How lucky are we that the upcoming 4th of July holiday falls on a weekend?
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday — that’s four full days of celebrations.
And the best way to celebrate on the fourth, other than basking in the rays and lighting up the grill, is with some refreshing patriotic drinks!
LaCroix Sparkling Water has provided us with frozen recipes featuring top summer flavors that will keep the party going while providing plenty of hydration.
The best part is that these mocktails also work as alcoholic beverages, so they’re fun for the whole family!
They can even be turned into refreshing frozen slushies or popsicles to beat the heat. For slushies, simply follow the recipe instructions, add ice, and blend. For popsicles, follow the recipe instructions, pour the mixture into a popsicle mold or ice cube tray and freeze until solid.
All you have to do is reach for the sparkling water you already have in your fridge anyway!
Check the recipes out below:
- 1 can LaCroix Cúrate Pomme Bayá Sparkling Water
- 6-8 mint leaves
- Handful of fresh blueberries
- Handful of fresh raspberries
- 1 tbs. fresh lime juice
Combine half of the mint leaves, blueberries, raspberries and lime juice in a glass and slightly muddle together. Add ice and top with LaCroix Cúrate Pomme Bayá Sparkling Water. Garnish with the remaining mint leaves.
Optional alcohol: Vodka
- Freeze Dried Raspberries
- 1 oz. mango
- 1 oz. raspberries
- Squeeze of orange
- Squeeze of lime
- 4 oz. Mango LaCroix
Freeze dried raspberry rim. Muddle mango and raspberries. Squeeze orange and lime. Add ice and Mango LaCroix. Stir and garnish.
Optional alcohol: Tequila
- 1 can LaCroix Coconut Sparkling Water
- 2 oz. coconut milk
- 2 oz. lime juice (fresh)
Shake milk and juice and pour over ice cubes in a glass. Fill with coconut LaCroix sparkling water and stir. Garnish with fresh mint.
- 6 oz. LaCroix Lime Sparkling Water
- 2 sprigs fresh mint
- 3 wedges fresh lime
- crushed ice
- 8 oz. glass
Squeeze fresh limes over mint leaves. Muddle mint and lime juice. Add crushed ice and top with LaCroix Lime Sparkling Water. Garnish with mint leaves & fresh limes.
Optional alcohol: Rum
Krispy Kreme’s Birthday Deal Gets You $1 Doughnuts
Birthday cake? More like birthday doughnuts!
Krispy Kreme is celebrating its birthday on Friday, July 16, with a special treat just for you.
In celebration, fans can enjoy a $1 BirthYAY dozen – an Original Glazed dozen featuring a special BirthYAY sprinkle doughnut – with the purchase of any dozen.
“For our 84th birthday, we’re giving our amazing fans a special doughnut and a great deal to celebrate with delicious, melt in-your-mouth doughnuts,” said Dave Skena, Chief Marketing Officer for Krispy Kreme.
The BirthYAY Dozen offer is available in stores and for online ordering with promocode: BIRTHYAY. Learn more about Krispy Kreme’s BirthYAY celebration by visiting www.krispykreme.com/promos/birthyay.
Don’t delay — get your celebratory doughnuts now!
Best and Worst Cities to Live In for Remote Workers
Working from home has become more popular and more common as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
An increasing number of companies are either going fully remote, letting employees choose if they want to remain remote, or adopting a hybrid model to be mindful of employees who still want some face-to-face time with others.
One of the perks of working a fully remote job is being able to work from anywhere in the world.
In addition to cutting down on commute times, employees are also able to cut down on living costs by choosing to live in less expensive areas or leaving cities and opting for the suburbs.
LawnStarter ranked the 120 biggest U.S. housing markets to find out where remote workers can get the most bang for their buck.
In 2021’s Best Cities for WFH Value, they looked at20 key metrics — from home and yard sizes to sale- and rent-price fluctuations to suitability for remote work. “We also looked into whether each city will pay remote workers to move there,” the press release noted.
