Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

Since moving to Seattle two years ago, we’ve spent the last two Thanksgivings locally with new friends instead of flying across the country to be home with family. Not wanting to expose my lack of cooking skills to my new Seattle friends, we’ve typically contributed wine, a salad or store bought dessert to the big meal.

Before you get too excited, no I haven’t spent the last year learning how bake (baste?) a turkey, but I have learned some fun festival holiday cocktails that will be more impressive than bringing another bottle of wine.

Regardless of the type of beverages your guests prefer, this recipe can accommodate! Three different festive drinks can be made from this one simple syrup concoction. All you need is about 15 minutes and a couple standard ingredients.

SIMPLE SYRUP

  • 2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen (8 ounces))
  • 1 cup regular sugar
  • 1 cup water

Bring cranberries, sugar and water to a simmer over medium heat in a saucepan. Then reduce heat to low and cook until cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes. You can’t really mess this up, but you don’t want the cranberries to burst. If that happens, just remove the saucepan from the heat. It’s done!

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

Let cool for 5 minutes and then pour through a strainer separating the cranberries from the liquid (which is your simple syrup). Keep both. Store in the fridge until ready for use.

COCKTAIL #1

  • 4 tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 1 shot of vodka
  • 1/2 cup seltzer water

Stir together all ingredients and add ice & a couple of the extra cranberries for garnish.

COCKTAIL #2

  • 2 tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 1 glass dry white wine

Mix simple syrup in to wine glass with wine. Add a couple of the extra cranberries for garnish.

COCKTAIL #3

  • 2 tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 1 glass champagne
  • 1 lime wedge

Mix simple syrup in to wine glass with wine. Add a couple of the extra cranberries & lime wedge for garnish.

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

These Thanksgiving cocktails will be the best “dish” of the holidays without having to cook a thing!

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

 

 

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

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Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

It’s always fun buying new beauty products, but not so fun getting the credit card bill at the end of the month, right?? You’re in luck. This mud mask is department store quality that you can make in your kitchen! (No monthly credit card bills to follow 🙂 )

INGREDIENTS

(See photos of all ingredients at the end of the post)

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

Before you go any further, I know what you’re thinking … man this is a lot of random ingredients, right? Yes, I totally agree. But here’s the scoop: I bought all these ingredients over two years ago and have never used anything else! Plus if you’re in to DIY beauty, you’ll tend to use many of these ingredients and likely to have quite a few of these handy already.

INSTRUCTIONS

Steep 2 chamomile tea bags in about 4 oz of hot water and let sit for a couple minutes.

Microwave coconut oil in to a liquid (roughly 1 min).

In a glass bowl, mix all ingredients except tea. When opening up the charcoal capsules, make sure to have paper towel underneath as it can get dirty! (your hands will also get dirty, but it washes off easily with soap)

Slowly add the tea and continue to whisk until all mixed. At first the mixture will appear rather liquidy, but continue mixing for roughly 60 seconds. You’ll see the mixture change from black to a dark gray. Continue mixing until smooth & even color, removing all lumps.

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!You can use immediately, but remember its a little warm from the tea. It stores in the fridge, covered, for up to a month. I use at least once a week, washing off my face after 10 minutes (or as it starts to dry).

These make great Christmas gifts or even bachelorette party gifts!

For gifts I poured in to left over feta cheese containers (I LOVE cheese), add a label and ribbon! It makes a totally adorable and practical gift!

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

Cheers to small pores and great gifts!

 

Here’s the photo list of all ingredients to make your shopping a little easier! 

Click on any of the photos for more information on the product

 

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

Don't pay big bucks for an ounce of beauty product, make your own HIGH quality copy cat mud mask with this easy to follow tutorial!

 

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There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!
I try to keep our place free of unnecessary house clutter laying around, putting things back where they belong when I’m finished and keeping organized. Yet, when I look around, I always find one or two small things that need to go back to its place. Walking up 3 flights of stairs in our townhouse to put something little away, such as my nail polish, seemed silly and exhausting (although it definitely counted as a workout).

Enter: Decorative Baskets

I bought these 3 matching baskets, one for each floor of our townhouse, to store any clutter in that needs to be put away. Initially I debated whether to do this or not, as the baskets were actually additional clutter themselves. But within no time, these baskets were used on a daily, if not hourly basis. Anytime there was something to put away on a different floor, I just drop it in the basket. Then when I do need to go up or downstairs, I bring the basket with me and drop off all the clutter to it’s home.

There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

With the baskets all matching, it’s easy to swap these out as I bring one basket upstairs for a delivery and another downstairs.

Added benefit: it’s the best for a quick clean before guests come, literally throwing everything away in the baskets!

