10 Things to be Happy About: July Edition

Posted in Lifestyle
on July 6, 2016


1| Fourth of July

Fourth of July holds a special place in my heart because growing up we would spend a week at my cottage and hold a huge fourth of July party. So, I have a special love and appreciation for this day even though we didn’t go to my cottage for the day, but Josh and I celebrated all weekend long with friends and family.

2| Ice cream Day

No one can hate this day. On July 17th, make sure you head over to your favorite ice cream shop for your dose of ice cream. I won’t lie, I used to not be a huge fan of ice cream compared to other dessert options, but now it’s one of my go-to picks, especially in summer. July is the perfect month of have all the ice cream (even if it’s not on the 17th!)

3| Beach Days

I wish I could go back to high school where my friends and I could just pick a day, and spend the day at the beach. Honestly, there’s nothing better that getting your mind off of all your problems and relaxing at the beach. Between my cottage and living near the lake all my life, I love and appreciate the beach during the hottest days of this month.

4| Summer Bucket Lists

Some people may not agree with me, but I love having bucket lists for each season. Let’s be realβ€”time goes by so fast! And it seems to go by faster as the years go on. So why not make it your mission to all the things you love and want to accomplish during a particular time of year? You only have a few months to enjoy bonfires, watching sunsets on the beach, etc.

5| Road Trips

If there’s any time to take a road trip with your best friends or significant other, it’s during summer! Take a spontaneous day trip somewhere within two or three hours from you and go exploring. Josh and I are planning to take a weekend getaway to Pittsburgh for a Pirates game and a weekend away to be with friends. Even if it’s a short trip, it’s always fun to go somewhere new.

6| Smores-Flavored Everything

Unpopular opinion about to come your way, but I absolutely love that July is a month where there are smores-flavored ice cream, Oreos, Starbucks Frappachinos, and so much more. The options are endless when it comes to this and I love it. I grew up loving smores and having them around a campfire.

7| Being Outside

It’s the little things in life. For me, I love that we can do simple, everyday things outside during summer. Whether it’s reading a book or magazine or relaxing and enjoying the sun, there’s something great about getting outside more during this month. So take full advantage of it while you can!

8| Summer Fairs/Carnivals

July is the beginning of different fairs and carnivals. Although I’m not a huge fan of rides, I love the food, music, games and unique shopping of craft and art fairs or carnivals. Some people don’t enjoy fairs or carnivals, but when you go to the right ones, you will have a good time. I promise!

9| National Cheesecake Day

I’m here for the cheesecake, guys. Hit up your local Cheesecake Factory on July 30th because there’s nothing better than giving yourself a reason to have some of this amazing dessertβ€”especially when it’s a decadent cheesecake like the work of art from Cheesecake Factory. Trust me, you won’t regret treating yourself on this day.

10| Feeling Childish

I feel like we can get away with reverting to our childhoods from camping, bonfires, blowing bubbles, pool days, etc. Summer is a time to play and enjoy each and every day you have. Sometimes, it’s good to take a break from adult life and have a day where you do the things you loved to do growing up. Take a day where you can have fun, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

What are you looking forward to this month? Make sure to leave a comment below!Ki Signature



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  • ICE CREAM DAY?!?! With my ice cream maker – that is pretty much every day! LOL!

    • I need to invest in one of those–then I’ll be right there with you!

  • I’m totally prepared to celebrate ice cream day!

  • Rebecca VanDeMark

    This is so fun!! πŸ™‚ Reading through this post my smile kept getting wider and wider! Thank you for sharing!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ PS… am I the only one that didn’t know that there was a national cheesecake day?? πŸ™‚

    • I knew about it mostly because it’s one of my favorite desserts. Well…all desserts are my favorite, haha πŸ™‚

  • Ice cream day AND cheesecake day in the same month??!! Sign me up:)

    • I think they’re trying to make July the best month ever with all the desserts involved with this month!

  • Emily Bendler

    This list makes me so excited for the rest of this month. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • I love bucket lists for each season too! I think it also helps you be more specific and can help you focus more on things!

    • Exactly! Sometimes, I just want to do everything but I know that isn’t always possible. So why not write down and do the things I know I can do in a short amount of time!

  • Mostly Simple Life

    These are all amazing things! I had smores for the 4th of July and they did not disappoint!

    • Same here! We roasted marshmallows and had smores for the first time this season and I loved every minute of it! Now I’m planning another summer bonfire!

  • That’s a great list! Made me feel nostalgic just reading it lol Beach days, cheesecake, ice cream…. reminds me of my summers when I was a teen. Absolutely all things I should still be enjoying though! Happy summer πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much for your comment! And yes, the summer months make me feel nostalgic as well so I’m right there with you!

  • The 4th of July is my favorite holiday! I love this time of year! The weather in Ohio is hot, our town has so many festivals, and I love that it’s ice cream day!

    • Enjoy all the festivals! I love when I get time to attend local music/art/craft festivals!

  • Yes to all of these! Also, I totally didn’t know July 17th was ice cream day, but will definitely plan to celebrate! haha πŸ˜‰

    • I think we are all planning our own celebrations! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your comment, Cara!

  • Yes! Great reasons to be happy! We just went on a road-trip, and are hoping to go on another one soon. I love actual S’mores, but haven’t tried anything S’more flavored. Now, I want to!

    • I would definitely recommend smores Oreos, ice cream or frozen yogurt!

  • I love s’mores! They’re definitely one of my favorite parts about summer. And I’ll be happy to celebrate ice cream day. πŸ™‚

    • I think everyone agrees that ice cream day will be one of the better days of this month! Thanks for your comment, Crystal!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    It seems like this summer/July we have really taken advantage of being outside and taking road trips. We have been gone almost every other weekend since May and I love it because that means we are headed to the beach or lake!

    • Road trips are always a fun way to spend your summer months! We’re taking a weekend road trip to Pittsburgh and I can’t wait to get to the city. Then the following weekend I’ll have a relaxing weekend in my hometown.

  • I feel childish regardless of the season πŸ˜‰ That’s the only way I know how to take on life – haha!

    • Yes! Sometimes it’s good to not take life too seriously and be a kid!

  • I’m excited for a festival this weekend and trying lots of food!

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  • I can totally get behind Ice Cream Day and Cheesecake Day! Some of these holidays are totally ridiculous, but who cares when you get such delicious treats πŸ™‚

    • I know! I feel like they made every day of the year into a “holiday.” But when we’re talking about celebrating dessert…I’m all for it!

  • love all of these! definitely gonna do Ice Cream Day and all the s’mores things! πŸ˜›

    • Maybe even make your own smores ice cream?! Killing two birds with one stone there! Thanks for your comment, Tianna!

  • We have made ice cream day EVERY day for the last three days! Hahaha go big or go home, I always say…

    • We definitely have the same outlook on life: the more ice cream, the better! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for your comment, Joy!

  • What?! There’s a national ice cream day?! We’re going to be in the middle of a road trip that day, but maybe I can convince my hubby to let us stop for an ice cream break. I love July too!! It always holds so much fun for me.

    • I’m sure he won’t turn down an opportunity for ice cream πŸ™‚ Enjoy your trip!

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