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Hosting a Baby Shower this Spring? Check out these tips, recipes, links and more!

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If you plan to host a baby shower this Spring or Summer, you are fortunate to have more options and flexibility than in the Fall or Winter.  Backyards, rooftops and patios become options for a venue. You can save money too by hosting it at a park or making your own favors with outdoorsy themes versus buying them like the super cute tutu nail polishes and the “Ready to Pop” favors above.

Shower hosts can serve cool and refreshing mocktails too like the “Summer Is Coming Mocktail” created by Zico brand ambassador and celebrity nutritionist, Tanya Zuckerbrot, of the renowned F-Factor Diet.

It’s made with Zico‘s newest flavor: watermelon raspberry coconut water. I mixed up a batch using a sampling of complimentary stock Zico provided me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and because there is no alcohol in it, I shared some with the kids and they loved it too. The lime and mint garnishes give it the perfect kick at the end. Yummy. Here is the recipe for the Summer Is Coming Mocktail recipe:

 

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Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups ZICO watermelon raspberry coconut water

1 small seedless watermelon, flesh removed and diced (about 4 cups total)

2 limes

2 cans zero-calorie lemon-lime soda

mint, for garnish

  1. In a blender, puree the coconut water, diced watermelon and juice from the limes.
  2. Pour the mixture into a pitcher over ice.
  3. Serve by pouring 2 oz. of the pureed mixture into a glass. Fill to the top with lemon-lime soda and mix lightly to combine.
  4. Garnish with mint.

And before you start planning for a Spring or Summer shower,  you must head over to Pinterest and there you will discover links to many websites and blogs choc full of fab ideas. Here is a select few to start you off:

 

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Pretty Providence

 

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Mommy Mania

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Crafty Morning

Pistachio Macaroons

Crystal and Comp

St Patrick’s Day Preggatinis & Mocktail Recipes for Moms-to-be

If you’re pregnant this  Saint Patrick’s Day, don’t fret about getting left out in the libations and fun.
Check out these 5 easy mocktails or preggatinis to celebrate the holiday.  Here are a few recipes to get you started. Enjoy!
Shamrock Shake
Add 2 cups of mint chocolate chip ice cream 
3/4 – 1cup of milk 
1 tablespoon of green sprinkles 
Add all ingredients to your blender.
Pulse the mixture 4-5 times or until just combined.  Serve topped with whipped topping, green sprinkles, and a sprig of mint! 
Nojito
 ( a non-alcoholic take on the Mojito)
10-12 fresh small spearmint leaves
1/2 lime, juiced
7 oz sprite zero or club soda
1 tbsp sugar or Splenda
crushed ice
In a cool tall glass, muddle the mint, sugar or splenda or Agave and lime juice. Add crushed ice and soda and stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few sprigs of mint. Serve with a straw.
St. Paddy’s Day Punch
2 (12 ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate (frozen is okay)
2 cups Gatorade, Lemon-Lime flavor.
1 cup light rum
2 (12 ounce) cans lemon-lime soda pop
Mix everything except soda. Chill. Just before serving, add soda. You can also make some green ice cubes using food coloring and add just before serving.


Green Smoothie
What you need:
1.5 Cups Orange Juice
4 Scoops lime sherbet
2 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
6 Tablespoons chopped mint
4 kiwifruits, peeled and frozen
2 Cups crushed ice
Blend everything up in a blender. Add a bit more orange juice, or water if more liquid is required. Add some rum or vodka for those that wish.


Irish Coffee and Grasshopper
The ultimate drink for those looking to control their calories but still have some drinks with friends. Make some freshly brewed coffee and add some Baileys for Irish Coffee. For a grasshopper, add equal parts of Creme de Menthe, and Baileys. Garnish with a bit of whip cream if you have.
For More Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic St. Patrick’s Day Drinks Click The Link!



For those of you not nursing, pregnant and can partake in alcohol, check out these 12 common St. Patrick’s Day drinks (Click to Enlarge)
 







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