July Links and Loves - More Summer, More Fun!

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July Links and Loves - More Summer, More Fun!

Friday, July 24, 2020



This summer has been a strange and fun season for us.  We have settled into more family time than ever and seem to be thriving there.  We have spent a lot of time outdoors in the sun and are soaking up every single minute.  So what are we enjoying both at home and at the campground?

July Links and Loves - More Summer, More Fun!


Community Coffee is a favorite at our house.  I've been ordering it since the spring!


At the start of quarantine, lots of friends talked about the amount of online shopping that was happening late at night.  I managed to avoid this habit until I saw a social media ad for Community Coffee.  I ordered a box full of coffee late one night and haven't looked back.  I have loved this coffee brand for years but had never considered ordering it.  We really like the different flavors and roasts available. Not a coffee drinker?  They have teas as well!

This pound cake is a family favorite!


What goes great with coffee?  Pound cake is the perfect treat for a rich cup of coffee!  Southern Living's Cream Cheese Pound Cake is perfection.  I have also made this with plain Greek Yogurt in place of the cream cheese.  Just know that this cake is a commitment.  Go on and lean into the amount of butter and how long it will take to bake.  My family loves this cake, and it is perfect alone, with fresh fruit or that cup of coffee!  We've taken it camping and are about to take one to the beach.  

If you haven't given sourdough a try, this is a great addition in the kitchen for lots of household staples!


I've spent my fair share of time experimenting with sourdough starter.  I made pancakes, bread, crackers, biscuits, pizza dough, and cinnamon rolls with my new sough dough starter.  Get yourself a jar and get going!  I've kept up with all of my sourdough recipes on my Quarantine Chronicles Pinterest Board.  I've loved some recipes more than others, but it has been a fun way to try out the fermentation process.

And it hasn't been all carbs and sugar these past few months!  A friend at work turned me on to Yerbae Natural Energy Drinks.  These have no calories or sugar.  There are several flavors to choose from.  My husband and I both love these.  The pineapple coconut tastes like summer!  The blueberry acai is also delicious.  Give them a try for a refreshing afternoon pick me up!

Get a set of bottle brushes for all of those water bottles and insulated cups you have.  It makes a huge difference!


All of this heat has us filling up our water bottles a lot!  If you have refillable bottles, you need a set of bottle brushes to keep them clean and free of germs.  The moisture in these bottles can get trapped and easily grow mold and mildew.  These brushes will help you get into all of those nooks and crannies!

This soap smells great and is gentle on your hands!


We are washing our hands so much!  We tried out a new soap that is gentle and effective.  This Puracy Lavendar Soap smells great and isn't so rough on our skin.  You can even get a refill pouch!

I've also been trying to take better care of my skin after being out in the sun and working out.  If you have not tried the Sol de Janerio Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, you are missing out!  It smells amazing and works wonders on your skin.  It makes your skin soft and is supposed to tighten and firm your skin.  I love the smell and the way it makes my skin feel!  It is my go-to after sun care product this summer!  Plus you can skip any additional body sprays and fragrances.  The fragrance lasts a long time. It's a little pricey but worth it.

I'm also loving this Coconut Lip Balm from Palmers.  It keeps my lips soft.  It is the best lip balm that I have ever used!  Hands down.  I keep several of these on hand all the time.

I have really loved using Athia Skin care this summer!


For my face, I've given a new skincare line a try.  It is specifically formulated for active lifestyles.  Athia offers a full line of products made in the USA and is cruelty-free.  I love the post-workout spray when leaving the gym!  The athlete bundle has a cleanser, moisturizer, and post-workout spray.  It has been my summer skin trifecta for better looking and feeling skin!  Use code Glamper at checkout for 15% off of your purchase.  

Show off your skin in a new swimsuit cover-up!  I grabbed this one on Amazon.  Choose from a variety of colors and patterns.  It is light, airy, and stylish.  And, if you are afraid of one size fits all options.  I'm a solid XL to XXL every time, and it fits just fine!  

We bought a set of air mattresses for us several years ago for our first family camping trip.  Since then, we have used these mattresses for trips and travel regularly.  They are so handy to have when we have guests or when we visit family and friends.  The twin elevated air mattress from Intex has an electric pump.  It deflates easily.  And, we took ours to the beach with us this summer since we opted for a 1 bedroom condo.  

This collapsible ottoman is so comfy for resting my feet at the campground.


I finally bought an ottoman for our camping gear!  The bag and overall storage seem large and bulky.  However, it is lightweight despite the size.  It's comfy and a great place to put my feet at the campground.  You need one of these!  I love it with my morning coffee or at the end of the day.

Just telling you about all of these things reminds me of what a great summer we have enjoyed!  And, it's not over yet.  Get out there and live your best life and take advantage of long days, sunshine, and fun. 

Until next time...

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