Tuesday, July 17, 2018

summer manifesto 2018

Happy summer! It's been more than a year that I've shared anything here. I didn't mean to take such a long break. And rather than bore you with all the details or reasons as to why I haven't shared anything, I figured I would just jump right back in.

I created a summer manifesto for this year. And to be honest, I pulled up the document from last year, tweaked it a little for this year (I changed "2017" to "2018," for one), and called it good. What some call plagiarism, I call inspiration. ;)

Anyway, for my seasonal manifestos, I like to include a variety of fun, simple activities that celebrate the upcoming season. I refer to it when I want to do something fun on the weekend- alone or with my family. I also have a summer project that I do with my girls every year. This is our 6th year doing this; during their summer break from school, we aim to do one, fun activity every day. I didn't share anything here last year because I took an unintentionally long, blog break. 

READ: My Girls' Summer Break: 2016 2015 2014 2013

The activities in my manifesto are usually pretty simple. "Go the the library" is a favorite. My love for the library is real. Going to the library in the summer is especially rewarding because our library has a weekly, kids' and adults' summer reading program. It makes me very happy that my daughters enjoy going to the library and reading as much as I do. The manifesto activities can also be more elaborate. For example, one year we stayed at the colorful Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs for a few days.

If you need more inspiration, take a look at some of my favorite summer bucket lists / ideas out there:
Shutterbean's Summer Bucket List 2018The Frugal Girl's 2018 Summer Bucket ListWellness Mama's 2018 Summer Bucket List: Fun and Frugal Summer Activities.
summer manifesto 2018
(Click to enlarge... the list is also below!)

This summer I plan to:
  • Go to the library every week.
  • Make s'mores.
  • Read at least 15 minutes every day. 
  • Go to the beach.
  • Watch a movie outdoors.
  • Go to our local museum.
  • Read at the beach.
  • Go stargazing.
  • Eat watermelon.
  • Go on a moonlit hike.
  • Go to the drive-in.
  • Pain our nails in vibrant colors.
  • Set up a breakfast, yogurt bar.
  • Color.
  • Go hiking.
  • Print pictures for a summer, memory book.
  • Go night swimming.
  • Drink smoothies.
  • Work on a pretty backyard.
  • Play board games.
  • Watch a movie at the park.
  • Attend a fireworks show.
  • Play double dutch.
I've already crossed several things off (summer started last month, after all). What are you doing this summer? :)