School’s Out For Summer

Summer vacation officially begins this week and to say that I am excited might be the understatement of the millennia. This was our first year of “real” school, so ringing in the summer holiday (I’m not British, but I’m gonna go ahead and use “holiday” because it just sounds prettier) feels extra special this time around.

In an effort to celebrate with a little panache, we’re planning a few special family getaways to ring in The Summer of Bandas! If you want to get technical about it, we’re not actually going anywhere for a couple of weeks, but if you know anything about me, you know that I am a wee bit of what some might call, “Type A” and I like to get my proverbial ducks lined up nice and straight, long in advance.

So, in case you wanted to tag along on our adventures, here’s what’s coming along for the ride.

Summer Tees Make Me Feel Fine

I’m a terrible, no good, very bad shopper, but there’s something about browsing for summer dresses that gives me a little extra pep in my step. And by a little extra pep, I mean I can muster up the hutzpah to walk through the clothing  aisles at Target one time and still feel alive enough to click through all the summer dresses on ThredUP.

In general, my wardrobe is pretty darn simple, but I’ve found that if I have these few summer basics, I can cruise through the warm weather months with no minimal sweat stains:



Jortangles (just kidding, that’s not a real thing)

2-3 printed dresses – you know, with like flowers and crap on them.

Assorted racerback tank tops (thank you Target clearance rack!)

The one killer pair of Taos sandals that my mom gave me two years ago and I will wear until they have to pry them off my cold, dead toes.

Summah Summah Summah Reading

Guys, I have not read an entire book in two years. Boom. Said it. I am super great at starting books, but super terrible at finishing them. If you ever hear me say, “Oh, I’ve read that!” about anything written since 2014 – call bullshit.

However, this summer I am making a change, for once in my life. It’s gonna feel real good, it’s gonna make a difference. Gonna make it riiiiiight. Whoa, sorry. Little MJ break there. But I’m back.

I just started reading No One Needed to Know by my good friend D.G. Driver. It’s a story about a teenaged girl, whose younger brother has received a diagnosis of Autism. The book tackles big topics like the “R” word, bullying, and being the sibling of a child with unique challenges. While this book is actually written for young adult audiences and was designed to help increase their understanding of the importance of inclusion and the power of both their negative and positive actions – it offers gut-check for all of us. Most of you know that I work as a speech language pathologist with kiddos who have special needs and I absolutely adore when a book like this one comes along. I enthusiastically recommend it!

I also feel a lot better about myself if I read a book like this before I dive into my copy of The Husband’s Secret

It’s a Cruel, Cruel Summer (Storm)

One of our summer trips came about sort of suddenly, when my mother-in-law suggested renting an RV to tag along on tour with my sister and brother-in-law. Of course, I jumped at the chance to be in a confined space with lots of other people (wait, maybe I need to re-think this…) and we’re set to hit the road in mid-July. As I may have mentioned before, I’m an epic planner and I’ve already begun making a list of things we’re going to need while out on the open road. Actually, what I’ve really done it begun making a list of all the things that could go wrong while we’re traveling, such as:

  • Snake bites
  • Dysentery
  • Cholera
  • Starvation
  • Nonstop rain

While I realize that 80% of my list is from Oregon Trail, there is one thing on there that could really sour the whole experience. RAIN. Oh man, the idea of being stuck INSIDE an RV for days on end just sounds all kinds of terrible. So, in an effort to assuage my worry about precipitation patterns, I’ve decided to just expect the best, plan for the worst and pack our Lea & Jojo raincoats!

Because not only are they the most adorable things I have ever seen, but they are made for 100% recycled materials and I feel pretty passionately that if I’m going to be cruising around in an RV, seeing all the beauty that is the open road in America, I’d better be pretty damn green about it!

Still interested in tagging along? Well c’mon! The more the merrier!


  1. Love the raincoat! Great eco brand 🙂 I love planning for vacations too!

  2. Kelly! I love checking in on your posts. They’re always real and full of advice and fun stories. I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. I wanted to make sure everybody else knew how awesome you are. If you’d like to see the award, you can find it on my post at

    Keep doing what you’re doing mama! It’s hard work but you’re kicking butt!

  3. This is hilarious! I cant wait to read more about all of these summer adventures! we have two weeks more of school, so summer is not quite underway yet!

  4. So fun! This is my son’s first “real” summer vacation, too! We don’t have any big plans, but I have a whole lot of little ones. He’s still a bit confused why he’s not going back to school this week, but I’m pretty excited. Enjoy your summer!

    PS: If it makes you feel better, I haven’t read a book since I was pregnant with my youngest 2 1/2 years ago either 🙂

  5. Excited to follow you! Our break started today!

  6. Hope you have a wonderful time on your summer adventures! Love that raincoat 🙂

  7. Oh summer! So good. Great post

  8. You reminded me that I really need to buy some sandals. I recently moved and didn’t take any with me haha

  9. Awesome post, I m so glad summer is here!

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