New Kids on the Block

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So maybe I am lame because my favorite summer anthem song is by New Kids on the Block, but that’s okay I’d rather be lame than pretend to like something that I don’t.  Summertime is a 2008 single and the first from the New Kids on the Block album titled The Block. The single was released in May 2008, the coolest part Summertime was the first single released by the group since 1994. Thanks for that awesome High School graduation gift, New Kids on the Block.

The best part of this song might be the music video–please know I am joking about this part, really the music video is not great by any means. The music video was premiered on VH1 later in 2008, do you all remember Pop-up videos on VH1?  The video was directed by Thomas Kloss and Donnie Wahlberg. The video begins with Donnie exiting a hangar and texts the band members with the message that said, “It’s on.” Then he boards a helicopter that’s waiting for him. The band members are each shown receiving the message while they are doing various activities like swimming or running and they head off to the beach. They are then shown singing on the beach and at a party.

What’s there not to love about this song? It’s a little bit of a throwback from an awesome band, the beach, texting (haha), a summer love story and friends. It’s really the perfect summer anthem. Maybe this song didn’t top the Billboard charts, but it’s always on my top charts!

tunes

turn it up!

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I don’t know what is is about this playlist that buzzfeed just published, but it is incredible. These are the songs that you need in your life for the Summer of 2014. Make sure to check these tunes out. If you are heading on a road trip, add them to the list. You’re having a lull in the office? Turn these tunes up! Check out this list here. Keep in mind, it’s kind of a pain to Youtube all of these songs, but in the end it will be worth it.

Happy listening!

every time

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Matt, this one’s for you. I love you #CTBOT

Recently, I stumbled upon this song, Sunshine & Whiskey by Frankie Ballard. The beat is great. The song feels like summer. The tune will make you tap your feet, and you will definitely be thinking of that special someone by the end of the song. 

You hit me like fire, shot me like a bullet.
Burned me up and down, no way to cool it.
But every time you kiss me it’s like sunshine and whiskey.
It’s like a bottle of Jack straight to the head.
One shot, two shot, copper tone red.
Every time you kiss me it’s like sunshine and whiskey.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do! 

sun tea

yum!

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When I think of summer, sipping on iced tea comes to mind. I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to make iced tea. It takes a little longer than usual, but in the end it is well worth it. Allow me to introduce you to Sun Tea. Maybe you love the taste or you’re enjoying a  summer power outage, a jug of of sun tea always hits the spot. Summer makes you ask this when it comes to brewing tea, “why even heat up so much as a kettle when Mother Nature will do it for you?” With the blaring sunshine, using minimal equipment is one of the best ways to enjoy a tasty beverage.

Tea
Black teas work wonderfully for sun tea, since they’re full of those floral flavors that remind us of summer. Black teas are also versatile over ice, or infused with seasonal ingredients.

Pitcher
You’ll want a glass, glass is easier for the sun to hit. If you use plastic, believe it or not it’s not really “clear”.

Water
I am a believer of tap water.

Sun
You want a place you can set your pitcher in intense direct sun to allow the tea to brew.

When making the tea, use a 2:1 ratio of ounces of water to grams of tea. Ensure that the tea is fully submerged in the water, and then lid your jar. It is recommend to keep the jug in the direct sunlight for 3-5 hours (but you can keep it in the sun for up to 12 hours!); you’ll know your sun tea is ready for you by color and taste.

Remember you can add any seasonal ingredient- mint, lemon, sugar or just keep it at the black tea that is made from the sun-kissed infusion. Make sure you wait until it’s brewed to taste before (adding sugar) diluting with water or ice. Most of all, enjoy! 

free ice cream?

thanks Haagen-Dazs

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Back in April, I told you about free cone day at Ben and Jerry’s and TOMORROW (May 13th) from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Haagen-Dazs is participating in free cone day!  Note that shops nationwide will be handing out free scoops of your favorite flavors to show their appreciation.

Make sure to take a break toady and take full advantage of this opportunity. Who doesn’t want a scoop of ice cream to brighten their Tuesday? Remember, you can get a free ice cream cone of your choice at participating Haagen-Dazs Shop locations (limit one cone per guess).

farmer’s market

tis the season

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It’s finally Farmer’s Market season and I couldn’t be happier!  There’s something about seeing the first farmer’s market of the season. I love seeing the typical outdoor booths and stands set up with farmers’ selling their fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses! 

The coolest thing about farmers’ markets is that no two are alike and they exist worldwide and reflect their local culture and economy. Their size ranges from a few stalls to several city blocks. In some cultures, live animals, imported delicacies unavailable locally, and personal goods and crafts are sold.

For a list of where you can find a market in your DC area, check here.

my guest post

Matt asked me to write a blog about how my life was consumed by lifeguarding for six years. He wanted me to get into the details about saving, and trainings, but I spared the boring details and wrote this for his blog instead.

