Simple Summer Drinks

I love summer for so many reasons. The hot weather, long days of sunlight, being outdoors and bbq’s. I love all of the different types of food specific to summer and the cool beverages that go along with them.

I decided I would share three EASY summer drinks with you that both look and taste like you put in a lot of effort.

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The first one is Sangria. I love me a good Sangria. I have made it a bunch of times but I came across a bottled one from LCBO that is both delicious and affordable. It’s called Boone’s and it’s only $7.95 a bottle!

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Add some ice and fresh fruit to it and serve! You can pour it by the glass or serve it punch style. I added some fresh strawberries, blueberries and an orange wedge.

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Next up is a good ol’ mojito. This one is also one that comes pre-made and it is delicious! The best mojito I have ever had was in Cuba, but this one definitely comes in second. It’s the Bacardi Classic Mojito from LCBO and is $15.95 a bottle.

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All I did was add some ice and fresh mint from my garden! (Don’t skip out on the mint, you can purchase it from the grocery store.)

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Lastly is a blended drink. You can serve this in slushy form or just over ice.

Peach Cocktail

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1 cup 7-Up
1/2 cup ice
Peach Liquid Water Enhancer
1oz Champagne
1oz Rum
Splash of Sangria

Mix peach liquid water enhancer (it’s up to you how much you want to use) with 7-Up. Pour into blender. Add ice, champagne, and rum. Blend. Pour over ice and add a splash of sangria (it looks so pretty for a few short mins as the colours bleed together).

(For more of a Peach Bellini feel, add the peach liquid water enhancer into the 7-Up and freeze for a few hours until it’s in slushy form. Omit the ice, blend with the champagne and rum. Pour into a glass and pour sangria over the mix.)

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Yum!

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Which one are you going to try first?

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Enjoy!

(Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @pinkandblueblog)

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Mini Outdoor Spring Transformation

No one was more excited than I was to pack away the winter wreaths and snow shovels and replace them with outdoor furniture and potting plants. I didn’t do a lot in my front and backyard but I did do a few things to add some personality. We live in a new build area and don’t have a fenced in yard, so patio furniture isn’t really an option right now.

For the front, I purchased all of my annuals from Costco. They are so affordable and I always love how full their baskets are. My hack for the planters is purchasing hanging baskets, cutting off the hanger, and placing them in a planter. I also like to choose the baskets with cascading flowers/vines which help to give it a fuller look.

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9A6C5541-F346-453B-ADFA-A3CE5434BA78My wreaths I have shared with you before, they are from Home Sense; along with the doormat and the tall white candle holder which I got for under $13. I love the chippy look of it!

It’s nothing extreme, but adds nice pops of colour to the front of the house. I also typically like to stay with one colour scheme for the season, when choosing flowers.

The backyard just has the standard deck the builder built last summer, so there isn’t a lot of space on it. I have enough room for the charcoal BBQ, a small table and two chairs, an herb planter, and a few other planters and knick knacks. I am hoping a fence goes up soon for privacy and so I can leave the kids toys out.

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The grey seat cushion is from Barbecue World and the pillow is from Home Depot. The blush candle holder is from Home Sense and it has a battery operated candle in it. The green lantern I LOVE because it is solar powered and the light it emits when it’s dark is bright enough to light up the whole deck, and it was under $25. The lawn gnome is also from Home Depot and the kids love him! I have another one on a little swing I haven’t put out yet. Everly said she wanted to find a spot for him so we will do that this weekend.

The watering can is from Home Sense and the rug I got a few years ago at Home Sense as well. Going forward, just assume I bought everything at Home Sense! Hehe.

Again, it’s not much but it added that perfect Spring/Summer feel to our home.

I am going to share a little more about the planters and what I chose on my Instagram stories so go follow me @pinkandblueblog.

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Gift Ideas for Mom

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I’ve put together a short gift guide for some inspiration.

Kate Spade Rose Gold Leather Hybrid Watch: Not only is this watch gorgeous, but it tracks your steps, sleep and other habits and sets personal goals! It’s currently on sale for under $222.

Breathe Mama Breathe: I have shared this book on Instagram so many times before. If you are looking for a great book for a Mama with littles, this is the one; and it is currently under $13!

WineCollective: This I actually stumbled upon accidentally, but if you have a Mama who loves wine, this gift is for her. It’s a monthly subscription where wines are carefully selected for you based on your lifestyle and price point. You can choose red or white, or a combination of the two. They currently have great Mother’s Day packages available. I will be sharing more about WineCollective later.

Essential Oil Diffuser: I have two of these in my home and I am really happy with them. I keep one in my bedroom and one in the living room; and they are currently on sale for under $17.

Instant Pot Cookbook: If you follow me on Instagram (@pinkandblueblog) you know how much I love my Instant Pot. I have heard great things about this cookbook and I’m definitely going to have to scoop it up as it’s currently on sale for under $12!

Pandora Perfect Mom Bangle Gift Set: This bracelet is stunning and the Mom charm is too cute! This piece is currently on sale for $110.

I hope these ideas sparked some inspiration or you. Happy Shopping!

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Asobu Bottles

If there are two things I can’t stand it’s cold coffee and warm water. I NEED to have hot coffee (which is sort of an oxymoron when you have little ones) and I NEED to have cold water. I don’t know why, I have just never been a fan of room temperature water. So when I first heard about the Asobu products and the length of time their bottles kept things both hot and cold I was excited to test them out, and boy did they deliver.

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I have both the Diva Cup Vacuum Beverage Container (in white) and the Le Baton Travel Bottle (in white copper) and they both keep my coffee piping hot. The Le Baton specifically keeps beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 8 hours. I love the sleek and modern design of the Diva Cup (15oz), and the Le Baton Travel Bottle (17oz) not only keeps my coffee hot, it’s so stylish with its matte finish. I wouldn’t toss that specific travel bottle in my purse though because the matte finish is more likely to stain. That’s just the OCD in me talking.

 


Hydration! The double wall stainless steel Oasis Water Bottle comes in six trendy colours, and I have it in the peach. This one is 20oz and it stays cool for up to 24 hours! I forgot it on my desk at work one night and when I came in the next day the water was still cool! I love the design of this bottle and it’s not clunky looking and fits well in my purse; AND it’s dishwasher safe.

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One of my favourite products from Asobu is the Fresh N Go Air Tight Tumbler. This is pure genius. This bottle comes with a built in pump to vacuum insulate smoothies and shakes, to keep them fresh and preserve all the health benefits of your favourite nutritious drinks! It also comes with a straw, mixing ball and recipe book; and it’s available in six colours (I have it in blue). Even my littlest one thought it was “super cool”.

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I am a huge fan of these products and if you head over to my Instagram @pinkandblueblog I am sharing a coupon code to save you 20% off your next purchase.

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