Thirsty Thursday: Grenadine Martin

grenadine martin- a cucumber vodka recipe

This is the easiest drink of my new Thirsty Thursday crew so far. I’m a big believer in cucumber vodka in the summer. It’s light and wonderful and it goes with a lot more than people think. We’re sticking with something simple today, you just shake everything up and pour out the greatness.

Grenadine Martin: a cucumber. vodka recipe

Grenadine Martin

  • 1 part cucumber vodka
  • 3 parts lemonade
  • heavy splash of grenadine
  • pinch of sugar
  • lime wedge for garnish

Just throw everything into a shaker, mix it up and pour over ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime and enjoy!

grenadine martin- a cucumber vodka recipe



PS- Are you liking these drink recipes? Be sure to check out the others!


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Plain White Tee



Old Navy t-shirt (on sale!) |  Loft jeans  |  Kate Spade handbag (similar)
 Steve Madden sandals  |  Target belt (similar)
Etsy necklace  |  Fossil watch  |   Umba bracelets

For the first week or so after cutting my hair short I was strangely aware of the way I was presenting myself. I tend to lean more towards a casual style in my daily dressing so I guess I was feeling a little masculine in my ways. In response I switched out my earrings for hoops & dangling gems and I pranced around in maxis & sundresses. Then one day I woke up and really wanted to wear jeans. This simple outfit ended up making me feel like myself again.

I guess sometimes I feel the most put together when I’m dressed casually. What about you?


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Building a home

When I moved into my first apartment I swore off little tchotchkes that would build clutter. Just six months in I realized that my new home felt very…. boring. It was painted a nice color and sure I had basic furniture and things, but it didn’t feel very homey. By the end of my first year I had caved and started putting money into more decorative items.

Four apartments and many decorative items later I’ve learned not to skimp on two things: rugs and curtains. These two items are such an amazing way for renters to bring personality to their space without doing anything permanent. When it’s time to move I can just roll up my area rugs and fold up my curtains and bring them with me to my new place.  Dean & I have been living together for two years now and I’m finally starting to come around to the idea that maybe some of my items need to be updated to better fit our style instead of my style. Here are some examples of pieces that have made the short list.


building a home: rugs and curtains


Rugs-1, 23

curtains-4, 5, 6


PS- Summer mega sale on rugs from Floors USA

Doing Good: One Million Lights

I never have to worry about not having light. When the dark hours roll around, all I have to do is flip a switch and like magic I can stay up late getting things done. I can get ready for tomorrow, play with Allegra, or prep a blog post. Heck, when I was in school, I primarily did all of my school work at night! But there are millions of people around the world who don’t have that simple luxury. One Million Lights is a non-profit agency that is working to provide a safe way for families to function after dark.

Our mission is to improve the daily lives of children and adults by providing clean and healthy lighting. We distribute safe, rechargeable solar lights around the world, replacing dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps. via

A $15 donation will provide a light to a family in need,  but there are tons of other ways to get involved! You can read about specific projects they  have going on here, and then you can choose to donate to something specific. You can buy yourself a t-shirt or even participate in a buy one-give one program through a partnership with Energizer! I love that they let you choose where your money is going based on something that lies close to your heart.

Have you worked with any companies doing something good lately?


Every so often I like to highlight a company that’s doing something good. Usually I like to find companies that offer a 1-for-1 opportunity, but sometimes you just need to give something just for the sake of giving something. This post is NOT sponsored. It’s just something I wanted to share.