Sum Leigh

Hello, my name is Summer and I live in New Jersey with my spouse and our adorable puppy! My life is complete with my boys, and the majority of my posts are inspired by them to help others in our discoveries.

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Spring Cleaning Mentally!

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Travel Life Hacks

First Things First . . . 

Be thankful that you have found the opportunity to vacation and realize that you shouldn't let the opportunity stress you out, but excite you!  


Normally whenever I leave for a trip whether it is a weekend trip or a two-week-long trip I always take the time to thoroughly plan out what exactly I need to shop for the trip, do before the trip, do after the trip, and of course pack for the trip.  I feel like most anxieties about vacations come from anticipation or just not knowing exactly how to conquer everything.

I start out by taking a page in my journal and splitting the front of the page in half and labeling the top with the destination and shopping list (Charleston Shopping List), underneath I label it with the destination and To-Do list (Charleston To-Do List), and on the top of the back page I label it the destination and Pack List (Charleston Pack List).  With the To-Do List and the Pack List, I set them differently by placing them into three columns (Summer, Joseph, & Jagger) so that for each member for my tiny little family I can plan out what each person or as a unit must accomplish before or after vacation or what each person or as a unit should bring or not bring so that way there isn't an issue of overpacking.

I have noticed that this method has worked effectively for my bunch, because before when we wouldn't use this method we would over pack so much and then there was always room for error.  Big errors I was noticing were having too much to lug while traveling, the stress in making sure nothing gets forgotten, and most importantly too much time wasted on simply leaving in between destinations.

Now the biggest thing that I know is the hardest is if you're putting your Lists into your journal like I am, I know you're going to be tempted to want to cross things off like my spouse is . . . The goal is to leave them and not cross them off until when you leave from the trip to come home.  That way you have in mind exactly on paper what you brought.  IF you're in love with the satisfaction of crossing as you go, I would recommend either typing or taking a picture of your lists and printing them that way you can have the option to cross to and from the trip.


Personally in the aspect of toiletries, I find them to be the biggest difficulty and expense when packing for vacation.  The reason being, I buy all of our toiletries normally in bulk so it is easier and cheaper in the long run.  The biggest mistake I have noticed others doing that also buy in bulk, is they tend to gravitate to purchasing the travel sizes of their products which honestly can rack up as much as $25-75 depending on the person or the products.  I have found that once again reusable has come to be a lifesaver for us.  We took a trip over to our local dollar tree and purchased these adorable little packs that came with three larger bottles, one-half size of the larger bottle, one-half size of the half size, a toothbrush cover, and a tiny loofa.  We purchased about three of those little packs that racked in about $3 dollars and then proceeded to take my label maker and label them with each of what the items would hold and then filling it with the correct solution.

We have now successfully used this method for now going on three vacations and have found it to be fully test proof.  As for some things that we are still in the testing for savvier travel methods are

  • Toothpaste & Dental Floss; I'm thinking of possibly squeezing some toothpaste into one of the smaller containers and maybe taking pieces of dental floss and breaking pieces and putting them into a container.  We're so weird when it comes to dental products, so I feel as though we would have to try these out for a small trip.  
  • Perfume; My spouse uses "scentbird" (a monthly subscription for perfume's and cologne's that tend to be luxury scents) his cologne in general, so he just brings that month's cologne with him on the trip. I tend to just bring a reusable travel spray bottle and pour my perfume into it.  It just stinks that men's cologne doesn't really have that feature.  
  • A few Makeup Items; For my makeup like mascara and lipstick, honestly I haven't found a way to make these for travel-friendly but honestly I don't use much makeup so if anyone, of course, has their tips comment below!  

We fly United Airlines and primarily for the fact that my first time flying I made the unfortunate accident of going through bag check when I didn't need to and ended up wasting so much time that I ended up missing my flight, and thankfully enough United was so kind enough to realize what happened and put me on the next flight for no charge.  So for that being stated, I am forever grateful and have come to realize out of all the flights I have taken thus after that there has been no accidents or issue (thankfully)!

Something else that I really appreciate about United and that I have come to learn is how you don't need any print out ticket or really any complex lines outside of just regular TSA because with your phone the tickets are right there and it helps speed the process of it being less wasted time at the airport.

Normally when I fly with them I use a carry on suitcase and a decently sized backpack and I'm set.  I have been able to get away with that amount of storage weekend trips and week-long trips.  The carry on luggage set I use is from the brand Coolife (

It was a great price on Amazon, they're sturdy, have locks, and most importantly have amazing storage!  I totally recommend them!

