Kate’s Summer Favorites + Giveaway!

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So summer is right around the corner–for some of us more than others (my kids are out this week!) Which means that for families, there’s more swimming, popsicles. sleeping in, later nights, grilling, fighting, declarations of “I’m soooooo boooooored!”, and kids asking every 15 minutes if they can have a snack. So while summer is magical and wonderful and it’s amazing to step away from the daily grind for a few months, sometimes you’ve gotta treat yo self. I’ve picked a handful of my favorite summer luxuries and not only am I sharing the things I love, but I’m giving away a box of all these things (plus a few little extra things I love!)

  1. Rodan + Fields Mineral Facial Sunscreen. Full disclosure: I’m not selling this. This isn’t an affiliate link, meaning if you buy it, I don’t get any kind of perk, money, product, anything. I just love it, which was never the plan because I am really not a fan of direct sales. That said, earlier this year, I had tried literally every type of product they make except for Accutane for acne (and I’m in my thirties…I don’t need adult acne in my life) and finally decided to give their Unblemish regimen a shot. It really helped, but I have very sensitive skin and I felt like washing it twice a day with Unblemish was a little too much for it, so I started using the Soothe regimen at night. Between the two of them, it’s slowly been solving my problems.

The Soothe regimen came with a mineral sunscreen, which I didn’t necessarily need because I already had sunscreen in the moisturizer I was using in the morning, but I really love using this during the day (and sunscreen for me is a must–fair skin + fair hair + a family history of skin cancer + a history of burning = no bueno). I hatehatehate just about every facial sunscreen because they feel oily and greasy and make me break out and they stink, but this is none of those things. It’s definitely spendy, but mineral sunscreens just are expensive and this doesn’t cost as much as others I’ve seen.

2. Contigo Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottles. Hi, I’m Kate (“Hi, Kate!”) and I’m a water bottle junkie. I have so many, but Contigo water bottles are consistently my favorite, both for my kids and for me (the self-sealing bottles are a deal breaker.) I love these bottles because a) they keep my drink cold all day, even in the heat, b) they’re a manageable size, c) they’re spill-proof, d) they have a little part that snaps over where you drink so if you toss it in a bag or take it on a hike, it keeps the mouth part covered, e) you can drink with one hand, so it’s perfect for the gym or when you have your hands full, and f) it doesn’t make your water taste like metal (which is usually my problem with stainless steel bottles.) This two-pack is a fantastic deal, way cheaper than buying them individually.

3. Raffaelo Almond Coconut Truffles. So a few weeks ago, a friend of mine gave me a box of these and my life has been changed. I’d never had them before, and I’ve got them squirreled away in my cupboards and ration them out like there’s a shortage. The funny thing is that if I were to pick a treat, it probably wouldn’t be white chocolate or almonds or coconut, but the combination of them is a.maz.ing. You can probably find these cheaper in stores (although they can be kind of tricky to find–look with the premium chocolates like the Lindt Truffles)–check Walgreens and CVS (of all places). I’ve also seen them at Target, but at my Target, they’re only packaged in larger boxes with other truffles.

4. Dry shampoo is an essential during the hot summer months and finding the right dry shampoo can be kind of a challenge. I got a sample of Living Proof Dry Shampoo (trial size and full size) in my Ipsy box about a year ago and it quickly became my favorite. Most dry shampoos smell so strong and have kind of a baby powder smell to them, which I’m not super into. I also feel like a lot of times, they’re not doing a whole lot except making my hair smell kind of like a sweaty baby, which is nice on a baby but not so much for me. I love the herb-y smell of Living Proof and yeah, it is strong, but not as strong as others I’ve tried. I also feel like it actually makes my hair less gross. I bought a full-size can of it in November and just barely ran out, so a little goes a long way!

5. The Coco Shea line from Bath and Body Works this year is SO amazing! I’ve been loving Coco Shea Coconut Body Lotion (the cucumber is also fantastic) for my body. Sometimes coconut-scented products take on a weird smell after awhile, but these just smell amazing, start to finish, and aren’t too heavy or too light.

I’m super excited to give a box of my favorite summer treats away, so if you want a box of all these things, leave a comment telling me the thing you’re most looking forward to this summer! When you comment, make sure you use an email address you check frequently in the email address field (you don’t have to leave it in your comment). The giveaway ends Sunday, May 21st at 10:00 pm Central time and the winner will be announced in my post on Monday, May 22nd. 

Fine print: This giveaway is NOT sponsored, meaning we pay for the cost of the prizes. All opinions are our own. There are some (but not all) affiliate links in this post. Winner must have a US mailing address.

932 comments

    1. I’m most looking forward to time with my family, as my husband is a hs math teacher, summers are a precious time for us together. My kids are young and we are expecting our 4th early September, so just sweet time together at the beach and at home over good meals is what I am most excitied for!

  1. Looking forward to taking my children to Europe to visit their cousins, who they miss dearly. Can’t wait to see my sister and catch up on missed time with family!

  2. We just moved into a new house in December, so I’m looking forward to seeing my new home through the spring and summer and being surprised by all the different plants and flowers that spring up. The previous owner was into her flowers, so I’ve already had the fun surprise of EIGHT (yes eight) different colors/varieties of lilacs! I didn’t even know they made that many.

  3. I am looking most forward to summer for the warm weather. Something about the weather changes your mood entirely. I want you go to the beach for sure and just relax!!! Enjoy your summer everyone!

  4. Looking forward to spending time outdoors after work with my baby and family! Going to the park, taking a walk, playing with bubbles!

  5. I am most looking forward to lazy mornings! Not having to herd everyone through the getting-ready process in the morning…can’t wait!

  6. I’m looking forward to fountain drinks. Been living out of the US and we are back and cold drinks are my very favorite thing.

  7. I’m most looking forward to a break from carpool craziness (“You’re doing it wrong!”) and not having to wake up my five week old to drop off/pick up kids.

  8. I’m looking forward to not worrying if I have lunch box friendly foods and letting my kids forage for food and fend for themselves in the kitchen this summer.

  9. I’m most looking forward to not having to make school lunches every day. Yes, I realize I will still have to feed them in the summer…but by the end of May, I’m so done packing lunch boxes.

  10. My husband is in medical school and this summer he takes his step 2 and begins 4th y at. He made sure to plan easssssyyyyy (relatively speaking, ha!) rotations for summer so we can FINALLY play. I can’t wait ????

  11. I’m looking forward to sleeping in until 6 to get to the gym, trips to our family cabin and a trip to the Oregon coast, reading a few good books and chillin’ with my kiddos.

  12. My family and extended family are biking the Hiawatha trail in northern Idaho. I won’t be biking (had a baby last week) but am looking forward to the road trip from AZ to ID and all the stops planned on the way! My kids are so excited!

