giveaway!! Our plans are to lose weight over the summer for our 6th wedding anniversary and to rest and relax, we’ve been so busy lately!

  499. Thanks for the chance to win. Spend some time at the beach, evenings on the patio :)

  500. How wonderful is this? I plan on volunteering this summer at Camp Happy Days in South Carolina. It’s a camp for kids with cancer. Looking forward to sharing a little love.

  501. Kristen Gee says

    My summer plans are to just make it through a Texas summer while pregnant and chasing around a 2 year old and 1 year old.

  502. julia mcintosh says

    Spend my summer at the beach with my husband and girls!

  503. I’m planning a road trip with my mom and a yard sale.

  504. Ann rubin says

    Going to mi for memeorial wkd – and just anew trips to lake Shelbyville on the weekends!

  505. Going with my four boys to Florida to see my family which we haven’t seen in a year!

  506. We are going to be working around the house this summer. Fun in the Sun at home!

  507. My summer plans include a camping trip or two, working at a summer camp for a week, working at our churches VBS, gardening, canning and freezing fruits and veggies, and hanging out with my family. I also hope to do some sewing and painting.

  508. Lorraine says

    So far, we really don’t have any specific plans.

  509. Planning on squeezing in LOTS of camping, boating and beach trips!

  510. Courtney F. says

    We’re heading off for our summer vacation in two days–Disney World!

  511. Heading to the zoo and the pool

  512. School is out in one week! Gotta figure out how to finish up some projects, entertain the kiddos and be able to relax about the house being destroyed! I WILL enjoy this summer.

  513. Spending time at the lake.

  514. Nicole Balogh says

    I plan on spending as much time outdoors with my kids this summer.

  515. Time to read — catch up on sewing/quilting, scrapbooking. Working in my garden!

  516. I just started my 2013 Summer Bucket List yesterday with my kids! Picnic in the park! Can’t wait to move on to all the others… catching fireflies, making bubbles, camping, water games… gonna be a great summer!

  517. Spend lots of time at the beach!

  518. Dee Parker says

    I’m going to Japan!!!

  519. patricia says

    spending time with my children and parents.. enjoying the summer weather bright sun, warm heat and beautiful colors of summer

  520. Nothing special, just going to relax and enjoy it.

  521. Geri-Lynn says

    I plan on enjoying the beach with my new baby.

  522. My brother is getting married this summer so a lot of time will be spent preparing for that!

  523. Sleeping in, catching up on books that have be neglected, and playing with the kiddos!

  524. My plans for the summer? If I find a job (crossing fingers) I’ll be defending my doctoral thesis and likely moving.

  525. Such a great giveaway! Plans for the summer are to start a garden, get to the beach (of course!) and to enjoy lots of new books :)

  526. we’re going to do a mini-tour of the lighthouses in NJ

  527. Caroline B says

    hang out and go to the beach as much as possible.

  528. enjoying the days with my two daughters

  529. Visiting family and spending time with our baby girl.

  530. Nicki Kirk says

    Great blog, great giveaway! My plans for summer are, pool parties, grillin n chillin’, camping, hiking, vacations on the gulf of mexico, spending lots of time with my kids and family. :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

  531. my plans are to sleep in [probably till 8am] and chill by the pool. headed back to indiana for a few weeks to see family and friends.

  532. We don’t have a large vacation planned yet but my daughters last day of school is this friday so we are going for a long Memorial day weekend to Florida and then back home for a staycation for the rest of the week.

  533. We already live in Hawaii so we get to enjoy paradise :) we’ll just be in the water a little more than usual.

  534. 10 days in St. Martin!

  535. Hopefully going to the beach!!

  536. Jennifer Wellman says

    We are going to OBX and it will be our 10 yr wedding anniversary. But most of all spend time with my kids:)

  537. Playing with the kids and hopefully refinishing a lot of furniture.

  538. I am taking my husband ‘home’ to England! We recently got married and it is his first time visiting my ‘home’….I finally get payback for all the lost in translation moments we have! Really excited to see all my family and friends too!

  539. Pink flamingos and mojitos made from my own lime tree…

  540. Caroline says

    I’m working at a day camp with 5-year-olds!

  541. Time to redecorate! I’m going to design and make, with the help of my teenage son, a built-in bench and hutches for our dining room.

