Pink Sweet Treats to Beat the Heat

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

Summer may be coming to a close, but long days, heat waves, and Labor Day party invitations (is September really only days away?!) are still in full swing. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered! These sweet, pink treats are perfect for parties, beach days, or an excuse to stay inside where it’s air conditioned. Oh, and there’s something for everyone – dairy-free, no-bake, vegan, and all delicious!

 

First up: The party planner’s guide to a perfect pink menu. If you’re looking to impress your guests, we highly recommend these no bake pink lemonade cheesecake parfaits (shown below). They look and taste like you’ve spent hours slaving in the kitchen, but really only take 10-15 minutes to put together.

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Picture from homemadehooplah.com.

 

If you like to prep ahead of time, popsicles are perfect! They’re easy to make and take a long time to freeze, which leaves you time to pick out your perfect party outfit in between. Vegan creamy coconut and blood orange pops (shown below) are gorgeous and so simple, while peach melba pops with thyme take a little more work, but are just as stunning.

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Picture from forkknifeswoon.com.

 

Unfortunately, hot weather isn’t always the best popsicle weather. If you’re worried about the mess, opt for a refreshing drink instead – this raspberry lemon iced tea takes no time at all and is the perfect, summery shade of pink!

 

Nothing says summer like a smoothie, and a Jamba Juice smoothie? Even better! This Aloha Pineapple smoothie tastes just like the real deal, but only uses a few easy ingredients. You might even have them in your fridge already…

 

If you love to bake, but hate the high calorie count of some of your favorites, try these baked vanilla donuts! Much healthier than your usual donut, but just as yummy and fun to make! Craving cake instead? How about pink velvet? Or, if you’re more of a cookie person (we see you, though we don’t really understand you), these Lofthouse sugar cookie bars (shown below) are as beautiful as they are tasty! And, if you’ve got a few hours to burn, pink cinnamon rolls are the perfect way to treat yo’self after a long day.

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Picture from somethingswanky.com

 

And last, but not least… Unicorn hot chocolate! Because who can say no to whipped cream and sprinkles?!

 

Yes, that’s right: Unicorn hot chocolate. Originally created by Creme and Sugar cafe in Southern California, unicorn hot chocolate isn’t cold, but it’s just too awesome to leave out! It’s easy to make and fun to eat, and who doesn’t love whipped cream and sprinkles?

 

Spoon University has an easy, basic recipe here, but you can also find a dairy-free version that uses almond milk instead of regular milk here.

 

For extra inspiration, check out Love and Olive Oil’s version (shown at the top of this article)! And yes, that unicorn horn is edible – you can thank us later.

 

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Beach Bag Must Haves

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While summer may be “ending,” we at Pinkly Perfect genuinely believe the best beach days are ahead of us! There’s still two weeks left before LDW and September is the shore’s best kept secret. The beaches are quiet, the water is warm, and it’s not boiling hot anymore. If you’re planning on soaking up the sun as much as we are, make sure your beach bag is stocked with all the necessities to maximize your beach day. Check out our “beach bag must-haves” below!

Newport Cosmetic Bag

$20 at pinklyperfect.com

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Maybe you’re more careful than I am but whenever I forgo a smaller bag and simply toss my valuables straight into my beach bag, they end up all sunscreen-sticky and full of sand. To prevent this mess and the chance of wondering if your phone’s still receiving texts, make sure you pack a Newport Cosmetic Bag to store all your important stuff.

 

Headphones

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The easiest way to avoid a beach tagger pestering you about where your beach tag is by pretending you’re asleep. Headphones are necessary for this strategy as you genuinely won’t be able to hear them ask you! Instead of splurging, pick up a pretty pink & printed pair for $16.99 at target.com.

 

Traceless Hair Tie

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Let’s face it. We love getting our natural summer highlights but we know how beach days really mess up our hair. If you’re hoping your blowout will last you all weekend, make sure you pack some invisibobble, the original traceless hair ring. Available in every color imaginable (we prefer pink!), this telephone cord shaped hair ring will evenly distribute pressure along the hair, thus preventing a hair crease, headache, and even split ends!

 

Spry Stronger Longer Chewing Gum

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If your summer diet includes endless iced coffees, ice cream cones, and frozen margaritas, you’re going to need some extra help keeping your teeth clean and healthy all summer long. Switch out your current gum of choice for Spry Stronger Longer Chewing Gum, available for $5.99 at xlear.com. Spry gum tastes amazing, eliminates bad breath (hello, lifeguards!), while also cleaning your teeth and preventing cavities. Perfect!

 

Sunblock

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Sun block is a beach girl’s best friend. While getting tan is certainly always a summer goal of ours, getting sunburn is definitely not. Prevent going back to school with blistering, peeling skin and reapply sunscreen every couple hours. Our pick is Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen, which will help prevent breakouts too!

 

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A Pinkly Perfect Guide to Getting in the Zzzone

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Summer may be all about tropical vacations, beach weekends, and a break from school, but between a demanding summer job, never ending reading assignments (scrolling through People’s basically the same thing as reading Shakespeare, right?), and those pesky back-to-school commercials, it’s easy to spend all night tossing and turning with stress.

