Holy moly. How is tomorrow July? How is my summer halfway over? I am NOT ready for it to end. It's like I blinked and we were halfway through 2018. June was a fun month. I finished up my first official year teaching, I took my last in person class for my Master's program, and I visited Malibu Wine Safari with some friends. It was busy, but so enjoyable. July has some fun stuff in store for me and my family. My brother is getting married, I have two vacations planned, and I am heading back to work at the end of the month. To soak up the last moments of June, we are going to watch The Sandlot in the park tonight. Here are some of my favorite things I loved in June.

Picnic Dates
We have been trying to save money for an upcoming vacation, as well as a goal to buy a home in the next couple years, so we have been trying to find cheap date night ideas. One of our new favorite dates is to set up a picnic on our patio, enjoying wine, cheese, and playing games. We love this uninterrupted time to catch up with each other, talk about our dreams, and share some great laughs. My favorite part of these picnics, besides the company, is the wine. I recently learned about Revel Wine Club, which ships wine directly to you. You can select the type of wine you like, how many bottles you want, and how frequently you want it shipped. This takes away the overwhelming feeling of choosing from hundreds of bottles at the liquor store and allows you to just enjoy quality wine with ease! I highly recommend Revel for your next date night in!

Parks & Rec
I am so late to this party. I am just now watching Parks & Rec for the first time and it's already a contender for my favorite show. The writing is witty, the characters are hilarious, and the storylines are cheeky. This is a show I don't get tired of watching. While we are only in the end of season two, I envision my love for this show continuing to grow. I can't even choose a favorite character because they are all an important part of Pawnee and the show wouldn't be the same without them. However, Chris Pratt. Hi.

Aromatherapy Associates The De-Stress Edit
Since I have been on summer break I have been moving my body a lot more. Soul Cycle, booty bands, and hilly walks have been a constant in my days. While I am loving the sunshine, mind clearing, and exercise, my muscles have been feeling overworked lately. However, Aromatherapy Associates has a new line that restores balance to the body, as well as the mind. The De-Stress Edit has two bath and shower oils, one for the mind and one for the muscles. These oils have a variety of essential oils, including frankincense, camomile, rosemary, and lavender. The De-Stress Muscle Gel cools the skin and has ginger to soothe achy muscles, perfect after an intense amount of tap backs during spin. The Inner Strength Soothing Face Oil soothes redness, which I need after time in the sun. The camomile and arnica contain probiotics that strengthen, repair, and restore moisture in the skin. My favorite thing of this kit though is the De-Stress Mind Rollerball. This blend of frankincense, camomile, and petit grain help to focus the mind and the body. This whole kit is available to purchase from Aromatherapy Associates for $54.

High-Waisted Bikinis
I haven't put a bikini on for a couple years, just because I haven't felt comfortable in my body. However, I decided this summer it was happening. I have lost a little weight and am continuing to, but I am finally starting to feel comfortable in my body, belly fat and all. Even when I have been in really good shape at points in my life, I still carry my weight in my belly. With an upcoming vacation to a lake, I decided to try out a high-waisted bikini. This one from Cupshe, which I purchased on Amazon, flatters my body in all the right places. It hides my tummy, while accentuating the parts of my body that I love. 

What did you love this month?

FTC Disclosure: Revel Wine Club & Aromatherapy Associates sent me product in exchange for a review. Kick Back With Cate is an Amazon Affiliate. Anything purchased from the links provided may give a percentage of purchases back to Kick Back With Cate. All opinions are honest and my own. 


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