Summer Favorite Things Giveaway & Blog Hop

Summer Favorite Things Blog Hop & Giveaway

SUMMER is almost here!  Can you believe it?  We are in serious countdown mode for school to end, Summer to start & our vacation to begin!  I am so looking forward to the lazy days of SUMMER!

To celebrate Summer almost being here ~ 20 creative bloggers have gathered together to share THEIR favorite summer things under $50 AND we are each giving away the basket of our own Favorite Things!! How fun is that?!

 To view closer details and enter to win the other baskets, simply HOP on over to the links below, where you can also enter to win the giveaway on their sites.

You can enter to win ONE or all TWENTY, what ever looks fun to you.  There’s such a great variety from all the bloggers.  From fun crafty items, home decor, household, jewelry, beauty products and office supplies to snacks, bags, gift cards and so much more!  There’s a little fun for everyone!

Summer Favorite Things Blog Hop

1. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke | 2. No Biggie | 3. Tatertots and Jello | 4. The Idea Room | 5. TidyMom | 6. Dine & Dish | 7. Skip to My Lou | 8. House of Smiths | 9. I Heart Faces | 10. Nest of Posies | 11. The Inspired Room | 12. Living Locurto | 13. 30 Handmade Days | 14. Picky Palate | 15. Today’s Creative Blog | 16. Live Laugh Rowe | 17. Snap Creativity | 18. My Baking Addiction | 19. Sweet Sugar Belle | 20. FoodieCrush

Here’s what to do:

  • Take a quick glance at the collage above

  • Scroll to the bottom of this post to see my giveaway up close with details of my favorite summer things

  • Enter to win my gift basket using the giveaway widget below ($125 value)

  • HOP to all of the other sites to enter to win their gifts and say hello!

Look around and enjoy the sites of the 2o creative bloggers–they will not disappoint!  Be sure to tell your friends!

My Favorite Things Up Close (1)

I had so much fun putting my Summer favorites together!!!  All my regular readers know, I LOVE color & I think Summer is the perfect time to have or wear colorful things!

So here are my handpicked items:

summer in a bag - favorite things giveaway

Orange & white stripe jute carry all (beach or pool) bag :: Pantone Emerald Green Tribal Beach Towel :: Led light Luminary Lanterns (perfect for front porch sitting at night = my fave!) :: Colorful fringe bunting to celebrate Summer :: Sangria Ice Tea :: chevron pink paper straws :: Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Moisturizer :: Elle Pink Coral Nail Polish & Pink Coral Lip Gloss :: Colorful candles to celebrate the lazy days of Summer :: YES facial wipes in pink grapefruit (love these!) :: chocolate mint M&Ms :: Water balloons (or at least balloons for throwing water balloons, because Summer isn’t complete without a good soaking balloon fight!) :: mint & white stripe wallet :: my favorite Orbit gum :: $30 Starbucks gift card (for your favorite Summer drink) :: $25 Target gift card (not pictured)

summer in a bag - favorite things giveaway

Shopping for all these fun favorite things, put me so in the mood for Summer!  I can’t wait for it to be here!

Summer Favorite Things Giveaway via Nest of Posies

TO ENTER:  Just use the rafflecopter widget below to enter.  Remember once you’ve entered here, there are 19 other bloggers giving away their favorite things as well!  Every giveaway is unique & each giveaway will be extremely easy to enter!


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  1. Dawn Renee' says

    no specific vacation plans, doing the stay-cation and working on outdoor projects. may escape for an over-nite with my girlfriends, soon!

    • Beth Kantor says

      We could not afford a vacation with 4 kids so we are getting creative and borrowing a friends tent from one friend and supplies from another and now all we need is the sky overhead :) Family bonding and I hope no wood-ticks!

  2. brianna peterson says

    Get to spend my first summer in washington state with the three loves of my life, my husband, my daughter and my new little man :)

  3. nancy d says

    Sadly I don’t have any detailed plans. But I’m planning on some fun day trips and weekend getaways with my daughter. The kind where you just throw a few clothes in a suitcase and head on down the road. Those can be the best kind of trips!

  4. Amanda Christensen says

    We don’t have any specific summer vacation plans yet, but I’m hoping to take our girls to California to visit family in July. S that would be something like……45 days away? lol

  5. Laurie Strand says

    Love that beach towel!! This is a great idea:-) this summer we are going to the ocean as we live in Washington state. Thanks Laurie

  6. Blanca says

    Ugh, no summer vacation because my hubby is an active duty Marine and currently has zero time off for the next two years, however, we will be doing fun “staycation” things on the weekends. :)

  7. Meghan says

    I’m technically on summer vacation already since I’m off for school, but I’m heading to Paris at the end of June for the start of my year abroad..

