Cool Stuff!!

So how about some Watermelon Margaritas to help you forget that performance by Miley Cyrus at the VMAs the other night? I didn’t see it live, as I stopped watching the year Kanye took the mic from Taylor Swift, but upon waking on Monday morning with all the talk of twerking, I looked it up. And let me tell you what, I am sorry I did, because I can’t unsee it. Wow. Just … wow.

Watermelon Margarita


  • 3 1/2 cups cubed or balled watermelon
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
  • Lime wedges (garnish)
  • More watermelon balls (garnish)
  • Sugar (for the rim)

Rim chilled glasses with a lime wedge and then sugar. Next, combine watermelon, tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur in a blender with ice. Blend until smooth and then start pouring! Garnish with lime wedges or melon balls, if desired. Makes about 6 servings, so have some friends over and make it a party, because Margaritaville is a much nicer place to be than the VMAs. Just sayin’.




Hey, so you all know my name is Lauren Parker- Gill, right? Well, that would make my initials LPG, RIGHT? So, I’d like to have a necklace made with my initials. Not a monogram, but a necklace with my initials, in that order, and all the same size. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? WELL IT’S NOT. You see, having a non-traditional, hyphenated name, complicates all the things. Upon contacting many (I’m not even going to admit to just how many, because I am actually embarrassed at how much of my life I’ve wasted time I’ve spent on this) Etsy sellers who specialize in name and/or monogram necklaces, I explained the same thing over and over; my name is Lauren Parker- Gill and I would like a necklace made with my initials: LPG, in that order and all the same size. (Are you growing tired of reading about this, already? TRY LIVING IT.) And no one understands! The responses have varied from, “Um, what?” to, “Yes, I’d like to make you a monogram necklace. What letter do you want us to center and enlarge?” to, “I’ve never heard of that before.” That last one stopped all communication right there.

Finally, I stumbled upon a seller, who shall remain nameless, who seemed to understand! I even double and triple checked to make sure; he said he did. I was so excited, I practically threw my money at him (via Paypal) and anxiously awaited his email with a “professional mock-up” of his design. Finally, it arrived and I held my breath as I opened the email:


*head explodes, brains everywhere*

You see it too, don’t you? I mean … with the P? Not the same size?

Dear Sir:
While I like the design, I did ask that all 3 letters be the same size, as this is not a traditional monogram.

You can not make a monogram if all initials are the same size.

Wait, did he just YELL AT ME? Just as I was about to write back with:

Dear Sir:
Did you just YELL AT ME?

He sent me a message:

Would you like your full name crafted in each initial of your monogram
all in block ?? It could be done but there would be additional labor cost.

*shaking fist* OMG, it’s not a monogram!



I went to BlogHer in Chicago, 2 weeks ago. Since I hadn’t blogged, or written much of anything in more than 2 months, I initially felt a bit foolish for going. But, my airfare had been booked, my pass had been purchased and I had already committed to sharing a room with my friend Elizabeth. Despite feeling as though I had no business being there, I did hope that being surrounded by thousands of people who love writing, would inspire me to get back on the horse. Or something less corny, and more … writerly.

And it did.

As soon as I landed at the airport, I saw Dwyane Wade, who is a basketball player? Or something? I just looked him up – he plays for the Miami Heat. Good for him! I had no idea, until my driver told me. So I waved. He didn’t see me. Rude.

Chicago is a beautiful city, by the way. If I had one complaint, it’s the rotating doors. Every building has them and they scare the shit out of me. This fear may be compounded by the fact that upon arriving at the hotel, I got stuck in one. Yup. My suitcase, and I were wedged into one tiny little triangle of space, while in full view of the lobby and passersby outside. It was at that exact moment that I noticed the normal door, next to the set of rotating doors. Mocking me. I don’t blame people for laughing.

Moving on! Here was the view from our room:


Which is why Teri became concerned when she looked up my location on Find Friends … and then sent me this:


All kidding aside, while there, I sat in on some informative sessions and met some really great people, who inspired me to log into Spill the Beans, dust it off and start writing again. So here I am.

I am so glad I went.

And now, we need to talk about the cocktail you should be serving the mom in your life tomorrow, for Mothers’ Day. It can be your mom, grand-mom, aunt, wife … she needs to have this. It’s called the Cos”mom”politan! Catchy, right?

