Three Cheers 
for Summer! 1

Summer is here and the living is easy! Yes, it’s hot. Yes, it’s humid. And yes, there are mosquitoes as big as some compact cars around every bend. But I love summer!

I love the way the sun warms my skin the moment I step outside. I love the smell of summer rains that go away as quick as they stir up. I love the sounds of neighborhood children racing down the street. I love seeing the faces of my four children in a less hurried way. Summer, to me, is the most fun time of the year!

This month, Vinings Lifestyle wanted to show you the fun side of this season. Check out the not-to-miss outdoor activities in Smyrna, the six products you need this summer, and some sizzling summer trends everyone can wear.

Until next month I’ll see you cheering on the Smyrna Sharks or checking out the fresh summer fruits at Sprouts,

In My Bag

This month I have two essential summer products that are not only useful, but they give back as well. The Charity Wrap’s soft and lightweight Kimono Wrap ($19.99, thecharitywrap.com) will make you feel like you’re on vacation as soon as you put it on. Pair it with your favorite pair of shorts or throw it over your bathing suit as a chic cover-up for a day at the pool. Buy any product from The Charity Wrap and the following non-profits will benefit: Hydrocephalus Association, Save the Children, Mercy for Animals or The Mobile Closet.

The second item is the Sky Stripe Picnic Blanket ($59.99, tenthousandvillages.com). This picnic blanket is handmade in India and conveniently folds into its own nylon carrying pouch. By purchasing this blanket or any item through Ten Thousand Villages, you will help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed in 38 countries around the world.