Summer Loving- Check Out My Favorite Purchases This Summer

Hello, Darlings

Today I want to share my favorite purchases this summer. Summer is waning but here in the south, we have another month (or two ) of warm weather to enjoy. I plan to fully take advantage of this time to rest, relax, and play.

Summer Loving- Check Out My Favorite Purchase This Summer

Summer Loving- Check Out My Favorite Purchase This Summer

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This year with COVID more emphasis is placed on Staycation and Shelter In Place. That does not mean I can’t enjoy this time to its fullest. Here are some of the great finds this summer.

Summer Favorite #1- Pandora Yacht Rock Radio

Pandora Radio has been a huge hit this summer.  Enjoying the easy listening music of the 70s & 80s with Yacht Rock

Not really a purchase because it is free. Loving the blast from the past favorites from the ’70s & ’80s, Pandora’s Yacht Rock Radio is now my favorite station. Whether it is floating about in the lake or lounging in the pool at home or at the beach, listening to music is relaxing. How about in the evening sitting by the fire pit with a nice glass of wine. Other stations I like are Ed Sheeran Radio, and James Taylor Radio, Carolina Beach Music, and Fleetwood Mac Radio. Pandora Radio is a free app for your phone. You can broadcast it over your phone or Bluetooth speaker.

Summer Favorite # 2- Megaboom Waterproof Bluetooth Portable Speaker

Summer Favorite #2 Megaboom Waterproof Bluetooth Portable Speaker

We have 3 of the Megaboom Waterproof Bluetooth Portable Speakers, for home, lake, and the beach. You charge it up and moved it to any area you want to broadcast music, from your phone or apps such as Pandora and Spotify. You don’t have to worry about it getting wet from splashes by the pool. Easy to work, you download the Megaboom app to your phone where you can turn on, adjust the sound, turn off the speaker without ever leaving your float.

Summer #3 – Frontgate Lana Floating Seat

The Frontgate Lana float seat has been a HUGE hit this year
The BEST pool float. Everyone is fighting over it.

Currently sold out ( I am waiting for one I ordered a month ago). Made with marine grade Sunbrella fabric and filled with mold/mildew resistant foam bead, this float is the BEST float around. Not cheap, I ordered 4 for beach and 4 for the house. Everyone fights over it because it is perfect for adults and super comfortable. The one draw back is no cup holders. This is so popular, maybe next year they will add them. I got mine on 30% off sale.

Summer Favorite #4 Big Joe Waterpad Party Float

Summer Favorite #4 Big Joe Waterpad Party Float
Perfect addition for lake fun! Kids, dogs and adults will enjoy this extra large float pad.

I am going, to be honest with you, we bought the Big Joe Float Pad for the dogs. It is the perfect way for the dogs to hang out with us in the lake. We saw these pop up late last year all over the lake. Perfect for adults to lounge together and grandchildren to play. It is easy to attach to the dock with a rope and rolled up, fastened with velcro, and stored on the dock. Not really for pool use. It is big- 15′ X 6′ and easily holds 4 adults plus a gaggle of dogs and kids.

Big Joe Floating Mat will hold 4 adults and a gaggle of dogs and kids
This picture gives you an indication how big it is and how many it can hold. We

Summer Favorite #5 Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repellant

Thermacell mosquito repellant is great for enjoying the outdoors with out messing with sprays.

Whether it is at home, lake, or beach mosquitos are a problem to enjoying one of my favorite times of the day, sunset. The Thermacell Patio Shield is a small portable device that provides a 15-Foot area of protection – perfect for entertaining on lawn, porch, patio, pool or deck. According to their website, proven technology used to fight mosquitoes in toughest spots on earth; provides 12 hours of protection. My review- it seems to work! I hate spraying down with chemicals so this is an easy stylish answer. It comes in 6 different colors. I have the glacier blue at the beach and home, for the lake graphite.

Supplies you will need for your Thermacell Patio Shield

It comes with beginning supplies to get you started. You will want to read the instructions thoroughly before you start. Additional repellent mats and fuel cartridges are easily ordered on Amazon.

Summer Favorite #6 28 Summers By Elin Hilderbrand

Need a summer read? Check out my favorite book of the summer Elin Hilderbrand's 28 Summers

Almost all her books are set on the island of Nantucket, Elin Hilderbrand’s newest one 28 Summers

#7 Book Series For Lazy Summer Days- Sharon Sala’s Jigsaw Files Series

My favorite summer purchase- Books series to read on lazy summer days.  Check out Sharon Sala's Jigsaw Files book series.
Sharon Sala’s Jigsaw Files Series

Light suspense and perfect to summer read (easy read) Sharon Sala’s Jigsaw Files has been a huge hit. This is a series you will want to read in order.

Although the series ends on a good note, it looks like Sharon Sala is going to give us one more book in this series, scheduled to debut in February 2021.

Summer Favorite #8- FABULOUS Zebra Swim Coverup

After gaining an extra 20lbs during COVID lockdown, fashion has not been on my radar. I have only worn about 4 outfits over and over again. I keep reaching for my black bathing suit (black is slimming). But even in an “all-black mood”, I can’t help throwing in some FABULOUS.

My favorite summer purchase in fashion- Zebra Swim Cover Up

I saw this black/white zebra swim cover-up from White House Black Market and had to have it. It became an instant favorite.

# 9 Summer Favorite- Opal Ice Machine

Who does like the little “rabbit pellet ice”? At the end of the last year, I splurged and purchased the Opal Ice Machine on sale. This ice machine runs like a Keurig, you put water in the reservoir and it makes ice. The drawback is you have to constantly fill the reservoir, but the ice it makes is worth the hassle.

My favorite summer purchase- Opal Ice Machine for best ice

Ours sits on the counter top ( both lake and beach house) just waiting to be used in a summer cocktail or large glass of tea. To make sure it runs properly, you do need to run the clean cycle occasionally. Some of the reviews on Amazon have been mixed, but both of ours works like a champ. It is pretty expensive, but look for it to go on sale.

Summer Favorite #10 – New Morning Mercies- A Daily Devotion

The stress of COVID and all the negativity has me reaching for the gospel. A dear friend of mine recommended this devotion book, New Morning Mercies- A Daily Devotion.  It’s a book that is meant to remind you that you can’t help yourself. This book reminds you to place your trust in the one who can change you and draw you deeper into His loving kindness.

My favorite summer purchase- morning devotional by Paul David Tripp, New Morning Meries.

It has fabulous reviews on Amazon. Each page is dated, but you can start anywhere or start on the date you received it. This book is a great gift to someone who might need comfort and encouragement.

As We Go Into Fall

With Labor Day right around the corner, I am trying to plan activites that allow for social distancing. Big travel plans are out, but taking advantage of this time and exploring your community is in. We are planning to check out some hiking and biking trails near our home. Also, we are picking up a new sport- Pickleball!

Getting ready for fall, check out my favorite items and wish list for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

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