There’s nothing I love more than sipping an icy drink on a hot summer day. A fresh fruit slush is a perfect poolside drink (or while you’re hiding from the kids and binge watching Grey’s Anatomy). Just a few simple ingredients (really!) make for a yummy, refreshing beverage that you’ll be wanting to sip all summer long. Also great: this fruit slush made with melons and berries is pretty good for you!
This fruit slush calls for watermelon and berries which are fantastic together, and both are plentiful during the summer months. You can mix it up and use any variety of melon and berry you prefer. Maybe honeydew and blackberry or cantaloupe and blueberry, or any combo really. Hopefully the fruit is ripe and sweet on its own, but if not, you can add a little sugar or honey to sweeten it up.
For an extra refreshing drink, we like to fill our glasses with 3/4 fruit slush and 1/4 sparkling water. It’s a little bit like homemade soda, only totally fresh and healthy. Win win.
These melon berry slushes are also great for a crowd, say a BBQ or even a baby shower. Make up several batches and … >> find out more...
Today’s giveaway: Southwest Airlines is giving away the chance to win 4 round trip airline tickets anywhere Southwest Airlines flies!
Get in on this business. If I could get away right now, I’d hop on the first plane out of here headed to parts south + beachy. Have you been waiting to go visit your aunt Edna? Now’s the time! What about a trip to the Caribbean (I’ve never been) or Mexico (I haven’t been since high school but I’m dying to go back)? Do it! Check out entry details below and get away now. Do it for me.
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Every summer I put together a little ‘Welcome to Summer‘ bag for my kids. Just a collection of small summer toys and fun things to get the kids excited about the start of a fresh new summer after finishing a long, hard school year. The bags have gotten a little different as the kids have gotten older, but they always include some element of fun, and once in awhile they include something related to whatever trip we have planned for the summer.
This summer we’re not taking a big trip, we’re hanging out closer to home while we try to figure out why my baby girl has been throwing up for almost three months. But we’re still planning to have the Summer of All Summers at home.
Grab whatever bags you’ve got hanging around the house. Sometimes I use beach buckets, but this year I used some reusable shopping bags I had left over from a party called SocialLuxe Lounge which I co-hostess every year. The bags just need to be big enough to include whatever you’re tucking inside.
How To Make Some Fun Summer Bags For Kids
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My kids seem to be growing especially fast these days, so when I find a cute tee or dress on sale for a great deal, I usually buy their current size plus the size I know they’ll soon be fitting into. I found some bright neon shirts at Target a while back and bought a few colors, knowing they would be perfect for school and play time for my 9 year old. But when it came time to size up, I thought I’d make the tees a little more unique, and use up some sequins from my hoarded stash supplies. That’s how this sequin tee DIY was born.
You may recall I made some cute sequin bracelets a while back? Well, I still have several bags of sequins just hanging around, so inspired by the Crew Cuts catalog which offers a bunch of cute sequined embellished tees for a bajillion dollars, I decided to make my own. I ordered a bottle of glue especially made for this type of DIY, and got to work, creating a couple of cute tee options for my sweet little gal. I decided to start with an easy pattern, this Peter Pan version, and have … >> find out more...
School is almost out for summer, which means parents everywhere are dreaming about hitting the open road with their families in good old fashioned road trip style.
In theory. Because while while road trips might be the carefree calling card of summer, the reality is that being packed in a car with people who have a penchant for repeating “Are we there yet?” every five minutes, while fighting over whose foot is touching whose, can quickly lead to a very special kind of road rage.
The challenge of course, lies in keeping kids engaged, excited and comfortable the whole time – even on the long, potentially boring stretches of road. I’ve found this becomes a lot less difficult when you work with your family’s natural rhythm. That could mean dressing everyone in pajamas for the ride, making frequent stops to stretch and run around along the way, or not even heading out until late in the afternoon so that arrival time equals bedtime.
