The Potluck: July 2021

Continuing the monthly tradition, The Speckled Palate’s The Potluck: July 2021 includes a few summertime dresses, a book and more. Come see my love list and tell me what was on yours for July.

Collage of eight products on July 2021's love list  Continuing the monthly tradition, The Speckled Palate's The Potluck: July 2021 includes a book, summer dresses and more. #lovelist #speckledpalate

Whew, y’all. The summertime is flying by, and it’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of July already.

It’s been a busy one, and we’ve been having fun, though I’ll be honest: I am looking forward to resting in August once the school year begins. While I know that will bring new layers of stress and busy, I hope we can settle into a routine. Quickly. For all our sakes.

But before we dive into August, let’s talk about all the stuff that happened this month.

First, let’s discuss July highlights:

In all honesty, this month flew by faster the previous months of 2021. I don’t know if it’s because we took a week-long vacation for the first time in recent memory or if we were bouncing from one activity to the next.

Here are some lovely things that happened for us this month:

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    • The beach. We traveled to Dauphin Island, Ala. and rented a house with my mom and her husband for an entire week. It was so much fun, and our girls had a blast. Neither had been to the beach before, so it was particularly fun to experience this through their eyes. 🙂 This little beach island was precious, and we loved the location. While we could see plenty of oil rigs from the beach, it wasn’t crowded. Also, we were a quick walk to both the beach and the pool. 10/10 would go back and do it again.
    • Summer activities! Our older one has been in camp this summer, which she has been loving, and we’ve been loving it for her. Both girls are currently enrolled in swim lessons, for which I am so thankful because both are actually swimming, and it’s only been a few short weeks since they began.
    • All the dresses. Is this a highlight? YOU BET IT IS. It’s hot as blazes in Texas, and I’ve been living in flowy, lightweight dresses. And they make me happy, so I’m adding them as a highlight, even though it’s not a big juicy personal scoop. 😉
    • Olympics. Let me preface this by saying I know there are sexist, racist and not OK policies that are being upheld that are total B.S. But could we talk about Simone Biles and her taking a stand for her mental health? So brave. And could we talk about Caeleb Dressel’s emotional video call with his family after he won the 100m freestyle? I cried, too.

    Let’s talk July action items:

    Welp. As that last point in the “highlights” pointed out, there are a lot of things wrong in the world and with institutions in our world.

    Here are a few things that are on my heart this month:

    • The Olympics. So let’s talk about those policies that are B.S. How about FINA banning swim caps for natural hair? Sha’Carri Richardson sitting out of the games because of her failed drug test while Megan Rapinoe touts her own CBD products? How about Simone Biles being attacked on social media for “letting her country down?” (Putting this in quotes because, well, I think that’s total B.S. She’s done so much for us. She needs to take care of herself. Period.)
    • The sickness. Surprise, surprise. IT ISN’T OVER. While I will admit that I got a little more comfortable earlier this summer, we’re back on high alert. I’m really hanging my hopes on people going back on alert, too, as well as getting their vaccines if they haven’t yet. Since our girls aren’t vaccine eligible, we’re back to doing what we can to keep them as safe as we can.
    • Texas politics. To reiterate what I said back in May, there’s a lot going on in Texas these days. Not all of it is good. From the Texas Legislature passing a bill that bans the teaching of certain pieces of our country’s less-than-pleasant history in public schools (and basically white-washing our history) to an executive order that bans mask mandates in cities and public schools… well… we’ve got some work to do. The gubernatorial race is next year, so…

    What are your action items of the month?

    Now Let’s Talk About This Monthly Love List…

    To recap, my potluck, as defined by the folks at Merriam-Webster is:

    the regular meal available to a guest for whom no special preparations have been made… a communal meal to which people bring food to share —usually used attributively ; whatever is offered and available in given circumstances or at a given time.

    Now who’s ready to see what ended up on my list for July 2021?!?

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    The Potluck: July 2021

    Continuing the monthly tradition, The Speckled Palate’s The Potluck: July 2021 includes a few summertime dresses, a book and more. Come see my love list and tell me what was on yours for July.

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