This post was sponsored by RITZ as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Happy almost summer y’all!!!! Living in Western New York we are counting down the days to fabulous weather all winter long!!! We get 3 months a year when sunshine and warmth grace us with its presence, so we are so grateful once it arrives!!!
One of the reasons I’m constantly craving beautiful weather is because I’m obsessed with hosting BBQ’s. Yes, you will see WNY’ers outside grilling in 10ft of snow, but let’s be real. There is nothing fun about that. A real bbq is when you get together with your besties and chill in the backyard grubbing on amazing food while laughing and smiling at your awesome company.
Since BBQ’s are a favorite pastime of mine, I thought I would share my Epic BBQ Tips with y’all!!! I promise by applying these tips, everyone will be talking about your epic BBQ all summer long!!!
Snacks! I swear this is a detail so many people overlook. Yes, people will rave about your burgers and awesome salads! But what about snacks? When you have guests laughing and drinking the night away, people need something to munch on! Having a bag of the newly released RITZ Crisp & Thins Barbecue and Cheddar varieties is my secret weapon!!
RITZ Crisp & Thins are the perfect grab-and-go, no mess snack!!! They are delicious on their own, making for a great addition to all your summertime gatherings! Who doesn’t love cheese!?! And BBq?!? Omg yum!!!!! I just love it when I can grab something super simple, yet totally delicious at my local Walmart!! I can then focus on my main course knowing my snacks are still killing it flavor-wise!!!
Another AWESOME perk to serving RITZ Crisp & Thins is they contain 50% less fat!!! Not one person can complain. Your bestie on her diet will be pleased and so will your foodie bestie since they are insanely good!
Have leftovers? RITZ Crisp & Thins also make a great road trip or pool day snack addition!!!!
Make sure you have drinks for everyone! Yes, most people think of beer and wine when they hear the word BBQ, but it’s not rare for people to be non-drinkers these days. Just because someone isn’t drinking something boozy, doesn’t mean the don’t want something epic to drink! Grab some lemonade or maybe even watermelon juice! Any kids in attendance will appreciate this too. No one wants bottled water unless they are dehydrated ;-)
3. Simple Foods
I’m a foodie, so this is one difficult tip for me to share. Go with basic foods! It’s crazy how many people hate flavors and sauces. When you stick to the basics, everyone is happy! No one will go hungry because you marinated everything in the latest viral Pinterest creation! Some people just aren’t into that!
Make sure to have your yard looking fabulous. Create a cool aumbiance. People love posting to the gram, so give people a backdrop for that! Pull the weeds, mow the lawn and clean up the toys/odds and ends. People don’t expect perfection, but decluttering the yard will make it look much nicer than a messy yard. Also spraying off your furniture and patio if messy or sticky is so important!! Nobody wants to sit in a pile of bird poop.
If you live in a place where mosquitoes like to come out at night (like my house), then have bug spray available and citronella candles. Tiki torches are a great investment since they not only look festive, but they keep the bugs away, smell nice, and create light. Your guest will be thankful when they wake up the next day with minimal mosquito bites!!
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Are you hosting a BBQ anytime soon?
Can you believe it?!?! It’s now June, which means Father’s Day is just a few weeks away. I swear I have zero concept of time because it’s crazy to me that it’s June!
Since it was raining here in Western New York all weekend long, my daughter and I did some crafting for a special guy in our life. She might just call him dad!!!
• Yellow Paper Plate
• Letter Stickers
• Blue Construction Paper
Take the blue construction paper and cut two large ribbons.
Glue the two ribbons onto the back of the yellow paper plate.
Turn the plate over. While the glue is drying, take the sticker letters and write out “Best Dad Ever” onto the yellow paper plate.
Time to give dad the cutest Father’s Day gift EVER!!
Happy June everyone!!!!!! Literally my favorite month of the year because it’s 1. My birthday month. WooHoo!!! 2. Fabulous weather starts to show up here in NY!!! 3. End of the school year meaning pool days galore with my little princess!!!!
Everyone remembers to grab those teacher gifts, even if it’s just a Starbucks Gift Card. But I swear so many people forget about all the other people who work with your kids throughout the year. My daughter has an aide in her classroom, she rides the bus so she has a bus driver! She even sees the speech therapist at school. All of these amazing people Haylie has on her support team deserve a fabulous end of the year gift too. So we decided to get a little cleaver with a box of Bath Bombs from Life Around 2 Angles!!!
Life Around 2 Angels
“It all began with me simply trying to make some fun bath bombs for my 2 girls without the harsh and unknown ingredients other stores offer. My girls take bath everyday and they won't go to bed unless they have their fun bath time.
