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A Bountiful Veggie Tray for Entertaining

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Looking for veggie tray ideas for your next BBQ or dinner party? I love laying out a variety of fresh veggies and dip for guests to enjoy. Especially at a summer BBQ where the menu is typically heavy on grilled meats. A fresh veggie tray is a great way to offer guests a great appetizer to snack on without being to heavy.

Need veggie tray ideas? Make a bountiful farm fresh veggie platter for your next BBQ or backyard party.

When possible, I always head to our local farmers market to pick up some fresh vegetables. I love to mix up what I serve based on what’s in season. And I always look for something unexpected to add into the tray–in this case they were some delicious black figs I discovered.
Need veggie tray ideas? Make a bountiful farm fresh veggie platter for your next BBQ or backyard party.

There are several ways you can go when thinking of veggie tray ideas, but my favorite is creating a long board like this that can go in the center of the table. I find when you put the appetizers off to the side or out of the proximity of where your guests are sitting, they often go untouched. Using a long board almost makes it feel like a colorful (and edible) centerpiece. (more…)

3 Frozen Drinks to Make This Summer

It’s summer! This means there will certainly be several occasion to whip up a batch of frozen alcoholic drinks. I wanted to share a few of my go-to frozen cocktail recipes with you in case you don’t want to dig in the cocktail archives. I’m totally planning on enjoying each of these very soon. Did I tell you all I am taking a 30 day sabbatical from work? I cannot wait for lazy summer days and enjoying these recipes poolside! If you have any good summer book recommendations please drop them in the comments, I have reading on my “must-do” list for sure. I mean, a frozen cocktail and a good book just go together so well, don’t you think?

(Bonus: Each of these are really simple to make and don’t require too many ingredients)

Here are three of my favorites:

3 easy frozen alcoholic drinks to make this summer. Grab the recipes and pick up just a few ingredients. Frozen cocktails for the win!

1. Pineapple + Peach Vodka Slush
Don’t let the layered look fool you, this is easy to make. I love how tropical it tastes without being overly sweet! Grab the recipe.

3 easy frozen alcoholic drinks to make this summer. Grab the recipes and pick up just a few ingredients. Frozen cocktails for the win!

2. Watermelon + Strawberry Lemonade Cooler
Lemonade has “summertime” written all over it. This adult upgrade is always a crowd pleaser. Serve it when you’re entertaining for extra hostess points! Grab the recipe.

3. Lime Coconut Margarita
I know coconut water is all the rage–but I prefer mine in margarita form. ;). This is light, and refreshing and just tropical enough to make you feel like it’s vacation time. Grab the recipe. 

 What do you think? Will you be trying one of these frozen alcoholic drinks this summer? Let me know which one looks best! 

And if you make one, be sure to share a photo with me on Instagram and tag #TScocktails!

Simple Rosé Spritzers for Summer

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Tis’ the season for light, summer refreshments. After a hectic week, I’m always looking forward to a little chill out time on my patio or inviting a few friends over for a laid back dinner. Of course, a summer cocktail always plays a role in my plan. I’m currently obsessed over these simple rosé spritzers. They are so simple to make that it almost feels like cheating. I made these last weekend and I’m officially declaring that they are my new favorite drink to make at home.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

You guys know I don’t like to create complicated recipes and this one is as simple as it gets. When I say simple, I mean two ingredients–rosé and 7UP®. (Told you so.) Summer cocktails should never be fussy to make in my opinion. The whole idea is to relax and unwind and this rosé spritzer fits the bill. It’s perfect for a chill summer evening or to serve when entertaining guests.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

Before you make your drink, you’ll want to fill a glass halfway with ice and then add some fresh citrus for a garnish. I like to use a slice of lime and a wedge of pink grapefruit. If it’s really hot out, pop the cut citrus into the freezer for about 10 minutes. This helps keep your cocktail nice and chilled!

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

Next, you’ll want to pour your drink. I fill half the glass with my favorite rosé and then fill the rest of the glass with Diet 7UP (you can use any 7UP of your choice). The 7UP has a great crisp and clean taste which makes it pair perfectly with the rosé.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

Party skewers are fun to use for garnishes, but totally optional! Remember, keeping it simple in the summer is key.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

This cocktail is easy create, which means it’s also easy to serve. If you’re just serving one or two people, just pour them in each glass. But, if you’re serving a crowd you can mix up the cocktail in a punch bowl or pitcher and let guests serve themselves. Isn’t that great? If you do mix up a big batch, toss in a few frozen lime slices and grapefruit wedges to keep it cold (don’t use ice as that will melt and dilute your cocktail). Then, have additional slices on the side so guess can add their garnish to their glass.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

I’m telling you, this cocktail sure feels like summer.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

Next time you’re at Target, do what I do–grab a bottle of your favorite rosé and some cans of 7UP to keep on hand. Then, you’ll be all set for any impromptu summer chilling that may occur. Be sure to share your summer sips using #mixitupalittle so I can check it out!