  8. Nicole P. says

    We are going to my parents house and then to a family wedding in just 3 weeks. Not necessarily a vacation but we will be in a hotel and seeing tons of family..

  9. Lori says

    I’m already on my summer vacation! However, I don’t have plans to go anywhere :( I’ll just have to make my own adventures right where I am!!

  10. Amy says

    My husband’s teaching summer school this year and I’m a stay at home mom so no big summer vacation plans for us this year… just spending time together as a family when we can.

  11. Tiffany B. says

    We don’t normally take a “summer vacation, but we happen to be heading to Nags Head, NC in a couple of weeks with some friends from college. I’m really looking forward to a week at the beach! Heck yeah…

  12. Grace says

    School ends on June 11th for me! Can’t wait! That day cannot come sooner… (tick tock, tick tock…)

    No particular plans yet, but I do believe I’m going to Boston with my family because my sister is going to start her first year of college this fall! :)
    -Grace :)
    Summer, here I come!

  13. amy wechsler says

    30 days until summer break, but our vacation will only be a 1 day trip to waterpark. Our oldest is going into Kindergarten so we have planning to do.

  14. says

    12 more days until summer vacation begins! I’m not sure if we’re going to be able to go on a vacation or not. If we can’t, water balloons in the backyard sound like a whole lot of fun!

  15. Krista Y says

    My favorite part of summer is spending time at the beach with family and friends – bring on the sun! I love the beach bag in your giveaway.

  16. Christa says

    My kiddos are on year round, so we don’t really get an official summer break. :( But on the three weeks they do have off we plan on hitting up as many water parks in our area as we can!

  17. Anjie Behunin says

    11 more days until summer vacation! We aren’t really going anywhere- a stay-caytion in a town 3 hours away and maybe a few camping trips here and there. I’m just looking forward to not having a set schedule!

  18. Shawna says

    We go on vacation at the end of June. We always go on a road trip and we don’t ever really know where we are going. There are been times and we’ve got in the car and flipped a coin to see if we were going east or west.

  19. Trulie says

    Other than spending a week as a leader at a girl’s camp for teenagers, I don’t have any specific vacation plans. Maybe I’ll be able to sneak in a day trip over a weekend sometime. :)

  20. Kelly Lane says

    Summer has started and we will kick it off with a bang next month in Florida. I can’t wait for my vacation!! Thanks for the chance to win an awesome bag full of awesome stuff!!

  21. Myra Stoudt says

    Ilove summer and plan tobspend most of it going to local places , gardening and reading in my hammock near the pool! Thanks for your amazing website. This teacher loves it!

  22. Errin Brown says

    I love your blog and would love to win this. My daughter is graduating high school in a few weeks and we will be heading to Mexico for her senior trip. This would be the perfect bag to take along with all the goodies.

  23. says

    Unfortunately, I don’t have summer vacation since I just started my new position a little less than two months ago. But I am going on vacation for my birthday in November. Going to Universal Orlando. So excited to visit Hogwarts lol

  24. Becky Prasek says

    No set plans yet…but looking forward to nights outside with cold drinks and good food with friends and family,lazy long drives,and ice cream!

  25. Alisa Biggs says

    We are planning on going in late July but not sure exactly the date yet. We will be traveling to a resort in Wisconsin to go fishing & water sports with the girls!

  26. Chelsea E. says

    My summer vacation has already started! And so far just being back home with my family after a year away for college has been enough of a vacation for me :)

  27. katie morphew says

    One of my summertime favorite things is Estee Lauder bronze goddess bronzer….amazing! Hope I win this bag of your amazing favorites! :)

  28. says

    We are going to Munich for Oktoberfest so it is still a ways off until our next vacation and it isn’t really a summer vacation… but I still can’t wait!!!

  29. Kameo says

    I am on summer break NOW! This summer I’m going to Atlanta, Chicago,panama city beach, Alabama, and Michigan! The yes product would be AWESOME to have, as well as the Starbucks card to keep up my energy!

  30. says

    Totally looking forward to the summer. My oldest child will be graduating high school on June 12th. Then we are all on summer break. No big plans for the summer. Hoping to hit the beach as often as I can!

  31. Jennifer Bick says

    We don’t usually go away… This summer will be about spending as much time together as possible before my son leaves for college :(

  32. says

    My son has 11 days of school til we are done with our school commute which very much feels like a summer vacation for me. We will be going camping in the Sequoias starting in July…and I can’t wait!

