5 Things I Love Right Now: Summer Favorites

Check out all the things I’ve been loving this summer! From candles to breakfast cereal, find the items you won’t want to live without this summer!

Summer Favorites 2011

Five Summer Must Haves

1. Sanuk Yoga Mat Flip Flops. I’m not usually a flip-flop wearer, but these yoga mat flip flops have changed my life. They are the most comfortable flip-flops — make that shoes altogether — I have ever worn. The footbed feels just like a yoga mat and gives that completely satisfying balance of squishy comfort and support. I have a pair in black and white, and they’re all I’ve worn this summer since Jenny told me about them in New Orleans. Thanks Jenny! I love them because they can be dressed up or down. I can wear them with shorts or sundresses and still be comfortable if I’ll be doing a lot of walking. I love all these fun colors, I want one of each!


And look at these zebra striped ones! I need.

I was able to find my Sanuks locally at an outdoor apparel store: Sanuk Store Locator.

Summer Favorites 2011

2. OPI Katy Perry Collection: Teenage Dream Nailpolish. Sorry for the giant picture of feet, and on a Monday no less. I absolutely cannot do this nail polish justice with photos, you really have to see this one in person to see just how gorgeous it is! It is so incredibly sparkly, it’s like looking at a thousand shimmering diamonds. Seriously fun. Look for this color the next time you get a pedicure. And it would be absolutely gorgeous as a manicure!

Summer Favorites 2011

3. Harry and David Moose Munch Caramel Candle. I’ve got this candle sitting on my desk, right by the computer where I spend a good bit of time. I found it at the grocery store of all places, and when I picked it up I wasn’t expecting to love a candle this much. But even when it’s not burning it deliciously fills the room with its sweet, buttery, heavenly scent. I need this candle in my life.

Summer Favorites 2011

4. Scentsy “Bring Back My Bar” Scents. Scentsy is having a “Bring Back My Bar” event, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to pick up a few of the most popular fragrances that they’ve brought back for the month of July only. How fun are these scents? Cutiepie Cupcake, Strawberry Sweetie, Banana Nut Bread (delicious!) and Fried Ice Cream. Fried Ice Cream is melting right now and I seriously want to eat the air. They’re only around for the month of July though, so hurry and get these while you can.

Summer Favorites 2011

5. Quaker Oats Brown Sugar Oatmeal Squares. I think I’ve had this for breakfast every day this summer. It’s great — very filling, lightly sweet, and not dry at all. What can I say? I’m a huge cereal fan!

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58 Responses
  1. Lori Hecker

    If you love the Harry and David Moose Munch candle….you have to try their Moose Munch coffee….it is just heavenly. Imagine a morning on the deck with the candle and the coffee.. A little bit of heaven.

  2. Donna Cohen

    I fell almost two years ago, and I have worn flip flops and slippers since (very bad injury to my knees and tops of my ankles twisted). After ever just a half hour my feet are killing me and I don’t want to walk another step as neither have an ounce of padding or support!

    I purchased a pair of the yoga mat flip flops after reading your blog for my sweetie and me. I must say, after walking around the outlet stores and Costco for 4 hours, I looked at my husband and asked, “how are your feet?” Neither of us could believe the hours had flown by and I had no swelling and was still ready to go. These are great!

    I will be buying more, of course online now, as the stores have dwindling selections this late in the season. Thanks so much for the endorsement! I’m glad I tried them!

    Blessings, Donna

  3. Bonnie A

    Oh my gosh! I read your post and decided to order some of the Sanuks. These are the best flip flops ever. I just ordered two more pairs. These sandals give you more support than flip flops. Loooove them!

  4. Shannon

    I was visiting some girlfriends in TX this weekend and we all bought those sandals and had to get fun pedi’s to go with them and they are so pink and SO sparkely!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE :)

  5. Amanda Bumgarner

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE Oatmeal squares! I’ve been telling everyone I know about them for years. Sooooo delicious!

  6. Rachael

    I just want to say that I love your blog. I discovered it a couple months ago when I was searching for some fun food blogs. You and Kevin seem like the most genuine, good-hearted, fun-loving people and you just can’t beat that. I love Howie and Miley too, as I am a huuuuuuge dog person. This is seriously one of the best websites on the internet.

    Now I need to run out and buy a pair of Sanuk flip flops!

  7. Amber

    I bought OPI’s Teenage Dream nail polish last night after viewing your post. I AM IN LOVE! Love how fun it is! Thank you for introducing me! Next time I go to the store I am going to pick up a couple of more bottles for gifts!

