Red, White, and Blue in Austin

Red white and blue outfit 2015

It’s red, white, and blue time y’all! I have had this top for a few years now, and I always seem to wear it around the 4th. I love that you can style it in so many different ways and make so many outfits from it. This year I went with the simple white tank and denim shorts. I threw in a cute patriotic necklace for a little spice and some comfy polka dot Keds because, really, who doesn’t like Keds?

I can’t believe that 4th of July week is finally here! I am so excited for a weekend of family, food, and celebrating the love of my wonderful sister and her fiance! I am so excited and I just can’t hide it:) It’s going to be an amazing weekend and I will be sure to update you all via Instagram as it happens! I would love if you would come on over and follow along if you aren’t already:)

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H&M Tank  //  Nordstrom Crochet Top  //  Old Navy Denim Shorts  //  Payless Polka Dot Keds  //  Charming Charlie Necklace

I took a little hike up to the 360 bridge look out this weekend and it was beautiful! I am so surprised I had never done it before! As you can see in the photos, you can see for miles and even catch a little glimpse of the city off in the distance. Wes and I bought a new camera a few weekends ago and I was eager to try it out and get a little artsy. I love how they all turned out and looking at them just makes me so thankful to live in such a beautiful place!

I don’t have a whole lot else to say today, but I hope that you all join me this weekend on Instagram! I will be back soon!

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USA Sparkler Cake

Red, white, and blue sparkler cake

If you’ve been anywhere around these parts over the last few weeks, you will know that I love the 4th of July. I’m sure next week I will continue to bombard you with more 4th of July goodies right up until the day of:) That’s just how I roll…

Today’s post makes me extra happy because it is not only red, white, and blue…but it had sparklers. Who doesn’t like sparklers? (Other than me as a 3 year old child…) This cake is the perfect ending to your 4th of July day and food. Cake, icing, fruit, and sparklers…it’s a patriotic delight!:) Now, this one is pretty simple and straight forward to make. You bake a cake, add white frosting, cover it with fruit and add some sparklers to it for show! BUT, for all of you who like to see it listed out here at the ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • Cake Mix
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • White Icing
  • Sparklers

American Sparkler Cake

Directions:

  1. Bake cake.
  2. Frost cake.
  3. Add fruit.
  4. Add sparklers.
  5. Light sparklers.
  6. Watch their mouths drop open:)

Have fun making your cakes:) Happy weekend before 4th of July! Be safe!

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Red, White, and Blueberry Punch

Patriotic Cocktail

The 4th of July weekend is going to be here in the blink of an eye and I know I will not be lacking in the beverage department! With this cocktail and the Star Spangled Sangria I made last week, my family and I will be all set for the day! I have been doing really well with my healthy eating journey, eating Whole30 style during the week and a little more lax on the weekend, so I wanted to try and incorporate some aspect of healthy food into this one! It is made of real watermelon juice, lemon juice, a little bit of sparkling water, and some tequila. Oh, and don’t forget those blueberries, yum! I tried not to add any extra sugars if I didn’t need to and I think I did pretty well.
Red, white, and blue cocktail

Now, I won’t go so far as to say that this is a healthy drink…I mean, tequila, but it’s better than some of the recipes I found for kool aid and gatorade bomb pop drinks. Now, don’t get me wrong, they LOOK amazing, but there is so much sugar!! Ahh! If you’re wanting a delicious, healthier drink, this one is for you! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Watermelon
  • 4 lemons
  • Sparkling Water
  • Silver Tequila
  • Blueberries
  • *Optional* White wine

Red, white and blue punch

Directions:

  1. If you have a juicer, this drink is going to be SO much easier to make. Put your watermelon into it and it does all the work.
  2. If, like me, you don’t have a juicer you will need to cut your watermelon in to small chunks and place in a mixing bowl or tupperware container  Take a fork or masher and start mashing your watermelon! Every once in a while you will want to strain the juices out and into your cup/mason jar/carafe.
  3. Once you have enough juice you can stop mashing! Woohoo!
  4. Add your lemon juice and sparkling water to taste. If you want a little more fruity taste, you can add a little dash of white wine as well!
  5. Throw that silver tequila in next!
  6. Add a little ice and throw some blueberries in there to give it a patriotic look, and there you have it!
  7. Drink it on up!

Watermelon, Blueberry Cocktail

I hope you all enjoy your cocktails and have a safe and happy 4th!!

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Skinny Chocolate “Ice Cream”

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream. So easy to make and you can try all sorts of flavors!

Although you are technically not supposed to make this while on the Whole30, I did once and I am so glad that I did. I have been making it ever since and it is such an amazing substitute for ice cream! All of the ingredients are Whole30 compliant so feel free to pin this recipe to your Whole30 (or paleo) Pinterest boards:)

Ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • 100% Cocoa Powder
  • Almond Butter

Guilt Free Chocolate Ice Cream- only 3 ingredients!

Directions:

  1. Peel your bananas, cut them up and freeze them in a plastic baggie
  2. Once frozen, place them into your blender or food processor and put the setting on high. Once it is blended to a milkshake like consistency, stop the blended and add a scoop of cocoa powder as well as almond butter. If you are really not into the Whole30, you can substitute peanut butter here.
  3. Blend again, until all of the ingredients are together.
  4. Pour your mixture into a freezer safe, resealable container and place into the freezer again.
  5. Leave it in the freezer for a few hours until it has harden, and then scoop like ice cream!

