30 Ideas for an Old-Fashioned Summer

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If you’re craving a slow and simple summer that is reminiscent of days gone by, then you’re going to love this list of ideas for an old-fashioned summer including catching fireflies, making homemade ice cream and swimming in the creek.

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Are You Craving an Old-Fashioned Summer?

If you’re tired of the hustle and bustle and desire a slower, simpler summer like those of days gone by, then you’re going to enjoy this list of 30 Ideas for An Old-Fashioned Summer.

The good news is, living a slower, more old-fashioned life is generally free and easy to do. All it takes is intentional thought and a little bit of resourcefulness. Taking the time to slow down this summer will be a gift of peace and contentment to yourself and your family.

Just imagine long summer days filled with sipping homemade lemonade on the front porch swing, cranking the handle of an ice cream maker on a warm summer evening or reading a book while lying in a hammock. It may sound too idyllic, but it isn’t.

All it takes is you deciding to slow down and choose to do a slow and simple activity instead of scrolling your phone or checking more off of your do to list. If really can be done, but it requires you to make the decision and make it happen.

We are part of nature just like any other living creature and if we take the time to live our lives with the rhythms of the seasons, then we stand a good chance of being calmer, healthier and happier overall.

I hope to write much more on the topic of seasonal living in the future. If that sounds like something that you might be interested in, then I’d invite you to sign up for my weekly newsletter below where I share all of my best and newest content.

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Recipes for an Old-Fashioned Summer

Sometimes slow and simple living is all about slow and simple food that is fresh and seasonal. Below I’m going to share my best old-fashioned summertime recipes that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Old-Fashioned Summer Ideas Free Printable List

Alright, on to the the list of ideas. Of course this list is just a starting point that you can add too, but it’s a great place to begin. Be sure to click below and download your free Old-Fashioned Summer Ideas printable and let me know if the comments below what ideas you would add to the list!

  • Catch fireflies
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Swim in the creek
  • Go camping
  • Make s’mores
  • Go fishing
  • Make sun tea
  • Make lemonade
  • Grow a garden
  • Nap in a hammock
  • Canoe on a pond
  • Play yard games (horseshoes, croquet, badminton)
  • Go on a picnic
  • Fly a kite
  • Mail a handwritten letter
  • Feed the hummingbirds
  • Make a daisy chain
  • Go swimming
  • Eat watermelon
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Make homemade popsicles
  • Blow bubbles
  • Shoot fireworks
  • Make homemade jam
  • Have a BBQ
  • Pick a wildflower bouquet
  • Collect seashells
  • Visit the fair
  • Watch a sunrise/sunset

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List of Old-Fashioned Summer Ideas

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