Another idea is to give a basket to each member of the family to put their items in, but since it’s just Joe & me (and really most of the clutter is mine), one basket on each floor worked best for us.

Here’s some PERFECT stairs baskets that I’m loving


UPDATE: Although Joe & I don’t have separate baskets, I decided that Reagan, the newest member of our family, needed a DIY version just for her!

Now that I’m not walking up and down the stairs as much, I should probably get a gym membership!There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!
There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

 

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How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!After realizing that my fantasy of having Real Housewives Yolanda Foster’s fridge was never going to happen, I decided that mine needed a serious cleaning and reorganization. My current situation was a fridge with no extra room, lots of expired food, and all the wrong containers. We even had an empty 6 pack beer holder in the fridge while the individual cans were scattered throughout. So here’s my way to organize a refrigerator …. Yolanda style.

I’m pretty selective of what types of gadgets and organizing products I purchase. I often think that the products themselves cause disorganization! But here are my:

favorite fridge cleaning & organizing tools (that I use daily) 

Now on to our huge fridge cleaning and organizing day!

Here’s what you’ll need for our project:

  • Paper towels
  • Towels
  • Rags/Sponge
  • Cleaning spray (here’s some great DIY options)
  • Garbage bags
  • Lots of extra counter space
  • Dish soap

Instructions

Take everything out of your fridge and start using up that free counter space I mentioned!

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

Now remove all shelves and drawers from the fridge (but before you do, take a picture  so you remember where all the shelves go).

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

With the fridge completely empty, clean the fridge with a rag and cleaning spray. Make sure to start from the top and work your way down. For the areas that are extra dirty, let the cleaner sit for a couple minutes before scrubbing off with a sponge.

Clean all the shelves and drawers with warm soapy water in the sink. I’ve got a large double sink and a retractable hose, but if you don’t you could use your bathtub! Dry them with dish towels and set them aside.

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

Now review all the groceries that are sitting How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!on your counters, throwing away expired items and consolidating duplicates. When doing this I discovered I owned two soy sauces both half used. I also found a missing face mask. This is also a good time to group like items together.

Add your shelving back in to the fridge, being thoughtful about the placement to maximize your space. I ended up removing one of the shelves to allow storage containers to fit better.

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

I purchased a couple key accessories to help me stay organized.  First is the containers from our sandwich meat that I use for all our leftovers. They’re a great stack-able size and technically free storage. So needless to say, I always buy the same brand sandwich meat 🙂 .

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

In an attempt to keep my produce ‘alive’ as long as possible I’ve been an avid users of Bluapple. They absorb ethylene gas which apparently causes produce to over ripen. My motto is “anything helps.”

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

I love these clear plastic egg holders, not only because I pretend they resemble something in Yolanda’s fridge, but also because they’re stack-able and I’m always hurting for space in the fridge.

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

I know most vegetables aren’t supposed to be stored in the fridge, but my preference for clean counters trumps properly storing produce.  One thing I do try to prevent is the pieces of onions and garlic that get all over the fridge. To combat that, I allocate one clear bin to ‘veggies only.’

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

Finally, wash & dry your grocery items before putting back. Even if they’re not noticeably dirty or sticky, they likely have perspiration on them for sitting out on the counter.

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

And TADA! I hope your fridge is clean and organized enough to be a work of art (just like Yolanda)!

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

 

How to clean & organize a refrigerator ... and keep it that way! Great tips and ideas for easy & practical refrigerator organization!

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My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

Anytime I bring a homemade food item over to a party, I panic that no one is going to eat it. In fact, I’m typically the one having 5 servings of my dish just to make it appear popular (and edible).

On the contrary, one of my best friends Alison is a not only a natural host but an amazing cook as well. She makes it all appear effortless as she’s opening her oven pulling out something amazing right as the guests arrive. And to top it off her husband makes the best cocktails. They’re literally the most perfect party hosting couple ever.

Meanwhile at my house before a party I’m running around like crazy, unnecessarily cleaning areas that guests will never see, making Joe fix my destroyed concoction in the oven, and likely with a glass of wine to calm my nerves.

I asked Alison to share her recipe for her famous bacon wrap appetizers. This is probably my favorite party appetizer ever especially because it’s so simple to make!

INGREDIENTS

  • Bacon
  • Whole water chestnuts
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Toothpicks

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!INGREDIENTS

Cut bacon strips in half, roll chestnuts in bacon and secure with toothpick. Place on a  cookie sheet (with a lip for grease) and bake at 350 degrees for 45 min-1 hour until bacon is crisp.

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

Mix  mayonnaise, brown sugar and hot sauce. Pour over cooked wraps!

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

May you appetizer be so popular that you never have to chow down on it again!

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

 

 

 

My most popular party appetizer is also amazingly easy and only needs a couple of ingredients. Whip it up in no time for your next party!

