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Summer means a couple things for my kids.
One: they’re stuck going on all my weird adventures. If I need to drive an hour for something for a blog post, they’re all going with me and we’re stopping at a taco place, a beach, whatever happens to be in my Yelp bookmarks on the way.
They’re already over it.
And two: all their friends move. Every summer, man. Every summer all their friends move. #armylife
It’s rough. My oldest always has a great group of friends at the end of the school year and then they leave and he’s bored.
So last year when it happened I get him his first phone. And this year I decided to upgrade the phone and his plan to make it easier for him to keep up with his friends.
And also to keep him entertained when I impulsively decide to drive across the state of Texas for perfect chips and queso.
You guys. We’re headed to New Orleans today – the boys are going to their first ever New Orleans Mardi Gras and we are SO EXCITED.
We meant to go last year but uhhh… you know, the assault happened and my protective order hearing was the day after Mardi Gras. So yeah, obviously had to cancel. But we’re going this year!
We’re from Mobile originally (the home of Mardi Gras in the US) so the boys have been to Mardi Gras but the celebrations in the 2 cities are so different and I feel like they really need to experience both. And we’re staying with family that we haven’t seen since last summer so it’ll be a good time.
Follow along on Instagram and Snapchat (amandalivesay) if you want to see what we’re up to!
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It’s hot in Texas.
Did you know it’s hot in Texas?
I guess this is news to no one.
Anyway, I’m really into showing up at at my friends’ houses with homemade boozy popsicles these days since it’s so hot and also because they’re so much more fun than showing up with cocktail supplies. And lucky for me, I’m usually just walking over to my neighbors’ house so popsicles are easily transported.
For these really easy Sangria Popsicles, I used Woodbridge by Robert Modavi Chardonnay. Woodbridge has been around for over 30 years and is one of my go-tos because I know I can trust their wines to be delicious and make any occasion more fun.
And what’s more fun than popsicles made from wine?!
Like I said, these are SO EASY. Cut up a bunch of fruit – I used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and kiwi, but use whatever you like. And then mix together the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay and a little bit of lemonade. And then combine it all in popsicle molds. Freeze for 8 hours and then get ready for your friends to really love you when you show up at the block party with a tray of frozen wine.
They are so pretty – I just can’t get over all the bright colors! And seriously delicious!
Happy Monday! I hope you had an amazing weekend and your week is off to a great start!
We’ve been having crazy storms recently that have made us cancel most of our outdoor plans. So when our local frugal blog posted about free military admission to the county fair on Saturday, I jumped at the opportunity to get out of the house.
It was free! We had to go!
And then we spent $80 to ride the rides. You got me, El Paso County Fair.
You got me good.
Buuuuuut, it was totally worth it to watch my 7 year old almost poo his pants on his first upside-down ride after insisting that he wouldn’t be scared at all.
But anyway, yesterday we had homemade popsicles while we (they) played in the mud that all these storms have created.
I finally broke down and bought popsicle molds after seeing so many great recipes this summer. And the first one was Strawberry-Watermelon Popsicles because I have been obsessed with all things watermelon this summer. Except actual fresh watermelon. Bleh.
These popsicles are just watermelon, strawberries, lemon juice, and a tiny bit of sugar. My kids loved them and I liked knowing where all the ingredients came from. Win all around!