Well, actually, it’s not official until June 21st, but I always mark summer by when I can jump in the pool and swim! Most area pools are opening this weekend for Memorial Day celebrations, and I fully plan to participate! With summer upon us, you may be wondering what to do to prepare for the elements of the outdoors. The ladies in my family love trying new products, and have found a few that we rely on to get us through the summer looking our best while still having fun.
Waterproof Makeup Waterproof mascara is a must if you are going to be swimming. I know that everyone has their preference when it comes to mascara, with the different brushes, colors, and formulas, however, I always go back to Maybelline Great Lash . It’s so reliable that I wore it when I gave birth to Baby!
Waterproof concealer is another one on my list that I actually don’t leave the house without – ever! I live in…I mean LOVE Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer Clair II. I have to give my mom credit for this one – she had the wrong color and gave it to me to try – it was perfect for me! It may seem a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way. For a full eye look, try a waterproof eyeliner.
Protective clothing lines have been popping up in the past few years, and this may be the answer to all of our sunburn problems. While you will not see me in one of those draped adventure hats, there are other options. This is your excuse to wear a big, glamorous wide-brim hat, like the Stardust UPF 50+ Hat. For a cover-up, Mott 50 and Coolibar have great, easy-to-wear options. For Baby, the i Play Short Sleeve Tie Rashguard And Swim Diaper Set comes in 5 different prints.
One product, SunGuard laundry aid, will wash UPF 30 (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) into your own clothing, so you don’t have to buy special items. The protection will last for up to 20 washes, the same as many UPF garments that you can buy at a store.
This “Made in Katy” product is created by you! For an artistic afternoon with the kids this summer, visit Glazed Over Ceramic Studio. Or enroll them in some of the fantastic three-day classes being offered all summer!
If you have ever been to one of these paint-your-own-pottery venues, you know how many options there are and how imaginative you can be. The variety of pieces includes items such as mugs, pitchers, tea sets, ornaments, animals, holiday items, etc. You choose one of these pieces to paint and then come back about a week later to pick up your newly glazed masterpiece.
Glazed Over offers many diverse classes for people of all ages, including a Girls Night Out option that allows you to bring in food and alcoholic beverages! You can also make your own gorgeous fused-glass tiles, mirrors, and bowls or try your hand at canvas painting. Make reservations for parties of 8 to 90 people. All pottery is non-toxic and food safe.
A creation from Glazed Over would be a great custom Father’s Day gift, and no matter what you choose to do, you will go home with a beautiful, original piece of art!
In addition to honorining our courageous veterans on Memorial Day, stop by the Matt Family Orchard located at 21110 Bauer Hockley Road in Tomball between 9am and 4pm for blackberry picking! This family owned 33 acre pick-your-own fruit orchard supplies everything you need! The berry price is $3.50 per pound. If you cannot make it on Memorial Day, they have fruits to pick and activities available all year round:
June – July: Figs
July – August: Asian Pears and Jujubes
October: Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival
October- November: Asian Persimmons
All Year: Nursery, Tours (with reservations), Bow Hunting (with reservations)
Las Alamedas Restaurant and Cantina at La Centerra
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Suite F-140
Katy, Texas 77494
A beautiful venue “reminiscent of a nineteenth century Spanish Hacienda” with indoor/outdoor options, gorgeous artwork, live entertainment, cloth linens, unique serve ware, attentive service, creative Traditional Mexican cuisine… all make for an unforgettable experience at Las Alamedas.
Located in the upscale La Centerra shopping area, you can enjoy a delicious meal and a great locale to walk around before and after dinner.
I ordered the Chile Relleno, my daughter ate the Sarape de Pollo, and my son-in-law had the Pollo Cuernavaca. Although we all left saying that we loved our meals, the highlight was the Sarape de Pollo. The chicken was pounded so thinly that it completely covered the entire plate and looked like a tortilla! The disguise was so good that my daughter called the waiter over and told him that the chef forgot to place the chicken on the plate. Surprise! That was the chicken. Las Alamedas truly serves “Mexican food with passion!”
Sweet Things Ice Cream Shoppe
1251 Pin Oak Road, Suite 125
(in the Ci Ci’s center, under the tower)
Katy, Texas 77494
281-391-5423 [ 5(ICE)] http://www.sweetthingsnmore.com/
Looking for a sweet treat to cool you off this summer? Sweet Things Ice Cream Shoppe is a hometown, homemade ice cream joint that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth! They have unique, new flavors every week, such as Red Velvet Cake, Coconut Almond Crunch, and Carmelized Fig and Orange, as well as 100% Fruit Smoothies. They of course also have the oldies, but goodies, chocolate and vanilla. For something more sophisticated, try the Shiner Black Lager ice cream or a Coffee Freeze. If you’re hosting a party this summer, you could try one of their tasty ice cream cakes or consider having them cater the event. The Shoppe also offers kids tours on certain days of the month – contact them for more info. on this fun outing idea!
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