Your Summer Memories | Exploring New Places by Apoorva

Your Summer Memories | Exploring New Places by Apoorva

Hey guys! This is part eight of the summer memories series. ❤

Today, I have a fun story to share with all of you that my blogging friend Apoorva sent me! I really enjoyed it; it made me excited to go out and explore new places myself. 😊

I hope you guys like it!

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Exploring New Places

Each year in my summer vacation we plan to visit some other country, so it’s new culture, new people and more! ‘Each year, a country’ has become our slogan!

I love traveling and it has become my best hobby ever! We started this since 2014, when we visited Thailand; later in 2015 it was China; and finally in 2016 it was Kenya (Africa).

I look forward of visiting new people each year and it gives me an amazing feeling that ‘I’m one with the world’ and that I don’t belong to a certain culture or country.

I still have to figure out for this vacation which country I’m gonna step into and enjoy! It’s just one world and one life, so let’s live it with harmony!

Thank you Maggie for letting me share my summer memories! ❤️

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Aw you’re welcome, Apoorva! I’m happy that you got to be part of this series. 💖

How about you? What are your summer memories? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Thursday, guys xx

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | My Mexico Vacation by Pamela

Your Summer Memories | My Mexico Vacation by Pamela

Hi, guys! This is part seven of the summer memories series. x

How is your day going? I hope that you’re all doing well. 🙂 For us here in the US, we’re celebrating the 4th of July – or, as I enjoy calling it, Independence Day!

The story I have to share with you today is a great way to celebrate this very patriotic holiday. It may not be based in the same country, haha, but it’s still a delightful read nonetheless! My great friend Pamela, who blogs over at Starring Pamela, has shared a recount of her trip to Mexico last summer to visit her family and check out all that Mexico City (as well as the surrounding cities) had to offer! ❤ I hope you enjoy!

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My Mexico Vacation

My favorite summer memory is my Mexico vacation I took last summer.

I hadn’t seen Mexico in ten years. My parents are from Mexico and they used to take my sister and I every other year when we were younger. But the last time I went had been after 5 years and the only reason we went was because my mom’s mother had passed away suddenly, so we flew in for the funeral. Therefore my last memories of the country were very sad and I wanted to go back to find happier ones.

Since then, there were other reasons as to why I couldn’t go. I was either in school, or there were financial reasons, and later on my parents were worried about our safety. For awhile I wasn’t really interested in going as well. My mom would go ever few years to see her dad, and I had my own stuff going on. As I got older I really wanted to see the people that were so important to my parents, their families, and see a few sights in Mexico as well!

Somehow I managed to get a whole week and a half off at work to go with my mom when she went. I couldn’t believe it, even as we boarded the plane! My mom didn’t tell her dad or my dad’s family that I was going. She only tends to give her family a few days notice when she’s visiting so everyone thought it was just her arriving. Her dad was in Mexico City when we arrived and he was so surprised when he heard my mom was flying in and even more surprised to see me!

Right away we saw a small zoo located a block away from my aunt’s house where we were staying and then I found out that we were heading out to go on a surprise trip to Acapulco!

My city and country trip suddenly included a beach vacation as well! I can’t tell you how long it had been since I’d had a proper beach trip! Once we returned we went to Morelia, which is another city in Mexico where my dad lived while he was in school.

Then we went to the village where my parent’s are from I saw family members I hadn’t seen in years! We stay at my dad’s family home when we’re in the village and they were so excited to see me! Also I sneakily fed the cat that my grandfather hated that lived in his yard. (Sorry gramps.)

I also saw sights I’ve dreamed of seeing for a long time. I finally saw the pyramids of Teotihuacan, Frida Kahlo’s house, some places where my mom grew up and lived (including a few of her schools throughout Mexico City), and the Zocalo (where they filmed the opening bit of the 007 movie Spectre). It was a magnificent trip and I’m so happy to have those memories to look back on with my mom.

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Your story was so enjoyable and heartwarming to read, Pamela!! ❤ I am so happy that you got to have a beautiful experience in Mexico with your family, so that you had the chance to make positive memories there. 🙂

I borrowed all of the pictures I used from Pamela’s four-part Mexico series on her blog (which she gave a hashtag – #PamelaInMexico. I love it!!). If you’re interested in checking out those posts for yourself, start with part one, which you can find here! I loved getting to follow along on your trip to Mexico, Pamela!

