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Fruity Poolside Drinks

Since most of us don’t have the time or money to go to Starbucks every day, it’s time to learn some DIY fruity drink recipes we can make right in…

Since most of us don’t have the time or money to go to Starbucks every day, it’s time to learn some DIY fruity drink recipes we can make right in our homes!  There’s nothing better than hitting up the pool with some refreshing drinks at hand.  Here are 3 drink recipes that are healthy, hydrating, and delicious!

  • Watermelon Agua Fresca.Chelsea Crockett - Fruity Drink  For this recipe, you’ll need 3 cups of cubed watermelon, ¼ cup of lime juice, 4 mint leaves, 2 cups of water, and ice!  Add all of the ingredients except the mint leaves in a blender and mix them together until it is well blended.  Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours if you want it to be cooler, or else simply add a few mint leaves and ice cubes and enjoy!
  • Fizzy Pineapple Punch.  For this delicious punch, you’ll need a 6 oz. can of limeade, a 12 oz. can of pineapple juice, 4 ½ cups of cold water, 1 liter of club soda, assorted fruits, and mint leaves.  In a large pitcher, mix together the juices, water, and club soda.  Put the fruits and ice cubes in different glasses and pour the punch in.  Finish it off with some mint leaves for decoration like the picture on the right! 🙂
  • Lemon Pineapple Kiwi Sparkling Mocktail.  You’ll need 1 kiwi, 3 teaspoons of pineapple juice, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1 can of La Croix sparkling lemon water.  Blend together the unpeeled kiwi, pineapple juice, and honey.  Split the mixture into glasses and fill the rest the glass the rest of the way with the sparkling water.  And lastly, enjoy!

Which one are you going to try out?  I’ve tried all three and they’re so, so good! 🙂

XOXO – Chelsea

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Newest Additions to the Starbucks Secret Menu

Starbucks is almost every girl’s go-to happy place.  Whether you’re a coffee drinker or just like a good atmosphere to work on homework, most of us can find ourselves going…

Starbucks is almost every girl’s go-to happy place.  Whether you’re a coffee drinker or just like a good atmosphere to work on homework, most of us can find ourselves going to Starbucks on a regular basis!  If you’ve heard of the Starbucks secret menu, then you know their drinks can get even better than what’s offered on the actual menu.  Here are some new, fun additions you should know about!

  • Strawberry Acai Refresher with Coconut Milk. Chelsea Crockett - Starbucks Drink These are so yummy and they make for a great Instagram, too!  They taste kind of like a smoothie and are perfect for a warm day outside.  Starbucks even adds some strawberries to your drink!
  • Dragon Frappuccino.  Similar to the new Unicorn Frappuccino, this drink is said to be created through a mixture of a green tea Frappuccino, vanilla bean powder, and a berry swirl.  It looks and tastes great!
  • Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher with Soy Milk.  This is along the same lines as the first drink I mentioned, but it’s purple instead like the picture on the right.  It’s refreshing and delicious!
  • Butter Beer Frappuccino.  If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’re probably thinking, “WHAAAT!?”  This actually exists!  All you have to ask for is a Crème Frappuccino with three pumps of caramel syrup, three pumps of toffee nut syrup, and some caramel drizzle on top to finish it off.

Do you know any secret drinks I’m missing out on?  Let me know and I’ll try them out for myself!

XO – Chelsea

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How to Have a Pool Party…Without a Pool!

If you follow Taylor Swift on Instagram, then you have surely seen her pool party pictures. She seems to have the most amazing pool parties ever! One of my favorite…

If you follow Taylor Swift on Instagram, then you have surely seen her pool party pictures. She seems to have the most amazing pool parties ever! One of my favorite things about summer is going to my friends’ houses that have pools because my family doesn’t have one! In light of my pool-lessness, I decided to come up with a few ways to have a pool party…without having a pool! Sounds a bit silly, but read on to find out how!

  1. Location: When you are having a pool-less party, make sure you have it in a place that has a hose and electrical outlets nearby. Also, have it in a place with plenty of grass to give your feet a break!f91108_bb07717e7ada4fd9bda8bd83b29f3558
  2. Pool alternative: Go to Walmart and buy 3 or 4 little kiddy pools and have those sitting out! People will love being able to dip their feet in without having to get their whole body wet. Fun sprinklers are also a must! You can also play slip and slide kickball, which is a total blast. You can also have a water balloon fight, or even just have a volleyball net set up! Give people lots of things to do.
  3. Food and beverage: Have lots of refreshing, juicy fruit cut up and ready to serve. People love fruit on a hot summer day! You can also get fun flavors of soda and lemonade for a nice summer beverage.
  4. Décor: Because you don’t have an actual pool, give your party a “pool party” feel by blowing up inflatables and using them as décor! You can also put up pool umbrellas to give your guests some shade. Use beach balls instead of volleyballs to give your party and even more “pool-ish” feel!