  8. amy s (OH)

    Love your choices! I can’t find Teenage Dream Nailpolish anywhere. They are sold out everywhere I have checked! I’m hoping to find it someday. I don’t want to have to pay the crazy shipping fees.

  9. Starla

    Those Sanuks are WONDERFUL! I got mine at the beginning of summer and wear them all the time, even if they don’t match my outfit. My feet are so happy in them. I guess it’s time to go shopping for some more colors….. :)

  10. Zsa Zsa

    Ooh I love them all! I love doing yoga barefoot, but I’d love to try these yoga flipflops by Sanuk! These are all awesome summer choices!

  11. Erin @ Brownie Bites

    My in-laws bring Moose Munch with them every time they visit over the holidays. My will power hangs on by a thread with all of that yumminess in the house – I don’t think I could handle a candle that smells like it as well! Mmm!

    PS – I am also a huge cereal fan. I’d just as soon have a bowl of cereal and plain yogurt as a big hot breakfast.

  12. BECKY

    Cute flip flops…love all the colors. I love that cereal. yuum…..I can’t buy it because I want to eat the whole box. It’s good with milk and dry too. I don’t like to remove sparkled polish so I don’t wear it unless there is a secret to taking it off. Happy Summer to you. Hugs, Becky

  13. Dalia

    I agree with you on the Quaker cereal, we get get enough of it at our house. Wish they had a larger box for families don’t ya think? I also love the polish, sparkles and neutral, perfect for this summer. I need to get myself one:-) Amanda, did you catch the necklace I made? Check it out and let me know your thoughts on it, I’ll email you k.

  14. Cara

    I have been wanting some of those flip flops..I may have to splurge! Also I can not have any type of candle that smells like food in my house. I makes me want to bake…then eat..then eat some more and then…..the scale is not my friend. I have to have scents like orange or citrus to keep me from gaining weight! haha

  15. Allison Troyer

    I picked up the Teenage Dream polish about a month ago and have been doing mine and my daughter’s toes in it ever since! We LOVE it! Having a bunch of family here towards the end of the week for my daughter’s birthday and I’m making the boston butt and skillet corn with my Maw-Maw’s potato salad AND 7-Up biscuits!!! I. CANNOT. WAIT!!!! :D

  16. Denise

    I have the Katy Perry Teenage Dream glitter polish and I love it! Also pretty layered over a pale lavender shade, but not so pretty over pink, surprisingly. So fun to sparkle!

  17. Ashley H}

    I am pregnant and have tendonitis in my foot. I have been looking for comfy flip flops for the last week. I went out and bought sanuks today! I had them on all afternoon while running errands and they are wonderful! And the foot with tendonitis is no longer swollen!! Thank you!

  18. April was in CT now CA

    Darn skippy I just ordered a pair of those flip flops, I’ve been browsing looking for some new flips that are comfortable so this is perfect timing! That nail polish is awesome, it’s on my list!

  19. GS

    Great stuff. I have to tell you though….I have been wearing Nike’s flip flops for years and they are only $19.99 @ Famous Footwear (less if you have a coupon). They are HEAVEN on your feet and exaclty like the ones you are describing. The ONLY shoes I have worn since March. They are that soft and comfortable.
    And that nailpolish? So pretty, but you can get that exact kind @ Walgreens for $1.99 called SinfulColors Professional at the make up counter…no need to buy Katy Perry’s expensive brand! And I LOVE Quaker oatmeal cereal…eating some right now, infact! LOVE all your posts…I’m an Atlanta girl, myself….southern girls, unite! :)

  20. Natalie @ Queen of Whirled

    Totaly my favorite cereal. I stock up when Publix has them BOGO, which has been like once a month lately.

  21. Ellie A.

    OHH these look like so much fun! I am a flip flop which I could wear then all year round kind of girl.. so I need to see if I find me a pair of those for my feet. Loving that nail polish color and that candle is actually making me want to eat it! Ha

  22. Kristin Murdock

    Although I am not a fan of the baked goods/sweet smells, it brings joy to my heart that you love them so much! Also, based on a recent “episode” with glitter and nail polish, this Katy Perry collection sounds brilliant. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Brandy

    Yes the Bring Back My Bars are amazing. Red Delicious smells just like Apple Macintosh, I love Irish Cream, Fried Ice Cream, Fresh Cut Cantaloupe. If you put Strawberry Sweetie in a warmer in one part of your home and Watermelon Patch in another warmer in the other part of your house and let the two scents mix together in the air. OH MY they smell good. The Scent of the Month called Happy Birthday smells just like Icing on a cake. I have the Cupcake Warmer in my daughters room. I love doing Scentsy have been doing it for a year.

