Cheers To Labor Day!


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If you’re like me and aren’t into basing your labor day party outfit off of the old red, white, and blue – bring the red, white, and blue in your dish! I love this drink because it keeps things nice and fresh while still maintaining the theme of the day. (If you aren’t a fan of raspberries, swap them out for strawberries!) Here’s what you’ll need to make these delicious cocktails this Labor Day.

Ingredients :

1 shots of Vodka (I used pomegranate and it tasted delicious)

Fill the rest of glass with Sprite

Blueberries

Raspberries

Plus, whatever leftovers you have of the fruit can be used easily into these cute yummy skewers. (I just added marshmallows but you can use white chocolate too!)

Leave me a comment below and let me know what your labor day plans are!

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At Home Energizing Cold Brew – Dairy Free!

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There have been many more late nights and heavily packed days lately than I’d like to admit. So many, in fact, that my usual caffeinated tea has not been up to the task. I’d find myself needing multiple just to get through the work day. So, I decided to try this cold brew from a recommendation from some family members. I’m super glad that I gave this a go because it has really saved my mornings!

I’m in love with this cold brew and one of the best parts is that it’s dairy free! I love almond milk and prefer it to milk. Which may be weird but I absolutely hate the taste of milk (barf!); but, I’m too much of a weenie to drink my coffee black. So, I always mixed my black coffee with almond milk. This Califia Farms Cold Brew Coffee comes in a few different flavors that really trick my brain into thinking I stopped at my local Starbucks. This not only saves me money but time! I love having a little more interesting added to my coffee than just the plain old. My favorite flavor this brand carries is probably the mocha. I can find this product easily at either Target or my local grocery store in the organic section.

Try Something Fun! Lately I have been mixing a cup or so of this with my protein shake in the morning. It tastes amazing and kills two birds with one stone! I highly recommend trying it out!

Leave me a comment below and tell me how you get energized in the morning!

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Drinks Your Guests Will Remember This Memorial Day

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While you’re planning what exactly to serve at your Memorial Day parties, be sure to give this amazing adult beverage a try. Here’s my twist on an Orange Pomegranate Crush!

Ingredients : 

1 oz Triple Sec

2 oz Smirnoff Pomegranate Vodka

1/2 orange juiced

1 splash of Sprite or other lemon-lime soda

Serve over ice


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Fool Proof Hangover Cure

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I thought New Year’s Day would be a great opportunity to re-post this handy little blog to help everyone out. New Year’s tends to get a little crazy so let me help you start off on the right foot in 2017. Try out some, or all, of these times to get started on your best year yet!

Water

Obviously. Your body needs water after all the alcohol you guzzled down the night before. You really should drink a large glass of water first thing every morning; but, be sure you especially don’t skip this step when you wake up hungover.

Medicate

Pop a couple ibuprofen or take an Advil to get the healing started.

Banana

I know it probably sounds disgusting at the time. Your body doesn’t NEED the unhealthy greasy breakfast that you know you’re craving, it NEEDS the potassium. Save the calories, eat a banana.

Tea

A warm cup of tea always eases my stomach when it is upset. When I’m hungover, I opt for my detoxifying tea. I use the Roasted Dandelion Root from Traditional Medicinals. It’s a great organic detox tea (little earthy for those not accustomed). You won’t see all the celebrities promoting it but it still works just the same. Drink a cup of tea to help ease your stomach and prepare for the next step…

Get Moving – Work Out

It’s going to sound awful and the exact opposite of what you want to do but I promise you will feel so much better once it’s all said and done. Sweat out all the left over toxins in your body. You could go on a long walk, run on the treadmill, or just do a little in home ab work. Really it’s all up to you, but I promise you’ll feel a million times better after.

After these steps, you’ll feel back to normal. The best part is that this process will take only a couple hours and they’ll save the rest of your day! Try this out next time you’re feeling a little under the weather and let me know how it goes!

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Inside My Tea Cabinet

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I love me some tea! I have at least one glass of tea a day because it’s great for you and I love the taste. I have a few different varieties of tea that I like to keep on hand at all times. I wanted to show you which ones I like and why I can’t live without them!

Lipton Pure Green Tea 100% Natural

This is tea is a major part of my morning routine. I used to rely on coffee and energy drinks to get my morning boost but I found that they triggered my anxiety too much. Weening myself off of those highly caffeinated drinks was not an easy task. However, once I switch over to natural green tea, I found myself not missing them at all. I love the natural boost of caffeine that this tea gives me. I can’t go through my morning without it!

Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile with Lavender

This is my tea that I will normally choose after a stressful day or just winding down for the night. The chamomile and lavender are great for relaxing a busy mind. I love this tea if I’m needing a bit of calming down.

Pompadour Chamomile

This tea also contains chamomile but I use this one for an entirely different scenario. When I was younger, my dad always used to give me this tea when I had a sore throat or an upset stomach. Of course I was younger and not quite accustomed to the natural earthy taste of tea so he would sneak in some honey. When I have a sore throat now I prepare myself the same tea. I find it does a great job soothing my throat.

Traditional Medicinals Organic Roasted Dandelion Root

This last tea is one I’ve repurchased now again and again. Recently, the new trend is the detox teas that you see celebrities promoting all over the internet. I found my own, cheaper, version of their detox tea. Dandelion root is a great natural way to detox. I use this whenever I’ve maybe eaten too much (aka Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities) or when I’ve eaten not so healthy. I highly recommend this tea for those of you who want the effects of a big name brand detox tea but don’t want to spend the money.

What tea do you guys enjoy drinking? I’d love to try out some more this season, leave your suggestions below!

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What I Ate Today

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Breakfast

You guys know I love my smoothies! The smoothie I made this morning was similar to all my other breakfast smoothies I like to make. I add one frozen banana, (TIP : If you have any bananas that go bad before you eat them, pop them in the freezer to enjoy in smoothies. Peeling them and putting them in a Tupperware makes this process easier) assorted fruits, spinach, and a little almond milk for creaminess. I love this smoothie and it’s packed full of fruits and veggies. The fruit does a great job at masking the spinach taste so be sure to sneak in a larger amount of greens.

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Lunch

I have a full time job so I have to pack my lunch every day. I normally like to bring a plethora of healthy food/snacks to tide me over all day. Most days, I’ll get hungry again around 10 am so I’ll either have a banana or apple. For my lunch today, I packed a turkey wrap, broccoli, and the fruits you see here (whichever I didn’t eat for my snack earlier). This normally tides me over until I get home. I’ll leave you a link here for the turkey wrap I made on this day.

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Dinner

The only pasta dish I can get my husband to willingly eat, Chicken Parmesan. This is one of my go-to simple dinners when I don’t want to overthink it. I’ll thaw a couple chicken breasts the night before and can come home and knock out this cooking in less than an hour. It’s simple, easy, and delicious! I’ll leave a link here to a recipe if you’d like to give it a go!

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Sweater Weather Fall Tag

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Today’s weather is hitting me in the fall feels and I came across this tag that I thought sounded fun and totally worked with my mood. I found this on An Endless Weekend’s page (what a great name right?!) so you can hop on over to her page after this to read her tag! Without further ado, let’s do this.

Favorite Candle Scent?

Honestly, I prefer the apple and cinnamon scents over the pumpkin spice. Any candle with either of those scents has my vote!

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?

Tea all the way. I love tea and find I flock towards it more often than not. I normally have a green tea everyday and have been trying to incorporate lavender tea into my nightly routine for a better night’s sleep.

What is the best fall memory you have?

Yikes…I guess I don’t have a favorite. Blame it on the bad memory!

Best fragrance for fall?

Best fragrance year round, Dolce. I’m not super into switching up my scents for the seasons.

Favorite Thanksgiving food?

Turkeyyyyyy

What is Autumn weather like where you live?

The weather is just like every other season in Iowa. 70 one day, 40 the next, little rain here, little sunshine there. You never know!

Most worn sweater?

The sweater I featured in this post (New York and Company for those wondering).

Football games or jumping in a pile of leaves?

If by football you mean tailgating and then following that up by watching the game in a bar, then football for sure.

Skinny jeans or leggings?

Leggings, jeggings if I must. I’ll always opt for leggings.

Combat boots or Uggs?

Uggs are so much more comfy, but I found myself not touching them since college. Ugh. Maybe I’ll go break out a pair now!

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

Plain and simple. No.

Favorite fall TV show?

I’m a sucker for the CW shows. Netflix just uploaded all of the newest seasons of everything and I’m finding it difficult deciding what to watch!

What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

Spooky Scary Skeletons Remix. You’re welcome. 🙂

What do you want to be for Halloween?

Couple costume with my fiance, Janet Snakehole and Bert Macklin from Parks and Recreation. It’s too perfect for us haha!

Hats or scarves?

Scarves, scarves, scarves

What is you #1 favorite thing about fall?

If I had to pick one, Halloween. Favorite holiday ever!

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