Beat Chicago’s winter with warm fun

If you’re anything like me then, the idea of having two more months of winter is quite daunting. After the Polar Vortex of last week and endless inches of snow, I keep dreaming of this time last year when my husband and I took a couples’ trip to Jamaica. Luckily, if you don’t have the time (or money) for a vacation getaway, Pinterest has some great ideas for creating that island getaway within the confines of your own home. Enjoy!

Drinks & eats

These Lemon Strawberry Daiquiris are the perfect summer treat. Cool and refreshing, enjoy this sweet sip while gazing out at a yard full of the white stuff. These fresh fruit cups are great for parties, punching up lunches or keeping those holiday pounds at bay. This apricot salsa amps up traditional pork tenderloin, but also goes great with tortilla chips or eaten by the spoonful. For an even longer list of summer drink options, check out these fruity delights.

Beach fun {indoors}

Your kids will love having fun with an Indoor Beach Party! Let them pick out colorful towels, fun umbrellas and bring out all the sunny accessories. Showing a beach-themed movie or something that involves surf and sun is sure to bring out their inner surfer! Create a tablescape filled with water and whimsy, create sand-digging stations complete with shovels, pails, and sand castle building supplies. Keep sand contained in plastic containers of various sizes.

Do you have ideas for bringing the sunshine inside or feel those island breezes without getting frostbite? Share with us on our Pinterest page.

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