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Christmas Cocktails Roundup – Part 1

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for a delicious cocktail. While I love them year round, there is something extra special about the flavor combinations that are popular during the Christmas season. The dashes of cinnamon, the splashes of cranberry and all the ingredients that form the concoctions that folks come up with – they just seem to usher in all those warm feelings of celebration.

I went to my bloggy friends and asked them all to share their best Christmas cocktail recipes, and they did not disappoint. Below you’ll find part one of the best cocktails for the season that would have Old Saint Nick even giving the naughty kids presents this year! Yum!

Christmas Cocktails Round Up – Part 1

  1. Apple Cider Mule Cocktail
  2. How to Make Puerto Rican Coquito
  3. Easy Cranberry Orange Daiquiris
  4. Christmas Cosmopolitan
  5. Mulled Wine   
  6. Holiday White Cranberry Sangria with Rosemary
  7. Apple Cinnamon Sangria
  8. Coquito – Puerto Rican Egg Nog
  9. The Grinch Cocktail
  10. Andes Coquito
  11. Cranberry Bliss Cocktail
  12. Homemade Eggnog Recipe
  13. Pomegranate Martini Recipe
  14. Poinsettia Champagne
  15. Orange Cranberry Mulled Wine
  16. Warm Winter Rum Punch
  17. Cranberry Orange Moscow Mule
  18. Cranberry Orange Sangria
  19. Christmas Cranberry Sangria
  20. Holiday Eggnog
  21. Mrs. Claus’ Mint Cherry Martini
  22. Apple Pear Sangria
  23. Low-Cal Cranberry Margarita Recipe
  24. Cranberry Ginger Christmas Margaritas
  25. Hanukkah Punch
  26. Mulled Mixed Fruit Cider with Mandarins
  27. Best Ever Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe
  28. Holiday Cranberry Mocktail

Tickets Now on Sale for Sixth Annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked

Sip. Savor. Repeat. at Sixth Annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked Food and Wine Festival

Tickets Now on Sale for Two-Day Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival – Dec 2 & 3

Have you heard? Tickets are on sale for the Sixth Annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked! This is the sixth year for this highly anticipated two-day, food wine and craft beer festival. The event will be held December 2-3, in a new location directly on Clearwater Beach (Right next to the official host hotel, Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach), just south of Pier 60.

Clearwater Beach Uncorked will celebrate the Bay area’s most renowned chefs, restaurants, and breweries in a culinary showcase served with 180-degree Gulf of Mexico views. The event is the west coast sister of the new Cocoa Beach Uncorked, which debuted in June and was dubbed one of the best food, wine and beer festivals on Florida’s East coast. Tickets and details are available online at ClearwaterBeachUncorked.com.

Clearwater Beach provides an ideal setting to showcase an impressive roster of the Bay area’s culinary offerings to thousands of foodies, wine lovers and beer aficionados,” said Tammy Gail, event producer. “This taste-fest brings together people with a shared interest for an unforgettable weekend for attendees, partners and exhibitors alike. This is our sixth year, and we’re pulling out all the stops to highlight the culinary attributes of Florida’s west coast.”

The two-day event will feature interactive experiences, tastings, cooking demonstrations and competitions between some of the area’s most notable and award-winning chefs and restaurants. To help create a full weekend culinary experience, the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, the official hotel sponsor of the event, is offering an Uncorked Getaway during the weekend of December 1-2, which includes accommodations and a pair of General admission tickets for just $289.

Event tickets are $65 per person, per day for general admission and $95 per person, per day for VIP access. All guests will receive a limited-edition wine glass, custom tote bag and enjoy the Grand Tasting Village with unlimited tastings from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will also enjoy one-hour early admission to the Grand Tasting Village and exclusive access to the Spirits Pool Lounge at the Wyndham Grand pool deck from 1 to 5 p.m. to sample exciting and intriguing crafted libations.

A portion of the proceeds from Clearwater Beach Uncorked will benefit University of South Florida’s Sarasota Manatee School of Hospitality and Tourism, Vet to Chef program. Funds will be used to help the training program give veterans who are struggling a fresh start and pull their lives together by entering a civilian career in the culinary arts.

