Currently, The Answer to Nearly Everything is Ice Cream

Finish the Sentence Friday is on a July 4th week hiatus but I'm here raring to go with my own stuff. And most of it's about ice cream, of course, and summer

Finish the Sentence Friday is on a July 4th week hiatus, but I’m here raring to go with my own stuff.

Did you find it to be a slow week? Historically, this is a slow week for blogging and influencing, right up there with Christmas week, but I think it’s even more so now! Maybe it’s the heat wave or the beach vacations. When I was a kid, we’d go to Myrtle Beach, SC or Ocean City, MD for two weeks right after July 4th. Now our own vacations are coming up, (more on that later) but this week was about salmon on the grill and water fights at summer camp. And the search for ice cream sundaes.

And unicorn pancakes.

So it’s time for a rundown post. It’s time for a recap, a catchup, a hello, a goodbye, and even a fun summer meme that I hope you’ll join me in filling out. The heat wave is mostly over and it’s time to cool off and chill out. Maybe read a book.

Speaking of which.. Currently, I’m..

Reading: “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah. I was on hold for this book at the library forEVER! I’m so excited! Of course it was due back there yesterday and I’m only halfway through the book, but it’s worth the ten cents a day. The book takes place way, way out there in Alaska and is so far beyond my expectations. There are MOOSE, although not always friendly.

Planning: Scarlet’s Harry Potter birthday cake, and if I got her enough presents. The dates for our trip to Cape Cod (later than usual), my birthday week, our family weekend in a cabin in Maine for work (and fun), as well as if I want to travel beyond those trips. Also, the kids’ camp schedule, two camp lunches, and putting something FUN on my to-do list for today.

And planning to finally find out what kind of puppy Astro is!

Wearing: As seen in the first photo too, a really great hat.

Stressing: Just run of the mill stomachache stuff. Is the world dying? Will there be a second Civil War? Why does the puppy eat underwear? Will Des keep sitting out during camp swim time? Should I go to bed earlier? Am I dehydrated? If I have another baby, will my kids happily be ten years apart? Will I survive? Am I dying? Is that a freckle or is it cancer? Typical.

Wishing: That all of Scarlet’s birthday wishes come true. That all of my birthday wishes come true. And that I’ll renew my expired passport and actually put a stamp on the next one. For the peace, happiness, and health of everyone I know.

Feeling: A little distant, a little wistful, a little overwhelmed, a little underwhelmed.

Listening: I cannot stop. I just cannot stop listening to this:

Eating: Peanut butter cup ice cream. Only when writing this, and probably not when publishing this in the morning!

Loving: Morning birdsong, the way Astro sleeps on top of me like a blanket, seeing a movie in a big cushy seat next to Scarlet, waking up from nightmares to see that I haven’t lost everything, or even something, and work/life balance.

Hoping: That anxiety goes away, the world stops boiling in a heat wave, there’s not a second Civil War, that people will be smarter, that my puppy will stop chewing the carpet, and that we’ll get a series of low humidity, 75 degree days!

And I hope you’ll read my summer questionnaire, and answer one of the questions in the comments!

1 – Will you go on a summer vacation this year? Yes! Definitely to Cape Cod and Maine – those are already planned. I’d also really love to do a trip to Moosehead Lake with a cabin, a rented zoom lens and boots that go up to my waist.

2 – Do nothing but relax, or pack it all in vacation? The balance of both, whether in one trip or taking one trip just to relax, and another trip to do everything totally crazy and adventurous and booked in advance. I can’t choose one.

3 – What month do you like to vacation? Honestly? January through March and July through September. I can’t understand going to Florida right now, unless you plan to go in the colder weather too. I want relief wherever I go. Other than that, I’d like to vacation every month of the year! Warm places in winter, and cold, northern places in summer. Relief places.

4 – Cruise: YES or NO? I don’t know if this question means if I have gone on a cruise or not, or if I think they’re cool or not? I’m going with a NO for both. I’ve never been on one and I NEVER want to go on one. Cassidy feels the same about this one thing. It makes me feel claustrophobic and queasy thinking about it. Trapped with all those people and no escape? Nope.

