Life should always include a lemonade in hand when sunshine is a blazin’ during summertime festivities. And when I say festivities, I mean anything you do throughout the day. Workout out – lemonade. Going to the bathroom – lemonade. Walking the dog – lemonade. Yelling at the kids while they ruin the house since they are home from school for the summer – lemonade.

Speaking of kids, over the weekend I went to a BBQ that included all friends that either have children or are pregnant. For me, a person that has no yearning to have children at the moment, I still enjoy talking to people about their kids. I like hearing their different experiences, their ups and downs, the love for their children. I like hearing all of it. What I do not like is when they start hounding me about making babies, even after I say I’m not ready. Or tell me that my husband isn’t getting any younger. It makes me not want to have children even more, just to spite them. I just hate when people act like having children isn’t a big deal. It’s a big f*cking deal. And to someone like me, it’s a very scary deal. I just wish I had more friends that understood that, or at least respected it.

Sorry to get all deep on ya today. These situations just continue to happen and that anxiety weighs pretty heavy on me for a few days after it’s brought up. And it just feels like the weight is completely on me. Whenever these friends bring up having kids or are pushing me to have kids, it feels so disingenuous. Not like they hope I have kids to experience a love that is so incredibly pure, but instead, they hope I have kids so they have someone to commiserate with. That’s what it honestly feels like, whether it’s true or not. It’s just a weird time in my life that feels so private but so in the spotlight at the same time. It’s a weird place to be in as a woman.

Instead, I want to concentrate on a fun trip coming up. My husband has been wanting to rent a house for the whole family for a little family vacation for quite some time now. And we finally decided on Mexico. This won’t be until next year, but it’s still exciting to look forward to. If I was having a baby, we probably wouldn’t go there. Ya know, Zica and kidnappings and all that jazz. But since I’m without child and don’t plan on being with child, we can all go. And I can go to Aspen in a couple weeks. And the Caribbean in August. And I can also drink lemonade in a quiet house, filled with simple puppy snores. Seems like a pretty good deal to me. But who am I to judge? I’m the old 29 year old married woman that still isn’t pregnant. What do I know.

I just thought about what it must be like reading my blog for the first time, knowing nothing about me. Tough one to walk into. But I promise I’m positive 34% of the time!

PaleOMG Strawberry Peach Lemonade

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Strawberry Peach Lemonade

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  • Yield: 6-8 1x


  • 2 cups roughly chopped strawberries
  • 2 cups roughly chopped peaches
  • 3/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 68 large lemons)
  • 6 cups water


  1. Place strawberries, peaches, honey and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat and let reduce for 10 minutes. Let cool for another 10 minutes then place in a high speed blender and blend until completely combined.
  2. Strain mixer through a sieve into a large pitcher and then add lemon and 6 cups of water. Mix to combined then place in the fridge to cool completely.
  3. Serve lemonade over ice!

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  1. Rachna's kitchen says:

    What a beautiful lemonade. Absolutely stunning.

  2. Melanie says:

    Shit that looks SO good….and beautiful too!

  3. Susanna says:

    I can completely relate on the rude comments about having kids… although I’m pregnant now (after being together nine years, and yep – the comments started then), family members constantly asked us when it would happen. I don’t understand why people think it is an appropriate question. Not only are there people who don’t want kids or aren’t at that place in their life, but also so many people who struggle for years trying to get pregnant and that question just becomes a repeated stab. To top it off, I’m a labor and delivery nurse and while I adore my job, I am honestly asked by every single patient if/when I’m having kids. I always responded that my dogs are my babies and that is good enough for now!

  4. Jessica says:

    I made this for my family as we celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday. Everyone loved it, especially my 2 1/2 year old nephew! Thanks Juli! 🙂

    1. juli says:

      awesome!! glad to hear it!

  5. Ella says:

    I know you were going for levity, but the whole “zica and kidnappings and all that jazz” thing was really unnecessary. That sort of negative stereotyping is very detrimental. First, while Zika has made it to Mexico is not quite as widespread as in Caribbean islands or Brazil, there have been very few cases of hydrocephalus, and as long as you’re smart and wear mosquito repellent you should be fine. As for the kidnappings, unless you’re going to, I don’t know, freaking Ciudad Juarez or Tamaulipas, you’ll be fine. If you’re fine going to New Orleans and wouldn’t make a huge deal out of it, you’re fine going to Mexico.

    p.s. It’s spelled zika.

    1. juli says: – Aguascalientes, Baja California (includes Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, Tecate, and Mexicali), Baja California (includes Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, Tecate, and Mexicali), Chihuahua (includes Ciudad Juarez, the city of Chihuahua, Ojinaga, Palomas, Nuevo Casas Grandes and Copper Canyon), Baja California Sur (includes Cabo San Lucas and La Paz)…and honestly there are way more than just those cities listed, but you can see the advisory within the website. this is not negative stereotyping, these are the facts that are written on the US travel website where kidnappings, carjackings, and murders of US citizens are all mentioned. those are all things that also happen here, right in Colorado and the US. and these are issues my mother-in-law was very worried about and almost kept us from booking our trip, hence why I even mentioned it. and i apologize for spelling zika wrong. i’m so sorry i offended you, that was not my intention. just talking about some of the facts that i recently found out. i’ve been to mexico on 6 different occasions so i’m obviously not afraid of it.

  6. Nicole says:

    Looks very refreshing. Will definitely try this but perhaps replace the peach with another fruit. Peach is not common on my country, and when you get it, it’s very expensive.

  7. gene says:

    Hi Julie, I want to try this but I am wondering, what is the benefit of heating and reducing the fruit (as opposed to blending it raw)? Thank you.

    1. juli says:

      it just gives it more flavor, in my opinion! you can totally blend it raw, i just prefer the taste when it is heated and reduced. it brings out the sugars more from the fruit!