Writer’s Workshop: Top Ten List of Summer Don’ts

5.) Your top ten list of Summer Don’ts

10. Don’t complain about the heat. We get it. It’s hot. The same thing happens every year around this time. You spent all Winter complaining about how cold it was so buck up and enjoy the heat.

9. Don’t buy your children bubbles. I don’t know who decided handing a child a long tube filled with sticky soap and a tiny wand was a good idea, but I’m here to tell you it’s not. It will be spilled. On your carpet. You have been warned.

8. Don’t take fashion advice from the catwalk. None of these will look good on you.

7. Unless you are under the age of 22 and/or have no children and/or are Beyonce…do not consider wearing a monokini this summer. I don’t care what Victoria whispers to you, this is not a secret the rest of the world needs to see:

6. In fact don’t consider wearing any type of provocative swimwear when clearly the burkini is the way to go. Let’s cover up ladies! I’m bringing burka back.

5. Don’t get pregnant. Nausea and Summer do not go well together…margaritas and Summer on the other hand…excellent combo.

4. Don’t let your kids stay up late. True that it’s lighter later and they don’t have school in the morning, but they are no more tolerable now then they were six months ago. Nighty night munchkins.

3. This. Don’t.

2. Can I get some face with my flower please? Let’s not over do it ladies.

1. Mermaid tales are for Halloween and/or Ariel and/or amputees. Don’t let me catch you wearing one of these at the beach.

Now it’s your turn!

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The Prompts:

1.) Write about a time you got in BIG trouble as a kid.
2.) Not your mother’s daughter…how do you parent differently than your mother did? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
3.) Photo Story: Share photos of your most recent trip to the beach (maybe an excuse to go!).
4.) Write a poem about starting over.
5.) Your top 10 Summer Don’ts.


  1. Samantha says

    #5 is so true. I was in my third trimester for most of the summer and it was the worst thing ever. You cannot cool off while cooking another person.

  2. says

    Dang it.. I really, really wanted to wear a monokini this summer! Guess I’ll go for the Burkini, but by golly I’m wearing it with a margarita in my hand!

  3. says

    Monokini……..so that’s what those things are called. I don’t know why anyone would want to wear one and have weird tan lines for all of summer…..

    And a Burkini…….wow, I’m just learning all sorts of summer fashion today!

    Thanks mama kat!

  4. says

    I was pregnant throughout the summer with my second and was MISERABLE!! And then I couldn’t sport the monokini!

  5. says

    Um, I’ve been guilty of #3 – boobs almost popping out of the bikini top, and heels. Yes, heels on the beach. Whoops. They weren’t glass, though.

    I did eventually realize I looked weird and took them off.

  6. says

    I WISH I could wear the monokini! So not fair. As for heels on the beach, I’m so with you on that being a DON’T!

  7. says

    I am so with you on all of these, especially the monokini. WTH?!

    Truth be told, I wish my body was hot enough to wear one.


  8. Stasha says

    See and I read somewhere designer bag makes it all better. Not on number 3 it doesn’t. Only number 6 can fix number 3.

  9. says

    Mama Kat, you NEVER fail to make me LAUGH. Your pictures this time are hilarious!!! Too many funny things to mention!!!

    Thanks for such a great weekly link up! It always challenges me to step outside something I’d normally write about–which is SO GREAT. So, thanks.

  10. says

    I’m totally embarrassed to say I DID buy a monokini for this season. I have no business wearing it, but I can’t wear a real bikini after my kids ravaged my tummy and left crazy baby scars. Humor me. I MIGHT still wear it.

  11. says

    I have to agree whole heartedly about number 4. Can we say “Blackout blinds”?? Those babies are going UP!

  12. says

    Burkini rules! I’d love to test a monokini at least once in my lifetime… Does wearing one in my bathroom violate the rules? :-)

  13. says

    LOL!! Love monokini and burkini :) The whole laying or lying on the beach thing confuses me. NO ONE likes to get sand all up in their shorts or salt water in their mouth. Those kissing scenes in videos or movies? NOT realistic. But then I’ve never tried rolling around in the surf, so I could be way wrong.

