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July Inspiration







Happy July and Happy Summer! We're in one of the most fun seasons of the year, and I'm especially excited for this month since it holds travels, birthday celebrations (today, actually!), and lots more! Here's a few ideas and thoughts that are inspiring me this month! What's been inspiring and motivating you lately?

Celebrate: Stars & Stripes

I love the Fourth of July! It's always been one of my favorite holidays since I was a little girl. It's such fun to celebrate the spirit of the country, the bravery of those who fought so valiantly for our freedom, and the beauty of this place that we are blessed to call home. This year, I decided to throw a simple patio party to celebrate. Entertaining at home doesn't have to be tricky, and when it is hot out, it's best to stick to simplistic, refreshing menu items that can be assembled in a flash...just in time to catch the fireworks! ;) 

 A summer salad comes together easily with spinach, cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken, fresh strawberries, pine nuts, and a generous sprinkle of goat cheese. Whisk up a simple dressing with olive oil, pear-infused vinegar, honey, and a dash of S&P!



Keep guests refreshed with some sparkling water (we like flavored La Croix and San Pellegrino!) or flavored lemonade. A black bean and corn salsa makes for a delightful appetizer that guests can enjoy before the meal. (This particular recipe is so easy and always a hit at parties!) 

1 Can black beans (drained + rinsed)
1 Cup mild salsa
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped scallions
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 to 2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 large avocado, chopped

Combine all ingredients (aside from avocado) into a bowl and mix well. Fold in avocado last. Serve with tortilla chips or pita chips
End the evening on a sweet note with fresh fruit parfaits (yogurt can be swapped for vanilla ice cream, too!) in patriotic colors! 

Happy Fourth of July! How will you be celebrating? 

Introducing Aretios

Things have been very busy around here lately because.... I've launched my company, Aretios, which I co-founded with my sister!! This has been a major goal in the works for awhile, and it's been so exciting to finally be able to share it with all of you!

As trainers and influence strategists, our mission is to train the next generation of leaders to live lives of purpose, influence, and adventure. There's so many incredible things that are in the works for you, one of which is this one time opportunity to join our masterclass for FREE (before we release the paid version which will be $297)! If you haven't reserved your spot yet, definitely grab it before they fill up---we are getting close to capacity!

Also, be sure to follow along with all the adventures on Instagram and Facebook! We are so blessed and grateful for the excitement, support, and encouragement we've received so far, and I'm looking forward to sharing more of the journey with you!!

From the Kitchen: Summer Recipes

Summer is my favorite season for many reasons, some of them being the ease of outdoor entertaining and the bountiful fresh fruits and veggies that are oh so sweet this time of year! With the first day of summer just around the corner, I've rounded up a few recipes that I'm looking forward to making. Think grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream, easy salads, and refreshing drinks. Getting hungry? Me too...let's dive in!
Is there anything more tropical and summer-like than the delightful combination of coconut and mango? Muffins are the perfect grab-and-go option on a busy day, or I've even made a batch and packed them for a snack on a travel day. This recipe is definitely on my 'must bake' list! 
Confession: I make a smoothie or smoothie bowl for breakfast about 98% of the time. Seriously. It's so much fun (and simple) to throw in a bunch of fresh fruit and blend with creamy yogurt or a splash of almond milk and protein powder. In the summer heat, I tend to stay away from hot breakfast food, so this makes for a quick, delicious, and refreshing option. 
A simple and refreshing combination that's similar to the Starbucks Pink Drink? Yes, please! I love adding coconut milk to smoothies and sauces to add a little creamy texture, and a little splash in this latte adds the right amount of delicate flavor. 
Summer is the best excuse to grill out as much as possible! The sweet corn and smoky grilled flavors tossed with fresh vegetables and spices make the perfect side dish or even an entree on it's own! It's one of those dishes you can make and enjoy for the week. Delish. 
This is a quintessential summer treat! I am a BIG fan of peaches, raw or grilled, and I simply can't resist the perfect pairing of juicy peaches and sweet vanilla ice cream drizzled in honey. It's the perfect dessert for summer days!

Got any favorite summer recipes? I'd love to hear! 

June Inspiration





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Happy June! It's time for another monthly inspiration roundup! Here's a few of the thoughts and quotes that are inspiring me this month. I think it's so important to surround yourself with positive and motivating words, and I have seen the impact that they have on my achievements and productivity. If you don't already do so, I'd encourage you to choose a quote or two to focus on this month and see if that reminder pushes you to be and do better! What's inspiring you lately?

Floral & Gingham






I love mixing prints and textures in outfits! It's so much fun to see what combinations will mesh together in a way that is playful and pretty. Florals and gingham are two style elements that are still on trend as we waltz into summer, so I thought it would be a perfect pairing. It's been so hot here already, so I have been living in lightweight shorts (like these adorable high-waist gingham ones) and sleeveless tops styled with whimsical accessories. Statement earrings are the perfect way to really make an outfit pop; these floral beauties are one of my favorite pairs this season. I'm amazed with how many things I've been able to wear them with and they'll definitely be packed in my bag for some upcoming travels!

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Stripes & Streamers




 

Happy Memorial Day! I love being able to bring out all the patriotic and red, white, and blue pieces (like this cute dress!) this time of year. Today is a wonderful time to celebrate our freedom and the brave souls who have freely given to ensure our lives would be better. I am incredibly grateful to those who have served or are currently serving our country. Your sacrifice is remembered and respected.
Also, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. Can you believe it?! Summer is one of my favorite seasons. I love the long days, outdoor entertaining, fresh fruits and vegetables, warm nights, traveling, days at the beach, and time with family and friends. It's always fun to put together a seasonal-inspired 'goal list' of things I'd like to do and accomplish at the beginning of each season. I'm looking forward to checking off some fun adventures this summer! What's on your list this season?

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