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These 5 Jello-Shot Recipes Will Add Fun To Your Life

These 5 Jello-Shot Recipes Will Add Fun To Your Life

Watermelon Jello Shooters

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    Remember that summer you made vodka watermelon inside the melon? Well this is even better. This is Jello shots inside the melon.

    Ingredients:

    • Red Jello
    • unflavoured gelatin
    • vodka
    • a watermelon

    You cut the melon in half and scoop out all of the flesh. Then you make the Jello mixed with vodka and gelatin and pour it into the two empty watermelon halves, making sure to keep them steady. Once the jello is set you cut it into slices. Voilà!

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    Link: Here’s How To Make XXL Watermelon Jell-O Shots by Macey Foronda

    Strawberry Marguerita Jello Shots

    straw marg shots

      Ingredients

      • 25 strawberries
      • a box of strawberry jello
      • 235ml tequila
      • 175mls Cointreau
      • salt for garnish

      These little beauties are made inside the strawberry! (So yes, you can eat the whole thing.) Cut the bottom of the strawberries flat so they’ll stand, then hollow them out, careful not to leave a hole at the bottom! Mix the jello and alcohol, pour into the strawberries and set over night. Wet the rim and dip in salt to garnish.

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      Link: STRAWBERRY MARGARITA JELL-O SHOOTERS by Macey J. Foronda

      Lemon Meringue Jello Shots

      lemon shots

        Ingredients:

        • lemons (6)
        • water (1 cup)
        • whipped-cream flavoured vodka (1 cup)
        • one and a half cups of Jello (maybe two)

        Prepare the Jello as you normally would, just replace the water with vodka. Halve the lemons and fill with the Jello mix, leaving in the fridge overnight and then slice into wedges when they’re set.

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        Link: Jello-Shot of the week by Jaymee Sire

        Red Bull vodka Jello shots

        red bull vod

          Ingredients:

          • vodka
          • Red Bull
          • gelatin
          • cherries with stems

          All you need to do is heat and mix the Red Bull, gelatin and vodka and half fill the ice tray with this mix. When it’s set, place a cherry in each mould (stem up) and top up the Jello mix. Set overnight and then pop the out and enjoy.

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          Link: Red Bull Vodka Jello Shots by Michelle

          Pink Lemonade Jello Shots

          pink lemonade

            Ingredients:

            • 12 lemons
            • a cup of vodka,
            • 2 packs of gelatin
            • 1 glorious cup of pink lemonade

            Pink pink pink lemonade. And Jello. These sweet little beauties are ready to consume in no time at all. Heat and combine the gelatin and lemonade and then stir in the vodka. Pour into the lemons and refrigerate for around 4 hours. Slice into pretty wedges when they’re set. Too easy.

            Link: Pink Lemonade Jello Shots by Michelle

            Featured photo credit: Flickr via google.com

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            Last Updated on July 10, 2020

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

            Boundaries are limits

            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
            • When do you feel disrespected?
            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
            • When do you want to be alone?
            • How much space do you need?

            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

            Sample language:

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            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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            Final Thoughts

            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

            Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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