make-believe: heat wave.

July 7, 2021

The heat (among other things) has been making me feel cranky and crampy and generally irritable this week. So here’s a daydream about how I’d like to be passing the heatwave: short skirt, rotating refreshments, and a good book, plus:

A bathing suit to feel good in.

Popsicles to make on repeat.

A wading pool to cool down in.

A hemp dress to live in.

A cure-all for cramps and a very favorite lip balm.

Sandals to slide into.

An icy canned aperitivo poured into a pretty glass.

A newly in paperback book to escape with.



In an effort to ground this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here’s something that needs urgent attention:

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  • Reply Kate July 8, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Not for kiddos: reading your notes on the butterfly pea flower tea & popsicles reminded me of Empress Gin from Vancouver Island. It’s named after The Empress, the grand old hotel in the centre of Victoria. The royal purple suits an empress and their site is delightful w/ lots of cocktails morphing into fantastic colours.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE July 8, 2021 at 8:34 am


  • Reply Raeka July 8, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I made the popsicles with my two girls and we all love them! They even like just drinking the pea flower tea without the lemonade. Thank you for the suggestion! And thank you for the take action suggestions.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE July 8, 2021 at 9:23 am

      So glad! My kids love the tea without the lemonade too!

  • Reply Nina July 8, 2021 at 9:30 am

    That soda looks delicious but I can’t quite make out from the website – is it in aluminium cans (yay) with plastic tops (nooo)??

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE July 8, 2021 at 9:50 am

      It does look like they’re using plastic can carriers to keep their cans together. I haven’t delved too deep into the research of this myself and I’m sure it’s complex, but my understanding is that these carriers were developed as least in part to reduce the risk of wildlife entanglement caused by six-pack rings. (Rings are legally required to decompose, but that really just means they turn into liquid plastic.) Sadly, like most plastic, these can carriers are not recyclable but our local grocery store—and many small breweries etc.—accepts them back and reuses them. No doubt these kinds of take-back programs aren’t really successful enough to negate the environmental impact though and I would love to see innovation here! Packaging cans in paper boxes seems like an obvious solution to me, but again, this isn’t an area of expertise for me!

  • Reply Rachel July 8, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    I just bought 5 tank tops from jungmaven that I’ve pretty much worn every day this summer. I love the hemp and cotton mix!

  • Reply Amanda Murray July 14, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Ooh I did like that book. Love this whole color scheme too 😉

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