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It’s Summer

summer

It’s summer.

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More specifically, the school year is over. And what a year it was. I’m going to try not using the cliché catch phrases like unprecedented, in these uncertain times, we’re all in this together, or whatever else people have said about this school year. Which in my own words, was a complete shit show.

Our experience with online schooling did not go as well as we thought it would. My daughter, I will refer to her as SL, use to ask if she could be home schooled when she was younger. Some time around 4th or 5th grade. She hadn’t mentioned it since then. However, she got her chance at the end of her grade 8 year.

Geometry home school

It wasn’t just the pandemic

Even before this pandemic started, the school board teachers were on rotating strikes. All of the extra curricular activities were cancelled around the beginning of November which included all sports. For a “Sports and Wellness Academy” that was a big deal. Then to top it all off, during their March Break, we got the news that the schools would be closed for an undetermined length of time. She missed all the important experiences of her grade 8 year.

All of the dances, the senior trip, and even graduation. The sports was a tough one to handle. Her school wins banners and medals every year in a number of categories. The senior girls volleyball team normally goes very far in the competitions. The senior co-ed volleyball team had won the Division 1, city championship two years in a row. It would have been a threepeat for the school. She was one of only two grade 7 students to compete with the grade 8’s the previous year, so at least she achieved that city championship.

Five girls was all they needed

The school’s track and field team was incredible, considering the size of the school. There were only 42 kids in her grade, and they were competing against schools that had over 100 kids per grade. During her grade 7 year, there were about 40 kids, boys and girls that attended the qualifiers and around 23 made it to the conference finals. Out of those 23, quite a few went on to the city finals. And yes, SL was one of them. But the amazing achievement was already done. They had won the west conference banner for the grade 7 girls. They had also won the same banner the year before. The girls track team of her year was amazing.

The grade seven banner was the result of getting 57 points. The second place team had 32. They blew them out of the water. And the most amazing thing about this team is that the points were all made by just five girls. Yes, five girls beat out schools that had hundreds of students to pick from. Considering that each athlete was limited on the number of events they could compete in, I think they could have done even better if allowed. I won’t say what place they all came in, but I will say that they finished high in the 100m sprint, 200m sprint, 80m hurdles, the 4×100 relay, and long jump. Those were the sports that added up to 57 points. It was amazing.

It wasn’t just school

Enough of my bragging. The point I was trying to make was that the pandemic caused her to miss it all. And now that it’s summer and she has all this time on her hands, I’ve realized that it has cost her even more than experiences.

SL has always been an anxious kid. She has a hard time in new situations, new places and with new people. It makes socializing and making friends very difficult. And it is because of this that she has a very small friend circle. And by small, I mean two. She has two girls that are her “best friends”. And the pandemic has cost her those relationships as well.

She sees pictures of them out with new friends, having so much fun. And she’s at home, watching their lives on a screen. They message once in a while, saying “oh I miss you” or “we should get together soon”. But that never happens. She is left out of new friend groups. Not invited. And sometimes the things that she sees on SnapChat or Instagram seem to me, to be directed at her in a subtle way. She says that it doesn’t bother her that much. It bothers me…a lot. There are many times I have drafted a message to send to her friends but then quickly delete it. I know that getting involved in her social situations will just make things worse. So much worse. It happened once to me when I was a teenager, and I was never friends with those people after my mom called them out.

Our last summer?

Her dad says that I should just plan a lot of things to do with her over the summer, but it’s not the same. She needs friends her own age, not her mom. Keep in mind that her and I have a great relationship, in which she doesn’t mind hanging out with me. But she needs friends. I’m hoping that when school starts up again she will find it easier to join in. In the meantime I guess I should enjoy this summer for myself because being 15, I’m pretty sure this will be the last summer that we will actually hang out together.

What plans do you have for summer of 2021? Are COVID restrictions changing your plans? Let me know in the comments.

Where to get help.

If you or your child are suffering from depression or any mental health matters, please find a local organization that can help you with ways to manage. Here are just a few that might be able to help or refer you to one that can.

Canada – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
USA – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

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Swim, Surf or Sail. Are You Ready For Summer?

Beach with birds summer swim

Swim, Surf or Sail. Are You Ready For Summer?

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Can you feel it? Time to break out the summer swim gear!

This week is the first time I’ve felt the hint of summer weather approaching. It’s an estimate high of 19°C (66°F) and sunshine all day. Compared to the temperatures just last week, this is almost tanning weather. And I have to say, when I got home from walking our dog Jax, the first thing I did was check out bathing suits online.

