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There is nothing better than relaxing in a beach chair by the ocean with a great book in your hand. I always have my nose in a book-if the kids are behaving! I narrowed down my favorite summer reads and even a few I haven’t gotten to yet, but I can’t wait to drive into.

Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfullness: I in the middle of this book right now and I just cannot put it down. It is a beautiful melding of the science and art of mindfulness.

The Garden of Eden: This is may be one of my favorite books of all time. A summer romance and lots of scandal on the coast of France and Spain.

 How to be Parisian Wherever You are: I literally read this in one day! It’s a quick, fun and funny read about all the essentials for being a Parisian.

Z. A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: The lovely woman at the book store the next town over, recommended this and it’s going to be my next beach read!

Gypsy Living: I LOVE this book. Stories of modern day gypsies and their beautiful dwellings.

Tigers in the Red Weather: The PERFECT summer read about long sunny days spent on Martha’s Vineyard. Lot’s of family drama!

Paris Letters: Ever thought you should just pack up your life and move to Paris one day? OK well this girl did and it’s a great-and true-story.

Go Set a Watchman: I cannot tell you how excited I am for this to be released. I pre-ordered it months ago and will jump for joy when it arrives. It is the first book Harper Lee ever wrote, only to have it rejected by publishers. She re-wrote it into what we know today as To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Even though summer vacation has been in full swing at our house for over a month, we still get the Monday blues. Monday’s stink sometimes, you have to get back to the hustle, friends leave that had been visiting for the weekend, and you start that diet you promised your self you would. Here are some “tried and trues” for kick starting your week the right way.

1. Get up 30 minutes earlier: I know, I know, getting up on Monday mornings are the worst. However, part of the yuck factor is that we are in a rush after blissfully sleeping in all weekend. Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier, and GET up! Have a water with lemon, read the paper, a book or your favorite blog (ahem). But enjoy some quiet “me” time before you have to hit the showers.

2. Sit and enjoy breakfast: this relates to above, but sit down and enjoy your breakfast in your favorite spot in the house.

3. Take notes: write down what you have to do for the week. Write it all down. It feels better to get everything on paper and start your day with a clear head rather than a to-do list buzzing around.

4. Plan a dinner date: with your girl friend, sister, or husband. Plan a dinner date out for Monday nights. It makes the day go by quicker when you have something fun to look forward to. Plus you probably won’t need a reservation on a Monday!

5. Get into bed 30 minutes earlier: grab your favorite book, PJ’s and unwind in your room. Light a candle and relax, you made it though Monday so the rest of the week is a breeze!

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When I was young teenager, one of my most favorite things to do was to make a collage out of poster board and magazine clippings. I would lay out all my favorite magazines and even some from around the house, and cut out images/words/colors that I loved and saved them in envelopes. Then I would buy some poster board and make big, and even very small collages about what was going on in my life at that time. Fitting the perfect images together was a challenge that I just loved.  When I was done, I would lay wax paper (I used regular glue or paste) over the collage and placed a good ole’ dictionary on top. So in the morning I would have a perfectly flat and perfect image collage to put on my nightstand, hang on my wall, or give to a girlfriend. They always had a cool theme which I spelled out at the top by mixing letters from different magazine headlines. I did things like, “the best June ever”, “memories from the fair” and my favorite “summer lovin'”.

Since I have been in bed for a few days, (I relished that first day) I have read two books and watched about 6 movies. I was thinking about what I used to do when I was bored and remembered this little activity that I loved so much.  SO I decided to make an early summer mood board as an homage to my teenager years. This time it’s a digital one, but it was still fun all the same.

What do you do when you have extended downtime? I would love to hear!