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Six Summer Essentials (+ Trials of Apollo GIVEAWAY!!)

May 12, 2017

this post and giveaway are sponsored by Disney-Hyperion. thanks, Disney!

everyone loves summer – except for me. i don’t HATE it, but i don’t love it. (just like i don’t hate apollo, but i don’t like him either.) growing up in southern california made me want to glare back at the glaring heat. however, there are parts of summer i love: longer hours, carefree vibes, and irreplaceable memories.

here are some things to make this summer a little better than usual:

a good book (or ten)

summer isn’t complete without a good book or series. (echm Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy!!!!) you need something addictive, something light-hearted, and something to occupy long stretches of days. (echm Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy!!!!) there’s no better time to read than summer — inside with air conditioning and ice cream, or at a park with the sunshine and more ice cream.

snazzy sunglasses

this is one of those stereotypical summer items that everyone knows of and everyone needs. sunglasses protect your eyes from life’s overexposure AND keep you from squinting at the sky. (okay, maybe you’re still squinting but at least no one will see you squinting.) they’re also incredibly stylish (i guess this depends) and can keep your hair out of the way. this so-called hair hack makes me look cool and stay cool. 😎

a refreshing face mist

speaking of staying cool, face mists are essential to hot days. remember when you were younger and had one of those spray bottles with the fans? a face mist is just like that but better. not only do they keep your body temperature from overheating, they also hydrate your skin like no other. these bad boys make you feel like your glowing.

our reliable friend: sunscreen

i feel like an old mom for saying this but… put on your sunscreen. i remember being a smol child and having a parent slather me in sunscreen on summer days. (kidding! my parents were a little kinder.) now i realize how wonderful sunscreen is. it protects my skin and keeps it hydrated (using the face mist is a huge plus). it also keeps me looking bright! and fresh! and almost convinces me to feel that way on the inside as well.

the durable denim jacket

i recently got a denim jacket and am in loooooooove. i’ve never had one before but after wearing this, i’m convinced everyone needs it during the summer. the main reasons? it’s lightweight and goes with almost any outfit. you can look fashionable while also staying cool. what’s better than that?

your favorite instant camera

everyone needs an instant camera. there’s something satisfying about taking a picture and having a physical copy to hold right after. in an age when everything is digital and nothing feels substantial, holding a moment or memory is precious. what better memories to capture than ones created during the summer? i love instant cameras. i love the feeling of not knowing how a picture will turn out, the anticipation and excitement that comes with it. everyone needs an instant camera.

finally the fun part: A GIVEAWAY!

thanks, again, to disney for sponsoring this giveaway! one lucky winner will receive a copy of Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy, Camp Half Blood sunglasses, and a Trials of Apollo beach mat! info on the book below~

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  • you must be 18 or older, or have your parents’ permission to release a mailing address
  • you’ll be disqualified for picking up entries you did not do
  • you may only use one account to enter
  • if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, i will choose another winner
  • i am not responsible for anything lost in the mail
  • Six Summer Essentials (+ Trials of Apollo GIVEAWAY!!)The Trials of Apollo, Book Two: Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
    Series: Trials of Apollo #2
    Published by Disney Hyperion on May 2nd 2017
    Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Greek & Roman, Fantasy & Magic
    Pages: 432
    Source: Disney-Hyperion, Publisher
    Amazon // The Book Depository

    Zeus has punished his son Apollo--god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more--by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers?

    After experiencing a series of dangerous--and frankly, humiliating--trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he's gaining in new friendships--with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

    Alexandra Ling

    alexandra is a nineteen-year-old content creator and avid reader. when she's not on the internet or hiding behind pages, you can find her training to be a professional ballet dancer. she finds writing about herself in third-person strange.

    • Annalisse Strippoli

      My summer essential is definitely sunglasses. It’s too bright out without them!

    • Steph

      My summer essential is a good playlist. A mix of already fave artists and new ones

    • Gloria Shi

      So excited to read this book

    • beatrice

      i love any sort of durable water bottle because summers get so hot haha

    • Angel

      my summer essential(s) is sunscreen, sunglasses, and a good book.

    • Cailin Duffy

      i need loads of sunscreen for the summer–i burn so easily!

    • Tabathia

      My bag full of books, water, chapstick, library card

    • Dakota

      I need a book (preferably quite a few), some good music, some water to stay hydrated, and some shade and sunscreen some my super pasty self does not turn into a lobster

    • Tiffany Chiang

      Summer essential: simply modern water bottle!

    • Ashley Breedlove

      My summer essential is hands down a book! I always have one on me.

    • Mira Wright

      my essential summer items are my phone (more specifically my spotify and apple music playlists), my headphones, and a book

    • Kyana Lopez

      My essential summer item is my phone because of the music I have, headphones, house keys and a water bottle!

    • My summer essential would have to be either a good book or some kind of pool.

    • Mandie

      My summer essential items could be a suncreen because where I live the sun is usually very strong (I live in Brazil), and also my phone (I can read or play games or take pics of the sea, the beach…. and the sky).

    • Mikaila Daisy

      The summer essential of course books and books 💕💕

    • Olivia Ho

      My summer essential items is sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, water (lots of water), music, my laptop, and BOOKS!

    • Aleisa Horan

      my summer essentials are popsicles, a pool, books, movies/shows, and snowcones!

    • Belle Dizon

      Make a youtube channel ☹️

    • Ken C

      My eReader of course, me time is reading time.

    • meghan b

      Sunscreen and water!

    • Jovana01 Lukic

      Books, books and did I mention books? And lemonade is good too

    • holdenj

      A big glass of water, sunscreen and books!

    • Michelle Catallo

      My essential summer item is my 30oz water bottle I take everywhere. Actually, I guess that’s my year ’round one and so is sunglasses… Hmmmmm ~ oh! ice pops!!!!

    • Michelle Catallo

      Just got to say that I showed my eldest son this ~ he absolutely is enthralled with Greek/Roman mythology and was a biiiiiig fan of Percy Jackson book series. Just told him about this series ~ he is excited to say the least.

    • Alyson

      summer essentials are music, books, polaroids and lemonade!

    • pennyo

      Summer essentials are books, sunglasses, and music. Thanks!

    • Blossoms and Bullet Journals

      Summer essentials: books (lots of them!) and my bullet journal.

    • My essential summer item is Sunglasses and water. Thanks for the giveaway!