Watermelon Margarita Popsicles with Tajín

Popsicle-Week-Watermelon-Margarita-Popsicles What’s that you say? It’s Popsicle Week? Okay! I had so much fun participating in Billy from Wit & Vinegar‘s #popsicleweek last year that I decided the only way to make it even better this time around was to make popsicles with a friend. And since I was set on making another boozy pop, I enlisted none other than Marissa from Bourbon & Goose. I’ve been on a huge watermelon juice kick lately so when the folks from  WTRMLN WTR sent over a few bottles of their fresh-pressed watermelon juice, Marissa and thought we would mix two of our summer essentials together – watermelon and margaritas! Oh, and to take it up a notch, we added a little Tajín into the mix – yum is right. Popsicle Week Watermelon Margarita Popsicles 4 Popsicle Week Watermelon Margarita Popsicles 2 One thing I learned last year when making my Old-Fashioned Bourbon Cherry Popsicles is that too much booze is not a good thing when it comes to popsicles – the suckers won’t freeze thoroughly! We did a bit of research around online for some general “booze + juice” ratios and decided to play it safe. Plus, we heard a rumor that out of all liquor, tequila is the hardest to freeze and there’s nothing sadder than when your popsicle falls apart when you take it out of the mold. Anyways, onto the recipe! Watermelon Margarita with Tajín Popsicles

This should make about 10 popsicles with a standard freezer pop maker.

· 2 cups of watermelon juice
· 1/4 cup of tequila ( we used Sauza Gold )
· 1/4 cup margarita mix ( we used Tres Agaves )
· 1 tbsp Tajín
· 2 tbsp cup fresh lime juice

Combine the watermelon juice, tequila, margarita mix and fresh lime juice together into a carafe ( for easy pouring ) and then sprinkled in a bit of Tajin into the bottom of each mold. Note that the Tajin will spread once you start pouring the liquid in the mold so pour oh so slowly!

Freeze overnight for 24 hours and then you’re ready to party. Olé!

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*Special thanks to Marissa of Bourbon & Goose for the beautiful photos!

#MyGreatCat Victor / Purina Pro Plan

Victor Purina Post 1 What’s so great about a cat? Purina Pro Plan Cat explores this question through a series of cat portraits shot by photographer Jessica Trinh, and our cat Victor was one of the lucky felines chosen to be a part of the #mygreatcat campaign. A few weeks ago the Purina team and Jessica came to our bungalow for a little photo session and Q+A about our love of cats, adoption and what makes Victor so great! Out of so many great qualities, Victor’s intuition, curiosity, and sensory nature stood out to the team and jotted down a few things Christopher had to say about Victor:

“I just think cats are so unique. They’re like little people that pick up qualities from their owners. He gets his social butterfly-ness from Eileen. But he can be a little bossy sometimes, too. He keeps everyone in line, us and the dog included. If our dog Rusty gets out of hand, Victor will bop him on the head. He just gives him a look that he knows. He likes to prance around and thinks he’s very refined and sophisticated. He is also a master escape artist.”

Victor Purina Post 2 Last weekend in Union Square, Purina teamed up with the folks from @cats_of_instagram for a day long event featuring a pop-up gallery which showcased the 10 cats around Los Angeles as well as highlights selected from Instagram that fans shared through the hashtag #mygreatcat. Oh, and now through the end of August if you share a photo of your cat with #mygreatcat on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, Purina will donate 1 lb. of food (up to 50,000 lbs.) to one of many cat rescues around the country. Now that’s what I call great!

Staycation at Ojai Rancho Inn

Ojai Rancho Inn SucculentsI’ve been wanting to visit Ojai for quite some time now, so a few weeks ago when my friend Kimberly texted me “!!!” followed by “We’re spontaneously going to Ojai Rancho Inn! You guys should come!” Needless to say, I immediately was hooked. Christopher and I threw some clothes in a bag, grabbed Rusty and hit the road!

