New Year’s Eve Cards, Messages, Greetings, and Comments for Loved Ones

New Year's Eve Cards, Messages, Greetings, Thoughts, Wishes...New Year’s Eve is a special time to be with your sweetheart, family, and friends, celebrating the close of one year and the many new adventures in the year ahead. If you can’t be together with certain people, you can still show how much you care with special New Year’s Eve cards, messages, greetings, and comments for your loved ones. Share your feelings with your loved ones so even if you can’t be together, everyone still has a special connection across the miles.

Whether you choose to spend your holiday with friends, family, or just your significant other, there are surely people you will want to call and wish a Happy New Year. Make sure you let them know how much you care with these special thoughts about the New Year!

 

New Year’s Greeting Cards for Loved Ones and Friends
Consider sending special New Year’s greeting cards for family, friends, and loved ones. You can send a single New Year’s e-card to your entire contact list for a quick and easy way to let everyone know you care! Sending paper or printed greeting cards for the New Year may be a little old fashioned, but you can still have a lot of fun getting in touch with people. Your grandparents might especially appreciate a Hallmark card for the New Year’s holiday if you can swing it. If you weren’t able to get your Christmas cards together in time, consider sending out New Year’s greetings with special photo cards of your family or even just a standard letter that gives everyone the recap on your family’s latest happenings.

New Year’s Greetings for Mom, Dad, Stepmom, Stepdad, Mother-in-Law, and Father-in-Law
Be sure to let your parents know how much you care on New Year’s Eve or at least on New Year’s Day if you don’t think they will be awake long enough for your call. The phone call doesn’t have to last a long time. If you are spending the holiday together you can share hugs and kisses. If not, you can easily make a phone call or send an email wishing them a Happy New Year.

Consider these special New Year’s greetings for your mom, dad, stepmom, stepdad, mother-in-law, or father-in-law:
•    Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful evening. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
•    Love you so much! Happy New Year!
•    Sorry we couldn’t be together for the New Year, but looking forward to seeing you soon.
•    Hope this year is amazing for you!
•    Best wishes for a warm and wonderful New Year!

Special New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day Wishes for Grandmother and Grandfather
Grandparents love hearing from their grandchildren as often as possible. Make a special point to call or contact your grandparents for New Year’s. You can send a greeting card through the mail to grandmom and grandpop for a special touch.

Consider these suggestions for special New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day wishes for your grandmother or grandfather:
•    Wishing you all that is wonderful in the New Year!
•    Happy New Year! Hope we can see you soon!
•    Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
•    Sending our love and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!
•    Love you so very much! Hope the New Year brings good health and good cheer!

Heartfelt New Year’s Eve Sentiments for Husband or Wife, or Boyfriend or Girlfriend
If you are lucky enough to spend New Year’s Eve with your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend, you should be sure to share that special kiss when the clock strikes midnight. Make sure you let your sweetheart know how much you care by whispering a little sweet nothing in his or her ear. Even if you can’t be together for the New Year’s Eve celebration, you can still share special thoughts and sentiments with your sweetheart.

Consider these suggestions for heartfelt things to say to your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend on New Year’s:

•    I love you more than anything. Happy New Year!
•    You are my perfect match. Can’t wait to spend another year with you!
•    Happy New Year Sweetheart. I am excited for all that is to come.
•    With each New Year, our love continues to grow. I love you!
•    Time flies when we’re together. I’m glad we have forever.

Friendly NYE Thoughts for Friends and Neighbors
If you have friends and neighbors who are special to you, be sure to reach out to them on New Year’s Eve in celebration. You should probably call your very best friends if you have the time and if they aren’t already celebrating with you in the same location. You can also get in touch with friends and neighbors much faster and easier than in the past – now you can wish everyone a Happy New Year through text messages and Facebook. Simply post a message on Facebook or send a bulk text message to wish everyone the best of the New Year. You can also greet your neighbors with “Happy New Year” the next time you see them.

NYE Comments and Messages for Anyone You Won’t See for the Holiday
If there are still others that you wish to greet on New Year’s Eve, perhaps coworkers and acquaintances, you can again send a text message or post a Facebook message on someone’s wall for the holiday. You can come up with your own creative comments and messages for the New Year so you can greet anyone you won’t see for the holiday.

Consider these NYE greetings and messages for your contact list this year:
•    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!
•    Hoping you had a great time ringing in the New Year! (And hope you still feel great in the morning!)
•    Happy New Year! Wishing you a year full of wonderful things!
•    Sending you best wishes for an amazing New Year!
•    Looking forward to catching up with you in the New Year!

Remember, it is almost always the thought that counts. Make a special effort to reach out and greet those you love around the holidays and you may find such a warm and fuzzy feeling moving you into the New Year. Share your best wishes with those you love and look forward to all that is to come!

Delicious Cheese Options for Your Holiday Festivities and Special Occasions

Cheese for any occasion, formal or casual!Few things go so well together as wine and cheese! Next time you are planning a party, like New Year’s Eve, a festive birthday, baby or bridal shower, or even a casual get-together, be sure to think about some nice and tasty cheese options to give your guests a delightful snack that pairs perfectly with the wine your serve. If interested, you can even plan your own wine tasting party or an easy-breezy night of movies, wine, and cheese with the girls.


