3 Refreshing Summer Cocktails (Easy!)

Hello! Today I am sharing some super quick and easy drink recipes with you. There is nothing better than a delicious cold drink on a hot summer day!!! Here are my faves.

Ranch Water

This one is my absolute favorite because it tastes like a margarita, but not so sweet and heavy.

Ranch Water

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • unflavored sparkling water

Fill your glass with ice. Add in tequila and lime juice. Fill the rest of your glass with sparkling water.

So good and refreshing!!! Perfect for a pool day.

Cherry Vodka Sour

This one is an old favorite of mine. It is a bit sweeter, but still delicious! This tastes like cherry and lemon, and the vodka gives it a nice kick.

Cherry Vodka Sour

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Sweet and Sour Mix
  • Grenadine

Fill your glass with ice. Add in your vodka and sour mix. Add a drizzle of grenadine to the top.

So delish and pretty to look at! These taste very good and may sneak up on ya! 🙂

Key Lime Cocktail

I’ll admit, I found this one on Tik Tok. This is so good, and tastes EXACTLY like Key Lime Pie in a glass!

Key Lime Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz whipped cream flavored vodka
  • 4 oz limeade

Fill your glass with ice. Add in vodka, and then limeade!

If you are a key lime pie lover, try this! You will love it. It is crazy how much it tastes like the real thing.

That’s it for my favorite summer cocktails! What are your favorite drinks to make in the summertime?

Thanks for reading xx

DIY Daisy Rings

The 90’s must really be back! I used to LOVE to make these daisy rings when I was in middle school and now I am making them with my girls (and one of them is starting middle school!)

These rings are so cute and very on trend with fashion right now. We love making them in all different colors and matching them to our outfits. They are so easy to make, so here’s how we do them!

Here’s what you need:

Seed beads. We found these at Michael’s. We love how they had an assortment of shiny and matte colors.

String. This is the tricky part. We had to try a couple of different types of string before we found the winner. You want string that is stretchy, and it also has to be 0.3mm or less. The beads are super small, so a larger mm string won’t work.

You also just need some scissors, and that’s it. Oh, and you’ll need some patience because these rings take some practice.

Ok, I’m switching over to my coffee table because the string was invisible on my usual laundry room counter top. Yes, that’s where I take my pics. There’s really good lighting in there! haha

First thing you want to do is measure out your string. It’s better to have too much than not enough. I do about 8 inches.

Select your bead colors. We chose red, purple, and blue. Red will be the petals, purple on the inside of the flower, and blue for the spacers.

Start off with the center of the flower. We wanted that to be purple, so put that bead on first. Then, place three petal beads on next to it.

Take the right side of the string and put it through the last petal that you put on, and pull it tight.

This is what it will look like when you pull it tight, it makes one half of the flower. Next, add three more petal beads on the left.

Now you’re going to take the string from the left side, and loop it through the top petal. Pull tight!

It makes a little flower! Now, add three spacer beads and repeat the flower.

Here is what you have at the end! I find that doing 5 flowers with spacers and a few extra spacers at the end gives me a perfect fit. I wear ring sizes 5-7 on my fingers.

Tie the ends a few times (we triple knot) and trim the ends, and there you go! A cute little daisy ring.

We make these three different ways, the flowers with the spacers, flowers with no spacers, and then one flower with the rest spacers.

My girls and I have so much fun making these! We hope you will love making them too!

Thanks for reading! xx

What’s In My Lululemon Belt Bag | My Gym Purse

Hello! A few months ago, I got a membership to my local gym. I needed a new hobby, and I thought working out would be a good one! This gym is right across from my girls’ school, so it is very convenient. I have been going at 7:30 am every morning after I drop them off, and I really love it.

I use this Lululemon Belt Bag because it is so easy and casual. It is the perfect little gym bag and fits all of my essentials.

Here is a look at the bag. It comes in a few other colors, but I like the basic black.

It has a few mesh pockets on the inside
and one zip pocket on the outside

Here’s what I keep in it!

  • Keys
  • Cardholder – this is LV Heritage Collection
  • Extra ponytail holders (Invisibobble)
  • Gucci Flora Rollerball – this perfume smells AMAZING
  • Burt’s Bees Chapstick (must have)
  • Lawless Lip Gloss – such a pretty pink and plumps and smooths lips
  • Listerine Strips – I love these instead of gum or mints
  • A mask – I don’t wear this in the gym but I have it just in case
  • Sunglasses – black aviators are my go to
  • Air pods and extra headphones – just in case one doesn’t work I have both!
  • Bandaids – in case of blisters
  • A lock so I can put this bag up
  • An emergency protein bar in case I get hangry

Everything fits and I still have room! This bag is so perfect for the gym or a casual day like going on a walk or to the park. I wear it across my chest because it looks so cute that way, and it’s hands free!

That’s it for my bag!

Thanks for reading! xx

KIDS | Back to School 2021! Must Haves + Homework Cart

Hello! My girls ages 10 and 7 are both going back to school tomorrow, so I thought it would be fun to round up some school must haves for them! We also re-organized their homework cart, so I thought it would be helpful to share that as well.

First up, water bottles. My girls always bring a refillable water bottle to school, and these from Simple Modern are their favorite. They are stainless steel, come in a ton of colors/patterns, and they are dishwasher safe! Oh, and you can get them on Amazon.

how cute, right? The water stays cold all day!

Next up, some vitamins. I don’t give the girls a multivitamin since they have a well balanced diet, but I do give them vitamin c/elderberry gummies every morning. Especially with all of this Covid stuff, I figure it can’t hurt, right?

