Monday, June 17, 2013

Celebrate Summer-Backyard Fun in the Sun!




SUMMER is only 4 days away! I am so excited. I don't like the humid heat of Tennessee, but I love the bbq's, lake days, beach days, late nights and the smell of coconut and pineapple. Alison and I are prepping you all week long for the big celebration that is summer on Friday! I'm currently doing Tone It Up's 5 Day Slim Down to get ready for our upcoming Key West trip and my week's menu requires a lot of fruit, which I am not complaining about. My husband and I went to Nashville Shores this past Saturday and I was so grateful to finally be in the sun with water so close to me. I could have laid by that wave pool all day long. We will be bringing you summer beauty ideas, book lists, and fruity summer recipes all week long. 
Today I am showing you some great ideas of how to enjoy the sun with some water fun in your backyard if you don't have a pool or just want to cool off in a fun way! 
Top left: I would love to find an old bunk bed and use the top as a layout deck/stargazing deck, then the bottom as a grilling and outdoor cooking area. I am determined to find one, paint it the same color as our deck and enjoy. Anyone have an old bunk bed? Top right: See my pin on Pinterest to learn how to make an overhead sprinkler. How awesome would that be to lay out under? Bottom left: Poke large holes in a liter bottle, attach the hose and drape over a tree...instant hanging sprinkler! Bottom right: Oh, the slip and slide...as seniors in Chi Omega in college, we were responsible for constructing a slip and slide party for the rest of the chapter. It ended up being my close friends and myself putting it together, moving it, then putting it together again. It was simple: a tarp held down by stakes, lots of water, lots of baby shampoo (or oil). Just be sure to clean the space under the tarp of sticks or you'll get an unwelcome scrape. How are you staying cool in your backyard this summer? -Laurie




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