6 3/4 cups crushed strawberries (I like to blend mine)
1/2 cup frozen organic white grape juice or apple juice concentrate
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup of SweetLeaf (or another natural sweetener like honey, coconut sugar. Adjust for taste)
Combine crushed strawberries, juice concentrate, water, lemon juice and sugar until it dissolves. Slowly heat medium on stove and add fruit pectin. Follow the instructions for pectin. Pour into prepared jars. Leave 1/3 space if you plan to freeze so jam can expand. Refrigerate until cool. Label, then freeze.
Berry season is here! So to celebrate, I posted a yummy recipe over at How Does She making homemade gelato and using fresh blueberries. This recipe make a creamy and rich frozen treat. I also put down healthy substitutes to make the recipe still full of flavor, but lower in calorie and sugar free. This is a perfect summer treat!
If you need a little freshening up for your spring/summer wardrobe, pick up a white midi skirt. This simple, modest piece goes with so many tops. I’ve worn mine with a denim button-up shirt tied at the bottom, graphic t-shirt tucked in, or a simple black top. The watercolor bow-tie heels from Kate Spade add the perfect touch of elegance. Or for a casual style, wear with espadrilles or Van sneakers. I styled the rest of the outfit with a vintage suede hot pink hobo bag that I’ve had for many years and love when I get the opportunity to use. The cuff bracelet is from my shop. But sometime my pieces sell before getting them on the site, so the Indigo bracelet is similar. Midi skirts are comfy and they show the skinniest part of our legs. Even better.
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Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers, nannies, role models, and all women who play important roles in children and adult lives! I had a beautiful Mother’s Day this year. Nothing too special, but just a day I got to fully spend with my family. I love the little things my children did for me that they knew would bring a smile to my face. I haven’t been very personal on my blog in a long time and have change the tone and direction of the posts on my blog. But I do want to say that I love my most important role in life and that is being a mother to my children. They are my pride and joy! They make my life complete and are my everything. I have learned so much from them. Mostly, how I can be a better person and the weaknesses I have and need to make stronger. Also, how I can be a better mother, sister, friend and overall better person.
I will say that I do a lot of praying to God about each one my children–asking for guidance, wisdom and direction, ways to handle different situations and lots of forgiveness…because many times I screw up. Anyway, motherhood has been a huge learning process and continues to be so. But it is also one of the greatest gifts I cherish.
|Crochet Shorts: Fab’rik (similar) || Coral tank top || Panama hat || Sunglasses ||
Flip Flops: ToryBurch || Turquoise Earrings: Darleen Meier Jewelry
What to Wear and bring to the Beach: Florida style. Heading to the beach this summer? Good idea! We just got back from a fun family beach trip to the South Walton Beaches in Florida aka 30A. White soft sand and blue water. My favorite! I’m going to show you some of the outfits I wore and suggestions on what to bring on your next beach trip. One of my favorite items were these crochet shorts (similar) that I picked up from Fab’rik. They were comfortable and easy to match with tank tops or just to pull over my bathing suit. This is an easy guide for packing and deciding what to wear and bring to the beach.
|Gladiator Sandals: Fab’rik (but can buy here) || Aztec Tank Top: Fab’rik ||
Beach bag: Kate Spade Outlet (similar) || Clarkson Earrings: Darleen Meier Jewelry
|Eyelet dress: Old Navy || Cuff Bracelet: Darleen Meier Jewelry || Metallic Tattoos: Lulu dK|
|Tunic: Nordstorm Rack || Sunglasses: Ray-Ban || Flip-Flops: Tory Burch|
Pull out your planting pots and fill them up with soil and new greenery! It’s that time to start bringing life back to your garden and porches. Spring is one of my favorite seasons and gardening has become a favorite pastime since my vegetable garden days while living in Connecticut. Now it’s just flowers for me until we make space for a garden.
We just got back from a fun spring break trip to the 30A, which is a beach highway right on the gulf side of Florida, between Panama City and Destin. This is our third spring break trip we have taken down in that area. We just love it so much! My favorite beach towns are Seaside and Watercolor. They so picturesque and the beach homes are darling! I highly recommend visiting this area of Florida. Here are just a few pictures I took around the beach town.
You can see more pictures from our past Seaside Florida trips.