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Easy Backyard Entertaining {Shrimp Boil + Raspberry ‘Tee-Time’ Punch}

Lifestyle, Recipes

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I absolutely LOVE having friends and family over for dinner, but as the temps crank up, the last thing I wanna do is slave over a hot stove and force my husband to wash be faced with a sink full of dirty dishes afterwards.

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One of my favorite summertime entertainment hacks is a simple, delicious, backyard shrimp boil served with a pitcher of ice cold raspberry ‘tee-time’ punch (basically and half & half spiked with Raspberry Smirnoff).

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For the shrimp boil, all you need to do is find a BIG OLE pot and follow this recipe. Trust me, it’s fool-proof! I also like to toss in a few whole garlic cloves for a little extra zing. You can either make it on top of the stove and transport it, or fire up your outdoor grill. Once everything is all cooked up, you just dump it all out on top of a few sheets of newspaper or butcher’s paper, and let the crew dig in and fill up their own plates. I recommend keeping a few moist towels on deck for sticky fingers! Clean up is easy since you make everything in one pot. When everyone’s done eating, just roll up the scraps in the old newspaper to discard.

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As for the real star of the show… just follow the recipe below, and let the good times roll!

Raspberry 'Tee-Time' Punch

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Lately… {Second Trimester Outfits}

Everyday Outfits, Fashion, Maternity

Outfit 1: H&M Top, Old Navy Maternity Leggings, Vintage Beret, Burberry Sneakers
Outfit 2: Vintage Coat, J. Crew Sweater Dress, Zara Beret, Michael Kors Ankle Boots
Outfit 3: H&M Sweater, Old Navy Maternity Leggings, Kate Spade Earmuffs, Michael Kors Ankle Boots

Hey Peeps!

As my due date quickly approaches (where did the time go?!), I wanted to take a quick peek back at some of the styles that got me through the tail end of my second trimester and beginning of my third trimester. If you follow me on the ‘gram, you know that my bump has gotten rounder (and larger) over just the past few weeks since these photos were taken.

As you can see, I’ve been getting by without many maternity pieces (except for these AMAZING leggings from Old Navy), and heels are also now reserved for only the most special of occasions.

Outfit 1: H&M Dress, Vintage Beret, Valentino Heels
Outfit 2: Old Navy Dress, Vintage Beret,Banana Republic Shoes
Outfit 3: H&M Sweater, Old Navy Maternity Leggings, Kate Spade Hat, See by Chloe Sneakers

Outfit 1: H&M Sweater Dress, American Apparel Beret, Hunter Boots
Outfit 2: H&M Dress, Forever 21 Jeweled Collar, American Apparel Beret, J. Crew Rain Boots
Outfit 3: Zara Dress, Banana Republic Oxfords

Outfit 1: H&M Dress, Vintage Beret, Michael Kors Ankle Boots
Outfit 2: J. Crew Sweater Dress, Vintage Beret, Banana Republic Oxfords
Outfit 3: Uniqlo Sweater Dress, Vintage Chanel Brooch, Vintage Beret, Banana Republic Oxfords

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New Year, New Beginnings…

Lifestyle, Maternity

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Well folks, it finally happened…

After nearly two decades of love, laughter, friendship, adventure and growing up together (we met when we were 17/18 and got married at 23/24!) – the hubster and I are finally adding a new member to the family!

We’ve had our share of ups and downs (including two miscarriages) getting to this point. But I’m so ecstatic to be five months along with our happy, healthy little ________… well, you’ll have to wait until spring for that one, lol!

In any case, now that I’m out of my first trimester and feeling more like myself (i.e. less nauseous and slothlike), I can’t wait to hop back into more regular posting. And of course, more outfits!

So stay tuned, and enjoy the bump-y ride!

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