Okie Sweet Tea Slush

blogger Amanda's OK shares a recipe for a frozen Arnold Palmer cocktail using Red Diamond Iced Tea

Happy [almost] Memorial Day Weekend! Memorial Day marks the start of summer and to me, summer means iced tea! In preparation for the long weekend, I created a tasty three-ingredient cocktail slush recipe using Red Diamond Ready-to-Drink Iced Tea that I’ve named the “Okie Sweet Tea Slush,” aka an adult Arnold Palmer slushie. Whatever your weekend holds, this drink would be the perfect addition…it’s refreshing, simple and delicious, plus it would be easy to make a kid-friendly version - just omit the alcohol!

While grocery shopping, I always grab a gallon of Red Diamond Ready-to-Drink Iced Tea to keep on hand; it is made with simple, real ingredients and it always hits the spot. My go-to afternoon pick-me-up is their Sugar-Free Sweet Tea because it tastes great while being guilt free and zero calorie since it is sweetened with Splenda. Red Diamond also offers Ready-to-Drink gallons of unsweet tea and regular sweet tea - both are equally as delicious. They’d all pair perfectly with a Memorial Day backyard BBQ, whether enjoyed straight from the gallon or made into an Okie Sweet Tea Slush!

Get Ready with Me | IGTV Make Up & Hair Tutorial

OKC blogger Amanda Martin of Amanda's OK shares her getting ready routine for hair and makeup to create a natural glowy look

Hi, friends! WOW, times have changed since my last post, eh? With COVID-19 lock downs and quarantines going on, my 2020 travel plans came to an abrupt halt. Sooo, while I am stuck at home, I thought it would be a great time to work on some content that has been on my back burner.

I haven't been doing my hair or makeup much throughout quarantine....I mean, let's be real, why bother? It has been so nice and refreshing to let my skin breath and keep heat off my hair! The few times I have done a light makeup look, though, I received a lot of compliments and requests on Instagram stories for a tutorial. Honestly, I'm a little shocked but so flattered! I am NOT a makeup pro at all and don't know what I'm doing! I've also been receiving requests for loose curl tutorials ever since I cut my hair. Since I have so much time on my hands during daylight hours now, I finally recorded both tutorials and posted them to IGTV on @amandasOK in a "Get Ready with Me" IGTV video!

A Girls Weekend in Frisco, Texas

Travel blogger Amanda Martin's weekend guide to Frisco, Texas
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Howdy, ya'll! You may or may not know this, but I grew up in Texas and didn't move to Oklahoma until college. Oklahoma is where my heart is but Texas will forever feel like home. I consider Argyle/Denton to be my hometown since it is where I grew up and went to high school but I lived in Frisco when I was a little girl and it holds some pretty awesome memories, as well. So, that being said, when Visit Frisco reached out to me and offered to host me for a weekend trip, I knew I had to jump at the chance to go "home."

Since I was heading back to my roots, I asked my mom to go with me! Girl's weekend getaways are always good for the soul and Frisco was the perfect destination as it was only a few hours drive away from both Oklahoma and Arkansas (where my parents live now). Frisco has changed a LOT since we lived there in the 90's....I remember when Preston Road was two lanes and had cow fields on either side! Now-a-days, Frisco is a lively, bustling little city filled with upscale shopping, restaurants, the Dallas Cowboys practice facility and so much more. I'm including all the places we visited below.

AOK Guide to Sedona, Arizona

travel blogger Amanda's OK guide to sedona, arizona

Hey, what's up, hello! Long time no blog post, eh? I have taken a little step back from blogging (and social media in general) in 2020 and it has been so refreshing. It has allowed me to focus on figuring out my new job, nurturing my marriage and learning to love life and myself again. All good things! I have very much enjoyed my two month blogging break.... it reminded me that it's OK to spend little less of my time with my face in my phone/computer. That being said, I still value this little corner of the internet and love getting to share my life and travels with you all....whether that be in my own backyard, around Oklahoma, around the country or around the world! I kind of want to shift my blog to me more travel focused moving forward as that is where I find the most inspiration and feel the most passion!

For my 30th birthday C and I spent a long weekend in Sedona, Arizona and absolutely fell in love. It was one of those places that truly took our breath away. It was not only beautiful, but peaceful, relaxing, active, delicious.....all the things. I can say without a doubt that Sedona is one of the most beautiful places I've seen in the United States (and I've seen a lot of places). I can't recommend it enough!

My 2020 New Years Resolutions

Oklahoma City blogger Amanda Martin's new years resolutions for 2020

I’m not sure how it happened so quickly but it’s time to say au revoir to 2019 and hello to 2020! This year was such a whirlwind filled with travel, new opportunities and lots of learning but along with it came my fair share of trials and frustrations.…per the usual! It’s all about the balance and enjoying the mediocre days in between the good and bad ones, right?! I’m excited to see where the new year will take me and I love being able to start fresh on January 1st. It’s the perfect time to set goals and it is easier (and more fun) to stick to them when the whole world is working to keep their own resolutions along beside you. I’ve teamed up with Red Diamond to share my 2020 New Years resolutions below!

But first…. New Year’s Eve! No matter how big or small my New Year’s Eve plans are, I always love to add a little sparkle to my outfit. C and I have started a tradition of getting pizza with our best married friends and sipping drinks / playing games on the couch until 12:01 when we all go to bed. It’s a quiet night but a fun one and one I always look forward to. I know this year we will be sipping on Red Diamond Iced Tea before breaking out the bubbly at midnight. You can find my recipe for sweet tea sangria in THIS post - not to toot my own horn, but it is a super yummy and refreshing drink, just saying!

Red Diamond’s motto is “Perfect’s Not Easy” and I think that aligns so well with New Year’s Resolutions, don’t you? You come up with the perfect idea of who you want to become but it’s not easy to get there…it takes hard work and consistency, as does making the perfect tea!

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