For more information on Clearwater Beach Uncorked and to purchase tickets, visit ClearwaterBeachUncorked.com. Follow Clearwater Beach Uncorked on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram #Uncorkedweekend.

About Clearwater Beach Uncorked:

Clearwater Beach Uncorked has been dubbed the hippest, most exciting two-day food, wine, and craft beer festival on Florida’s West Coast. The event welcomes thousands of attendees to Florida’s award-winning Clearwater Beach.  In celebration of its sixth anniversary, Clearwater Beach Uncorked will play host to foodies, wine lovers and craft beer aficionados who long to wiggle their toes in the sugar white sand as they enjoy some of the area’s most delectable offerings. The 30,000 sq. ft. Grand Tasting Tent will feature a vast array of mouthwatering taste experiences for discerning palettes. A percentage of ticket sales will benefit the University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee School of Hospitality and Technology.  

This Just In from Rosen Plaza – Ground Control As Dreams Take Flight

I wanted to share this exciting news I just heard about from one of my favorite hotels in Orlando, Rosen Plaza. I had the wonderful pleasure of staying there last month (review coming soon on the blog), and they have some truly incredible events going on for the holidays. Check out this fun news they just sent me:
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As this year’s host hotel, Rosen Plaza proudly served as command central for Dreamflight’s 2017 “Holiday of a Lifetime,” during which 192 children with serious illnesses or disabilities experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Orlando for 10 days of vacationing fun – without their parents.
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This was the first year Rosen Plaza had the honor of housing the Dreamflight participants, as well as the huge team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other helpers who volunteered to care for and look after them. Taking advantage of Rosen Plaza’s multiple ballrooms and award winning catering, the hotel’s event planners also helped the UK-based charity create unforgettable moments for their three, big, on-site parties.
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“After 30 years, we changed hotels and stayed at Rosen Plaza Hotel,” said Patricia Pearce, MBE, Founder of Dreamflight. “We had a wonderful time there and the staff were amazing and so supportive. I was very honored that Mr. Rosen himself came in to see me one day.”
Harris Rosen and Patricia Pearce
In addition to the luxurious guestrooms, Dreamflight utilized two ballrooms and enjoyed breakfast and evening meals at the hotel. Rosen Plaza’s memory-making event planning team helped put on three nights of celebrations: a Halloween Night Party; a NASA Night, complete with an astronaut visit; and a “Prom” Party on the final night, where all the children got dressed up. By day, the hotel provided a convenient, central location for the group’s shopping excursions and theme park outings to the Magic Kingdom’s Blizzard Beach, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure and SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove.
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“This was my dream, and it was very special to share it with Mr. Rosen and all the staff at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. It was so special to stay there,” said Pearce.
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“We were honored to be able to host such an incredible group of children and volunteers, and even help shape this amazing vacation. It was moving to see the impact these experiences had on the children,” said Harris Rosen, founder and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “We look forward to participating in Dreamflight’s ‘Holiday of a Lifetime’ for many years to come.”
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Each year, in October, Dreamflight charters a 747 aircraft to fly seriously ill and disabled children to Orlando for a “Holiday of a Lifetime.” Pearce founded the charity in 1987, after spending 39 years on the cabin crew for British Airways. Since then, she and Dreamflight have brought 5,830 children to Orlando for those once-in-a-lifetime memories. She feels this type of experience has the power to boost the children’s belief that, even if disabled, they are able to enjoy life to the fullest.
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“Each year, I am amazed at how brave these children are. They come away from their homes and families and I call them ‘my little rosebuds that blossom’ during the week,” said Pearce. “No one is the odd-man-out. The children learn so much from each other and come back more confident and able to undertake more things, having been around others that may be worse off than they are.”
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This chance to help others is part of the pattern of philanthropy that is the cornerstone of Rosen Plaza’s, and all of Rosen Hotels & Resorts’, corporate giving. The Harris Rosen Foundation has long supported child-related initiatives and educational opportunities for the local under-served areas of Tangelo Park and Parramore in Orlando, as well as the global community. Internationally, the foundation has helped bring clean water to Haiti and built an elementary school in the small town of Jon L’Abeille that recently served as a shelter during Hurricane Matthew. It also worked to assist the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, for which Rosen was honored with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the government of Japan.
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Rosen Plaza, located at 9700 International Drive, is conveniently situated within a short walk to Pointe Orlando’s shopping, dining and entertainment and within minutes of Orlando’s world-famous theme parks and attractions, making it an ideal location for experience-based getaways and vacations. For more information, visit RosenPlaza.comor call (800) 627-8258.