 

Not only does not getting your recommended 8-10 hours of peaceful beauty rest make you cranky, but it also does terrible things to your health. Who wants to serve pancakes to screaming children all morning on less than 5 hours of sleep? Or not have enough energy to take an afternoon walk on the beach? A lack of sleep also tremendously slows down our metabolism, which makes indulging in a daily ice cream cone even more dangerous to our beach bods. No, thank you.

 

Below we’ve listed some tips to help achieve some beautiful Zzzzs this summer.

 

A Comfortable Mattress:

The most important part of getting a great night’s sleep is a comfortable mattress. While some of you like to feel as though you’re sleeping on a cloud of boardwalk cotton candy, others may prefer a no-nonsense mattress. Whatever you prefer, we recommend Leesa mattresses for the best quality sleep. With distinct layers that provide everything from a firm mattress base to a memory foam to a cooling foam, you’re basically guaranteed some much needed Zzzs. They also provide a 100-night risk free trial. Perfect!

Leesa mattresses are essential for maximizing your beauty rest!
Leesa mattresses are essential for maximizing your beauty rest!

 

A Nightly Routine:

Ever find yourself watching hours of Bravo reruns or casually making a couple bonus trips to the kitchen for late night snacking? Of course we do too but we’ve found sticking to a routine at night really helps us get the rest we need prior to falling asleep.

Nothing better than soothing and moisturizing our skin to get us nice and relaxed before bedtime!
Nothing better than soothing and moisturizing our skin to get us nice and relaxed before bedtime!

 

Start by pretending your bathroom’s a spa. Change into a comfy outfit, like our Pinkly Perfect Avalon Sweatshirts and your favorite pink sleep shorts, then apply a hydrating face mask. We recommend Sephora’s “moisturizing and soothing” Lotus Mask. While the mask is working its magic, rev up that tea kettle and pour yourself a decaf chai or peppermint tea. Start this routine about 1.5 hours prior to bedtime so you can really enjoy it.

Pinkly Perfect's Avalon Sweatshirts are perfect for cozying up with a beach book before falling asleep.
Pinkly Perfect’s Avalon Sweatshirts are perfect for cozying up with a beach book before falling asleep.

 

If getting your recommended 8 hours means you have to be asleep by 11, don’t wait until 10:55 to get under the covers. Hop into bed at 10:30 and curl up with a beach book, not your cell phone. In fact, turn your phone on silent. Chances are you’ll fall asleep naturally from reading and not even remember falling asleep, but if you’re still awake by 10:50, close the book, turn off the light, and relax. Before you know it, you’ll be happily sipping your first cup of coffee while getting ready for another beautiful day!

 

What do you do to get in the Zzzone? Tell us your tips in the comment section!

 

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Best Beach Preservation Organizations to Donate to this Summer

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

What would summer be without beach days? No matter what beach you go to or where in the country you are, long hours spent swimming and sunbathing are a big part of our favorite season – we can’t live without them! But beach days are only as good as the beaches you spend them at, and those beaches rely on our conservation efforts to stay beautiful for many summers to come.

 

Wondering how you can help? Donating to one of the hundreds of beach preservation organizations out there is a great place to start! See below for five of our favorites and make an impact on the beaches you love.

 

Clean Ocean Action is an organization dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s beaches from pollution, trash, and other substances that can be dangerous to wildlife. They also provide current news articles to inform the public about important political and policy developments that may affect the Jersey shore. If you aren’t in a position to make a monetary donation, you can donate your time and participate in one of their Beach Sweeps instead!

 

Oceana is dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale.” Focusing mainly on repopulating and diversifying our oceans, Oceana aims to educate the public and pass legislation to raise awareness and affect change in the way we use the resources that cover 70% of our Earth. If donating money seems like a big commitment, you can sign up to receive their free weekly publication via e-mail, which includes updates about their work and action alerts.

 

The Surfrider Foundation is an organization created by surfers that works to “ensure clean water, healthy ocean and coastlines and accessible beaches for all.” They also have a strong focus on conservation and passing legislation – one of their biggest victories was banning plastic bags, which can be largely harmful to marine life, in many establishments in California. You can donate, sign up for their free newsletter, or find ways to volunteer at your local Surfrider chapter on their website.

 

The Plastic Oceans Foundation aims to educate the public about the dangers of plastic floating in our oceans. Their documentary, A Plastic Ocean, is a great place to start for those who want to learn more! You can donate as much or as little as you would like, and you can even donate to the organization’s other headquarters in the United Kingdom, Canada, or Hong Kong. Or, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for regular updates!

 

Mission Blue, also known as the Sylvia Earle Alliance, educates the public about marine conservation and Hope Spots under the direction of Dr. Sylvia Earle, who has dedicated her life to protecting and researching the ocean and its creatures. To learn more, you can watch their film, Mission Blue, on Netflix or research any of Dr. Earle’s other works (she even has a TED Talk!). Even if you can’t donate, their website is a great resource for those who love the ocean and want to learn more about its depths.

 

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