Surprise Saturday — New Year's Eve Mocktails

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Hello my Lovlies. Since it's New Year's Eve I thought I'd share some mocktails recipes with you.  

I found these mocktail recipes and pictures on Hip2Save and Cooking New York Times.

Why not make New Year's eve fun for the whole family by whipping up some of these super easy mocktails.

Cotton Candy Mocktail 


Sparkling grape juice 
Cotton candy (found at the dollar store)


Fill a glass with cotton candy — then pour sparking grape juice on top.  Watch as it fizzes and turns colors depending on the color(s) of the cotton candy. 

Gummy bears in sparkling grape juice are also a fun and yummy combo. 

Raspberry Sherbet Fizz


Sparkling grape juice 
Raspberry sherbet or sorbet
Pineapple juice
Fresh raspberries for garnish


Scoop some raspberry sherbet into the bottom of a glass. Add a splash of pineapple juice — then fill the rest of the glass with sparkling grape juice.  Garnish with fresh or frozen raspberries.

Fruit Fizz Mocktail


Flavored Sparkling Water (such as La Croix or Soda Stream)
Mango orange juice
Garnish with fresh tangerines and cranberries


Add ice to a glass then pour in ½ juice and ½ sparkling water.  Add fresh fruit such as cranberries and tangerines.  Or, experiment with any of your favorite fruit combinations!

Gentl and Hyers for The New York Times. Food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero. Prop stylist: Rebecca Bartoshesky

Blackberry Cooler 


¾ oz lime juice
¾ oz lemon juice
1 oz orgeat syrup 
4 or 5 blackberries (plus a few for garnish)
Sparkling coconut water
Sprig of rosemary


Vigorously shake citrus juices, orgeat and blackberries with ice.  Strain into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice.  Top with sparkling coconut water.  Garnish with blackberries and a sprig of rosemary. 

There you have it my Lovlies — some awesome New Year's eve mocktails that are fun and safe for everyone. 

Your Turn:  Comment below and share your New Year's eve mocktail recipes.

Friday Favorites — The Best New Year's Eve Recipes

Friday, December 30, 2016

Hello my Lovlies.  Since New Year's eve is tomorrow night I thought I'd share some of the best New Year's eve recipes with you. 

These recipes and pictures all came from the Food Network. 

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sweet Italian sausage, onions, and peppers create a sweet-and-savory filling for Rachel's stuffed mushrooms

>> Get the Recipe: Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms  

Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Shrimp

Wrap shrimp with pineapple and bacon then saute until the bacon is crispy.  It's a great sweet and salty bite. 

>> Get the Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Shrimp

Polenta Crostini

With just four ingredients you can create crispy, cheesy polenta triangles that are great for any party. 

>> Get the Recipe: Polenta Crostini

Oven "Fried" Pizza

Use store-bought dough as a shortcut, or use Alex Guarnaschelli's homemade pizza dough recipe, and top with lamb sausage and a caramelized onion mixture.

>> Get the Recipe: Oven "Fried" Pizza

Okay my Loviles — I hope the delicious looking pictures (above) inspire you to check out some of the awesome recipes on the Food Network.

Your Turn:  Comment below and let us know some of your go-to New Year's eve recipes. 

Tips, Tricks & Hacks Thursday — Little Hacks To Upgrade Your New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hello my Lovlies — Happy Thursday!! 

Since New Year's Eve is fast approaching I thought I'd share some little hacks that just may upgrade you New Year's.

All these hacks and picture (plus plenty more) came from BuzzFeed.

Use a tiny Bluetooth tracker if you seem to always lose your stuff when you're out partying. 

Put a tracker on your keys, wallet, personal bottle of champagne, whatever. Get it from Amazon for just $19.99

If you're wearing heels (but usually hate every second of it), tape your toes together. 

Agustuta Falletta / BuzzFeed 

These two toes share a common nerve that can become strained when the toes are separated, which can happen when you're wearing heels for too long.  Taping the toes together can help alleviate any pain. (It really works!)

