Five Favorites - Summertime

06 May 2014


Welcome to #5faves at the RLog. I'm so so so excited to be hosting for Hallie of Moxie Wife today!

Today I'm favoriting summer. I grew up in Texas, and I speak the language of summer. I won't dump on the other seasons. I'm always ready for sweater weather, and I like a good snuggle in the holidays. But summer has my heart; sprinkle some lemon juice in my hair and point me to the river.

 Here are five of my summer favorites. (Forgive me for ignoring Mother's Day. I'm trying to play it cool.)

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I'll confess that I haven't run the gamut of "non-toxic" sunscreens. Primarily because this is the first one I tried, and I really like it. It goes on easily and doesn't leave much white residue like many barrier sunscreens, and it doesn't stain my clothing.

It's not Coppertone cheap, but the "Body" sunscreen isn't too too expensive, and our's last us awhile because when we hit the beach our toddler pretty much looks like this:



I'm trying to embrace the part of me that will soon be turning thirty and needs to keep her very sun sensitive skin covered by more than just lotion. Enter totally awesome, floppy brimmed sun hats. This is definitely on my short list of summer purchases. 


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Little known, marginally interesting fact about my childhood: we raised emus. I don't really know why. It had something to do with an ag exemption and something to do with the fact that my mother liked to start businesses in her free time. So we hatched, raised, and slaughtered these Australian not-ostriches. They came out pretty cute:


Then they grew up big and ugly and smelly and they would get out and we'd find them miles from our house and somehow have to get them back in their pens. Suffice it to say, I don't miss them and I much prefer my parents' current venture involving pecan trees.

But what does emu oil have to do with summer?!? I will tell you. Emu oil is far and away the best sunburn remedy I've ever tried. It would make lobster sunburns all but disappear over night. Don't believe me for all my northern european authority in the area of white white white skin? Try it for yourself.

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My little brother bought these for me for my birthday and I've only wanted them for forever - or since last summer - because they're comfy and durable and adorable and because the Patton children are my fashion gurus.

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A 1920 
Last week Jacob and I had a little celebrating to do, so we found ourselves splurging on some cocktails at Simone on Sunset. I picked the first one on the menu because I get nervous when people are waiting on me - it was called the 1920 and what a lucky strike it was. Ever since Jacob and I spent our newlywed summer drinking mojitos almost exclusively, herby fizzy alcohol just sings summertime. I did my best to replicate it for you and this is what I came up with. 


I can't wait to read about what you're crushing on this week. Thanks again to Hallie for sharing the fun!


31 comments :

  1. 1. I love that you're hosting
    2. That emu oil of yours has saved my life. Remember the Jersey shore of '07?
    3. Simone was the happy hour spot when I lived the very posh life of a parochial school teacher. Let's go someday and have the truffle butter popcorn.

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  2. The baby emu's look almost like baby guineas. The years we consistently had guineas, we did not have ticks or snakes in the summer. We have not had guineas for many years and each year we have more ticks and more snakes--that have taken the lack of guineas to eat them--to instead grow big and scary. And do not tell me rat snakes won't hurt me. Maybe not physically, but mentally they are vicious bullies.

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  3. Thanks for the tip about emu oil. Two of my children and I rarely sunburn, but my husband and oldest son are very fair and have been known to burn when they are in the shade!
    The drink sounds yummy!

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    1. It always worked wonders on us. My mother used to sell it out of her clinic to patients.

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  4. emu oil!?!? Who would have thought.

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    1. People even use it as a hair product!

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  5. Okay, your family raising emus is the best marginally interesting random fact ever.

    I'll have to look into the sunscreen! We've been using Badger, but it. is. SO. white.

    I'm trying to up my big hat arsenal, and I should have been on the look out for Saltwaters on eBay last winter!

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  6. I am loving all your summer editions! The Emu oil is intriguing - us Irish skinned need a little bit more help in the burning category! I need new sandals too, and those look fantastic - especially since my in-laws take me on adventures my city self would not generally do on my own...

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  7. I have never ever heard of emu oil. And now I know that it exists and I am fascinated. Thanks for hostessing!

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  8. Emu oil.....coolest thing ever. And, I didn't realize that people actually raised emus.

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  9. Ha! Love the emu oil. Also, amen to wide-brimmed hats. I lost mine in Rome last summer and am pretty sad...time to look for another.

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  10. You are speakin' my language with this post!! Always looking for a GOOD natural sunscreen, LOVE emu oil for sunburns (my hubby refuses to wear sunscreen) and the cocktail recipe?? Yes, thank you, I'll be having one in about 3 weeks or whenever our sweet baby decides to come and visit us. Enjoying your blog....and now following! ;)

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    1. P.S. I'm hosting a motherhood posts link up tomorrow, and would love for you to join us! Anything and everything you've every written on motherhood past or present is perfect!

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  11. I've always wanted an emu... a friend of mine had them growing up. :)

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  12. Just received five pairs of Saltwater sandals for my girls to share this summer...and listed a pair on Ebay. (I still wear them too... a white, lavender, and red pair!)

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  13. Thanks for hosting Five Favorites this week, Kate! Those Salt Water Sandals are adorable. They're going on my summer wish list.

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  14. I've never had to deal with sun burn (humble brag) but my husband is… white, and my sun is whiter, so I'll be adding the emu oil to my summer shopping list. Especially as we venture to Mexico this summer.

    Saltwaters ftw.

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  15. Farrago had the best frozen mojitos, but it closed last year. Have y'all been to Anvil?

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