Drinks! It’s officially summer and all I can think about right now are delicious, cold, refreshing summer drinks. I have an archive of so many summer drinks I thought I’d share a roundup of my top 9 favorite drinks to get your summer off to a tasty start! Enjoy.
Grapefruit Citrus Cooler
Mint Watermelon Cooler
Summer Fruit Slush
Tasty Homemade Iced Coffee
Healthy Veggie Smoothie
Vegetable Juice Smoothie
Citrus Springtime Punch
There you go, I hope you make at least one of these delicious summer drinks. Cheers!
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Finally, photos of our newly redesigned study! If you’ve been checking in lately, you’ll know that for several months we’ve been redesigning and redecorating our old, very brown, family study. And today, the finished room, choc-a-bloc with pretty photos is here! I’m in love with the new room, and would love to hear what you think.
The old study was, well, a study in brown.
But seriously, so. much. brown. Which is my least favorite color, but just kind of the way it all worked out with the inexpensive + free furniture we inherited. It was so much fun to start from scratch to redesign the study in light colors and brighter walls.
I’ve decided grey is the only wall color I’ll ever need. I mean, don’t tell my laundry room, or my family room, but grey is such a great neutral color to decorate around. It makes choosing furniture and decor so much easier, and creates such a mellow, bright background for any room.
It’s hard to pick my favorite piece in the study, but I’m super in love with the sectional tufted sofa, and I’m crazy about the bookshelf my husband designed … >> find out more...
Our study redesign is finally finished! But before I show you the new study, I wanted to give you a peek at the before photos of the old study before I do a reveal of the after photos.
Our study was perfectly lovely before the current redesign, but awfully brown, on brown, on brown, on BROWN and I was ready for some light.
We put the study together on a major budget, as we did most of the house, when we first moved in 13 years ago, and it has evolved over the years as our family has evolved.
And when I say budget, I mean this: we majorly splurged on the bookcases at Costco for $600 (that was a lot of money for us 13 years ago. it still is.), bought the mid-century modern desk at a garage sale for $30, the rolling office chair for $5 at a different yard sale, inherited the sofa from a rental unit we manage, bought the lamp at Costco and the light fixture (not pictured) at IKEA. Even the carpet was a remnant piece given to us by our neighbors who have a flooring business.
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It’s slush time! Summer is the very best, in every way, but one of my favorite things about the hot summer months is making delicious, fruity, slush drinks. I don’t drink alcohol, but any slush can turn boozy if you just swap out a couple ingredients, including this strawberry lime summer delight.
This strawberry lime slush is SO EASY to make and only takes a few ingredients, 2 of which are forms of water. Unless you’re making it an alcoholic drink, in which case you’ll need to toss in some booze. This drink is so easy you can make it in just a few minutes – serve it up with a pretty straw + paper umbrella and impress everyone you know.
Print up the recipe for this strawberry YUM to add to your recipe collection – you’ll want to make this one over and over again.
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Strawberry Lime Summer Slush
Author: Petit Elefant - Allison Czarnecki
Recipe type: Drink
- 12 ice cubes
- 32 strawberries
- 1 cup frozen concentrated Limeade
- 1 cup water
- Blend ice cubes in blender until completely crushed.
Have you seen the show, Odysseo Cavalia? If you have, you’ll know the show is far more than just well trained horses parading around on stage. It’s a spectacular mix of magical horsemanship, beautiful animals, circus acts, goose-bump-inducing dancing, and live music.
Have you heard of Cavalia? We went as a family to see it last weekend and were mesmerized, top to bottom, by the whole production. Even my jaded teenager held her mouth agape throughout the entire show.
I hadn’t heard of Odysseo until some huge white top tents were erected in a mall parking lot a few months ago. We’re huge horse fans over here, so I was excited to hear more about the big tops and the show happening inside.