  33. says

    My daughter is on year round school, so we don’t really get a “real” summer vacation. :( But we will spend plenty of time at the pool and water parks on our time off! Love your prizes!

  34. Janlyn Madrid says

    My kids are not in school yet so we can start summer now! No big plans, maybe go see my parents. Get my son ready for preschool next year!!!

  35. Kami says

    I’m a college student so my vacation has officially begun, I’m starting off the summer with a vacation to Lake Powell! It’s always such a fun way to start the summer!

  36. Anne says

    My summer vacation starts in 6 days! We’re moving back to the states from West Africa and will spend our summer basically all over the U.S. as we road trip from Utah to California to Texas to our new home in Washington DC. I’m so excited!!!

  37. Lora W. says

    A lot! We aren’t taking our vaca until August. We are going to drive across NC and see the sites on the way to my SIL’s house in Charlotte.

  38. Janine Markham says

    Technically my summer vacation starts in 2 days when the little one is done with school. Only things planned so far are moving and visiting our home town.

  39. Christy says

    Bring on summer vacation, we just moved to NC and are near 4 different beaches so we hope to visit each one and stay semi local and check out our new surroundings

  40. Melissa says

    Technically I’m on my summer vacation, but I’m finishing my PhD this summer, then moving to Illinois from Massachusetts before startinga new job in August — no break here! Maybe in December :)

  41. Ronna Powers says

    Wow! What a great package! Would love to give this to my 13 year old Granddaughter when she comes for her summer visit, especially since we have a pool.

  42. Terra Gutowski says

    We just moved into our forever house… has a pool…so we will be vacationing in our backyard this year. Typically we vacation in Hilton Head, SC.

  43. Amy Stremming says

    We home school, so we will be doing some school this summer. Mostly just math and reading, maybe catch up on some science projects. I also work full time, but our ‘official’ summer begins with Memorial Day weekend. Plan on catching up on some reading and doing some crafty things I’ve had my eye on for a while. No big vacation plans; we usually go in the fall when it’s cooler.

  44. Amy C says

    No summer vacation for me, but I’m going to make the most of my weekends by spending lots of time outdoors at the pool, biking, and picnicing with friends!

  45. tammy says

    School ends on June 21st so four more weeks! yeah!! our plans are sleeping in (if my 14 month old concurs :) ), playing by the pool and at the beach, and maybe camping. I love having all my girls home over the summer so spending time with the little ones is high on the list.

  46. wen-cassie says


    My vacation is 15 days away with weekends, and i am going to visit England!!
    I am really looking forward to it!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!
    Have a good day!!

  47. Alicia Hart says

    Summer Vacation officially starts June 7th…then it is long weekends at our cabin in Northern MI, a trip to the Smoky Mountains, and weekends boating on the Great(est) Lakes! Woohoo!

  48. Alyssa says

    I just got back from a wedding weekend in CT with my girl friends. My next trip away is the week of the fourth of July to the Cape! I can’t wait for a whole week off!

  49. Carolyn Benik says

    We planned a fall vacation instead of summer this year, but I’m still looking forward to fun in the sun around home with my kiddos!

  50. Lauren says

    I don’t have a summer vacation planned :( My husband’s in medical school so time and money are tight. This giveaway would make a day trip to the beach more manageable, though!

  51. Carrie says

    Three weeks of school left! We are going the historical route on the East Coast- From Charleston to NY we hope to see a lot of Civil War sites and Revolutionary War sites. Maybe even some Pirates!!

  52. says

    Our kids only have two more days of school until summer break. We are not planning any vacations but will instead enjoy a “staycation” hanging out at home in our pool.

  53. trisha kilpatrick says

    My kids are homeschooled so we have been on summer break for a couple of weeks now. My husband and mom are taking two of my kids on vacation, but I’m staying home with the third child because she just got a job as a nanny for the summer.

  54. Kristina says

    As a grad student doing research in the sciences, I don’t get a summer vacation, so I won’t be going anywhere, but luckily I live in Florida and can go to the beach on the weekends =)

  55. Angie Nunez (@sup3rmom) says

    69 days, 22 hours until my summer vacation (yes i know it will be the end of summer) but we are going on our first cruise, 5 days and headed to cozumel! Super excited!

  56. Ashley S. says

    Because I am in college, my summer has already begun! Just finished finals last week so today is technically my first day of summer :)
    My favorite thing about summer (besides fabulous summer giveaways!) is taking long road trips in the warm summer sun! This summer, I plan to go to Maine for some white water rafting!