Then I tried to sell my bath bombs online, not sure if anybody would like them. Before I knew it, there were tons people supporting me and loving my creations. Many have told me they broke up with LUSH because they tried my bath bombs =p That was my biggest assurance and motivation.” ~ Life Around 2 Angels
At Lifearound2angels, everything is done with the idea of 'Do the right thing, do what is right for everyone'. Today, the products are the best sellers in many markets, but everything is still made as if it was the very first time the owner made them for her 2 girls.
When I first spotted this email in my inbox, I was stoked to try a brand of bath bombs claiming to be equal, if not better than Lush! My daughter and I are Lush addicts. Literally. Every time we are at the Galleria Mall in Buffalo, we do some serious Lush damage!
I definitely agree that these bath bombs are the same exact quality as Lush. Honestly depending of the season at Lush, these could be better!!! Before you even open the box of Life Around 2 Angels bath bombs, you can smell them! That’s exactly what I’m looking for when shopping for bath bombs. Strong fabulous scent made with all natural ingredients.
I will say the bath bombs are smaller size-wise. They aren’t giant like the bath bombs at Lush. Honestly though, I like the smaller bombs better. As Boujee as you feel dropping an over sized bomb into the tube, we all know that’s not exactly necessary at all. These bath bombs look small, but are super “powerful”. I love them!!!! So glad I was able to test a few out and make a few gifts!!!!
Bus Driver, Aides, Therapist Gifts!
Since these bath bombs legit look like bird eggs to me. Especially with that brown “grass” at the bottom of the box, I thought it would be cute to create little bath bomb gift bags! The school year is over, so relaxation is definitely needed. Who wouldn’t want bath bombs as a gift?!?! Just pick up a package of clear bags at the Dollar Tree. My favorite place for craft supplies! And pick up several spring colored bows. The picture definitely doesn’t do this creation justice. These bags look so cute in person!!! Total spring/summer vibes that’s for sure!!!
Are you a Bath Bomb fan?!
Last week I did something I never thought I would do. I bought the most expensive lotion Zoom Tan had to offer!! Before you think I’m a baller with unlimited cash to toss around, Zoom Tan happened to have a killer sale going on. I had about 3 more uses of my current bottle, so when the tanning lady told me all lotions were 50% off, I was interested in what Zoom Tan had to offer.
The first bottle she grabbed was the Sahara Jewel since it was the best deal in the house. Normally $119, on sale for $59 was intrigued. I usually spend $40something a bottle, so it wasn’t going to cost me THAT much more to have the best bottle money could buy! I said heck yeah, ring up a bottle of the Sahara Jewel and I figured I would share my opinion since I can’t be the only one that has always wondered if those beautiful, very expensive bottles are actually worth the loot!!!!
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Was It Worth It?
I’m not even going to lie, Sahara Jewel really is the best lotion I have ever tried. I was pretty pale when I walked into the salon. I’ve been pretty lazy with all things beauty maintenance lately. I blame the rainy weather for not wanting to venture out of my house so I hadn’t been tanning in about a week. I walked out looking like a bronzed goddess. If you’re lazy like me and dread heading to the tanning salon in crappy weather, this is the bottle for you. I felt like it was like two tanning sessions in one. That’s how dark I got.
Would I spend $119 on this bottle? I would have to say no. I did get super tan after one use. The lotion did smell fantastic AND my skin felt soft, clean and not dry at all when I left the salon, but it wasn’t spend $100+ fabulous. I just can’t justify spending that type of cash on a lotion if you’re someone like me with a tanning package.
Would I spend $59 again?!? Heck yeah I would!!! I would probably spend anything under $70 for this magical bottle of awesomeness. It really is THAT good!!! I just used the lotion for the 4th time today and I’m still so very in love with it. One of the better beauty purchases I’ve made lately!!! I highly recommend Sahara Jewel if you spot it on sale!!! You will not regret it!
Another week, another peanut butter dessert!!! Hubby just can’t get enough of peanut butter deliciousness & I’ve been in one of my creative, create all the things moods, so Reese’s Pieces No Bake Pie ended up on our menu last week.
A simple peanut butter no bake pie covered in Reese’s Pieces & Reese’s Chips, it’s a sure crowed pleaser for any event on your calendar. Enjoy :)
• 1 Oreo pie crust
• 1-3/4 cups Powdered Sugar
• 8oz Whipped Topping
• 8oz Cream Cheese
• 1-¾ cups Peanut Butter
• Reese’s Shell Chocolate Topping
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
Add cream cheese to a large bowl or mixer bowl.
Add the peanut butter & whipped Topping.
Gradually add your powdered sugar as you mix
Pour into the pie crust.
Top with the Reese’s Shell Chocolate.
Add Reese’s Pieces all over the top of your pie.
Serve & enjoy!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.