  24. Sara

    I have LOVED the Oatmeal Squares for years! They are crunchy yet soft! They don’t need extras…well fruit is always fun to add to cereal! But I really like them…even with rice milk! I’m glad to know someone else likes them as well!
    I am going to have to go check out the Sentsy stuff! I need to get some for my classroom. The kindergarten bathrooms are connected to my room….man there are some nasty smells that flow from those rooms! YuCk!
    Have a great summer!

  25. Susan Kay

    Your blog is such a delight! Thanks for sharing your world with all of us. Gonna have to look up those flip-flops! They are my summertime wear, and if they are that good, I’ve just GOT to add them to my collection. Have a terrific Monday!!

  26. Elizabeth Rhyneer

    Good choice of items. Just ordered my favorite Scentsy – Cashmere – today. Such a wonderful fragrance and sorry we have to wait for it to be brought back. Or, it’s
    wonderful they have it available.
    Love the nail polish too. Enjoy summer!

  27. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine

    Your posts just make me happy, Amanda. :) Fun start to my Monday! I NEED those flip-flops and actually everything else in this post too. Haha!

  28. Valerie

    I love Scentsy! Thanks for the link & the heads up on the BMBB, I just bought some from Katie Maksimov, tell her thank you! :)

  29. teresa

    I LOVE all of your FAVORITE things!
    Always a treat to pop over into your FUN world!
    Just popped over to Sanuk!
    Greg has the Sanuk slip on shoes…but I need these flip flops!
    Yeah…the come in a size 5!
    Your toes…are dazzling!
    Wish my HIKER toes were that cute!
    The image of the cereal…well QUAKER needs to pay you BIG time for that image!
    You are a TREAT!
    Thank you for sharing your FUN world!

  30. Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen

    The Sanuk flip flops have forever changed my feet. I am wearing mine right now. I have bout pretty much everyone in my family a pair…they are the best flip flops ever! Ever!

  31. Heather @ Sweet Sins 2 Share

    I love my sanuks! I try to wear them all the time and all year! I need a new pair and those zebra ones are to die for cute! I <3 those big time!

  32. Kerry

    THANK you for listing your fav flip flops… I have NEEDED to throw my current favs away for at least the last two years. I just haven’t quite found a replacement… until NOW! THANK YOU!!!! That was just what I needed! And that close up on your feet — too cute, looked like my daughters foot! Unbelievable, not everyone could do a close up on their feet and have it look like a magazine ad… kuddos!

  33. Lindsey

    I’m a cereal nut, too! I love it at all times of the day and enjoy mixing cereals together. I will have to try the oatmeal sqaures! Thanks for introducing us to all these neat products!

  34. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    You add that nail polish with those flip flops and you’re summah supahstah!! I can almost smell that candle…sigh I can’t wait for Fall. I’m over the nasty furnace that has been this summer!

  35. LinhC

    My daughter has this same color on her nails right now, and it is fabulous! She had her nails done at a nail salon, so we’re shopping for more Katy Perry OPI nail colors today. :)

  36. Bonnie

    I love Sanuks!! I have real problem feet…high arches, Morton’s Neuroma..and these are the only flip flops that I can wear that don’t have my feet throbbing!

  37. Traci

    OMG….I bought two pairs of the Sanuk flip-flops early spring! (Black and brown….I’m so practical) I have wore them! They are FABULOUS!
    And the OPI glitter nail polish is just as fabulous. I use it has a top-coat to my favorite color….just adds that extra fun and totally helps the polish color stay on so much longer!

  38. Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom)

    I just ordered 6 BBMB bars yesterday! I can’t wait to warm them. I have 3 warmers (2 full size and 1 plug-in) going all the time and just ordered a new plug-in for one of the bathrooms upstairs. I <3 Scentsy.

  39. Jules

    I bought my first pair of Sanuks on our honeymoon on Kaui 7 years ago. I still wear them all the time. They are made so well, they still look great. Thanks Amanda!

  40. Marilyn

    I love that Quaker Oatmeal Squares made your list! It’s also one of my favorite breakfasts. I get excited when I know I’m going to have some. :-)

  41. Southern Gal

    I love that you introduce me to new things with nearly every post you write. I’ll have to check out the Sanuks for me and my daughter who loves flip flops.
    We had a market this weekend with many vendors. One was a Scentsy rep and she had those retired fragances there. I LOVE Banana Nut Bread. I’m afraid if I melted it here my oldest son would be pestering me for the bread every second!

  42. Jane Crawford

    I, too, love Sanuks! I only have black and I guess if you only have one pair, black is the color to have because they pretty much go with everything! I just love them!

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