Just because you don’t have a pool doesn’t mean you can’t have a pool party!

XOXO, Chels

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Best Post-Workout Drinks

After working out, the last thing you want to do is have a huge unhealthy meal. I always aim for the nutritious options: fruits, vegetables, smoothies, etc. This being said,…

After working out, the last thing you want to do is have a huge unhealthy meal. I always aim for the nutritious options: fruits, vegetables, smoothies, etc. This being said, I was unaware of the many drinks that actually benefit you after a run or workout. So why not share them with you lovelies :)?

Obviously you should Chelsea Crockett - Chocolate Milkhave already drank plenty of water prior and during your workout, but if not, drink up! Apart from H₂O, chocolate milk is great for your body after your exercise! You might be surprised by this, considering the fact that it’s solely a dairy product and is filled with chocolate. However, chocolate milk is just as (if not more) effective as some specialty sports beverages. It’s essential for muscle recovery.

Another good post-workout drink is green tea. Apart from its many nutritious minerals and benefits, it helps replenish any sore or damaged muscles after exercise. It also helps reduce stomach fat and avoids high intake of any unwanted calories. Cherry juice is also proven to decrease muscle damage. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for after a hard workout.

Let me know what you drink after a workout so I can try it out for myself!

-Chels  

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

What is better than a slice of pumpkin pie? A pumpkin pie SMOOTHIE of course! When I think of fall I think of thanksgiving and with thanksgiving comes pumpkin pie!…

What is better than a slice of pumpkin pie? A pumpkin pie SMOOTHIE of course! When I think of fall I think of thanksgiving and with thanksgiving comes pumpkin pie! This smoothie is not only delicious, but it is also good for you! It is packed with fiber and protein. Much better for you than for than an actual slice of pie! Here is how to whip up one for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 large ripe bananaPumpkin-Pie-Smoothie-31
  • 1 cup unsweetened soymilk or coconut milk beverage
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 ice cubes

Combine all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until it is smooth. This makes 2 servings, so share it with a friend! This would be a yummy afterschool snack or a delicious sleep over treat!

Eat up!

XOXO, Chels

Photos via: galonamission.com

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Easiest Starbucks Drinks to Make at Home

Mmmmmm, Starbucks. Who doesn’t love picking up an iced coffee or a cool lime refresher during the hot summer days? Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t have the time, or the money,…

Mmmmmm, Starbucks. Who doesn’t love picking up an iced coffee or a cool lime refresher during the hot summer days? Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t have the time, or the money, to go to an actual Starbucks… but a few of the drinks you can simply make right in your kitchen!

  • Green Tea Lemonade. This drink is simply what it says it is. I like my drinks sweet so, I sweeten my green tea instead of leaving it unsweetened. You can use any green tea and your favorite lemonade and mix it together! SO easy, right?Chelsea Crockett - Green Tea Lemonade
  • Cool Lime Refresher. I LOVE Starbucks’ refreshers. They’re absolutely delicious… and obviously refreshing! The cool lime drink is the easiest one to make, you only need mint leaves, chopped cucumber, water, and sugar. You may need a few other ingredients depending on which recipe you use online, but most are pretty much as simple as that!
  • Frappuccino. Depending on which flavor of coffee you want, you’ll have to look up the recipe. But most of the Frappuccino recipes call for strong coffee, sweetener, milk, ice cubes, and whipped cream! You can add chocolate or caramel syrup, or whatever else you prefer.

What’s your favorite Starbucks drink? Let me know in the comments below, and if you can make it at home, include the recipe :)!

Love, Chelsea

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3 St. Patrick’s Day Snacks & Treats!

St. Patrick’s Day is just an excuse for lots of fun and good food! Whether you’re having a St. Patty’s class celebration or a party with your friends, you’ll need…

St. Patrick’s Day is just an excuse for lots of fun and good food! Whether you’re having a St. Patty’s class celebration or a party with your friends, you’ll need some themed, green treats to snack on. I’ve seen hundreds of ideas on Pinterest, but here are three that are not only delicious but simple as well!

