Books-n-Kisses Guest Post and GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone, Kelly from Books-n-Kisses here. Nikki asked me to take over her blog for a little bit to help her celebrate her Blog-o-versary.



So since I have free rein of the blog and well since just a couple of days ago was the first day of summer. I thought I would talk about why I love summer.

Why is summer so great? Well really this is a silly questions, but here are my reasons. After you have read them all, tell me if you agree or not.

My top 5 reasons why summer is great because:

#1) I live in the Pacific Northwest and we get lots of rain. So when summer comes around we get SUN!!! And I do love the sun. Vitamin D is a good thing for this pasty white girl.

#2) One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to be on the water (hard to do when it is rainy and cold). So in the summer we spend as much time as possible on the boat, swimming, wakeboarding, and reading. YES, I take my kindle or book with me on the boat.

#3) BBQ… Do I need to say more?

#4) More daylight. Refer back to #1. Lots of rain means lots of cloud cover, which means it is gray here a lot.

#5) While it seems we are always on the go in the summer it is still very relaxing.

Since we are having a Blog-o-versary party I should give away a little something YES? Okay here we go.

I have for one lucky person I have a surprise prize pack. Oh there may be a book or two, maybe some swag, maybe a something else.

Please answer this questions: What is your favorite thing about summer?

Alright everyone, Nikki here, to be entered in today’s giveaway you need to answer the question posed by Kelly above and follow Kelly somewhere. Links are below, so make sure you state in your comment where you clicked or liked or followed 🙂  This contest is open to everyone. I will end the contest on July 3 2012 @ 11:59pm EST. Winner announced shortly after.

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  1. I live in Seattle so I know how you feel about finally having sunshine. Picnics are one of my favorite things to do this time of year.

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  2. Reading even more because I don’t have cable and I don’t watch reruns. Longer daylight is nice too.
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  3. My favorite thing about summer is SLEEPING IN!!! We have to get up at 6:30 am during the school year. UGH.

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  4. Summer means heading for the coast & some surf, sun & sea. Got to love that.

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  5. My favorite thing about summer is how long it stays light outside. It seems like your day gets that many more hours.

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  6. Happy Blogoversary! My favorite thing about summer is longer days which means more time to sit outside and read.(and hide from the kids)

  7. Well Nikki thanks for sharing with us today! Great pics 🙂 Happy Blogoversary Kelly! I am a follower for a while now (FB, Twitter, and email) and appreciate all the sharing you have done. I love being able to hop over to a good blog and lurk or participate in what is going on as I choose and Books-n-Kisses always provides great fun. The things I enjoy most about summer are the longer days, fresh garden vegetables, yummy cold salads for dinner, and a really good air conditioner ;=D Thank you for sharing your joy and for this fun treat of a mystery giveaway opportunity!

  8. Being able to sit outside under an umbrella and relax with iced tea and a book.
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  9. I just love long evening walks in the beach. I love the bittersweet memories about my childhood that summer always brings, when I see kids running around with their grandparents. I love how the days seem to never end, the rich colours of twilight reflecting on the sea, the smell of sunkissed and sweaty skin. I love how summer makes you feel a little bit younger and a whole lot happier.

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  10. i love vacation on summer…or going to the cinema or mall with my friends 🙂
    thx u so much 4 the giveaway..

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  11. I like that my birthday is in the summer (tomorrow the 25th actually 🙂 )
    I love the hot weather and the longer days,and being able to sit outside and enjoy it all.
    Thanks for the giveaway

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  12. My fave thing about summer is I get to put the cactus out. Yep, that’s right. I live in MO and I have a cactus that my mom brought back from CA over 20 yrs ago. She broke it off from one of my Uncle’s cactus’ that was growing in his yard. The thing is now HUGE….about 6 ft tall…and went from one to three…the others about 4 and 5 ft tall…each about 18in round at the base and then get skinnier at the top. I’ve had to re-pot it twice. And now they are in a HUGE pot that sits on a base with wheels to make it easier to move it in and out each summer/fall. But the REALLY cool thing about this cactus is that it blooms at night. Big beautiful kinda creamy yellow flowers that smell delicious! They bloom at about anywhere between 10-midnight…then they close back up when the sun hits them hard…around 8:00 a.m. Then in a couple of days they turn black and fall off. So, the highlight of my summer is to…count the little nubs come up on the cactus that will eventually bloom into flowers….watch for them to bloom…catch them on camera (if I remember!)…then wait for the next round to bloom. We usually get about 20-25 flowers each summer…sometimes more/less depending on if we have a lot of strong thunderstorms ’cause the high winds will blow them right off. We put it out on the deck over Memorial weekend and soaked her down with water and then basically leave her alone. Right now there are no little nubbins…however, there are 6 smaller cactus’ in the pot along with the 3 huge ones that range in size from about 4 inches to 2 ft tall (there were 8 – I gave 2 away) that have grown in over the last few years…and thee of them and one of the old ones are showing about 1 – 2 inches of new growth. Right now we wheel it into a corner of our kitchen once the temp starts falling below 40…but I think It’s probably a good thing we have high ceilings in the living room… 🙂

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  13. Summer fruit and the idea that there’s more time to read (it doesn’t always work out that way in reality, but it’s fun to have a dream ;))

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  14. I love going to the farmer’s markets, all the family barbecues. Just sitting around eating and laughing is the very best part of summer. We also escape for a week at Lake Tahoe which is relaxing and gives me a lot of glorious reading time.

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    Happy Blogoversary, Nikki!

  15. I like having more daylight so that when I run errands in the evening it is still light out when I get home.
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