  13. I am feeling particularly jazzed about spending long afternoons at our local pond, letting the kids play and being with friends. Having zero schedule and coming and going as we please.

  14. I’m most looking forward to my husband coming home from Afghanistan for the last year and being back together again with my family! It’s been a hard year, but we are almost done! And being able to just sit around a little and not go go go with the craziness of the school year.

  15. I’m looking forward to some SUN (It’s snowing out my window right now!) Also, my baby goes to kindergarten this year, so I will be relishing all the quiet and slow summer moments before life gets crazy-town again!!

  16. I am most looking forward to the slower pace of life! Getting to sleep in and not having to have people out the door at a specific time!

  17. We have a weeklong camping trip planned in McCall and I can’t wait. Going to the mountains soothes my soul! I love taking long walks, gardening and seeing more of my kids in the summer.

  18. Is it too geeky to say I’m going to the American Library Association annual conference in June and I am stoked? Five nights away from “real life” and America’s Test Kitchen is going to be there!

  19. I am most looking forward to all the “lazy days” of summer! ???. Yeah right, no lazy days here………our daughter is getting married in July!

  20. I’m looking forward to introducing my baby to all the things I love! Swimming, biking, hiking, riding horses, and just being outside in the sun!

  21. I’m most looking forward to sending my kids to play in the backyard. We bought our first house in December and I have been waiting for SO long to get full use out of our yard. Also, birthday parties, BBQ’s, family reunions and camping!
    P.S. I literally swear by the Living Proof dry shampoo. Unfortunately it’s really expensive (for me, at least) and I have the thickest hair EVER and it doesn’t last me very long so I only buy it to “treat myself” on special occasions like my birthday.

  22. We live in a cold, blustery part of the country, but although they are short, we do have the most amazing summers. I just love being outside!

  23. I have heard such good things about Rodan products but the direct sales thing has always made me not want to bother. I would love to try this sunscreen as a pale person myself!

  24. I’m looking forward to the time spent with my children and grandchildren. We will be camping, picnicking, fairy and mustache parties, etc. I’m ready to make a summer of memories.

  25. I need everything summer! Picnics at the park, hikes in the mountains, camping with the family, 4th of July, no school, no lessons, no homework. Bring on summer. I am SO ready!

  26. Looking forward to fireflies at dusk, sun during the day, time with kids and a 20th wedding anniversary trip to Switzerland with just my husband!

    1. I’m look omg forward to my first summer alone with my husband of 33 plus years. We are now empty nesters except for occasional grandchildren over nights. I hope to try more creative cooking for my husband especially with your wonderful recipes!!

  27. I was going to say “no lunchbox packing” but then remembered my daughters are going to day camp. No weekly reading logs is the second best thing.

  28. My little girl just turned two, so I am looking forward to enjoying the pool and the great outdoors with her this summer. She will really be able to appreciate it more this year than last and I can’t wait to see what she loves and doesn’t.

  29. I’m most looking forward to the long warm days! (It snowed this morning where I live)
    Also, I have adult acne as well and spironolactone has been amazing for me with literally zero other side effects.

  30. My daughter will be graduating from college in a few weeks and my son is getting married next month. Been looking forward to these two occasions for awhile.

  31. I’m most looking forward to a break from remembering all of the school stuff — concert dates, field trips, spirit week, forms, folders, etc.!

  32. I’m so excited to get out of the daily grind of the school year!! And, I’m over the moon that I NEVER have to go through 7th grade again (four times–once for me and three boys!)!!! ?

  33. I am hopefully looking forward to sun and time outside with my kids! I has been a long cold winter here and not much warm weather yet!

  34. This will be a new kind of summer for us as our oldest graduated from college and won’t be coming home for the summer. She will be living three hours away so we’re hoping for some fun weekends. Our youngest who is a freshman in college will be home though…yea! This empty nest thing takes some getting used to!

  35. I’m SO looking forward to experience summer through my daughter’s eyes!! She’s finally old enough to start getting excited about and participate in things! I can’t wait to watch her see fireworks for the first time, go swimming, run through the sprinklers, eat shave ice, go camping, etc. Having kids makes everything fun, exciting, and new again!!

  36. Looking forward to no-stress mornings! No prying kids out of bed! No packing lunches! No hustling out the door to catch the bus!

  37. This summer I am looking forward to warmer weather, first off; the winter has been so long I’m also excited about laid back evenings just being able to hang out and enjoy time with family and friends. Perfection!

  38. I need all those things in my life! Especially the truffles! ?
    The thing I’m looking forward to the most this summer is our family vacation to the beach! A whole week away with nothing but sand and sun! ☀️

  39. I am most looking forward to, so many things! Especially sitting in my backyard, enjoying some shaved ice (half tigers blood, half mango with heavy cream drizzled on top?) with my kids and watching them play.

  40. I’m most looking forward to happy hour! We make a batch of frappes and a batch of koolaid and all our friends and their kids come hang out by the kiddie pool. We do it during witching hour so that when it’s over, everyone goes home to the help of their spouse!

  41. Looking forward to swim days at the community pool, shaved ice, late nights playing night games, sleepovers on the tramp and having my best babysitters home!

  42. I’m looking forward to family day trips! We have a couple of longer vacations planned, but I love taking little mini trips with my family to fun random places. We just moved to Colorado, so we are excited to explore!

  43. This summer I am looking forward to not packing school lunches and not doing homework! We love riding bikes together and working outside in the garden growing things. Happy Summer everyone!!

  44. Looking forward to softball, baseball, my parents visiting and not having to wake my kids every morning at a God-awful hour for school!!!

  45. NO homework, my kiddos’ birthdays (daughter turns 13! and son turning 9), half-day off on Fridays, sun/warmth, pool, etc. I love summer!!

  46. Late nights and sleeping in! Actually I’ll probably do neither since I’m currently pregnant, but I love the idea of that and lazy summer days.

  47. I am most looking forward to early morning lessons for my kids. I know that sounds odd but I despise having afternoon or evening appointments. My brain feels like it’s on hold all day waiting for the commitment to be concluded and then after they ar checked off it can return to normal functioning levels. Commitments completed first thing in the morning means I’ve done the “musts” and the rest of the day is FRRRRRRREEEEE!

  48. I’m most excited about not having to wake up super early to get the kids to school! Also, since my oldest can read now I’m going to make it a point to take her to the library every week. Excited to share my favorite pastime with her!

  49. We homeschool, so I’m looking forward to a break from planning lessons. I can’t wait for more spontaneous trips and relaxing days spent outdoors just reading, playing, and exploring with my kiddos, as well!