 Cos mom politanCos”mom”politan

  •  1.5 parts Skinnygirl™ White Cranberry Cosmo
  • Frozen cranberries for garnish

Mix Skinnygirl™ White Cranberry Cosmo and ice in shaker glass. Strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with frozen cranberries. Super easy! Now the recipe doesn’t say this, but I’m taking it upon myself to add: serve this cocktail to the mom in your life, whilst pampering her. With purses. And shoes. And jewelry. Or you can send that all to me. Either way. ;)

Happy Mothers’ Day!

Thank you to Skinnygirl Cocktails for sending me this recipe AND the White Cranberry Cosmo – I really enjoyed trying out this cocktail and am excited to be share it with my readers.

This post is sponsored by Skinnygirl Cocktails, but the opinions I expressed are completely my own. 


Wow, it’s hard to believe that it has been 2 months since I posted the St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails from Skinnygirl. Well, I’m back with 2 new ones to share! The first one is for the premiere of The Great Gatsby that is TONIGHT!

West Egg Punch (2)I have for you, the West Egg Punch:

It is named after the town from which Gatsby hailed, this festive punch can be prepared in a big batch ahead of time.  Make in a glass drink dispenser for guests to serve themselves. 

·         1.5 oz Skinnygirl™ White Cherry Vodka

·         1 oz lemonade

·         2 oz sparkling water

·         Strawberries

·         Watermelon slices

Muddle 1 strawberry and 1 watermelon slice. Add vodka, then fill with sparkling water and add lemonade. Garnish with a watermelon slice and a strawberry.

Oh my, doesn’t that sound divine? I love cocktails that are both low cal and taste fabulous. I also love that it’s very simple to make and that these ingredients are all very easy to get this time of the year. Because who has time to spend looking for ingredients and making complicated drinks? Not me!

My next cocktail is for Mothers’ Day, which is SUNDAY – I will be posting that one tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Thank you to Skinnygirl Cocktails for sending along this recipe and the White Cherry Vodka – I really enjoyed trying out this cocktail and am thrilled to be sharing it with my readers.

This post is sponsored by Skinnygirl Cocktails, but the opinions I expressed are completely my own. 



I know I am long overdue for a post and truth be told, I had planned to put one up today … but in light of the events that took place at the Boston Marathon, I can’t be light and witty.

Like many, I have been struggling to come to grips with what happened yesterday in Boston. And as I have felt so many times over the past months and years, with every senseless, human-inflicted tragedy that has happened on American soil, I once again began to lose faith in humanity. And then I started watching the news coverage of when the first explosion happened. While some people continued running to the finish, likely unaware of the gravity of what was really happening, many people ran toward the blast;  toward danger, to aid those who were hurt.  Ordinary people, alongside the first responders, ran to help and comfort those who were injured. They are all heroes.

Many of the runners crossed the finish and immediately went to Massachusetts General Hospital to donate blood. In fact, within 2 hours of the explosions, the Red Cross had received so many blood donations, they tweeted that they had reached their quota for the Boston Marathon relief efforts.

Restaurants in the area kindly gave people affected by yesterday’s tragedy, free food, wifi and offered to charge cell phones. Meanwhile, people who live in the area set up a Google document to offer those who were stranded, places to stay; they opened up their homes to strangers in need.

Mister Rogers once said, ”When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.”

In the aftermath of an evil act that claimed 3 innocent lives and injured 183 more, I am inspired by the fact that so many people rushed to aid the victims. I shouldn’t have been so quick to lose faith … I will remember to look for the helpers.

Source, source, source 

Ahhh, one of my favorite sayings.

Okay, so remember how I was kind of on The Ellen Show a couple of weeks ago? Well, shortly thereafter, I heard from someone at Skinnygirl Cocktails and they asked me if I would try out a couple of their St. Patrick’s Day cocktail recipes using their Cucumber Vodka. Ummmm … yes please! I mean, IT’S SKINNYGIRL COCKTAILS.

I tried this one first because I love mojitos and I had all of the ingredients. This was so light and refreshing! In fact, if spas served cocktails while you waited in the “serenity room” for your next service, this would be their signature drink because not only is it delicious, it’s also healthy. Mint – Healthy! Cucumbers (in the vodka) can be considered a fruit or vegetable – healthy! Lime, more fruit – also healthy! Plus it is low-cal, at only 60 calories per 1.5 ounce serving. This, my friends, makes it brilliant.