  57. Christine Cunningham says

    I’m between jobs right now so for me summer is already here :) just spending time with getting stuff done around the house and relaxing while i look for new job

  58. Dawn K says

    I am going with my sister and nephew to Florida in July. It might be hot there but it will be hotter in Tucson. I just can’t wait for the adventure to begin!

  59. Michelle says

    Lucky for me, I have a “summer” (memorial day) vacation that kicks off this weekend – I’m meeting my parents in Chicago to celebrate all three of our birthdays, since we’re all May babies. :) Can’t wait!

  60. Alicia J. says

    Exactly 4 weeks from today. If you could decide where I’m going I’d be really grateful. We can’t decide whether to go to PA and visit family or just go someplace we’ve never been before.

  61. Jacqui says

    I’m unfortunately not taking a big vacation this year. However, I plan on going to the NJ beaches a few weekends this summer so I have that to look forward to!

  62. Theresa says

    We take mini weekend vacations during the summer. Hocking Hills, Ohio is one of our favorite places since we can go ziplining, camping and just relax in a nice, woodsy environment. Salt Fork State Park, Ohio is a place we discovered late last summer and we intend to go back. And I just heard of a new addition to North Park, Pa where they put in an adventure zone including ziplining and an obstacle course. We are definitely going there this summer. Wish I could afford to go diving in the tropics but not right now.

  63. beth j says

    Eight days till summer vacation. I take care of my grandson while my daughter teaches.
    We are going to Maine to celebrate my parents 60th wedding anniversary!!

  64. Kristin Guth says

    I don’t get a summer vacation because I work in childcare. However I do get a honeymoon to branson, more after our September wedding. 124 more days.

  65. Michelle Djamoos says

    I leave for the Excellence Resort in Punta Cana in 4 weeks to go with a bunch of college friends, my husband, and my younger brother. My first all-inclusive getaway. Very exciting!

  66. Nicole L. says

    I don’t have an official summer vacation, but I’m expecting my first baby in July so I’ll be taking some time off from work in about 10 more weeks!

  67. Pam Ballard says

    We did our big trip in March to Israel. So we are just doing a campout over the 4th to a retreat town. I cant wait. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway!

  68. Sandy says

    My husband is graduating from a nursing program tomorrow and then the next day we are taking our first summer trip, to Cancun! Can’t think of a better way to start off the summer. After that I am looking forward to lounging by my pool and catching up on some good books!

  69. Athena R says

    Summer vacation? What is that? I may take a few days off in July around the 4th to get some things done before my baby boy arrives at the end of summer.

  70. Candace Paquin says

    My sister gets married in 39 days! We are in the military so we will be going home for the wedding and to spend some much needed time with family! Hurray for summer and thank you for the amazing giveaway!

  71. says

    We just got back from Disney World at the beginning of this month, so we’re staying close to home and surprising my son with a trip to Great Wolf Lodge in 44 days! We love it there!

  72. Lindsay Shepard says

    I would love to create a little fake vacation spot in my own backyard this summer! Too much work and school to get a proper vacation.

  73. Kassi Nelson says

    Unfortunately we are not going anywhere this summer. We are expecting our first baby (girl) in August!!! We are looking forward to some fun local summer activities here in Utah like Strawberry Days and the Stadium of Fire!

  74. Kelly S says

    17 days until we head to the San Francisco bay area to visit my husband’s family and about 5 weeks until we go to northern NY to visit my family! Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. says

    This week is the last week of school for my kiddos. We aren’t planning a big vacation this year, just a fun staycation with some small weekend trips thrown in. Thanks for the chance!

  76. Krystle says

    Loving all of your cute items! We are looking forward to summer so much! After an extra long Minnesota winter we will be enjoying summer at home this year.

  77. says

    No Summer vacation for me :( I graduated last year so I’ll be working all summer. Though I’m going to Florida for Memorial Day Weekend to visit family so that’s my vacation.

  78. Grace Elliston says

    My summer sorta starts a little early this year our WEDDING IS June 8th and then i will be camping with my new husband for a few days at one of my favorite lakes !!

  79. Laura says

    My daughters last day is today. My son has school until Thursday. My husband gets to start terminal leave on June 3rd (retiring from the AF after 24 years, the official end date is 1Sept2013!) Unfortunately we can not afford to go anywhere this year so we will enjoy what this state has to offer. Last year we were fortunate enough to be able to drive to California to enjoy the beaches…I LOVE the beach and so do the kids. Best time EVER!

