Man. Being a kid is hard. With their brutal honesty and direct approach at sharing that honesty, feelings often get hurt. And we are all human and make mistakes. It’s how we grow as people and learn the do’s and don’ts of living in society. Learning how to say sorry is an integral part of repairing our wrongs and learning from them. The concept of saying sorry is something that kids understand very early on. But as they get older, and their egos start to develop, it can be harder for them to actually say it when they need to. I created a free printable to help them say sorry. It’s a simple way to get them to share a heartfelt sentiment with the person they hurt. We talk at our kids a lot. Sometimes the best way to get a message through to them is in a more indirect way. I’ve partnered with Netflix to tell you why the streaming platform is a great resource for parents. Because if being a kid is hard, being a parent is a trillion times harder.
Rosé all day. It’s the perfect pink drink to sip on a warm summer’s afternoon. And for those times when you are just chilling with your homies out on the patio, I’ve created the perfect playlist. Rosé and rap go together like Puffy and Mace. They are great on their own, but better together. I’m also sharing my favorite rosés to pick up for your summer entertaining. Word.
My sweet tooth gets me in trouble. I can’t say no to most sweet treats that end up in my path. If it’s a new dessert idea, I have to try it because I need to stay in the know. If it’s a classic then I need to try it to see how it stacks up to others I’ve had. It’s really not good for my waistline. But you know what is good for me? Reading dessert cookbooks. I don’t gain any weight that way. And because I possess little to no baking skills, I don’t have to worry about making these things at home. But that doesn’t stop me from devouring the pages of a beautiful book. If you haven’t checked out the cookbook, Eat More Dessert from Jenny Cookies, you have to! It’s SO well done. And not only are there super yummy sounding recipes, there is also tons of fantastic party inspiration. You’re really going to love this book!
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you know that I love a good Moscow Mule. I’ve shared many varieties of this fine summer cocktail and today I have another vodka mule recipe to share with you.
A few weeks ago I went up to Los Angeles for the launch party for a delicious new flavor of Absolut. Oak by Absolut is full of flavors like caramel, cinnamon and vanilla but not in a flavored vodka kind of way. No, this vodka is aged in barrels and the flavor notes are picked up during that process. It adds a richness and warmth to the vodka that you would normally find in whiskey. It is the perfect ingredient to switch up a classic vodka mule recipe. And perfect for your summer imbibing.
I’m not exactly outdoorsy. But we have a local spot, called Tanaka Farms, that I love to visit. It’s a great place to take your family in Orange County to pick your own veggies and fruits. I was recently invited to attend a blogger event there, hosted by Tree Top, and it was amazing. Not only did I get to know the family behind the farm a little bit better, but I learned that Tree Top is a pretty amazing brand. While I was familiar with the brand before, and have purchased their products forever, getting to hear more about their company philosophies and goals really turned me in to a fan.
You have to make a brownie cake. For real. Because look how cute it is. I love to serve things in a new way at the parties I throw. It’s such a fun way to add special details that the guests will love. Sure, you can serve a plain old cake. But why not serve a brownie cake? It’s something you don’t see everyday, everyone (well, just about everyone) loves brownies and it’s SO easy. So just make one, ok?