DIY Cactus Ring Toss Game

DIY Cactus Ring Toss Game

Looking for a fun family game? This DIY cactus ring toss was a huge hit with my family! We like to play games together often (and we’re also a pretty competitive group so it gets interesting), indoors or out. Since summer is winding down, we’ve been trying to play more outdoor games and that’s what inspired this DIY cactus ring toss game.

DIY Cactus Ring Toss Game

The cactus trend is still going strong and I thought making a cactus ring toss game just screamed summer–so viola! It was really easy to make.  We were playing within 30 minutes of putting it together (it’s triple digits with a dry heat so the spray paint basically instantly dried). We put ours in a pot so you can technically play this indoors or out (or even take it to the park for a picnic).  (more…)

Sip Sip Rosé :: Free Printable

sip sip Rosé free printable

Hip, Hip, Hooray! Or should I say Sip Sip Rosé?! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for a big exhale. It’s been a looooooong week over here. We’re trying to jump back into work and school starting after some time off. Also, our pup is also pretty sick after having and emergency surgery (think Marley and Me situation) so we’re trying to get back to his normal self).

This weekend will be full of photoshoots and some special projects but I’m definitely going to make time to sip a glass of rosé and take a breather. How about you?

You can print out this free printable here. 

I’ve had a hard time finding a rosé I love at the local market. I would LOVE your suggestions! So far my favorite bottle has been this 2015 Sauvetage Rosé I found on ClubW (I might have ordered about 12 bottles this summer). But I’d love an option I can run to the market and grab on a Friday like today.

(PS if you want to check out ClubW wines, I highly recommend them. You can use my referral link).

So tell me … what’s your favorite go-to Rosé to sip? Friends share wine recommendations. It’s totally a thing, so dish.

A Simple Build Your Own Bagel Bar

This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

Setting up a build-your-own bagel bar might be the best idea I’ve had in a long time. It’s the perfect breakfast or brunch spread when entertaining (think book club, bridal shower, baby shower), or when hosting out of town guests. Imagine your in-laws waking up to this spread! The whole thing really looks and feels so fancy when in reality it all takes only about ten minutes to set up (and requires zero cooking!). But, you don’t have to tell anyone that.

Plus, with a variety of toppings, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Bagel Bar Set Up
I like the idea of using mini bagels because then you can make a few different versions and get creative with your toppings without having to commit to a full bagel and be too stuffed to go back for another.

Bagel Bar Spread

I also opted not to toast the bagels (if you can’t get on board with that I totally understand) because I like them a little soft and not warm when I pile my toppings on. You can set a  toaster nearby if you want to give guests the option to toast theirs.

Build your own bagel bar

The secret to a good build-your-own-bagel creation is a good base of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. It’s  Spread it on the bagel before you add your toppings. Made with fresh milk, real cream and no preservatives, nothing  else tastes like Philadelphia Cream Cheese so be sure to be generous with it.

bagel bar toppings

In the next step you just can’t go wrong–add as many or as few toppings as you’d like.

how to host a bagel bar

My advice is to make a couple different creations and experiment with the flavors. My favorite combo ended up being topping my bagel and cream cheese with smoked salmon, cucumber, red onion, and chives. YUM. You really can’t ever go wrong with avocado either if I’m being honest.setting up a bagel bar


What do you think? Ready to impress guests with this easy bagel bar idea?

Build Your Own Bagel Bar
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Serves: 8 Servings (One serving equals one mini bagel or two halves)

  • 8 Mini bagels
  • 8 oz PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Brick, softened
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 18 Cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
  • ½ Red inion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 8-ounce Smoked salmon
  • Fresh dill and chives for garnish

To Make
  1. The purpose here is to have guests create their own bagels adding their favorite toppings. So, you’ll want to set out all the ingredients in a nice spread. Remove the softened PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Brick and place it in a bowl so guests can easily spread the cream cheese on their bagels. If the bagels are not already pre-sliced, you’ll want to slice them ahead of time. Set all of the other ingredients out in small bowls or on platters.

Philadelphia_AuthorLogo For all of your entertaining needs, turn to Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Always have it on hand to create fun appetizers and desserts that pop. I had a great time developing my build-your-own bagel bar
for out of town guests. For more creamy, delicious recipe ideas, click here.

Build your own bagel bar for brunch

Cream Cheese + Herb Stuffed Peppers

This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

If  you’re looking for a simple appetizer to make this summer, try these cream cheese stuffed peppers. You’ll need just a few ingredients, they require no cooking, and (I promise) you can’t mess them up! Easy, foolproof, and delicious? Cheers to that!

cream cheese stuffed peppersAnother reason that I love this recipe? These peppers are so colorful which means they look gorgeous on a platter. This makes them perfect for entertaining. Whether it’s hosting game night or a family dinner, this appetizer looks as good as it tastes. I also love that you can make these up to a day ahead of time (if you’re expecting guests) but can also whip them up in ten minutes (should you have impromptu guests). I recently made this for a family game night and they were gone in a flash!

how to make cream cheese stuffed peppersThe first step is gathering your ingredients: mini sweet peppers, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, fresh dill, and fresh chives. Don’t grab the dried herbs here, fresh is the way to go. The flavors of the fresh herbs pop so well in the cream cheese.

I love when recipes are easy enough to remember without pulling out a cookbook or opening up Pinterest, don’t you?
making cream cheese stuffed peppersOnce you’ve gathered all of the ingredients, it’s time to whip them up. First, I start by making the cream cheese mixture. Philadelphia Cream Cheese is the base (and it’s delicious because it’s made with fresh milk and real cream and no preservatives), then you mix in the fresh dill and chives (see recipe below). Next, cut the sweet peppers by removing the stem and cutting them in half. Be sure to remove any seeds as well.
easy cream cheese stuffed peppersThe final step is to simply spread the cream cheese mixture into the sweet pepper halves. Serve them on a platter and you’ve got yourself the perfect (and easiest) summer appetizer!
cream cheese stuffed peppers with herbs

What do you think? Will you try this recipe?

Herb + Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers
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Serves: 8 Servings when a serving equals 4 pieces

  • 16 Sweet Peppers, halved with stems and seeds removed
  • 8-ounce PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Brick, softened
  • 2 Tbs Fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs Fresh chives, finely chopped

To Make
  1. In a medium bowl, combine softened PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Brick and fresh herbs.
  2. Cut sweet peppers in half and remove stems and seeds.
  3. Spread ¼ oz of cream cheese mixture onto each pepper.
  4. Serve on a platter.
  5. You can make these up to a day in advance, just store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Philadelphia_AuthorLogo For all of your entertaining needs, turn to Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Always have it on hand to create fun appetizers and desserts that pop. I had a great time developing my cream cheese stuffed peppers for family game night. For more creamy, delicious recipe ideas, click here.

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!

frozen drinks

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!


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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