They love the taste of these gummies. I put them into this mason jar so that they could easily open them…and it’s more aesthetically pleasing to me 🙂

Speaking of Covid (ugh), I want to share their favorite reusable masks to wear. It is challenging to find masks that are comfortable and breathable, and we have found some that they really like.

My 10-year old Allie likes the cotton ones from Cat&Jack at Target. These have a metal little nosepiece and are very breathable and comfortable for her.

It was a little bit challenging to find masks for my 7-year old Ashley. She is very small for her age, (barely 40 lbs) and so I found these toddler ones on Etsy. They are kind of like bathing suit material, very stretchy, and they have the built in ear loops. She LOVES these and wears them just for fun sometimes!

I put both kinds into a laundry bag every few days and wash them in the machine and then let them air-dry.

Let’s talk lunch! It’s the best part, right?

I love to include notes in my girls’ lunchboxes every day. They do buy school lunch about half of the time, but they love to bring their lunch too. I found the BEST notes on Amazon.

*dying of cuteness*

These come in a pack of 100, and have 50 different patterns, so they are perfect because I can give the girls the same one each day. They have the cutest little sayings and would be good for boys or girls! I know it makes the girls really happy when they get a note. I also like how there is space on the back to write something. It’s just a little something special to let them know how much I love them!

Here are some other little things I like to use for their lunches.

I love to use cookie cutters for their sandwiches, it just makes it more fun for them, and also using little toothpicks to make little turkey/cheese roll ups, and silicone muffin cups to separate certain foods. Also, these little reusable snack bags are so cool! I can put their afternoon snack in here and machine wash these. I usually don’t need to, I can just wash them out really quick by hand so they’ll last longer. I put goldfish crackers, cookies, pretty much any snack will fit inside and I don’t have to buy the plastic snack baggies anymore.

At our house, a homework cart is necessary. We keep this little cart in the kitchen, and it has everything in here that the girls will need to do their homework.

They like to do their homework in the kitchen while I am cooking dinner, so that is why we keep it in here. We have everything in here, so that they won’t have to run to their art table in the playroom to get something.

On the top here we have a little plastic caddy, two cups for each of their pencils and pens, some glue and scissors, and we use the space at the back for any important papers and homework due at the end of the week. Also up top we have a little hair-do caddy. We keep elastics, ponytail holders, hair clips, and a brush in here so that I can do their hair in the morning while they’re eating breakfast. It’s just easier than going over to their rooms to do it.

The next shelf has notebook paper, plain white paper, and their scratch journals.

The last shelf has markers, crayons, colored pencils, and then a few packages of extra pencils.

On the side of the cart I have these little magnetic hooks, and that is where we hang their face masks. They choose a new one each day to wear.

Alright, well that is all I have for back to school this year! Not only are they excited, but MOM is excited too!

Thanks for reading! xx

What’s In My Bag | Disney Park Day

Hello! We recently took a trip to Disney World, and I thought it would be fun and helpful to show you what to pack for a day at the parks! Usually park days are super long, so having a lot of items with you is crucial to making the most of your day. We were packing for a family of four; me, my husband, and our two girls, ages 10 and 7.

the girls running to the castle!

Here’s what we packed!

First off, my backpack. I chose to take this pink Jansport backpack with me because it is washable and I wouldn’t have to worry about it getting dirty or wet while on the rides. The straps are really comfortable to carry all day and it’s just easy with the two compartments. One big one in the back and a small one in the front that actually fits quite a lot.

The two things that took up the most room in the backpack were our rain ponchos and cooling towels.

If you aren’t familiar with Florida’s weather, you might not know that it rains a lot in the summer. Seeing as Disney’s tickets are non-refundable, you’re not going to let a little rain stop you from enjoying the park. Disney has these for purchase at the gift shops, but they’re much cheaper on Amazon. I have a two pack of children size and a two pack of adult size. Luckily, we did not have to use them, but didn’t want to take the chance!

Next are these cooling towels. These are a must if you go to Disney in the summer, you just wet them, wring them out, and then throw them around your neck. Instant coolness. They also do sell these in the gift shops too with cute mickeys all over them.

You gotta have the proper headwear! I packed all of us a cap just so our faces wouldn’t get sunburned, but we did wear our ears most of the time! I found these ears on Etsy because we wanted to have them before we went to the park. The girls even wore them in the airport 🙂

Sunscreen is a must! I have a cream face sunscreen here SPF 50 and then also a spray on with SPF 50. We all used these and reapplied often and did not end up sunburnt!

Also, you really want to have bandaids on hand, not only if someone were to get hurt but because BLISTERS! Luckily, we did not have to use these because we all wore comfy shoes and socks. Always good to have these in the bag though.

Medicine! I have to take Dramamine when I travel because I have extreme motion sickness. Planes, Ubers, the monorail, and the rides all make me feel ill, but Dramamine really does help me a lot. If I take one in the morning I’m good for the rest of the day. I also packed some Tylenol and threw some chewable Tylenol in this container for the girls. You never know if someone will get a headache and you don’t want it to ruin their day.

Sunglasses are a must if you can’t see in the sunlight (me!) and then also this little re-chargeable fan is awesome to have. I originally bought this for me to use while watching my girls tennis practices and matches, but it came in so handy at Disney for us!

Also, face masks – when we went to Disney face masks were not required, but we still wore them inside shops and monorail and Ubers. I know they are requiring masks now everywhere at Disney.

A couple more things – I packed a little wallet with my cash, license, credit card and our park passes. Also, some extra ponytails and a lip balm.

Disney does allow you to bring in food, so keep that in mind – you are able to bring in snacks and bottles of water, just not any ice chests. Packing water is a good idea so that you don’t have to buy it there.

So that is what we packed for Disney park days! It wasn’t too much and it’s so nice to bring a backpack so you’re hands free!

Thanks for reading! xx

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