Grill, Baby, Grill: 7 Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is almost upon us, and with it comes the unofficial beginning of summer and the promise of many delightful outdoor meals. Pretty much everything tastes better when you eat it with friends on a sunny patio, am I right? If you’re hosting a Memorial Day get-together, these delicious recipes are all you need to keep your crew happy. There’s something for everyone, from the steak lovers to the vegans and everybody in between. Happy grilling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That chicken souvlaki reminds me of one of my all-time favorite meals, which I enjoyed at a hole-in-the-wall seaside taverna on a tiny Greek island. I’m hoping the recipe will enable me to make a return trip via my taste buds. Which of these recipes looks the yummiest to you? I really want to try them all! Maybe a seven course grill feast is in order…

♥ Mil

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Margarita Madness: 10 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, and that means one thing: ALL the margaritas! Jules and I love our holidays, and I’m especially enthusiastic about any holiday that aligns so perfectly with my passion for cocktails. Pineapple margs are my all-time fave, but in the interest of expanding my drinking horizons, I’ve rounded up 10 inventive margarita recipes that will take your Cinco de Mayo festivities to the next level. Made with everything from St. Germain to habanero peppers, these margs aren’t messing around. So pick a favorite below, round up some friends, and enjoy a batch of sweet, tart deliciousness. Salud!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t resist a frozen marg, and that sangria swirl looks amazing! As does the chili lime mango…but I think the prickly pear margarita might be the prettiest. Which marg is calling your name?

♥ Mil

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

In case the ridiculous amount of commercials for Garry Marshall’s latest movie haven’t yet tipped you off, Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Time to come up with a game plan, people. Is anyone else’s mom really hard to shop for? Mine can be a challenge since she’s so unmaterialistic (it must skip a generation, because I’m basically a shopping addict). Fortunately, my shopping skills come in handy here. So if you don’t have any gift ideas yet, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered!

Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

1. Whether she’s a beauty junkie or not, your mom will appreciate a luxurious facial oil like this one from Drunk Elephant.

2. She already knows she’s the best, but a little reminder of that wouldn’t hurt.

3. Despite being a fairly traditional gift, this beautifully packaged bubble bath is anything but generic.

4. Give your mom the gift of quality time and take her to a concert! Bonus points if that concert is at a winery.

5. If she’s an iced tea lover, this sangria-inspired blend is destined to be her new favorite.

6. Engrave a necklace with her kids’ initials – or maybe the coordinates of the house where you grew up – for a gift that’s sweet and meaningful.

7. If she’s been very good this year (and you received a giant tax refund) consider the greatest gift of all: a fancy espresso machine!

8. These cute pineapple jars are perfect for storing anything from sweets to sentimental trinkets.

9. If you and your mom both like to cook, give her a book filled with fun recipes you can work your way through together.

10. Treat her to something she’d never indulge in herself, like silky soft pajamas in a stylish otomi print.

11. A beach vacation may be out of your budget, but this classic, fresh fragrance is a close second to the real thing.

My mom reads this blog, so none of the above will be her actual gift (hi, Mom!) but I’m planning some fun surprise activities for Mother’s Day weekend. What about you?

♥ Mil

 

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Galentine’s Day Gift Guide

Guys. It is February. How did that happen? I’m not quite sure, but I’m already looking forward to the next big holiday on the calendar…Galentine’s Day! Much like Leslie Knope, the genius behind Galentine’s Day, I will take literally any excuse to celebrate my friends and shower them with love (and cute gifts). If you’re in the mood to treat the ladies in your life to a little something special, look no further than our Galentine’s Day gift guide. Everything is under 50 bucks, but most items are way cheaper!

Galentine's Day Gift Guide

 

1.  A cute Valentine is a must and this one is adorable.

2. Chic rose lip polish is the perfect gift for your beauty-obsessed BFF.

3. Four words, y’all: champagne-soaked gummy bears.

4. This mobile backup charger is festive yet practical.

5. A book of Parisian cocktails is an excellent excuse to get together for a drink (or to start planning your girls’ getaway to France).

6. She’ll smile every time she takes a sip from this cute water bottle.

7 & 8. A lovely votive and a sassy matchbook is a classic combo.

9. Who wouldn’t love these delicate zodiac rings?

10. I’m so intrigued by this party girl surprise ball (it contains 12 mystery prizes)!

11. Every girl needs a compact, and this is the classiest one ever.

12. Use a cupcake decorating kit to whip up some insanely pretty treats for your friends.

13. This awesome makeup pouch tells it how it is.

14. Add a little sparkle to her life with some keychain bling.

Do you and your lady friends celebrate Galentine’s Day? This year Jules and I will both be traveling (not together, sadly), but last year we spent a glorious day together watching rom-coms and eating Thai takeout. It was the best.

♥ Mil

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