Also guys, if you’re interested in sharing your summer memories with me, I’d love to read them! You can share them in the comments below, or email me if you’d like your own post. xx

Happy Tuesday, guys!

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | Abroad in Fuerteventura by Amelia

Your Summer Memories | Abroad in Fuerteventura by Amelia

Hi guys, and happy July! This is part six of the summer memories series. 🙂

Today, I get to share a wonderful story with you that my blogging friend Amelia sent me about her first trip abroad – to Fuerteventura! After reading her memory, which I really enjoyed, you can check out the research I did on that beautiful island, if you’d like to learn more about it. ❤ Enjoy!

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Abroad in Fuerteventura

My summer memory for your summer memories post is my first holiday abroad I went on with my family.

We went to Fuerteventura and I can just vividly remember spending every day either on the beach, in the pool or checking out everything Fuerteventura had to offer.

It was really exciting for me and my sister since it was the first proper holiday we had abroad and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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About Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is a beautiful getaway island which is part of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic ocean, off the coast of Africa, although it politically belongs to Spain. Its literal name translation is “strong fortune,” but it has also been called “strong winds” and “great adventure.” They have museums, festivals, concerts, many beaches and pools, charity galas, and so many more things to visit and do while you’re there. Fuerteventura has an agreeable climate year-round and is a frequent tourist attraction, often referred to as the island of the eternal spring. ❤

[ Top picture and information about the island from Wikipedia. ]

Happy Sunday, everyone! Let us know in the comments below what YOUR favorite summer memories are! 🙂

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | One Fourth of July Weekend by Valerie

Your Summer Memories | One Fourth of July Weekend by Valerie

Hello everyone! This is Part Five of the summer memories series. ❤ Welcome back 🙂

Today, I get to share with you guys a sweet story that my mom (Valerie from Living Lighter in Atlanta) sent me of one particular Fourth of July weekend that she spent at her grandparents’ house in Michigan! I loved getting to read this – you’ve told me a lot of your favorite memories from back in Michigan, but I don’t remember ever hearing this one. 🙂 I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!

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One Fourth of July Weekend

I absolutely love summer memories and I am really blessed to have a huge amount of super fun, positive ones from my childhood. Road trips, airplane rides, swimming pools, thunderstorms and camp are just a few… ahhh, I just love summer!

So, for some reason when I heard about Maggie’s summer memories collaboration post, I recalled something really simple. Here’s the memory I’d like to share..

When I was growing up, my dad’s parents lived about an hour from us on a farm in Michigan. We visited pretty often and one summer in particular I remember staying for the fourth of July weekend.

We cooked hot dogs over the fire in their yard and went to see fireworks.

It’s been over twenty years yet I can still see the house, feel the breeze, smell the food, hear the laughter. I don’t know why (perhaps I just really miss my dad and my grandma and grandpa), but this memory is so special to me. ^_^

Thanks for encouraging us to recall summer memories, Maggie!

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And thank you for sharing yours with us! ❤ I loved getting to read it, and find pictures to go along with it 🙂 I hope all of you are having a great summer! And if it’s not summer where you live, then I hope the season you’re currently experiencing is enjoyable. x

How about you?

What are YOUR favorite summer memories?
Let us know in the comments below!

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | Summers on The Island by Margaret

Your Summer Memories | Summers on The Island by Margaret

Happy first day of summer, everybody!! ☀️🌴 May the beginning of this season be enjoyable for all of you. x Let’s enjoy the break, the vacations, and so our best to tolerate the heat! 😅

Welcome to Part Four of the Summer Memories series. 💖

For today’s story, we have a lovely recollection of island memories from my dear sweet friend, Margaret, who blogs over at The Word. I loved getting to read about your memories, Margaret! They’re so dreamlike ❤ and such a great way to kickoff to the official summer!! ☺️ I hope you all enjoy! xx


Summers on The Island

My favourite summer memories were all at a small island that was in between the peninsula I lived on and the mainland. The little island connected us to that mainland. It was one of the prettiest little islands. You could pull your car right down the beach to the water. Put your blanket or chairs out, turn your car stereo up and lay in the sun all day.

