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Friends, good eats, delicious sweets, wine sipping and cookie making. That pretty much sums up the Summer Sips & Sweets party Jenny and I had for some friends last week. There’s always a reason to throw a party and after this one I highly recommend having your own cooking making party.

Who knew cookie making could be so relaxing!?! I seriously left the party feeling refreshed, as if I just had a massage or something. It was very therapeutic to decorate sugar cookies while sipping on a glass of One Hope Chardonnay, giggling with the girls about our creations.

We welcome you into the Keller farmhouse to join our party. Put your apron on and enjoy the fun!

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Who wouldn’t love fun summer aprons and wine as you walk into a party? These Jessie Steel aprons were so fun for all of the guests to wear and take home. One Hope Wine was the perfect pairing for our summer party. Not only is their wine delicious but One Hope is also a great company for events since half of the proceeds go to a charity of choice.

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Cheese and appetizers were set out for everyone to enjoy while first arriving and mingling. We all brought our favorite cheese so the selection varied and Jenny’s appetizer table was absolutely perfect in so many ways. Those windows, the plants, the Simple & Crisp dried fruit flawlessly laid out. I just love it all!

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DIY tape wine tags to match the party and keep guests from losing their glass. Find all sorts of colors and patterns for your next party at CuteTape.com.

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Our Minted invites were the perfect design to set the tone right for the party. The place settings couldn’t have been any more perfect as well!

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After some time enjoying our cheese and crackers, we all gather around the table for a sugar cookie baking lesson by the one and only Jenny Keller. If you don’t know Jenny, well then you’re missing out. She just published a book, ‘Eat More Dessert’ that has this cookie recipe along with some other great treats in it.  Not to mention that she is a fantastic party planner and decorator. If you couldn’t already tell by the decor of this party!

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We give it a go on our own! It’s always fun to see what everyone comes up with.

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After an amazing cookie decorating session everyone was gifted a Lily Jade bag filled with all sorts of goodies as a thank you for coming. Included with the bag were also Wilton baking supplies to try and make these cookies at home! I can’t wait to use mine and see if I can become a better baker. P.S. This was my first apron ever. Goes to show how much I bake. lol.

Get your very own gift bag, full of these same goodies now! Including one of the Lily Jade Bags & Wilton baking supplies! Enter below to win. 

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GIFT INCLUDES:

Lily Jade Handbag

Eat More Dessert cookbook by Jenny Keller

Jessie Steele Lemon Apron & Oven Mitt

Wilton Cookie decoration kit & Supplies

Wrenn Jewelry initial druzy necklace

Bip + Bop personalized bar necklace

Nickel + Suede leather earrings

Lara Casey notepad

She Does Justice Printed headwrap

Horse Feather Gifts beaded wood & mint bracelet

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Photos by KCB Photography

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If you have been following along on our GLOW Smoothie Challenge then you are onto the home stretch! It is the final week of the challenge but feel free to continue with these smoothies for an added glow and pep in your step for as long as you would like. Don’t forget to reference the complete guide (Click below) for great snack foods to include along with the nutritional benefits of each ingredient that goes into one of these smoothies. Megan Roosevelt, Healthy Grocery Girl, will also be answering all of your diet and health questions in future posts so please feel free to tweet, instagram, facebook or comment under this post any questions you may have.

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Now on to ‘Something Blue’.

I am a huge fan of dark berries, such as blueberries and blackberries, and why I love this smoothie so much! Hope you love it too

 Something Blue

Makes One,16-ounce smoothie

Ingredients:

1⁄2 cup frozen blueberries

1⁄2 cup frozen blackberries

2 cups of greens (romaine, arugula, kale and / or spinach)

1⁄2 lemon, juiced

1 banana

1 cup water or coconut water

1 serving plant-based protein powder *see recommendations

1⁄2 cup ice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a high- speed blender and blend on high for 20-30 seconds. Enjoy!

 

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The best feeling in the world is when you can be in the middle of nowhere with your partner, alone, content and so in love.

Welcome to LeAnn and Jered’s engagement photos captured by Menning Photographic. A series showcasing their infectious love for each other with an added rustic charm coming from the scenery softly painted behind them.

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Photographer:  Menning Photographic

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