  50. I am looking forward to our new house being completed! We have been living in a 1000 square foot house with ONLY ONE BATHROOM for the last 21 years! So yes, I am looking forward to 3 toilets, a GARAGE, a pantry, and just overall room to roam!

  51. My family and I are taking our first road trip alllllllllll the way to Connecticut to visit family and spend a week on the beach.

  52. I love the heat of the summer. I love the time with my kiddos. I love the sun! I am a sun junkie–but don’t forget the sunscreen

  53. My parents have been out of the country for 3 years and they’re coming home this summer! I can’t wait to see them and to have my whole family in town.

  54. I’m really looking forward to spending some time visiting my parents in my hometown. It’s always peaceful, enjoyable and nostalgic. My summer wouldn’t be complete without it!

  55. I reallyreallyreally hate direct sales, too. But gosh dangit, R+F almost has me convinced I need it in my life. It’s like I’m holding out on principle!

  56. Okay, I live outside of Portland, Oregon, so I realize that predisposes me to rain but this year has been SO BAD and unseasonably cold and I don’t want 90 degree weather but what I’m most looking forward to is the perfect summer stretch of 80-85 degrees when nights don’t go below 70 and all is right in my world (and my power bill). = )

  57. So looking forward to bbq’s and reading some good books! Anticipate spending quality time with my kids as they are growing much too quickly for me to comprehend that someday soon they will be moving away to college.

  58. I’m looking forward to not having to get up super early and letting the kids play as late as they want at night. They think it’s so unfair to have to go to bed when it’s still light outside.

  59. I am looking forward to not waking my kids up at 7am and having a *little* more of a relaxed morning. However, now that they don’t HAVE to get up at 7am, they will most likely get up at that time on their own. You know, like they do on Saturdays and Sundays right now…even though I am DRAGGING them out at that same time Mon-Fri :/

  60. So many things I am looking forward to – My oldest being home from college for 2 whole months, girls trip to Destin next week, spending weekends with family and friends in our pool, and using my new OBB meal plans!!

  61. I am soooo looking forward to not nagging my middle and high schoolers about homework 😉 and having them home to help with the 1 year old! Also excited for my 20th anniversary trip to Quebec with my husband!

  62. I tend my granddaughters but in a few days their dad will be done with another semester of collage and have a month off school so I’m looking forward to just being a fun grandma and not the one in charge?

  63. I’m excited to spend some quality time with family this summer. We have road trips planned to see both sets of grandparents. 🙂

  64. No homework, no schedule, no early mornings. Time! Time for my kids to unwind, fill up on love and creativity and family and to fill up spiritually. And sleep. Sleep is a big one.

  65. My husband and I just purchased our first home, so I’m looking forward to backyard BBQs with friends, reading a book out on the deck, and SUNLIGHT!

  66. I am looking forward to not making school lunches this summer, and I’m looking forward to playing board games with my family every night after dinner! Thanks for sharing your faves, Kate!

  67. I’m looking forward to hiking the national parks, RZR riding, a sprint tri, and and family reunions!! I love the plastic contigo water bottles, I’ll have to try these next!!

  68. I’m most looking forward to sunshine and NO SNOW! Here in Utah, it snowed overnight and I’m so done with the cold. Oh, and I’m super excited to go to Scotland for a week with just my hubby!

  69. I am most looking forward to no school taxi-ing every week day! 😉 But seriously, I love the relaxed schedule of summer and doing fun things with my boys, too!

  70. I’m excited to try ALL of these things, but especially the B&BW coconut lotion. When the new summer line came out I got all tingly excited, so I’m happy to hear that it actually works!!

  71. I’m looking forward to our trip to Europe with our oldest. She graduates from high school in two weeks and this is our big congratulations to her. Oh, and I’m looking forward to no homework for the younger kids and sunshine and swimming and fresh food from our garden!

  72. I’m most looking forward to getting through the morning sickness phase and having the energy to get my disaster of a house ready! But summer-wise, my husband and I are taking a little vacay to Paris for a friend’s destination wedding. Definitely excited about that!

  73. I love summer! My husband just started a new job and won’t be able to take vacation days this summer, so I’m planning on a lot of lazy days in the sun with my kids. The park, the pool, and lots of snow cones!

  74. Everything about summer is amazing. Camping, cookouts, festivals, parades, 4th of July, pool, summer concerts….the list goes on. We love summer!

  75. I’m most looking forward to 2 vacations….one with my kids (4 & 2) and one without!!! for the first time we’re going away without them across the country. It’s for a wedding, but we’re taking a few extra days. We need the time for just us!

  76. I’m looking forward to a less-scheduled, less-hectic lifestyle once my teens are only doing summer school and work, rather than 10 million other school clubs and activities on top of school. Hooray for lazier days!

  77. I’m looking forward to finally building the deck on our little cabin at the lake. We love spending time at the lake, but because the cabin is small, the deck makes for extra room.

  78. I’m definitely looking forward to time at the beach! I am dreading sending my oldest to middle school at the end of summer though?

  79. We’re headed to Utah for 10 days and I can eat Cafe Rio!!!!!! Oh, and see family we haven’t seen in 2 years. While eating cafe rio.

  80. Really looking forward to the last summer my son will be home! He graduates and is headed out on a two year mission after summer is over….so I really want to soak up tons of memories.

  81. Hi, I’m Lynette and I am also a water bottle junkie. The contigo water bottles excite me. I have a camel back one that’s insulated and like it, but the mouth piece has bothered me ever since I got it. I also love that the one you showed can keep the mouth piece covered! How nice!
    I’m looking forward to s’mores and fireworks. And just enjoying one last summer with my kiddos before I send my oldest to kindergarten and our life changes forever! 🙂

  82. I am COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS to welcome home my missionary in July then we’re going to party like its 1999 (which will mostly involve me sloppy kissing his face until he drowns) before I have to drop him off at college at the end of August. I miss my best little friend!

  83. This summer, I want to hike! We’re finally not road-tripping far away from our PDX home, and I can’t wait to soak up the PNW’s best season at the coast, in the Gorge, and up the mountains. Those water bottles will get lots of use….

  84. I am looking forward to our family vacation up on Northern MN — it’s crazy with around 35 people there, but so fun to hang out together and watch my kids enjoy their cousins!!

  85. I’m looking forward to seeing family this summer. We live in NY and they live in CA, so visits are few and far between. I think we may also see some national parks we haven’t been to yet (which is a favorite family pastime).

  86. A new baby to enjoy and no school drop off/pickup! Other then that, this summer could potentially get crazy with a move coming up, just waiting to hear when our official leave date is.

  87. Im a fellow fair-skin, but I love sunshine! So I just put on the hat and lather up with sunscreen! I haven’t made it to bath and body works yet (none close by) but have been wanting to try this line, I’m a sucker for cocoa butter!

