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Happy Monday!

After a week battling a dreadful cold, this weekend was spent nestled up at home watching far too much TV and planning all kinds of adventures for our upcoming trip to Europe (turning 26 in Champagne, France? Yes, please!). Luckily I’m not feeling much better, am all TV’d out and am feeling very excited about our impending trip – seven weeks and counting.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to the week ahead – let’s be honest, with The Bachelor finale and Pitch Perfect 2 hitting cinemas, it’s a pretty exciting week! Here are five things to get your week off to an even better start…

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Three ways to make entertaining a cinch

This time of year is all about entertaining and barbeques are my absolute go-to. I love nothing more than throwing open the French doors on a warm summer evening, throwing some food on the BBQ and catching up with friends and family.

It sounds pretty good right? The only trouble is the planning – before you know it even the simplest get-together can become a complicated web of planning, cooking and shopping. Suddenly it’s not simple the easy summer evening you envisaged.

Luckily I have a few tricks up my sleeve that help making hosting summer get-togethers a total cinch – no more complicated drinks to prepare, mounds of dishes to wash and dry in the morning or time consuming desserts to whip up (woohoo!)

Hands up if that sounds amazing… yip, I thought so. Here are three ways to help make summer entertaining an absolute breeze.

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Refreshing summer drinks

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Is it just me, or does this summer just seem to be getting hotter and hotter? It’s the kind of weather that sees me sleeping with the fan on, throwing open all the doors as soon as I get home each day to cool it down and wishing we had a pool in the garden (alas, our paddling pool will have to do).

While there are parts of summer that can be a struggle, there’s not really too much to complain about – who doesn’t love endless blue skies, cloudless days and beautifully warm weather? The trick is finding quick and easy ways to cool down when that summer heat is about to become a little too much.

That’s where these delicious recipes for strawberry, lemon & basil infused water and sparkling raspberry lemonade come in – they’re quick to make, delightfully refreshing and absolutely delicious!

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