The best city for WFH value was Rochester, NY followed by Tulsa, OK. Cincinnati, OHI, Shreveport, LA, and Orlando, FL rounded out the top 5.
Here were the rest of the top 10:
6. Baton Rouge, LA
7. Little Rock, AR
9Las Vegas, NV
The worst cities for WFH value were mostly in California:
Santa Clarita, CA
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
San Jose, CA
San Francisco, CA
The site also looked at the best cities for buyers versus renters finding that Tulsa, OK, Baton Rouge, LA,, and Shreveport, LA were the best cities for WFH renters.
As for the best cities for buyers, these included Rochester, NY, Orlando, FL, Miami, FL, Tulsa, OK, Cincinnati, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, and Las Vegas, NV!
“Consistent with pandemic trends, suburbs still hold the cure to claustrophobia and high costs. Except for Houston and Las Vegas, all the cities in our top 10 are small to midsize cities and suburbs,” the release noted.
You can check out the full study right HERE!
16 Must-Have Pregnancy Items for Every Mom-To-Be
Pregnancy is a special yet complicated time.
You’re celebrating the fact that you’re growing a human life for nine months, but in that time, you’re also going through major physical and emotional changes.
As your body begins to expand and grow, it feels less and less like your own with each passing day. On top of that, the hormones raging inside of you are likely to take a toll, and there are days that you don’t feel your absolute best. To be honest, I had more than my fair share of those days.
I sifted through numerous blogs to prepare for my first pregnancy, but throughout, I found that I didn’t need all that much aside from a handful of life-savers that helped ease the pain along the way.
One thing I avoided (and this might not be sound advice for everyone) is investing in too many maternity clothes. Maybe it’s because I was fortunate enough that my belly never grew too big, but I found that everything I needed – aside from maternity leggings and jeans (definitely grew out of my pre-pregnancy ones real quick) – were already in my closet. It was also helpful that I was pregnant during winter, so I just threw on an oversized sweater and called it a day!
I’ve compiled a list of my top recommendations for items that I found super useful during my pregnancy. I hope it helps you on your exciting journey! And please take a moment to reach out and comment below to share the things you splurged on!
And be sure to always consult with your doctor to be on the safe side!
As your belly grows to accommodate the little renter inside of you, you’ll want to invest in a belly butter that keeps your expanding tummy nourished, hydrated, and stretch-mark-free.
I found that the Honest Company Butter was my favorite, though I did switch off with the Burts Bees Mama Belly Butter. The Honest Butter consists of shea butter, avocado oil, and vitamin E, but my favorite part is that it isn’t greasy. For those with a sensitive nose during pregnancy, it also has no smell, which makes it the perfect addition to your daily beauty routine!
There were times when I simply needed something with a little more edge, and the Bio-Oil featured the perfect blend of oils, especially when rubbing it on my belly overnight. The oil helps improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks, so it can also be used postpartum. And the investment is worth it as I’ve had friends who swear by this stuff even when they aren’t pregnant! It can be applied to the abdomen, breasts, lower back, hips, buttocks, and thighs!
So, the Burt’s Bees Peppermint and Coconut oil cream was sent to me as part of a gift set from a friend after I announced I was pregnant. At the time, I didn’t know that I was going to swear by this foot cream the further along my pregnancy got. After a long day on my feet, which began showing signs of swelling in my second trimester, I would rub this minty bad boy on and immediately felt like I was at the spa. (Due to COVID, I couldn’t actually go to the spa, so this was heaven-sent). It’s such a stress-reliever and helps with aching feet and legs!
Pregnancy means two things: you have to drink a lot of water (especially if you’re at risk of preeclampsia) and you have to pee a lot. The two go hand-in-hand. And while the latter isn’t ideal, I found having a nice water bottle really helps you get the liquids in.