  88. I can’t wait til my kids can play outside all day. They will mostly stop using ALL the toys in the toy box and my room will stay clean-ish 80% of the summer. Hopefully that also means my three year old won’t dump out a whole box of toys all over the floor every.single.day ?

  89. I’m looking forward to sleeping in (although the truth is I probably won’t but there’s something about not HAVING to get up) and not needing to nag my kids to do their homework or make their lunches.

  90. I am looking forward to lots of new adventures with my 4 boys this Summer. It will be a Summer of exploring in our own backyard, checking out all of the amazing sights. We will also be dropping our eldest off to BYU this Summer. Makes me sad and excited at the same time. Looking forward to our Summer!

  91. Our summer is going to be a little crazy, but even in the craziness I won’t have to wake up so early every day and I won’t have to drive my kids to school! We will go to the beach and spend time at the pool, see friends & family we don’t get to see often, and I get to go to YW camp with my 2 oldest girls. 23 days and counting!

  92. Swimming, early morning walks with good friends, picking raspberries and blackberries fresh from the garden, shelling peas and talking with the kiddos, hiking, camping with grandma/pa, 4th of July parade …. there won’t be enough time to do it all. Love summer!

  93. Summer!! Looking forward to days at the pool with my kids soaking in some sun. And no more packing lunches and fighting with my kids about doing homework will be real nice ??!

  94. I am loving all these favorites. I, too, am a water bottle junkie. I also hate direct sales things but have secretly been wanting to try rodan and fields (IF I suddenly have $300 to spare…sheesh!). But I am almost 30 and still struggle with my acne, too. Plus I’m pregnant, so add some extra hormonal skin issues on top of that. No bueno. Anyway, I would love to try your favs box!

    1. I know, that was my big thing!! The cost is crazy!! And then I sat down and calculated what I’ve spent on everything I’ve tried in the last year–doctor’s visits and medications and products and everything and realized it wasn’t awful, haha, especially since they last closer to 4 months than 2. But it was a tough leap to take!!

  95. Kind of dreading the summer heat since I’m pregnant over here, but I’m looking forward to summer parades, festivals, BBQs, and swimming.

  96. Last summer I was in school full time so I’m looking forward to summer with my kids again. And I’m working very part time so hopefully it will take longer for everyone to drive each other crazy

  97. Hi! I’m really looking forward to having our yard done this summer (…fingers crossed that it IS summer when that happens and not almost next winter …). And summer activities like swimming and bbqs and family reunions!

  98. I’m looking forward to going on a little trip with my husbands and daughters! It’s our first with just our little family and not grandparents/aunts/uncles/cousins along, too!

    And, I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to my daughters going to a park program M/W/F mornings at which point I’ll go to the gym and run errands alone!

  99. Looking forward to sleeping in and trying new adventures! Our goal is a new place every week even if it is a part for a picnic!

  100. Today snow is falling at my house. I’m feeling most excited about the prospect of long, hot summer days, delicious fruit, and being reunited with family!

  101. I am looking forward to a trip with my kids to California to see family that we don’t get to see often being we live on the east coast. And of course not packing lunches!

  102. Warm weather!! It has been such a cold winter and we are still only in the 50’s here in Meridian! Bring on the heat, swimming pools and snow cones!

  103. Camping! We love our camper and go most weekends during the summer. This year we are taking a two week trip, so new water bottles, sunscreen, and dry shampoo would come in handy!

  104. I’m looking forward to no homework for kids. Sleeping in a little. Five weeks of paternity leave for my husband and a family reunion. Not quite sure what we’ll do in July!

  105. I am looking forward to enjoying a summer off and spending time with my youngest before he heads off to college and reading a few good books!! Thanks for the opportunity to win some great prizes!

  106. I am most looking forward to a more relaxed schedule, no homework or lunch making in the mornings, and time with the family at the beach.

  107. I live in Seattle, and I just want the rainy, cold weather to stop! I’m looking forward to packing away all my jackets. (Sitting on the playground right now in a jacket appropriate for the 55° weather. )

  108. This is the first time in almost two years that I get to see my family since we moved 1500 + miles away from them. I’m looking forward to spending time with them most this summer and reconnecting.

  109. I’m looking forward to just getting some sunshine and park dates with my boys! Just had my second baby in February so it will be nice to get out and get some vitamin D. 🙂

  110. I teach school during the school year so I am anxious to hang out with my kids during the day and I’m anxious to be able to do activities. I am also excited because I’m no longer going to college(I graduated with my masters) so we will have a summer without me having to study.

  111. I am most looking forward to sleeping in! We also recently bought an inflatable water slide and I’m looking forward to watching my kiddos play on it

  112. I get to go to the first concert for someone I choose this summer! Jack Johnson is going to have a terrific show. (The only other concert I’ve ever been to is a Barry Manilow show my mom won tickets to. It was still fun, even at 15 years old.)

  113. We live in Dallas and my only grandson is in Herriman, Ut. My husband has recently lost his eyesight so it is up to me to drive us to SLC. So many new responsibilities and challenges, but the reward at the end of 24 hours in the car will be soooo worth it!!!!!!

  114. I am looking forward to trying as hard as I can to love where I live. Last year I moved to Phoenix and then was pregnant and horrendously sick all summer so to be fair to the state I need to try not to abhor it.

  115. Wow, great stuff! Those coconut truffles do look amahzing. The thing I’m looking forward to most is…the end of summer. I hate summer with an undying focus and intensity.

  116. I’m looking forward to (and kind of nervous about) our family’s first cross-country road trip, and for my four kids to see different parts of the country!

  117. I am looking forward to my vacations!

    They have the Raffaelo boxes at the neighborhood Walmarts on Jackson Street and 28 East. I saw them before Valentine’s day and bought them for my husband to give to me. I brought one each in for 3 people that work for me — they are now addicted! I do have to ration them out to myself or I could eat the whole box… they are so darn good!

  118. I’m looking forward to a break from school schedules and the opportunity to spend time with my kids that’s not the run-around-stressed-after-school kind of time, but the quality time… reading, learning stuff together, playing games, pool time, working out together, etc…

  119. This summer will bring trips back and forth to VA to visit my sweet granddaughter (19 months) Cora. She is our first grandchild and blesses us with so many new firsts.

  120. I am really looking forward to relaxing and not having a crazy schedule of getting kids everywhere! A pool time, vacation family fun sounds good too!!

  121. I am so excited to be going to Myrtle beach this summer with my family. All of my family lives out in Utah and we are the only ones who live out east. I finally convinced my family to do a vacation out here so we wouldn’t have to pay for yet another $3000 on airfare. Yuck. Can’t wait for summer… bring it on.

  122. Looks like a fun list! I’m most looking forward to sleeping in… or at least not having to be up and going with my 5 kiddos quite so early.