5 – Favorite holiday tradition? For July 4th? We only have one. Fireworks! And our dogs don’t mind them, so that’s a win.

6 – Most memorable vacation? I mean, aren’t they all? Maybe it was my first trip to California, which was also the second time I ever laid eyes on Cassidy. His entire world came to life out of the words of his emails. There was our honeymoon in Alaska, of course, and all of the gloom and doom and magic. All of the beach vacations I had as a kid combined.

7 – Pack light or pack it all? I think I have a good balance, but when in doubt, pack more bikinis and sundresses.

8 – Hotel, condo, or house? There’s no wrong answer here! I like a two-story condo with a spiral staircase!

9 – Favorite thing(s) to eat on vacation? Well it pains me to say that I am NOT a lobster and corn on the cob girl. I do love fresh fruit, ice cream, clam chowder, and beach house lunches. You know the type. When you get back from the beach, ravenous, and you don’t even care that your sand-covered hands are making lunches that consist of cold cut sandwiches, with or without the bread, pickles, sliced peaches, and lots of potato chips. Beach house cookies too.

10 – Warm or cold destinations? Oops, I sort of answered that. In the summer, I like to go to Cape Cod beaches, Maine, or Alaska type places. In the winter, please please give me warm beaches and theme parks and palm trees, and I’m good.

Tell me one of your answers to these questions!

5 Smart Tips to Allergen-Proof Your Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lennox. All opinions are 100% mine.

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It’s estimated that asthma affects 24.5 million Americans, and that more than 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy. Those are huge numbers! I grew up in New Jersey and lived there for 27 years. I remember as a kid, people would say that at some point I was going to develop allergies. I was lucky to not have allergies growing up, however, when I reached my 20s, they finally came down on me. Here in New England, we suffer from both indoor and outdoor allergens. They affect my kids, my husband, and me, so I’ve been looking for simple and smart ways to combat them.

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I can’t change the outdoors, but I CAN reduce allergens in the home. Here are 5 Smart Tips to Allergen-Proof Your Home:

1 – Close your windows. We have central air conditioning and we rely on it for cleaner air. Open windows, while nice, can stir up dust and allergens. You should also clean mold and condensation from window frames and sills.

2 – Remove clutter. The more you have in your home, the more places you have for allergens to collect! If you can remove unwanted items that collect dust, such as knickknacks, magazines, toys, and books, you can improve the quality of your air.

3 – Keep pets off furniture and out of bedrooms. Our cat especially likes to curl up in our bedroom, but I don’t like it!

4 – Focus on flooring. If you can use hardwood or linoleum flooring, as well as washable area rugs, that will help with carpet allergies. If that isn’t an option, use low-pile or high-pile carpeting. Vacuum at least weekly with a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and also shampoo your carpets frequently.

5 – Choose a system that fights allergens. Air quality is a huge comfort factor in your home, as airborne impurities can irritate eyes, noses, and lungs, and can also create odors that make any space uncomfortable. We chose to go with Lennox because in addition to heating and cooling, they have whole-home indoor air quality systems that fight these allergens and aid in making our home a comfortable, cozy space.

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Lennox has many products that can help you combat allergens in your home:

The PureAir™ Air Purification System from Lennox® is the only system of its kind on the market. It uses three different types of air cleansing technology to fight all three classes of contaminants that we talked about above. The PureAir™ whole-home air purification system improves indoor air quality better than any single system you can buy. Many technologies out there only combat one or two categories of air contaminants, and often only in one room! The PureAir™ system does not produce any ozone as a by-product and it actively works to reduce ozone – a known lung irritant. And, the Allergen Defender feature on iComfort® S30 and E30 smart thermostats checks the air quality and pollen levels in your zip code and automatically adjusts your system’s blower for automatic filtration, as needed. This is about protecting your whole home, and the people in it.

When you think about the air in your house, do you think of comfort and peace of mind? I know I do. I love that the products focus on the whole home, and all the members in it. This means our bedrooms, our bathrooms, our individual needs, and even our smart devices. We’ve been upgrading our home, little by little, to make it our dream home. I’m happy to say we’re getting there fast!

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