Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles (with Vodka – shhh!)

 

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Popsicle

Friends of ours shared a pic of Bellini Pops on their Facebook page and we at Nearly All Things immediately hit the web to buy some.  Guess what – they aren’t available in the U.S. – bummer!   There are a couple of companies making cocktail popsicles here, but most were sold out prior to Memorial Weekend.  Soooo – I decided to make my own! This was inspired by our friend Allison’s watermelon cucumber cocktail – which was DELISH – thanks Allison!

Ingredients:

  • 2 heaping cups of cubed watermelon
  • 2 tbsp diced cucumber –  My first couple of batches had too much cucumber – not recommended!  I also was happier with a normal cucumber rather than an English Cucumber (which is shown in the video below)
  • 1 1/2 shots vodka – or go for 2 if 1 1/2 just doesn’t seem like enough 😉
You will also need:
  • Small funnel – I bought an Icicle Funnel from Amazon (shown below) and it worked great and was super easy to use – comes in a set of 2.
  • Popsicle molds – I used Zip-A-Pop disposable DIY Popsicle Molds (BPA Free and FDA Approved) – Highly recommended and can be used for all kinds of fun popsicles for kids! (Also shown below)

 Yields :  3 popsicles

Once you have the tools, have fun with this!  Try your own concoctions –   Pinterest has a lot of great ideas too.  Be sure to come back and comment  if you find any other winners!  Here’s a video of my first attempt at making them.  We are getting crazy hi-tech here people!

 

Featured image & video by Cooper Young

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Unique Birthday or Graduation Gift Idea

Customize Coca-Cola bottles for your next party!


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Here’s a cool gift idea for your next graduation or birthday party.  Purchase a 6-pack of 8 fl oz. glass bottles of Coca-cola.  Can be individually customized.  Save $5 here.

Fresh Chic

Fresh Chic

 

Here’s some style inspiration to go along with those nude booties we posted earlier in the week.  And, if booties aren’t your thing, here’s a nude sandal that will work just as well!

 If you still haven’t seen the bootie or sandal you love, check out the A.S.98 website.   I am in love with every shoe on the site!  Just pick one – any one!  They are all killer!  I say get yourself a nude shoe from the sandal section!  I plan to when I find my money tree!  LOL

New Summer Pick-Me-Up

Trader Joe Organic Cold Brew Coffee

Photo by Cooper Young

 

Trader Joe’s Organic Cold Brew Coffee is my new summer pick-me-up! You’ll find these bottles in the cooler section. I only paid $1.99 for a bottle of this cold brew coffee!

Flavorgenics Organic Coconut Extract

 

I added some coconut extract and a bit of half and half to give it a yummy flavor without the sugar.

 

Going out for this tasty drink will cost you much more for a lot less.

Iced coffee not your thing?

Here’s a recipe I found on Pinterest for an Iced Coffee Protein Shake:

  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1 cup cold coffee – we recommend using Trader Joe’s Organic Cold Brew Coffee
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder

Go out and try this Cold Brew Coffee!  Let us know what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautycounter – Skincare Without All the Chemicals

We’ve all heard it before – the skin is our largest organ.  So, it’s imperative to protect it from the damaging rays of the sun.  But, what about protecting it from the products we use everyday, maybe even multiple times a day?  Have you ever really looked at the ingredients on the label of your favorite face cleanser, moisturizer, or even make-up?

Let’s start with some shocking information.  According to the FDA website, “Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, cosmetic products and ingredients do not require FDA approval before they go on the market.” – SAY WHAT???

Apparently the onus is on us….OR a conscientious company like Beautycounter.

Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar
Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar

According to Amy McNamara, Senior Manager at Beauty Counter, “Beyond offering high performing and lux products (we have partnered with Goop, J Crew and others), we won’t compromise on the safety of our ingredients. No one should have to choose between safety and beauty. In case you are not aware, the FDA bans just 30 ingredients from personal care and cosmetic products. In the EU, they ban over 1,400 ingredients from use!  As such, we have created a never list that includes over 1,500 ingredients that Beautycounter will intentionally refrain from use in all of our products. This list includes carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, allergy irritants or simply those that haven’t been tested for safety. ”

So naturally, when Amy asked if I’d be willing to sample some of the Beautycounter products, I jumped at the chance.  I currently am using the Nourishing Cream Exfoliator and Rejuvenating Day Cream and couldn’t be happier.  The products smell wonderful and they are making my skin look bright and refreshed.  I will be definitely be trying more products from Beautycounter in the future!

Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Exfoliator

Don’t just take our word for it, read the Goop article,  “The Dirty on Getting Clean”.

And, if you’ve tried Beautycounter products, be sure to comment and let us know your thoughts on the product.  Remember sharing is caring!

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