The backpack that I use for travel is from a local boutique called Dor L Dor that I'm obsessed with that I will link their online website for people outside of the area

All of their items are super affordable, durable, and above all adorable!  It is nice too for the bags that I purchase from them the "leather" is vegan and trying to find a vegan leather that holds up is almost impossible for how much I use my bags!


So I hope you guys find some of these useful and take this as a chance to share some of your "Travel Life Hacks" in the comment section below.  Feel free to subscribe to my newsletter to know when I post again, and also follow me on my social media accounts to keep up to date as well!  



Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Grouping Together vs Grouping Against

Pet Lover's of Union County, NJ 

"Turning a New Paw"

(Pictured is my dog, Jagger :) ) 

You see the reason why I know that I'm not like most people in my area or even just most people in general, is since I look at life from a different perspective than others.  Like how everyone knows the famous saying "When life gives you lemons . . . You make lemonade", well you see I make blogs, Facebook groups, or hell even just cookies to make sure that everyone is smiling and at ease.  Some of you might think "Okay well, what's so bad about that?"  You see, most people that surround me don't think like this.  

I recently created a Facebook group approximately three weeks ago after being inspired by one woman's Facebook post in another group that I'm in on Facebook about how she was asked to leave our local Home Goods because her smaller dog was in her cart.  Meanwhile, this confused the woman and the majority of people in the comments section seeing as how the company advertises to be a "Pet-Friendly Company".  While on the other hand, the comments section took a darker turn to state how it is quite silly that one would even "feel the need to go shopping with their dogs" or "finds it repulsive to have a dog in the store". 

Being an animal lover all of my life I really took offense to some of the commentaries and found sympathy for the woman in the fact that unfortunately like everything in life, not everyone is going to share the same views on things as you and not everyone is going to keep their mouths shut about not liking your views either.  

In a perfect word of mine, I would wish that everyone would just listen to the one bit of advice that I stride with from my family and that is of course "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!"  And with that being said I simply said nothing on the post except once I completed my new group of positivity of furry love and then took to the post to announce it's not birth on Facebook for future concerns in the area to be stated in the group, that way only like-minded individuals would be in it.  This isn't me trying to exclude people of the beliefs of not being completely furry friendly, but simply allowing more people who have this mindset to come to join the cult and bask in endless free animal hair. 

I personally find it comforting to find an outlet of people who share common interests as you, so that way in life you don't feel so dark in stuck in a position like you're the only one in the world like you.  Almost like how I stated that not everyone takes the same outlook on situations as I. 

I feel like this is also why I started this blog in the first place, to start a platform of people that might share the same input to comment like-minded things and find common ground as I. 

In conclusion, the outcome of this group I find to be simple.  To create a platform on Facebook of people who aren't afraid to bask in their animal obsessions and help stick to the main goal at hand of making sure that their happiness is key! 

If by chance you live in Union County, NJ I encourage you to reach out and join the group or if you're not, create a group in your area!  I community becomes stronger when everyone comes together! 

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How to Prepare for Waxing

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First Time?

Preparing for your first time service for anything in the cosmetology field can be scary, but even more for the sometimes painful waxing services.  The purpose of waxing is to remove the hair from the follicles, remove dead skin cells, and to help assist in having smooth prickle free skin.   

In my own personal experience, I first received my eyebrows done with the soft wax technique when I had first started High School.  There are two different types of waxing techniques; Soft Wax (With the Muslin . . . AKA Fabric Strip) and Hard Wax (Without a Strip).  The benefit of the hard wax versus soft wax is how it adheres to the hair and not the skin, thus making hard wax less painful.  Unfortunately, I soon came to realize that I had a histamine reaction to waxing procedures.  Which isn't bad, it just is to where I react in a not so pretty way to the service for the first couple of days and then I'm fine.  

Thankfully, I have come to realize that with effective exfoliation days prior and moments prior to the service help with my reaction to the service, and the pain tolerance of the service.  

My Recent Favorite's for Exfoliates are (OF COURSE CRUELTY-FREE);)

The Body Shop "Drops of Youth Face Exfoliating Gel";  I actually use this every night in my nightly skincare routine and of course right prior to my eyebrow services.  

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European Wax Center's "Paradise Strut Body Polish"; once a day in the shower prior to washing my body all over, and especially right prior to my lower leg service.  The plus side as well to using European Wax Center's "Body Polish", is how it already has agents to help target hair growth minimizing so that way if I can't go as spread out with the services I can.  