Happy Birthday Dad

Today my dad would have been 58. 🙁 I’m still so upset that he has already missed so much since the last time we spoke in November 2015, we’ll never reconcile, and he’ll miss out on so much more in the coming years than he should have. Wishing and hoping for things to be different won’t make it so.

However, I do want to remind everyone that if you’re unhappy in your life you CAN change it. You don’t have to live in misery. As much as people may disagree with me, at the end of the day YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE! We all do!

You can choose how you react to the cards your dealt. In some ways, you can even choose some of the cards. I wish my dad could have seen that he had so many choices, and I’m still devastated that he made the ultimate bad one by leaving this earth too soon nearly a year ago.

I know everyone has been telling me this year that he took his life because he saw no other way out. And, yes…I believe by the time he let that much darkness take over…he did believe that. But, I also know that there were so many times he could have chosen to step out of the darkness, but instead opted to shun the light.

Looking Back, We Did All We Could

Nothing I or my family could have said or done could have changed his choice to repeatedly choose the darkness. You can only show someone a different path so many times before letting go, and ultimately letting them decide which path they want to take. Looking back I see how many times we did try to intervene.

No, we never hospitalized him, but we did try everything we knew how to do to make him happy and show him how to be happy within himself. We did the best we could, and it was actually never our choice of how he would move forward after each intervention. There is a saying that you can’t save someone who doesn’t want to be saved, and I feel like at the end of the day, as much as it hurts, he didn’t want to be saved.

I forgive him for taking his own life, and am saddened at how much I understand now what he did and even why he did it. I just will never accept it was the right choice, or that he couldn’t have found another way. Happy birthday dad. I guess you finally found your peace, I’m just so sorry for you that you never found the light.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255

Enter to Win – Powered by Mom’s Libre Tea Infuser Glasses Giveaway Ends 11/19/17

I don’t know about you guys, but I love me a good glass of tea. That is why I jumped at the chance to help promote this awesome giveaway hosted by the blog Powered by Mom.  Check out all the details, and enter to win below!

P.S. These glasses would make wonderful holiday gifts for the tea lover in your life. If you can’t wait to find out if you won, head here to buy some now! (affiliate link)

Powered by Mom’s Libre Tea Infuser Glasses Giveaway

Open to US Only – Ends 11/19

Sponsored by: Libre Tea Hosted by: Powered by Mom

Libre Tea is all about being able to have a peaceful tea moment no matter where you are. With a strong poly exterior protecting the glass interior, whatever beverage you’re enjoying is insulated and clean.

Also be sure to read Emily’s review of Libre Tea! Emily is the writer behind the site Powered By Mom.

About Libre Tea Infuser Glasses:

Libre Tea Infuser Glasses are some of the best out there, no matter what you’re drinking. The glass itself does have a glass interior that keeps your drinks tasting how they should, and making it super easy to clean when you are done. The BPA poly exterior is sealed around the glass that not only protects it from drops and bumps but insulates your drink. The filter and lid can both fit directly onto the glass. This cup makes it convenient to carry your loose leaf tea, smoothie, or fruit infused water anywhere you might go!

Key Features:

  • Glass interior ensures clean taste and easy cleaning.
  • Silicon O-ring seals the lids and the cup come with a replacement if needed!
  • Enjoy hot or cold beverages.
  • Filter loose leaf tea, fruit, or even just ice with the screw on filter lid.

One lucky reader will receive their choice of 2 Libre Tea Infuser Glasses!

Now go and enter the giveaway below, and remember to come back for the daily entries. GOOD LUCK!

