Summer Watermelon Salad

Who else agrees that summer season = watermelon season?! There’s nothing I crave more on a hot summer day than a bowl of cold, refreshing watermelon. What I love most about this fruit is the versatility of use in a variety of recipes. Add it to a cocktail, throw it on the grill, freeze it into a sweet popsicle or simply serve it as is. The mouthwatering possibilities are endless, which is a good thing considering the hefty size of a single watermelon can feed a family of four or more!

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Learning to Live in the Present

You may have noticed that I took a short break from the blog. Don’t worry, I’m not done with this fun side hobby. Far from done actually. Life just got in the way and swept me off my feet, probably without many people noticing. To get back on my feet, I’m sharing something extremely personal that has affected me for as long as I can remember, in hope that I help others as well as help myself learn a new mindset and gain confidence each day. Today I am talking about my anxiety. Specifically my anxiety and fear about living in the present.

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Podcasts I Love

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When it comes to podcasts, I’m definitely behind the ball. Like, “back in 2009 with my EnV flip phone with no access to podcasts” behind. To be honest, it wasn’t until this year (yes, 2019!) that I listened to my first podcast and became addicted to tuning in to different subscriptions while in the car, on walks, at home, you name it.

Why the sudden interest in podcasts?

Truthfully, I started listening to podcasts to gain more insight and knowledge on topics I didn’t know.

I know some people listen to podcasts on sports or mysteries (I have yet to listen to Serial!!) but I sought out podcasts that taught me something – be it adulting and life skills I didn’t know yet to business leadership and marketing industry advice from thought leaders. I wanted my podcast time to be motivational and inspiration, and not just time lost. I wanted to listen to a podcast and have the feeling that I could tackle the world like these influencers were.

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Floor Length Dresses Under $100

Let’s talk about formal dresses – are you Team Buy or Team Rent? Personally I love a good floor length dress or ball gown, but not the price that comes with it! For so long, I’ve rented dresses for formal occasions thinking I’m saving myself money, considering the use and practicality of a gown hanging in my closet. However, after our third black tie invitation this year, I decided it was time to invest in a formal, floor length dress for my closet – without breaking the bank.

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#AmazonPrime: Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Alert Alert. In case you didn’t remember – Father’s Day is this Sunday! Before you head to Kohl’s for the annual tie (that he might wear once), or grab a sporting goods or home improvement gift card, head to Amazon and 2-day Prime ship a gift that dad will actually love this year.

I’ve rounded up 10 gifts for the man of the hour, from tools and outdoor equipment to tech gear that will keep your dad in the 21st century. 

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5-Ingredient Patriotic Desserts to Make this Memorial Day

Whether you’re the host of the party or heading to a picnic, don’t skimp out on a dessert that “wows” your friends and family. I know it’s easy to run to the grocery store and buy a container of pre-made cookies or cake and call it a day, but making a dessert doesn’t have to be difficult and time consuming either!

For the master bakers or the newbies in the kitchen, I’ve shared five simple recipes that all require 5-ingredients or less to make. Bonus: They are all red-white-and-blue themed to get you in the holiday spirit.

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Save Money with Honey: Web Browser Extension

Raise your hand if you like paying full price? I hope the silent, yet still 100% unanimous answer is, “heck no!”

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved the thrill and joy of getting a good deal. I remember clipping coupons from the elementary school entertainment book we carried around in our car, understanding at that young age that clipping coupons was the responsible thing to do. As I got older, I remember my mom teaching me tricks to determine percentages while inside Limited Too. I know she was tired of me nagging her, asking her each price of every item I lusted over, but I know she was also setting me up for success as a conscientious, discount shopper. And trust me, that couponing and quick mental math applies to more than just clothes, but also grocery shopping. Nick gets so embarrassed when I pull out my wad of coupons or fight the cashier on gas points, but what’s wrong with saving a few dollars here and there! My Giant grocery store receipts show how much money we’re saving this year and I’ll continue to coupon away. 

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5 Game of Thrones Inspired Drinks

Can anyone else believe that Game of Thrones officially ends this Sunday? Honestly, I don’t know what we’re going to do with our Sunday nights now that we don’t have these episodes to look forward to. While Nick and I aren’t having a viewing party with our friends, I haven’t stopped thinking about GoT inspired food and beverages that we could make this Sunday as tribute to the series finale. While we may be snacking on character favorites throughout the day, such as Sansa’s sweet lemon cakes or the Hounds classic fried chicken, I wanted to share a few drink recipes you can enjoy during the series finale as a toast to eight great seasons and ten great years.

So cheers to you Game of Thrones with these five inspired cocktails:

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Amazon vs. Target: 10 Last Minute Gifts for Mom

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PSA: Mother’s Day is right around the corner! For those who haven’t found that perfect gift yet, don’t panic. It may be crunch time, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the quality of your gift. While flowers and candles are sweet, give mom a gift that shows you truly appreciate her and all that she does for you.

The key to Mother’s Day shopping is buying mom the gifts she wouldn’t consider buying herself, since she’s always putting the needs and wants of her family first. Say no to “Mom” picture frames and heart shaped necklaces, unless you’re under the age of ten. Instead, treat mom to a sophisticated yet functional gift that matches her lifestyle.

Thanks to 2-day Amazon Prime and the magic shopping spell that Target (and Target online) can put on us, there are hundreds of gifts to chose from, just a click away! To make things even simpler, I’ve shared 10 thoughtful gifts that your mom will absolutely love this Mother’s Day.

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