Savoring The Moment: An Ode to Summer 2023 (GIVEAWAY)

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”

John Lubbock

Today is the official day of the Summer aka the longest day of the year. As a July baby, I love the “summa-time” just miss me with the Texas HEAT. For some, this season might be a time of rest and relaxation. For others it may be a time to travel, go on roadtrips/adventures, and explore. I am definitely a mixture of both. Give me rest/exploration and I’m good.

Recently, I had the opportunity to grab one of my favorite magazines which is the Magnolia Journal via Joanna Gaines. This magazine comes out four times a year, with a specific theme. For summer 2023 Joanna states, “Let this be a summer you savor.”

Savor means to have an experience, to delight in, to enjoy. In order to savor whatever is in front of you, you have to allow yourself to linger. To breathe it in.

The way to develop the habit of savoring is to pause when something is beautiful and good and catches our attention – the sound of rain, the look of the night sky – the glow in a child’s eyes, or when we witness some kindness. Pause… then totally immerse in the experience of savoring it
— Tara Brach

Let’s face it – our world capitalizes on rushing and being busy. As someone who does enjoy a level of planning, I constantly have to reset and allow myself to BE in the moment. There are things we cannot rush and no level of productivity can compare to a random moment we get to savor. In the words of Joanna Gaines, I know I’ve missed savoring a worthy moment because I was busy planning a perfect one.” Me too Joanna, me too.

Last year I felt like the summer escaped me in the midst of all the planning. This summer it will be doing things differently.

Things I want to savor?

  • cherishing old friendships and embracing new ones

  • a pop of color, linen shirts and denim shorts

  • hot days, ice cream and outshine popsicles 

  • day parties and live music 

  • game nights, house parties and shared recipes 

  • pilates bawdy awdy awdddyyy 🙂

  • birthdays, parties, celebrations and love

  • quiet luxury

  • God’s love, church home and new community

I hope this summer is one for the books for you. I hope you savor your loved ones, friends, family, and everything in between. I hope you make room to give and receive. And as ALWAYS I hope you experience God in a deeper way. That is a forever goal.

If you know me, I love a good summer essentials list of favorite products. Over the course of the summer I will share my favorite essentials from beauty, skincare, and things I absolutely love. Here are a few items to grab in the meantime 🙂

Must haves: Rare Beauty Liquid Illuminizer – Flaunt

Why: It will give you that beautiful summer glow!


TOM FORD | Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil

Why: This will have your skin/bawdy GLOWWINGGG during the summer yall! It’s my favorite.

All my love,




  • Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil by Tom Ford

  • Fujifilm Disposable Camera

  • Sol De Janeiro Rio Radiance Illuminating Body Cream -Mini size

  • Supergood Unseen Sunscreen

  • Handheld fan

  • Magnolia Journal Summer 2023 Edition

  • Straw Tote Handbag – Target


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So, tell me, what are you savoring this summer? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I plan on savoring time with friends and family. I have the tendency to rush and do the next thing so it is challenging for me to embrace…anything lol. My recent vacay definitely helped put that mindset more in motion. God is working on me and I’m enjoying the journey.

  2. I plan on savoring the moment with a lot of rest but make time for friends and family. Maybe learn a new skill, explore my backyard, travel a little bit. Get closer with God. I’m excited and hopeful for this season. 🙂

  3. I love this post! Helps me to think about pausing more and relaxing with loved one. This summer I have been working and on the go but I’m ready to lounge by the pool and create memories with family. Planning on putting my phone away so I can enjoy each moment 💜
    I hope you have the best summer yet💕
    -bianca reyes

  4. I am savoring moments for sure. This summer has already been busy with some work travel and a new role at work, so I’m determined to balance that with rest, slow moments at home, birthday travel with my husbae, and the pieces of watching my son grow up. Our thing right now is him coming with me to run errands and I just love it! Love watching him watch the hustle and bustle of the everyday world and take it in.

  5. Um. Yes savoring the moments with Self Care Summer days…pool days, spa days, seafood and self-reflection. I tend to get rejuvenated & re-energized in the summer so I’m taking full advantage!

  6. Love this! I decided to create a summer bucket list and I’m determined to cross everything off my list. Being more consistent with Pilates is on that list.

  7. I plan to savor putting my new home together and enjoy the process of making our house a home. I don’t want to rush it for the sake of it feeling finished. I want to savor time with my family ama friends. It will be a great summer!