Sparkles and Sunshine: Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

Friday, June 8, 2018

Happy Friday!

How was everyone's week? Mine was pretty good/a little stressful but I think that happens to everyone on a regular basis haha! I am happy to be spending the weekend at home. Today is my mom's 25th birthday 😉 and we're going to enjoy it at home. Today is also national best friends day, and I will say my mom is definitely one of my best friends. I call her everyday on my way to work, on my way home, and then multiple other times throughout the day just to talk or share something that happened. I'm very lucky to have her and I don't know what I'd do without her.

P.S. Because she reads my blog posts, she should be crying about........now haha! 😂

Below are this week's articles from my weekly round up. I hope you all love them!



Food:

Passion fruit from miles away....haha! Pretty sure Drake didn't make these cupcakes, but Tessa from Style Sweet CA did! I'm not sure if my version of these will look as pretty, but these look and sound delicious!

Read it here: https://www.stylesweetca.com/blog/2018/6/2/lemon-passion-fruit-cupcakes

I've never tried matcha before but have heard about it for quite some time. Lee from Fit Foodie Finds shared a banana matcha smoothie recipe plus some facts about matcha! If you're curious about what this powder is/does for you, definitely read her post.

Read it here: https://fitfoodiefinds.com/banana-matcha-smoothie/

So, I've never heard of a pandowdy before but trust me, after you look at the photo of this recipe, you'll want to make all the pandowdies in the world. Haha! This dessert recipe from Food 52 is great for all of the fun summer events coming up.

Read it here: https://food52.com/recipes/77020-swampy-strawberry-pandowdy

Ok, so obviously I love strawberries. That's a given! Since strawberries are in season right now, a.k.a super cheap, I always love buying a ton of them. The only problem is, I always end up buying a ton and not using them all. When I read the post below from Naturally Ella, she provided many different solutions for how to keep your strawberries all season long! These solutions should also apply to other fruits too if you're not a strawberry fanatic like I am!

Read it here: https://naturallyella.com/3-ways-strawberries/

Summertime = bbq's, crawfish boils, and basically any other type of cookout there is! Damn Delicious share the recipe below for an instant pot shrimp boil. Now, I love shrimp! You can give it to me fried, grilled, blackened, etc. and I'll eat it. #sogood! If you love shrimp too, definitely check out the recipe below!

Read it here: https://damndelicious.net/2018/06/05/instant-pot-shrimp-boil/

I prefer quick, delicious dinner recipes since I'm always working on something. Whether it's my blog, my job, the animals, etc., I always like something that is tasty and didn't take long to make! If you're the same, Once Upon A Chef shared 8 easy breezy summer dinner recipes that look so good. I already know my mom will be all about #7!

Read it here: https://www.onceuponachef.com/articles/8-easy-breezy-summer-dinners.html

Chandler and I love seasonings. Seasonings really make or break food in my opinion. There are two different spice shops in Jacksonville and back home in Mt. Dora that we just love. One of our favorite meals is a nice steak. We have a few different rubs that we use (LongHorn's steak seasoning is on point ya'll), but this one below looks really good too. We're always down to try a new seasoning!

Read it here: https://www.closetcooking.com/2018/06/montreal-steak-seasoning.html

Life/Entertainment:

Tomorrow is National Rose' Day. 'nuff said! *clink*

Who listens to the Elvis Duran morning show on the radio everyday? I absolutely love every person on the show and find the show to be so entertaining. The other day they were talking about awesome Instagram accounts and they mentioned one called DILFS Of Disneyland. Trust me, it's magical. ✨😂

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/dilfs_of_disneyland/

I'm not sure if everyone's heard, but the unfortunate news of Kate Spade's death shook the internet this week. I have always loved Kate Spade and everything she has created. My thoughts are with her family and friends right now in this tough time. If you have/know anyone who has ever thought about committing suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255.

Read more here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a21087625/kate-spade-family-statement-designer-suicide/

Fashion:

I stumbled upon Kate from Scathingly Brilliant's blog this week and it is beyond cute! If you like aww sam or any other colorful account, then you will love her! Check out her recent blog post for the cutest rainbow dress!

See it here: http://scathingly-brilliant.blogspot.com/2018/06/rainbow-sherbet.html

Rochelle from Pretty Yellow Things shared the cutest red boots ever on her Instagram today. I love a good statement piece and these shoes are hot! P.S. This look will be up later today on her blog so definitely check it out later to see more!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjxet9SDJ0F/?taken-by=rorodeiso

I love albion fit's swimsuits! I've never bought one but I've seen this one styled by Jennifer from Boy Mom In Jeans a few times and just love it. It has such a flattering fit and I love that it mixes prints!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjxSXMMhSKb/?taken-by=boymominjeans

Mackenzie Bay also shared another cute suit from Albion Fit that I had not seen before. I mean, we all need to have options right? Haha! I loved this one just as much as the one Jennifer shared.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjvWBkWnbFX/?taken-by=_mackenziebay_

So this outfit was literally posted 30 minutes ago and I want all of it SO bad! Cortney Dryden has always been one of my favorite bloggers to follow because she has such fun style that is so similar to mine. All of the bright colors are right up my alley! If you haven't seen this amazing sequin look below, then go check it out right now!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjxgg-YHNix/?taken-by=cortneydryden

I have been loving all of the little white dresses that I have been seeing, and have one of my own that I love. After seeing this one from Hilary Rose, I think I'll be adding another to my wardrobe!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjvuohTjUVA/?taken-by=byhilaryrose

Last but not least is this red hot look from Jenn Ibe. You can never go wrong with the color red. It looks good in every season and it's a classic!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bju5ul5gz6v/?taken-by=cranberrytantrums

That's all for this week's round up post. I hope everyone has a wonderful national best friend's day, national rose day, great weekend, and a wonderful birthday weekend to my mom. P.S. go give her a shout out on my Instagram!

Dress: Free People - sold out but linked more styles in the Like to Know it app!
Hat: Nordstrom

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