November 2015 archive



One of my absolute favorite online stores, ShopBop, is having the most wonderful sale just in time for the holidays! From now until November 30th, score awesome deals on designer favorites like this Jonathan Adler Metallic Dish for jewelery, holiday crystal clutch for parties, Cupcakes and Cashmere’s sequin leggings, or my personal favorite…the Dillon satchel from Michael Kors in red! The perfect bag for this time of year.

Scoop up your favorites with an opportunity to save up to 25% on orders when you enter code: GOBIG15 at checkout.

I’m a huge fan of their home decor items as well. Can’t wait until Nate and I can decorate our own place with some of these great pieces! Here are some of my must-haves:

What do you plan to buy at this awesome sales event?! Don’t miss out!

Holiday Tea Party with Milo’s Tea

milo's tea

holiday tea party with Milo’s tea

milo's tea

milo's tea



When living with 4 people it can be difficult to agree on certain things especially when it comes to what to put in the fridge. Luckily, over the past two years, we have all found some common ground!

Lately, all we’ve seem to have had to drink has been water and milk. Boring. When it comes to the holidays, I feel like we’re always running around preparing for events, family, people to come over, dinner, and all the craziness that is our lives down here.

Nate and I are flying out tomorrow to visit family up north (Pennsylvania) for the first Thanksgiving we’ve spent with them since we moved down here in 2013. It’ll be so much fun and I can’t wait! Molly’s family will be flying down here from up north and will be cooking dinner for her and Rick, so it’ll be good for us both to spend some time with family.

This past weekend was my 30th birthday and so the past week has been spent tying up loose ends, getting through the work days before break, and basically picking up whatever we could for meals. Thus, our fridge has suffered some SERIOUS damage. Enter Milo’s Tea.

Sweet tea is the one thing I just couldn’t understand the south’s obsession with when I moved down here to Florida. It seemed that everytime we went out to dinner the restaurant would offer water, coffee, “Coke” (a.k.a pop or “soda”), and sweet tea. This blew my mind since the only sweet tea I’ve ever heard of can from a can in Country Fair. Now they were offering it in restaurants? Weird.

The first time I tasted sweet tea I thought to myself “umm, too much sugar…not for me”. As time went on, it grew on me and now I absolutely crave it!

I’ve always loved unsweetened tea with lots of lemon, so now I’ve been converted to sweet tea with the same garnishment. Love me some sweet tea.

I was really psyched to see that Milo’s Tea offers a no calorie option which is important to me since I tend to try not to drink my calories. I’m not a huge fan of all the gross additives and perservatives, which makes it tough when shopping for a no calorie drink that tastes good when I get bored of water (which is all the time). So, I was happy to find out that the Milo’s Tea Company uses only fresh, natural ingredients in their teas which makes it different than other beverages on the market.  The teas contain no preservatives and no additives.  

We were laughing the other day when the four of us had both kinds of Milo’s on the table for dinner (original and no calorie) and the original was out. No one wanted to try the no calorie but me so I felt confident I could hold on to this for quite some time without the threat of anyone stealing my tea from the fridge. Expect in a bought of laziness, the boys scooped up the no calorie version and said “well I guess it’s here, might as well try it”. No joke, they both loved it and couldn’t tell the difference. Never thought that would happen, but it does say a lot because the two of them won’t even sniff a diet soda!

We’ve been really getting into having sweet tea on deck in the fridge, especially when we’ve been having company around my birthday! Everyone down here loves it, so it was a natural fit to serve when friends came over this weekend.

It’s super affordable and right at the Walmart across from Nate’s work in Orlando, so we were really happy it’s nearby and convenient because we are absolutely going back for more this week. It’s been roommate tested and approved. Right now, you can buy 2 gallons of Milo’s Tea for just $5 on rollback (while supplies last). Kinda upset we only bought two, because in 3 days, both were gone.

I find myself reaching for it whenever I’m thirsty now. Move over Coke Zero, you’ve been replaced. Sometimes there’s nothing more refreshing than sipping on some tea with some juicy lemon. Bonus points for the cute striped red straws we just scored. Weird obsession, I know but they just make everything a whole lot fanicier! 😉 Check them out on my favorite–Instagram–or Pinterest now!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Milo’s Tea, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HolidaysWithMilos

Tipsy Cider

tipsy cider


Hey everyone! It’s Nate with another great recipe for you to try out. Now that we’re into the colder days of fall everyone is looking for a way to stay warm…not that it gets cold here in Florida, but sometimes it’s fun to turn down the air conditioner and pretend. For me, not many things say fall as much as apple cider. It was always the drink of choice every fall for my sisters and I when we were little. Now that I’m older I do what most people do to their favorite childhood drinks…add a little booze! So get your stove tops fired up! It’s time to make some Tipsy Cider! Here’s what you’ll need:



(For about two drinks)

2 cups Apple Cider

1/2 Cinnamon Stick

2 Whole Cloves

1/4 tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg

1 Egg White

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Scant 1/4 cup White Sugar

1 Orange

Bourbon of your choice!

Like it says above, this will make only a couple of drinks so just multiply the ingredients until you get to the number you want.

The first thing you need to do is get the cider “cooking”. Add the cider, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to a sauce pan and heat on the stove over medium heat. Stir this mixture occasionally while you do the other prep for this drink, and get ready for your house to smell amazing as it heats up! Try to keep the cider from boiling, turn down the heat if necessary.

The next part of this drink is the delicious layer of vanilla, orange meringue that will go on top. Start by separating and collecting the egg white from one large egg and whip it with a hand blender or a whisk if you’re a champion like me (I don’t recommend it. It takes forever). Whip until you can make soft peaks. Add the sugar, vanilla, and some fresh orange zest and mix to combine. At this point, mine turned into more of a lightly whipped cream consistency…wasn’t really what I intended, but it still sits on top of the cider very nicely.

Finally, it’s time to put the drink together! Get your mug out and add a shot of bourbon to it. Now if you’re not the drinking type no worries this drink is great even without the bourbon, but come on…we all know how you celebrate fall. Strain the hot apple cider into your cup almost to the top and then spoon the meringue on top. Garnish with some thick orange zest and nutmeg for fancy points. Now for the part you’ve all been waiting for…


tipsy cider


Drink it! This delicious drink is guaranteed to warm you up and get you into the spirit of fall. So what are you waiting for? Mix up a batch of Tipsy Cider and take your fall drinking to the next level.