Sunday, 14 August 2016

FOUR WAYS TO ENJOY SUMMER AT HOME


Like any other gal, I do love a Summer holiday. While I am very fortunate to have traveled to some great places this year, I'm aware that it's not exactly cost effective or possible for everyone, so when
Ocean Loans* challenged me to celebrate and capture Summer around the home and garden, I thought it was a great opportunity to begin thinking more carefully about how we can all benefit from the joys of Summer without even leaving the house. I also decided to put this to the test myself with friends at the weekend. 

Have a BBQ

It's very tempting to head straight for the beer garden when the sun starts to shine but considering you can spend £2.50 on a single drink (and let's be honest, it's never just one drink) and not to mention however much more for a big old pub lunch, I always wonder why people don't utilise their garden and throw a BBQ, one of my favourite ways to spend Summer. Grabbing a selection of meat, dips and snacks from a supermarket for a bunch of people a lot of the time works out so much cheaper than a meal for two. There is nothing I love more than a table groaning with delicious smelling food, a huge vat of creamy pasta or potato salad and snacking on tortilla crisps dipped in cheese and chive. Not to mention loading up your soft bread roll with a juicy burger, topped with cheese and your favourite condiment. Oh my mouth waters just thinking about it. But there really is something so much different to your average meal when you are sharing a BBQ. Perhaps it is just the weather or maybe being surrounded by people that are generally in good spirits (alcohol induced or not!) or that it just feels a bit more special.


Dessert is always fun too, while we actually started the BBQ with huge chunks of melon and watermelon, you can always use this to cleanse your palette at the end of your feast? Our dessert consisted of compiling a huge tower of profiteroles complete with oozing chocolate, squirty cream and chocolate buttons. Doesn't it look glorious? It was heaven.


If you want some ideas for your own dessert, why not try the recipe section of my blog here. From chocolate tart to crunchy caramel bites, there is certainly lots to get your teeth into! 




Don't forget the pets!

It's quite scary that a few people can often forget to consider their pets when the weather gets hot and I'm always really watchful over Luna as I know she can't exactly turn around and tell me that she is too hot. While keeping their water bowl full and making sure there is shade available are obvious points, why not treat them to some dog friendly frozen yoghurt to keep them cool? You can buy these from pet shops but making your own is so easy and my friend kindly made some for the two pups at our party. And as you can see, it was very much enjoyed by my yoghurt chops Luna! 


You will need:


Strawberries

Low-fat natural yoghurt
Small tupperware containers

1. Using the back of spoon, mash your strawberries into smaller chunks before placing in your tupperware.

2. Pour in your yogurt and seal the lid.
3. Leave to freeze until solid before prising out of the container for your pooch! 



Enjoy nature 


Now while I'll admit this is going to sound a bit naff, simply just getting outside and not being cooped up inside will do you the world of good. If you don't fancy going for a leisurely walk, simply sitting out in your garden is good enough. A lot of research has found that flowers and plants have a lot of benefits to your mental health. They make us calm and relaxed as well as supposedly making us all a bit more cheerful too! Regardless of all that, why not? So many of us are chained to our desks or our electronic devices for so much of our lives that when the weather permits us to get outside, why wouldn't you want to? Step outside, take a deep breath and just be.



Create a cosy corner 


As our house was a new build, our garden was essentially just a stretch of green space, empty of everything and free for us to do what we wished with. I was always determined to create what I call a 'cosy corner' where we could curl up day or night. During the day, this space is used for lounging around in the sun with a magazine or book or perhaps eating a tasty BBQ! But in the evening when the sun is slowly setting, we like to pull over our chimenea, snuggle up under blankets and watch the day turn into night. I've always wanted a big outdoor sofa  and this one was so comfy and at such a great price that we couldn't resist. We draped these outdoor fairy lights around the cosy corner and I really like that they are solar powered, costing us no extra expense. They look so pretty in the evening and set such a great ambiance. 

While I'm not suggesting you go out and buy yourself an outdoor sofa, why not create a a tipi from a large sheet slung over a washing line or tree. There's loads of fantastic ideas on the likes of Pinterest for this. Use blankets, cushions and throws to form the floor inside your little den and grab some snacks and a good book or some friends. The great thing about creating a little space is that you can really put your stamp on it. Have fun. Enjoy it.

Whatever you decide to do, I really do think having somewhere in your own home that you can kick back makes all the difference. 





