Well, that escalated quickly. We said adios winter and hello summer in the course of a few weeks. This entire week we enjoyed temps in the 80s, and as much time outside as possible! I cannot tell you how excited I am to be back in the season where we live off of grilled burgers and watermelon. So, in celebration of soaking in this glorious season, I am sharing some of my favorite ways to say HELLO SUMMER!
Back to Basics Coffee Station
I shared recently that I decided to ditch my single brew coffee machine and go to a Ninja Coffee Bar Station. I thought dealing with the coffee grounds would drive me crazy, but really, I am loving it! My absolute favorite way to say hello summer is to switch over to iced coffee. I am also trying to be more aware of how much I spend on coffee drinks, so I committed to making my favorite Iced Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiatos at home! I even started grinding my own coffee beans (I buy this bulk bag), and then storing them in my pretty new coffee canister. I honestly didn’t notice the difference in taste when you fresh grind your own beans, but I am here to say it is 100% worth a bit of extra time. I add 1-2 pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup, which I found out you can buy right at Starbucks! They literally pulled it off their storage rack and rang it right up for me! Then, I brew on the ‘specialty brew’ setting on my Coffee Bar over ice, and top with almond milk. And for the last, and most necessary step ;-), I found this caramel sauce online which is perfect for topping off drinks! Now, I literally have no excuse for ever buying coffee outside of the house. Even though, SHHH, I still do. What can I say, it’s my vice!
Fun Tie Front Top
Top c/o Pink Blush (sold out, but identical top here and similar here!) // Bralette (similar here and here) Jeans // Sunglasses // Shoes (sold out, similar here) // Bag (old, similar here) // Watch
Sometimes you find a piece of clothing that you fall in love with, and this top (similar) is one of those items! It is so loose and flowy, and was basically MADE to be worn over a pretty bralette. I have had it less than two weeks, and have already worn it more than once. It would also be perfect thrown on over a swimsuit top. I just cannot get enough, and you can find a TON of color options here, too!
Oster Air Fryer
I will be honest, I was not sure what all of the fuss was about over air fryers. But I was able to try out an Oster AIr Fryer for the first time this past week, and I am SOLD. Ours is equipped with a spinning basket, so the food is constantly in motion which prevents it from sticking. The first thing I tried making was good old fashioned chicken nuggets for the boys. They came out SO crispy and cooked perfectly, and that was without adding ANY oil. The next day I tried making mini tacos with just a tablespoon of oil for the entire batch. They were, no joke, just as good as any I have ever had from a deep fryer. You can use it to cook meats, veggies, and just about anything else you could imagine. And also-THERE IS NO PREHEATING. I had crispy chicken nuggets in 15 minutes flat with zero time waiting for the fryer to heat up. That alone pretty much had me sold!
Pink Paloma Cocktail
It makes perfect sense that in a week where we say HELLO SUMMER that I include two different drinks, right?! 😉 After years of hating on tequila, something in me snapped and suddenly I cannot get enough of margaritas. This cocktail is a nice way to get that margarita taste with a little bit less sweetness. It is definitely tarte, so adding a sugar cube or a little bit of simple syrup can be a good option if it is too much for you. This is the perfect drink when you aren’t craving something overly sweet, but still want something fruity!
- 1.5 oz tequila
- 3 oz grapefruit juice
- top with grapefruit sparkling water
- OPTIONAL: 1 tablespoon simple syrup or one sugar cube
Combine all ingredients in shaker and blend. Serve over ice and enjoy!
Some of you may know we use essential oils in our home, and while I love the company we buy from and the wonders of oils, I am also not above admitting when I find products from other brands that are a better fit for your family. My little guys basically LIVE outside lately, and putting sunscreen on can become so tedious. My sweet friend Ashton is constantly talking about Beautycounter, and I finally decided to try out the sunscreens. They come in stick form, which was a major selling point for me because I HATE when my boys get lotion everywhere! So far, I have been incredibly happy with it! It doesn’t have an overwhelming smell, goes on well, and is also protecting my boys well, which is the most important thing. They also just came out with a new and improved sunscreen line. If you are looking for safer products (trust me, I tried LOTS of ‘safe’ sun options since having little ones, and none have done it for me. So after lots of failures, I am seriously LOVING this stuff!
I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. We don’t have much on the agenda, so I will probably just be saying HELLO WEEKEND and HELLO SUMMER with a drink in my hand and time spent in the yard. And maybe we will finally get a table at my favorite restaurant that we have now tried (and FAILED) to eat at three times 😉