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favorite things of summer

You certainly can’t call 56 degrees and rainy “summer.” My patio is still covered in grime; its table and chairs unused. Our window air conditioning units sit lonely in storage. The girls and I haven’t yet made popsicles, ice cream or s’mores.

So to break me out of my un-summer-bummer, I decided to focus on the things that I do like about this “season”…so far.

I used to think pink wine was something imbibed by sorority girls out of a box. Not anymore. Charles & Charles Rosé is sweet without going over the top and has a fuller body akin to chardonnay. It’s the perfect summer refresher. (Seattle peeps: try Met Market, Central Market, and some QFCs, $8.99-$14.99).

Coooooold brew coffee. Yeah, yeah. It’s all the rage right now. But if you try to take my Toddy Cold Brew Coffee System from me I will claw you with my perpetually un-manicured fingers.

All you do is pour 7 cups water and 12 oz coarse ground coffee into the white thingie (that’s its technical name), let sit overnight, filter into the pitcher, and you have a gorgeous coffee concentrate. Serve over ice with milk, or make it hot by adding boiling water (like an americano–that’s what I do). It tastes incredibly smooth (cold brew contains 67% less acid than conventional coffee) so I find myself drinking waaaay too much and buzzing all the way through my day. Amazon, $34.95.

My mom turned me onto these little beauties. 34° Crisps are super thin (and yes, crispy) and come in a variety of savory and sweet flavors. Mom buys the chocolate variety and makes mini ice cream sandwiches by placing a tiny scoop of ice cream between two crisps. I like dunking the caramel crisps in my coffee, or placing a slice of strawberry and a wedge of parmigiano reggiano on a rosemary whole grain crisp. Safeway, Whole Foods, Central Market, $3.99.

I’ve been a fan of Skotidakis Jalepeno Yogurt Dip for a long time, and now they have a new Dill & Cucumber flavor. It’s thick like sour cream and packed with flavor. Dip your veggies or chips in it, or spread on a sandwich or wrap. 50 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving never tasted so good. Costco $5.69.

CO Bigelow Mentha Lip Tints are minty-flavored glosses that moisturize. I’ve been using them for years but recently found some fun new summery colors at Bath & Body Works, so I stocked up. One for the car, one for the purse, one for the bathroom. $7.50.

In the summer I tend to go for more sheer coverage on my face, and Too Faced Beauty Balm does just the trick. It moisturizes, illuminates without being shiny, and it has just enough coverage to minimize those little imperfections (plus has SPF 20). Ulta, $32.

Wella Brilliance Treatment is a must-have if summer dries out your hair. Apply for 5 minutes in the shower and it works wonders, especially if your hair is (shhh) color-treated, like mine. Ulta, $12.00.

I think I’m the only white girl in Seattle not rocking Toms right now. Call me a rebel. I found these Jack Purcells, my feet fell in love, and I decided to call them my new summer kicks (when I’m chasing after the girls and flip-flops aren’t appropriate, that is). I love the violet/gray color and no laces means I can slip them on and go pluck my 23-pound youngest off the 13-pound dog. Nordstrom, $69.95.

What are your favorite things of the summer?

 

crepes at cafe javasti

I feel a little silly writing this post. We’ve been to this place so many times that it’s not really a review or a recommendation—it’s more of a glimpse of our weekend morning routine. I’m there more than I care to admit. Once on Saturday or Sunday. Once or twice during the week if I’m bored brewing their coffee at home and want an expertly pressed espresso.

It’s not just because I can walk there with Lucy in the stroller. Or that the folks are always nice and cheerful. Or that I always seem to have a free coffee on my frequent customer card.

It’s because this place is freaking good. All the other reasons are just a bonus.

It’s a cute little place. Dark woodwork, orange walls, handwritten chalkboard menus.

Artwork that I’m a little in love with*.

*Did anyone see Runway this week? Tory Burch said that blue and orange are not complimentary. And for that I threw her ballet flats out the window.

They also have the cutest fix-up-your-cup-o-coffee bar I’ve ever seen. With a hand sanitizer pump.

It’s the little things.

Plus they always have a bin of animal crackers for kiddos, which are perfect for keeping Lucy entertained while we much on our…

Crepes. Husband digs the savory variety. This one was a daily special: ham, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheddar.

He’s a growing boy. He needs his protein.

And for me? Well, if you’ve ever met me (or read this blog) you know that I have a bit of a sweet tooth. I go for the Nutella and banana.

Did I mention that it also contains fresh whipped cream (none of the canned junk here) and sliced almonds?

I have a really hard time eating it. It’s not lip-smackingly delicious whatsoever.

Oh, and their coffee is insane. Like crazy, I-need-five-more-cups delicious. And that’s coming from a coffee snob. Plus they’re inexpensive. Our weekend breakfasts usually run about $15.

Oh, weekend Lucy. If you would ever learn the concept of sleeping past 6:30 we wouldn’t be left twiddling our thumbs waiting for Javasti to open at 7.

Oh no! I made her sad.

Little faker. I give. You’re so damn cute that you can get up whenever you want. As long as when you’re old enough to ride a bike you fetch me an Americano from Javasti in the mornings.

Give this place a try soon. They’ve got 2 locations you can read all about on their website.

Happy monday!

-RDG