Check out this wide variety of cheese products by Alouette that you can enjoy with your sweetheart, your family, or the next time you have guests or a party at your home. Alouette Cheese makes it easy to keep your party going with delicious snacks no matter what the occasion.

Simple Snacking with Cheese and Crackers
Alouette Cheese offers a wonderful variety of soft, spreadable cheeses that go oh-so perfectly with your favorite crackers for any occasion. If you are in the mood for simple snacking, you can enjoy one of the round 6.5-ounce tubs of soft spreadable cheese in flavors ranging from zesty to sweet, perfect as appetizers or even a subtle dessert type bite after your main meal concludes.

The Alouette tubs of soft spreadable cheese are available in a delightful range of flavors including the award winning Berries & Cream, limited edition Cheesecake, Spinach Artichoke, Sundried Tomato & Basil, Garlic & Herbs, and Pepper Medley, among others. I received a generous selection of these cheeses to taste and enjoy. I am a sucker for sweets and especially raspberries, but also enjoy a nice kick of garlic here and there.

These soft cheeses spread so nicely and evenly across your favorite crackers. As a helpful tip, be sure to choose a cracker that complements the signature flavors in each different variety of soft, spreadable cheese by Alouette. A buttery cracker goes nicely with the garlic and herbs while a neutral cracker on the sweeter side works well with dessert-style cheese. Don’t forget you can add toppers too, like fruit and berries to go with your cracker creations!

Elegant Entertaining Options with Alouette Cheese
If you are looking for more of a formal cheese display, look no further. Alouette offers a fine selection of brie, an ever-popular party staple. You can pair your brie with crackers, fruit, and nuts for the perfect bite-sized snack. I received a lovely selection to try, including Crème de Brie, Baby Brie, and Extra Creamy Brie, any of which would be a perfect complement to a Thanksgiving feast, Christmas dinner or brunch, or New Year’s party, not to mention wine nights, birthday gatherings, and showers. I am looking forward to enjoying the Extra Creamy Brie and double crème Baby Brie this weekend for New Year’s!

The Alouette brie products offer a fantastic creamy texture and a buttery taste that can’t be beat. I love the smooth flavor that works beautifully with different types of crackers, but pairs nicely with cranberries, walnuts, or a fruit and nut blend. Try the brie and crackers with wine and you might be surprised at how nicely they complement each other’s flavors. Alouette brie products make a great match for any day or evening of entertaining.

The Gourmet Spreadable Cheese Logs are another delicious way to enjoy your cheese and crackers. You can have mini appetizers made with Sundried Tomatoes & Garlic or Garlic & Herbs without going to any trouble at all beyond opening the packaging. These small cheese logs go a long way, giving your guests the option to enjoy as much or as little as they like. The cheese logs are packaged in a two-pack so the host or hostess can determine the right amount of cheese for the party. The flavorings and spices coating the outside of the cheese logs work beautifully with a nice variety of crackers and these cheese logs are so good you will keep coming back for more. I actually couldn’t decide which type was my favorite out of the two flavors of the gourmet spreadable logs. Maybe you will have better luck, but for now I am enjoying both!

Goat Cheese – A Gluten Free Option
Alouette has all their bases covered, offering those with Gluten allergies and Celiac’s Disease a nice option for snacking. I had never tried goat’s milk cheese until Alouette sent me a few varieties to try. At Thanksgiving, my uncle and I found it to be similar to cream cheese in texture and consistency. It still isn’t my favorite cheese of all, but I am more open to it and will consider baking with it in the future when I have time to experiment with new dishes.

Chavrie Goat’s Milk Cheese from the carton is very spreadable and works well as a salad topper while the traditional Chavrie Fresh Goat Cheese log can be used in a multitude of recipes. Consider swapping ricotta out for goat cheese in your next lasagna or consider a goat cheesecake. You can find countless recipes online if you are interested in trying goat cheese.

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No matter what your special occasion or preferred time of day for snacking, the cheeses offered by Alouette will not disappoint. There are so many flavors and styles to try – just get a little creative with your snacking and find your favorite combination!

For more information about Alouette Cheese, please see www.alouettecheese.com.

Holiday Decorating Tips for Your Apartment, Dorm, or Flat

Holiday decorating, whether you live in an apartment, dorm, or flat, is an old tradition that comes and goes each year during the festive winter season. With a little imagination and some planning, it is possible to put your place together without going over your decorating budget. Holiday apartment decorating makes it feel less temporary and more like home. Most importantly, sometimes decorating your apartment is what you really need to make the place festive for the holidays if you won’t be going home to celebrate with family. Avoid going overboard when you are decorating in a small space. You will enjoy the place with a few lovely holiday accents or a small Christmas tree.

With Christmas around the corner, everyone is excited about the old tradition of decorating a Christmas tree even if you live in an apartment, dorm, or flat. Most people learned this when they were young. The Christmas tree for your apartment, dorm, or flat is the main attraction during this holiday season.  You have a wide variety of Christmas trees to consider for your living space. However, when decorating your Christmas tree for your apartment, it is wise to change the way you did it when you were young. The Christmas tree should reflect the mood of the season.

