Summer Survival Tips

Blog Hop July

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Here’s the Nitty Gritty on Summer Survival Tips!!!!

Sure, we’d all love to spend the summer lost in a romance novel, but we’ve got kids, and lives, and we need ways to survive the summer! Read on for some Summer Survival Tips sure to help you beat the heat!

How to survive being outside:

Tip #1: An all natural alternative to bug spray! One year at a summer camp in Upstate New York, a guide, hiking through a fog of mosquitoes, recommended ALOE to keep the mosquitoes away. We tried it, and you know what? It worked.

How to survive your kids’ boredom:reindeer

Tip #2: Throw a Christmas in July party for the kids. Okay, this doesn’t cool you off, but it makes the kids happy and gets you thinking about a cooler time of year. We put up a small tree, decorate with “cold” ornaments, like icicles, and made “snowballs” with a snow cone machine! You can go big or small. Visit my Pinterest Board for ideas!

Cathrine Goldstein’s Pinterest Boards!

And for regular days when we don’t throw a party, my girls love to play school. We set our girls up with white boards and they create the “lesson plans.” Keeps them in practice for the school year.

What to do for you:

Tip #3: Don’t fight it. It’s hot. Know what helps me? Hot yoga. Sound crazy? Maybe. But once you learn to embrace the heat (and maybe build a tolerance to it), you stop fighting it. Once you’ve accepted it’s hot, you can work with it, rather than against.

One of my favorite things to do as a kid was to lie on a blanket under a tree with a stack of books. Since we now live in the South, it’s tough for my kids to be out midday. That’s where you get creative–forts in the dining room and tents in the office can make great places to read!


Need a hot summer book for you while your kids are busy reading?

Meet mega rock star, Malcolm Angel…

Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?

Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star! H

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(Psst! My Pinterest boards also have the inspiration for this book including music selections from Train!)



“How did you go through life with that name…?” Malcolm’s eyes flashed with happiness. “I mean, if I wrote it, people would crucify me. What were your parents thinking?”

Summer froze. Suddenly the walls began closing in on her.

“I mean, do they love you at all?” Malcolm chuckled.

Summer’s feet refused to move, and her arms lay limp at her side.

“Summer?” Malcolm’s smile faded. “Sum?”

The sound of her nickname spoken by Malcolm did her in. She desperately fought the mounting tears.

Malcolm stared at her. “It’s not your name you’re upset about, is it?”

Summer clenched her jaw and shook her head.

“I’m sorry.” His voice was low and modulated.

She nodded, looking at Malcolm, and wanting, for the first time ever, to have someone make it all okay. To have him make it all okay.

Malcolm grew quiet. They stood there for whole minutes.

“I’m sorry if I touched on a sore subject. Really.”

Summer stared at him—this man who had everything except the answer she needed. How could he be so closed off? How could he care so little about the pain of another living creature?

He stepped forward then, as if reading her mind. He took her hand gently, and leaned over, speaking quietly into her ear. “It’s not that I don’t care.”

Those few words found a place deep in Summer’s soul.

Malcolm stood up tall, and Summer’s eyes followed him. He reached out and stroked her cheek as he spoke. “But I’ve got nothing more to give than today.”

 Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star



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