A Pretty Awesome Live Pretty Summer

As the Sun Sets this Weekend on Summer 2012 We Look Back

This summer has brought some major and exciting changes for the Live Pretty crew!  We’ve moved, started planning for new babies and some of us have had successful surgery and job moves.  All in all it has not been the most relaxing summer, but it has been eventful and we have been able to have plenty of afternoons splashing in the pool and lazily enjoying the hot, hot Florida sun.

So, now as the kids get comfortable in their new school routines, and we look forward to the cooler weather and a busy fall, we want to look back at our favorite posts and recipes from this summer, and summers past. Make sure to click through the links below as you plan your Labor Day weekend menu or last summer outing, and plan for a great fall!

Our Favorite Summer Recipes

Lemon Curd Muffins – Perfect to make for the family this long weekend.

Florida Coolers – Make a large batch to share with friends … they taste like summer in a glass. Promise.

Oreo Ice Cream Cake – Kids and adults alike can not turn down anything with any Oreo crust, cookies and cream ice cream and fudge.

Berry Bars – These are a classic and easy dessert from our family recipe archives.

Lemon Zest Pasta – How can five ingredients be so good?

Lemon Shortbread Bars – An awesome family and party treat.

Summer Strawberry Salad – So classic, and if Strawberries are out of your stores, try with some peaches or figs.

The White Linen Martini – Let’s just say that this pregnant lady craves these, and one will be mixed up soon after delivery.

Enjoying Your Family

 Best Florida Beaches for Families – Florida beaches can be enjoyed well into the fall. So make sure to check these out.

Top Things to Pack for the Beach – Use this is a guide as you enjoy the last days of summer.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen – Seriously, it can save your life.

Get Outside and Discover Nature – Adventure outside away from the TV, games and toys is really all a family needs to reconnect.


Personalized Wine Charm Favors – These wine charms are a perfect long weekend project, and great for the consummate entertainer to have on hand.

Be a Leader, Not a Boss – Labor day inevitably brings up thoughts of work.  So think on this over the weekend: Do you want to be a leader or a boss?

Find Kitchen Inspiration – The Live Pretty family kitchen has a new look.  Check it out and find some ideas for your Fall house projects.

Have fun, be safe and God bless this long weekend!  We will see you next week.




Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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