  80. Jessica Piekenbrock says

    I unfortunately do not have a vacation planned this summer :( I am fresh out of college and its my first year on the job so maybe next year lol

  81. Lisa K says

    I used to be a teacher so I am TOTALLY missing my summer break! I’m a student and summer term started today after a very short 1 week break. But I have 28 days until my sister is here and 31 until we head to our first (hopefully annual) sister craft weekend!

  82. Michele West says

    My daughter wraps up her last year of preschool on 6/14! We’re planning a lot of fun activities and a week long Yosemite camping trip in July!

  83. says

    It looks like I have about 36 days until my summer vacation starts. I am going to the hospital to have my first baby!!! It’s going to be a sweet baby boy. That’s what I’m most excited about for this summer :-)

  84. Kathee VZ says

    How many more days until your Summer vacation & where are you going? I am leaving in 2 weeks! Going “Up North” Wisconsin. Hoping for good weather.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  85. Whitney Rosenberg says

    My summer vacation is in mid June and we’re going to Hawaii! Huzzah! (Also, the font in this comment box was a pleasant surprise! So fun!)

  86. Holly says

    I work at a University, so school is out but summer is full of planning for the school year. I hope to squeeze in a getaway to the East Coast at the end of July.

  87. Kellie S. says

    This year our “summer vacation” will be spent getting my daughter moved to New Jersey (She is going to Rutgers!) for law school from Alabama. It is going to be quite the undertaking, LOL.

  88. Hilarie Sullivan says

    We’re headed to see family in Ashland, Ky. Fourth of July weekend so with over a month to go I haven’t started counting the days yet.

  89. Teri says

    Oh my! There are a whopping 144 days till my summer vacation! We are taking the grand girls to DISNEYLAND!! WOO HOO followed by recuperating at the BEACH. Ahhhhh…..smiles.

  90. Elizabeth W says

    No specific vacation plans, but perhaps a weekend trip to Minneapolis (IKEA) or St. Louis. Plenty of projects to do around the house though!

  91. Whitney Dupuis says

    No real summer plans here other than visiting family. We went to Disney World in March so that was our big trip for the year. So fun!

  92. Heather Braun says

    45 days until we head out to Nashville, TN to meet up and spend the 4th of July with my InLaws! I’ve never been to Nashville so I’m pretty excited! The InLaws will be in that area for a meeting from Cali and we haven’t seen them since Dec (I know it’s not that long but we miss them) and since Nashville is just 6 hours away it’s time for a road trip! Plus the hubby has a four day weekend. Score!

  93. Mai says

    No set vacation plans for us this summer, but my husband and I aim to make every weekend a fun adventure. So countdown until the next weekend : 4 more days =)

  94. Rachel says

    Only 11 more days until summer here! We aren’t going anywhere this summer, and I can’t even begin to tell you how over-the-moon excited I am about that! Lazy summer!!!

  95. Tina Matteson says

    Only about 3 more weeks till school is out here in Texas and we will have a more relaxed schedule, which is my favorite thing about this time of year!

  96. jennifer smith says

    Sadly, I’m not taking a vacation this summer. I am hoping family will come up and visit, and I will take some days off to be with them if they do.

  97. Callie Sitek says

    About 40 more days until we are going to Mississippi for my husband’s great grandmother, who is 101, to meet her new great great grandson!

  98. Meredith says

    11 days until school is out and then it’s Summer. No big vacations planned just some long weekends away and some run relaxing times at the Ranch!

  99. Anna W says

    My summer vacation actually already started! But it ends in about 2 weeks when I go off to my summer job. After that in August I’ll have about a week off before heading back to my university to finish my studies and to get my degree. OH TIME PLEASE GO SLOWER — no rush here!! Haha thanks for the giveaway!

  100. Charissa Stromski says

    Our summer vacation has started today! My little buddy is out of school. We aren’t going anywhere this summer, due to finances, but hoping to have lots of fun w/ friends :)

  101. brittany t says

    oh about 10 weeks! I am hoping to take a mini-vaca in the nothern part of my state(AZ) where it’s cooler. I can’t wait to go have fun, be in nature and just see different sights!

  102. Shana says

    I don’t really have a summer vacation per se, but we are moving to California in two weeks and my husband will have time off of work to go house hunting, so I will count that. Yay!

  103. Anna (sixtyfourcolorbox) says

    My summer vacation begins in 11 days. I’m a teacher, so I’ll be at home working on next year. Oh, and going to the beach. Otherwise not a lot planned.