Memorial Day Plans & Kicking Off Summer

Well it’s time once again for me to join my friends Allie from A Gal Named Al, Tara from Mommy In A Nutshell, Holly from Pink Lady  and Trina & Sara from Moms’ Coffee Date for Ladies Who Link. We are talking about our Memorial Day plans and how we are kicking off summer. If you are a blogger we’d love for you to link up with us and share your favorite ideas for kicking off summer.

I suspect if you’ve stopped by here any at all in the last month that you’ve already realized we “kicked off summer” in a BIG WAY by celebrating our sons college graduation and then heading to the beach for a week.

Benny is a pretty serious guy, but every so often the goofy side of him just slips right out and I love it!

 Of  course I am all too happy to share pictures one more time of our graduate.

I can’t think of a better way to kick off summer than by spending a week at the beach. The only downside is that now our vacation has come and gone. We needed to work it in between graduation and Benny’s new job so that meant an early vacation this year.

When our kids were younger Memorial Day marked the opening weekend of the pool and therefore the beginning of summer. The communities we’ve lived in in both Minnesota and now California don’t have many community pools the way the southern states do and so I really miss those days.

Memorial Day also marks the kickoff of grilling season, backyard barbecue’s and all things red, white and blue.

Pinterest is a perfect place to look for Memorial Day ideas and recipes.

images via Pinterest

How cute would this American flag burlap table runner be at your summer cookouts?

May is not only often thought of as the beginning of summer, but it’s also National Skin Cancer Awareness month. 

It’s a good month to go for a full body check at your dermatologist (if you set you appointment up far enough in advance).

Use that sunscreen friends! You won’t believe how much sun you will still get even with it on. As a person who was just last week soaking up as much sun as I could, I can tell you it was not with covering any exposed skin with sunscreen and still being able to get a healthy glow.

And speaking of sunscreen. I used my Rodan and Fields lip shield this time at the beach and loved it.

They come 2 to a pack and have SPF 25. I loved the way it went on my lips. Super silky and not at all waxy. I put it on before walking in the morning too and will continue to do so now that I’m home. I think people often forget to protect their pucker. 

#doesthatsounddirty #getyourmindoutofthegutter

A few weeks ago I did a post on beach vacation essentials you can check out here.

In case you’ve missed my previous Lady’s Who Link posts you can read them here:

Favorite Target Finds

Mom’s Roast

What’s In Your Makeup Drawer

Best Organizational Tip & Tricks

Thanks for stopping by today. As always I’d love for you to share in the comments what are your plans for Memorial Day and how do you like to “kick off summer”?

Mark your calendar for the 3rd Thursday of each month and join us as we talk about the topics listed below.

Happy Friday Eve! We can see the finish line!




An InLinkz Link-up



  1. May 18, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    First off, frame that bird on the beach picture- that's really neat (and looks like the one from the photographer of that dolphin picture!) Going to need to make those marble cupcakes- awesome! Hit up your local Walmart- I bought some super cute wide burlap ribbon a few years ago that comes in red stripes and one comes in blue with stars and then I lay them out as a table runner together. They were under $2/roll! I'm calling my derm this week for a beginning of summer check instead of the end- too many new spots popping up. Ugh! Thanks for co-hosting!

    • May 18, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      HA! The bird one I really took and I never did get my dream dolphin picture. WalMart for the ribbon is a good idea. Being a Texas girl you won't be able to wrap your mind around this, but out here we have these dinky little WalMart's not like what we were used to in the south. Whenever I'm traveling and go in a "real" one I always feel like I'm home (kinda sad, huh??) Same for the huge Targets. I so miss my Super Target with a full on grocery that I shopped at in MN. Katie made rainbow cupcakes like that a couple of years ago and they were so cute!!! Ari and Trip would love them! Thank YOU for asking me to be a co-host!

    • May 18, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you Tara!!! We are so proud of him.

  2. May 18, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I was in Target yesterday and saw all the red, white, and blue things on the dollar aisle! They also had some really cute America t-shirts!

    • May 18, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      OH BOY…sounds like I'd better get to Target STAT!!!

  3. May 18, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Congrats on your graduate! How exciting and what an accomplishment! I must try those cupcakes! Chocolate covered strawberries are always a hit! Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and thanks for co-hosting!

    • May 18, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      Thank you! We are beyond proud. I love a chocolate covered strawberry and the red, white and blue are so festive! Y'all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend too…Here's to the start of summer!!!

    • May 18, 2017 / 11:57 pm

      Thank you Regine!

  4. May 18, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    I love the idea of neighborhood pools-wish we had that up here in New England! Thanks for the sunscreen reminder- I never wore it…until now. I had skin cancer this past year so this summer will be the first I am being religious about it!

  5. May 18, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Such an exciting start to summer!! We're getting ready to take our vacation in a week. It does stink that the vacation is over so quickly, but we had to work around our schedule too. Still so excited to go!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • May 18, 2017 / 11:51 pm

      Hope you have a great time Brooke!!!

  6. May 19, 2017 / 12:54 am

    I love everything about this… all things summer! Bring it on! 🙂

    • May 19, 2017 / 2:47 am

      I'm so ready for summer!!! I know you are super ready. You had to live through a long winter. XO

  7. May 24, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Congrats on the graduation! It's a big milestone for your entire family.

    I am about to make an appointment for my first full body check….yeah I have never done it and I am a little nervous. I have been thinking about it this week so your blog is a good reminder to make that call! 🙂


    • May 24, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Thank you Patty!!! Good girl, make that appointment. There's really nothing to be nervous about. It's not as "invasive" as you are probably thinking and you'll be so happy you did it! Good luck!!!

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