Remember when summer used to mean freedom? From school, from parents, from schedules, from layers of clothing? And it meant romance.
Warm nights, new loves, staying up til sunrise and stumbling into a diner to splurge on omelets and 10 foot high piles of toast? Now summer's not much different from the rest of the year--never getting enough sleep, shoving a leftover crust of bread in your mouth, and juggling the entire family's schedules, often while we're still working ourselves.
Tips featured in the segment:
1. Get into the mindset from before you had all those obligations
- Leave work a little early now and then. Take a half-day Friday.
- Send your kids for overnights, do a swap with another family.
- Sit on your front porch on a warm night and talk to the neighbors.
- Get your summer reading list in order--and feel no guilt about taking time to read.
- Identify and do something outside your comfort zone (kayak, surf, skydive, attempt a cartwheel)
- Make time for going out with just the girls-and don't talk about your kids or husbands.
- Pitch a tent in the backyard and sleep outside.
- Locate and use the local swimming pools. Then sit in the sun, even if it's only 15 minutes!
- Splurge on a cute bathing suit (that fits your body type), and don't worry about whether you lost those extra pounds. You are beautiful.
- Pack up and go to the beach-and wear that new suit with pride.
- Buy a low cut top to show off your cleavage and if you need assistance, buy a push-up bra and show off your NEW cleavage.
- Find time for a little summer romance with your partner or if you're unattached, just go out on a limb and invite someone you've been eyeing.
- Create a summer playlist and listen to it -- every romance has background music.
- Eat outside, (even if you need to go somewhere with heaters!). The warm breeze and smells of summer will get you going.
- Go on a picnic. Take off your shoes and feel the grass on your bare feet. Do another cartwheel!
"Summer afternoon -summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." -- Henry James
"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world." -- Ada Louise Huxtable
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About Lauren Schiller:
Lauren has spent much of her career marketing companies, advising them on how to position themselves to the public, and speaking on their behalf.
Much of her personal life has been spent advising friends, family and co-workers on issues like how to respond to an awkward situation, whether that hair cut really does suit you, and how to approach even serious issues with a sense of humor.
As a professional advice-giver, Lauren lifts up the rug on the topics most people sweep under-and provides a sane and intelligent take on every matter. She has appeared on CBS5 News, KTVU2 News, KRON4, HGTV, and ABC7's View from the Bay.
About Steph Dominguez Walton:
Steph has been in radio for the better part of her career.
A graduate in broadcast journalism from Pepperdine, the sidekick and producer for the Blazy and Bob Morning Show on KOME in San Jose, and later a radio sales manager, she's now gotten back to her on-air roots, and provides smart, racy commentary on the issues most women only whisper about-like dating, puberty and knowing when to break off a relationship. S
he lives with her husband and two children in the Bay Area. In addition to KOME, Stephanie appeared on HGTV's Find Your Style.