5 Ways to Soak Up Summer in August

As Labor Day approaches in a month, I am feeling bittersweet about the end of this summer season. Trips to the beach, driving with the windows rolled down, and eating al-fresco all bring forth a relaxed state of mind. Even though my summer vacation as a teacher is ending soon, I’m keeping up with my summer lifestyle by embracing these seasonal activities. Keep reading to see how I’m staying in summer mode until the first day of Fall in September.

Schedule a Weekly Pool Date with a Friend

Outfit Details: Becca Bikini Top(on sale!) | Becca Bikini Bottom(on sale!)

Every week or so, I have a standing pool date with my sister-in-law on my calendar. We like to go on a weekday after work, around 3 or 4pm. We lay out, sip on Lacroix, and listen to 90s boy band hits. Pull out all your cute swimsuits and get some Vitamin D. Try to only stay for an hour, which is the perfect amount of time for catching up and taking a few dips. We did this last Summer and Fall well into October. We continue this tradition every week this year, too!

Shop for Groceries at a Farmer’s Market

Howell’s Produce is located on the corner of Hillsboro Pike, just a one minute drive from where I live. The owners are incredibly friendly!
While I did pick up healthy produce like peaches and tomatoes, I also took home a pumpkin muffin (skinny options available, too). I have to get into the spirit of Fall, right?
A summer salad filled with seasonal produce. To intensify the flavors, I added a few shakes of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and feta.

Once or twice a season, I peruse my local Farmer’s Market called Howell’s and get ingredients for dinner or dessert. This month, I’m heading there a few times to take advantage of late Summer produce, like blackberries, peaches, greens, and corn. On my most recent visit, I picked up ingredients for a fresh salad and fruit pie. What do you like to pick up from there?

Bake a Pie

Behind the scenes of making a blackberry peach pie. This recipe is a breeze!
We kept the design simple, since this is the first pie I’ve baked in a long time!
We brushed melted butter, nutmeg, and cinnamon on the crust(before we baked it) to achieve a toasted pie shell.

As an avid fan of the Peach Cobbler Factory food truck, I indulge in fruit desserts when it’s hot out. At my husband’s request, I baked a Blackberry Peach Pie with this recipe yesterday and it was divine! Peaches and blackberries complement each other perfectly in a pie, especially when combined with cinnamon and nutmeg. As the pie was baking, it filled our apartment with the most delightful aroma of spices!

Wear Your Summer Whites

Outfit Details: White Sweater (similar)White Shorts (only $15) | Clogs (Thred Up)

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love to wear white in the summer time. It keeps me cool and breezy while deflecting the sun. If you have any bright white pieces in your closet, now is the time to wear them before Labor Day! While I don’t follow the rule of “no white after Labor Day,” it is good motivation to wear those summery linen dresses and white blouses in my closet. Pro tip: Try wearing long sleeves with your shorts to make the look feel a bit more Fall-ish and transitional!

Go to an Outdoor Concert

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Since Nashville is a music hub, I’m taking full advantage of the free live music this month by going to Live on the Green. Starting August 9th, you can see popular bands like Dispatch, Cold War Kids, and The Wild Feathers. I’ll probably bring a chair and sip some iced wine in my Tervis tumbler for a relaxing night out. Will I see you there?

There you have it! These are the items on my agenda for August. What is on your summer bucket list?


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