Tequila Sunrise Margarita

Today I bring you a Tequila Sunrise Margarita! 

Because depending on when you’re reading this, I may be channeling Dierks Bentley and getting drunk on a plane. 

Just kidding. I’m waaaaaay too uptight to do something like that but I’ll be wishing I was getting drunk on a plane. Because I hate flying. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. For the same reason I don’t like movie theaters. It’s too small a space with too many people I don’t know and too few exits.

BUT! I’m heading to California for a social media thing so I’m willing to do the whole plane thing. Because I’ve never been to California! And I’m super stoked about just being there. 

It’s been several years since I’ve had the chance to go away and I’ve never, ever spent a night away from the baby (who isn’t a baby). This trip just happened to be at a time when my husband could skip a few days of work which isn’t easy since, you know… Army. 

Also, my husband’s never kept all 3 kids longer than, like, a grocery trip. He asked me to board Penelope (#idiothusky) because he doesn’t think he can handle her, all the kids, and Clementine. As you can imagine, having your husband admit to not being able to handle 3 days of what you did for 9 months is pretty awesome. 

I’ve also been annoying my best friend with ridiculous TSA questions, as I do every time I fly since she works for an airline. I actually deleted a text before I sent it yesterday that said, “Can I bring bobby pins in my carry on? Because I’m pretty sure I could use a bobby pin as a weapon if I needed to.” 

The one about the hair straightener made it through though. (Sorry Megan!)

Follow me on Instagram to see all the Starbucks mugs I buy all my adventures! 

As far as this drink, I turned the prettiest cocktail ever into a margarita! Because you know I love a margarita! It’s delicious, so pretty, and my new fave! 

Tequila Sunrise Margarita

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The Greenest Smoothie

Well guys.

I did that annoying thing I do a couple times a year even though I know it’s a bad idea.

Yep, I got bangs.

Whyyyy do I do this to myself?

It wasn’t even an impulsive decision. I spent HOURS on Pinterest convincing myself that bangs were a good idea. And then when I told my guy (who I love and don’t blame at all), he got excited and was all, “Like Heidi Klum bangs?!”

Yes! Make me look like Heidi Klum!

Guess what. I don’t look like Heidi Klum. 

So I’ll be pushing my bangs to the side for the next 6 months. You know, until I decide to do it all over again. Because I’m an idiot. 

Anyway. We got a ton of snow yesterday. The snow I’ve been waiting for! The boys and I sled until we couldn’t feel our hands and then we drank hot chocolate until we were warm enough to go back out.

It was awesome.

We also made smoothies because I’m trying to be healthier, you know. I used to drink a green smoothie every day of my life but when I started counting macros, I decided I’d rather use my carbs on Pop-Tarts. 

Priorities.

But now, I’m back into smoothies. And this one is the current fave. It’s spinach, pineapple, and banana! And the thing that makes it extra delicious: matcha powder! 

Matcha powder is green tea powder – it’s what those delicious green tea lattes and frappuccinos at Starbucks are made from. It’s delicious and perfect for green smoothies. 

The Greenest Smoothie

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Blood Orange Margarita

First margarita of the year is in the books!

Guys, I am officially ready for summer. For margaritas and pool days and ice cream cones. 

I even have a bikini in my Target.com shopping cart right now (because actual Target only had extra extra extra small sizes, of course). Which is ridiculous because it’s February 12. And also because I bought two bikinis last year and probably only wore each of them 5 times. 

(Truthfully, I bought 2 1/2 because the first bottom I bought was called a “cheekster” and it didn’t occur to me that actual cheek would be showing. And no ma’am, that is not happening. Still have it though. In case I ever magically become 20 again.) 

I have no need for a new bikini. But I waaaaaaant one so badly.

Anyway, margaritas! 

I always forget about blood oranges until someone mentions them and then finding blood oranges becomes my official life goal.

I finally found some at Trader Joe’s last weekend and then they just sat, untouched, in the fridge.

Okay, family, I guess I’ll make margaritas. You twisted my arm!

I love pretty much any margarita but I especially like any kind made with fresh oranges. And I just cannot get over how pretty the Blood Orange Margaritas are! 

These are absolutely perfect and the best thing about making margaritas at home is that you can control the sweetness and you can pile the salt on the rim of the glass if you want. And I want. 

Blood Orange Margarita

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I told you I had a drink for you! 

I am a big fan of a drink on Christmas. Because I can’t handle the chaos. The stuff everywhere, the screeching children, the dog eating all the chocolate Santas. It’s just a lot for my tiny brain to handle. 

So I like a Christmas drink. 

I especially like a Christmas drink that’s sparkly and sweet and could technically pass for breakfast since it’s got orange juice and fruit. That’s a healthy breakfast? Right?

I’ve gotten to where I really like super simple sangrias. I don’t love fussing with a simple syrup so this is literally just fruit, wine, and champagne with a splash of orange juice. I feel like between the fruit, the wine, and the orange juice, it’s plenty sweet but if you wanted a simple syrup, you could totally go for it. Or add Sprite, 7Up, whatever. 

This is probably the last post I’ll put up before Christmas so I hope you you have a wonderful holiday if you celebrate and if not, I hope you just enjoy time with your family. I’ll be posting a lot on Instagram, I’m sure, so make sure you’re following me there to keep up with the shenanigans as we roadtrip across the country! 

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Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

If there’s ever a time for a cocktail, it’s when your car breaks down days before your husband is coming home from Afghanistan, right? I mean, come on car, you couldn’t wait? Really?! 

And of course, it happened right before the weekend so I’m without a car until Monday. And did I mention that our other car – my husband’s car – has a dead battery?

Yep. 

So today we’re talking cocktails! 

There’s a really fun offer at Target right now where you can a free cocktail shaker (seen below) when you mix and match purchases of any three Diet, Regular or TEN Canada Dry, 7UP, A&W, and more beverages: 12 pk. cans and 6 pk. or 8 pk. bottles.

And to make the deal even better, Browse online savings with Target Cartwheel and save 5% on participating product purchases. 

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

I’ve been obsessed with ginger lately – I want ginger EVERYTHING. Even my bathtub is currently stocked with ginger-scented items. Using Canada Dry in my cocktails has become my new thing because I only like bubbly drinks and the ginger ale is just a nice, delicious shake up from my usual sparkling water. It’s so perfect. 

And since we’re headed into the holidays, I’ve been enjoying pairing it with white cranberry juice. This cocktail is super simple – just the Canada Dry, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, vodka, and Triple Sec. Use your shaker, get it nice and cold, and then put some lime slices in. 

I would’ve put fresh cranberries in too, but you know, no car. 

Anyway, everyone will be entertaining over the holidays so get your bar stocked and make sure you take advantage of the Canada Dry Shaker Offer Available Exclusively at Target, while supplies last!

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

For the ginger syrup:
3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
!For the cocktail: 
1/2 ounce ginger syrup (above)
1 1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec
squeeze of fresh lime juice
1/3 cup white cranberry juice
1/3 cup Canada Dry Ginger Ale

To make the syrup, place sliced ginger, water, and sugar in a saucepan. Simmer for about 20 minutes, until the sugar has completely dissolved and the ginger has infused the syrup. Strain.
To make a cocktail, combine all ingredients and a lot of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a glass and add sliced lime. 

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