  542. linda w. says

    No definite plans yet. Probably a few day trips and hit the beach.

  543. I’m happy that my mom is going to come visit for a month.

  544. Heather G says

    Lots of day trips to the movies, museums, science center, zoo, beach, parks, ect.

  545. Andrea D. says

    First, big celebration on June 18th because I’ll be done with teaching for the summer. After that, I’m teaching at a reading camp and tutoring three students, helping my hubby renovate houses, and maybe take a nice vacation camping somewhere in New England. What I can’t wait to do is begin some pallet repurposing projects!

  546. Hang w my two boys at the beach and checking things off our fun list

  547. Andrea D. says

    The big summer celebration begins on June 18th when I say bye-bye to my students. Then I’m teaching at a summer reading camp and tutoring three students. I’ll also help out my hubby at his job renovating homes and hoping take some us time to go camping somewhere in New England. But I’m really looking forward to trying out some Pinterest DIY ideas with old pallets.

  548. visiting family

  549. Courtney says

    Visting family and my HS reunion!

  550. I plan on spending lots of time at the beach with my family!

  551. I am working this summer and doing lots of DIY projects in the afternoon and maybe getting a job at Anthropologie!

  552. We’re headed for a week at our favorite beach. Can’t wait!

  553. we’re renovating our downstairs, including putting in a new uber studio for me to sew in. I’m also planning to really focus on my shop and getting it up and running. :)

  554. Summer cookouts!

  555. Go to echo lake and relax and watch the kids have fun!

  556. We are planning a beach trip and a trip out to Denver this summer. Can’t wait!

  557. Stating cool and keeping my 3 year old occupied!

  558. Sitting outside under the trees and working on my quilts.

  559. I work as a nanny so i will be taking the kid i watch to water parks

  560. Visit my in-laws in Maine. Hurray!

  561. Looking forward to time to catch up on things — visiting friends, reading, sewing, gardening.

  562. No specific plans yet, but we live in Florida – so there is always great things to do close to home!

  563. Our summer plans involve lots of visitors from family and friends to our new home in Colorado!

  564. I’ve lived in my new townhouse for a little over a year but I don’t feel it is “mine” yet. I hope to do some redecorating this summer and bring in more color and creativity.

  565. We are looking for another job while working at a summer camp.

  566. Christie Hilton says

    Going to the Outer Banks, hopefully!

  567. I’m taking my kiddo camping!

  568. ayla adams says

    my plans are to go mining and adventure as much as possible. plus maybe go to the beach!

  569. I am a big fan of staycations! I live on a farm and there is so much fun stuff to do! Painting fences is a
    fun summer project. Sitting under the big apple tree, quilting and watching the birds.

  570. Later this summer my family and I are going to visit family in Boston for a couple of days and then we are going on to Portland Maine. We can’t wait! I can already taste the lobster rolls! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  571. Totally nautical! I’m planning on summer parties and a road trip up the coast!

  572. Planning a Wedding :)

  573. WE are moving into our house this summer…yay!

  574. tiffany stone says

    spending time with the kids, playing in the pool, and working in the garden.

  575. Beach beach beach!

  576. Enjoy the outdoors! :-)

  577. I plan to enjoy the summer with my kids, going on awesome adventures to local sites and spending as much time as we can beachside!

  578. Cynthia Rathunde says

    My hubby and I go to visit different MLB ballparks every year, working on visiting them all. :)

  579. so fun!

  580. I am going to summer school and then maybe take a few days off to go to the beach.

  581. Alysia H says

    Can’t wander too far from home…we have a cow and chickens now. Hopefully it will be relaxing and fun though. I plan on riding bikes with the kids, maybe do a little 4-wheeling, taking lots of pictures and crafting.

  582. The beach and pool will be how I spend my summer!

  583. Those measuring cups are awesome!

  584. Ashley S says

    This summer I plan to relax with my family and do a couple day trips here and there.

  585. Spending time with my kids

  586. Elizabeth says

    I am going to Portugal with my two sisters! I can not wait!!! :)

  587. Just enjoy the sun!

  588. Summer in Greece!

  589. Going to the beach!

  590. I am planning on spending as much time as possible in the water! I love summer swimming :)

  591. A family trip to San Diego/Anaheim and a girls trip to Palm Springs!

  592. No plans, but hoping to travel in Sep

  593. relax!! keep cool!! spend time with family in the midwest…. and look forward to october’s beach vacation!