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Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

I love the idea of adding design with function since I try to keep to a more minimal decor style. That’s why having decorative diy coasters is right up my alley. And a DIY? Well that’s something I couldn’t resist.

I found these coasters at Goodwill (for $2!!), although you could start from scratch using cork board or white bath tiles.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

SUPPLIES

  • Coaster material (whether old coaster or cork board or bath tiles)
  • Painters tape
  • Clear protecting spray (I’ve used this for quite a few DIYs, such as this)
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paints
  • If you’re using cork board or bath tiles, I would recommend adding felt pads underneath to prevent coasters from scratching your table

Here’s some of my favorite coasters …. great for DIY inspiration!

INSTRUCTIONS

First step always is to wash and dry your coasters.

My next step was to paint each coaster white, including the sides. You may or may not choose to do this step, depending on the design you make.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Once the paint dried (overnight), start placing the painting tape on the coasters in whatever design you choose! Personally I like the look of each coaster with a slightly different design, yet all being in the same color pallet. You really cannot go wrong with whatever design you choose!

Make sure your tape is long enough to wrap down the edges and underneath to help it stay adhered through the painting process. Press the tape down hard before moving onto the next piece.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

With each color you choose layer on at least two LIGHT coats of acrylic paint, waiting a minimum of 1 hour in between coats.

After putting the last coat of paint on I let them dry overnight before removing the tape just to ensure its completely dry. Then slowly and carefully remove the tape.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Best practice to protect the coasters with a waterproof sealant.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

If you used cork board or tiles, your last step will be to add on a felt pad to each corner so they won’t scratch your table.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Now your only job is to decide what beverage to place on top!Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

 

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Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

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Quick and easy homemade streak free window cleaner, just two ingredients! No more expensive name brands when you can make it yourself!

Quick and easy homemade streak free window cleaner, just two ingredients! No more expensive name brands when you can make it yourself!Because this Fast Fix Friday is SO fast, there’s two today!

Homemade Streak Free Window Cleaner AND an All-Purpose Cleaner

I like these not only because it’s so easy & cheap, but also I LOVE the idea of matching labeled spray bottles instead of different shaped ones regular cleaning sprays come in (more on that at the end of the post).

Streak Free Window Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tsp. blue Dawn dish soap (I’ve used other kinds, but Dawn seems to work the best!)

All Purpose Cleaning Spray 

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Borax natural detergent (find this at your local grocery store in the laundry aisle)

Quick and easy homemade streak free window cleaner, just two ingredients! No more expensive name brands when you can make it yourself!

For both recipes combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to mix.

Now on to my favorite part: matching bottles & labels.

I found these spray bottles on Amazon and really liked them. They’re sturdier than the typical spray bottle. The tall and narrow design fits under my sink better than traditional bulkier odd shaped sizes. You could put any type of labels on these bottles, but I prefer these waterproof ones. Now I question whether these would last if I submerged in to water, but I can tell that they’re made of a stronger more ‘plastic-y’ material. I’ve used them daily (well… maybe 🙂 ) for over a year and the labels still look like new.

Now there’s no excuse not to clean the windows!

Quick and easy homemade streak free window cleaner, just two ingredients! No more expensive name brands when you can make it yourself!
Quick and easy homemade streak free window cleaner, just two ingredients! No more expensive name brands when you can make it yourself!Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend!

 

 

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Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!This is my story of the missing socks. Sure enough, after a load of laundry there’s always at least one random sock without it’s partner.

every. single. time.

I’m convinced the drain eats them up or they mysterious get in between the walls. I put the solo socks back in my dresser drawer assuring myself that once I find the matching sock I’ll remember to pair them. Enter a sock drawer of individual unpaired socks.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

The solution: only paired socksget put back into the bedroom dresser drawers. Until the sock has it’s pair, it gets stored in the laundry room in these cute labeled baskets.

SUPPLIES

  • Two decorative baskets **
  • Ribbon
  • Labels (I used these)
  • Hole punch

** I made a second basket for socks that were past their prime and ones that truly lost their partner AKA “cleaning rags”.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

INSTRUCTIONS

Either hand-write or type out your labels, trimming according to label holder size. I typed mine and just printed on plain printer paper. Slip the labels in to the clear label holders and make a hole punch on each side.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

Next loop the ribbon through the label holes ensuring the ribbon runs in the back of the label. Pull the ribbon around the entire basket, tying in a knot tightly on the back of the basket.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

Tada! You’ve got one basket for single socks and one for ‘socks turned rags’! Each time I do the laundry and find a single sock, I simply check my sock basket to either find it’s match or place the single sock in it.

Keep these out on top of your laundry machine or tuck them away in a nearby cabinet.

May your socks never be single again!

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

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Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

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