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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Skinny Dirty Banana Cocktail

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Getting hooked on Dirty Bananas in the Caribbean was a terrible mistake because they’re so delicious and addicting! As soon as we got back into the states, my husband and I started recreating them. Of course they were still just as amazing but it’s not as fun without the beach view! Today I wanted to thin down the recipe a bit and make a “skinny” version of the Dirty Banana. (It’s still alcohol so how skinny can it really get, am I right?) I think this version really does it justice and definitely makes this cocktail skinnier than its original version. I’ll leave a link here so you can check out the original. It’s a great treat every once and awhile; but, it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to enjoy often. Try out this Skinny Dirty Banana recipe to enjoy this Caribbean treat!

Ingredients :

1 oz. Malibu

1 oz. Kahlua

1 oz. 99 Bananas

Dash of Almond Milk


That’s it! Mix all together and serve over ice. It’s so easy and much better for you than the original recipe. I hope you try this recipe out and enjoy! Leave me a comment below and tell me your thoughts!
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5 Places To Eat This Weekend

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In need of a fun new place to check out this weekend? Here’s a few to get your weekend started off on the right foot!

La Mie  – cutest little bakery with some delicious goodies

Eatery A – amazing brunch and their venue is to die for

Barn Town Brewing – local brews and funky design is always a win for me

The Republic on Grand rooftops and cocktails make the best pairing

Hurts Donuts – nom nom nom

Leave me a comment below of somewhere new I need to check out!
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July Hot Spots

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Summer means getting out to enjoy the weather, friends, and some good drinks. Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite locations to get just that. I’ve been enjoying wandering around and exploring all of the fun things Des Moines has to offer. I love living near such a big city because I find that no matter how much I go exploring, I can always stumble upon something new! So, without further ado, here are a few of my new favorite hot spots for this summer!

The Rooftop in downtown Des Moines is my favorite summer spot. They have a great menu, great location, and everyone says they have the best Moscow Mules in the city! So do you really need to hear any more? It is a smaller location so it tends to get a little packed so if you’re looking to get in and get a seat I’d recommend trying an early lunch. They’re in such a great location that you can make a day of shopping afterwards! Fair warning, there is little to no coverage from the sun so be sure to dress appropriately. Because you’ll be frying in the sun! (Gotta look out for my pale girls out there!)

The Juice Company is such a cute little hole in the wall place in Des Moines that I never would’ve found if it wasn’t for a friend. I’m so glad she opened my eyes cause this is the cutest little smoothie and juice shop I’ve seen! There’s just something about seeing all of the fresh fruits laying out that gives me a better feeling about what I’m putting in my body. (Because you know that cheap smoothie from a fast food chain is just some frozen chemical filled nastiness.) One of their most popular items is a wheat grass shot, they have tons of this grass all around their shop (so cute!). I’m not brave enough yet to try it but be sure to let me know how it is if you are!

Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop has a special place in my heart because if there is anything better than drinking outside, it’s drinking on a rooftop. They have such a big venue with so many different spaces to really suit everyone. Their outdoor patio area on the first floor is beyond adorable and the large awning really helps on days when the sun is pounding down. Their food is amazing and I always tend to lean towards their wraps because they all sound so good! The drink menu is just as extensive and amazing. I feel like they always have WAY too many tempting drink specials going on. (Makes it very difficult to choose!)

Send me your favorite hot spots so I can try something new! And don’t forget to let me know if you try out one of my favorites! 🙂

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