Checkout even more inspiration and simple summer recipes using 7UP, here! And on your next Target run, be sure to use theseCartwheel offers (links below) when picking up your 7UP.

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This post has been sponsored by 7UP. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Want to see more summer cocktails? Here are 3 of my go-to frozen alcoholic drinks.

Grapefruit Cocktail “Love Punch”

I get really excited about delicious drinks that only have a few ingredients and this grapefruit cocktail takes home the prize. I recently featured this cocktail as one of the engagement party ideas I shared but it totally deserves to shine on it’s own here. Plus, so many of you emailed me asking for the recipe, which I want you to have! I called it “Love Punch” because that went so well with the party theme but you can call it whatever you want!

This grapefruit cocktail only has 3 ingredients and is simple to make. Great to make as a punch for guests to serve themselves.

I never would have called myself a grapefruit fan really. I mean I think they are gorgeous and obviously a photogenic citrus, but I didn’t go wild for the taste. But this punch … YUM. I guess everything tastes better with vodka? ;)

This grapefruit cocktail only has 3 ingredients and is simple to make. Great to make as a punch for guests to serve themselves.

I recently was gifted this gorgeous punch bowl from my Mother-In-Law and this was the perfect punch recipe to break it in (PS, isn’t the ladle just so pretty?).

This grapefruit cocktail only has 3 ingredients and is simple to make. Great to make as a punch for guests to serve themselves.

I think a grapefruit cocktail is the perfect choice for any warm-weather gathering. Even if it’s just sitting on the porch with your loved one. (more…)

You Had Me At champagne Popsicle

Summer is speeding our way. I want to say “bring it on” but honestly, I start thinking of how much time I have left to “get ready.” You know all of those boxes that need checking before you can fully embrace summer and “check out” a bit yourself? For me it’s things like making sure I’ve planned summer trips (have you ever tried booking a beach campsite in southern California? You have to plan six months ahead–no joke), get kids’ activities and camps ironed out, coordinate dates for a family vacation, find bathing suits for yourself + two growing daughters, uh-hem… get into shape. The list goes on. But boy do I LOVE summertime. This summer should be extra special because I’ll be taking some extended time off of work to hang with my girls. I. Cannot. Wait.

Here’s a few things I’m currently dreaming of for this summer.

Wait for it…..boozy pops!

boozy popsicles

Can you even believe these boozy popsicles? I am ALL about the frozen drinks when it’s 100+ degrees outside. I recently discovered these pops and got super giddy. Looks like they are not yet available in the US (can we petition or something?!) so I might have to try my hand at a DIY version. Don’t they just sound wonderful? Boozy pops sound like the perfect summer cocktail to me! (more…)

4 Totally Doable Healthy Lifestyle Swaps

I’ve teamed up with Megan Media and Tropicana for this post as part of their #BelieveInYourGut campaign. Of course, all opinions are my own.

For the past year I’ve really been focused on trying to eat a healthier diet as a part of living a more healthy lifestyle. As a busy, working mom, I often put my nutrition on the back burner (can you relate?). I mean, one can only survive off of coffee for so long. I realized it was time to make some swaps in my daily diet that would really fuel my body.

Here are four simple things I've swapped in an effort to lead a more healthy lifestyle. Just a few minor changes and you will start to feel great.

I decided making small daily swaps was much less intimidating than a complete overhaul. (Let’s be honest, I’m not giving up coffee or wine on the weekends.) And I wanted to share a few things I’ve added to my routine that have me feeling refreshed, focused, and energized. Also, I’ve found if I make things a little more fun, I’m more likely to stay motivated. This shouldn’t surprise you though. :)

Here are four simple things I've swapped in an effort to lead a more healthy lifestyle. Just a few minor changes and you will start to feel great.

Adding daily probiotics to my diet. I recently learned just how much my gut affects my overall health and wellness, so I’m looking for ways to get good bacteria into my system more often. Tropicana Probiotics makes getting more probiotics into your diet delicious, accessible, nutritious and convenient–which means “doable” in my book. It’s 100% juice with no added sugar or artificial flavors and delivers over one billion live and active cultures to your gut. It can’t get much easier than swapping out your morning juice for one of these delicious flavors:  Strawberry Banana, Pineapple Mango, and Peach Passion Fruit They were each so good that I couldn’t even choose a favorite.

Fresh fruit garnishes, on everything. Your morning glass of juice or water might not be a cocktail, but adding a fun, fresh, fruit garnish will certainly up the fun level! I’ve found myself grabbing fruit more often as a snack later in the day when I add it into my morning beverages. I like to make up a few mini skewers to grab as snacks (my girls love them too!). (more…)

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