  123. I’m really looking forward to this summer! Lunch at the park, swimming lessons for my littles, and a vacay with my hubby while the kids spend time with grandparents!

  124. Looking forward to a more relaxed schedule so we can have fun with the kids: no “hurry-up-and-do-homework-so-we-can-do-dinner-and-still-get-piano-practice-in-before-going-to-church-for-Scouts-and-then-get-through-the-shower-and-to-bed-at-a-decent-time-for-early-morning-seminary!”

  125. I love the sound of lawn mowers on a Saturday morning, cicadas singing in the evenings, and neighborhood kids playing night games. For me…those sounds scream summer — and after a long winter they are music to my ears! I love every single second of summer. Living in snow country (after being raised in AZ) has made me appreciate the absolute renewal of summer even more.

  126. As a Homeschooling mom of 5 – I’m so looking forward to SUMMER!!!! Pool Time, Gulf Beach Time and Sno Balls!!! Nothing better in the New Orleans are than this! This would be great!

  127. I am most looking forward to spending quality time with the kids. We love spending our weekends with family, and at the soccer field. We don’t get out of school until June 27, so we have very little time to get bored.

  128. Quite simply, I’m most excited for the SUN this summer! I live in WA and this winter has been brutal. Between having a newborn, and being stuck inside with little kids and constant gray skies, I just need some sunshine in my life for once!!

  129. Spending carefree time with my kids and volunteering my time in the woods doing trail maintenance. I enjoy the serenity in the woods as much as turning on my Kitchen Aid mixer!

  130. Its a tie between my son getting married and me and my husband getting away for our 30th anniversary. . . a spendy but memorable summer for our family!

  131. I am so looking forward to moving into a home this summer. My husband graduated one year ago and we have been renting ever since he went back to school. With 4 kids, it’s finally time to settle down and find a home to call ours!!

  132. I would love to try EVERY one of those products!! Thank you! BTW- your video on how to curl your hair was life changing for me!! Yay!!

  133. Definitely looking forward to not having to get up as early! Also, we are moving and I’m looking forward to the new location!!!! Although, I’m not looking forward to the humidity…..

  134. So excited to not wake up for school. My oldest started kinder this year and it almost killed us all to be up so early! Yay for sleeping in!

  135. I’m so excited to have a flexible schedule and time to hang out with my kids. And let’s be honest, a break from packing school lunches isn’t so bad either!

  136. I’m so excited to have a flexible schedule and time to hang out with my kids. And let’s be honest, a break from packing school lunches isn’t so bad either!

  137. I am looking forward to a week alone with my oldest child while the other two are at camp. She leaves for college in Iowa in August so I am trying to get as much time with her as I can.

  138. I’m looking forward to spending time playing outside with my children. We’re ready for some sunshine and fun! I also finally buying a sewing machine and learning to quilt!

  139. I’m excited for cool summer evenings, kayaking on the lake, hammocking in the park, NOT getting kids up for school, and my parents coming home after being out of the country for 3 years!!!

  140. What I’m most looking forward to this summer is going to the lake with family. We swim, wakeboard, tube, fish, and eat all kinds of good food. And we order Dippin’ Dots and have to eat it all before all the dry ice evaporates 🙂 Good times!

  141. The thing I am looking forward to the most is a family reunion where I will see aunts and uncles and cousins that I haven’t seen for a very long time. This will be with my dads family. Because he passed away almost 15 years ago, I am so excited to see my uncles who remind me of my dad. I look forward to making memories and talking about the good ole days.

  142. My summer is family time. I am looking forward to evenings playing games and watching the fire turn to glowing embers while the grandkids snuggle close. I am looking forward to a not so scheduled time and picking fresh flowers and shelling peas and NO SNOW!

  143. I’m looking forward to going to my in-laws house in Northern Minnesota for a week. I’ve never been, and I’ve heard it’s going to be gorgeous…with awesome family too!

  144. My husband retired and will be spending the summer watching the kids. After 10 years of flip flop schedules I can’t wait to have the whole family in one place on a regular basis.

  145. I’m looking forward to no alarm clock (well, my kids will still wake me up too early, but I like them better than my alarm. Most of the time anyway). Also excited to see family for an extended visit, and a family vacation to San Diego!

  146. I’m looking forward to many things, including…grilling out, late nights and sleep-in mornings, no schedule, more time spent with my girls, finding all the best ice cream stands, my girls getting to try new things, walking on the lake-front, patio get-togethers, seeing my neighbors again, no homework, traveling…

  147. My oldest starts Kindergarten next year and I’m so sad to have my little sidekick leave me. I feel like I need to soak up every minute with her this summer. Kindergarten starts at 7:40am! Here in TX, so I will definitely be using a lot of dry shampoo.

  148. I am looking forward to going camping with my husband and three young children. We did not have success last summer as my baby was too young but this summer we are going to make it work!!

  149. This summer I’m most looking forward to finishing some home improvement projects. I’m tired of “being in the process” and am so ready to enjoy the finished product.

  150. What I am most looking forward to this summer is our family reunion. We have them every two years and since the last one, we have lost some of the older aunts and uncles. As they say, you never appreciate people until they are not there and I really want to spend some time with the ones we love who are still with us. .

  151. I am most loooking forward to the slower pace of summer…sleeping in, swimming, the beach. I savor this time with my family – my kids are teenagers now and I realize that I need to appreciate every moment!

  152. I am looking forward to not wearing a jacket anymore. It snowed today – May 17! I know you live in Louisiana and probably look at days like this like a complete relief from heat and humidity but I would like just a titch warmer than snow and jackets. By the way – those Raffaello candies are the most delicious thing I have ever had! I tried all the chocolates you could buy in Europe and of all these were my favorites! I’m glad you like them too!

  153. The thing I am most looking forward to this summer is a family vacation in Hawaii. My husband and I just celebrated 20 years of marriage and we have 6 kiddos! We’re currently living in India, but it’s been really hard on me and some of the kids, so the kids and I are actually moving back to the States this summer (Yes, I have a US mailing address too ;). I dread living apart from my hubby for a year, but we think it’s what best for our family. Hopefully, our memories from Hawaii will sustain us when we’re really missing each other!

  154. Definitely looking forward to a break from homework, Kindergarten drop off/pick up and such a busy schedule! I LOVE those water bottles too, my fave as well!

  155. I am most looking forward to spending some one-on-one time with my only “child” before she heads into her Sophomore year of college. Blessed to get this time with her and will cherish every single minute!

  156. I’m looking forward to a few weekend trips to my families cabin- no cell or Internet and I love being able to”unplug”!

