How to Make the Most of Summer – Ideas and Inspiration

Happy weekend and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight!  Are you still embracing summer or have you already switched over to fall mode?  Each year, I hang onto summer to the very last moment…and this year is no different. So, join me today as I share my tips on how to make the most of summer!  After all, it’s not over yet!

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Ways to Make the Most of Summer:

Turn your backyard into a staycation:

If you don’t want to travel far to enjoy the summer season, create an oasis in your own backyard!

Pool waterfall - simple summer pleasures

In the past, I’ve shared my backyard staycation tips…which took on a whole new meaning during the pandemic!  Since then, I think we’ve all learned to embrace our homes in a whole new way!

Backyard Picnic Ideas to Make the Most of Summer:

Recently, I shared a bunch of backyard picnic ideas to inspire you.  Before long, the temperature will be too cool to dine alfresco…so enjoy the sweet summer weather while you can!

Casual table setting on patio - backyard picnic ideas

Indulge in Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables:

In New Jersey, corn and tomatoes are at their peak in August…and they’re amazing!  We’ve been making almost daily trips to the farm stands lately…

Corn, tomatoes and string beans - make the most of summer

Grill Your Dinner and Dine Alfresco:

This year, I think we’ve blown through several propane tanks from all the grilling we’ve done!  And even though we’ve had some super hot and humid days, we’ve eaten on the patio a lot!  It’s really my favorite place to dine!  

Grill and patio table setting - make the most of summer

Entertaining Outdoors

Besides grilling burgers, chicken and steaks, there are many nights that I just eat a salad…and I can never get enough arugula!

Arugula salad - simple summer pleasures

Over the years, I’ve tried many arugula salad combinations and here are 3 of my favorites!

Escape to the Beach:

If you live in the northeast, you know that August is the perfect time to visit the beach…or as we say in New Jersey – go “down the shore”!  While you’re planning your trip, here are some things to pack in your beach bag!

Sunny beach and fence - make the most of summer

Summer Shopping Finds:

Embrace what’s left of summer with these shopping finds:

Who can resist a hammock in the summer?!  Just don’t forget the stand!


Grab a fun beach read…I recently finished Under the Southern Sky (and loved it!)


Show up at the beach with a pretty straw tote!


For even more ways to make the most of summer, here are a few ideas from around the internet:

Hopefully, some of these ideas will help you embrace the last of the lazy days of summer!

What are doing to make the most of your summer?

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  1. These are great ideas! I loved looking at your table settings…your patio table and chair cushions are so summer-y!. And thank you for the book recommendation…I added it to my Amazon reading list! Here’s to the last of summer…even though I impatiently waiting for fall!

    1. Thanks Kristine! This time of the year is always bittersweet for me…and this year especially since my youngest will be starting his senior year in high school in a few weeks!

  2. Wonderful ideas! We have had some wild weather this summer so it has been a challenge to enjoy the outdoors, but August has been a milder month and staycation time!

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