I really enjoyed putting this post together, I'm a firm believer that you don't always need to always go out to enjoy Summer and there are lots of ways to do so. I hope you're having a fantastic Summer break and making lots of memories. See you next week!
*Post in collaboration with Ocean Loans

Emily x

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28 comments

  1. This is such a lovely post! And I love the recipe for your dog, I am going to try it for mine!

    Charlotte x

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  2. Oh I just love your cosy corner!! So cute :) You've always really made me want to have a bbq!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  3. I love this post. We are enjoying our summer at home and in the local area. I love the idea for the dogs. We have two dogs and make ice blocks with chicken stock and water :)

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  4. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

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  5. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

    irenethayer.com

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  6. Lovely post! When the sun is out and it's dry, there is so much fun to do outside. Loving the food photos :))

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  7. I've been wanting to do a BBQ since the summer started but I moved houses and I just didn't had the time, maybe when the weather gets colder I could be able to do one. Your dog is so cute! I bet Luna really enjoyed her froyo! I didn't know pets could eat it. All the pictures are really beautiful <3

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

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  8. DOG FRIENDLY BBQ TREATS!!! I think I love you. I know my chihuahua is gonna love you if I get around to making this for her!!
    Emma | http://www.fluffandfripperies.com

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  9. This is such a lovely post! i love BBQ's ! Your pictures are gorgeous by the way!

    Darriyan♡
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  10. I'm 100% on board for a warm and inviting summer BBQ - it's a great way of spending time with friends/family in the comfort of your own home... or uh, garden! Creating a cosy corner is ideal too, completely agree :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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  11. Lovely post, I definitely plan to do these!

    Lauren x | http://www.huggled.co.uk/

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  12. We have been having tons of BBQ at our place or at our friends place. The weather has been so warm, that there is no way I am turning on the oven in the house.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  13. All that food looks amazing, especially those profiteroles. And I'd totally love to lounge on that sectional. Have fun in Rome!

    xx Yasmin
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  14. These tips are great! I'm having a bbq this weekend, and I can't wait! Love little get-togethers like that!
    WritingMonique

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  15. I love a good BBQ and your foodie suggestions look so tempting Emily! I love corners of anything (inside or outside). They just feel like your own space. You should definitely arrange it to fit your taste. I love what you wrote about pets! I had two dogs once and always paid extra attention during the warm Summer months. They're just like us and must stay cool.
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  16. Great tips!

    xo
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    Good day!

    PS. I am loving your blog.

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  17. Aaaaah. so jealous! this looks so nice!!! can't wait to be home at my mum's enjoy a little bit of the summer!!

    have a lovely day!
    ❥ Vicky | The Golden Bun - Instagram TGB-

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  18. THE DESSERT LOOKS TOTALLY DELICIOUS!!!!!!! Will most def check your recipe!

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  19. I'm one of those weird people who just can't wait for summer to be over, haha! Sure, the sunshine is nice, but I just love autumn so much and can't wait for it! :) <3 I agree with you entirely, you totally don't need to go out to enjoy summer or whatever season it is! <3 Family BBQs can be quite fun, we haven't done one this year yet but deffo planning to! <3 Also, your puppy has grown so much, she looks more adorable than ever!!! <3

    Kay
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  20. Lovely tips on how to do summer when at home! Love the idea of doing a cozy corner! Xx

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  21. I have always loved a cosy corner in a house, but I don't owe a house yet. I know one day this dream will come true. I definitely agree with the barbecue idea - way cheaper! Great post, gurl. :)

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  22. Loved the post! I love the idea of making a cozy place for summer and barbecues... This is basically a regular summer even if you stay at home! xo, Sophia from http://www.sistersandglitters.com

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  23. You can't beat a BBQ i'm having one this weekend and I can't wait, everything always tastes so much better when it has been on the BBQ! You've made me very hungry now!

    Meme xx

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  24. We definitely enjoy cosy corners inside and outdoors. You've made some lovely suggestions and this looks like a wonderful BBQ in your photos. <3 /Madison
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  25. Oh my gosh, dog friendly frozen yoghurt sounds so cute! And having a BBQ is one of my favorite summer activities!

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  26. Sounds like lots of fun!!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  27. Awww this post is making me want to gather all my friends and throw a big old BBQ! I also would not mind having that profiterole tower make an appearance :P

    We have a little outdoor sofa and I am a big believer that there is no such thing as too many fairy lights…so now I want fairy lights near my sofa! Haha.

    P.S. Luna is such a star! Hehe.

    Raashi
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