With Memorial Day comes the unofficial kickoff to Summer, so are you ready to hit the beach? We don't know what it is about old beach photos — maybe it's that, beside the swimsuits, not much changes — but we love looking at them. To get excited for the sandy, salty days of Summer, check out these old beach photos that date back to the turn of the 20th century.
A winning Memorial Day meal should be easy, fun, and delicious. What better way to bring all those ideas together in a bowl than with a tasty dip? To encourage you to go for a dip this Memorial Day, we've rounded up more than 30 salsas, cheesy dips, tapenades, and more in order to get your creative juices flowing. You'll find something for every palate, from chili con queso to Greek salsa!
If your Memorial Day plans include entertaining guests with an outdoor barbecue, look no further than this classic, all-American celebration from Celebrations at Home for red, white, and blue inspiration. A basic BBQ menu paired with old-fashioned games and fun makes this a great way to kick off Summer with the entire family.
Happy Memorial Day!
Keep pesky bugs and wasps away while enjoying lunch on your patio this Summer with a homemade wasp trap that repurposes a plastic bottle. Along with being seriously easy to make, the trap can be dumped, rinsed, and reused. Perfect for using in small spaces or spots that highly attract wasps, like balconies or rooftop terraces, these bug traps can be discreetly tucked in corners while still being effective.
Here's how to make your own wasp trap:
- Any size plastic bottle works for creating the trap. Simply remove the cap and the label from the bottle, and use scissors to cut away the top fourth of the bottle.
- Now invert the top of the bottle into the bottom, creating a funnel. There should be at least a one-inch space between the end of the funnel and the bottom of the bottle.
- Mix together a sweet bug- and wasp-attracting solution of two parts warm water to one part sugar, and carefully pour into the wasp trap, leaving at least a half-inch gap between the sugar water and the end of the funnel.
- Place the wasp trap outdoors, and let it do its job. Bugs are attracted to the sweet water, fly down the funnel for a taste, and then are contained in the trap. Add more sugar water as needed, and empty and reuse after the trap has done its job.
Looking for poolside page-turners you can dive into while you're away on an early Summer getaway? With a mix of popular classics, romantic novels, thrillers, and modern fiction, we're highlighting a range of options you can tote along on your next vacation. Before you start packing, take a look at these must-have beach reads!
Let's face it, parties are awesome, but party planning can be more than a little stressful. Luckily, these apps will help you streamline your to-do lists and manage all aspects of the event, just in time for the kickoff of Summer. Whether you need a customized menu, drink recipes, or easy party games, we've found apps that are sure to simplify the planning process. Download these seven apps to make your next event the season's best.
While the first official day of Summer is a few weeks away, Memorial Day weekend is so close we can taste it. If you're looking to inject a little Summer spirit into your workout music, this playlist is just the thing you need. This mix of classic rock and indie tunes will motivate you to move your bottom off your beach towel and start getting active in the sun. Subscribe to the Spotify playlist, then keep reading for the full list of songs.
Spending some time in the Summer sun is a blast — until you start to burn. In honor of Don't Fry Day, the sun protection awareness day that takes place each Friday before Memorial Day, we've found a few apps to help keep your skin out of burn-and-peel territory. From local UV index forecasts to personalized product suggestions, these apps are sure to turn your beach days into smooth sailing. Hoping to avoid a postvacation sunburn nightmare? Download these apps to make smart sun protection a breeze.
Patty-cake, patty-cake! We're not talking about sweet cakes here, but the juicy patties that come fresh off the grill onto a waiting bun. With this being National Burger Month, and the unofficial start of grilling season kicking off this weekend, we turned to some of our favorite kiddie chefs for their takes on the ever-popular burger. With input from Weelicious, Jessica Seinfeld, Annabel Karmel, and Cooking With My Kid, here are 18 recipes to try with your tots during the Summer grilling season!
Staying away from foods that bloat your belly before the beach is helpful, but a girl's got to eat! Grabbing goods from the market is always an available option, but packing some homemade snacks that are easily transportable to the sea can be a real treat. Here are a few ideas we love for picnic-friendly healthy beach eats.