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Healthy Root Beer Float with Zevia

Recently the smart soda company, Zevia asked if I’d participate in a their “Flavors of Summer” campaign. I love Zevia, so it was a hands down yes. In fact, my family and I have been drinking Zevia sodas for years because they taste great and are sugar-free. What makes Zevia sweet you ask? The sweetness comes from the plant-based ingredient stevia – which makes it all natural and zero calories. Because there are no refined sugars or artificial sweeteners, Zevia is a healthier soda and a smart choice. 

summertime root beer float table - simplified bee

For the campaign, Zevia asked me and a few other bloggers to create a summertime drink using one of their 15 yummy flavors. I polled my kids and they selected Zevia’s Ginger Root Beer. It’s what we use to create healthy root beer floats – the kids LOVE them. It also inspired me to created an intimate summertime root beer float party for kids.

healthy root beer float - simplified bee

Using a dairy free, coconut ice cream, I added two scoops to a chilled Zevia Ginger Root Beer, popped in a straw and a spoon – that’s it. So simple. It wouldn’t be the “Simplified Bee” if it was a complicated drink ;)

Zevia sugar-free root beer floats - simplified beesugar-free root beer floats - simplified bee

This healthy root beer is a great choice for kids with food allergies or sensitivities because with Zevia and coconut ice cream they can be made sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten free. It would be fun served at a summertime kids’ birthday party because always nice to have a dessert that the whole party can enjoy!

Check out all the other fun drink creations from other bloggers, vote for your favorite on  Zevia’s site or Facebook page!

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For the decor, I selected a festive southwestern inspired table runner. The beautiful pattern and muted color palette inspired me to create the box and tray. I’ll be covering how I did it in a follow-up post.

earth-friendly party cutlery by susty party - simplified bee

And how cute are the compostable wood cutlery with grey stars? Susty Party supplied them and the other party supplies (including the plate below) that are all non toxic, renewable and compostable. Love that!!!

Zevia root beer float party - simplified beeZevia Flavors of Summer Pinterest Contest - Win $500

I’ve pinned all of my party images on this Pinterest board. Zevia would like see your own party details and what flavor inspires you the most too! Enter the Zevia Flavors of Summer Pinterest Contest and you may win a $500 grocery gift card.

Can’t wait to see your which flavor of Zevia you choose!

Cristin

*this post was in collaboration with Zevia and Susty Party, but as always my opinions are my own

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Top Ten Hostess Gift Ideas for 2012

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is getting together with family and friends at dinner or cocktail parties. If you will be heading to a holiday party in the next few weeks, bringing a thoughtful hostess gift is always appreciated. A favorite bottle of wine, homemade baked goods or a lovely bouquet of flowers are tried and true hostess gifts and will certainly be well received. However, if you are running short on time or want to bring something a little different, here are my top ten hostess gift ideas for 2012 (and most are under  $30):

great hostess gifts for 2012

Palazzo Soy Candle – $29.50 –  a yummy blend of persimmon, white nectarine and  olive wood.

great bar hostess gift

Knot Bottle Opener – $28 - loving the brass and nautical knot design!

hostess gifts owl dishes

Owl Dipping Dishes – $10 for 2 – great for the animal lover on your list!

 gold confetti note cards

Confetti Note Card - $24 – letterpress + monogram = perfect gift!

persoanlized pencils and case gift

Personalized Pencils - £10 – for the person that seems to have everything!

 chalkboard drink tags - hostess gift

Chalkboard Wine Charms – $9 –  love the personalization and that they can be used again & again!

cheers drink coasters hostess gift

Cheers Drink Coaster – $26 - it just says it all!

great hostess gift - olio olive oil

Olio Santo Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $29.99 – for the chef on your list!

patio olive tree hostess gift

Abequina Olive Patio Tree – $59.95 – perfect size for a patio or apartment terrace.

aztec hot chocolate hostess gift

 Aztec Sipping Cholocate Mix - $15 - the blend of chocolate, chilies and spices sounds devine!

What’s your favorites hostess gift?

Cristin

*this is not a paid advertisement… just items I like!

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