Layer a turtleneck under a party dress so can wear your favorite party outfit without freezing to death.

Get a nonbulky cropped turtleneck or a layering turtleneck and you can stay in style and be warm at the same time. 

At the end of the night when it's time to drive home, become the hit at every bar with a mini keychain breathalyzer

Get it from Amazon for $25.28.  Remember it's always better to be safe than sorry!

Okay my Lovlies there you have it — Cynthia's New Year's eve hacks to upgrade your night out. 

Your Turn:  Comment below and share any New Year's eve tips, tricks and/or hacks you may have.

What's Up Wednesday — Festive New Year's Eve Ideas

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hello my Lovlies.  Since New Year's eve is only a few days away I thought I'd share some festive New Year's eve ideas with you.

I lve these 2017 New Years Cupcake toppers. 

You can find them at the Pop Of Sparkle's store on Etsy.

Isn't this New Year's eve bubby bar cart by the Wine Sisterhood a clever idea? 

If you're anything like me and my friends and you don't drink you can always substitute sparking water and/or Martinelli's sparkling cider for the same effect. 

I think this New Year's Eve styled buffet is a really simple but cute idea. 

I'm not sure who originally post this.  If you're the original poster please comment below and let me know, so I can give you proper credit. 

Aren't these New Year's party printables from Catch My Party festive?

So there you have it my Lovlies, some fun and festive New Year's eve ideas. 

Your Turn:  Comment below and let us know some of your ideas for a Festive New Year's eve celebration.

Surprise Saturday — Happy Hanukkah!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Hello my Lovlies.  Today is the beginning of Hanukkah, and to be honest with you I really didn't know a lot about Hanukkah. 

With in mind, I did a Google search on "what is Hanukkah?" and found a very informative article on

What Is Hanukkah?

All the info you need to know about Chanukah
Photo credits: Flash90
Photo credits: Flash90

Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.
The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple (as you’ll read below). Also spelled Hanukkah (or variations of that spelling), the Hebrew word is actually pronounced with a guttural, “kh” sound, kha-nu-kah, not tcha-new-kah.
What Chanukah Commemorates 
Artist Dominic Alves captured this image of a snowy Chanukah in Brighton, UK.
Artist Dominic Alves captured this image of a snowy Chanukah in Brighton, UK.
In the second century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and belief in G‑d. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G‑d.
When they sought to light the Temple's Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.
To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah.
How Chanukah is observed
At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah lighting. The menorah holds nine flames, one of which is the shamash (“attendant”), which is used to kindle the other eight lights. On the first night, we light just one flame. On the second night, an additional flame is lit. By the eighth night of Chanukah, all eight lights are kindled.
Special blessings are recited, often to a traditional melody, before the menorah is lit, and traditional songs are sung afterward.
A menorah is lit in every household (or even by each individual within the household) and placed in a doorway or window. The menorah is also lit in synagogues and other public places. In recent years, thousands of jumbo menorahs have cropped up in front of city halls and legislative buildings, and in malls and parks all over the world.
We recite the special Hallel prayer daily, and add V’Al HaNissim in our daily prayers and in the Grace After Meals, to offer praise and thanksgiving to G‑d for “delivering the strong into the hands of the weak, the many into the hands of the few ... the wicked into the hands of the righteous.”
When is Chanukah?
Chanukah begins on the eve of Kislev 25 and continues for eight days. On the civil calendar, it generally coincides with the month of December.
Chanukah foods
Since the Chanukah miracle involved oil, it is customary to eat foods fried in oil. The Eastern-European classic is the potato latke (pancake) garnished with applesauce or sour cream, and the reigning Israeli favorite is the jelly-filled sufganya (doughnut).
Dreidel: The Chanukah game
On Chanukah, it is customary to play with a “dreidel” (a four-sided spinning top bearing the Hebrew letters, nungimmelhei and shin, an acronym for nes gadol hayah sham, “a great miracle happened there”). The game is usually played for a pot of coins, nuts, or other stuff, which is won or lost based on which letter the dreidel lands when it is spun.
Chanukah Gelt
In today’s consumer-driven society, people tend to place great importance on giving Chanukah gifts. However, the tradition is actually to give Chanukah gelt, gifts of money, to children. In addition to rewarding positive behavior and devotion to Torah study, the cash gifts give the children the opportunity to give tzedakah (charity). This has also spawned the phenomenon of foil-covered “chocolate gelt.”
What it means for you
Noting that one should spend time in close proximity to the Chanukah lights, the Previous Rebbe would say, “We must listen carefully to what the candles are saying.” So what are the flickering flames telling us? Here are some messages:
a. Never be afraid to stand up for what’s right. Judah Maccabee and his band faced daunting odds, but that didn’t stop them. With a prayer on their lips and faith in their heart, they entered the battle of their lives—and won. We can do the same.
b. Always increase in matters of goodness and Torah-observance. Sure, a single flame was good enough for yesterday, but today needs to be even better.
c. A little light goes a long way. The Chanukah candles are lit when dusk is falling. Perched in the doorway, they serve as a beacon for the darkening streets. No matter how dark it is outside, a candle of G‑dly goodness can transform the darkness itself into light.
d. Take it to the streets. Chanukah is unique in that its primary mitzvah is observed in public. It’s not enough to be a Jew at heart, or even at home. Chanukah teaches us to shine outwards into our surroundings with the G‑dly glow of mitzvahs.
e. Don't be ashamed to perform mitzvahs, even if you will feel different. Rather, be like a menorah, proudly proclaiming its radiant uniqueness for all to see.