Christmas is an occasion of fun, happiness, togetherness, blessings, and love.  The Christmas tree for your apartment or dorm should be beautifully and elegantly decorated.  A real Christmas tree should be measured according to the size of the location where you plan to place it. The size of Christmas tree is very important if you are decorating in a small space. When choosing a tree for your apartment, you should also consider the type of needles and especially if there are young children or pets in your home. The Christmas tree usually offers a pleasant smell to welcome your guests.

When embarking on holiday apartment decorating you should put away all other seasons’ decorations.  For example if you are decoration your apartment for Christmas you should put away all your Thanksgiving and fall décor. For holiday apartment decorating you can consider using lights, for example, along handrails or fireplace mantles.

Holiday decorating in smaller spaces should also include clearing all books from the coffee table and introducing a snow globe or cluster of holiday colored candles. You can also use Christmas stockings for your holiday apartment decorating or even ornaments scattered everywhere. Candles, candles, candles in clusters of three are an ideal style of holiday decorating for apartments and smaller living spaces. They give a warm and cozy holiday look. In your apartment decorating, do not forget the front door where you can hang a wreath or a dried bouquet of Christmas themed plants or flowers.

When decorating in a small space you should aim at creating what you have been dreaming of by making the most from your limited space. You can use the services of an interior designer or better still, search online. When decorating in a small space you should avoid putting too much in the limited space. When decorating your apartment you should have a focal point of each room. When decorating in a smaller space the big pieces like the bed or big couch should be your focal point. Use these to enhance the room and reflect the aura. Add a festive holiday throw or some holiday themed pillows.

When decorating your apartment, dorm, or flat, you should consider nice and warm colors on the walls. Consider using mirrors when decorating in a small space. They serve the same purpose with wall hangings by creating an illusion of additional space. Mirrors and the right colors give dimensions when decorating in a small space. Always keep it simple when decorating in cramped quarters because it is storage space you are most likely lacking here. When decorating your apartment, get pieces that express the same theme. Matching pieces will help draw your eye from area to area.

When decorating in a small space, consider bamboo furniture, which gives the impression of a wide place. Also suspend the curtains from a high point. Use built-in shelves and libraries whenever available. If you get stuck and can’t seem to find the right style for your holiday decorations, invite a few friends over for a glass of wine or some beer and put your minds together to come up with a more exciting holiday setting.

Secret Santas, Pollyannas, and Gift Swaps for the Holidays

The Christmas season is here with us. This is a great time to show love to your friends, family, and coworkers though gift swaps for the holidays. Make sure that this year’s holiday gift swap is the best ever. Holiday gift swaps and anonymous holiday gift exchanges are popular holiday traditions that work well for large groups when each person cannot buy for everyone in the group.

The name of your holiday gift swap is not really that important. Call it Secret Santa, Kris Kringle, White Elephant, or simply holiday gift exchange. This year, aim at bringing back the magic of the holiday season with a Pollyanna, Secret Santa, Secret Snowflake, or Kris Kringle gift exchange. You can also try anonymous gift swaps for the holidays among your group members if you like. No need to spend a fortune, simply because you have a large family and many friends.

Different people use different names for their holiday gift swap. For example one type of holiday gift exchange is known as Secret Santa in the U.S.A and Britain while the same thing is known as Kris Kindles and Kris Kringle in Australia and New Zealand. Secret Santas can be used to refer to both the game or to the people participating. You should start you Secret Santa gifts swap early enough to allow the participants enough time to get thoughtful gifts. Let your group to get excited when the gifts are being opened.  Let them know that the idea of the Secret Santa gift swap is to give exciting Secret Santas gifts regardless of the cost – your gift swap can be as cheap as you like, even $5 per person. Inspire creativity and also make sure that your participants can afford their Secret Santa. Secret Santa gifts can be exchanged anonymously or can be kept secret for a long time with the recipient learning of the gift giver at the last minute.

White Elephant is also a well-liked variation of the same game. The White Elephant is a gift exchange game that is very similar in style to the Yankee Swap gift exchange, although the emphasis in the White Elephant is to “steal” gifts from other participants rather than swap them. White Elephant is also known as Thieving Secret Santa. The participants wrap the holiday gift exchange in a manner that the recipient is not able to know what is inside. Once a person selects and opens a gift, the next person to choose a gift can select a new gift from the pile or may steal a gift from any of those who previously selected gifts.

There is also the Kris Kringle gift exchange where all the participants buy one another holiday gifts. You will only reveal your identity when the recipient has opened the gift.

There is also the Pollyanna gift exchange. In this type of holiday gift swap you limit the holiday gift exchange to making certain that every person in the group gives a Pollyanna. In the Pollyanna gift exchange, a price is set for what all the members should spend on their Pollyannas. The Pollyannas should be well wrapped so that the recipients will not know what is inside. The participants in the Pollyanna gift exchange game draw lots to decide who gets what Pollyanna. Alternatively the participants can draw lots to know who buys a Pollyannas for whom. Make it more exciting by asking each participant to guess the member who brought them the Pollyannas.

Another gift swap for the holidays is the Yankee Swap. In this holiday gift exchange game all the participants will each bring a gift. They will draw numbers from a bowl to determine what gift they will pick. They will then pick the gifts in order from number one onwards. Each participant can keep their Yankee gift or they can swap it with another member. This Yankee Swap holiday gift exchange game is funny because no one knows what they will pick.

