Summer Cool Off!

Summer Cool Off!

As the heat comes into full swing and the days are at there longest I have enjoyed less cooking and more ease when it comes to the kitchen. I have enjoyed some wonderfully refreshing drink recipes in place of long hours making big casseroles or stove stop recipes. we are grilling a lot and let’s be honest doing a lot more salads and crock pot these days.

As a mom, a business launcher, full-time home manager, blogger, and lifestyle coach my life is busy and anything that makes it simpler is my best friend! Thing’s that can stream line things and bring a little fun into this very busy summer I am all for! The moments that are giving me a little time to breathe I’m wanting to gravitate toward some fun drink sprite and refreshing cocktails. I am a water girl thru and thru and hardly deviate from the plain old water in glass – no ice. When I do want something different Im all for going all out and making big batches of it to store or to pass out at a party. Because once again its easier and saves me time! For those who want just want a single glass of something the last two recipes are for you!

I hope you enjoy!

Southern Breeze (from southern living)

1 cup sugar

7 cups water

1 envelope of unsweetened blue raspberry lemonade mix

1 (6 oz) can frozen lemonade

1 (46 oz) can unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled

1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale

pour first four ingredients in ice cubes freeze.

mix pineapple and gingerly. serve over frozen cubes

 

Festive Fruit Punch  (from a wedding coordinator)

Dissolve 4 cups sugar into six cups of boiling water let cool

Add: 1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 large can of pineapple juice

1-2 liters of sprite

puree 4 large bananas or add container of purred strawberries

serve cold

 

Bourbon smash

6 fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed

1 tablespoon sugar

1 small lime wedge

3-4 mint or basil leaves

smash or muddle together in glass

add crushed ice

1/4 cup bourbon

 

Raspberry Champagne

two raspberries

splash of Chambord liquor

fill glass with chilled Champagne

Projects

Projects

I have recently come across “fixer upper” and “flip or flop” tv shows. I love it! So fun! Many of my friends are doing the whole “its time for the upgrade/move to bigger or better schools” thing. I on the other hand have re-fi for a shorter loan and am hunkering down for the long haul. Bigger is not always better and the grass is not always greener on the other side of town. I’m excited, and refreshed to have this thought process and to know what I want out of home life.

With this in mind, I have looked into making this home use-able for the longer hall (Lord willing of course). How we want to function and what we want to be. What are some things to help us utilize all of our home and not just parts? What do we need to touch-up. Whats not working…(hello ugly broken fan).  Little and big things have come up. Roof re-pairs, outside paint options, new microwave, coffee station, cover slip my nursing rocking chair.

I have been in project summer mode! My house is in need of some updates and so has my wardrobe and furniture. “Bye-bye” to the apartment coffee table!

It can be expensive when everything needs redoing. To help cut costs I am learning to be a DIY expert. I would not call myself a crafty person or a “handy” individual; we barely have tools in this house and have been known to climb the front tree to in order up our christmas decorations up. (This is because we are to cheap to by a bigger ladder.) I am a big saver when it comes to money so If I can save financially I’m all for it. So, I decided to fix my bathroom console myself.

Take a look and start brainstorming yourself where you can save! What projects, areas of work could you do yourself? It can help save you $! Maybe even a whole other summer vacation option! Now that is worth DIY!

 

It started looking like this. the white adhesive was peeling up. yuck!

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I then peeled and painted it black!

 

After letting that dry I added the green color that is covering my walls in my bathroom. I wanted it to flow seamlessly with my wall but have a little old throw back to it. My great-grandmother’s bathroom looked like this when I was little.

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I ordered handles, painted the main console and put the doors back on! It now seamlessly flows with the wall! I was pretty happy with the turn out! And all I spent was $15 dollars on amazon for the handles. The paint was from other project and I already had.

“I have found that small wins, small projects, small differences often make huge diffrences.” -Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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