My parents always plant a garden. Last year it fizzled out and there were hardly any tomatoes. So they planted again this year hoping to have a better crop and did they ever! My mom has sent me numerous photos just like the one above - their dining room table covered in fresh-picked, home-grown tomatoes. They are delicious and definitely taste like summer. My parents also make salsa. Oh my word it's delicious! It's another summer favorite thing and given they've canned so much salsa this summer, it will probably make all future favorite lists.
Beanitos Black Bean Chips
Speaking of salsa, that brings me to my next favorite. Beanitos Black Bean Chips. Because the salsa is sooooo delicious, I've been eating a lot of it. But I don't want to sit around stuffing my face with Lays and Tostitos. One day I walked into my parent's house and found these sitting on the counter. These with their salsa are a winning combination AND I found some at Target when I got home. They are gluten free, high in fiber, high in Omega-3s and have four grams protein per serving. They corn free and have a low glycemic index. So while they still have to be eaten in moderation, I don't feel quite as bad about indulging.
Herbalife Herbal Tea Concentrate in Lemon
I started a boot camp at the beginning of July and have been eating healthier. I also purchased some Herbalife shake mix but I love the Herbal Tea Concentrate in lemon. I mix with either Cranberry Lime or Lemon Propel and it's both delicious and refreshing. In the summer I tend to stay thirsty constantly and this is one of my favorite sippers and far better than sweet tea, which is what I used to drink constantly. I've also mixed it with plain water and it's not bad either.
L'Oreal Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen in SPF 30
The 2012 Summer Olympics
Who doesn't love the Summer Olympics?!? The tradition, the camaraderie, the competition, the unity-there's nothing else like it. The opening ceremony did remind me a little of the Hunger Games and was exactly what I pictured a quidditch arena looking like. But that hill with the tree and the fireworks....WOW! I think my favorite part of the Olympics are the athletes' stories. They all have a story. No story is the same and so very many are inspirational. I also love the different cultures. It's all so diverse and interesting. Excited to see what these games bring and hoping they bring pride and uplifting unity to our nation that seems so jaded and broken lately. USA! USA! USA!
So these are my favorite summer things. What are some of yours?!?
(These are my thoughts and opinions. I was not compensated for any of these. These items are simply things I like, enjoy and/or find useful.)