Another holiday gift swap game is Lucky Bags. Here the members are given a name each of another member in the group, normally a month before the big day. You will then buy five presents each for a set price that is affordable to all. People buy gourmet foods, fragrant soaps and lotions, or others that may please almost everyone. Participants then set a day that everybody can attend.  Make sure that they know that this is an anonymous holiday gift exchange in your invite to keep an air of mystery.

Finally, a quick and easy holiday gift exchange is a gift card exchange. There may not be as much fun exchanging gift cards because they don’t require as much thought, effort, or time in selection. However, any gifts at the holidays are a sign of love and appreciation.

Wishing you the best in your holiday gift exchange!

Origami Creations: World’s Best Origami by Nick Robinson Offers Fantastic Designs

The World’s Best Origami by Nick Robinson is the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for origami lovers this year. This paperback offers more than 100 creations from top origami artists in the world as well as original designs by Nick Robinson. For those of you who are new to this intriguing activity, origami is the Japanese art of folding paper to create fantastic designs. Dating back to ancient times, origami stands the test of time and continues to intrigue craft lovers everywhere.

Using simple folding instructions, anyone can create origami figures that are appealing and colorful. As I thumbed through World’s Best Origami by Nick Robinson, I discovered that each direction is accompanied by a diagram, clearly providing enough instruction for even the most challenged of us. Even if artistic talent is not one of your strong points, you can readily pick up this book and find more than one easy-to-create origami design.

The book is divided into ten chapters, making it easy to locate origami designs by theme. The chapters include: origami basics, birds, animals, flowers, people, containers, geometric, modular, practical, and fun. Each chapter includes several different designs from the simplest of creations to the most complex. The cover of the book is quite attractive in blue with pictures of two origami creations on the front and several on the back.

The author, Nick Robinson, has written more than 30 books as well as numerous articles on this topic. He is a member of the British Origami Society. Mr. Robinson has created several hundred original origami designs that he has shared with the world.

World’s Best Origami by Nick Robinson has a selling price under $15.00 and can be purchased on Amazon.com. I also discovered that it is available as a Google eBook for only $9.99. I received the book as a gift for the purposes of this review.

 

Wine Lovers Gift Guide for Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, and Hostess Gifts

Wine often makes the perfect gift for a loved one, family member, friend, neighbor, or acquaintance. No matter if your gift recipient prefers red wine or white wine you should still be able to find a very suitable and classy wine related gift. Consider this wine lovers’ gift guide to help you choose a great wine themed gift for a birthday, Valentine’s Day, your anniversary, Christmas, or even as a hostess gift.

Depending on the interests of your gift recipient, you can choose from wine themed books to wine gadgets to actual bottles of wine and everything in between. You can search for great wine themed gifts like fancy wine stoppers, wine aerators, corkscrews and specialty wine openers, and of course, new labels of wine to taste and enjoy.

Wine gifts can be a perfect fit for your parents or in-laws, friends, siblings, party hosts and hostesses, coworkers, neighbors, and just about anyone of drinking age who enjoys a little vino. Consider the following wine gifts to help you offer a lovely present to that special someone, no matter whom he or she may be.

Wine Lovers Gift Guide – Wine Gadgets and Accessories

Wine lovers and winos will really appreciate thoughtful gifts they can enjoy with a fine glass of wine. For the wine aficionado, consider corkscrews, wine aerators, wine charms, and more. You can find wine totes, wine buckets and wine chillers, and so much more. Consider these wine gadgets and accessories for your next wine themed gift:

Corkscrews – A good corkscrew gives you the peace of mind to know you won’t ever have to struggle opening a bottle of wine! Some popular and well-rated corkscrews are Screwpull by Le Creuset Table Model Corkscrew, Pulltap Double hinged Waiter Style Corkscrew, and Screwpull by Le Creuset Pocket Model Corkscrew. You might also consider something like the Oster FPSTBW8207-S Electric Wine-Bottle Opener for convenience and an even easier time opening the wine.

Wine Aerators – Wine aerators create a better bouquet, improve the flavors of your wine, and ensure a smoother finish. Aerators expose the wine to air, which in turn enhances the taste and also smoothes the acidity of younger wines. Using a wine aerator like the wildly popular Vinturi Deluxe 6-Piece Wine Aerator Set (or Vintori Essential Wine Aerator) allows you to send oxygen to the wine in only seconds. Wine aerators are one of the unsung wine accessories that may be a great fit for your wine fan friends and family members.

Wine Charms – Wine charms are a great way for guests to tell their glasses apart, and they also make a nice gift around the holidays, especially for a hostess gift. You can find countless shapes, styles, and themes of wine charms for a friend, loved one, or hostess. Consider those made with Swarovski crystal, blown glass, or pewter, for starters. You can find cool wine and cheese themed wine charms, gourmet food collection, nautical charms, holiday wine charms, animal wine charms, and countless others, such as wine charms in a variety of colors with no other theme. A wine charms set can be a nice touch for your holiday party, too!

Wine Varietals to Try…


Top Five Hottest Electronics Gift Ideas for Christmas

Top Electronics Gadget Gifts for ChristmasSometimes the best gifts are easier to find than we might expect. Electronics continue to be popular choices for holiday gifting. From MP3 players to digital cameras, video cameras, and more, consider these cool electronics gifts for the top people on your Christmas list!

