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Our Favorite Summer Cocktails

Nothing says summer like pools, sun tans, aloe vera, the smell of peaches and a strong, fruity cocktail.  As many of y'all probably know I've been pregnant for a very long time, or at least it seems that way! Now that my pregnancy is about to be over, you can't be that surprised that I've rounded up some favorite, refreshing cocktails for the summer! You can also make these without alcohol and they're just as tasty, I promise!

Ready, Set, Pour!

1. The Kentucky Lemonade//

Huge bourbon fan, so this lemonade bourbon combo is right up my alley!  The kick of bourbon offsets the tartness of the lemonade to make it just right. 

The Recipe

 2. Skinny Coconut Margarita//

Who doesn't love a drink with a hint of coconut. Coconut is our jam. Plus this is a skinny version! Delicious! All we need now is our bathing suit and a palm tree. 

The Recipe

3. Pina Sunrise Cocktail//

Because we all like cocktails with little umbrellas and ice cream.

The Recipe

4. Mango Blackberry Cooler//

Mangos and Blackberries are my favorite! Plus I went blackberry picking not that long ago and have a ton of blackberries so this is the perfect recipe to make a refreshing cocktail.

The Recipe

5. Blueberry Basil Moscow Mule//

This was a great recipe while pregnant bc you can drink ginger beer! Just no vodka.  Something fun to drink with yummy, fresh blueberries. 

The Recipe

Happy Summertime!!

xoxo

Laura 

 

 

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6 Unique Bridesmaid Gifts

 

Hello wedding season!  If you're a bride, friend of a bride or just thinking about your future wedding then you're going to need some bridesmaid gifts. No time like the present to pin some of these ideas or jot them down so you don't forget when it's time!  They're much appreciated after putting up with your bridezilla ways that are slightly inevitable.  No matter what your budget, we have some great ideas from matching robes to personalized moroccan beach hats.

Matching Robes

I know everyone always loves a robe! And it makes for adorable pictures.  Win Win. Plus each robe is only $18. 

 

Personalized Moroccan Sun Hats

No better time to buy a sun hat!  Especially if your bachelorette party or wedding involves a beach or poolside.  And how adorable will those pictures be?  You can have monograms, nicknames or whatever you want! Email Sunshine Tienda for your specific order or check out the selection they have in stock. 

 

Gaia Cosmetic Bag made by refugee artisans

A little pouch with Tribe on it is exactly what your bachelorette tribe will love! You could also add in a nail polish with the color you want them to wear at the wedding! 

Monogrammed Notecards

As you probably already know... if you're a bride... that writing letters is alive and well.  Especially thank you cards.  Your lady pals would love personal stationary!  I know I can't get enough of it. 

Framed Memories

A frame with picture of you two from the wedding or really any great moment you shared! Love this bone inlay frame from Furbish Studio. 

Personalized Candle

I know my friends all love candles.  Can never go wrong.  Plus these can be personalized with their initials or even Bridesmaid!

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Guatemala!

I decided very last minute that I needed a little escape from the routine – booked a flight and two weeks later, (after one cancelled flight and an overnight layover) was en route to Guatemala. I chose Guatemala for a few reasons, it's less than three hours from Austin, provides the instant culture shock I’m always looking for, and we love buying beautiful Guatemalan textiles for our shop!

There are so many things to do and see in Guatemala but with only one week – I chose to start in Antigua for a few days and then traveled to Lake Atitlan for the remainder of the trip.

I flew in to Guatemala City on Sunday evening and went straight to Antigua. I love this city. The cobble stone streets and brightly colored buildings bring a colonial feel and make it a unique city in this country. Great hotels, restaurants, and shopping make for an excellent entry point to getting your feet wet in this developing country.

I stayed at Hotel Casa del Parque – a very central location (less than a block from Plaza Mayor) – and bonus, they have a lovely courtyard with a sparkly pool. You should know, I base my hotels on the pool situation.

I didn’t have much time in Antigua, so I chose my dining wisely. I’m usually a fan of local market stall dining to get a feel for the local cuisine, but with the food scene being so top notch, I couldn’t pass up a few restaurants I had heard about. Los Tres Tiempos (photo below) is great for drinks and a new spin on traditional Guatemalan cuisine. Saborico is another not to miss restaurant that serves great breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus super tasty smoothies and juices. 

 

Los Tres Tiempo

 

Saborico

From Antigua, I traveled to San Marcos la Laguna – located on Lake Atitlan, about 3 hours from Antigua. There are quite a few towns around the lake – all easily accessible by their boat taxi system.  San Marcos was what I would imagine an adult medicinal summer camp to look like – meditation, yoga, acupuncture, organic farming, and a lush, tropical topography with a view of the lake at all times. I arrived in the evening and had a star-filled sky and complete silence waiting for me.

I stayed at Lush Atitlan – a BEAUTIFUL hotel that I highly recommend for anyone staying on Lake Atitlan. I stayed in the Cascada room – with two bedrooms and two baths – a multi-story suite with an indoor/outdoor feel. I also spent some time with my upstairs neighbor staying in the Mirador Suite which is also incredible with an entirely outdoor bathroom and incredible views of the lake. Pretty much perfection.

Each town around the lake offers something different. I spent quite a bit of time in San Juan as they have a large amount of artisan co-ops selling fair trade textiles, offering weaving and natural dye classes and is just a very welcoming village to roam for the day.  I spent an afternoon with the women of the Tinte Maya Cooperative learning how to use the backstrap loom. Although my Spanish could use some practice, I sat with them for hours as we chatted about our lives – and I wove myself a scarf!

San Pedro is a backpacker paradise – with tons of “gringo” restaurants, inexpensive hotels, Spanish schools, and a very easy place to meet other travelers.

Panajachel is the largest town and is the entry point for most who come to Lake Atitlan.  “Pana” is a bustling city on the water with a plethora of hotels, shopping and restaurant options. There are also a few hotels right outside of Pana accessible via tuk tuk that are beautiful and might provide a little more tranquility.

My last full day was spent exploring the highlands of Guatemala - visiting with a women’s artisan co-op, “Nuevo Sol,” followed up by lunch and shopping at my favorite market in the entire world, the “Chichi Market.”  Chichi is a nickname for the city, Chichicastenango – with a bustling market every Thursday and Sunday filled with fruits vegetables and textiles.

If you haven’t been to this incredible country, I highly encourage you to do so. My favorite thing about Guatemala are the people. Their kindness and welcoming spirit leave you feeling like you are with family – and I promise you will return again and again.

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