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7.01.2015

BEHIND THE SCENES | RED, WHITE & BLUE POPSICLES

I'm over at my BFF Beth's house quite a bit these days, especially on the weekends, so I get to see a lot of the behind the scenes work for Oak + Oats. Beth is a creative machine, and always has new ideas up her sleeve for fun recipes among other things. She's pretty big on ice cream and popsicles these days, so you won't hear me complaining. If someone has to taste test these things, I guess I'll take one for the team and do it. ;)

I told Beth I wanted to get some shots of her actually making these delicious treats, and she said "okay!" So often in blog land we only post the really pretty pictures, the perfectly staged photos (which is completely fine, I get it.) but I think we miss out on the process sometimes, which is just as important! So get ready! All you need for these babies are a few strawberries, blueberries, and some yogurt. Easy peasy, amiright? Here's your little backstage pass into the kitchen of Oak + Oats and a few snapshots of this popsicle-making process.












Have you made any popsicles or other summer treats recently? Head on over to Oak + Oats for the full recipe and for pictures of the finished product. P.S. They turned out beautifully! Oh, and Happy July! XOXO.

6.30.2015

SUMMER BUCKET LIST





Summer!! Every time I think of summer, I want to burst into song, Olaf style. There are always so many things I want to do during this season. The beautiful, warm weather makes my heart smile and beckons me outside to soak up some Vitamin D. Summer makes me want to get super tan, jump off cliffs into crystal clear water, run through sprinklers, watch a fireworks show, and drink all the iced coffee in the world. Just to name a few. ;) I know I can't do everything I want to this summer, but I've created a list of things I'd love to do and think I can actually check off my list!

Make lots of homemade ice cream.
Beth has been on an ice cream making spree, and I've nominated myself as a taste tester. It's such a burden, really. ;) My two favorites so far: espresso and mint chocolate chip. YUM TOWN. I'm excited to see what other delicious ice cream creations she comes up with!

Discover new coffee shops.
Coffee shops are some of my favorite hangouts for friend dates, working on the blog or emails, or reading a good book. I had a couple of favorites back home, and am slowly learning where all the cool coffee shops are in Colorado Springs.

Go on lots of hikes.
There are so many great trails to explore all around the city and so close to home. I crave the outdoors and fresh air, so hikes are high on my priority list.

Attend a Renaissance Festival.
Guys, there is a Renaissance festival happening right up the road from us, and we have plans to go soon! Someone find me a cute Renaissance-y way to wear my hair. ;)

Climb a 14er.
This has been on my bucket list for a lonnnnng time, and I'm really hoping to check it off the list at some point...maybe this summer??

Go camping.
We have plans to hopefully head up to Buena Vista for some camping at the end of the summer, and I'm so excited. Trips with friends, sleeping outside, stargazing...it's all on the list.

Spend every Saturday at the Mayberrys.
But seriously. So far so good. I spend my Saturdays with my best friends. While the boys work on finishing the basement, Beth and I cook meals and do what bloggers do and sit on the porch to read and work on our Chaco tans. It's the life.

See five free movies in the theater.
So we happen to have a connection at the movies this year that allows us to for freebies sometimes. So far we've seen Inside Out and Jurassic World! Watching movies is one of my favorite things, and I love experiencing movies new and old with some of my best friends. There's just something about laughing and crying and feeling all the feels that a movie may bring out in each of you. What are the must-see movies for you this summer?

Read two books.
I'm currently working on three or so books, and it's my goal to finish at least two of them this summer. I love finding a quiet spot outside on my lunch breaks and getting lost in a story for an hour.

Say yes to a spontaneous adventure.
I don't know what this is going to look like yet, but I'm open to it. If you know me at all, you know I'm quite the planner, but am totally able to wear my stretchy pants for when plans change. So bring on the spontaneity, summer! I'm ready for ya.

Make a summer soundtrack.
Are there certain songs that feel like summer to you or bring back memories of summers gone by? Melodies are memories to me. I can either tell you where I first heard it, who I was with, or what I was doing. So I'm putting together a playlist for this first summer in Colorado.

Are you a fan of summer? What is on your bucket list for this season? Big plan or little plans; I want to hear them all!

6.29.2015

WEEKEND UPDATE




RECAPS
1 | Blueberries for daysssss. Seriously, fresh fruit in the summertime is so scrumptious.

2 | My best friends are working on finishing their basement, so a lot of my weekend time is spent over at their house hanging out and cooking meals while the boys work. Yesterday, Beth and I pitched in to help and Bruce bravely let me use the big guns. My dad would have been proud. ;)

3 | Popsicles scream summertime to me. What are your go-to summertime treats?

4 | This view will never grow old to me. I stop and stare in wonder every time. The way the sunshine hits the mountain ranges at the day's end is just magic. Pike's Peak, you're a beauty.

FAVORITE FINDS
-- This cat, though.
-- For all the single ladies this wedding season.
-- Ahhh. This shirt.
-- Cutest ponytail. I want to try!
-- I'm trying to decide if I could rock a romper. I love this one.
-- Can someone build me a tiny house? I will live there forever.

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Guys, how was your weekend? Did you hang out with some friends? Did you go on any adventures? Did you find a new favorite song for summer? Did you cook/bake anything delicious? I just want to know all about your life. ;) XOXO.