Apple iPod Touch 32GB (4th Generation) Newest Model – $274.99
Apple’s iPod has got to be the most popular MP3 player around. The iPod Touch gives great ease of use and versatile options for any age. The gift of music can be a special treat for your loved one, whether husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, parent, son, or daughter. Consider this popular MP3 player for its tremendous storage capacity (up to 8,000 songs, 40,000 photos, or 40 hours of video!), up to 40 hours of audio playback or 7 hours of video playback, 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch display, and one-year limited warranty. Order now to receive a $15 Amazon gift certificate for every Apple iPod Touch 32GB device that you buy! Free Super Saver Shipping! For a special touch on this electronics gift idea, consider preloading the iPod with a special playlist of songs for the gift recipient.

Flip Video Camera – $99.99 – $199.00
The Flip Video camera is the perfect low-budget camcorder for someone who wants an easy-to-use, affordable, and versatile video recording device. The Flip Video devices allow customers to take video of everything from wedding ceremonies and best man speeches to your dog’s latest antics or your baby’s first real steps. Flip Video devices have very few buttons and features to learn, making them a great gadget for all ages. The USB arm flips out to connect to your computer for charging or downloading your video footage. Meanwhile the FlipShare software makes it super easy to edit videos and then upload your favorite ones to YouTube or other sharing sites. Flip Video cameras are highly compact and portable, giving you flexibility without burden. You can shoot HD video easily with no previous experience using the Flip MinoHD or Flip UltraHD video cameras. Currently on Amazon, save 25% on a Lowepro case for your Flip. You can also check out their offer to join Audible for $14.95 per month to save $100 on the cost of your Flip Video camera. Free shipping available!

Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device – $139
The #1 Most-Gifted Product on Amazon, the Kindle Wireless Reading Device, is on sale for only $139 this holiday season. This cool electronic device makes it easy and convenient to read eBooks just about anywhere. The Kindle is a great travel buddy for your flights and passing time in the airport. The new Kindle is smaller, lighter, and faster, offering 50% better contrast and built-in Wi-Fi. The Kindle reading device is also the most-wished-for product on Amazon and also has the most 5-star reviews out of any product on Amazon.

The Kindle allows easy reading in bright sunlight without a glare, up to one month of battery life, double the storage space (up to 3,500 books!), and 20% faster page turns, to name just a few features and benefits. This wireless reading device for eBooks also offers an enhanced PDF reader, WebKit-Based Browser, and wonderful text-to-speech technology so the Kindle can even read to you! Free Super Saver Shipping with this purchase!

LG BD530 1080p Network Blu-ray Disc Player – $69.28
The Blu-ray player is another popular gift idea for movie fanatics and electronics fans. The LG BD530 1080p Network Blu-ray Disc Player features Blu-ray, DVD, and CD playback and full HD 1080p output, great for your HD TV. You can even access Internet services on your Blu-ray player, such as YouTube, Picasa, and Accuweather without the need for a computer. The LG BD530 also features Standard DVD Up-Scaling to ensure your DVDs still look great on this newer technology. The player also allows you to set one remote control to handle all connected LG devices. Enjoy free shipping on Amazon.com.

Canon PowerShot SD 1300IS 12 MP Digital Camera – $129
The Canon Elph PowerShot SD 1300IS digital camera is an affordable and convenient way to capture memories all around you. This handy digital camera is the perfect size for your pocket or purse, and it travels well for fishing, hikes, sightseeing, and just about anything else you might like to do. Features include a 2.7-inch LCD, 28mm wide-angle lens, and 4x wide angle optical image stabilized zoom. For a fun burst of color, consider getting the Canon Elph in pink, blue, silver, green, or brown. The smart AUTO mode allows you to choose from 18 predefined settings and 15 shooting modes. Good things do come in small packages – you can use this compact camera for all your photo needs, even capturing photos and portraits for professional printing. Free shipping on Amazon!

Some other popular electronics gifts to consider include GPS units, televisions, video game consoles, and Webcams, to name a few. Check out these fun and most-wished-for Christmas gifts, or share your own ideas in our comments below!

 

Sleep Better with Pillows Custom Suited to Your Sleeping Style

Everyone has their own favorite sleeping position. Whether you curl up in a ball on your side, sleep comfortably sprawled out on your tummy, or prefer to sleep on your back, you can enhance your sleeping experience with special pillows designed especially for your style of sleeping. Therapedic quilted pillows are available as side-sleepers and front/back-sleeper pillows to give you a sound and comfortable slumber. If you want a pillow that is created for your preferred sleeping position, Therapedic quilted pillows may be right for you!

I received both the Therapedic Quilted Side Sleeper Pillow and Therapedic Quilted Stomach/Back Sleeper Pillow for the purpose of this review. My husband and I both tried both pillow styles for a full review of their performance and comfort. Both pillows have a 100% cotton shell with a 400 thread count and are comprised of Puresleep® anti-microbial fiber fill. The pillows also feature the InvisiShield Plus™ by Nanotex fabric protector to keep your pillows in great condition longer.

Therapedic Quilted Pillows offer Air Cool Technology for ventilation and breathability to keep you cool and comfortable during the night. The pressure-relieving memory foam is Italian styled luxury memory foam that also comes with a luxury damask cover, which is stain resistant and durable. The foam pads of these pillows are constructed of 100% polyurethane. 

