30+ SUMMER BUCKET LIST IDEAS (& a freebie) β˜€

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most of my blog content & posts have been focused on summer lately which i lovveee and this post is no exception! today i’m going to be sharing over 30 fun ideas for things to do this summer. you can use this as a list for yourself or create your own bucket list (ps i made a freebie for that so wait until the end of the post πŸ‘€)

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JUNE PHOTO DUMP + MY CURRENT FAVORITES (playlist, glowy summer makeup, and books)

hello and welcome to or welcome back to christina raquel ❀ i hope you’re having a wonderful day!

the fact that it’s already july blows my mind (insert mindblown emoji). 2021 is halfway over?? what?? but anyways, june was a great month (SUMMER) and i can’t wait to show you guys some of my favorite photos from this month. these monthly photo dumps have kind of become a thing and i honestly love them so much.

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MY FAVORITE SUMMER READS

hello & welcome to or welcome back to christina raquel!! i hope you’re all having an amazing day <33

recently I’ve been doing a TON of reading (like 10 books a week) and i’ve been loving it. without having school i’ve had so much more time and it’s been so nice to just relax with a book. even if you don’t like to read, these books are so good and you will for sure fall in love with at least one. today i’m sharing some of my favorite books that have lots of summery vibes and are perfect to read in the summertime!

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SUMMER INSPO β˜€

heyooo & welcome back to the blog! summer is fully underway here and I’m loving the sunny weather and no schoolwork πŸ™‚ today i wanted to share some inspiration for summer with some cute pinterest pictures. most of these pictures are from my pinterest board “summer vibes” and if you want you can check out my pinterest! anyways… let’s get into the post and CHECK OUT THE SUMMER VIBES!!!!

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the ultimate swimsuit guide just in time for summer β˜€

finding a great swimsuit can be hard, so I put together an extensive guide for you just in time for summer.

hello frens! today’s post is super exciting as it’s something I’ve been working on for many weeks. I’m going to be sharing a list of different brands and swimsuits for all different styles, coverage, and prices that are all super cute! I hope everyone can find at least one swimsuit from this list! I also tried to break up the text with lots of cute graphics and make this as simple as possible so it won’t take hours to read! let me know your fav swimsuit below πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

Janela Bay

Black checkers high tide one piece

Mustard and white racerback one piece

black checker bottoms and dusty rose spaghetti strap top

Roolee

citrus dot one piece

isabelle dot one piece

rylee + cru cheetah bikini bottom and top

Called to Surf

lumi swim: the signature bow tie yellow

lumi swim: the color block 3 stripe

roxy: printed beach classics swimsuit

Pink Desert

mini ruffle crop peplum swim top in aqua and high waist swim bottom in polka dot

ruched one shoulder one piece in mauve stripe

laced up one piece in mocha dot

Lime Ricki

lemonade vintage tankini top and navy classic bottom

blossoms ruffle bralette and blossoms high waist bottom

dalmation cinch one piece

Pacsun

animal print bandeau bikini top and animal print wide band bikini bottom

billabong letting go one piece

rythym vanuatu triangle bikini top and rythym vanuatu high cut bikini bottom

Cupshe

yellow striped front knotted bikini

teal stripe and leaves print bikini

snow print ruffle shoulder one piece

Amazon

vintage off shoulder two piece

vintage off the shoulder one piece

yellow v neck and striped bottom one piece

Target

animal print ribbed bralette top

texture front tie bikini top

vertical stripe medium coverage one piece

Roxy

beach classics one piece

beach classics athletic triangle bikini top

to dye boardshorts

Luca + Grae

sunshine eyelet ruffle bikini top

mainland swimsuit

ibiza rose one piece

Geode Swimwear

amber one piece

ebony high waisted bottoms

himalaya top and mica high waisted bottoms


I’m honestly just so excited to have this post done! I’ve been working on it for what seems like forever and I hope you guys love it πŸ™‚

what’s your favorite swimsuit I featured? have you purchased from any of these brands? where do you usually buy your swimsuits?

summer outfit inspo

hey frens! welcome to christina and camera πŸ’› today i’m sharing some summer outfit inspo. if you like seeing cute pinteresty outfits then keep reading πŸ˜‰


dresses

I love the look of flowy, light dresses paired with dainty jewelry in the summer like the ones above! dresses look great with sneakers (especially white ones) or wedges/sandals for a casual but still super cute look.

jeans

jeans are basically an essential year round, but I love the look of lighter wash in the summer! you can pair them with pretty much anything (ideas: tie a shirt for a new look, tuck in a white tee, roll up the sleeves of an oversized shirt) and they’ll look perfect.