  594. Definitely a lot of outodoors time!

  595. Spending lots of time with my kiddos before my oldest heads to kindergarten in the Fall. Hoping to do lots of camping and swimming.

  596. i am on summer vaca in 8 days and i can’t wait… first summer as a teacher rocks!

  597. Just came back from the beach and loved it!

  598. Sleeping in and hanging out with my daughter.

  599. Getting the nursery ready

  600. I plan on spending as much time at the beach as is humanly possible.

  601. I will be staying home with my family this summer!

  602. I don’t get a summer break but on the weekends I love to cook outside and lay by the water, camp

  603. I just graduated from college and I hope to find a job in a bakery this summer. Yum!

  604. Planning on enjoying not having a schedule to follow!

  605. Carrie Lang says

    My summer plans include a backyard trampoline, slip & slide, and plenty of beach time. Our one vacay will be a trip to palm springs with my 3 little ones to visit my sister and her family.

  606. Yeah for summer! We have a family trip to San Diego planned!!

  607. April was in CT now CA says

    We’re planning a trip to Yellowstone!

  608. There aren’t any specific plans in place for summer except to just enjoy each day as it comes.

  609. sarah burgess says

    Playgrounds and cookouts.

  610. Heather Baginski says

    Taking the summer off to be a stay at home mom for the first time ever! Very excited :)

  611. Kristin Wynder says

    lots of BBQ’s, swimming, a few vacations, and just tons of fun!

  612. My summer plans are to take it easy and recover from heart surgery.

  613. Cynthia Fitch says

    I plan to take as many trips as possible.

  614. Erica W. says

    Beach in 16 days!

  615. My summer plans are college classes to get ahead! This giveaway has given me something to look forward too ;)

  616. Cheryl Stone says

    No vacation for me no job and no money

  617. Kristina says

    Spending more time with family and reading, and more reading. :)

  618. My summer plans is to go to the beach as much as possible and to make as much money as possible so I can have a great end of summer birthday.

  619. Alba Ledesma says

    Learn chinese

  620. MARY EGUIA says

    love the sea one

  621. Heather Burris says

    Lots of pre-K snuggling, bike rides, and ice cream! Thanks for the opportunity!

  622. Rachel F says

    We are leaving in 2.5 weeks for Monteagle, TN! Can’t wait!

  623. I’m looking forward to spending the summer with my kids – taking care of the garden, playing in the sprinklers, going to the park, and popsicles!

  624. I’m looking forward to spending more time outdoors with the grandchildren.

  625. I’m moving this weekend and this would be the sweetest house warming prize! Thanks for providing such a fun give away!

  626. I don’t have any specific plans, but I’m hoping to take a couple day trips with my kids.

  627. Thanks for the chance to win these great prizes!

  628. Outside of working, I am looking forward to taking a vacation in July to Virginia with my guy!

  629. Picnics, grilling, carnivals, swimming, garage sales, etc.

  630. I plan on tanning in the sun as much as I can!

  631. Can’t wait until the last day of school to hang out with my kids by the pool.

  632. Family time, garden fresh veggies

  633. I’m going camping like crazy :)

  634. I’m going to Mexico for a week summer vacation! This basket would bring some more cheer to my summer! – ND

  635. Gina Gomez says

    Nothing yet

  636. So far the only thing that we have planned for this summer is doing a little work around the house and spending time together as a family.

  637. Darlene S says

    spending time with my girls and doing lots of scrapbooking.

  638. I’m looking to travel a ton this summer! It’s the first time I have the finances to do so and will quench my ever longing wanderlust! In between traveling, I plan on laying on my balcony with my cats and read some good books and blogs :)

  639. Sherri Taylor says

    Enjoying my maternity leave with our son, watching him grow and change so much every day!

  640. Lots of lazy afternoons at the lake with our little family of four, and a few day trips to the ocean with friends . . . as soon as it stops raining!

  641. I will take every opportunity to escape to the cool weather in the White Mountains.
    It is very HOT in the Arizona spot I live in.

