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Sparkling Summer Solstice Sangria

June is one of my favorite months of the year, probably due to associating it with the start of summer vacation as a kid. Even now as an adult, many years past even my college or grad school days, I still love the start of summer! There’s an energy and lightness that comes along with the summer solstice that begs to be celebrated, which is why today I’m joining up with my pals at Dr. Oetker Virtuoso to share this sangria recipe. Appropriately enough, I’ve dubbed it a sparkling summer solstice sangria, and loaded it up with mango and raspberries so it’s super fruity and delicious, but not overly sweet. Paired with your favorite Virtuoso pizza, it makes for the perfect casual summer cocktail hour on the back patio or front porch.

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How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls

This post was created in collaboration with V8. Real veggies for real people. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible! Last summer I was pregnant and could not get enough of everything frozen and fruity. This summer it is insanely hot on the east coast and I have had precisely zero interest in turning …

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Sparkling Margaritas + My Summer Entertaining Essentials

This post was created in collaboration with Lunazul Tequila. One sip, and you know. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible! Since closing on our house a few months ago, we’ve been doing quite a bit of entertaining even by our standards. Of course we love to entertain as it is, but …

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My Must-Have Camping Supplies + Packing Tips

We’re two days out from our camping trip and today we’re putting all the finishing touches on packing. Thursday morning we’ll be filling up our coffee mugs, loading up and heading out. This big annual trip actually takes place on an island (in the Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence River) so while we have …

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