Happy Things

I’m sorry I’ve been a little MIA  this week with posting!  Things have been hectic and I never want to post something just to do it.  I promise I have some good stuff coming your way next week!  🙂  Here … Continue reading

Happy Things

TGIF!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend surrounded by loved ones.  I’ll be spending Sunday having a picnic at the zoo with my mama, and I’ll be bringing some of these muffins.  Has anyone made these yet?  … Continue reading

Blood Orange Sorbet Champagne Cocktails with Fresh Mint

This is the perfect beverage for the long Memorial Weekend ahead! I made this with my mom for Mother’s Day brunch using champagne, fresh mint from her garden and Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbet. Ciao Bella is an all natural brand that uses organic cane juice as the sweetener. While this is still technically sugar and should only be eaten in moderation, it’s much more pure and easy on the body to digest than processed white sugar found in most sorbet.

I used a scoop of this sorbet in each glass of champagne and added freshly chopped mint. It turned out so refreshing and unique. I can’t wait to try it with lemon sorbet and fresh mint! The sorbet was nearly all melted by the time I took the picture, unfortunately. But it’s still a really pretty drink when the sorbet melts.

I hope you enjoy your long weekend and, in between all the sunbathing and drinking, take time to remember all the men and women who gave their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces.



Blood Orange Sorbet Champagne Cocktails with Fresh Mint


  • Dry Champagne
  • Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbet (or any flavor would be great!)
  • Fresh chopped mint


  • Pour champagne into each glass
  • Add a scoop of sorbet
  • Garnish each drink with a generous amount of the fresh mint
  • Serve right away

Mother’s Day 2012 Gift Guide: 6 Great Gifts For Every Budget

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect  time to show your mom how much your appreciate her.  Here are my gift ideas for every budget:

1.  Kindle Fire  $199

If your mom enjoys reading this tablet could be  fantastic gift for her.  It comes with tons of neat features including games, the ability to watch movies and TV shows and much more.  It’s half the price of an iPad and has similar usability.

2.  Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System $119

I always like to get my mom things she can pamper herself with and this is the ultimate skin care tool.  It exfoliates and it also cleanses up to 6x better than just washing your face with your hands.  It allows products to absorb and work to their full capacity.  It comes in 17 shades so you can pick one out in her favorite color.

3.  Gift Certificate to Broadway Skin & Body Retreat $45-$115

This is my favorite spa in town and I frequently give gift certificates to family and friends to this place.  It’s a cozy and intimate little spa that’s located in a victorian-style home and it’s run by just one young woman who happens to be one of my absolute best friends!  She’s known for her stellar facials and they also offer amazing massages, salt scrubs, body wraps, polarity therapy, make-up application and airbrush tanning.  She has an absolutely fantastic selection of skincare products for every skin type and product preference.  She carries Image Skincare, which is full of potent, pharmaceutical grade ingredients, and 100% Pure, which is completely natural and also vegan except for the cruelty free honey they use in some of their products.

4.  Lush Gift Set $9.95-$199.95

Lush is my favorite body care brand.  They specialize in bath bombs but they also carry moisturizers, bubble bars, cleansers, toners, and much more.  All their products are hand-made and packed full of real fruits, vegetables, essential oils and safe synthetics.  They never ever test on animals.  A gift set from Lush is an amazing treat for your mom and they have options for every budget.  From their Buttercup gift set that only’s $9.95 to their Lush Legends set that includes all their best sellers for $199.95 and tons of options in between, you’re sure to find the perfect gift that’s just right for  you.

5.  Anthropologie Homegrown Monogram Mug $8.00

Anthropologie has the most beautiful and whimsical items for your home.  Their mugs are one of my favorite items to give as gifts.  These monogram mugs are inexpensive and personalized with initials.

6.  Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle  $6.00

Essie is my favorite nail polish brand and this is the most universally flattering shade.  It continuously wins beauty awards with its sheer, glossy hue and extremely easy application.