35 Perfect Instagram Captions For Summer

35 Perfect Instagram Captions For Summer

I have a question, do you also suffer from ” I can’t think of a good Instagram caption” as I do? Let me set the scene of the scenario that happens far too often to me. I have this super cute new Instagram picture all edited and ready to be posted on the gram but all of a sudden my brain stops working. No matter how hard I try I can’t think of one possible caption. WHAT. A. BUMMER. I am NEVER, EVER at a loss for words but some reason when it comes to Instagram captions my brain goes blank. The worst part is this situation happens to me far more often than I would like to admit.

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I am going to let you in on one of my biggest Instagram time-saving secrets. Right now, in the notes section of my phone, I have about 40 Instagram captions ready to be used. Anytime I see or think of a caption I write it down in my notes, that way when I am so frustrated and at a loss, for words, I open up that list and boom. Saves me ALL THE TIME!

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I love an Instagram caption that is fun, witty and lighthearted because at the end of the day we could all use a little smile or a laugh. If you are ever at a loss for words or can’t think of something quick and witty, I GOT YOU! I have rounded up my favorite Summer inspired Instagram captions for those days where you need just a little caption inspiration.

Instagram Captions For Summer

Happier than a seagull with a french fry

Keep palm and carry on

Is it possible to smile too big!?

This seniorita needs a maragaita

Vacation calories don’t count

Sunsets, palm trees and another margarita please?!

If it requires a swimsuit, my answer is yes

Why be moody, when you can shake your sandy booty

Tropic like it’s hot

Stay wavy baby

Side note: I hope you love these graphics. If you are ever at work and need some summer inspiration add these graphics to your insta story for all the summer vibes.

Don’t worry, beach happy

Time to Seas the day

I enjoy long walks down the beach wine aisle

I find my happiness where the sun shines

Summer should get a speeding ticket

Girls just want to have sun

I was made for sunny days

Live a bikini kinda life

Find me under the palms

I dream of summers that last forever

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Life is better in a bikini

Happiness is a summer afternoon

I need vitamin sea

Summertime and the livin’ is easy

“Cause I got that sunshine in my pocket, Got that good song in my feet”

I followed my heart and it led me to the beach

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Tan skin, crazy days, late nights

Friends are the sunshine of life

Tropical state of mind

Life happens, iced coffee helps

These are the days we live for

If there is a will, there is a wave

Son of a beach

High tides and good times

Find me under the palms

If you want to see which of these captions I have used, let’s be friends on Instagram. If you use any of these captions, tag me @hatonthemap, I would love to see your cute self!

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The Best Wine For Summer Under $20

The Best Wine For Summer Under $20

It’s Summer (yay) that means you’re going to be invited to beach houses, pool parties, or dinner parties on the regular. That also means you will be spending tons of time at the liquor store deciding what to bring to all of these occasions. While no one wants to be labeled the “two buck chuck” person, you also don’t want to break the bank to get the best wine. I’ve done the hard work for you (wine tasking is my favorite kind of hard work) and rounded up the best tasting, budget-friendly bottles of wine for summer.

I am more than a wine drinker, I am a wine lover. I am truly passionate about wines. If you have been following along on my Instagram stories you know that I am a very big fan of wine, Hello Wine Wednesday! My husband and I love to plan vacations around visiting wineries. Wine tasting in a beautiful location is my favorite kind of vacation.

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We are such wine lovers that we based a good portion of our honeymoon on visiting the Marlborough Valley in New Zealand, my absolute favorite wine region. Additionally, we got engaged in Tuscany, so maybe we just like to celebrate life’s big moments near wine?

When it comes to wine, I can be a bit picky. I always say no to Chardonnay and I want nothing to do with sweet wine. What can I say? I know what I like.

Okay, let’s get down to business. Here are the best wines for summer that you can confidently bring to a party, sip with dinner or just drink on the couch. Cheers!

Best Wine For Summer

Best Wine For Summer

Summer Water Rose – $18

The name says it all, this rosé is light and refreshing.  This rose has a light pink grapefruit flavor and that is probably why I am such a fan.

Hey Mambo Dry Rose – $15

Hot summer days call for cold drinks and this refreshing rose is high on my list. Notes of strawberry and watermelon make for the perfect refreshing wine.

Miraval Rose – $20

I have only seen Miraval under $20 once or twice but I am counting it. I may not be a huge Angelina Jolie fan but damn this is wine good.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc – $12

When we visited Brancott Estate, I enjoyed their Sauvignon Blanc with a creamy, mushroom risotto. and Yum! What a great pairing!

