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Lemon Drop & Raspberry Cosmo Martinis + Bar Essentials

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Can you believe I’m sharing TWO posts with videos in one week? I don’t believe it myself, LOL!

I’m not a big drinker, but I love making and trying cocktails, especially when guests come over. I was so happy to have Jess of Justini Cocktails come over to share with me two of her favorite cocktails and also some must-have bar essentials. I’ll come back next week to show you how to style the bar essentials on my beautiful bar cart, so make sure you’re signed up to my email list and follow me on Instagram for behind the scenes.

Jess owns a mobile bartending service in New Orleans, but she travels, too. I was able to experience her service personally at a recent fashion party hosted by Jazmine Boutte, the blogger behind The JD Series. The drinks were delicious!! Make sure you book Jess for your next event. Follow her on IG, too!

Check out our video on YouTube where Jess shared the recipes and bar essentials. Also, subscribe and share with a friend! Here’s the direct link to my channel.

Lemon Drop Martini

What you need:

  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • lemon
  • cocktail shaker
  • martini glass
  • ice

What to do:

  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add lemon juice, vodka, triple sec, and simple syrup into cocktail shaker.
  3. Cut piece of lemon and squeeze juice into cocktail shaker.
  4. Shake until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Pour mixture into martini glass.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Raspberry Cosmo Cocktail

What you need:

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 1/5 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • cocktail shaker
  • swizzle sticks
  • martini glass
  • raspberries
  • ice

What to do:

  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add vodka, Chambord, lime juice, cranberry juice, and triple sec to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Strain mixture into martini glass.
  5. Garnish with raspberries on swizzle sticks.

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Bar Essentials

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bar tool set || ice bucket || drink dispenser || pitcher || cute tray || martini glasses || swizzle sticks || cocktail napkins || decanters

For a well-stocked bar, you gotta keep the must-haves:

  • Good collection of liquor
    • vodka
    • cognac
    • whisky
    • gin
    • liquer
  • bar tools
    • cocktail shaker
    • ice bucket
    • strainer
    • wine opener
    • beer opener
    • stirrer
    • swizzle sticks
    • cocktail napkins
  • garnishes
    • limes
    • lemons
    • rasberries
    • anything to complement that drinks you’re making
  • mixers
    • cranberry juice
    • pineapple juice
    • lemon juice
    • lime juice
    • other juices that complement that drinks you’re making
  • cute tray
  • drink dispenser
  • decanters

So, I’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite martini cocktail and what bar essentials are on your must-haves list?

Till next time,

Powerfully Inspiring and Highly-Scented Candles from Chesapeake Bay Candle

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**** Chesapeake Bay Candle sent me these candles for review, but as always when working with a brand, all statements are honest and are my own opinions. Thanks for supporting brands that keep this blog rolling! ****

Chesapeake Bay Candle sent me some candles (below) from the Mind & Body collection to review. Remember the post I did about the other amazingly scented candles I had when I lived in my apartment? Well, when I was done burning candles, I used a couple of the empty jars to plant some succulents. Check out the YouTube video here.

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So, Chesapeake Bay Candle sent me four highly scented soy candles in beautiful containers to review. The gorgeous pastel colors and high-quality wood lids make perfect decorative accents for your nightstands, coffee tables, and countertops. They’re perfect for chic storage after you’ve finished burning the scented soy inside.

The Mind & Body collection is inspired by the ever-growing wellness lifestyle that many of us are aspiring to achieve. As Mei Xu, co-owner and CEO of Chesapeake Bay Candle, mentioned, the Mind & Body collection was designed to help “people to achieve a sense of balance and peace inside, so they can share their joy and energy with others.” I’ve been burning the candles for a couple of weeks now and even though I’m normally a positive person, I definitely feel lighter in spirit and a sense of calmness when I’m burning them.

I also love that the colors of the jars were chosen based on the collection’s wellness lifestyle theme. Aqua to represent the calmness of a lagoon, green representing hope and nature, blue to represent the sky and sea, and dark blue like the deep blue ocean, representing freedom and excitement for the unknown.

I burn the sea salt sage Reflection + Clarity candle in my office. It’s one of my favorites of the four in the Mind & Body collection that I received. I’ve been burning it the most and it has excellent scent throw (the distance the scent can be smelled from the flame). My home is about 1750 sq ft, and I can seriously smell this candle burning all throughout the house. It’s the perfect scent for journaling and concentrating on planning and goal setting. I’ve been loving to light it when I get my day started in the morning. It’s a 12.5 oz jar with about 70 hours of burn time. The sea salt sage scent contains orange, chamomile, lavender, laurel, patchouli, and tea. It’s so relaxing with the lavender and patchouli notes.

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The mint basil Simplicity + Hope candle burns in my kitchen and is perfect when you want a refreshing nature smell. It comes in a beautiful green jar that goes with any color scheme. I love burning it while I’m cleaning and when I open up the windows throughout my home. It gives me the one-with-nature feels. It contains orange terpenes and patchouli essential oils. If you love minty smells, you’ll love this one, plus there are notes of lavender. It’s sooooo good, ya’ll! Also, a 12.5 oz jar with about 70 hours of burn time.

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I burn the waterlily pear Balance + Harmony candle in my kitchen, too. It’s another one of my favorites. It has a soft, sweet, and slightly fruity smell. It’s my everyday scent that I burn for a few hours a day during the morning and a few hours later in the evening. It comes in a 8.8oz jar with 50 hrs of burn time. The soft aqua color of the jar is really pretty.

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Lastly, I burn the oak moss amber Confidence and Freedom candle in my laundry room. It has a wonderfully fresh scent full of notes of cedar, moss, and even hints of lemon. It reminds me of the popular “cotton” air fresheners, so it’s perfect for a laundry room where there are linens. It’s another 8.8 oz jar, in a beautiful dark blue color, with about 50 hours of burn time. Burn this one when you need a perk-me-up while cleaning or working out. Thank me later!

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Make sure you try the Chesapeake Bay Candle Mind and Body collection. You’ll definitely love these!!

So, are you a candle hoarder like me? What’s your favorite scent?

Till next time,

Houzz Small Apartment Feature

OMG, guys I just wanted to share my Houzz apartment feature. My old apartment was photographed and I was interviewed a couple months before we bought the house, but I’m so glad the feature is finally up. Check it out here and be sure to show some love for me on the feature!

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Till next time,

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Three Container Planter Ideas for Planting Succulents

I know I’m not the only one in love with succulents, they’re super popular right now. It seems like all the popular magazines and bloggers are featuring room designs that have beautiful succulents in beautiful pots. They’re especially everywhere on subscribe to my YouTube channel! Not only do I love to look at them, but I love planting succulents, too, because it’s so easy!

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