While laying on the beach your view across the beautiful blue water was another island, that has Spanish horses that you could watch. They have been there for hundreds of years. They would be aboard the Spanish ships that use to sail up and down our coasts, and when they would wreck the horses swam to the shore and have lived there ever since.

We’d bask in the sun all day, enjoying the salt air, and when we’d get hot, we’d walk a few feet to the water and swim.

The island had huge sand dunes (taller than 2 and 3 story houses) that on the weekends all the big trucks would climb which was fun to watch.

It was the most peaceful, calming, beautiful thing in the world.

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This was such a fun read. I really want to go to that island now!! I’ve actually read stories about those horses that she mentioned. How cool that you’ve gotten to see them for yourself, Margaret!

How is your summer so far, everyone? Or, if it’s not summer where you live, what it is it like there? And how about you?

What are YOUR favorite summer memories? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | Helping Grandma by T.R. Noble

Your Summer Memories | Helping Grandma by T.R. Noble

Hi there, everyone! Welcome to Part Three of the Summer Memories series. If you’d like to learn a bit more on what this series is all about, click here!

I will be sharing each story in the order that they were sent to me – just to make that clear!

For today’s post, we have a heartwarming collection of T.R. Noble’s (from Inside Cup) childhood summer memories that she spent with her grandmother. Enjoy!


Helping Grandma

My summers from my childhood dealt with lingering sunsets, cut grass, swimming in the pool, and dreading seeing school supplies appearing in stories when it was July. But what summer also represented, especially when I was younger, were the countless visits to my grandma’s house. Grandma grew vegetables in her garden, had for years, even when my mom, aunt, and uncles were kids.

In the summers, I enjoyed her homemade spaghetti sauce from the vegetables. Even now, every time I smell peppers and onions together, it reminds me of her sauce.

And late in the summer, I would help her snap green beans. It wasn’t a tradition till I was about 13 when I started helping her. Under the shade, we would snap green beans together, just talking about random stuff. She used everything she created in her garden, canned a lot of it.

Grandma always taught me about endurance, and keeping your hands busy. We would sip tea, chat, and snap.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

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Wasn’t that great? I loved getting to read about the fun summer memories you had with your grandmother, T.R. Noble 🙂 They’re so sweet and reminiscent!

Thanks for reading, everyone! How about you?

What are YOUR favorite summer memories? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | Christmases in Blenheim by Angela

Your Summer Memories | Christmases in Blenheim by Angela

Hello everyone! Welcome to Part Two of the Summer Memories series.

Just as a quick refresher, I asked you guys on June 1st to send me your favorite summer memories. As I expressed in the post, those memories could be about whatever stands out most to you when you think of summer – and the range of stories that all of you sent me is so cool! Each one is completely unique, and while I’d like to tell you more about each one, you’ll have to see for yourself over the next couple of days what they wrote. ❤

I will be sharing each story in the order that they were sent to me – just to make that clear!

For today’s wonderful story, we have an awesome description of what Angela’s (from lifeofangela) summer memories were growing up in New Zealand! Enjoy!


Christmases in Blenheim

For us in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is in Summer! Every two years growing up, we would head down on the ferry to the South Island, and visit my grandparents in Blenheim. This became a tradition of sorts, every two years, we would have a big Christmas celebration with our extended family. I always loved that trip.

We would stay down there for over a week, we would always visit Rarangi Beach, go cherry picking, drive down for day trips in Kaikoura or Nelson, play catch in the front yard, watch the trains pass by… and then on Christmas, we would get up early for presents, have a big Christmas lunch, and always end it on pavlova for dessert (a classic Kiwi dessert!).

Then we’d head down to my Dad’s old school down the road and play there!

I have endless summer memories down in Blenheim, and as they connect with Christmas, they are definitely where my favourite summer memories are 🙂

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Wasn’t that awesome?? Thank you so much for sharing your memories with us, Angela! Up until now, I really didn’t realize that other parts of the world experience seasons so much differently, and at different times of the year, than we do here in the US. I truly can’t imagine a warm Christmas, but then again, those who are used to warm Christmases wouldn’t think of a white Christmas as being normal, hahaha! We get so used to what it’s like in one part of the world that we (or at least I) forget that the world is such a HUGE place, and that there are tons of differences across the globe, in culture, climate, and especially the people themselves. ❤

Thanks for reading! How about you?

What are YOUR favorite summer memories? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maggie