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Summer Dream Smoothie


It’s zero degrees here right now. I can’t think of a better time to have a smoothie, can you?! Cold outside, might as well make yourself cold inside as well. I know that might not sound fun but I drink smoothies every day so I’m used to it. And by used to it I mean I drink it and then lay on the couch covered in blankets for the next hour. But that’s okay. Totally worth it.

This smoothie is a combination of all of my favorite summer fruits. Yes, I know I should buy seasonally. But I think we all need to splurge every once in a while. Fruit splurge!

I actually got a really good deal on the blueberries last week (actually my dad got them, but still) and that inspired this summertime blast.

Watermelon, mango, blueberries, pineapple = perfection.


Summer Dream Smoothie

serves 1-2

2 cups watermelon
2 cups ice cubes
1 mango
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup coconut milk

Toss it all in your blender. Blend it up. Turn on Aquamarine, Holiday In the Sun, or any other late 90’s-early 2000’s beachy movie, serve, enjoy!



Summer Of Photos

I know that summer isn’t technically over yet. But a lot of kids are going back to school this week and next week. Once everyone is back in school, I just feel like summer is over and begin to break out my fall essentials.

This summer I’ve really focused a lot more on my camera and branching out by using various settings to photograph things. I’ve really learned a lot about my camera lately, but there’s always room to grow with it as well! I have taken so many pictures this summer, more than ever and I love it. So I figured that I’d share some photos of my summer thus far in honor of classes being back in session.

August 2013

ImageOatmeal, flax seeds, buckwheat groats, pomegranate, almonds, peanut butter, and figs.

ImageFlowers and sunshine.

Tennessee: Gatlinburg & Piegon Forge

ImageThe guy on the right was sharing historic stories about the Smoky Mountains with my dad.

ImageAn old cabin in the mountains.

ImageRipley’s Aquarium.

Asheville, North Carolina

ImageFarmers market.

ImageAnother farmers market where I found my fresh figs.

July 2013

ImageMy dog, Pebbles.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

ImageOutside of Quiet Storm.

ImageFlowers I picked while creating a wildflower bouquet.

ImageMy dog, Roxy.

ImageMore flowers.

Ocean City, Maryland

ImageI love beach sunrises.

ImageI love seagulls as well.

ImageThe picture store on the boardwalk.

June 2013

Hoboken, New Jersey

ImageCake Boss!

New York City, 2013

ImageFirst time in NYC.

May 2013

ImageFires and cooking out are always huge during the summer at my house.

This summer overall has been fabulous. The weather hasn’t been on my side (rain and chilly temps all summer!) but that hasn’t stopped it from being great. I’ve spent a lot of time with wonderful people making memories that will last a lifetime. No matter how much I dread winter, I’m excited for fall especially because of Strala training next month!

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog over the summer, I look forward to sharing my fall, winter, spring, etc. adventures with all of you 🙂

Summertime Smoothie

I got my wisdom teeth removed on Monday. I have been in misery this past week. It was definitely worse that I expected.

So I’ve had such a limited diet this week and I’ve basically been living off of this smoothie. It’s summery, chilly, and yummy. Strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon. You can’t go wrong with this! Especially when you’re mouth is the size of a watermelon.


Summertime Smoothie

Makes 1 large serving

1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries
2 large spoonfuls watermelon
1/2 cup almond milk (or preferred milk)
1/4 cup greek yogurt
2 cups ice

Throw all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!


Simple recipe. Simply delicious!

This is great if you’re in a hurry, if you’re in need of relief like I’ve been, or if you just want something to enjoy. 🙂

Picking Wildflowers


I went on a run this morning up into the woods above my house. It’s one of my favorite places around here to run (and one of the most challenging too). I was about halfway finished with my run when I began to notice a large variety of flowers along the path. I kept looking at them all the way until I reached my house and I knew what I had to do when this evening came around.

After dinner tonight I took off up the hill with my camera and a pair of scissors. I walked the path for about an hour just taking in every little detail of the path as I possibly could. I gathered up a handful of various flowers and made it home just before a storm came.

All you need is a mason jar, a skeleton key, a pinecone, a piece of string, and a bunch pretty flowers.


Take the skeleton key and put it around the jar with the string. Then take the pinecone and place it into the jar, then fill the jar with water. Take your flowers and arrange them in the jar any way that you want.


You can use this as a centerpiece for your summer picnic or just for an everyday display of positive vibes.

It’s impossible to be down when you have a bright display of fresh flowers around you. Get out there and see what kind of flowers you can find to make your own flower jar!

5 Steps Towards A Stress Free Summer

Summer is the best time of the year. Cookouts, bare feet, beaches, yard games, pool parties; the list goes on and on. But by the time summer gets here it seems like it’s over! We tend to get caught up in our routines and we’re always wishing away the current moments. That can all change though, and it can change this year. Make this summer one of the best yet by eliminating unnecessary stressors.


Here are 5 steps to eliminating stress in your life this summer:

1. Take time for yourself

You have worked hard for months on end. You’re always taking care of the kids, significant other, and the pets. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you’re forgetting one very important person; yourself! Designate a time each week to spend on your own doing something that pleases you. Do you love bubble baths but haven’t had one since your got that promotion last September? There’s no better time than right now to hop in that tub and have bubbles floating to the ceiling. Taking time for yourself helps you recharge and reenergize for what’s up ahead in your life.

2. Eliminate negative relationships from your life.

I’m sure there’s at least one person in your life right now that just seems to put you down more often than they lift you up. Why is that person still a part of your life? If you don’t have an answer to that question, then you can rid yourself of their negative energies. Once you surround yourself with nothing but positive beings then that positivity will radiate throughout you as well.

3. Create a routine.

If you get yourself on a routine of going to bed and waking up around the times each day your world will change in drastic ways. You’ll get more sleep and find that you have more time to do other things that make you feel productive and happy. Once you get a sleep schedule set then you might be able to work on adding things to your routine. Perhaps a workout or even reading a book or writing a story?

4. Spend time outside.

I know that you might have a sink full of dirty dishes right now or your closet needs cleaned out. But that’s okay, it’ll be there tonight, or on the next rainy day, or even this fall. Get outside. Smell the fresh air and look around. Admire everything that you see. Never let a sunny day go to waste. You’ll be wishing for that in the middle on January.

5. Smile and breathe.

This is the only step you really need. No matter what, these are the only two things that you need to do. Whatever has you stressed out at the moment will be fixed in time. Nothing is worth missing out on quality time spent with friends and family this summer. If you want to have a great summer, you can. Just smile and breathe. Even when things get tough those are two of the things that will get you through it and do it with a significant decrease of stress.

Follow these 5 easy steps to a stress free summer. Don’t let things that won’t matter by September worry you today. Get out there and live. Create memories and laugh along with the ones who make you the happiest.