Pineapple + Peach Vodka Slush

This post is sponsored by DOLE® Canned 100% Pineapple Juice.

If you’re looking for a new summer-go-to drink recipe, frozen drinks are the perfect choice! This vodka slush is perfect for a crowd and is so pretty guests will love the bright summer colors!

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Summer is here which means my mind is on frozen cocktails. I love how versatile they can be (and how simple they are to whip up). I recently made these pineapple and peach slushes for a day lounging poolside. When the temps rise your mouth will be watering for one of these tropical drinks, trust me!

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The exotic flavors in this drink are so refreshing which makes it great for sipping on a hot day. I topped it off with a big splash of DOLE® Canned 100% Pineapple Juice which was just that perfect added touch. Bring out a couple pitchers or serve individual glasses on a tray. No matter how you bring them out, guests will be very happy. (more…)

Social Media Overwhelm And How To Avoid It

Raise your hand if you feel like you’re doing #AllTheThings and yet somehow you still feel like you’re not doing enough. Oh boy, I know that feeling. It’s easy to get caught up in the grind of trying to build your brand online, reach your audience, grow your following, research new marketing ideas, explore the newest shiny platform to come on the scene, take killer photos, do the actual work your business requires … I could keep going but you get the point. Heck, you’re living it. Social media overwhelm can derail you from growing your brand online.

Sometimes being an online entrepreneur feels like running on a hamster wheel (and I’m guessing you’d agree). I think that’s okay–for a season. But ultimately we need to get to a place where we’re confident that we’re focusing on what matters. We should be spending quality time on the things that will move the bar for our blog, brand, and business. It’s hard to really know what those things are though when we’re running on that wheel.

How to avoid social media overwhelm

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • You feel overwhelmed by all the things you have to do daily and all the things you want to do that you can’t seem to get to.
  • You’re watching your peers’ businesses take off and you’re starting to feel defeated.
  • You’re Googling, everything. Reading everything you can, and learning a lot. You’re in a handful of Facebook groups trying to figure it all out. BUT you still  not confident that you know where to start or what to focus on first.
  • You’re afraid if you don’t “do it all” that you’ll be hurting your chances of succeeding.
  • You’re tired. And beginning to feel uninspired about your business.

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DIY Lip Scrub

Sugar scrubs are all the rage, and for good reason. They smell divine and work wonders on your skin. But what about your lips? This DIY lip scrub recipe came to mind because my smackers needed a little extra attention as well.

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This lip scrub is great if you have dry lips.  Made with natural oils that smell great and is simple to make (I promise!). I made a few to have on hand and gave a few away as gifts (thanks to these perfect little lip balm jars I found). I made these using lavender essential oils but you can swap out your favorite scent. I think orange would be great to use in the morning. Sounds fresh! To use the lip scrub, apply a small amount to your lips and then rub around a bit. Rinse off the scrub with warm water and a wash cloth and then apply your favorite lip balm once your done. I like to use mine at night and it helps get lipstick off as well which is a bonus! (more…)

The Case For Being A Quitter

No, It’s not the Pinterest or Instagram quote you’d expect but I’m making the case for quitting. Quitting in the sense of making a purposeful decision to let something go or move in a new direction. I don’t mean simply giving up because something is hard, you’re stuck, or experiencing a challenging time. However, I do think we all need permission to quit spinning our wheels on something that isn’t a good fit.

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I have a little experience with this myself. In fact, if I wouldn’t have been a quitter I probably wouldn’t have a career I love and a creative outlet (this blog) that fuels my passions. In 2007 I started a stationery company selling personalized stationery online and in retail locations across the country. I went all in for one solid year. And then, in spite of having built a profitable little business, I quit. I shut down the printers and closed all of my accounts. Took my little “Good Thoughts Paper Co.” offline. (more…)

Peanut Butter Breakfast Parfait

This post is sponsored by ConAgra Foods.
breakfast parfait recipe

About three months ago, I completely revamped my eating habits and daily diet. The truth is, I was eating out way too often and finding myself grabbing whatever was on hand from the fridge or in the pantry when hunger would strike (which often wasn’t a very healthy choice). One of the biggest changes I made that has helped me eat much healthier is to prepare meals and snacks on the weekend for the upcoming week. If this sounds familiar and you want to eat out less, eat in more, and feel healthier overall, I encourage you to check out The Great American Cook In Challenge (don’t worry there are lots of tips and recipes to make it simple!).

I’m eating in a lot and I never skip breakfast anymore. It really is the most important meal of the day (duh, I was totally ignoring that little fact).This recipe is much healthier and much more delicious than grabbing a pastry at the coffee shop or running through a drive-through on the way to work. Trust me!

parfait recipesIn fact, it’s almost too delicious to call breakfast. Which is great because it makes a great snack any time of the day. The ingredients (see them below in the recipe) are easy to keep stocked. Having versatile staple ingredients on hand in the kitchen is really the best tip I have for becoming better at eating in. (more…)

Simple Strawberry Shortcake Donuts


This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

strawberry shortcake donut

I’ve been on a donut-making kick lately because you can make so many variations and they are pretty easy to make. Especially if you’re like me and you take shortcuts. I love baking but don’t have a lot of time, so I often think of ways I can make recipes easier and faster. These strawberry shortcake donuts were so simple to whip up! I decided to make them for a brunch I recently had. A few friends and I gathered one Saturday morning to visit and have a little time just chatting over coffee. These donuts went perfectly with our tea and coffee, and they were simple enough to whip up that morning before guests arrived.

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My secret weapon for homemade donuts is boxed cake mix. I pick a flavor (here I used pink velvet) and then jazz it up a little. By placing sliced strawberries right into the batter, I made these donuts seem extra special. (more…)

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