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5 Killer Strategies to Save Money this Holiday Season

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I was talking to a friend recently, giving some (solicited) financial advice and she noticed how geeked up I got talking about it. She asked why I never write about personal finance since I was clearly such a nut about it. Good question. I do love personal finance…maybe more specifically, I love the game of it. Finding little unknown hacks here and there to save money and optimize finances. It’s so fun! Unfortunately, it’s a little off-subject for this blog. With that said, I think most of our readers shop for the holidays and I think most of our readers are looking to get the most bang for their buck….so, I’m going for it with this post and hoping that this post gives you some fun and actionable ways to save some coin this holiday season! Read More

Cherry Bourbon Smash with Lime

Cherry Bourbon Smash with Lime

Happy Friday everybody! It’s been a little while since we’ve posted a drink recipe, and we used to crank them out pretty regularly. We’re calling this one a Cherry Bourbon Smash, with lime and angostura bitters and it’s coming to you courtesy of my husband. Incidentally, this will be the last drink that I consume for the next month. With my 36th birthday fast approaching, I thought a little detox was well in order after what was, frankly, a pretty indulgent summer. It’s always good to keep ourselves in check, right?! Maybe next month I’ll try to cut out coffee. Ha. Yeah right.

Cherries and bourbon are a relatively common combo, but the addition of lime, ginger beer and bitters really pushes this one over the top and gives it some extra complexity. Cheers!

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Hosting a Tea Party Birthday

Hosting a Tea Party birthday, diy kids party idea

My daughter starts talking about her birthday (which occurs at the end of April) shortly after Christmas. She’ll discuss possible themes, debate the guest list and, of course, throw out countless birthday gift suggestions. By February, the theme is generally set and, by mid-April, I realize that, oh crap, I actually have to execute her vision for her birthday party and  I frantically start ordering things online.

After a couple of months of scanning every possible idea on Pinterest, she settled on the idea of a tea party. Read More

DIY Framed Wooden Chalkboard Calendar

DIy Framed Chalkboard Calendar

With three kids and full-time jobs, our lives can get hectic. So much so, that my husband and I often fail to communicate plans with one another. It’s unfortunately happened so many times that it’s become somewhat of a joke between the two of us. Luckily, we’re both understanding and we’re both guilty of forgetting to share plans. We tried to use the calendars on our phones to better communicate but we found that we often live day-to-day, one meeting to the next, so that didn’t quite work out for us. We needed something staring us in the face daily to remind each other what’s happening each week. Enter my DIY Wooden Chalkboard – highly functional and makes you look like you have it together even when your schedule is a mess! Read More

The Luxardo 75 Cocktail

The Luxardo 75 cocktail – the merging of a French 75 with the infusion of the splurge-worthy Luxardo cherries – will impress even your most discerning friends. Luxardo Cherry Cocktail - Luxardo 75

Our latest obsession around here is Luxardo cherries. Have you tried these?!? Now, I’ll admit that when I first found out my husband spent over $20 for a jar of maraschino cherries, I may have not been overly enthusiastic. He has this terrible habit of going to the grocery store, paying no attention at all to prices or sales, and just throwing whatever looks shiny/new/interesting into the cart. For this reason, I rarely ask him to swing by the grocery store to pick anything up. He’s dangerous. But then I sometimes think that he does it on purpose, so I won’t ask him to stop at the store for anything. Hmmmm…..

But back to the cherries. The cherries are amazing and add such a luxuriousness to our cocktail creations. They’re particularly fantastic in Aviations. My all-time favorite drink is the French 75 (I’ve done riffs on this cocktail before), so I felt compelled to find some way to incorporate the Luxardos into that cocktail. Here’s the result!

The Luxardo 75

Ingredients

1/2 oz. simple syrup

1/2 oz. Luxardo cherry juice

1 oz. lemon juice

1. 5 oz gin

4 oz. champagne

2 Luxardo maraschino cherries for garnish

Directions

In a shaker, combine simple syrup, Luxardo cherry juice, lemon juice, gin and ice. Shake vigorously. Shake it hard enough that you get the tiny ice crystals that make cocktails extra refreshing.  Strain into coupe or champagne flute and top with champagne. Your Luxardo 75 is ready. Cheers!