Now because of the current pandemic which is still keeping our city and province under a “stay at home” order, shopping will have to be done online. The guidelines for our lockdown is that only essential items will be sold, even at the big box stores, and I’m pretty sure bathing suits are not essential.

The Season Looks Good

This summer swim season looks to have some great trends in prints, shapes and accessories. The options are endless and so are the places where you can purchase the perfect swimwear. I’ll admit that I am not a fan of online shopping when it comes to clothes, and especially intimates and bathing suits. However, since shopping from home is the new normal I have learned to embrace the change and have essentially fallen down the rabbit hole.

I have compiled a small list of my favourite websites to shop for your perfect summer swim suit and also added a few links to my personal favourites.

Sizing

One more thing before we begin. Sizes. Before you put items in your checkout cart and click on that pay button, make sure you have the right size. While most companies have decent exchange and return policies, avoid the hassle by taking your own measurements. Most sites will have a size guide to help you find the perfect fit. Use them. That’s what they’re there for.

If you’re not sure of how to measure for a bathing suit, check out these instructions (courtesy of Venus)

Now that you know what size you need, let’s check out some websites and the swimwear.

Beachsissi

Beachsissi is an online store focusing on the latest women beach wears like summer swim suits, cover-ups, casual dresses, etc. In the past 3 years, beachsissi has shipped over 2 million orders to customers worldwide, and are constantly improving their product quality and customer services. Their commitment is to provide customers high quality, trendy fashion summer swim wears at affordable prices.

Beachsissi twist front drawstring side high waisted bikini set

Twist Front Drawstring Side High
Waisted Bikini Set
Details:

  • Solid color
  • Cross back&front
  • High waist
  • With padded
  • Shell Fabric: chinlon, spandex
  • Lining Fabric: polyester, elastane
  • Size: S, M, L, XL.
  • Reference: model try on SIZE S, height 5’4″, weight 125 lbs, bust 34”, waist 26”, hip 37″
Beachsissi Leaf Print Low Waist Bikini Set

Leaf Print Low Waist Bikini Set
Details:

  • Leaf print
  • Low waist
  • Padded
  • Skin friendly
  • Shell Fabric: chinlon, spandex
  • Lining Fabric: polyester, elastane
  • Size: S, M, L, XL.
  • Reference: model : SIZE S, height 5’4″, weight 125 lbs, bust 33”,
    waist 24”,bottom 34”.
Beachsissi Halter Neck Retro Stripe Cute 
One Piece Swimsuit

Halter Neck Retro Stripe Cute
One Piece Swimsuit
Details:

  • Halter design
  • Open back
  • with padded bra
  • High leg cut
  • Shell Fabric: chinlon, spandex
  • Lining Fabric: polyester, elastane
  • Size: S, M, L, XL.
  • Reference: model : SIZE S, height 5’4″, weight 125 lbs, bust 34”,
    waist 26”, hip 37″ 

Swim Suits For All

From the “About Us” page – We celebrate all bodies big and small. We believe women should be
proud of their bodies and should be comfortable in their skin. We offer swimwear for all women between sizes 4-40. When it comes to style, we’ve got options— and a promise that
you will find your perfect fit. You deserve to feel great!

Swim Suits For All HOLLYWOOD COLORBLOCK 
WRAP BIKINI SET

HOLLYWOOD COLORBLOCK
WRAP BIKINI SET

Wrap front with mesh detail. Soft, wire-free removable bra cups. Fully self lined top. Keyhole back with G-hook closure, 3 adjustments. Fully lined wrap bottom, with Power Mesh tummy-control front panel

Suit your size! Are you one size on top and another on bottom? Mix and match your top and bottom sizes for your perfect fit.

High waist. Moderate bottom coverage
Swim Solution: Tummy Control
Bottom: side seam measures 6″ on size 20

Swim Suits For All ASHLEY GRAHAM CEO LACE UP 
ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

ASHLEY GRAHAM CEO LACE UP
ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

Plunging V-neckline. Soft, wire-free removable bra cups. Self-tie cross back strap. Fully lined swimsuit with Power Mesh tummy-control front lining. Lace-up detail with gold grommets. High-cut leg opening.

Hand wash with mild soap. Roll suit in towel & squeeze out excess water. Dry flat; avoid washers & dryers.
Imported
Moderate bottom coverage
Swim Solutions: Tummy Control

Swim Suits For All DIVA HALTER BIKINI SET WITH FOLDOVER BRIEF

DIVA HALTER BIKINI SET WITH FOLDOVER BRIEF

Sewn in, soft wire-free cups with Power Mesh bra frame. Side bra boning. Self-tie halter straps. Double G-hook closure with 2 adjustments. Fully lined, fold-over brief.