Now, don’t get me wrong…this isn’t ice cream, but it is SO close and I love it! Also, if you don’t like bananas you are NOT going to like this. It does taste like banana, chocolate, peanut butter! This is a great recipe for those of you that love to have a little ice cream each night, but it’s also a great recipe for the kids this summer! What a great way to give them a treat that is also healthy for them without all of that sugar!

Guilt Free Ice Cream! Only 3 simple ingredients

There are so many different flavors you can make as well! Try some of the variations below!

  • Add frozen strawberries for strawberry banana ice cream.
  • Add nutella for hazelnut ice cream.
  • Add pumpkin puree for pumpkin ice cream.
  • Add dark chocolate chips for banana chocolate chip ice cream.
  • Add oreos for Oreo ice cream.

So many varieties to choose from! Which one will I do next?! Enjoy your “ice cream” and thank you so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to pin this recipe so that you don’t forget to try it this summer!

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Navy Stripes With Coral

I am so tired! This past weekend was my birthday weekend, and you know how that goes. We had to eat all the food and do ALL the activities. After brunching twice, walking a lot, eating more than my fill of Hopddody, playing Topgolf, and paddle boarding on the river I was exhausted come Sunday night. Then, we took our friend who was in town helping with the floods to Patrizi's, this amazing Italian food truck here in Austin, and sat there chatting for four hours. (Oh, and saw Zoe Deschanel too, but that's another story for another time:))   After our 4 hour chat, we realized that it was super late and we had to drive him all the way back down to Wimberely and then drive ourselves home. Needless to say, I was barely functioning on Monday morning. Then, to top it all off, my sister, her husband, their 3 kids and 2 dogs all came down on Monday night and stayed until Wednesday morning. Obviously we had to stay up late chatting and get no sleep again. So, last night was spent catching up on orders for my shop and relaxing. <sigh> It's always so much fun to have people in town and sad to see them go, but I am fully ready for a weekend of doing not much.  I'm hoping to get a little bit of painting done around our house this weekend, and that's about it. Let's hope it's as relaxing as I'm thinking it will be:)  Get The Look:  Ross Striped Maxi  //  Statement Necklace from Rocksbox  //  Charming Charlie Clutch, Belt, & Texas Bracelet  //  Target Sunglasses & Sandals  //  JORD Wooden Watch  This dress was a winner for sure. I got it for $12 at Ross and I have already worn it multiple times. I love the lace detail and I LOVE this necklace with it. It's my first purchase from a Rocksbox and I am SO in love with it! Side braids have been my go to hair style recently with all of this rain and humidity. I am so bummed at how this summer has started out. Usually by now it's in the 90's and beautiful every day and so far we've just had a lot of rain and humidity. Now, I can't really complain because this rain is getting us out of the drought, but I want to see some sunshine for more than a week! Haha! Oh well, I live in Texas...it will be absolutely beautiful in another week or so and there won't be a cloud in the sky for months:)  Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far and has a beautiful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!  PS: You can get your first Rocksbox for free with code

I am so tired! This past weekend was my birthday weekend, and you know how that goes. We had to eat all the food and do ALL the activities. After brunching twice, walking a lot, eating more than my fill of Hopddody, playing Topgolf, and paddle boarding on the river I was exhausted come Sunday night. Then, we took our friend who was in town helping with the floods to Patrizi’s, this amazing Italian food truck here in Austin, and sat there chatting for four hours. (Oh, and saw Zoe Deschanel too, but that’s another story for another time:))
After our 4 hour chat, we realized that it was super late and we had to drive him all the way back down to Wimberely and then drive ourselves home. Needless to say, I was barely functioning on Monday morning. Then, to top it all off, my sister, her husband, their 3 kids and 2 dogs all came down on Monday night and stayed until Wednesday morning. Obviously we had to stay up late chatting and get no sleep again. So, last night was spent catching up on orders for my shop and relaxing. <sigh> It’s always so much fun to have people in town and sad to see them go, but I am fully ready for a weekend of doing not much.
I’m hoping to get a little bit of painting done around our house this weekend, and that’s about it. Let’s hope it’s as relaxing as I’m thinking it will be:)

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Get The Look:
Ross Striped Maxi  //  Statement Necklace from Rocksbox  //  Charming Charlie Clutch, Belt, & Texas Bracelet  //  Target Sunglasses & Sandals  //  JORD Wooden Watch
This dress was a winner for sure. I got it for $12 at Ross and I have already worn it multiple times. I love the lace detail and I LOVE this necklace with it. It’s my first purchase from a Rocksbox and I am SO in love with it! Side braids have been my go to hair style recently with all of this rain and humidity. I am so bummed at how this summer has started out. Usually by now it’s in the 90′s and beautiful every day and so far we’ve just had a lot of rain and humidity. Now, I can’t really complain because this rain is getting us out of the drought, but I want to see some sunshine for more than a week! Haha! Oh well, I live in Texas…it will be absolutely beautiful in another week or so and there won’t be a cloud in the sky for months:)
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far and has a beautiful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!
PS: You can get your first Rocksbox for free with code: meganbff58
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