Ojai Rancho Inn GreeneryOne of the incredible things I immediately noticed about about Ojai is all the lush plant life that grows in the area. Everywhere I looked was green and full of diverse trees, wildflowers, cactus and succulents. It’s the perfect mix of nature and small town living, which makes you sit back, and just take in your surroundings. The perfect staycation/getaway if you live in LA, that’s for sure! I highly recommend taking the PCH route all the way up to Ojai if you can – the drive goes by so fast with breathtaking views of the Pacific.

Aside from relaxing in their seriously swagged out rooms (I’m talking Heather Levine ceramic lamps, Lookout & Wonderland curtains, Carly Jo Morgan artwork) we hit the pool, cleansed in the sauna, and made new friends over s’mores, chatting by the bonfire until 3 a.m. Honestly one of the best nights ever - so much fun!

Ojai Rancho Inn Pool

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Ojai Rancho Inn House

We also spent some time exploring the grounds of the Inn, including the house, infamous yellow trailer and a new yurt that are all just next door the the Inn itself. Oh, and of course when hanging out with Kim and Andre, a little portrait/photoshoot action is always on the agenda!

Since our first visit, we’ve been back literally every week because of their incredible weekday rates through Hotel Tonight. We’re now at the point where we’re trying to figure out how we can eventually move up to the area and set up shop. Yes, we are hooked. Oh, if you’ve never used the Hotel Tonight app, you seriously need to download it asap. We’ve used it for trips to Vegas, Morro Bay just to name a few. Plus if you use code “CLEE496″ you can get $25 towards your first stay. You’ll be thanking me later, swearsies.

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HowAboutWe for Couples Brunch Cruise Date

HowAboutWe Brunch Cruise Marina Del Rey Dock

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 10 years since Christopher and I started dating – our anniversary is actually next month! After being in a relationship for such a long period of time, the need to take time and go on dates is extra important because nights watching movies on the couch can get old, you know what I mean? So when HowAboutWe for Couples launched here in LA recently, I was excited to give it a go as they make planning dates as easy as a click of button.

What I love about HowAboutWe is that they curate dates that you and your significant other can do around your city, with new additions each month. Who wouldn’t want to go on a Guided Japanese Whisky Tour, an Exclusive Bicycle Taco Tour around the city? Or what about a Hiking Yoga in Griffith Park? And of course there may be days when you want to stay in so they even have dates for you and your beau to do right at home! I’m dying to get this Make Your Own Cheese Kit or I’m actually hoping I can convince Christopher to get crafty with an At-Home Piñata Kit!

HowAboutWe Brunch Cruise Food

Anyway, for our first HowAboutWe date, we decided to go on a brunch cruise around Marina Del Rey. Even though we’ve lived in the neighborhood for nearly 3 years we’ve never actually been on the water. It was a beautiful Sunday morning when we arrived on the dock over at Fisherman’s Village and boarded The Entertainer. After greeting us with a glass of champagne, they showed us to our private table located near the breakfast buffet. Coffee, OJ and champagne flowed freely ( hello mimosas! ) while we dined on an herbed egg scramble, fresh seasonal greens salad, crepes, french toast, roasted country potatoes, fresh fruit, an israeli couscous salad and pastries just to name a few. Everything was delicious and needless to say, we were completely stuffed after a few servings.

HowAboutWe Brunch Cruise Upper Deck

After our brunch indulgence, we headed up to the top deck to bask in the sun and enjoy to sights as we toured the Marina. It was nice to see everything from a different perspective and take in the fresh air. The Fisherman’s Village seriously looks incredible from the water. Plus, there’s just something about being on a boat that makes you slow down for a moment and enjoy the company you’re with. Which is basically the whole point right?

HowAboutWe Brunch Cruise Marina Del Rey

Since the brunch cruise we’ve also made our way over to Anaheim for an Angels vs. Dodgers game with VIP seats. Seriously the best view! I also just booked an afternoon for us to bike down to Hermosa Beach for some tacos and craft beers. At $24 that’s a total deal. Oh yeah – you get a nice little discount when you’re a HowAboutWe member, not to mention a free date each month. Sounds great right? If you live in LA, Seattle, NYC, Chicago or SF sign up here for $50 off your first date – promise it’ll be memorable. Other cities – they’re coming soon!

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*This post is a partnership with HowAboutWe but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I totally dig their curated dates. Mmmhm.