  157. Last summer was so hectic having our 3rd baby/ packing up our entire house during maternity leave: and moving all before heading back to work. So I am so excited to enjoy our first summer at our new house with the kids playing in our awesome new back yard…. and there’s a creek! So exciting!

  158. I’m most excited to move from Texas to Idaho! After four years of living 24 hours away from all our family, we will finally be close! This packet looks amazing- I want it all!!

  159. I just moved to the beach this past weekend! Oh was it a job! Moving is just terrible. I am most excited about going to the beach though! The move was well worth it!

  160. I’m looking forward to the splash pad opening and spending many evenings there while my husband is on call. It’s so hot in the summer so it will be wonderful

  161. Being embraced by warmth and sunshine, easier meals, evening fires, lightening bugs, long days, reading/napping in the hammock, flowers, neighbors being outdoors, . . .

  162. I am most looking forward to going back to the States and bingeing on Americana. We get to see family, friends and regroup before heading overseas again early August.

  163. As a mom, I think I look forward to school summer break more than my daughter! No homework, nothing to sign, no packing lunches, no school activities to keep up with, no car line…everything is more relaxed.

  164. I’m most looking forward to having my husband home for the summer. He is a teacher and a coach and spends a lot of time away from the family.

  165. I am looking to spending some time on the beach with my husband. I’m down 65 lbs from last summer and ready to rock a swimsuit!

  166. I am a high school teacher, and I am most looking forward to a bit of relaxation this summer!!! Last summer brought a house move and a new job, so I missed the relaxation part!

  167. I’m looking forward to gardening with my kids. Also not having homework to do because the last 4 weeks of homework time have been a nightmare.

  168. I am happy to have my oldest home from college for a few months, my youngest to get his license, and, most of all, not having to get up quite as early!

  169. I am looking forward to having another baby. My husband and I lost our daughter last summer during delivery. We are feeling so blessed to be having another baby girl!

  170. Looking forward to finally being back in my own house! We had a house fire in Dec. 2014 and have been fighting with our insurance company but decided to go ahead and rebuild. So sick of living in someone else’ house!

  171. My husband is home from a year long deployment, so I am looking forward to spending time as a family the most. To reconnecting and enjoying each other. Thank you for this opportunity, these products sounds awesome!

  172. this is a CRAZY summer for our family as we are selling our home and moving across the country for a new job! Before we go I’m most excited about hitting all our favorite places here one last time, bucket list style! After we arrive at our new home, I’m really looking forward to getting settled (and unpacked!!!!) and exploring our new location with the kids!!!!

  173. I’m most looking forward to surprising my kids (7, 5, 3, 9 months) with special getaways, making this summer magical. Our summers with them are finite, and it is always our goal to make as many wonderful memories with them as possible. S’more nights, camping trips, beach time, swim lessons, summer reading, star gazing…we want make time every day for awe.

  174. I’m looking forward to spending it WITH my husband around because last summer he was deployed! I don’t even care that we go anywhere, just get to be with him. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  175. I’m looking forward to an empty calendar! I can’t wait to wake up when I want (okay, sort of, I do have kids after all), and decide what we want to do that day without any deadlines or previously scheduled activities.

  176. I am getting a hip replacement surgery in July. I have had 22 years of chronic hip pain due to hip dysplagia and degenerative arthritis and it is finally getting fixed. So, I am equal parts excited and terrified… but it will mean that I can walk my kindergartener to school next year and camp next summer and all the things so, I guess that’s what I am most looking forward to. 🙂

  177. One of the things I am looking forward to (besides spending more time with my children) is not having to be on my “a-game” first thing in the morning. Breakfast, lunches, get dressed, hair done, teeth brushed, homework in backpacks, permission slips in backpacks, etc….all before I really wake up for the day! Yay for slower mornings!

  178. I am so excited for things to slow down a little bit, so I can ENJOY my kids and husband, instead of rushing them everywhere all. The. Time.
    All of these items look amazing. Thanks Kate!
    (I’m a water bottle junkie too.)

  179. I can’t wait to sit by the town pool with my 3 kids. They are getting closer to that age when they don’t really want to hang with me as much so I’ll take all the quality time I can get!

  180. I’m looking forward to teaching my kids some stuff, like cooking and sewing, etc. I feel like there is no time during the school year to teach them what I feel is important.

  181. I’m really looking forward to a new phase of life…empty nester. My youngest child leaves on his mission in June so my husband and I have some fun outdoor activities planned.

  182. I am so looking forward to living at our pool! My kiddo gets so worn out when we swim so she sleeps way better and it’s nice to be in the water when it’s unbearably hot outside

  183. I’m looking forward to family bike rides. This is the first year that we all have bikes and now I can make bike trip memories with my kids, just like my parents did with me.

  184. I teach third grade. I LOVE my job, but I am really looking forward to a vacation so I can stay up later than 8:30 and sleep in. Oh, and swim in the pool, all day long.

  185. I am so excited to go to Nags Head for a beach vacation. We go every year with family and it is always a blast. It is fun that so many families can get together for a whole week.

  186. I’m MOST excited for my kids to be home sans their crazy schedules! I think I’m more giddy for school to end than they are, just so the runaround slows down a bit! ?

  187. I’m looking forward to swimming, camping, relaxing, and exploring with my kids. My youngest goes to kindergarten this fall so we want to make the most of our summer.

  188. Last summer I was huge and pregnant and wearing thigh high compression socks. ? so this year I’m just looking forward to not being pregnant and letting my legs see the sun!

  189. I am so excited for beach days with my kiddos! We live in rural Utah, which comes with its challenges, but we live minutes away from a beautiful sandy beach on the bank of the Green River, and I’m ready to run my kids ragged, so they sleep HARD. 🙂

  190. I’m looking forward to long Utah summer nights spent with family and friends. Seriously can’t beat Utah summer nights!! Oh and LAKE POWELL! If you’ve never been you must go now!!

  191. I didn’t sign my son up for a lot of activities this summer because it seemed like we were always so busy last summer. I’m looking forward to being beach and pool bums, taking it easy and spending more quality time together.

  192. I’m excited to… I don’t know!! I work full time, so I’ll be doing that, and I will be taking days off to do fun things like the zoo, aquarium, etc, with my 2 boys. I hope I get to do some kind of vacation-ish-something too.

  193. I’m am so excited to be done with my kids homework for a few months- I loathe homework! And also no mad rush to make the bus! And warm weather! And family trips! But the bickering and fighting- I’m not excited for that inevitably happening every.single.day. Yeah.

  194. I’m so excited about my annual trip home ! I live 1000 miles from most of my family but every summer we make the drive home! I get to see my sister’s and patents and my kids get to be crazy goofy kids with their cousins!

  195. Seriously looking forward mostly to sleeping in. I had a baby 2 months ago, and I’m a little tired of waking up, getting kids breakfast, making sure my 2nd grader is on time, etc. while functioning on less than a full night’s sleep. So over it!