  • Lucky Charm® Rice Krispie® Treats. These are so easy and fun to make! All you need is a recipe for homemade Rice Krispie® Treats. Then you can go one of two ways: either dye the butter green before mixing your ingredients or use green colored marshmallow (either way works!). After following your recipe but before separating them into squares, add in Lucky Charm® marshmallows! That’s all there is to it!Chelsea Crockett - Lime Sherbet Floats
  • Lime Sherbet Floats.  Since you’re going to have so many yummy treats, you’ll need something to quench your thirst. Lime sherbet floats will do the trick! All you need are a few cartons (or however many you need to serve your friends!) of lime, green ice cream. For the soda, pick whatever you like best! I prefer either 7-Up® or Sprite®. For tastiest results, use a lemon-lime flavored soda!
  • Rainbow Fruit Kabobs. Since I’m all for healthy treats, fruit kabobs are not only perfect for taste but decoration too! You’ll need these ingredients: purple grapes, blueberries, kiwis, pineapples, cantaloupe, and raspberries (or strawberries)! Stack them on wooden skewers in that exact order, like a rainbow (which is another St. Patrick’s Day theme!).

 

Let me know how your treats turn out :)!

-Chelsea

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Coffee Lovers Central!

I know plenty of coffee-lovers that look forward to waking up just to get their hands on a good cup!  If you put yourself in this category, this article is…

I know plenty of coffee-lovers that look forward to waking up just to get their hands on a good cup!  If you put yourself in this category, this article is for you!  At our house, we buy all kinds of coffees and creamers and experiment with each and every one of them. They’re so good that I thought I’d share with you a few of our faves!Chelsea Crockett - Girl Scout Creamers

Maybe you’d rather grab a Starbucks then make it at home, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Recently, I’ve tried out blueberry flavored coffee. The taste isn’t overbearing but leaves you with a berry aftertaste. Yum! On the other hand, I also like a Nantucket blend with Hershey’s chocolate and caramel creamer.  The choices are endless when buying coffee.  After you pick a couple of flavored coffees, then you’ve got to check out all of the creamers… vanilla/cinnamon, hazelnut, Girl Scout thin mint, Almond Joy…  Whatever flavor you decide upon, you can make it hot or let it cool and add ice.  Either way, it’s fun to explore the world of coffee!

Oh, and the coffee flavor doesn’t end there, it also comes in the form of ice cream, yogurt, and cake!  You can go to the grocery store and bring home some coffee flavored ice cream to try out for yourself. Plus, apart from the amazing taste, coffee can give you a little extra boost to make it through the day.  Tell me about your favorite mix, maybe I’ll give it a try!

Love, Chelsea

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Summertime Water!

I can’t believe how hot it is outside!  Which means summertime is in full force here in the U.S.  Our summers are pretty hot here in the Midwest.  I’m always…

I can’t believe how hot it is outside!  Which means summertime is in full force here in the U.S.  Our summers are pretty hot here in the Midwest.  I’m always looking for a refreshing healthy drink that helps to beautify my skin and body. I’ve recently started experimenting with ice water and different fruits.  You should give it a try!

You can buy strawberries, blueberries, cherries, oranges, limes, grapes…..the list is endless. First, wash your fruit. Then cut it up and squeeze the juice into the glass. Drop the fresh fruit into the glass and fill it with water and ice.  Have fun experimenting with which fruits taste best together for your taste buds! One of my favorites is cherries, strawberries, and oranges. It gives my water a sweet taste with healthy vitamins and no useless calories! Chelsea Crockett - Fruit Drink

Another option is to add cucumbers, watermelon, and mint herb. It’s a refreshing drink with a different twist. No matter what you add in your bottle, it’s guaranteed to be 100% healthy for you and your body. Another tip is to freeze your grapes before you add them in your water. When they’re frozen, they act as ice cubes to keep your drink ice cold! The possibilities really are endless. Give it a try, let me know your favorite concoction, and I’ll have to try it out for myself! Enjoy!

Cheers! – Chelsea

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Tropical Summer Drinks

Imagine lying by the pool with a drink in your hand and the sound of ocean waves crashing against the rocks.  Sounds nice, huh?  Well just because you might not…

Imagine lying by the pool with a drink in your hand and the sound of ocean waves crashing against the rocks.  Sounds nice, huh?  Well just because you might not have a beach, doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you’re on one!  Try whipping up a few of these fruity concoctions to get your summer going, virgin of course.

Grenadine syrup, a red tinted sweetener, and plenty of flavored juices are essential for the perfect drink!  If you love Fruit Loops, then I’ve got the perfect drink for you!  Mix together 3 ounces of pineapple juice, 2 ounces of orange juice, and one ounce of cranberry juice.  Throw in ½ ounce of grenadine syrup to the mix.  Last, drop in a few cherries and some ice cubes and you’ve got yourself the perfect fruity drink!

