Being outside is an amazing way to experience summer, but sometimes we need a break from the sun. Do you have a favorite movie where the plot revolves around fond summer memories? Let’s cool off. 

Pick your own, or pick from the list I have curated below. If you're still craving the outdoors this week, visit one of the outdoor movie options listed. 

Fun Summertime Movies

My Girl
Beverly Hills Troops
The Secret Life of Bees
Dirty Dancing
The Sandlot
American Graffiti
Do the Right Thing
The Goonies
The Parent Trap
Field of Dreams
Stand By Me
Roman Holiday

Outdoor Movies

Washington Park, OTR
7/25: Jumanji
8/1: The Big Short
8/8: Star Wars the Last Jedi
8/15: Black Panther
8/22: Grease
8/29: Dead Poets Society

Devou Park, Covington
7/27: Labyrinth
8/31: North of the Nightfall

Linden Grove Cemetery, Covington
8/3 The Neverending Story

Deerfield Township Parks and Recreation
7/ 27 Smurfs: The Lost Village at Landen-Deerfield Park
8/10 Coco at Cottell Park
8/24 Jumanji at Landen-Deerfield Park

Liberty Town Center Movies Under Moonlight
7/24 The Emoji Movie
7/31 Little Mermaid
8/ 7 Toy Story
8/14 Paddington
8/21 Finding Dory

Anderson Park District
8/24 Wonder

Boone County
7/27 Moana

Star-lite Drive-in, Amelia


Whether you're curling up to watch a movie at home, or packing the picnic basket, you’ll need some snacks. Iv’e included a recipe for my favorite clean eating healthy dip made with lentils, curry, coconut milk and pineapple used for dipping. If you like hummus, you will love this recipe—and it's vegan. Or grab some homemade snacks from one of our local makers (links below.) Note: This cookbook is one of my all-time favorites. if you like salt-of-the-earth style recipes, or eat a vegetarian diet, this book is a great staple. I've cooked though 75% of it! 


Curried Red Lentil Dip with Pineapple
(Recipe adapted from Moosewood New Classics, Molly Katzen)

1 fresh pineapple, cut into large cubes for dipping
1 cup red lentils
2 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup diced onions
1 1/2 cups peeled, cored, and diced apples
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon garam masala (optional)
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a medium saucepan, bring the lentils and water to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the lentils are soft and most of the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the onions, apples, and garlic with a dash of salt for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the raisins, curry powder, and the garam masala, if using, and continue to sauté for 10 minutes, until tender. In a food processor or blender, pureé the cooked lentils and sautéed onion mix with the coconut milk and lemon juice. Add the salt and adjust to taste. Serve chilled with fresh cubed pineapple. 

Or make it easy and support local—

The Pop Shop Popcorn Company

Yankee Doodle Deli Pretzels

Grateful Grahams

Instagram Lesson

This week we will learn about two tools that will change your Instagram game! I'm serious when I say these 2 tools changed my business life. If you use Instagram for business you're in for a treat with these two tools. If you're using Instagram for personal use, these tools will teach you all sorts of new ways to think about your content and they will come in handy in the future. I consider them magical unicorns. Whew! Are you ready? 


If you’re looking to create social graphics from scratch, look no further. Canva boasts several templates for inspirational images, text-based photos, announcements and everything in-between. Best part, it is super-duper easy, and you don't need a design degree to use it. This tool is free to signup and there are plenty of free graphics, templates and tools! You can buy graphics and photos for $1 and $2, but you should have your own photos for Instagram to upload so I suggest using the free items. Now, that being said, if you do have a brand already with a color palette, logo etc. you may want to sign up for the paid Canva for Work version where you can upload your brand. However, I only suggest this to companies that are creating tons of graphics like social graphics, emails headers, blog images etc. If you are simply using this for Instagram, go with the free version. Note: If you need a brand, let's chat (My fall Wholehearted Branding Class will be starting in September.)

Sign up for CANVA

Then head over to the tutorials page and do the "Beginner's Challenge" as homework this week. This exercise will familiarize you with how Canva works (and it's only about 2 minutes long!) After, you can click on "create a design," then choose "Instagram post." Choose a template, then look to the left and click on the tool tab that says "Upload." Upload the photo you would like to post. From here you can custom design your post with the type, font, and colors you would like. Design Tip: Choose 1 or 2 consistent colors to use every time so your Instagram feed looks curated. After you are done designing, click "publish" to download your design. Below is an example of a graphic I created in Canva. 


Now that you can add text designed images into your feed, let’s learn how to curate your content. This tool helps you pre-plan content for your feed. This is good for two reasons, this helps curate your content so it looks branded and well-thought out. Secondly, it can help you be intentional about the messages and visuals your sharing. I'm so excited to show you this tool. GAH! Ready for mind blowing goodness?  Go ahead and signup for a free Planoly account

Below I have provided all the basics you need to know to get started!

1. The GRID pulls up your latest images from your Instagram profile feed.
2. Allows you to upload multiple images.
3. Hold on to image, then drag & drop to arrange your feed.
4. Tap on image when you’re ready to write copy & save. You can schedule now or later.
5. The “S” blue tab means you’ve scheduled that image.
6. The “U” pink tab means that image is not scheduled. The “Unscheduled” photos are the images that you can drag & drop to arrange your feed.

1. Tap on each day to see how your day looks like.
2. Scroll your calendar feed to see all scheduled posts for each day. It shows you a thumbnail of image, date, time & a snippet of your drafted caption.
3. You can also post now by sliding each line RIGHT. To delete, slide LEFT.
4. Each post that goes live gets “greyed out” to identify that you’ve already posted it.
5. You can re-post or regram an old photo from any day, week, or month by sliding each line RIGHT even if it’s greyed out.

1. Tap on photo when you’re ready to add caption.
2. Type out caption and tap OK at top right. If you’re ready to save, tap “UPDATE” at bottom footer. This will save it as a draft and will be here for you when you are ready to schedule the day and time to post.
3. When you’re ready to schedule, tap toggle to “schedule”, then dates and time slots will appear.
4. Select month, day, and time. Tap UPDATE at bottom footer.

Above are the basics to get you started. Try playing with uploaded graphics from your CANVA designs you created. Mix those with regular photos (without graphics or text.) Drag your posts to create the look you want. Below is an example of my Planoly. Want more? Teach yourself to become a Planery pro with mini class tutorials