Pillows for Side Sleepers
The Therapedic Side Sleeper Pillow, also known as Gusseted Luxury style, is designed especially for the side sleeper or expecting mothers. My husband and I both tried these side sleeper style pillows and found them to be firm yet accommodating. I personally felt as though the pillow seemed a little too tall for my own comfort, but I still use it from time to time. Right now I have a bit of a cold, so I’ve been using the side sleeper pillow as well as my trusty old flat pancake pillow (yes, I adore the flat pancake pillows) to elevate my head as long as I am sick.

If I could make one request for this pillow, it would be that it had a little more “give.” I tend to like a squishier pillow, so it isn’t the perfect pillow for me even though I do like to sleep on my side sometimes. If you like a firmer pillow, or if you prefer to elevate your head a little while you sleep, this Therapedic Side Sleeper Pillow might be a great fit for you.

Pillows for Tummy Sleepers and Back Sleepers
We also tried the Therapedic Quilted Stomach / Back Sleeper Pillow, also known as the Contour Pillow style. This pillow found great favor with my husband, who tried it right-side-up and upside-down. The box the pillow came in shows the model sleeping with the indent facing upwards. My husband found the pillow to be more comfortable by placing the indented side on the bottom to create the perfect level of softness. This method also provides an armhole for the tummy sleeper.

I borrow this pillow sometimes when he is not using it and I do like it better than the side sleeper pillow. I also love to sleep on my belly, so this pillow is a great fit for me. I find when it is upside-down, the pillow seems softer and has more “give.” I definitely recommend this Therapedic pillow for belly sleepers and back sleepers.

If you find you have problems sleeping, or that you or someone you love has a snoring problem, consider looking for a custom pillow that is specifically designed for a particular sleeping style or even to stop snoring. You can find countless pillow textures, shapes, and styles to suit your needs. For more information on Therapedic products, please see www.therapedic.com.

Antimicrobial Exercise Clothes

Antimicrobial exercise clothes refer to exercise clothes that have been treated with chemicals that help kill harmful bacteria. These clothes help the trainer to eliminate the production of odor, which is very common during training. They also give the athlete a fresh feeling when training.

When choosing antimicrobial exercise clothes, one should consider the flexibility of the clothing. It should allow easy movement of all body parts without any limitations. You should always go for breathable exercise clothing that is able to absorb moisture adequately, thus giving the skin room to breath. The athlete should not become cold or very hot.

 

Choosing the Right Type of Antimicrobial Workout Clothes
The best type of antimicrobial exercise clothes usually depend on the nature of exercise that a person is doing. It could be either general fitness or a specific event. In cases where the antimicrobial exercise clothing is for activities such as jogging, and especially in good weather, you might not need to spend a lot of money purchasing very expensive workout clothes.

In cases where the individual is training for a competition, for example the marathon, or even other activities, it is important to have comfortable, antimicrobial exercise outfits for that particular activity. 

It is also important to ensure that your exercise clothes are not oversized. They should not be too tight either, but should be able to allow free body movement. You should always go for comfortable and breathable exercise clothing that is suitable for workouts. There is a wide selection of antimicrobial exercise clothing, even for plus sizes. These workout clothes are attractive and help show off the woman’s body.

When selecting you antimicrobial workout clothes, it is also important to consider the weather under which you will be training. If the weather is warm and hot, it is advisable to go for breathable exercise clothing that will help you stay cool.  If the weather is cold, use antimicrobial workout clothes that are warm. You can go for layered organic exercise clothing as well.

It is vital to consider the training hour. If it is dark, then your workout clothing should be reflective. White is known to reflect heat better than other colors. It is also advisable to go for light colored clothing if you are exercising in the sun.

Your workout outfits should also be made of absorbent materials like cotton. Cotton makes good breathable exercise clothing and also absorbs sweat during training, which ensures that you remain dry throughout your training session.

Antimicrobial Exercise Clothing Fabrics and Proper Care
Washing antimicrobial exercise clothes is very easy. However, antimicrobial exercise clothes should never be washed with chlorine bleach since is can disable the antimicrobial treatment. 

Organic exercise clothing has become increasingly popular with trainers in the recent past. They are mostly made from cotton, hemp or bamboo. They are much healthier because they are naturally grown without pesticides, herbicide or chemical fertilizers. That makes them chemical free. They produce a material that is softer and durable. They also make good breathable exercise clothing.

Organic exercise clothing is also eco-friendly because it is produced naturally and does not pollute the environment.
Another major advantage of using organic exercise clothing is that it helps to ensure the farmers who produce these organic materials are kept in business.

For women when selecting their antimicrobial exercise clothes, they should also include a sports bra, which is preferable to the ordinary bra.

Trainers should avoid plastic based fabrics, which are not at all breathable exercise clothing. These fabrics keep the body temperature high, which is not good for a trainer. Breathable exercise clothing should be designed in such a way that the clothes are able to remove sweat from the athlete’s skin.

Fall Martini Recipes (Great for Thanksgiving!)

When it comes to some martinis and others shaken or strained, enjoy your drinks in your family setting or social circles for the holidays. You will need a mixing tin and strainer as well as martini glasses or other glassware for your martini cocktails. For some festive fall varieties of martinis, consider the Pomegranate Martini, Rubytini, Pumpkin Pie Martini, and others shown below.

