Summer Nights

We’re soaking up every last bit of summer here in Ohio even as the weather starts to get a bit cooler — and with it being our last year in apartments (fingers crossed), that means soaking up as much pool time as possible.

We had a cute family from church over for a little poolside potluck (if it happens two weeks in a row can you call it a tradition?) and while it was a little chilly to actually get in the water, the kids could run around the playground while we lounged poolside and munched on bruschetta, baked pasta, and some yummy frozen fruit pops.

^bruschetta’s happened more regularly recently — something about tomatoes and goat cheese makes the half hour of dicing worth it šŸ™‚

^soaking up a few rays before our friends arrived
^I love using fresh basil or mint on our bruschetta but it always goes bad before I can use the rest of it so occasionally I’ll substitute the dried stuff
^beyond the soccer field the corn fields stretch for miles and miles (we live on the outskirts of town)

After we’d sufficiently stuffed ourselves and the kids needed a little break from playing, we brought out the Fruttare frozen fruit bars. I’d never tried them before but they came heavily recommended from my family back in New Hampshire. We tried the Strawberry flavor and everyone loved them!

^They’re made with real fruit and fruit juice (and I’m for anything that gets a bit of fruit in me without requiring me to actually eat fruit…)
^the way popsicles should be eaten
^^More friends showed up at the pool just as we were breaking out these frozen treats so I ended up sharing one with Ben. They’re back on the grocery list for today because half of one is certainly not enough. They really are the perfect combination of sweet and refreshing. 
^They also had a “Strawberries and Milk” flavor that looked good and the “Mango” was my family in NH’s favorite. These are very light and refreshing (sweet, but not sickly so)… and at 60 calories there’s no reason not to eat them daily while this warm weather lasts. 
^When I asked this little one if she wanted to go on an adventure to get dessert with me (because a trek back to the freezer qualifies as an adventure, right?) she requested a “pink one”…. luckily they were all pink šŸ™‚ 
^she ate hers and then shared mommy’s šŸ™‚ 
^the only real use of the pool last night… washing off sticky popsicle hands šŸ™‚ 
We’ll miss these summer nights when they’re gone … the last for just the two of us šŸ™‚

on me:
top: c/o OASAP (on clearance)
shorts; Target (from their swim collection my junior year of high school…)

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own, as always šŸ™‚ 

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  1. great photos! love it! feels like you captured the moment and the kids are adorable!

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