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Christmas Cocktails

Christmas is positively the most wonderful time of year! Our families are in full holiday mode and the kids are bouncing off the walls with the anticipation of Santa. Their excitement is contagious and it’s hard not to feel the magic of Christmas, especially when family and friends are around.  Our family has enjoyed a special holiday cocktail on Christmas Eve for the last few years. It adds a little pizazz to the festivities and well, it’s just fun!

So how do we decide on the perfect cocktail? Research of course!  It’s a tough job, but you need to try a few to make sure it’s a crowd pleaser, right?! The gals like fun and the boys enjoy the heavier traditional favorite – eggnog. This year we may just mix it up a bit as we have found several drinks that will have everyone jolly. We will start with sophisticated and fruity and make our way down to the heavier eggnog.

First up, the Champagne Cocktail. While visiting a local specialty store, Belmont’s Specialty Foods, a friend and staff member highly recommended Gilded mixers.  I was told that it is great with your favorite vodka and mixes nicely with champagne.  Gilded mixers are locally made in Charlotte, fresh, and comes in a variety of flavors. Of course we tried it both ways and it’s too good not to share. If you aren’t local to the Charlotte area, we have you covered and you can make your own Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup.  Click here for a great Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup recipe we found on the amazing blog, Natural Fit Foodie

Blueberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 ounces Gilded Blueberry Lavender-Aid cocktail mix or Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup
  • 4 ounces Prosecco

Vodka Blueberry Lavender Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces Titos Vodka
  • 3 ounces Gilded Blueberry Lavender-Aid cocktail mix or Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup
  • 3 ounces Sparkling Water

Mix in shaker and pour over ice.

Moving on to a nice half way point between the fruity beverage to the heavier eggnog. We share the Sugar Cookie Martini. It actually does remind you of a sugar cookie, but with an adult twist.

Sugar Cookie Martini

Ingredients:

  • White frosting and holiday sprinkles for decorating rim
  • 3 ounces Vanilla Vodka
  • 1.5 ounces Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1.5 ounces milk

Line rim of glass with thin coating of white frosting and dip in holiday sprinkles. Pour vanilla vodka, butterscotch schnapps and milk into ice-filled shaker, and shake well. Pour into sprinkle rimmed cocktail glasses.

Easy Eggnog

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces Spiced Rum
  • 1.5 ounces Bittermilk No. 7 Gingerbread Old Fashioned
  • 3 0ounces Whole Milk

Pour Spiced Rum, Bittermilk, and milk into ice-filled shaker, and shake well. While choosing the liquor for this drink, I was told that Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum has a nice vanilla note and is a good match for eggnog.

Any one of these cocktails would be a fun and festive add to your holiday gathering. And please don’t hesitate to comment and share one of yours. We promise we will give it a try!

Thank you for stopping by and we hope that you and yours have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Gifts To Simplify Your Life

The holidays are in FULL swing, so we are busy prepping for Christmas! It is our tradition to go Black Friday shopping and we look forward to it every year! Unfortunately, the Black Friday sales are now creeping into our Thursday festivities so we realize that we may miss a deal or two. And with the number of deals to be had, there must be a strategy to our shopping game. While looking through the upcoming sales flyers, it came to us….we would love gifts that have purpose and simplify things. These items are not only awesome, but they will definitely make your life easier on some level!

P.S. If you haven’t noticed, many stores have started their Black Friday sales early and they are going on now! This is great news for those that want to get shopping done ahead of time, don’t want to fight the crowds and stay at home to shop with a glass of wine. Yes please!

Gifts to Simplify Your Life 

iRobot Roomba 695 at Kohls $299 (Org. $579.99 – Available Now $254.99 until November 23 using code JOY, and you receive $75 of Kohl’s Cash). Who doesn’t want to check something off their to-do list without actually doing it! We both have added this to our lists. Fingers crossed.

Instant Pot, Duo 6 Qt 7-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker at Belk $69.99  (Org. $129.99Available on Black Friday). I (Karrie) can attest, the InstantPot is amazing! One great meal in so little time! There are hundreds of wonderful recipes on Pinterest. I plan on sharing some of my favorites in the new year.

KitchenAid Professional 5 Qt Mixer at Target $219.99 (Org. $449.99. Available Black Friday to everyone. Available today to REDCard holders.) We both have a KitchenAid mixer and it’s a must to make holiday baking a breeze. RUN because this is a rare deal on this mixer!

Pajama Pants at GAP $15 (Org. $30. Available NOW through Black Friday!) If your man is happy and relaxed, you are too! There are several patterns to choose from and if you don’t like flannels, you can choose from several other styles of pajama pants at 50% off! Great deal!!

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with All-New Alexa Voice Remote, Black at Best Buy $35 (Org. $49.99. Available NOW through Black Friday.) Quickly and easily launch all your favorite movies and TV shows with the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Perfect Plaid Scarf at GAP $10 (Org. $34.95. Available NOW through Black Friday while supplies last). Scarves are the perfect accessory that can pull your winter look together.

