Summer time and the living is easy...

One of the things I love most about summer is how much slower the pace of our usual day-to-day seems. I know I am fortunate to be home with my kids right now and if I was working full-time, I might feel differently, but I do believe the ease of summer is a state of mind.

Something in my head shifts when the weather gets warmer and really, when school ends.  Maybe it's the teacher in me (or the kid), but I flip a switch in my head and get into summer mode. Now that my kids are a little bigger, I really look forward to this shift and relaxed routine.

This mindset seems to  foster a lot more time to catch up with friends, to head out to the backyard daily and throw super last minute get-togethers with friends, family or neighbors.  This July 4th we did just that. We had no plans until the last minute and as I'm learning, these impromptu gatherings are just as fun (maybe even more) as the well-planned ones.

I literally pulled this together a half-an-hour before our friends arrived using knick-knacks from the basement, Eamon's Rarebits Easter basket, a runner from my kitchen and the Christmas linens I forgot to put away. It's nothing fancy, elaborate or stunning, but an example of going with the flow. When my brain is in summer mode, the filter that usually makes me over think lots of things kind of falls to the wayside.

I really love what summer does to me. Towards the end of August you might be reading a very different post, but I really hope I can tap into this summer brain a little more throughout the year.

Do you look forward to slowing down in the summer or do you prefer adventure seeking or finishing off winter's to-do list?

Whatever your pleasure, have a great day.

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  1. I love the idea of using Eamon's basket!! Brilliant.

  2. I love the idea of slowing things down in the summer - mealtimes are relaxed and outside, bedtimes are a little less scheduled, sometimes everyone sleeps in... But usually by the middle of August, I begin to feel the need for structure and routine.
    Your table looks really nice - and relaxed. Perfect for summer dining with friends!

  3. I am totally in favor of slowing down. The slower the better. Love your table setting. :)

  4. Our table setting looks so cute! I am really loving this Summer, I just became a SAHM after working in an office for, um, forever and this is my first official Summer off and I am trying to live it up!!

    Hope you had a great vacation my friend!!

  5. Couldn't agree more, I love the slow down of summer time. I am not looking forward to getting back into the back to school routine. Found your site via facebook.