With only a few weeks left of school free summer, I’ve been thinking about how I want to spend these last glorious no-lunch packing, no homework monitoring, no school sports/activities shuttling days. As much as the kids and I have been spending a lot of time together and occasionally grating on each other’s last nerve — more specifically, they’re grating on mine! — I am going to miss this low-key time together. I think about how many more summers I’ll have left before my 8 yo little guy doesn’t want to hold my hand anymore, or if I’m under-appreciating those small moments when my daughter finally declares domination over the playground monkey bars. To be honest, all of this sappy stuff might be the result of monthly hormones. Just in case it’s not, the next 2 1/2 weeks I’ve decided to attack our summer fun bucket list with a vengeance. Which means I actually need to create one… So moms, local NE Ohio/Cleveland residents and all-around creative people — please help a sista’ out!
What’s on YOUR summer bucket list?
Perhaps find all the inspiration you need in these Friday Link Love reads below.
In addition to describing one of my all-time favorite Summer cocktails, dark & stormy is a very accurate depiction of what’s been going on in Cleveland, OH lately. Sixteen consecutive days of rain. Seriously. We’re talking heavy monsoon-esque downpours at least once daily, thunder and lightning included. I might have to forego this blogging thing and teach myself some ark building skills. This gloomy weather has gotten me thinking about the constant enveloping haze that has been lingering and how the tones of deep grays and blues make you want to cuddle up under the covers with your loved ones. Obviously, my mind goes straight to home decor and how certain color palettes can recreate that cozy feeling. Now, who doesn’t love a good cuddle?
Some room inspiration for you below:
P.S.- My “go-to” Dark & Stormy cocktail recipe can be found below. A perfect cocktail makes even the gloomiest of days a little brighter. Cheers!
DARK & STORMY
2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
4 oz ginger beer
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in the Ginger Beer, then pour in the Dark Rum over the back of a spoon to help keep the darker layer floating on top. Garnish with a lime wedge.