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc – $13

This wine tastes like summer. It starts with big, bright citrus flavors and ends with a cool, crisp finish.

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc – $14

Probably the most famous New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, pairs great with seafood and grilled vegetables.

My all time, absolute favorite Sauvignon Blanc is Cloudy Bay. Unfortunately, it didn’t make this list because its price point is high above $20.

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde – $7

You are probably thinking a wine that cheap can’t be good oh but it is. It has a nice fizzy, fresh flavor and is only 10% alcohol, the perfect wine for a summer afternoon.

La Marca Prosecco – $12

Because sometimes you just need some bubbles! La Marca is dry and smooth, making it the perfect summer sparkling wine.

Chloe Pinot Grigio – $13

A very light fruit-forward Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio has a very mild flavor making it the best wine to make a white sangria! If you are looking for an easy sangria recipe, you can find my favorite here.

Conte Fini Pinot Grigio – $15

This dry, crisp Pinot Grigio is the perfect wine to accompany a nice, summer dinner.

Now go enjoy some wine!

All of these wines are under $20 in California. Alcohol in other states tends to be a bit more expensive. When we lived in Alabama I was always shocked by the alcohol prices, that dang sin tax will get you!

While I love a spicy red wine with a big hearty dinner I think that red wine belongs in every other season. Summer is all about light, bright, fruity flavors and maybe a few bubbles. My perfect summer afternoon is sitting by a lake or in a boat with a VERY cold glass of Marlborough Valley Sauvignon Blanc, PERFECTION.

Keeping this list at my top 10 favorite wines was hard! I could list 100 more, there is just too much great wine for summer! Do you have a favorite wine for summer? Let me know in the comments below, I can’t wait to try!

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The Best Bronzers For Summer

The Best Bronzers For Summer

It’s after memorial day so you know what that means? SUMMER IS HERE! That means afternoons by the pool, weekends at the lake, it also means, lots of sunscreen. I spend my whole summer staying as fair as possible because sun = wrinkles. Even though I spend my summer avoiding the sun I still love that healthy summer glow. To achieve that healthy goal we all desire, I turn to bronzers, lots of bronzers. I’ve rounded up 15 of my favorite bronzers for summer that you need if you are fair like me.

The Best Bronzer For Summer
Bronzer For Summer

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If you have fair skin, summer can be tough because it is very difficult to avoid the sun. I love the sun and outdoors so much but I know how important it is to protect my skin from the harsh summer rays. In summer, I love to layer on sunscreen (if you want to know what my favorite sunscreens are you can find that here) , and I always wear a hat. Because of my intense sunscreen routine, bronzer is a vital part of my everyday summer makeup routine.

Where my pale girls at? People with my skin tone usually don’t know what it is like to have a tan, fair skin goes straight from very fair to bright pink. AND SUNBURNT SKIN IS NEVER IN STYLE.

Bronzers are the best way to achieve that healthy summer glow without exposing your skin to dangerous sun rays. Skin cancer is real y’all! , avoiding the sun and using bronzers is probably the best thing you can do for yourself, and your future skin. I like to remind myself that every tan on your face also means a new wrinkle to your face. Thank goodness for bronzers because we no longer have to worry about getting sun on our face to achieve the glistening summer skin we all desire.

I have always been a very big fan of bronzers in high school I was obsessed with Bonnebell’s Glimmer Bronze. Does anyone remember Bonnebell?! They were famous for their lipsmackers but their bronzer was everything!!!!

And now for my list of best bronzers for summer.

For clarification, bronzers are different than contour powders. Bronzers usually have some sort of shine to them and have more of an orange color. Bronzers are meant to make you look more tan. Contour powders have a matte finish and are meant to make your face look thinner. Bronzing powders are to bronze which is why they are so important for summer. Glad that we cleared that up.

What are your favorite bronzers for summer?! or actually for anytime of the year.

Happy Summer! XOXO

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The Best Sunscreens For Your Face

The Best Sunscreens For Your Face

Yay for the warm weather and spending lots of time outside. I mean, we all love some fun in the sun, I especially love an afternoon by the lake or pool. If you’re like me and love to spend time outdoors than a really great sunscreen should be your best friend. I am obsessed with sunscreen, especially really good sunscreens for your face so I thought it was time I share my favorites.

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Sunscreen For Summer

Did you know that you should be using a different sunscreen on your face then you use on your body? It makes sense right? Your face is such delicate skin you should be using an SPF with a delicate formula.

