Celebrate the Season with these Special Holiday Wines

Celebrate the Season with these Special Holiday Wines

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The holiday season is officially here. It’s time to get ready to shop, cook, bake, wrap presents, decorate, entertain, and party hop. And let’s not forget the traffic and crowds, delayed flights, crazy weather, and even crazier family. Is your head spinning yet? Never fear because we’re making celebrating the season easier with our top picks for special holiday wines.

Special Holiday Wines – FitVine

There’s a lot of eating going on during the holidays. It’s a real calorie fest, especially when you include those holiday beverages. Enter FitVine and their selection of guilt-free wines.  With their proprietary extended fermentation process, FitVine creates flavor rich wines low in calories, sulfites, sugar, and carbs. Hence their slogan, “We crush grapes, you crush life.”

The brand was kind enough to send me two of their seasonal offerings; Limited Edition Holiday Red Blend and Prosecco. These special holiday wines are ideal for lovers of red and white, sweet and dry.

Special Holiday Wines_FitVine Holiday Red

The Limited Edition Holiday Red features a blend of decadent black fruits, dark raspberry, and a touch of chocolate. It has a nice full body that isn’t too heavy or overpowering. It also only contains .01 grams of sugar, 120 calories, and 3.5 grams of carbs (based on 5 oz glass).

I find it to be very light and smooth, which is due to its ultra-refined tannins. FitVine’s Holiday Red is one of those unique reds you can drink by itself or pair with a variety of foods. It would make for a nice hostess gift, or as an offering at your holiday party, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas table.

Special Holiday Wines_FitVine Prosecco

If you’re looking for something a little sweeter or with some bubbly, you’ll love FitVine’s Prosecco. With its notes of apple, pear, citrus, and tropical flowers, this Prosecco has a light, clean, and refreshing flavor. It also is comes in at 92 calories, .7 grams of sugar and 3.0 grams of carbs (based on 5 oz glass).

As you can see by my picture, I added some strawberries to my flute glass for added flavor and color. You could also add your own berry of choice or perhaps a few slices of pear or apple to make it feel even more festive. Prosecco is a great option to champagne. It works well as a dessert wine, one its own, or as a nice complement to your holiday brunch offerings. Can someone say, Holiday Bellini or Mimosa?

Give Back with Cashmere Black

Next up we have a wine whose name and label caught my eye. Am I the only one who picks wines simply based on the label design, description or even the wine name? In the case of Cline Cellars Cashmere Black, it was hard to resist all of the above. Not to mention, I’m a huge fan of blends.

Special Holiday Wines_Cashmere Black

What truly garnered my attention the most, besides the blend of varietals, was the fact that Cline Cellars is a supporter of important causes. To date, they have donated over $330k to charitable organizations. I was also pleased to learn that this winery has been sustainably farmed and family owned since 1982. It’s nice knowing the bottle I’m enjoying was made without causing damage to the environment where the grapes are grown.

You can truly taste their efforts in Cashmere Black. As far as holiday wines go, Cashmere Black is the ideal. Its full-bodied flavor comes from a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Carignane, and Alicante Bouschet. It’s like drinking a rich mashup of blueberry, plum, violet, cherry, vanilla, and coffee, with an oaky finish. Basically, Cashmere Black is heaven in a glass. It’s the perfect end to a long day of holiday shopping, or the quintessential beverage to enjoy alongside your holiday turkey with all the trimmings.

So when it comes time to choose your special holiday wines, consider FitVine’s Holiday Red Blend and Prosecco, as well as  Cashmere Black from Cline Cellars. They’ll make you want to clink your glasses in celebration of their rich flavor, low calories, and sustainable creation.

What is your favorite holiday drink? Which special holiday wines would you want to try?

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Add a Bit of Calm and Luxury

Upgrade your life with luxury and aromatherapy

Add a Bit of Calm and Luxury

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My son and I have been back in California for almost a year now. He loves going to school and the bus rides as well! It’s been quite the journey to rebuild and start over, there always seems to be things we needed to replace or add to our household. As a mom, we tend to put our family’s needs before our own. It’s always nice to treat ourselves and add a bit of calm and luxury!

Are you looking to add a bit of calm and luxury to your life? We have a few products to introduce to you!

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Find Your Signature Fragrance

Find Your Signature Fragrance with A.N. Other

 

When I think about all the perfumes I’ve worn over the years, only a few stand out in my memory. Some because of their iconic bottles and others for their iconic scent. I still have my mom’s last perfume bottle. Each time I smell her signature fragrance, it’s like she’s right there with me again. For me, perfumes provide one of those unique sensory experiences that go beyond smell. It’s like hearing your favorite song and remembering exactly where you were the very first time it came on the radio.