It’s tricky to even explain Odysseo. Sitting in the audience as the lights came up for the show, I felt a bit like an excited little small town girl, waiting for the circus to begin. The show is such a production; with the lights, special effects and set design artistry, impossible physical feats of acrobatics and dancing, live music and singing, and horse tricks. Part Cirque Du Soleil, part modern dance, part circus, part ballet, part amazing… >> find out more...
My Kindle eReader and I have become inseparable over the last couple of years. Besties. We go everywhere together. I was using my Kindle before then, and used a Nook eReader before that, but somehow in the last couple of years I’ve incorporated my Kindle into my life completely, and now I just can’t live without it. It goes with me everywhere, all day long, and because I’m listening to audio books instead of taking time to sit down to read on the couch, I read non-stop.
I take my Kindle on my daily walks, carpool drop off and pick up, while I fold laundry and when I edit photos, while I cook dinner and do dishes, and while I fall asleep at night. Seriously, the case on my Kindle is starting to look like a beloved paperback, all dinged on the cover and shredded at the edges.
If you’re a book lover and don’t currently have an e-reader, get on that business ASAP. Put it on your wish list for whatever: birthday, anniversary, work-iversary, or your I-made-it-to-the-end-of-the-week celebration.
Because of my Kindle, I’m reading 2-3 books a week as opposed to maybe 2-3 in a … >> find out more...
Mid-century modern is my new favorite everything. Period. I had no idea I had such a thing for 1950’s and 1960’s style until we started renovating my house one room at a time, and over and over again mid-century modern pieces kept popping up on my inspiration boards. Our family room remodel ended up having bits and pieces of mid-century modern throughout, and as we’ve decorated the rest of the house it has become obvious I have a major thing for the style of that (wicked stylish) time period.
Speaking of mid-century modern, our study redesign is finally finished, and I can’t wait to show you. But first I want to share the pieces we used to put it together. The whole idea for this room was to swap it out from brown-on-brown-on-brown, on-boring to bright and gorgeous and modern.
It was really important to us to keep the function of the room, which is a major hangout for the kids to work on homework at the computer or to play Legos, or lounge on the sofa. So when I picked out all the furniture for the room I thought function first, then form, but I managed to keep … >> find out more...
A weekly menu is the best thing since sliced bread. Or cream puffs. Actually, a weekly menu is the best thing since chocolate. Well, maybe not chocolate, that’s crazy talk, but let me put it this way: my weekly menu saves my life.
I’ve done every kind of meal planning there is: flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants planning, organized-but-not-written-down planning, no-planning-of-any-kind, eating-out-instead-of-planning, and most recently, writing-it-all-down-and-being-extra-organized.
The best out of all the meal planning options? Writing it all down and being extra organized.
For about the last year and a half I’ve been vigilant about putting together meal plans and grocery lists every week, and it has saved my bacon. (see what I did there?) Even if we end up being in a hurry and eating out here and there, having it all organized ahead of time means even with the occasional treat out, most weeks we sit down at least 5 nights for a legit family meal.
I love it.
Since I’ve figured out my system, my life feels so much less stressed. I know what we’re eating for dinner by 7:30 AM every day, which means if something needs to go in the crock pot all day, … >> find out more...
It’s giveaway time! Get excited because not only is there a Jane Austen book + bookmark involved (hooray!), there’s also a $100 Amazon gift card and movie t-shirt up for grabs.
Let’s talk about the new movie and what this means for you.
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The new movie, Love & Friendship (in theaters now) is based on the unfinished Jane Austen novella, Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated by Whit Stillman. Have you ever heard of it or read it? I didn’t even know it existed which means I’m about to head own a Jane Austen rabbit hole of reading, which, let’s be honest, is the very best kind. Especially because this book is apparently right up there with the rest of Jane Austen’s hilariously witty body of work. I’m kind of dying I didn’t know this existed and am now extra excited to see the movie (with Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny) which is all about a foxy young widow (Kate Beckinsale) who has come to Churchill to live with her in-laws, … >> find out more...