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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Weiss

Create Unforgettable Summer Memories with These Tips and Ideas

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Summer is here! I’m so excited to share some of my favorite recipes, summer vacation ideas, must-haves and more with you about how to make the most of your summer break! Whether you’re soaking up the sun at the beach or lake, enjoying a backyard BBQ, or going on a fun family vacation, there’s something special about this season that makes everything a bit more exciting. Check out these awesome ideas to make this summer unforgettable!

Easy Summer Recipes


Summer is the perfect time to whip up some easy and delicious recipes. Think fresh salads, light pastas, and fruity desserts that scream sunshine. Here are some quick ideas:

Summer Must-Haves


Before heading out to the beach or pool, make sure you have these summer essentials:

Fun Summertime Games


Keeping everyone entertained is easy with these fun games:

  • Water Balloon Toss: Fill up water balloons, pair up, and see who can toss them the furthest without breaking.

  • DIY Obstacle Course: Set up a course in your backyard with cones, hula-hoops, and jump ropes. Time each participant to see who’s the fastest!

  • Scavenger Hunt: Create a list of items to find around your yard or park. The first one to find everything wins!

Summer Activities and Bucket List


Make this summer epic with our free printable summer bucket list and summer schedule. We shared this blog last year, Exciting Summer Activities for Kids and Families, which is loaded with great ideas, you will definitely want to check that out and download the printable. But here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Go Camping: Whether in your backyard or at a national park, camping is a great way to enjoy nature.

  • Visit a Farmer’s Market: Fresh produce and local goods are a summer delight.

  • Have a Picnic: Pack a lunch and head to a nearby park for a relaxing afternoon.

  • Stargaze: Lay out a blanket and watch the stars come out. Maybe you’ll see a shooting star!

Easy Kids Craft Ideas


Keep the kiddos busy with some fun and easy crafts:

  • DIY Wind Chimes: Use seashells and beads to create beautiful wind chimes.

  • Painted Rocks: Collect some rocks and let the kids paint them with fun designs.

  • Nature Collage: Gather leaves, flowers, and sticks to make a nature-inspired collage.

  • Bubble Painting: This is so much fun but can be messy, which makes for a fun outdoor activity.

Summer Reading


Reading is a wonderful way to unwind. Here are some recommendations for all ages:

Budget-Friendly Summer Vacation Ideas in California


California is full of amazing, affordable vacation spots:

  • San Diego: Enjoy beautiful beaches, the famous zoo, and Balboa Park.

  • Yosemite National Park: Perfect for hiking, camping, and breathtaking views.

  • Santa Cruz: Visit the boardwalk, enjoy the beaches, and explore the charming downtown area.

  • Lake Tahoe: Ideal for water activities, hiking, and scenic views.

Embrace the New

Summer is an excellent time to try something new, whether it’s picking up a new hobby, setting new goals, or simply exploring new places. Embrace the season's energy and make this summer the best one yet!

I hope this made you feel inspired and ready for an amazing summer. Don’t forget to check out my free printable to help plan your summer adventures.

Make this summer one to remember!

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