  14. says

    I have that whole outfit you showed in number 3 sitting in my closet waiting to wear once the weather gets warmer. I even have those shoes, I’ve been wearing them around the house to break them in. You just shattered my summer dreams. Now what will I wear?

  15. Lex says

    Confession: I always buy bubbles! :D My kids aren’t allowed to bring them into the house. They stay on the deck or in the garage until they will be used.

    That stuff up there is showing some wild beach wear. I wouldn’t mind the burkini. I am speaking only for myself.

  16. Lisa says

    I’m so planning on a burkini this summer. Finally a suit that doesn’t require me to stand on my head to wax my unmentionals. Too funny. Lisa

  17. says

    I think the heels on the beach is best…what, you don’t do that when you go to the beach over the summer? Ooops ;)

  18. Melissa says

    Haha, I did the Top 10 Summer Don’ts too and one of mine was about how people complain about the heat too. ;)

  19. says

    Great advice. Especially the no pregnancy in summer one. I had my first in September…. in New Orleans… which meant going through an entire summer pregnant as all get out in heat as hot as hades! NOT a good combo.

  20. says

    Crap! And I was really looking forward to rockin’ that mermaid suit I bought last week. Now what?

    And number 5? Had both my kids in the summer…didn’t learn my lesson the first time!

  21. says

    Sounds like we were on the same page for some of ours. I just reallllly want to know where you found the mermaid tails…WOW.

  22. says

    Kat, your list made me laugh! As usual …. But seriously I think we residents of North Florida ought to get some exemption to complaining about the heat. At least when we’re pregnant (I had babies in June and July so I know whereof I speak!).

  23. says

    Oh, but I was planning on squeezing into a monokini with plastic stripper heels for the big Memorial Day beach party this weekend. Damn. You spoil all my fun.


  24. says

    Amen to the pregnant DON’T! Made my list too :) Along with the margarhita need. Loved the fashion don’ts. I’m so out of the loop I had no idea the clown look was in. And that swimsuit….well…..up hers. :)

  25. says

    Other bonuses for wearing the burkini? You don’t have to worry about sucking in your stomach, you don’t even need to be in shape, you also don’t need to worry about trying to get or spray on a tan!

  26. says

    My summer don’t are fun, then end in a serious note. If you could take a minute to read it, then pass the link contained within along, I would love that. It could make a difference in saving a child’s life this summer.

  27. says

    I will definitely not be seen in any of those *fashions*. You don’t have to worry about me! In fact, I’m with you on bringing the burka back! That’s all anyone wants to see of me as I am 6 months pregnant! Ooops! Broke that rule:)

  28. says

    I kind of like my monokini, it covers my stretch marks perfectly! However, I agree that margaritas and summer are a perfect pair.

  29. says

    Bwhahah where do you find these pictures.. crack me up.. I don’t like margaritas can I have a fuzzy navel please or a Long Island Iced

  30. Kristin @ What She Said says

    WTF is up with those mermaid costumes? Do people really wear those?

    I was pregnant two summers ago – 2nd tri all.summer.long. Luckily, it was an unusually cool summer, so I didn’t have to waddle around in the insane heat. But yeah. I missed my margaritas. And beer. And wine.

    And I don’t understand the concept of the monokini. If it doesn’t even look all the flattering on freaking swimsuit models, then how to the rest of us stand a chance? That said, I’m not sure I’m quite on board with the burkini yet.

  31. says

    I hate swimsuits. I could so ROCK a burkini though.
    Old Navy should stock up on that stuff…. I think you’ll have started a new fashion craze.
    I laughed at a lot of these…especially #3. Nothing like a porn star on the beach.

  32. says

    LOL Where did you even find some of these photo’s?! Who DOES these things? The mermaid tales? Really? Hilarious. And I don’t know who ever said the Monokini was cool, but they were wrong. I don’t care WHO you are.