My mom taught me the importance of sun protection at a young age so I was never one of those girls who spent time in a tanning bed or used coconut oil to accelerate my tan. I could talk for days about the importance of sunscreen, but I am sure all of you know by now that you have to wear sunscreen every day and you need to reapply it often.

I know you have heard this 100 times before but it’s worth repeating, melanoma is real !!! Not only can the sun cause cancer but also wrinkles, no thank you! 90% of premature skin aging is caused by the sun’s harmful rays, today’s tan could be tomorrow’s wrinkles, again, no thank you.

Last week I talked about the best foundation for summer so I thought it was time I put together a roundup of the best sunscreens to wear under makeup or just by themselves. These sunscreens offer the necessary UV protection with a lightweight & non-sticky, flawless finish that plays nicely with makeup.

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Pro Tip: sunscreen is the last thing you should apply in your morning skincare routine right before your makeup. The best way to make your makeup play nice with your sunscreen is to wait for your SPF to absorb completely before putting makeup on top of it.  Let it sink into your skin for about five minutes before starting your makeup routine.

What is your favorite sunscreen for summer? Let me know in the comments!

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The Best Summer Cocktails To Help You Survive The Heat.

The Best Summer Cocktails To Help You Survive The Heat.

My ideal summer day at home is sitting in the hot sun with a cold drink while lounging by the pool. I like a beer in summer but I really love a nice, light, refreshing cocktail to help me through extreme heat that is Palm Springs in the summer.

What better way to celebrate the 4th of July then with a few nice, new summer cocktails? We are leaving for a Mexican vacation this week so for the first time we are having a quiet day at home for the forth and I can’t wait to drink a few of these cocktails!

Here are a few of my tried and true favorite summer cocktails.

Skinny Grapefruit Margarita

There is a restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama, El Bario that serves THE BEST grapefruit margaritas. To be honest, I had no idea that I liked grapefruit margaritas until I had one there.

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Grapefruit Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit, about 1/4 grapefruit
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime, about 1 lime
  • 1.5 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz  tequila
  • lime sparkling water to top

Garnish:

  • 1 lime cut in wedges
  • Kosher Salt

Directions:

  1. For salt-rimmed glass, begin by running a lime wedge around the top rim of a glass.  Fill a shallow bowl with salt, and dip the rim in the salt until it is salt covered.  Set aside.
  2. Add grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice and Triple Sec to a cocktail shaker, and shake until combined.
  3. Fill glass with ice.  Pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks add lime sparkling water until glass is full.  Serve immediately, garnished with an extra lime or grapefruit wedge if desired.

Cucumber Collins

I mean lemon and cucumber together? Hello, summer!

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Cucumber Tom Collins

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4 or 5 slices cucumber
  • sparkling water, to top.

Directions

  1. In the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle cucumber slices, lemon juice and simple syrup.
  2. Add gin, along with ice, and shake. Strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass, then top with sparkling water.

Watermelon Vodka Punch

Who doesn’t have great memories sitting by the pool as a kid eating watermelon? This drink is the adult version of that.

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Watermelon Vodka Punch

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds watermelon, rind, and seeds discarded and the flesh cut into pieces, plus thin slices of watermelon for garnish
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Direction

  1. In a blender purée the watermelon pieces and ice cubes and strain the purée over a pitcher, discarding the solids.
  2. Stir in the vodka, the Triple Sec, and the lime juice, pour the drink into a glass filled with ice cubes, and garnish each drink with a watermelon slice.

 

Raspberry Lime Champagne Punch

This drink is the perfect summer mimosa substitute for a brunch with your boozy pals.

 

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Raspberry Lime Champagne Punch

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup lime juice, approximately 4 freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 bottle Champagne or sparkling white wine
  • 1 can lime sparkling water

Directions

1. In a large pitcher, stir the lime juice, vodka and soda water to combine. Stir in the raspberries and lime slices.

2. Just before you’re ready to serve, add the Champagne. Serve chilled.

 

Mint Cucumber Sparkler

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Mint Cucumber Sparkler

Ingredients

  • 1-inch piece of seedless cucumber, finely chopped
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice (that’s the juice from about half a lime)
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • 2 teaspoons mint simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 3 ounces Prosecco or champagne
For the Mint Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
For Garnish:
  • 3-4 slices cucumber
  • 1 sprig fresh mint

Directions

  1. First, you’ll need to make the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water and mint leaves to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, swirling the saucepan occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely before using.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chopped cucumber with the lime juice. Add the vodka, simple syrup and a few ice cubes, and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty. Strain into a glass filled with ice, and top with Prosecco. Garnish with a lime.
Enjoy responsibly and happy summer days!
-Heather