Summer is finally here, which means it’s the perfect time to share some of my favorite things about this year’s summer! There’s lots of things I love about summer and this summer has a lot of things making it special.

Here’s my top ten list for Summer 2016! I’d love to hear what makes your top ten list after you read my list.

1. Summer Fruits
I love when summer fruits start hitting the stands. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy watermelon, pineapple, or even a tasty fruit slushy.

2. Lots of Sunshine
Summer is filled with lots of sun and outdoor activities. It’s the perfect time to soak up some Vitamin D and spend time enjoying the outdoors. Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray though since those rays can cause damage and bugs can be annoying.

3. Water
Water, water everywhere! I love playing in the pool or spending time at the beach in the summer. Then, there’s also all of the refreshing water to drink since it’s warm out. And the waterparks – how could I forget those?

4. Vacation
Summer is a popular time for vacations – especially since the little ones are out of school. I love seeing families happy on vacation together during this season. It’s also a great time for vacations because the weather is often perfect for playing and exploring outside.

5. Family
Family time is prominent in the summer. There’s reunions, barbecues, and other get-togethers. It’s the perfect season to enjoy family time, especially with your extended family.

6. Barbecues
We’re coming back to the food again! Whether it’s a barbecue or a picnic, summer is the perfect time to enjoy food outside. It’s also the perfect time to bring friends together in a potluck style dinner hang out.

7. Festivals
Have you been to a festival this year? If not, you really should find one. There are lots of festivals to be found this time of year as people are out and about enjoying the weather.

8. Clothes
Swimsuits, dresses, shorts, and more. There are so many options for fun clothes in the summer. It’s also the perfect time for cute accessories like sandals, hats, and sunglasses.

9. Travel
Remember when I mentioned vacation and family time? Travel goes hand in hand with those two. Summer is a great time to travel to one of the many cool tourist places or amusement parks. While you’re traveling, I recommend checking out the local food and festivals as well. (Everything really does tie to together, doesn’t it?)

10. Big Changes
This last one is a bit more personal than the rest of the list. Summer is a great time for changes, whether it’s cleaning out the garage or giving something a face lift with paint. The sunny, hot weather makes do-it-yourself projects much more doable. Our big change is a move from California to Michigan. This change brings a road trip and other summer fun with it as well. I’ll be sharing updates weekly in July on Wednesdays as we enjoy our new adventure. (P.S. Are you a blogger? I’m looking for guest posters for Mondays in July & August! Simply let me know if you’re interested in posting on Hodge Podge Moments!)

What items make your top ten list for summer? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!