  33. says

    I had a monokini…when I was 12 and I didn’t think it was a good idea then (although did have the body for it then). Funny enough I was talking with a friend (who btw is 20 and disgustingly skinny) and she was telling me about this cute Hello Kitty bikini I needed to buy. I of course shot that down, and is when she suggested the monokini that Hot Topic also had (and just couldn’t understand why I said no way). Really it was too cute (and I do appreciate that she thinks my tubby arse could pull that off).

  34. Khara says

    Haha! Oh please let me be at the beach the same day as you when you bring the burkini.

  35. LB says

    I absolutely LOVE your list! Amen to #8. I refuse to let go of the “No white shoes between Labor Day and Easter rule.” This is not Miami, and the folks at Cosmo are not real. Just browse your favorite shoe store and you will see that nobody’s buying that load of crap. Seriously, the only white shoes you’ll find in the store fronts in November are those from summer on clearance! Just say “no,” People!

  36. says

    oh how I love you….for all these!
    POST THEM SOMEWHERE WHERE Everyone can see them and know what NOT to do.

    *now I’m going to go to work on “not getting Pregnant” lol ;)

  37. says

    Actually, not to be a Nerdy Knowit all, but that isn’t a burka. It’s a salwar. A burka is the hotly debated outfit worn by islamic women who are not allowed to be seen in public. It covers the face and it usually black. It was just made illegal in France and women are being arrested for wearing them in protest – as it is an intragel part of their religion. It’s highly debated whether or not the burka oppresses women.

    I am ALL about bringing the salwar back though! I bought several in India and was sure I would wear them Ever Damn Day as they are pretty much just like wearing your jammies all day. Except with a fancy scarf.

  38. Paulina J! says

    I LOVED this post and was actually laughing out loud (LOL) at work which might lead to my dismissal. Just kidding! Loved #6 and 7. “I don’t care what Victoria whispers to you, this is not a secret the rest of the world needs to see”. How do you come up with this stuff?!?!?!?

  39. says

    OMG, I totally agree with you on #10! It drives me insane. I don’t complain at all about the heat. I have to enjoy it while I get it!

  40. says

    Totally love your list!! I think I will post it on my fridge as a guideline! (Not that I am in any danger of ever wearing a monokini!)

  41. says

    This was funny. I love that you wrote This. Don’t. next to the picture with those plastic platform high heels. And seriously, thanks for reminding people who CLEARLY do not look like a young teenager or Beyonce’ to wear those tiny monokinis. It really isn’t pretty on MOST people.

    You gave me a chuckle on some of these people. Oh, and what is with people wearing flowers in their hair now? I spoke at a church not too long ago where most of the young mothers between 25 and 35 were wearing these flowers and headband thingies attached to some horrible looking Mutated scrapbooking flowers. . . I had a hard time keeping a straight face. All I could think was, “don’t be judgemental”. . . and the next thought to follow was, “I wouldn’t put those on a tombstone, much less my head.” It was really hard to keep focus. But anyhoo. . . I digress.

  42. Kid Id says

    What??! Are you saying that just because I like how #7 and 8 look on a 9-foot 100-pound model, it won’t necessarily look as good on me??!! What if I just cover myself up with “age-defining” make-up?

  43. says

    I absolutely love your weekly writing prompts! This is the 2nd week I participated and I intend to keep on going with them!

    I think I need the burkini!!

    • says

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  44. says

    Love this! Can I get some face with this flower? Ha! Brilliant! I always thought those giant flower headbands looked silly on babies; they are ridiculous on women! Came over via Serenity Now.

  45. says

    I know all too well that summer and pregnancy DO NOT work. I will never let him forget it either. “I carried you through the hottest summer EVER recorded and you were 2 weeks late and you should bow down to your mother for doing all of that…FOR YOU.” Think it will work? LOL

  46. says

    Hilarious! Loved yoru site- each time Iscrolled down I lol a little harder! All your points are spot on from the bubbles to the what not to wear of the beach! book marked! ;-)

  47. says

    Some great advice – LOL. I totally agree with the no on run-way stuff. Yuck. Always makes me wonder who came up with it.
    ~your newest Networked blogs follower