As mid-summer approaches, my mind drifts to vacation times, getaways or mini excursions out and about. One tank trips. Parks to explore.
Do you take a summer vacation or do small getaways? What do you have planned? If not, what would be your ideal vacation or retreat? What are your favorite local haunts? Give us some places to check out!
It’s been a glorious and busy summer already with much needed vacationing. My planned trips are about finished and in the books for summer 2017. We do have a mini excursion coming up later this month for our wedding anniversary, but the details haven’t been worked out yet. For July, I’m looking forward to lounging around at home, reading on the deck and enjoying the relaxation that June’s hectic schedule didn’t afford.
As far as local haunts, we hail from the land of amusement parks, a water park tribe we are too. The Midwest may not tout “the Biggies” of Orlando or California, but we have access to approx. 25 parks in our region of Ohio and Pennsylvania alone. It’s been a summer family tradition for about the past 8 years to take a 1-2 day trip to visit a park. A few favorites have been Hersheypark and Kennywood in PA, King’s Island near Cincinnati, and this year’s trip to Zoombezi Bay in the Columbus Zoo. This time, my nearly 75 year-old dad outlasted me in the wave pool, even returning for more after taking the brunt of tidal punishment, you gotta love him.
My favorite amusement park from childhood will forever be Geauga Lake in Aurora, OH. The site of my first roller coaster ride, The Big Dipper, at the invincible-feeling age of six, snuggled safely against my dad’s side. It was a sad day when it permanently closed in 2007 after it changed ownership a few times. It’s probably cliche, but nothing beats a long summer day at a water or amusement park.
I am not going to lie…. as summer starts revving up… I am catching myself not only daydreaming about vacation but also fall scents. I am sure it may be too early for some and others melt fall scents year ’round, but I must ask… where are you planning to order your fall smell goods from? It can be vendor wax, candles, bath and body or perfumes. ❤ Just spill!
To quote from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, “…Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date…”
That’s my way of answering that summer comes and goes too quickly as it is and I’m not looking forward to fall anything. (Not the intention of the poem, that was about comparing a young man’s beauty to nature and assuring him his beauty surpassed it.)
But since we know that resisting summer’s short lease is futile and for the purposes of this blog question, I went ahead and looked into some fall fragrance possibilities;)
In wax melts, Julie’s mention of Dessa’s Homespun Scents led me to the creation of a to-try list at least 20 scents long. Dessa’s branding especially says fall, but I spied a few tempting summer scents too. I appreciate that her shop is open for several weeks a month with all scents available, an August order looks imminent.
If we’re talking fall candles, I already have loads that I’m actually trying to unload. Naturally, I’m keen to check out the newly arriving essential oil candle collection from Bath and Body Works previewed on social media. The Incense, Chamomile and Cypress are giving me a fallish vibe.
I’ve sniffed and really liked Yankee Candle’s new fall collection and even discovered a Woodwick or two that held some fall promise.
Perfumes. The one fragrance area I don’t change seasonally, or much at all. The Solstice Scents siren song is luring me in thanks to my indie perfume loving blogger friends. This autumn could finally be the time to go for it, I just need to do my scent research. Until then, I’ll be resisting the reality of summer’s end as long as I can.
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