Brik Buster OR 119 piece Starter Set Giveaway – Winner’s Choice Thru 11/6/17

Strictly Briks Winner's Choice Giveaway!! (ends 11/6)

Hey bloggy friends! I’ve partnered with Africa’s Blog to bring you another awesome giveaway! Below you can enter to win a Brik Buster OR 119 piece Starter Set now through November 6, 2017 from Strictly Briks. The best part is the winner chooses their prize!

Brik Buster OR 119 piece Starter Set Giveaway – Winner’s Choice!

About Strictly Briks:

Our mission is to innovate creative play.  We offer numerous colors, shapes, and sizes of stackable base plates and towers to new types of play like our patented silicone straps and The Cube.  We provide an affordable platform and structure for kids to build from and encourage combining with toys you already have, like action figures, mini figures, cars, stuffed animals, etc., to play in a new way and let your kids’ creativity shine.

Strictly Briks is recreating the way your children play and Africa’s Blog has shared her family’s chance to test both the starter pack of 119 Big Briks and the new Brik Buster over on her blog here.

Follow Strictly Briks via their social media outlets; FacebookInstagramYouTube and Twitter.

The Giveaway!

Winner’s Choice – Brik Buster OR 119 piece Starter Set

Strictly Briks® items are compatible with all major brands, including LEGO®, DUPLO®, Mega Bloks®, & K’NEX® brand sets. Strictly Briks® is not affiliated with or endorsed by these brands. LEGO® and DUPLO® are trademarks of the LEGO Group of Companies, which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse Strictly Briks® toys.

Giveaway ends 11/6/17 at 11:59pm est
Giveaway open to US, 18+ entrants only

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This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Best Veggie Recipes Roundup – Part 3

Hi bloggy friends! I’m here with part 3 of 3 of my veggie recipes roundup sponsored by Veggie Wash! Did you miss part one? Check it out here. What about part 2? Did you miss that one too? For shame! But, fret not – You can check out part 2 here!! Part 3 of this roundup is also sponsored by Veggie Wash. Enjoy!

Best Veggie Recipes Roundup Featuring Veggie Wash – Part Three

Cabbage Carrot Slaw

Eggplant Spaghetti Sandwiches

Zucchini Squash Bake

Spinach Crepes with Pan-Roasted Vegetables

Broccoli Cheese Bake

 

Easy Grilled Veggie Sandwich Recipe

Healthy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Brussels Bacon and Cauliflower Side Dish

Easy Sesame Greens Side Dish

Hot Pepper Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

Baked Mushrooms- a Light and Easy Side Dish

Zesty Parmesan Ranch Baked Potato Wedges

Caramelized Butternut Squash

Zucchini Ribbon Lasagna

Whole 30 Butternut Squash Carbonara with Apple and Bacon

Garlic and Broccoli Rabe Recipe

Aloo Mattar – Potato and pea curry

Crispy Oven-Baked Green Bean Fries

One Pan Ratatouille Recipe

Brown Rice Veggie Bowl

Spanish Style Omelette with Potato and Red Pepper

Carrot and Coriander Soup with a Spicy Kick

Cheesy Asparagus and Potato Casserole

Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani (Vegan + GF)

Slow Cooker Mexican Corn Dip Recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Simply Sautéed Italian Green Beans Recipe

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

How to cook a fresh pumpkin

Squash and Fresh Pumpkin Cooking Tip

World Vision’s Gift Catalog Gift Basket Giveaway Through 11/16/17!

Welcome to our World Vision’s Gift Catalog Gift Basket Giveaway!

I’m so excited to tell you all that I’ve teamed up with Holly from I Like It Frantic to give away one gift basket to a reader! This is a basket with an ARV of $500! Some items may be slightly different as they are hand crafted, but either way – whoever wins this basket will be one lucky recipient indeed. These products are just so cool!

What is World Vision?

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.


When a donation is made to World Vision’s “Where Most Needed” fund, donors can choose from different items (like the below) to receive as a meaningful memento of their gift.

