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Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer Bucket List

Summer is just around the corner! If you are prone to summertime boredom, here are some ideas to keep you entertained and productive.

1. Go to the Farmer's Market. It is the BEST. The Mountain View market is actually open year round (find more information HERE) but there is a much better variety of produce in the summer season. Also, it's much easier to get up early on Sunday mornings in the summer, rather than in the school year. I strongly recommend trying the orange juice from Ferry Farms. Life changing.  
2. Read (or reread) To Kill a Mockingbird in preparation for the publication of its sequel, Go Set a Watchman. And then, of course, come July 14th, devour the much-anticipated new novel by Harper Lee.

3. Start a scrapbook. Scrapbooking makes me feel like Martha a good way! Even if you're not a crafty person, scrapbooking is both easy and fun. Pinterest is a great resource for finding inspiration, and I love using the Kodak stations at (most) CVS and Walgreens stores to print out all of my pictures. 
4. Check out what the Teen Zone has to offer! Throughout the summer, the Teen Zone hosts a large variety of free, fun programs for teens. Check back on the blog for more information about specific programs. Bring your friends!
5. Plant succulents- Want to have an adorable plant and promote drought tolerance at the same time? Plant a succulent garden. Here is a great resource for getting started. 6. Go on day trips- Need destination ideas? I've got you covered. Check out this old post!
7. Have theme parties with your friends. Some fun ideas: Childhood Movie Day (High School Musical, Toy Story, etc.), Classic Movie Day (The Breakfast Club, Breakfast at Tiffany's, etc.), Fiesta Day (eat Mexican food and have a pinata), the list goes on and on!

Image result for flowers on a doorstep8. Perform a random act of kindness- Whether it be dropping flowers on a neighbor's doorstep or babysitting for free, doing a random act of kindness for someone else will surely brighten your day as well as their's!

9. Make a summer reading list- I love making a summer reading list that encompasses a variety of genres. Since I rarely have time to dive into longer books during school, I like to make sure to include some hefty novels on my reading list (I read The Book Thief last summer and LOVED it. Highly recommend).

10. Nerf gun war/ water balloon fight/ paint fight. Need I say more?

11. Study for the SAT/ACT, only if you want. Summer is your time to relax and recharge between school years. However, if you are an incoming junior, studying for the SAT might be a good use of your free time. As a rising senior, I wish I had studied for the SAT and taken it for the first time in August. That way, I would have had an earlier start, and might have been done with the whole process before senior year begins.
And to end on a happy note...

12. Spend time with your family and friends. This one is pretty obvious, but as teenagers, we have a limited number of summers before we go off to college. Make the most of it!

Post by Allie C,, Homework Assistant 

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