Early summer is one of the best times of the year. The days are at their longest; the nights are warm. It's hard not to enjoy those first few days of summer, but do you always make the most out of them? Here are a few ideas to get your summer started right.
Start a project: Take advantage of the warm weather and long days and start a new home improvement project. Summer is the perfect time to remodel, build or redecorate. Plus, you'll have the rest of the summer to enjoy that revamped bathroom or new sundeck you've been working on. Those first few days of summer are also the best time to do the majority of your gardening. Plant vegetables you can harvest later in the season and into the fall or pick up some fresh new buds for your flower beds.
Enjoy the weather: The first days of summer are typically nice and warm, but not too hot. This is the perfect time of year to spend a little time outdoors. Take your kids to the park for the afternoon, or wake up early and take your morning jog since it'll be light already. A weekend camping or hiking trip is ideal in the early summer when the temperatures are just right.
Take a vacation: Summer is the best time to get away. Whether you're planning a weekend at a bed and breakfast or a week abroad, make the most out of your vacation. Make sure you have good luggage that's easy to carry with you, and if you're flying, take an approved carry-on bag to keep your essentials close during the flight.
Refresh your wardrobe: Pick up a few fun summery pieces to wear. A pretty sundress is perfect for a sunny afternoon, and a new swimsuit and sandals are a must for the beach. Clean out your closet and donate any pieces you haven't worn in a while and box up all your winter clothes to make room for a light, fresh summer wardrobe. Bright pops of color will really turn up your summer style.
Start your reading list: Everyone needs some time to relax, even during the summer, and an afternoon in the hammock with a good book may be just the thing you need. Pick up a classic you've always wanted to read or check out a few new releases. If you don't know what books to put on your summer reading list, the top-sellers list is always a good place to start.