Summer is here and as the sweet days get longer and the sunshine brighter, I’m so excited to have a chance to get my crew out of the house to enjoy our yard and explore our new city! Buying our home in the late fall and having a rough winter meant we didn’t get to enjoy the perks of being homeowners in an outdoorsy area- that is until now! It’s that time of year for sunscreen, sparkling rose, s’mores and shopping for breezy summer fashions, of course!

Memorial Day weekend was a blast for us. We got a chance to visit with friends and family, do some grilling outside (the best way to eat during Michigan summers) and take our babes to the lake. There’s nothing better than fresh air and sandy toes in the summertime! We have our annual trip to Lake Charlevoix with friends coming up in a few weeks and I’m on the hunt for a cute swimsuit to take with me. I love that there are so many stylish one pieces out there right now since chasing after 4 kids makes the string bikini situation less than desirable. I've had this one in my cart for awhile and think it's a great option. I also love the Vanilla Beach brand from Target...they have fewer offerings this year, but I snagged a couple two pieces last year. The quality is great and the scalloped designs look exactly like Marysia swim, but for a fraction of the price! I also think that having this float or this one on hand will make naptime cocktails even more divine.

As for other summer activities, we re-upped our membership to the Detroit Zoo and have already spent a handful of Saturday mornings there with the kids. Since we never know when a mutiny will be on our hands, the zoo is the perfect activity. We can spend as much or as little time there as needed and see just one or a handful of exhibits. For activities like these I look for comfort and I’m dying for a pair of paper bag waist shorts like these to keep me cute and comfy while we stroll around in the heat. For Violet, I don’t know if I can say no to a matching with Mommy moment. Old Navy is doing the best mini and me line and I’m here for it. I think I’ll be stocking up on a few looks that coordinate for the two of us.

Kyle and I are hoping to put in a small fire pit for post-bedtime s’mores and sips. For nights that things get a little chilly, I am thinking that this pink cardigan has my name written all over it. Plus it doubles up as a great option to throw on when running quick evening errands.

As for just some other fun pieces to freshen up my summer looks, this tank from Madewell caught my attention. The rainbow trend is on fire, but not one that I was into for myself since I'm a neutrals girl at heart. This one with its muted tones however, did catch my eye. I think it’s a must! And these slides and these from Target are calling my name. Such cute options to throw on with a denim dress or a cotton tank dress and call the look complete.

What's on your summer shopping list this year?