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Now that the weather has finally started to warm up, it’s time for you all to start cooling down. And nothing says summer sippin’ quite like a deliciously fresh and amazingly cool raspberry mimosa! Follow these four steps and you’ll be keeping cool in no time.

mimosa_step1mimosa_step2mimosa_step3mimosa_step4The only thing that makes mimosas better is sipping them alongside friends. That’s right, ladies! It’s time to start planning your next Sunday brunch or an afternoon by the pool, because these raspberry mimosas are ready for some fun in the sun.Wherever you are and whoever you’re there with, sit back, relax, and say “Cheers to summer!”cheersTOsummer

I have been so blessed in my business, but one of my favorite things about getting to do what I do is meeting all of the fun individuals along the way. Today I am especially thankful for Amy Norton who I met last summer at the Southern Living Idea House. I was beyond excited when Amy asked for my help in sharing 5 simple steps for hosting an alfresco dinner party on Style Blue Print today. If you aren’t familiar with alfresco dining or Style Blue Print, I suggest you head over there now and get acquainted with both.

Here is a sneak peak!

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Amy, thanks again for having me as your guest today! It has been an absolute pleasure. Happy summer dining, everyone! Make the most of this wonderful weather while it lasts.

My childhood was full of great memories of my dad. Not only was he an amazing chef, making the most incredible meals for our family, but he also took great pride in making our lawn look its very best. During the summer, we would go spend the day at the pool, but not my dad. He would stay home and spend hours working in the yard, cutting the grass and trimming the shrubs. He was extremely frugal and all about taking the natural approach to aerating our yard. Every year my dad would order a box of worms for us to scatter throughout the yard. Our garage became some sort of smelly, scientific lab where he would make his own organic lawn supplies. It was a huge, hot mess! Once the yard work was done, he would immediately start making dinner on the grill. He worked a lot so the fact that he would spend his days off making sure we had a nice yard to come home to meant the world to us. When we got back home from the pool, we would eat dinner out on the deck overlooking the impeccable-looking lawn.

My memories may be completely different from that of your own dad. Maybe your dad worked long hours in an office to help pay for your education or extracurricular activities. Your dad might have been the one staying home, washing your clothes, and yelling at you to make your bed. But aren’t all dads great in a similar way? They all teach us about hard work and they show us how make sacrifices for those we love. One of the greatest gifts my dad ever gave my sister and myself was our work ethic. That’s why once a year we like to shower him with gifts that, hopefully, remind him that he too deserves to be happy, to enjoy himself, and to have a life that he absolutely loves. Here are 6 gift ideas inspired by my own dad.

1. KIEHL’S DAILY FACE SUNSCREEN FOR MEN

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http://www.kiehls.com/Facial-Fuel-UV-Guard-SPF-50/1222,default,pd.html

2. HYBRID CORDLESS TRIMMER/EDGER AT THE HOME DEPOT

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http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-ONE-18-Volt-Lithium-ion-Hybrid-Cordless-or-Electric-String-Trimmer-Edger-P2210/203710648?cm_mmc=shopping-_-pinterest-_-D28-_-203710648

3. CUISINART FOOD PROCESSOR AT BLOOMINGDALES

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http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/cuisinart-pro-custom-11-cup-food-processor?ID=8616&cm_mmc=Froogle_pla_pe-_-adtype-pla-_-target-21882504424-_-kw-&gclid=CPfFrLyRvbMCFQ-f4AodF2cAXg

4. DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB SUBSCRIPTION

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http://www.dollarshaveclub.com/

5. MASTERBUILT ELECTRIC SMOKER AT TARGET

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http://www.target.com/p/masterbuilt-40-electric-smoker/-/A-15299503

6. PAPPY’S HANDMADE BOURBON BALLS

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http://www.pappyco.com/products/pappys-handmade-bourbon-balls.html