42 Songs for the Summer Playlist

As I’m writing this, the long 4th of July weekend is in full swing. The traffic is a little heavier mid-day and there are definite lines at the grocery store for the anticipated holiday barbeques. You may be like me, prepping to go out of town. Regardless of what you are doing, there’s probably some music involved. Here’s a list of some summer tunes to get you to (or even from!) the beach and barbeques. (Note: I listen to a lot of genres of music so I tried to include a little of everything!)

  1. Can’t Stop the Feeling!-Justin Timberlake
  2. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay-Otis Redding
  3. Happy-Pharrell
  4. Dynamite- Taio Cruz
  5. DNCE-Cake by the Ocean
  6. Summertime-Kenny Chesney
  7. Summertime-DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  8. Stir it Up-Bob Marley
  9. Celebration-Kool and the Gang
  10. Summer of 69-Bryan Adams
  11. It’s 5’Oclock Somewhere-Alan Jackson (featuring Jimmy Buffett)
  12. Walkin’ on Sunshine-Katrina and the Waves
  13. Centerfield-John Fogerty
  14. Born in the USA-Bruce Springsteen
  15. Loveshack-B52’s
  16. Knee Deep-Zac Brown Band
  17. Margaritaville-Jimmy Buffett (there are a plethora of songs here!)
  18. La Bamba-Los Lobos
  19. Life is a Highway-Tom Cochran (or Rascal Flatts)
  20. Hot in Herre-Nelly
  21. I Gotta a Feeling-The Black Eyed Peas
  22. Hot Hot Hot-Alponsus Cassell
  23. California Gurls-Katy Perry
  24. Call Me Maybe-Carly Rae Jepsen
  25. Cruise-Florida/Georgia Line
  26. Great Balls of Fire-Jerry Lee Lewis
  27. Summer-Calvin Harris
  28. This Summer-Maroon 5
  29. Kokomo-The Beach Boys (the ultimate summer band J)
  30. Boys of Summer-Don Henley
  31. Cruel Summer-Bananarama
  32. Island in the Sun-Weezer
  33. Steal My Summer-Len
  34. Summer Breeze-Seals and Crofts
  35. Summer in the City-Lovin’ Spoonful
  36. Beachin’-Jake Owen
  37. Wild World-Cat Stevens
  38. Cool for the Summer-Demi Levato
  39. Drift Away-Dobie Gray
  40. Say Hey (I Love You)-Michael Franti & Spearhead
  41. Beat This Summer-Brad Paisley
  42. All Summer Long-Kid Rock

Many of these artists have other songs that would fit the bill for the summer season. Please feel free to add your favorites!






Blog Changes Coming + a Poll

In the last month, I have been contemplating a change to the blog. In an effort to be more of service to my followers and those who are just curious, I have made the decision to focus more on various aspects of travel and food. The name of the blog will stay the same (and hopefully, the humor!) but my tagline will be changing with the content. In addition, some of you also liked April’s National Poetry Month. My poll today references that. Please take part! I will leave the poll open until next week’s blog post. As we all know, blogging is a learning process of trial and error. I want to thank my followers and anyone new along the way for the support! 🙂

Captain Crunch Rocks as a Cereal


In honor of my birthday this week, I wanted to do something fun for my followers. Here is a list of 36 other completely random things you might not know about me.

As a kid, I considered many professions: judge, lawyer, interior designer, writer, and pediatrician. My husband would have made a fantastic lawyer because he loves to argue. 🙂

In the 6th grade, my teacher wrote an end of the year script that included the entire class and our future aspirations. I was a news anchor.

I took journalism classes and worked on the newspaper staff for two years in high school.

Both my degrees are associated with Communication

I dislike most slang words-“vacay” and “bestie” are nails down a chalkboard to me

I’ve never owned a pair of high heels

I am a huge fan of farmer’s markets-peaches are my favorite

I have multiple pairs of sunglasses because I always lose them

I once “met” Cindy Crawford

I am #3 of 4 sisters. My husband is #3 of 4 brothers.

White is considered a boring color to me

I had a library card as kid and went regularly in the summer. Panda bears were my favorite subject to read about.

I don’t have an Instagram account

I am quiet and reserved until you get to know me.

My favorite restaurant is Maguire’s Irish Pub in Pensacola, Florida

I share my birthday with Lucy Lawless, Elle McPherson, and Sam Walton

I’m a southpaw.

Chris Pine and Hugh Jackman are a few of my favorite actors

I love Boston Cream donuts

I won an Honorable Mention in a poetry contest when I was 9

I rarely watch the news anymore

I grew up listening to all kinds of music, but prefer rock

My husband and I picked our wedding location based on a lighthouse he gave me (I used to collect them)

My favorite color is red

I am a beach girl at heart (palm trees are pretty cool)

I grew up in the country with a menagerie of animals

I am terrified of heights and roller coasters

I don’t know how to whistle

In 4th grade, I dressed up like a famous writer/actress and won second place. The prize was a book I already had.

I travel almost every year for my birthday. This year was New Orleans.

My addiction used to be coffee. I quit for a year and a half and now drink it once in a blue moon.

Anytime I make a PB&J, it has to be with strawberry jelly. And cut diagonally.

I used to be in a bowling league at 11

My favorite flower is a calla lily

I hate hot dogs and potato chips

I took four years of Spanish but still want to learn Italian

What are some of your favorite things?