Suit your size! Are you one size on top and another on bottom? Mix and match your top and bottom sizes for your perfect fit.

Customize your rise with adjustable, foldover brief. Full bottom coverage.
Bottom: 4.5″ side seam + 5 inch foldover waistband

Hand wash with mild soap. Roll suit in towel & squeeze out excess water. Dry flat; avoid washers & dryers.

Speedo

The world’s leading swimwear brand, Speedo is passionate about life in and around the water. The brand’s heritage of innovation derives from its leadership in competitive swimming, where more Olympic Gold Medals have been won in Speedo than any other brand.

Speedo PEBBLE TEXTURE ONE PIECE

PEBBLE TEXTURE ONE PIECE

A pebbled texture takes this swimsuit from basic to statement status so you can feel confident when you step onto the deck. Cut from a shape-retaining fabric to make it last longer, this suit is designed with a high neckline and contoured wide straps at the back for support.
Style #  7723146-001

Speedo STRIPE LOGO SWIM TOP

STRIPE LOGO SWIM TOP

Dive into any activity wearing this swim top. The ribbed style boasts a sports bra design with its contrasting logo band and racerback featuring a cutout detail. Chlorine- and pilling-resistant fabric ensures durability and sun protection with Block the Burn UPF 50+ built in.
Style #  7734235

Matching bottoms can be found here.

Speedo RACER BACK BIKINI TOP

RACER BACK BIKINI TOP

Go for a sporty look with this swim top. The racerback design features removable cups and is made from pill-resistant fabric with UPF 50+ protection for safe fun in the sun.
Style #  7734291

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Bellelily

Bellelily Mandala Floral Halter Bikini Set - Purple

Mandala Floral Halter Bikini Set – Purple

Package : 2 pieces
Material : Polyester
Pattern Type : Print
Season : Summer
Sleeve Length : Sleeveless
Strap Type : Adjustable
Style : Bohemian
Support Type : Wire Free
Waist : Low Waist
With Pad : Yes
Swimwear Type : Bikini Set
Push Up : No
Pad Removed : Yes
Collar : Halter
Item Weight : 120.00 gram

Bellelily Color Block Halter Bikini Set

Color Block Halter Bikini Set

Package : 2 pieces
Material : Polyester
Strap Type : Halter
Support Type : Wire Free
Waist : Low Waist
With Pad : Yes
Swimwear Type : Bikini Set
Push Up : No
Pad Removed : No
Pattern Type : Color Block
Item Weight : 145.00 gram

Bellelily Floral Splicing Swimsuit without Necklace

Floral Splicing Swimsuit without Necklace

Package : 1 piece
Material : Polyester
Pattern Type : Floral
Strap Type : Adjusted-straps
Support Type : Wire Free
With Pad : Yes
Swimwear Type : One Piece
Push Up : No
Pad Removed : No
Item Weight : 155.00 gram

All of these summer swim suits are beautiful. My person favourite would be the ones from Bellelily, both because of the design as well as the price point.

Men’s Summer Swim Wear

But we can’t leave out the men. Here are a few swim trunks for the guys.

Lululemon - Current State Board Short 9"

Lululemon – Current State Board Short 9″

These board shorts are a vacation essential, complete with ample storage options and a flat waistband stays put when you’re in the waves.
Water-repellent.
Streamlined fit that gives glutes and thighs breathing room.
Front pockets to store essentials.
No seam on the inner thigh to help reduce chafe

American Eagle - AE 10" Topical Color-Block Classic Board Short

American Eagle – AE 10″ Topical Color-Block Classic Board Short

These shorts are Real Good: made in a factory that meets our standards for water recycling and reduction.
Ne(x)t Level Flex moves with you
Durable fabrication made to dry fast
Fly closure and drawstring waist for a smooth feel
Back pocket with water-draining grommets
Style: 0133-7105 | Color: 487

92% Recycled Polyester, 8% Spandex
Machine wash
Imported

Old Navy - Color-Blocked Built-In Flex Board Shorts for Men -- 10-inch inseam

Old Navy – Color-Blocked Built-In Flex Board Shorts for Men — 10-inch inseam

  • Contoured waistband, with lace-up panel at center front.
  • Adhesive, secure-close fly.
  • Patch pocket at back right, with adhesive secure-close tab, interior bungee-cord loop and grommet drain.
  • Smooth, quick-drying twill, with pieced color blocks.
  • Engineered with innovative Built-In Flex stretch technology. Equal parts comfort & movement. Flexin’ on ’em.
  • Built-in UPF 40 sun protection; excellent UV protection

Well, that is just a small selection of the websites and the products that they offer. What site or suit was your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for visiting, and happy summer!