There you have it my Lovlies — all you need to know about Hanukkah.  

Now go out and wish a Jewish friend and/or neighbor Happy Hanukkah!


Friday Favorites — Last Minute Christmas Gifts with Jifiti

Friday, December 23, 2016

Hello my Lovlies — 
Happy Friday!! 

I am going to share a few last minute gifts that with save Christmas.  

I stumbled on this gifting site while doing a Google search for "last minute holiday gifts."  

The site is Jifiti and their tag line is Be Gifted.  They say that it's the thoughtfulness of a gift with the flexibility of a gift card.

Here's how it works (according to their website). 

Looking to send a gift?

All you do is simply enter the recipient's e-mail or mobile number and Jifiti will send them a link to the gift.  They enter their shipping address and it will be sent to them.  Or, if they prefer, they can select another gift from the site.

Why use Jifiti Instant Gifts you ask.

Because at Jifiti you never have to worry about a shipping address, or if it's the perfect gift.  The recipient puts in their own address and can get anything else if the don't need/want that gift.

Here is a short video on how it works.

Below is a collage of some of the great gift ideas I found on Jifiti. 

So my Lovlies, if you're in need of some last minute Christmas gifts I encourage you jump on over to and send a gift(s) to someone you lve.

Your Turn:  Comment below and let us know some of your last minute Christmas gift ideas. 

Tips, Tricks & Hacks Thursday — Clever Christmas Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hello my Lovlies — Happy Thursday.  

For Cynthia's Tips, Tricks & Hacks Thursday I thought I'd share some clever Christmas hacks that will make your life a little easier. 

I found all these hacks and pictures on

With just a little tape you can create an easy Christmas manicure.

If you're not that great at nail art, just do this design on one nail as an accent.
Freeze whipped cream on a cookie sheet and use a cookie cutter to make hot chocolate hearts.

Store your ice cream in a plastic bag to keep it soft and ready to serve.

Pulverize candy canes and add them to EVERYTHING. 

Here are just a few ideas: icing, cookies, ice cream, mousse, hot chocolate, and cocktail glass rims.

Okay my Lovlies, I hope you try some of these clever hacks to make your life a little bit easier this Christmas.

Your Turn:  Comment below and share your holiday tips, tricks and hacks with us.