If icy drinks are more your style, try a strawberry daiquiri-pina colada mix!  You’ll need to blend each drink separately for starters.  Begin by blending together 1 cup of pineapple chunks, ¼ cup ofChelsea Crockett- pina colada strawberry daiquiri ice, 1 cup of unsweetened pineapple juice, and 1 cup of coconut milk.  In a separate blender (or you can pour the colada mix into a separate cup and clean your blender) blend together 1 cup of strawberries, ¼ cup of ice, ¾ cup of lemon-lime soda, ¼ cup of sugar, and one tbsp. of lemon juice.  Once finished, swirl the drinks together for a twist on two classic recipes!

I hope you enjoy these drinks as much as I did.  While you’re enjoying them, close your eyes and imagine the beach!  Happy summer Insiders!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Smoothie Fever!

Staying healthy and fit is always on my goal list for the summer. My family and I have recently jumped on a smoothie kick. They are packed with nutrition and…

Staying healthy and fit is always on my goal list for the summer. My family and I have recently jumped on a smoothie kick. They are packed with nutrition and taste heavenly!  You can blend together fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, spinach (yes!), and even kale for some extra vitamins.  At first we started following online recipes by measuring and adding low fat yogurt, apple juice, etc.  Some recipes even call for oatmeal, cereal, peanut butter, or nuts.  After you master your smoothie skills, you can let your imaginations run and whip up your own smoothie recipe! I love smoothies especially in the summer. They’re super healthy and are perfect after a nice run or work out.

If you want to get started, Chelsea Crockett - NutriBulletthen be sure to buy a good blender. At Target, you can buy a small blender called a NutriBullet which is easy to use and fast to whip up. It’s small and comes with some cups to make your smoothies in and drink right from the cup itself.  Although this is just a suggestion, any blender can work!  Next, get online and find a couple good recipes that you think you’d like to try and shop for the ingredients.  After you get used to making some to-die-for smoothies, then you can start to get creative with your own concoctions!  Be sure to tweet me your favorites!  I might want to give them a try!

Happy blending! –Chels 🙂

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White Caramel Hot Chocolate!

Hot chocolate is the bomb. There is nothing I love more than a glass of hot chocolate after a cold winters day! The only thing that may be better is……

Hot chocolate is the bomb. There is nothing I love more than a glass of hot chocolate after a cold winters day! The only thing that may be better is… Caramel white hot chocolate!! How yummy does that sound?! Ill give you the recipe so you can enjoy this tasty treat right along with me!

 Ingredients:

–         8 oz. Premium White Chocolate

–         4 Cups of Milk or Creamchelsea crockett

–         1 Tbsp. Vanilla

–         2 TBSP Caramel

–         Marshmallows

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a Crockpot and stir them frequently.

2. Cook on low for about 4 hours until the chocolate is melted and warm. Add 2 tablespoons to each glass of hot chocolate before serving it!

3. Top each glass off with marshmallows.

 

How delicious does this recipe sound? It is so super easy, my dog Buster could do it! This drink is great for any Christmas party you may be hosting or attending! Try it out, you won’t be disappointed!

XOXO, Chels

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DIY Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

I am a huge Starbucks fan, if you didn’t already know. The only problem with my addiction is that is a costly one! A Passion Tea Lemonade at Starbucks can…

I am a huge Starbucks fan, if you didn’t already know. The only problem with my addiction is that is a costly one! A Passion Tea Lemonade at Starbucks can run you about 4$, which definitely adds up! I found a way to replicate the recipe so that I can save myself some moolah! Here it is:

-Tazo Passion Teashaken-tea

-Lemonade

-Simple Syrup

Boil 13 cups of water. Open your tea box, cut the strings off of the bags, and  plop the bags into your container. When your water comes to a boil, pour it over the tea bags and let it steep 7-10 minutes. Set the pitcher in the fridge and let it cool and leave it overnight. After that long, the tea should be cool enough to start mixing! Grab your cup and fill it ½ way with the tea, and then add lemonade until the cup is ¾ full. Add about 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and give it a good mix. Throw in your ice and you are good to go!

Enjoy, ladies!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Red velvet cake is to die for. I love that stuff! That is why when I saw this recipe for red velvet hot chocolate I KNEW I had to share…

Red velvet cake is to die for. I love that stuff! That is why when I saw this recipe for red velvet hot chocolate I KNEW I had to share it! I cannot wait to try it. Red velvet cake…in a cup?! Love it!

Ingredients:

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  1. 4 cups whole milk
  2. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 10 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  4. 2 teaspoons McCormick Red Food Color
  5. 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract

To make the hot chocolate, place the milk and sugar in a saucepan. Bring it to a simmer on medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. After you are done, remove it from the heat and stir in the food coloring and vanilla. Pour into serving cups, top with some yummy whipped cream, and there you go! Red velvet cake in a cup. Does it get any better? If you are craving something sweet and tummy-warming, try this out!

XOXO, Chels

 

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