A.N Other – perfume reimagined

Recently, I was introduced to an incredible fragrance company known as A.N Other. The brand has a unique concept for how their perfumes are produced. They believe luxury can be accomplished without the “name, mood, gender, designer labels, and inflated price tags.”

A.N. Other Signature Fragrance - WD18 perfumer

To accomplish this, A.N Other gives perfumers complete freedom to create their own signature fragrance. The company invests in eco-friendly, ethically sourced ingredients, which means no animal products, dyes, preservatives or toxins are used at any time during production. And because the perfumes are sold directly to the consumer, A.N. Other is able to keep the costs down, which means you aren’t paying ridiculous mark-ups.

Your signature fragrance

A.N Other was kind enough to offer me a chance to try out their scents. I had the hardest time choosing between Oriental, Floral, Fresh, and Woody, so I asked them to surprise me. They sent me a bottle of WD/18 (Woody) created by Patricia Bilodeau, along with a few samples of the other three fragrances.

Find Your Signature Fragrance - A.N. Other Woody 18

What I like most about Woody is that is a unisex scent. It can be worn by both men and women. Although I don’t know if I would want to share my simple, yet elegant bottle with anyone else.

Perfumer Patricia Bilodeau, the creator of Jo Malone Red Roses, drew inspiration for her WD/18 from a piece of driftwood floating between the East and Hudson Rivers in New York City. She wanted to recreate the experience of seeing the sun setting upon this weathered piece of wood. I would say she captured the moment perfectly. WD/18 is rich, but also light. Musky, but also fruity.

WD/18 is a complex fragrance filled with:

  • Top Notes – pear sparkle, cardamom spice and violet leaves
  • Heart – rich orris, cypress and amyris
  • Base – sandalwood, blonde cedar and vetiver Madagascar

A.N. Other Signature Fragrances -2018

I truly enjoy this new signature fragrance, whether on its own or layered with other A.N Other scents. As I mentioned above, the brand was also kind enough to send me their sample collection. This allowed me to try out all four of the 2018 fragrances.

FR/18 – Fresh by Carlos Vinals

  • Top Notes – melon pop rocks, grapefruit zest, and gin & tonic
  • Heart – juniper, Madagascar ginger, and aromatic lavender
  • Base – chilled amberwood and metallic musk

OR/18 – Oriental created by David Apel

  • Top Notes – blood orange, star anise, and lemon sugar
  • Heart – cannabis accord, myrrh, and night blooming jasmine
  • Base – vanilla crème, tonka, and driftwood

FL/18 – Floral created by Nathalie Benareau

  • Top Notes – cotton candy, elemi, and saffron
  • Heart – Brazilian mate, night blooming jasmine, and ambrette
  • Base – aged leather, cashmere musk, labdanum, and amberwood

I must admit, I want all four A.N Other perfumes to be my signature fragrance for this year and beyond. I’m trying to decide which one I want to add to my collection next. If you’re looking for a great holiday gift for someone on your list, even if that is yourself, I highly recommend A.N Other. Pick up a bottle or two or order their sample collection to see which one will become your signature fragrance. You can apply the $10 cost to a full-size bottle purchase.

What’s your signature fragrance? Are you a woody, floral, fresh or oriental?

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Unique Ways to Storing Food and Keeping Hydrated

Fun with Food and Beverage Storage with Vaya Life, Wellslock, and Ice Shaker

Unique Ways to Storing Food and Keeping Hydrated

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I feel like as a parent and even a mom, we are expected to be prepared. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom. I had no idea I could love someone so much! As a mom, I like to be prepared, especially when we have to leave the house, whether for a few hours or even overnight or longer!

Every mom knows what I mean. You bring snacks, extra baby stuff, wet wipes, juice boxes, water, toys, books, movies, games, etc.

Are you looking for unique ways to storing food and keeping hydrated on-the-go?

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Join the Clean Beauty Revolution

Join the Clean Beauty Revolution

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Do you really know what’s in your beauty products? Have you ever wondered what those ingredients actually are? If like me, you are concerned about what you’re putting on your skin, it might be time to join the clean beauty revolution.

Clean beauty is more than simply switching to all-natural products. It’s about using ingredients that are safer for your skin and body, whether they’re man-made or natural. In most cases, this translates to cruelty-free products which don’t contain parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones, and synthetic fragrances.

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Winding Down With Essential Oils

Winding down with high-quality essential oils is effective and natural

Winding Down With Essential Oils

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I use aromatherapy whenever we are home. I choose to use essential oils as a way to purify and cleanse our indoor air. We spend a lot of time at home, so I want our air to smell fresh and clean, without the use of fake scented products.

Using essential oils is incredibly easy as there are many ways to feel the natural effects!