I invested in this one because once I filled it up in the morning, I didn’t have to fill it up until the next day! According to the Institute of Medicine, pregnant women need to drink ten 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
Belly bands support your lower back and abdomen during pregnancy. According to Healthline, they’re particularly helpful for active mamas in their second or third trimester.
As someone who was diagnosed with SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) around 24 weeks, the belly band helped ease the unbearable pain in my pelvic area. Aside from physical therapy, there’s not much to help SPD, but the belly band decreased the pain substantially and allowed me to walk again. (For anyone who has suffered from SPD, you’ll know some days are better than others depending on the severity of your flare-up).
Swelling… trouble sleeping… there are several reasons why you might wake up looking way too puffy for comfort. The Tula Rose Glow & Get It eye balm helped hydrate, de-puff, and cool! Ingredients include probiotic extracts & superfoods like caffeine, aloe & watermelon—plus the addition of rosewater & rosehip oil (a plant-based retinol alternative!)
I loved how reenergizing the balm felt, so I used it at night and under my makeup in the morning!
Remember that SPD thing I told you about? Yeah, sleeping with a wedge between definitely helped. I never found a need to invest in a body pillow (though plenty of people swear by them), but I did love the wedge-shaped pillow as it took the pressure off my pelvis!
By now, you know swelling comes with pregnancy territory, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll also experience dry lips, particularly if you’re pregnant in the frigid winter months. Laneige offers a lip sleeping mask that you dab on overnight to lock in moisture. Wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world!
There’s nothing comfier (and stylish!) than leggings during your pregnancy! There are so many to choose from, but I really loved Old Navy’s, which are soft, breathable, and elastic. And with sales happening all the time, you cannot beat the price!
Old Navy leggings = daily wear. Spanx Maternity Faux leather leggings = fancy wear. The COVID-19 pandemic put a bit of a damper on dressing up and going out while pregnant, but I still got plenty of use from these during the holidays and while dining out in igloos! You can dress them up or dress them down and still feel like a million bucks. Find them here!
Jeans are an everyday part of life, but when you can no longer squeeze into your favorite denim bottoms, you have to snag a pair that has a little wiggle room. I personally spent my whole pregnancy wearing the jeans with an inset panel from Target, but they also have the crossover panel available. Snag them here!
I love baths, and when I got pregnant, I didn’t know that it was possible to take a bath that was considered “too hot.” Baby Center notes that while it’s unlikely a bath would be set to temps high enough to hurt your baby, you should avoid soaking in baths that raise your body temperature above 102.2 degrees. That’s where Mr. Ducky came into play. The adorable little thermometer helped keep me in check as he beeps when the water temp gets too hot. Ducky makes a great bathtime buddy, plus, he’ll be useful for baby’s first bathtime in a few short months!
If you had the willpower to give up coffee during your pregnancy, props to you. It wasn’t for me. But I also wanted to limit my caffeine intake for the sake of the bubba. Mommee Coffee was the perfect solution as it includes a quarter of the caffeine. The package says it’s “designed for moms of all stages” and features low-acid. Can’t go wrong with that!
High blood pressure in pregnancy can pose plenty of risks. I was someone who constantly had high blood pressure whenever I walked into the doctor’s office, though my blood pressure remained quite low when I was at home. The Omron machine is the same one my OB-GYN used, so I knew I was getting an accurate reading. This was especially important as they asked me to monitor my BP for signs of preeclampsia!
One of the weirdest symptoms of pregnancy turned out to be an increase in facial hair. No, I didn’t grow a full beard, but I did get a lot more peach fuzz on my face that seemed to grow at rapid speeds. I felt self-conscious about it, so I ordered the flawless and painless hair remover that zapped all of those unwanted hairs away! The best part is that it’s so small, you can literally carry it in your purse!
Don’t forget to share your must-have pregnancy items with us!
And congrats on this exciting new chapter in your life!
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