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My Guest Blog Post: Lifeguarding via Matt’s Blog

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Life happens I guess. But to get me back in the swing of things, I asked the lovely Kendal Ann to write me a guest blog about her experience lifeguarding. I, myself, have never been a lifeguard (but I did get my Lifesaving merit badge in Boy Scouts), but Kendal Ann was talking about it one day and it really interested me. Check out Kendal Ann’s blog here and I promise you, she’s a hell of a lot better at updating her blog than I am.

In high school and college, I lived for summers. I spent my days stretched out in a chair, slathered in SPF 85 (yes, it’s a thing), occasionally jumping off the dock for a quick dip and always playing with kids.

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. For five years, lifeguarding consumed my life. As downfalls of the job, my ginger locks would turn bleach beach blond, and it would always have a slight green tint to it. And I often found myself involuntarily yelling “No running!” at random kids on my days off.

I trained hard at 15 to become a Baywatch wannabe. The Red Cross certifies lifeguards only after an intensive, 30-plus-hour course on CPR, first aid, AED and rescue skills with both a written and physical final exam. (I was through the Red Cross and the YMCA)

Sure as a lifeguard our first priority is safety, but there is so much more to the job than safety, getting awkward tan lines and working 15 hour shifts.

Let’s get back to the trainings. I was originally hired to lifeguard at the YMCA (an indoor pool). After working at the YMCA for a year and a half—I was stolen. My supervisor put in a good word for me at the beach and the next day I was hired. I will always be grateful of her “stealing” me. (Note, I still worked at both the YMCA and the beach—I wasn’t exactly stolen, I was more of a timeshare). Working at the YMCA, we often had a training to refresh our skills. These trainings happened once every quarter (about four times a year). During the trainings, we would go over skills, back boarding, CPR and how to administer Oxygen. More often than not, they ended with the staff gathered in the hot tub.

Working at the beach was a totally different story. Before the season started, we took three days to refresh our skills on back boarding, oxygen administration, AED and first aid.  If that wasn’t enough, we had trainings every Thursday morning for two hours. It would begin with a few jokes and recognition, but beyond that, it was down and dirty—straight to business. We would swim to build our endurance (about a half a mile), and continue the meeting with saves and missing persons drills.

Yes, there are days it’s sunny and no one is at the pool or the beach so you get to work on your tan, read a book or go swimming for fun, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a hard job. I had to go through a 30-plus-hour course and pay money to get certified. My certifications last a year, before I have to get recertified. The money is lifeguarding is good, but everyone doesn’t get hired. So, don’t tell me I am just sitting there looking pretty, and getting paid to tan. Sir, you aren’t watching your 3-year-old in the water, and more than likely—you’ll be thanking me later.

Lifeguarding isn’t as glamorous as a gig as people make it out to be. Even though there are hard days, angry parents, and clingy children, at the end of the day I loved my job. For five years lifeguarding consumed my life, and honestly I wouldn’t change a minute of it. I met some of my best friends through lifeguarding. And thanks to lifeguarding I am not afraid of most situations, I know how to survive in the coldest water conditions and I can swim the “Bermuda Triangle” (it’s a Wisconsin thing)—no sweat.

Next time you’re at the pool and you think the lifeguard is cute and just soaking in the rays—think again. I challenge any of you to take a lifeguarding course, pass the test, get hired and then keep your job.

summer, i bid you adieu

we had quite the make out session

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Dear Summer,

We had quite the make out session. This summer was a perfect combination of relaxation, traveling and working. You were filled with trips to the lake, traveling back to the Midwest, trips to the South and even doing some touristy attractions in DC. More importantly, Summer, because of you I attended Jazz in The Park, countless baseball games, Screen on the Green and many more outside activities.

Summer, you are the season everyone longs for. You bring tan lines, freckles, sun-kissed everything and the smell of coconuts and sunscreen. And (thankfully) this year you even managed to bring DC a decent weather forecast.

With all of the long-trips, new memories, new friends and s’mores consumed, I could not have asked for a more complete season. Whether I was sitting by the bonfire, night swimming, or hearing the crickets sing me to sleep you put me in a daze. All of these moments were serene –without you none of these things would have been made possible.

Now as the seasons are changing, I must bid you adieu my sweet summer. Just remember, we had quite the make out session and I am sure I will be longing my sun-kissed cheeks, and my beach-y waves one again.

We will reunite sooner than you know.

Smooches,

Kendal Ann

 

harvest season

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”-Benjamin Franklin

autumn has arrived?

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I’m the biggest advocate for a good beer as the next person is, but I’m an even bigger advocate for autumn! And when you put these two things together, it is honestly heaven for me. Both beer and autumn are a God-sent and they couldn’t have come at a better time.  Listen, I’m not saying I like having my Summer cut short and Halloween decorations to be out already–I just want a nice long autumn. So, hear this Christmas–don’t get any ideas about promoting yourself even earlier this year.

Take a listen and give me your thoughts!

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