Pre Wax Procedure 

  • It is very important to take part in some sort of exfoliation prior to all waxing services because it helps remove that first layer of dead skin cells to make sure that the wax will only be directing toward deeper dead skin cells in the epidermis and of course the actual hair roots.  
  • It also is very important to have proper cleanliness prior to all waxing services not only for the comfort of yourself and the wax specialist but the fact that you want to make sure that your body is rid of any excess oils, dirt, and debris so that way the likely hood of ingrown hairs are slim to none.   
  • Comfy clothing options.  NEVER go into service with form-fitting clothing items.  This will increase the likely hood of ingrown hairs with the friction of your body and the restriction causing sweat glands to release.  Also, it will help afterward and not putting too much pressure on the already sensitive area.  

The Service 

  • To start the service, the wax specialist will have you get comfortable for the service by having you on the table and cleansing the area in which you will be waxing to remove any impurities.  
  • They will proceed to apply wax to the desired area, and remove it ever so carefully and make sure to apply pressure directly afterward.  
  • Then once the service is fully complete, they will apply some sort of after relief cream/serum.  

See!  It is just that simple!  I feel like when it comes to waxing, it has a bad reputation from it being something super painful and terrible like from movies like the forty year old virgin or just anything in Hollywood.  I am here to tell you that you may experience some things that might sound of might even scare you if they occur and I'm here to tell you that they're completely normal.  

After Service Possible Outcomes

  • Histamine Reactions or Bacterial Reactions (White sporadic pimples across the region on which you waxing from possible clogged pores or sensitive skin)
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  • Redness (Normally from sensitive skin or in case you haven't received the service in a while)
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Maintaining your Freshly Waxing Skin

Now that you have received the service, you just want to make sure you're keeping up with proper exfoliation and if you're prone to ingrown hairs you use some sort of ingrown hair treatment. 

I hope this helped any nerves with a first time service for anyone and they take the leap of faith of trying something new! 

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Fun Things to do in the Fall with your Dog!

If you're just like me, then that means that your favorite time of year is knocking at your door!  Especially for my dog Jagger, he loves the cooler weather.  He's got a fluffy thick coat, so you could only imagine how that must feel for him to be in the hot weather compared to the cooler weather.  I know though for some people it may be difficult to know exactly what activities that you could still take place in with your furry friend to make sure you’re both enjoying your favorite time of year!  

Let’s say for example it is a crazy work day for yourself, but you know that your pup is in a more energetic state . . . You can always look into a local doggy daycare!  We use Barker Lounge in Cranford, New Jersey for Jagger and he loves it!  They have him get super tired by doing lots of fun activities with other pups.  

Sometimes the fall unfortunately doesn’t have the most clear skies, so on those days we love to have a movie marathon inside!  Our favorite movie that we’re watched together recently is “A Dog’s Purpose”.  

Also, I find moments like these to be prime times to work on husbanry skills with your pup incase they’re not the greatest at them.  Normally we take some really high reward treats and play with his paws or brushing him and rewarding him with the treats for being a good boy!  

Starting a new training class is always a wonderful option!  In our opinion their is never too much training you can do with your pup, it will only bring you closer.  

If you’re in the Union County, New Jersey area we have loved !  She’s really personable with the pups and truley knows what she’s doing.  

Take a roadtrip to somewhere new with your pup.  Some new and fresh smells are always great, especially if you only really have them in one general setting.  

We love to take him to trails, beaches, or even towns to just get as many smells as possible.  

Dog Parks are amazing experiences for not only the pups but the owners!  It is an easy way for your pup to socialize without too much effort.  

We use Echo Lake Dog Park in Mountainside, New Jersey.  

Have a photo shoot!  My pup is always changing, so I try to take as many opportunities to take as many photos as possible!  

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

"Swinter" Recipes!

The winter can lead us to result into very terrible and unhealthy dietary habits that we honestly can't control.  The best things to keep in mind is it's okay to eat what you like and it's okay to be happy and healthy.  Once you have those two key tips in mind, you should move onto phase two and realize that  it isn't about the amount of calories you're consuming but about the amount of food itself you're consuming.  Once you have that in mind you can begin to try some of these great and "somewhat" healthy recipes!  (Hey!  Everyone needs a little sweetness in there lives!)