shorts

shorts are obviously a summer essential! I love the look of overalls (or shortalls I guess?) wide/mom shorts, and paperbag shorts all of which are baggy which I personally think is way more comfy! shorts look cute with basically anything, but a solid color or striped shirt is great if you’re out of ideas.

skirts

skirts might not be your favorite, but I’ve recently fallen in love with them! they look great with a graphic tee (extra points if you tie it) or just a solid color if they have a pattern. solid color and spotted pattern skirts in all colors have been super trendy lately , and a jean skirt is also a great option!


did you enjoy seeing the cute outfits? do you like skirts? would anyone be interested in a cute swimsuit roundup (possibly with links so you can directly click over and buy it?) let me know, frens!!

journal entry 01: intentionality, summer goals, and screen time

Today I wanted to share a journal entry I recently made about intentionality, my summer goals, and screen time. My journal entries are basically blog posts (except more personal haha) and I try to make them something I would want to read again later. This doesn’t mean I try to make them perfect and they usually end up being really long lists hehe. Without further ado, my completely unedited and unfiltered (and rather long) journal entry. Let me know if this is something you’d like to see again in the future and I may share more!


Today I wanted to sit down and journal about my summer goals + how I want to be intentional this summer and screen time! It’s a lot but I think it all fits together. 

My ultimate goal is: to be intentional with living out my purpose and to be loving and kind. To pursue my dreams, put God first in my life, act how I say I believe, be confident yet humble in Christ. For His love to abound through me and for me to grow in grace (philippians 1:9–11). And to have lots of fun and laughs along the way surrounded by those I love. 

I wanted to separate this journal entry into sections, so:

  • My ultimate goal
  • What I can do to further that goal (specific goals/bucket list)
  • How i can be intentional this summer and what I mean by that
  • How technology/screens fits into that

Working towards that goal: specific goals + bucket list

  • Work on my spanish
  • Earn $100 ($64 more to go)
  • Have a random acts of kindness day
  • Read 5 books
  • Memorize the book of philippians
  • Watch when calls the heart
  • Get together with friends πŸ™‚
  • Wake up early and watch the sun rise
  • Practice cooking
  • Go camping
  • Have a spa day with friends
  • Bake something yummy
  • Journal
  • Finish couch to 5k
  • Find a sport/work hard/get good at it
  • Blog twice a week and create content you’re proud of
  • Sleepover with cousins
  • Go night swimming
  • Go to a movie
  • Have a beach day
  • Have a campfire
  • No phone for a day
  • Make homemade pizza
  • Have a shopping day
  • Bike ride
  • All nighter hehe 

Ways to be intentional this summer

  1. Put down your phone!

Make a list of things to do when you get bored instead of refreshing instagram 

  1. journal

Write down goals, feelings, and experiences. 

  1. devotions

Don’t just read/study, actually learn and apply! Seek to live out your devos and make them an important part of your day

  1. Be positive and don’t get down!! Be patient and hold your tongue :/
  2. Be healthy/glow up!!

workout/eat healthy(ier)/drink more water/skincare

Screen time

This is something I have been thinking a lot about lately and really want to be intentional with my screen time. Some ways i have thought of to get off my phone/be intentional:

  1. Have a rest day: my ultimate goal is for sundays to be zero screen usage. There is nothing you are missing out on AT ALL!! I may just power off for the whole day, we will see. 
  2. Checklist before screens: my current checklist (may change) – morning routine, clean room, earn $2, pick up bathroom, start laundry, devotions, physical activity/workout, read a book, be helpful/encouraging 
  3. Be intentional about what you do: even after you complete your checklist, be intentional! Goal: two hours per day at the most (this includes social media and blogging)

Acceptable things:

  • Blogging
  • When calls the heart (I’ve only watched a bit and don’t have netflix, but I may get it just for this!) or bringing up bates
  • Having a goal/purpose before you turn it on
  • Checking social media sometimes
  • Reading an ebook

Iffy things (put it down and do something else, come back later if you really want to)

  • Checking social media all. The. time. 
  • Scrolling for no reason/with no purpose
  • Being on screens past 10:30 (go to bed, girl!)

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my journal! If you’d like to read more of this type of post, let me know and I may make it a series πŸ’›

do you have summer goals or a bucket list? any thoughts about intentionality and screen time? do you keep a journal? is it basically just lists like mine? #typeA

my september goals

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hey guys what’s up (the ceiling ofc)? time for the obligatory apology/explanation about how I’ve just been way to busy to post but IMMA DO BETTER and yeah.

but I’m definitely going to take advantage of our TWO (!!) days off because of Dorian and hopefully schedule lots of posts. fingers crossed 🀞

anyway it’s time for the monthly goals post yay! I’m not going to review August because I’m 99% sure I didn’t accomplish any of my goals. oops.

this month I’ll do better (LIES)

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