  642. I am finally going to replace my valences for drapes! I just have such problems with Molly bolts. I always mess them up somehow. Wish me luck!

  643. Camping and celebrating my grandmother’s 75th birthday!

  644. Upstate NY!! :)
    Best vacation spot…so relaxing!

    Thanks for this fantastic opportunity!! Your selection is my favorite yet! Love nautical theme :)

  645. Summer plans …. flying to NM to visit my brother and his family :)

  646. Katie Cohagen says

    We are going to finish landscaping the backyard and hopefully make a few trips to the lakehouse for relaxing and margaritas

  647. Gardening.playing in the pool. Hopeand pray a beach trip too!!

  648. Camping, camping, and more camping.

  649. I’ll be relaxing at the beach, sipping lemonade, and barbecuing with friends :)

  650. Debbie Welchert says

    Lots of cookouts and watching my grandchildren play.

  651. Jenni Green says

    Hmmm- survive summer in Atlanta ;) and enjoy long dips in the pool. Looking forward to family beach vaca in July!

  652. Elena Stoddard says

    Visiting Key West Fl!!!!

  653. This summer — I plan on investing in my family, and my husband’s family. I want to have them over for BBQ’s, ride our bikes together, and let them know they are always on my heart.

  654. Our plans for summer are to explore our hometown properly and go on a mini vacay, probably the beach!

  655. Melinda T says

    We’re keeping it low key. Though we do have a couple of weekend getaways planned.

  656. Kellie Houck says

    Lots of beach time with my 3 favorite boys this summer!

  657. I’m going to Walt Disney World!

  658. cj coppola says

    If you’re looking for me this summer, I’ll be in the pool.

  659. I can’t wait for my annual family reunion this August! I absolutely love the whale pen!!

  660. I’m looking forward to a week at Holden Beach, NC. Other than that just a few day trips.

  661. I’m very excited about this summer. My son is getting married.

  662. Planning to go on a service trip to Haiti!

  663. Headed to Hilton Head Island of course!

  664. To play, play, play!!!

  665. Suzie Hurst says

    We plan to spend a lot of time outdoors!

  666. Jill Geyer says

    Planning on riding the train to Richmond. Doing lots of art projects and thrift shopping!

  667. ACMommy3 says

    Our plans include lots of pool trips, lazy days at home and fun day trips within 60 miles of our home. :-)

  668. Lori Ann says

    Favorite summer thing is eating garden fresh tomatoes with lots of mayo, pepper and basil!!

  669. Lots of exploring with the kids. They are at great ages for it. 10 and 6.

  670. Hang out with my kids! Have fun with them!

  671. Natalie G says

    Lots of beach trips, reading, summer bbq’s, and a trip to Croatia with my husband to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary!

  672. amy e craft says

    I’m off for the summer so I will be spending it with my daughter!

  673. plans are to be outside as much as possible! go camping and swimming!

  674. Visiting family and going to a ton of weddings!

  675. Melissa Norwood says

    Our summer plans are to enjoy the warm weather as much as we can! Go to lots of fun theme parks and just be outside!

  676. Catch up on my reading and on Vampire Diaries.

  677. laurie nykaza says

    We will go to the beach to stay and start off the summer having so much fun with my sisters and daughter.

  678. Skylar S says

    No vacation this year, but I’m definitely looking forward to no homework for the little one!

  679. Carole Bradshaw says

    Looking forward to a summer of creative home projects and lots of relaxation!

  680. Try and make as many great memories with my two boys. Visit family and of course try to organize my home and purge it of all the things I keep saying I am going to get rid of!

  681. Blessie Nelson says

    I am going to learn swimming this summer!

  682. Catherine says

    I’m going to divide my time between the beach, my garden, and events with my kids.

  683. I’m going to California for a family reunion in August!

  684. No big plans, just hanging out and trying to be a YES mom!!

  685. I will be doing a lot of gardening, BBQ’s and fishing.

  686. getting projects done around the house, and a camping trip later in the summer

  687. I have two sisters deployed to the middle east, and this summer one returns home! We’re going to have a huge party, and I can’t wait to see her!!! :)

  688. We are heading to Texas to see family and then hanging out on the beach the rest of the summer.

  689. I’ll be ” down the shore” for 2 weeks with my wonderful family!!!!