Summer To-Do List

summer to-do list

I put together a summer to-do list with some ideas for adding a little sparkle to the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this summer. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.

If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.

I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too.

Here’s what’s on my summer to-do list.

1.    Take a barista class. Jo Coffee in New York City and Philadelphia offers a variety of classes including an all day barista class focusing on espresso technique, milk steaming, and pouring latte art.

2.    Visit a new farmer’s market. Here’s a guide to the best farmer’s markets in each state.

3.    Try a Solidcore fitness class.

4.    Read Louis Giglio’s new book, Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants.

5.    See the movie Paris Can Wait starring Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving mouthwatering meals, spectacular wines, and picturesque sights. Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut at the age of 81 is also impressive.

6.    See The Trip To Spain the third film chronicling actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s culinary adventures through Europe. The two real life friends consume six incredible meals while trading barbs and Roger Moore impressions, as seen in the trailer below.

7.    Watch Season 2 of Master of None. I didn’t watch Season 1 of Master of None. When I found out season 2 was partially filmed in Italy, I knew I had to watch. Read the critics’ roundup from The New York Times. The soundtrack for Season 2 is also out now. Listen to The Master of None Season 2 playlist on Spotify. Here’s a list of the restaurants featured in Italy.

8.    Visit the coffee shop Lickety Split at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando. They also offer a barista bootcamp in the fall.

9.     See the new musical Bandstand on Broadway. The show recently won a Tony for Best Choreography.

10.  Watch the Tony Awards.

11.   Read One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprey.

12.  Try some of the vegan cheese recipes in This Cheese is Nuts!: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home by  Julie Piatt. One of the recipes included in the book is smoked almond cheddar. Listen to Julie’s interview on the Rich Roll Podcast about ditching dairy.

13.  Take Constitution 101The Meaning and History of the Constitution. The course is delivered via email, with one lesson per week for 10 weeks. Each lesson features lively teaching and discussion boards, suggested readings, weekly quizzes, and more.

14.  Watch the L.S.U. Tigers in the College World Series. LSU (48-17) plays Florida St. (45-21) on Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m. (CT).

If you are looking for some ideas, here are a few fun things you might want to add to your list.

1.    Here’s a great list of new books to read this summer.

2.    Check out this playlist for your next road trip.

3.    Try a new ice cream flavor. Here’s a list of my favorite ice cream shops in the U.S.

4.    Check out this summer movie release guide from The New York Times.

5.    Download some new podcasts for your next road trip or vacation. If you are looking for some recommendations, check out the links below:

My Favorite Podcast Part 1

My Favorite Podcasts Part 2

My Favorite Podcasts Part 3

My Favorite Podcasts Part 4

6.    Here’s a list of the most anticipated album releases and concert tours for summer.

7.    Check out this list of summer premieres dates for new series and new seasons of returning shows.

8.    From The New York Times: what to cook this summer.

9.    If you are traveling this summer, check out some of my travel guides:

Austin

Philadelphia

Richmond

10.  Check out this list of top music festivals in the South.

You can also see my summer to-do lists for 2016 if you need a bit of inspiration to create your own.

What are you planning on doing this summer? Tell me in the comments.

The Chic List: Blue Angels, Tahina Shakes and Brain Hacking

The best things to do, eat, read, watch and listen to this week.

DO

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival: Here’s a full list of menus and food photos for the super popular outdoor kitchens. The festival runs through May 29, 2017.

Sun ‘N Fun International Air Show and Expo: The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels headlines this year’s event with daily afternoon shows.

Cherry Bombe Jubilee Market: Come meet the makers, bakers, and shakers behind your favorite brands at our first-ever Marketplace in New York City on April 9th. You can shop, eat, drink, attend book signings, and listen to great speakers. Ticket are $25.

EAT

Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions: Carrie Morey is the founder of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits. Touted by Saveur, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The New York Times and Oprah among others, Morey’s cookbook and narrative on entrepreneurship and life in the lowcountry includes her famous biscuit recipe. If you visit Charleston, you can sample her biscuits at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on Charleston’s Upper King Street. What was once a biscuit legendary in South Carolina has now become a favorite across America. This is the recipe that started it all. Callie will be signing copies of her book at Bloomingdale’s in New York on April 9, 2017.

Goldie’s: If you visit Philadelphia, don’t miss the Tehina shakes (Turkish coffee, chocolate and coconut) at Goldie’s. There’s also falafel in a pita sandwich or a salad and french fries with various spice options on the menu. Goldie is completely vegan. The restaurant is modeled after Israeli-style falafel shops. Goldie is the latest opening from famed Chef Michael Solomonov and his partner-in-empire-building, Steve Cook.

READ

Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster: Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof coffee, has a new book about reducing brain fog and increasing mental sharpness.  It’s packed with cutting-edge, evidence-based techniques designed to give you more than just a healthy or average brain but a high-performing brain that works better and lasts longer than nature ever intended.

Meet Dave Asprey and special guests in major cities nationwide this month as part of his book tour. The Denver event will feature thyroid expert Dr. Izabella Wentz.

I’m using the BrainHQ cognitive exercises that Tom Brady uses to help me focus my mind on the most critical information and disregard the rest. BrainHQ is an online brain-training system that you can do on a computer or mobile device. It features 29 exercises that work out attention, memory, brain speed, intelligence, navigation, and people skills.

Wondering what these exercises are like? Watch the video or take the free brain speed test with Double Decision to get a taste of an exercise and find out how quickly your brain processes visual information.

Continue reading “The Chic List: Blue Angels, Tahina Shakes and Brain Hacking”

Summer To-Do List

summer to-do list

I put together a summer to-do list with some ideas for adding a little sparkle to the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this summer. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.

If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.

I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too.

If you are looking for some ideas, here are a few fun things you might want to add to your list. Continue reading “Summer To-Do List”

Chic Travel Guide: Bright Lights Paris

Bright Lights ParisIf you are planning to visit Paris or just love dreaming about this oh so chic destination, I have a must-read book to share with you today. It’s called Bright Lights Paris: Shop, Dine & Live Parisian Style by Angie Niles. It’s filled with stunning photos and lovely fashion illustrations plus fabulous tips from celebrities, fashion designers, bloggers, chefs, and more. Continue reading “Chic Travel Guide: Bright Lights Paris”