Thirsty Thursday: Pineapple Crush

pineapple crush- a delicious summer smoothie

Yesterday I promised you a new drink recipe and so I’m here today to deliver on that promise. I came up with this recipe the other day after buying more pineapple chunks than I could actually eat in a short period of time. So out came the blender and I started poking around my fridge for something that could compliment one of my favorite summer fruits.

 

Pineapple Crush- the perfect summer smoothie

  • 3/4 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup strawberry yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips/shavings
  • 1/2 cup ice

Optional: Add a shot of rum to add a little kick!

 

Pineapple Crush- the perfect summer smoothie recipe!

All you have to do is throw all of your ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Who knew something so good could be so easy? I highly suggest bringing this drink out during your next outdoor summer meal. I promise it will be a hit!

pineapple crush recipe- a delicious smoothie (rum optional, but suggested)

PS- Looking for a different smoothie recipe? Here’s a berry or a watermelon option.

PPS- Looking for a fun cocktail? Try the Will.I. Amaretto, or Grenadine Martin, or this frozen Strawberry Manilow!

Pineapple Crush

 

pineapple

It’s official: I’m crushing hard on pineapple everything. I don’t know what it is but I keep finding myself pinning images, wearing jewels and purchasing anything and everything pineapple. I think they’re such a fun way to bring in the warm weather. And here’s a fun fact for you: they are known as a symbol of warmth, welcome, and southern hospitality. If this doesn’t scream Florida summer, I don’t know what does!

So here are a few of my recent welcoming inspirations:

 

Free Vintage Inspired Pineapple Printable!  Perfect wall decor for your kitchen or home.  Download at livelaughrowe.com

First up is my newest living room addition: a free print! How perfect is this? I highly suggest the download- it’s too cute to say no!

 

pineapple print

This top from Anthropology makes me swoon. It’s way too expensive and I’m really not sure where I would wear it… but the fact that it exists makes me happy regardless.

 

pineapple nails

It’s VERY important to note that fact that these nails are hand painted and that The Hunt has a tutorial so that we can all do it too. Thank goodness for inventive nail artists.

 

pineapple print

This pineapple tote bag is handmade in Spain and it’s exactly the bag I would like to be taking to the beach with me on a sunny day.

 

pineapple tee

 

I can picture wearing this relaxed tee on an easy summer weekend. It matches everything and is perfect for running errands, hanging out at the grocery store, and coming back home to your favorite book and a drink in the backyard.

pineapple summer inspirationI have exactly two Alex & Ani items and one of them is this bracelet. I’m sad that they’ve moved away from the flat charms like above, but you can now buy a 3-D pineapple bracelet instead. Beggars can’t be choosers!

 

 

PS- Find more things I’m loving via my Pinterest page.

PPS- Come back tomorrow for a pineapple recipe!

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Affordable Glasses from Firmoo

firmoo

I absolutely love when Firmoo contacts me about trying out new glasses. Why? Because they’re affordable and fun, meaning I can actually see myself buying some glasses from them. You see, I need to wear glasses every day to get by, but that doesn’t mean that my frames have to be boring. Companies like Firmoo allow almost- blind people like me to make glasses an accessory, not just a need.

I’ve easily paid $400+ for prescription glasses before. It’s not hard to do. Since I have really bad eyes, I have to pay extra for all kinds of fancy lenses that I don’t understand and I am usually stuck buying only certain frames to fit said fancy lenses in stores. Online glasses companies have totally changed the game. By cutting out the middle man, I’m suddenly able to find frames and lenses for under $200, no questions asked. Make that under $100 with Firmoo.

Frames range from $8.00 to $70.00 through their website and the lenses that are recommended for me are only $40. For example, the frames I picked out above are just $29 (and they’re currently on sale for $13). This is a game changer. I’m leaning towards getting myself a red pair next!

 

PS- Firmoo is offering up to 70% off their lenses until 5/28 and new customers get 15% off their first order!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

memorial day

 

I am so thankful for a three day weekend! Our dirty laundry has seriously been piling up and I’m already dreaming about the opportunity to relax with a cup of coffee and nothing too serious to do. I’m hoping to see some family, eat great food, and to offer large thank yous to all who have served. What are your plans? Maybe some of these old posts, projects and recipes can help:

 

 

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How I built my savings account

how to start a savings account

I was one of those lucky SOBs who had a job right out of college. I say lucky because even though I worked my butt off for it, you need a little bit of luck in today’s market. I say SOB because whyyyy was I so excited to start working just two days after graduation? (I highly suggest giving yourself a week or so to move and adjust.) While I was super excited to jump  right into my new life, I was also a broke college grad who didn’t have two pennies to rub together. I mean if I had $50 in my bank account on my first day at work I would be surprised.

It’s funny because I used to be a saver. I worked all throughout high school to save for college and I had 2 jobs every year of undergrad. But college life was loud and fun and expensive. Senior year alone I went on spring break with friends, my computer died, and I paid my own utilities… so really my $50 bank account probably shouldn’t have seemed so surprising when I was only making minimum wage.

Luckily my family is extremely loving and supportive so they helped me with the deposit on my apartment and my dad lent me a car so that I could start an adult life, but I’m way too independent of a person to want to use their generosity for too long. So I put myself on a strict saving plan and here’s how it worked:

I opened two checking accounts and a savings account.

  • Checking Account One was for BILLS. This is where my direct deposit was sent. I had no debit card for this account, just checks for bills.
  • Checking Account Two was for GENERAL SPENDING. I was allowed to use it for fun, but it’s also where my grocery money came from so I had to prioritize a little. I got a debit card for this account for easy use.
  • As you can guess, the Savings Account was for SAVING. The rule was the money went in, not out–Emergency use only!

Everyone has a different bill budget and fun budget. For me at the time, I wanted to keep $1000 in my bill account at all times. It was important to me to know that as soon as a bill came in it could go straight out, no questions asked. Since my various utilities and student loans all came in at different times of the month, this was pretty reasonable. When a new check came in and I had extra money in my bill account, I would move some of it into my spending account and a little into my savings account. Once in a blue moon (or during a glorious three-paycheck month) I would be able to save a solid amount of money per month, but for the most part I was throwing in $50 here, $100 there, whatever I knew I wasn’t going to need.

I’m a very visual person, so keeping my spending money away from my bill money really helped me understand the reality of how much money I actually had available to spend each month. At a quick glance I knew if I had enough money to go to the movies and meet friends for dinner or if I had to go grocery shopping first.

So did it work? Well within that first year I was able to go from living paycheck-to paycheck (with no cable, internet, or couch) to an adult with real work clothes, a real couch, premium cable & high-speed internet, plus almost 10% of my annual salary in savings. #winning

 

Unfortunately as my savings grew I got more and more relaxed with my budget, so I wasn’t saving as much over the last 2 years. Then we had to spend a good chunk of that savings when moving down to Florida last fall, but the good news is that Dean and I now get to practice some saving together. Do you have any saving tips for us?

 

PS- Tips for your next job interview.

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