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Imbibe Some Christmas Cheer at a Miracle Pop-Up

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With only 7 days left until Christmas, hopefully you are just about done with your shopping, wrapping, and baking. If so, take time this week to go on a date night with your sweetie or plan a night out with pals to have drinks at one of the Miracle locations. Miracle is a holiday cocktail bar pop-up that is only open from Black Friday until Christmas Eve, and they are currently in 50 locations across the United States, Canada, Brazil, Panama, France, Greece, and China.

While many restaurants and bars may put up a tree or a bit of holiday decorations during December, Miracle pop-ups are covered with Christmas cheer from top to bottom and wall to wall. The ceiling is dripping with lights, the tables are covered with wrapping paper, and there is Christmas decor galore. I even read about one location that has a gingerbread house photo booth! The decorations are retro and kitschy, bringing forth feelings of cozy nostalgia.

Miracle does offer some snacks and small plates, such as charcuterie and cheese, manchego stuffed dates, spinach salad, Chex mix, cookies, and lamb meatballs. However, with merry names and holiday flavours, the real star of the show are the cocktails. Here are just a few drinks that caught my eye:

  • Snowball Old Fashioned – gingerbread bourbon, wormwood bitters, lemon zest
  • You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out [Ha! Get it?] – pumpkin spiced rye whiskey, Budweiser-marshmallow syrup, egg
  • Fa La La La La, La La La La – gin, aquavit, hazelnut liqueur, cardamom, vanilla, lemon, egg white, club soda
  • Jingle Ball Nog – cognac, amontillado sherry, peanut butter, almond milk, pandan, cream, nougat syrup, egg, nutmeg

Best of all, many drinks are served in rather fun holiday glasses or mugs!

As I mentioned, there are fifty Miracle locations spread all over the globe. Keep reading to see if there is one of these fun holiday cocktail pop-ups in your city!

Etsy Item of the Day: Personalized Shark Ornament

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Showing off his toothy grin, this chipper shark is just too cute! Made of felt, this ornament can be personalized with the recipient’s name, and the name plate is available in your choice of 33 colours. This ornament would be perfect for any children or other shark lovers on your list.
Personalized Shark Ornament

Etsy Seller: Orange Blossoms

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Holiday Essential Oil Blends

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A few years ago, I started using essential oils because I wanted to replace conventional air fresheners (that often contain toxic chemicals) with more natural fragrances. After trying several essential oils over the past couple years, I’m in love and use them on a daily basis! I frequently have my diffuser running with various blends when I’m feeling sick, battling a headache, or need to relax and de-stress. During the holiday season, I especially enjoy blends that fill my home with a warm and cozy scent. Take a peek at the infographic below for some ideas for seasonal sniffs!
Holiday Essential Oils Blends

Click on the image for a closer look! Infographic via Well.ca

Important Tips for Newbies:

If you’re new to essential oils, there are a few things you need to know before diving in:

  • Get Pure Oils: While there are many oils on the market, many of the lower-priced ones are usually not pure (!) and may even be cut with filler oils. (Ew!) Therefore, I recommend only purchasing high quality essential oils such as doTERRA, Young Living, or Rocky Mountain Oils.
  • Pet Safety: Not all essential oils are safe for pets, so take a few minutes to read up on what oils are safe to use around your furry friends.
  • Application Safety: Just because essential oils are natural that doesn’t mean that they are safe to use however you want. Some essential oils are safe to inhale (via a diffuser), but they may not be safe to apply topically or use internally. Always, always, ALWAYS exercise caution, and when in doubt, educate yourself on how to properly use an oil.
  • Less is More: Essential oils are very concentrated, so you don’t need to use a lot. When creating a blend from the image above, one drop of each oil should be plenty. If your diffuser is in a large room, start with just 3 drops total, then add more if needed.

Which essential oil blend is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Etsy Item of the Day: Carved Christmas Candle

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A few months ago, I stumbled upon Primacandle’s Instagram account and was immediately mesmerized by her videos showing how she carves candles. First the candle is dipped in vats of colored wax. Then while the wax is still pliable, it is cut and twisted to create the intricate design you see here. This particular candle features traditional Christmas colors, and you can find many more candles in various colors in her Etsy shop. Any of these candles would be perfect for one’s home and a great gift for a candle lover!
Carved Christmas Candle

Etsy Seller: Primacandle

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Christmas Book + Dessert Pairing Guide

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Note from Becky: Shari’s Berries emailed us a link to their fun infographic and provided the blog post below. We were not compensated for this; I just thought the infographic would be interesting to you, our readers.

It’s the holiday season, and Christmas traditions are in full swing—from singing carols to decorating the tree. Another holiday favourite for many is reading Christmas books and enjoying baked goods. So why not combine the two? That’s why Shari’s Berries has paired 12 timeless holiday reads with 12 delicious winter sweets. Whether you enjoy a classic Nutcracker novel with a sugar plum pie or travel to the North Pole with The Polar Express and white chocolate peppermint fudge, these book and dessert pairings are the ultimate holiday treat!
Christmas Book + Dessert Pairing Guide

Click on the image for a closer look! Infographic via Shari’s Berries
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