  • The Heaton Hope Bracelet ($100) – This year, everyone’s favorite TV mom, Patricia Heaton, has partnered with World Vision to design the Patricia Heaton Hope Bracelet. The name was purposely chosen to encourage people to feel hopeful about our world and to give hope, through generosity, to those in need.
  • Vietnamese Tote ($100) – Disabled Vietnamese women gain independence by creating these beautiful hand-embroidered purses.
  • African Soapstone Box ($85) – Talented artisans bring raw stone to life with etched designs and hand dyed finishes that showcase modern African creativity and provide a sustainable way out of poverty.
  • Charm Necklace ($100) – Made by a gold and silver plating specialist in India, the unique and elegant charms make this necklace a subtle statement piece.
  • Infinity Scarf ($75) – This fashion-forward accessory is made by artisans in India who are trained in the loom industry to attain skills and a sustainable livelihood.
  • Wraparound Ring ($55) – A vibrant, adjustable ring with aqua and blue chalcedony stones set in metal, made by female artisans in India.

Prices in the Gift Catalog are subject to change

Now about that giveaway…here’s how to enter:

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Enter to win a Veggie Wash Prize Pack! 10/27-10/31

Hey there pals and gals! I’m so excited to announce that my friends at Veggie Wash have teamed up with me to host another giveaway. This time we’re giving away 2 bottles of Veggie Wash and a $35 Amazon Gift Card  In full FTC disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Veggie Wash, and there are Amazon affiliate links within the post.

Veggie Wash Prize Pack Giveaway
October 27-31, 2017
Open to US Residents

I have been a brand ambassador for Veggie Wash for three months now, and as I’ve learned more about the product, I’m an even bigger fan of it. In fact, I am now a firm believer that everyone needs a fruit and vegetable wash in the pantry for all of their produce.

Here’s the thing – when you buy produce at a farmer’s market, a Whole Foods or even just your favorite retailer, at a minimum there’s at least a dozen finger prints on the food you’re buying. Veggie Wash takes all those prints away, and more! Washing with water is not enough! If you’re into eating healthy, you can’t forget to clean your produce the right way!

Clean Produce is Better Produce

Sponsored by VEGGIE WASH
Organized by  FAMOUS ASHLEY GRANT

Why do you need Veggie Wash? Pesticides and other agricultural chemicals are specifically engineered to be “waterproof” so they are not washed off by rain and irrigation. Many fruits and vegetables (grapes, apples, cucumbers, etc.) are also coated in wax to preserve the quality and appearance of the produce from the fields to your kitchen table. In addition to agricultural chemicals and other residues, 20 or more strangers may have handled your fruit or vegetable before you put it in your mouth.

Veggie Wash safely and effectively removes wax, soil, and agricultural chemicals found on standard and organic produce. It cuts through wax and chemicals to leave fruits and vegetables truly, safely clean. What’s more, Veggie Wash uses ingredients from citrus, corn, and coconut, to remove harmful surfaces.

Now about that giveaway! Here’s how to enter:

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Prize –Two Bottles of Veggie Wash and a $35 Amazon Gift Card!

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This disclosure is made in accordance with the FTC 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address, and/or Facebook account. Anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Enter to win a Isabelle Grace LaPunta Pendant Thru 10/31

 

Isabelle Grace Jewelry Giveaway
October 24 -31, 2017
Open to US

I’m a sucker for shiny things, and this pendant sure does shine! Actually, many of the Isabelle Grace Jewelry items shine and shimmer. They are so beautiful. The line was designed to be personal, and to offer you a way to show your loved ones that you care by giving them something memorable they can carry on for years to come. The pieces are timeless and are hand made with quality top of mind. And, now you can enter to win a piece of your very own!

Bringing You Moments To Celebrate

Isabelle Grace Jewelry, Breast Cancer Awareness

Sponsored by ISABELLE GRACE JEWELRY
Organized by  CELEBRATE WOMAN TODAY

This exquisite LaPunta Necklace made of Rose Gold and White Aurora will be a genuine piece of jewelry, exuding your composure, love, care and festive look. A white Swarovski bead is surrounded with two gold barrel beads that create a gentle movement when you move. In the sunshine, your LaPunta necklace will shine a million micro rays, creating a brilliance effect.

This necklace is a perfect gift idea for those on your list who love jewelry.

We would love to bless you with your own LaPunta necklace. Keep it to yourself or give it away as a gift.

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Prize –LAPUNTA STERLING SILVER & GOLD PENDANT

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Ends at 11:59pm EDT on OCTOBER 31, 2017