St. Peppermint Patty’s VojitoSt. Peppermint Patty’s Vojito- FINAL

7 mint leaves

1 lime wedge

1.5 parts Skinnygirl™ Cucumber Vodka

3 parts soda water

1 chocolate covered peppermint candy

Squeeze lime wedge into glass, muddle lime wedge with mint leaves and vodka.  Add ice.  Top with soda water.  Garnish with chocolate covered peppermint candy.

*Note: if you want it just a bit sweeter, you can add a 1/2 tsp. of agave nectar.


Now I tested this next one, fully believing that the Vojito was the one to beat. What I realized is that these two drinks are so different from each other, there is no reason to make them compete. There are elements of both cocktails that I really enjoyed – in this one, it’s the green tea. I chose to use diet green tea, instead of making my own and I believe that is the way to go, as it adds a touch of sweetness that regular tea doesn’t have. And again, it’s healthy because of all the benefits green tea offers. (See what I just did there?) I think Bethenny needs to start bottling THESE as ready-to-use cocktails and selling them to spas across the country. Just sayin’!

Irish Eyes Are Smiling- FINAL

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl™ Cucumber Vodka

6 parts green tea (water steeped with tea bags OR diet green tea)

Cucumber wheel for garnish

Pour ingredients over ice.  Garnish with a cucumber wheel.


Thank you to Skinnygirl Cocktails for sending along the recipes and the Cucumber Vodka – I really enjoyed trying out these 2 cocktails and am thrilled to be sharing them on Spill the Beans. :)


While this post is sponsored by Skinnygirl Cocktails, the opinions expressed in this post are completely my own. 






So about a week ago, I was smiling at my husband adoringly and he said, “Wait. Is that a gap in your teeth? I never noticed it before.” *insert record scratch sound effect here*

“Whaaaaaaatttttt?” I whipped out my handy brush/mirror (so convenient!) from my purse and looked. Has it always been there? Is there such thing as a normal gap? Or is it like Madonna’s or Anna Paquin’s? Did I not have one before, but now I do?

To say this sent me into a tailspin, is an understatement. I spent most of the ride home researching teeth gaps and making comments like, “At least this coffee stirrer doesn’t fit through the unsightly gap in my teeth.” Or, “Great, now I can never smile with my mouth open ever again.” Vain? Completely.

Did you know there is a scientific name for a gap in your teeth? Diastema. I MAY HAVE A DIASTEMA! Google told me that small ones can be fixed with bonding. Or should I get braces? Veneers? OMG, I’m going to need dentures. Or implants! Yup. This is where my mind goes.



Also here. Get ready for the dentist bills, Steve.

Photo credit: Dear Doctor (Those are not my teeth.)

Grande: Mom? I didn’t sleep at all last night and I don’t feel well.

Me: So when I checked on you last night and this morning, you were were awake? Even though you seemed to be asleep?

Grande: Well I might have been resting my eyes when you checked on me.

Me: Ohhh okkkay. So what else is wrong?

Grande: Well I have a headache and whenever I move my head, it’s all wobbly.

Me: *I think he meant dizzy? Ish?* Alright, let’s take your temperature.

*1 minute later, it’s 100.5*

Me: Well shit.

I had big plans for today. Big. HUGE. I was going to create and schedule media content for a client and then I was going to write. Not this post here, but really write. The kind of writing I haven’t done in a long time. It’s cathartic for me and I miss it. And THEN, I was going to take a nap. I love naps. But fine, I’m a mom and I have to take care of my kid. Blah, blah, blah, etc. :) I’m kidding. I am very grateful to have tons of flexibility when plans change.

*Venti got home from school and found out Grande was home sick.*

Venti: You stayed home sick today?

Grande: Yes, My head was all wobbly and my fever was 105!

Me: Oh sweet Jesus.

It’s a good thing it’s Wednesday, because Mama needs a cocktail. (See what I did just there?)


Earlier today, I got a tweet that MADE MY FREAKING DAY.


I am so glad Marianna let me know because I knew to record it here at 3 p.m. In fact, I’m watching it right now and for some reason I’m ridiculously nervous! It’s not like *I* am being interviewed but ZOMG, FELICITY TALKED ABOUT ME TO ELLEN DEGENERES!!! Now excuse me while I switch to decaf and watch!