My name is Kat (short for Katarina), and I blog over at Lemonade Linings. I live in the Midwest, and spend most of my free time with my awesome boyfriend, Ty, and our adorable little rescue mutt, Bertuzzi. This is me with my handsome guys, in case you couldn't have guessed:
I work as a freelance writer by day, but love having my blog as a place to write creatively and connect with other fantastic bloggers (like Leslyn!) for ideas, encouragement and inspiration.
Like many of you (at least, I'm sure it's many of you!), another favorite place I turn for inspiration is Pinterest. I have sort of a love-hate relationship with Pinterest. I adore all of the wonderful ideas for crafts, recipes, hairstyles, etc. But, it also makes me feel like my hair is terrible, my wardrobe is frumpy and my apartment is ugly. Can I get an "Amen!" from those of you who have also felt this way?!
Regardless, Pinterest is always the first place I turn for inspiration. So, I wanted to share these five pins I want to try this summer. They range from everything from hairstyles to recipes, and I can't wait to give them a go!
1. Braided Bun
I have really thick and heavy hair. I've been told it's a blessing, but it definitely doesn't feel like it during the hot and humid Midwest summers. So, I often pull my hair up and get it off my neck to stay cool. I love how casual, yet detailed, this braided bun is. Plus, it doesn't seem too complicated. Bonus!
2. Arm workout
As I said, summers here can be hot and sticky! So, that means short sleeves and tank tops are not only a style choice, at times they're a necessity. I have a lot of different summer tops I love. But, after a long, cold Midwest winter, my arms aren't exactly feeling firm, fit and ready to be showcased. I'm going to try to do this arm workout at least three times a week to tone up my arms so I feel better in my summer wardrobe!
3. Homemade salsa
Does it make me sound crazy if I told you that I've never made my own salsa? Honestly, I have about zero skills in the kitchen. Ty always jokes that I make a mean frozen pizza, and that's about it. But, chips and salsa is one of my favorite foods any time of the year (especially summer!), and I've always wanted to take a crack at making my own salsa! This recipe sounds delicious and simple enough that I won't end up slicing off a finger or burning down the kitchen. Really, I'm a hazard.
4. Closet Organization
Typically, I like to think of myself as a very organized person. But, then I walk into my closet and see it overflowing with items that I no longer wear or that no longer fit, and I realize that I have some room for improvement. I can be a bit of a "clothes hoarder" (is that a thing? I just made it one...), and I have a hard time letting things go. I'm making it a goal this summer to really edit my closet and only keep the things I'll actually wear.
5. Summer Sangria
Sometimes there is nothing more refreshing than a delicious, fruity summer drink. This summer, I want to whip together my own batch of Sangria to enjoy outside on the deck. This recipe seems ridiculously tasty and simple. Or, there's a great non-alcoholic version right here.
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