Morphe 9 Piece Vegan Brush Set at Ulta $19.99 (Org. $39.99. Available Black Friday). There’s nothing better than a new set of brushes in ONE place! These are vegan and come with a cute case that keeps all of your brushes in one place. No rummaging through your drawer looking for that one brush you need!

Fitbit Ace Activity Tracker at Kohls $59.99 (Org. $99.99. Available Now until November 23 using code JOY, and you receive $15 of Kohl’s Cash). No more begging to put those iPad’s down when you make moving fun by setting physical activity goals and allowing them to earn rewards for their achievements. Way to go mom!

Giant Jenga Game at Target $39.99.  (Orig. $79.99. Available Black Friday). Need a way to sneak in more quality time? Get a GIANT game!  Our kids love this one so much, they always ask to play more than one round!

We hope these suggestions can help simplify your life in the new year!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are Seeing Stripes!

We love stripes!  They are the perfect way to introduce more than one color into an outfit, whether it be muted, or colorful.  They also are pretty timeless.  Stripes do not date like other trends we see come and go.  They may be more popular one year more than others, but odds are, you will always see people wearing stripes at least once during a particular season.  That is why we have taken the time to compile a list of our favorite striped sweaters and cardigans that will help get you through fall and winter.  The bonus?  You will be able to wear them next season as well!  Another bonus?  We have included items from a variety of snuggly tops from different  price points, varying from $19.99 to $220.00 so hopefully you will be able to find something that fits your budget and your wardrobe needs!

 

$68.00Nordstrom, Topshop, Colorblock Knit Pullover

The sweater that started our striped shopping hunt is this cozy Topshop number from Nordstrom.  We bought it at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and it has been sold out regularly since.  Every time they restock, they quickly run out of inventory.  This sweater is amazing!  We love the colors, love that it is extremely soft, love the length, and love the fuller sleeves.  If you happen to catch this beauty while it is in stock – BUY IT!

Now that we have shared the sweater that prompted this post, we will share the rest of the striped goodies we have found! We will list these from least expensive, to most expensive to help you find something in your price range.  Happy shopping friends!

UNDER $30.00

$19.99 – H&M, KNIT SWEATER

 

$20.00 –  CHARLOTTE RUSSE, STRIPED CROP PULLOVER SWEATER

 

$20.00 – CHARLOTTE RUSSE, STRIPED PULLOVER SWEATER

 

$22.90 – FOREVER 21, BOXY COLORBLOCK SWEATER

 

$23.40 – NORDSTROM, BP, VARSITY STRIPE SWEATER

 

$26.00 – TARGET, WOMEN’S STRIPED LONG SLEEVE BUTTON FRONT CARDIGAN

 

UNDER $50.00

$34.99 – VERSONA, TEXTURED STRIPE SWEATER

 

$34.99 – VERSONA, MULTI STRIPE SWEATER

 

$39.99 – TARGET, WOMEN’S LONG SLEEVE STRIPED MOCKNECK COLOR BLOCK SWEATER

 

$48.00 – FRANCESCA’S, RILEY DROP SHOULDER STRIPE SWEATER

 

$49.00 – NORDSTROM, WOVEN HEART, FUZZY STRIPE SWEATER

 

UNDER $75.00

$58.00 – ABERCROMBIE, LOFTY PUFF SLEEVE CREW SWEATER

 

$59.50 – LOFT, STRIPED SWINGY SWEATER

 

$60.00 – NORDSTROM, TOPSHOP, BOLD STRIPE CREWNECK SWEATER

 

$64.50 – LOFT, STRIPED SHAWL POCKET OPEN CARDIGAN

 

UNDER $100.00

$75.00 – NORDSTROM, MADEWELL, WESTLAKE STRIPED PULLOVER SWEATER IN COZIEST YARN


$79.00 – NORDSTROM, TREASURE & BOND, STRIPE CARDIGAN

$79.50 – NORDSTROM, J.CREW, 1988 STRIPED ROLL NECK SWEATER

$98.00, NORDSTROM, MADEWELL, KENT COLORBLOCK LONG CARDIGAN

 

$100 AND UP

$129.00 – LUCKY BRAND, MAXI STRIPE CARDIGAN

 

$129.00 – LUCKY BRAND, MULTI STRIPE CARDIGAN

 

$138.00, ANTHROPOLOGIE, ACADIA STRIPED CARDIGAN

 

$148.00 – ANTHROPOLOGIE, FESTIVE STRIPED SWEATER

 

$220.00 – ANTHROPOLOGIE, COLORBLOCK STRIPED SWEATER

 

There is our roundup of striped sweaters and cardigans!  We hope you found something that you like – we would like to have ALL of them!  Thanks for stopping by!