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California Garden & Portager: Simple Summer Activities

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In this post we share summer activities that are technology-free and help us live in the present, relish the moment and savor these glorious summer months.

Around town

  • People watch at a park
  • Discover a new park
  • Visit a botanical garden
  • Go for a sunrise or twilight walk
  • Visit the library (and find books related to a hobby)
  • Play tourist in your own town/city
  • Plan a scavenger hunt
  • Find a local museum to discover your town’s history
  • Go stargazing
  • Bicycle on a new path
  • Create summer blessing bags for the homeless in your community
  • Go on a spontaneous roadtrip
  • Pick up trash around the community
  • Visit an art gallery
  • Find locally grown produce and handmade/homemade goods at a farmer’s market
  • Listen to live music in the park
  • Explore your local university and check out the events calendar
  • Find a body of water – creek, lake, ocean etc. and rest
  • Build sandcastles on the beach

In the Backyard

  • Walk barefoot
  • Pack a picnic
  • Cut flowers
  • Harvest plants from the garden
  • Study the flora and fauna in your backyard
  • Camp in your own backyard
  • Put out birdseed and suet
  • Birdwatch
  • Plant flowers
  • Deadhead, weed
  • Bee keep (check local laws first)

At Home

  • Light a candle
  • Make candles
  • Build a pillow fort or one from a large cardboard box
  • Declutter your clothes and start project 333
  • Play cards (or learn a new game)
  • Pull out an old school board game and invite friends over to play
  • Host an informal class for friends and family based upon your passions – rotate the presenter
  • Play cards (or learn a new game)
  • Group chores day, show up at friends house and clean/organize/freshen everything, then rotate
  • Paint and sip
  • Do a puzzle
  • Colored pencil workbooks
  • Plan your next vacation
  • Compose a song
  • Write a story or play
  • Put on a shadow puppet show

In the Kitchen

  • Plan a themed potluck with friends or family (everyone brings a dish based upon a certain theme)
  • Make fruit popsicles
  • Make sourdough or homemade pizza
  • Make s’mores around the fire
  • Try a new recipe using food already in your fridge and pantry
  • Perfect your coffee/tea/matcha latte
  • Kitchen clean out and donate to the local food bank
  • Have a candle-lit dinner

General Self-care

  • Take three slow deep breaths in
  • Learn how to meditate
  • Deep stretch
  • Read a book
  • Draw a hot bath
  • Review and simplify your skincare routine
  • Review and simplify your makeup routine
  • Dry brush
  • Gua-sha
  • At home facial, manicure, pedicure

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