Happy National Watermelon Day! To celebrate, I called on Lori Zanini, RD, and creator of the free 7 day meal plan who I knew would have the perfect use for this summer fruit. Her recipe for Strawberry Watermelon Granitas is exactly what I want on a hot summer day. A super simple dessert that quenches my thirst, improves my skin, AND satisfies my sweet tooth? That’s definitely something that deserves its own holiday!
Take it away, Lori!
Watermelon is in its peak season during August, which is perfect, because the hot summer weather requires a major boost in hydration. And, with its high water content (about 92%), watermelon is the ultimate summer snack. Watermelon is also a great source of lycopene, which acts as an antioxidant and protects against certain cancers as well as decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.
So it’s confirmed! Watermelon is a delicious way to promote a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, some initial research indicates foods high in lycopene have a “sunscreen effect,” and may have the ability to improve our skin’s natural SPF. That’s amazing, right?
Here are some more incredible watermelon facts. One cup of watermelon is:
• Less than 50 calories (46 to be exact).
• A good source of vitamin C and potassium.
• Eating watermelon can help reduce puffiness/bloating related to excess salt intake, making it the perfect poolside snack option.
• It’s a GREAT source of Vitamin A (about 40% of daily needs in just one cup)! Vitamin A is important for vision, immune system and fertility.
For National BFF Day, I want to take a moment to honor two of the VERY BEST FRIENDS I’ve ever had: my fur babies Lexi and Harley.
As almost any dog owner knows, they don’t call them “(wo)man’s best friend” for nothing. These pups have been with me through everything. They listen to my rants, know when I need to cuddle, and laugh at all my jokes (I mean, I can tell they’re laughing on the inside). Between the three of us, we make the perfect squad.
One of the many traits I’ve received from my Mom is my handwriting, more specifically, my signature. It’s funny how even the little things like how you cross your “T” or curve your “J” can be passed down from generation to generation. It’s something I notice often and pay extra attention to when I send a card to my mom. That’s why I was so excited to partner with Hallmark for Mother’s Day — they always have the perfect way to celebrate a loved one!
There is something extra special about receiving a handwritten Hallmark card. Unlike an email or text, a card is touching since it’s truly personal and physically real. I try to send cards on all holidays, but it’s extra important to me that I send my mom a card on Mother’s Day. After all, I did get my handwriting from her, so what better a way to tell her how much I love and appreciate her to the moon and back?
My mom is always present to support her kids and grandkids. I look to her for strength and inspiration on a daily basis. Even though they’re not my moms, my sisters are exceptional mothers themselves. Without a question Sharee, Katherine, and Marabeth will be receiving cards of appreciation, too!
I’m so happy to have discovered Hallmark Signature cards because much like the very notion of sending cards, this line is beautiful and timeless. I chose to send my Mom this floral edition because like her, it’s vibrant, feminine, upbeat and lovely!
What card will you be sending mom this Sunday?
One of the ways I keep myself motivated and mentally strong is by collecting moving quotes by people who inspire me. They might be characters from a movie, singer-songwriters, teachers, and so on. I appreciate it when I’m going through something and a friend shares a quote that helped them get through a similar circumstance. I think one of the greatest gifts we can give each other is inspiration, and sometimes that comes in the simple form of a sentence or two.
This week, let’s celebrate women who inspire us! What is your favorite female quote? What does it mean to you?
Email your inspiring quote to email@example.com for a chance to be featured on my Instagram!
When I was planning for Brooks’ birthday party, I made sure we had all his favorite foods on hand. Typical pool parties have hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, potato chips with creamy dip, and a sweet, sugary cake — I’m sure you’re thinking, YUM! I was, too.
But this was Brooks’ day, and I wanted to celebrate him and his healthy lifestyle. So instead of the typical fare we
With Father’s Day only a few weeks away, I’m beginning to rack my brain for creative ways to celebrate my dad. When it comes to gifts in general, I think it’s important to put some thought into the present by considering the quirks and tastes of the person I’m gifting. My dad can bust a move and sing a tune like nobody’s business. You should hear him sing, “Tenderness.” It kills me every time! He and my uncle Terry performed that for our family on our houseboat when we were kids. It’s one of my best memories!
Considering my dad is adventurous, spontaneous, and not to mention the biggest goofball on the planet, I’m searching for something just as fun as he is.
Below is a list of gift ideas I found that would be great not only for mine, but for all the silly dads out there! Let me know in the comments if you have any great suggestions as well.
Exactly one year ago today this website went live. I knew it would be a great deal of work, but I also knew it would be well worth it. Finding new recipes, experimenting with DIY projects, and playing with new trends has been a ball — but truthfully, what made this year truly exceptional was all of you.
I anticipated having a few readers, but the comments left by the supportive, creative, cool community (that’s you!) is way beyond my expectations. I created this site as a way to share and communicate with you but also as a way for you to communicate with each other! I especially adore when you share your thoughts, ideas and experiences along with mine. So THANK YOU for being a huge part of this happy space!
I’d also like to thank everyone who has written in to “Ask Jules.” Your questions and ideas inspire many of my posts! Many of the emails I receive are so personal and brave. Although not all of them are posted, I appreciate you sharing a piece of yourself with me. Keep the emails coming! I LOVE connecting with you guys.
To celebrate 12 months of amazing, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite posts to date. Which do you love most?
1. Grocery Girl’s Guide to Glossy Hair: I still love using this hair mask, and it always delivers!
The peanut butter to my jelly. The icing on my cupcake. The bumble to my bee. These are just a few of the ways to describe the magic that is the relationships we have with our BFFs.
I am lucky to call a handful of friends my best friends — it’s not possible to choose just one! They’re all the absolute best. But, the BFF I’ve known the longest is my girl Maude.
Maude is a talented actress, incredible writer and unbelievable bestie. We met when we were ten years old. I’d just moved to London and it was my very first day of school. Her hair was cut asymmetrical, long on one side and short on the other. Even at ten, she was the coolest girl. When she introduced herself, I thought she said “Mord.” To this day I still call her Mord!