  196. This summer is going to be a rough one with work schedules and traveling (not to fun places!), but I am looking forward to Independence Day. I love parades and fireworks!

  197. I am looking forward to our yearly trip to visit my two siblings and other extended family members. We go to the Salt Lake area at least once a year. I really like escaping from our hot and humid summers in the Midwest. I do much better with the dry heat. So that’s what I look forward to is escaping our muggy weather. Besides I can use all the help I can get to look good. Can’t hardly keep makeup on. I don’t have a Contigo water bottle. I recently bought a Bubba mug and they are great for keeping drinks cold all day at work.

  198. Looking forward to not running the kids all over the county for school and activities! We are keeping it simple for the Summer and we’re all thrilled about it!!

  199. I’m excited about a family vacation this year. I’m also excited about not having to fight with the 11-year-old about homework…

  200. Definitely looking forward not to going to work (SpEd teacher), but more looking forward to quality time with my children. Love having a flexible schedule and the ability to do as much or as little as we want.

  201. I am actually most looking forward to the end of summer because I will finally be moving into the new home my husband and I purchased last month, and he will be returning to the US after working overseas for a year. Hurry up August!!!

  202. Love all of these favorite things! I’m so excited to try them. I’m so excited for bike rides! And our big family vacation to Jackson Hole.

  203. My kids are in school until the end of June so Summer still seems far away, but I am looking forward to not having to make school lunches and not having to drive to and from school everyday. And trips to the beach!

  204. I’m most looking forward to Wednesday Beach days. We have a huge groups of friends from church that go to Santa Moinica beach every Wednesday. It’s the best day of the week. In the Summer.

  205. Looking forward to lazy days in western North Carolina’s lush green mountains, spending time with friends I haven’t seen for a long time.

  206. I am looking forward to spending time with my kids. School and teaching take lots of our time. No after school activities, just time to chill.

  207. I’m looking forward to everything! Last summer I was recovering from double knee replacement surgery and now, because of that, i can enjoy hiking, swimming, gardening, etc. the list goes on and on! I look forward to traveling, barbecues, lazy days reading a book at the beach, laying on the trampoline watching the stars. Oh, and Fireworks. And Lemonade. Flavored lemonade.

  208. I am most excited to spend more time with my family. The longer days mean more trips to the beach, more evening walks and no homework crammed between dinner and bedtime!

  209. After a 7 year teaching career, I am making the move to stay home with my 2 boys! I am most excited about spending the summer with my family and knowing our time will not be interrupted in August! I will now be able to give 100% of me.

  210. I can’t wait to go to the local reservoir with my children. We have a lot of fun there, going 2-3 times a week all summer. I’m also super excited about going to various small town celebrations and cultural festivals and stuff all over Utah.

  211. I’m looking forward to finishing my cancer treatment and getting life back to normal; fun days playing in the sun nights camping at the beach, picnics in the park, flying kites on he coast and snuggling my babies to sleep at night.

  212. One last visit to my childhood home, to show my kids, before my parents move. They have lived in that house almost 30 years but are moving in August!

  213. I’m looking forward to the easiness of Summer! No homework, grilling, laxer bedtimes, less footwear…. I love it all! Sweet giveaway!

  214. I’m excited to explore the trails near our new house. We moved in just before winter, so we finally get to check everything out once the snow melts and it warms up a bit! The dogs are anxious to go on new adventures!

  215. I am excited to have some lazy summer days at the pool and afternoons watching movies in the cold basement. Can’t wait to spend time with all my kiddos.

  216. I’m looking forward to visiting my Indiana family. We plan to be there in June for one of my sister’s birthdays and again in July for my husband to Ride Across Indiana (RAIN) on his bicycle (162 miles) from Terra Haute to Richmond. Richmond is where I grew up so it’s pretty convenient that I still have family there!

  217. I’m looking forward to watching my daughter play softball, longer days, a little more relaxed schedule and family time!

  218. I fell in love with that coconut lotion at bath and body works today, but didn’t buy any. I would LOVE to try every single one of these products!

  219. I am looking forward to slower lazier days and spending more time with the family at home and on our travels. Also, really looking forward to not taking the kids to school every morning at 7:15. It’s a little early for the baby.

  220. I am looking forward to catching up on work (my co-workers get summers off, but I don’t – which allows me to get so much done over the summer). But I hope to be able to have a bit of summer fun with a few days off here and there and go camping a few times.

  221. I am so looking forward to not having homework, sports games and deadlines. Bring on the lemonades and lazy beach and pool days!! Still a few weeks till summer break for us, can’t wait!

  222. The thing I’m looking forward to most this summer is finally living in a house that’s my own! It has been so many years of school and renting and we are finally moving into OUR home in a week! I can’t wait!

  223. I am most looking forward to having my son home from school, a family beach trip and road trip to my parents to see our family and friends!!

  224. I’m looking forward to our camping trip next weekend, my sisters wedding the week after, and our family vacation in Branson, Missouri the week after! The summer is off to a busy start!

  225. Every other year we meet up at a ranch in UT and all the cousins float the ditch, swing on the rope swing, gather sticks and play outside til the sun goes down. Such a wonderful break from a busy, technology-filled world. Only 47 more days!

  226. Looking forward to living my best life with family, friends and those who need family and friends. Hoping to make a difference in someone’s life.

  227. I’m really looking forward to seeing my littles (Grandkids) during the week & not just on the weekends! No school = spur of the moment fun & lots of sleepovers ❤️

  228. I’m looking forward to getting outside and digging in the dirt. Also swimming after digging in the dirt. Aaaand going to the canyons to hike on the dirt.

  229. I’m looking forward to concentrating on one thing…well, two things… maybe three…
    How about one less thing! We homeschool, so that won’t be happening during the summer. Now to finish my semester, try to put the house back in order, get the homeschool books ordered for fall.
    Calgon take me away already! I need a vacation!!

  230. My family takes an annual beach trip and all 15 of us stay in a big rent house. I’m looking forward to a week of swimming and sandcastles and watching my little girl soak up being with her cousins.

  231. I’m looking forward to our trip to Wales this July! But I’m not looking forward to running the half-marathon we signed up for while we’re there – got to really start training.

  232. This summer we will be moving our family of six out of West Virginia and back to Maryland (where I grew up) and while I’m sad our kids will be leaving the country life and all its charms I’m so very excited they’ll get to grow and with SO MUCH MORE diversity as I did. And seriously, Maryland and all its trees are just so beautiful. I love how green summer on the east coast is!

  233. Cannot wait for NO homework, and sleeping in!! Seriously, the BEST!! (We do early morning Seminary…and the alarm goes off at 5am every school day morning…13 years and counting!!)

