So Long and Farewell to July

Hard to believe that the summer is half over! Before letting that somber feeling sink in, let’s embrace the arrival of August with excitement!

Here is to another great month of sunshine, adventures, and memories in the making!

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Break the Thirst – The Beverages of Summer

Break the sweat by the pool. Quench your thirst at a summer barbecue. After creating, testing and tasting some great libations through June and July, here are some of the Domestic Peach’s favourite beverages for an amazing August.

To keep it family friendly, we are keeping it non-alcoholic!

Shirley Temple

This cocktail is named after one of Hollywood’s most iconic child stars who inspired many to take up dance, singing, and acting. This is the ultimate virgin drink and is a favourite of both children and adults. A sweet mixture of cherries, lemon and lime, ginger ale and more!

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CLICK HERE for a Shirley Temple recipe

Summer Fruit Non-Alcoholic Daiquiri

Picture all of your favourite summer fruit, combined into one cold and smooth drink. This is the Summer Fruit Daiquiri, skipping the liquor and embracing the delicious flavours of peaches, strawberries, mango and watermelon.

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CLICK HERE for a Summer Fruit Non-Alcoholic Daiquiri

 Iced Raspberry Tea

Combine the best raspberries (from summer produce – they are the best!) with the classic drink of iced tea. Ideal for people who love berries and tea, this drink is a wonderful accompaniment to any summer day.

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CLICK HERE for an Iced Raspberry Tea recipe

Apple Ginger Sparklers

Spiked with ginger and cinnamon, this drink combines the classic glass of apple juice with a carbonated twist! A great connection between summer apples with a taste of an Autumn apple cider, this sparkler is rocking it on ice.

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CLICK HERE for an Apple Ginger Sparkler recipe

Cucumber Lemonade

The word ‘cucumber’ may make an individual think of salad, but think again… it is a cool and confident veggie that can be used in a cocktail. Put chopped cucumber together with lemon juice, fresh rosemary, and agave syrup and you got yourself a refreshing sip.

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CLICK HERE for a Cucumber Lemonade recipe

Fresh Grape Soda

This is not a purple can filled with very sugary grape pop. This is FRESH and delicious grape soda, made with the natural sweetness of yummy red grapes. Create a puree of grapes, put it together with honey and some lemon juice, then top it off with some seltzer. Incredibly cool.

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CLICK HERE for a Fresh Grape Soda recipe

Perfect Picture Pic – A Lady-like Tea Setting

This past weekend, a good friend of mine and I headed to the Windsor Arms Hotel – one of Toronto’s luxurious boutique hotels, for a lovely afternoon of high tea and girly catch-up in honour of us turning 30 this past spring.

Upon arrival, I immediately admired the beautiful china that the hotel used for my tea setting. Look at this gorgeous combination of white, dainty looking flowers and rimmed in gold:

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Great Reads for Your Summer Vacation

It may be the middle of July already, but there is still several weeks of summer to go around. With August less than 14 days away, we are almost at the month that is well-known for vacationing. Several people will escape the city for cottages, resorts, or even the last-minute Euro-trip before the Fall hits. Aside from stepping back from technology, one of my favourite things during the month of August is not just vacation, but catching up on some good books and some great reading.

During the year, I find that I don’t make time for pleasure reading as much as I would like. In turn, I take advantage of the quiet times in August when I usually take a trip and will have several hours for reading peace.

For those of you who are heading out-of-town and need some book recommendations, here are some of The Domestic Peach’s faves suited for specific individuals and tastes:

Chick Lit:

Hope in a Jar, By Beth Harbison

Twenty years ago, Allie Denty and Olivia Pelham were inseparable best friends making their way through high school until a vicious rumour about Olivia ended their friendship. Twenty years later, Allie and Olivia come face to face at their high school reunion and deal with their lives as they embark on a new chapter.

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An Empowering Story:

The Power of One, By Bruce Courtenay

Set in South Africa in the 1930s and 1940s, The Power of One follows the story of a boy named Peekay. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives heroic dreams. He embarks on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice where he will learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the power of one.

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The Original Self-Help Book (which is actually great!):

How to Win Friends and Influence People, By Dale Carnegie

One of the best-known motivational books in history and has helped countless people succeed in both their business and personal lives. Carnegie’s advice has remained relevant for generations because he addresses timeless questions about the fine art of getting along with people: How can you make people like you instantly? How can you persuade people to agree with you? How can you speak frankly to people without giving offense? The ability to read others and successfully navigate any social situation is critically important to those who want to get a job, keep a job, or simply expand their social network.

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For some solid business advice:

Good to Great, By James C. Collins

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t is a management book that aims to describe how companies transition from being average to great companies and how companies can fail to make the transition.  “Greatness” is defined as financial performance several multiples better than the market average over a sustained period. Collins finds the main factor for achieving the transition to be a narrow focusing of the company’s resources on their field of competence.

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Calling all health nuts:

YOU: The Owners Manual, By Micheal Roizen and Mehmet Oz

Between your full-length mirror and high-school biology class, you probably think you know a lot about the human body. When it comes to your longevity and quality of life, understanding your internal systems gives you the power, authority, and ability to live a healthier, younger, and better life. This book challenges your preconceived notions about how the human body works and ages, then takes you on a tour through all of the highways, back roads, and landmarks inside of you.

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A Romantic tear-jerker:

The Fault in Our Stars, By John Green

Even if you’ve seen the movie this summer, the book is still amazing! Sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.

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