Happy Summers ahead + Olympus Pen Giveaway

Last updated on November 19th, 2023 at 12:38 am

Where do you spend your summers? Is it staying at home and playing in the back garden or is it abroad on a beach or perhaps on the coast? Maybe your summers are split up between vacations and chill out time at home? Whatever they may be, I hope they are with family.

It’s no secret, I love my summers back home in America with my kids. I love sharing every aspect of my homeland, culture, family, friends and all that I grew up with each and every summer with them. We are always greeted with the hot sunshine of summer. Each year, we make so many memories together and my kids get to live the summer life that I had growing up. I hope that I can always give them happy summers with family all around them.

This year, I can’t wait to go home where I can live a slower pace of life, a simpler life and heal all those wounds with family around from a tough year of my Dad battling cancer. There really is nothing better than coming home to the place you feel most comfortable and at peace. The welcome, the love, the support, the comfort that home provides and so many more bonuses are always waiting for me with open arms. It really is the best medicine and I am sure the kids’ laughter and sunshine help me too as much as it does them good.

Our first camping trip in America

They come alive too. They love that we are not constantly rushing in the car to go somewhere. We are silly, and run around exploring the woods. We swim in the rivers, lakes, and pool to cool off.  We camp with friends. The sun is always shining when we wake up, basking us with it’s rays. That Vitamin D really does warm the soul too. The fresh air does the kids so much good too. There seems to be less bickering by them and a lot less shouting by me. That was one of my goals to learn how to speak to my children again and stop immediately shouting for them to stop it or be nice or whatever it is that has them whining. I think when you are rushing around and busy all the time your patient levels drop drastically or at least they do for me.

Our happy summers with family are all about spending as much time with extended family and friends as possible, having fun in the sun, and really paying extra special attention to each other. I want to put my camera, phone, laptop, or even my book down more and play with them, get down to their level and teach them more too. I want to experience more with them than ever before. They are only little once and it’s so important to take advantage of the time we have together as a family. I am sure it’s the same around the world, parents alike working to create those amazing happy summers for the kids. Summer memories are what takes up most of our childhood memories as adults when we reminisce and look back. What happy summer memories do you have?

Why not add your own happy summer memory photos to my NEW Million Eyez photobox below? It’s a great new platform where you as the reader can get involved with sharing your own photos in my post here along with my my photos for FREE! Photographers around the world are collaborating to specific topics and bring more to blog posts. You can become part of this post just by submitting your Happy Summer photos to my photobox below… or create and add your photos to your own photoboxes and ask people to contribute to your photobox. It’s great looking #throughmyeyez on my blog posts as much as it would be to see it through everyone else’s eyez around the world. Readers can engage in a different way with blog posts which I think is brilliant. You can embed your photoboxes or just one photo from Million Eyez in your blog posts no payment ever!

I would love to see what your vision of happy summers are and get us more excited for summer ahead. Click below to see photographers that have already contributed to this photobox!

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It’s always a little more quieter on the blog during the summer while I make the most of our happy summers with family. But don’t worry we will be popping in and out on the blog, sharing our adventures when we can. Please do follow along on my instagram, it will be flooded with holiday spam every day so do pop over and say hello . Don’t forget to turn on instagram notificiations so you don’t miss our photos as we are eight hour time difference which means sometimes I am posting in the middle of the night uk time. 

If you don’t live where you grew up you will know that amazing feeling as an expat of coming home. Or even if you aren’t an expat and just moved a few hours away. There is something so amazing about being back home where all your memories began.


This post first appeared on LTM here. This is in collaboration with MillionEyez sharing photos around the world for free from photographers around the world. Enhancing your blog posts and another way to bring that post to life and get readers engaging in a different way.

8 thoughts on “Happy Summers ahead + Olympus Pen Giveaway”

  1. Sounds great! What a super idea 🙂 I love summers too; my twins and my Hubby are never indoors and everyone feels great for it. Looking forward to some better weather xx

    • It’s so good to be outdoor people. I always think we are all much happier when we get sun and fresh air and lots of room to roam around for the kids. Hope you entered the giveaway it’s a fab prize!!!

  2. You’re summers always look so wonderful Jenny. I bet with everything that’s happened this year you are counting down the days until you fly over xx

  3. Ahhh, you paint such a vivid picture of what it’s like to return home. Luckily, I’m so close to my own parents and still live in my hometown so I can only imagine what it’s like to travel back. LOVE the Million Eyez app – and loved seeing others photos. Think I spotted Croyde Beach in there?!

    • Thank you so much. I feel so grateful that I can spend the whole summers every year back home. I don’t know how i would live far apart if I didn’t get to do that to be honest. I facetime my momma though all the time too. Million Eyez is fab and even a few others have used my own photos which always feels good. lol

    • Oh yes of course, thanks for stopping by and saying hello. It’s a fab campaign. Look forward to being apart of the next one. 🙂 Hope all is well.


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