  234. I’m looking forward to not having to wake my kids up for school, not having to pack lunches every day, and for lots and lots of paddle boarding. I can’t wait!

  235. My children are 13 and 9 and think they are the only ones who haven’t yet been to Disney World. We are going this August and we are all so excited!! Thanks for your list of faves – I love trying new products, but hate buying them without a recommendation. 🙂

  236. We’ll be enjoying lots of sunny beach time this summer! I’m also on a constant search for a great facial sunscreen that won’t make me break out or look & feel greasy all day. Thanks for the recommendation!

  237. Being a checker at Fred Meyer, just enjoying a day off without getting called back in would be nice. That and going to the Oregon coast an hour away.

  238. I’m looking forward to no car rider lines! I’m currently homeschooling one and have another in public school. (And a 2 & 1 yr old at home.) Pick up and drop off are killing me!

  239. I love summer!!!! Swimming, fireworks, ice cream, BBQ s, sunshine, 5ks, late night, t shirts, flip flops, farmers market, raspberries…

  240. I’m most looking forward to having all my kids back home! I have four kids, two are currently at home, but one is coming back from college and another returning from a mission, so we’ll all be together again for a few months. So excited!

  241. First of all, I found those contigo water bottles three years ago and my husband and I are addicted. We cannot drink water out of anything else and have to have them with us at home or in the car at all times. They are the bomb. I’m excited about summer so I can work on my family blog. I’m about 2 1/2 years behind! ?

  242. Vacation! Pensacola Beach is a favorite! When we get back, we move into our new house we’ve been building! Super busy summer but so excited! Thanks for the opportunity to win such cool “favorites”!

  243. I’m looking forward to no more crazy after school schedules! I will miss the sweet sweet hours of being home alone though. But I have more than a month of school left so I’m good. 🙂

  244. Looking forward to: NOT driving 4 of the kids to an from school 20 min away (they’ll just drive ME crazy this summer ;0 ), which means not packing (and unpacking) lunch boxes and not chasing after said 4 kids’ homework pad . Also looking forward to NOT grading my 2 high schoolers homeschool work (ugh, the essays). And on the positive side: I am looking forward to another summer of swim team for the kids, summer friends, relaxing BBQs, vacation, and the beauty of God’s creations all around us!

  245. I am most looking forward to my daughter starting vision therapy for a concussion she received in January & has been suffering from migraines ever since. Praying this will eliminate them.

  246. I’m looking forward to swimming! Our summers are way too humid and hot for my liking so playing in the water is the best way to survive!

  247. Strangely, but I am looking forward to being an empty nester! My husband and I have never lived alone, and I am dying to have the house just to ourselves!

  248. Our local growers market. I love the early Saturday mornings. A stop at our local barista and then wandering the market and picking up veggies for the week. Followed by breakfast at a local food truck. My favorite part of summer.

  249. I had been kind of stressing about summer, three kids home all day! But I just read one of those rug at your mom heart articles that pointed out we only get 18 summers with our kiddos. So I’m going to take that perspective and enjoy every moment and build memories. ❤️️

  250. I’m looking forward to our annual camping trip we take in Washington each year and my garden that will (hopefully) be bursting with awesomeness.

  251. I am looking forward to water balloon fights and hearing my kids giggle in the backyard as they play. And my babies chubby thighs in her swim suit this summer?

  252. Looking for more Sunshine>>> AND Grandkids coming from San Diego and Saint George in July! It’s going to be a great summer. Your recipes are used daily…Love you cute girls!!!

  253. I’m back in Juneau, Alaska this summer (I used to live here) and I’m most excited to be with my friends and “AK family” to roast hot dogs and make smores and to go fishing and to be here and enjoy this time with them. Enjoy your summer!!

  254. I am looking forward to experiencing a new place with my family. We just moved for my husband’s summer internship and it is a place none of us has been.

  255. I’m most looking forward to moving back to the States from Guam this summer, but it also the thing I’m least looking forward to. Go figure :/

  256. I am most looking forward to biking in the summer weather when I don’t have to put double foot warmers in my shoes! My flowers, my children being home, the drone of cicadas and luminescent bursts of fireflies in the backyard.

  257. I live on the East coast and am most looking forward to days spent at the beach or pool with my two boys! I’m also pretty pumped I don’t have to pack any school lunches for a few months!

  258. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but I’m really looking forward to getting the flower bed outside my kitchen window spruced up so I can gaze at it lovingly while I’m doing things in the kitchen. I know it kinda sounds silly, but I enjoy it every single day while it’s all blooming and growing and pretty. <3

  259. Being stateside and seeing my family! We’re a military family and we currently live overseas. So excited to see my nieces and nephews!

  260. I’m looking forward to spending time outside, taking my kids to the zoo, and the pool. I’m also looking forward to a more relaxed schedule.

  261. After a long cold winter I’m most looking forward to warm weather so we can eat and play outside. I love BBQ dinners outside!! Thank you for the fun giveaway

  262. I am looking forward to a summer w/o being pregnant or nursing (those are nice, but 4 kids in 4 years, makes me excited to feel like myself). This sure we are going to explore the town we just moved to.

  263. I can’t wait to have an unrushed morning where I can spend time with my kids. Also, the usual: time at the pool, fireworks and fun day trip adventures.

  264. I am looking forward to spending one last summer with all of my children home before my oldest leaves on his mission in August. This will be a bitter sweet summer, full of emotions!!

  265. I’m looking forward to turning off my alarm clock!!! I’m so not a morning person and neither are my kids, so not having to wake up early to get ready for school is the BEST!

  266. I am most looking forward to unscheduled activities with my kiddos, walks, and hot coffee! I am a first-grade teacher and will miss my students but not packing lunches and scurrying each morning will be amazing!!!

  267. A graduation and wedding in May. I hope for some good weather and relaxation for the rest of the summer. A little yoga on the side will certainly help!

  268. I’m looking forward to my final summer with all of my kids at home. Anything we can squeeze in together between all the different jobs will be good.

  269. I look forward to the one week I take off of work during the summer to spend with my kids. It’s tough being a singe mom with two jobs, my kids never get a summer break as they are in daycare while school is out and I am working. We try and pack a lot into that one week though!

  270. Looking forward to a first ever cruise with the fam to the Bahamas! Hoping not to get burned with this fair skin and not to scare everyone with the “white legs that I’m not ashamed about anymore, because I don’t want skin cancer again in my life”!! White is beautiful if that’s your natural color, is the new motto! Yeah summer!!

  271. Wow! I am looking to all you said in the first paragraph….the constant snacking, the later nights, etc! My husband and I are teachers so we can’t wait to spend more time with our own kids instead of our school ones 🙂

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