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Gardening for the Brown Thumb

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Recently, I have been trying to teach my daughter how to grow food and flowers as she is learning so much while in her preschool class. They have been going over how flowers grow, why leaves change, and where food comes from. However, I will be the first to admit that I have NO gardening experience whatsoever. I was raised by my Southern grandmother and while she grew up on a farm and had a garden of her own, the green thumb did not pass down.

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Handcrafted Candles for Every Occasion

 

Handcrafted Candles for Every Occasion_Pink Disco and MinimalistBeauty Brite Disclosure 

One of the simplest ways to update your décor is with candles. They can transform a room with their warm glow, aromatic throw, or elegant packaging. For me, candles let me express my style and help create the ideal mood, or feel, of every room in my home. This time of year, I’m creating a myriad of sensory experiences with the handcrafted candles of Brooklyn Candle Studio.

This independent studio, located in Brooklyn, New York, was founded by in 2013 by designer Tamara Mayne. Her obsession with aromatherapy and candlemaking extends beyond creating beautifully designed candles. It’s also about being eco-friendly. Each handcrafted candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio is made from 100% soy wax with lead-free cotton wicks primed with vegetable-based wax. In addition, each every candle is vegan and free of preservatives, petroleum, and animal testing.

Handcrafted Candles – Minimalist

While I like to burn candles all year long, my favorite time of year to do so is in the fall. There’s nothing like taking a hot bath or cozying up under a blanket while warm, toasty scents fill the air. You can imagine my excitement when Brooklyn Candle Studio offered me to send me some of their seasonal offerings.

I received Apple Cider and Fern + Moss from their Minimalist Collection. Packaged in simple glass jars, with brushed gold lids, their Minimalist Candles look perfect in every room of the house, from the kitchen to the bedroom.

 

Handcrafted Candles_Minimalist in Apple Cider and Fern+Moss

 

Apple Cider is the epitome of fall. The natural cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange, and cedarwood essential oils blend perfectly with the top notes of crisp apple. There’s nothing artificial about this candle either. It’s has a nice, rich throw, without being too sweet or overpowering.

The best way I can describe Fern + Moss is that of a yummy, outdoorsman. In a good way of course. It’s blend of natural sage, lavender, orange, spruce, and pine are heavenly. I can’t get enough of this candle, even though when I first smelled it, I wasn’t sure it was for me. I thought it would turn my home into a den of cheap cologne. Quite the contrary. It has the perfect, woodsy, musky throw.

Now if both handcrafted candles could magically bring me a hot, man carrying warm mugs full of whiskey infused cider…ah, a girl can dream.

 

Brooklyn Candle Studio – Pink Disco

 

Handcrafted Candles_Pink Disco in Prosecco

In addition to the Minimalist Collection, I was also drawn to the Brooklyn Candle Studio Limited Edition Pink Disco Collection. This unique holiday collection was inspired by cocktail party season, and features three handcrafted candles in Prosecco, Fireplace, and Cypress. Each candle is hand-poured into a frosted, blush colored jar and then stamped with a gold foil accent.

As a fan of sweet libations, I decided to order Prosecco. Nothing says holiday, cocktail party like a flute of Prosecco. Not only is the candle gorgeous to look at, but it also has a lovely throw. With notes of red berries, wild roses and white musk, Prosecco is the ideal candle for starting your evening, or cocktail party, off on the right note.

Candles for Every Occasion

What I like most about these handcrafted candles is the divine scent they leave long after I’ve extinguished their warm glow. It’s always a treat to walk into the room the next day and still smell their throw. I look forward to burning these Brooklyn Candle Studio gems all season long, as well as picking up some more for myself and for gifts.

 What are your favorite fall candle scents?  How do like to incorporate candles into your home decor?

 

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Beauty TLC: Tender Loving Coconut

Have you tried coconut beauty products? Try some Beauty TLC: Tender Loving Coconut

Beauty TLC Tender Loving Coconut

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I find myself being pretty picky with the beauty products I use. I recently had to buy a few items for my son since they were going to teach them basic skills (oral health, combing hair, using deodorant, lotion, etc). After gathering all the supplies, I realized I already had a natural deodorant I could have added to my son’s supplies, instead, I bought him at the store. I am going through the products I use with my son as well.

Are you ready to switch? It’s time to choose natural with a little Beauty TLC: Tender Loving Coconut!

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Choose Sustainable Organic Cotton

Choose Sustainable Organic Cotton with prAna

Choose Sustainable Organic Cotton

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I love wearing cute and stylish clothing. As a single mom, I like to treat myself to new clothes every so often! I especially enjoy selecting sustainable organic cotton fashion if at all possible. I already try to buy organic foods as much as possible, so it only makes sense to choose organic cotton!

When you shop with prAna, they make it easy to choose sustainable organic cotton pieces!

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