Adventures in the Summer Time Snacks!

One of my favorite things about being a Floridian is really savoring summer. We take it seriously here. As a matter of survival it’s a uniform of shorts, tanks, and sandals. We spend time by the water, on the water, looking at the water. It’s just the best. Obviously the great thing about Florida is that you can spend the whole year round outside but in the summer, we are all kids out of school. We make the most of every moment!

If you are going to hit the pool (one of my favs), you will need snacks. Scratch that, you are going to need snacks at the beach too. 😉

My aunt Hilary got me through some dark days of law school and she’s one of my closest friends and biggest supporters. She’s also a really good time. We have a whole Sunday afternoon routine which necessitates some serious poolside snacks. We’ve experimented and found the perfect combination.


Hilary has MANY talents and is an amazing cook. But perhaps one of my favorite of her creations (besides wings, taco dip, shrimp salad, homemade pizza, ribs — oh the ribs! — flank steak… you get my point) is her poolside drink, Strawberry Frozen Lemonade. She invented this drink when we were kids and it’s always been a staple. Of course, now that I am an adult we’ve added some adult elements to the drink. Here’s the recipe:

Aunt Hil’s Frozen Strawberry Lemonade 


You ready for this… mix Countrytime lemonade, frozen strawberries, ice, and water (or WINE). You see where I am going with this?

Toss it in a blender. BOOM!


Give it a straw, maybe a garnish like a strawberry or lemon slice or a piece of mint. Do what you need to do to make it cute because I promise you this, it will be delicious.

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Now that you have your drink squared away, it’s time to focus on snacks. I am not making layered dip or cutting up fruit here. We are going full maximum laziness and maximum flavor. You ready for this?

Irene and Hil’s UNBEATABLE Poolside Snack 

Mix this…


With this…


Mix together…


Congratulations you just spent like 3 seconds making a delicious snack. I am not kidding. The cheese puffs combined with the buttery popcorn is incredible. You just get yourself a spot under an umbrella and try this combo. You won’t be sorry! (Also it’s gluten free if you care about gluten. Some people do.)


Now you are officially ready to be poolside.

Get to snackin’!  


Adventures in Fourth of July Festivities!

I challenge to find someone who doesn’t love the fourth of July. It’s a birthday party for our whole country. We disagree about a lot of stuff but we are united in our love of birthday parties and this is the biggest one!

How do you celebrate the fourth?

Me? I love the beach. Living in St. Petersburg, FL I am surrounded by awesome beaches. So the beach on the Fourth is my favorite choice!

 We hit Reddington Shores last weekend and it was beautiful. The water was so clear and the beach was gorgeous.

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Seriously, isn’t that view insane? (No filtering, no editing.)

I am glad we went when we did since I won’t be able to hit the beach or the pool for the next couple of weeks. I will be spending the fourth as far as away from water as possible. Why? I am laid up with a boot. (It’s not a big deal just need to rest my foot so it can heal and I don’t really live a life where I can sit all day with my foot up thus the boot!) Don’t worry there are tons of other water-free ways to celebrate!

To celebrate the fourth far from the water, I got my nails done. I know, right, I am wild and out of control. I was feeling sorry for myself about my water hiatus and decided to treat myself. I googled fourth inspired nails… there were so many!

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People get intense about their patriotic nails. I loved looking at the options. I settled on classic red with an accent nail:


I know they are silly. But I have to say, I have got a lot of joy out of looking down and seeing my patriotic nails!
If you are looking for tips on cute outfits for the fourth, check out my post from last year. I love this post and would wear all of the outfits again in a heartbeat!


When it comes to celebrating special holidays like the fourth, I have a couple of no-brainer tips:

  1. Celebrate with people you enjoy. Whether it’s friends or family, you need to make sure you spend your day with someone who makes you laugh. I am a big fan of this lady… IMG_4991
  2. Be comfortable. I mean you can look cute and festive without being blistered or cramping from crazy heels. God brought Birkenstocks into this world. So wear them! IMG_9198
  3. Be kind to yourself. I know we are eating healthy, maybe even dieting, or cleansing… but this day, just take a break and relax. Eat a hot dog. Drink a cold drink. Be in the moment and celebrate.


I hope you have a great fourth! Enjoy the holiday! XOXO






Adventures in Adulting!

That’s right, people of the internet (specifically my mom, my friend P, and a couple of stalwart hometown followers), I have returned to blogging.

To celebrate the occasion and to mark the passage of time, I give you a year in selfies –>

From wine, to food poisoning (thanks, Mom), to picnics, to princesses (for T Swift), to dinos, to pool time, to birthday dinners, and absolutely no shame, this is me. 

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Why the break? To be honest, I felt like I was in a rut. I moved to a different city to live with my grandmother (roomie) and tried to save money to buy a house. I had to take a break from traveling and shopping (ok, I tried at least) to save money. It meant taking a break from blogging too. But guess what? IT WORKED. I have been in my NEW HOUSE WHICH I OWN for a month now and it’s been amazing.

Owning a house (I just pinched myself to make sure it’s real!) is adulting level 100.

What is adulting? Urban dictionary defines it as “Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.” Urban dictionary is talking about my life, who’s with me?

Now that I am back — in my city that I love and in my new house — it’s time to get back to blogging.

I hope you smile at least once every post and enjoy this adventure with me. Happy Adulting!