How To Have The Best Grandma-Core Summer

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If you’re reading this blog- you are likely someone who is all about the simple things and living slowly. You like reading books, baking sweet treats and cooking with simple ingredients. After all, that’s what this blog is all about! If you like all those things, then you’re also probably a fan of Cottage-core and/or Grandma-core.

I already knew a fair amount about Cottage-core, and I didn’t fully ‘vibe’ with it, but Grandma-core has been a more recent discovery for me. Once I started reading about it, I had a “It’s ME!” moment- sans the decor side of things (No doilies for me!)

With Summer approaching, I wondered- would Grandma-core work for Summer? Its typically more of a Fall/Winter/Cosy type aesthetic. The more I thought about it though, and my own childhood memories, I realised its actually a really fun way to experience Summer! It’s all about living slow, and simple, and inexpensively. Despite Summer being a break of some sort for most people, the temptation (and societal pressure) to fill that time with doing things, visiting places and seeing people can make it feel pretty exhausting. Not to mention expensive (Have you seen the price of theme park tickets, and holidays? Yikes!)

If you want to really relax this summer, embrace your inner Grandma and read on!

What is Grandma-Core?

Grandma-core is an aesthetic based on the simple, homely vibes you got as a child being at your grandparents house. Homemade cakes, sweet treats, reading books- generally a simpler time where there were no smartphones or the Internet- and probably a limited amount of TV Time. Being at Grandma’s was about playing outside, baking, card games, listening to stories being read- good wholesome fun. Grandma-core is about bringing this sense of simple living into our everyday lives.

What is Grandma-Core Summer?

Summer can be a really busy time. Holidays/vacation, visiting tourist hot spots, visiting friends and family- just a lot of being out and about and soaking up the sun- however limited it might be (In the U.K we are lucky to get a week or two of really hot weather!) These are all great things, but sometimes we need to slow it down, and keep it simple. Grandma-core Summer is about being home, and enjoying life’s simple pleasures, instead of spending a small fortune on trips away and various attractions. It’s a great way to save money, stay local, and re-connect with our surroundings by disconnecting (for a time) from modern day, fast paced living.

Grandma-core Summer Activities

If the above sounds like just what you need, check out this list of Grandma approved Summer fun!

Start your day Slowly

Grandma didn’t roll out of bed, scroll through Facebook and check her email! Likely she headed to the kitchen and made herself a Tea or Coffee whilst listening to the quiet morning. She already knew what she needed to get done that day- be it laundry, baking a pie, mending a button hole. You can definitely learn a thing or two from her here. Starting your day slowly, without screens and taking time to brew your morning Tea/Coffee free from distraction is the way to go.

Knowing what to prioritise is also important. Remember- you can do anything, but you can’t do everything! Grandma probably had more time in the morning than those of us who have jobs to go to, but you can still enjoy having a slower morning, even if it’s not a whole morning.

Baking with Summer Fruits

Summer berries – Strawberry, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries… so many to choose from! Whilst delicious on their own, they are even more so when baked into a pie, added to puff pastry, or folded into muffins. In an ideal world you would pick these from your own garden, or even a local PYO farm. In reality, we are probably going to acquire these from a supermarket- and that’s ok!

Why not have a go at making this Summer Berry Pie? (Sub the dairy butter for vegan butter, and the egg for a flax egg to keep it plant based) Or these Vegan Blueberry Muffins?

Gardening

Confession- this is my Husbands area of expertise much more than it is mine! Mostly because I am terrified of flying insects. If you’re lucky enough to have an actual garden, think of it as a blank canvas ready for you to transform! Before you spend anything though- do your research. What sort of soil do you have? What have you seen growing in abundance in your neighbours garden? How much time are you able to invest? This will help you select the right plants for your green space. If you’re in the USA, check out the USDA Hardiness Zones Map to see what’s best for you. Remember- its always best to stuck with local, native plants from both a cost and sustainibility standpoint.

If you don’t know where to start, check out your local library for books on gardening! Yes, there is gardening advice online- but this is Grandma-core summer and Grandma didn’t have Google!

No garden? No problem. Container gardening is a great way to bring a little bit of green space to your home, and you’d be suprised at what you can grow in them- potatoes, anyone? Herbs are an easy one to start with if you’re unsure, and are relatively inexpensive. For a cheap fertiliser soak Banana peels in vinegar for a few weeks then use the liquid as needed.

Writing

Whether it’s keeping a Journal (How about starting a Summer journal, detailing all the fun you had?) writing To-do lists by hand, or even crafting a short story or poem, there is something wonderful about the simple act of putting pen to paper. How about creating recipe cards for your favourite recipes? These would be fun to pass down if you have children, or plan to.

Let’s not forget about letter writing. Did anyone else write letters to their friends when they were in school? I did, and it was so much fun! We didn’t post them, given we were at the same school, but you could absolutely write and post letters to friends who are further away now!

Grab a pen and notebook (put down the laptop!) and get scribbling.

Vintage Crafts

Sewing, Knitting, Embroidery, Lace-making- these were all once popular past times. Sewing, Knitting and Embroidery are definitely still popular today, but Lace-making less so. Flower pressing is another one. I did try and press flowers from my wedding- but it didn’t go well. Maybe another go is needed?

Your local library is packed with books on how to Sew, Knit and Embroider! If you need to see it being done to really understand it, Youtube is your friend. If you happen to know someone who does any of these, you could ask if they’d be happy to teach you.

Tip- Don’t spend a lot of money up-front- try a beginners kit or similiar to see if you like it first. As any avid knitter/crocheter will tell you- It can get real expensive, real quick!

Picnics

It goes without saying that Summer and Picnics go hand in hand! If you have a traditional wicker picnic basket you’re definitely halfway to a Grandma-core Summer already! If not, no need to go and get one. Just use whatever you have currently, but maybe check out local charity shops for some Grandma-chic crockery to serve everything on? How about a picnic blanket too? If nothing else you can definitely channel Grandma through your food choices- simple sandwiches cut into four, cocktail sausage, sausage rolls, scotch eggs (Basically lots of beige) You can travel to a local beauty spot to enjoy your food, or just stay home in the garden!

Rainy day? No problem. Have an indoor picnic and dig out the playing cards and board games!

Are you ready for a Grandma-core Summer? Do you have a Grandma-chic hobby? Let me know in the comments below!

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