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10 Gifts Under $20 for your favorite Bookworm

A Backpacker’s Guide to Packing: Winter Edition

Christmas Drinks

Easy Fudge Recipes

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Christmas drinks

Do you want to serve some festive drinks at your holiday party this year? Check out my guide to Christmas drinks!

  1. Key lime pie: 1 oz lime juice, 1 oz whipped vodka, 2 oz rumchatakey-lime-martini.png
    Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into martini glass
  2. Cranberry mimosa: 3 ½ oz cranberry juice, ½ oz triple sec, 4 oz champagne
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    Add cranberry juice and triple sec to champagne flute. Fill with champagne.

  3. Cranberry mule: 2 oz Ginger beer, 1 ½ oz vodka, 3 oz cranberry juiceCranberryMoscowMule2
    Pour vodka, cranberry juice, and ginger beer into a rocks glass with ice. Stir.  Optional: serve in a traditional copper Moscow mule mug.
  4. Peppermint White Russian: ½ c milk, ½ c Kahlua, ¼ c peppermint vodka (makes 2 drinks)Screenshot_2017-12-03-11-14-05.png
    Combine milk, kahlua, and peppermint vodka in a shaker with ice. Shake and serve in rocks glass. For a creamy drink, use half and half or even cream instead of milk. Makes 2 drinks.
  5. Cranberry cinnamon whiskey sour: 1 ½ oz fireball cinnamon whiskey, ½ oz simple syrup, 1 oz cranberry juice
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    Combine fireball, simple syrup, and cranberry juice in a rocks glass.
  6. Jack Frost shots: 2 oz whipped vodka, 2 oz peppermint vodka, 1 capful blue Curacao (makes 3 shooters)
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    Add whipped vodka, peppermint vodka, and a splash of blue curacao to a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into shot glasses. Makes 3 shooters.

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Shout-outs!

Peppermint White Russian photo: https://lipglossandcrayons.com/2015/12/peppermint-white-russian-recipe/
And inspiration: https://homecookingmemories.com/peppermint-white-russian-cocktail-recipe/

Key lime pie photo and inspiration: http://www.rumchata.com/

Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour photo: http://dev.bakerbynature.com/cranberry-cinnamon-whiskey-sour/

Cranberry mimosa photo: http://stressbaking.com/2015/12/cranberry-mimosa.html/
And inspiration: https://theblondcook.com/cranberry-mimosas/

Cranberry mule photo: http://www.localfoodrocks.com/2016/11/festive-cranberry-moscow-mule.html

A special shout-out to my husband, brother-in-law, mom, and dad for being my guinea pigs!  Thank you all!

10 Gifts Under $20 Your Mom Will LOVE For Mother’s Day This Year

Mother’s Day has come and gone, but it’s time always a good time to start thinking about what to do for your mom, or the special women in your life. Whether you’re totally broke or have a little cash, crafty or can’t sew on a button, see your mom every day or live halfway around the world, here are 10 ideas for you to show your mom you care.  Are you shopping for dad?  Check out 7 DIY gift ideas for your dad.

  1. Season 1 of her favorite old show on DVD (For example, my mom loved the Mary Tyler Moore Show. It’s not on Netflix, and I know she’d like to re-watch it. It’s $14.99 on Amazon)
  2. A personalized etched wine glass. The etching cream comes with instructions, but get creative! Use stencils to add your mom’s initials, “mom” or a design. $10.63 for cream on Amazon + dollar store glasses set of 4 $4 + stencils $4.12 for basics on Amazon = $18. If your mom isn’t a wine drinker, try shot glasses, a flower vase, or any sturdy glass.
  3. Recreate a photograph from your childhood. Ask another family member to help you dig through old family photos. Find a picture of you or you and your siblings. Get the sibs together and recreate it! Try to match the setting, your clothes, every element you can. Make a copy of the original and get a print of the recreation. Dollar store frames + photo printing <$5
  4. Customized DIY tile photo coasters.   This is one for my crafty readers!  Find the instructions here.  You’ll need 4×4 tiles, 4×4 photos, Mod Podge, a foam brush, felt, ribbon, clear spray sealant, and a hot glue gun.  If you aren’t crafty this project might run you more than $20.  However, if you already have the craft supplies on hand, all you’ll need to purchase are the tiles and photo prints.
  5. A handmade craft from Etsy. There are some beautiful handmade earrings and necklaces for less than $20.  Often they’re made-to-order and customizable!
  6. Engraved jewelry. Find a simple piece of jewelry and customize it with an engraving. You can engrave your mom’s initials, your parents’ anniversary, or something special to you and your mom. $13.99 for engraver + $6 for jewelry from Target or Walmart.
  7. Something you can do together. This can be something free like a picnic or inexpensive like a matinee movie, local winery tour or theater production. Pick something you and your mom will both enjoy.
  8. A $20 bottle of wine or spirits she wouldn’t buy herself. My mom loves wine.  However, she usually sticks to $10 or less grocery store bottles.  A $20 bottle of wine is something I know she would enjoy, but isn’t something she’d normally spend that much on.
  9. A book and its movie adaptation. You can find a list of movies based on books by BuzzFeed here. I personally enjoyed both the book and movie adaptation of The Help. You can find the DVD for $8.10 and the book for $9.42 on Amazon.
  10. A mini sanitizer, lotion, and body spray set in her favorite Bath and Body Works scent. These minis are awesome for traveling, and the lotion and body spray are perfect to throw in your purse. (3 for $11.50)
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Please note that I made this post with my own mother, grandmother, and aunts in mind.  I hope that this will help you to have ideas for inexpensive, but still personal gifts for the important women in your life this Mother’s Day.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  I have no association with Etsy, Bath & Body Works, Buzzfeed, or any other sites linked above.  In an attempt to bring you the best content, I linked to the sites that I felt were the most relevant, compensation notwithstanding. Prices are subject to change.  Updated 21 June 2018.

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