Summer Bucket List

Next week it's officially summer, this week I sat down and came up with a little list to tick off in the next two and a half months. 


TAKE A BIKE RIDE WITH MY BABE

Summer Bucket List

Wish this were something that was easier to do on the regular.  Unfortunately, we live on a dead end street off the main road, that's on a pretty steep hill.  Leaving from our house and starting the ride is a challenge, and the other little issue is that we don't have a baby seat or even bikes that are in riding condition.  


VISIT STORM KING SCULPTURE GARDEN

Summer Bucket List - Storm King

Storm King is a 500 acre sculpture park and widely celebrated as one of the world's best!  And it's right in our back yard, just 30 minutes away.  Looks like a fun place for an art-loving mom to take her babe to burn off some energy!


ATTEND AN OUTDOOR CONCERT

Summer Bucket List - Outdoor concert

One of my favorite summer activities as teenager was going to outdoor summer concerts.  Always on the lawn.  There's something so magical about laying your blanket down and settling in for some good music.  


GETAWAY TO A CLASSIC NEW ENGLAND DESTINATION

Summer Bucket List

I've been to Cape Cod once, when I first moved to New York, but never since.  I am feeling like I haven't taken advantage of living on the East Coast.  I've never been to Martha's Vineyard.  I've never been to Nantucket.  I've never been Block Island.  I think it's time to explore!


MAKE AN OUTDOOR MOVIE THEATER

Outdoor Movie Theater

A few years back I bought a little projector to make this a reality, but so far I've only used it for craft projects. #DIYBloggerProblems

photos: bike ride / Storm King / concert / Nantucket / outdoor movie theater 

What's on your list?

Father's Day Gift Guide

The dads in my life rarely treat themselves, but they deserve it!  This guy right here is a pick-up, drop-off, grocery shopping, grass cutting super hero.  Oliver adores him and Kyle teaches him so much and gives him the tough love I'm no good at.  May we celebrate you all this week!  Here are my picks for Father's Day gift giving! 

Father's Day Gift Guide
Father's Day Gift Guide

1. An updated track jacket - use code MAINEVENT for 25% off until 6/11

2. I struggle so much with what to do with kid's art work.  Framing one or two special pieces is such a great solution!  Minted does a great job!

3. House their sunnies in a fancy personalized case.  

4. Dad should travel in style with a monogramed roller bag.  

5. This onsie/shirt pair is hilarious and adorable!!

6. Dads always need a shoe upgrade.  At least my husband does.  Loving these Toms and they're super affordable!  bonus, use code MAINEVENT for 25% off until 6/11

7. Why should women have all the fun with what's in their bags, add a little pizzazz to his wallet with this Jack Spade.


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Picnic Essentials

One of our favorite family activities is having picnics after work.  I try to duck out of work 10 minutes early, I grab food and hop on the train.  My boys meet at the station, which is located at a beautiful part on the Hudson River.  We set up a blanket, and dig in.  The sun is setting, it's a lovely scene, and a perfect night out, that doesn't cost much and we don't have to debate over where to go.  Because we have made this in to an almost weekly ritual during the summer, we keep a picnic bag ready in the car.  All we need is to add food and instant picnic.  So you too can be ready, here is what I keep in my picnic bag.  And note, yes, I opt for a picnic bag instead of a basket, as it takes up far less room. 

Picnic Ready
How to be picnic ready

1. blanket - you need this, obviously.  We opt for a table cloth.

2. bag - picnic baskets are adorable and totally instagramable, but a bag takes up less room and squish down and fit in your car.

3. cooler bag - we usually just pick up food and meet at the park, but in case you need a place for a cool drink or a cold dish, I advise keeping a cooler bag on hand. 

4. plates, cups, cutlery  - keep a set of paper goods in the bag, I go for the biodegradable choices

5. cutting board and serrated knife - We often pick up bread and cheese, so the set is a necessity.

6. wine opener - because duh.


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photo: A. Fatouros Photography