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Summer 2013 Bucket List

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So, summer is only a month away from coming to an end. Now if you are like me, you figured your would have ALLLLLLL the time in the world to do the million and one things that you put off until the summer when you thought you would "have more time". 


Was I wrong? OH YEAH! This summer has been insanely busy and I have barely scratched the surface on my list!

But it had completely blew my mind that summer would go this fast and now I am down to one month to do the things that I want to!

Michelle sent me an email because she is thinking of starting a blog for her spa! She wanted to get some experience and I said go ahead! So without further ado, here is Michelle with her guest post.


Remember when you were a girl and summer went by delightfully slowly? Those youthful days at the beach or lazing around the backyard were long and lazy. So what happened? As adults, it can seem as though, as soon as summer begins, it's already time for the kids to go back to school. That's why it's important to make summer days count. Every summer I make a list of things I want to do. Here are a few ideas from my list, maybe they will inspire you to make a list of your own.

One way to enhance summertime pleasure is to show your loved ones how much you love them. While saying "I love you" often is important, you might go further. For each family member, you could plan a special day of togetherness. For instance, spend a day alone with your daughter. Go shopping, go for ice cream, go on a bike ride – anything she'd enjoy. Or spend an evening with your husband doing activities you did before getting married: strolling on the beach, bowling, or whatever. If possible, you could visit the location of your first meeting or first date. And surely your parents would be thrilled if you surprised them with a picnic lunch.

Consider a weekend getaway with your spouse, too. Going someplace you've never been before is the perfect way to refresh your spirit; upon returning home you'll have more energy to tackle your daily schedule. Remember, though, that successful romantic trips include activities both people enjoy. So if your husband adores poker, for instance, stay at a resort that lets him hit the poker tables while you're pampering yourself at the spa. Then the two of you can get together to drink, dance, and watch the sun go down.

Summertime is also ideal for taking up a hobby. Happily, there's a hobby for every interest, and it's never too late to start one. Terrific examples include book clubs, gardening, running, and hiking. Using the Internet you can easily find groups for whatever it is that interests you in your community. All these pastimes will help you unwind after work, sharpen your mind, and make friends.

Speaking of friends, why not get in touch with a friend you hardly see anymore? Send her a social media message or even better call her. Invite her for drinks or for coffee. She'll likely be excited that you've contacted her. You may be surprised at just how much you two still have to talk about. From personal experience sometimes “remember whens” turn out to be some of the best conversations.

So much of life can seem like a blur, especially as you focus on day-to-day minutia. But taking the time to do something fun – something that challenges the mind or the body, and something that lets you connect with friends and family in intimate ways – can really break up a monotonous routine. It’s these occasions that people hold in their hearts always, even as time passes by relentlessly.

Michelle Pino, is a Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.  She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Michelle via email at

Now, I don't know about you, but this post made me want to revisit my summer to do list and narrow it down to the last few things that I am dying to have put together or started before the school years starts so it doesn't get put to the wayside for another year or so. 

Here is my list!

Finish 5 books
Collect pictures for a poster.
Go through old room tubs.
Have a workout plan.
Have an organized life.