Here are the 3 most simple, yet most important tips you’ll need this summer, culled from my own childhood road trips, plus sanity savers mastered while traveling with my own family:
Go Retro: Think back to the days when you … >> find out more...
It’s wedding season. While you may be jumping up and down in excitement for your friends who will be tying the knot, you might also be dreading finding something to wear. Never fear! Consider this your guide to plus size dresses wedding edition.
The first step in finding your perfect outfit is to know a little about the wedding. I’ve attended weddings that range from sit-down catered affairs to sitting on hay bales in a grove of trees to a picnic atmosphere were the guests were asked to bring a potluck dish. If you don’t know the couple well enough to know the details, and you can’t deduce them from the invitation, don’t be afraid to ask! The last thing you want is to be the person who shows up in a gauzy skirt and has to sit on itchy hay bales (ahem, speaking from experience).
In general, a dress is appropriate. Any color except white is acceptable, for obvious reasons. However, black and anything that sparkles shouldn’t be worn during the day. Beyond that, the specifics are determined by the time of day and the formality/informality of the event.
Casual weddings cover a wide range of possibilities, but a … >> find out more...
Warning: Food photography ahead. This post will leave you with your mouth watering while making a mad dash for something delicious.
On a recent trip to Austin, Texas, my goal was to eat every meal at a food truck. It felt like I basically ate my way through Austin. I’m pretty sure I gained an extra five pounds, all in the name of blogging, y’all. And eating.
While this is, by no means, an extensive review or round-up of Austin food trucks, it is a glimpse of some awesome meals on wheels that you might want to check out next time you’re in the capital of Tejas. Which, by the way, is a fantastic little city and totally worth a visit. Delicious eats from food trucks make it just a little more awesome. Here’s where we at this time around.
East Side King
Oh my, this Asian Fusion was SO tasty. My favorites were the fried brussel sprouts and Thai chicken. Be sure to include some beet home fries in your order. No matter your feelings on beets, these things are a unique taste to your palate.
Food truck located at: 1104 East 6th St.
Um, gourmet donuts. Yes, please. … >> find out more...
Your face is pretty important to you, no? I like mine, even if my neck is starting to betray me by sinking into my chest. Why didn’t I know about this in my twenties? If you’re young and hot (which, duh, of course you are!) be kind to your neck. Wear sunscreen with 100 billion SPF, wear hats everywhere, MOISTURIZE! Still, we all have to do our part to make sure we have a lovely face to present to ourselves in the mirror every morning, even if some of us *ahem* have sagging necks. Also one of the
best worst things about getting older is the visibility of facial pores. As in, pores you never knew existed will start to show up all over your adorable mug. Why? WHY, Universe, whyyyyyyyyy???
Well, whatever. I’ve already tried arguing with the skin gods, to no avail. We’ll just have to take it on our own from here, and of course your ever loyal friend (that would be me) has got your back with a good DIY pore shrinking face mask. Because there’s nothing more satisfying than a DIY beauty recipe with ingredients from your very own kitchen. Truly.
So let’s go!
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If you’ve never tried a fish tail braid before, today’s the day! I think every gal should have one good braid in her hair styling arsenal: French braid, traditional braid or otherwise. Especially because Summer is nearly here with all it’s relaxed styles, balmy afternoons and beachy vibes. And I love it. As you might have guessed, I’m a big fan of simple. Simple hair, simple outfits. I am a mom of two boys and I want to be cute and feminine but I have to be practical as well.
This braided style fits the bill whether you are going for casual or romantic. It’s a half up fishtail braid that takes 10 minutes, tops, and it’s great for styling quickly when your hair is still wet. Any style that eliminates the hair dryer on a hot day is a keeper in my book. Let me show you how it’s done!
Half-up Fishtail Braid
Here are the products I used:
- Root lifter
- Teaser comb
- Thin hair tie
- Hair pins if you need them
That’s it! I might even consider the mousse optional, it’s mainly just for extra volume but the braid works without it.
I start by applying the … >> find out more...