RUBYTINI
Enjoy a perfectly crafted martini such as the Rubytini. This drink is well fit for the fall season.

Ingredients:

6 ounces Ocean Spray® Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice Drink
3 ounces lemon Flavored Vodka
Grapefruit wedge, garnish

Instructions:

1. Combine ingredients, except garnish, in a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass.

3. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit dipped in sugar.

Makes 1 serving.

– Recipe courtesy of the experts Canned Food Alliance / Mealtime.org

Pomegranate Martini
You can make a delicious Pomegranate Martini by following these simple steps….

Ingredients:

2 ounces    Three Olives Pomegranate Vodka
5 ounces    Pomegranate juice

Instructions:

1. Shake in martini shaker.

2. Serve chilled in sugar-rimmed martini glass.

– Recipe courtesy of Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85255, www.sassi.biz, 480-502-9095

Pumpkin Pie Martini
A delicious martini cocktail to enjoy after dinner or with an appetizer. The Pumpkin Pie Martini is the perfect way to channel fall in your autumn menu.

Ingredients:

3 ½ oz Blue Ice Vodka
1 oz DaVinci Pumpkin Pie Syrup
Cinnamon sugar

Instructions:

1. Add Blue Ice and syrup to a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake well and strain.

3. Garnish with an orange slice and pour into a cocktail glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar.

– Recipe courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka

Saffron Peach Martini
Try this cocktail recipe for a refreshing fall sipper.

Ingredients:

2 oz Gabriel Boudier Saffron Infused Gin
½ oz. natural peach syrup
½ oz. agave nectar
Juice of ½ large lemon

Instructions:

1. Shake all ingredients with ice.

2. Serve in a 7 oz. martini glass.

3. Garnish with a fresh peach slice.

– Recipe courtesy of Gabriel Boudier Saffron Infused Gin

il Casale: The Zucca-tini
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than a cocktail party? Hosting a cocktail party with fun fall themed martinis like this one.  You can also buy this fall drink for only $9 at il Casale, Belmont, MA.

Ingredients:

House vanilla vodka
Pumpkin
Spice
Graham cracker rim

Instructions:

1. Combine ingredients.

2. Rim with graham crackers.

-Recipe courtesy of il Casale, 50 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA, 617.209.4942,  www.ilcasalebelmont.com

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Even More Thanksgiving Cocktails and Fall Drink Recipes

HUGEcocktailIn case you’ve been following our recent fall cocktail recipes and Thanksgiving drink ideas series, you might also enjoy these other festive beverages that are perfect for Thanksgiving. Experimenting with different cocktails and ingredients can be fun since you know what flavors would work best for your punch, martinis, or other specialty drinks for fall. Consider these fall cocktail ideas or make up your own!

Jefferson Hall 15th Anniversary Drink
Are you looking for the perfect after dinner cocktails for the feast? For a cocktail drink that is deliciously fun, try the Jefferson Hall 15th Anniversary Drink. This cocktail can be served hot or cold.

Ingredients:

2 parts Dos Lunas Reposado Tequila
1 part Agave Nectar
1 part Apple Cider

Instructions:

Combine ingredients.

–    Recipe courtesy of Jefferson Hall

Blue Ice Autumn Breeze
This simple sparkling drink is refreshing for the feast.

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz Blue Ice Vodka
3 oz Orange Juice
1 oz POM Pomegranate Juice

Instructions:

1. Build over cubed ice in a Collins style glass.

2. Garnish with an orange slice.

– Recipe courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka

Maple Paloma
One of the  flavors that comes to mind in Thanksgiving is maple syrup. A Maple Paloma cocktail can be a nice complement to your ham dinner.

Ingredients:

2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila
1 tsp maple syrup
4 oz grapefruit soda
1/2 oz fresh lime juice

Instructions:

Serve tall, over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

– Recipe courtesy of Camarena Reposado Tequila

L’s Peppermint Paddy
Pour an ounce of Phillips Peppermint Schnapps and a splash of Bourbon into a mug, fill with hot cocoa, top with fresh whipped cream, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Apple Cider Toddy
Pour an ounce of Prairie Organic Vodka into a mug, fill with natural hot apple cider, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Red Devil
If you like a fruity drink, Red Devil might be the right cocktail for you.  The Red Devil is one strong cocktail so get ready to get wild.

Ingredients:

1-1/2 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice* or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1-1/2 oz. grapefruit vodka
1 oz. fresh orange juice
1 oz. cinnamon syrup**
Garnish:
cinnamon-brown sugar powder (for rim of glass)
orange zest

Instructions:

1. Prepare a cocktail glass by wetting the rim with an orange and then frosting it with cinnamon-brown sugar powder.

2. Assemble the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker glass and shake well.

3. Strain into the prepared glass and drop an orange zest into the drink.

– Recipe courtesy of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

The Lola
A flavorful cocktail style, the Lola cocktail also features pomegranate. Keep this in your cocktail list.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice* or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 oz. vodka
1 tsp. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
2 oz. champagne

Instructions:

1. Stir all the ingredients over ice to chilled, and strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass.

2. Garnish with a food-grade rose petal or other edible flower if roses are not available.

– Recipe courtesy of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

Harvest Cocktail
The Harvest Cocktail features a variety of fresh flavors to enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 ½ parts CC Reserve 10 year
½ parts Harvey’s Bristol Cream
1 parts Lemon Sour
1 parts apple juice
1 ½” slice of fresh or canned pear
4-6 leaves of Lemon Verbena or Lemon Balm
½ parts Egg whites

