Cut Calories in Drinks This Summer with These Healthy Tips

From summer cocktails to post workout re-hydration drinks, when you are counting calories, don't forget the ones you drink! Want to cut calories in drinks without saying no to anything but water?  Here are a few healthy tips to help you rethink your drink! Can you gain weight from liquid calories? YES! Summertime means block parties, barbecues, and a few too many opportunities for cocktails garnished with tiny umbrellas. Drinking all those extra calories may increase the number you see on the scale. Calories are calories.  … [Read more...]

Avocado Fruit Smoothie Recipe with Blueberries and Chia Seeds

For the last couple of months, my blender has gotten quite a workout.  My daughter was in a bad accident and broke her jaw in three places.  She is, thankfully, on the road to recovery but I am plying her (and all of us!) with loads of healthy smoothies for maximum nutrition.  This avocado fruit smoothie recipe is loaded with healthy ingredients and easy to make.  If you are looking for nutritious smoothies to start your day, this one is perfect! Avocado Smoothie Benefits So, why add avocados to your fruit … [Read more...]

Creamy Lavender Hot Chocolate Recipe for a Better Night Sleep

Life has been incredibly stressful lately, and that stress has been keeping me awake at night.  I bet you know the feeling, right?  Do budget issues, health concerns, and work deadlines seem to pop up in your brain the minute your head hits the pillow? Homemade hot chocolate to the rescue!  When stress levels are high, this creamy lavender hot chocolate recipe is just the thing you need for a better night sleep! Tips for Making Homemade Hot Chocolate Making homemade hot chocolate takes only a few minutes.  It is also … [Read more...]

How to Make Frozen Wine Cocktails and Easy Frozen Wine Cocktail Recipes

I remember  (many years ago!) enjoying delicious Arbor Mist frozen wine cocktails during a summer BBQ. They were so delicious!  With the weather finally warming up, I am craving frozen wine cocktails for refreshing splurge. I spent the weekend cleaning off the patio and can't wait to start relaxing out there and listening to the frogs in the pond!  If you are wondering how to make frozen wine cocktails, I thought I would share a few tips. Check out my post on basic bar essentials before you host your next party. Best Frozen Drink Makers … [Read more...]

Tropical Sunrise High Protein Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

This Tropical Sunrise High Protein Breakfast Smoothie Recipe is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Premier Protein . The opinions and text are all mine. Many years ago, I acquired a smoothie maker. Basically, it is a blender that has a single serve attachment to make individual smoothies. It is one of those appliances that has gained coveted counter space in my kitchen because it is used so often. My family starts the day with a smoothie almost every weekend and they are popular weekday afternoon snacks. This tropical … [Read more...]

Refreshing Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe

This refreshing grapefruit cocktail recipe has been sponsored by Pinnacle® Vodka, but all opinions expressed here are my own. When you think of seasonal fall flavors, what really jumps out at you?  Pumpkin, obviously. Everywhere you look, you can find pumpkin-flavored foods.  Apples, cinnamon, and eggnog are also flavors popular during the cool months of autumn. But did you know that citrus fruits such as grapefruit reach their peak of availability during the holiday season? Yes, that giant of the citrus family is at its peak during the cold … [Read more...]

Pumpkin and Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

This cocktail recipe is sponsored by Pinnacle® Vodka .  All opinions are my own.  #PinnacleCocktailClub #PinnacleVodka After a scorching hot and miserable summer, fall has finally arrived in the Atlanta area.   The mornings are actually chilly and my daughter is heading out with her sweatshirt on instead of shorts and a t-shirt.  My favorite part of fall is enjoying the fire pit on our patio in the evenings. It's so nice to sit by a warm fire with my husband and just wind down from a busy day.  Of course, enjoying a little something that … [Read more...]

Mocha Cappuccino Protein Smoothie Makes a Healthy Afternoon Snack

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AllWhites Egg Whites for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. For most of the day I cruise along at full speed ahead and get stuff done quickly and efficiently.  I am a type A, high energy, slightly anal retentive type of person.  I have lists, plans, and work well with a deadline.  And then 3 PM hits and I crash hard!  Seriously, it's like if my body isn't moving in the late afternoon I feel this intense need for a nap!  I usually try to grab a cup of coffee and a healthy afternoon snack to … [Read more...]

Tropical Acai Slushie Recipe and a Girls Night In with my Tween #GirlsNightIn

Compensation for this Tropical Acai Slushie Recipe and a Girls Night In post was provided by Trop50. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Trop50. Summer vacation is officially here and that means hot summer nights that I can enjoy on my patio without worrying about getting the kids up early for school.   Dragging the girl child away from Instagram and unplugging her from her iPad can sometimes be a chore.  Those tweens do like their music and … [Read more...]

Lemon Lime Wine Spritzer and Brancott Estate Flight Song Wines #MC

This wine spritzer recipe and review of the Brancott Estate Flight Song Wines is part of an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. My husband and I love to sit down together after dinner to enjoy a few minutes of relaxation together.  After a chaotic day of work, errands, and dealing with the everyday stresses of life we have found that a cocktail and a few minutes of idle conversation … [Read more...]