Top 12 For Your Summer Bucket List | Sycamore Photographer

Summer is here & that means it’s time for the SMP SUMMER BUCKET LIST!

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This year I’m sharing 12 with you.

Ready?

Make some memories this Summer! And snap those photos along the way so when Father Time steals these moments you can always look back and HAVE THEM FOREVER!

1. Drive-in Movies

Bring back the past + introduce your teen to Summer Fun by packing up the SUV with pillows and blankets and heading out to see a blockbuster in the open Summer air. Check out the Rte34 Drive-in or Cascade Drive-in.

2. Have you started a Bullet Journal? 

I just read about this one myself and it was a big hit last summer with teens, which is why it made it into Seventeen Magazine. At the end of the article they give you a video tutorial of how to set one up. Bullet Journal

3. Farmer’s Market Day

Do you like fresh fruit + veggies? Do you like to cook? Farmer’s Markets are everywhere during the summer. One day this summer head out to your local market and pick up fresh produce and ingredients to make dinner that night. It’s fun + different and it supports local small farmers/businesses.

4. Netflix Movie Marathon

Is there a series your friends told you about? Now is the time to binge-watch! No homework or after school practices, so it’s the perfect time to get some friends together and a whole series or a movie trilogy. My daughter & I watched a season of Sherlock and now I’m hooked. There are only 3-4 episodes per season, but they are an hour-and-a-half each.

5. Spa Day + creating fun nail designs that you can do yourself

I love changing up my nail color and painting different designs. It plays to my creative brain. Send me a photo of your design, I’d love to see! Pop the popcorn – Paint the nails – Turn on Netflix so you can watch, while they dry 😉

6. Book Club For One

Reading books that you WANT to read, and not required to read. I ask for recommendations all the time. My current book crushes are by Shauna Niequist {more for my Mama’s out there}. I just finished Present Over Perfect and now I’m cooking my way through Bread and Wine. Ask your friends what their favorite read is recently, grab a copy and find that comfy chair in the back of Starbucks and get lost in your book. 🙂

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7. Volunteer

What cause do you support? Where can you do some good? Who could use your volunteer time?

8. Fun Photoshoot with Friends

You know I’m all about capturing moments, and Summer Fun is most definitely a moment! If you’ve just graduated you’ll all be going to your different colleges and things may change over the next year. Even if you didn’t graduate yet, things change every year, so grab your friends and capture these moments!

9. I Grant You a Pajama Day

10. Go Hiking

11. Do a Color Run

These are really fun! We’ve done these on the 4th of July when we visit family and it’s one of my best memories. We make t-shirts for everyone to run in and by the end we have a whole new colored shirt! Color Run

12. See a Broadway Musical

Living near Chicago take the train downtown and catch a musical that’s passing through. They never disappoint. Broadway Chicago  or ParamountAurora both have Summer shows happening.

Add to the list in the comments below. I’m always looking for new ideas!

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Past posts for more Summer Ideas::

Last Call

Must Read Books for Teens + Mom

Ready For Summer Fun

 

 

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