Instructions:

1. Muddle leaves and pear slice in a mixing glass.

2. Add all remaining ingredients and shake with ice, double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

3. Garnish with a dash of ground cinnamon.

– Recipe courtesy of Canadian Club

Russian Standard Moscow MuleThe Russian Standard Moscow Mule
You can enjoy a classic Moscow Mule at home with the following steps.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
5 oz. premium ginger beer
Wedge of lime

Instructions:

1. Pour two ounces of Russian Standard Vodka over ice in a chilled Russian Standard copper mug or Collins glass.

2. Add 5 ounces of ginger beer and stir gently.

3. Garnish with a squeezed wedge of lime.

– Recipe courtesy of Russian Standard Vodka

 

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Pumpkin Flavored Drinks or Thanksgiving Cocktails

When trying to find the perfect cocktail for your fall feast, try these different pumpkin flavored cocktails. the rich flavors of the fall season will play upon your taste buds and you will be thankful to find these different festive drinks as a suitable match for your Thanksgiving meal. As you plan your menu for Thanksgiving or any fall event, don’t forget about the drinks that you will serve your guests. Consider these tasty pumpkin themed drinks, cocktails, and punch recipes!

Pumpkin Punch
Try this pumpkin punch drink this fall, featuring Herradura Silver tequila shaken with freshly squeezed orange juice gently sweetened with maple syrup and homemade pumpkin puree. Serve it tall and dusted with cinnamon.

Ingredients:

2 oz Herradura Silver
1 ½ oz Pumpkin Puree (see recipe below)
2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
1/3 oz maple syrup

Instructions:

1.    Combine all ingredients into a Boston shaker.

2.    Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with cubed ice.

3.    Garnish with an orange slice lightly dusted with cinnamon powder.

–    Recipe courtesy of Herradura Silver

Pumpkin Puree
This is pumpkin that has been blended down very smooth, like a food for babies. When you buy canned pumpkin, that is pumpkin puree.

Ingredients:

1 pound pumpkin pie peeled and cubed
1/2 cup of water
1/2 to 1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth if needed.

– Recipe courtesy of Herradura Silver tequila

Chilled Pumpkin Latte
A perfect coffee recipe for Thanksgiving holiday! This recipe can be altered to suit your tastes and definitely can be the highlight of your turkey day party.

Ingredients:

1 oz Blue Ice Vodka
¾ oz coffee liqueur
¾ oz DaVinci Pumpkin Pie Syrup

Instructions:

Build over cubed ice in a Collins-style glass.

– Recipe courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka

Chocolate Pumpkin Grahams
This chocolate pumpkin Grahams recipe is fantastic for those with a sweet tooth. Mixed with heavy cream and grahams, what more can you ask for? A perfect cocktail to conclude the feast…

Ingredients:

4 oz. pumpkin-infused vodka
1 oz. creme de cacao
1 oz. heavy cream

Instructions:

1. Pour vodka, creme de cacao and cream into cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Use a little of the mixture to moisten rim of cocktail glass, dip glass in chocolate cracker crumbs.

3. Strain martini into glass and grate a little hazelnut on top.

–    Recipe courtesy of Los Angeles and New York-based event designer, author (Party Like a Rockstar) and party planner extraordinaire, Jes Gordon

Pumpkin Juice
Pumpkin juice is a great choice because of its healthy alternative to sugary, carbonated drinks.

Ingredients:

2 butternut squash, peeled and diced
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves

Instructions:

1. Pass the squash through a juice extractor. This will yield about 4-6 cups of fresh juice.

2. Pour the juice into a saucepan and add the sugar and spices.

3. Cook over medium heat until the juice reduces by about half, 10 minutes or so.

5. Strain the juice and set aside for use.

–    Recipe courtesy of 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar

Apple Cider Soda & Pumpkin Float
This Apple Cider Soda & Pumpkin Float recipe is made extra special for its ingredients that perfectly suit your Thanksgiving feast.  This fall cocktail recipe can make up to four servings.

Ingredients:

4 cups apple cider, reduced to ¼ cup syrup and cooled (4 hours)
1 cinnamon stick, added to reducing cider then removed at cooling
1 cup Calvados
1-2 cup pumpkin ice cream
Club soda
Cinnamon

Instructions:

1. Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in ¼ of the apple-cider syrup and 2 oz. Calvados, then stir.

2. Top off with club soda and scoop of pumpkin ice cream.

3. Garnish with a straw and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

–    Recipe courtesy of Heirloom Restaurant

Nutty Pumpkin Martini
The Nutty Pumpkin Martini is a perfect treat for the Thanksgiving holiday party or fall festivities.

Ingredients:

1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla
1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur
1/2 oz. Frangelico
1 oz. half & half

Instructions:

Combine ingredients in a shaker over ice and pour into chilled martini glass garnished with a cinnamon stick.

– Recipe courtesy of Salt Creek Grille

Don’t forget to check out our other fall and Thanksgiving drink recipes, like apple flavored cocktails, fall martinis, and fall punch recipes! Which one of these fun fall cocktails is your favorite?