Homemade Smoothie Bowl

You'll Need
  • A liquid base of your choice like coconut water/any water of your preference or almond milk/any milk of your preference.  I personally prefer almond milk.  (I cup of liquid base) 
  • A protein substitute like Chia Seeds (high in protein and fiber) or Hemp Seeds (contain two essential fatty acids being Linoleic (Omega-6) & Alpha-Linoleic (Omega-3) Acids. I personally prefer Chia Seeds.  (I tablespoon of protein substitute) 
  •  A key component being like Spinach (key vitamins and minerals), Kale (key antioxidants), or Acai (known for being good brain food).  I personally prefer Acai. (I cup of key component) 
  • A solid fruit topping where the combinations are unlimited.  I personally prefer to do mango, pineapple, strawberry, starfruit, and banana.  (1/4 a cup of each solid fruit topping) 
  • A drizzle which is what ties everything together like honey, agave, or nutella.  I always prefer nutella.  

How to Make 
  1. Blend your liquid base, protein substitute, and key component.  A great blender that I have been using lately is the Black and Decker Infuser 3 in 1.  It is only $50 and works great, and my favorite part about it it the blender base itself acts as a pitcher for fridge storage purposes and on the controls it has an actual smoothie blending option.  
  2. Place all the blended components into a bowl and begin taking your solid fruit toppings and placing them on top of the smoothie.  
  3. Drizzle on top of the whole creation. 
  4. Enjoy!  

Chicken Balsamic Stir Fry Salad 

You'll Need 
  • Romaine lettuce (One Heart) 
  • Cherry tomatoes (1 Cup) 
  • Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers (1 pepper of each color)
  • Spanish onion (1 whole onion) 
  • Chicken breasts (2 Cups shredded) 
  • Balsamic vinegar (1/4 Cup 
  • Butter (2 tablespoons) 
  • Lemon (1 whole lemon) 
  • Vegetable Oil (3 tablespoons) 
  • Garlic Seasoning (1 teaspoon)
  • Onion Powder (I teaspoon)
  • Parsley (1 teaspoon) 
  • Salt and Pepper (1 teaspoon together)
How to Make 
  1. Dice the romaine lettuce heart into bite sized pieces and place it into a salad bowl. 
  2. With a large frying pan place it to medium heat and allow it to heat up first and then place the balsamic vinegar, vegetable oil, butter, garlic seasoning, onion powder, parsley, salt and pepper, and the lemon sliced thinly into to marinate the pan.  
  3. Lay the chicken in the pan and allow it to cook to the point to where you are able to shred it in the pan.  A great pot and pans set I've been using is from Buzzfeed's Tasty Collection which is sold online for about $100.  A key sign of telling a chicken is fully cooked is when there is no pink and it is fully white inside and out.  
  4. With the chicken now shredded in the marinated pan, place all your diced fruit and vegetables inside the pan and allow for them to reach a fully cooked state.   
  5. Once all the chicken and fruits and vegetables are cooked, cover them with a lid on low heat and allow for them to fully absorb all the moisture for about a minute.  
  6. Separate the chicken, fruit, and vegetables from the marinate using a strainer and place the marinate in a container for later use as your dressing for the salad.  
  7. Place the chicken. fruit, and vegetables on top of the romaine lettuce and toss them gently together.  
  8. Place portions into serving bowls and use the marinate as a dressing as desired.
  9. Enjoy!  


Saturday, January 5, 2019

"Swinter" Tips of Survival

It's currently January of 2019, and I''m here to report that it's the Winter that feels as something from a cartoon.  The weather is as bipolar as my last relationship, and frankly I feel as though we're all about to resort to a tropical island and hibernate in our tank tops and booty shorts for sake of saving our hard on cashed from tissues to napkins at the bar.  But hey!  Let's make the most of it!  I'm here to bring you ten amazing tips on how to "brighten" up your mood from "Swinter" blues to "Swinter" joys.
  1. Bundle up nice and warm and if you're local to a beach, grab yourself some awesome beach toys and snow boards and take an awesome escape.
  2. Explore the options of finding a spa or gym with a sauna, pool, or hub tub and steam your worries away. 
  3. Go to explore the terrain in your area and find awesome places to escape when you're looking to escape from day to day life.  
  4. Look into if your area has some awesome indoor arcades, go kart places, or bowling allies.   
  5. Make positive notes and hand them out in public places.  
  6. Go to a thrift shop and DIY an awesome new outfit.  
  7. Volunteer at local community animal shelter or event for support.  
  8. Have a movie marathon and during each break try recreating a new recipe.  (Keep your eyes peeled for my next post for "Swinter" recipes!) 
  9. Try planting an in home garden to keep up with over the next couple months to prepare to move to an outdoor one.  
  10. Make a journal of activities you would like to do in the upcoming warmer months.  

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