beware the frozen heart

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If your little princess {or prince} is still into Frozen, or at least knows about the movie Frozen {and reference to a frozen heart}…or knows every word to every song like my kids, this is the perfect summer time treat for them. Frozen Heart Popsicles.

Frozen Heart Popsicles
6-8 servings

You’ll Need
Wilton Petite Silicone Cavity Heart Pan

Muffin pan
cupcake liners
wooden popsicle sticks
grape juice
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1.5 cup greek yogurt
5 strawberries
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 banana

How To
Pour grape juice into the heart mold and freeze for several hours.
Once the hearts are frozen, make the popsicle mix. Add the ingredients {banana, strawberry, honey, vanilla, blueberry and yogurt} in a blender and mix well. If you have a favorite shake or other shake recipe with healthy ingredients, anything will work.
Place cupcake liners inside the muffin pan.
Place a frozen heart in the middle of each lined muffin cavity, and then pour popsicle mix over it. Fill it 3/4 to full.
Place the muffin pan in the freezer. After 1 hour, or until popsicles are semi-frozen, place a wooden popsicle stick inside each cavity {not all the way to the bottom, but 3/4 down}.
Wait until the popsicles are completely frozen, then remove the muffin pan from the freezer. After a couple of minutes, you can remove the popsicles. You may need a knife to help you ‘pop’ them out of the tray. Then, remove the liner.
Enjoy!

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frozen heart popsicles_jsorelle

frozen heart popsicles_jsorelle

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{images via j. sorelle}

summer garden party essentials

Where is the summer going? Although the booties at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale were so pretty and my feet were drawn to them, I held onto my flip-flops tight. I can’t even think about a colder season right now – we are loving summer too much.

Before the summer is over, we really need to embrace all the bright colors, smells, outside play and parties and bare feet. So, we challenge you to either…

1. Complete numbers 1-10 on our Fun in Summer Essentials list below, inspired by photos from the fantastic Alt Summit garden party.
or
2. If there’s a fab hostess inside of you, throw a summer garden party like Alt Summit did {see photos below for inspiration}.

Alt Summit knows how to throw a fabulous party, so there is no greater inspiration for you. I was fortunate enough to witness it first hand this year. Not only was every detail well thought-out and executed beautifully, but their parties were really fun!

BIG THANKS to Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit photos

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alt summit_garden party

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alt summit_garden party

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit photos

aspen rehearsal dinner

Do y’all watch Parenthood? I just love it. As a parent, I can relate to almost every storyline in some way. This gorgeous Aspen Rehearsal, photographed by the lovely and talented Laura Murray, reminds me of Camille and Zeke’s backyard with the family gathered under the hanging lights and the long family-style table. I want to have a big family like that and entertain in a setting like that. This Rehearsal Dinner, set in the most gorgeous Aspen barn setting {holden marolt}, just looks organic, happy and pretty. Everyone in it looks genuinely happy…and their stomachs do too by the looks of the delicious food on the menu that evening.

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VENDOR LOVE
Design/Coordination: bluebird productions 
Photography: Laura Murray Photography
Catering: pan and fork supper club 
Linen: la tavola
Calligraphy: victoria hoke lane
Rentals: premier party rentals
Specialty Vendors: eclectic hive
Florals: carolyn’s flowers
Mixologist: E-Rock Harris
Venue: holden marolt
Film Processing: photo impact imaging

{images via Laura Murray Photography}

easter baskets

We’ve gathered some of our favorite gifts for the kids Easter baskets this year. Hop to it!

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FOR THE PRETTY LITTLE LADIES
1. Pink Bunny Coin Purse, Paper-Source
2. Tropical Romper, The Children’s Place {I just bought this for my daughter – LOVE}
3. LIL tOOders Superhero Custom Cape – enter a giveaway for a free cape {including an Anna or Elsa cape from Frozen} here.
4. Melissa and Doug Bright Flashlight, Yo-Yo
5. Sunglasses, Gap
6. Melissa and Doug Watercolor Paint Set, Amazon
7. Bunny Jute Bin, Land of Nod
8. Frozen Snow Wand, Target

easter basket ideas for boys

FOR THE HANDSOME GENTS
1. Aviator Sunglasses, Gap
2. Swimways Torpedo Bandits, Amazon
3.  LIL tOOders Superhero Custom Cape – enter a giveaway for a free cape here.
4. Woosh Frisbee, Amazon
5. Green Puppet on a Stick Pen, Amazon
6. Galvanized Bucket, Pottery Barn
7. Melissa and Doug Habitats Reusable Sticker Pad, Amazon
8. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, Amazon

{images via The Children’s PlaceGap, Target, LIL tOOders, Amazon, Yo-Yo, Paper-Source, Pottery Barn, Land of Nod}

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I love this song by Alicia Keys. It’s one of those amazing songs by a truly talented artist. And, if you’re in a place where maybe you’re having a hard time, especially financially, this song can help put things in perspective. Take the time to listen to it.


This
is Jenna’s kind of party…and if you’re a shoe lover, you would desire it too.

I’m so ready for spring and warm weather. This party is stunning and makes me want to celebrate spring…and make a tissue flower wall to brighten my home.

Lisa {With Style and Grace}, you always amaze me with your yummy recipes. This GF Cranberry Almond Granola is no exception. We’ve made it twice and it’s a family favorite. Yummy!! Even if you’re not GF, you will love this.

Oh fellow mother’s of young children everywhere – have you been listening to Frozen’s hit song Let It Go 500 times a day for a couple of months? I understand. Me too, with my 3.5 year old daughter. Well, a mom did spoof on the song, that had me laughing out loud. Here I stand saggy boobs and all – post three kids – I hear ya sister.

Have a great weekend!
xoxoxo